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Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning: Capital Cities

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

In our continuing coverage of EA Mythic's Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood pens this article on the capital cities in the game.

Warhammer Online is an interesting game. Not just for what they are doing that is unique and innovative, but also for what they are doing that is a constant in MMORPGs. What do I mean? Well, while visiting the studios to get a look at the un-released game, I sat in on a presentation on cities. While virtually every MMORPG has cities, Warhammer seems to take city building to an extreme making large (very large) cities and filling them with content.

While we didn’t get to see every race’s starting city on our trip, we did get to see the two human cities, Altdorf and Inevitable City, giving us a great idea of both how similar and how different the cities can be.

Before we get into talking about the specific cities, we should probably talk a little bit about how the cities work and what is available in them:

Read the whole article here.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

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  • malterikmalterik Englewood, COPosts: 5Member

    Real reason to level your city other then defence I like the idea

  • Falcon4196Falcon4196 Media, PAPosts: 106Member

    So will the cities revert to level one if the city is conquered or will they slowly degrade?  I would also like to thank Mythic for placing multiple Auctioneers throughout the each of the cities.  The ones near the transports will probably always be the most crowded but it should at least help somewhat.


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  • GruntiesGrunties Worcester, MAPosts: 859Member
    Originally posted by Falcon4196


    So will the cities revert to level one if the city is conquered or will they slowly degrade?  I would also like to thank Mythic for placing multiple Auctioneers throughout the each of the cities.  The ones near the transports will probably always be the most crowded but it should at least help somewhat.



    I believe in one of the previous news items about capital cities, it was mentioned that the faction attacking the city would be provided with special quests that involve some kind of looting/killing/burning that once completed, would knock the cities level down. Its likely that this would have to be a faction wide undertaking however, only a few people probably couldnt do much damage. But if you got to the point when you are in the enemies city, I'm sure there will be no shortage of manppower on the attackers side.

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  • wjrasmussenwjrasmussen west toluca lake, CAPosts: 1,493Member

    IIIRC, cities do go down when they get taken over by the enemy.

    Statues are great added feel goodies.  City of Heroes forums long ago had player request for player statues but Stateman shot that idea down.  Guess it is doable!

  • will200will200 Coquitlam, BCPosts: 70Member

    Has it ever been stated how long a city will remain overtaken?

    It would need to be long enough so the the attackers can do some raids in the conquered city's underground content.

  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIPosts: 7,974Member

    Once again i feel EA Mythic proves that they understand that it's really the little things that make the biggest differences.

     

    It's no surprise the game was delayed again having to add and tune all of these little joys, but it's totally worth it. These are the things that give a game "flavor" trust me.

    Like in Fable, where you could kick the chickens and it'd record the distance you kicked them. Had nothing to do with the rest of the game, but this little touch brought me soo much joy.

     

  • LeucentLeucent Penticton, BCPosts: 2,371Member

    Absolutely agree. It s brilliant and alot of the little things make the big picture even better. I love the statue thing and being able to destroy them is purely amazing, can t wait.

  • SiphaedSiphaed Everywhere!Posts: 878Member Uncommon

    What I'm still wondering is if there will be some stupid lock out time that will prevent another faction from attacking the other faction's cities and/or capitals, even during the night?  That's the one thing that really is bothering me for Age of Conan, is that there's a lockout timer that prevents putting a keep up for attack, nor seiging the keep, during the time between midnight and 6a.m.  I know a small force of 9-10 people at 1a.m can't do much of anything, but they can still TRY to take over a city or a keep or whatever.......


  • joeybootsjoeyboots Virginia Beach, VAPosts: 636Member

    It sounds great, just hope it's implemented well.

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  • rshandlonrshandlon Spencer, INPosts: 173Member

    Something that I read makes me quite leary of this whole city rating BS........

     

    The article says CITY RATINGS ARE UNIVERSAL OVER ALL SERVERS...........

     

    This means each server is NOT unique in their ability to affect the ratings of their own cites and must be at the mercy of all the actions on EVERY server in the game.  This is a very poor mechanic if that is the case.  Even WoW can break down these events and similar activities over each individual server.  Why should a company force its players to rely on what every other server has done, or in the case of some low pop servers, what they don't do. 

    If this is a mistake and ratings are not universal over all servers, then I think its a great idea.  But again, to force people to work for their capital city and then find its all in vain, is in my opinion ludicrous.

