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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Darkfall Quick Review: By a New Player


This is my take on Darkfall UW from a objective point of view since I have not played Darkfall 1. First of all, I have played most popular and indie mmo's available on the market. I am a fiend for open world pvp, conquest and sandbox elements so most games I play, I lean towards that but I have still tried out many themepark / semi-themepark games. I am also a amateur game developer so I have a decent idea of how these guys are designed, maintained and improved over time.

I will give my thoughts on the game here without any preconceived notions.



I love pvp in this game because I don't think its too fast or slow, its just in the middle somewhere. I have heard people complain about not enough to do, I think they are missing the point here. A game like DF is not meant to give you a reason to fight, it is to let you find your own reasons. When I played Mortal Online, we use to fight for resources, keeps, routes and sometimes for the sake of pvping. I think this feature can be improved but for a game developed by a small team, this has been a great experience so far.


I have always passionately hated pve, role playing and all the AI crap in a game because I love PVP and for the sake of pvp, I will craft(self sufficiency). So far, PVE is only in this game to give you the resources to eventually get to PVP. If you are looking for a story based, walk you along type of pve than you are in the wrong place. If you are looking to grind quickly to get to a pvp ready status than don't look any further. As I hate pve, I have not tried any dungeons or bosses yet so I am not going to comment on end game pve.

- Crafting

If you are a crafter than you will probably enjoy this game as much as I did as a pvper. Crafting system is quite similar to most other mmos out there but I find it easier. When I played Tera, enchanting was the simple reason I quit. You had to grind endless for gold to spend it on enchanting which would fail 8/10 times. It was soo annoying that I ended up leaving. I also did not craft in Tera just because it was not my thing to do. DF was a great experience when it came to crafting. You have to find your own way around but in a few weeks you will get a hold of the game and know exactly where to get all the resources from. After all, most people will only require Iron Ore, Timber, Raw Hides and Cotton in the beginning of the game. Later on you will get into some rare mats required to craft armor/weapons. I like it so far so go to hell if you don't

- UI

I have heard a lot of people complain about the UI but personally, I like it. I know its not the smoothest and has some bugs but I was a EVE player so this is right up my alley. I think most mmos don't feature a UI like this so people are confusing UI with Radial Wheels and other are confusing Radial Wheels with UI so they end up bashing everything. Radial Wheels are OK, personally I don't have a better suggestion so I will keep my criticism to myself. I like the organization of the UI but it could definitely be improved.

- Conquest

I am just starting to get into conquest game play and I love it. If you are new, I would suggest get your self a guild early on and try to help your guild as much as possible. This will make you a better player over all by practicing different aspects of the game. Conquest has been great so far but it could be improved. Attacking cities, taking over people's property and resource warfare is what made EVE successful. I see this game going down the same direction except (obviously) in a fantasy setting. I would recommend super rare resources given out by nodes around a city.

- Banking

I think the game is find with how banking is done however I would suggest local banking. The reason I suggest local banking is because it will create a profession (courier), it will add more risk to the game and it will also allow guilds to cut off supplies in warfare. This way you can have all the chaos banks, city banks and so on but they are only local OR you can always make banks in main cities as global but rest are local. I think it would add another dynamic to the end game. Imagine ganking a player and finding 10k gold and sets of armor that they were transporting to the front lines. This will also lead into mounts with transportation space and so on.

- 1v1 Combat

Radial Wheels are extremely difficult to use but I guess I can work with them since I have no better suggestion. I hate the old hot bars, I would like something in between Tera / Age of Conan type combat. However, I am pleased with what I see so far so I can make do. Its fun as hell dropping those salvos all over enemies but its not so much fun when you press the wrong key in middle of the combat because radial wheels suck ♥♥♥

- Feats

Feats are basically a ongoing quest that gives you reward for grinding. I think most games you have to grind to get somwhere so here DF is no different. Except, most games will hold you hand and tell you a story while DF will hit you in the face with reality, grind like a ♥♥♥♥♥ and you will get what you want.

Overall, I think the game is decent compared to most other mmos. Darkfall is somewhere in between Tera (themepark sandbox mmo) and Mortal Online (hardcore mmo). It is fun to play but hard to navigate in the start. I like it so far after a few weeks and I think I will like it for a very long time.

