The Here and Now
3rd, 2007 - By Dalmarus
Last week as I sat in front of my television screen to enjoy
some mindless entertainment while eating my dinner, I came to a
realization. It seems that people can't just enjoy the time of year
they're currently in. I sat there and watched my all-time favorite
Christmas special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"... in November.
This was followed by a new Shrek special... in November. Maybe as time
goes on, the patterns that make up our memories begin to jumble a bit,
but as a kid I'm pretty sure I remember watching the Grinch and
Charlie Brown during the week of Christmas vacation... in December.
My wife thinks I'm crazy for complaining about little things like this,
but I think it's an indication of how we view things in general these
days. We can never wait for "something". While looking to the future
for good things to come or the hope for endless possibilities is a good
thing, it no longer becomes so when we don't take the time to enjoy
where we're at now.
I began to think the same thing while playing Vanguard this week. I've
seen a lot of new players come into the game, which in and of itself is
absolutely a good thing. My problem though, is that I've also been
seeing a lot of discussion about which class is easiest to get to 50,
where are the best hunting places to get to 50 the fastest, etc. In my
humble (or perhaps not so humble) opinion, that's not the game Vanguard
was intended to be.
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I've been playing the game since the last two weeks of beta. My main
character just hit 40 last night. Now I'm not saying that everyone
needs to play as slowly as I do, thus driving their friends to the
brink of insanity, but taking the slower route does have a certain
appeal. I've explored a lot of the content in Vanguard, but there
is still quite a bit I have no idea about.
On our forums this week, there have been some questions revolving
around the "good" races of Telon I simply can't answer because
I've never played them. Almost a year after release, that strikes me as
a fairly significant statement.
People have been complaining since release that Vanguard doesn't have
enough content. As far as content itself is concerned, I think there's
actually quite a bit of it within the game. If you merely hit each
"hot spot" as you're playing though, you won't see
than 20-35% of it on your race to hit 50.
That being said however, I can see their point when players state there
isn't enough content for their character. The world itself is simply
Although I've explored quite a bit of land and delved into a fair
amount of content in each area I've explored, I
was already past the intended level for quite a bit of it. So perhaps
it's not really
accurate to say that Vanguard doesn't have a lot of content, it's that
you'll out level the majority of the content in the game long before
you ever discover it.
I'd be interested to hear what others think on the idea.
While we're talking about people looking forward to things though,
there is a bright spot on the horizon. The team at SOE is really
gearing up to have the Ancient Port Warehouse go live. This week they
announced that the quest needed to grant access to the APW has gone
live on the test server. Although the APW itself isn't open to everyone
yet, the quest to get there is, so get over there and give it a shot.
The more testing players can do now, the less we'll all need to hear
about something being broken when it comes over to the live servers
later down the road.
With the raids coming soon, I'm curious to see if we'll start to see
even more people striving to hit 50 as quickly as they can, or do you
think more people will take a slower approach and try to enjoy
everything the game has to offer before arriving at the end-game
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