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Hudson's Hideout

Ramblings of a MMO player and Miniature wargamer

Author: pvthudson01

WAR: Where's the test server

Posted by pvthudson01 Thursday October 9 2008 at 7:49AM
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I have moved my blog to I also host my comic book site there as well it is just easier to post to a domain where I can store files.

Anyone notice how fast Mythic is rolling out these patches? They are coming hot and heavy (easy there) and it seems almost to be way too pre planned for my liking. Almost like...these were things that just didn't make it into the LIVE version and they knew they had to fix this stuff. Very odd. Most MMO's have a grueling test server period where they ask you copy characters over and then you languish over there and things seems to work ok and we wait 3-4 weeks and then finally they release the patch and then someone exploits something. The servers are then taken down for about 2 hours and they come back up and something else is broken. This is just the way it works in MMO land. No test server yet in Warhammer land. I think that these "miracle patches" were somehow lined up and we had the proverbial wool pulled over our eyes.

Anyway, I am still having fun so I don't care. I am not interested in half the things that are broken because they don't effect me. Let those that level fast find the bugs and fix the game so that when I cap it works like a dream.

Last night my Ironbreaker, cleverly named Hudson (trust me I didn't want to do that but it takes some pressure off Bildo because people can identify me in game now) grouped with a bunch of Casualties of WAR folk and rolled the RVR scenarios. I hit rank (level) 9 and RVR level 9. Still can't say I like his tanking mechanics, I don't like any tanking mechanic where I have to "build" things up, but oh well. Until the population imbalance is fixed, I do not want to play my chosen and level ahead of his RVR rank.

While we did ok, the lack of healing and the SKILL of Order healers in a way scares me. Sure we are all doing Tier 1 stuff, but man we got whooped toward the end of the night. So bad that one of our guildies had to join with his alt healer. The group was a lot of fun however, and we rolled in at one point with 5-6 Ironbreakers, all sporting the CoW tag over their heads. A steady wall of short stocky Dwarves marching for the Nordenwatch fort. Also something that was disconcerting: Nordenwatch was the ONLY scenario popping. I haven't run a Khaine's Embrace in almost a week and a half.

After that I started questing in Altdorf, the capital city of Order. Altdorf is a pretty cool city, but there is a lot of wasted space. While huge, I can't help but think it may be TOO big for the lack of content. The docks are quite the vision though, and some of the NPC's are a riot. From street brawlers to commoners carrying ship cargo, they did a nice job of bringing the are to life. If you are not careful, you will get attacked by bums, Skaven hiding in barrels, and nasty demons that break through portals and hang around until some higher level players might dispatch them.


All in all a good night in WAR, but I just wish we really knew how this patch thing was going to work in the upcoming months. There is no way they can keep pushing these fixes out without testing them in the future. Something is going to break big, and it will bite them in the ass.

NotArkard writes:

I don't think there's anything wrong with the way they have been doing patches. It's a fact that all MMOs are released unfinished, and this one was actually incredibly stable. If they did have things they planned on adding right away with patches, I'm glad they're doing so.

In Age of Conan, it took them forever to release patches after release, and they usually broke something else. I would've loved it if they had snuck in DX10, a worthwhile PvP system, and everything else a month after release even though they promised it at release.

Regarding Altdorf:

Cities level up, too. As the cities level up, a lot of things open up, which end up filling the 'wasted space'. I'm not sure how it works for Altdorf exactly, but the Inevitable City on my server is rank 4, and it has a ton of stuff available.

Thu Oct 09 2008 8:44AM Report
wartywarlock writes:

yeah the altdorf 'wasted space' issue is non existant. first its got to hold a good 200-400 people during a raid, with CD on thats a lot of space. and also aas mentioned the higher the city rank the more gets used. a lot changes in there. stuff closes, stuff opens. some stuff is just randomly available and you may never see it on som chars. to the best of my knowledge almost all of it is used, and by the looks, the rest will soon follow anyways

Thu Oct 09 2008 9:46AM Report
Balkin31 writes:

It's a little early to ask for test server don't ya think... have some patience......

Thu Oct 09 2008 11:15AM Report
banthis writes:

There is a Test Server...but you have to be an Elder Beta Tester in order to have access to it.  THey're only using those that they've been working with for months on end with.  To be honest this is probably the best method to use until the game is several months old that way they don't have to go through 10000 x repeat posts from people who have no idea what they're talkinga bout.   I'm not sure why everyone's screaming for an open one at this point they've been listening and monitoring closely things said on the VN boards and Warhammer Alliance and putting thos ethings into the patches.

Thu Oct 09 2008 1:12PM Report
banthis writes:

btw there's no such thing as a perfect patch every patch for every game breaks or changes something thats unexpected.   Its just a fake of life when your dealing with that much code. 

Thu Oct 09 2008 1:13PM Report
Malkos writes:

Um.. you realize just about all the patches since release have been fix patches and very minor? which.. dont require a public testing. All of it is internal testing in the company. Dont think that theyre just pulling these patches out of thin air and releasing them without a second thought.

Fri Oct 10 2008 8:55AM Report
Dubel writes:

All of WARs servers are test servers lol

Tue Dec 23 2008 3:54PM Report writes:
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