UPDATEFree to play (after you buy the game) without restriction or penalty.
Though keeping a subscription nets you the following bonuses:
Time Accelerator (Clickable item which increases experience gain for defeating monsters by 100% for 1 hour, 16 hour cool-down – only usable by Members and Grand Masters)
$10 worth of Bonus Points (given out every month)
Item-of-the-month gift (given out every month)
10% discount to everything in the in-game store
Once in game type, /chat join PA Wang
to join in on shenanigans!
Also, we are rebuilding the Cabals! Just get in the PA chat channel and ask for an invite!New player may wish to check out this newbie friendly guide!The end of all things is nigh! Hallelujah!What is this?
For those not in the know The Secret World is Funcom's latest MMO from the mind of Ragnar Tørnquist (Anarchy Online, The Longest Journey).
Set in the modern world and drawing heavily from Lovecraftian horror, urban legends, old world folk lore, ancient cults, and just about everything in the X-Files (minus aliens) The Secret World puts you in the shoes of a newly magically endowed civilian who must join one of three secret orders and do battle with nightmarish terrors to keep the rest of the world safe and sound.
Conspiracies, occult mysteries, ancient myths, and terrors from beyond the void abound!Okay, sounds good. How does it play?
I'll just quote a snippet from Yokai
(Guide writing savant)
Combat and build mechanics are the deepest, most complex I've ever seen. It will take a while to wrap your head around it. At first, it seems simplistic. Until you play it for a while and get into the second zone and realize: "holy shit—there are so many subtle decisions to make in every fight". I am never bored in combat, unlike in so many MMOs. It is not a tab-target, stand there and bang out the same skill rotation every time type of game. You are *constantly* having to move, maintain environmental awareness and shift between melee and range, and adaptively modify your skill combinations. DEEP. If you played the first two Open Beta weekends, you got only a very small taste of this complexity in the first zone (Kingsmouth). If in the 3rd and 4th beta weekends you make it to the second zone (Savage Coast), you will only then get to see this complexity in action.
No classes. No levels. You can roll up just one character and do it all. Everything. There's no "skill resets" though, so you might need to experiment a bit before you find the right weapon combos and initial 7/7 build that you feel confident playing well. The game itself will test you at every step and show you if you haven't yet found a strong enough "deck" to push further into the content. It does this through various solo instances where you must fight alone, both in some standalone action missions and in some of the main storyline missions. You might do some of these for the first time and think "OMG this is totally impossible. There is no way I can beat this."
But eventually you'll figure out why that mission seems so impossible, and you'll try something different (maybe a different build or mixture of gear, maybe just a different approach to the combat itself, maybe just realizing that more stealth and less combat is the best plan). Regardless, nothing is wasted and sooner or later you can make use of all the skills and abilities you've unlocked so far, even if the main thing you learned from beating such tough "gatekeeper" missions is that you had a terrible build beforehand.
And you cannot get stuck playing only one build and one playstyle. The game will force you to adapt to different situations and swap your builds (decks) and playstyle very often to deal with specific mob types, bosses, and general encounters. For example, you'll eventually encounter foes (even normal mobs) that might literally be impossible to beat with the one general-purpose build you've been using so far. You'll need to step out of your comfort zone and try different weapons and abilities and entire build focused to beat them.
The end game starts the moment you step into the first zone. Literally. The entire game is end game. There is zero "rush to max level" drive in this game. There is zero sense of "the fun starts later". If you are rushing to max level, you are missing the entire point of this game's design. There is no hurry to get anywhere, or to leave the starter zone (Kingsmouth) as soon as possible. Instead, you are far better served to find and beat every single mission you can find in a zone at least once before moving on. To explore every zone's nooks and crannies to acquire every possible lore item hidden around.
There is both a vertical progression and horizontal progression in this game (similar in respects to Guild Wars 1), and like Guild Wars 1, the vertical progression is steep at first and over quickly. Again, this means there is no "rush to get anywhere". Max strength comes quickly and organically while you are just enjoying the game.
You should note that you can have two "weapons" equipped at a time. However, you can spend your points in all of the weapon skills if you so desire. Though I wouldn't recommend it and suggest you focus on just two at first.
