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  bdew

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Joined: 8/19/06
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1/29/12 5:02:38 AM#41

I've been playing (and paying) wurm for the last ~1.5 years on and off, and i mostly agree with the review.


If you can get past the bad graphics, no animations and no customization - it's a great sandbox game, much better than any sandbox released in this millenium.


I also agree with the posters above in that many things could become faster, mostly on the noob side of things - once you get your skills up and get high QL enchanted tools it becomes a non-issue.


  Zuuz

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1/29/12 5:29:55 AM#42

Important question: why on earth is it called WURM online? Wurm? wat.


  remyburke

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1/29/12 7:07:51 AM#43

Airing your dirty laundry on a public forum = not a good idea. I just took him as a troll and nothing more, personally.

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1/29/12 9:26:31 AM#44

@ronsson


What you say about nkitz may be all true but where exactly did he lie in his post you quoted above?


  trololcat

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1/29/12 9:35:18 AM#45

The official reply about DB exploiting money from the game which in any game would get you permabanned...

 

http://wurmonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=39920.msg384124#msg384124

 

But then you have the case of this guy...

 

http://wurmonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=60256.0

 

I hear he got banned for 273 years, for "misbehaving" which amounted to chat violations.

 

Nice job to not ban a cheater but you ban a guy that was actually good for the game for swearing.


 

Wurm is a great game and only getting better but once in awhile you get these dumb decisions.

 

I'd highly recommend giving it a shot though, its an awesome sandbox.

  mastersomrat

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Joined: 12/17/10
Posts: 368

1/29/12 9:39:05 AM#46

Ya, same here, just took it as troll talk.

  Naowut

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Joined: 1/17/07
Posts: 657

1/29/12 9:43:28 AM#47

Great crafting game.

If they ever add in animations so combat ''might'' be fun Ill definitly play it.

Right now its gets boring quickly.

  ronsson

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Joined: 1/13/04
Posts: 21

1/29/12 9:46:04 AM#48
Originally posted by remyburke

Airing your dirty laundry on a public forum = not a good idea. I just took him as a troll and nothing more, personally.

Yeah I'm afraid replying may be worse than ignoring. I'm tired of these ulteriour motive troll posts whichever game it applies to but of course I react more strongly when I get personally attacked. It's like everyone lets the trolls slip and don't think they do harm. Maybe they don't.

http://www.wurmonline.com for gods sake!

  Wraithglow

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Joined: 1/29/12
Posts: 1

1/29/12 10:51:09 AM#49

I just thought I would share my view of this game. I've been playing for 8-9 months now and i have 51 days of playtime in wurm. It is the single most addictive game I have ever played. For at least half of this time I have been working on improving my own village, creating homes and farms, terraforming hillsides into terraces, and creating a nice atmosphere for myself and a few strangers (who are becoming fast friends) to enjoy. I don't consider my village to be finished, i can think of a few things that could be improved or expanded or altered in some way, and I fully expect that the village will never be finished. This is not a bad thing for me - it is the sense just like in RL that theres that little project you've been meaning to do for ages.

 

I also think that the visuals of wurm are not as bad as people make them out to be. You can get stunning views, and not just from the graphics being good - the world itself makes these views spectacular because the world is so large that you can set up a house on a hill and be the only person to have that view: that is your view.

 

It's also worth mentioning that i do not play pvp. PvP is not something i am or ever was interested in, and with wurm I have the choice of playing on a PvE server with other people that are like-minded, interested in creating your own little kingdom and becoming a master of a trade. Speaking of trades, there are many skills in wurm, not a few like was said earlier: over 100 in fact. And these skills range from the basic (digging, mining) to the useful and valuable (smithing, tailoring, fighting) and to the entirely-useless-yet-still-appealing (yoyo, puppeteering).

