I just wanted to take a few minutes to recap my first few days back in Darkfall. Who knows. Maybe you might decide to check it out after all. This is going to be long but you might find it interesting. But by all means, don't feel obligated to read it just because I sent it to you. You'll see quite a difference from going solo on day one and two, to running with a clan on day three.
I renewed my sub after work on Thursday, knowing I have a 3 day weekend. So, the first day I got my subscription back (Thursday) I logged in to my same character. I found my entire clan hadn't logged in since April, the leader had left the clan, and I was left in charge. That means I had full access to the clan bank. I needed to find a bank and see what goodies I was left from the clan.
My character was "red" because I had killed too many "blue" players previously and it decreased my alignment, flagging me as a sort of negative player. Being "red" I couldn't go anywhere near any friendly towns because they have guard towers to defend the civil players against people like me. So I was bound to a chaos stone in the wilderness. There aren't any banks around here. However, I remember reading about a friendly clan settlement in the south called Mar Shral. I imagine they will let me use their bank to get my stuff. So I start walking to Mar Shral. Along the way I find some NPC spawns. I fight with a few trolls with my starter weapons and without any clothes whatsoever. I kill a few ork NPCs a little further on. Now I've got some loot and I'm not naked any more. Another reason to find a bank.
After about half an hour of walking I find a chaos city on the way to Mar Shral. A chaos city is a bind point that has NPC merchants, crafters, and banks. But the most important thing about a chaos city is that it has no towers. These are lawless places where players have all the same amenities as the civilized "blues" in their cities and a bindstone to respawn at. The difference is, if you pull something out of your bank in a chaos city, you may have to pull something out of your back if you're not careful.
I remove all my armor and weapons and put them in my pack so I look like a poor loot-less beggar not worth the time it would take to kill. As I enter the chaos city I see three other "reds" clamouring around the bindstone killing anyone who spawns, then killing them again after they respawn and their invincibility timer wears off. They are farming alignment, trying to make their characters "blue" again. I run quickly to the bindstone and bind to it before they have a chance to kill me and send me back to my previous wilderness spawn. They are preoccupied with the other two naked "reds" for the time being so I have a look around.
Ah ha! I've found a bank. I run up the stairs to the bank and empty my bag into the piles of stuff I had from months ago. I take a look in the clan bank and find that the clan had left me with about 50-100 assorted weapons (clubs, axes, swords, shields), some cloth armor, and a bag with a collar in it. Not much. Nevertheless, I start to pull the stuff out of the clan bank to put it in my bank. All of a sudden one of the "reds" I had seen on my way in knocks me back away from the bank. I have about 15 weapons in my inventory. Within a matter of seconds I'm dead and looted and respawning at the chaos stone. A moment later I find them running after me again waiting for my invincibility timer to wear off so they can slaughter me again. "This will never work." I think to myself and log out and call it a night.
The next day I log in to find the same clan at the chaos city farming alignment. They come after me right away. They don't even wait for my invincibility to wear off. They are already hitting me. I book it out of the city without grabbing anything from my bank. I just have my starter weapons again. They stop chasing me and head back as I run off in search of Mar Shral and some civility. About 10 minutes later I find it; I've found Mar Shral. The problem is the gate is locked. I don't have any magic abilities to launch myself over the walls yet so I'm stuck outside. I start asking for assistance in public chat. No one answers for about 20 minutes. Then somebody says something I don't understand in french.
I head back to the chaos town in disappointment. I find the same few bandits roaming around killing each other this time. They are skilling up. I decide to join in the fun and figure I might be able to farm some alignment myself in the process of raising my weapon skills. So I head to the bank and grab some real weapons (because you can't gain skill rank with starter weapons). I chase one of them down and start smacking him with my sword and blasting him with mana missiles. He seemed surprised but quickly retaliates. A few of his friends join in as we circle each other rapidly, trying to avoid the blows and break line of sight. We do this, killing each other and skilling up our various weapon skills and magic skills, for the next hour or so. I log off and come back a few hours later.
When I log back in I find two more clans besides the one I had seen before. They have set up a blood wall. This is a wall of AFK players that people can hit to gain skill. It's sort of an easy mode training method. You just hit the blood wall until it's low on health and then you heal it back up before any of them die. It's a very effective way to raise otherwise slow and tedious skills at a more rapid pace. I head to my bank and finish moving my weapons from the clan bank to my own. I pull out a few reagents for some of my higher level magic and a couple weapons to skill up on the blood wall. I train for a few hours with these clans on their blood wall being very careful not to kill anyone because I know there would be reprecussions. Then I log out for the night thinking "Maybe I can solo this game. Haha! Maybe not."
