Stonewalled or Just Stoned?

I was intrigued to see that you can get titles for being killed by different careers as well as for killing them yourself. As I was playing my Archmage, I was wondering what title a Destruction player might get for being killed by me. Well, not me personally, although I think ‘Plinked by Spinks’ is a title that anyone might be proud of. So I thought, it can’t be that hard to check that.

Enter the sacrificial Witch Elf! I decided it would be easier to get myself killed as a melee class with no armour on so I created a Witch Elf on a random server, queued myself up for Khaine’s Embrace, and got stuck into some quests. I didn’t have to wait long. The scenario popped and we trotted up to the nearest flag point. But it was not Calexis’ destiny to stand about defending a flag, she had a mission! So I set off through the tunnel towards the Dance of Swords and some of my hapless team-mates followed me, probably thinking that because I was moving I must have a plan.

Then there was daylight and … yes! The unmistakeable flutter of Archmagely dresses in the distance. I sprinted forwards and tickled one of them with my daggers of level 1 awesomeness. Five different rainbow beams hit me from different directions, but I died happy, and became ‘The Hexed’.

While I was waiting to release back to the starting point, I thought to myself, “Self, that was too easy.” And then I started to wonder about other similar titles. For example, what do you get if a Runepriest kills you? How do you get a Runepriest to kill you?

And this became my Witch Elf quest: to get myself killed by a Runepriest. This was definitely harder because the ‘run ahead of the zerg’ tactic was more likely to get me killed by a Bright Wizard or Archmage, and there weren’t that many dwarves in Khaine’s Embrace in the first place. So I had to try to pick out any Runepriests in the opposite team and somehow make myself look like a tempting, easy target. But without getting sniped by a non-Runepriest first. That was the difficult part.

But eventually, I managed to lure a lone Runepriest away from the others by enticingly presenting my semi-wounded self in his field of vision and throwing a couple of daggers at him. As you can see in the screenshot, the title is ‘The Stonewalled.’ Are there any titles you’ve done some investigative work for?

A title a day

I think it’s safe to say that we all love the Tome of Knowledge unlocks and titles that they grant. There’s a certain buzz from seeing an uncommon title, an even bigger buzz from getting one.

But, I’ve also found them quite useful to reflect my state of mind. My favourite one so far to use for day-to-day travels is ‘The Above Average’- it cheers me up and makes me feel special. I like ‘Pin Cushion’ when in RvR, since hey… I’m a healer, it’s a fair description.

Today, I was waiting for Spinks to get back to our group after breakfast and became ‘The Impatient’. And after a 30 min cycle ride with my husband I shall be equipping ‘Accident Prone’ (no comment on why, but ‘ow’).

I don’t know if anyone else uses their titles that way, but it amused me today to switch them around according to my daily life, and I hope Mythic can keep me well in stock of mood-related ones I can use to let people know how I’m feeling.

So, what’s your favourite title so far, whether you have it or not?

Post ideas that we discarded (so far!)

We don’t write posts on every idea we have. Some of them just wouldn’t work, and we thought we’d share a few of the titles that didn’t make the cut.

  • “What WAR can learn from Mamma Mia/Lost/BSG”
  • “Confessions of a Witch Hunter”
  • “Griefing: A Guide for Beginners”
  • “Dress-Your-Own Paul Barnett”
  • “50 Ways to Leave Your Guild”
  • “Interesting Bugs #1: The Memory Leak”
  • “How to Fake Being Female”
  • “My Personal Book of Grudges”
  • “Train your Child/Pet to Craft”

Collector’s Edition Quests and Titles

On the Euro site, there is a very comprehensive page all about the Collector’s Edition (CE). If you scroll down to the section on quests, rewards, and titles, they link to a full list of the quests and the rewards (NB. Just because it’s listed here doesn’t mean it can’t change before the game goes live).

The titles are good fun, and a different one is offered for each quest; “Brewmaster” for Dwarfs and “da Scrapper” for Greenskins should be popular. The quests comprise one PvE and one PvP quest for each race, but the racial quests are open to anyone of that realm — so your drunken master White Lion could be a Brewmaster too. It looks as though there will be lots and lots of different titles in the game, similar to CoH and LOTRO. I think we’d guessed that anyhow from hints about the Tome of Knowledge but it’s fun to see some examples.

I’m impressed with the CE. I think they’ve put together a great package for collectors without doing anything to unbalance PvP or make things unfair for non-CE players. And interestingly, at the bottom of the GOA page, they’ve listed which retailers have sold out already. I wouldn’t bet on it being 100% up to date but interesting anyhow.