In addition to the great video I linked in the post just below this one, here is another video from Covert Operations that not only shows off more of the action, but also give a brief intro about the war. VAMP was trying to ninja Aradoth when Fatality was disbanding and reforming as Desperate Housewives. Ninja move failed, VAMP holdings went vulnerable, world war happened.
The best part of the CO video is when I’m trying to rest up and regear just after dying outside in the ‘safety’ of Dagamyr, only to have what is shown on the video happen. Bonus points for the guy coming back to kill me a second time when I’m trying to get my gear off my corpse. There was no third time; someone already looted me at that point. So much fail…
It really was a great night though, that little sequence of embarrassment aside. I missed the initial bombing of Aradoth that you see at the beginning, but I was there for all of the fights at Dagamyr, and it really was almost non-stop action for hours, as the Super Friends alliance made attempt after attempt to capture the city. Over a dozen cannons were dropped just at Dag, but the city stone only got down to about 60%. VAMP did end up losing a hamlet on Niflheim (undefended) and the city of Mehatil on Yssam, which was overrun towards the end of the night by the Turtle alliance.
Unlike a few sieges on Niflheim, the fighting at Dag never crippled my FPS below 20, and while I still had a couple of memory crashes, none proved fatal. The performance could certainly be better, and even a single crash is not great, but the DF engine has come a long way since release, or even what it was a few months ago. Hopefully Aventurine can work out the last few bugs and do some optimization in 2010, as I know not everyone was able to run the siege smoothly. The current ‘key’ to performance seems to be whether or not you use on-board sound. If you do, your performance takes a major hit. Luckily I’m running an X-Fi card so I avoid the worst of it.
How this war continues is anyone’s guess. The NA server was having some issues the rest of the weekend, so no immediate follow-up occurred, but now that the SF alliance has a holding on Yssam more fights should break out. It will be interesting to see whether VAMP/NEM tries to retake Mehatil (a city with a foundry for making warhulks), or whether they give up on Yssam and re-focus on mainland Agon.
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