When you spend Ability Points in a particular skill you will unlock Active Abilities or Passive Abilities for your character. At any time your character can only have 7 Active Abilities (attacks, debuffs, buffs, heals, so on) and 7 Passive Abilities (+ATK DMG, +Heal power, so on) equipped on your hotbar. Even though your character may have 20+ Active/Passive skills unlocked. This leads to a pretty sweet "deck" building feel as all your different Active and Passive skills work really well off one another. In fact just changing your current Skill loadout can drastically change the way you play the game.
If that all seems a bit confusing to you don't worry Funcom has you covered.
In your Ability Wheel you have the option of choosing build templates designed by Funcom called "Decks". These decks cover a wide range of skill combos and will guide you on what abilities to take. As a bonus you can unlock special Outfits themed after what the name of the Deck is called for your character to wear.
This is your Ability Wheel. It is civilization.Well that all sounds cool, but what were those factions you mentioned?
Ah yes, the Secret Societies. Three in total that you can join."They lost me at 'Harmony'. Harmony is terribly boring."- Mary Stuart
A whisper of a rumour of a shadow, this Asian group is the most secretive of societies. With no fixed territory or structure, the Dragon have dissolved and reformed throughout history. They believe that a closed, controlled society is a sick society. Only through collapse and rebuilding, the natural chaos of life, can the world be in harmony. Recently, they have taken root in a nameless district of Seoul, Korea. To an outsider, their strategies are incomprehensible. Fractal patterns, chaos theory, random numbers, unrelated events. The Dragon understand that there is no pattern, only acts of great change to be committed. From a whisper to an explosion, they divine that an incident here, a disappearance there, can change the course of everything; acupuncture applied to a paralysed planet. In the order of the Dragon, you are given the entire cosmos in potential. They have practiced martial and mental arts attuned to the true harmony of the world. The most dangerous and unpredictable of magics bend to the wills of those who are dangerous and unpredictable. In the approaching dark times, things will never be the same again. You are in the Dragon's element."The Roman Empire II: Rome Harder."- Mary Stuart
The Illuminati may have ancient roots, but they remain forever young and hungry. In every growing empire they have played for it all. And they play for keeps. Stealing the Americas from under the Templars' noses, they grew with the United States to become a shadow superpower. Their corporate headquarters, the Labyrinth, is in an undisclosed location beneath Brooklyn, New York. Acting silently, unless the occasion calls for a gunshot, the Illuminati push for a New World Order. It will be empowering and ruthless. Failure is not an option. Complacency is worse than not an option. Their arsenal is the ambition of a new media startup, the rhetoric of a congressman and a mogul's business sense. Working hard, playing hard and fighting dirty. The Illuminati's golden agents enjoy power, money and glamour – but the real power they offer you goes beyond that. Information worked from every civilian, government and clandestine organisation in the world. Advances in modern magics, in the 'New Magic', that the secret world has never seen. They can give you everything...and they can take it all away."The noble art of 'Gotta Catch 'em All'."- Mary Stuart
Proudly tracing their royal lineage back to Babylon, the Templars are the lions of the secret world. When they roar, everyone listens. Old Europe is theirs, and the Templars' marble hall dominates the old London borough of Ealdwic - historic capital of the secret world. It's not just a show of strength. Nothing is just for show with the Templars. At the forefront of the war against darkness, they decide for themselves what counts as darkness. Never backing down from a fight. Never forgetting a grudge. They have tradition to uphold. For thousands of years they have been single-minded in their mission to obliterate evil in all its forms. Where angels fear to tread, the Templars kick down doors. As a soldier of the Templars, you will benefit from their military might. They have hoarded vast occult libraries and the hard-won knowledge of battles throughout time. Their traditional magics, the old mysticism of sorcerers and priests, of life and death, are powerful still. And the loyalty between Templars may be old-fashioned, but it is absolute. You will not stand alone.A pretty sweet thing about the faction system. It does not limit who you can group with. Players from all factions can group up and quest with each other. The only thing it prevents you from doing is joining the same side in PvP (duh) and stopping you from being able to join the same Cabal (Guild).
SO PICK WHICHEVER FACTION YOU LIKE THE MOST!Wait there is PvP?
Oh right, forgot to mention that.
