Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Played Lately: Age of Conan

  • As agreed in my prior post, I have resubscribed to Age of Conan. I bought the digital expansion upgrade so that I wouldn't miss out on all the fun there. I tried to find a box, but not very hard. One less bit of cardboard for me to throw away.

  • So the first thing I did was roll a new Priest of Mitra on the Wiccana server. (What can I say? I was inspired.) I was looking forward to tackling Tortage again with a different character so that I could see another side of the story. So I rolled up a character, tweaked her look (of course it's a her), tried to attack a pirate, and...

  • You can see it coming, I'm sure.

  • computer crashed. And it crashed and it crashed.

  • My promise for this experiment was that I would do whatever it takes to play AoC for the full duration. So I actually bought a new graphic card and installed it myself. This is quite the feat for me since my Geek credentials are written on a 3x5 index card in colored marker and sealed with a sticker of a bug. And now everything is working fine again. I'll even get to play DDO and LotRO again. But not this month.

  • Since I've already written about AoC and Tortage specifically last year, the rest of this post is getting a lot more bullet pointy.

  • Priest of Mitra is a lot of fun. I really enjoy Smiting the hell out of people, as well as using other spells that I've learned. I wasn't even aware that there were spell fatalities in the game. Dragon Age could have taken some notes.

  • Tortage is still Tortage, so I remember all of the quests. But I completely forgot that playing a different archetype would give you a different slant on the destiny quests. That has been a nice treat.

  • I can't get over how cool the clothing options are. I love scavenging cloths from the pirates so that I don't have to prance through the jungle in my bikini. I love buying a set of burlap bags to wear when I get to Tortage. I love that it's all so earthy. Seriously, there's no sarcasm here. It wouldn't feel like Hyboria if everyone was running around in clown suits. And really, doesn't a skirt made out of ripped alligator skim just scream Conan to you?

  • Hmm. somewhere along the line I'll have to figure out how to turn off the UI when taking screenshots. Don't tell me! I swear I'll work it out myself.

  • Blue Kae was cool enough to induct me into the Hyborian Courier Network. Now I just have see if I'm ever logged on at the same time as anyone else.

  • And one more thing: does anyone else think that it's awesome that the advanced solo enemies are called bosses or mini-bosses? Someone at Funcom has a good sense of humor.

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  1. Good to see you're enjoying your PoM. I had a lot of fun with mine; I liked the animations a lot, and yes there are spell fatalities but I didn't think they were anywhere as fun as the melee fatalities :P

  2. Tortage is really awesome. The game sorta fell flat for me after that (though I did enjoy the aesthetics of Stygia). The fact that there is a new 20+ zone in the expansion is tempting me sorely.

  3. An AoC blog, awesome! So to hide the ui you need to press alt+z and of course screenshots are f11.

    So Wiccana eh? Guess that means I need to roll a toon there so we can play! Maybe I will try a tank class, I really want to wear some heavy armor, cause it looks so awesome when I see high level players running around.

  4. So I need to amend my last comment a little, I misunderstood what the HCN. But a blog that talks about AoC, awesome!

  5. Glad you finally got your crashing issues figured out. Now you can go on an MMO bender!

    I'm sure I'll see you online, but probably only on weekends when I'm burning the 2am oil.

  6. hi Anjin , was Fun talking to you in gchat last night , Good to see you are enjoying the priest of Mitra . how is the combat ? on my TOS i have 2 attack spells total , and 2 for CC . so combat starts to feel a bit repetitive at this level compared to the melee classes .

  7. @Brutal
    Well at level 30 it doesn't get much better. I have 3 attacks and two shield type damage buffs that do damage to enemies around me. But it's lightening and I love it!

  8. I agree with, Jaye. Lightning attacks never get old, that was my favorite part of playing a Wizard in EQ2.

    Woosh, crack, ground shakes. So fun.

  9. @ MMOGamerChick - I suppose there is only so much you can do with fatalies for holy spells. As long as someone's soul is harrowed, though, I'll be happy. :)

    @ Yeebo - I agree. After Tortage, AoC does because very MMOish. I suspect I'll be using some of those offline levels to skip past whatever hell levels I encounter.

    @ Jayedub - I suppose I should have mentioned that HCN is a guild. Silly me.

    @ Blue Kae - I'll look forward to running into you. I've never played through any of the dungeons in AoC, so I'm hoping the guild will help us do that.

    That might be another reason for offline levels. I may need some to close the gap will my groupmates.

    @ Brutal - Awesome of you to stop by! Playing a PoM feels a little like playing a Holy Priest in WoW: Smite, Smite, Smite.... :)

    There is a nice AoE knockdown spell and a cone AoE that I'll be talenting into soon.