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[CoX] In Bizarro World, Defenders Get Buffs

see317see317 Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in MMO Extravaganza
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Breaking News!
  • June 12, 2009- The Architect Edition is 15.99 on Steam this weekend.
  • May 27, 2009- Issue 15 is now in open beta.
  • May 12, 2009- A new paid expansion City of Heroes: Going Rogue has been announced.
  • April 22, 2009- The Architect Edition is now available on Steam.
  • April 14, 2009- The Architect Edition of the game is now on sale. It includes discs containing all content up to issue 14 as well as a free month and your choice of two booster packs. The booster packs are the previously released Cyborg Booster Pack and the new Magic Booster Pack.
Issue 14 - Architect

The Great PA Mission Architect List
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Recommended by PA
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The Mission Architect
Issue 14 brings with it a new feature that has the potential to be both riveting and alarmingly horrible, player created content! With the introduction of the new mission architect system players can create, test, publish, rate, or just play custom missions and story arcs.

Creation and Customization
Players can tweak nearly everything including environments, difficulty, enemies, enemy placement, mission objectives, mission events, ambushes, contact dialogue and character dialogue. They can even create entire custom enemy groups from the ground up drawing on City of Heroes already robust character creation system and power selection interface. Each story arc can have up to five missions and each mission can have up to 25 objectives. Here is a nice guide to the mission architect.

Hall of Fame
With high enough ratings and enough views your arc can be upgraded to the hall of fame giving players even easier access to your work.

Developer's Choice
Arcs that are hand-picked by the developers can be listed here for much the same result as the hall of fame.

Tickets
Each enemy group in an architect mission has a chance to drop tickets. Harder enemies will grant more tickets than weaker enemies. Tickets can be used to unlock mission architect content or buy recipe rolls.


Other Additions
  • One global chat handle rename token granted to everyone.
  • Some arena changes.
  • A bunch of new badges related to the mission architect.
  • Faster flight and hover yay!
  • Some pvp changes.
  • New pvp origin enhancements earned by defeating others in pvp zones.
Issue 13 Information
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Just the FAQs

How good is CoX?
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In this thread we discuss all things City of Heroes and City of Villains. For those new to our world here is a brief FAQ.

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Get ready to put the tights on because Cryptic is serving up a 10 Day Free Trial. What does that mean? It means you get a the chance to play the Best Super Hero based MMO of All Time*for FREE!
*By best we mean only, though it is very good.

10 Day Free Trials, EXCELSIOR!

Any active (or inactive) subscriber can send out a few Friend Invites which have a 10 Day Free Trial. We simply need your e-mail to do so. If you decide you like the game and subscribe for two months the person who sent out the invite gets a free month of game time. Very niiiice.

PA plays on the Virtue server.

If you want in, make with the post asking for someone to PM you, then respond with your e-mail. We don't want to accidentally send one person multiple invites since there are only a limited number available. If you end up liking the game we recommend you buy the City of Heroes Architect Edition which for 20 dollars nets you both City of Heroes and City of Villains with discs that contain all content up to issue 13 as well as a free month and your choice of the cyborg booster pack or the magic booster pack.

The 411 on City of Heroes/Villains, yo.

Character Creation is likened onto a game of its own.
At launch CoH had something like 3 trillion potentially different costume configurations. Since then they have easily doubled the number of costume pieces, not to mention added face scalers, particle effects, wings, capes, trench coats, etc. So the current number of potential costumes numbers somewhere in the range of awholefuckinglot.
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If you've ever wanted to be a robotic undead pirate with a leather fetish and fondness of 80's colorful fashion who can shoot electricity from his hands THIS is the game for you.
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Download Mid's Hero Designer for a list of all powers and Archetypes in the game.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Gameplay and Power to shoot lasers from your eyes!

    CoH/V has your standard MMO ability bar where you click it and perform your special attacks but it isn't really your standard MMO combat.

