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Hudson's Hideout

Ramblings of a MMO player and Miniature wargamer

Author: pvthudson01

WAR: Where's the test server

Posted by pvthudson01 Thursday October 9 2008 at 7:49AM
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I have moved my blog to I also host my comic book site there as well it is just easier to post to a domain where I can store files.

Anyone notice how fast Mythic is rolling out these patches? They are coming hot and heavy (easy there) and it seems almost to be way too pre planned for my liking. Almost like...these were things that just didn't make it into the LIVE version and they knew they had to fix this stuff. Very odd. Most MMO's have a grueling test server period where they ask you copy characters over and then you languish over there and things seems to work ok and we wait 3-4 weeks and then finally they release the patch and then someone exploits something. The servers are then taken down for about 2 hours and they come back up and something else is broken. This is just the way it works in MMO land. No test server yet in Warhammer land. I think that these "miracle patches" were somehow lined up and we had the proverbial wool pulled over our eyes.

Anyway, I am still having fun so I don't care. I am not interested in half the things that are broken because they don't effect me. Let those that level fast find the bugs and fix the game so that when I cap it works like a dream.

Last night my Ironbreaker, cleverly named Hudson (trust me I didn't want to do that but it takes some pressure off Bildo because people can identify me in game now) grouped with a bunch of Casualties of WAR folk and rolled the RVR scenarios. I hit rank (level) 9 and RVR level 9. Still can't say I like his tanking mechanics, I don't like any tanking mechanic where I have to "build" things up, but oh well. Until the population imbalance is fixed, I do not want to play my chosen and level ahead of his RVR rank.

While we did ok, the lack of healing and the SKILL of Order healers in a way scares me. Sure we are all doing Tier 1 stuff, but man we got whooped toward the end of the night. So bad that one of our guildies had to join with his alt healer. The group was a lot of fun however, and we rolled in at one point with 5-6 Ironbreakers, all sporting the CoW tag over their heads. A steady wall of short stocky Dwarves marching for the Nordenwatch fort. Also something that was disconcerting: Nordenwatch was the ONLY scenario popping. I haven't run a Khaine's Embrace in almost a week and a half.

After that I started questing in Altdorf, the capital city of Order. Altdorf is a pretty cool city, but there is a lot of wasted space. While huge, I can't help but think it may be TOO big for the lack of content. The docks are quite the vision though, and some of the NPC's are a riot. From street brawlers to commoners carrying ship cargo, they did a nice job of bringing the are to life. If you are not careful, you will get attacked by bums, Skaven hiding in barrels, and nasty demons that break through portals and hang around until some higher level players might dispatch them.


All in all a good night in WAR, but I just wish we really knew how this patch thing was going to work in the upcoming months. There is no way they can keep pushing these fixes out without testing them in the future. Something is going to break big, and it will bite them in the ass.