21 Aug 2016

WoW veteran’s and FIFA gamer, first impressions of Aion


I will admit that though I have owned a WoW subscription since early release; I had been lured many times away by promises of other games that have (had ?) a rabid cult claiming every time that “This is the WoW killer”. In most cases these so called “WoW killers” failed to kill anything and ended up just fading away. I don’t really need to mention them since I am sure you all know the ones I am talking about… *cough* Age of Conan *cough* Tabula Rasa *cough* FIFA 17 … (monedas fut 17 Oh boy is it dusty in the office.) Those come to my mind immediately, and I am sure you all know of many more! If you were like me, you ended up buying the retail box and played the game for a month (more like a week…) before unsubscribing and uninstalling the game while loading WoW at the same time. In short, we always end up going back to WoW.

Let’s get to Aion now, is it a “WoW killer”?

If you are looking for the answer to that question you won’t find it here! The purpose of this particular blog is to give the perspective of a veteran WoW player’s first impression on Aion right from the initial loading screen.

Intro: After starting the game from the news launcher resembling much like other popular MMORPGs ; I was greeted by the familiar NCsoft logo. The title screen was breathtaking on my 30″ monitor running the game in high resolution. It was a definite tease of what awaited in game. Behind the log in box, was an amazingly crisp environment. The waterfall that hung over the green canopy was fluidly animated that had me staring at it mesmerized. The selected music was top notch, as can be expected from something produced by a Symphony Orchestra. The whole ambiance did bring nostalgic feeling from Lineage 2 (this is not FIFA 17 of course !).

Character Creation/Selection : I carefully typed in my user name and password and was greeted by the character selection page. On the particular server I was playing in, it warned that that I would only be able to create characters from one chosen side. This warning is similar to the one given when creating characters on the PvP servers in WoW. Once you make a character in a given side, you are restricted from making characters of the opposite faction unless you delete all your characters of that faction. All classes were available for both sides, and the choice of picking a side would ultimately fall on aesthetic values for most people (or if you are hard core, exclusive spells only available to each side may lure you toward one side over the other). Depending on the side you decide to pick your character selection page will either reflect a serene shire, or a chaotic polis. They are both gorgeous and detailed.

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28 May 2016

Aion Server Personalities

It’s almost that time, as we will all soon start a mad dash to create our characters and lock our favorite names. (Or lock a friend’s name for ransom…) But before you can create a character and settle a name, you must first pick a server to play in. You are in luck, in case you haven’t been following one of the most entertaining ’server related drama for a launching MMO’; here is a summary with some interesting links to check out for more detail.

Hopefully, the following information and speculation will guide you to the perfect server to your liking!

Enjoy the following foreshadowing picture.

Aion Server Types

Lumiel History: The lack of designating any official RP server in Aion by NCSoft West, has prompted the Role Playing minded Aion community to take it on themselves to find an unofficial home. Gathering together on they have democraticaly come to the decision to encourage all Role Play interested players to make it their home, calling Lumiel the Unofficial Roleplay server for Aion. What to expect: The popular belief by most, is that Roleplay server tend to be ‘carebear’.

These players also make the assumption that players there are much more interested to /emote than play the game or PvP for that matter. Contrary to that belief, roleplay server also attract some very skilled and mature players. These players are attracted to the mature community exemplified by the role players, not minding that sometime buying an item from another player may thrust him or her in a three minute barter(Roleplay). You won’t find Hardcore, PvP, e-peen stroking, trash talking ego flaming drama here

01 Apr 2016

Templar F.A.Q. 2

What weapons can Templar use and what should ?

Templar class can use 1H Swords, Great Swords (2H), Maces. Definitely, you should stick with 1H Sword and a Shield to get the best of Templar. But you shouldn’t underestimate Greatswords, as there are situations when switching to GS before/while fighting can be your advantage.

What armor can Templar wear ? Templar can wear all types of Armor. Cloth, Leather, Chain till level 10, and Plate after becoming Daeva. What’s the best manastones combination for PvE Tanking, PvE Fast Leveling, PvP roles ?

