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Warhammer Age of Reckoning is boring.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


Warhammer Age of Reckoning, also know as WAR, is a really boring momorperger created by the otherwise well meaning gentlemen of Mythic Entertainment.

It was designed to be a casual PvP mmo, capturing the niche right next to World of Warcraft, who firmly controls the casual PvE niche.

altheaf_000Controls just like World of Warcraft, which is a REALLY good thing. Fucking Tabula Rasa.

The problem is, that all the PvP in WAR is utterly meaningless, all of it. You sure, you can enter into scenarios, where you kill other players. To grind up reputation.

To buy armour and weapons and similar junk, so it’s basically just a normal grind, with slightly smarter mobs to murder, well done.

Oh sure, it builds up some stupid counter that’ll give you some discounts among merchants in the respective zones PvP scenarios.

But that’s pretty much it, the scenarios are really just there to grind your levels up, and get the reputation you need to buy more crap. It has no real meaning beyond that.

Just a theme-park really, no matter how many times you ride it, the only thing that can happen is the occasional catastrophic breakdown.

There’s also a bunch of Castles you can capture for your side, which in itself isn’t anything spectacular, except being fairly entertaining. But you can also capture them for your Guild, which makes them a billion times more interesting.

Problem is, it costs money to keep the Castles/Keeps/Who the fuck cares? under control, and the only real benefit is prestigious banners on the keep, which few will ever notice and boost to the Guilds own internal experience counter.

And sure, there’s the opertunity to grind your way up to a Siege of the opposing sides Capital, where you can, Guess what?

Wrong, you can throw it all the way back on the capitals internal Experience, so the other side has to GRIND the City back to up to level whatever.

So essentially a waste of time.

So can WAR be saved? Sure it can, if Mythic would stop realising more and more retarded PvE “free expansions”, what the hell is the point of an expansion if all it is, is a BIGGER and BETTER fucking grindfest.

What does WAR need? The fucking BORDER PRINCES that is!

BorderPrincesMapYeah! That’s what they need.

The Border Princes are basically just a whole bunch of forts, small cities and small dwarf holds scattered just across the southern border of the Empire.

Several zones full of capturable cities, forts, holds, encampments of different sizes, locations, some obvious, other hidden.

It’d be great wouldn’t it, capturing a small city, getting taxes and cheap equipment from the local merchants in return, some PvE activities like protecting caravans.

On in the case of an old Dwarf hold, going down into the depths and murdering goblins and crap, yeah, Tunnel fighting in the dark corners underneath the old World.

Hell, it’s the Border Princes, guilds that have anything permanent in the areas, should be able to declare war against their neighbours, even if they are nominally on the same side. If they aren’t, a declaration isn’t available, for you are already at WAR!

And PvP on all the time, everywhere, even inside the cities you control yourself. Should be a few minor timers, just to keep the cities safe from being destroyed every single night.

That would just be frustrating. But think about it, your guild goes and captures a small city on the top of a hill, and there you are, a Proud Guild of Order extending the authority of Order into the uncontrolled anarchy of the Border Princes, and you’re getting PAID for your success.

And the longer and better you hold your little city, the more people will show up, more caravans, more opportunities.

And a much greater loss when the Destruction fellows show up and ruin everything, unless you manage to defend yourself.

Or perhaps you’re holding some old Dwarf Hold against attacks from another old Hold, smashing into each other in dark Tunnels under the ground.

See? That’ll make a fucking great expansion, hell, I’d pay for this, PvP with more meaning that just fucking grind, grind, grind.

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