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10241  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Creative Zen MP3/video player on: June 27, 2008, 01:36:28 PM
The real question is whether you could watch Iron Man (at least some trailer or film clips) on a 2.5" screen and enjoy it. And, I think you can.  icon_cool

Widescreen is maybe a bit much as it reduces to about a thumb-heighth.

You can alternatively either set it to "stretch" to fill the screen while playing, or convert it in a "clipped" format (as they often do for full screen versions of movies, or for TV broadcast in full screen).
10242  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: External HDD Failure on: June 27, 2008, 01:22:29 PM
I saw a thread with maybe a similar problem, and the suggestion that worked for him was to switch from connecting via USB to using the FireWire port (I don't know why that would clear up a bad sectors problem, but it seemed to  icon_confused):

Just fwiw. I mean, there are various disk utility suites (Norton, etc.) you can get that have other third party sector repair tools, but it doesn't sound like they would work any miracles.
10243  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: June 27, 2008, 01:06:18 PM
So if your team has someone who can rez, for Conan's sake, don't let them stand in the middle of an area full of roving patrols and sometimes wandering baddies while they take a few seconds to rez someone.  Roll Eyes I guess this pic's a testament to Ventrilo and the like, cause by the time I could type, "Look out behind u!" the enemies in the background had already moved over and swamped us. 

The rez animation is quite a show though.
10244  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: June 27, 2008, 05:51:58 AM
Got on a solid group that got through the grueling Whitehand group quest (we could only get one of the 3 officers for the second quest in the area though). It was worth it to finally get a helm I felt like "enabling viewable helmet" for.  icon_cool Now if Blackjackian can just ditch his L30 quest reward armor for something fresh soon...

Frankly, I think they need to sprinkle a lot more unique-looking helms around, cause pretty much everyone in a given class ends up stuck with the same helm type unless they're sticking with something older for style reasons. If they need inspiration, I say steal from the movies!  ninja2

This game definitely teaches you to "Clump to Survive!"

Order of the Dark Tower is the Thog guild I'm in. We don't really team up all that much, but the founders have helped me on occasion and Max joined a pickup group when I asked.  icon_smile
10245  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Creative Zen MP3/video player on: June 27, 2008, 04:36:41 AM
I'm OK with that, it just means a little more clicking. I guess my Sansa MP3 player (which i've been fine with, but it's software for images/video crashes like mad and never could use it for those things) though was smarter with its MicroSD cards, incorporating whatever was on them transparently.

So far it's passed my tests tonight. A little video from a fishing trip with my brother looks great on it, and the AoC videos I've converted to it look pretty good too.  icon_cool Music-wise it sounds dandy though I guess I wish it had at least some basic treble/bass controls.

My other mild beefs:
-The "world's shortest USB cable," effectively a dongle, is silly though I guess they wanted to keep the packing small.  disgust I managed to fish an old extender cable out of the closet fortunately.
-It'd be nice if it came with any sort of case, even just a simple cloth one. I'll probably have to mail order one of their "skin" packages or something. I couldn't really find much in the way of accessories aside from a "joggers arm band case," and an AC adapter.

I found this cool movie trailers page that specializes in 320X240 format for Zen, and the MS Zune players. I looked at the 80GB hard-drive Zune and was plenty impressed with its 3.2" screen but I really wanted something a little cheaper (so I can afford to lose it icon_razz) and handier for my shirt pocket.

Anyway here's the page, within something called
10246  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 26 on: June 27, 2008, 01:28:01 AM
In case you missed it, or haven't logged in today, the splash screen has an apology for today's extended U.S. server downtime. They're going to give all active accounts one free day of game-time to try to make up for it.
10247  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Creative Zen MP3/video player on: June 27, 2008, 01:09:34 AM
Ya know, the top photo makes me think we should take partial-photos of some of our favorite and/or most famous PC game boxes and have a little message board contest to see if people can guess what the game(s) is/are. You could use the poll function for that. Just a thought. (the partial picture above under the Zen is Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts.  icon_smile
10248  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Creative Zen MP3/video player on: June 27, 2008, 01:06:35 AM
I got my stimulus check, and I was itching to buy some frivilous gadget I clearly wanted but didn't need (or is it that I wanted it but clearly didn't need it?). In spite of some horrifically mixed customer reviews of it everywhere I looked (most people either love it, or say that it crashes, white screens and made them run screaming back to the store to return it), I bought an 8GB Zen at Circuit City after work today.

I'm waiting for it to reach full charge (4 hours) before I start transferring stuff to it, and we'll see if it's as fun, or as atrocious as I've read.  icon_neutral

I already had to jump through a DOS command line hoop (of all things), to get past an installer error for the optional media transfer software. Thank God for this "affiliated" Creative fan site that helps Creative customers avoid their screwy tech support and instead find esoteric solutions for bizarro errors. Like most MMO devs, Creative apparently tests none of their products on real world PCs.  icon_razz

To be fair, they've updated the firmware on this sucker several times since its somewhat erratic launch last year, so I'm hopeful my version has the latest and will be something resembling stable.

I fell for it mainly just cause it's so tiny. And the small (2.5") but really crisp and bright video screen caught my eye when I toyed with it at CC the last couple of days. It has an SD card slot, so you can expand it pretty easy, or pop a card from a camera in it for quick photo viewing.

I also played with a very cool but rather bulky touch-screen player by Samsung. The problem with that one is only 4GB models are in stores it seems, and it has no expansion ability at all. Touchscreens have a Wow factor for sure, but I think if you're plugging a player into your car and want to advance tunes, go back etc., it's always good to have some hardware button or wheel to work with.

Still waiting for it to charge but here's a couple pics for no reason other than to use my camera's macro mode... (no, that's just a "dummy" cover on the screen, hope to give it a whirl later tonight).

