Archeage Anxiety

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  1. Paradigm

    Paradigm Bearded Pirate Instructor Website Administrator Honored Mythic Gamer Tenacious Gamer WoW: Classic Heroic Gamer 2009 Original Member

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    ARCHEAGE ANXIETY​
    Archeage Team …

    First of all … this is a VERY LONG read … If you have a few minutes, I would ask that you read this in its entirety. If you don’t, I would ask that you return when you do. Thank you.

    First, let me welcome all of you to Archeage, both tenured members and new. For those newer members, we welcome you to not only Archeage, but to Tenacious as a whole. This is a gaming community, one that will not die with the game. To my friends and tenured members, I look forward to seeing a familiar group back together again on the battlefield.

    Secondly, let me thank you not only for taking this Archeage journey with us, but for being easily the most Mumble friendly and forum active group we’ve had in many, many years. Our TERA Chapter was one of our most active. Between the beta alliance meetings, the Vanarchy elections, the server events and general communications, our TERA forums here had the most threads and the most messages of any forum category in our history. Not to be outdone, our Archeage Chapter has eclipsed those numbers by 1,000 … and the game hasn’t even released yet!

    That says a lot. It says a lot about a game that boggles the mind, perplexes the gamer in us and drives us into a theory-crafting frenzy of information sharing and preparation. Seriously, when was the last time a game released that involved this much information? Involved so grand a level of conspiracy, accomplishment and exploration? When was the last time an MMO was released that pushed the envelope on what was long considered the standard MMO gameplay experience?


    I don’t have a memory of one. Aion was a dungeon crawlers dream … 92 dungeons and instances in that game, but the crafting was bland and average at best. Rift had extraordinary raiding, dungeons and artwork, but the PvP was a barren wasteland. SWTOR was our last great hope for ‘The Big One’ … the game that could unite all gamers in a common, world renowned title with amazing graphics … but it failed miserably on multiple fronts.

    So here we are. On the verge of releasing Archeage with the largest gaming chapter Tenacious has ever taken on. Threads and posts abound on our forums daily, by the hundreds … ideas and theories and plans and preparations consume us. Tempers flare, communications become intense, stress and anxiety overwhelm. The gamer in all of us finally has something we’ve been waiting for for a very long time … a game that brings us to this point … the Gamer Point. The reason we do this.

    With all of this, and rightly so, questions abound. There are sooooo many ideas and theories, is the game too confusing to enjoy? I don’t know what they’re talking about, will I be lost when the game starts? Everyone knows so much about everything, I don’t think I’ll be able to contribute much of anything; will they still want me around? I don’t want to rush the game or join an Order, I just want to play an MMO … can I do that?

    So, indulge me for a few minutes and let me address your questions and your concerns, relieve your anxiety and set you on the path that will make Archeage the gaming experience you want it to be.

    THEORY-CRAFTING
    Yes, the sheer amount of this happening in our forums is mind blowing. I am both overwhelmed and impressed and in awe all at the same time. However, don’t let the theory-crafting intimidate you. Don’t let the abundance of information remove you from ground zero … this is an MMO and a gaming community, and we are here to make sure you experience the best of both.

    Archeage is a crafters dream, or nightmare … or both at the same time. The challenge of preparation exists for those players that enjoy the intensity and the discovery and the emotional engagement.

    However, all of that is not required or even necessary if you don’t wish it to be. Every idea and every theory and every dynamic in this game can be learned at your own pace, at your own discretion, in your own time. Everything that others may know, you can simply learn as you go along if that’s your gameplay experience path. It’s as valid as any other path.

    Some choose the preparation, some choose the exploration, some choose to know nothing, opting instead for a sensory experience of discovery. Whatever your path, Tenacious welcomes you and considers you every bit as important to our team as any other path chosen.

