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Author: beauturkey

Still waffling on which land is my favorite.

Posted by beauturkey Tuesday June 30 2009 at 11:23AM
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Vanguard has beautiful landscapes, for sure.

Are they a little empty at times? Yes. But there is enough to explore that you find plenty to do on any of the three land-masses. Ruins, wandering monsters, little caves poked in the side of hills here and there. I have walked/rode/sailed pretty much over all the landscapes, even within some areas that I had no business going into (thankfully I don't do perma-death anymore.)

And as I move along, I still can't decide which land I like best, which land makes me feel at home the best.

I enjoy Thestra for it's trees, and the fact that it feels the closest to something I am familiar with, and so feels a little more "modern", if that makes sense. I have seen lands that look like Thestra in real life, in the forests of Virginia or the mountains of Tennessee. I like the snow-covered area the best, and especially enjoy the area of the giants. I spent many levels there, and many days of just running around looking at the massive columns and architecture.

thestra

But then, there is the place I was born: Kojan. Now, let's be honest. All that Asian architecture and kung-fu grip stuff is NOT my bag, baby. At first I thought "Oh my God, they are going to make me go play around with elves and wanna-be Bruce Lee NPC's!" But, I gave it a while. I let it soak in. Not only is Kojan probably the most diverse area, but all of that variety comes in the smallest package.

I went from Elf cities to great mountains to beautiful magical floating towns. It's all there, and let's you get a real feeling for the HEIGHT of Vanguard, more than the SIZE. I love the area now, and after playing my Goblin monk (especially in her wicked starting quests) I really enjoy the whole "kung-fu" vibe. It's nice to see something different in a MMO, and it really does make you feel as though your character is growing very powerful as you level.

Kojan is perfect for exploring on a flying mount, something I rarely did with Rikoo. Not only was he afraid of heights, but I didn't allow myself to use flying mounts during "Immersion" play. I flew around like a kite on my goblin, and loved what I saw:

wildgrowth

Qalia is the "desert" land-mass. Like all the land masses, you have to spend some time in it to really get a feel of what the developers were going for. Everything seems connected together: you go from the starting area down a GIANT hill to Khal, the major city in the land. ( I remember seeing Khal for the first time, from the edge of the newbie starting city, and was blown away at how it looked. ) Then you move on from there to QA Riverbank, and on from there. Even if you do not follow quest-lines that send you to certain areas, the flow of the lands is enough to always guarantee that you will find something cool.

qalia

So, I cannot decide. I am bad at decisions, anyway, but especially when around the corner is something else shiny.

A few gripes, though:

1) Passing through invisible server lines is STILL an issue. They are aware of it, but I know that it is just not high on the priority list. On a boat, it is even more annoying.

2) All the land masses are linked together only using giant teleport gates. Technically, Vanguard is NOT seamless, it's just that the 3 major zones are GIANT.

3) The public ferry system is still broken. It has been talked about in so many ways and so many times, that I am still not clear on if they have been fixed or not. I know for a fact that the question of the ferries has been answered (Hell, answered on my show probably) but my memory is short. Either way, I want them back. New players or players that play like me would LOVE to have those boats back. Traveling by boat is one of the biggest joys of the game.

I am leaning towards Thestra, but then I travel to the other lands and fall in live with them all over again.

Honestly, though, that's not a bad position to be in.

Beau

DillingerEP writes:

Ca'ial Brael and Kojan = FTW!!!!!!

Nothing comes close as being as awesome... but I'm a  Wood Elf O.O

Tue Jun 30 2009 9:52PM Report
beauturkey writes:

 Kojan, yeh...I don't know. Seriously I don't have a fav. I have SECTIONS that I love, you know, but not the entire land mass.

  I actually liked the oceans the best, but it would be nicer if they actually were filled with life.

 

 Beau

 

 

 

Tue Jun 30 2009 9:57PM Report
DillingerEP writes:

I alway's loved the Kojan the best even if it had a lack of content... just because it never felt like any other place i explored.. in a different game. Thestra and Qalia.. always felt like i've seen it before.. still pretty cool stuff though. 

I know what ya mean about the ocean's though. It would be pretty cool sailing the sea with some friend's.. then suddenly get attacked by a large sea serpent............... something.

Tue Jun 30 2009 10:15PM Report
Death1942 writes:

Thestra all the way.  I hate Deserts and Kojan was a little to cramped for my liking.  Although to be honest, the gameplay in certain parts (dungeons, quests...ect) distracts me from the landscape as a whole, i enjoyed myself in every land.

Fri Jul 03 2009 3:49AM Report

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