I played a lot of Darkfall this weekend, mostly due to League of Legends interest having mostly dropped to only playing with Aria. Inq seems to be semi-inactive over it as well. While nothing of amazing interest happened in Darkfall, like a huge siege or blowout battle, a lot of ‘little things’ came up that I think are blog-worthy.
Overall I’m really happy with my alliance, Flying V. For me it’s the perfect mix of nice people who enjoy the game while still having a competitive edge. We are definitely a PvP alliance, but we don’t pretend to be semi-pros who must defend their e-thug rep 24/7 (and when we do it costs us 2m, oops…) We have some amazing players, we have a lot of good ones, and we also have some (like me) who do their best to contribute but have long since realized being top X is not going to happen.
We had an alliance PvP practice night recently, and it went very well. At one point we had just under 40 people on, and we split into two groups and staged an attack on Apautan (AppleTown). A 20v20 fight is fairly realistic in terms of midsized engagements, and since it was practice, everyone pulled out good gear and played all-out. I’m still working the rust off and trying some things with my keybinds, but I had a great time and learned a ton. I believe this is going to be a regular event, and I’m looking forward to the next one.
After the town fights we had a quick 10v10 duel, and again it was a solid learning experience for me. Along with just being back in the game, I’m also trying my hands at Destroyer spec, and learning when to charge in and when to back out is tough, plus without all of the magic access you can’t ‘mask’ your mistakes as easily, and you are far more reliant on your team. I’m confident in the long run this is going to be successful thanks to the solid teamwork Flying V has going right now, and it’s something we are still working to really perfect.
I’m finding some really solid PvE around Apautan as well. In close proximity we have solo spawns (Gray Orcs), small group stuff (shadow knights, blood golem), and large beasts like the Fire Dragon. I’m hoping we also take a trip to kill the newly added Demon, and perhaps the Ice Dragon. As I recently purchased a large amount of Infernal armor to beef up my siege bags, my total gold is down a bit, giving me the perfect excuse/motivation to go out and farm. A major side bonus from this is my continued push to 100 Greatsword Mastery (82 atm), along with skills like rigor, ignore pain, etc. My current stats goal is to hit 100 quickness (79 atm), and to get 400+ HP (385 atm). Slow and steady and all that.
Along with PvP and PvE, I also have renewed interest in crafting. I’m currently just 11 points away from being able to craft r60 weapons, and a length 30 points away from being able to craft Infernal armor. I believe I also need at least 20 more points in Bloodcrafting to make bloodcrafted full plate helms. Normally it would be difficult to progress my crafting since it all requires rare ore, but again Flying V is helpful with this. Along with being able to buy rare ore for 500g a piece, we can ‘buy’ some of our city mines for a day at 20k. I bought Appletown’s mine Sunday, and ultimately pulled out over 1000 iron ore, 16 neithal ore, and 8 leenspar ore. My plan is to try and buy a mine anytime I know I will be able to jump online often, and also take advantage of the 500g ore until I reach my crafting goals.
So overall, lots to keep me busy, and lots of entertaining stuff, big and small.
On a final note, I was online (but sadly semi-afk as we had guests over) during the undead invasion event. I went up to the dwarf capital, and although I missed the main attack, I did catch some of the aftermath. Overall things were a bit chaotic thanks to some griefing players, but it was still fun to see NPCs attack a city, and to have some fighting inside the mountain fortress that is normally quiet. I was not able to grab one of the special event drops, but I am curios to see where Aventurine takes the storyline going forward.
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