1.4 goes live on Thursday the 18th of November, so it’s time to raid your children’s piggy bank. Purely from a practical point of view, does that mean that Thursday night for Europe is effectively a wipe out, if it is, then I’ll go watch Skyline.
Firstly Friday night went well. Of course there are still minor issues to resolve, a bit of spit and polish to apply (Acquiring Rams), but on the whole it should be fine. That’s assuming all the code gets transferred to the live machines correctly, but heh that’s what development environments are for, to make the release of software updates a relatively easy job, database changes not with standing.
Obviously in comparison to a normal nights RvR, Friday was organised, with most people on vent. So people were mainly following directions and moving between points in a relatively coordinated way. This is of course the complete opposite to what will happen from Thursday onwards. There will be the headless chicken syndrome, the massing up of people as they try to get a handle on what’s changed. Without a doubt, confusion will reign and people will whine, but that’s only to be expected.
I think it will take time for people to adjust to the possibilities, but once they realise that all 3 zones can be properly active at the same time and good rps can be earnt everywhere, then people will hopefully embrace the change.
The possibilities of the 1.4 are pretty great and the more you listen to the potential strategies, the more you appreciate how various things will impact the progression of the war in a zone. For instance Thanquols Incursion has the opportunity to be a major distraction, which could lose you a zone.
I still have concerns with the rat orges being too powerful in breaking defenses, especially in the hands of a well organised guild, however things like that can be tweaked post launch, as I expect it to be.
A small request to Mythic, please don’t do a double rp weekend for a good couple of weeks. Let people adjust to what they’re really getting with 1.4, before you give out your mandatory double bonus bonus.
On a totally unrelated note, what do people think of Walking Dead, the zombie series? Is Andrew Lincolns American accent any good?