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Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning: Compare and Contrast - Use of IP

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

MMORPG.com Warhammer Online Correspondent Asaf Yonsian writes this interesting piece about Mythic's use of the Warhammer IP in an MMO compared to both Turbine and Funcom's handling of their IPs.

In 2006, Turbine launched Lord of the Rings Online – The MMORPG that was destined to topple WoW using Tolkein's Intellectual Property (IP). The world was beautiful, the settings were as grand as Tolkein's books, but not all was well in Middle Earth.

Lord of the Rings launched with 7 classes, none of them wielding real magic due to lore restrictions (a mistake Turbine will fix in their next expansion release – Mines of Moria). Turbine was also bound by various laws and prohibitions to keep the original lore of the game, thus hampering the ability a player had to feel really epic and like a unique character in the world.

Read the article here.

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Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

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  • smutsmut West Grove, PAPosts: 250Member

    I liked the article and I think Warhammer is a rich and interesting IP, regardless of what I think of the game. I don't think they could ever run out of stuff to build off of as Warhammer has been around for 20+ years. I think it is up to 25 years now?

  • openedge1openedge1 My City, ALPosts: 2,582Member

    Yet, I do not agree.

    WAR was boring and still repetitive.

    Right now the genre as a whole has no new ideas. So, the fact that such a clone of WoW could be considered so "innovative" due to changing some mechanics really shows how far we have sunk for entertainment.

    The reason Mythic got it right is they took no bold steps, no major moves to try and be different. But, as a whole they do capture the IP's visual style, though slightly muddy and gritty, and not very hi-res.

    But mechanically, it is still the same grind gameplay underneath a new "slightly different" shell

    Just an alternate view of a game that does not suck, yet does nothing to excite either.

  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon

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    Originally posted by openedge1

    Yet, I do not agree.

    WAR was boring and still repetitive.

    Right now the genre as a whole has no new ideas. So, the fact that such a clone of WoW could be considered so "innovative" due to changing some mechanics really shows how far we have sunk for entertainment.

    The reason Mythic got it right is they took no bold steps, no major moves to try and be different. But, as a whole they do capture the IP's visual style, though slightly muddy and gritty, and not very hi-res.

    But mechanically, it is still the same grind gameplay underneath a new "slightly different" shell

    Just an alternate view of a game that does not suck, yet does nothing to excite either.

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    There are no WoW clones. There are only Ultima Online and EverQuest 1 clones.

    It becomes tiresome that everyone nowadays bashes down games of being WoW clones.

    That's simply not true! WoW was nothing new either. Blizzard just took the right bits from previous MMO's and used that as foundation for their MMO. Nothing more, nothing less.

    And WoW isn't perfect either! There are plenty of flaws in WoW as well. Especially today.

    No game is perfect! Just like WAR isn't perfect either!

    Cheers

     

  • Darean002Darean002 Davis, CAPosts: 58Member

    To the OP: Well said and well written. I totally agree.

    There are so many MMO's to chose from, and they all try to use the "best" features that make the top MMO's great. Therefore, they're all similiar in some ways in that they have a quest journal, factions at war, the archetypical classes, etc.

    Therefore I pick my MMO's by the IP, or "which world do I want to be a part of?". I thoroughly enjoy the Warhammer IP so I relish the chance to live in that world, even in its early stages.

    For those familiar with Warhammer, they've only implemented about 30% of the actual content of the IP. Give this game time to grow, and it'll have FAR more content than WoW.

    Plus it doesn't look like a #$% $#^& cartoon haha.

    **Returned SWG Player**
    Yeah, I used to hate the game because of NGE as much as anyone, but I've been playing the game since Feb. 2008 and have honestly had a good time. If you hate the game, fantastic, move along. Its all been said before and your continuous griefing just makes you look like a sad individual with nothing better to do.

  • That's what good about this game you don't feel like somebodies sidekick, you do really feel more powerful as it goes on and if you learn and read up on the lore you start gaining alot from it, ofcourse I play on an RP server so I look at the world different and not just endgame but a process. I saw a video where Paul says it's more than just an mmo it's entire hobby the way you get into it and what they are aiming for and I'm finding this to be true and fun more and more everyday.

  • LiquidWolfLiquidWolf Laramie, WYPosts: 516Member Common
    Originally posted by openedge1


    Yet, I do not agree.
    WAR was boring and still repetitive.
    Right now the genre as a whole has no new ideas. So, the fact that such a clone of WoW could be considered so "innovative" due to changing some mechanics really shows how far we have sunk for entertainment.
    The reason Mythic got it right is they took no bold steps, no major moves to try and be different. But, as a whole they do capture the IP's visual style, though slightly muddy and gritty, and not very hi-res.
    But mechanically, it is still the same grind gameplay underneath a new "slightly different" shell
    Just an alternate view of a game that does not suck, yet does nothing to excite either.



     

    There are no huge things left to innovate. Only small things.

    Much of that is handled through addons the community provides. If they prove good enough, or necessary, the next MMO implements them.

    Zoning and Scenarios are perhaps the next barriar... but if you want accessible battlegrounds from anywhere in the world... you will keep those instances and scenarios.

    WoW is seamless, but at a cost of detail. AoC is high detail, but at a cost of seamlessness.

    Even being seamless isn't true in WoW's case. Zones are still loaded as needed, and a whole world isn't actaully made ready. Loading a whole world into Ram/Vram would be handy I imagine.

    The innovations in MMOs have pushed up to, and even past what our current hardware can handle.

    I think, without new technology, we won't see too many changes. All of that will be code, and even that will be slow as they need to do a test-fail-test-fail process. An MMO will try something, fail, then the next MMO will get it right... or fail... then the next....

    Don't expect any new innovations in our lifetime...

    Unless technology gets improved out of necessity... like a major war.

    The gears of progress are greased by blood, sweat, and tears.

  • jakinjakin somewhere, ONPosts: 243Member Common

    There is far too much "Fanboy" in this particular article for me to give it any credence whatsoever.

    Anyone who tries to talk about IP and suggests in the first few paragraphs that sticking to the IP is a bad idea is well off base.

    I played LotRO - I quit because there was very little to do once you'd completed the leveling process (it's the only game where I've heard fans say the best way to play it is to not play as much).  I however did greatly respect the choice to make the world "feel" authentic.  The mistake Turbine is making is compromising their product with the introduction of a generic lightning-bolting wizard class into the game - all to try and entice the "oooh shiny particles" crowd.

    I play WAR now - I keep playing because the game is feature complete from start to finish.  There is an end-game that I am working towards, whereas with LotRO there was nothing past the top level.  WAR left some things out - sure, but what's there appears to work correctly and has many things to do at all levels.  What's there suits the IP - particles and all.