Tips for Beginners:

1. Once you leave the first town, find the nearest enemy in the green zone and kill it
2. Do not skip training (its not the best but without it you will be totally lost)
3. Mobs near main cities will give you great starting drops. Also, they will help you finish feats.
4. Stay in the safezone until you are about 3k PP.
5. Try to guild up before leaving the safe zone.
6. Ask questions, I have most of my questions answered in global quite quickly.
7. Don't listen to people that wine and make up your own mind about this game.
8. You will either love how this game is played out or you will flat out hate it. Either way, you will get something from it.
9. Don't get too attached to anything especially gear. Its easy to come by and easy to lose. I lose spiked armor all the time, it hurts but that is why i play the game but remember, it also feels great when you kick someones ♥♥♥ and take their ♥♥♥♥.
10. Don't complain. If you don't like the game, ask a few questions on the forum without stating that you don't like the game. After you have heard the answers to your problem or reason than make up your mind, keep subbing or unsub. It is no use to bash a game without constructive criticism. It is not easy to make games or manage them. 

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ele Goulding - A Wizard's Tale [DFUW Mage PVP]

Here is a quick view of "Mage" class in Darkfall Unholy Wars.  They are glass cannon, so must be handle with extreme care.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Some random fun stuff from old clan named Proxy

The great social environment sets MMO apart from all other types of game. Check this Darkfall video about a close knit clan that used venture together in Agon.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Darkfall Unholy Wars - A Mage and a Healer walked into the fortress city of Calfardar!

How to successfully bait people out of the high mountain fortress city of Calfardar located in Cairn and take them to a ride of a lifetime!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Urgent: Darkfall Developers live now answering questions in

Check out the stream now.

Here is the summary of hints we received from a developer
  1. Steam Keys
  2. Player models.
  3. Prowess Reset.
  4. Conquest improve cities.
  5. Different fund raising/promotion methods.
  6. Introduce an arena to set up wager duels, and allow people to bet.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Darkfall: Small scale PvP Warrior Point of View

These are some of the best players in Darkfall North American server: Enjoy!

MMO graphics evolution 1986 ~ present

I was doing a search on history of #MMO and came across this great video.  Ah nostalgia! What a great advancement from MUD to today's MMO with full blow 3D.  Can't wait when Oculus 3d goes main steam.  Enjoy this video.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

1 Skirmisher vs 3 Warrior a super long fight full of skills

I found a great #pvp video.  One of the good thing about #Darkfall is the TTK (Time to Kill).  Unlike other #MMO, you can't one/two shot (burn all cooldown) someone.  Fight in Darkfall can continue from 2 min ~ 10 min.  In other MMO one mistake means you are toasted, but DF every mistake mean gradual degradation of you stats and if you make enough mistake you will eventually loose the fight but you can create miracle.

Here is the video with cool sound track!

What are you waiting for? Join the #party

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Off Topic: PBS to air highly controversial football documentary tonight at 9:00 PM EST

Little off topic today.  In our Voice Communication (Vent) couple of clan mates are talking about not logging in tonight despite being a patch day.  They are all planning to watch "League of Denial" by #PBS about #NFL and brain injury .  I think I am going to DVR it. Here is the Youtube trailer.  Enjoy the show and be back to Darkfall ASAP so we can check this amazing patch that went live today.

Amazing Skirmisher video in Darkfall Unholy Wars.

Here is a show case of Darkfall #PvP. All movement, aiming, attack requires user interaction.  (no auto attack, tab target, etc).  This a very refreshing change from regular MMO like Rift, Warcraft.  Again if you are #bored and got some #freetime jump to Darkfall Unholy Wars and take the 30 day challenge.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Furlough and Bored? Give Darkfall a try

If you are in #GovernmentShutdown,  #Furlough  and #bored, I say give Darkfall Unholy Wars a try.  It is the cheapest form of entertainment out there.   Darkfall Unholy Wars is a sandbox MMORPG (PC game) where you develop an character "avatar" and go through adventures.  I have tons of video linked in my blog check them all out.