It's just the right size for plastic army men, and while they like to call it "credit card sized," it's also "business card sized." I'm not sure if it's ideal if someone has zillions of songs cause you have to click-click-click the square shaped thumb pad to navigate and, well, we'll if my thumbs start hurting soon.  thumbsup

Of course what you really *want* to know is how does an Age of Conan decapitation sequence look on it? I hope to know later tonight.  icon_twisted icon_lol Hopefully it won't whitescreen and go beserk on me. If so though, you'll all get an inside look at my breakdown.  paranoid
10249  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 26 on: June 27, 2008, 12:43:48 AM
Servers you right for reaching that high a level!  icon_twisted icon_lol
10250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect PC... Impressions? on: June 26, 2008, 09:33:07 PM
I'm going to get this as soon as I can find any sort of discount on it because it'll probably gather moss on my "to play" pile, and then by the time I can play it, the price will have dropped.  smirk

Anyone see anything sales wise yet?
10251  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 26 on: June 26, 2008, 09:28:56 PM
I hope you're doing a "WTF? I quit!" parody.  icon_wink

I re-read this part:
-Kidnapping and Torture: You can no longer interact with the palisades while the NPC is burning.
I'm sure my family would wonder what the heck I was playing if I mentioned that.   
10252  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / AoC Patch Notes June 26 on: June 26, 2008, 06:49:24 PM
Ta Da!
26th of June - Update Notes
Player Character

-The bonus magical damage granted from Mystical Attunement has been doubled for Mages.
-Spells that were incorrectly receiving bonuses from increased magical damage will no longer scale with increased magical damage. This adjustment will only affect such spells that were not meant to have scaling with the increased magical damage bonus. This resolves issues with enhancement spells like "Pact with Set" where the health loss was too high for the trade off for the bonus to damage.

An issue where Barbarians lose strength between the levels of 42 and 45 has been resolved. Please note that this is only between those specific levels.

Infernal Knowledge and Diabolic Insight will no longer appear as hostile spells and will still persist after death.

-The bonus gained from magical damage has been increased on all damage-over-time (DoT) spells.
-Despoil the Soul duration has been substantially increased and is no longer removed on death.
-Frost Blast's area-of-effect (AoE) has been changed to be a 90 degree cone in front of the caster.
-Shatter now additionally works on targets affected by Frost Blast and Ice Shackle.
-Dark Knowledge and Vile Insight will no longer appear as hostile spells and will still persist after death.
-Mark of the Devourer duration has been reduced to 60 seconds.

Raid-level bows and crossbows for Rangers have been corrected to add ranged DPS instead of melee DPS.

-Active blocking has been revamped to bring it back in line with the original design. Active blocking will now correctly display a buff in the debuff GUI to indicate the effect. You will now have an initial stamina cost upon activation and shielding bonus rather than evade chance. Attacks and heals performed while in “Active Blocking” will also have a reduced effect.
-Certain group buffs should no longer keep you in combat when your pets are also in the group.
-Melee pets will now do splash damage.

-Bags that were not able to be equipped can now be equipped again.
-The two-handed edged weapon Earthwrack has now received its visual appearance back.
-Exaltate's Girdle, Exaltate's Armbands, and Hellbreaker Hammer will now appear correctly.
-Javelins have been revamped based on player feedback. The length of all current javelins will now be of decent length. All javelins have also received some adjustments to the throwing and holding animations, as well adjusted so all characters correctly hold the javelin by the shaft.
-Polearms have been revamped based on player feedback. All polearms have been standardized to a new larger size.

-Solo monsters, minibosses and bosses have been adjusted to be more of a challenge than what they had been previously for level 70 and up. The adjustments will not affect grouped and raid monsters in any way as this will only affect solo monsters. The change will ensure that the game is both entertaining and challenging at higher levels.
-All players in a raid dungeon are now hated by the boss while the boss is under attack.
-There should no longer be multiple versions of Aquilus in the Armsmans Tavern.
-Champion of the Honorguard will now use his axe throw ability less frequently.
-The adds for Vistrix and Yakhmars have had their AI revamped.

Massive PvP
Battlekeep owners should now be able to apply to attack other battlekeeps without any problems.

You should now once again be able cast spells while mounted. There will be some limitations on which spells and which type of spells you're able to cast.

Raid playfields should now properly reset correctly.

The Black Castle
This Kopshef Province dungeon has been completely redone. We encourage you to pay it a visit. Overcome the challenging new encounters along side with your companions and reap the rewards. This group instance is aimed for characters in the 30 - 35 level range.

-Kidnapping and Torture: You can no longer interact with the palisades while the NPC is burning. This should help make it clearer when the quest can be completed.
-Ante Up - Giants Approaching: When the timer expires you should be able to interact with the Rock to restart the event.
-Master of Gargoyles: Cha will now thank you for completing the quest.
-Bowls of Set: The quest should now properly display the goal names.
-The Honoured Dead of Cimmeria: This quest has been removed and revamped into 4 smaller quests with new rewards. The new quests are "The Honoured Dead I," "The Honoured Dead II," "The Honoured Dead III," and "The Honoured Dead IV."

-Opening Alchemy Tradeskill book should no longer crash the client.
-All vendor-supplied tradeskill resources have had their max stack size set to 20, with the exception of city-building components from vendors which have the max stack size of 100
-Mages and Priest mobs will now drop an Alchemists Cache randomly, which contains random resources for the level-range where it was found. This will make it possible to obtain the resources that have not been dropping for alchemy. - Item was causing problems, deactivated until next update
-All crafted shields will now have gem slots.

-You may now limit particles to show on (All / Raid Members / Team Members / Self).
-Particle effects and banners for PvP building have been optimized.
-The client should now disconnect from the chat server after camping.
-Cimmerian and male Stygian dancers beware - dancing near the edges of tall cliffs may be fatal to your health.
-Characters will no longer slide when jumping and then moving as you're landing.
10253  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 26, 2008, 01:12:09 PM
The U.S. boards have a dev tracker, but they decided to make it a Tab, that's not really pointed out well on the main board page. It's up top, in the black navigation bar, far right. This is the actual thread...

AoC U.S. Boards dev tracker (have to be logged in to view)

If you like, well, tracking down posts more individually (can gain a lot of insights and "between the lines" information from some of their posts), here are the "view latest posts" links for a few of the dev or community rep types there:

Sharum (designer)

Jayde (system designer)
*Necromancers will want to read some of his recent posts on the adjustments to the class.
Quote from: Jayde, in June 25 post
There's no truth to this at all [a player rumor the # of pets will be reduced]. Necros will continue to be pet-point oriented. Even the Nightfall tree is based around manipulating pets and pet-points, and that is certainly not going to change.