    Oh - and epic?  Because you can change the world?  What MMO is this?  I'm pretty sure Arthas (or whoever) is still standing in the same place as when you were last there.  MMOs by definition cannot have epic stories in the vein of high fantasy books or movies.  Everyone has to go through the same gates.

    In many respects, LotRO's use of instanced storytelling gets a lot closer to granting an epic feel than any other game before it.  The sporadic chapter instances (though poorly laid out in terms of progression) did certainly succeed in bringing the experience into a more personal realm than most other games I've played - WAR included.

  • LiquidWolfLiquidWolf Laramie, WYPosts: 516Member Common
    Originally posted by jakin


    There is far too much "Fanboy" in this particular article for me to give it any credence whatsoever.



     

    MMORPG.com Warhammer Online Correspondent Asaf Yonsian writes this interesting piece about Mythic's use of the Warhammer IP in an MMO compared to both Turbine and Funcom's handling of their IPs.

     

    It's the Warhammer Correspondent. Of COURSE it is going to biased.

    You don't send a Sony fanatic to review an Xbox event...

    The correspondents are going to advocate their game.

    You should realise this.

  • ZkilfinGZkilfinG StockholmPosts: 30Member

    Good writeup.

    Playing: Xbox360.
    Played: NC, WoW, EvE, WAR, LOTRO.
    Waiting: Dust 514, SW:TOR, Infinity:TQFE, et al.

  • ScalebaneScalebane La Junta, COPosts: 2,225Member

    meh, not worth it discussing, its grown old already.

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  • AmazingAveryAmazingAvery Age of Conan Advocate UK to CanadaPosts: 6,999Member Uncommon

    Considering Warhammer has 25 yrs of personalized, customized figures the game was a huge let down in this area. Everyone looks the same. limitations in colours, physical apperance and character creation. Nothing like the table top. What would of been neat is using different shades of colour for example. That is a failure to not use the full potential of the IP. I remember painting a figure when I was 10. I could choose how they looked. In warhammer its pretty limiting in this area. I have all the fighting fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian livingstone - when Games Workshop got up and running proper, there were some great idea's floating around, when i think back to the descriptive narratives to the lore and compare them with my bulk, 5 frame character online in 2008 can't help but be dissapointed..

    The worst thing is that neither Lotro nor AoC have the world reset on them. Static objects (keeps) in the same place all the time.

    The author clearly thinks that to play AoC for example is to be King. It's not, your playing during a specific time frame of the lore. Its not built on him himself, it's built on the world / lore, so judging it from the correct perspective is different from the author's, and therefore falls flat face down.

    Age of Conan has over 75 yrs of lore to draw from and many of the quests reflect situations throughout all that timeline. Lotro has similar aspects. In tabletop warhammer, you don't quest. Lotro and AoC's lore is based around literature and not a game. It's literature is what made the IP of those games and that it draws from this in more ways that warhammer due to the richness of it but of its extensivity.

    The Author says in regards to AoC: "mostly due to lack content issues, repetitive content and a few other general content oriented problems."

     

    Are you telling me that you don't find warhammer repetitive? Would be nice to specify other general content oriented problems?

    The number one thing for me is that AoC and LOTRO both have persistant and dynamic worlds that are always evolving using their individual IP's. Warhammer Online comes to a stop at some point then the whole thing starts again.

    If there is one thing the world of videogames has taught us, it's that a good story can make a great game. What do you remember from games like Knights of the Old Republic or Baldur's Gate? Is it the simple combat mechanics, the UI, or the well written characters and compelling plot? There is no price you can place on drawing in your audience to a fictional world they feel a part of and bringing life to pixelated creations. This in its basic form is lacking in warhammer for me.

    AoC and LOTRO also offer a decent RP experience, with a lot of emotes, area's and mechanics to enhance this. Right now War is lacking in this area. Where can I go to soak it all up? If I stand around I am not really playing the game as intended. AoC and LOTRO have taverns for example.

    How many people do you know in games like EQ2 and LOTRO that just click right thru the quest dialogue? If you are mainly motivated by achievements such as levels, skills, or gear then extensive lore actually becomes a hindrance to playing and causes dissatisfaction. Warhammer throws some of these things at the player right off the bat.

    Those who do read lore, looking at the amount of time spent in gameplay, how much is actually spent exploring and reading? How often are areas sought out or stories pondered on in the course of an adventure? Are even the most devout of players really concerned with the meager tale of a farmer attacked by bandits? Do we really have an option of not stopping an invading army and does it matter why they are invading?  When I played warhammer it was all about things trying to be accessible, which has its downside too. You wonder into a PQ and pick it up part way through, you just do it and move on with the goods. If it gives you good exp then you repeat it, not many are there for the lore and thats a shame.

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  • JK-KanosiJK-Kanosi Seaside, CAPosts: 1,357Member

    I'd like to preface this by saying I am a fan and paying subscriber of WAR. With that aside, I am worried about the future I might have in WAR for one reason: War is everywhere.

    One might ask, "Gee...what is so bad about war being everywhere?" Well, if you are a part-time gamer who logs in an hour or two to advance your character, probably nothing. However, if you spend many hours a day or week in the world, or you have done all there is to do at max level or are bored with the RvR, there is no place to just "relax".

    In real life, no one wants to live in a war torn nation. We like the tranquil plains, hills, and mountains. We love nature or perhaps the action of a bustling city. The point I'm making is that without an end to conflict, the game remains in a perpetual state of war, which means the players character can never relax.

    The only solution to this is to actually have an end to the war or to release non-war torn areas in expansions that players can adventure, explore and make seperate lives in. I guess the difference between me and other gamers is why we PvP. I PvP to help my side achieve victory. If victory is nowhere in sight, fighting becomes dull and depressing. People not like me PvP, because they love the action. They don't care about the social aspects of a game really as I do.

    Only time will tell how the game being in a constant war setting will effect the longevity of a player's subscription. The one thing I loved about DAoC is that the game was a world to live in. You could seperate the conflict of the war between the three realms and your characters' individual life. I could explore the Highlands one day, which are peaceful, but not without their own adventures and threats; the next, I could go into the frontiers to support my realm in the ongoing struggle. Every zone in WAR that I've encountered was full of war against your opposing faction. If not in PvE, it was warring in PvP. No where was it really safe to just adventure and let loose.

    MMORPG's w/ Max level characters: DAoC, SWG, & WoW

    Currently Playing: WAR
    Preferred Playstyle: Roleplay/adventurous, in a sandbox game.