  • KnightHawk63KnightHawk63 Raleigh, NCPosts: 75Member
    Originally posted by Siphaed


    What I'm still wondering is if there will be some stupid lock out time that will prevent another faction from attacking the other faction's cities and/or capitals, even during the night?  That's the one thing that really is bothering me for Age of Conan, is that there's a lockout timer that prevents putting a keep up for attack, nor seiging the keep, during the time between midnight and 6a.m.  I know a small force of 9-10 people at 1a.m can't do much of anything, but they can still TRY to take over a city or a keep or whatever.......

    I personally would like to see them be attackable during the night hours, if they do manage to capture it then you can prove your worth the next day and take it back.

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  • StraddenStradden Managing Editor Halifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

     

    Originally posted by rshandlon


    Something that I read makes me quite leary of this whole city rating BS........
     
    The article says CITY RATINGS ARE UNIVERSAL OVER ALL SERVERS...........
     
    This means each server is NOT unique in their ability to affect the ratings of their own cites and must be at the mercy of all the actions on EVERY server in the game.  This is a very poor mechanic if that is the case.  Even WoW can break down these events and similar activities over each individual server.  Why should a company force its players to rely on what every other server has done, or in the case of some low pop servers, what they don't do. 
    If this is a mistake and ratings are not universal over all servers, then I think its a great idea.  But again, to force people to work for their capital city and then find its all in vain, is in my opinion ludicrous.

     

    Sorry, you misunderstood. Theya re universal across the server, meaning that they are the same for everyone (and not some kind of instanced mumbo-jumbo). I'll take the "s" off of that word to make it a little bit more clear.

    Honestly, when I wroite the article, I didn't think of the scenario you mentioned. It just woudn't make any sense at all...

    Cheers,
    Jon Wood
    Managing Editor
    MMORPG.com

  • KnightHawk63KnightHawk63 Raleigh, NCPosts: 75Member
    Originally posted by Stradden


     
    Originally posted by rshandlon


    Something that I read makes me quite leary of this whole city rating BS........
     
    The article says CITY RATINGS ARE UNIVERSAL OVER ALL SERVERS...........
     
    This means each server is NOT unique in their ability to affect the ratings of their own cites and must be at the mercy of all the actions on EVERY server in the game.  This is a very poor mechanic if that is the case.  Even WoW can break down these events and similar activities over each individual server.  Why should a company force its players to rely on what every other server has done, or in the case of some low pop servers, what they don't do. 
    If this is a mistake and ratings are not universal over all servers, then I think its a great idea.  But again, to force people to work for their capital city and then find its all in vain, is in my opinion ludicrous.

     

    Sorry, you misunderstood. Theya re universal across the server, meaning that they are the same for everyone (and not some kind of instanced mumbo-jumbo). I'll take the "s" off of that word to make it a little bit more clear.

    Honestly, when I wroite the article, I didn't think of the scenario you mentioned. It just woudn't make any sense at all...

    Bad you and your grammatical mistakes!!1

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  • rshandlonrshandlon Spencer, INPosts: 173Member

    Then my note of saying that would be great, will hold true.  I was in WOW when they did the events for opening Quiraj and the gathering items, etc was great.  Being able to watch your side increase and see that you mattered even a little bit really made it better. 

     

    I don't think I will be playing Warhammer when it comes out, but this aspect of Cities should make it really interesting and fun for those who do play it. 

  • E1ioE1io Hollywood, FLPosts: 86Member

      Each day I hear more and more good stuff about WAR. They truly are polishing this game.

     

     Sign me up for pre-order.

  • elvenangelelvenangel Orlando, FLPosts: 2,205Member

    Originally posted by Siphaed


    What I'm still wondering is if there will be some stupid lock out time that will prevent another faction from attacking the other faction's cities and/or capitals, even during the night?  That's the one thing that really is bothering me for Age of Conan, is that there's a lockout timer that prevents putting a keep up for attack, nor seiging the keep, during the time between midnight and 6a.m.  I know a small force of 9-10 people at 1a.m can't do much of anything, but they can still TRY to take over a city or a keep or whatever.......
    The city seiges are set to be a massive effort.  There is no designated times since there are no controlling guilds, it can happen at any time as long as certain critiria are met (they explained this in an another video and several articles on gamespy & ign.com & ten ton hammer. )    In order for your Realm to be eligible to raid a city you must Completely own the Tier 4 zone.  That means both battle keeps and the subsquent land between.  Once your realm has that area in control they must siege the outer walls of the city, the defenders of course  defend those walls.  There's a number of things the entire realm must do in order to take over the city including a whole lot of street fighting, pillaging and burning.  

