It was a very exciting evening last Sunday night on Karak Norn, because I was in a nearly full group of returned guild members, plus former members now in other guilds. It made me feel very warm and cuddly inside, much like how I feel after a few pints of beer. Of course some incriminating photo’s helped focus their minds … cough donkeys cough cough.
How long they remain, depends on them finding Warhammer fun the 2nd/3rd time around. I think a lot will depend on us winning a few fights, having a laugh and not getting overly stressed. I also went out on a limb, telling them the fighting will be more expansive with the new resource based model in 1.4. But considering I don’t know how far away that is, then I may well have shot my bolt too early. No change there, I suppose.
UPDATE 03/11/2010 01:39 GMT – It looks like my bolt may not have gone to early, since the 1.4 patch notes have gone up. Seek them here. To late to read them now, but I’m sure some of you will want to digest them straight away.
I set my expectations low, with the main goal being making the end of the evening with the group still full. I certainly wasn’t expecting a performance of gaming gods.
In the end, we fielded 1.1 groups (4 guild/ 3 non guild, but ex guild, a 400% increase in guild numbers) …. Woop Woop. 2 Rune Priests, 1 Warrior Priest, 1 Archmage (Healer Spec’d), 1 KotBS, 1 Sword Master, 1 Slayer. Lots of healing, but a bit more DPS needed, so I think we will swap the Archmage for another Sword Master on the next run, of which I hope there is one.
You’ll notice a tankish flavour to the group, well that’s probably down to my lack of faith in the BW, in any other configuration than a bomb group and I certainly didn’t want another one of those knocking around the battlefield. Reduce the number of squishies and increase the durability.
Having played mainly long-range healers and casters most of my gaming life, I struggled on Sunday being a tank. Problems with keeping close to the main assist (MA), sticking to his targets and actually seeing which target he was on, especially when the action was fast and furious on-screen. Unfortunately this is where those directional arrows that Mythic provide are just totally inadequate for the job in hand. Your basic user needs more help, he needs the kind of help that the big warbands build into their setups, by using a multitude of add ons. Then again, would they actually use them if the were presented to them on a platter?
So I needed a solution. I knew there would be one out there, I just needed to find it/them.
Which gets me onto the Enemy addon, which I had never used before. The MA (Perly/Grimbul) had suggested this addon and it was a real eye opener. It took a good while today to get my head around all the options it had and even then I had to have a chat about setting up other things. All good. The things I liked were:-
1. The ability to mark the MA and have a nice BIG pointy arrow above his head.
2. When ever I guarded someone, it would put an arrow + the letter G above there head. It warned me if I was more than 30 X away from my designated guard and gave me a distance to them if I was out-of-bounds.
3. Each group got a coloured marker over their heads, with your group having a different colour to all the rest. Very useful.
Without a doubt, there were other things, but I can’t remember them as I sit here typing. Of course I had to use the phantom addon to get rid of the various windows that the Warhammer interface configuration tool still doesn’t allow you to hide, why that is I really don’t know.
I’ve also added the Pure addon (Which I read doesn’t work on 1.4 PTS) to my setup on my KotBS, so that I could use its hostile target option, to provide information about my target and allow me to see exactly where it was. So pressing Assist wouldn’t leave me scratching my head in bemusement as I tried to find my new target.
Now this does raise the question, is running all these addons cheating? I do feel a little bit guilty using them, when many others sit there trying to make do with the standard interface.
Of course I’m having to keep an eye on performance, I really don’t want to have the same problems as I had before.