In regard to the stealthing and pet issue. Yes, it will be getting fixed. I actually posted on this about a month ago in regard to it not being intended and to expect for it to be fixed by coders.

In regard to the questions about the Nightfall tree, I can only say that evaluating the state of it without having the changes coming tomorrow and Monday is not going to give an accurate picture of things. If the damage output is still below what is intended, we will continue to increase it as needed.
Quote from: Jayde, also June 25
... as I mentioned before, we are completely reviewing pet control and making an effort to improve the in-combat behavior quite a bit. I'll post updates on this as I get more specific information as to what the scripters feel they are able to do.
Jayde seems to feel a bit under siege about Necromancers at the moment.  smirk

Drauge (raid scripter - never thought I'd see *that* on a business card saywhat)

Tarib (senior community manager)

Famine (community manager)

Waldgeist (German community manager, quite active at the US forums)
Some fun stuff about player submissions for a Conan Metal Song:
10254  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 26, 2008, 01:05:24 PM
I was going to post June 26 notes, but there was some EU patch bug that went astray, so they delayed the U.S. patch a couple of hours, it seems:
(need to be logged in to the US board to view that)
Downtime has been postponed due to a problem that was discovered on the EU servers. We are currently investigating the issue on the EU server before bringing the US servers fully online.
10255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 26, 2008, 05:26:16 AM
I'll gladly eat crow if it's Diablo III (although my painful experience with wrist tendinitis after over-playing Titan Quest's Immortal Throne expansion in Spring 2007 suggests my hack'n'slash clickfest days are now behind me  tear), but I remember all sorts of "sources say this" and "sources indicate that" that were way off the mark about the Starcraft II, WoW expansion, Star Craft: Ghost and WoW-itself announcements. I can't count how many times I read people were convinced of SC or Diablo MMOs, or Blizzard Enters the FPS Fray, etc.

I really don't think Blizzard has the walk-the-plank guts (or would it be stupidity?  icon_wink) to start a new franchise from scratch anymore (long after we're all pushing up daisies, there'll be more WoW expansions, Starcraft 12 and Diablo 9 icon_razz), and the Diablo franchise is wheezing and in need of rescuscitation. Plus, all the players kvetching that Titan Quest, Silverfall, Dungeon Siege, and "insert whatever clickfest hack'n'slash RPG you ever played in the last 7 years here" are "not Diablo II" need something from Blizzard itself that they can then complain "Hey this isn't Diablo II either! Damn you Blizzard!"  smirk

I actually have more affection, and had more addiction for the original Diablo (it *devoured* my life, it nearly ruined me), but so many younger players I encountered while playing D2 never played Diablo at all. When they said "Diablo," it just meant D2 to them. Punks.  mad icon_lol

So all my cynicism aside, D3 makes sense to me.  bowdown
10256  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: June 26, 2008, 04:58:42 AM
Tordeilbach's Tomb team attempt #2. I think there's 3 quests in there, and I've gotten to complete the medallion thing. The Guards quest I get about two per time before we repeatedly wipe out. If you hear a Giant Sucking Sound, it's that Tomb instance sucking the life and patience out of just about every team that tries it (even the ones with L60s who think it's going to be a breeze at that point).

This time had variety but no Guardian. And yet we had some points where we were pretty effective. Other times we just constantly got the whole caverns on our tails as we fled to our doom.
10257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 25, 2008, 06:05:34 PM
I had to disappoint you all, but it's actually a Blackthorne game using the Starcraft Ghost engine and Warcraft Adventures "assets," and only running on the hard-to-find Sega Genesis CD unit. Damn Blizzard, going back to niche gaming markets...  saywhat icon_razz

Actually, Blackthorne for PC is the first Blizzard-developed game I ever bought. I find it bizzare you can still buy it on Amazon...
I return to my world, this dark and rotting place, to cleanse it of the evil which nests in the heart of the land and to restore my families rightful reign... As I travel underground caverns and rain-soaked forests my blood boils at the sights I have beheld. Renegade humans killing for food and shelter. Goblin hordes marching across the land and mutant beasts ensalving my people through torture and starvation. They shall know the vegence of Kyle Balckthorne. [nice typos in this description, eh?]
Isn't that just about the plot of nearly every MMO on the market now? smirk
10258  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 25, 2008, 05:59:08 PM
I much preferred the "not serious" patch notes you listed.  icon_lol
10259  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 25, 2008, 05:22:11 PM
Well the guy's gotta practice on SOMEthing!  icon_razz

So I get this e-mail from Funcom:
Are you ready to join the most savage, sexy and brutal MMO ever created?

We know that you have previously expressed an interest in Age of Conan, but we see you have yet to join ranks with the hundreds of thousands of gamers who are now having a great time in Hyboria. It’s time to remedy that, and we urge you to take the bold step into Conan’s world and experience Hyboria for yourself!
"Yet to join the ranks?" Dear Funcom, what the hell is wrong with you people? What do you think I've been playing every night for the last two weeks? Tiddly winks? Conan in a Box?  saywhat icon_lol

And I'm sorry to break it to you, Funcom, but there's more to making a game "sexy" than nipples and crocodile skin loin clothes.
10260  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 25, 2008, 03:16:23 PM
The latest patch notes indicate the single-target Goad should work now. I'm iffy on bothering with it on my conq cause I can't see it worth much solo wise (I doubt it's a strong enough "taunt" to yank a single target from a crowded camp for example). If I knew for sure it would help me pull an enemy off a squishier teammate, then I'd get it. Might even help in situations where you can clearly see another solo player is about to croak or is running for his life, and you just wanna help a bit.
10261  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 25, 2008, 03:12:06 PM
Shame on you!  icon_lol I've actually seen a few chat messages about people ordering the soundtrack on CD.
10262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 25, 2008, 01:32:08 PM
I really love the music in this game. Amazing variety, spine tingling singing on occasion, and it always seem to fit the environments (imho). Really sets the mood. Sometimes when I'm about to complain I have to grind at a certain level, I get lost in the music instead.  icon_cool

If you missed it a while back, a dev post linked to an interview with composer Knut Haugen (sounds like an ice cream flavor, no?  icon_smile):

As a general rule, I think the most important aspect of a piece of Age of Conan music, is that it should not sound too sophisticated or complex. The harmonic progressions, melodies and rhythms should be well defined and easy to grasp. It should sound ancient, primeval and natural. The instruments, scales, harmonic progressions and rhythmic elements in the score have all been carefully selected with this in mind.

