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GW2 – Howell, an elementalist of Elonian descent   Leave a comment

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His story

Albeit being of Elonian Descent, Howell’s family has escaped Elona when Palawa Joko took over reign. They have lost almost everyting so young Howell has grown up on the streets.
His friends were of the poor and some of the commonfolk and they had lots of fun but Howell always wanted to help humanity, first in Kryta then when he had the chance, in Elona.

He wondered every night when he could get proper training, then one day he had a call to join the Seraph. They needed help against the Centaurs. Being a talented man at controlling the elements, he has joined them as an Elementalist.

Since then he traveled Tyria with the Order of Whispers and the Pact. He had great training from Whispers teachers and also met other Elonian descendants. He has grown up to his Heritage.

See the story in pictures here.

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Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized

Elder Scrolls Online Impressions Part II   Leave a comment

Corpse Run

Character Progression

The character progression in ESO is pretty interesting.  It is nice mix of the more free-form progression that you see in the single player Elder Scrolls games and standard MMO progression.

You make your initial choices in character creation by choosing your race and your “class”.  Your race will give you a single skill line that will give you bonuses such as increased swim speed or increased resistance to fire damage.  Your class will give you access to three skills lines that are unique to that class.

The nice thing about the class skill lines is that they do a good job of defining your character without pigeon-holing him.  You might be a Templar but you are not stuck healing and you can specialize in ranged or melee DPS.  There are a lot of options just within your class skills.

But that is not the only skill trees…

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Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized

Exploring Shaemoor and the fields around it   Leave a comment

Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized

Day 31 – #GW2Project365 – What Cobiah Sees, Now   Leave a comment

Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized

First impressions of “Escape from Lion’s Arch”   Leave a comment

Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized

Elder Scrolls Online PvP   Leave a comment

Corpse Run

With my history with MMOs, it should come as no surprise that the PvP in ESO would get the most scrutiny from me. DAoC continues to be my favorite MMO of all time and even in my time in WoW I spent a lot of time PvP’ing.  PvP will make or break a MMO for me.  If your MMO doesn’t do PvP well or doesn’t do it at all, I am much less likely to spend a significant amount of time there.

It is strange that Elder Scrolls Online focuses so much on PvP.  They basically took a single-player, quest driven RPG and made it into a MMO that focuses strongly on PvP throughout.  This seems like a very strange decision and one that takes a certain amount of courage. I am not sure how many Elder Scroll fans would classify PvP as one of the things they were looking…

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Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized

GW2: Social Dilemmas in the Ruins of Lion’s Arch   Leave a comment

Why I Game

I wonder if Guild Wars 2 players ever feel that they’re just taking part in one grand ol’ economics experiment?

Be it by accident or design, the devs who created the Escape from Lion’s Arch activity of this latest update seem to have stumbled into another one:

The Public Goods Dilemma

The Public Good Game has the same properties as the Prisoner’s Dilemma Game but involving more than two individuals. A public good is a resource from which all may benefit regardless of whether they contributed to the good. For instance, people can enjoy the city parks regardless of whether they contributed to their upkeep through local taxes. Public goods are non-excludable: Once these goods are provided nobody can be excluded from using them. As a result, there is a temptation to enjoy the good without making a contribution. Those who do so are called free-riders, and while it is…

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Posted February 22, 2014 by Evelyn Natasha Sargent in Uncategorized