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And holy crap, the game is empty.
Before I unsubbed 8 months ago, I deleted my character so this time I had to start fresh.
I did my goblins, skeleton and zombie feats and that was all the PvE I could take. For the uninformed, you need to kill 180 of each type of mob to gain points that you can use to level your character.
People suggest I get a trawler and go scraping in the ocean, which is boring as all hell since you just set it to scrap and walk away from your computer. I play videogames to have fun, not sit at my computer and watch my screen for hours.
No thanks. I got really discouraged knowing that no matter what I would have to PvE and harvest materials (samething as scraping but shorter intervals of having to move your character to different nodes).
I said screw it and went to try to make some battlespikes. I needed fossils and the only viable way to get a large amount of them is to walk around the map digging up the ground every few feet and hoping you get something. I did this for 30mins before I wanted to take the shovel and smack the shit out of whoever thought this would be fun!
Somebody's going to come along and say oh hey you could of gotten fossils from the market which is true, if you're rich.
The market is DF is not like the markets in WoW or whatever where you will ALWAYS find small listings of items. People put up listings for 1000 fossils @ 55g each. The smartest thing to do would allow people to buy what they could afford. No, you have to buy all 1000, which equates to 55k gold which is pretty hard to come by if your a new player.
So I figured if I leave the safe zone and go to the most dangerous zone (5) to do some harvesting for rare essences, I could go back and sell them to make some gold.
For the people who don't play this game: I'm sure you know how the harvesting system works in WoW. You hit a node for 2secs and get a couple ore/herbs/whatever and then you move on looking for more nodes. In DF, the ore/herb nodes have about 45 items and it takes about 12secs to harvest 1 item.
I didn't want to waste my points in harvesting so it took me the longest to get one item. If you have mining or whatever maxed, the time to harvest reduces to 8secs or something. And holy shit, its so boring. The only thing that may keep you entertained is global chat, but the GM's heavily police chat so it feels like preschool but with cursing.
After getting only a couple essences, again I said screw this. Grabbed my mount and went looking for some action in the middle map, which is one of the most dangerous zones in the game. I ran around the entire middle for 2 hours and did not see a single soul.
If it wasn't for global chat, I could of swore I was playing a single player game.
Some people will say hey the population isnt too bad. That theres always players within the cities. But the thing they purposely forget to mention is that the cities are a safe zone and you can't attack anybody. Not even if your at war with another clan. As soon as you leave the city, the chances of you running into someone are extremely slim.
And I heard a couple days back that a player was given GM powers to record that tournament they're having and he abused the powers to check a city for the attacking clan that was seiging his clan's city. And he was LIVE STREAMING this. So his clanmates were able to see, live, where the attacking clan was not and narrow down the other possible places they could be to launch a preemptive attack.
I was really hoping AV got their shit together but it turns out they haven't really done anything to the game to keep players and the population shows.
The fact that you are heavily restricted in a sandbox game and the fact that the time you spend playing the game will be 90% PvE and 10% PvP when its supposed to be a Hardcore PvP MMO shows that AV still has no clue what they are doing.
I'm starting to really think that AV are nothing but con artists and I think I'm about done with them.