Thursday, 20 January 2011
I've been with a bit of a fever so I haven't really felt like playing DF except for some semi-afk stuff. Lots of sleeping needed :(
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
So, as I was saying in the other post, I went with some Azure members (including the SG Galfurien Pendragon) to Lux Arcana, living somwhere in the main continent (think it was Darkmoore). Lux Arcana is a friendly independant clan with lots of actives, which was a very nice change of scenery. Having so many people around and their incentive to organize guild events, made life in the clan very active and life in DF very enjoyable.
For the record, my stay with LA and the events described below happened during a bit more than 1 month (I think), through all of which I was a recruit, although I didn't feel any distinction due to that fact.
Darkmoore (if I got the city right) was attacked from time to time as well, with us being able to defeat the enemies most of the time (usually and during prime time, at least 20 people would be on). Winning often made DF life even more fun and the subsequent sharing of the loot, made life easier when organizing ready bags.
The amount of wins are due, no doubt, to the amount of LA members who would congregate against the enemy and their growing level of organization, but also to Maejohl's, in my opinion, too careful and safe acting. I felt there were, sometimes, a lack of rushing the enemy, of being bold. It is true that if people come to attack our city, we don't owe them nothing, so we don't have to leave our walls to go after them into an eventual trap, but still... there's always a part inside us who wants to go wild from time to time.
We eventually moved to Ymennek in rubayiat, next to SUN's hamlet with a mine, Silmiyat. This was the place where I had the most PvP action during my DF career. A group of SUN started attacking our city (and defending their mine from the eventual miner :) ) and realized LA would fight back, even if losing. Every evening I would log in DF to find a bloody battle going on with SUN usually having the upper hand. Ready bags started going down fast.
Also, at the time (as probably still happens and will continue to happen) people complained a lot there was no PvP hotspots in Agon, etc etc, and word soon spread out that Ymennek was the place to be for every day there were lengthy and fun PvP confrontations. I remember being on the city walls and being attacked from the west by SUN, from the north by Nadirian Hordes (I think) and by south by another clan. Clans and random players just started visiting Ymennek and its surroundings to check out what was the reason for this talked about PvP mayhem.
Lux Arcana acted admirably in my opinion, during this time. Maejohl calmly told people not to worry, pvp was always abundant wherever they moved, they would retreat to one of their hamlets for some pveing to remake those lost ready bags and they would come back in force, not shying away from a fight and knowing that whatever they went through, it would make them stronger and better players. Although I didn't participate in that part of LA's life, I thought the overall idea/way of acting was cool.
In general LA was and probably still is a great clan to belong to. You have lots of active clan members living alongside you, people are friendly, you have a lot of PvP visits right on your doorstep and the quantity of organized guild events keep you occupied.
Now things get a bit hazier than they usually are for me. I think I left LA while they were still living in Ymennek (not sure) along with Galfurien and maybe 2 others to reform an old clan. It was a hard life after having been in LA. We conquered Somerstone hamlet but we had very few members, life in DF was not as fun, I was starting not to log in even when I could and summer vacations were getting close.
After 2 or 3 weeks of having left LA, it was the beginning of August 2010 and I had a roadtrip in Spain to do. I didn't re-subscribe my account, went inactive and didn't think of DF for a long time (although I would check its forums from time to time, specially the awsome Off-Topic forums :) ).
In the beginning of January 2011, after a 5 months interruption, I re-subscribed to Darkfall and joined the clan Equilibrium (BTW recruiting Humans, Dwarves and Elves: http://eqvilibrivm.guildportal.com/), with my love for the game renewed. Sometimes you just need a little break...
In the next posts, I'll finaly start talking about, and maybe post some screenshots, of my casual life in Darkfall!
Monday, 17 January 2011
Mathyra hamlet and furry Heldy out of the picture, we were homeless again. But it didn't take long until we find a new home again. This time with the creepiest possible bunch: ANG.
I didn't know them nor their reputation at the time and they seemed to me like leet pvpers as so many others I had seen and been around with.
