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Friday, April 08, 2005

PvP Coming to EQII (And This Time I Mean It!)


Well, it looks my
recent April Fool’s joke about PvP in EQII isn’t really a joke after all. Gee, if they implement my “bloodlust” stat and “Blood Geyser” skill I’m really going to be freaked out.

The drama started when (I read it
on Warcry first but you can find it other places) Chris Kramer of SOE announced that the first expansion pack for EQII would be shown at E3. For those that don’t know E3 begins May 19th so we don’t have too long to wait.

I know some of my level 50 friends are quite eager to use up some of that adventuring vitality yet again. Of course, there will always be those who say, “fix the problems with the game first before you release expansions.” But I feel a large segment of the player population is ready for it or will be in a few months.

Kramer (Chris not Kosmo) also mentioned that SOE will be “dropping a few other mindbombs.”

Hmm…mindbombs, eh? Sounds a bit scary.

Well it looks like the great Smed launched one of those mindbombs a bit early in his
Letter to the Community. Oh, Smed, you mindbomber you.

He shows his softer side by mentioning
baby Firiona but he also states that SOE will be “taking the first step towards introducing PvP competition with the introduction of a new type of combat!”

Wow, I can pretty much guess what the most popular topic on the official forums is going to be for foreseeable future.

Moorgard gives us a bit more information in this post
, stating that it will not be “full-on PvP” nor will there be PvP servers or “disputed zones.” Arenas anyone?

I’m actually wondering if they’re working on a type of contest rather then the PvP most of us are probably envisioning. For example, a team of good and a team of evil players enter an arena. They both fight as many mobs as they can and the team who kills the most wins. But that’s just conjecture. If you want more guesses, I'm sure you can find plenty on the forums.

I'm not going to make any comments on the suitability of PvP in EQII until I find out just what it's all about. So I advise everyone who is getting overheated to just chillax (concurrently chill and relax) and at least wait to see what happens.

Hmm, even though Smed's letter is a big story for the
EQIIPlayers news page for some reason I like the story directly under it a little bit better. I'm not sure why...must be all these mindbombs going off.


Anonymous Justin said...

Honestly, having not played Everquest 1 for more than a week, I would really enjoy some actual PvP "EQ1 style". I don't see why there's a problem with having PvP servers (a la Fansy's great tales). Obviously, if you make a character on a PvP server, you must agree to the terms and expect to be beat down more than once.

At the very least, I liked the idea of challenging a player to PvP, to which they could agree or decline. In that way, no one can go on a rampage, but you have the option to enjoy a duel (if both parties are willing).

8:47 PM  
Blogger Aggro Me said...

Heh, any fan of Fansy is a friend of mine. I don't really see dueling as a problem either. But perhaps there can be an option for those who never want to duel to check off. That way they won't be bothered by challenges.

Some bracket-style tournaments would be cool too.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Exactly. If you're not interested, opt off from the start, those are the sort of ideas that I think make PvP workable.

Either way, I think SOE will probably come up with something fun. They've been doing well enough so far.

8:30 PM  

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