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Knight of the Blazing Sun and Black Guard (no, not that one) to Return

WARIn the War Herald this morning, Mythic has announced that two of the classes that were cut from the game during beta will return before the end of the year. It’s interesting that they are announcing this so (relatively) early on in the life cycle of the game.  I’m guessing that the pressure from WotLK is starting to come to bear, and they need to have something to announce at this time as well.

   Let’s start with what we know is some truly exciting news.  I’m happy to announce that in December, the Black Guard and the Knight of the Blazing Sun will officially be part of WAR.  We have very special plans around their appearance and in our next newsletter we will provide full details about that exciting and rather novel event.

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Mythic Works Out Scenario Queue Issues?

queueOne of the big problems that Mythic has had with Warhammer is that when one side (almost always Destruction) has greater numbers the other side levels faster because they have more readily available opponents.  This is specifically true in scenarios.

On the Destruction side it hasn’t been uncommon to wait in a queue for a scenario for an hour or more, and you would frequently have to wait a minumum of 15-20 minutes.  They just weren’t available.

All of that seemed to change last night.  Whatever they did in patch 1.0.2 to change the queue experience for Destruction on Thorgrim at least, it worked.  The result?  For me it was quite dramatic.  One full level of experience (20->21) and renown (same) ensued.  I haven’t done a level in a day since around the low teens.

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Warhammer Quickly to 500K Users

In an article on Kotaku today, it’s been announced that Warhammer Online has surpassed the 500K subscribers mark.  This is a great start for the game, indeed.  Now, we all know that they aren’t going to retain all of that half mil, so how the game is going to perform from a subscriber count perspective is now up to how well the gameplay is received.  From my observations, the servers as they are could mostly benefit from an increase in populations.

According to Mark Jacobs of Mythic, this makes WAR the fastest-starting MMO in history;

In just one week we have a half a million people playing WAR online, and the ranks of Order and Destruction are growing at a record-breaking pace for a new MMORPG,” said Mark Jacobs, co-founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “We spent years working to provide players with the most stable, epic, and polished online world we could, but it is the players that have truly brought the Age of Reckoning to life.

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Eat Mor Chikin, er, Order

Eat Mor ChikinOver at, Shwayder has declared the battle for supremacy on the Thorgrim Server of WAR to be OVER.

I have to agree with him. It does seem that there is a dearth of worthy opponents on the server, although a couple of guilds recently saw a spike in membership (maybe the order saved up their lunch money?  The bus near the game store only runs on Sunday? I dunno.)  I can tell you that in T2, where most of the action is right now, Order is mostly standing near level 55 hero mobs taking potshots.  In the Phoenix Scenario, they just turtle, fearing what happens should they step off the lawn.


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WAR Week 1 Impressions

SquigFirst of all, let me say that I know this isn’t going to be my most read column, because this has been done ad nauseum out there in the blogs already.  But it’s time for me to get this blog going again, and what is on my mind is Warhammer.  Warhammer and Casualties. So here goes.

Before we get too far along. I want to tell you guys what an honor it is being the GM of a guild like Casualties Destruction.  The game isn’t a week old and we’re already getting communication from other guilds about alliances and running things with them.  It’s very cool.  That’s because that guild is filled with some of the most exemplary people that I have ever played with. The only thing I really need to do as a guild leader with them is provide a little structure and try to focus their enthusiasm.  Great stuff.

So the game has been “officially” live for about a week now.  In all the other games I have played, at this time we would still be doing noob tasks and maybe running some lower level dungeons for dungeon gear.  In WAR, we’ve been able to run T1 and T2 scenarios, participate in Open World RVR, we’ve done 2 nights of siege warfare, we’ve run our top 2 local Order guilds (/wave Clan of Shadows) out of their keep assault attempts, plus all the other stuff that most games offer.

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Casualties of WAR has Officially Eaten All My Time

I know I haven’t written anything here in forever.  I apologize.  I think I’ll be writing again soon.  I think.