PvE Tanking : 75-25 to 50-50 Shield defense:HP

PvE Fast Leveling : 100% Crit PvP roles Depends on play style and situation, but usually your defense is enough, so you want more firepower – stick with Crit Manastones, and maybe some HP. According to some people Crit may be no longer good choice to increase your damage. Combining +crit with +attack or putting 100% attack may be better. aion.jpg How can you compare Templar to other classes in PvE ?

Templars are THE tanks for the game, especially when closing to endgame levels. Although Gladiators can tank nicely at start, you better choose Templar for most formidable enemies. We are the steel wall that’s hard to kill, but – especially at low levels – we lack skills to do substantial damage.

Leveling Templar may be slower than Sorcerer, Gladiator or Assassin, but usually we can kill several mobs without need to use Herbs/Bandages, which can be our advantage. If you manastone your gear with +crit bonuses, you will kill and level much faster, still having very good defense. Yet, we are not damage dealers so leveling can be slower than others, but not that much. It’s best to team up with other DD class like Sorcerer or Assassin, you don’t have to worry about damage and kill mobs very fast, still getting decent amount of XP.

Templar is an average solo leveler, but is very usefull in group leveling and group dungeon runs. Typical response from group members after getting you is “Yay! We got a Templar!”.

22 Jan 2016

Templar F.A.Q.

What is Templar class? What is its main role ?

Templars are THE tanks of Aion, using the shield for both defense and offense while protecting its party members. You can compare Templar to WoW’s Prot Warrior, L2 TK/SK see gold runescape

Are Templars easy to play?

Templars are one of the easiest to level, though definitely not the fastest. Especially after mid levels you can kill 3-4 mobs one after another (or 2-3 at once) without having to heal yourself between fights. If you won’t aggro too many mobs, every fight should be relatively easy. Until endgame, Templars are not easy to play in PVP. Although they take longer to kill, their dps is lower than average (if not specced for pure damage) and they lack of serious crowd control skills. You will find yourself loosing to almost all classes that can keep you away and have very hard job to kill Clerics. Templar are the easiest class to Tank Elite mobs. It doesn’t mean that PVE Tanking is easy. Templar just have more skills and abilities to do the job right.

So – yes, and no. Yes, if you plan to do PVE mainly. No if you are hardcore PVP fan.

Why would I choose Templar over other classes ?

Because Templar is the best class in Aion, period. Seriously ? Depends on what do you want to do. If your soul screams to defend others, to protect fellowship Daevas, to play one of the most important role in PvE, to be needed by almost all groups going for dungeon/raid runs – that’s Templar. You must know that Templars are average damage dealers, so you will not be leveling as quickly as Assassins or Sorcerers, but you won’t die so often as them. You will be able to take 2-3 enemies at once, and continue fight after several kills without much delay. You will be average in PvP at start, but get much better when closing to endgame.

You will get the best possible armor, fight with sword and shield and use your abilities to taunt, stun and redirect damage to yourself from your allies. You will have some DOT healing abilities, but not much. You will be a fortress to penetrate and the last enemy to target in PvP combat.

Gladiator or Templar ? Depends on what do you want more – to be good damage dealer with good defense, or be the best defense with decent damage.

Sorcerer/Assasin or Templar ? Similiar to above. Sorcs and Sins are the best damage dealers here, but have poor to average defenses, so it’s harder to play them. If you don’t know how to play them, you die often.

Cleric or Templar ? Well, that’s a tough choice, cause they both have very good defenses (active or passive) and are not the fastest levelers. Cleric role is more a support class, also very important, but also quite fragile when dealing with Elite mobs. Cleric vs Templar PvP fights more often end up with Templar dead, but after very long fights. In PvE, Clerics stay back and heal Templars, while Templars stay at front and prevent enemies getting to Clerics.

30 Nov 2015

Lumiel’s Finest 3

Meet our Friends 2

AC: Voide who is an officer in AC always manages to shock me with the odds he beats with his legion members. When we need an Artifact back, send AC! Need an Artifact defended ? Call AC ! Have important missions that is imperative to be completed successfully aka, destroying Asmodian Kisks ? Send AC! These guys are like the Elyos Special Forces. Just a handful of members, but pound for pound (Abyss Points wise) they even put legions three times in size to shame ! I’m just glad they are on our side… Not many legions can claim to have faced forces multiple times in sizes and come out victorious.

