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They removed the prestige class thing, but it's true that you have to be level 40 to get a mount, yes. Same as WoW. It just means that you'll have an 'exclusive' mount rather than the generic ones everyone else gets.

As for WotLK...I've read all the info and it doesn't interest me in the slightest if I'm honest. :D

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heh, I think I actually orgasmed when I read it :(

Anyway, play sent out my code today, so I guess the woman I talked to was misinformed.

Still can't work out where the fuck I download it from though. According to the AOC website after I registered my code it's available from May 10th... that's great, but a url would be nice.

Edit: ok, the download link is http://funcom.cachefly.net/AoC-EU-EarlyAccess.exe if anyone wants to start the download now. Apparently you recieve the link in a PM once your payment information has been approved. Normally I'd be fine with that, but apparently they don't seem to like debit cards :( so it looks like im off to borrow someones credit card info ;)

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So how many people actually managed to get their early access codes working? It seems that Funcom have now closed the early access thing all together, so if you didn't redeem your code immediately (or it didn't get sent to you before yesterday morning) then you need to wait for the full thing.

Seems a bit silly to limit the Early Access, when it was used as one of the pre-order selling points.

I've got my code, but can't use it. Meh. Good start, Funcom!

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Perhaps they should have told the retailers that.

How do you know they didn't? It could just be the retailers incompetency rather than Funcoms.

I did manage to sign up though, and have downloaded the client and fully patched it. Unfortunately, I just get a black screen when I load the client and annoyingly, I can still hear the intro video, then all the logos and finally the music at the login screen. I just can't see the damn thing :wacko:

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Is it true it takes up 23GB? I think that's what they were saying on Rock, Paper, Shotgun but surely I imagined it. I mean...23GB???

23.9 gig, yeah. I think the last 900mb is from the patches.

how big is your current WoW install folder?

9 gig

Incidently, after downloading the latest patch the black screen issue has been sorted. It's still really laggy though but at least I can see what's going on now.

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How do you know they didn't? It could just be the retailers incompetency rather than Funcoms.

Absolutely. It was Play that sold me the EA code as part of my pre-order, so Play who I'll be complaining to.

23gb is nuts though. 23gb! I'll have to delete some porn. :wacko:

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Right, been playing this all afternoon. Love it. Absolutely love it.

I'll break it down after a brief intro, which I'll spoiler.

After creating your character, who is a slave aboard a ship, and watched a brief movie, you wash up on the shore and are greeted by some old guy who tells you that the slave master is heading towards the pirate city of Tortage and if he beats you there, he will tell everyone you're a slave and you'll be left to die in the jungle. Don't worry though, it's not a race.

The island itself is a bottle neck and leads you exactly where you need to go which is both good and bad for obvious reasons.

Graphics:

Wow. Just...wow. My computer is a beast except for the one thing that counts most for games - the graphics card. But even on my lowly 7900GS, the game is stunning. The jungle/beach area you start in is lush and detailed and the water effects are lovely. There are a few graphical glitches at the moment, such as hair disappearing occassionally as you swim or stealth, but nothing major and nothing game destroying.

Sound:

Music is wonderful. Suitably atmospheric or pounding when it needs to be, the music is awesome anf compliments the game brilliantly. The sound effects are lovely too, particularly the combat which is gloopy and nasty sounding.

Gameplay:

Great fun. This is the first MMO I've played since WoW (City of Heroes, Everquest2, Vanguard and LotRO) where you don't feel like you're ice skating everywhere. The characters feel like they're actually connected to the world which is great.

The combat, much touted as being the best thing ever, is brilliant. It's a bit like playing a beat em up. There is no auto-attack - you must do every swing yourself by using buttons 1-3. 1 is diagonal forward and left, 2 is overhead and 3 is diagonally forward and right. Later in the game you unlock a further 2 or 3 directions i think, not sure. If you swing you hit everything in front of you in an arc, so basically every attack is a frontal cone aoe. Much fun. It's suitably meaty and gory with blood spurting this way and that and imagine my surprise when, randomly, my Assassin stabbed a man in the face for a fatality. Yes, there are fatalities such as lopped off heads, guts spilling out or - if you play one of the casters - people's skin being flayed right off. Lovely jubbly.

