It will be with painful thoughts that fans of World of Darkness check out the leaked images from the now-cancelled title by CCP Games. Rock, Paper, Shotgun is showcasing several screenshots and other information about the game.
The playtest manual is from March so, assuming it’s real, the decision to cancel really was recent. It was clearly still early days for the game, incomplete and bugged, but many of its ideas seem settled.
The manual explains a fair number of these. It teaches about ‘Paths of Enlightenment’ which seem to be analogous to traditional MMORPG classes and roles (rather than morality codes, as in the tabletop RPG), and how to gain ‘Essences’ which boost these by tracking and feeding from certain types of mortal. We learn about turning NPCs into ghouls to have them complete missions, and jockeying for control of the hunting grounds which let players benefit from others’ missions. It tells us about how XP gain would’ve been a bit EVE-y, offering a certain amount per day if players have enough blood to buy them, and saving any missed points from past days in case they have a windfall of vitae.
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