 Things you can do in Darkfall:
  • Level your character
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Engage in fighting
  • Trade
  • Ship Battle
  • Lead a clan and conquer land and cities
  • Buy a house/keep
  • Become a master crafter!
  • Become very good in this game and be a mercenary
  • Explore and help other players who are in trouble
  • Become a pirate.

Many of you are not into games, but trust me this could open up your world.

Here are some fact about Darkfall Unholy Wars:

  • Most Darkfall players are working adults.
  • You will find a very good social network
  • The game will challenge you and it is very unpredictable. 
  • Even if you are not good in games, there are so many ways to play this game, you will become useful.

Check my blog for few other article and video to get an idea.  You can pickup Darkfall Unholy Wars in Steam stores.

Here is a post I found in Steam forums:

Darkfall PVP: A Love Hate Relationship?
So I like the look of this game and solely on that have just taken the plunge and purchased. Trouble is I can't abide PVP. Most of the MMO's I've played I've managed to bluff and stumble my way through without really touching on the PVP elements.

Are there any players like myself who don't get along, shall we say, with PVP but are really into this heavy PVPcentric MMO and are doing just fine?

Or have I made the biggest mistake of my gaming life and will end up a quivering wreck of a noob in some corner of a faraway forest somewhere?

Thoughts please.

Response from one user
To answer your question, you can play this game without a lot of PvP BUT PvP is unavoidable.

Let me explain:
The game has a feat (Quest) system which gives your prowess. You can invest these prowesses to make your character strong. You can also choose to invest in crafting, construction, ship building. The idea is over time you will be able to attain over 250,000 prowess and be able to invest in all aspect of your character progression.

Inside the safe zone/starter area (green zone) you can’t be attacked by another player. Inside safe zone you can do many of the harvesting, crafting, and some PvE feats. In order to gather more valuable materials you can either buy them in Market Place (auction house) or venture into the non safe zone to farm/harvest them. The game play inside the safe zone is limited.

If you want to get a house, find treasure, chaos chest, do advance dungeon, build clan cities, go on fishing trip, do high end mobs then you have to leave safe zone. You can mitigate PvP by careful planning. That could mean the route you take, the mob spawn you visit, the time of the day you visit, the number of people you group up with. However you can mitigate but not avoid it 100%.

Dark Fall PvP comes in many flavor. Personally I am horrible in 1vs1 so I tend to do a lot of group pvp and I enjoy it. If 1on1 is not your style, you can choose to participate in group pvp which could mean capturing a village, going on a pirate mission, group up to defend your city from invaders, or go to a siege with your clan. Again you can choose no to do these activity and only defend yourself if you get jumped.

Final issue with pvp is losing your gear. Any gear you lose can be reacquired either through crafting or market place. If you don’t like to losing gear then you can always wear cheaper gear which are easily replaceable.

Conclusion is: DFUW is a sandbox game where you are free to define your play style. Find a clan that fits your play style and attitude. In NA1 server we have many clans where majority of the players are more into PvE then PvP. Since you bought the game, you have nothing to lose but play for 30 days and find out.

Darkfall Unhoy Wars Video blog by Ripper X

These are some of the best video blogs around for the new Darkfall (Unholy Wars).  These videos will give a good idea about Darkfall universe.  Grab a pop corn and enjoy.

Darkfall clan challenges the best PvPer in the world

Darkfall is home of many elite clans who eat, dream, and breath PvP.  If you are good in first person shooter and want test your skill then Darkfall is your next battleground.

Two elite clan mostly consist of 6 'elite' players called "Really Good Friends" and "Council of Elders" is openly challenging anyone to dethrone them. I have posted their latest video in here for your review. Gentle man time is now to put these spoiled kids out of business.  If you are a good PvPer then migrate to Darkfall Unholy Wars and throw these filths out!

Friday, October 4, 2013

What is Darkfall? Here is a quick video overview

Here is a video (created many years ago) that describe what is Darkfall and how is it different than other games you have already played. This video was created using the the first version of the game.  The latest version of Darkfall (Unholy Wars) has updated graphics and many other news enhancements. The video is old but it does a perfect job of describing what Darkfall IS and tons of different possibilities it opens up.