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That's right. I played 12 hours straight yesterday. I logged off to get some caffeine around 7pm but other than that, I was constantly logged in.
Not one crash to desktop, however I did seem to detect that the longer I played the wonkier the client got. I had to reboot twice in those 12 hours to "kick start my system" because it seems the game has some odd memory leak. For example after about 6 hours I was not able to right click the loot bags I had won in PQ's anymore. Also at one point I was not able to move my character because every time I tried to press a keyboard movement key it would say "invalid target".
However, other than that, I played straight through the day and night with no hitches.
And what a glorious glorious day and night it was. Hands down the most fun in an MMO I have had since 2005. Why 2005? Because that is when World of Warcraft was at its zenith for me. A time when I formed a guild and had the most fun before it became the tedious, cut and paste faction grinding elitist game is it now. I say that with utmost confidence because Warhammer Online has destroyed the mold that WoW has set. Never in my time on online gaming have I been kept so busy or had so much to do in a newly launched game. Never in my online time of gaming have I spent almost the ENTIRE day with a guild I helped found and watch get off the ground and had it been so much fun and so successful and helpful on DAY ONE.
Casualties of WAR has raised the bar for guilds and what they can accomplish. Not only were we all hanging out in vent getting along, but we all grouped, cooperated, and traded loot and stories and had a blast while doing it.
Many thanks for JoBildo being there on TIME and helping form the guild. As usual my dumb ass miscalculated the time and I logged in 30 minutes late to start, but still managed to get all the names I wanted and the server we picked was fast enough to allow logins.
Chaos, not so lucky. However Chaos is the bandwagon side so I guess that they will have to deal until that settles down. I was not able to get ANY of the Chaos names I wanted on Volkmar, and at one point during the day I was thinking that the Chaos side of WAR should have relocated and simply picked a new server. In the old days in WoW, I made those decisions within 30 minutes but it was easier to communicate that choice to the 6-7 guild members I had than the 30+ that Genda has to deal with.
Order has picked Averheim. Chaos has picked Volkmar. Our guild info is here:
I can say without a doubt we are organized, skilled, and attentive. One of the best guilds I have been in on day one in forever.
I rolled a High Elf Swordmaster named Kelethas, and then a Shadowarrior alt named Nyrolas. I did get Hudson and Cuthbert names reserved for Warrior Priests, but something inside me had no wanting to play one. After 5 months of beta, I was sick of the Warrior Priest and my tastes had changed.
Kelethas was in and level 1 for about 45 minutes as I played around and talked to people on Ventrilo. Finally I settled down with my Dunkin Donuts coffee and started leveling. The leveling didn't take long and before I knew it I was PVP'ing with JoBildo and Arinos and Malth from Casualties of WAR at level 3 and getting Renown Ranks and XP while I did it.
My guess is that people that hate this game don't know what to do in it. How they can be bored or feel it is the same old same old is beyond me. What this tells me is that they are not social, not willing to take the time to explore every aspect of the game, or just lazy gamers. I spent 12 hours in this game yesterday and was not bored one minute. Ok maybe one, while I was running trying to find a certain quest NPC, but other than that my day was busy, my character was slowly gaining a personality and being fleshed out, and I was ACHIEVING things.
In one day I did the following, from levels 1-9. This is non stop gaming in guild groups or random PQ groups:
Capped my influence in Chapter One High Elf lands
Capped my influence in Chapter Two High Elf lands
Capped my influence in Chapter Three High Elf lands
Capped my influence in Chapter Three Empire lands
Invited numerous people to the guild, adjusted ranks and talked to some blogging friends.
Capped my renown rank at rank 8
Leveled 1-9 with my Swordmaster
Leveled 1-4 with my Shadowarrior, and capped his renown rank at rank 3
Took part in 4-5 PQ's all over the map, earning gear, money and influence
Unlocked various tome entries including killing 25 spiders, lizards and scorpions for bonus XP.
Unlocked various tome entries in RVR including killing certain players, BEING killed, and critical hit achievements
Explored, discovered and made new friends.
Went into a cave system to do a PQ involving spiders and other creepy things
Learned the ins and outs of tanking with a Swordmaster, but also went DPS when I had to
Upgraded ALL MY GEAR through PVP rewards, quest rewards, or influence rewards
Got all my pre order stuff that was available in the mailbox. More will come later when I get the boxed version.
Finally went to bed at 1am. And that was the first day.
How many of you out there that rip on this game even take the time to explore and learn how to play it properly? How many actually invest the time to learn how fleshed out a character can be compared to the stale vision that WoW is now? Very few, and that is why I take your opinions as a funny little side story to the best launch day I have had in 3 years.
So continue to mock WAR, do what you do because you fail to look beneath the hood of the game. I'll just be having fun with the 30 or so members of my guild and seeing all this game has to offer.
Excuse me....time to log in, I didn't take the day off for nothing!