17Jul '13

The Secret World: The first 30 minutes of confusion

Wall of text and The Secret World spoilers ahead! Turn back! Beware! BEWARE! Please continue reading if you are unafraid of either of these things. You have been warned. ;)

The Steam Summer Sale has prompted me to have a “what the hell, it might be interesting” attitude towards a bunch of games. As a result, I’ve bought several games on sale, including The Secret World MMO.

I had been intrigued when the beta for this game was first announced, but I had never actually gotten around to trying it because I was distracted by other games. Now here it was, 50% off and no subscription required. Too tempting not to give a shot.

I was somewhat stunned to see Steam downloading 18GB for TSW, and then rolled my eyes when the launcher then downloaded another couple GBs of patches. Whatever, it’s an MMO. Large file sizes are to be expected. I was hoping to have more time to play but once all of the downloads had finished, I only had about 1/2 hour to play around before bedtime. I decided to test it out anyways. Read more →

18May '13
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Building mania: the Twin Feathers Inn

The Twin Feathers Inn is probably the pièce de résistance of Ravenstone. The original idea had been to build separate structures for a residence and a kitchen. However, I realized that every medieval village needs its center of activity: the local inn. So slowly but surely, the stone L-shaped building was erected on a prime piece of land that had a beautiful view of the lake and some trees.

Prior to 1.0, it was a single storey building that sported a kitchen, a common room, and 3 small bedrooms for occupants.

Twin Feather Inn: ground floor layout

Twin Feather Inn: ground floor layout

Of course, the first thing that needed to be completed were the outer walls. Then some beds were built…because before then, I had nowhere to sleep on deed. Read more →

12Feb '13
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Building mania: the workshop and smithy

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, I’ve been very busy working on Ravenstone. Based on the idea of a small medieval-like village, I ended up constructing three buildings: a workshop, a smithy, and an inn. These three buildings are the hub at the center of the deed; they are usually the first things visitors notice and I am constantly running in and out of them as I do my daily tasks.

You see, buildings/housing are a key feature of Wurm. They have the best security on a PvE server: if you lock your doors and all the walls have been completed, no one can get in unless you allow them to. Players also love to build them because of how customized they can be. They can be just about any shape you like, even donut shaped now (the size restricted by your carpentry skill). A single tile of wall can be made of either wood or stone, and can be a solid wall, a window, a single door, a double door, or an archway. Each wall can also be dyed any colour you imagine if you choose to do so. Inner walls can be used to create rooms within a building. And with the addition of multistorey, several different floor and roof types, and parapets/fences…it’s amazing what you can build now. Just take a look at this forum post where players are showing off their new buildings. Read more →

28Jan '13
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The Journey to Ravenstone [Part 2]

This is a continuation of The Journey to Ravenstone [Part 1]. Please read it first if you already haven’t.

Ravenswood: what could have been but wasn’t

Ravenswood was a really pretty spot, there’s no doubt about that. Over the next couple of months, I built a small farm, some pens to hold a number of horses and cattle that I ended up collecting, a long and narrow wooden workshop building, and my biggest project: a 2×6 stone house.

During this time though, my brain would sort of stall when it came to planning out the deed as a whole. I could look at it from every angle and I just couldn’t decide how to make it come together. I even mapped it out using the WPlanner mapping tool and tried to plan something that way. But it just wouldn’t work the way I wanted. It was around October when I realized that I would probably be better off moving somewhere else. Read more →

22Jan '13
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The Journey to Ravenstone [Part 1]

As I had briefly mentioned in my returning post Shift Happens, I had returned to Wurm Online after about a year of having abandoned it the first time. I never did explain exactly what happened to make me leave, what made me return, and how I ended up with my current deed named Ravenstone. So I invite you to settle in with a cup of hot cocoa (especially if it’s freezing where you are like it is here), and let me tell you a story.

Why I gave it another shot

There’s many reasons why I stopped playing Wurm back in May 2011. It had seemed so long and difficult back then, particularly when shortly after I discovered Minecraft which made it so much easier to create massive and impressive projects. There was also time being spent in LotRO and later on that year I went back to WoW. WoW and Minecraft began to take up most of my gaming time and Wurm was all but forgotten. Read more →

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