    * Regular mobs die faster and you fight a hell of a lot more than one at a time. The bigger stuff, like Bosses or Giant Monsters, obviously take longer to kill.
    * You can strategically use Line of Sight and Knockback to your advantage.
    * Combat in large teams can quickly turn into chaos because of the number of enemies being fought at once. You'll see ten guys get blown off the balcony you are fighting on by an Energy Blaster while the Mind Controller forces the Boss to beat up his minions as the Tanker hordes another 15 enemies on him after the Defender just buffed the Scrapper to godhood who proceeds to run off and kill the next spawn over.
    * A small army of Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, etc under your control.
    * Ragdoll physics make you feel like a man. Mobs crumple when they die or get knocked around instead of playing the same animation every time.
    * Lasers...from your eyes. And various other places.
    * Mount? You don't need no mount! Flight, Super Speed, Teleportation, or Super Jump are obtainable at lvl 14 and allow you to haul ass around Paragon and the Rogue Isles instead of just walking. As early as lvl 5 you can obtain a temporary Jetpack to fly around with, just ask how in game.
    * PvP so fast it'll make you feel like a twitch gamer. Various PvP zones with different goals and rewards, like Battlefield style capture points or obtaining your own nuclear missile. No joke, you can get your own orbital nuke (store up to three) to use at anytime.
    * Badges which are like Xbox 360 Achievements for your character. You get EXP for finding exploration ones, you get others for killing X number of mobs or doing certian missions or finishing Task Forces, etc. If you get the right combination of badges it will unlock special powers or permanent Health and Endurance boosts.
    * Special "GTA" style missions. Stop a bank from being robbed, defeat some vandals, prevent an arson, stop a jail brake, etc. Alternatively as villain rob a bank, vandalize everything, start an arson, break a fellow villain out of jail, etc.
    * Physics engine that leaves shell casings, blown up robotic parts, ect on the ground that you AND your powers can interact with. Knock an enemy into a tree and a shower of leaves fall. Use Tornado in an alley and garbage gets thrown up from the dumpsters. Kick a guy of a balcony only to see his neck get caught between the railings so he dangles there in a gruesome, gruesome way.

    Great CoX Resources
    ParagonWiki is all kinds of useful and ever growing.

    Red Tomax's Guide is really clean and efficient, very nice.

    What server are the PA super groups on?
    Virtue, the unofficial RP server. Not that we really RP.

    How do I join the PA Chat Channel?
    To join simply type /chanjoin "Penny Arcade" and hit enter. Then right click a chat tab, click edit, and add Penny Arcade to the tab.

    A useful bind is /bind l beginchat /send "Penny Arcade" This way every time you hit l (or any key you choose) it lets you talk to every member of the PAcrew who is on, no matter what character they are playing as. Alternatively, you can just right click on the chat window and select the Penny Arcade channel and type away. Also, you could simply set the Penny Arcade channel to the default in your chat tab and hit the little A button to type.

    Another possible but poor choice is this terrible bind Ringo suggests, what a loser.
    Spoiler:

    Yeah but how do I get in the Super Group?
    The best way to go about this is to ask if anyone in the global chat can invite you. All PA supergroup members have invite powers(though you may need an officer to kick). The command is /sgi name.

    What PA SGs are there?

    Hero
    Power's Allegory - Virtue - Main Hero SG
    Power's Allegory - Victory - Secondary Server SG
    Power's Academy - Virtue - Alt Hero SG
    Power's Apex - Virtue - 50s Retirement SG

    Villain
    Power's Affliction - Virtue - Main Villain SG
    Power's Affliction - Victory - Secondary Server SG
    Social Entropy - Virtue - Alt Villain SG

    Are there any rules for the SGs?
    Don't be a giant ass, we don't like asses. Well we do but only when they are p.h.a.t.
    The SG activity fluctuates so sometimes we have to boot inactive members. We do so based on last time they logged in.
    The SG humbly requests everyone play in SG mode as much as possible as that is how we earn Prestige(rent/building money) to keep our base (and the teleporters) open.

