R29 - Just pledged - 1st Impressions

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  1. Cal

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    The game is very nostalgic. When I first logged in, there was very little hand holding and more of, get going (with no direction) "just play". This is something that has really been missing in MMOs in general; great job! I am going to make this simple by giving a short Pro's & Con's bullet points. This is my POV from just a few days of play time.

    Pro's
    • No hand holding. Choose your own adventure UO style.
    • Low level Spell Casting regent free!!
    • Combat system: skills and spells are more than just hack and slash
    • Modified Fast Travel / Overworld - Arbitrary time sinks like flight paths, horse routes etc are terrible and this system is far superior
    • Skill Trees/ Branches - A lot of variety gives lots of choices. (Probably a lot of skills that need fixing that aren't viable or used much, but still a good start)
    • Customization!
    • Housing Plots - Aesthetics are great. Some of the player homes I visited look awesome
    • Graphics - very appealing!
    • Starting is fairly easy. Maybe a short tutorial on the "Decks" would be useful at some point instead of directing players to YouTube guides. (I still haven't found one that I understand)
    Con's
    • Targeting with spells and ranged is terrible. I have read that this is new with R29. I am kind of glad I am new in this aspect so its not as frustrating. I was just dealing with it, but I deleted my Mage and rerolled Warrior to start with.
    • Spells/Casting - Spells need to do more damage up front. Light Armor = Less Defense = I die fast, so I need to kill fast. (Again, maybe this will change with time. I am still a newbie)
    • CRAFTING (needs work) - I am a crafter at heart, but I really feel this is where the game is lacking. Last night I went out to harvest cloth. After an hour, I had found around 30-40 cotton+other items I have no idea what they are used for. I found that after I had taken that cotton, turned it into thread and then bolts, I had enough material to craft 2 items!!!! WHAT????
    • Harvesting (needs work) - Goes hand and hand with crafting. Either the return needs to be greater meaning that for every 2 thread I can make 10 bolts of cloth or I need to be able to harvest more per node. Same goes for leather. It costs way too much investment for too little return.
    • Zones - They are too small for an MMO. When I can see the other side of the zone, its too small. What happens when there are 100 people in the zone? I can compare each zone to the Brit Graveyard. The only zone I have been in that seemed pretty large is Grunden PvP zone (whatever its name is....something like that)
    • Melee > Spell Casting starting out. Just needs a little tweaking.

    Overall, this game is great. I know its still in development and that I why I wrote this. I hope it helps hearing a fresh POV of a 1st impression on your game.

    -- Dancing Bear
     
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    Welcome to the community! What a great first post!

    Targeting is new and buggy right now. It should improve. But feel free to post specific feedback in the R29 sub-forums.
    I think this is intentional. Magic gets very powerful in the end game. You can tame a pet to be a tank or group with other players to tank for you.
    There are vendors who will sell you recipes. If you double-click on a crafting table it will pull up your recipe book (depending on the type of crafting table such as tailoring, butchery, carpentry, etc. You can also look up recipes over at sotawiki.net
    It takes a long time to harvest when your gathering skills are low. You gather faster (and get meticulous collection for getting multiple resources from a single node) down the road.
    There will be multiple instances of a scene and tons of different scenes. Some of the newer scenes are a lot larger.
     
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    Thanks for the great feedback and welcome.
     
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    I agree with just about everything you have posted.
     
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    Welcome to SOTA, Cal!
     
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    Is cannibalism made it in game ??
     
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    Me too
     
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    Welcome to SotA, @Cal .

    I understand your changing to a melee Warrior, but if you want a hybrid build, there are some skill trees, like Water, that offer skills to slow down your enemies.

    I made leather armor for my hybrid Warrior/Mage this Release (10 days old) because hides were plentiful, but now I have a planting bed and a nice field of cotton growing, she will soon have a supple set of Augmented Cloth.
     
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    Welcome to community @Cal
    It is nice to see that you are enjoying game :)
     
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    Welcome Cal !
    A brilliant and timely critique.
    You have summed up the state of the game, from the point of view of fresh eyes.
    Thanks for taking the time comment, and thanks for being literate and emotionally balanced with your criticism.
    Keep it up, and devolve into our forum arguments ;)
     
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    Welcome @Cal and thank you for this honest and direct feedback. It's a delight to see something like this from a new player. I would note that some of the stuff you mentioned is just due to the nature of the game being in development. the targetting system was just introduced in its current form so needs a bit of tweaking which the lead engineer is already working on.

    You ever need any help within the game find a hospitaller or check out sotahelp.org OR find one of the lovely people here in the community and im sure youll get what you need or be directed to someone who can.

    Enjoy you stay in New Britannia!
     
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