  • JK-KanosiJK-Kanosi Seaside, CAPosts: 1,357Member
    Originally posted by openedge1


    Yet, I do not agree.
    WAR was boring and still repetitive.
    Right now the genre as a whole has no new ideas. So, the fact that such a clone of WoW could be considered so "innovative" due to changing some mechanics really shows how far we have sunk for entertainment.
    The reason Mythic got it right is they took no bold steps, no major moves to try and be different. But, as a whole they do capture the IP's visual style, though slightly muddy and gritty, and not very hi-res.
    But mechanically, it is still the same grind gameplay underneath a new "slightly different" shell
    Just an alternate view of a game that does not suck, yet does nothing to excite either.



     

    You're obviously burnt out on MMORPGs, because it shows all throughout your post. First your opinions are the same as those criticizing other games that are successful, who are known to be burnt out on MMORPGs. Next, some of your 'facts' are incorrect. Mythic did introduce new features in WAR and if you're too blind to see them, well whatever.

    MMORPG's w/ Max level characters: DAoC, SWG, & WoW

    Currently Playing: WAR
    Preferred Playstyle: Roleplay/adventurous, in a sandbox game.

  • CibajCibaj Muncie, INPosts: 18Member

    Is it really appropriate for one correspondent to attack another correspondent's writing?  It doesn't seem professional to have employees for the same company at each others throats.

  • AmazingAveryAmazingAvery Age of Conan Advocate UK to CanadaPosts: 6,999Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Cibaj


    Is it really appropriate for one correspondent to attack another correspondent's writing?  It doesn't seem professional to have employees for the same company at each others throats.



     

    We don't work for mmorpg.com. You seem to think each were attacking each other. All I see is a difference of opinon with reasons on a forum which lets you do this. Our opinions are our own and so long as you back them up there is nothing wrong with that. I felt there were several area's of the article which had some really good points and others which made me scratch my head in trying to understand. Sorry if you felt either came across bad.

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  • AlienovrlordAlienovrlord San Antonio, TXPosts: 1,525Member

    A good article but there is one important point that seemed to be missed. Warhammer was an IP *created* to support a game. In this case, GamesWorkshop’s table-top miniature battles. All the Warhammer art, novels, comics and such were produced for one purpose - to promote a setting that would allow GW to sell more lead figures.

    The brilliance of GW was making sure all that Warhammer art and novels and comics were cool and well-done and not just cheap junk drummed out for marketing purposes.

    Conan and Lord of the Rings were novels and they had only one purpose – to tell a story. Turbine and Funcom failed to understand how these IP’s would restrict their games. They just got all excited, like so many on these forums, about how great those stories were and they, along with so many on these forums, mistakenly assumed that a great story would have to make a great game.

    I agree with AmazingAvery that there have been incredible stories told through video games.  But those stories were *created* for their games.   Knights of the Old Republic's storyline was made specifically for Bioware's RPG.   It had one purpose, to help the game tell the story.     Having an IP designed for a game makes it far more likely for the game and story to end up working well together.  

    Translating a novel into something else, whether a game or comic book or a movie, is a much, much riskier process and it tends to fail far more than it succeeds.     You see the same problem when people try to translate stories made for video games into movies.    

    Since the Warhammer IP was designed to support a game, GW allowed Mythic to make divergences in the lore (female dwarfs running around, inability of any Destruction races to betray each other etc). Mythic just had to convince GW that the changes were needed to make a better game and GW understood that.

    Warhammer did what it has always done, provide a fun setting for gamers whether computer or tabletop. Mythic’s single smartest move was picking this IP to make a MMORPG. The rest of their smart moves involved all the decisions that go into making a decent game.  

    We've seen far too few MMORPG developers that seem capable of making smart decisions recently. 

     

  • ThachsanhThachsanh Fayetteville, ARPosts: 331Member
    Originally posted by AmazingAvery


    I am gonna have to blow hole in your little write up here my AoC fanboy friend.
    Considering Warhammer has 25 yrs of personalized, customized figures the game was a huge let down in this area. Everyone looks the same. limitations in colours, physical apperance and character creation. Nothing like the table top. What would of been neat is using different shades of colour for example. That is a failure to not use the full potential of the IP. I remember painting a figure when I was 10. I could choose how they looked. In warhammer its pretty limiting in this area. I have all the fighting fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian livingstone - when Games Workshop got up and running proper, there were some great idea's floating around, when i think back to the descriptive narratives to the lore and compare them with my bulk, 5 frame character online in 2008 can't help but be dissapointed..
    I really doubt that you involved much with miniature painting. There are certain freedom to the painter while building their army but there are still guild line you have to follow to fit with the lore and the IP. The whole idea of Warhammer miniature painting beside building an army so you can play with is to make the miniature look alive. It has nothing to do with what color theme you pick. You see, it has little to do with physical appearance too because there are only limited amount of model you can have. If you go gung ho in converting, of course you may have something looks relatively different but still there are guild lines you cannot break.
    Go back to Warhammer Online. Can you list for me my AoC Fanboy friend how many dyes there are in WAR? Or do you know how many shades of colors existed? I can tell you that they follow the Citadel paint line of Game Workshop pretty closely. From scarab red, fortress grey, to chainmail,.. using the same name with the actual paint. So if you want you could actually dye your character to look just like the model you paint. Many many of these dyes are not available in shop you know. You have to create them or get them to drop from monsters. So while you may not see them, it does not mean that they don't exist.
    So, when I say every armor in AoC look the same, same old brown shade, same kind of realistic, boring chainmail type or armor, would you agree with me? No, you gonna go and say, there are other type of armors out there that I have not see or there will be more PvP armors comming and things like that. Well, right back at you. WAR has just been release, you are not gonna see a lot of unique armors set until people actually get to do dungeon, get loots, kill RvR bosses more to get even more loot, no King loot yet...
    I can tell you with certain that I have seen more armor varieties in WAR during these first few weeks than I have seen in my time in AoC ( I have a couple 80 in AoC btw). The amount of generic looking armors in AoC are just staggering and you have the gut to go and bash WAR about the limited color you can dye while you can't even do that in AoC in the first place?
    The worst thing is that neither Lotro nor AoC have the world reset on them. Static objects (keeps) in the same place all the time.
    And you make it sounds like it's different in AoC. After you successfully siege other guild keep what happen? They go back to grinding their ass off to build it back, you go back with absolutely nothing on your hand waiting to schedule another siege with another guild. How is that different from a reset? You talk about static keeps in the same place all the time, I gotta ask you in what game can you move your keep around? A keep whether you build it or it has been pre-built will always be there it just like real world, you occupie the keep/castle, you can't move it. And how do you know if they won't allow you to build your own keep later on?
    The author clearly thinks that to play AoC for example is to be King. It's not, your playing during a specific time frame of the lore. Its not built on him himself, it's built on the world / lore, so judging it from the correct perspective is different from the author's, and therefore falls flat face down.
    That world did build around Conan. The majority of lore evolve around him. He is the center piece of that world. People knowing the world of Conan will always want to be like him. Why do you think people playing MMORPG with name mimic Aragon, Drizzt, Legolas...?
    Age of Conan has over 75 yrs of lore to draw from and many of the quests reflect situations throughout all that timeline. Lotro has similar aspects. In tabletop warhammer, you don't quest. Lotro and AoC's lore is based around literature and not a game. It's literature is what made the IP of those games and that it draws from this in more ways that warhammer due to the richness of it but of its extensivity.
    The Author says in regards to AoC: "mostly due to lack content issues, repetitive content and a few other general content oriented problems."


