Age Of Conan is the new MMORPG(Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) from Funcom. Allthough it has recieved generally favorable critics(Metacritics: 80 AoC) there has been some decrease of players because of bugs, missing content that was said to be promised, not enough class tuning of characters and more. But as this was really my first MMORPG I didn't lay so much weight on problems with tuning of classes and content missing for higher levels. Allthough It sometimes got frustating with all the memory leak crashes and "grey map" issues.
My Character, Dragonshield , with Castle Conan above
My first impression was very good infact. I love the graphics, the quests and the sound/music. After leaving Tortage when I reached level 19 I was a little dissapointed it was not any spoken dialog apart from the destiny quest. But I soon realized how much dialogs it actually was in all the quests, and that changing quests would be more difficult if they had to change the spoken dialog also.
I choose my first character to be a Cimmerian and soldier class of type guardian. Not a bad choice if I think of it now, as it is one of the most wanted class types for groupquests, because of its underrepresentation and "tanking" abillities. Tanking means that it is you that have to take the "aggro", meaning the hits, from the "mobs" but also give them damage. Mobs is a word for the non-friendly Non-Player-Characters(NPCs).
For each two levels you get feat points which you can place in a feat tree with desired effects and sometimes you also get new fighting combinations(combos). I choosed the Juggernaut as my primory tree, discarding the Tempest(polearm). In the start I focused on Iron skin and Toughness and so on, but I soon learned that defencive stance was an important abillity along with counterstrike combos of a guardian and therefore invested some there also.
Killing a Ymirish Sorcerer named Jorgrimm,
is one of many groupquests in Cimmeria
The Guardian is all about health and one-handed damage when it comes to armour, shield and weapon(as a juggernaut the sword is my main weapon) specification. But also stamina is important as you have to endure long battles with multiple mobs. After level 30 I focused mainly on gear wich got "Max Health", "Health Re-generation", "Max Stamina", "Stamina Re-generation" and one-handed-edge damage. The combos (fighting combination) I use the most as a lvl49 guardian is opening with "Counterstrike III" then "Brutal Enraging Strike"/"Dulling Blow III" or some other hard-hitting combo that depends on where the mob is focusing its shield. If it is a long battle I also use "Plexus strike" to get more stamina as it drains it from the enemy. Also hitting the mobs from the left ("1" on the keyboard) is the fastest direction when you have no more stamina, and have to just use directional attacks. It is really fun to do combos on multiple mobs and see that the guardian can defeat three or more mobs on same or higher level.
Fighting multiple mobs
Doing a quest that involves killing a Yeti Boss
The quests are well-written and sometimes have surprises and take a bad turn in form of the man you was seeking is not alive anymore, but you have to bring his head from a cannibal camp back to his son. It is more than just walk there, pick up that and so on like some MMOs is said to have too much of.
The group quests can be very challenging and sometimes they can take up to four hours to complete. As a tank you are depending on a healer to heal you as you looses health. I also use some potions that increase stamina regeneration or "Battle Cry" abillty to endure longer in battles.
(More to come...)
Text dialogs in Cimmeria
Beautiful Graphics in Conall's Valley
New armour (level24)
Doing a quest in Aqualonia, Tesso, Wild lands of Zelata
My first mount, a mahogany colored horse.