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A Chat with Darwoth Wothdar

A few days prior to the end of free EU to NA transfers, my eyes beheld the pixelated visage of one Darwoth Wothdar as he crossed my path. While the guild, Scary Bad Guys, has been a nuisance to every guilded DFO player on EU1 visiting “safe cities” in the Alfar lands, I found myself missing theses guys (I think they slowed down play on the EU server since mid/end of summer, or so it seemed to me). They played a very niche role in keeping npc cities lively and interesting. Without them life in the npc cities is quiet, dull, devoid of gnashing teeth, and lacking the free loot for those carrion followers quick on there keys after a fresh SBG kill. With those fond memories in hand, I hit up Mr. Wothdar to see what’s on the SBG agenda.
Darwoth Wothdar of Scary Bad Guys


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VPR Cast#69: “Prelude to a Chat”

Welcome to our 69th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! This is the end of an era in Darkfall Online! The developers are promising new and sweeping content, not only in the upcoming patch, but within the next few months that will “change the face of darkfall” (that quote might be slightly inaccurate, but you get the idea). So join me in the saying farewell to DFO as we knew it… which I don’t actually do, btw. haha!

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: will begin updating again after next patch (Conquer the Seas).

About this glorious mmo podcast:
 1 hour of moderate mmo podcast pleasure
 We kick off with content from the darkfall forums.
  Developer Spotlight: Improving City and Hamlet layouts
 Expansion clarification: AoE’s and geometry
 A Spotlight on Barbers
 Expansion spotlight: Siege Mechanics
 New Player…some questions
  So temted to resub
 Unofficial DECEMBER Expansion patch notes
 Darkfall 10 Day Trial Game Cards
 Ryan’s miscellaneous notes from the previous week.
 Empty promises?

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Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

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.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: due for an update.

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

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#67: “Yak and DDO 3/3”

Welcome to our 67th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! Yak is back and he’s talking Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO). This is the third ddo podcast of a three part series.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast (below are the annotations for the entire triple cast):
 1.5 hours of mmo podcast pleasure
EQ1: Barabarian is a clas not race.
Return to LOTRO, waste of time on WOW/EQ2 clones, go into detail about this. (Runekeeper is LOTRO on easy mode; everyone gets 1 hour res, etc.)
Briefly talk about playing Meridian59. (The free on-official server) Small pop not enough PVE, very outdated graphics, etc. if the official has a higher population then it might be worth it.
Disclaimer that I am a D&D fanboy. (Hate it when people say other MMO’s are the closest thing to D&D. D&D is the real deal.
Go into detail about XP, questing leveling. No grinding, only get XP from finishing quests. Can do quests in solo, normal, hard or elite difficulty. (XP scales, 25% hard, 50% elite.)
Talk about PVE in detail. Have to complete quest to get the XP. Quests have puzzles, levers, DM voice in the background. Go into detail about the “Proof is in the Poison Quest”, as an example. Talk about how quests are liek D&D as they should be, this isn’t your typical grind hack and slash like in WOW, LOTRO, etc.
Go into detail about Rest Shines SP (Mana) Management, Death/Res, Soul Stones, how to rest, etcAI is very smart and scales with difficulty.
No auto lock on targeting, have a target and must mouse over your target. (No tab target.)
Talk about how the quests are laid out in town and how the instancing works. Compare it to how much better it is compared to Guild Wars for example.
Grouping/LFG system. How it works, benefits of grouping. Can be played solo but game is meant to be played as a group. (Grouping is where it is at.) Incentive to group has you get more XP for hard and elite. Not based on how many mobs you kill. (Bonus for not dying, side quests, kill bosses etc, but penalties if the level is too high.)
F2P VS. Premium and VIP accounts, the differences, what you get. Talk about the game being free etc, quest packs, XP buffs, etc
Talk about the D&D mechanics such as saving throws and DC checks and skills to lead into the topic on classes.
Rouge Class is not a DPS class. Unlike any other MMO they can search for traps, disarm them, and have a real use in dungeons to pick locks unlike WOW. How into detail on the Rouge and how everyone has the basic search skill.
Fighter classes, Fighter, Barbarian, Pally, Ranger
Casters, Wizard, Sorcerer class in detail.
Casters healers, Cleric Favored Soul.
Bard class and how it is different from other MMO’s.
Skills, abilities, enhancements, feats, penalties that feats can help with etc.
Human example 28 points to allocate.
Auction House
Buying from vendors, haggle skill
Soul bound items are only from some quest rewards that I have seen so far and a lot of items are BOE or BOP
Durability of items and how bonuses don’t stack
Very gear focused game.
Cooldowns and item use per day/rest period, rest shrines.
Items do have level restrictions, etc talk about why frost bane weapons and very good and sell for a lot./dd>

Potions, wands, eternal wands
How long Yak plans on playing DDO.
Will Yak ever play DFO?
Ryan’s list of questions.

