Archive for August 29, 2011

Amazing Minstrel Isengard Guide


Minstrel Song of Aid

I love it when the community does work for me that I can reference ;)  I was working up some information on Minstrels and still plan on doing a video but Cloudie-wan on the forums put up an AMAZING 15 post guide on all things that have changed for the Minstrel.  If you have a Minnie, I’d highly suggest checking out the thread.


Time to Pick Your Side


After quite the interesting event (or non-event) to start off the weekend, Funcom came out this afternoon to announce that the first phase of Beta ACCESS (not beta itself) for The Secret World is kicking off.

Head over to The Secret War page and pick your side.  One caveat is that for this phase you must link it to your Facebook account.  Now I looked over what they’re sharing, and nothing weird jumped out at me, but then again I don’t use Facebook for much at all :) so you might want to read that a little more if you’re concerned about stuff like that.  I also suggest checking out the FAQ as there’s some good info in there:

  • Facebook is required as Phase two will be all about social networking
  • these phases aren’t necessarily tied to Beta access but you improve your chances
  • If you’ve already registered by taking the test previously you’re automatically entered, but re-registering gets you into the social aspects of The Secret World event.

All I can say about this game is that I’m really excited (and admittedly intimidated a bit) by the real world interactions possible.  The whole linking with Twitter and Facebook brings in all sorts of nifty ideas and I’m very excited to see where they take us.  Granted, this could be a colossal failure but at least they’re trying some new things.


I signed up on the Templars side and have been chatting about it on twitter with others and I seem to be quite in the minority – anyone out there willing to back me up?

Oh, and as an aside – anyone know where to find verification in Facebook that you’re connected to any of this stuff?


Trying and Failing to Keep up with The Secret World


With all the news coming out for LOTRO, it has been very hard for me to keep up with the other big game I’m tracking – The Secret World.  However, there are a ton of things that have been going on.

Before getting to the news, I wanted to post a couple of great resources I’ve found that really helped me get caught up on what’s going on.

The first item I wanted to touch on was the pricing information they released last week and was brought up again at PAX.  According to Tarib (Senior Community Manager) on the forums, they will be going with a pseudo-hybrid model (my words, not his).  Essentially what this means is they’re launching with a subscription model with a cash shop that will focus on “convenience item and character customization.”  I was really hoping that with the success Age of Conan has been having, they might’ve leaned more towards a F2P model but I’m not surprised by this.  In all honesty, I think any game that launches now without a cosmetic cash shop is leaving money on the table as MMO players have over and over again proven they’re willing to pay money for what they think is cool looking stuff.  Now, the concern for me is on the “convenience” items as you start to bleed into the Pay-to-win area.  Turbine initially had a very similar mind-set when the game launched, but there are some borderline items they’ve put in there.  I’m not saying Funcom won’t get it right, it is just a concern.

Also at PAX is the new trailer which I have to admit is pretty darn cool!  I don’t think there’s much new but a sweet combination of all the pieces we’ve seen. (Try this link if the embedded player below gives you problems.)


There’s also been a ton of things with the delayed beta event but in all honesty I’m still trying to catch up on that stuff.  I feel for the group in trying to do something really cool but I applaud them for their responses and trying to keep the community up to speed on what was going on.  I’ll put up another post on that event specifically, but wanted to get out my thoughts on the other items from late last week.

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