We joined them probably at the height of their power. They had lots of holdings and we could live in any of them. We moved to Kholesh near the centre dungeon, but some clan members moved around frequently to other holdings (like Seelie) for some quiet PVEing.
One of the episodes I remember and which reflects the "top notch" communication and caring is one time, when we are asked to gear up and go with them out of the city (Kvitstein in the north before SUN conquered it). I mount up, go after them to the shore and I see a small ship... cool, only been in one once before.
I'm handed a repair tool and repair shards and told we are going to the sea tower. Cool, even if we were treated as cannon fodder. Anyways, we end up losing the small boat and everyone dies (hurray).
After about a month of living in Kholesh and having our members a bit spread out through ANG's several holdings, we decide it's time to get a place of our own where we can unite and re-kindle the clan spark again. A discussion in Azure's forums goes on for a while to chose either to buy a city (think it was Tughri) or conquer Ghanalaj in Rubayiat.
The voting favours Ghana which means siege time... my first offensive siege!
When Azure's leadership informs ANG of our next move, they offer to pay for the siege and in return, although the city would be ours, it would oficially belong to ANG, which would also enable the usage of their portal network and therefore, fast mutual help if needed. We agree, which would come to be our demise later on.
I ended up only participating in the eve of the siege with a huge ship and 3 spider scarabs being spawned to tear down the walls. The next day, when I get back home in the evening, the city is already ours. For non-important informational purposes, the attacks were launched from Elharrat (another Rubayiat city which belonged to ANG).
The guys who used to live in Ghana (Pain Killers?) were extremely pissed. At a time when people complained a lot of lifeless holdings where noone lived, we had kicked an active clan from their city. All I can say about that is we wanted it and life sucks :) I still remember one of the characters who lived there, Union Jack, for his frequent harassment outside our city, killing me at least once while I gathered herbs near the river. Apart from these small nuisances we, or at least I, had a good life, enjoying a mine and some nice spawns nearby.
The longer we stayed in ANG FRISST KINDER alliance, the more retarded those guys seemed. We had no friendly ties whatsoever, they were all german speaking, they were mentally impaired and led by a mcdonald's employee with deluded ideas of grandeur. We decided this was not what we wanted from an alliance and after one month of living in Ghanalaj, we wanted to leave and keep our city. They demanded from us 500.000 gold in advance to cover what they called their "siege costs". Grumply but eager to part ways, we accepted only to have them take and keep our money without ever releasing the city to us.
This was a huge blow to the clan which had already some members who were getting tired of Darkfall, as is so common and which happened with myself at a later time. We were not only homeless but also penyless this time, which in combination with some members leaving or quitting, resulted in the end of the clan Azure.
The only satisfaction coming out of this was the start of the end for the ANG minions. Having been scammed, the only thing left for us to do was going public with it, which turned in a pretty interesting thread and shattered all good opinions unknowing players could have had for ANG:
And for easy access, the disclosed Teamspeak conversation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV93DL7cwlQ - WHAT IS FAIR IS FAIR DUDE!
They went downhill from this time onwards.
And what about me? I followed quite a few other members into Lux Arcana, which apparently will need a part 4 to be addressed.
I'm trying not to screw up here but as you have already probably figured out, I'm not very good with names.
So, I pack my humble bags and move to one of the sub-continents for the first time in my short DF career! Exciting and harsh times as the sub-continent was Rubaiyat and the city in question was Ul'sulak, which I didn't find very friendly at the time. The clan was nice enough and with a bit more actives than I was used to. The alliance was Jungle Warriors of the infamous Celiah, who lived nearby in Ghana.
I participated in one of Ghana's defensive sieges, in the beggining of the big war against Jungle Warriors. First big fight I ever partook and quite awsome to my newbish eyes. I had never seen so many people together and so many spells beings flown around. Everyone seemed to have ultra awsome powers and spend regs as if they grew in their banks... which I could not. We won, which was an extra prize on top of an extra cool fight. I hated dieing more at that time than I do now :)
A few weeks after joining Azure, things go sour with Celiah because we help them out whenever they get attacked and when our city got attacked, we never or hardly got any help.
