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  Gaeluian

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Joined: 12/23/09
Posts: 69

To be or not to be, I don't really care!

9/11/13 12:04:05 PM#41

Except that, if you want to enjoy the dungeons, you MUST have a good group. Good luck with that. With populations at very low levels, you'll maybe experience 1 dungeon until you're 50 / 55.

 

Hard to say it, but, this game needs mercs.  Of course, players will scream foul at the very idea.

  Sovrath

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9/11/13 12:26:08 PM#42
Originally posted by Arclan

I agree that the landscape was beautiful and vast. But, look at EQ1. Practically anywhere you go, there is an npc or mob within sight. In many places of EQ1, NPC interactions occurred that you could witness. Orcs fighting mummies in the desert; hill giants fighting the druids at the druid ring in the commons, etc. Hang around at inns in Freeport or Qeynos and you can spend several hours listening to the npc's interact. How many npcs were there at the inns of Neriak; or High Hold Pass, or simply sprinkled throughout Norrath. EQ1 was bursting with life and interaction even before players set foot there.


The Lore and factions of EQ1 were voluminous. The more I think about it, the more I am amazed SOE/Verant were able to create such a masterpiece.


Very very little of this was in Vanguard. The world was simply too big for its own good, I think. It seems like they spent 75% of time making the landscape, and 25% of time filling it; and I think that ratio needs to be flipped to make a compelling virtual world.

I'm going to disagree with you there. At least to my tastes.

Part of what makes Vanguard compelling to me is that it actually feels like a world. Seeing something happening wherever one looks takes the "real world" contemplative serentiy out of it. Have you ever crossed the U.S.? There are vast areas of "just" nature. You can feel like you can truly escape civilization.

Heck, one of the things that pisses me off about Lord of the Rings online is that you can hardly cross an area without being waylaid by mobs every 20 or so feet.

So you want to take your horse and gallop across a plain? nope, sorry, you will get aggro.

 

  najob75

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Joined: 11/22/09
Posts: 38

10/27/13 3:13:12 AM#43

Shameless bump for Vanguard...

Best game i have ever played in last 10 years.

  xiorath

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Joined: 7/27/10
Posts: 16

11/02/13 2:02:51 AM#44

This game is a masterpiece the way it is, nothing needs to be changed about it. It's a classic hardcore MMORPG with incredible original elements, complex crafting system, and a gigantic world to explore with rich lore. It's been such a fun time these past few months I've played. It has one of the best and most respectful, mature MMO communities ive ever been involved in. I haven't seen a community this friendly since original EQ. Vangaurd is a love or hate kind of MMO, and I absolutely LOVE it. I don't feel like I need to rush to end game to see content, its all around me and there is so much to do wherever I choose to go, not to mention the vast amount of exploration and mystery to the world! 

After all the MMO's I've played in the past, nothing comes close to Vanguard. It reminds me so much of EQoA and EQ1 in all the possible positive ways. This MMO isn't for everyone, but for any old school vets like myself, its most definitely not a let down. It deserves far more attention than it gets. If it had more funding it would draw so many new players.

  xiorath

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Joined: 7/27/10
Posts: 16

11/02/13 2:07:19 AM#45
Originally posted by Gaeluian

Except that, if you want to enjoy the dungeons, you MUST have a good group. Good luck with that. With populations at very low levels, you'll maybe experience 1 dungeon until you're 50 / 55.

 

Hard to say it, but, this game needs mercs.  Of course, players will scream foul at the very idea.

What are you talking about? The population is very much active during US day time hours, even late into the evening. I've done a LOT of different dungeons and not in my 40's yet on both of my characters. Your statement is very inaccurate IMO unless you don't bother trying to find a group what so ever through /LFG

  Everket

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Joined: 3/22/11
Posts: 221

11/07/13 2:41:45 PM#46
I'm eu and if I want to group and dungeon crawl I usually manage to find a group. The thing is many of the high lvl players have alts, and or mentor to join your in these dungeons because there are so many, and maybe they just want to do it again with a different lowbie character. It happens all the time, so even though there are not tens of thousands of players, and like every mmo the pop is a big high lvl pop, they are often ready to join you regardless with alts or mentoring.
  nerovipus32

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Joined: 1/15/11
Posts: 2716

11/22/13 3:05:03 PM#47
Vanguard reminds me of old schools mmo's that were full of bugs but you accepted it because the experience was new and grandiose.Today mmo's are over produced and have lost their soul. A good analogy would be vinyl vs CD's.
  Jockan

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Joined: 9/03/08
Posts: 4109

11/27/13 9:37:57 PM#48
Originally posted by nerovipus32
Vanguard reminds me of old schools mmo's that were full of bugs but you accepted it because the experience was new and grandiose.Today mmo's are over produced and have lost their soul. A good analogy would be vinyl vs CD's.

