Monthly Archives: April 2009

Home court advantage in DarkFall

I was hoping that after this past weekend, I was going to have a post about our planned siege in DarkFall to capture a local hamlet. Unfortunately the day before our planned siege was the day the Cold War broke, … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, PvP | 6 Comments

More FreeRealms price wondering

Just to follow up on the FreeRealms post below, how many of you are going to PAY for FR? I see a ton of people say they will try it, but I’m not hearing a whole lot of talk about … Continue reading

Posted in FreeRealms | 9 Comments

FreeRealms from a distance.

While I personally have zero interest in playing FreeRealms myself (shocker I know), I am interested to see how it all plays out for SOE given some of FR’s design decisions. FR all along has been marketed as a kid-friendly … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, FreeRealms, MMO design, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 14 Comments

Stop blaming the game for your own failure

In a shock to no one but perhaps himself, Keen is on his way out of DarkFall. The same game that last month was god’s gift is now a “bad game” and “destroying itself”, despite the fact that since launch … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, MMO design, PvP, Rant | 29 Comments

MMO games: Why are they more fun in beta?

If you’ve been playing MMOs for a decent amount of time, it’s likely you have taken part in at least a few beta tests, be they open or closed. If a game really got you interested early, you might have … Continue reading

Posted in beta, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 14 Comments

DarkFall: Forumfail

The DarkFall forums are a near endless source of entertainment. The clan discussion section is basically one giant game of “who can tell the most lies about in-game activities”, a section generally dominated by the Goons in there “anti-zerg” crusade. … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, MMO design | 10 Comments

Paid beta: You’re playing it.

DarkFall is often referred to as a paid beta, and I agree. It has some serious issues, a multitude of minor problems, and countless little nagging annoyances. Despite all that however, it’s still the most engaging and enjoyable MMO experience … Continue reading

Posted in beta, Darkfall Online, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 9 Comments