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Expansion changes
General Discussion « Rift
10/15/14 4:40:30 PM

New rifts you are asking about are nightmare rifts. If you remember normal rifts, they have some amount of stages. This is "unlimited" stages type. Achievements go as far as to stage 300 on difficulty 5. Earlier max difficulty on PTS was 7 or 8 so i think they are saving it for later in latest iteration. As you progress through stages it grows increasingly difficult. Every X stages (can't remember, may not be fixed number even) there is boss. Higher you go, more mechanics is there to do. There is time limit on stages you have to meet to progress through them as well.

No idea about SL XP adjustments but to give you idea, you need some 12M XP to get to 61. Safe bet for total XP 60-65 is somewhere between 70 to 100M XP if not more. When you enter new areas, first story line quest will give you 357210 XP. Not super high number but doesn't look too grindy right now. Might get worse later but it's probably going to be better to simply do nightmare rifts for almost anything. I am not fan of leveling so i didn't test this on PTS.

There are new dungeons coming so no need to raid. Might be too similar to raiding for you, i don't know. But there are 4 new lvl 65 dungeons + 2 old ones : Return to Empyrean Core and Return to Iron Tomb, both being 65 experts only.

Crafting get extended to 450 maximum with one material added to each gather (1 new ore, 1 new herb, etc). As far as i know crafting will play bigger role as well and you will be able to fully craft all pieces of very nice gear (say expert level). 2 new slots for earrings as well.

Zones look to me +- as size of SL top zones (Ashora for example) and we are getting 3 of them.

PvP i don't know much about, only that Conquest should be turned off for some time to allow people reach 65.

They are adding minions. If you played Star Wars Old Republic then they behave just like your crew. You send them to some mission and they will bring you back materials, etc back after some time.

Sadly we don't get to see much optimization so some areas in new zones can drop your FPS pretty low. A little bad but i don't think they can do much unless they changed engine completely.


So yes, a lot of changes coming. Personally i see them as very positive, apart from optimization there is only little to complain about. Content addition is very decent and is for free so any time you have time and mood you can simply swing into game and check it out.

Hey all,

if anyone have spare beta invite, i'd like to volunteer for taking it.


Yes you can use just green jack when you don't have real 5.1 soundacrd. I am currently without soundcard too. Laptop with 4 jacks cannot run mic and 5.1 together so getting Creative X-Fi for USB :).

As for the hiss you cannot go around it with any 5.1 headset. They are powered by USB cable and that is what is causing the hiss. As soon as it plays something hiss goes away so that is not technical problem.



I for one think that the time when whole world will be able to play together is yet to come. And fortunately developers and distributors understand this. Modern MMOs don't have region limitations. Star Wars, EVE, Tera, you get your copy anywhere and play anywhere. This is something that will help to bring cultures together.

Also thanks for lightening the Korean market. There is only a little known to us from the west. We know there is website for EU and NA version but that is where everything ends for majority of the players. In games where all play together it's different story, you have effect over the others depite their region and that is good.

First impressions
General Discussion « TERA
3/04/12 9:08:16 PM

So this weekend as many i also spent some time in Tera...

I must say i have mixed feelings about the game. On one side there is fresh air of innovated combat with no targets that actually works quite fine. On the other side there is everything else. There is nothing new. It is still the same theme park like everything else. Yes, all MMOs are like that, but then why should i bother level up new character in new game?

Still i don't want to condemn Tera. I still see it as option to go for just because of the combat system. On realease it will be polished game already which is huge plus.

As from technical point of view i am very impressed. I play from Malaysia on EU servers and there is mostly no lag or delay (not huge at least). That is very good...

Yes i have BF3 (there are servers in Singapore with ping around 40 from here from north Malaysia) but i was looking for some local MMO... well Aion is F2P since wednesday so i will wait for a bit for that one and try. If by my measures ping is the same to NA or EU, i may as well stay on EU servers...

EVE tho is mostly going to be unplayable. But actually there are AUS corps there so maybe i could try anyway.

Sorry for the delay.

So i just tried tracing the routes to either america and europe and it's quite bad. I don't have a clue which way the line goes. My 4th hop is class A IP address. Ping on that hop is quite low so i assume it is within malaysia. 5th hop goes way over 200 or 300ms. Soesn't matter the europe or america. This effectivelly renders vast majority of the games outside SEA unplayable.

Even australia is 200+. If anyone has IP of server for some MMO i can try tracing it.

Specifically i tried EVE Online and it seems to be 13 hops and goes via North America.

League of Legends is nice but unless account is shared among the regions (which i am 99% sure it's not) then it's no go. I will not level the account all over again. The game is not enjoyable enough for me.

BF3 indeed has some servers in Singapore and Indonesia which is good. Team Fortress 2... Hmmm maybe that yea, but both these are not really true MMOs.

As for upcoming MMOs i hope EU/NA servers will not have SEA region banned... Still i am asking, some people may have other info i could miss. Good points you have there, thanks.

I wouldn't mind smaller titles as well but the thing is i don't know about them being out there. When i try to look up some i end up with pretty much same list of games i mostly tried or they don't look appealing to me that much.

For example Runes of Magic has australian servers for sure but then Runes of Magic i tried and didn't quite like.


Malaysia time zone is UTC+8.

As skymourne suggest perhaps solution to themepark syndrom (which i have as well, yes, welcoming myself to the club) really is to rotate the games by months (have say 3 or 4 of them). But that brings one major issue and that is that your guild/corp/whatever will simply outlevel you, outgear you etc... That is major issue if you don't want to spend most of your time seeking new friends (and that's not why most play these games)...