 Just started playing and I agree with this.

  flizzer

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Joined: 11/10/12
Posts: 1152

11/27/13 9:47:28 PM#49

I am firmly ensconced in LOTRO and GW2 at the moment but reading some of these posts makes we want to dip in to Vanguard again.  Great  mature community and vast world to get lost in , hell yes.  I dont know.   I would be a total noob at this point and doubt Id be able to really find anyone to group with.

  Adamantine

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11/29/13 2:30:19 AM#50
Originally posted by WereLlama

Keep it small, maybe a 500,000$ budget.  

Thats not even enough for a traditional game(*), let alone a MMO.

 

(*) Of AAA quality level, of course.

  grifj

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Joined: 7/30/13
Posts: 111

12/16/13 4:31:52 PM#51

I loved Vanguard when it launched, but left after a few months because there was a lack of server activity.  I prefer group-oriented games rather than games that cater primarily to solo players, so when the community died, the game died for me.

Just restarted it this past weekend and I'm having a blast so far.  Diplomacy and crafting are great, as is the world design and opportunity for exploration.  My biggest concern, however, is that i looted a copy of these copper chest things that said you need a skeleton key to open.  I figured if I signed up for a paid account that I would be able to open those, but it turns out you actually have to buy skeleton keys with station cash to open them?  Am I understanding this right?  If so, that's going to be enough to get me to quit playing.  I don't want to play any game that requires me to pony up cash to open an item I looted.  I'm fine paying a monthly subscription, but that type of mechanic just reeks of money grubbing.

  Velocinox

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Joined: 3/15/06
Posts: 643

12/16/13 4:51:33 PM#52
Originally posted by Arclan

Vanguard had the potential to be this, but failed when $OE insisted that key WoW gameplay elements be added in. $OE effectively killed this game while very publicly being heralded as saving it.

No, it failed when it did what players asked for, but weren't willing to play. They made an old-school EQ game with harsh death penalties and long downtime and lots and lots of punishments and boredom.

It failed. Nobody stuck with it. Because there are only so many MMO masochists out there willing to put their money where their mouth is regardless of the droves of them that lie that they would pay for it.

Nobody listens to the MMO masochists anymore. Which is the best lesson VG ever gave us.

The current VG is orders of magnitude more fun than McQuaid's house of schadenfreude.

 

But don't despair self-flagellating members of the MMO fringe, you'll be able to punish yourselves into salvation because...

 

"On September 9, 2013, Brad announced to the world that he left SOE but is still working closely with them, and that Smedley is even excited about this. This news coupled with the string of hints dropped throughout Twitter and various board leads the community to believe that Brad is now working on a true spiritual successor to EverQuest and Vanguard."

 

Enjoy it until the (obvious) lesson is re-learned.

'Sandbox MMO' is a PTSD trigger word for anyone who has the experience to know that anonymous players invariably use a 'sandbox' in the same manner a housecat does.


No game is more fun than the one you can't play, and no game is more boring than the one you've become familiar with.


How to become a millionaire:
Start with a billion dollars and make an MMO.

  dreamscaper

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Joined: 8/14/08
Posts: 1245

12/16/13 4:52:43 PM#53

I've also given Vangard several tries, but sadly the aesthetics of the game always kill it for me. The character models and animations are utterly atrocious, nameplates look like like they were created by a single developer who had no idea what they were doing, and everything moves like somebody hit the fast-forward button (2x).

 

It could have been great, but sadly it's just another game destined for the chopping block.

