My DarkFall time was a bit short yesterday, as Destro CoW had our first Lost Vale run planned, along with the release of the Choppa/Slayer class for those who completed the Bitter Rivals event. Lost Vale was very entertaining, and the customization options for a Choppa are great. More on both at some point I’m sure.
In DarkFall, two technical issues are affecting the game right now. The first is the long (30min+) queue to log in during peak time, no doubt due to the recently increased sales. Annoying but perhaps somewhat exacted since DF still only has one server. The other issue, and this is likely related, is that mob syncing is once again a problem. When fighting a mob, it’s not uncommon for the mob to move away from you after 3-4 swings, but the game will take 1-2 seconds to actually pick up on this. Since you lose stamina with every swing, and mobs have more smarts than your average MMO, losing track of the exact spot of the mob is a problem. I guess before this week the sync issue had been resolved, so hopefully it will be once again shortly.
Technical issues aside, I spend most of my time traveling over to our guild town (currently just a bind stone and some walls) and getting familiar with the local area. The area around our guild town is populated by tougher mobs than the starting spots, so without guild help I’m not about to do much combat-wise. On the plus side, since DF does not have levels or strict gear requirements, grouping with some guild members to take on tougher mobs is not only possible, but actually helpful for everyone involved. My health and damage are lower, I can still swing and deal decent damage, and mobs don’t one-shot me. You also don’t ‘die’ immediately like on other games, but instead get knocked down and start bleeding. If you ‘bleed out’ you die and release back to your bind point, but anyone can come over and save you, getting you back up. This makes hunting mobs as a group a bit ‘easier’, as basically anyone can rez. Hopefully tonight I’ll get more into actually playing the game, and not still running around like a damn noob.