    I'm in! Now how does this SG costume work?
    Click Super on the text window, Settings in the section that pops up, click accept on this new page, now toy around with the colors. You can opt to turn the SG emblem on or hide it. To turn on SG mode click the Enter/Exit Supergroup Mode in the Super window.

    Tell me about the Archetypes and Power Sets.
    Just download Mid's Hero Designer. It will be much easier for all of us.

    Is there an easy way to find badges/plagues? I'm lost in Perez Park! Why can't I find any Circle of Thorns?
    Whine, whine, whine. Back in my day we didn't know where anything was and we liked it. Now we have an easier way...you cheater. Here is a link to a webpage with a download that replaces all in-game maps with ones that have badges, plaques, mobs, and even Perez Park trails in them. Enjoy. You can also just view the maps right on the website.

    The game runs slowly for me: is there anything I can do to improve that?
    Buy a new computer.

    Alternatively, add this to the Target bar in the shortcut to the game:

    -useTexEnvCombine

    After turning all the settings down, you should be able to get a decent framerate. Though meant for laptops, this could also give you a better experience if you're using an ATI graphics card.

    You can also try a /sync from time to time if you are experiencing a lot of rubberbanding.

    How do mobs spawn in missions?
    All TFs/Trials always spawn at a set rate above the highest member of the team (usually +2 to the highest member). Also, the amount of enemies in a spawn in any mission is determined by the number of people in your group, changing on the ODD Numbers. So the same amount of enemies will be in a door for a 3 man group as for a 4 man group. Pick up a 5th member and the spawns will go up.

    Basically for determining the amount and level of enemies in a mission or TF, it goes through these steps:

    For TFs/Trials:
    1) Highest level party member
    2) Number of people in party
    3) Mission Difficulty setting of the Leader

    For Missions:
    1) Level at which the mission was received
    2) Number of people in party
    3) Mission difficulty of the owner of the mission
    4) Level Cap for Villian group/Story arc
    Where can I download the client, if I need to?
    Click this Linky. The CoH and CoV client are one in the same.

    Any questions? Ask away.
    Link to previous CoX thread

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    So, had to create a new thread, since nobody seemed to be overly anxious.
    If you think it's terrible, then you should have done a better one before I had the chance.

    Anyway... new patch up on test:
    linky
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    Big news:
    Seems that their still working on the balance for Doms, including some changes to Psychic Assault. Psychic Shockwave now hits up to 16 targets from 10. Dart shoots faster then it did, but not as fast as it did originally.

    Looks like all cone powers have been nerfed.

    Also, you now have the option to pay to have more Architect arc slots.

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • MorkathMorkath Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I'm glad you made this, I was starting to think I was going to have to.

    e:
    Also the link to the badge map pack is missing in the second post.

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  • NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    20 bucks for 5 slots? That's...that's yeah. I dunno.

    Also rename the thread to I15: Reich Here, Reich now.

  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    dudes I think I'm bored with this game again

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    if the rapture don't come cousin, then pass the guns
    I'll burn'em for the return of my investment funds
  • LepLep Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Seems to be the case for everyone right now.

  • RaykefireRaykefire Devil by the Deed Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Man this leveling pact is the best thing ever. I havent had time to play hardly at all since I resubbed, but my wife already has us to 21 (last time I logged on was level 10)

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  • Gear GirlGear Girl Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    It actually took less time for someone to make a new thread than I expected it would. Way to go! Also I was bored as hell with this game until last night's villain team, that was fun.

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Well, at least I'm not the only one.

    My brute is fun but the prospect of running whatever high end S/TF again doesn't do anything for me, and no one ever wants to run the low level ones.

    On alts, I just can't seem to make anything appealing. Maybe I will put some more time into one of my blasters.

