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A mirror of my gaming blog at r1ft.com. The jaded game designer turned corporate lackey. Feedback is always welcome.

Author: Daedren

Age of Conan: A Post Mortem Analysis

Posted by Daedren Thursday August 28 2008 at 4:34AM
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Hi, I'm Daedren. You might remember me from other articles such as "The effectiveness of raiding in only a tubesock" and "Erling Ellingson: Age of Conan Dev by day, Transvestite Cyborg by night?". It's me, alright, and I'm here, playing the role of the unbearer of bad news. I'm not bearing it, because it's not even news. This little tidbit of info-mation is that Age of Conan sucks. It's not the Gigli of the MMO industry, thank God, but that's only because Ben Affleck turned down his role for voiceovers for King Conan. No, I'm likening Age of Conan to be more of the Alexander of the MMO Industry: Huge expectations, huge budget; huge letdown, gracious cleavage.

This article isn't for people thinking about maybe playing Age of Conan. It's not for those still playing Age of Conan - which, admittedly, there still are. It's not even for the large majority of people who played the game, let it take you home, and then never called you back. This is solely targeted at a select group of people: the people at Funcom who helped make this piece of shit, and other people at other game companies who are also making a MMO. Now, you're probably thinking to yourself "Why the hell would Funcom devs read this wordy, highly opinionated article that's basically beating a dead horse, albeit more thoroughly and hopefully more eloquently than the past beaters?" The answer to that is I'm going to personally e-mail it to every one of them.

Funcom, now lovingly deemed "Failcom" by a good portion of the planet now, dropped an estimated $60M US pesos to produce what ended up being, for the most part, a huge disapointment to nearly everyone that played it. But hey, don't take it from me, let's take it from the burly, helmet clad raiders of Funcom themselves:

Erling Ellingson confirms that "subscriber base" is now 415,000 out of the original 800,000

My carefree use of the quotes here are for a reason. The term "subscriber base" seems to need an explanation.

Subscriber base is a fairly loose term which roughly means "People that might still be playing". You see, they fail to mention that in this 415,000 they're including anyone that still had their subscription active at the time of the report (15 August 2008).  That means if you were unfortunate enough to subscribe for 3 or 6 months at the time you bought the game, you're included in this number. No one actually knows how many active players they have as they've not released any server metrics, with damn good reason.

That means that half of the people that bought Age of Conan jumped ship within the first month of the release. And, if player estimates are correct, the actual player base is more realistically somewhere around 150K or 200K players. 3 months after release. Hell, Dark Age of Camelot and Everquest 1 are pulling those numbers today. Perhaps if Erling was actually honest and forward about the game and its flaws, instead of talking it up like it's the bees knees, his statements would gain a bit more credibility.

Next, we need to present the financial woes of Funcom and more importantly the CEO of the company:

Funcom Stock

Funcom Stock Sinking

Funcom CEO sells a pissload of his stocks, punches a baby

One really cool thing about Funcom is that all the execs have really cool viking sounding names like Olav and Gaute (pronounced like Gout). While this might be useful picking up American girls at a bar or scaring the shit out of someone by screaming their name at them, it seemingly means piss all when it comes to making a successful MMO.

Funcom stock dropped to all-time lows recently and the CEO is starting to liquidate. Next thing we know the lead Community Managers will be busted for kiddie porn and their corporate headquarters will mysteriously "catch on fire" - darn, and things were going so swell.

The Analysis

So, what the hell went wrong? Age of Conan does have a few redeeming qualities, that usually come with a price. Let's list these redeeming qualities, along with it's price:

Redeeming Quality     Price
Nice graphics         Shitty client
You see boobies       Shitty client
Heads do fly off      Shitty client
Good starting area    Delusion that the rest of the game will be like that

That takes us to cause of death #1: Poor client performance. Stability was actually better at release than it is now. Very few aren't victim of the memory leak bug - causing blue screens and CTD's quite frequently. Nothing like a few CTD's in a night to keep that immersion level going. The client itself is clearly lacking polish, something World of Warcraft did so splendidly. All the high res graphics and tits in the world don't mean anything if you can't keep your customer in the game and seeing these things.

Moving on: promised features. You've heard it all before: stuff was on the box that either wasn't there on release, or, functioning like Jenna Jamesons naughty parts: present but highly suspect.

