Dark Age of Camelot plans Catch Up in Calendonia fast-leveling event, Ultima Online previews Publish 110 and New Legacy’s map

    
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Broadsword’s antique MMORPGs are still chugging along, both with news of note this week.

In Dark Age of Camelot, players are being invited for a fresh-start event this coming Friday called Catch Up in Caledonia. Starting March 5th, the 10-day event will center on the RvR battleground Caledonia and offer a fast way to level into the PvP endgame.

“Players will start at level 1 and rapidly progress to level 50 all while earning gear, master levels, champion levels, and realm ranks along the way! By the event’s end participants will be ready to competitively RvR in the Frontier!”

Definitely check out the entire explainer as there are some caveats and rules for how the whole event will work (and the fact that you can’t leave the zone partway through and then come back!). If you’ve ever wanted to try the game but didn’t want to noob around, this is a good entry point.

Meanwhile, the Ultima Online team has posted another newsletter teasing the upcoming New Legacy as well as the next update, Publish 110, which is expected mid-March. Players can look forward to new vet rewards (including much-wanted spellbook and runebook organizers), a fix for the pet exploit, and improvements for the vendor search tool. As for New Legacy itself, Broadsword says it’ll be “turning [its] focus back” to that once 110 is out the door, though in the meantime, the studio is planning a dev stream to talk about the game world on March 4th at 2 p.m. EST.

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Q: What is different about Ultima Online: New Legacy versus live Ultima Online?

Ultima Online: New Legacy is a completely custom ruleset server. While the fundamentals of gameplay remain the same between a live server and Ultima Online: New Legacy the implementation of those fundamentals has been redesigned to focus on the roots of Ultima as an RPG.

At the conclusion of each season of Ultima Online: New Legacy the world will end in a cataclysmic event and will be reborn with fresh adventures to be had and a new legacy to be forged!

NOPE!

Q: What happens with the Shattering? Why should I spend any time on a shard that is going to ultimately reset all of my progress?

Ultima Online: New Legacy is about forging your new Britannian Legacy! While things like the economy and the game world will be reset during the Shattering, players will have an entire year to forge that legacy! In-game items and events will serve as mementos to that legacy that will be experienced by generations to come. This is your chance to write your character’s place into Britannia’s history!

NOPE! NOPE!

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Bruno Brito

The DAOC subreddit is full of praise for the Phoenix Freeshard, and blast against Live.

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Mark Jacobs

Out of curiosity BB, why the blast? I don’t follow what’s going on with DAoC but I am curious. Can you sum it up in a sentence or two or three?

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iamluner

I haven’t looked at the DAoC subreddit MJ but I could imagine it’s because The freeshard DAoC server known as Phoenix implemented this idea around last fall, I forget.

As much as I hate to say it, Phoenix regardless of things they have done that people haven’t liked. They have done some really cool changes. Where as Broadsword has given lots of content to its players don’t get me wrong here, it’s all been the opposite of what a lot of the player base has wanted to see.

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Stuart Gibson

Honestly Phoenix server was really good, they did it right to begin with. Now though its been changed so much that its no longer classic DAOC, i think they actually made worse balance changes than the actual daoc balance changer back in your days. Oh what i would give for a real classic Shrouded Isles Old Frontier server. I loved the longetivity of how naturally paced everything was, xp rps etc, paced so that RvR was a mess of all levels for quite some time! Hell i even loved TOA its the power creep that came with it that changed the game.

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Stuart Gibson

Live also may aswell be an insta 50 server. Its so far gone that theres no content just get to 50 in a day then get owned in rvr until youre high enough to still get owned by superior rr’s. The population is as many buffbots as players, it simply can not do the scale of RvR that Phoenix does where they have 1500 actual players online. I just wish Phoenix had stuck to classic and the only dev plays hib and changes everything to benefit hib.

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Bruno Brito

Hum, i’ll sum up with the best of my abilities, i’m not a DAoC player, bear in mind, i only follow the game laterally.

Live server leveling and PVP event for free and paid accounts. Start at lvl 1 and exclusivly PVP your way to 50. (March 5th.) from daoc

They seem to want Live to make a classic server. Honestly, what i feel like is that Live modernizations end up halfassing the game. Not every old game deals well with modernizing design. Phoenix gets upwards of 1.5k people playing sometimes, it’s a really good server, and it kicks off the nostalgia bucket that most DAoC players seem to crave.

I mean, you’re making a Old-school-like game, right? I’m sure you’ll find conflict between old nostalgic design and clunkiness, and new design and the irrelevancy of old content. It’s the battle every MMO dev is going through right now.

Also, this event was also a Phoenix event, that seemed to be really popular, so Broadsword clearly is treating Phoenix like a threat now.

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Mark Jacobs

Thanks all that commented here! And I would not be at all surprised BB if Broadword was worried about Phoenix and it’s potential effect on their revenues. I do not know this for a fact (since I have had zero contact with Denton in almost a decade), but I’d bet on it.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, considering the scope of DAoC and the size of Phoenix, i would assume so.

The problem comes from if Broadsword has any resources to either deliver a classic server, or reworking their live servers for a more hybrid oldschool-newschool approach.

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Stuart Gibson

Phoenix has 5 times the players (actual players not bots) that Live has. That tells you something. Hell when it was vanilla classic it had 15 times the players before they changed it to fast paced.

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PanagiotisLial1

As things are now I think New Legacy will be a wasted effort since it doesnt offer the choice to stay on that server(which will have changes as we see and going to an existing server without them wont be enticing) and build a server community. If things change I will sure play it

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Fisty

Knowing this certainly changed my outlook.