Monthly Archives: September 2009

Your MMO won’t have a million subs, sorry Blizzard.

Tobold and I have a friendly little challenge going (around comment 45 on that post), one that sadly won’t have a result for a few years. The challenge is simple: The next Blizzard MMO won’t reach the popularity of WoW. … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Conan, Aion, Dark Age of Camelot, EQ2, EVE Online, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Site update, SW:TOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 57 Comments

Because 59 FPS just won’t do…

I would like to think I’m normally strong willed regarding most things in life, with one very noticeable exception: gaming. Be it chasing a .05% crit upgrade in a themepark, grinding out some skill to 100 just to get it … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, Patch Notes, Random | 6 Comments

DarkFall: Specialization rather than a skill cap.

Another day, another quality post in the “Spotlight” section of the Darkfall forum, with today’s entry talking about Aventurine’s thoughts on a skill cap (not happening), and their plans for character diversity through specialization. Follow the link for all the … Continue reading

Posted in Combat Systems, Darkfall Online, MMO design, Patch Notes, PvP | 16 Comments

MMO sounds (of your doom!)

It’s difficult to really explain how big an impact sound has in DarkFall to anyone who has not played it, yet has played other MMOs that promote sound as being important. Usually in those games the sound is ‘important’ because … Continue reading

Posted in Combat Systems, Darkfall Online, MMO design, PvP | 19 Comments

The RL housing grind wins this round

Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days, house construction is almost finished and the amount of calls, paperwork, and bs one has to deal with in order to complete this whole process is unreal. Nerf RL housing … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, Patch Notes, Random, Site update | 5 Comments

Under the bright lights

As each day passes, DarkFall gets more and more carebear. First it was patch notes, then it was scheduled down time that actually stayed on or ahead of schedule, and now the final ‘slap in the face’, dev-to-fan communication. WTF … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, Patch Notes, Site update | 7 Comments

Launch Day: How to deal with day one in the post-WoW MMO space

From an outsider’s perspective looking in, Aion’s launch seems to be having the same issue Warhammer Online had a year ago; dealing with the huge initial rush of players and tourists flooding the servers on day one. In the post-WoW … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Conan, beta, Darkfall Online, EVE Online, MMO design, SW:TOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 6 Comments