Feature on the Box                    Status
DirectX 10 Support                    Rumored to exist somewhere
Drunken Brawling                      Needs more polish, like Gaute's Ferrari
Massive 150/150 PVP battles           Shitty client feature kicks in well before 300
Siege Battles, Keep Takes             Buggy and boring. If only there was an...
An actual PVP System                  Missing, presumed dead

I'll stop right there. In all honestly, no one gives a shit what is on the box of a game: who reads that anyway? However, a certain professional level is at least expected from a game company when they promote their product. Where do we draw the line? If the next MMO that hits the market says the box will give you a blowjob once you hit level 30 on your in game character, it had better well live up to its name, no matter how uncomfortable and disturbing that sounds.

Cause of death #2: Missing basic game features

Blah, blah, blah. This is all repeat shit from everywhere else. I'm effectively beating the proverbial horse here. It's time to move on to a more lucid analysis:

THE GAME IS NOT FUN

I suppose this makes all of theser "Causes of Death" a bit redundant. Objectively speaking, though, why is the game not fun? It's hard to put a finger on the exact reason, much like it's hard to explain why eating a plate of dog poo is not fun, other than it's a plate of shit. Let's start with this small, chaotic list:

  • Instanced zones
  • Lack of content past level 20
  • Uninnovative questing system (kill 50 what?)
  • Poor class balance in PVP
  • No PVP System whatsoever
  • A simple Rock / Paper / Scissors PVP design
  • Horrifically boring dungeon encounters
  • Lack of meaningful or interesting end game content
  • Itemization that seems like it was designed by a learning impaired doorknob
  • Extremely hard to customize your character or look different than anyone else
  • Travel system consists of trying to find new ways to kill yourself as quickly as possible
  • An economy that is completely broken
  • Crafting that is nothing more than a pointless time-sink
  • Identical guild cities everywhere that are, you guess it, nothing more than a pointless time-sink
  • Lack of creative vision when designing combat system
  • Complete lack of ingenuity regarding the spellcaster magic system
  • Failure to fix bugs in a timely fashion
  • Fixing bugs usually introduces more bugs into the game, which are then ignored for long periods of time
  • Focusing on stupid shit like spell names and sound effects when basic features of the game are not yet implemented
  • Legendary in-game customer support inspired by Verant and SOE
  • Constantly surprising players by showing how little they know about their own game
  • Inclusion of game breaking bugs (like gem duping or epic item farming) and then fixing them, oh, a couple weeks later

I know I missed a few. What it boils down to is that Age of Conan just doesn't provide a unique or meaningful game experience. Characters can level to max level somewhat quickly, yay!, only to be presented with the option of doing absolutely nothing interesting other than leveling yet another character to max level. A certain kudos is in place to Funcom for even failing at the basic treadmill system; for most people, that carrot on the end of the stick (being making another character to keep waiting for the real carrot) didn't go over to well.

That leads us into cause of death #3: Poor core game design makes the game not fun, nor addicting

Making a MMO that doesn't encourage players to play more, come back, or feel drawn to the game is like selling crack that doesn't get people high. I suppose some crackheads might say "but hey, I'm still smoking crack!" - but really, it's just a sugar cube that you paid 20$ for. In that sense, Age of Conan is a MMORPG without the first "M" or the "RPG". It's not Massively, because you're forced to be separated from the rest of your people either by the horribad instancing or poor zone design. It's not RPG because you don't feel like you are, indeed, roleplaying, due to the games limitations. At the end of the day, all we're really looking at is a "Multiplayer Online *something*" - or, in other words, a glorified chat room with mediocre Showtime-esque nudity that is prone to memory leaks.

I've by far passed the normal sane limit word count and thrown any credibility away as not saying whatever the hell is on my mind, so I need to hit one last point. There is one area, I must say, that Funcom has truly outdone itself:

Funcom Devs and Public Relations guys, we salute you!

For being complete tools.

Not all of them, of course. In fact, I bet its safe to say the majority of the Age of Conan team was just doing what they were told. Kind of like the Nazis were doing what they were told when they started cooking people. Intentional Godwin aside, most people of the dev team didn't have a big picture look at the game, so they can't be much to blame. However, Funcom has blessed us with a few memorable souls, and by memorable I mean complete assclowns and/or utter douchebags. First, we focus on the man himself. The one, the only, the...

