Legends of Aria’s new bard and vitality regen system sounds an awful lot like Star Wars Galaxies’

And we're not sad about it.

    
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Let me just put it out there: Bards are the best class archetype in all of RPGs, let alone just MMOs, which is why my eyes lit up when Legends of Aria announced it’s adding a proper barding skillset when it launches next week. Would-be musicians will be picking up a drum, lute, or flute and either rocking out solo or joining a three-man band, one on each instruments, while other folks can listen in and get a nice vitality infusion. And you’ll want that vitality.

“Vitality has been improved to play an increasingly important role in Legends of Aria. Vitality is lost as players engage in daily tasks in the world of Celador, from chopping trees and fishing to the inevitable and all too frequent dirt nap. Restoring Vitality will be an essential function to keep your character strong and, most importantly, well maintained vitality is essential to ensure maximum stats and optimum rates of skill gain. It’s worth noting that Vitality regeneration may only be offered by performing musicians within established Inns & Taverns. We hope that these changes create some warm and welcoming tavern experiences, offer up some strictly social, non-combat roles, and also to serve the ulterior motive of combating those who may seek to gain skills unlawfully.”

Sounds familiar, right? Bard skills aren’t only for healing; they’ll also allow the minstrel to irritating enemies in fights with riddles and heal partmates too.

That’s not even the only dev blog Citadel Studios has pumped out; there’s also a fresh piece up on the game’s profession system. That word might be a tad confusing, as this is a skill-based game, but here it refers more to a character role that a player can choose from (or dodge entirely) when rolling up a new toon. Professions will help newbies figure out what to do next when playing in an othewise free-form MMO, complete with quests and pointers on how to develop that profession specifically.

Get caught up on everything you need to know about how the game’s changing when it hits Steam early access with its soft-launch next week:

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I’ve noticed features like this in games before, and they tended to only be useful if you happened to be in a populated area of a game/surrounded by others…but if you ever had any desire to be a loner, you could only gain a tick or so of them as you passed through areas. Or they were basically used to ‘provide an edge’ for a elitist group and everyone else was kept away from it. Also, anyone who actually wanted a challenge and purposely liked the grind (Yeah, some people really are masochists…) would want to AVOID a buff like that…not all of us are in games to just see the end of it and then get bored and leave…it’s often the journey that entertains us…

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Nick Smith

Looking foward to the 6th! Cant wait

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PanagiotisLial1

I think they had been taking steps on the right direction. The game has definitely caught my attention a few weeks now

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arimer

I think this is great. This game needs to set itself for a lot of community interaction to be successful. Not to mention anytime anyone takes something from OG SWG I love it.

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3dom

Good one. Now I’m slightly interesting in the game.

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Blake

Not a fan of this at all. Especially since Aria’s population has cratered quite a few times now — it’s pretty much dead right now (at least the last few times I logged in anyway). So good luck getting that all important buff when no one is logged in. I love Bards as a class, and would love to see more done with them, but requiring them from other players in order to play the game isn’t fun for me.

The cynic in my sees the vitality thing as another step towards a cash shop/sub. Want to not have to worry about not being able to play as much as you’d like? Subscribe or buy this potion to max your vitality for X days!

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play that funky music.jpg
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Daniel Reasor

I would have also accepted Commander Will Riker and his trombone.

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Daniel Reasor

Making my character depend on a resource that can only be restored by a buff from one specific class is certainly one way to tell me that you don’t want me to play a game, ever. MMO communities are bad enough with the power trips that tanks and healers get off on.

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Akagi

This could’ve worked around 2004 when MMOs were still a novelty and the people who played them were in their teens or early 20s.

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Witches

From the trinity to the power trio.

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Harry Koala

Hate to disagree with you Bree… Fortunately I can’t get downvoted into oblivion here, so I can probably get away with this:

I loathe bards. When I first came across them in the AD&D Player’s Handbook (as a fortunately optional rule) my immediate reaction was “who the hell would ever want to play some tool with a lute when you could be something epic like a warrior or a mage”. And my opinion of bards has only gone downhill from there.

It really is completely bewildering to me why anyone would ever want to play a bard.

But yeah, everyone is different. I guess it appeals to some people. Could be worse: apparently some people like playing rogues!

Yeah joke’s on me: I can’t get downvoted, but Bree has the power of the moderator, and is standing with ban-hammer at the ready.

EDIT to add: this is what is known as British humour – don’t take it too literally. Apart from the bit where I don’t like bards.

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I will remember you good sir/mam, I do not think she would ban you for having an opinion, usually it’s only people getting riled up or doing the riling of pitchfork mobs, people making off topic comments, or people being outright abusive or offensive.

For the record I don’t agree with you but I think people just like what they like, I played Bard in Rift because I like being support. In a perfect world I’d like to be a bard in the spirit and aesthetic of that Electric Guitar player in the last Mad Max movie.

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xpsync

The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla!

Not the last movie but…

Remember…no matter where you go, there you are.

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mysecretid

You’re allowed to voice opinions here, so long as you voice them as your opinions, and don’t insult, or try to start squabbles with every poster who feels differently.

So, I think you’re safe from “Bree-Mjolnir”here.

If you’re ever in doubt a about a post, just remember this song …

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BalsBigBrother

I mean I know my guitar playing has the power to make your ears bleed so I guess I can see the debuff aspect hehe but yeah Bards do have a bit of an um …. image problem.

I would be more on bard (board) if we ever got the electric guitar Mad Max version in a game as Mordyjuice mentions.

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I love playing rogues. -shuns you in jest-