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#66: “Yak and DDO 2/3”

Welcome to our 66th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! Yak is back and he’s talking Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO). This is the second ddo podcast of a three part series.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast (below are the annotations for the entire triple cast):
 1 hour of mmo podcast pleasure
EQ1: Barabarian is a clas not race.
Return to LOTRO, waste of time on WOW/EQ2 clones, go into detail about this. (Runekeeper is LOTRO on easy mode; everyone gets 1 hour res, etc.)
Briefly talk about playing Meridian59. (The free on-official server) Small pop not enough PVE, very outdated graphics, etc. if the official has a higher population then it might be worth it.
Disclaimer that I am a D&D fanboy. (Hate it when people say other MMO’s are the closest thing to D&D. D&D is the real deal.
Go into detail about XP, questing leveling. No grinding, only get XP from finishing quests. Can do quests in solo, normal, hard or elite difficulty. (XP scales, 25% hard, 50% elite.)
Talk about PVE in detail. Have to complete quest to get the XP. Quests have puzzles, levers, DM voice in the background. Go into detail about the “Proof is in the Poison Quest”, as an example. Talk about how quests are liek D&D as they should be, this isn’t your typical grind hack and slash like in WOW, LOTRO, etc.
Go into detail about Rest Shines SP (Mana) Management, Death/Res, Soul Stones, how to rest, etcAI is very smart and scales with difficulty.
No auto lock on targeting, have a target and must mouse over your target. (No tab target.)
Talk about how the quests are laid out in town and how the instancing works. Compare it to how much better it is compared to Guild Wars for example.
Grouping/LFG system. How it works, benefits of grouping. Can be played solo but game is meant to be played as a group. (Grouping is where it is at.) Incentive to group has you get more XP for hard and elite. Not based on how many mobs you kill. (Bonus for not dying, side quests, kill bosses etc, but penalties if the level is too high.)
F2P VS. Premium and VIP accounts, the differences, what you get. Talk about the game being free etc, quest packs, XP buffs, etc
Talk about the D&D mechanics such as saving throws and DC checks and skills to lead into the topic on classes.
Rouge Class is not a DPS class. Unlike any other MMO they can search for traps, disarm them, and have a real use in dungeons to pick locks unlike WOW. How into detail on the Rouge and how everyone has the basic search skill.
Fighter classes, Fighter, Barbarian, Pally, Ranger
Casters, Wizard, Sorcerer class in detail.
Casters healers, Cleric Favored Soul.
Bard class and how it is different from other MMO’s.
Skills, abilities, enhancements, feats, penalties that feats can help with etc.
Human example 28 points to allocate.
Auction House
Buying from vendors, haggle skill
Soul bound items are only from some quest rewards that I have seen so far and a lot of items are BOE or BOP
Durability of items and how bonuses don’t stack
Very gear focused game.
Cooldowns and item use per day/rest period, rest shrines.
Items do have level restrictions, etc talk about why frost bane weapons and very good and sell for a lot./dd>

Potions, wands, eternal wands
How long Yak plans on playing DDO.
Will Yak ever play DFO?
Ryan’s list of questions.

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#65: “Yak and DDO 1/3”

