Game update 1.04 – let’s take a look

Coming to a US server near you on 29th October, and soon after to Europe, no doubt. Here’s 1.04.

The Witching Night live event has begun! For details, see the Warhammer Online Herald.

We look forward to this! Hope the first live event goes really well and they’re encouraged to do a lot more, not always based on time of year.

With the arrival of 1.0.4 we are now one step closer to offering Character Transfers from low population servers to medium population servers and the final stages of testing have begun…

Random news of something coming up in the next few days, and something a lot of people won’t need. But for those who need/want it, this is great news and pretty fast after launch. And being offered free.

We have added three new guild rewards in the form of dungeon teleport scrolls…Gunbad Teleport Scroll – This reward is unlocked at guild rank 29…Bastion Stair Teleport Scroll – This reward is unlocked at guild rank 32…Lost Vale Teleport Scroll – This reward is unlocked at guild rank 35…

Nice, but weren’t these in the list anyway or am I going mad? And.. by the time our guild is that high rank.. well, let’s just say it’ll be nice for alts! It’s not a bad thing, it’s just one of those things that’ll be nice but not effect too many people as yet.

Once a city has become contested, the attacking realm will now have 6 hours to capture it. If the invaders do not conquer the city in that time, the defenders will be declared victorious and the campaign will reset.

I think, on the whole, this brings a whole new challenge to the city capture which is a Good Thing(TM), but I dread the night we start on this at 11pm! (Only cos I’m old and need  my sleep). Nice tweak though!

Pets set to follow will now path properly to their master, and will no longer teleport instantly to their master’s side. Fixed an issue that was causing pets to stop attacking their current target and return to their master’s side…

White Lions rejoice? We’ll find out soon. But improving pets is never a bad thing, it’s really just getting them to where they needed to be on launch.

Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause trainer icons not to appear on the minimaps.

The successful capture of an enemy battlefield objective now rewards the capturing players with experience.

Finally! We’ve been musing that this would be a Good Thing(TM) for a while. Getting people out of scenarios needs to reward them with the things they get in a scenario in other ways. I see lots more fights at Battlefield Objectives, again, a good move!

In response to player feedback, the amount of renown earned from healing players has been increased slightly.

Hurrah! Well, we say that cos we’re all healers. But in reality it took a bit of a hit, players proved it, the games company listened to actual player feedback (along with the odd whine, let’s not fool ourselves). It’s a good change because it again shows that Mythic is willing to change things if they’re a bit ‘off’. And that real feedback actually can make a difference. So, next time you have an issue with something, or a great idea. Don’t just blog it or talk about it, use the ‘submit feedback’ button!

Tier 4 zones now require fewer scenario victory points to be captured.  The mechanics of capturing a zone have not changed however.  Zones which have no scenario opposition can still be captured if players join the queue for scenarios based on that Zone.  Victory points towards zone control will be granted if a realm has enough players in the queue to launch the scenario and the other realm doesn’t.  If players in those queues join a launched scenario or leave the queue, the victory points towards zone control will be forfeit.

In other words, using “Join All” to queue for all available scenarios is still the fastest way to get into a scenario, but joining the scenarios in a specific zone will have the greatest impact on control of that zone, and by extension the greatest impact on the campaign in that pairing.

Now… I would say something about this particularly. But I think Ark does it perfectly. This change, while being made for the best of intentions sounds a bit weird to me. Will see how it plays out before final judgement.

Archmage: Balance Essence: The damage of this ability has been increased.

Archmages rejoice!

The minimum number of players required to launch scenarios in Praag, Dragonwake and Thunder Mountain has been equalized to ensure even population distribution between all scenarios available when the campaign is in its default state.

Can we have this through all scenarios? We did Grovod Caverns and Serpent’s Passage with at least a 4 person disparity in numbers and they were no fun like that at all!

There’s also the usual small fixes and tweaks, so for the full story, go check out the Warhammer Herald and read through all the bits down to the bottom, I tried to stick to the ones that will effect people the most, and it’s already a hefty post!

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…on the links

The Warhammer Herald reports that Warhammer Online won best of E3:PC at G4TV (ie. G4TV liked it better than Spore and Left 4 Dead!) and also highlights an interview with Josh there.

Carrie Gouskos mentions her interview on ChaosCast no.4 and the sudden realisation that Warhammer Online is no ‘little thing’.

Times they are a-changin’ at Warhammer Alliance, and Garthilk posts about the state of WHA and plans for the future. Plans involving a reorganisation, a database and of course … a wiki!

Vale writes a new Warrior Priest blog, huzzah!

John Darwin is on trial at the moment for faking his death in a canoeing accident while his wife cashed in on the life insurance. It’s a bizarre case. Anyway, in her defense case earlier this week, she mentioned MMOs (saying her husband had met someone he’d gone on to have an affair with over one).

Relmstein classifies the different types of villains we meet in MMORPGs.

Keen posts his first article on E3 and Warhammer Online over at the Vault. His second piece is also up over there, or you can read it on his own blog.

mmorpg.com sent a journalist to check out WAR at E3 and she gives her reactions here. Will have to remember to go thank her if our dwarf girls get cool jewelry.

As I often see during demos, the guys showed me the various male characters. I wanted to see the females. So when I got the chance for hands-on, I scrolled through the various races and careers and decided to customize a Dwarven female. Sorry, no beards for female Dwarves. Okay… I could live with that but where was MY jewelry? Wait just one doggone minute. How come the male Dwarves got jewelry and the females didn’t?

“We can look at that!” was the chorus of replies.

Bruce Everiss writes about virtual worlds, including MMORPGs and investment into these worlds. Not sure what his point is, except that they cost a lot and the earning potential is huge, but they often fail. I could have said that and I’m no ‘veteran games industry marketer’.

For those who wanted, there’s another white lion vid here, it includes some footage of a fully grown white lion. Oh, you wanted more info about White Lions in the game? Check out this brief preview at gamespot.

Games Workshop have posted a preview to Games Day UK 2008 on their site.

Random things you should watch this week: Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and the Watchmen trailer.

Love RPGs and hate saving money – this could be the product for you!! Of course, it’s only available in Japan, but we hereby launch the quest to get it released over in the UK and US.