The world of Age of Conan is so varied. There are a lot of very different cultures, landscapes and moods in the game and the music has to reflect and underline all these differences. So typical Age of Conan music can be many different things: it can be dark and sinister, alarming and dangerous, sexy and seducing or lush and beautiful. The music varies in style and expression as well as in scope. You will find everything from simple folk music pieces to large orchestral works.

I'm kind of reminded that when the first, well-received trailer for Gladiator came out in 2000, they actually lifted music (with permission) from the "Conan The Barbarian" movie. A lot of people were disappointed when a later trailer came out without the Conan music (the "real" music was fine, even got Oscar nominated, but it was more subtle and not quite as "lets get excited!" as the Conan music). It actually seemed less exciting, which just goes to show how much difference music can make.
10263  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Classes thread on: June 25, 2008, 01:20:25 PM
I was telling a 52 Guardian about my woes facing L60 mammoths and he was all, "Oh i can solo all of those." icon_rolleyes He might as well scream, "NERF my AT! It's too good!"  icon_razz

After trying again, I think what I found is my now 55 Conq can handle L60 mammoths but he can't outlast a 61 (I tried a couple times). It's tricky sometimes knowing what the doable level spread is in this. My problem at 55 is I've dried up the quests near my level, and the 60ish ones I have left I really need help on (sometimes you can get help, other times not).

In most games you can simply tell by the mob name color, but here often things several levels below you still give decent exp., and things that seem like they would be too far above you, you can tackle, but the different classes vary a lot in that regard. Not really a complaint, just an observation.  icon_neutral

Although I think in retrospect I would've preferred a Guardian (I love the various shield designs), Conqs so far seem the least-rolled character so I guess I at least enjoy feeling a bit unique. The guild I'm in is pretty big now, and I think we only have maybe 3 Conqs in the group, and Blackjackian's by far the highest level (fwiw, which isn't much  smirk).
10264  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: June 25, 2008, 01:10:54 PM
Here's a basic, brief video of a horseback ride in the mountains. Sorry about the "Blair Witch Project" camera work, I just like to see how it looks from different angles.  icon_razz

Click here to watch Age-of-Conan-horse-riding-in-snow

I guess technically spacebar is a front-kick attack key for the horse if you have a target; a jump key if you're moving; and if your mount is stopped, and don't have a target, then it's more of a "high ho Silver!" key.  icon_cool
10265  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: June 25, 2008, 03:57:46 AM
So when I'm battling giant mammoths, how the devil do I see their health meter????  icon_confused  mad Actually I guess there's the "target" meter on the lower right of the HUD, guess I'm more used to using the one *on* the target.  smirk

10266  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 24, 2008, 05:10:04 PM
I'd let people summon their whole pet bunch with one click (maybe make it a feat if that seems like something you should sort of "pay for"), ala CoX's pet class ATs. Or at least if you want several of the same pet type. I'd think something like that is in the works if enough people find it needed.

I've always though pet class stuff in MMOs and hack'n'slashes were cool but a lot of the time they are either overpowered (Diablo II's Necromancer at launch), or underpowered (Diablo II's Necromancer after "balancing"). I can apply that to CoH's Controllers being overpowered (at launch) and to some people's minds underpowered (after balancing reduced the # of pets from, if I remember, 8 weaker pets to 3 stronger ones).

Pet classes seem terribly difficult to balance because everyone plays and uses them differently. I don't know how they judge the feedback. Maybe they say if half the players say it's overpowered, and the other half say it's underpowered, then they've reached their Median Goal.  icon_neutral
10267  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 24, 2008, 05:01:28 PM
I think architects will be able to attack enemies with pointy pencil compasses, protractors and slide rules.  Tongue
10268  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 24, 2008, 03:14:27 PM
* Yes, if you didn't get the pre-order perks, you do have to spend 1G for the basic riding skill, and then 2G for a horse. Once you get the mount, a little "horsie" icon appears in your inventory. You can drag that to any hotbar slot for quick access. You can have the mount sprint, and it uses stamina just as if you're running.

I'll try to post a couple gameplay movies tonight so you can see how relatively speedy the horses are now. Definitely made it a lot more pleasant to dash through large zones like Connal's Valley and Field of Dead, albeit I've outleveled almost anything I'd want to do there. They seem a reasonable speed to me now - fast enough to get you where you want to go, slow enough that you can enjoy the scenery and such.

It's not perfect though. The "knocked off horse" animations seem messed up and sometimes flickering to me, and sometimes the ground textures would just vanish and I'd get knocked onto what seemed to be a transparent platform.  icon_confused

Some of the instances take hours to play so I'd just as soon my group not have to waste a lot of time just gathering at the entrance, or having to walk a mile from rez platforms outside the instance (most instances have a rez stone inside, but some don't).
10269  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 24, 2008, 01:13:56 PM
Here's a new dev post yesterday about changes in the works for tradeskills:
Now I'll detail what we plan on doing with Tradeskills and Resource and Building. Unfortunately, I am unable to give you a timeframe for the fixes and changes below, but we hope to get them done very soon. "Very soon" in this case means expect a few of the changes below to come in as early as thursday. Most of these changes we aim to have ready within a few weeks.

    * We will soon have a system where you can unlearn tradeskills.

