I finally feel comfortable with the game’s controls, the UI, and the overall sense of how Darkfall is played. Yesterday, with this new felt sense of security, I ventured further off the beaten and known path looking for trouble. I decided to head north of Sanguine, the human capital, and look for mobs that were tougher than Kobolds or Trolls. After about 4 minutes of straight sprinting I came upon a very large graveyard. The first thing I noticed was the combat sounds in the distance, which clued me in to the fact that this particular graveyard actually had mobs in it, unlike many places in the world which seem devoid of life.
When I approached the graveyard, as I expected, I found Skeletons and Zombies. Finally something different to kill! When I was close enough to see what was going on, I found the entire place camped. Lots and lots of people were throwing magical spells all over the place and swinging weapons left and right just scrambling to get kills. Doh! Then I saw, for the first time, a player with a red name. My pulse quickened… for this player to have a red name he had to have killed one of his own people – he had to be a true PK. I kept my distance and observed him. It didn’t take more than a minute before he launched into a flurry of blows on someone. They fought and eventually the PK’s prey sprinted off. The PK was somewhere around 60-70% hp and this is when I made my move. I began shooting magic missiles at him to chip away at his HP and get his attention. He didn’t like this because he started sprinting right for me. I proceeded to back up and fire spells at him while walking backwards to increase the stamina he would have to use to get to me.
When he was in striking distance I switched to my 2 handed sword and began a strafing pattern around him. I switched to my horizontal strike (t key) because it would allow me to swing my sword and hit him as he strafed, instead of having to be more accurate with a vertical strike. I was landing almost every hit and he was missing all of his! After about 30 seconds he was down to just under half. I was down only a few percent. At this rate I would no doubt win. He began to sprint away and I pulled out my wand and began casting on him again. Bam bam bam! I hit him with spell after spell. Then he suddenly started moving slower. His stamina was depleted! Bwahahah! I had been conserving most of the fight, aside from the stamina taken to cast and swing my sword, and this allowed me to close the distance to get a few hits on his back.
The PK fell to the ground and his character screamed pitifully “Help me!”. I swung my sword around in the air and stuck it down into him with my gank skill. Victory was mine! I was shaking at this point and could hardly grip my mouse. My heart thumped in my chest. Once the adrenaline rush began to subside, I noticed that I gained faction with my own people and the ability to loot his corpse. I opened it up and inside was dozens of items ranging from rusty chestplates to bows. I took everything this guy had and ran back to Sanguine to bank my victory. My first 1v1 real PK experience ended in a huge success. PvP in Darkfall is really exhilerating, and I’m craving more.
Later in the day when the servers were back up from a patch I was able to get together with four other members from my clan (Haven) to do some exploration and group hunting. We wandered North West of Sanguine and came upon a burned forest. Suddenly in the distance we saw this enormous skeleton (Giant Skeleton) running at us! It was wielding this large 2h sword/axe/scythe looking thing. WHAM! It hits me and I lose 25% HP. !@$#! I start to sprint away and my guildies start shooting spells at it to kite it. I turn when the thing is off me and start firing spells of my own. We ping pong the Giant Skeleton until it is dead. The loot consisted of several crafting materials. Before we could rest to full again we saw TWO Giant Skeletons in the distance running at us. Were they hunting us?! All of us were down to half HP in mere seconds and we had to kite them apart. It was then that one of my clanmates (Terminus) had the brains to pull out a shield and actually use the block skill (V key). It mitigated almost all the damage done by the skeleton, but drained stamina at a killer rate. Using this strategy we were able to all pull out shields and take turns tanking the thing while the others wittled away. The Giant Skeleton hunting event was a huge success.
Even later yesterday night we formed another clan party and headed out south of Sandbrook (a starting town) across a river to explore. We walked for a good ten minutes when we came upon this enormous floating landmass. I’m serious when I say enormous, which does the size of this thing no justice at all. It was ridonkulous in size. It had a floating platform that circled it and came down to a platform. We boarded the floating platform and headed up into the sky. When we reached the top we saw a huge tree and hanging from it appeared to be nests. My first thought was “Giant Bugs? Drakes? something with wings?” No, none of those. The mobs were actually Water Elementals. We engaged them to see what they were made of and found them to be the most difficult thing yet. These mobs were clever. They ran away and healed and took turns running in and out to fight us. It was really quite alarming to see the strategy these mobs used, especially since the Goblins at the starting town were more like chickens with their heads cut off instead of ‘intelligent’.
Overall the group hunts were a huge success in my opinion. We scoped out more of the human territory and found several more places that we want to explore later on. We earned a bit of loot but most of all had a lot of fun experiencing group dynamics unlike anything we had played before. It felt weird at first, but I’m starting to come around to the extremely random elements of group combat. Player truly have to adapt to the situation and not pidgeonhole themselves into one playstyle. You won’t find someone being the healer, someone being the tank, and others being DPS. It took all of us to play multiple roles (none of us healers since none of us had the skill to heal others yet) to achieve victory.
If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will answer them in the comments section. I still need to figure out a good way to take screenshots (might use fraps) and record video.