Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen discusses Alpha One test features and overall alpha philosophy

    
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As Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen nears closer to its still-undated Alpha One test, producer Ben Dean and creative director Chris Perkins decided to take a moment to discuss some of the previously announced features that will be in the test build and why they chose those features in a recent livestream.

A lot of the explanation featured talk that probably wouldn’t be considered insightful or surprising — certain classes need specific attention, networking needs to be tested, the game’s perception system has to be tested since it drives most questing and gathering gameplay — but Perkins also explained the overall philosophy of what the devs at Visionary Realms consider an alpha version.

“When we think about our alpha experience, even though we’ll have an NDA in place, impressions spread, impressions have their way of making the rounds. […] And so, with that in mind, no it’s not launch, we’re not looking to reach a level of perfection by any means, but we’re looking to make sure that the major pieces of the game, the major pieces of Pantheon, are in place.”

The devs otherwise talked about the disposition system, shared a few more character animations, and even showed off a map of the Kingsreach area in its entirety along with planned areas of expansion for the continent as updates to the live game move forward. You can check out the complete broadcast below.

source: YouTube
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Eliot Lefebvre
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Eliot Lefebvre

Gotta say that their philosophy matters a lot less to me in the wake of it apparently including NFTs.

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IronSalamander8 .

NFTs really left me cold after a few artist friends that I’ve commissioned have been getting their art claimed by people trying to make NFTs from their work and they are not happy at all, and rightfully so.

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Eliot Lefebvre

I think the whole “killing the planet for speculative pyramid scheme profit” would be enough to dislike them as it is.

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IronSalamander8 .

Can’t argue with that. NPR covered it a few weeks ago but I was here at the lab and didn’t catch the whole thing so don’t know a ton about them, but having at least 3 artists I’ve worked with have to deal with them certainly didn’t give NFTs any love from my direction.

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Bruno Brito

True, but that’s for a more moralistic approach. A lot of people didn’t care about that until techbros started literally stealing art and pictures from Google and Twitter to just resell them in some crappy scheme.

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SmiteDoctor

WTF are you even saying? Maybe you guys should mention what NFTs are before dropping something like this in a comments section?

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Bruno Brito

NFT are tokens that you use to sell/buy things for cryptocurrency. It’s basically a ownership token.

Google is your friend.

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SmiteDoctor

What does that have to do with MMOs, is that going to be an option to pay for things in this game?

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Bruno Brito

I don’t remember anything exactly because P:RoTF is one of the last MMOs on my list but i think they’re allowing crypto to be used as payment or something. I don’t know. I think you should look into it.

Be as it may, cryptocurrency has a humongous share of issues. It’s extremely enviromental-hostile ( to ridiculous extents ), NFT-happy-techbros have a penchant for tokenizing already-owned content, the entire cryptostructure is pyramid-based, etc etc.

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SmiteDoctor

So basically they’re inviting Money Laundering.

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SmiteDoctor

How is Crypto Environmentally unfriendly I thought these Crypto farms were just rooms full of PCs some how generating it, oh I get it the PC Farms suck up power which causes pollution (by that logic Cloud Based services should be just as bad since Server Farms don’t run off of Fairy Dust and Dinosaur Dreams).

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Bruno Brito

“Bitcoin’s energy consumption

An estimate by the University of Cambridge suggests that Bitcoin mining consumes more than 120 Terawatt Hours (Twh) per year, with using more electricity annually than the countries like Malaysia, Sweden or Argentina.”

It uses a lot. It’s way worse than cloud based services. Google consumes 12 terawatts-hour per year. Facebook consumes 5. Crypto consumed around 124. The state of New York consumes 161. That research was made in 18, 2021. I got this info here:

Visualizing the Power Consumption of Bitcoin Mining

Bear in mind, this link tries to put crypto on a good light. Reality is that most of the cryptoindustry cannot regulate how crypto will use energy because that’s the point of crypto: to be derregulated. There are literal videos of people making oil-based rigs to burn fossil combustibles to power a supercomputer to mine bitcoin.

Crypto is just an attempt to make derregulated currency that solves absolutely none of the issues that printed money has, and just introduces new problems.

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SmiteDoctor

Kind of makes me wonder how much I could mine for my self if I hooked up a private grid to solar panels along with a network of throwaway PCs (not much maybe half a dozen to a dozen 10 plus year old PCs no one wants any way from an Office Firesale). Maybe live comfortable Tax Free perhaps?

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Bruno Brito

I don’t know. Crypto has a whole another plethora of problems that i rather not go into. Like i said, it’s a techbro filled scene with people with less morals than normal. I have artist friends who are downright livid because their shit is getting minted and sold without their permission.

It’s the kind of thing i rather just not get involved with.

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Dro Gul

Less talk more game