Gaute Godager

This guy had some potential. Though his first name sounds like unsightly gout, his last name had the chance of being epic. It could have been "Go, Danger!" or, more sinisterly, "Go, dagger!". Now we're just left with not giving a shit what his name is because he's not only the "Game Director", meaning he's the one ultimately responsible for the state of this game, but also because his PR skills hover somewhere between "ghastly" and "humorously deranged".

Perhaps his most famous quote is this:

"I enjoy playing WOW, I enjoy playing Lord of the Rings Online. But you know... I'm going to be a bit cheeky now, but if you've been to McDonalds for four or five years, and had your burger and your coke, sometimes it's great to just have a great steak and a glass of good wine," he said.
 

You're exactly right, Gout. You were a bit cheeky. However, your analogy is a bit flawed. I'll fix it for you:

"I enjoy playing WOW, I enjoy playing Lord of the Rings Online. But you know... I'm going to be a bit cheeky now, but if you've been to McDonalds for four or five years, and had your burger and your coke, sometimes it's great to go into a restaurant, give them 50 bucks, stick around for 3 hours hoping you get food, before finally passing out with a bottle of MadDog 20/20 in your hand and still fucking hungry," he said.
 

You, sir, are no steak and wine. Well, I guess that's not entirely true. You could be a rancid Salisbury Steak TV dinner, along with a glass of wine that came out of a box, but even that's pushing it.

Last up, but certainly not least, is the great Erling Ellingson. This guy was pretty much unheard of before a few weeks ago, when he decided to show up at a couple conferences and do some interviews. Instead of handling these interviews like a normal, sane person, he decided to go another route. The route of lies, delusion and outright idiocy.

Don't believe me? Watch this video with Jon Wood of mmorpg.com - at your own risk. This guy squirms so much when talking you can tell he's bullshitting even with the sound muted. Here are some highlights:

 
"The game turned around 100% just before launch. Miracle patch..."
 
"The 1-20 part of the game was intended to be very detailed... When WoW launched, high end content was sparse. We have lots of stuff for players end game..."
 
 
"The PVP fugitive system, it's all new stuff that we're adding in. It's not stuff that was supposed to be in before launch..."
 
 
"We're incredibly happy with the launch of Age of Conan, it was an incredibly successful launch... "(proceeds to self fellatiate)
 
 
"It's really few things [that didn't make it into launch]. It's not really big features. "

The asinine comment about PVP not being a major feature earns a collective cockpunch to Erling on behalf of every player that played AoC hoping for a PVP oriented game. It was its main selling point, and it's the reason that most people wanted to play the game. Hell, even Erling himself states "This might surprise you, but most people that play AoC play on PVP servers" - no, that doesn't surprise us. What does surprise us that this "PVP Oriented MMO" doesn't even have a PVP system. Oh, and when you roll out this magical "PVP Fugitive Patch", you'll be taking away yet one more slightly redeeming quality that AoC once had: PVP Freedom.

Now, it's time for desert. The icing of the cake is brought to you by the collective tools at Funcom who thought that announcing an expansion for Age of Conan was a good idea. Apparently they're busy listening to Erling rant on about how the game is pure awesome-sauce rather than actually playing their game. Scarily enough, there is now a team of developers working on an expansion to Age of Conan, rather than fixing the fundamental problems the game has. Make it X rated and you might get a substantial player base back.

Conclusion

In summary, the main causes of the death Age of Conan were this:

1. Poor client design and performance

2. Lack of basic features included in the game

3. Unaddictive gameplay, lack of thought put into game design: the game simply isn't fun.

Worst of all, we have a company and the makers of this game telling us that it is good. These same people will be put on the next MMO. Hell, Gaute might even get the nod to direct Funcom's next MMO - assuming the company still exists. "Gee, Gaute, you did so well on Age of Conan, here is another 50 Million, go make us another blockbuster like it!" Get your head out of your asses, Funcom: the people that made the decisions on where this game was going need to never be allowed on another MMO project again. But hey, it's your money, it's your funeral.

