Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A whole lot of WAR news

I actually had another post planned for today but those troublemakers at Mythic had to go and be all communicative.  There was just too much going on yesterday for me to push it off until my News from the Front post.  I also managed to take a peek at Order's newest weapon.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Returning to WAR: Careers

With a lot of players returning to Warhammer Online, I often see questions about how class X is doing or should they re-roll class Y.  It's a fair question to ask, so in this series I will go over some of the important changes WAR has seen. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Warhammer Online is free

Not long ago, Mythic introduced the Endless Trial and a streaming client, allowing players to quickly get into WAR and check out Tier 1.  Now Mythic has taken it one step further by allowing trial players to subscribe and continue to use the trial client. 

This means there is no need to buy a boxed version as the client is free. Of course, a subscription is still required.  Trial players just have to register in the account center and their trial client will update to a full one. Boxed versions do still provide 30 days of free game time and give you a hard copy of the software.

Take the Initiative

As readers of this site may know, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to PvE.  I don't mind it once in a while, but eventually I just get bored.  Over the weekend, I actually had some fun doing some PvE.  The difference was that I did it my way.

Friday, March 26, 2010

News from the Front 3/26

Another Friday is upon us. Last weekends Black Fire Basin scenario was a lot of fun.  I managed to complete the tasks and got some extra emblems as a result.  Also, I'm closing in on my Conqueror weapon for my Engineer, which will be an upgrade.  What is everyone else up to?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mounts of WAR: Greenskins

In this new series of articles I will be taking a look at the mounts in Warhammer Online.  I was inspirered by the guide-master himself, Gaarawarr.  There are actually quite a few mounts for each race.  First up is the Greenskins, who wouldn't want to ride a boar around?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

While we wait

It seems that the launch of Distant Worlds has been delayed, but it should still be out this week.  I was hoping to post impressions today, but that will likely be next week.  Fear not my friends, the  folks over at Codeforce have something to tide us over.

Weekend Warfronts

With the 1.3.4 patch, Mythic moved a bunch of scenarios out of the campaign and placed them in the Weekend Warfront rotation.  I think we've done 4 or 5 of them so far... wow, has it been that long already?  How have they been and were they a good idea?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Din's Curse Demo

Recently, Soldak Entertainment released a demo (Windows and Mac) of their upcoming action rpg, Din's Curse.  I have been following and posting about this game for a while, so it was a no-brainer to downloaded.  So far, it is pretty fun and I have a video about the game in the works.  If you want to try the game out, you can find the demo here.

1.3.5 Class Changes Part 2

Last week I posted about some of the upcoming class changes in store for 1.3.5.  Bright Wizards and Sorcerers drew the short straw and had some abilities altered and damage reduced.  Rune Priests and Zealots will be seeing some of their abilities buffed.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Expansion News

Last week at the game Developers Conference, UGO interviewed EA/Bioware manager Ray Muzyka.  Among the topics discussed was Warhammer Online.  He said several interesting things about the game and its future, including expansions.  That would be pretty big news, but does it mean what we want it to mean?

Friday, March 19, 2010

News from the Front 3/19

It was a good week in WAR for me.  Tirew reached RR62, my Rune Priest made it to to Rank 33 and I even got a level on my Iron Breaker.  I really should be spending more time on my Slayer though as he is going to be my Butchering character.  I would love to be making some armor and toughness potions.  As usual, the WAR community has been active, lots to read.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Distant Worlds

Civilization and Master of Orion are probably my favorite game series of all time.  Civ lives on, but the Master of Orion type games (4x) are not as common anymore.  That's why I am very excited for a new game called Distant Worlds.  It comes out Tuesday, I can't wait!

1.3.5 Class Changes

Along with city changes, Mythic is also planning to introduce some class changes in 1.3.5.  They are taking an incremental approach, so the changes are not sweeping.  Rune Priests and Zealot's will see some positive changes while the Bright Wizard and Sorcerer will have some abilities toned down.  In this article, I'll go over the latter.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

From the forums...

Two pieces of news today, both coming from the forums.  First, the changes I mentioned in Striking the Balance will not be going in for 1.3.5.  If they are not certain then more time is the right way to go.  I was looking forward to this, so I am a little disappointed.

