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What a crazy night of WAR I just had the pleasure of finishing out. Mythic, in their obviously infallible ways, implemented a double XP/RR weekend to celebrate what has so far been a pretty damn flawless release of patch 1.3.6. Combine this with the introduction of the Against All Odds buff and you have what was once a lovely fountain of renown turned in a geyser of purple bar bliss. My Chosen started off tonight at RR40 and finished halfway through RR45. My time was even split up between solo ganking in the lakes, zerg warbanding between BO’s, pugging scenarios, then at the end getting into a premade and kicking teeth in diving headfirst into a blob of order easily five times our size.

This, of all weekends, should really be the one to make you re-sub and get some action. I haven’t gotten renown like this in pretty much ever. Over a 6. hour period of mixed activity I managed to rake in about 200k renown. Insanity! I managed to hit a new record for renown earned in a scen at 20,900! However the RvR lakes are where the massive renown was found. Find a lake with a big enough AAO bonus and you could be looking at 8k renown from a single kill, and I did many times in quick succession. The AAO buff does an amazing job at promoting smaller group warfare and breaking up the zerg. The amount of action in the lakes across the board was way more activity than I’ve seen on Iron Rock in a long time.

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Rants are short and simple posts that exist only to get some stuff off my chest. Purely based in opinion, and rarely constructive enough to consider a quality post. Of course from time to time you might catch a glimpse of some tasty insight, so it’s probably best to pay attention and roll with it.

Alright kids, here’s something that’s pissed me off over time, and it’s more of a design problem than anything, but also falls into the hands of players and self moderated sportsmanship. When you hit the level cap and you’re sort of milling around the top of the dog pile of players in your competitive environment, is it really conducive to gather a full group of level capped players to go out griefing? Look now, I understand the joys of kicking ass relentlessly, but is it really fun when the opposition stands no chance at all? Read the rest of this entry »

Lately I’ve been leveling up a Sorc with a friend of mine who is working on a Magus at the same time. Neither of us regularly have guard or dedicated heals and we’re equally decked out in gear. We have pretty much the same skill level, and yet I find he manages to out-kill everything over me. Sometimes it’s just a small amount, but often he’s pulling 30% victories over me.

This puzzled me for a while. Is the Sorc not the premier damage dealer in this game? Is the Magus not after all the most gimped RDPS class? At first glance it looks like this is indeed the case, at least in T2. Then I thought back to when I was leveling my Engineer, and how much I laughed at Bright Wizards and their futility. Even now I have the potential to crit for 1400 or so, but it’s fairly rare that I get that chance.

The reason out of all this that I can excel on second rate toons, and get so easily walloped with OP toons is a self fulfilling prophecy. While I’ve been trying desperately to stay out of harms way with my cloth wearing armor, the Magus was right in the fray tearing people apart. Even so, I was still the main target since I was the one sporadically critting for 1400 while my friend was spamming them for a mere 600 or so per AOE.

It’s interesting how the ecology of PvP can affect gameplay like this.

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It’s not a particularly fragile balance as far as I can tell. I’ve been splitting my time three ways for quite a while now and it’s always the desire for something else that pulls me away from one game over the other. WAR, EVE, and APB are so massively different it’s easy to bounce around between them, the only thing that really ties me to one or another for any amount of time is when I have friends playing, and actually needing me for something. In WAR I have a tank and healer warder for the end game dungeons and ready to rock whenever. In APB my crim is in a small clan and I get the prestigious responsibility of driving their asses around in my custom Seiyo Espacio (which I really need some screenies of). EVE, well… is EVE. I don’t have anyone on my contact list, and most of the time I’m just running missions with naught but my drones to keep me company. They’re all different flavors, but it’s all about how you manage things. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bedpost is a sporadic mobile post set in the event that I am lying down for the night, quite literally in bed, and posting from my phone. This will be a more journal-like post where I cover whatever game I had just finished, progression in it, what keeps me going and so forth.

So tonight started out as a Warhammer night. I’ve been bouncing back and forth with my shaman from DPS to heal spec trying to get a feel for when my realm needs more of one or the other. It’s truly a curse however, as soon as you pick one you end up getting screwed. I guess this wouldn’t be so bad if I did the smart thing and played with a regular team, but no one wants a DPS shaman as usual. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bedpost is a sporadic mobile post set in the event that I am lying down for the night, quite literally in bed, and posting from my phone. This will be a more journal-like post where I cover whatever game I had just finished, progression in it, what keeps me going and so forth.

Tonight was a frustrating plunge into WAR on my shaman, accompanied by a rarely occuring rage log. Yes, I am quite susceptible to fits of anger, especially when getting griefed by entirely legitimate means, namely Witch Hunters. Read the rest of this entry »

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