     Are you telling me that you don't find warhammer repetitive? Would be nice to specify other general content oriented problems?
    Like doing the few Villa quests again, again, and again, and again, and sit in Keshatta killing the same stuff over and over and over and over and over again. That is a content oriented problem.
    The number one thing for me is that AoC and LOTRO both have persistant and dynamic worlds that are always evolving using their individual IP's. Warhammer Online comes to a stop at some point then the whole thing starts again.
    Are  you really confused between the world evolve and a certain content setup or you just try to do that and hope nobody would notice? You said Warhammer Online comes to a stop at some point and the whole thing starts again, you are seriously confused between an end-game content setup and the way the world of Warhammer Online evolve around the IP. The capital city siege is a major end-game contents, it's not the way WAR will evolve using the Warhammer IP. Undead, tomb king, skaven, ogre, vampire, wood elf... you can't even imagine what it could evolve into.
    If there is one thing the world of videogames has taught us, it's that a good story can make a great game. What do you remember from games like Knights of the Old Republic or Baldur's Gate? Is it the simple combat mechanics, the UI, or the well written characters and compelling plot? There is no price you can place on drawing in your audience to a fictional world they feel a part of and bringing life to pixelated creations. This in its basic form is warhammer for me.
    AoC and LOTRO also offer a decent RP experience, with a lot of emotes, area's and mechanics to enhance this. Right now War is lacking in this area.
    Correction, a good story can make a great single player game. A good theme/background make a great MMORPG. Both AoC, LOTRO, and WAR have great background that could draw people in. But you know one thing different? People join AoC, LOTRO to be like Conan, Aragon, Legolas, Gandalf. You will always see clone of these heroes because people know about them through the IP and trying to be like them. In WAR, you don't have these, you have to build your own. That's what I think the write of this article really meant.
    How many people do you know in games like EQ2 and LOTRO that just click right thru the quest dialogue? If you are mainly motivated by achievements such as levels, skills, or gear then extensive lore actually becomes a hindrance to playing and causes dissatisfaction. Warhammer throws some of these things at the player right off the bat.
    Those who do read lore, looking at the amount of time spent in gameplay, how much is actually spent exploring and reading? How often are areas sought out or stories pondered on in the course of an adventure? Are even the most devout of players really concerned with the meager tale of a farmer attacked by bandits? Do we really have an option of not stopping an invading army and does it matter why they are invading?  When I played warhammer it was all about things trying to be accessible, which has its downside too. You wonder into a PQ and pick it up part way through, you just do it and move on with the goods. If it gives you good exp then you repeat it, not many are there for the lore and thats a shame.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, but do you know the different in other game and WAR is? In WAR, if you just click through because you don't have time or not interested at that time, you can always come back and read about them in your Tome of Knowledge in a much organized format, much easier to follow and presented to you like a book.
    After you done all those quests in AoC, you sit down and want to remember what you did, what piece of lore you read throught the first time and you want to know more about it, you want to read it again, how do you do that?
    Sure, in WAR you can wander into a PQ do it for the good reward, but then in the reset time, you can open it out in your Tome and read more about it, you see, WAR give whoever like to know about lore an option. You want to read about lore, good, it's in your tome, you don't want to read about it, no problem, you don't have to. See. Having more options is a good thing.



  • ThachsanhThachsanh Fayetteville, ARPosts: 331Member
    Originally posted by Alienovrlord



    Conan and Lord of the Rings were novels and they had only one purpose – to tell a story. Turbine and Funcom failed to understand how these IP’s would restrict their games. They just got all excited, like so many on these forums, about how great those stories were and they, along with so many on these forums, mistakenly assumed that a great story would have to make a great game.
    I agree with AmazingAvery that there have been incredible stories told through video games.  But those stories were *created* for their games.   Knights of the Old Republic's storyline was made specifically for Bioware's RPG.   It had one purpose, to help the game tell the story.     Having an IP designed for a game makes it far more likely for the game and story to end up working well together.  
    Translating a novel into something else, whether a game or comic book or a movie, is a much, much riskier process and it tends to fail far more than it succeeds.     You see the same problem when people try to translate stories made for video games into movies.    
    Since the Warhammer IP was designed to support a game, GW allowed Mythic to make divergences in the lore (female dwarfs running around, inability of any Destruction races to betray each other etc). Mythic just had to convince GW that the changes were needed to make a better game and GW understood that.
    Warhammer did what it has always done, provide a fun setting for gamers whether computer or tabletop. Mythic’s single smartest move was picking this IP to make a MMORPG. The rest of their smart moves involved all the decisions that go into making a decent game.  
    We've seen far too few MMORPG developers that seem capable of making smart decisions recently. 

     

     

    I reply to AA post before seeing this post. I agree with you totally. Couldn't have said it any better.

  • AmazingAveryAmazingAvery Age of Conan Advocate UK to CanadaPosts: 6,999Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Thachsanh