    The game is yours to play … we encourage you to play it as you wish



    THE ORDERS OF TENACIOUS (WARFARE, CRUSADES, GENESIS)
    First, let me expand on why we created the Orders. They were each created to offer an option to a player, plain and simple. Archeage involves to many different moving parts and dynamics, we knew there would be players that wanted to specialize in one or more of those many different facets.

    They are voluntary organizations that work within that guild, not as the guild. Your membership, your contributions to the Guild and your status in Tenacious will remain unchanged if you choose to join an Order or if you choose not to. It’s entirely the option of the player.

    We created the Orders to be structured, organized and objective based. They were created to offer that option to the player that enjoys that method of gaming, though not requiring it. Whether you want to remain completely casual, completely hardcore, or direction oriented members of an Order, your place in Tenacious is unchanged.

    Joining an Order simply means that we ask for you to take up the activities of that Order at certain times and during certain functions, if you are gaming at that time.

    Let me give you a couple of examples:

    “We have 7 players requesting the 4th trade run on Friday night @ 7pm EST. If you are gaming on that night, I will need Genesis to help prepare the packs and Warfare to escort please”

    In this scenario, it doesn’t mean that you have to take off work Friday night or feel bad if you have something else to do … it simply means that Genesis and Warfare have a shared engagement that night, and if you are gaming, your services to your Order are requested. If you are not in an Order and you want to do the trade run, great! You are welcome to do that, as a trader or an escort .. whatever you want.
    “Genesis would like to organize a party to gather <item> and <item> in large quantities … requests Warfare to assist for an hour at <time>”

    In this scenario, Genesis is going to be organizing a materials expedition and members of Warfare that are playing the game at that time are requested to assist. If you aren’t in game, no worries. If you are a non-Order’d member that wants to come along and PvP, then come on! Everyone is welcome to be included in the expedition or the protection … though we ask the Orders to make their role their priority for this guild event.

    “Crusades is planning a 10-man raid in the underwater dungeon … would like Warfare escort and possible diversion while in route”

    Simple here, Warfare provides the escort to make sure coast is clear to entrance and engages anyone camping the path or the entrance so that our PvE expedition can be on schedule. Anyone wanting to raid or go to PvP is more than welcome as well.

    So let me relieve your anxiety as to whether or not you are required to join an Order … or anxiety over it being so close to launch and you haven’t decided but feel you are being forced to. Relax. If you don’t know, or don’t want to … don’t worry about it. Maybe you’ll discover along your path that you either do or you don’t … and whatever time frame you decide that in, is fine with us.

    Know that you have options … but always remember that the options are yours

    LAND RUSH
    Though we covered this at length at the guild meeting, let me reiterate a few items of concern for those not in attendance, and for others just as a reminder.

    Land Rush practice was conceived to offer our players … you guessed it … an option.

    The option is this … Archeage is an open world sandbox game with non-instanced housing and farming. By definition of being non-instanced, all of the farms and houses are placed on the actual gaming map, in clear view and obstruction of the world you are traveling through. As such, land is limited (there is a lot available, but it is limited nonetheless). Not every player will get the land that they want because they will be competing with other players. Again, this is a dynamic of the game that makes it exciting for many.

    Because there are so many members of Tenacious that want so much land, and very specific areas and plots of land at that, we thought it would be appropriate to conceive a way to give our players the advantage when the game is launched … to give them the upper hand in getting the land they want.

    Thus, land rush practice was born. Along with it, the misperception that we are ‘rushing the game’.

    In reality, this both is true and untrue … depending on your point of view. We are, indeed, rushing the game. But only about 1% of it, and only at the beginning. And only for the purpose of heightening the other 99% of the game.


    What we simply set out to do was to learn the fastest path possible to get 59 Guilda Stars, or 50 Guilda Stars, or 45 or what ever number you need to get the land and homes and farms that you want. We simply wanted to help our members be faster than the crowd during Head Start, so that everyone in Tenacious would get the land they wanted. Once their land was secure, they would have a much more enjoyable gaming experience.