The quests are cool and your typical mmo qs - go here, collect this and kill 10 of something or other. But you feel powerful instead of killing rats. You start off fighting pirates, gorillas and crocodiles instead of shitty critters. Nice.

Daytime is MMO time and nightime, which is accessed via an inn, is singleplayer which advances your story, called Destiny quests. These just flesh out the backstory of your character which, sadly, seems to be the same for everyone, although the quests and how the story unfolds are class dependent.

Every class has stealth but some classes are better at it than others with Assassins being the best at it. Stealth doesn't work like it does in wow - you can stealth anywhere but the amount of surrounding light affects how easy you are to see. Basically you can stealth all you want but in the direct sunlight it won't do shit.

And yes, for those of you who want to know - there are nekkid bewbs. :o

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Yeah, unfortunately my PC isn't a beast and it shows - despite matching min requirements it's unplayable, even at low settings. As usual, going from low - mid only lost me 1 or 2 fps (while looking significantly better), which I guess could mean it's related to ram and processor speed instead of graphics card?

Either way, the hour or so that I played showed me enough to make me consider upgrading. It's definately very promising and I've been recently been debating upgrading anyway, so it's time to start saving :o

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Right, been playing this all afternoon. Love it. Absolutely love it.

I'll break it down after a brief intro, which I'll spoiler.

After creating your character, who is a slave aboard a ship, and watched a brief movie, you wash up on the shore and are greeted by some old guy who tells you that the slave master is heading towards the pirate city of Tortage and if he beats you there, he will tell everyone you're a slave and you'll be left to die in the jungle. Don't worry though, it's not a race.

The island itself is a bottle neck and leads you exactly where you need to go which is both good and bad for obvious reasons.

Graphics:

Wow. Just...wow. My computer is a beast except for the one thing that counts most for games - the graphics card. But even on my lowly 7900GS, the game is stunning. The jungle/beach area you start in is lush and detailed and the water effects are lovely. There are a few graphical glitches at the moment, such as hair disappearing occassionally as you swim or stealth, but nothing major and nothing game destroying.

Sound:

Music is wonderful. Suitably atmospheric or pounding when it needs to be, the music is awesome anf compliments the game brilliantly. The sound effects are lovely too, particularly the combat which is gloopy and nasty sounding.

Gameplay:

Great fun. This is the first MMO I've played since WoW (City of Heroes, Everquest2, Vanguard and LotRO) where you don't feel like you're ice skating everywhere. The characters feel like they're actually connected to the world which is great.

The combat, much touted as being the best thing ever, is brilliant. It's a bit like playing a beat em up. There is no auto-attack - you must do every swing yourself by using buttons 1-3. 1 is diagonal forward and left, 2 is overhead and 3 is diagonally forward and right. Later in the game you unlock a further 2 or 3 directions i think, not sure. If you swing you hit everything in front of you in an arc, so basically every attack is a frontal cone aoe. Much fun. It's suitably meaty and gory with blood spurting this way and that and imagine my surprise when, randomly, my Assassin stabbed a man in the face for a fatality. Yes, there are fatalities such as lopped off heads, guts spilling out or - if you play one of the casters - people's skin being flayed right off. Lovely jubbly.

The quests are cool and your typical mmo qs - go here, collect this and kill 10 of something or other. But you feel powerful instead of killing rats. You start off fighting pirates, gorillas and crocodiles instead of shitty critters. Nice.

Daytime is MMO time and nightime, which is accessed via an inn, is singleplayer which advances your story, called Destiny quests. These just flesh out the backstory of your character which, sadly, seems to be the same for everyone, although the quests and how the story unfolds are class dependent.

Every class has stealth but some classes are better at it than others with Assassins being the best at it. Stealth doesn't work like it does in wow - you can stealth anywhere but the amount of surrounding light affects how easy you are to see. Basically you can stealth all you want but in the direct sunlight it won't do shit.

And yes, for those of you who want to know - there are nekkid bewbs. :D

GODDAMMIT.

Ordered.

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I may join you Deef :( I feel I need an aside from WoW atm although its never going to replace it for me. Just something different to do a few nights a week maybe, if any good.

Make sure you go on the old RP-PVP server, Aquilon (sp) or something.

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Yes, come to Aquilonia! That's where me and Chauntea are hanging out, lopping off heads and ripping of peoples skin!

Fun times!

