If you don’t like sad stories, skip to the section titled Epic Moments. For what follows in these next few sections is merely the harsh lesson I learned about the world of Darkfall.
My clan status
I haven’t joined a clan yet in Darkfall. I had planned to join NEW, the newbie starter guild, but had read enough bad feedback about the organization on the forums to sway me against it.
Also, after playing for a bit, it seems to me that NEW players and Hammerdale (where NEW lives) perhaps attracts a lot of unwanted attention. I may still join NEW, if my skills aren’t too high, but at the moment I feel like I might be better off freelance.
I suppose I could somehow leverage my limited blogger celebrity in some way to find a clan but if I’m being blunt, I prefer anonymity. I don’t want people to know who I am. I don’t ever want to feel like my hands are tied about what I write because other people’s feeling might get hurt. I have real life friends that don’t even know I blog about gaming.
So at the moment I’m clanless. Not without friends, but clanless.
Hard to semi-AFK
Darkfall is an interesting game in that combat is so intense, it’s not something you can do while semi-AFK. In WoW, I could quest and simultaneously watch a movie. With Darkfall, it’s a struggle to even take a drink of soda while in the middle of combat.
For me, this is perhaps one of the hardest adjustments I’m having to playing Darkfall. I’m used to being able to semi-AFK lots of content. Instances, Quests, Arena matches, even many Raids. Hell, I once ran three wings of Naxx 25 on my Mage alt using just my mouse hand while holding a serious conversation with my mother on the phone.
So what I’m finding is when I want my semi-AFK time, gathering is the way to go in Darkfall. If I want to play, but not seriously play, it’s a good time to pick up my pickaxe and head out to do some harvesting.
Gathering resources has the benefit of providing me with ‘stuff’ and increasing my base stats like Vitality, Wisdom and Strength.
A hard lesson
As a gatherer, I’ve mostly been mining. My general feeling is that Iron Ore is more valuable than the other basic resources. Just like WoW, once you have mined Ore, it needs to be smelted before it’s usable in crafting.
On Thursday (also known as /ragequit day), I decided to convert a good chunk of my harvested Ore into Ingots by smelting it. Also like WoW, smelting can only be done in front of a Forge which are located in Cities.
I haven’t yet ventured terribly far from the starting areas, so I chose a nice newbie city protected by a bunch of towers to smelt my Ore.
In Darkfall, you can attack anyone anywhere. However, if your alignment is RED or you attack another player in an area within range of a Guard Tower, the Tower attacks you dealing a considerable amount of damage. It’s possible to hit someone and make it out of tower range without dying, but any prolonged combat is going to kill you.
In my limited experience, areas protected by Towers were very safe.
On Thursday, I learned I was wrong. Very wrong.
While smelting upwards of 400 Iron Ore, I was ganked by one player and his friend unceremoniously pilfered my body for all my Ore.
Gathering 100 Ore has been taking me, on average, I’d say about an hour. So in one fell swoop, I lost upwards of four hours of game time. While in a protected newbie area.
I think my exact words to my wife were, “Fuck. That sucked.”
Obviously, I didn’t /ragequit on Thursday. I was pretty irritated and upset, but ultimately I accepted what happened as a difficult and hard lesson.
There are no safe zones in Darkfall.
And I’ll never ever carry 400 Ore that I can’t protect ever again. A part of me is glad that I learned the lesson and it was only 400 Ore and not 20,000 gold. It was a bitter pill, but one I am willing to swallow.
Have you ever wished that you had recorded something? I’ve never recorded anything in any MMO, but I wish I had recorded the events of Saturday afternoon.
I’ll freely admit that Thursday had me really bummed. I felt used and abused. What follows in the story I am about to tell explains why all of that crap was worth enduring.
As I mentioned above, my semi-AFK time has been spent mining. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that’s exactly what I was doing on Saturday afternoon while talking to my mom on the phone.
When suddenly, I see a heavily armored guy in full plate coming at me with a big ass two-handed sword out.
I dropped the phone and ran like a bitch.
After about 30 seconds, I turned to see if he was following.
Yep. Oh shit...
At the time, I had about 100 Ore on me and was about as far away as you can get from a guard tower.
I bunny-hopped down a hill (speeds up run) and ran towards some rocks. I quickly flipped around to see if I was still be followed and saw that my attacker was now on a Horse and was almost within striking range.
I have a mount, but I’ve rarely ridden it and didn't have one on me. Attacks while mounted are powerful attacks. But I also knew that it’s hard to steer a mount.
A player can quickly move in any direction quickly, but a mount needs to be turned. I was standing next to a huge rock, so I decided that I would be harder to hit if I circled it.
I ran around the big rock several times while being chased, including changing directions. I thought I might have lost him and paused to rest and regain stamina.
Nope. He rounded the corner and was suddenly almost on top of me again.
I ran towards and past him.
Then I did some circle-eights around some more rocks until I found a nice big rock with a ledge. I hopped up on the rock and he followed on his mount.
I dropped to the ledge and he tried to jump down to it. But he was having trouble steering the mount to the ledge and once he made it down, I popped up back to the top of the rock.
At which point, I lost sight of him. But it occurred to me that he must be getting off his mount to try and kill me. So I ran back around to the edge of the rock and saw him dismount to chase me down.
But in Darkfall, when you dismount, the mount stays until you unsummon it.
So I stole his mount.
And as I ran away and looked back to see him chasing me on foot, I have to admit that this was one of my most memorable and enjoyable moments in any MMO.
Fucking Epic. And now I’m hooked.