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MMO's & The Modern Man (err...Woman)

An honest, irreverant look at various MMO's from a typical player's point of view. OK, maybe not a typical player. Maybe a hardcore emo PVE but PVP lovin' chataholic with alt tendencies. What's that? A new beta!? BRB...

Author: Oridi

Comparing Crowfall or Why The Journey Matters

Posted by Oridi Wednesday April 1 2015 at 12:23AM
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So the kickstarter for Crowfall is over.  They wound up raising double what they asked for.

I backed it (no longer an innocent to the Realm of Risk!) and I'm still hanging out on the boards and harassing everyone with my charming but relentless squishycoreness.

And yes, I'm still practicing my PvP in Tera and SWTOR.  My fight to win ratio is at 34 to 6.  My main handicap is my tendency to wince when I get in a good shot and want to fire off a heal to help my opponent.  Some habits die hard.  I'm halfway hoping some ex-Shadowbaner from the Crowfall boards gets so tired of my "why CAN'T we have hot tubs for our castles?" posts and steals my name ingame.  At least that will give me some great PvP rep as they slaughter everyone wearing the Oridi moniker.

Some of you more dedicated readers may notice a change in my user name and image on this blog.  I'm attempting to roll out the same name and image for all my various gaming worlds.  I'll clue you in as they get updated but for now you can find me here, on Twitter @OridiOhe and I'll be popping in to frolic on the Crush the Throne Crowfall fan site.

And for now my focus is still Crowfall.  Did I mention that it's going to be a good 2 years before the game launches?  Sure I beta'd LOTRO and even did a bit of Alpha testing on Age of Conan but I've never stuck my toe in the water so early with a game.  Perhaps it's the Koster crafting or my 20 posts in the fiction section about Oridi's backstory in Crowfall (I'm serious - I've posted 18 of them so far and the last 2 are written but not posted yet cause I don't want to overwhelm the boards with my endlessly angsty tale.)

Whatever the reason I'm stuck on Crowfall and wading through the boards there with  a whip in one hand and blueprints for a castle in the other. The forums are like nothing I've experienced out of game before, with hardcore mixed with snowflakes and factions forming and dissolving like rolling stormclouds. There are some similarities with the old Age of Conan boards in that there are endless ruminations about what the game will wind up being like but Crowfall has a lot less discussions about what "mature audience" in a game actually means. 

There is a solid community of RP'ers and a seriously good bunch of artists drawing all sorts of things Crowfall.  However, one of the things different about the Crowfall community is the high level of fanboi-ism, with folks creating all sorts of not so subtle threads designed to push players towards one game approach over another.  These are balanced out by the steady stream of new players asking about game balance and concerned about how a PvP centric game could actually be fun.  The Crowfall boards are like a minefield except you don't know if the explosion will be shrapnel or confetti.

I'm hooked.  The game is a while away so I promise not every post on this blog will be about Crowfall for the next few years, but I should warn you that some will be.  Give a holler if you've got a game for me to play in the meantime that can lure me away.