VPR Cast#68: “Spotlight the Spotlight”

Welcome to our 68th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! Guys it’s time to talk smack and get back into the Darkfallonline spirit. Fanboys unite for a cast that is 99% pure dfo! Feel the anger, experience the anticipation.

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About this glorious mmo podcast:
 2 hours of mmo podcast pleasure
 We kick off with ~45 min of misc dfo thoughts covering the past few weeks.
 btw, this fucking cast is taking over an hour to compile into an mp3, never mind the upload time.
  “Conquer the Seas” Expansion ETA
 Developer spotlight: AI
 Expansion Spotlight: Sea Towers
 The Darkfall Community Publishing Program
 Darkfall Slot Machines
  Official Darkfall Twitter
 Image: Sea Tower
 Number of Arrows to get 100 Bowyer
 Remove Revive protection shield
 The story of Runny Runningwave: I love doing this shit
 :) Crafting Spreedsheet.
 what the hell happened to q1 keem
 Full Plate or Shields???
 :) MyDarkfallMap MarketPlace

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Game Discussion and Analysis:

  • Darkfall Online (DFO): open pvp, full loot, loads of asses to kick.
  • Mortal Online (MO): softcore DFO??? Good graphics, free for all pvp with an L2 style spin.
  • and many more…
  • Stray Bullet Games (No Name Yet): from the makers of Shadowbane, comes a mystery meat mmo. Will this be first person perspective, sandbox, loot, full loot? Nobody knows, YET, not even God.
  • (Aion): from the makers of L2, comes another L2 with upgraded graphics and flying? Not exactly sure what to make of this yet, once we have an idea we will cast on it. I do plan to have an Aion “buff” on future cast (actually have one lined up :D).

48 thoughts on “VPR Cast#68: “Spotlight the Spotlight””

  1. They finally got a Twitter going. I posted on the forums a few times hoping for this. Now I wont be the only dude on twitter loving on dfo ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. “Darkfall QA: Just entered final testing: Player movement extension – Double-tap” – next week is gonna be awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. @nizzie: Any idea what “double tap” is supposed to mean? Double tapping is firing two quick consecutive shots… I wonder if that has any relevance to DFO’s meaning (ie double tap with archery… would be funny as hell).

  4. @Ryan: The double tap i am pretty positive is referring to the double jump they are adding in the game.

    Gotta keep up with the Spotlight Ryan, :) hehe.

    “Ontop of these combat skills there will also be many new specialties added which you can use to focus and hone which battle style suits you best. Among the many various paths and advantages offered there will be two skills that give you a double jump or the opportunity to dodge attacks with a double tap in a certain direction.”


    I think I have mixed feelings about this but I always know I love more content and anything new is more content for me to play with.

  5. @Beleg: Dude, you are 100% correct. IT turns out that I have read that. (Thanks for the LINK!). Don’t know how the hell I forgot it.

    Beleg, do you have the link to that article you were looking for some discussion on? I’ll include that as part of this delayed cast.

  6. @Ryan: I looked for it that week and remembered after looking for it again today that the initial poster deleted the thread.

    Not sure why, it was a fantastic forum thread. Could have been cuz it was a more general thread instead and should not have been in the Darkfall forum.

    It was just basically about how MMO’s have become less massive over the years and focused more on things that do not really make RPG’s Massive. The posters point, and I agree was that it being 10 years from when the genre really got rolling, developers have failed to put a focus on MASSIVE and more on the single player or solo experience.

    For example these new MMO’s crash and have server crashes when you barely get 100 people fighting each other in the same area. DFO I think always had that in mind which is why it was built to support massiveness.

    The only problem now is that epic battles of 300vs300 are long gone. Server has been a bit empty lately. Hope people re-sub after the next patch. BTW I just transferred to US-1 last night after burning through my Gear on EU. Hit me up in game sometime. “Beleg Strongbow”

  7. @Beleg: Thanks, I totally forgot about double jumping! But yeah.. I guess double-tapping wasd-keys would result in a dodge, I hope this will make it easier to avoid being hit by magic.

    The more info they release the more I feel this expansion will change the DFO experience a lot!

    BTW: M&B: Warband is scheduled to release on march 2010, or so I’ve heard this week.

  8. AoC just sent me an email saying i get two free weeks of game time and a free level 50 character. I think i’m going to play it.

  9. @Steve: dude… you will have to let us know how it goes. I have trouble thinking that game could ever be made fun. (no offense to the devs, they did a lot of good/hard work)

  10. I’ll save why i like the game and why i quit for a cast, it going to take a bit of time though because i’m downloading CoD6 right now.