Many people might be thinking "Man, why so fucking hostile?" - and I sympathize with that. I'm not pissed at these guys I'm making fun of, I'm more disappointed. The MMO industry is just peppered with mediocrity now and it's almost becoming industry standard. Objective journalism is nigh-unheard of at mainstream MMO websites because they don't want to piss anyone off. Lastly, while what I've written here is my opinion, it's really the collective thoughts from nearly every veteran MMO player that had the misfortune of playing Age of Conan.

Future MMO developers: use this as a lesson learned; things not to do. Above all, do not patronize your players like they don't know what the hell is going on. Funcom: the game is beyond saving, but try to save some face by actually admitting the games problems, and not tap dancing around the issues like a drunk circus bear. Honesty, though missing from your corporate vocabulary, goes a long way in player retention.

That's all. Daedren out.

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WAR: One Night of RVR, via MSPaint

Posted by Daedren Monday August 25 2008 at 3:26AM
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We're raising the bar around here. We've noticed that a lot of alleged MMO news sources and Warhammer info sites have been spawning lots of generic, non-informative and highly "graphical" previews and sneak peaks at some of the features of Warhammer Online. That's all good for some, but what about our readers, many who are still using AOL or Compuserve dial-up on a 56k line? Trust me, they are out there. Hell, I even got an email from a reader who still uses Prodigy.

We've had enough of these flashy "Character Generation Previews" - yeah, thanks for the 10 minute video watching you stumble around trying to make your Dark Elf's tits look bigger. Also, quite frankly, all of these videos of PVE battles are pretty damn boring. Rather than add to this problem, we've decided to bring you a real, original and informative look at RVR in Warhammer Online.

So, I logged on my Bright Wizard last night and headed for the frontiers for some good ol' PVP action. I missed an important piece of information as I logged in; either due to consumption of alcohol or my one handed navigation thanks to my new duel monitor setup.

The piece of information I missed was this:

Order population: 372  Destruction population: 561

Knowledge of this might have made me enter the RvR lands a bit more carefully. I entered the frontier land, past the "small group" of Order I saw (why are they standing near our RvR entrance, I thought to myself) and then promptly got knocked 30 feet the wrong way by some level 40 guy and then chewed in half by 7 Squigs.

Using the Warhammer in game editor, lovingly called "WARPaint", I drew this up as a summary of my night of RvR:

All kidding aside, I think that Warhammer Online does have a bit of a population balance problem. I've done a strict scientific analysis on this, involving me logging into each EU server at least once, and I've decided that Destruction has roughly 20-30% more players at any given time. Keep in mind that this strict scientific study was, in fact, done in one night. Word from the US has roughly the same estimate.

So, what's the reason behind this? Are Destruction classes just more interesting? Do the girls look better? Is there free beer? Is the inner emo of many players finally being reached, and you find that playing a Destruction character is a way to tell the world you are a beautiful and unique snowflake in a tasty goth flavor?

What do I think? I think that it's a combination of a couple things: Destruction classes are more interesting, Orcs and Goblins are cool, and the chicks definately do look better on the evvvulll side. Truth is, they're just showing more skin. Order Elves, in my opinion, are pretty "meh" in regards to aesthetics and class fun factor. Dwarves and Humans have the most interesting class choices of Order, yet both only have 3 to choose from, sadly.

So, how will Mythic handle this? Will Destruction be the new Albion/Alliance zergfest of Warhammer Online? Lastly, how will this effect your decision on what faction to play? I know after a couple nights on both sides of the fence, there is no way in hell I'm going to play Destruction on release.

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A Case for Sanity: Killing the WoW Killer Meme

Posted by Daedren Thursday August 21 2008 at 3:44AM
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Hi, I'm Daniel. You might remember me from such other MMO articles like "It was great except for the Elves with 5 o'clock shadows" and "Tits and Fatalities aside, Age of Conan sucks flaccid donkey genitals". I'm new here; and bringing you a highly opinionated, wordy rant on the latest of MMO trends: the term "WoW Killer".

The meme itself isn't new: the first earliest recorded instance of this meme was by the scribe Pontus Sextus Alphonsus in 300 A.D, writing about the threat of an invasion from far eastern Empires into the vulnerable Roman empire. He referred to these savages as possibly the first "Rome-killer" -  yeah, ok, I just made all of that up. The term "WoW Killer" has been kicking it around since WoW first became a success back in 2004. Any major MMO release since then has been plagued with this term: "Will this game be the WoW Killer? Will this game gain self-awareness, attack the Blizzard server farm with a targetted nuclear strike, then start searching for Sarah Connor? Does this game have the potential to learn kung-fu?"

