Doing It With Style
10th, 2007 - By Dalmarus
be the king of the world if you're a slave to the grind - Skidrow"
In 1991, I bought Skidrow's, "Slave to the Grind" cassette tape and
fell in love with it. The above lyric/quote has struck a chord with me
ever since I heard it all those years ago. Now while I can't guarantee
that's how I've lived my life, it is how I like to play my MMO's.
My best friend and I always seem to have a fairly common disagreement
when it comes to hunting styles nearly every time we get together to
play. We're both old Everquest players and remember the days of the
grind quite well.
While I was able to do it back then (what else
did we know?) and even enjoy it, I simply can't hunt like that anymore.
After anything longer than 20 minutes or so, I normally get restless
and have to go somewhere else to hunt.
My buddy though, can stay in the same area running a circuit and stay
there for hours on end. He is truly the master of the grind.
For the reasons listed above, I keep telling him he hunts like old men
golf. I, on the the other hand, am called a "Spaz" because I'm always
running around as we hunt. I'll pick a general direction and kill
everything in our path. He did get a little upset when I shot an NPC he
was talking to for a quest back in SWG, but I'd like to think that
instances such as that are rare. Well, mostly rare anyway.
All in all though, let's just say that it's safe to assume things are
going to be interesting whenever we hunt together. Two different
styles, but we both get the job done.
when you have a necromancer?
Now what does all of this have to do with anything? Umm... Nothing? I
jest! Actually it's a reminder to us all (especially me) after last
week's newsletter that we all have different styles and methods of
playing the games. What's right for one person may not be right for
another. Consider that done, so let's move on!
Thom Terrazas (Phathom) recently announced that they hope to have the
last part of Game Update #3 go live this week. This means more
performance upgrades, multiple class changes/fixes, and of course, the
Ancient Port Warehouse. Another important, but perhaps less known
change, concerns the gathering of recipes for crafting.
As it stands now, there is a set percentage chance of getting a random
recipe within a certain level range while making grade A items. Because
of this, a person that only picked up crafting to be able to make
Invisibility stone carvings for example had a couple of possible outcomes with
their hard work. First, they may get lucky and during the course of
their crafting career, eventually come upon that elusive recipe they
were hoping for. A more common result of their slaving would be to earn
enough money in the hopes that someone would eventually sell the recipe
they were seeking. Neither one of these was a very effective method of
allowing crafters to make what they really wanted. With the increase to
crafting xp that went into effect some time ago, this made the problem
even worse, as it was now easier to outlevel the recipe level drop
With the new crafting changes, players will earn tokens instead of
recipes. Due to the previously mentioned xp increase, the drop rate of
coins has been slightly increased to above the previous recipe drop
rate. Since multiple coins may be needed for any given recipe, this may
initially sound like a bad thing, but I think it will even out. Why?
Because the coins you receive will be turned in for recipes. Rather
than random recipes received currently, players will be able to pick
and choose exactly what recipe they want. This will be a huge boon for
those players that only took up crafting to make a few specific items.
Along with all the highly anticipated items of the Game Update, SOE has
let the community know they're also celebrating the Festival of
Glorian in the land of Telon. Be sure to keep an eye for items
of wonder and magic as we all get to celebrate the Winter festival!
With all the upcoming goodies, both in patches and new content, I can't
wait to see what we all get. What about you?
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