The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning May newsletter info has leaked out which means it’s time to find the bib! *begins drooling* This month there are several interesting bits of information which you can explore on your own in the links below, but the big feature of this newsletter is definitely the video podcast. Mark Jacobs himself takes the reigns of this month’s podcast and delivers a ton of information regarding the crafting and gathering professions that we will see in WAR.
Woah! I’m really pleased to hear the emphasis placed on 1) useful items and 2) something other than grinding. Crafting systems in other recentely released mmorpgs have been infamous for being exactly like the two negatives Mark explained. LOTRO for example had me making hundreds of scrolls that no one would use or buy just so I could reach the higher level. I also had to find rare recipes. Well, as Mark said, in WAR these two tediums are no more.
Of the two crafting systems I think Talisman Making sounds like my style. I really enjoy breaking down magic items and using them to imbue others. From what Mark said it sounds like certain items will have slots or sockets of some sort, and these talismans will go into them. (It does sound a bit like Spellcrafting in DAoC). Picking a gathering profession to go along with the main profession is a common theme but it sounds different enough with a slight twist to be interesting. Apothecary does sound intrigueing as well, but I’ve grown weary of making potions because of their limited usefulness. Maybe potions will come with some great buffs for RvR, in which case I might reconsider leaning toward Talismans.
Great job on the video Mark! I enjoyed hearing you explain your vision firsthand and your sincerety shows. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to do more of these in the future. Oh, and by the time the video finished I was like.. Josh who? (I kid!)
Here are some links to the rest of the May Newsletter:
Dragonwake Zone Overview – More cute elf crap.
Scenarios 101, Part 5 – Doomfist Crater and Black Fire Basin – *finds his bib*
Paul’s Video Blogs – Classic Paul. Watch the “more cows” one!
May’s Grab Bag – All about cities. Interesting read.
Crafting Video Blog – Impressions above.
And in case you are waaay out of the loop, the last HE class was revealed as the White Lion.
Dwarf Mount and Dark Elf Mount concepts:
Great stuff! If I find any links that I missed I’ll add them in tonight.
What do you guys think of the crafting system? Anyone here as impressed and excited as I am? This might be the first time in a mmorpg that I ever stick with crafting long term.