Tenfold Hate

Warrior Priests, and Trying to Get Over My Elven Biases
September 29, 2008, 3:24 pm
Filed under: Warhammer: Age of Reckoning

I finally got around to installing Warhammer: Age of Reckoning this weekend. I spent a good part of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon messing around with a few different classes. I settled on the Chaos Wastes server which is RP/Open RvR. I’m not one to throw out “thee’s” and “thou’s” in the strict Renaissance Fair interpretation of the word, but I figured RP servers traditionally attract a more mature population–which seems to be the case so far.

I’m still at the point where I’m tinkering with different classes to find the best fit. I’m gravitating towards Order after finding scenarios pop somewhat sluggishly on the Destruction side. So far, I’m really enjoying the warrior priest–which is odd considering my total aversion to paladin/cavalier/knightly types in every RPG I’ve ever played, even during my pen-and-paper days. From an RP standpoint, I like that they are crazed fundamentalists bent on order and not the milktoast chivalric sorts I think of as the standard pally archetype.

I’m not saying I’m GOOD at playing a warrior priest yet. In fact, coming from playing traditional stand-in-the-back-and-heal casters for the last four years there’s a lot I have to unlearn and relearn. My warrior priest just hit Rank 8 and I feel I’m finally getting a decent feel for the class. A lot of the mechanics remind me of if the Blood Mage class from Vanguard: Saga of Heroes had a temperamental cousin who liked to swing around large, blunt objects. More on this as I get more game time in, but my WP seemed to start to come into her own once I hit 8.

Whether it’s due to critical new abilities gained upon leveling, or me just figuring out how to play the character a little better through trial-and-error and MANY MANY deaths at the hands of Destruction players, I’m not sure. What I do know is throughout the course of an afternoon of scenarios, my character gained the title “Squig Bait” from dying at the hands of gobbos–an eternal testament to my utter incompetence at first learning the ropes of this very fun class.

As I struggle to master the art of healing my party members, meleeing, and somehow managing to keep myself alive simultaneously, my curiosity  has also been piqued as to how WAR handles their tank classes. I smell an alt coming.

When I tried to roll an Ironbreaker, I was struck with the realization that I’m pretty burnt on dwarfs right now. I played a dwarf holy priest in WoW for three years and a dwarf guardian in LoTRO. It’s not the stunties themselves I’m sick of, it’s their environs. Let’s face it, in most fantasy across the board, dwarves are dwarves no matter how you spell it. They drink beer. They love gold. They have lots of facial hair. They live underground. I just don’t have it in me at this juncture to spend another ten levels of my character’s existence in an orange-brown Legoland carved under a mountain.

On the Order side, that leaves me with one option. A swordmaster. An ELVEN swordmaster. I’ve always hated elves. Their slim, anemic frailty; their glam hairdos; their smugness. That said, I may just give it a shot. I’ll just have to bite the bullet, settle on which Nelson haircut I want my avatar to have, and go for broke.

The Winds of WAAAGH!
September 12, 2008, 11:12 am
Filed under: MMORPGs, Uncategorized, Warhammer: Age of Reckoning

Well, Warhammer: Age of Reckoning’s release is a mere week away. If nothing else, the game has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air/cause for debate into a largely stagnant MMO podcast-and-blogosphere. I’ll be in the process of moving from Brooklyn to New Jersey at the end of the month, so I won’t be around for the first couple weeks of WAR. But for some great beta impressions of the game from both the pro- and color-me-unimpressed camps, I recommend episode #12 of Witty Ranter and episode #2 of the Warhammer Online Podcast.

I’m currently sniffing around for a mature, fun, non-L337, community-oriented WAR guild to join (either Order or Destruction) on an Open RvR/PvP server. If you’re in one, or have any recommendations, please feel free to give me a holler. I’m in the NY/NJ area, so EST or Central time zones are preferable.

One last note for now–August brought the final curtain down on one of my favorite MMO podcasts, wife-aggro.com. Sethanon and Rage’s MMO discussions will indeed be missed–a sincere ‘thank you’ to both these guys for the contribution they have made to online gaming fandom.

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