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    if the rapture don't come cousin, then pass the guns
    I'll burn'em for the return of my investment funds
  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Narbus wrote: »
    20 bucks for 5 slots? That's...that's yeah. I dunno.

    Also rename the thread to I15: Reich Here, Reich now.

    They should do like character slots and give out some freebies as vet rewards.

  • strebaliciousstrebalicious Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I was getting a little bored with the game because I couldn't find anything I really liked. But then I made a Dual Blades/Regen scrapper. That thing is the bomb.

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  • FalloutFallout GIRL'S DAY EVERY DAYRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    yeah i'm pretty burnt out too, i'll still play sporadically though

    definitely gonna be back the day i15 drops

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  • exitexit Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    thanks for the help with terra volta today~! that was easier than i expected

    ( also thanks for the bling *.* )

  • NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I'll do basically any redside TF whenever I'm around. FYI.

    And yeah the villain team last night was good jolly times havin'.

  • FalloutFallout GIRL'S DAY EVERY DAYRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Narbus wrote: »
    I'll do basically any redside TF whenever I'm around. FYI.

    same

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  • Kay2Kay2 Registered User
    edited June 2009
    I has my desktop set up.

    I have had no impetus to play this game since I moved, mainly because the people that play when I play aren't playing.

    This has to change.

  • KiTAKiTA Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Darnit, I need to get from 48 to 50 without going insane. Suggestions?

    time to crash, the dawn is up, the sun gleems out glorious ps4 sunbeams and i can trade those sunbeams and do whatever i want with them.
  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Could throw together a couple ITFs. That ought to get you there, or close.

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    if the rapture don't come cousin, then pass the guns
    I'll burn'em for the return of my investment funds
  • NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Or a Lady Grey TF. Not one of those wussy speed lady greys, though. One of them where you crank the difficulty and proceed to commit horrible Rikti Genocide. Also known as "The only Lady Grey's worth playing." Those are DELIGHTFUL. Also they all but guarantee two levels.

  • lunchbox12682lunchbox12682 MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    So I bought CoX on Steam when it was on sale last weekend and have enjoyed it so far.
    However, I seem to have trouble finding people to play with.
    Anyone have recommendations for a server with a good pop?
    Right now I'm on Triumph, but I haven't leveled that far where I'm worried about it.
    Thanks.

  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    All that info is in the 2nd post. We're on Virtue.

  • FalloutFallout GIRL'S DAY EVERY DAYRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    everyone is on Virtue

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    except all the people on freedom.

    I made an alt there once because virtue was full, and good god somehow it is dumber than virtue is.

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    if the rapture don't come cousin, then pass the guns
    I'll burn'em for the return of my investment funds
  • KiTAKiTA Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Are either of the two heroic epic archtypes worth playing? That's my major motivation for hitting 50. ;) What about the Villanous ones? I'm a lot further away from 50 as my Robotic Mastermind, though...

    I should just reroll a AOE-leveling friendly build, but I'm lazy. And I like my dual wielding / willpower scrapper.

    time to crash, the dawn is up, the sun gleems out glorious ps4 sunbeams and i can trade those sunbeams and do whatever i want with them.
  • korodullinkorodullin What. Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I've played both hero EATs and villain EATs. Let me put it this way: my Peacebringer never got past level 30 and was deleted to make room for a VEAT. My Widow shot to 50 in, like, a week pre-MA.

    That being said, the Hero EAT storylines are pretty fun. The VEAT ones, however, are some of the worst dev-created arcs I've ever played.

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  • NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    HEATs are pretty boring. They're slot starved HARD and have no mez protection, which is particularly annoying on Warshades since they are almost the best tanks in the game. VEATs on the other hand, Crab Spiders in particular, are horrible engines of doom, especially once you get 3 or more on the same team.

  • MorkathMorkath Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Narbus wrote: »
    HEATs are pretty boring. They're slot starved HARD and have no mez protection, which is particularly annoying on Warshades since they are almost the best tanks in the game. VEATs on the other hand, Crab Spiders in particular, are horrible engines of doom, especially once you get 3 or more on the same team.

    heh I still remember those rape trains.

