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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Anyone familiar with Guild Wars 2 will be aware that it’s election time in Lion’s Arch.

Anyone familiar with real world politics may be aware that, as a rule of thumb and all other things being equal, victory goes to the taller candidate and/or the candidate with better hair.

One of the GW2 candidates is a charr. I’d say Evon’s got the height and the hair thing pretty well taken care of.

There are a lot of people out there writing fantasy books… and these days there are a fair number of different fantasy MMOs too. So I started wondering which MMOs go best with which writers’ particular brands of fantasy. After a little thought, I came up with the following – let me know if you have any better ideas.

If you like David Gemmell (and it happens that I very much do), then Dark Age of Camelot is the game for choice. Gemmell’s particular brand of bloody heroism is a perfect fit for the Realm versus Ream struggles that are central to the game, and the Celtic theme of his Rigante books is ideal for us Hibbies.

If you’re a fan of George R R Martin then I’ll point you in the direction of Darkfall. After all, if you like A Song Of Ice And Fire then you’re looking for endless strife, treachery and a setting full of unpleasant people being shitty to each other, so a full PvP game should be just the trick 🙂

Fans of J R R Tolkien should go play Lord Of The Rings Online, obviously. And then close their eyes to any aspects that they personally find go too far out of the bounds of canon in order to make a playable MMO.

Anyone who enjoyed books by David Eddings should probably pick Everquest 2 or Guild Wars 2. Both games are reasonably light-hearted, enjoyable pieces of escapism, which describes Eddings’ books to a tee.

And finally, the legions of fans of R A Salvatore should of course be playing Neverwinter, although I understand it’s to late now to pony up your Drizzt tax. The best thing about this recommendation is that the game is free, so you can take the money you have saved to buy some books by David Gemmell and experience some much better fantasy writing instead 🙂

Courtesy of Dulfy, we have the news that SWTOR is adding an Ewok companion Even if you don’t play SWTOR (or don’t play it any more, as I don’t at the moment) I recommend you follow the link and watch one or both of the intro cut-scenes, just for the giggle or goggle factor of seeing a bad-ass psycho Ewok as imagined by Bioware.

Three things of interest come to mind on reading this news:

Firstly, an Ewok is probably the most polarising thing you can add, at least short of a halfwit Gungan companion. One of my GW2 guildies commented that “Bioware must have a really young focus group” to have come up with this idea. It’s also going to annoy lore purists who will insist that Ewoks weren’t discovered until Return Of The Jedi, thousands of years after The Old Republic – however, there are ways around this and lore purists will always find something to be annoyed about (case in point – go to the LotRO forums and look up the “do balrogs have wings?” debate some time).

Secondly, this particular bad-ass character is female, although in fairness as it’s an Ewok the only way to tell is by the pronoun used in dialogue (and I’m not aware of there being any romance options for this NPC, which I’m sure will be a disappointment to a small subset of the players out there). Score one for strong female characters who are not set up as eye candy, technically 🙂

Third, and most important, this companion is not a cash shop exclusive. It requires legacy level 40 (i.e. you need to have played the game quite a bit) plus a big pile of in-game currency. There’s an update saying that there’s a Cartel Coins (i.e. cash shop) alternative to the big pile of money, but it’s not clear whether that bypasses the legacy level requirement. Bioware continue to amaze me by not selling “more story” when “story” was always the game’s USP, and probably the one thing you COULD get players to come back and pay for.