So i guess all thats left to do is post some images other people have shared on the wurm forums - these were screenshots taken in-game and show what i would call "pretty good graphics":

 

 

  Mithrandolir

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Joined: 2/28/05
Posts: 1710

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft' might win, by fearing to attempt

1/29/12 10:57:25 AM#50

I just popped back into the game after 6 months away and had an incredible first night back. I started a new account and went at it from scratch, and really had some awesome moments last night.


 


  moxieblossom

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Joined: 9/06/08
Posts: 1

1/29/12 12:27:54 PM#51

I've been playing Wurm for about a year now, with breaks periodically to try other games, but I always come back to Wurm. Why? I love the creativity and the scope of what is possible with the tools that Rolf has given us, and the community, though we have the occasional bad egg, is by and large very mature and decent compared to most MMOs... and they are passionate about the game. The memorable moments you'll have in Wurm aren't going to be during raids or whatnot, but will definitely be focused around your neighbors and the other people that you meet here. The game is surprisingly addicting, more so than any other MMO I've played since WoW.


I won't lie, the game is hard. Not in the way of having difficult raid fights or anything like that, but it requires patience, self-motivation, and resourcefulness to do well in Wurm. If you want instant gratification, you're not going to get it here. If you get frustrated easily, you're probably not going to enjoy the game. That doesn't make it a bad game, it just means that it isn't for everyone.


Considering that Rolf and team are so small, they've done amazing things with Wurm.


 


  Mithrandolir

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Joined: 2/28/05
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Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft' might win, by fearing to attempt

1/29/12 1:17:37 PM#52

seems like a lose/lose situation for everyone, sad to see it happening like this.


 


 


  WulfgarDK

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Joined: 1/29/12
Posts: 9

1/29/12 1:18:17 PM#53

[Mod Edit]

Secondly, my review of Wurm Online:


I have played this game for almost 3 years now. I can see myself playing this game as long as Rolf devotes his time to developing and maintaining it and stay true to his ideals.


I enjoy the slow pace, the sense of accomplishment, the complexity and the challenge. I love the small and loyal (mostly...) community, players that are so involved in the game that they spend time and money to help bring new players to the game and teach them the basics. I love that I can do whatever I want to, there is noone holding my hand or forcing me to do anything. It is the ultimate sandbox game.


Admittedly, the pace of development has sometimes been slow and Rolf has probably made a few mistakes over the years, but he is only human afterall. The future of Wurm looks bright, with updated graphics, animations, customizable avatars, visible armour, more crafting options, and hopefully improved pvp for those that enjoy that all soon to come within the next year I am sure.


There is no reason to wait for those improvements though, Wurm has been playable for several years now so just jump right in and don't hesitate to ask for help. 


  Battlepaw

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Joined: 1/29/12
Posts: 2

1/30/12 12:01:36 AM#54



I've been playing this game on and off for a couple of years now, and I  have to say I've been playing MMOs since around 1998 or so and haven't ever seen anything as... unique as Wurm.  




I'm typically a light PVPer, in any online world that allows it, and one of the things I really enjoyed about Wurm was the fact that while there was PvP, and while it was REALLY a grind to get your character to the point where you could actually be more than just an arrow pincussion in a fight it could really be interesting.  

While I don't really PvP any longer when I do play it really hasn't made me like the game any less for what it is an that is an immersive environment. 



When you climb a mountain in this game, you are in true fear for your life most of the time since if its a mountain like I like to climb there is a really good chance you could fall off and lose all your gear, or at least it would take you hours if not days to figure out a way to scale down to where your corpse landed. 

That's just the least of the dangers ya face if ya live up on a mountain.    At the end of the day though when you look out over the terrain and you can see all of your kingdom and your village far below you, it was worth it to run across that narrow ridge leading your prize, irreplaceable war-mount and while carrying that best set of armor and a powerful sword, but knowing  that you might lose it all to that  that that troll swinging his club at you while you run for your life and pray you don't fall off the sheer drop on either side..... it's worth it, and a risk you rarely have to fear from your natural enviroment as an advanced player in other games. 





