Feb 25th 2010 11:18AM If they ever addressed the class imbalance in WAR it would solve the population imbalance.
Jan 8th 2010 4:26PM Count me in.
Jan 4th 2010 11:56AM This is an interesting topic to me as I converted to LOTRO not too long ago after playing WOW for years, a 1 year stint on WAR, and after trying Champions and Fallen Earth. To answer the questions posed by the OP:
Do you roll a class that can solo easily? Enjoyment comes first, but since the ability to solo adds greatly to that enjoyment level I will say, 'yes'.
Do you convince a buddy to start out with you? Usually no. I tried that in WAR and it didn't work out so well. When I quit after a year my by-then-diehard-WAR-friend didn't take it easily. Thus I decided to leave my RL friends out of Middle Earth.
Do you PUG it? When I have to. But in general I find PUGs to be a drain. Courtesy does not exist in WOW so I gave up on them after years of trying. PUGS in WAR were not-so-bad since they had an open party system. PUGS in LOTRO have actually been a blessing and people actually seem to want to help noobs (like myself).
Do you join a guild and hope for the best? Yes. Guilds are a complete toss up. I have been in small guilds of RL friends, small pvp guilds, and large raiding guilds... and really did not enjoy any of them. When I went to LOTRO I decided that I was there purely to enjoy the sights and surprisingly there was a guild that found me that doesn't mind that I would rather look at waterfalls than farm radiance gear.
Jan 4th 2010 11:33AM Everytime I hear this notion of 'influence' and 'similarities' I think of the book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell. These same themes, images and myths have been repeated time and again since the beginning of human existence.
Nov 13th 2009 11:36AM Excellent video. This went from a title I had no interest in, to something I will certainly try.
(It also appears to be an appealing game for those of us who liked WOW but hate Blizzard and thus refuse to fund them with our $$)
Nov 12th 2009 5:38PM Nice article. I agree 100%.
Oct 19th 2009 3:40PM Seriously, are you playing FE?
When you step out of the pod FE leaves you totally clueless. Sure there are quest givers but if you want to.. say make ammo for your zip gun there is nothing there to tell you how. There isn't even an ammo book at the ballistics trainer. FE is the most unforgiving title I have seen (and that's a good thing).
Oct 16th 2009 4:24PM As a side note, the letter to the community reads as though they are changing the starter quests in the other zones. So even if you do make the run to a warcamp as a lowbie and fly to your old starter zone (not exactly easy) the quests may be different/changed. I don't consider that "still being able to play (those zones).. if you so please".
The end result, either way, is that they are diluting the content in T1 which is the most well designed part of their game.
Oct 16th 2009 11:55AM I really really wanted to love this game. After sticking with it for 1 year, I unsubbed last week. I was in beta and I showed up on all the PTS tests to take part in helping improve this title. But at the end of the day it wasn't fun anymore... you get to the opposing capital after months of fighting and then week after week, guess what, the capital city is bugged. You can't win. Do they hotfix it? No.
Warhammer has alot going for it and one of the most talked about was the fact that the T1 experience was a ton of fun. Now they are changing T1. Why? To try and hook more players? Excuse me, but it seems like they are off again down the wrong rabbit hole.
Mythic I left your game because the factions and classes are horribly balanced and bugged to high heaven. Until you fix that you are going to continue to lose players. Even diehard players.