ArcheAge: Boom 50
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2014, 8:24 am
Boom, my main character is level 50 and I'm among the last to hit 50 in our guild. There are a few stragglers behind me but most people that started playing with us during head-start are already at max level.

ArcheAge: Ding, Level 48
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 October 2014, 7:43 am
Has it really only been 17 days since the crazy head-start land rush and kick off of QueueAge rage? The time has passed in a blink. And yet, here I sit at level 48. Yawza!

ArcheAge: Another Milestone Reached
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 September 2014, 10:25 am
This past weekend I achieved my next in-game goal of owning one of the new Farm Cart vehicles. Whew! It took a concentrated effort to raise the 200 gold needed just to purchase the most expensive of the necessary crafting components, a Thunderstruck log. I ended up emptying my bank of 150G + Workmen’s Compensation potions to meet the asking prices.

ArcheAge Alpha – Guildhall Constructed
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 September 2014, 7:00 am
Big WOOT to The Immortal Imperial Legion and all the members who contributed to the huge effort of acquiring and constructing our first shared house - guildhall. The components needed to construct this size house is no simple endeavor. The GH is located in one of my favorite locations in game. A little island between Solzreed and Two Crowns. I'd taken pictures of the island during Alpha with its former inhabitants. Its really lovely at night. We were the first to place a house design here and complete the construction. Unfortunately, our effort to secure the rest of the island for our guild fell a bit short. We have two other un-constructed properties here but riff-raff have also moved into the neighborhood. They are guilds that are known PKers - gank members of our own faction. I've already had a few of them attempt to gank me on my sailing...

ArcheAge - Much to do. So little Time
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 September 2014, 11:22 am
I’ve been playing ArcheAge now for almost two weeks. In the last couple of days, the outrageous queues have abated for most people. Thus far the solution has been a combination of Trion performing daily server restarts to rout AFK bots, more servers, additional capacity on existing servers, better AFK detection, aggressive assault campaign on bots and gold spam and more restrictive acceptable AFK conditions. As a Patron, my 3 to 4 hour queue has reduced to 20 to 30 minutes if I log in before primetime NA. Primetime has gone from 5 to 6 hours, down to 1 to 2 hours for Patrons. I sometimes feel as though I’m scurrying all over the place trying to achieve my AA goals while also having fun. My game play experience is precisely what I expected it to be minus the queue drama. And I have no regrets about having purchased the Archeum Founders pack to gain access to alpha and I will be subscribing once the paid subscription time bundled in that package has expired.

ArcheAge - My Journey so Far
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 7:00 am
Minus the long queue times, most of the irritating launch issues have been resolved. The queue is more stable albeit 1 hour wait at 7:30 AM eastern and upwards of 3 hours starting at 4:40 PM eastern. Being disconnected while in game allows a 5 minute grace period for logging right back in without a wait. A hotfix was applied during live game-play last night to correct the issue people were having where all of their characters were missing from the character select page, leaving them no recourse but to restart the game and re-enter the queue. OUCH! True story, happened to me twice. *sigh*

ArcheAge Land Shortage: Never give up! Never Surrender!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 September 2014, 10:24 am
While the vast majority of property plots in ArcheAge are gone, there is still an opportunity to trip across open spots for 8x8 farms. Six days after the land rush began in head-start, Sarzan was able to find a few open spots in northern Two Crowns. WOOT!! Don’t give up on finding 8x8 farm spots. MANY PEOPLE awkwardly placed 16x16 house designs to hold a location until they’d completed their 16x16 farm quest. As those are swapped out gaps may emerge.

ArcheAge PSA: There are no illegal farms!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 10:47 am
The past few days I've seen a string of players on trail baffled as to what they've done. It's happened so much recently that it became a topic of discussion in guild voice chat. Our opinions ranged from people are lying to avoid guilty convictions or they're plain stupid. Their rap sheet is right there stating all of their crimes.

ArcheAge - Getting Started Guide
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 2:25 pm
PSA for New Players With an influx of players coming into ArcheAge who may have little to no experience with the game, I thought I’d do a post for some of the more common questions I see asked in Faction chat. I’ll try to be as concise as possible since it’s a long list.

ArcheAge - FIRST!!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 7:08 pm
Quick happy post after all the weekend drama. Today I completed building one of my two houses. I'm first in my housing province to get their house constructed. It's pretty much all I've been focused on since placing down my farm and securing the location with a design. Every time I had labor available I mined ore under water to avoid the crush, made sure to stay on top of harvesting trees on my farm while doing trade pack chickens on the public farm. I only did questing when I was completely out of labor. I had everything ready to go by this afternoon except for 20 pieces of lumber. Anxious to be done with it in case there was crash/authentication/queue nonsense, I decided to purchase the lumber from the Auction House. 600 stone and 300 pieces of wood later, BAM my first house is finished! My second house is...

ArcheAge - The Agony of Head-Start
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 1:19 pm
It Burns Us Precious Well the ArcheAge head start has had more than a few issues. Yes, it’s an MMO so we can expect problems on the first day of access. If leveling was all that was at stake, I don’t think the outrage would be as great. However, if you’ve been following ArcheAge, you know that owning PROPERTY is a huge component in crafting, the economy and your ability to earn gold.

ArcheAge - Almost Home
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 September 2014, 2:21 pm
I spent a moderate amount of time in Open Beta trying out pure caster combinations. After much experimentation and trying every permutation that was caster with healing, I landed on Justicar (Occultism, Vitalism and Defense). Necromancer was a close second but was trumped by maintained that ability to more easily swap into Paladin by changing out Occultism for Battlerage.