Its not like some games I've played where escape is a mere teleport away most of the time, but when you are far away out in the wilderness.... you are truly removed from civilization and how well you know that terrain, where a horse can run an where it can't can save ur life when your being chased by an irate enemy on a mount twice as fast as yours and armed with a longbow.

When you call an area home its YOURS, you form it to your specifications, as well as your able to, you build your house, and you pick your destination in the game.   My hobby in game has always been making wine, to do that I have to pay attention to the seasons, plant and tend the grape fields and maple forests around my village.  It's something that is very slow paced but I really don't do it for the wine, heck its mostly useless.



I do it because I can and it's just enjoyable, relaxing and provides me with an excuse to hike up said mountain and get my blood pumping when I want to add another barrel of wine to my stash to age.  




Some people like to build massive monuments, or try to corner the market on prize horses, for everyone it's just that kind of game where you pick one of the hundreds of skills and you just do what you want to do.  

 I do have to say however, if you have a short temper and are use to eating the rats rather than them eating you, as a new player ur going to have serious issues with this game. 


If you like to PvP and pretty much walk over anybody you feel like, and basically have an ever-man for himself attitude ur going to have problems, though it is admittedly possible to play that way once your experienced enough to know how to do it. (just not a good idea)



The biggest reason I play on the PvP servers despite the fact that you can get killed is that you can dispatch ur pesky neighbor if he decides there just HAS to be a highway through your grape field and decides to chop up said prize grape bushes because he claims they were incontinently in their way. 




Not everyone will get along, on those servers, as they are really competitive but I've found them to be very polite most of the time, at least between neighbors because you never know when you will need that guy's help to rebuild or access to his tunnel network  when your being chased by a horde of enemy players. 




I don't always agree with the development staff about all their decisions, but I won't lose faith in the game anytime soon because it has given me a truly unique experience I've never had before in an online game, as infuriating as it can be sometimes there are many moments I've had where I just stand there and say... yea it was worth it.  

I can't say that about every game I've played.  

 





 




 

  Jimmac

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Joined: 2/28/10
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1/30/12 12:14:16 AM#55
Originally posted by Battlepaw

I've been playing this game on and off for a couple of years now, and I  have to say I've been playing MMOs since around 1998 or so and haven't ever seen anything as... unique as Wurm.  

I'm typically a light PVPer, in any online world that allows it, and one of the things I really enjoyed about Wurm was the fact that while there was PvP, and while it was REALLY a grind to get your character to the point where you could actually be more than just an arrow pincussion in a fight it could really be interesting.  

 
While I don't really PvP any longer when I do play it really hasn't made me like the game any less for what it is an that is an immersive environment. 

When you climb a mountain in this game, you are in true fear for your life most of the time since if its a mountain like I like to climb there is a really good chance you could fall off and lose all your gear, or at least it would take you hours if not days to figure out a way to scale down to where your corpse landed.

That's just the least of the dangers ya face if ya live up on a mountain.    At the end of the day though when you look out over the terrain and you can see all of your kingdom and your village far below you, it was worth it to run across that narrow ridge leading your prize, irreplaceable war-mount and while carrying that best set of armor and a powerful sword, but knowing  that you might lose it all to that  that that troll swinging his club at you while you run for your life and pray you don't fall off the sheer drop on either side..... it's worth it, and a risk you rarely have to fear from your natural enviroment as an advanced player in other games. 

Its not like some games I've played where escape is a mere teleport away most of the time, but when you are far away out in the wilderness.... you are truly removed from civilization and how well you know that terrain, where a horse can run an where it can't can save ur life when your being chased by an irate enemy on a mount twice as fast as yours and armed with a longbow
 
When you call an area home its YOURS, you form it to your specifications, as well as your able to, you build your house, and you pick your destination in the game.   My hobby in game has always been making wine, to do that I have to pay attention to the seasons, plant and tend the grape fields and maple forests around my village.  It's something that is very slow paced but I really don't do it for the wine, heck its mostly useless.