    Originally posted by AmazingAvery


    I am gonna have to blow hole in your little write up here my AoC fanboy friend.
    Considering Warhammer has 25 yrs of personalized, customized figures the game was a huge let down in this area. Everyone looks the same. limitations in colours, physical apperance and character creation. Nothing like the table top. What would of been neat is using different shades of colour for example. That is a failure to not use the full potential of the IP. I remember painting a figure when I was 10. I could choose how they looked. In warhammer its pretty limiting in this area. I have all the fighting fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian livingstone - when Games Workshop got up and running proper, there were some great idea's floating around, when i think back to the descriptive narratives to the lore and compare them with my bulk, 5 frame character online in 2008 can't help but be dissapointed..
    I really doubt that you involved much with miniature painting. There are certain freedom to the painter while building their army but there are still guild line you have to follow to fit with the lore and the IP. The whole idea of Warhammer miniature painting beside building an army so you can play with is to make the miniature look alive. It has nothing to do with what color theme you pick. You see, it has little to do with physical appearance too because there are only limited amount of model you can have. If you go gung ho in converting, of course you may have something looks relatively different but still there are guild lines you cannot break.
    Go back to Warhammer Online. Can you list for me my AoC Fanboy friend how many dyes there are in WAR? Or do you know how many shades of colors existed? I can tell you that they follow the Citadel paint line of Game Workshop pretty closely. From scarab red, fortress grey, to chainmail,.. using the same name with the actual paint. So if you want you could actually dye your character to look just like the model you paint. Many many of these dyes are not available in shop you know. You have to create them or get them to drop from monsters. So while you may not see them, it does not mean that they don't exist.
    So, when I say every armor in AoC look the same, same old brown shade, same kind of realistic, boring chainmail type or armor, would you agree with me? No, you gonna go and say, there are other type of armors out there that I have not see or there will be more PvP armors comming and things like that. Well, right back at you. WAR has just been release, you are not gonna see a lot of unique armors set until people actually get to do dungeon, get loots, kill RvR bosses more to get even more loot, no King loot yet...
    I can tell you with certain that I have seen more armor varieties in WAR during these first few weeks than I have seen in my time in AoC ( I have a couple 80 in AoC btw). The amount of generic looking armors in AoC are just staggering and you have the gut to go and bash WAR about the limited color you can dye while you can't even do that in AoC in the first place?
    The worst thing is that neither Lotro nor AoC have the world reset on them. Static objects (keeps) in the same place all the time.
    And you make it sounds like it's different in AoC. After you successfully siege other guild keep what happen? They go back to grinding their ass off to build it back, you go back with absolutely nothing on your hand waiting to schedule another siege with another guild. How is that different from a reset? You talk about static keeps in the same place all the time, I gotta ask you in what game can you move your keep around? A keep whether you build it or it has been pre-built will always be there it just like real world, you occupie the keep/castle, you can't move it. And how do you know if they won't allow you to build your own keep later on?
    The author clearly thinks that to play AoC for example is to be King. It's not, your playing during a specific time frame of the lore. Its not built on him himself, it's built on the world / lore, so judging it from the correct perspective is different from the author's, and therefore falls flat face down.
    That world did build around Conan. The majority of lore evolve around him. He is the center piece of that world. People knowing the world of Conan will always want to be like him. Why do you think people playing MMORPG with name mimic Aragon, Drizzt, Legolas...?
    Age of Conan has over 75 yrs of lore to draw from and many of the quests reflect situations throughout all that timeline. Lotro has similar aspects. In tabletop warhammer, you don't quest. Lotro and AoC's lore is based around literature and not a game. It's literature is what made the IP of those games and that it draws from this in more ways that warhammer due to the richness of it but of its extensivity.
    The Author says in regards to AoC: "mostly due to lack content issues, repetitive content and a few other general content oriented problems."


     Are you telling me that you don't find warhammer repetitive? Would be nice to specify other general content oriented problems?
    Like doing the few Villa quests again, again, and again, and again, and sit in Keshatta killing the same stuff over and over and over and over and over again. That is a content oriented problem.
    The number one thing for me is that AoC and LOTRO both have persistant and dynamic worlds that are always evolving using their individual IP's. Warhammer Online comes to a stop at some point then the whole thing starts again.
    Are  you really confused between the world evolve and a certain content setup or you just try to do that and hope nobody would notice? You said Warhammer Online comes to a stop at some point and the whole thing starts again, you are seriously confused between an end-game content setup and the way the world of Warhammer Online evolve around the IP. The capital city siege is a major end-game contents, it's not the way WAR will evolve using the Warhammer IP. Undead, tomb king, skaven, ogre, vampire, wood elf... you can't even imagine what it could evolve into.
    If there is one thing the world of videogames has taught us, it's that a good story can make a great game. What do you remember from games like Knights of the Old Republic or Baldur's Gate? Is it the simple combat mechanics, the UI, or the well written characters and compelling plot? There is no price you can place on drawing in your audience to a fictional world they feel a part of and bringing life to pixelated creations. This in its basic form is warhammer for me.
    AoC and LOTRO also offer a decent RP experience, with a lot of emotes, area's and mechanics to enhance this. Right now War is lacking in this area.
    Correction, a good story can make a great single player game. A good theme/background make a great MMORPG. Both AoC, LOTRO, and WAR have great background that could draw people in. But you know one thing different? People join AoC, LOTRO to be like Conan, Aragon, Legolas, Gandalf. You will always see clone of these heroes because people know about them through the IP and trying to be like them. In WAR, you don't have these, you have to build your own. That's what I think the write of this article really meant.
    How many people do you know in games like EQ2 and LOTRO that just click right thru the quest dialogue? If you are mainly motivated by achievements such as levels, skills, or gear then extensive lore actually becomes a hindrance to playing and causes dissatisfaction. Warhammer throws some of these things at the player right off the bat.
    Those who do read lore, looking at the amount of time spent in gameplay, how much is actually spent exploring and reading? How often are areas sought out or stories pondered on in the course of an adventure? Are even the most devout of players really concerned with the meager tale of a farmer attacked by bandits? Do we really have an option of not stopping an invading army and does it matter why they are invading?  When I played warhammer it was all about things trying to be accessible, which has its downside too. You wonder into a PQ and pick it up part way through, you just do it and move on with the goods. If it gives you good exp then you repeat it, not many are there for the lore and thats a shame.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, but do you know the different in other game and WAR is? In WAR, if you just click through because you don't have time or not interested at that time, you can always come back and read about them in your Tome of Knowledge in a much organized format, much easier to follow and presented to you like a book.
    After you done all those quests in AoC, you sit down and want to remember what you did, what piece of lore you read throught the first time and you want to know more about it, you want to read it again, how do you do that?
    Sure, in WAR you can wander into a PQ do it for the good reward, but then in the reset time, you can open it out in your Tome and read more about it, you see, WAR give whoever like to know about lore an option. You want to read about lore, good, it's in your tome, you don't want to read about it, no problem, you don't have to. See. Having more options is a good thing.





     

    All I have to say is sorry I hurt your feeling and you felt the need to patronize.

    1. I did have some experience with the models at an early age. The point I am making is every class looks the basic same  to that class, when much more could be done. Dying clothes in war is limited to certain area's on the specific piece itself, and not the whole. It lacks in the area of real life decoration in freedom of choosing where especially at the start of the game. In AoC for example or even lotro you get a set amount of choices but they are more extensive.  I got up to level 15 on one guy and found 1 green and 1 grey dye int he world. On the tabletop game you don't lay your guys out naked do you.. When I create a character fresh in war I feel let down considering the relation to the IP. Its all about personalization and it's lacking at the start. The level of detail lacks. Thats how I feel from experience.

    2. It doesn't matter later on what they do, the game is how it is right now in terms of sieges. In AoC I have plots, I can move buildings around, In war it is static. I never build it, it destroys, it appears out of the ashes brand new again the next day. Considering the IP in Warhammer is all about being hands on in design - this area fails for me. Do you not buy your GW mag and it has write ups on constructing all sorts of things for the tabe top game? Where is this in line with the lore in War - its good but it could of been a lot more. It's about knowing what to do each and everytime for a keep, there is no flexibility in war. Table top maps are hand crafted, in warhammer....  You do what you have to do in the game, eventually it resets, I don't know whats so hard to understand here, and the cycle begins again.

