Take a short break from the MMO martyr Crusade of the Miserable, Inquisition decided to play around in our DarkFall sandbox and just have some fun. (don’t worry, we were calling everyone the N word and talking non-stop about how WoW sucks while doing so, we have street cred to maintain!)
The origin of this fun was somewhat unexpected and random. We built scaffolding in our guilds hamlet (it was cheap, so we figured why not), which to our surprise created a two story wooden skeletal structure in the middle of our town. On it’s own it does little to nothing for our towns ‘power’ or ‘stats’. Since the thing was screaming at us “American Gladiators”, we decided to have a little naked newb-weapon only combat tournament. The rules were rather simple: four people start at the top level, last one standing wins the round. If you miss a jump or just run off and hit the ground, you are out. Magic was limited to non-regent spells.
Going against all rules of a ‘polished’ MMO, level/gear/time was not a factor here, and everyone was more or less at the same power level; winning came down to good PvP skill and getting a little lucky with how many people decided to beat on you. As the four combatants were going at it, the rest of the guild sat on top of our hamlet merchant tent and watched while cheering on vent. After four preliminary rounds, we had a final with the four winners, and from my perspective it was clear the final four were some of our top PvP guys. It’s always fun to watch people at the top of their craft, and it’s a great way to learn how to get better.
After the winner (Grats Raw Dawg) was announced (and subsequently killed by “someone” firing a mana missile at them while they cheered), we had a mass free-for-all. Grats to Rajow Clawed for winning that in a very close finish.
Once the dust had settled, I came up with another “American Gladiators” style game, dodge the mana missile. Everyone from the guild got on the wooden structure or surrounding wall, one person stood in the middle, and the game was to see how long they would survive with everyone shooting mana missiles at them. The first contestant lasted a grand total of 9 seconds, lit up in a hail of glowing blue spheres. Later contestants lasted longer, as people worked on juke moves and figured out that parrying with a shield actually helped a little. No one survived long enough to have all the shooters run out of mana (I came close, but at that time we had less shooters, so it was not exactly a fair comparison)
All pointless stuff, but amazingly fun and great for our guild community. We then proceeded to gear up and go gank some elves down south, as we had spent far too much time away from our Crusade of the Miserable. The ganking went well; soloers and small groups died, we ran into some allies, had a few staring contests with enemy groups, and everyone came out alive and mounted.