So the clan moves to another city: Lost Untilik in Nilfheim (some drama ensues over the city of Ul'sulak with Celiah which I explain further down).
As the poor newb, I travel all the way by horse instead of using those expensive things called runes and whatnot. Luckily for tourism, the server is semi-empty so people can travel around with relative safety.
Long story short we get the money and the city gets transfered to Jungle Warriors... and us in the white north...
I didn't like it much there... all very white, not a lot of people, not a lot of good spawns (imo). Apparently, the national hobby there was getting some bears stuck in some columns and skilling melee (and dieing to the PKers who went to that spot looking for prey).
I don't remember very well how but we either conquer or bind at Mathyra hamlet and start living there, enjoying our PK runs to Darkmoore where Greeklords lived (fun times).
Our stay at Mathyra would be short lived and the time when I started disliking Heldy:
- Azure was on trial to join BdW's alliance (can't remember the name);
- Azure had kicked Vanilla Soprano from the clan due to whatever problems with him;
- Vanilla forms his 1 man clan and joins BdW's alliance on trial as well;
- Heldy accepts this and the guy actually comes to Mathyra and wants to bind there;
- We refuse but Heldy wants to force us to let him bind there;
- We obviously kill him on sight;
- We get kicked or leave from the alliance trial to the dismay of Wolfen Silva (if I remember correctly);
- To this day I wonder why Heldy forced our hand to disobey the alliance and leave it, in detriment of a 1 man clan. It definitly helps explain why lots of people call her a ***** and a *** ****.
So there we are again... homeless... but with our pride intact! And at least, we were out of that white wasteland!
A new chapter begins... with ANG ANG ANG!!!!
My nick is Thaliost Riverblade and I like Darkfall.
I started playing MMORPGs with a free trial of Anarchy Online and it was completly awsome. I never subscribed because it was too much money for a kid but I got hooked up.
In the meanwhile, I would play "Planetarion", an old space browser game, which charged something like 15€ for 6 months and which was kindly paid by other more mature guildies.
The first real MMORPG I subscribed to was Eve-Online (by "I", I mean my grandfather who had no idea what the hell he was paying for but whose credit card didn't need to know either). The game was great with all the sand in the box, real political drama unfolding before our eyes, a huge and prosperous player driven market ever fueled by constant wars.
I played for almost a year until I changed to World of Warcraft. It was a great game, with entertaining quests and very well polished (imo). It lasted 3 months... after hitting level 60 the game became boring and devoided of a raison d'être.
I had to wait a lot until Darkfall, to the disbelief of many (specially after Dark n' Light's failure), was launched. Finally! A game with consequences to your actions, with conquerable cities, political action and semi-decent crafting/trading system.
I was accepted into beta and despite the bugs, it was awsome! The servers were loaded, clan activity was huge, people everywhere... ACTION everywhere. The potential for what players and clans could dream of and do was unparalleled!
The grind at the time was insane but noone even realized it or used the term "grind" because everyone was more or less at the same level and all the fights were intense and fun. During beta, I joined Fist of Europe, a sub-guild of one of Hyperion's main clans (can't remember which). It was a normal smallish clan of friendly and laid back people.
Then game launch came... and I couldn't get an account for the life of me. I saw everyone around me eventually getting one, I read the forums with the daily announcements of cities being conquered and characters evolving and I felt left behind. After 2 weeks of trying to buy an account I thought SCREW YOU AVENTURINE... and I stopped worrying about DF.
Around the time the 1€ trial was announced, I decided to take the game for a spin and finally subscribed. I started by joining Dusk Raiders (or something like that) which was a badly organized clan but semi-fun nonetheless, due to the bunch of active players who did a lot of stuff together. It was also exciting because it was the first time I was living outside NPC holdings, at the city of Tughri.
Hmm... this seems to be running long so I'll make it part 1 and continue on in part 2!