Gaheris and EC issues. A review...

After taking the required break from DAoC in order to try running Endless Conquest I decided to write a review. This is after a couple weeks just trying EC on Gaheris. This is what I ran into.

Endless Conquest Issues in General:

The amount of unusable items on EC accounts is exhorbitant. When you log in and try to use a potion, or summon a vender, or a million other things and go "why isn't this working" it gets extremely frustrating. I almost didn't complete my solo 1-50 run because of it. I almost rage quit several times.

The amount of time (or any at all) after subscribing before EC is available is a bad idea. Sometimes I would like to play DAoC quite a bit, and some months I don't have the time to play at all. Because of the EC timer, I will not be subscribing for the forseeable... well ever. If my account immediately became EC once my subscription ended, then I would on-and-off subscribe constantly. You would probably see me subscribed about half the months of the year.

Endless Conquest Issues on Gaheris:

The reduced leveling rate makes solo leveling extremely painful from around level 38 until 45 when CV become available. I believe this is likely due to the fact that battlegrounds are unavailable.

Dreaded seals can not be combined on EC accounts because seal transmutation is in the spellcrafting tree. I recommend adding dreaded seal transmutation to bountycrafting on Gaheris as a quick fix.

60 realm skill points is nothing on Gaheris. This means Gaheris characters, due to getting 30 by leveling to 50, would max realm skill points at RR4. This contrasts with RR7 on Ywain. I recommend raising the EC realm skill point cap to 90 on Gaheris.

Gaheris NON-EC Issues:

Lack of inclusion in new content and removal of old content is plaguing Gaheris. The removal of access to all of the % PVE bonus item from catacombs is hard to accept. Certain instanced dungeon items and catacombs items were used in a lot of templates. Acceptable work around? Add the most used items to traveling merchants. Best answer? Bring the content back.

The new content that really needs to be made use of on Gaheris are the solo areas in NF such as Moydruim Castle. Obviously these areas need to have mobs that drops seals, but theres an opportunity to adjust the balance on the server where casters are favored in 99% of situations. I would like to see these areas get filled with mobs or some type of encounter that heavily favors the use of melee damage.

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  • Charmarmy wrote: »
    The amount of time (or any at all) after subscribing before EC is available is a bad idea. Sometimes I would like to play DAoC quite a bit, and some months I don't have the time to play at all. Because of the EC timer, I will not be subscribing for the forseeable... well ever. If my account immediately became EC once my subscription ended, then I would on-and-off subscribe constantly. You would probably see me subscribed about half the months of the year.

    I have to agree. I subscribed on a whim to try out the game that got me into MMOs and now I cant even play my account? Im never likely to subscribe again now. The restriction needs to go.
    The reduced leveling rate makes solo leveling extremely painful from around level 38 until 45 when CV become available. I believe this is likely due to the fact that battlegrounds are unavailable.

    Agree here as well - levelling from Meso bounty quests is mind numbingly boring on an EC account
    60 realm skill points is nothing on Gaheris. This means Gaheris characters, due to getting 30 by leveling to 50, would max realm skill points at RR4. This contrasts with RR7 on Ywain. I recommend raising the EC realm skill point cap to 90 on Gaheris.

    agree again
    Gaheris NON-EC Issues:

    Lack of inclusion in new content and removal of old content is plaguing Gaheris. The removal of access to all of the % PVE bonus item from catacombs is hard to accept. Certain instanced dungeon items and catacombs items were used in a lot of templates. Acceptable work around? Add the most used items to traveling merchants. Best answer? Bring the content back.

    The new content that really needs to be made use of on Gaheris are the solo areas in NF such as Moydruim Castle. Obviously these areas need to have mobs that drops seals, but theres an opportunity to adjust the balance on the server where casters are favored in 99% of situations. I would like to see these areas get filled with mobs or some type of encounter that heavily favors the use of melee damage.

    Yeah I was unaware that Cata was closed seems a really bad Idea to get rid of content we specifically paid for. I understand the RvR community probably dont care but the PvE community do.

  • edited July 26 PM
    Yes, leveling from 38 to 45 is really painful right now on Gaheris. Removing catacombs and task dungeons really hurts.

    What I don't understand is why task dungeons had to go on the PvE server? It doesn't make any sense at all. To funnel everyone to the battlegrounds that aren't even open on that server?

    The bounty quests in Atlantis are also much buggier on Gaheris than Ywain. The level 30 quests aren't repeatable (you can do them twice, and then never again), and you can no longer double up on the level 40 quests after you have done them a few times. Meanwhile on Ywain, PvP server that doesn't need them as much, you can repeat both sets of quests as often as you like for XP and coin.

    Literally all there is to do for some levels now is grind mobs in dungeons or out on the landscape. Heaven forbid that you are trying to level up a class that can't handle multiple mobs in melee range, because that cuts your options even more.

    The dungeon quests would help with this in theory, save that 1. many classes can't reliably fight their way to the bosses solo and 2. depending on the realm and quest there may be no red dots on the dungeon map showing you where to go. Some of those bosses spawn in really random spots (e.g., in a random hallway, but only after you kill the right placeholder mobs...how is anyone going to figure that out if they have no idea where to look?).

    Another problem on EC account on Gaheris is that because of the XP penalty the new player experience quests don't keep up any more. About once per quest hub you have to stop and grind random mobs to level and open up more quests. The only way to avoid it is to travel between NPE hubs doing quests for more than one realm, and new players sure as heck are not going to know how to do that.

    And of course catacombs. Half th solo PvE content in the game just gone. Most of an expansion we paid for set on fire, to use the zones for some raids that almost never get run on Gaheris.

    Couldn't they have just reused the art assets? Did they really have no choice but to strip out all that content? That's not even to mention all the old aurulite dungeons they closed.

    Do you know what the one thing that live has that the unauthorized servers don't? PvE quests. And yet Broadsword seems intent on slowly pruning that back, every few months removing more options altogether. It's insane. Will they close SI next, so players don't get lost?

    BS could have put the game in maintenance mode back in 2017, made zero changes and the game would be doing a lot better than it is currently from my perspective. Years of development spent actively making the PvE game smaller than it was to begin with. The mind boggles.

    At least I got to see Catacombs the last few months it was still live.


    Post edited by Yeebo on
  • I agree with all said here and would like to throw in my 2 cents... The restrictions on classes able to be played is another aggravation. Why can you play all the classes on YWain and not on Gaharis? Stupid restrictions.I think you need a better ftp model, perhaps look at LOTRO or DDO, standing stones has done a great job with it.
  • there are restrictions on classes being played on EC accounts regardless of server
  • Sheb wrote: »
    there are restrictions on classes being played on EC accounts regardless of server
    Not true, I can load up any of the classes I have in albion on ywain servers, but can not load them on Gaheris.


  • right thats because those chars were made before EC and had more than 1day play time on them, the same would be true for gaheris if u had any. there is still the same restrictions on both servers
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