Global Chat: Elder Scrolls Online’s disguised gameplay

It seems as though some players’ attention has shifted back to Elder Scrolls Online this spring, especially with the recent Dragon Bones DLC drop. Telwyn over at GamingSF documented a bit of fun in which he enjoyed infiltrating a camp in disguise versus having to do it in stealth mode.

“I find ‘disguised’ gameplay is more relaxed and better paced (since stealth is slower movement),” he wrote. “It’s especially nice in ESO when you need to take time out of fighting-all-the-things in a hostile to read the many books and quest-related texts – having a pause in the action makes it more enjoyable to read these.”

It isn’t all rainbows and puppies, however. Roger from Contains Moderate Peril expressed some frustration at ESO’s leveling gear, or lack thereof: “The One Tamriel Update removed the level restriction on content, scaling everything according to the player, which obviously didn’t help the gear situation. With delves and story quests scaling to your level, there isn’t the surplus of gear generated by content fixed at a specific level. The lack of a server wide auction system is also a major contributor.”

Nomadic Gamers: Warframe’s War Within is complete

“Given how challenging some of the other quests have been, this one was surprisingly easy. But then, in a lot of ways it seemed to be more of a ‘here’s a new feature you’re unlocking, this quest is your tutorial’ type of quest than anything, so I guess it makes sense that it wouldn’t be too hard.”

Aywren Sojourner: Moving my FFXIV home to Shirogane

“I like how Shirogane is laid out, but a lot of it feels busy to me. The houses on the beach have a bit more space and open area, which I really like. I remember thinking if I was going to relocate, it would be to one of these spots.”

Yeebo Fernbottom: Dark Age of Camelot is the best PvE MMO you probably don’t know much about

“What has kept me playing since I tried it on a whim last year is not the PvP (which is great, and I’ll come back to), it’s the the solo/ small man PvE. There is an absolutely fantastic PvE game buried in DAoC, which you’d have no way of knowing even exists based on casual observation. It’s not something the developer really hypes. In fact just the opposite. Last year, Broadsword set about half of the solo PvE game on fire, removing access to all of the Catacombs expansion for low level players so that the zones could be re-purposed. In the process they removed hundreds of solo quests across all level ranges from the game.”

Maybe you could just, like... give me your feathers?

I Has PC: In the shadows of monsters — Dauntless

“After spending a good chunk of time in the game in the state it is in I am nervous it won’t ever really launch in any meaningful way — or by the time it does, Monster Hunter is already reigning so big and supreme (as it already is) that there is little reason to go to Dauntless. They have an uphill climb.”

MMO Bro: MMOs with the best race options

“The original EverQuest boasts an impressive selection of races, covering all the standard fantasy archetypes as well as embracing stranger choices including the catlike Vah Shir, lizard people called Iksar, human variants including the Erudite and Drakkin, and even a race of anthropomorphic frogs.”

Endgame Viable: Leveling anew in RIFT

“After this experiment of starting over with my own self-imposed nostalgia tour, I’m more puzzled than ever about RIFT Prime. I’m not sure how a RIFT Prime subscription experience will differ from a plain RIFT subscription experience, or even a free experience. Methinks there is a bit of marketing handwaving hijinks and social engineering going on here.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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aethryn

The lack of a single unified Auction House annoys me to no end.

Then again, I’ve loved every Elder Scrolls game since Daggerfall, but am not in love with ESO (missed Arena)

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Roger Melly

Yeah I found that to be annoying too . I also didn’t like the way you can join 5 guilds at a time because I think it makes it a lot harder to find a guild were players are invested in it than it does in a traditional mmo set up .

Its an ok game . I liked the combat and there is a lot to recommend it but its just not the sandbox experience I expected or wanted from an Elder Scrolls mmo .

The community is pretty toxic too unfortunately .

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Yuri Geinish

Just a few days ago, I’ve been playing up to level 30 in level 1 gear and felt fine. I have no idea what that Roger guy is talking about.

If you actually look at gear stats in crafting menu, crafting level 1 item and level 26 results in the same stats. It’s only after level 26 that the stats begin to change. I’m level 36 now, running in level 30 gear that I crafted myself and still feeling fine. Tanking dungeons, steamrolling everything in solo pve, etc. And I never, ever wear any armor or weapons dropped from dungeons or given as quest rewards, *still* feeling perfectly fine. I don’t think Roger actually bothered to learn the game.

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Daniel Reasor

Leveling in ESO is fine, and trait research, materials, and motifs are plenty to drive an economy with, but I do agree with him about the lack of an auction house. It turns guild creation and guild membership into a mercenary affair. Maybe that’s intended, and meant to capture the seedy flavor of the Elder Scrolls setting, though.

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Denice J. Cook

It’s actually done because the one megaserver would be an eternally-crashing ball of flame, its database going up in smoke, if they tried to have a server-wide auction house.

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Yuri Geinish

Where does this come from? From technical standpoint what you just said is nonsense.

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Apridise

Go look up the word Microservice….

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Sushi Maru

Pretty sure Roger has never really played ESO, else he would know that there is no gearing issue at all while leveling.

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Stkmks Returns

Gear in eso? Remember probably a few lifetimes ago your first mmo where you didn’t know what gear was and was just playing the game? That’s what levelling feels like… mainly because you know everything is scaled so you don’t really need it.

Going back to that first mmo when you found out about gear what did you do? You get a free purple from the first dungeon finder daily really. The second one gives a blue. In addition to drops. Haven’t done any more too busy questing… the story is just actually good.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Does Roger from Contains Moderate Peril do dolmens? They are a good way to get on-level gear. I usually fill up my inventory with gear after grinding the dolmen outside Vulkhel Guard for an hour or so. I don’t do it for long, because I get so much gear my bank fills up, too. And since the dolmen chest drops level appropriate gear, you can reliably get gear upgrades at any level. Much of it is set gear as well. It’s a friendly bunch at this Auridon dolmen. Grouping is readily available and if you want the fastest way to level, this is it.

I’ve always assumed DAoC was purely a PvP game and Yeebo’s article and guides made me interested in checking it out for the first time.

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Doubleplusgood

Good I am glad they have other options than stealth now. I hated doing the dark brotherhood content which was full of stealth missions until I figured out you don’t really need to stealth and could just run through it or kill everything. Then afterwards you just log off and play another character till your bounty cleared. Except you couldn’t do that with the missions from the board in the guild. Those ones made me so frustrated that I completely ignore them now. Ill have to try these disguise missions and see if they are better

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Slaasher

It’s so funny to me to find out that people love “relaxed” gameplay. I have many friends who do. I find it boring as heck. All the more reason to have more and different games out there available i guess.