Here’s the thing;  Casualties of WAR has taken up what little time I have had lately.  Besides working and redecorating the living room (which turned out to be a much longer project than we had hoped – don’t they always?) I’ve been doing organization, planning, and working on the web site for CoW.

Please don’t give up on the blog.  We’re getting there and soon I should only be overwhelmed as the Destruction Branch GM, not that and all the other stuff too.

Stay tuned.

WAR Love and H8

Why so angry?It’s been pretty amusing watching the events of the last few days as the Confidentiality portion of the NDA has dropped and some opinions come out.  A lot of love and hate is being thrown around.  There are some extreme opinions on both sides of the WAR is cool/WAR sucks continuum. I want to comment on that a little.

Let’s get started.

1. WAR will be DOA. (Brent)

Sorry, no.  You don’t like it and that’s cool. It’s not going to be a flop.

2. WAR will be a “WoW-Killer”

Sorry, wrong again.  The entire premise that WoW can be killed is faulty logic.  WoW is the biggest thing EVER in the MMO business, and it didn’t kill anything.  What makes people think something can kill it?

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Got a WAR Collector’s Edition or Preorder Key?

If you do, head over to the Mythic Account Center and enter it.

This is how they are going to do the headstarts and the free weekend.  Do it now!

Become a Casualty, and Like It

Sign Up NOWOur little guild (Casualties of WAR, which was founded by several bloggers, you’re going to have to go there to see the all-star lineup) is starting to take off.  We’ve got over 60 guild members signed up already, and several more people who are hanging out with us on the forums.  Judging from the amount and timbre of the conversation going on there, it’s going to be a ton of fun. We’d love to have that fun with you, too.

Heartless_ created some recruiting posters for us which you may have seen here or there.  Here is one I haven’t seen elsewhere yet.  If you haven’t already signed up and you are thinking about playing WAR, head over there now and join the community.  Open recruiting is on now. Click the poster for the Casualties website.

Also, Keen is starting a guild that is going to be on and Open RVR rule set server.  It’s going to have different goals and environment than ours so if our guild doesn’t sound like it’s for you check them out.  You can find the announcement at Keen and Graev’s.

WAR Buzz Becomes Tangible

War Pre-OrderThere is a beta for WAR, and I am in that beta.

That’s all the detail that my NDA allows me to disclose.  If you are wondering why I haven’t been writing much lately other than the fact that I’ve had a busy home life, it’s because I can’t write about what interests me most at the moment. It’s actually all I’m playing right now.  I’ve even gotten off of TF2, save times when they are doing something that keeps me from logging in.

I’ve now gone past the “anticipating a new game” stage to the “excited about the new game stage.

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Warhammer Video Shows Promise

As you might know if you have been reading this blog, I am interested in Mythic’s upcoming Warhammer release.  You might also know that I am in beta and as such I have to be careful about what I write about WAR to make sure that I continue to honor the game’s NDA.  I’m very glad to see that Mythic is starting to lift the veil on the game a bit.

On one of my favorite blogs, Wall of Text, Brent embedded a couple of videos that show a little about the look and feel of the Destruction capital city and the customization options for the user interface.  Those videos are from a French gaming video site, JeuxVideo.TV.

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Warhammer Destruction Guild Anyone?

Over at The Ramblings of JoBildo, JoBildo floated the idea of getting a guild together from the blogging community.  He wants to start an Order guild.  I’d love to play in that guild but I’m not rolling up an Order character as my main.  Sorry.  😉  With that in mind, I thought I’d offer web space, Vent Server, mindshare, and if you all want it, management and leadership for a WAR Destruction guild.

You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you just have to read blogs and find this via this blog or JoBildo’s or similar.

So this post is to gauge interest in the idea of a blogging community guild based around the idea of grown-ups with jobs and lives playing together for fun and infamy.  If you are, please post below.  It’s not a blood oath, but it will give me an idea if this is something worth pursuing or not.  I have the enthusiasm, ability, and inclination to do this.  Do we have numbers?

Post here and show those Alliance, er, Order Sissies that Destruction Rules!

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