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and I remember the thrill and excitement of not knowing what the hell I was doing I remember creating my first character as a Dark Elf in Neriak and wandering around not really knowing who to talk to (there were no flashing icons over anyone's head) and then when I did speak to an NPC, I found myself killed because I accidentally hit the wrong key and had attacked (because I was free to do so). When I finally did venture outside, I didn't have a map to guide me. I also quickly learned that certain NPCs hated Dark Elves as one greeted me with a death blow, which then required me run back to get my corpse and items (while making sure to keep a safe distance from the NPC's threatening glare). I remember spending Sunday afternoons with dozens of other players outside the EC Tunnel and meeting at the Shady Swashbuckler to exchange wares...
Anyway, the point of this nostalgia is that it has been a very long time since I've played a game where I didn't know exactly what to do or what to expect. I finally decided to try Age of Wushu and so glad I did!
Now I know I'm late to the party, but AoW really didn't come on my radar until the recent approval on Steam and release of the new server. I also suspect the game had issues (both stability and localization) last year. Plus I recognize that the cash shop is pretty excessive in this world of "F2P" we now live in.
But my experience with Age of Wushu (and I'm probably still just new and naive as I've only been playing a few weeks), is that this is a really beautiful, detailed, fun game that (for me) has run extremely well at high settings (50 avg fps). The Martial Arts setting is also refreshing after all these years of Fantasy. Plus, the animations are just really cool.
I still don't know what the hell I'm doing, but loving the experience!
Now I did make sure to get some free packs (like the Guardian pack offered here on mmorpg) and also downloaded from Amazon to get their free pack to help me start off (hundreds of free buns so I don't starve!) And after a week of trying the game out, I also spent $9 for 30 gold to become VIP. (Note: It was $9 on Amazon for the gold, which directly transferred to my AoW server, but then the purchase also qualified for free $5 credit to Amazon app store and $1 Mp3!) I'm sure all of this has let me focus on learning the game while avoiding some of the initial frustrations.
I have encountered many helpful players, have joined my first guild and even was surprised by a responsive GM answer on an issue (a GM contacted me in game within 1-2 hours of my initiating the help request)!
Of course, we'll see how I feel after a month, but, if you've had any thought of trying this game I would certainly encourage you to do so. Just make sure get some free keys to help you start. I also found the Bart Boucher AoW videos on youtube very helpful.