Don't fret if PvP isn't your thing. There are no PvP servers and there is no open PvP. PvP is strictly located in either Fight Clubs (arenas), Battlefield (think WoW), or in a Warzone (which I liken to fast paced DAoC).Fight Clubs
Fight Clubs are one of the most basic PvP forms available in TSW. Basically, there are 3 clubs, one in each of the major cities (New York, London and Seoul). Within these areas you can play in matches setup to your liking. This means there are no guidelines you have to follow and you can have anything from a 1 v 1 to 2 v2 to even a 10 v 10 battle. Whatever you want. You can even join in Fight Clubs that are for your adversary societies to kick their asses if you like.Battlefields
Battlefields are one of the 2 PvP types that have a goal. In these PvP matches your end goal is to earn the right to control ancient relics and locations across the TSW world. There are two battlefields:
Each location has a different set of rules that apply. In El Dorado, for example, the max amount of players allowed on field is 10 whereas in Stonehenge the max is only 5. There are also different objectives for each one.
In El Dorado you are fighting to gain the possession of 4 legendary relics. The longer you have possession of a relic, the more points your team receives. The game is over if a faction has possession of all relics for 2 minutes. In order to get a relic you have to either pick it up from the ground or kill the opponent carrying it. Placing a relic on the ground will give your teammates within close proximity special benefits.
In Stonehenge you are fighting to rule the actual Stonehenge location. In order to earn points for your faction you must hold control over the Stonehenge area. You can also get points by killing off your opponents. The faction with the most points at the end of the round wins. Or which ever faction reaches the score cap first.
The terrain of either battlefield is quite unique. There are high spots, low areas, coverings, etc. You can literally use any type of build – ranged, melee, dps, support – and have a solid run if your faction works well as a team. It is recommended, however, that you have a moderate rank, mid to high damage attacks and good quality level gear to ensure victory.Warzones
Warzones are insanely unique and challenging. They are open PvP playing fields that can be joined at any time, all day long. In these areas you and your faction will fight for possession of strategic locations. Currently the only Warzone available is one called The Fusang Project. In order to succeed you will have to seize control of 4 different buildings.
To seize control you must first get through a series of defense mechanisms located outside of the facilities. Then, once you get into the actual facility, you have to fight an enemy known as the Anima Guardian. He is tough and doesn’t want you in the facility. He is also indestructible. But, after taking enough damage, he will cease attacking and you will earn control over the building. Once you do this the Guardian will fight for you, not against you.
On top of having to do all this you have hundredss of other players roaming about the Warzone that can attack you at any point. All 3 societies are allowed a set number of players and they will all work together to gain control of the facilities. It makes for a very interesting, addictive and fun PvP match.
When in a PvP match you wear a uniform to represent your faction. There are 3 different uniforms to pick from which reflect what your build is (DPS, Healer, Tank).
You can gain AP/SP while PvPing and should gain it at about
the same rate as a PvEer.Okay cool, what about quests?
There are Story Missions, Main Missions, Sabotage Missions, Investigation Missions, Dungeon Missions, and Side Missions. You are only allowed to have 1 Story Mission, 1 Main, Sabotage, or Investigation Mission, 1 Dungeon Mission, and 3 side Missions at any given time (for a grand total of 6 active missions allowed). Unlike other MMOs you do not go to a "quest hub" to stock up on quests. No sir! Here the missions are more scattered. Exploring the zone will reward you with new quests that you would not have known were even there. However, each quest is usually designed in such a way that where ever it ends, usually within at least 200m there is something to start a new quest.Story Missions (blue)
Story Missions deal with the main plot of the Region and your character. Story missions have tons of voice acting and cut scenes. The difficulty of each story mission can range from super easy to "RAGGHAHAJHHAjfkjkdfgjdfklj" at times.Main Missions (red)
These missions are like bite sized Story Missions that usually deal with what is going on in the immediate area. Quite often you may uncover just that much more
of the mystery of the region. Main Missions can be fairly long at times, but will be your mainstay mission type throughout the game.Sabotage Missions (yellow)
Sabotage Missions take up the same slot as a Main Mission (and Investigation Mission) so you can only be doing one or the other at any given time. These missions require a but of "stealth" and patience as they normally have you breaking in to a facility, navigating boobytraps, trying to find your way through a maze, and so on. Normally these are not too heavy on the fighting, but expect at least some sort of "boss" at the end.Investigation Missions (green)
Ah, the famous Investigation Missions! The pride and joy of Funcom and TSW! These missions play out pretty much no different then the stuff you find in point-and-click adventure games. In fact the people who made The Secret World also made The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, so they have a fair amount of experience when it comes to these kinds of things. Don't expect to be able to knock out an Investigation Mission as fast as the others. Oh no. In fact it might not be a bad idea to set some time away to do these. Depending on how clever you are these missions may last you an hour or a day (or more!).Dungeon Missions (purple)
Dungeon Missions are the
mission for a Dungeon. Each dungeon has a Mission tied to it, but you can only have one Dungeon Mission active at a time.Side Missions (teal? I guess, I don't really know colors)
Side missions can range from "take this to here" or "find and kill this" or "solve a short puzzle". They really are quite varied, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are pretty short and easy to complete. You can have three of these active at any time. Protip: Side Missions are literally scattered freaking everywhere
! No other quest types rewards exploration as much as Side Missions.
