Despite my lack of blog posts about Allods lately, and the extreme amount of negativity and cynicism surrounding the game from just about everyone under the sun, I’m still playing. In fact, I’m playing the game a lot. I’m now over halfway through level 24 and working through the first few waves of quests in Asee-Teph. For those who do not know, Asee-Teph is the first PvP zone in the game. For a few days before I arrived in the zone I was hearing a lot of grumbling about how uneven the sides were and how badly we were getting stomped. Not quite the same experience I’m having.
The first night in Asee-Teph our guild formed a group and began questing together. We encountered a significant amount of PvP and quickly started to grow our group into two groups (still of all guild members) and rolled across a great deal of the zone. We ended up completing only a handful of quests but annihilated dozens of Empire. Quite the opposite experience of that being experienced just a few days prior. Perhaps most of the higher levels moved on?
This morning and afternoon was spent running dozens of quests all over the zone yet still only scratching the tip of the enormous iceberg that is Asee-Teph. Again, lots of PvP and fun. We formed a small 3-man group and moved around the zone with little trouble. Occasionally we formed into a bigger group to tackle larger Empire gatherings and had higher levels show up to annihilate us (like a level 32 Summoner plaguing the entire raid) but it was all fun.
How does the flagging system play into the enjoyment of PvP?
Let’s just say that 8/10 people I come across are flagged and 1 of them will usually flag to attack while the other runs away thinking they’re vulnerable. In Asee-teph it’s rather difficult to not flag yourself when simply questing. Many of the mobs will flag you because they’re empire mobs. Later on the factions you attack will not necessarily flag you though, so if people want to run around unflagged then they’ll probably be safe from PvP. Asee-Teph is still quite a PvP hotspot and a lot of fun though.
We’ve still heard nothing from gPotato. The lack of communication has the townsfolk grabbing their torches. The locals are getting restless and that’s never a good thing.