Shroud of the Avatar bribes players to stress test its servers

    
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Want some bonus XP in Shroud of the Avatar? You’re going to have to put in some effort to make that happen, kiddo.

Portalarium is planning a performance stress test of the game’s QA server this Monday and wants to load as many players as possible onto it to see if it can handle the load. This will take the form of a party on a boat (seriously) which will also involve summoned bosses and other server-smashing activities.

The studio said that if it can get at least 50 people to stick around for 45 minutes on the boat, it will activate a double XP bonus on the live servers for a week after Release 53 is launched later this month. Other incentives to showing up include random prizes handed out to party goers, such as a scorpion chair.

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I read on a forum this person going on about how they didn’t enjoy their time in sota, asked why they came up with things like; the land is blocked by hard instances… i could go on but it’s all the same type “i literally have no idea what i’m even talking about” complaint, it’s like them saying i’m so seriously clued out it’s not even funny.

Think about this, this is how pathetic the mmo industry has become, this is how they react when confronted by the tiniest bit of challenge within a game. I’m literally blown away at how sad this really is. OMG I got killed, that’s it throw your arms up, walk away, tell everyone how crappy the game is, omfg lol. Literally like WOW, pun intended.

All one needs to do is go under the bridge fight the simplest of mobs, or in other cases take the outer edge and fight a couple of simple mobs. That’s it! Literally they have an inability to get creative or actually think for a full second, if they had voila you get right through. Later when you are much more powerful, go straight through the center or even do the quest for that area. There are other ways in the game to approach things.

Leaves you wondering why do they even play mmo’s lol, you’re just bad for the industry, it’s peeps like that which have brought such degradation to the genre. Please just go back to playing solitaire, or x’s and o’s.

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Solaris

I love SotA but the instanced adventure ‘rooms’ is absolutely terrible game design. It breaks immersion and is just lazy. There are several Unity based MMOs that do not have the constant loading of zones. I dont know if Portalarium got too far into development to turn back and dump the adventure room’ model or why they went this direction. But it’s probably the largest complaint I’ve seen from anyone who has tried the game, and I feel it’s very valid.

Also the avatars are absolutely terrible but that’s another discussion.

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No argument there, more on it below.

My topic was mainly that when someone is confronted with even the slightest resistance within the game they are truly stonewalled (to them), like they can’t think OK, well lets look at the path under the bridge, or go around the corner, not it’s straight to the goal and they die so they are done. Unbelievable.

That’s a complete MIND = BLOWN on how badly fisher price mmo’s have made players.

OK the loading; tbh on a decent machine it’s tolerable with everything cranked, on my weaker boxes, yea it’s OMG, and they are set on fastest.

All have SSD drives too, my best box though to me is a huge difference, i did not say great, i said tolerable. So yea not the best overall.

I love the overland map though, to me it’s like an interactive loading screen, ESO as an example, ok load zone, wait for ever, load zone, wait for ever, load zone, wait for ever;

SOTA load go wherever you want.

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Solaris

I have a high end machine and my zone load times aren’t bad. I guess I’m more annoyed by the design choice than anything. In the least I think the zones could be 10x the size that they are. Crowfall and Pantheon figured out how to do it. Not sure why Garriot’s team couldn’t. (Huge fan of Garriott btw. I credit Ultima for my love of gaming).

I don’t mind the overland map. I also agree on your point that MMO players are inherently lazy. One thing I love about SotA is actually having to put some thought into solving quests. Some of which are absolutely fantastic.

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“I think the zones could be 10x the size that they are.”

That’d be too perfect, i still need to go to work in chit.

I’m dreaming i know, but if that overland map was wide open world and then the POT’s and other similar pockets be what they are, yea that’s be too awesome.

Even if the loads were 10x faster would make all the difference in the world tbh. Would not lose focus or immersion.

Yep mmo players got Super lazy or the industry did what it set out to do, pull in the lazy, like McDonald’s; quick; easy; fast, zero thought, open mouth and chew, just like cattle.

It just really made me notice, like the guy thinking that area as impassible, like literally thought that ‘s it can’t get through, fuck just “run for it” is an option too, you die you ghost up other side if you want.

It just screamed straight line, i literally can’t put any thought whatsoever into this, i need direction, i cannot think for myself, but that’s what they all are now, take quest, straight line to objective via huge beams of light or neon signs, no veering off, wandering, exploring, forbid if you had to make a decision on your own, or eeeekkkk put some thought into it, nothing to stimulate your mind, just get that check mark ASAP.

Enter sota, and to think all mmo’s were like this, the norm, and tbh sota would be considered easy mode compared to what we had not too long ago, like there are signals in sota you just got to know what to look for and where to look, their just not great big massive fucking neon signs or huge earth sized columns of light projected into the sky, you know for the “elitist” lazy mmo players. hehe

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I actually enjoy this game IMMENSELY. I hated on it for a long time, thought it was stupid. Tried the trial a few times, but finally it just stuck and I got it. I really truly enjoy what i’m presented with. It’s worth the price, and I’ve stacked hours and hours and hours into it already. I feel like YOU dont get it. Because I did, and I’m really liking it.

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Haha only 50, lol, that’s equivalent to saying if the sun comes up tomorrow we will activate double XP for a week when update 53 launches. Total given.

OK good they want to do some stress tests, and to boot they make it interesting, 50 peeps in boat battling summoned bosses, awesome!

I’m thinking about it, sounds like fun.

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“you can’t just hit play and go.”
Hey, Hey, Hey what you saying man, what the hell you implying? i play sota, i “can” play sota, i’m not straight off the short bus mmo’s. DUDE I”M SO MESSING WITH YOU, no worries, (i hope you have sense of humor) and thx!

Yea i figured its just like every other mmo. During the day i could pull it off if i want, still thinking about it.

I still laugh though, the dedicated player base within sota, it’s still no different then saying if the sun comes up tomorrow. They may as well put the ads out now, it’s without a doubt going to happen. Very large loyal player base here.

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oruh

If I know anything about Garriott’s boat parties, the ship sinks at the end.

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Solaris

They will easily get 50 people. The game population has been much higher since official launch. I’ve never seen more people in game. It’s been kinda nice!

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Yes for a game this large i’m surprised at the amount of people i run into, everywhere!

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They’re unsure if there QA server can handle 50 players at once 0.o

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Boom

I despise the game & think it fits, also matches the desperation of needing just 50 players.

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Iridescence

If the game was actually good they wouldn’t need to “entice” is the point I took from it. Kind of savage but also true.

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Iridescence

OK good point didn’t realize that.

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Roger Melly

I don’t think there is much desperation . I’m giving it a go on the trial and I always see plenty of people .

Not sure if its the game for me yet but there are plenty of people playing it in spite of what you may think .

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xanadox

Is Sota population that bad? Devs giving perks if they get 50 ppl online in QA server?

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Thats like ANY game. How many people are on a Public Test realm? A fraction of the population, constant wipes, no progress to your main character. Broken quest lines and issues, etc.. Of course they are going to entice people. They will easily get it based on the number of players I’ve seen in the game recently.

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Roger Melly

Give it a try ( there is a free trial ) you will see there are plenty of people playing . I like some of what it has to offer myself but the combat seems very clunky . To be honest its a game I cant make my mind up about yet but I was like that with WoW in its first couple of months back in 2005 . I get the feeling it could be quite an interesting game once you get into it .

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xanadox

I had already bought the game and I played it, I didn’t like the real money issues. I have some friends playing it and they are trying to bring me back….so I don’t know what I will do.

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xanadox

I see, thx for answering