No, it doesn't. The term itself implies that WoW in fact can be killed, which it can't. Sure, it can lose some subscribers: even for arguments purpose, it's possible (though not likely) that games like Warhammer Online have more total active subscribers than WoW. Does that mean WoW has, in fact, been killed? No. It would still be the 2nd largest MMO subscriber game, and it would still be the all time biggest MMO in terms of subscribers. Even in this best case scenario, WoW would still have a piss-ton of subscribers by industry standards.

Many people say that the only thing that can kill WoW is WoW itself. I liken this to people watching too many Terminator movies as kids or possible temporal lobe damage from hearing the pre-pubescent screams of Eddie Furlong too many times. WoW can't kill itself, but it's supporting staff of humans can perhaps muck things up a bit. A lot of WoW subscribers were alienated or quit after the Burning Crusade expansion: WoW subscriptions were down to around 2 or 3 million actual subscribers and about 17 million chinese gold-farmer accounts. Wrath of the Lich King might do the same thing; and it's good to theorize that if Warhammer Online provides as good of a PVP experience as everyone hopes it does, it will take a good deal of the "real PVPers" away from WoW (if any still play) - and WoW can be happy in deluding people that the little e-sport Arena games are "real PVP". At the end of the day, though, there is still a core group of people that love WoW for what it is: whether it's because it was their first MMO, the majority of their friends play, or even it's cozy familiarity: people will always stay and play World of Warcraft, and in great numbers.

TL;DR version: WoW has too many loyal fans and addicts to ever be "killed" as a MMO. End of story.

Now that we've determined that WoW can't be killed, it's time to move on. Even though it can't be terminated, it can still lose a lot of customers, or better yet, it *is* possible that another MMO has just as big of a following and playerbase as WoW does without stealing their customers. In fact, this latter scenario is the best scenario because it means that players have been gained from outside the genre and the industry has indeed grown. This can't really happen with titles like Warhammer Online or Age of Conan because it's still stuck in the same genre (Fantasy) and is really just a rehash of the same thing - and maybe niched to a certain demographic, like PVP/RVR with WAR or Nudity and ... well, whatever for AoC.

So what can rival WoW in fanbase and subscribers? A non-fantasy, perhaps "non RPG" based MMO that is rock solid, using a known IP. Whether this is a MMOFPS or MMORTS (or even both) - this is really the only chance that the MMO industry has at ever producing something that rivals the beast of WoW in revenue and following. Using this logic, companies like Mythic, Funcom and 38 Studios actually hurt the MMO industry because they won't be generating many new players (from outside the genre) and have instead been focusing on stealing other players away from other similar games. Meanwhile, hordes of fantatical FPS and RTS players are uncatered for in our over-saturated Fantasy MMORPG market.

I digress; in conclusion, let's stop using this tired term "WoW Killer". The term is just plain inaccurate; we need to be more creative and constructive in representing the MMO industry. So, let's focus on objective reviews and previews of upcoming releases and advancing and expanding the industry, rather than throwing this lame meme into the mix with every new title that's about to be released.

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Warhammer: Progress in the Evolution of PVP?

Posted by Daedren Wednesday August 20 2008 at 10:12AM
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In the midst of all the existing and upcoming Fantasy based MMO's, it's easy to get lost in new features and cutting-edge expectations that might put game X over another title. For an avid PVPer like myself and many others, though, we tend to focus more on the actual game mechanics and PVP features of the upcoming titles. So, it's no surprise when we start to compare these games to other titles that we've enjoyed.

Ultima Online (pre Trammel) - the old school gamers holy grail, this was our first and perhaps only true love for MMO's. UO offered a PVP freedom that only Asian-grindfest games have reproduced since, with little success in the Western market. In UO it was possible to attack whoever you wanted (later with consequences) and even fully loot them if you had the time. This was wonderful for the community and you could easily be a "bad guy" or a "good guy". This sort of freedom came with a price, of course, as the danger was high and few (if any) places were really secure.