    * We have added an item called "Alchemists Cache" to Mage/priest mobs. This item, when right-clicked, spawns a few random tradeskill resources for alchemists. These resources will include the 'missing' resources (for example Hyena meat and Icy Crocodile tears) so that alchemists are able to progress further than Tier1.
    * As soon as possible we will patch out a new Resource and Building population consisting of spiders, hyenas, etc, that will drop the resource "proper". These mobs will be put into Lacheish Plains, Poitain and Purple Lotus Swamp. These mobs will have a typical droprate of between 10-50% droprate of these items.
    * At a later stage (still to be determined), we are patching in vendor-bought recipes - these vendor-bought recipes will increase your magic damage. We are also looking into creating various other potions, but thats more hush-hush.

    * Architects are undergoing a design-revamp - what exactly is included in this revamp I won't say, but it will allow architects to use their abilities for combat purposes as well as for building the cities.

    * Weaponsmiths will get a number of blue recipes in the future. These recipes can be obtained through vendors, world-drops and/or boss-kills. These recipes will be spread throughout the tiers of weaponsmithing and will cover all different weapons (but not ammo).

    * As with Weaponsmiths, Armorsmiths will get a number of blue recipes that can be obtained through vendors, world-drops and/or boss-kills. These recipes will provide a more diverse look than what the game currently offers and at level 80, it will be possible to craft an entire set of armor (provided of course that you find the recipes for them).

Resource and Building Regions
    * Traders and Trainers will spawn in the guild-cities. These traders and trainers will spawn depending on what building is built (for instance, a Trader will spawn at the Tradepost).
    * City-life will start appearing in cities. The more buildings you build, the more NPC's will immigrate to your city.
    * We are removing the randomly spawning mobs from the playfields. Instead, we are creating encampments that will dynamically spawn content on the attackers level.
    * Quests - we are adding quests to the Resource and Building regions (Lacheish Plains, Poitain, Purple Lotus Swamp). These quests will not be repeatable.

Various other fixes are also being looked at, amongst others the socketing-bugs and the droprate of leather.

Also, the new update introduced a nasty Alchemist crafting bug (the dangers of removing something the game expects to be there):
I am also writing this in order to explain what has happened to the alchemy crash since todays patch.

Let me start with the bad stuff first.

First off - if you are an Alchemist, opening the tradeskill book by any means will crash your client since last patch. This will be fixed with thursdays patch.

This happened when we were re-arranging some of the potions for tradeskills - If you are an alchemist I'm sure you remember some of the potions would not do anything when created. These potions have been removed from the inventory and will make it back into the game at a later stage. Removing these had an unexpected effect and was unfortunately overlooked by us when patching out the latest patch. We are sorry about this.

Let me assure you - if you are getting the crash, you are not bugged. The recipe book is simply trying to find objects that are no longer available and we have programmers looking into a safeguard for the future so that this type of thing does not happen again.
10270  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 24, 2008, 01:10:05 PM
I finally got a horse mount last night (a guildmate helped me reach the 2G point), see our "Art" screenshots thread.  icon_cool

The horse is very sprightly (-post that recent update that buffed mount speeds), and a lot of fun to ride. I found it easiest to steer with mouse look (hold RMB down and swivel a bit), and move with the run toggle key. I'm sure the novelty will wear off, but I enjoyed just riding around earlier zones and taking in the scenery. I find it a bit clumsy to maneuver in close quarters, or make subtle movements, but it seems to be by design.

Spacebar gets the horse to rear up on its hind legs and give a hearty "neigh." As they'd said, mounted combat is pretty limited. The horse can do some fairly nasty front-kicking for damage, and you can use your basic directional attacks, though it's a little tricky staying in the right position to do so.

I really think that PC Gamer totem item that lets you port back to your home region (once you get out of Tortage and start playing from your Home area) should be a standard item for everyone at some point. Maybe hold it back to 30 or 40 or something as a "carrot," but I've found it enormously useful and a great timesaver even if it is limited to roughly once-every-24-hours use.

There's a "Summon to Instance" function that I'd agree should just be turned into some sort of "group gathering" skill (as is, it seems to just let you pull people to your "number" of an area if the game generated another instance due to excessive # of players). It would be a great timesaver when putting instance teams together.

10271  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 24, 2008, 12:50:48 PM
Some of the supposed nerfing falls under the "Nuke" section:
Nuke Balance Adjustments

    * All damage spells have been rebalanced to take into account your having all 8 pet points at level 20. This leads to better scaling of your damage spells, and reinforces that you are a pet class reliant on pets for a significant amount of damage.
    * Archmage pets incorrectly did not have the area-of-effect damage coefficient applied. Their damage has been corrected to take into account their nukes are AOE nukes.
    * Increased the damage of Necrotic Pustule, Gelid Bones, and Chill.
    * Significantly increased the explosion damage of Necrotic Bomb.
    * Chill has received splash damage (50% damage to 1 target), and splash damage from Ice Strike has received a increase in splash damage from 15% to 30%.
    * Lifestrike Rank 4 will correctly have the damage-over-time effect.
    * Parasitic Soul Swarm and Unholy Hands will now take pet damage contribution into account and should be in line with damage as it was originally intended.
From what I saw last night, the Necro pets are running around like the Road Runner now, and seem to be more smoothly animated (doesn't look like a lot of mannequins doing Charlie Chaplin-shuffles.  icon_razz And they still seem to be a holy terror.

Although the "reach the cave" part of the Cannibal Commotion quest has been fixed, you need to delete the quest if you already had it, and then get it again from the NPC at the Mountain top camp (in the little circular shack). And then it should complete when you reach that cave again.

I can give you a tip for what comes after that but it's a spoiler...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the next quest after the cave completion (or maybe the 2nd one after) triggers a nasty series [I think it's just two waves] of "wave attacks" on the cave, Cannibals per wave. If another player is triggering the quest too, you'll get quickly swamped. You *will* get quest credit even if other players squash the wave for you, so you may even want to ask for a hand if other players are in the cave.  icon_smile

I'm not sure I'm crazy about the new spawn/mob densities, speed out around there though. If there aren't other players around you farming, you can easily get overwhelmed now, or have to charge through an army on your way to somewhere else.