    3. WAR still lacks area's to RP in. Lacks emotes, lacks chat etc etc. When you want to embrace the lore its quite hard to do on the battlefield.

    4. In AoC I open quest tab and read all the previous quests I have done summary :) Doing those a lot of those quests is about the lore, or taken directly from. If I want to know more because in AoC it was displayed to me in a more captivating way then I would go pick a book up from the creator of swords and sorcery..

    I am here with a difference of an opinion in some area's not to argue or belittle. Thanks.

    Ultimately the article is a "my game is better because..." but never fleshes out things for the other games to the level of detail to the particular game in question. 

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  • NotArkardNotArkard Lord of the Rings Online Correspondent Bay Harbor, FLPosts: 164Member
    Originally posted by LiquidWolf

    Originally posted by jakin


    There is far too much "Fanboy" in this particular article for me to give it any credence whatsoever.



     

    MMORPG.com Warhammer Online Correspondent Asaf Yonsian writes this interesting piece about Mythic's use of the Warhammer IP in an MMO compared to both Turbine and Funcom's handling of their IPs.

     

    It's the Warhammer Correspondent. Of COURSE it is going to biased.

    You don't send a Sony fanatic to review an Xbox event...

    The correspondents are going to advocate their game.

    You should realise this.

     

    I beg to differ. I'm a LOTRO correspondent, but it doesn't mean I'm going to follow LOTRO until the ends of the earth. Why do people insist that we all have one MMO made for us, and that we're going to marry it, and defend it with our lives?

    I write about how awesome WAR is on other sites, for example, but at the same time, I discuss some of the more innovative features LOTRO offers here on MMORPG.com.

    Even if I was a Sony fanatic, why wouldn't I go to an XBOX event? I want to be there to critisize the things I dislike, too, right? If I was such a fanatic for Sony, I wouldn't turn down the opportunity to try Xbox games or features, to later bash them. You do your research, and even if you hate something you can use your research to persuade people to your side. Now if you're simply saying "Xbox sucks" without providing your reasons, then you won't have such an easy time convincing people you are right.

    I've played a lot of MMOs, so I write for a couple of other websites about the MMO industry in general. It's a shame you think all correspondents are crazy fanboys. But, hey, what can you do about generalizing, uninformed fanatics?

    The contents of this post do not necessarily reflect the views of MMORPG.com and its management.

  • neonwireneonwire OxfordPosts: 1,787Member
    Originally posted by LiquidWolf

    Originally posted by openedge1


    Yet, I do not agree.
    WAR was boring and still repetitive.
    Right now the genre as a whole has no new ideas. So, the fact that such a clone of WoW could be considered so "innovative" due to changing some mechanics really shows how far we have sunk for entertainment.
    The reason Mythic got it right is they took no bold steps, no major moves to try and be different. But, as a whole they do capture the IP's visual style, though slightly muddy and gritty, and not very hi-res.
    But mechanically, it is still the same grind gameplay underneath a new "slightly different" shell
    Just an alternate view of a game that does not suck, yet does nothing to excite either.



     

    There are no huge things left to innovate. Only small things.

    Much of that is handled through addons the community provides. If they prove good enough, or necessary, the next MMO implements them.

    Zoning and Scenarios are perhaps the next barriar... but if you want accessible battlegrounds from anywhere in the world... you will keep those instances and scenarios.

    WoW is seamless, but at a cost of detail. AoC is high detail, but at a cost of seamlessness.

    Even being seamless isn't true in WoW's case. Zones are still loaded as needed, and a whole world isn't actaully made ready. Loading a whole world into Ram/Vram would be handy I imagine.

    The innovations in MMOs have pushed up to, and even past what our current hardware can handle.

    I think, without new technology, we won't see too many changes. All of that will be code, and even that will be slow as they need to do a test-fail-test-fail process. An MMO will try something, fail, then the next MMO will get it right... or fail... then the next....

    Don't expect any new innovations in our lifetime...

    Unless technology gets improved out of necessity... like a major war.

    The gears of progress are greased by blood, sweat, and tears.



     

    I really liked what you said there. Very insightful

  • neonwireneonwire OxfordPosts: 1,787Member
    Originally posted by JK-Kanosi


    I'd like to preface this by saying I am a fan and paying subscriber of WAR. With that aside, I am worried about the future I might have in WAR for one reason: War is everywhere.
    One might ask, "Gee...what is so bad about war being everywhere?" Well, if you are a part-time gamer who logs in an hour or two to advance your character, probably nothing. However, if you spend many hours a day or week in the world, or you have done all there is to do at max level or are bored with the RvR, there is no place to just "relax".
    In real life, no one wants to live in a war torn nation. We like the tranquil plains, hills, and mountains. We love nature or perhaps the action of a bustling city. The point I'm making is that without an end to conflict, the game remains in a perpetual state of war, which means the players character can never relax.
    The only solution to this is to actually have an end to the war or to release non-war torn areas in expansions that players can adventure, explore and make seperate lives in. I guess the difference between me and other gamers is why we PvP. I PvP to help my side achieve victory. If victory is nowhere in sight, fighting becomes dull and depressing. People not like me PvP, because they love the action. They don't care about the social aspects of a game really as I do.
    Only time will tell how the game being in a constant war setting will effect the longevity of a player's subscription. The one thing I loved about DAoC is that the game was a world to live in. You could seperate the conflict of the war between the three realms and your characters' individual life. I could explore the Highlands one day, which are peaceful, but not without their own adventures and threats; the next, I could go into the frontiers to support my realm in the ongoing struggle. Every zone in WAR that I've encountered was full of war against your opposing faction. If not in PvE, it was warring in PvP. No where was it really safe to just adventure and let loose.



     

    I have never really understood why a person would want to log on to an online computer game that is primarily all about killing things and then try and do something relaxing. If you want to feel relaxed then dont play a game that is about fighting a war. There are plenty of PvE games around that allow you to stand around in virtual taverns twiddling your virtual thumbs and imagining that you are soaking up the virtual atmosphere. They do that in EQ2 where they all gather in taverns and pretend to be doing stuff rather than playing the game.

    I would rather be playing the game though and I am finding Warhammer rather good fun. I like the fact that finally I can log on to a game and actually encounter other players that want to cut my head off. Why the hell would I want to stand in a virtual tavern doing buggerall?

    You mentioned real life. Why would I want to play a game that is like real life? Great so I can sit down in my room with a drink and some food and log onto an online game where I can sit down in a room with a drink and some food. Yeah that sounds like great fun! But yes your right in real life no-one wants to live in a war torn nation..........but Warhammer isnt real life.......its a game. Killing people in real life sucks but killing people in a computer game is great fun.