I do it because I can and it's just enjoyable, relaxing and provides me with an excuse to hike up said mountain and get my blood pumping when I want to add another barrel of wine to my stash to age. 

Some people like to build massive monuments, or try to corner the market on prize horses, for everyone it's just that kind of game where you pick one of the hundreds of skills and you just do what you want to do. 

I do have to say however, if you have a short temper and are use to eating the rats rather than them eating you, as a new player ur going to have serious issues with this game. 

If you like to PvP and pretty much walk over anybody you feel like, and basically have an ever-man for himself attitude ur going to have problems, though it is admittedly possible to play that way once your experienced enough to know how to do it. (just not a good idea


The biggest reason I play on the PvP servers despite the fact that you can get killed is that you can dispatch ur pesky neighbor if he decides there just HAS to be a highway through your grape field and decides to chop up said prize grape bushes because he claims they were incontinently in their way. 

Not everyone will get along, on those servers, as they are really competitive but I've found them to be very polite most of the time, at least between neighbors because you never know when you will need that guy's help to rebuild or access to his tunnel network  when your being chased by a horde of enemy players.

I don't always agree with the development staff about all their decisions, but I won't lose faith in the game anytime soon because it has given me a truly unique experience I've never had before in an online game, as infuriating as it can be sometimes there are many moments I've had where I just stand there and say... yea it was worth it.  


I can't say that about every game I've played. 

Badass post. I'm going to give this game a serious chance because of this post. Wurm might just be what I was looking for all along and I just never saw it before.

  Battlepaw

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1/30/12 1:23:01 AM#56

Yea, Wurm's Motto:  "In wum, you don't eat rat, rat eats you."  Heck no mater how mutch woopass you can dish out its all about the situation you manage to get yourself into that can determine how or if you survive.  That troll that was chaseing me, on even ground, riding that horse instead of leading it I would have had a very very good chance of killing it or at least getting away from it easily if I had a run of bad luck and it rips my face off.   Instead I was depending  entirey on my shield skill and sword skill to parry and  block every blow, becuase I couldn't  actually wear my armor and still run fast enough to get away from the stupid bastard.  (I also couldn't ride my horse because of the terrain)








Fights in Wurm are rarely as much about pure stats as the situation and advantages or disadvantages you make for yourself.  You somehow can't get on your horse and are being attacked by a relentless pack of deadly scorpions?  Climb above them on a sheer cliff for that combat rating bonus you need to kill them and pray you don't run out of stamina before you kill them.   You use your enviroment as defence as much as it tries to kill you you can use it to kill others and local wildlife that just loves to find a way to woop ur ass.  








In PvP its allways as important to build your fortress and network of defences as it is to build your stats.  Many players on those servers rarely just fight. They often derive pleasure from planning out that massive fortress that will take real life weeks if not months to fully realize and then test it against a very clever and relentless foe.   You don't allways suceed, many players have lost entire villages to enemies, and watched their creations crumble and fall.   Part of the fun is knowing that if you have a good group of friends that one day... it shall rise again. 











 




 

  User Deleted
1/30/12 9:18:18 AM#57

Looks like I'm slowly about to change my mind about wurm. All negatives I said before are still there exept no performance issues anymore. They either improved it massively or it's my better rack than that from 5 years ago. The game now runs smooth with almost every option on max with 60 fps, just a bit more fan noises. Turning around with mouse is almost a bit too fast now and I wished I could decelerate it somehow.








But all what I called "immersion killers" in my former posts surprisingly sank into insignificance once I let myself drag a little deeper into this world. After a while the environment feels so much more *real* than every other game I played before which is what actually forms the immersion in wurm online.