<3

  csthao

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Joined: 11/07/06
Posts: 1097

12/16/13 11:23:19 PM#54
Originally posted by grifj

I loved Vanguard when it launched, but left after a few months because there was a lack of server activity.  I prefer group-oriented games rather than games that cater primarily to solo players, so when the community died, the game died for me.

Just restarted it this past weekend and I'm having a blast so far.  Diplomacy and crafting are great, as is the world design and opportunity for exploration.  My biggest concern, however, is that i looted a copy of these copper chest things that said you need a skeleton key to open.  I figured if I signed up for a paid account that I would be able to open those, but it turns out you actually have to buy skeleton keys with station cash to open them?  Am I understanding this right?  If so, that's going to be enough to get me to quit playing.  I don't want to play any game that requires me to pony up cash to open an item I looted.  I'm fine paying a monthly subscription, but that type of mechanic just reeks of money grubbing.

Everytime you sub you recieve station cash. But there are other alternatives. You can save up money in game and buy the keys in the Exchange for roughly 15-25g each. You dont have to spend real cash to purchase the keys.

  grifj

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Joined: 7/30/13
Posts: 111

12/17/13 4:26:52 PM#55
Originally posted by csthao
Originally posted by grifj

I loved Vanguard when it launched, but left after a few months because there was a lack of server activity.  I prefer group-oriented games rather than games that cater primarily to solo players, so when the community died, the game died for me.

Just restarted it this past weekend and I'm having a blast so far.  Diplomacy and crafting are great, as is the world design and opportunity for exploration.  My biggest concern, however, is that i looted a copy of these copper chest things that said you need a skeleton key to open.  I figured if I signed up for a paid account that I would be able to open those, but it turns out you actually have to buy skeleton keys with station cash to open them?  Am I understanding this right?  If so, that's going to be enough to get me to quit playing.  I don't want to play any game that requires me to pony up cash to open an item I looted.  I'm fine paying a monthly subscription, but that type of mechanic just reeks of money grubbing.

Everytime you sub you recieve station cash. But there are other alternatives. You can save up money in game and buy the keys in the Exchange for roughly 15-25g each. You dont have to spend real cash to purchase the keys.

Ah, cool.  Didn't know you could buy them with in-game cash.  Fantastic, thanks.

  fantasyfreak112

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Joined: 4/20/13
Posts: 523

12/17/13 4:56:59 PM#56
Originally posted by Tindale111
Vanguard is over 6 years old now ,and was probarly one of the worst marketed mmos ever .on top of that when it came out had so many bugs and wouldn't run well on most machines .I remember having great fun on their tho and only stopped playing because servers were dead .just gave it another shot and was pleasantly surprised ,it still looks good ok character creation tho good looks a bit pants but costumes ,weapons etc look good .there were /are a lot of innovations in this game as well the way you can combine spells ,crafting is one of the best ive seen and diplomacy that I haven't seen in any other game .the combat is solid and looks good and pretty certain all the bugs have long gone. anyway if your just looking for a filler before the next big mmo why not give it a try its free to dl and play does have a cashshop which I had a quicjk browse through dosnt seem too intrusive tho it looks like keys for lockboxes on their .on a final note the servers seem to be buzzing again so shouldn't be any problems finding groups .

Allow me to add some non bias rationale` to this thread.

Reasons not to play Vanguard:

-Brad McQuaid himself found this game unfixable when attempting a return a few months back

-Game is on autopilot with very few significant updates that don't center around the cash shop

-Still has more bugs then Fear Factor

-Game was clearly made for grouping but sony turned it into a pointless solo grind with many wasted dungeons

-at least 33% of the quests are bugged in some way

-Most of the world is empty or without purpose

-Clay Fighter graphics, dull looking world, half the armor/weapons look very awkward

-Vanguard employees have insanely high turnover rates, so you're always stuck with devs that don't really care about their job.

-The game will never see a single expansion, so you quickly come to the realization that it's a poor use of your time

-Almost no endgame

-Very laggy server, terrible pings 80% of the time

-No pvp or roleplay server in a game that could easily have both

-Zones are divided into chucks that hitch/lag and crash every time you walk over them. Possibly the worst area loading design ever conceived.

