Hello all you Asherons Call (AC) fans/players out there! This is
intended to be a bi-weekly column on AC. For those few out there who do not know who I am,
I am Asetti the all powerful, all knowing, all doing, all ______ (fill in the blank) 44th
order four school war mage on Thistle is down... uhm Thistledown, and sometimes gimped
unarmed warrior Galvin. I have been playing AC for about 8 months and love the hell out of
it (thank you Turbine). I have some issues with some changes, policies, and procedures of
Turbine/MS and fully intend to rant on these occasionally. If you are not an AC player,
then some of the stuff I will discuss may not make sense:
The Virindi takeover of AB and the transformation of the vendors to Named Virindi have
caused the introduction of a new quest: The Quiditty Orb. This is a great item for four
schoolers. Arcane has to be 200 and man conversion 200. Quest level restrictions are 20-35
as Asetti found out when he tried to use the portal after killing the northern drudge.
Confused yet??? Any AC players out there would have no trouble following the meaning.
On the other hand my mind tends to wander and I may tie into real-world issues:
So Im fighting in Metos and I see a character with the name Free Tibet. WTF? So I
ask him: "Pardon me my good freedom fighter, but whom are you trying to get free
Free Tibets reply "Communism."
"So then Russia?"
Free Tibet, "They are not Communist anymore." "Well actually they never
really were. So then, not Russia, then who?"
"Just so you know, there were attempts to free Tibet from China. The Dhami Lama
was a religious/political movement for this purpose. But, Tibet is rightfully owned by
China according to international law/treaties. And actually Tibet is allowed pretty
liberal autonomy for an elitist type government like China. I personally do not like the
Chinese government, but they do hold the title.
As a former/current member of the Armed Forces, I do not appreciate other countries
holding our sailors as spies. The EP-3 is not a spy plane; it is a surveillance plane,
which was flying in international waters when that non-flying idiot Chinese pilot caused
the collision by hot-dogging. I have ridden in a P-3 (different version of the same plane)
and I can guarantee it is not maneuverable enough to ram a jet fighter, even if it wanted
it to. The Chinese regularly steal US secrets and also do the exact same type of
monitoring, so the whole. "Oh the US is so bad for spying on other countries,"
routine is horse pucky. They not only steal out military secrets, they also steal our
industrial secrets. They are the single biggest black market software/music/movies/etc
pirate vendor in the world, (well maybe after NAPSTER for the music thing-still not sure
where I stand on that one)."
About that time he logged. Cant imagine why. Ah, well. One less person to contend
with for kills.
Wow, I really did wander on that one.
I truly dislike stupid people. If you are going to have a platform at least know what
it is, what it means, and at least some basic information about it. Some non-AC people
would understand the previous. Some AC people probably dont have a clue.
Lets make one thing clear people: THIS IS MY ARTICLE! Ok not really. Its
double golds article written by me. I will be more than happy to sit in the tavern
in GW and solve the worlds (Dereth and here) problems over a Holtburg hamburger and
a mug of ale. I will listen to arguments that are logically thought out and educated. I
will not listen to ignorant people who are right because they are right and I am wrong.
Seems like the hottest topic in AC right now is the change in the economy.
I have been involved in several discussions on the topic. Seems like a lot of people
(or a small, very vocal group of people) do not like what Turbine did to the Buy/Sell
rates within the game. OH MY GOD, their money runs have been nerfed. They were making
millions of pyreals a day by doing this and now they cant. One bright fellow went as
far as to suggest Turbine hire a Macroeconomist because they were too stupid to understand
how a "real"> economy works. Dont know about you, but Id rather
them hire a code writer/content developer and add some more quests/monster/items or, my
top one, a bank. I heard numerous complaints whining about not having enough money to buy
spell components/mana stones.
I recently tied to BSD, for about four days and have been killing tuskers. I needed
some quick levels to get to 45 so I can check out Aerlinthe Island. I really want one of
those T-shirts. And every hallway is littered with junk. My buffs began to wear out, so I
decided to run around a pick up everything worth 1,000 pyreals or more. After 5 minutes of
this, Im at 258% burden (thats with Strength VI with a base strength of 118).
Of course at that moment my Imp VI/Blud VI gives out on my robe and lo and behold tree
tuskers spawn. I am convinced that AC critters have a seventh sense called buff wear off.
Not that it matters there were three; it only took one hit, even with full health of 156.
So I dropped like 7 of the items I had picked up. I went to the GW armory and sold
everything I had pick up. Wow 78,000 pyreals. Thats a D note and an @fillcomps at
the mage. After I recovered and sold the other stuff I dropped, the total was around 90K.
And youre trying to tell me you cant live with this. True it is not 1,000,000
in five minutes, but if your burning comps faster than you can buy them, you need to go
talk to a micro economist on fiscal responsibility.
Having never been to BSD until a few nights ago, when I received a /tell from my patron
about hunting there, I was somewhat skeptical. All I had read about it were posts about
power leveling in BSD and the stigma attached to it. But, what the hell? So I run through
a buffing cycle leaving off fire/acid/pierce/blade/lightning protects thinking, "Hey
its only tuskers."
What my beloved patron failed to mention is he wanted to hunt the Virindi Master and
his servants at the bottom. They are surrounded by a horde (that means more than 20 too
me) of Drudge Raveners and Stalkers. Ok, so I died pretty quick-hello Life Stone. Can you
say chain cast? It was somewhat upsetting to get a /f from my now not so beloved patron,
"What happened? You were only here for 3 seconds." How do you type
ttthhhhppppptttt? So I go through another buffing cycle, this including afore mentioned
spells and head back.