ArcheAge - Woot, Headstart Sept 12th!!!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 10:55 pm
I'm SO HAPPY we're having a September release of ArcheAge. I'm ready to play for real. Open Beta starts on Thurs Sept 4th. I'll still be on but not playing much now that launch is so very close. Yeah, I know I said that before but I mean it this time. There's zero point in continuing to progress. My character, Alysianah, is on the Alpha server. If anyone tries out OB and there's room on Alpha look me up. Can give you a ship tour, port you to different places, make you some food, etc. Don't let the PVP scare you away from at least trying a really solid fantasy MMO. *Jumping for joy*

ArcheAge: Justice System
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2014, 1:48 pm
In a game that supports nonconsensual PVP, it’s good to have a justice system. It may not help you sleep better after being ganked for you hard earned wares. However, reading trial chat is an endless form of amusement. We already have infamous players (Chalupa) and guilds (Darks Ascension) on the Alpha server.

ArcheAge: Under the Sea Treasure Hunting
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 August 2014, 12:08 pm
Just a stone’s throw from level 50, I should be saving every copper toward crafting my Conquerors plate armor set. Meh, that behavior sounds much too practical for being in an Alpha! I was processing hide into leather when I noticed the recipe for crafting Bakehan’s Swimfins. Hmm, I thought, I have the expertise points to make those. That jogged my memory about having seen pictures of players wearing dive helmets. A quick search of my metalwork recipes showed that I could craft that too. That’s all she wrote, I was off and running toward a new adventure!

ArcheAge: Taste of World PVP Event
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2014, 2:22 pm
I’m level 48 now and figured I might as well get to 50 since the release seems to be a couple of months away at the least. I was hoping that the date posted on Steam for a mid-September would be confirmed by Trion but no such luck. Much too high of a level to pick up where I had previously stopped questing in my early 20s, I rode out to Halcyona to see if there were any quests there worth my time.

ArcheAge - Ding, I’m level 50
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2014, 3:32 pm
Wow, that went by in the blink of an eye. I started playing the ArcheAge Alpha on July 20th. I hit the current max level without even trying. That said, I have put in an awful amount of hours. Around level 10 or so, I left the theme park rails behind to strike out on my own and fell in MMO love with AA. I’m very pleased with the outcome. If this weren’t an Alpha, I’d be considering an alt in order to try a pure caster class and experience another racial zone. But since it is, that will have to wait.

ArcheAge: Gear at Level 50
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 August 2014, 1:59 pm
After reviewing the components necessary to upgrade my armor to Conqueror’s and beyond, I decided to use the cloth version gifted to me by our guild leader Fannel. Of the available roles as a Paladin, my preference in a group setting is to heal. In ArcheAge, all classes can wear every armor type. However, cloth provides better stats for healing roles. You can augment your armor with gem slots but you’d still be behind the curve compared to someone in cloth using the exact class build.

ArcheAge – Farm Wagon, Huuzah!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2014, 10:04 am
Last night our guild joined the “we have a farm wagon” club. Fannel, Brokenwind and I were online pissing and moaning about our inability to grow the stupidly random thunderstruck trees needed to craft one. No one knows for certain the circumstances that cause a tree to be “hit by lightning. There are lots of theories but the rarity of the occurrence makes it nearly impossible to know for sure. Our guild has planted illegal tree farms consisting of hundreds of trees, without producing a single one. Others have done 1K plus trees and have come up empty too.

ArcheAge - War on my Doorstep!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2014, 12:23 pm
I believe my previous posts have established that because of the nonconsensual PVP, ArcheAge isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Yes, you can level to max and hardly ever encounter PVP if you forgo seeing all of the content or focus on commerce in non-PVP enabled zones. However, game design makes it such that you may still be impacted financially, even when you escape direct combat.

ArcheAge Alpha - Slowing Down
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2014, 5:13 pm
I've played more than enough of AA to confirm that I'll be playing at launch. I've achieved most of what I wanted to try out during Alpha. I've certainly played more than I have during a pre-release for any other MMO. I still have plenty to look forward to at launch. I've done so little of the quest content and haven't stepped foot in a single dungeon. I did some healing in a max level PVP zone while guild members were farming XP, leveling alternative skills sets and unique drops. No one engaged enemy faction while we were at it. It reminded me of the impromptu detentes on PVP servers during in Burning Crusade. Farming motes was bad enough without fucking around with each other. This particular set of are elite, tightly packed and respawn rather quickly. Jacking around with each other would mean insta-death and greifing each other back...

ArcheAge Alpha – Crafting Armor
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 12:38 am
I was level 36 rolling around in level 20 armor until recently and I’m not alone. There are two contributing factors to the level and armor gap. Firstly, the primary source of obtaining gear is by completing quests. I won’t retrace what I already discussed in this post.

ArcheAge Alpha – I HAS HOUSE
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2014, 12:19 am
Belphagore, the guild member who donated a large house to serve as our guild hall, gave me the deed to his old house. Like what!!??!! I had to purchase an item from the Cash Shop called an Appraisal to facilitate the transaction. Luckily, I had some left. It’s not the house design that I wanted but this beggar certainly won’t try to be a chooser.

ArcheAge Alpha – Weekend Fun and Shenanigans
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 12:24 am
I had a great time in ArcheAge this past weekend. I believe a key to that is being willing to participate in all that the game has to offer beyond the safe PVE. I did a little bit of everything minus dungeons. I feel like I always have so much to do of my own. Combined with guild activities that don’t require max level to participate, I don’t feel like I want to spend 30 to 60 minutes in an instance in an alpha.

ArcheAge Alpha – Keep Your Enemies Closer
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 12:17 pm
Last week I mentioned that I’d given up on owning a cottage in ArcheAge because of the click-war participation needed to get one at this stage. I used the components I’d assembled to build a ship instead. After all, it’s only alpha and I didn’t see the need to spend more time on the affair.

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