My toon is called Lansellius, so shout when you're on and I'll come laugh at your lowbie noobishness as I strut around at level 20 :(

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Here are my impressions which I posted in a thread in the discussion folder:

Had a massive bash on this last night from about 6pm till 2am. I really can't recommend it enough. I started my Conqueror again from scratch cus I didn't like the way he originally looked. Whilst waiting for my mate, who was already at level 11, to try and fix his fps and graphical error issues, I managed to level to 11 myself.

Conqueror is by far my favourite class so far of the ones I've tried. A soldier, they can wear light and medium armour at low level and eventually heavy armour later on. They are a dps/tanking hybrid but they cannot wear a shield - they tank by doing damage either dual wielding or smashing stuff with a huge 2hander. I've gone for the dw spec at the mo cus it's quicker. It also seems to have more bleeds and overall dps whereas 2hander is more about cc, range and knockbacks.

They have shouts, a bit like a warrior from wow, only they last 4 hours instead of 2 mins, which buff party members by increasing chance to hit and damage done. I will get more soon, but I don't know what they do yet. They also have an extremely cool spell which saved my life yesterday - the ability to randomly combat res a nearby party member! I don't know how the hell it worked but this was the scenario:

Lansellius, my Conqueror, and Clavine, Chauntea's necromancer, invaded a camp of Picts, which are like barbaric cannibal buggers who like to eat people alive. We pulled a few more than we expected and they were all 3 or so levels above us and things were looking bad. I chugged a health potion (which work over time instead of at once so you have to be careful when you take it) but Clavine went down, killed by a Pict swinging an axe. Just as I thought things were going worse, Clavine suddenly jumps up and rains undead fury on the lot, taking out one just as I behead the other, blood splattering all over the screen. We stood there, surrounded by Pictish bodies, the grass stained with blood. I asked how he had come back to life and he said the game had popped up a message saying 'Lansellius wishes to resurrect you'. Now, I didn't even know I had this skill, as it's not in my skill book, but damn, if it didn't save my ass!!!

So anyway, we travelled out of the relative safety of Tortage Island to White Sands Isle, a beautiful tropical paradise with glorious beaches and dense jungle. It is also home to Picts, crocodiles, tigers, panthers and gorillas. We had a few quests there and spent the best part of 4 hours running around, hacking our way through anything that stood in our way. This was the first time we also experience the FFA pvp. Unless partied with someone or in the same guild, when you’re outside of Tortage, everyone is fair game (NOTE: THIS IS BECAUSE WE’RE ON A PVP SERVER). Mostly people leave each other alone at the moment but there was a Ranger and a Rogue that kept trying their luck, but we made short work of them for the most part.

Tonight I think we’re going to make a start in Archeron Ruins, which is more lush jungle and an ancient temple (think something out of Indiana Jones) filled with the undead, more bloody Picts and some demons. If this place proves too crowded, we’ll go to the Underhalls – the old ruined city of Tortage underneath the newer city, which houses caves, a jail and if rumours are to be believed, an extremely strong, powerful demon, thirsty for inexperienced adventurer’s blood…

Can’t wait

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There's a lot of stuff thats sounds really good about AoC, there isn't a hope in hell that my pc will run it in anything other than crappy mode though. Plus I think my wife would kill me if I started another MMORPG at the moment.

Still hopefully it'll give blizz a bit of a kick up the arse.

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I have decided not to buy Conan. I have read the recommended specs and my system is not up to par. And I am not gonna play a gorgeous game like this with settings set to SHITE.

Lawl, it looks like Far Cry on low with some bad Poser models pasted over the top.

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can you get a demo of this yet?

not quite ready to give my self back up to wow but fancie a bit of mmorpg action and my mythos beta invite didn't come :)

There's a buddy key thing in the making according to the accounts page. Unfortunately the retail comes on 2 dvd's and the funcom folder on my h.d is 25.1 gig, so downloading a client would be a pretty time consuming affair i would imagine. Shame like but in a way if you waited until dx10 is implemented and the bugs & content fixed it would probably be a better experience anyway.

There's not a 'serious' instance until your mid 30's, most before that can be completed on your own. It's still pretty good though. I've got a lvl 67 pom on Dagon. Crafting is buggy atm. There's a couple of lvl.80's in my guild now and they are not pleased about the lack of end game content.

If you're still unsure about whether to buy it or not watch this and be converted :D

Lol
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