Friday, April 30, 2010

News from the Front 4/30

Wow, April is just about over.  This week saw the start of the new city siege system being tested.  Test #2 was held last night and was much improved compared to the first test.  I am putting together a video for next week.  Until then, on to the WAR community!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

1.3.5 Features Part 2

In Part 1 we covered some of WAR's new features for the mini-map, looting and combat.  This time we will take a look at some city changes and the new options for your guild.  There are also a few pictures from the first City Siege test at the end.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pink for Tink

One common misconception about PvP focused games is that the players are just a bunch sociopath teenagers living in their parents basement.  Sometimes an event comes along that reminds me how untrue that stereotype can be.  It's a shame it had to be a sad occurrence.

Vulture Lord Video

Last week, I participated in test of the Vulture Lord dungeon for the upcoming 1.3.5 patch.  The focus of the changes was on the purge mechanic and the 7th boss fight.  I took some video as we tested both, trailer style.  Continue on for the video.

NOTE: Added some notes about last nights city siege testing.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Watch the city siege testing as it happens

Mykiel, the video blogger, will be streaming tonight's city siege tests live via ustream.  If you were not selected to participate, this is the next best thing!  The show will start around 8pm est at this link.  Head on over to Mykiel's site for more details.  I should be around too, just look for a Dwarf Engineer who spends most of his time dead.

1.3.5 Features

The new city siege system may be the biggest feature of the 1.3.5 patch, but it is just one of many interesting additions to Warhammer Online.  In this post, I will go over some of the other items that may have been overshadowed in the patch notes.  Read on for Part 1 of 1.3.5's features.

Part 2 is up.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Gratuitous Discount

Over the weekend, the fine folks over as Positech sent me a little gift.  As an owner of Gratuitous Space Battles, I got a coupon code that gives half off of the game.  Since I don't need it, I'd like to give it away to one of you.  Read on for the details.

NOTE: Winner has been selected.

Engineer in 1.3.5

In Warhammer Online's upcoming 1.3.5 patch the Engineer class will see a few changes. In recent history, many of the changes have not been positive for the class.  That is not the case this time, the changes are actually pretty good!  Let's take a look at the specifics and how it will actually affect the career.

Friday, April 23, 2010

News from the Front 4/23

It's been a fun week as far as WAR goes.  Mythic unleashed the 1.3.5 patch notes upon an unsuspecting world.  While no patch is perfect, it is shaping up to be my favorite one yet.  Hopefully it will makes its way on to the live servers within a few weeks.  The WAR community seems to be pretty happy about it too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Whoa! 1.3.5 Patch Notes

That's a Joey Lawrence whoa, not a Matrix.  Last night, Mythic unveiled the patch notes for 1.3.5.  We already knew what to expect, or that's what we thought.  What we got was a mountain of improvements.  I am very excited about this patch!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Speed Kills

In most combat, speed plays a very important part in the outcome.  If you can't catch or hit an enemy, it will be very difficult to defeat them.  This is especially true in PvP MMO's.  Warhammer Online provides a number of ways to alter your speed.  1.3.5 will have some interesting changes regarding speed.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Returning to WAR: World RvR

In last weeks Returning to WAR we looked at some of the changes combat has seen.  This week it is time to take a look at World (open) RvR.  It has undergone quite a few changes since launch.  With the new city siege system in 1.3.5, I expect to see a ton of world RvR.  Read on for what you need to know.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mythic Trip: Conclusion... or is it?

Like all good things, our trip to Mythic had to come to an end.  We were lucky enough to speak with a number of Mythic developers, all of whom I'd like to thank for their time.  It was also great to meet my fellow bloggers, even if there was some singing involved.  There is one bit of news and a mystery that I have not mentioned yet...

Friday, April 16, 2010

News from the Front 4/16

After taking a little vacation last week, the News from the Front has returned!  It has been a great two weeks.  A few of us bloggers visited to Mythic HQ and had a wonderful time.  This week, Mythic released the details on the new city siege system and it has been met with mostly positive responses.  Continue on for a look at what the WAR community has been up to!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mythic Trip: Interview with the Producer

The final person I got to interview for before departing Mythic was the Producer, Carrie Gouskos.  She was able to sit down with us for a while and was more than happy to answer our questions.  Continue on for a few of mine.  Thanks Carrie!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mythic Trip: More City Details

The new city siege is probably the feature most people are excited about in 1.3.5.  Yesterday, Mythic posted the details on how the city siege will work.  It's a great read and the player response has been mostly positive.  I posted some of the Q and A about the city last week.  Now it is time to go into a bit more detail on what we can expect.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Returning to WAR: Combat

Last week, we took a look at how progression has improved in WAR. Combat is another area where WAR has made significant improvements since launch. Before you go marching off into battle, there are some things you need to know.  Continue on for a look at recent CC and AoE changes.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mythic Trip: Combat and Careers

In part one we spoke to the content development team.  Next up we met with the combat, career and itemization developers.  We had a lot of questions for these guys and they were happy to answer.  Continue on for the questions from folks who twittered me and the answers.

Friday, April 9, 2010

About part 2....

I had planned on posting part 2 of the q and a, but the day was just too busy (and fun).  The trip is over and I had a great time.  Part 2, which mostly covers combat and careers, will be out Monday.  Until then, check these out:

I'll do a proper recap post next week too.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mythic Day 1

I actually arrived on time, the traffic gods must have been smiling on me.  We picked up some fellow bloggers at the airport and grabbed some lunch.  Back at the Mythic HQ, our first meeting was with some of their content developers.

Gone to Mythic

Gaarawarr, Shadow WAR, Mykiel and myself are off to Mythic today.  We will be sitting down with  the WAR developers for some question and answer time.  You are invited to tweet us some questions you want asked, check out the full details here.

Basically, follow @WARHerald and around 2pm est (today) there should be a tweet telling you to start sending your questions to any one of the bloggers.  That's it, should be easy and fun.  Later on, we will post the answers on our sites :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

1.3.5 Preview

You may have read that myself and three other bloggers were invited down to the Mythic HQ tomorrow.  The emphasis of the trip is on the upcoming 1.3.5 patch, which you will be able to ask questions about through us (more on that tomorrow).  I figured it would be a good idea to go over what we can expect with the patch.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Returning to WAR: Progression

In a previous article I discussed the current state of careers in Warhammer Online.  Next up are some tips and tricks to leveling your character in today's WAR.  Since launch, Mythic has added a few new ways which make leveling by PvE or RvR even quicker.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Phoenix Gate

Over the weekend, we had Phoenix Gate as our weekend warfront scenario. The ruleset of this capture the flag game was altered a bit.  Normally, any player kill would score points for your team.  This time around, Mythic made it so only capturing the flag will give points.  How well did this new ruleset work out?

Distant Worlds Impressions

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was looking forward to the release of Distant Worlds.  Well, it did launch and I have been playing it a bit since.  It is unlike most other games and even its 4x cousins.  Continue on for my impressions.

Friday, April 2, 2010

News from the Front 4/2

With Spring's arrival, I felt it was time to do some cleanup up of my inventory.  One goal of mine is to have my alts setup with the boots and gloves for all of the tier 4 armor sets.  So I spent a nice chunk of time mailing them around.  It may take a long time for them to get any use but at least they are there.  On to this weeks community activity report (April Fools free)!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mounts of WAR: Empire

Last week we took a look at the Greenskins and their boar mounts.  Next up is the Empire with their traditional horses.  There is a pretty good variety and the high ranking mounts are decked out in armor.  You can pick up the low ranking mounts up at your capitals mount vendor or the advanced mounts from the quartermaster in the guild hall.