    How did we do this? We practiced. 3 times so far, and one more planned for September 7th. We practiced the fastest way possible out of the starter area. We learned (and taught) which quests to do and which quests to skip in order to move faster than the chaos. We learned where the quest mobs were, where the turn ins were, what the objectives were, etc;

    What took about 160 minutes during the first practice, took only 90 during the 3rd. Which means when the game is launched, Tenacious members will be sitting in their new homes and farming while most other players are scrambling around trying to figure out how to fight the crowd.

    Do you have to do Land Rush? Of course not … pick every flower in the starter zone and go at whatever pace you want if that’s what you want to do. No worries. We simply wanted to offer an option for our players who wanted to learn how to get land faster so that they could enjoy the rest of the game without the anxiety of whether or not they would get any land.

    Don’t know how to Land Rush, and weren’t at the practices? No worries … if you want to learn the path and the rush, just simply ask! Most everyone who knows the rush has a lot of fun teaching it to other members. Seriously, just ask!

    Land Rush is definitely not required, and while many are doing it … many are not. Your option.

    The Land Rush practice sessions have been both fun and guild friendly, allowing our members and players the opportunity to get to know each other and have some fun.



    IN SUMMARY
    Play the game as you wish
    Join an Order or don’t join an Order, entirely your option
    Land Rush or don’t Land Rush, entirely your option

    You are encouraged to come as you are, to be who you are, and to find the game play experience that’s right for you. Everyone will support you along the way.

    Gaming … the Tenacious Way … Enjoy



     
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  2. Kinson

    Kinson Epic Gamer Epic Gamer WoW: Classic Officer Veteran Member

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    Well said. Bravo!
     
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    Will (Avidian) Tenacious Gamer Tenacious Gamer Veteran Member

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    Right. Got it! To be clear, you are saying we cannot join Crusades unless it is a Tuesday at 3:34 EST and land rushing is only an option for people with online handles starting with C, J, K, and Z?

    Bad joke aside, thanks for the message. It is a lot of work organizing and coordinating a guild like this, so thanks. I also hope your post sets these issues to rest because I'd personally have a gumption if I kept getting asked after laying it out so clearly.
     
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  4. Zawr

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    Great post, @Paradigm.

    I think the most important tidbit of information from this post is:

    Tenacious just celebrated its 5th year anniversary. We have seen games come and go and we will be around to see many more fly to close to the sun and burn its wings. Can't wait to enjoy the journey with all our new and old members!
     
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    I am so pissed you put a summary. Because I was going to put in a TL;DR smart ass one. You've ruined my dreams, Para. Nicely worded, though.
     
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    Thank you so much for this. I know I'm new, but this guild and the people in it are exactly what I was looking for in ArceAge. I look forward to playing with you for quite awhile to come. :)
     
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    I do apologize if my earlier post - highlighting my own purely personal indecision about my Archeage journey - prompted this post. I certainly did not mean to project any anxiety or to imply any criticism of this guild! You are all an extremely welcoming and supportive bunch, and I'm happy to be a part of this new game with you.
     
  8. Shiala

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    you didn't cause anything, Para is the voice of Wisdom and Patience around here, every once in a while he drops nuggest like these and we all sit back and go "ahhhhhhh"
     
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    Well written!!

    When I first came across Tenacious in the official Archeage Forum and read the introduction I immediately stopped searching for other guilds and ran to your home page. What you just posted is the very reason why I joined and will be a long time member. I just want to be surrounded by good people who love to game, that simple.

    So THANK YOU and to all who made this guild come alive!

    Now that I have a gaming home the only thing I need to acquire is the will / ability to be able to pace myself and keep balance when it comes to new MMO's.
    Their addiction level especially around launch is ridiculous :)

    Nobles
     
  10. Mendien

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    Oh you're in so much trouble! Your goose is cooked! (pun intended, I know it's not a goose, just deal!).