    Everyone was stacking the VEAT +dmg/hit/def, and the successive waves of venom grenades. Everything just fell over, and couldn't hit us.

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  • NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I want to do an all VEAT Lady Grey so much sometime. Or an all VEAT RSF. Or an all VEAT any TF really. Venom Grenade is available early enough all the TFs will have us running around with capped def and 8 venom grenade just gigglin'.

  • Gear GirlGear Girl Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    VEATs are awesome, Kheldians not so much. They can be fun to play but they are pretty terrible. They make ok tanks(dwarf form) and ok blasters(nova form) and the vast majority of their human form powers are bad.

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  • MorkathMorkath Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I need to finish leveling my VEAT at some point, I think I got him to 38.

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  • exitexit Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    when are there TFs that like, people ENJOY running? is it only 40+? or do i have hope when i hit 30? so far every time i ask about a TF in the PA chat the reaction is "oh god that one has cave-dwelling toe gremlins" or something : (

  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    The ITF (35-50) and LGTF (45-50) are the only two that never feel old. The 5th Column OTF (25-40) is nice but the OTFs aren't real TFs. The Eden Trial (38-41) is pretty nice once in a while, and I'm always a fan of the hero Respec Trials (24-50). The downtime it has is kind of a relaxing break to just shoot the shit.

    I think the Hess TF (25-30) has dropped out of favor because it needs to be unlocked, and no one's spending that much time in Striga anymore. Hell, most players to join in the past few issues probably don't even know Striga exists. It's fun if you do find someone who can start it though.

  • A duck!A duck! Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited June 2009
    If it's not the LRSF, ITF or LGTF I don't want a part of it (and I barely want part of the ITF). Maybe it's just me, but the STF really isn't that much fun. You win or lose based on whether you can take Ghost Widow or not.

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I'd love the LRSF and STF if you could just cut out the last missions. They're awesome up to that point, but the final missions are just too reliant on having the right team set.

    I'm not sure if I've ever beat the LRSF. The first like 3 times I tried was so traumatizing I didn't do it again for like years.

  • NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Well the last mission of the RSF is pretty horribly designed. 8 of the hardest AVs in the game all at once? Especially on redside. The redside ATs aren't designed for that kind of thing.

  • FalloutFallout GIRL'S DAY EVERY DAYRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Narbus wrote: »
    Well the last mission of the RSF is pretty horribly designed. 8 of the hardest AVs in the game all at once? Especially on redside. The redside ATs aren't designed for that kind of thing.

    man, get on more, i'll take you on a LRSF one of these days

    me and these dudes i met steamroll those fucks, on relentless too

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  • hippofanthippofant Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I do all the TFs all the time, mostly because I just like playing in teams. I think the only TFs I won't do are shard ones.

    But for me, it's usually a matter of timing and the fact that we don't have enough bodies with the free time and the will in PA.

  • LepLep Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    We managed to do the Ice Mistral SF, and the ITF back to back the other day.

  • KiTAKiTA Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Oh hey, I wonder if Goin' Rogue will have more EATs. They kinda just let that idea rot on the vine, really.

    Or hey, EATs that switch sides, that might be cool.

    time to crash, the dawn is up, the sun gleems out glorious ps4 sunbeams and i can trade those sunbeams and do whatever i want with them.
  • TrusTrus Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Fallout wrote: »
    Narbus wrote: »
    Well the last mission of the RSF is pretty horribly designed. 8 of the hardest AVs in the game all at once? Especially on redside. The redside ATs aren't designed for that kind of thing.

    man, get on more, i'll take you on a LRSF one of these days

    me and these dudes i met steamroll those fucks, on relentless too

    If the RSF is harder thats a good thing. My SG on Champion can steamroll anything and everything and a challenge would be something I would welcome.

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