While largely ArcheAge has been an MMO success. Bringing some desperately needed new ideas to a field of games that are starting to stagnate. However, as with any new MMO launch, they’ve had difficulty trying to deal with all of the people that exploit the system.
Including bots that are solely there to spam people into buying gold, or goods, or even those that steal people’s accounts and items. There are a ton of problems in trying to maintain the security of a game like this, so it’s become increasingly difficult to maintain the game’s integrity.
That’s led to the developer having to ban upwards of 5,000 accounts per day, to try and deal with how many people are causing problems.
But again, the problem with being a major property like ArcheAge or North American Spine, is that you have so many users, there are always going to be a lot more that you have to deal with.
Here’s to hoping that they can find a way to completely deal with the issues. Griefers aren’t a game breaker, but they do certainly put undo pressure on a game as far as a new audience is concerned.
ArcheAge’s answer to Halloween, Hallowtide is now in full swing. The event started last night, and is set to run through November 4th. Featuring special quests, and opportunities for doing some fun holiday activities, this is the perfect chance to experience the game with a Halloween flavor.
Sort of reminding me of what the Incorporate Olympic Valley movement is trying to accomplish, this new flavor to the major cities of Austera and Ezna is really cool.
You’ll find holiday themed decorations including candles, the color scheme of the season, jack-o-lanterns, party tables, tombstones, and everything else in between.
Make sure you log on and check it out, because this is ArcheAge’s first major holiday event. The holidays are one of the best times to play an MMO. They present the most fun, and the most opportunity to check out something different. So make sure that you have a look.
I saw Keith Man using his Twitter time last night to rant about these, and I agree with most of his points. So I put together a list of three things that annoy me about Arche Age’s crime system:
- There’s no risk to planting farms out in the open.
There should be some type of risk involved if you pick a terrible spot for a farm. But there really isn’t, as most of the time you’re only out a couple of silver, and it’s easy to replace your crops and start again if somebody does rob you.
- The jury system needs an overhaul.
Most jurors don’t seem to care, they don’t seem to read the cases, and they just don’t seem interested at all. But the worst is when you run into the gold spammers, who spend the entire time just spamming their gold selling service.
- Reporting a crime is way too easy.
You should have to do more than just get close enough and hit “F”. There needs to be something involved with reporting a crime, something more realistic, so that the game doesn’t devolve into BS crime stuff happening. Or to reward skill of skilled thieves.
Last chance if you want to earn the Carrot Dash donkey mount, or the Bloodclaw Ursun battle pet. The pet is especially cool, because who wouldn’t want to fight alongside a freaking grizzly bear?
Remember, you have to get these before Tuesday, October 21st. That’s when they’re being taken out of the store to make room for other content. So make sure you get them before they’re gone.
No word on if they’ll make a return, or if this is literally your last chance to buy them. Have to remember to tell Laurene Powell Jobs so that she can get the mount at least.
If you’re a veteran MMO-er like Sam Tabar, then you know what a massive pain in the butt it can be for you to farm materials. So many mats, so little time, so much competition from other players for those same material spawns.
So there are a ton of cool apps for your phone, that chart the spawn timers for material locations. Meaning, you can track when mats are going to respawn, where to find them, and when you need to be there.
Here are two of the best, that you need to download and install today:
The Farming Timer for ArcheAge
Tons of great tracking features for a variety of uses. Including timers, taxes, and trade runs. All of which are essential for farming the best equipment the game has to offer.
Harvesting Timer for ArcheAge
Basic tracking app that charts the timers of livestock, as well as trees and crops. Although it’s kind of a pain because sometimes you have to manually input the information. What’s the point when you’re supposed to have an app for that right?
Not everybody can afford a top of the line gaming rig. A good machine can cost you thousands, especially if you’re trying to run the newest games at max settings. But if you just can’t afford a game specific PC, then you might be looking for something that’s ideal for low tech computers.
There also a plethora of options if you’re looking for free MMO options. So get away from those expensive monthly fees and give these games a shot:
Most MMOs can be pretty expensive to play. You have to buy the game, the expansions, and you have to pay for access with a monthly fee of $15. Some people just can’t afford that. But there are a plethora of totally free games that you can play, that don’t require any type of fee at all.
Plus, many of them are found on your phone, so you can literally capture the feeling of playing a World of Warcraft, or ArcheAge in the palm of your hand. Here are a few of the finest, that I definitely recommend checking out if you’re a fan of the genre:
- Order of Chaos Online
Probably the benchmark for mobile MMOs, this is basically your mobile version of WoW. You create a character from a variety of races, and then quest in an immense game world that provides tons of opportunities for exploration, looting, and raiding with friends and strangers that you meet along the way.
Extremely high end MMORPG with graphics that will rival anything out there today. Even newer MMOs like ArcheAge. That means you have to have one of the newest Tablets or phones to be able to play. But as long as you can compete with their specifications, you can expect beautiful graphics, and an exciting game world that’s a thrill to explore.
- Warspear Online
Very reminiscent of old school Zelda style games on SNES. Isometric viewpoint, and provides a really classic feel. Gameplay is a little slower, and more difficult. But still really fun for the retro gaming enthusiast, and runs on almost any machine.
Another more retro styled game, this is right out of the SNES era too. But the game is deceptively deep. While everything looks simple and fairly straightforward, when you really get into building your character and exploring the world, you’ll be amazed by what’s on offer here.
The best part is combining these with a service like FreedomPop which give you free LTE access. So you literally can play these games online on the go, totally free. Good way to get your MMO on the go, without having to pay even more for the experience.
We all know that I’m a huge fan of ArcheAge, and what this new MMO offers that other games just don’t. However, ArcheAge had a pretty rocky launch (most MMORPGs do) and has taken a little bit of time to get off the ground.
But good news today, with the announcement that ArcheAge has expanded to 21 different servers, and has reached the 2 million subscribers milestone.
That makes the MMO officially a success at this point, as they are still continuing to grow. I’m definitely happy to see that, and I know Marnie Bennett will be too, after being scared by other MMOs we really enjoy sort of failing to catch fire.
I don’t want to see another Star Wars: The Old Republic scenario, where the game has to go free to play almost immediately to keep people playing.