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    I love it! It's exactly what drew me here when I read your thread on the forums, gaming passion and pragmatism in one package!!

    /salute
     
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    Great post and read a bit to Lanmoryn as he is sitting beside me playing SWTOR (grumpy face). I will be honest and say that I'm feeling a bit of anxiety. If I can get over my initial hump, get a nice piece of property from the very start, I will be a happy camper. I plan on doing/learning all I can about landrush. Reading all the posts on this website has been really helpful. My biggest anxiety is doing the quest to get the big farm. I'm kinda of a PvP gimp so I would prefer to go in a group. I am willing to gather wood and such to get the folks who want to get boats right off from the start.

    I also want to become a better PvPer in this game. Perhaps at some point when things get settled, we can have a PvP session for dummies! My goal is to become less of a wimp, hehe.
     
  13. Shiala

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    no worries we will have pvp practice sessions on a regular basis :)
     
  14. Paradigm

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    I know, riiight! It's kind of like that one time at Myrtle Beach ... oh wait, you weren't there ... Terz ruined your dreams ... the men in your life really suck
     
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    I will be taking requests to whoop people's butts.

    Oh... and great post Para. Very insightful read.
     
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    Thank you so much para, To be honest I did encounter posts of land rush and was intrigued,But I thought It might be a little complex for me to try alone. I can definitely recognize the advantage and with that I would like to ask someone who is free to mentor me, I got the archeage russian client which just patched to 1.2 so I believe everything should be in synced with the Western archeage. I will be truly grateful
     
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    Amazing post Para. Very well written and well said. I think this post needs to be stickied because everyone should read it. (unless it already is, I didn't check before opening on mobile)
     
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    Thanks for the post Para. I am a little bit discourage by the amount of Land rush thread since I'm not joining. But now, my only anxiety is that the game won't launch soon enough!
     
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    Since alpha is down and beta won't be up till Thursday we're kinda sucking here. Once beta goes live I'll be running some rush practice outside of the guild one for myself anyone who may want to join. No time set on these so whenever.

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  21. Paradigm

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    No worries ... once Open Beta begins, we'll get you set up
     
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    I was just looking at the website statistics... The ArcheAge forum has 1,487 more posts in it than the next most active forum which was Tera, and that's in the inactive chapter listing; and AA isn't even released yet! Damn this is going to be a fun chapter.
     
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    Was knee deep into SWTOR and happened to goto guild site while waiting on load screen. When I saw the post, I quickly exited game just to 'catch up'. Thank you for the info. I missed hearing the land rush practice date so this info was muchly appreciated. Thanx again.
     
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    Was thinking of doing this too. I definitely need practice because I haven't had a chance to practice yet :) Maybe we can get together and try it out sometime. :)
     
  25. Cyndir

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    Sure. I'll run a few times. I've done the elf side since that's what I intend on rolling on release. But I'll try the human side well.

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    I'll rush once more in Open beta also! Practice makes perfect. I rushed the elf only once so need to do it again since I want an elf at release (yay swim racials). Para, a very good post with clear information!
     
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    I for one will not be rushing land. but i will gather every thing i see and most likely send if all off to some crafter iron ore rocks and porting stones one hell of a level boost if you are just burning the LP.

    Sad face i need to work on the 12th but i get off at 9:30am PDT and the next day of work I have is the 17th
     
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    well said para lots of good useful info here glad I found this community to call home
     
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    I think I'm just ready for tomorrow to be over... everyone have decent land, so we can all focus in something else besides rushing... :s
     
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    Tomorrow is just my initial land rush. Doing a secondary rush with a f2p account on Tue to acquire another farmhouse to place in Karkasse Ridgelands. Waiting for this rush because I don't think I have to worry about that zone being filled yet. Want to have the farmhouse there for a spot for Crusades to portal to for the Red Dragon and also to have a polar bear farm.
     

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