Shroud of the Avatar’s release 59 is live with a heavily revamped newbie experience

    
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Live as of this morning in Shroud of the Avatar is the October update, better known as Release 59. As we’ve been covering this month, the patch includes the second phase of the fishing content, over 100 bug fixes, the new rewards UI, and the removal of some “gameplay restrictions of story, trade and lot ownership from our free players.” There’s also no more experience decay on death, and the universal chat channel is live; existing players who’ve bought the game will receive the channel for free, while free-to-play players can pick it up for a mere $2, confirming the hunch that the fee was chiefly about curbing spam.

Probably most importantly for the health of the game, the newbie experience has been completely retooled.

“For Release 59, we have revamped and improved the New User Experience by separating the tutorials from the story spaces in the three starting areas (Battle of Solace Bridge, Battle of Highvale, and Blood River Massacre). We have also built a new focused tutorial space in the Isle of Storms that walks you through the game basics in a gated fashion (i.e. you cannot advance to the next room until you prove you can swing a sword). Another change is that choosing your story path is now independent of your starting decks!”

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K38FishTacos

I may go back and give it a try again, too. I keep it in mind along with Project Gorgon for when I get bored of the usual suspects: ESO, WoW, SWTOR.

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Roger Melly

I didn’t realise it had gone free to play .

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April-Rain

I bought this about a year ago and it just never clicked, but I might re-install and check it out now, so bored atm after BFA was a big fail for me and I impatiently await wow classic.

I even re-installed SWTOR after justin went back but the in your face cash shop really bugs me out, F! cartel coins!

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Ironwu

Give Warframe a try. It is free and a lot of the micro-transactions are really micro. I have played traditional MMOs since 2000 and just cannot tear myself away to play them. I will play WoW Classic if it really is classic WoW when it arrives. But until then, the combat, movement, crafting and so forth in Warframe has me quite locked up.

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K38FishTacos

If anyone does start Warframe, I recommend at least watching one beginner’s guide, because there is a lot to learn. I recommend videos by BBKDRAGOON or iFlynn.

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arimer

I’ve really enjoyed seeing how this game gets better and love the Dev team communication. When i started playing the new player experience was one of the biggest issues. They didn’t explain much and unless you had a friendly person help you you probably weren’t fully doing things right. So I’m glad they are tackling that.

My second biggest problem is player housing in NPC cities. It’s annoying to me because it just adds clutter.

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Koshelkin

They couldn’t get rid of it, though, as most of the houses are probably bought with real currency.

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Jack Pipsam

I have to agree. At launch it was overwhelming the amount of player-owned housing in the cities.