Playing Albion Online Galahad Update
Albion Online recently updated to the Galahad update about a week or so ago. As you can see from the image above, TONS of people are playing.
I last played about a year ago. Yep, I just checked and it was almost this time last year exactly that I played. I've played on and off now since about 2013... crazy to think it has been that long.
Last year I made a post about several improvements I would like to see them make to the game. Among those changes were chiefly:
- Allow oxen to follow you so you're not stuck unable to move if you dismount trying to harvest hear your ox.
- Implement a skill cap
- Fix the armor so that there wasn't cloth plate and plate cloth.
I was extremely pleased to see that the Galahad update addressed at least the first and last of my big issues.
When dismounting from an Ox (or horse, etc) now places a ring around you where the weight capacity bonus of your mount still applies to you. That means I can be carrying thousands of stones on my ox and upon dismounting to harvest a tree, I won't be stuck unable to move.
Armor now makes TONS more sense. All heavy armor is plate. All light armor is cloth. All medium armor is leather. Within the tiers there are still variations, but those are now (mostly) all spell-based benefits rather than stats.
I like what they've done with armor. Wearing light armor makes you do up to 50% more damage. Wearing heavy armor reduces your damage but significantly increases your staying power because you are more tanky. It's a give-and-take system. There isn't a 'right' answer that I can see. If you go glass canon you'll blow up 1-3 people before you're dead. If you go heavy you'll last but might not blow people up.
The map of the world has also changed significantly. It's no longer laid out so that the further north you go the more PVP'ish it gets. It's a little more natural and centralized. Resources in the world are also divided by type so that deserts have skinning and ore, forests have trees and stone, etc. This makes it so that you have to travel some, and perhaps there will even be some semblance of an economy.
Purchase a Founder's Pack to Play Today
The Founder's Packs will soon be replaced with Starter packs. Why should you buy a Founder's Pack? Well, you get to play right away, you get premium status (bonuses to everything), and you get gold which are like EVE and WoW tokens that can be exchanged for in-game silver.
A small group of our community is dedicated to playing the game when it releases in June/July (whenever it is?) and would love to have more people join us. We are mostly devoted crafters with desire to build up our island, make cool stuff, and PvP when it makes sense. We'll join an alliance in-game at launch and have lots of fun.
If you would like to join us, feel free to comment or join us in Discord. We will get you invited and help you get started.