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Osprey a.k.a. Gollum
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« on: October 11, 2004, 12:03:11 AM »

I really like exploring vast lands in MMORPG's.........Is WoW a good game for that? Does it reward sight seeing and exploring for hidden treasure?

For that reason alone I'm thinking of being a Rogue(stealthy aspect making travel easier).
I've read enough to know all classes by design in WoW are good solo'ers so I'm not worried about that...

And PvP if I so decide to partake........well, we all know what a stealther can do with poison.. :lol:

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004, 12:09:54 AM »

Yes you can explore and there are lots of sights to see. During the stress test I made the run from Goldshire to the home of the Night Elves. With just a few coins and no real idea of where to go I left and eventually I got there.  One hell of a trip for me. Managed to find a small group of night elves going back as well we travelled together. Quite the adventure. Another time a group of Night Elves and myself (the only human in the group) decided to enter Tauren lands and attack them. Talk about a long dangerous run. Some how word got out about us on our way there and we were being harrassed all the way there if you fell behind you were killed by pursuing horde. About half of us made it there just on the outskirts of a small tauren village we turned on our enemies and had a grand battle.  Well as grand a battle as a level 18 and about 10 level 15 characters can have. *chuckles* I think you'll enjoy both aspects of the game.

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004, 12:15:39 AM »

I hate Alliance players, especially those damned Gnomes!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2004, 12:17:04 AM »

Bah, filthy horde. Although you might have a point about gnomes they are creepy little buggers.

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004, 12:22:00 AM »

Man....I've always been blown away every time I hit a new area. The first time I went to the dwarf areas and saw the giant carvings in the valleys I was floored.  The first flight over the the Burning Steppes make me look forward to being high enough level to hunt there.  WoW is a GREAT game for exploring. smile
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004, 02:07:58 AM »

Great news!

Looks like Human - Rogue for the win.(at least for the start) :lol:

Or.......Maybe a great big dumb Ox of  Warrior...you can't sneak by em, might as well bash their brains in.. :wink:
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004, 03:38:18 AM »

Good to hear, as I'm an explorer at heart also.  In morrowind, my custom class was "Cartographer", and his mission was to map every square inch of that place  :wink:
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2004, 02:24:50 AM »

WOW is like walking through a painting. I found myself just wandering around looking at all the really cool things to see.
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2004, 03:32:17 AM »

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WOW is like walking through a painting. I found myself just wandering around looking at all the really cool things to see.



It was even better (Or worse, depending on your point of view) during early Alpha when Guardians of Blizzard weren't in the game (Guardians prevent you from going to certain unfinished areas).


I got to see some really kick ass areas (They were unpopulated) because of that.  I'd post screenshots, but I really don't feel like finding a place to host them (And uploading them to 1&1 is a hassle).

I found some places completely untextured and I walked through a WC3 type Undead city (Slaughter Houses, ziggerauts, and one final suprise at the very end (That was also untextured) but very impressive, nonetheless.  I'll let you discover that on your own.  It was in Eastern Plaguelands, and Vidiot was there with me!





One last thing:  It doesn't actually *reward* you for exploring in an experience gain sort of way.  A tiny bit of experience, but not enough to go anywhere.

Although, the world is so beautiful that it's completely worth it.  During my entire beta period, up until the banning (That I covered in a previous thread), I had 10 days /played time on my main character.  I bet atleast two of those were spent exploring.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2004, 03:34:52 AM »

It is really quite breathtaking just to look at, but unfortunately I find my self far too often caught up in questing or just going somewhere to just take the time to look around and enjoy. As long as you remeber to do that, it will remain an explorers paradise.
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2004, 07:26:39 PM »

They have done a tremendous job of giving each zone its own look.  They recycle the same architecture too often though, but that seems to be changing.

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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2004, 05:12:35 AM »

I really hadn't paid much attention to this game,just another MMORPG to me.But I was at a co-workers house the other day and he was in the WoW stress test,he said give it a try.

After being forcibly escorted out of his house(and out of the game) after a couple of hours of playing,I was hooked.The whole look of the game is very captivating,going from one region to another was so much fun to just explore.I didn't want to leave.

Since then I've read everything there is about this game and still can't get enough.I like it when a game takes me by surprise.

I will be picking this one up on release day.

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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2004, 12:14:27 PM »

I've found that being really low level (like 5) is a great time to explore. For one thing, you won't mind rezzing at the graveyard as you'll only be losing a couple hundred XP. Also, the 100-200 XP you'll get for exploring new areas will actually FEEL like something, unlike at higher levels where you're like "Meh."

Finally, if you take the time to get the flight paths around the world at low levels, you'll be able to do some of the delivery and "go talk to so-and-so" quests much more easily at higher levels.

Of course, when you're higher level you'll tend to have more time to look around.

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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2004, 12:37:41 PM »

Can I ask a silly question?  Are any of you using ... Dialup 56k?

I am really interested in what I've seen but I always write these things (mmorpgs) off as frustration simulators due to my connection speed.

I did take part in the 'Guild-Wars' E3 thing and enjoyed soloing. (except for the repetition .. due to it being pre-alpha and all)  And that was all streamed content vs. WOW coming in a RETAIL box (or does it? I could be confusing Guild wars with WOW).  Do any (or all) of you have a feel for what the game would be like from a 56k streamed/instanced aspect.
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2004, 01:22:44 PM »

MMORPGs and dial up do not a happy gamer make. The problem is patching, more than anything else. If you can get past the patching, you'll be fine. I'd expect WOW to have a large patch opening day, and probably a few large patches during the first month, but after that the patches should become more manageable.

I'd expect the same for EQ2. In game performance won't have much to do with your connection speed.

Patching is your only real concern, and if you are willing to patch, while you're at wok or asleep, then you should be fine.
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2004, 02:00:15 PM »

So patching is, let's say, 30 MB, 80 MB --> 250 MB?  or  are we talking about 650 MB --> 1-2 gigs.  I could probably stomach the occaisional  30-80 MB patch.  This is why I don't do Beta Testing .. You guys are basically Re-Downloading the entire game weekly ... 1 or 2 CD's worth of content..  :shock:
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« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2004, 11:48:38 PM »

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So patching is, let's say, 30 MB, 80 MB --> 250 MB?  or  are we talking about 650 MB --> 1-2 gigs.  I could probably stomach the occaisional  30-80 MB patch.  This is why I don't do Beta Testing .. You guys are basically Re-Downloading the entire game weekly ... 1 or 2 CD's worth of content..  :shock:
In Beta, the patches have rarely/never been below 200 mb - typically more like 600 mb to 2 gb or so. No way to tell what they'll be come retail, but if they're not MUCH MUCH smaller there will be trouble.

With that said, I started up Saga of Ryzom and the initial download was sizeable. Don't recall how big, but it took a while to download on broadband.

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« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2004, 12:18:27 AM »

May be a bit of a tangent, but how does the game look at the lowest graphical setting?

I'm thinking of playing this on my laptop, which has a 32MB Radeon 7500 Mobility. While not a monster by the farthest stretch of the imagination, I'm sure it can handle WoW at a low graphical setting.
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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2004, 02:56:34 AM »

I'm running on a GeForce3 and the game typically runs fine for me. Reflective water, animations, good FPS - I've had no problems. My 1.4ghz CPU is nothing fancy either.

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« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2004, 03:13:16 AM »

Thanks for the info.
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