My first few hours on independence where quite furious: No clue about much but what I've learned from the tutorial (which every noob should do thoroughly unless you don't want to have asking tons of questions afterwards) my first aim was to find some virgin land which was anything else than easy. All over the terrain I saw various corpses from wild animals but also from players that didn't make me feel all too comfortable. When I decided to stray from the surfaced path and climbing up a small hill I was soon attacked by one of those wild cats at a very bad moment where I haven't learned yet that weapons and shields are to be equipped (and not just activated). Soon I realised my health going rapidely down the tube and I ran for my life. At this point I learned that you can't run and turn your head to watch your distance from the attacker and so I ran as long as my stamina would allow me, desperately sneaking into a nearby unknown cave. Phew, I barely survived, hungry, thirsty, with several wounds all over my body and nothing achieved that could aid in surviving the next morning.








But then I was lucky and found an abondoned decaying player corpse with 4 rations of spider meat (yuck) which I roasted an a campfire while licking my wounds.








Needless to say that I almost got too late to work, but who cares. Once wurm gets you it's highly addictive. I'm still safe and sound besides a nasty cut in my stomach from the wild cat that don't want to heal. No time to write anymore, need to fix that...











 




 

  Uranos7

Apprentice Member

Joined: 1/30/12
Posts: 2

1/30/12 2:33:06 PM#58

I have seen a lot of talk about graphics and animations, some talk about gameplay,  very little about sense of accompishment, and hardley any about community.




Sonic and Mario did not  become cultural icons because of awesome graphics and animations; even WOW would be lackluster compared to some games out now. So I doubt that really has as much impact as others are making of it. 




Those games became Icons because they were fun to play.  Wurm is not a fast paced game but it is fun to play due to I get a greater sense of accomplishment building a cart or boat in it than I ever did crafting 'purples'  in WOW.




The one thing Wurm has better than any other game I have ever seen is a snse of community.  The CA help channel is there for anyone to ask those questions that in any other game would be responded to with " L2P you Noob".  The questions are not answered strictly by those that have volunteered to be CA's but other regular players as well. 


A really good example of the difference in Community of Wurm to other games is thier Christmas event called the  ' Impalong'.  At this event some of the highest skilled players in the game volunteer thier time and materiels to improve the tools, weapons, and armor of the lower skilled players to nearly maximum QL.   This means any new player can drop his 10ql hammer in the forge and pick it up later after it has been imp'd to 70ql!    Others even donate some of the best equipment in the game  (like drake sets valued at 50 silver)  to be used as prizes in games played by everyone with no entry fee.




I have never seen a game with more of a community connection.





 

  Draylynn

Advanced Member

Joined: 4/04/08
Posts: 11

1/30/12 2:39:42 PM#59

"abhorrent" - Inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.




Extremely harsh, I think it looks nice, the graphics are being updated constantly here and there. Alot of which aren't that different to other games more high budget games. I gotta say the big turn off for Wurm has to be the tutorial, it's long and tedious, but thankfully once you pass it you are a free man/woman!




I've been playing this for a few years in terms of content there's enough to do, working on skills daily whether you mean to or not, slaying foe's, helping villages or just strolling around.




The subscription models kinda cool, even if you can't afford to buy with real money you can work in game to earn your monthly subscription in silvers, although at low levels that incurs alot of hard grinding or a generous player.


Overall it's an amazing community driven game, everyone should try it once. Ever around Exodus server, be sure to pop in to Turani for a hearty meal or two~!





 

  Archeonus

Novice Member

Joined: 4/16/10
Posts: 14

1/30/12 7:19:13 PM#60

Looks like a sweet game.  I am downloading the game now to try it out.  I haven't been this excited for a new sand box in quite some time.


 


Maybe it will hold me over until Archage or GW2


Love Guild Wars? Final Fantasy? Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings?
Here is an excerpt from the new series:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/79738399/Archeon-and-the-Virgo-Moon-Excerpt

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