First up is this video from Obs of LoD. The combination of the latest patch increasing Sea Fortress rewards, balancing AoE magic, and the overall excitement about Darkfall among many veteran players lead to this rather massive naval blowout. Looks like a ton of fun, and I know Blood has plans to attend soon as well; can’t wait for that.
Speaking of my clan, what would a weekend be without someone dropping a siege on us, eh? After two victories against the Zealot alliance, DHW challenge us at the Bladethorpe hamlet. Unfortunately for us, things did not go so well, and DHW simply beat us. They took the local high ground before we could mobilize and secure it, and then used a wall of clan strongboxes to create a chokepoint. As we could not get close enough to throw battlespikes effectively, we had to drop a cannon, and even that was not enough to fully finish one of the boxes as DHW countered and dropped some cannons of their own. We eventually got it down after a few members rushed in to throw some spikes with others healing them from behind. It worked, but the amount of focused magic dropping down on them was amazing. After a long and generally unproductive magic standoff, we made a mounted charge and engaged in melee.
The charge itself looked epic, and initially we crashed into their line and had them backpedaling, yet for a number of reasons we simply could not bring enough of them down, and eventually those who did not go down retreated back to the hamlet. As we regeared, DHW made a strong push into the hamlet itself and forced us to retreat a bit to the north. However we were able to push back and re-secure Bladethorpe, taking down a few enemies as they retreated back up into the highground ruins. But with our forces a bit scattered, random third-party enemies plaguing us around Bladethorpe, and our hamlet stone now vulnerable, it was only a matter of time before the combination of cannon and warhulk fire ended the siege.
It was a ton of fun even in defeat, and the new balance between magic/archery/melee is going to take some time to adjust to. Congrats to DHW, a victory well earned through a solid balance of player skill and strategy.
Chuck-o-the-day: Chuck Norris does not have an open-door policy, but he does have a closed-fist policy.
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