Here is the key to that part of the dungeon. Run like hell straight through and there
is a ramp that goes up, and up, and up; picture Gandalf climbing the stairs after the
Balrog. Then there is a U-turn where you can lose most of the critters and then pick them
off a few at a time. It was about 130 am by now and BSD was pretty deserted. So anyone who
has hunted there knows what happens when you run through BSD. It is called a train with me
as the engine and a helluvalotta pissed off tuskers as my boxcars. I run through the
bottom room and up the ramp. Oops, I forgot to tell my patron I was coming. I would have
like to see his face as I come up the ramp with 20+ Tusker Guards on my six. Wheres
that damn * (screenshot) key when you need it? Next thing I hear is: Little Jos body
is crushed into next morning thaw by the power of the tuskers blow. Oops. So I send
a /f, "What I happened? I was only here for 3 seconds." He got back and we ended
up netting a couple of singularity keys and a Virindi wand and all was forgiven. By the
way, the only way I survived was LS recall.
Actually the hottest topic is now the fact that Turbine is releasing an expansion pack
to AC. It is going to include a new land with GASP houses. And within these houses;
BIGGER GASP secure storage!!! I have heard a pretty mixed reaction to this news. At
first I have to admit I groaned, "Another UO." But depending on how this is
handled it might not be a bad thing. Assuming (big assumption) this update will not
adversely affect the lag situation (yes people it can get worse) and they are not the
dominant feature of the new island. And new critters no more lugians and tuskers and
olthoi oh my. Couple of thing that made me go hmmmmm. Can you store no-drop no-give stuff
in your house? If your PK, can another pk come in and kill you? Are the houses sold to
individuals or accounts? Can you have a monarchy house? How much will they be? (better
start saving those M notes)? Do I really want to see a REMAX agent as an NPC? Is the thief
now a viable character? If it is, if they break in can I, as a non-pk, kick their butt
(Make my pk law). Can I buy an in ground mana pool for my back yard? (OK that one was
really bad.) Side note: Now I understand why they nerfed the money run.
I do not understand the complaint about paying $10 for the update. And the fact that it
is optional really should keep people from whining. Ah well, some people are not happy
unless they have something to complain about.
Why is it I always die 2 minutes before Im going to go to bed? Is this some
subconscious reaction to the thought of quitting for the night? I cant quit now I
have to go fight 15 liches, 8 Iron golems, 12 Revenants (That is at Metos, if you are
interested) to get my bod. Well now that Im here and buffed, maybe one more spawn.
The Revenant melts you body into a consistent pudding like substance. DOH! I cant
quit now I have to go fight 15 liches, 8 Iron golems, 12 Revenants (That is at Metos, if
you are interested) to get my bod. Well now that Im here and buffed, maybe one more
spawn. Repeat until my wife wakes up and say, "WTF are you still doing up. Its
2/3/4 in the morning." "But honey, I died and have to get my body."
"Ok, but I dont want to hear you complaining tomorrow when you have to get
up." "Yes, dear"
Flash to next morning: What the hell was I thinking? Ok no AC tonight Im just
gonna go right to bed. Yea, right. Repeat above.
One of the quests Im currently working on (well was working on) is/was the
Heiromancers armor. I wander into Heiromancers Hall (near Teth) and head down
a hall. Its pretty late, so no one is hear. I kill one banderling and Im thinking,
hey this isnt to bad. All of a sudden I round a corner and my radar is full of angry
red blips. I have no idea what was in the room, golems of some sort and its hello Life
Stone. I pull up one of the quest guides. And see what monsters to expect. Then I pull up
ACMonster (What? No more updates!! COD is dead??!! Nooooooo!!!)(26 June update: Rumor has
it COD will be back) and actually look up the critters located there. Lets see uhm
level 148, 250, 321, uh, maybe Ill make a few levels before I try this one again.
But what about my bod? After dying three more times trying to get my bod. I decided the
18,000 pyreals, 2 platinum scarabs, 1 gold scarab and some junk I had picked up really
werent worth it, but I did get to kill the Banderling again.
Steps on soapbox
Im going to end on a serious note here. So if you dont like that, stop
reading. In my monarchy discussion board a couple of weeks ago I got into a
discussion/argument about certain players actions. This part is convoluted so bear
with me. A previous monarchy member had one of our current members post a complaint about
the actions of one of our members subjects who are under that persons
different character monarchy. Hope that made sense, but is has little bearing on the
story. This high level previous member had high vitae and went to GW prison to work it off
using his Atlan Claw with Major Smoldering Stone where the two members of the other
monarchy, one high level who was twinking the other low level character. So this dude
comes roaring in and starts monopolizing the Lich area - very uncool. So the high level
guy, who was before only buffing and vuln-ing, starts killing everything giving this guy
no chance. I whole-heartedly agree with this part of what the high level did.
But here is the rub. The two of them were using extremely foul language and joking
about going pk and raping this guy. I know of several children about 10-12 years of age
who play AC and am very sensitive about this type of thing. Foul language is bad enough
(and against the CoD), but rape is not a subject I find funny or tolerable. I was in
theater when the whole Bosnian thing went critical in 98. I have seen what rape does
to young girls as young as 10 years of age. It is not funny. At all. Period. I wish
Turbine/MS would ban these bastards. I am not against swearing, and as a former US Navy
Sailor, I can curse with the best of them and regularly do. But not when kids are present
or might be present. Dereth is not a place to swear or tolerate others swearing. You do
not know who is on the other side of that character.
Hope you enjoyed my column. Constructive criticism appreciated. Non-constructive
criticism will go the way of all the porno, debt consolidation, and you have won...
E-mails I get.