    If there are enough people to fight at night then I see no reason why they couldn't take it at night.   Just remember though there's alot of NPC's & players you have to go through in order to own the city.   They've made sure of this so that a power guild can't just simply run in and do it on their own.  It must be a Realm Effort.

    I figure by Teir 4 most players have probably adapted somewhat to realm co operation to some exent (there will always be people who do for themselves only) which will make it a major coordinated zerg fest(which is what sieging truely is!).

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  • Death1942Death1942 CanberraPosts: 2,587Member
    Originally posted by Stradden


     
    Originally posted by rshandlon


    Something that I read makes me quite leary of this whole city rating BS........
     
    The article says CITY RATINGS ARE UNIVERSAL OVER ALL SERVERS...........
     
    This means each server is NOT unique in their ability to affect the ratings of their own cites and must be at the mercy of all the actions on EVERY server in the game.  This is a very poor mechanic if that is the case.  Even WoW can break down these events and similar activities over each individual server.  Why should a company force its players to rely on what every other server has done, or in the case of some low pop servers, what they don't do. 
    If this is a mistake and ratings are not universal over all servers, then I think its a great idea.  But again, to force people to work for their capital city and then find its all in vain, is in my opinion ludicrous.

     

    Sorry, you misunderstood. Theya re universal across the server, meaning that they are the same for everyone (and not some kind of instanced mumbo-jumbo). I'll take the "s" off of that word to make it a little bit more clear.

    Honestly, when I wroite the article, I didn't think of the scenario you mentioned. It just woudn't make any sense at all...

    you missed out a "t" on the word The in the Altdorf paragraph.  Aside from that a very good article

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  • tysonj25tysonj25 becket, MAPosts: 66Member Uncommon

    It is nice to see the people at mythic played Shadowbane.

     

    P.S. I mean no disrespect to anybody by the donkey I just like that stupid thing!

     

  • wjrasmussenwjrasmussen west toluca lake, CAPosts: 1,493Member
    Originally posted by heerobya


    Once again i feel EA Mythic proves that they understand that it's really the little things that make the biggest differences.
     
    It's no surprise the game was delayed again having to add and tune all of these little joys, but it's totally worth it. These are the things that give a game "flavor" trust me.
    Like in Fable, where you could kick the chickens and it'd record the distance you kicked them. Had nothing to do with the rest of the game, but this little touch brought me soo much joy.
     

    That made me chuckle.  How many chickens did you kick?

  • TheHavokTheHavok San Jose, CAPosts: 2,398Member Uncommon

    Looks fun

  • vickypollardvickypollard moooPosts: 305Member

    shame the graphix suck

  • Arkane_AArkane_A Winston Salem, NCPosts: 365Member

    Guild Taverns = Win in this news article.

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  • Arkane_AArkane_A Winston Salem, NCPosts: 365Member
    Originally posted by vickypollard


    shame the graphix suck

    Graphics  = how good the game is.

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  • fuellefuelle San Luis Obispo, CAPosts: 44Member

     

    Originally posted by Arkane_A


    Guild Taverns = Win in this news article.
    When I read about the guild taverns I was sort of bummed because I hope cities won't seem empty if everyone just gathers in their guild tavern.  One thing that I always enjoyed when I was bored was just sitting in a city in a central location and chatting with random people.

    The statues idea is awesome.  Even if its only for a week I want to get my toon as a statue!  Every time I find new info about this game I get more pumped about the small but good features which are going to make this game great.

     

  • OrthedosOrthedos Gresham, ORPosts: 1,771Member

    Originally posted by vickypollard


    shame the graphix suck
    Hold your comments till you get to try to game at its best resolution, during live.  Its only CB now.

    WAR is getting attractive.  DAoC alone would guarantee a copy of WAR on my shelf eventually.  With all these attention to details, I am beginning to look forward to playing it.  I love a game with minor details alongside a strong main theme.  That is where the smiles come in.  The little bits that you will feel warm the first time you run into, and remains as moments of sweet memories long after the game is history to you.

    I only hope that the WAR community would be as nice and mature as it was in DAoC or as it now is in LOTRo.  AND please control the gold seller spams.

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