I resubbed EVE before xmas after playing with that idea for like a month (but really constantly considering it). But people i knew are who knows where. I still think one slim chance for a bit different game is EVE but it can turn into too much routine as well.

I too will keep waiting for savior. Tera? Probably no. Firefall looks promising. At least it's a bit different theme (park). Oh World of Tanks is good. It's free, shoot this, move there, explode here. Has it's minuses but it's free and you can play like 2-3 maps (less than hour) just to relax.

Originally posted by Loktofeit
Originally posted by KouDy

To add more questions for possible viewers...

In the case there are no Oceanic severs (very likely the case), would you choose west coast of NA or Europe and why (question about personal preference only)?


Thanks for all responses so far.

Ah, good question. If you have a choice, Pacific or NA -West servers are usually better than EU for SEA gamers because many EU servers will go through the UK, meaning they will probably pass through NA-West anyway, so it's worth it to cut out all those extra hops.


Now this is interesting observation. I will return here next weekend with trace result from Malaysia to some random websites which have servers in EU to see where the route goes through.

My first was absolutely epic Rubies of Eventide

To add more questions for possible viewers...

In the case there are no Oceanic severs (very likely the case), would you choose west coast of NA or Europe and why (question about personal preference only)?


Thanks for all responses so far.

Hello everyone,

there is one thing that i am trying to figure out recently. That is into which region are countries of Asia supposed to log for various titles. While my definite problem here is that i am not thinking of specific title but in general. I am moving to Malaysia very soon so i wonder where (and partially what) should i play?

For example EVE Online is easy. One server for whole world (unless you live in China or unless you wish to play on chinese server).

WoW is easy as well as there are servers in Europe, US, South America and Oceania (not sure about China). So south east Asia will easily go play to Oceanic group.

League of Legends is banned. I mean you cannot connect to EU server with EU client from outside of EU IP address (yea, stupid). Or this was the state year ago.

What about games like Tera, Firefall, SWTOR and other big titles?


I know lots (if not all) games are out in South Korea but that is world for its own. They don't bother with translating clients to english.

Would anyone have more experience?

You are right there. Without official figures you can only estimate. What percetnage of EVE players uses xfire? How many come to this site or even to official forums...

We live in times when devs for most of the games are going to micro-transaction model... Consider that only few MMOs out there can afford to keep monthly subscriptions (i think only the biggest ones - WoW, SWTOR and few more). If micro payments bring more money for developers, i find it very hard to blame them. They run the games for money, not for charity.

In the case of EVE it's tough call whether moving away from subscription would bring more players. That is the main target and more players i good not only for the devs but for players themselves too. Some MMOs were saved by moving to this model. IF (!) player base of EVE is shrinking, moving to micro transactions is inevitable in my opinion. Also note that EVE is among the most expensive MMOs (if not the most expensive) you can play (15e per month is a lot).

I wouldn't go play Aion because of craft. Yes item crafting is good, items are usable. You will spend quite some time if you want to gather all mats for your items (and by that "quite some time" i mean really a lot because very likely you will get ganked by all those kidz who have nothing better to do). You have to level up in order to get higher level of craft. Lower level items are almost not worth of doing.

Craft itself is as stupid as for example get eight hundreds of orichalcum ore, set them to be converted to bars or something in the forge and go afk for 45 minutes. Rinse and repeat with all other basic materials. Then you have these "mid produts" hit craft on item and pray it will crit for you. Then start all over again with other item.

This is pretty much craft in Aion.

I have the same mail from last night.

Sender Title NCSoft Support Survey. First thing that hits you why on earth Blizzard sends mail about NCSoft support. Maybe both companies are involved in some new world order conspiracy!

Balance of servers is quite complex question if you ask me. All servers are race-wise well balanced. For this reference you can use official stats . I think game implements some kind of race enforcements. When percentage imbalance of races is greater than 48 to 52 it will block 52% faction from creating new characters. At least something like this was in place at launch, but i fail to see too many reasons why to remove such feature.

Completely another aspect of course is how race dominates on particular server. On Telemachus Asmo is mostly brutally rolled by Elyos. It all comes one with another. If you have domination, you will have better gear. Gear is the most critical thing in Aion. Skill doesn't come that important.

I'm still leveling up but encountering Elyos twink means that i will try to assault tank with branch... I really think that on all servers this is more or less the same. One race dominates, the other one tries hard but can't keep up because there are just no resources for that matter...

By all means i say go for it and try. If you are not in hard situation those approx 30 euros isn't high price. Aion has lots of fun even if you are on oppressed side.

Innovative article. More like these please.

To OP : I would say server merges are no to be seen bad or good really. They are done when too many servers means they are half empty than authors originally intended. Game is designed in certain way and i think server merges do help to achieve this from the point of view how full they are. So it's nothing against anything unless you want to play sieges 30 vs 30.

To Aion being dead i'd say it's not. It has some major issues (aerial combat for example is wtf seriously, it's chaos rather than combat) imo. I was there at launch and in pre-launch period but left the game once my retail time expired (like many i think) but recently returned. I must say i see major improvements. Literally tons of quests everywhere. In Abyss, other zones, everywhere. Putting weapons together, recent temporary XP faster gain as preparation for 2.0. Very nice changes in 2.0 incoming overall. True, some of them could have been here already, but please, Aion is still very young MMO, tho from experienced publisher. It's still evolving.

What i see currently as bad is that on my server Elyos dominates (i don't mind this fact itself ofc, but it has huge consequences). They have upper castles and core abyss. They can farm these which gains them money and all. This leads to twinks. Asmo cannot really do much about it. Gear plays huge role in this game (well this is kind of everywhere, only here i think it's more visible).

My 2 kinahs into this...

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