Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Big Picture

A view from the Top.
I've been crazy busy of late. RL has kept me hoppin and poppin all over. The guild has seen some ebb and flow. Late summer as always seems to be a really slow time for guilds and activity in AoC. But fall is coming soon and hopefully we will see some of our vacationers return. Recently as most know in the game, Wiccana and Set servers have merged. This is supposed to be the first step in cross server tech, though I'm thinking FunCom will prolly just keep it as it is. However, this was a boon for the PvE community as far as increased activity. There have been numerous transfers from the PvP server over to Set as well. Most I see do a lot of trolling and then pouncing on unsuspecting casual PvPers but that is life on the battle field. I figure if you do go into the minis or take your chances at pounding rocks, well....that is the risk you have to deal with. I have noticed though that there has been an influx of Tyranny transfers that are really good folk. They have been helpful and fun to play with. So...not too bad of a deal I'm thinking.

The Sprint revamp and ToS revamp are both on live. So far I don't hear too many complaints about it. There have been a few issues though. Last night while running W2 BRC, 3 of our members all of a sudden had their Feat trees completely drop as we zoned in. Talk about a heart attack! Good thing we caught it before the mayhem ensued. It was only caught when a couple people noticed specific skills were missing on their hot bars. Anyway, I do enjoy the sprint and dash capabilities. It works pretty decent. ToS folks are still tweaking their builds and figuring out how much the changes really affected the class. The reviews are mixed at this point but I haven't noticed too many serious bad commentary on them. Given time, much like the PoM revamp they will get used to the new system and then drive on.

The troubles I have seen bug wise so far has been mini lag spikes from hell. We were able to compensate for them during raid, but the server side performance really sucked. FC did a hot patch yesterday to fix the issue, but it still remains laggy in raids and instances. Rubber banding still is occurring as well. This seems to happen with every major patch so hopefully it goes away in a week or 2.

Ahazu down, Awesome Teamwork!
Ahazu went down pretty nice after the fourth try for us. I think we got the mechanics hammered down for good now. Took a couple rounds, but we got him finished before 1 circuit of the halls were made. One thing that helped was having 2 guards on Stinky trading aggro. This made it much easier for the heal team to keep our tanks full up. The other thing that we finally tweaked was once the adds popped, the MT team used only irritates till the adds peeled completely off. It took a little patience but I think the strat is now perfected for us and shouldn't hit us up with show stoppers in the future. Incci/Succi went down fairly easy this round with minimal hassle or issue. Our next big project is Saruah. Hopefully we won't spend too many weeks on her.

The Trade house in all of its glory!
The guild city now has every building with the exception of the Tavern at T3. This was a long endeavor but well worth the effort. We are now working on the walls, towers and gates. Then...we are finished!The efforts were awesome by everyone and it's a damned proud sight to see. Friendships have been built, teamwork continues to grow. Over all...what a journey so far. Anyways, just some thoughts from me to all those that still read here. Sorry I haven't posted much but I'll tell ya, runnin a guild, a real life and a family aint easy, but the rewards are always fun!

The New Temple

Till next time, I'll see ya on the high ground!


  1. Congrats on the guild city! It takes a lot of work, and I'm glad to see guilds still working on completing them :)

    1. Thanks for the support, we remain ever working hard towards the final goals :)

  2. good work! Next stop: Toth-Amon kill :D

    1. Ya! Well, Toth may be a bit off since we still need to get through Chatha and then finally Levi, but the point is we are finally making headway. Thanks for the moralt support Slith!