Dark Age of Camelot was the next major PVP release and introduced Realm versus Realm combat; this limited your freedom as you couldn't attack your brothers in arms, but you could attack the other factions, mostly in the Frontier or RvR zones. You couldn't really hunt your enemies down on their turf, so they had plenty of safe havens and could avoid PVP altogether if they wished. However, the dynamic and fun nature of RvR combat was still satisfying, at least on a different level. DAoC, to my knowledge, was the first major game to implement strictly PvP / RvR rewards as gear and items.

World of Warcraft was a step backward for PVP in many people's mind. Most people agree that WoW is a PVE game first with PVP slapped on secondary, something I fully agree with. WoW popularized instanced PVP, though most true PVPers perfer more random and dynamic encounters like world PVP - something that WoW has neglected, and something they are trying hard to implement in WotLK.

Age of Conan is almost not worth mentioning, as it was marketed as a PVP game but still has yet to provide any meaningful PVP system, nearly 4 months after release. After trying their proposed system out on the Test Server, I can safely say that AoC is actually a step backwards from WoW, which I didn't even think was possible. They've basically taken the instanced PVP of WoW and combined the lame penalty systems from UO and bundled it all up into an unbalanced piece of excrement. If only they could work on something to actually punch you in the face whilst you PVP'd, they'd be sitting pretty for the worst PVP system ever put into a MMO.

EVE Online snuck into the scene in the midst of all this and provided a true evolution to UO's dynamic PVP experience. It's been a bit of a niche game with a rocky start, but I can honestly say it's the closest thing to UO I've seen in the last 10 years. It's not quite as addicting as WoW / DAoC for me, which is sadly a problem as far as sticking with a game, but it's still worthy of a mention as a wonderful break from the cookie cutter fantasy PVP templates we get thrown into on a regular basis.

Enter Warhammer Online. The hype is there, and the game is going to deliver. For many people, it's kind of like a "Dark Age of Camelot 2" - with a different IP, of course. Mythic made the DAoC PVP experience fun and memorable, albeit with less freedom than UO or EVE - and from the beta, it looks like Warhammer will do well to evolve the PVP aspect of the MMO industry. Public Quests, meaningful RvR combat, and most importantly: a game focused on the PVP experience.

So, how is WAR holding up so far, to those that have played the beta? Do you find that they've help evolve the PVP aspect of MMO gaming - or have they taken a step backwards?

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WAR: Gathered Beta/Post NDA infos!

Posted by Daedren Wednesday August 20 2008 at 5:13AM
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It's summer here in the south of France, and everyone is busy trying to spend their 2 months of vacation, either trying to avoid the tourists or having fun being one themselves. Age of Conan did a wonderful job at getting a lot of people outdoors this summer, as the Funcom team works diligently to provide a PVP system: one that was promised in June but might be here by the end of the year. Anyway, that failure of a game is behind most of us PVP addicts, and we turn our autumn sights to none other than Warhammer Online.

I've been playing beta. For a very short time, I had thought to perhaps make some videos and some screenshots and write little witty guides and playing experiences for everyone. However, I quickly let that go because I knew other people would do it, and do it better. So, the least I can do is bring my faithful reader(s) a few links with some good stuff so they can read about Warhammer and all of it's glory. The questions most people are asking themselves now are: what faction should I play? What class should I play? What is my life becoming when I obsesse over games like this? Alas, these should help answer at least the first two:

Of course Keen of Keen and Graev's blog, being on the Mythic payroll, has done an excellent series of videos, screenshots, and coherent ramblings:

WAR Beta Movies and Screenshots

Keen's not-quite-sober Beta Impressions, Part 1 (of 78,000)

Good stuff, my boy! Keep 'em coming. Change your damn guild name though or at least go with something a bit more masculine like the "Blue Oyster Club". (name the movie!)

Not to be outdone by simple college students, Massively, in their attempt to have 2000 blog posts on the same topic, have done a series of quasi-article things on the Classes of WAR.

Destruction (I'm evvvill! *emo sob*)

Healing Classes for emo Destruction

Melee Classes for Destruction

Tank Classes for Destruction

And Order (Legolas to the rescue!)

Ranged DPS Classes for Order

The missing ... 4 guides will be coming soon I suppose. Check here if I haven't updated this post yet.

And of course no Warhammer news can be complete without The Greenskin!

Beta Thoughts Part 2

Greenskins in the Beta

Post NDA writeup

That's it! Will add some more if I find them worthy.

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