  11. @Ryan: Well, not really. You create a toon like you did in the original game, nothing fancy but it’s enough. http://i48.tinypic.com/sb4t44.jpg

    After that you can choose a banner, which will be displayed for your team mates and on your shield. Most clans in beta already have their own banner, as for now you have to download those manually. I hope Taleworlds will change that, like spray logos in Valve games. http://i49.tinypic.com/2604b2d.jpg

    Once you joined the server you choose one of the two fighting factions and then specialize by choosing a class – usually archer/xbow, melee and cavalry. Then you can buy class-specific equipment.


  12. @Beleg et el: ๐Ÿ˜€ I was going to address some of the topics that have come up in the comments section… just ran out of time. This cast ended up being 2 hours without addressing the comments.

  13. Well love to hear that you like the spreedsheet and must say it’s alot of work but i rather do it myself then use alot of time searching the web for some incomplete or not up to date stuff.
    I would love to hookup with some other ppl to do something hugh but havent been so lucky.

    ohh thx for pointing out my spelling isent so good hehe Scall set, must say i was pretty fast at fixing it after i hear it ๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh and keep up the podcasts, alot of good tips.

  14. @Stub-DK: Thanks for posting. As you might have noticed we linked your spreadsheet under out Darkfall links. So do you verify the loot drops/skins? Not sure if you noticed, but you are linked under are Darkfall Links category … we’ll be watching you ๐Ÿ˜€

    @nizzie: Thanks! Was time for a bg change. haha.

  15. Hey, Thanks for including me in this podcast, Pretty damn cool.

    I will be doing more of these And posting them in The PvP forum (Probably under titles like, The legacy Pt. 2 and shit like that. I think you asked if I was on US1? Im a north american but I only play on EU1. Yes, I live in Niffleheim as well.

  16. There are ladders in Darkfall….you can climb them. Try Yssam Raptor spawns on the west coast for example.

    Everyone in the MMO market knows the free trial is a sign the game is dying and some will not approach a game that has one. Plus the player base and support staff have to deal with the free-account crap fest that occurs. It’s like giving your economy over to the gold sellers and bot makers.

  17. @Elric: I feel like I’ve experienced ladders in dfo, but I honestly have no clear recollection. I’ll have to try to find one of those locations to try them out. So I take it that you just approach the ladder and your toon grabs the rungs?

    Also, RE “Everyone in the MMO market knows…”. A few years ago I would agree with that conclusion, but DDO just increased their subscriptions by 40% to include increased revenue. Also, EVE continues to grow in its player base and offers 14 day free trials. I agree that what you said might still be the prevailing feeling, but I also think the business model in the mmo landscape is changing, and with it the players.

    RE handing the economy over to gold sellers and bot makers, how would this harm the dfo economy. Gold sellers dont have a slash who, and bots can be killed anywhere. This isnt like wow, l2, vg, etc where those entities can decimate an economy.

  18. @admin Says

    @Stub-DK: Thanks for posting. As you might have noticed we linked your spreadsheet under out Darkfall links. So do you verify the loot drops/skins? Not sure if you noticed, but you are linked under are Darkfall Links category โ€ฆ weโ€™ll be watching you ๐Ÿ˜€

    Well you are welcome to watch and post on the boards when u find a mistake/error and ill get it fixed asap.
    Most of the mob drops has been collected from different websites for starters and i wil be trying to verify most of the mobs as i can but this isent as easy as it looks. There are alot of mobs and alot of ppl that would love to get my head just because of the guild im in. ๐Ÿ˜€

    After the patch there wil be alot of new stuff thats gona be needing to be adjusted and most of the mob drops databases out there are gona be totaly outdated and we are gona be needing some way to get info and would love to hear some thoughts on how we could help ich other out.


  19. You mentioned the airfield in the dwarven lands in WoW, im pretty sure that is right by ironforge. you can walk right to it and unless they patched it there is a spot behind a tree that lets you go beyond the invisible wall and to this building that looks out over end of the map. im not sure if its still there because i saw in on an episode of Cheat! on g4 a couple years ago.

  20. @Stub: RE the databases… you ought to check out my db, it’s on a link around here. Most of that data is 99% accurate. Like you I’ll be going around verifying things. Maybe post expansion we should coordinate on gathering updates. I plan to revise my db display so that it will show the most recent date the loot table was updated. That ought to help a little.

    @Nip: Honestly, that is almost enough for me to get a WoW account going just to sate my curiosity on that one. With the reference you provided, Ill have to see if I can find it on YouTube. Thanks!

  21. In warhammer there was hard puzzles that you had to do to get into secret areas, my guild spent a month trying to figure out a puzzle so that we could kill a unique guy. In you can get to that airport in world of warcraft, you had to use a wall jump exploit but i enjoyed mastering it as if it was a ingame feature that was skill based. The DFO free trail idea is terrible, if they did that i would blatantly hack and slaughter paying customers then when i would get banned i would just change my ip/sid/HDpin and make a new account and do it again.