    You want it to be possible to "win the war"? You want the war to end sometime? Well you can. You play through to the end content and then you stop playing it and go and do something else. Sorry but no-one can EVER complete the story in an mmo. You never beat the big bad guy at the end. You never save the damsel in distress. You never save the city from the forces of evil. You can never really achieve any major goal in an mmo because its static and it always will be. Thats the nature of an mmo. To complete it would mean the end of the game.......all the players would just go back home and live an ordinary life. How exactly would that happen in a game?

    "Sorry guys the wars over now. Nothing to kill any more. We're shutting down the servers now cos its all over. We're working on extra content though in which you can all play peaceful characters and do things like baking bread, working the fields, running a shop......all the ordinary things you do in life basicly"

    In WAR though you can enjoy the process of the big battle even though we all know it will never end because an mmo is simply a freeze-frame of a place in time. No matter what the game actually is there is always one background story that occurs that never gets mentioned and thats this: There is a little Wizard who sits in another dimension and he has cast a spell over the game world which causes time to freeze which is why no-one ever dies, all the npcs always give everyone the same quests and basicly the whole game world stays static. So no the war will never end in Warhammer because that pesky dimensional Wizard froze time. What a git.

    You said a very odd thing at the end. "Nowhere was it really safe to just adventure and let loose". What the hell does that mean? Safe? Adventure? How do those two words fit together......and how do you "let loose"? You want to just wander around an empty landscape and jump about lots? Is that what you mean? Maybe every once in a while you encounter another player and you bow to each other, say "how do you do?", have a little dance, cook a bit of food or something, tell a few jokes and then resume the pressing of the W key as you "explore" the 3d modeled landscape safe in the knowledge that no-one will break the monotonous routine and the warm fuzzy feeling that nothing out of the ordinary is ever going to happen.

    Yeah thats why I log on to online games with thousands of people.......NOT!

    You loved DAoC because it had a world you could live in? Ermmm no it didnt. It had a 3d landscape populated with the graphics of monsters that waited for your avatar to walk up to them and kill them and then go up levels so you could walk to other areas and kill other graphics of monsters that allowed your avatar to do more of the same....just like every mmo has. The only "individual life" that your avatar had was in your imagination and that can be applied to any game.

    This is Warhammer not Peacehammer. War is everywhere and thank god it is cos otherwise I would be bored. If you want a peaceful safe environement where nothing stressful or surprising ever happens then I would recommend a game like Vanguard or EQ2.

  • neonwireneonwire OxfordPosts: 1,787Member
    Originally posted by Alienovrlord


    A good article but there is one important point that seemed to be missed. Warhammer was an IP *created* to support a game. In this case, GamesWorkshop’s table-top miniature battles. All the Warhammer art, novels, comics and such were produced for one purpose - to promote a setting that would allow GW to sell more lead figures.
    The brilliance of GW was making sure all that Warhammer art and novels and comics were cool and well-done and not just cheap junk drummed out for marketing purposes.
    Conan and Lord of the Rings were novels and they had only one purpose – to tell a story. Turbine and Funcom failed to understand how these IP’s would restrict their games. They just got all excited, like so many on these forums, about how great those stories were and they, along with so many on these forums, mistakenly assumed that a great story would have to make a great game.
    I agree with AmazingAvery that there have been incredible stories told through video games.  But those stories were *created* for their games.   Knights of the Old Republic's storyline was made specifically for Bioware's RPG.   It had one purpose, to help the game tell the story.     Having an IP designed for a game makes it far more likely for the game and story to end up working well together.  
    Translating a novel into something else, whether a game or comic book or a movie, is a much, much riskier process and it tends to fail far more than it succeeds.     You see the same problem when people try to translate stories made for video games into movies.    
    Since the Warhammer IP was designed to support a game, GW allowed Mythic to make divergences in the lore (female dwarfs running around, inability of any Destruction races to betray each other etc). Mythic just had to convince GW that the changes were needed to make a better game and GW understood that.
    Warhammer did what it has always done, provide a fun setting for gamers whether computer or tabletop. Mythic’s single smartest move was picking this IP to make a MMORPG. The rest of their smart moves involved all the decisions that go into making a decent game.  
    We've seen far too few MMORPG developers that seem capable of making smart decisions recently. 

     



     

    You absolutely hit the nail on the head!

    Part of the problem is that the stories in these games sound great but in the game what do we actually have? We have avatars running around killing things and going up levels. Thats all you can ever do! Sure you can "read" about something happening in a quest but you never actually get to do it in the game. You cant actually "live" those adventures in a computer game......those adventures that looked so great on tv or seemed so amazing when you imagined it from reading a book.

    Warhammer though was always about pushing minatures around on a battlefield and rolling dice to inflict damage. It was all about killing things and "defeating the enemy" and that translates so well into an mmo......especially as you can come into conflict with the other players. In LotRO and AoC it clearly doesnt translate as well and actually comes across as pale imitations of the original source material.

    Like the OP's article said, WAR has much more room for improvement than the other two games because it was already a game to begin with. Mythic chose the perfect IP for their game.

  • MorkrethMorkreth Atlanta, GAPosts: 10Member
    Originally posted by LiquidWolf

    Originally posted by jakin


    There is far too much "Fanboy" in this particular article for me to give it any credence whatsoever.



     

    MMORPG.com Warhammer Online Correspondent Asaf Yonsian writes this interesting piece about Mythic's use of the Warhammer IP in an MMO compared to both Turbine and Funcom's handling of their IPs.

     

    It's the Warhammer Correspondent. Of COURSE it is going to biased.

    You don't send a Sony fanatic to review an Xbox event...

    The correspondents are going to advocate their game.

    You should realise this.

     

    You are absolutely correct Liquid. This article FLOORED me. I challenge anyone to copy the article to a text file and swap the names of the games around and you will get an articled tailored to that game LACED with fanboism (is there such a word?).

    I haven't had an article from MMORPG make me sick to my stomach ever! I am so pissed at Mythic for doing this crap to my lovely game. I grew up playing tabletop. All this just to play ego wars with Blizzard. Heck Climax did a much better job than this crap. I would have loved to have seen what they could have done.

    The OP is incorrect on many points, especially the one about Hero's and Villain's. Isn't the whole point of WARs pvp system to capture the enemies city and do naughty things to their leader? Look at the newly released cgi vid, Tchar'zanek is featured prominantly at the end, and no you can't be him :P

    I hated the public quests because they had this sick desire to imbed tons of other quests within them. I have never been more frustrated then dealing with tons of WoW rejects trying to get the most influence to farm the items from the PQ. I couldnt get the kill credit I needed and alot of times I would finish the maximum influence before I finished my quests.