That night I head to the Darkfall Clan Recruiting forums and browse the active recruitment posts. Most of them are looking for North American server players (The server opens next week). I'm going to be on the European server for the next three months until they allow transfers to the North American server. So I put up a Looking For Clan post on my own.
The next day I head back in to the game and find a couple of the same clans that were at the blood wall the night before. But I also find some fully decked out, high level armor guys from a different clan hanging around looking mean. Looks like they stopped in to use the bank. There's about five of them. One of the "reds" who lived at this chaos town started smacking on one of the fully armored guys. All five of them jumped him and, being that he was naked, he died quickly. I guess I chose a bad time to hop down off my perch and look in my bank. They seemed jumpy and quickly dispatched me as well. When I respawned I saw a full on skirmish between these five fully armored guys and the other 5-6 naked zerglings who called this chaos city home. The nakeds fell like dominoes one after the other. I tried to run out of the city but I get blasted with a fireball. I run and hide behind a rock near the road hoping they're not chasing me. I guess they weren't chasing me but they just happened to be exiting the city the same way I did. There's about 8 of them altogether. As they ride past me on their mounts, two of them are kind enough to stop and mount kick me into a tree until I died, once again. Fuckers.
So I head back to the Looking For Clan post on the forums. I find about 5-6 PMs inviting me to various clans. I pick what I think are the best and submit applications. Then I head back in to the game. I grab some low end leather armor, some reagents, and some weapons and wander off towards the center of Agon. As I'm moving I see some of the same farmiliar faces running by hitting each other, blasting each other with magic spells, like a group of 12 year olds at the mall punching each other in the arm and twisting each others nipples or something. They look like they're having a good time but they are creating quite a racket and they are very easy to sneak away from (or sneak up on for the purpose of killing them). They appear to be heading towards the center of the map as well. I head in a slightly different direction as them. About half an hour later I find some amazing looking fields. The trees every few feet are dark brown almost black with spiny branches tangling up into the thick fog hanging in the gray air. They are about five times as big around as I am and about ten times as tall. There are no leaves on the trees but the ground's grey dirt is covered with sprawling tangles of purple flowers everywhere. There are grey cliffs all around as I walk through the canyons. It simply looks amazing; like a black and white photograph only with bright purple flowers. As I'm wandering around I find a big dragon just hanging out. I think this is the very center of Agon. I take a few pot shots at him and he charges at me as I run away. I get hit for half my health bar and decide this is not a solo excursion project here.
As I'm walking through the canyons I hear someone casting magic above me up on the bluffs. I decide to go check it out. I crouch down so as not to make any sound and I sneak around the cliffs looking for a way up. After about 20 minutes I find a way up and I sneak over to a bridge leading in to an NPC castle with huge metal chains and shimmering red ruby walls. I sneak over to a tree and wait watching the bridge, the only way into the castle. I wait to see the caster of the magic I had heard from down below. After five minutes I see a player crouching, sneaking silently across the bridge into the NPC castle. He sneaks around the corner and I decide to investigate.
I bravely sneak across the bridge and peek around the corner. I see a few NPCs, a player riding a mount through the NPCs wailing on them with his axe, and I see a tombstone. It's not the player who had just snuck in. It must be they guy who was casting the spells from before. It looks as if that mounted player has killed him. Now he's fighting off the NPC mobs. I quickly run to the tombstone to loot it. I grab a two handed hammer, some spell reagents, and I was about to grab some armor when a massive magical blast hits me from behind draining a quarter of my health bar. I turn tail and run out of the castle, back across the bridge, and find a hiding place. I recall on my bindstone (a 2 minute casting time spell that returns a player to his bindstone).
Later that day I have joined a new clan and they have recently conquered a hamlet on one of the southern islands. I'm not too far away so I decide to walk there, rather than risk losing one of my mounts. After an hour I arrive at my new home. One of the players is heading back to the mainland on a raft and he asks for an escort. Me and 6 other members agree to join him on the trip. We all grab fishing poles and hop on the raft. We have a fishing contest as we float across the ocean back to the mainland.
