DARKNESS FALLS SUCCESSOR!
(DAoC Screens of the epically awesome RvR dungeon. Read on...)
GOA has announced that a great big "Call to Arms" update for Warhammer Online will go live from March.
Top of the bill are re-instated classes Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer. Both are mirrors of one another: berserk, up-close brawlers with little regard for their own safety.
These will be introduced properly in March, but players can get a head start with the new classes by completing a live Bitter Rivals event slightly earlier. This event opens a Chaos-themed Twisting Tower RvR battleground, too.
The other big feature will be a Land of the Dead zone, home to an enormous new Tomb Kings dungeon that Mythic claims to be the spiritual successor to Darkness Falls from previous MMO Dark Age of Camelot. Here, remember, all factions fought openly - albeit after starting from separate corners of the immense underground chasm.
There were also tokens to collect from hellish enemies that could be spent on equipment sold by imps. And the further down players descended the much more difficult life became, culminating in an enormous boss encounter with the Legion - a screen-filling monster made up from thousands of corpses.
The Land of the Dead will be openly contested, then, and whoever controls the area will unlock the numerous public quests and instances associated with the zone.
The Land of the Dead opens fully in June, but realms will need to complete two previous live events for access. The first, Beyond the Sands, has yet to be detailed, but will happen in April.
The second event, Rise of the Tomb Kings, unlocks the Land of the Dead for each faction, and takes place in May.
On top of all this, Mythic will be finally implementing official Warhammer Online forums, adding extra Realm Wars functionality to the website, and offering a free trial versions of the game.
Plus, this Call to Arms update is just the first of the "live expansions" planned for Warhammer Online.
So you guys may be asking yourselves what is the big deal about the newly announced RvR dungeon. Well, look at it like this. Your typical dungeon has different wings right? But what if in addition to badass monsters who will wreck your shit up, you also had enemy players dicking around. It's high stakes, it's risky, and it is bloody awesome RvR, that's what it is. If there is anything awesome about DAoC's PvE, it was that it too had RvR rolled into it. Stay tuned for more awesome details. FREE TRAILS:
Free trials are now available by invitations from current subscribers. Each subscriber has 3 invitations to offer every month and the trial lasts 7 days of free game play. If you choose to subscribe to WAR however, the person whom invited you gets a free 30 days! Definitely good to have. To request an invitation, just post in this thread that you want one. People whom want to give
invitations, go ahead and PM the people whom post in the thread. I am currently out but will do my best to quench your bloodthirst! UPDATE! Soon there will be free trials available to anyone, w/o the use of invitations, although those will still probably work.GUILDS:
Penny-Arcade has three guilds active at this time. The first and most prominent is The Six Mouths
whom is now playing on the server 'Red Eye Mountain' as Destruction. Also playing as Destruction on the European servers is the guild Obsidian Spur
on the server 'Karak Eight Peaks'. However, there are two sides to every coin. Playing as Order on the server 'Badlands' The Candymancers
fight to turn back the tides of chaos what with their fancy spells and la-dee-da books.
To get in contact with the guilds to join, fill out applications on the forums or do /who The Six Mouths or /who Candymancers and ask someone if a guild admin or officer is on.
[Note: Both US guilds have moved from their original servers. TSM moved from Ulthuan to Red Eye Mountain, where as Candymancers moved from Averheim to Badlands. To move your character, go on and login here
and request a server change. However! Be sure to read closely as anything in your mailbox or auction house will be lost when transferring a character. Be prepared before you click about.]
Warhammer Online has very extensive Modding and UI support for those of you who are into that sort of thing. Even better, many of your favorite WoW addons have found their way into WAR with more being uploaded every day. Here are a few must haves.
Note: Having the Curse Client makes the install and uninstall process a whole lot easier but does require paying attention to basic instructions to set it up properly.
- Curse's Main Website.
- Libslash. A great client tool for modders, allows for complex commands and mods. WARNING: Many mods require this 'mod'. Just install it and that's all. It's all done behind the scenes.
- Action Bar Color. Out of range spells and abilities get shaded red for easy recognition.
- ReAction Bar Color. Same as above, but also colors reactive abilities (IE requiring a block) a tint of green when they are ready.
- Killing Blow. Displays name of person you just killed and their RPs.
- Focus. Set up 2 macro buttons on your hotbar. One makes your friendly target your /assist and the other refreshes their target. VERY excellent for RvR.
- Victory Points. Adds a Victory Point counter to your UI instead of just eyeballing bars.
- SNT Bar. Great UI toolbar. Kinda tricky to set up though.
- No Movie Mod This removes every opening movie, including the logos. I, Accualt, declare this shall be in every OP ever from now on.
The Warhammer community is FULL of fantastic resources. Digging around, let me share some of the best around. Bookmarking these is a great help. To really break your noobhood, these resources really do a hell of a job cramming in necessary info without being bloated or filled with crap. Study them religiously.
Mythic doesn't just throw you into an ocean and leave you to fend for yourself. Where's the WAR in doing something like that? Below are official Mythic Entertainment links.
(More great stuff will come to this OP soon. I will continue to add to it and refresh it as necessary to keep it a handy post.