10272  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc - mount! on: June 24, 2008, 12:44:41 PM
I was so worried the mounts wouldn't live up to my expectations. I finally got a horse mount tonight (a guild mate was kind enough to donate about 65s when I mentioned I was counting down until I could afford one). It turns out to be unbelievably fun to ride  icon_biggrin, and you can do basic combat from one (only basic attacks + the mount's innate attack -- a healthy front leg kick for the horses). Since the other's day update buffed up most mount's speeds, it's quite sprightly and a lot faster than walking. I actually rode from Tarantia out to Eiglophian, Just for Fun.  icon_smile

Here are some pics:

Steering takes just a bit of practice. You really only need to use your run-lock key and mouselook movement to steer - it's hard at first to resist trying to use keyboard keys for movement.

In combat.

Spacebar gooses the horse to pop a wheelie and "neeeeigh."   icon_cool
10273  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Classes thread on: June 23, 2008, 08:17:27 PM
The dev updates claim they're re-doing a lot of descriptions in the game to be, well, more descriptive. And brother does it need it.   icon_razz

Furious Inspiration is helpful but I really have a hard time telling when it's going off (other than the little icon, there isn't much to indicate it's "firing off").

My Conq's at 54. While he can handle some things above him now, I've found that a pair of 58s will hand him his lunch. A single one he can deal with. So I've got a quest where you have to take out a pair, and I just can't quite handle it solo. With any sort of help at all (just a partner of any AT), he's a worldbeater. I find I have to adjust my expectations on the days i'm switching a lot between solo and teams.  icon_razz
10274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 23, 2008, 05:50:39 PM
Lets just ignore it and keep assuming it's Diablo III or a Starcraft MMO. That's a lot more interesting than assuming Blizzard's doomed (not that they're complaining icon_neutral) to an eternity of paid WoW expansions the rest of this century.  icon_razz

Until the "rune explanation," I too was assuming it was perhaps just a fresh tease for SC II.
10275  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 23, 2008, 03:50:15 PM
NPC cries for help should no longer trigger aggro through collision such as walls and other structures.
Pretty amusing...  icon_lol
10276  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 23, 2008, 03:05:41 PM
* The guild I'm in has some Tempests of Sets and I'll post if I see any feedback during the week.  icon_smile

Balancing in these things is tricky, esp. PvE vs. PvP needs (see what happened in CoX once PvP balancing became required). All Mass Nerfing tends to do is drive a lot of people either out of the game (if they were in love with a particular AT) or away from the AT. That said, a few of the classes right now are like one-person Armies and really don't need teammates (outside of Epic Instances) at all it seems.

* I really hope the "client code performance" remedies the memory leak/"decay in system performance over time" situation

* It took me weeks to get a clue, but the Trading Post NPCs first tab on the left is actually your personal stash (maybe I'm the last person to realize this). I thought it was just a "selling" tab but you right click items there to sell them, otherwise it's just your stash. Though to be fair, I've been too busy saving for a mount.

A guild bud donated his last 65S to me last night (I didn't beg, was just joking about being about 78 Silver shy of amount). He said once he had a decent mount he didn't feel like he really needed to save up for anything per se. So I'm about 12-13S shy now.  icon_cool
10277  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 23, 2008, 01:14:42 PM
Here's the EU Forum page link:

Necromancer/Demonoligists massive overhaul seems to have gone in today, among other things. Some promising performance improvements at the end. As to what this all broke in the process, stay tuned.  icon_wink

And worth a separate shoutout: All loot bags have doubled in size!  icon_cool [I assume they mean the add-ons you purchase, not sure]

I highlighted the Quests section too as a few annoying broken quests seem to have been fixed.

And pasted:
Massive PvP

    * Player city keeps now contain a vendor that sells siege weapons.
    * Players will now get teleported out of the zone before the battle starts.
    * Traders that would not spawn at the Battlekeep Tradeposts will now spawn. Traders will now be available at Battlekeeps.
    * Ballista NPCs will no longer spawn at an unbuilt tower.
    * The Boarder Kingdoms has had its environments adjusted. This should reduce draw-distance in those playfields and contribute to a performance-increase.

Player Character

    * Mages will now do less damage with ranged weapons to set them apart from specialized ranged weapon classes like the Ranger.

Core Revision Adjustments

    * Kidney Shots will now properly go on cooldown, is now stackable for 12 second from the original 6 seconds and it's stacking buff duration has been increased to 10 seconds.
    * Flesh Necrosis has been given a new and improved visual.
    * Atrophy has an added persistent effect on the target while the debuff is in effect.

Core Revision Adjustments

    * Rage of the Tempest now correctly grants your team increased electrical damage, not increased fire damage.

Dark Templar
Core Revision Adjustments

    * Rite of Blood will now display health loss, stamina gain and the affect of its enhancement.

New Spells

    * Forced Summoning will allow you to summon a pet of the opposite sex than what would normally be summoned  icon_lol if cast before the specific summoned pet. You will receive this spell at level 9 with your first pet summon spell. All characters above level 9 will get this spell automatically.

Core Revision Adjustments

    * Diabolic Insight and Infernal Knowledge now last 12 hours instead of 1 hour and will no longer be removed upon death.
    * Wicked Bolts received a name change to be consistent regardless of how many points you have invested in it.

Herald of Xotli
Core Revision Adjustments

    * Herald of Xotli fatalities now have effects to them.
    * Corrected spelling of the name of the feat "Spell - Undying Glory of Xotli"

New Spells

    * You will now gain a new single target snare - Ice Shackle - at level 5. If you are already higher than level 5, you will gain this spell automatically.

