We’re out of Tortage and that’s all that matters.Â That had to be the longest, most tedious, horrific introductory feeling newbie area ever made!Â Okay, it wasn’t ALL bad.Â The Acheronian Ruins were good fun but the Underhalls, White Sands, and running back and forth and back and forth and back and AHHHH!!!! Sorry, short lapse of sanity there.Â The questing in Tortage is horrible.Â We simply spent more time running back and forth than we did killing.Â Had we sat in one spot and just killed mobs we would have been out of Tortage in a few hours instead of a day and a half.Â We’ll talk more about this in tomorrow’s podcast* and give you guys a bit of info on what parts we thought were the most well done.
Since my ToS is a Stygian and Graev’s Guardian is a Aquilonian (and I hate Cimmeria) we had two options for “starting areas” (read: 20+).Â We decided on AquiloniaÂ because I had already seen a little bit of Stygia in beta and completely missed Aquilonia.Â First impressions of Aquilonia = It’s HUGE!Â It’s by far the biggest of the cities and it’s fantastic looking.Â We spent about an hour and a half running around gathering up all the quests we could find and completing what felt like a dozen within the city walls alone.Â Although the city is beautiful and a breath of fresh air compared to Tortage, it still felt like a prison after we had been inside the walls for an hour running back and forth and — you get the idea.
Before we logged off for a break (possibly for the night) we made it out to “The Wilds”.Â *breathes deep*Â Freedom.Â The open world, or at least as close to open as it gets in AoC, at last!Â This is when the game begins.Â This is the first true step into Hyboria.
* We have been receiving a lot of emails/IM’s/in-game messages asking when we will be podcasting.Â It was supposed to be today but I was gone for 4 hours this afternoon basically killing any chance of recording the podcast.Â It will be out tomorrow and should have lots of information including answers to the reader mail.