Later that night we prepare for a coming siege we are planning. When you challenge a city in a siege, you either have to put up a wager of tens of thousands of gold, or else your own city becomes vulnerable to attack as well. In order to take a city you have to destroy the bindstone at the center. Once it reaches 0 hp you become the owner of the city. But in order for a bindstone to be vulnerable you have to launch an official siege against it. A siege cycle lasts for six hours. The first four hours are spent in defense, meaning the players who launched the seige has to defend their own vulnerable bindstone. After those four hours, if they do not lose their city, their enemy's bindstone becomes vulnerable for two hours.
So in preperation for the seige we practice defending our hamlet. It's a costal town with ewok-like tree houses and spiral staircases climbing the trees. We have a mine and a bank and that's about it. But this is our home. We don't want to lose it. We split up into two groups. There's about 15 of us altogether. I'm in the attacking team to begin with. We decide to launch a water assault. We swim out into the ocean a little ways up the coast from our hamlet. We duck under the water and swim in like navy seals. Two of the defenders spot our heads as we come up for air. We are quickly under arrow fire and magic attacks. We stay out in the water ducking under out of the way of the ranged attacks. We move in close to the land and they start charging into the water after us. Half our group circles around a little further north and uses a pincer meneuver. We are closing in at them from both sides. My squad is pulling them out into the water while the other squad is pushing in to the hamlet from the opposite side. It works. We kill all the defenders taking minimal casualties ourselves (I was one of the casualties
We ran a few more meneuvers, practiced some 1v1 fights, trained up on our blood wall a bit, and then decided to head out for some high end PvE. We gear up, this time I wear a full set of bone armor (sexy looking shit) and I pull out some nice weapons and some gathering tools. We all mount up, about 12 of us, and start riding off towards the first spawn. After about 2 minutes we find it. Some oak lords and some tree golems. We all coordinate fire on these things and they fall quite quickly. We gather up the loot and rest a bit. I pull out my pickaxe and mine a bit of metal ore from one of the metal nodes nearby. Then we head off towards the next spawn. Some sort of golem. We killed it rather quickly as well.
As we were waiting for the respawn a few of the guys start playing king of the hill with their knockbacks and push magic. I wander off into a thicket of trees and find a camoflauged little guy AFK running against a tree (to train up his skill/attributes). He's from the clan Dogma. I call in the rest of the guys and they tell us he was harassing their hamlet yesterday. They joyfully slaughter him.
The golem spawns and dies to our mana missiles a few more times before we head on to the next high end spawn. This one is a deathless mage. We kill it a few times, gather up all the loot, and head on towards another spawn. This one is a dragon. The dragon manages to actually kill a few of us but we quickly resurrect our teammates and take it down and run off to another spawn while we wait for this one to respawn. We kill the other dragon and move on to some fire golems. We accidently get muddled in the middle of four of them and they ultimately prove too difficult for us to take down. But during the battle one of our guys spots a Dogma clan member scouting our part from up on a hill. He's mounted so we quickly leave the fire golems and hop on our mounts and chase after this one single guy with our dozen fully equipped clan members.
Dogma takes off riding as fast as his mount will move ducking behind hills and circling through trees trying to lose us. Two of our guys are very close to him. The rest of us are listening to their direction to circle around to the east around the mountain to cut him off. One guy readies his bow and arrow waiting for Dogma to appear from behind the mountain. Sure enough he does. His mount takes a few arrow shots and now, instead of 2 people behind him, he has 12 people frothing at the mouth ready to kill him. I imagine his heart was beating fast. He circled around right through the center of us and tried to get a few shots in, swinging wildly as he rode through our pack. Unfortunately he took four hits to his one. Not a really bright thing to do. Moments later he decides it's a losing fight and rides into the middle of some fire golems. We follow after him and soon his mount is downed and he's scrambling to run on foot through a sea of 12 mounted players riding past one after the other taking cheap shots. One of our players dismounts in order to fire off some ranged attacks and Dogma makes his way to the mount trying to steal it. Fortunately our guy got back on his mount just in time before Dogma took it. He is soon dead and looted and we move on for a few more rounds of dragon killing.
Later that night we bindstone recall back to our hamlet and divide up the loot. It was good times. Anyway, I've got to go. I think we're preparing for a siege today and I've got some RL stuff to get done before that.