Core Revision Adjustments

    * Dark Knowledge and Vile Insight now last 12 hours instead of 1 hour and will no longer be removed upon death.
    * Plagued Heart Curse will now correctly increase in damage with more feats trained.
    * Decomposition now increases Flesh to Worms by 35% at max rank instead of 30%.
    * Unholy Power has been rebalanced to have a more consistent effect across all levels.
    * Brutal Death now increases the critical strike chance of Pestilential Blast, Life Strike, Ice Strike, and Chill by 2/4/6/8/10%
    * Ice Shards now increases the splash range and damage inflicted by Chill in addition to Ice Strike.
    * Flash Freeze now additionally increases the damage of Frost Blast by 75/150/250%.
    * Bones of Frost now additionally increases the damage of Gelid Bones by 5/10/15/20/30%.
    * Frozen Body now increases the damage of Ice Strike, Chill, and Deathly Blizzard by 2/4/6/8/10%.
    * Corrupted Soul now increases the damage of Pestilential Blast, Life Strike, and Blasphemous Ruin by 2/4/6/8/10%
    * Soul Absorption now restores a significantly higher amount of mana when consuming a pet.
    * Frost Reach now additionally increases the damage of Frost Blast by 75/150/250%.
    * Ritual of the Lich has had its spell damage multiplier increases from 10% to 25%.
    * Embrace Death now has an increased effect. The maximum effect of this ability has been increased from 4% to 10%.
    * Pets now move faster and follow NPCs better.
    * Void has had its stamina/mana drain increased. It will also have the chance to crit.
    * Archmage feat has been moved to up in the general feat tree.
    * Unholy Fortitude has been changed to reduce the recast time of Frenzy by 12 seconds per rank, up from 4 seconds per rank.
    * The levels at which you get your pet points has been significantly changed. You will now get them at the following levels: level 5 - 2 points, level 10 - 4 points, level 15 - 6 points, level 20 - 8 points. You will now have your maximum number of pet points available at level 20.
    * Despoiled the Soul has had its mana cost and recast time reduced. When you train Despoil the Soul you will get a secondary spell, Reap the Soul. This spell can be used to refresh your current Despoil the Soul, making it easier to keep your Despoil the Soul counter where you want it. In addition, Despoil the Soul will also increase a bonus to magical damage instead of being a damage multiplier.

Nuke Balance Adjustments

    * All damage spells have been rebalanced to take into account your having all 8 pet points at level 20. This leads to better scaling of your damage spells, and reinforces that you are a pet class reliant on pets for a significant amount of damage.
    * Archmage pets incorrectly did not have the area-of-effect damage coefficient applied. Their damage has been corrected to take into account their nukes are AOE nukes.
    * Increased the damage of Necrotic Pustule, Gelid Bones, and Chill.
    * Significantly increased the explosion damage of Necrotic Bomb.
    * Chill has received splash damage (50% damage to 1 target), and splash damage from Ice Strike has received a increase in splash damage from 15% to 30%.
    * Lifestrike Rank 4 will correctly have the damage-over-time effect.
    * Parasitic Soul Swarm and Unholy Hands will now take pet damage contribution into account and should be in line with damage as it was originally intended.

Pet Effect Adjustments

    * Blighted One has had its proc rate and amount of mana damage significantly increased.
    * Dead Blight stamina damage was also significantly increased if it is trained and will have a chance to crit.
    * Harvester has received an increase to the amount of mana healed and stamina healed by the pet. The Harvester will now heal more mana than stamina (although the stamina gain is now still significantly increased over the previous value). These can also have a chance to crit.
    * Life-Stealer has had it's amount of health increased significantly. We also reduced the variance of the heal and added a chance to crit.
    * Mutilator's Mutilation damage-over-time (DoT) effect has had an increase to the damage. This will also have a chance to crit.

Tempest of Set
Core Revision Adjustments

    * Storm Field is now limited to affection 3 targets at a time.
    * Titanic Storm now additionally increases the number of targets affected by Storm Field by 50%.
    * Lightning Strike no longer has a cooldown.
    * The primary damage range of Lightning Strike has adjusted to be more consistent, the average damage remains the same
    * Lightning Strike has been modified to deal 40% splash damage to 3 targets instead of pure AoE damage
    * Pillar Lightning rank 2 and 3 now additionally increase the number of targets affected by Lightning Strike splash damage.
    * Fury of the Storm has been decreased from 60% to 40% critical damage modifier at max rank


    * Blood effects on pet attacks should now trigger correctly.
    * The evade bonus on characters has been revised when fighting lower level monsters.

**** Quests *****

    * Quests in the 20 - 40 level range have been revised so that they are all categorized under the proper locations in the quest journal.
    * Supply Routes quest in Conalls Valley should now be sorted under the correct region in the quest journal.
    * The “Jack of Ale” you get at “Rum n' Rumble” for the Mage destiny quest can now be removed from your inventory.
    * Magic Orb: The orbs have been lowered for characters that could not reach them due to shortness in height.
    * Awakening III - Neutralize Strom's Guard: You should no longer become stuck after killing the Boozed Bullies.
    * The Phoenix of the North: You should no longer become stuck in the barrier that shields the Phoenix of the North if you log off.
    * The Cimmerian's Axe, What Creeps Beneath, The Dangers of Decadence and Desert Raiders have had their waypoints corrected.
    * New dialog has been added for Sharak and Scyra when you've finished all the Destiny Quests.
    * Cannibal Commotion: The quest will now correctly update when you reach the cave that Attadeus and Demeras are located in.
    * Ibis, Master of Hidden Secrets: The quest can no longer be deleted from your journal as it was intended.
    * Phoenix of the East: It should no longer be possible to enter the Blood Rite Subterrene with multiple players.
    * To Battle a God: You should no longer experience issues with this quest if your journal is full.


    * Tooltips will now properly display spell affects of the spell line and proc affects to the spell line. They will also now properly display the gem modifications on the item itself.
    * Despoil the Soul will now display a stack count when stacked four times.


    * All bags have had their size doubled!
    * Many level 80 items that increased Max Mana have been adjusted to provide Max Stamina as they were intended. Barbarians will greatly benefit from this change.
    * Oil of Acuity will now replenish mana when consumed.
    * Vanir NPCs in Conall's Valley, Field of the Dead and the Eiglophian Mountains will drop a greater variety of Vanir-based loot.
    * Gossamer Silk should now be referenced correctly in the Full Trade Response.
    * Rusty Courage: The Rusty Old Sword has had it's sized reduced to reflect that of a humans and not of a giant's.
    * The Bloodied Spear now has a blue glow, indicating that you can interact with it.