Genesis: A recent addition to our Alliance (when this article was published). I have not personally had much interaction with them but nonetheless, they were instrumental in Sieges. Having more warm bodies is always welcomed to soak up damages and overwhelm the Asmodian. I look forward to working with them as we set our sights to the upper Abyss.

Invictus Immortalis: Even though our merge botched, it didn’t stop us from working together. Always glad to see these guys do their thing in the battlefield. Pushing Asmodian when going for the Deity or holding their ground when Asmodian try to push back. IV Skye Lancers : If I had to describe these guys in two words, it would be “Shock Troopers”. If AC is viwed metaphorically as a Surgical Knife, these guys could be described as the Heavy Warhammer. They are the guys who pound the living day light out of the Asmodian with their tenacity.

Rogue: Honestly, you guys should rename your Legion to “Wolf Pack 2″! I don’t even need to call on you guys; Tempest (Their Guild Leader) is always on the ball. Before I know it, he has already rallied his troops and waits in standby for Wolf Pack to make a move ! I always recommend players who want to join Wolf Pack but don’t meet our level requirement to try enlisting in Rogue and message Tempest. Since Rogue has always played side by side with us. I realise that I missed many other legions who have always heed the call when Wolf Pack requested support of all Elyos through LFG channel.

I am going to take this opportunity to request all Elyos legion leaders in Lumiel to contact me so we can form a distribution group. This way communication will flow much more fluidly. So everyone will have a heads up and given preparation time for large strategic maneuver in the Abyss.

So if interested, contact me via this website.

Complete Abyss Domination

Wolf Pack is currently in the planning stages to take on the Upper Abyss by this weekend (16 Oct 2009). We would definately need maximum support for this endevour. So going along the line of building an alliance and forming communication channels, please contact us if you would be interested to lend a hand. Even if your spells get resisted and you do 1 d mg to the level 50 mobs; don’t worry! We still need you! It is known that “group attacks” done by the diety is restricted to a set number. So absobing a stun he throws out or being one of the unfortunate soul to be ganked by his group attacks means a level 40+ Elyos somewhere is in your debt and can continue to do his thing!

01 Oct 2015

AION Lumiel’s Finest : Elyos Edition 2

Elyos Domination Our Failures

I wish I could say that WP never tasted failure. But unfortunately there were key moments when the Officers in WP mismanaged and dropped the ball.

1. Merger Gone Wrong : Wolf Pack was to merge with the members that currently resides in Invictus Immortalis. Unfortunately, the merger was happening at the same time as our officers were busy forming Raid Parties to take on the first fort (which we succeeded). Through the invite chaos all our potential new guildies ended up in Alliance 2, while Alliance 1 composed of WP members and friends like Ryuu and Born (Both extremely talented and helpful players).  They felt insulted being treated like second tier members and changed their minds, which I don’t blame them. These guys went out to later merge with another legion to form the current Invictus Immortalis we know today.

2. Drama with Dark Crusade : I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow we must have rubbed Dark Crusade the wrong way somewhere along the line. So it is very unfortunate that we are unable to work together well in co-ordinating plans for the Abyss. Luckily, I still have a good relation with some of the members in TDC AION , so it is always a welcoming sight to see these guys form and bring an alliance for sieges when asked. aion-2.JPG

These turn of events were unfortunate, but WP learned valuable lessons. We realise that success for the Elyos Lumielians hinges on the co-operations of all the Legions on our side. Thus we stress in having good relationships with our fellow Legions.

Meet our Friends

I have emphasized multiple time on how important it is to have allies, here is a list of Legions that had our backs, in no particular order, everytime our Pack mobilized. The Wolf Pack banner is draped on the forts in the Abyss today (or once upon a time if you are reading this article months since it has been published *laughs*) because these are the friends that protected our Artifacts, Sieged the door by our side and died with us from the Fort Boss’ AoEs (Damn OP Stun Lock AoEs…).

Afterlife : Reborn in Afterlife, always mustered every available hands from his Legion when I message him for support. These guys are always quick to respond and very co-operative. They are always open to listen to our strategies and executes them flawlessly. A personal Thanks to you my friend Reborn, I’m glad I can count on you to capture and activate artifacts at clutch situations !

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