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6-04-2008 @ 6:14PM
Thanks for taking the information I had Zach. My friend has stated a few other pieces of information since I sent in the tip.- In the current version on paper, no items or levels are confirmed as the goal is creating a new dynamic BG, not a replacement DOTA. - The "item" replacements are thought of in terms of buffs or vehicles as I deduced and you reported. According to what I've now been told, they are toying with one of three scenarios at this time... I was explained a bit about the one they're considering most which is based on personal achievement. I'll elaborate what I have below in a copy paste of the email.- Vehicles are highly considered for it, though a plan for their implementation comes later in it's process. - I have no further confirmation if NPC floods are in or not.. it's another item that's not confirmed one way or another. Here's one of my emails I've received from my friend today. "It was learned from AV that putting PvE mechanics in a PvP environment does not help the goal of the instance as much as it blurs the strategy. Too many options provided too much disunity in a team. Buffs as they stand in the current battleground are not really thought of in terms of strategy but rather bonuses when available. The most workable solution of a buff being strategic was the use of boots in the tunnels of WSG, that's the style of use we'd like to see. Buffs of a random nature in AB and EOTS don't serve the strategic purpose that we've desired as they are rarely utilized or planned around. They've become interested bonuses and the source of some of our favorite little youtube films of warlocks providing tens of thousands of damage... but I digress.They're looking into rewarding personal achievements that are pvp related. Examples so far are the obvious ones on the scoreboard, damage, killing blows, healing done, buildings destroyed, etc. When a predefined increment is achieved, you can turn in a quest at your castle to provide the buff. This would allow multiple people to save up their buffs, turn them in as a group and push forward together in a rush with some minor verbal communication. The buffs are being considered in a fashion to be higher than your average buff, making them more of a strategic boost instead of a mere bonus that might not be recoginzed fully. Vehicles are still in discussion and I have no more nifty tidbits for you on that. Just that they're planned, just not fully decided on which path of implementation to go as of yet." Take it as you will :) I know he's trustworthy.- Kevin
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