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Age of Discovery

May 25th, 2008 - By

Over the course of the last year and a half (give or take a month),
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes has had its ups and downs. For anyone that's
been following the game for any amount of time, that news is about as
fresh as the href="">dead
horses I discussed last week. What is of interest though is
the current state of the game and the waves it's making within the

With Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures going live last week (or earlier
if you were part of the early access program), it appears that Vanguard
has at least temporarily lost a part of its player base. With the
release of any new game, especially one as hotly hyped as Age of Conan,
this was certainly expected to a certain extent. The number may be
higher or lower than planned, but in either case, I'm going to go out
on a limb here and state this is a good thing.

As crazy as that sounds, I really do think it is a good thing. It's not
the loss of any player I think is good, but the type of player lost. It
seems the majority of players lost were those that felt the
need to be more obnoxious than your average gamer. Call it a lack of
age or, more accurately, a lack of maturity if you like, but in either
case, I think Age of Conan may prove to be a better fit for those
players. Obviously, this is a complete generalization, but it serves a

Over the last two to three weeks, there's been a change slowly coming
over the servers in terms of general attitude. With the loss of players
last week, it finally coalesced into something concrete enough for me
to put my finger on. The game began to feel like Everquest again. Not
the later years of Everquest, but the early days when the game was
still new, fresh, and doing everything it could to not only hang onto
the players it had, but to get new blood in as well.

The community took their responsibility to new players pretty seriously
back then. The game was not intuitive and could be insanely frustrating
at times. As such, the majority of the community went out of its way to
ensure that new players coming into the game were made to feel welcome
and helped them out any way they reasonably could. Whether
this meant answering a few questions, passing out a bit of loot to ease
their beginning travels, or even escorting them across half a continent
for a naked corpse run, they did whatever they could to at least give
fresh players a fighting chance in this strange new world they found
themselves in.

I've noticed a distinct pattern of the same behavior emerging on the
servers of Vanguard as well, and that's why I say the loss of some
players may be a good thing, at least in time. I've continued to see an
increase in the number of questions being asked in the regional chat
channels over the last few weeks, and the responses to those questions
have made me sit up and notice. They've been full of real answers, or
at the very least, a point in the right direction. Amazingly, it's also
been at least two weeks since I've had to preface my answer to any
question with, "Just ignore the" asshats, dillweeds, jerks, etc.

The Doom and Gloom Patrol that roams the official forums is right about
one thing in their ranting. For better or worse, a time of
change is upon us. Rather than a coming Apocalypse though, I
think Vanguard is getting ready to enter an Age of Discovery for new
players everywhere. Let’s hope I’m right.

So am I correct or completely off my rocker? Tell me what you
think  href="">here!

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