Apart from Side Missions all other mission types are delivered through an often great, fully voice, cut scene. I dare you to not
fall in love with the NPCs of The Secret World! It can't be done!Well, what else should I know?
Probably a lot, which is why I will post some useful links and helpful info!
PAers play on the Arcadia (RP) Dimension.
We also have three Cabals (Guilds). One for each faction;
(Update: Slowly, but surely, these Cabals are being given new life!
)The Six Mouths, for the Dragon.We Are Nice Guys, for the Illuminati.The Last Christmas, for the Templars.
We also have a custom chat channel so all of us can talk with each other./chat join PA Wang
(remember you need to do this every time you log in!)
Just hop in to the chat channel and ask for an invite to your faction's Cabal. Should be someone who can hook you up.
All factions are really for is determining what side you are on if you wish to PvP, otherwise you can group/quest with people from any faction no fuss no muss. So feel free to pick whichever faction you like the most and rest assured that you will still be able to adventure with your fellow PAers!Useful LinksDeck Builder.
Easy way to put together decks!Yokai's guide to build mechanics and build philosophy.
While it may be a bit outdated now I still STRONGLY encourage everyone to READ IT!A detailed guide to crafting!A detailed list of all the crafting patterns!The Secret World WikiCharacter ViewerSecretUI mod hosting site
From the guys who brought you (insert MMO)UI addon websites bring us one for TSW.Illuminati Deck OutfitsTempler Deck OutfitsDragon Deck OutfitsCreating Auto Login for Custom Chat Channels
1) Find your Secret World install directory, this is typically “C:\Program Files\Funcom\The Secret World”.
2) If you do not already have a scripts directory, create one aka “Scripts”.
3) Inside the “C:\Program Files\Funcom\The Secret World\Scripts” directory, create two new files: “auto_login” and “auto_teleport” with no extensions.
4) Edit each file so that it contains the following line:
/chat join PA Wang
5) Rejoice!ModsTopbar Information Overload
Adds a number of handy things to the top bar.No Intro Movies
. It gets you to the login screen that much faster. Not super important, but I know for sure there are people who would find this useful.Bag Sort
. Sweet merciful Mother! Thank you baby Jesus!They Come and They Go
. This mods puts a message on screen telling you when Friends or Cabal members come online.Available Missions
. This mod sounds kind of neat. As you roam through the world, nearby missions that you have not yet completed will automatically be added to this section so that you will not forget to complete them. They will be removed once they are completed.Rangekino
. This mod simply tells you the distance to your target. Kind of nice to have.Catagorical's Enhanced TeamGUI
. Switches up the UI and makes it more easy to use.So what is new since launch?
A very sexy question. In short, a bunch! Here are links to the last few major content additions.Issue #1Issue #2Issue #3Issue #4Issue #5
New York Raid is live.
Barbers/Plastic surgeon added.
Auxillary weapons added (Rocket Launcher, Chainsaw, Quantum Brace).
Plethora of new missions, including several hair pulling Investigation missions.
Fuck-ton of bug fixes.
Metric ton of new clothing added to both in-game stores and cash-shop.
PvP changes too numerous to mention.
Added cross-faction "Starter Decks" to help new players plot a solid build.
And uh, I dunno, a bunch of things... look it is a really long list to read through. Cut me some slack.
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