    * The Beggar in Khemi will no longer give the chat bubble icon.
    * NPC cries for help should no longer trigger aggro through collision such as walls and other structures.
    * NPCs should no longer reset in mid combat.
    * Koruno Elder's has received a new sword as his offhand weapon.
    * The White Hand Priest’s Emanation of Life spell will now have a longer cooldown and will also display the icon for the spell in the Priest’s debuff window.
    * Awi-Awan from the Purple Lotus Swamp is now flagged as an Armorsmith Trainer.
    * Barkripper Ursa is now a group encounter.


Armsman Arena

    * You will now need to interact with the Arena Gong after speaking with the Announcer to receive a challenge.

Eiglophian Mountains

    * Eiglophian Mountains has received a number of enhancements and adjustments based off player feedback.
    * More Hungry Ice Worms, Ice Worm Devoures, Snow Apes, Mountain Apes and Cliff Apes have been added.
    * The respawn timers of the NPCs in the area has also been adjusted.
    * Ymirish Rimebinder has been reverted from a group encounter to a solo encounter.

Khopshef Province

    * New quests and monsters have been added.
    * Black Castle is no longer Epic Mode enabled as it's turned into a group dungeon.

Kyllikki's Crypt

    * The light and environment in Kyllikki's Crypt should be a little better.

Sanctum of the Burning Souls

    * Treasures are now scattered throughout the sanctum.
    * NPCs will now never lose aggro.


    * Silver Necklet has had its level adjusted to 40 as it was originally intended.
    * Skymetal-Studded Wristbands (normal) and Bluesteel-studded Wristbands (rare) should now have different stats from each other.
    * Stone, Iron and Gold nodes have had new visual effect applied to them to make the nodes more visible to all.
    * All items that contain gems will no longer have the gems removed when undoing a sale in the shop.
    * Wolves in Lacheish Plains have had their Worled Leather drops adjusted as intended.
    * Gems will no longer visually overwrite the first one.
    * Crafted cloaks will now support the equipping of gems.


    * Performance: A number of code changes have been made to improve client performance.
    * New advance video options have been added for particles. Turning down the particle settings will increase performance.

10278  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 23, 2008, 04:03:07 AM
Gamespot has an AoC Hardware Guide that might be useful:
10279  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Character Art, etc on: June 23, 2008, 03:48:45 AM
Got some neat group screenshots from a moderately successful Tomb instance team (we at least got the Ancient Weapons quest done, and a couple of the guards). These give an idea of how 50-ish toons look.

The Fellowship of... I mean, the Hyborian Brotherhood of...

We had what seemed to be a pretty good mix, I think of 6 different classes.

The Polearm guy is a Guardian who sort of apologized for not being a Shield-tank Guardian.

I'm not really a big fan of the Fear Affect animation where your character basically becomes Michael Jackson on Roller Skates, doing this wacky, uncontrolled moonwalk in every direction in the near vicinity.  disgust icon_razz So that's me and the archer doing our required moonwalking... We needed a second try to beat this boss (not a quest boss, just an Annoying one).
10280  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 22, 2008, 08:40:20 PM
I'm a combat-heavy guy and so far that has what has hooked me and kept me in it. I appreciate that others want to build houses, boats, furniture etc., and I don't think AoC  has enough properly functioning crafting features to satisfy that need right now. I don't think those things (unless you consider the Guild keep stuff "houses") are a focus of the game, and I never would've recommended AoC to someone who wants to focus more on those kinds of things. I'd more likely recommend LOTORO myself (which I retain a lot of fondness for) even if you can't make your own boat. icon_neutral

And I really do think it was a mistake to make mounts so prohibitively expensive. I maybe understand it with the pre-order mounts (Mammoth, Rhino) cause you want to keep them something fairly rare. But mounts are a cool feature in the game (that I'm sure many players never even reach) and it just seems a shame to make even a starter horse such a bear to afford unless you're a resource-gathering maniac or spend all day at the auction house. LOTORO had a tricky little obstacle course, and some slightly annoying navigational horse-riding before you could use one, but at least you could get a horse without too much financial agony.

As for solo vs. grouping, I think fixing a lot of the malfunctioning quests would really enhance the solo experience (and while I'm addicted to the game, I *do* agree they should be scolded for allowing so many broken quests to [presumably] knowingly go into the release version of the game). The problems is a lot of these broken things are parts of quest chains so you end up having content that players can't even get to. Blackjackian's in the 50s, there's plenty to do, but he has about 3 quests that are bugged, or you don't get credit for killing a boss, or reaching a location etc.

I've piped up in the chat channels frequently that they need additional chat channels, such as:
-An LFG Channel (LOTORO has this, and generally it makes it much faster to find a group or recruit cause you're chatting in a channel devoted to the topic). Right now, most LFG type message are in OOC or the region channel (Cimmeria, Stygia etc.) The problem being, there might be a good instance in Stygia, but you're in Cimmeria and you won't even know. One central LFG channel would be really helpful in that regard, among other things.

-A "newbie" or "Q&A" or "FAQ" channel
Since so much of the game just isn't intuitive right now (supposedly they're working on improving descriptions and explanations, tutorials etc.) you end up with people hollering out questions all over the place in chat. Might as well give people a channel for that, it's worked fine in other games I've played. Hell, even Hellgate and Tabula Rasa had "new player" chat channels that were really useful.

I don't think it's so much you can't find teams, or people aren't recruiting, we're all just struggling with the chaotic disorganization of the chat channels, and the strangely designed search tools (you can search for someone by level, and area, but not by what particular quests or instances they want to do, for example). The tools just don't seem very useful and most of my teams are through squawking in a region or OOC channel, or just inviting someone I stumble into who's working on the same quest as me.

I can only change from my own limited MMO experience but I feel like COH/COV and LOTORO have much, much, more useful/flexible search tools for LFG, LFT, LFM, recruiting etc. and yet you can just use them pretty simply if you don't want to dig into their menu options. AoC's (to me) feels like a neanderthal axe by comparison. icon_razz

Anyway, I could go on, but according to the latest dev postings they are working on improving the LFG interface, and the chat UI, channels etc.   They really need to move on those things, it would really improve the experience a lot.
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