Get to da Slaya’ (WAR Public Test Server)

As announced here, yesterday.

WAAAGH!!!

The PTS is back in business for your testing pleasure at 5:00PM EST! With this weeks turn of events on the Public Test Server we’ve had to shift things around a bit! What does this mean for you?

Good question! When you log onto PTS you will be greeted by the grinning faces of Greenskins and the grim resolve of Dwarfs – The Slayer & Choppa will be available for the first time to all players. These long awaited careers stand at the ready for your inspection and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

When logging into PTS tonight you will notice all characters have been wiped, you won’t be able to copy your character during this phase. This is because we want as many players as possible focusing on the new careers and helping us whip them into shape before their big debut!

In case you were wondering this means that the Zone Domination test planned for tonight will be postponed until next week. We’ll post more updates on it as it approaches, so stay tuned – It won’t be something you’ll want to miss!

We’ll have plenty of Tier 4 testing in the PTS phases to come for now enjoy the new careers and be sure to post your feedback on the Official PTS Forums! With your help we’ll continue to make 1.2 even more awesome.

So Get BERZERK Get FURIOUS Get TO DA CHOPPA!!!

To try ’em out or not to try ’em out, that is the question. I like test servers, and I like helping to find the “zomg his head is on backwards, how did this get through?!” issues, preferably before they reach live… but on the other hand I don’t want to spoil the anticipation of the careers’ live release either. My enthusiasm for WAR remains undiminshed, though my enthusiasm for playing WAR has waned rather sharply — there just isn’t enough fluff in the game for a, err, fluffer like me; so I’m afraid that previewing the careers before they’re live will only take the shine off them too quickly.

Anyway, for those of you not burdened with such philosophical considerations, there they are!

Hope springs eternal

Because I started my MMO career with Asheron’s Call, which had monthly content and fix patches, I’ve always been a sucker for a good patch. The recent 1.0.6 patch broke a few things it was supposed to fix, but since that’s always the case with patches I wasn’t too worried. The day I see a patch implemented with absolutely NO follow-up hotfixing and “server maintenance,” I’m heading down to my bunker to wait out Armageddon. It already makes me nervous enough that Mythic almost always comes in under their Server-Up ETA. (Tangent — it makes me wonder why nobody else, ever, seems to have figured out that giving a 4 hour ETA when you think your stuff will take 2 hours is only sensible. SOE could learn a thing or 12 from that.)

Hot on the heels of 1.0.6, Mythic have released details of the much-awaited 1.1 patch. They’re long, and I think I’m only allowed one RSS-reader exploding post per week, so I won’t quote them here, especially since they’re not actually live yet and things may change between now and the rollout to live.

Aside from silly little things like working better, trio-PQs, gold bag reviews, contribution reviews, and a general cornucopia of tasty improvements, here’s what jumped out at me:

Guild heraldry settings and choosing to hide your helm or cloak will now save upon zoning or re-logging.

And choirs of angels sang. Now, one thing I never say (I think) is “Why the fart haven’t they fixed this already, it should be eeeeasy!” because what seems easy to fix usually turns out to be a major bitch, and what seems really convoluted can be a matter of moments to sort out. Besides, I’m no code-monkey, I have no idea how easy something may or may not be, and I’m not dealing with millions of lines of code. Tell me something is easy if you could do it yourself and kave 100% accurate knowledge of what’s involved. Otherwise, stfu with the “it’s easy” crap. Uh, yeah, tangent off.

Anyway, the cloak/helm thing was apparently in the “it’s a bitch” category so, if this fix works, I will be very, very grateful. Like I said, it’s the little things, and that was one of the major little things — to the extent that I’d actually considered taking both helm and cloak off, but even I am not quite that distanced from my characters’ material, stat-enhancing possessions.

They’re putting in fixes for a number of other niggles I had, like time-stamping turning itself off every time I zoned or logged, bringing back guild notes (yeeha! let’s hope they don’t break the game this time around!), flashing chat tabs, and shorter game-exit times to desktop.

I’m so full of anticipatory patchy goodness I don’t think I’ll need to eat for a week.

Now, if I could figure out how to have a poll and text in one of these posts, I’d start a Patch Day Pool. My guess is December 18th, long enough to test it a little but short enough to bring out the new classes AND catch the Christmas playtime. What’s your guess? There may be a prize… or there may not.