Okay, I admit it. I’ve renewed my subscription for World of Warcraft (WoW) as of last Friday evening. I played most of this past weekend, and parts of yesterday and today. It’s research I tell you!! I’m designing an online RPG, and WoW is truly the Gold Standard, so I am using it for comparison to Arcanoria and the ideas that I’ve (re-)started to generate. Now, WoW is not everyone’s cup of tea in terms of graphics choices, but the quality of their service is undeniable. The game system itself is incredibly intricate and well balanced, especially considering how many different classes, races and levels there are actively in play. The world environment is magnificently detailed and simply enormous. The music is utterly fantastic! Their website and support are top notch as well. The software and deployment are seamless and informative. I give WoW 5 stars out of 5! Wow!
Here’s a quick in-game video I made just now:
I also activated a trial subscription for my first MMO love, Asheron’s Call (AC). I played AC for at least 5 years back in the 90s, with multiple accounts. It’s truly amazing that the AC servers are still up and running, and there is apparently a small but loyal player base still active. But, to be honest, AC’s graphics are just so out of date that it’s distracting to me. Furthermore, the AC server connectivity is dodgy at best for me. I won’t be renewing. It’s too bad too, since there are some really nifty things that I love about AC. They had a revolutionary spell research system (which has since been removed). They also have a huge and unique world that I remember fondly. And their character development is entirely skill based, so War Mages can potentially also be the best Sword fighters in the game, depending on what stats they chose. This led to some interesting choices, but also to some “sameyness” between characters as certain skills were determined to be less useful, and thus avoided by all, even if it would be in-character to have it. For example, Missile Defense is just so overpriced and underwhelming that even an Archer character would often skip it in favor of something more useful, like Creature Magic.
Anyway, the good news is that WoW has inspired me to do some things I’d forgotten I wanted to do. Including making some kind of symphonic/orchestral music. In fact, I started working on exactly this a few days ago, and finished up my first piece today. It’s called Kalahari Plains. Here’s a listen for you!
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This is my first attempt at orchestral music production. I think it came out pretty good anyway. 🙂 I’ll have more about the music production work in a future post.