Secondly, the forums themselves are getting a bit of an adjustment:

Throughout the day we will be updating the forums with some exciting changes including the addition of a General Discussion Forum!
With this forum we will be consolidating several areas of the forums including crafting, PvE, and others. Additionally to better listen to career feedback we will be consolidating career discussions into archetype discussions making it easier to gather and engage you in your discussions. We'll have more information about this and the moderation program on the Herald after the changes are complete, thank you!

Vanity Pets

Did you know Warhammer Online has some non-combat vanity pets?  Of course, these aren't your cutesy critters from that other game.  As WAR is all about the fighting, there isn't a huge selection.  There are also some mystery pets, continue on for the list.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mo' Money

One area that Mythic wants to focus on in the 1.3.6 patch is the economy.  As we saw last week, making more items Bind on Equip, is one idea they are kicking around.  While this will certainly give players something to buy and sell, it doesn't help the PvPer all that much as they need a good source of gold.  What can be done?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Striking the balance

The upcoming changes to the city siege system may be the most exciting part of 1.3.5, but it is not the most important.  Mythic will be changing the way classes benefit from the weapons they use.  In the process, they will be taking a look at damage across the board.  So, what does this mean for you?

Friday, March 12, 2010

News from the Front 3/12

As we head deeper into March, Mythic has started to talk about 1.3.5 and 1.3.6 a bit more. We still don't know when 1.3.5 will land on the PTS, but it probably isn't too far off.  The greater WAR community has been especially active the last couple of weeks, did it continue?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

WAR's Economy

As I mentioned yesterday, Mythic is looking for feedback on some of their upcoming patch ideas.  Only the one about improving the WAR economy is causing me some concern.   There is a lot to say about this topic, but I am going to make it concise as possible. There is a TLDR version at the bottom too.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mythic wants your feedback

Mythic has created new threads over on the official forums asking for feedback.  Three future patch topics are covered:
I'm still digesting the info, so I'll refrain from posting opinions until tomorrow. I will now quote the great sage, Meat Loaf.  "Two out of three ain't bad"

Tools of WAR: Loyal Pet

In this video series, I plan to show some of the interesting add-ons which are available for WAR.  I'm not a big add-on user, but I think that a lot of them can be helpful and make the game even more enjoyable.  Continue on for the first Tools of WAR.

NOTE 8/15/2011:  LoyalPet can also be found here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Werit takes on The Order

I've talked about Gratuitous Space Battles a few times in the past.  It's a fun and original space combat strategy/simulator game from Positech Games.  Recently, they offered me a review copy of GSB's latest expansion pack, The Order.  As I enjoy the game, I happily accepted.  For my impressions and a video, continue after the jump.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Does the Underdog System work?

One problem WAR has been fighting with since launch is one realm dominating the other.  Often this was due to population imbalances, organizational issues or just a loss of morale.  In 1.3.3 we were introduced to the Underdog system which was supposed to help.  Has it worked?

Friday, March 5, 2010

News from the Front 3/5

Is WAR's population on the rise?  It sure feels like it.  Over the past week I have seen an influx of new players and players returning to the game.  The same applies to the blog community, as three new blogs have joined the scene. For a complete rundown, read on.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Getting Involved

The Warhammer Vault over at IGN is looking for some help.  They are in need of news hounds, columnists and artists. While they may not be paid positions, they do offer a great opportunity.  It gets you involved with the WAR community, including players and developers.  It's a great way to get your name out there and make some contacts too. 

Getting more out of your pet

I've been playing WAR for more than 18 months and am still learning new things all the time.  My Engineer is a great example.  I never really used his turret (pet) much due to the low damage and inability to really control it.  A few days ago, I found out it can be controlled.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Weekend Warfront Rewards

Weekend Warfront's are like other live events, you get a task list and three levels of rewards.  The elite level reward was nice, as it gave you extra scenario Emblems for winning.  The lower tiered rewards were not as desirable.  How can they be improved and what can we expect from future Weekend Warfronts?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ironclad Improvements

WAR's first Weekend Warfront has come and gone.  Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.  One of the nice things about scenarios, like The Ironclad, only making an appearance every so often is that it can be improved more easily.  While fun, I think there are some things that can be done to make The Ironclad even better.

Monday, March 1, 2010


The past few months have been an amazing time to be a gamer.  There have been so many good games released that I've had a hard time keeping up.  In fact, I have even been neglecting games that I enjoy.  It turns out that I am a two game kinda guy.  Even so, I feel a little bad about the games I just don't have time for.