Thursday, January 21, 2010

Multiboxing in WAR

Multiboxing is nothing new to the MMO scene.  Basically, it is controlling multiple characters at once.  Opinions on the subject pretty much cover the whole spectrum.  A few days ago, I ran into my first WAR multiboxer.

I was in a warcamp and saw a whole bunch of characters clustered together.  Upon further investigation it was a Rune Priest and 4 Bright Wizards.  They all moved in unison, so it clearly was a multiboxer.  Later on in a city siege I saw the group again.

They were pretty much wrecking the enemy players since all the bright wizards used the same targets.  I'm not sure I want to know what 4 fireballs landing at the same time feels like.  The Rune Priest would then heal them up.

My feelings are mixed about this.  Clearly it allows for much easier focus firing.  In the case of Bright Wizards and Sorcs, it would also allow for a nasty pbaoe attack.  But really, 4 of anything on 1 target will be bad news.

There are some downsides to multiboxing. One is that the guy is paying for 5 accounts.  Another is it can't be easy to handle all of the characters.  They are great in cases where they can sit back and lob fireballs, but how will they do in a more fluid battle?

As far as I know, this is not against any Warhammer Online policy, but it just doesn't feel right to me.  If they were used solely in PvE, I might be fine with that.  However their use in PvP seems to go against the spirit of the game.  What do you think?