    DAoC was less quirky than this pile. I can control a large piece of construction equipment better than my character in WAR. Sorry for the negativity but they ruined something that I have had fond memories of as a kid.

    I currently play AoC. Its a much better game, but like fine wine or opera it requires you to acquire its taste. Sure it has its issues. I'll be honest it has alot of them but alot of those have been ironed out and my machine is powerful enough as well as running 64 xp that I dont have any bugs or crashes whatsoever. Come back to the game after christmas and you will see an AoC you never thought possible. In fact alot who left for WAR are slowly coming back and reactivating their accounts. At least on my server anyway.

    I will probably move on when something better comes out but honestly the attention to detail was so intense and the audio was just soooo good. Of course I have 5.1 surround sound on my machine and can hear all those little details and the mocap for every bit of movement just made it so easy to plan combo moves based on how my character moved.

    I'm not an AoC fanboi but Im here for the time being as there is nothing really worth playing out there. I'm sick of these WAR guys touting this crap. Dark and Light was better than this (yes I went there on purpose, i'm pissed off).

    This is an important website with alot of influence and I don't want to see it lose credibility because of screwups like this.

    /rant

     

  • ThachsanhThachsanh Fayetteville, ARPosts: 331Member
    Originally posted by AmazingAvery



    All I have to say is sorry I hurt your feeling and you felt the need to patronize.
    Oh, no, I don't think your feeble attempt could hurt my feeling at all.
    1. I did have some experience with the models at an early age. The point I am making is every class looks the basic same  to that class, when much more could be done. Dying clothes in war is limited to certain area's on the specific piece itself, and not the whole. It lacks in the area of real life decoration in freedom of choosing where especially at the start of the game. In AoC for example or even lotro you get a set amount of choices but they are more extensive.  I got up to level 15 on one guy and found 1 green and 1 grey dye int he world. On the tabletop game you don't lay your guys out naked do you.. When I create a character fresh in war I feel let down considering the relation to the IP. Its all about personalization and it's lacking at the start. The level of detail lacks. Thats how I feel from experience.
    The point you make prove that you know little about Warhammer IP and miniature painting. Of course every one of the same class will look the same to a certain extend because the unique look of every class is part of the Warhammer IP.


    However, there are many options to select to make the character look quite different. For example, Ironbreaker from level 1 to level 20 there are at least 5 different shoulder models, at least 3 different body models, at least 3 different boots models... These are all from quests and regular drops and not include unique armor sets obtain from bosses and RvR. There are also 3 trophy slots which you can use to put trophy to make the character looks quite unique. These unique trophy come from tome unlock and drop and you have to explore and find them.


    You say AoC have more extensive choices, I disagree. The amount of armor model in AoC is pittifully small. You say every one in the same class in WAR look the same, I say everyone wearing the same type of armor in AoC look the same not just the same class, all leather wearing character basically look the same, all heavy armor characters look the same. One standard armor model and texture apply across the board. From level 1 to level 40 in AoC you have like 2 - 3 set of unique looking armor for a certain type of armor but they have fix stat. You out level them very fast, then you go right back to the same standard looking armor.


    You got up to level 15 and only found 2 dyes in the world? That's because you solly get them from quest. The other dyes come from crafting and drops. It's an MMORPG, you don't give people every color possible right from the start. Whoever found the new color dye should be reward with a color of their own. Having different color for your armor is like a prestige.


    Every game have different way to allow you customize your character. Some you can do at start, some you can eventually do in game vie equipment, dye and other things. Lacking customization at start does not meant lacking customization.


    2. It doesn't matter later on what they do, the game is how it is right now in terms of sieges. In AoC I have plots, I can move buildings around, In war it is static. I never build it, it destroys, it appears out of the ashes brand new again the next day. Considering the IP in Warhammer is all about being hands on in design - this area fails for me. Do you not buy your GW mag and it has write ups on constructing all sorts of things for the tabe top game? Where is this in line with the lore in War - its good but it could of been a lot more. It's about knowing what to do each and everytime for a keep, there is no flexibility in war. Table top maps are hand crafted, in warhammer....  You do what you have to do in the game, eventually it resets, I don't know whats so hard to understand here, and the cycle begins again.
    AoC siege and WAR siege right now are different kind of siege. AoC is guild siege, you build your keep and other guild trying to destroy it. WAR siege is you try to occupy strategic point/location protected by a keep. You don't destroy the keep, you try to take over it to use it again to control the territory. You don't move it around because it's already located where it suppose to be. Now, if in the future, if Mythic allow player guild to build their keep, then those will be located, moved wherever player wanted, and build however player wanted. Table top maps are hand crafted, of course, current technology have certain limit to be able to allow player to hand crafted things in the game. Like in AoC, do they allow people to hand crafted their building? No, it was prebuilt, you only put down the pre-defined model to the map, you don't customize anything. You can't even build walls where you wanted to and have to follow where they allow you to. You can't put your building down wherever you wanted to, you have to put at specific places they pre-defined for you. It's not much different from having the city pre-build you know.


    3. WAR still lacks area's to RP in. Lacks emotes, lacks chat etc etc. When you want to embrace the lore its quite hard to do on the battlefield.
    WAR certainly does not lack emotes. I know about 60 of them. The lack of chat is because you don't join the global channel by default. You have to manually join the global channel and not many people know this. If you are in the RP server, you will see WAR does not lack of RP. Far from it.


    4. In AoC I open quest tab and read all the previous quests I have done summary :) Doing those a lot of those quests is about the lore, or taken directly from. If I want to know more because in AoC it was displayed to me in a more captivating way then I would go pick a book up from the creator of swords and sorcery..
    The tome of knowledge still present the lore, the quest story in a much better format than the quest tab in AoC. You don't just read whatever quest text in the quest, everything is linked together in a organized format, everything you need to know, everything you wanted to know, the quest storyline, the background storyline, the history of the area, the lore related to everything is combine together. If you compare the quest tab from AoC to what the Tome of knowledge can do, and you think they are equal, I can only pity you for your blindness.


    I am here with a difference of an opinion in some area's not to argue or belittle. Thanks.
    Ultimately the article is a "my game is better because..." but never fleshes out things for the other games to the level of detail to the particular game in question. 
    No, you are not here with a different opinions. You are here because the writer of the article said Warhammer IP is better suited for an MMORPG than Conan IP and then you proceed using a tons of misinformation comming from a very limited view of the game from your experiences and try to prove the author was wrong. When you said WAR have limitation in shade of colors, limitation in colors, that's just flat out wrong, not a different of opinion. When you said the world of WAR does not dynamically evolve around Warhammer IP and stop and some point and repeat the whole thing again, that is just wrong, not a different of opinion.


    The article is not ultimately a "my game is better because...", the article ultimately is "Warhammer is a better IP for MMORPG because..."


     

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