  22. @steve: yeah, WAR puzzles were cool. RE the free trial idea being terrible… it seems to me that you are basing that off some bad coding that is a part of dfo … realistically, that is besides the point, since ideally this is something that they can rectify, and should.

    @nizzie: thanks for the MO update!

  23. Just checked out Nizzie’s link. I like the graphic for sure. I need to get a hold of Starkiller and Schug now ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Love the cast as always. Ryan, Let’s fire up the jeep, grab our shotguns and go after those pixel boys, LMAO. I can totally relate to that OMG. I can’t wait and looking forward to doing a cast with you, your wife on DDO.

  25. @Yak: yeah will be fun!

    @Steve: forgot to add earlier… great! Save your intel for a cast. I’ll send you an email within the next month or so!

  26. Turns out you have to pay to get those two weeks of free play, i think i’ll keep looking for games to play since i’m playing on fumes cash wise.

  27. Tasos Flamebouras: Apart from our unwavering commitment to delivering epic expansions and improving the game, weโ€™re also working on a massive Darkfall project, something coming in a few months that will literally change the face of this game. These are exciting times for us and for the Darkfall community, we hope you like the โ€œConquer the Seasโ€ expansion and weโ€™ll say again that weโ€™ll keep finding the ways to making Darkfall better and better.

    It gets harder and harder to resist becoming a true DarkFall fanboy these days. Can’t wait for the expansion!

  28. @Ryan: Good cast, Long overdue. Gotta pump these things out faster as my day job get’s more boring :) I agree with everything said, I also enjoy hearing your different take on sea towers and that sort of thing.

    For the Loot macro, I use a G15. Do you have a good link to one of those I can program to my board? I have been searching for one that works but can’t find one. I also am feeling the wrist aches and gotta constantly stretch and rotate it during play.


  29. @Beleg: Thanks! I’m happy to be your background noise ๐Ÿ˜€ RE the loot macro that I currently use, it is probably not better than your g15. It just grabs one thing at a time. Are you not using a macro at all on your g15? bTW, my g15 broke about 6 months ago, so I use an autoHotkey macro. Good/Bad to hear others validate the claim to pain in dfo. Originally i wasnt wanting them to make looting and selling easier… now I definitely do… just so that I can continue to play.

  30. @Beleg: I checked it out… and I think for sheer “we hate another player and will rage for 15 pages about it”, it’s worth it.! haha

    I read the images, the first 5 pages, and the last 2 pages… Now forget the fact that I know Apoc as a gamer:
    1.) The OP sounds like a little pussy bitch. While one might very well dislike Apoc for justified reasons, that doesn’t negate the fact that this guy is a repetitive slap-dick. From the images, we get no real meat as to why this guy hates Apoc, just that this guy knows how to say over and over again that he: does not respect Apoc, that nobody likes Apoc, and that Apoc is a scumbag. hahaha!
    2.) People came out of the wood work to beat on Apoc, even people who don’t know who he is… ala Kraznor. Christ! Dudettes are just looking to group bang easy targets, and fuck the consequences.
    3.) Reading the posts in that thread, it honestly seems like a gathering of crusty old bitches. I was hoping for a good laugh, but it was pathetic.
    4.) Read the images again. Who is more articulate, and even keeled. Honestly.
    5.) In the images, the OP talks some shit, but wont back it up with 1k gold and some cats??? That discredits the OP. I did giggle a little at that. haha.

    Here is my experiences with Apoc:
    1.) He is a nice dude. Even if it is all a show, he treats everybody with a certain measured dignity.
    2.) He took 4 low level dfo players (some buds and me), and treated us well. When returning from PvP runs, he would hook us up with his leftovers instead of vendor junking. These leftovers included all types of enchanted items, mounts, weapons, and armor. He basically just didnt pass out free regs. Not to mention, he spent his own personal time helping a few of the other guys level up, and even offered to lend-mana party with me… And keep in mind, I have nothing to give this guy. I’m a casual player who loves games. It’s not like I’m on 24-7 and if he levels me I can be one of his on-call pvp sluts.
    3.) Great pvper. I can’t say he’s the best in dfo, cause I dont know that. But he is good. I’ve seen him rock multiple players with hard hitting nukes of their own. I should know, cause they hit me.
    4.) When going on pve money runs he divied everything up that we got… from regs to gold. This is contrary to one post stating that he is a greedy whore who master loots and doesnt share.

    BTW, Beleg… fyi, when I say “Read the… again” that’s not at you… I’m writing to a crowd in general :)

    Thanks for sharing that link! Will have to bring it up with him in the next cast we do, which should hopefully be within a week or two.

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