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seeing as there is now a forum for HnH on mmorpg, i figured i would make a thread based solely around my own personal stumblings as a newb in HnH..
first and for most.. dont let the graphics fool you the game while 2d does have some pretty impressive game play if you stick to it. ( i have only been playing it about 2 weeks or so now maybe 3) as well as a pretty confusing crafting system ..
while this is a heavy crafting based MMO... i would never class it as a crafter/solo'er mmo... this game on the surface seems all bright and rosey... but under neath the 2d crafting aspect lies the actual meat of the game. which is FFA PVP.. there is some looting but i dont know if i would call it FFApvp/loot (unless you are stupid and let someone jack your keys to your base... i kinda did that Q.Q)
trust no one you meet in the game period.. unless you brought them in your self. simply because people make alts to explore unhindered and find unsuspecting neive people to "rape".. anywhere at any time a person can and will kill you just because they can. while most killers are "grouped" with a select town/village (guild system) and generally dont waste their time leaving scent (summonable/trackable items left at crimes) any high enough level player can kill you if they have rage unlocked and murder (i my self was killed not even a week in to playing as i went afk with my gate open and a bandit killed me for lulz)
so its best to either join an existing village (though thats not always safe) or get a group of friends to play the game with you (it takes quite awhile to get a defendable place setup).
while all that sounds horrible for most crafters dispite the kill on sight style of play the game is pretty enjoyable.. if abit annoying with server lag (yes server is laggy as all hell but im told its not an A-typical standard MMO dedicated server O_O)
but if you get past that its can be fun. i spend several days at a time making my friend pissed at me by over loading/working her with new unbaked breads and other items i have farmed up from my sizable farm ROFL or spend several hours fishing (again much to her joy... lulz)
the crafting system is more advanced then typical games.. instead of learning a skill and unlocking every recipe linked to it. you instead have to discover it.. example: just learning farming does not allow you to farm.. first you need farming skill, then you have to trade other players for farming seeds (or steal them/loot them ect.. or find a wild weed that spawns at random for random seed types) after that you can plant it and (several hours/days later) harvest it and unlock recipes for that.
learn farming, and baking then farm some wheat and you discover flour (2 wheat seeds= 1 flour) make flour and discover bread dough and cakes ect.. as you go. sooo its enjoyable in that aspect. (some people will find it annoying having to discover things like water to make bread dough or whatever.. but its alittle more advanced then other crafting systems in mmos)
while i do find it annoying have to wait actual days for crops to be ready (Stupid hemp ugh i need my fibers for linen) it gives that realistic element alot of games lack right now, it feels more immersive i guess you could say..
i will admit the game is not for everyone, there are quite a few asshats in the game who go out of their way to mess with anyone they meet... but saying that, that kinda is par for the course now days anyway. so its not that unusual, there are a few nice people but again you really cant trust anyone people can and will screw you over if they want what you have, though many larger village groups can and do actively trade resources to people (takes abit to get a trader rep with the game community to where they trust you in trading) a large majority tend to play the loner hermit hiding away in the mountains or caves instead of getting mixed up with the political junk that plagues PVP set games..
all in all, the game is pretty enjoyable if you have the gonads to stick to it even after you are killed ( i have died todate 2 times.. 1 to bandit and 1 to a mother @#$@#$ bear that spawned on top of me while my client was having issues)
i would suggest people read the wiki alot before doing anything major.. as well as check out the help forums on their website for ideas and pointers on staying alive..
all in all the game is not designed for instant gratifacation.. you do have to work hard to get to the end game style gear (there is no end to the game its minecraft on crack really.. by end game i mean, the high quality gear/weapons and stats players get up to on a toon that is a year old or more)
in lines of gear... one can not expect to win every battle just because they have pure iron gear on, the person they are fighting may have higher player stats or skill stats... or their gear may be higher quality (quality effects bonuses and stats of items.. armor gets more durablity and better passive stats the better quality it is) so a noob can actually kill a year old vet if they play it right (though i would assume that is super rare given the work people put in their toons)