Reasons to play Vangaurd:

-Close knit, helpful community

-You're about to abandon MMO's cuz they've all been terrible for 10 years and you have nothing left to lose(try project 1999 as well)

-Open world, No instances

-Group content doesn't have as much hand holding and feels D&Dish at times

-Class design is excellent

-Decent roleplaying atmosphere, every race has it's own city

  Big_Data

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12/19/13 10:28:14 PM#57
Originally posted by Velocinox
Originally posted by Arclan

Vanguard had the potential to be this, but failed when $OE insisted that key WoW gameplay elements be added in. $OE effectively killed this game while very publicly being heralded as saving it.

No, it failed when it did what players asked for, but weren't willing to play. They made an old-school EQ game with harsh death penalties and long downtime and lots and lots of punishments and boredom.

It failed. Nobody stuck with it. Because there are only so many MMO masochists out there willing to put their money where their mouth is regardless of the droves of them that lie that they would pay for it.

Nobody listens to the MMO masochists anymore. Which is the best lesson VG ever gave us.

The current VG is orders of magnitude more fun than McQuaid's house of schadenfreude.

 

But don't despair self-flagellating members of the MMO fringe, you'll be able to punish yourselves into salvation because...

 

"On September 9, 2013, Brad announced to the world that he left SOE but is still working closely with them, and that Smedley is even excited about this. This news coupled with the string of hints dropped throughout Twitter and various board leads the community to believe that Brad is now working on a true spiritual successor to EverQuest and Vanguard."

 

Enjoy it until the (obvious) lesson is re-learned.

This is very inaccurate.  It did fail, but you assume the reason for it was its punishing playstyle.  Not at all.  At release it was virtually unplayable on most rigs. Sigil banked on players willingness to upgrade to play the game, but other alternatives in the market coupled with a buggy release meant people didn't stick around.

I am confident that if the game had launched correctly, it will still be holding onto subs.

Besides, what's wrong with a niche MMO that is challenging? If you don't like that kind of game there are dozens of other options.

  User Deleted
12/19/13 10:49:58 PM#58

The problem with Vanguard is that it needed a large population to work, which it just doesn't have.  Everything is designed for groups and working in teams (crafting).   I am not complaining about that, I play MMOs to group, the problem being that it is pretty hard to consistently get groups in Vanguard, meaning you will solo a lot in the long grind to max level, which is pretty boring as the game was not designed for that.

Its a catch 22 that the game cannot fix without cheapening what makes the game great.  If Vanguard released today with upgraded graphics, animations and performance - it would be my new home.

  User Deleted
12/19/13 10:51:53 PM#59
Originally posted by Big_Data

This is very inaccurate.  It did fail, but you assume the reason for it was its punishing playstyle.  Not at all.  At release it was virtually unplayable on most rigs. Sigil banked on players willingness to upgrade to play the game, but other alternatives in the market coupled with a buggy release meant people didn't stick around.

I am confident that if the game had launched correctly, it will still be holding onto subs.

Besides, what's wrong with a niche MMO that is challenging? If you don't like that kind of game there are dozens of other options.

 

I had a top of the line computer back then and it still ran like crap.  Even today on my beastly rig by todays standards the performance is still terrible (after multiple performance updates too).   The game infrastructure is just bad, no rig will ever play it flawlessly, which is the main reason it failed.

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12/20/13 9:51:07 AM#60
Originally posted by evilastro
Originally posted by Big_Data

This is very inaccurate.  It did fail, but you assume the reason for it was its punishing playstyle.  Not at all.  At release it was virtually unplayable on most rigs. Sigil banked on players willingness to upgrade to play the game, but other alternatives in the market coupled with a buggy release meant people didn't stick around.

I am confident that if the game had launched correctly, it will still be holding onto subs.

Besides, what's wrong with a niche MMO that is challenging? If you don't like that kind of game there are dozens of other options.

 

I had a top of the line computer back then and it still ran like crap.  Even today on my beastly rig by todays standards the performance is still terrible (after multiple performance updates too).   The game infrastructure is just bad, no rig will ever play it flawlessly, which is the main reason it failed.

Agreed.  It was a snowball for a game like Vanguard.  Horrid performance out of the gate meant people left in droves, but the game was built to work with a healthy population (lots of grouping, huge world, huge cities).  Once it became a ghost town, there was even less reason to visit it, even as technology began to catch up.

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