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Visiting Kahrun, AION’s New Server:
I played Aion from a trial account a few months back when they announced their truly free model.
Here is what I have experienced:
The server started with a bang. Too many players and too many new players promised of a populated server and a good gaming experience.
Knowing the game a little, I soon started with my Daeva Armor Strategy and made 5 toons. I started leveling them.
As soon as I hit 29ish and that will be 3 weeks from the beginning of the new server and all my toons are to hit 30 to get 5 pieces of the daeva armor, I received the Atreian Atlas “Kill Kromede Quest”
Here on I found the negative experience of this game building within me. The entrance to the portal for this quest is the “Kyola / Fire Temple”. Sometimes I see the entrance completely devoid of monsters and sometimes it is full with monsters way beyond level 29.
Yes, I used the hard right entrance and not the long straight one. I do an LFG and apply for a group and find the reality that Aion world has in store for it’s players.
I found the LFG guys or game world support guys depending on their shift timings actually are keeping the entrance of Kyola Temple free or full with monsters. As I have been playing mmos for quite sometime and I needed a confirmation, if they are players or support guys, I entered into a verbal PvP with them and made them aware that I know they are just doing a job and are not real world mmo players.
The conclusion was as expected. From then onwards on one of my toons I was always kicked out of the the LFG groups. No help was offered and the world chat where there are always spam of people selling this and that and forming parties soon seemed like just a ongoing continuous spam and there is nothing going on in reality.
So, the world of Aion might look like a vibrant community of players but actually is just world chat spam and some support guys doing an occasional instance runs. Even the guilds are made by them and during the beginning of the server a few player made guilds were formed but soon the players found the game exceptionally time consuming and maintaining the guild by the leader seemed too costly with in-game gold.
With one of my toons where I acted as a noob verbally, I always received spam mails to buy kinah and all throughout the day and night and always there is kinah selling spam at world chat. Is the game company making a virtual economy of millions by spamming and on sideline selling kinah to players?
May be, we might never know. But NcSoft had been a favourite game company from “City Of Heroes” day and had a wonderful community but it seems the support guys have ruined it.
After playing for so many years it is not a problem for me to gauge the real players and the support guys from chatting a bit.
At the end, the game Aion is controlled from all aspects either from the game system or from the instances and LFG point of view. To be playing this nice game would have been fun if there were just real players.
I myself would appreciate a vast open world PvP with no support guys trying to control it. I know, then the population will be low for a game that huge but on the contrary there would be real players and not players like me getting raged because the support guys are spamming SALES and LFG and in reality unable to do what they spam.
Indeed NcSoft, I thought the game Aion had some future but if you start losing your player base for stupid ways to run and make and keep the world of Aion vibrant, you will eventually lose your players and then the game which is already at F2P will go dead.
This is not a flame post. This is just a post about my experience. I am an old mmo player and surely didn’t needed this kind of an experience into your free to play model. We thrive to make the games FUN not control and make a virtual vibrant community to sell kinah or an over inflated game economy.
Sorry mmorpg guys, I wish I could have written a better feedback after making 5 level 30 toons in three weeks and playing Aion rigorously but this is all the experience I have to share. It is a good game but spoiled with the company’s way of running it.
I am talking about North American Newly Launched server.
I wish there is a real player made Guild and I can continue playing Aion.
At max, I will be banned, my account will be banned, I will be locked away, but I will not restrain from writing the logical truth.
" Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't play this or that. That's nonsense. Make up your mind,and you'll never whine or repent about gaming hours anymore, then have a go at every Game. Open up the Internet, join in all the Mmorpgs you can. Go make the Guild. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible. "
Once An Addict Always An Addict .