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Message From the King

Glen "Famine" Swan from Funcom's Age of Conan answers questions, and discusses the game, life, and the industry. Let us know what you would like to hear about.

Author: FC-Famine

GDC and PvP Beta

Posted by Athelan Monday February 25 2008 at 10:21AM
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Last week was GDC as I am sure you all know. And hopefully you have been enjoying the stuff we were able to show. It was also exciting that Gaute made it over for this since I have not gotten to see him in person since returning to the US last June.

Since Gaute was coming it was unsure about me being there. But on Tuesday I got asked to come up and help. It was pretty cool as four of us played with the main presenter which was Erling Ellingsen who was playing while Gaute Godager the Game Director spoke.

Everything went very well and the client performed well and was very stable. We had a few lockups/crashes but we think those were due to some sound driver issues on one machine and over heating on another.

We showed off group gameplay in a "social" dungeon as Gaute likes to call it, the type of dungeon we are all familiar with from older MMO's like Everquest. We of course also have instanced areas but having some dungeons that are not locked away and private is key.

We also got to show off mounted combat again for the first time in a long while (oh yeah I got to pimp the war mammoth!) That was a lot of silly fun trampling over all the npc's we would spawn.

Lastly we showed off some city building, and while we were cheating I was really impressed with the scale as far as how much land area the citie's cover. When we first decided the locations would be somewhat pre determined I had reservations but those are gone now.

I took some pictures but am not sure how to host them into the blog.

I was playing a level 80 Priest of Mitra and actually really liked it. The mix of holy nukes with some crowd control was great. I enjoyed the AOE knockback and the stun and mez.

And the other thing I wanted to share with you guys if you did not already know is we recently wiped the General Beta and put up our first PvP server for testing. The ruleset right now is very simple only limiting PvP so it cannot be done inside Tortage or in the main NPC cities like Khemi and Tarantia.