Hey, I'm Gambles.
I decided just now that I would take a shot at sharing some of my views and thoughts on Darkfall UW. Let me just say now, that this is coming from a guy who has never played the original Darkfall and has only dabbled in sandbox briefly with Eve.
Being a newbie.
I came into Darkfall fresh and ready to be slaughtered, still high on the thought of actually playing a game that wasn't just another WoW-Clone theme-park snore fest. My hopes were high and my attitude was good, I was ready. Except for the fact that I wasn't.
After spending a short time in what had to be one of the worst character creations I've seen in a while I was immediately greeted in game by a UI with text so small that I began to think I was losing my sight. No matter, a minor set back on my way to glory and ruling this world. I finished up the tutorial and set out on my adventure to pave my way in this wonderful sandbox world.
Being new and wanting to explore I immediately left the safe zone, after all who would want to kill a guy with absolutely nothing? I tell you who, everyone. Not only was I mercilessly butchered about 50 meters from the safe zone but I was then taunted in area chat by what can only be described as 'gangsta' slang. Oh well, I had learned my lesson, stay in the safe zone until I am properly equipped to deal with these DF Thugs.
So I did just that, I stayed in the safe zone. I harvested various raw materials such as ore, cotton, wood, etc. and then crafted those raw materials into some useful items like armor and weapons (I'm a warrior by the way). I killed and looted what I could from goblins, skeletons, and trolls within the safe zone for money and scraps to salvage. I did all of this while semi-afk and watching various shows on netflix all with the thoughts of glory and riches in the back of my head.
So I ventured out again, this time with 6k prowess, a polearrm, and a full set of chain mail, a mount and everything else in the bank as not to lose my precious gold and trinkets. I found a spawn of hags which I had read were great for feats that reward bonus prowess. So I started farming them one by one until I seen something out of the corner of my eye that could only be described as a circ de soleil acrobat. I messaged in area chat if they wanted to kill some hags with me, they didn't. 10 arrows later I was back in the safe zone naked and covered in blood.
Understanding the Game.
After many failures like the one above I had decided that it would be in my best interest to join a clan. I need protection, fellow adventurers to help me along my journey. I managed to join a clan that I had previously applied to when I thought the game was originally releasing and things became a bit easier for a while.
Ogre Bullies? X.
However I was slacking off in my Darkfall grind as I was busy with other things and soon fell behind. Everyone had done those lowly spawns that I still needed. So I recruited a friend to play with me and after a while of us both being slaughtered I couldn't get him to play any more, different strokes for different folks. I still wanted to succeed, no matter how painful it was now.
It was right around this time when I came to the realization that this game might not be exactly what I thought it was going to be. I was willing to do the grind, I understood what it took to get me to where I wanted to be and how to go about doing it. What I failed to consider was just how difficult it would be to just to stay alive long enough to grind.
There was no in-depth sandbox experience to be had here. No politics or trading, no meeting strangers in the world with the same mindset, no community, and certainly no honor. This world consisted of those with more numbers and more power crushing those who don't have that experience. The game has been turned into something of a large team death match by the community. New players are humiliated and farmed like cattle, the players who are now bored with their grind camp spawn zones of creatures needed for feats, frothing at the mouth as they wait for the next unlucky group of lowbies to stumble in to try and progress.
I understood now why the original had fallen from grace. Why new players have such a hard road to enjoy this game and why ultimately the game would have horrible player retention. It wasn't because of any mechanic in-game as much as the community loves to bash the developer, no, they only had themselves to blame for this mess.
A sad realization.
I did re-sub to Darkfall UW for one more month. I want to enjoy this game more than anything. I want to somehow reach a level where I can adequately defend myself in 1v1 situations. I just do not know if I have the time or patience to do that.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing horrible about the game it self. The mechanics are there, if slim right now. Holdings, villages, clans, crafting, feats. These things are there, but I will never put many of them to use. I simply do not want to be the content for players whose only goal is to halt my progress and kill me unchallenged only to taunt me as we lay there dying to someone 5 times our prowess level.
I do not want to be babysat by clan mates with 40k prowess. I want to be engaged by players my own level looking for a challenge or fighting me over a spawn that we both equally want for each of our own groups. I want the community to look at the FFA PvP in game as something more than a tool with which to grief those who are new or weaker.
Of course I don't have the power to change this, it's just the way it is. So I will continue on grinding for this month and see if I can't somehow find some kind of enjoyment some where along the way.