Welcome to our 65th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! Yak is back and he’s talking Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO). This is the first ddo podcast of a three part series.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast (below are the annotations for the entire triple cast):
 1 hour of mmo podcast pleasure
EQ1: Barabarian is a clas not race.
Return to LOTRO, waste of time on WOW/EQ2 clones, go into detail about this. (Runekeeper is LOTRO on easy mode; everyone gets 1 hour res, etc.)
Briefly talk about playing Meridian59. (The free on-official server) Small pop not enough PVE, very outdated graphics, etc. if the official has a higher population then it might be worth it.
Disclaimer that I am a D&D fanboy. (Hate it when people say other MMO’s are the closest thing to D&D. D&D is the real deal.
Go into detail about XP, questing leveling. No grinding, only get XP from finishing quests. Can do quests in solo, normal, hard or elite difficulty. (XP scales, 25% hard, 50% elite.)
Talk about PVE in detail. Have to complete quest to get the XP. Quests have puzzles, levers, DM voice in the background. Go into detail about the “Proof is in the Poison Quest”, as an example. Talk about how quests are liek D&D as they should be, this isn’t your typical grind hack and slash like in WOW, LOTRO, etc.
Go into detail about Rest Shines SP (Mana) Management, Death/Res, Soul Stones, how to rest, etcAI is very smart and scales with difficulty.
No auto lock on targeting, have a target and must mouse over your target. (No tab target.)
Talk about how the quests are laid out in town and how the instancing works. Compare it to how much better it is compared to Guild Wars for example.
Grouping/LFG system. How it works, benefits of grouping. Can be played solo but game is meant to be played as a group. (Grouping is where it is at.) Incentive to group has you get more XP for hard and elite. Not based on how many mobs you kill. (Bonus for not dying, side quests, kill bosses etc, but penalties if the level is too high.)
F2P VS. Premium and VIP accounts, the differences, what you get. Talk about the game being free etc, quest packs, XP buffs, etc
Talk about the D&D mechanics such as saving throws and DC checks and skills to lead into the topic on classes.
Rouge Class is not a DPS class. Unlike any other MMO they can search for traps, disarm them, and have a real use in dungeons to pick locks unlike WOW. How into detail on the Rouge and how everyone has the basic search skill.
Fighter classes, Fighter, Barbarian, Pally, Ranger
Casters, Wizard, Sorcerer class in detail.
Casters healers, Cleric Favored Soul.
Bard class and how it is different from other MMO’s.
Skills, abilities, enhancements, feats, penalties that feats can help with etc.
Human example 28 points to allocate.
Auction House
Buying from vendors, haggle skill
Soul bound items are only from some quest rewards that I have seen so far and a lot of items are BOE or BOP
Durability of items and how bonuses don’t stack
Very gear focused game.
Cooldowns and item use per day/rest period, rest shrines.
Items do have level restrictions, etc talk about why frost bane weapons and very good and sell for a lot./dd>

Potions, wands, eternal wands
How long Yak plans on playing DDO.
Will Yak ever play DFO?
Ryan’s list of questions.

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#64: “Apoc Unplugged”

Welcome to our 64th mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! It was in the seventh year that the gods of Darkfall decided that all was good; and upon this earth Darkfall was born. And it was unto Europe, where minions of darkness and light descended to feast upon the pixelated flesh of newbs. Amongst the hordes the gods annointed an archon whose skill in pvp shines brightly, and wherever the pall of his dark shadow is cast, he leaves in his wake myriads of fully looted emotionally scarred children. Newbs call him “that mother fucker”, the gods call him Apoc.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast:
 Over 2 hour and 25 minutes of mmo podcast pleasure
Apoc’s background
Apoc’s darkfall background, strats, opinions, and more.

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#63: “Aion Heavy”

Welcome to our 63rd mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! The cast continues where it left off last week… we still have Starkiller on board; and Schug joins the cast. If you haven’t had much time to research Aion, or you want to hear a gamer’s perspective, then listen in.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast:
 Over 1 hour and 50 minutes of mmo podcast pleasure
Starkiller’s mmo background
Aion
Lord of the Rings Online
Darkfall Online
Warhammer
Mortal Online
Age of Conan

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#62: “Aion Lite”

Welcome to our 62nd mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! Listen now and enter into a euphoric state as the cast is joined by mmo legend Starkiller, leader of the imfamous Blackhearts, bane of Ebonlore, and lover of very fine LoTRO. Continue to treat your ears to his elven vocals while he sings to them of Aion, Mortal Online, Lord of the Rings Online… dim your volume while he screeches obscenities about our beloved Darkfall Online; and cheer wildly as Schug of Fallout connects with the cast. It’s all here… solid gold. Just listen.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast:
 Over 50 minutes of mmo podcast pleasure
Starkiller’s mmo background
Aion
Lord of the Rings Online
Darkfall Online
Warhammer
Mortal Online

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).

VPR Cast#61: “The Ed Analysis”

Welcome to our 61st mmo podcast at mmoSmacktalk.com! As is the case with every cast, tonight you will be served up a treat. Tonight you will be dining on Ryan with a very fine side of Ed. Ed’s bringing is “A” game and dropping some smack on DFO’s user interface, as well as acknowledging the game’s strong points. Ed has played many mmo’s going back to Meridian 59, and is currently engrossed in Darkfall. I’d say I hope you enjoy the ensuing hot slice of mmo podcast, but I know that you will… I did.

DISCLAIMER: we, at mmoSmackTalk.com are not responsible for erratic and or excited behavior as a result of this cast.

Check out our DARKFALL DATABASE! Update frequency: weekly or sooner.

About this glorious mmo podcast:
 Over 90 minutes of mmo podcast pleasure
00:00 – ~35:00 We discuss Ed’s gaming background. For those who love crafting we talk a little bit about Ed’s crafting background. Later in the cast we continue with his crafting exploits in Darkfall Online.
35:00 – 135:00 Ed and darkfall. What he’s thinking about dfo, and where he’s going with his mmo gaming.

LISTEN NOW or Download:

Listen NOW and Love! or Download it!

Upcoming MMO PODCASTS

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).