Carbine is using a tired and ineffective page from the MMO operations play book. In order to avoid mega servers, that is servers that are overflowing with a disproportionate % of the population trying to setup there, they are holding back the names of their servers.
On paper this sounds like a good plan, but the reality is holding back the names of servers removes the ability for large communities to effectively plan.
The Next Gen Kinda Sucks (For Now)
I started this weekend with a bit of a mission - I was going to upgrade some aspect of my gaming life. I more or less thought this was going to mean getting a next gen console and I figured it’d mean getting a PS4.
Now as a proud member of the PC Gaming Master Race I started where I should, could I upgrade my computer in a way that made financial sense?
*** This is the second part of my predictions recap blog post for 2012 ***
Next up, EQ Next:
Everquest Next is announced. It is (at least on paper – all we’ll see this year) a theme park MMO with a fresh approach of mixing in strong sandbox/virtual world elements. EQ:N won’t release until 2013 or even beyond.
I'll take a half point here. EQ Next wasn't announced so much as it was temporarily unannounced. Where I will take the points however is I think
*** This is a repost of a post that ran on my blog adventuresoftaas.com ***
Prediction season - oh how I love you. In most years its a time for me to show off just how insightful and connected I am to the games industry, this year however I suspect might be a different beast. I really didn't see the force F2P was going to be this year (I really did think it'd be Pay to Plays year to come back with a vengeance) amongst other things. So let's get right to it and look at my predictions
Name: Final Fantasy XIV Chapter Officer
This award is given to the awesome few who stepped up and contributed to the Final Fantasy XIV chapter as Chapter Officers.
Name: Plot 13 Bankroll
Given to members who helped contribute to building our house in Final Fantasy XIV!
Thanks for your contribution!
Name: Eorzea Reborn Explorer
Award given to members and recruits who participated in Betas 1, 2 or 3 and played alongside the Aureus Knights in one way or another.
Name: GW2 Chapter Officer
This award is given as a special thank you to the awesome volunteers who stepped up as Chapter Officers in GW2.
Thank you for the awesome job you did making GW2 a success!
This award is given to any member who has completed 30/50 in their Guild Wars 1 hall of monument.
Name: Tyria Beta Explorer
Given to any member or recruit who has a member of the guild in any three of the Beta Weekends
Name: TOR Chapter Officer
This award is given as a special thank you to the awesome volunteers who stepped up as Chapter Officers in TOR.
TOR was without question one of our largest chapters and required a huge effort to pull off.
So thank you for an awesome job!
Name: Star Wars Trail Blazer
Given to any member who joins the Aureus Knights or the Aureus Empire within the first month of launch.
Name: Rift Beta Explorer
Award given to any member or applicant that wore the Aureus Knights guild tag in any Rift beta
Name: Champion of the League of Legends
Award given to players who play League of Legends with AKS Casual
Name: FFXIV Beta Explorer
The proud, the few - the first Knights of Final Fantasy XIV! This award is granted to all members and recruits who were members of the Open Beta FFXIV Linkshell! This award is given as a thanks to our earliest FFXIV members!
Name: The Dark Summer of 2010
I hope the Spring/Summer of 2010 is one we will soon forget. While the guild had some success in World of Warcraft by and large the Knights found themselves spread across multiple games most of them lasting only a few weeks at a time as it just seemed that the gaming gods refused to give us something to play.
Many of our guild friends have been absent in past months as there just hasn't been anything to play. Some Knights however stayed true and did whatever they could to keep in touch by the forums or in whatever game managed to hold our attention in a given week.
This award is for those loyal Knights who toughed out the Spring and Summer of 2010. There is a lot of good stuff on the horizon (Final Fantasy XIV and Star Wars: The Old Republic) but these members were around for one of the bleakest periods in MMO gamer memory!
Name: Warhammer Online Vet
The WAR Vet award is given to members who joined us in the first few months of the game.
These members are commemorated for their patience through server moves, changes in officership, and being part of the best build experience we've ever had the pleasure to play host to.
Name: Aldorf Defender (February 15th, 2009)
On February 15th the forces of Destruction pushed the battlefront to the front gates of our beloved capital city, Altdorf.
The recipients of this award are the brave defenders who heeded the call of duty and valiantly defended our capital city.
This time we were successful in dispelling the forces of Destruction, we need be ever vigilant to ensure our walls stand.
Name: Keep Master: Fangbreaka September 18th, 2008
This award is granted to all Knights who attended our third successful Keep Siege.
The evening of September 18th, 2008 we captured Fangbreaka in Marshes of Madness
Name: Keep Master: Fangbreaka September 12th, 2008
This award is granted to all Knights who attended our second successful Keep Siege.
The evening of September 12th, 2008 we captured Fangbreaka in Marshes of Madness
Name: Preview Warrior
Special one time award given to all players who play with Aureus Knights in during Warhammer Online's Preview Weekend
Name: Keep Master: Dok Karaz August 23rd, 2008
This award is granted to all Knights who attended our first Keep Siege.
The evening of August 23rd, 2008 we captured Dok Karaz in Barak Varr.
Name: Vanguard Veteran
An award given to the original Aureus Knights in Vanguard. This group of people helped form AKS's first large presence in an MMO and we became known as a top class guild; this group has a lot to be proud of.
Name: FPS Nut
One of the things that makes or breaks our little family is that we stay together and we stay active. One way we do that in between games is playing FPS games. Good quick fun, its always a good time! This award is for those who stick it out between MMOs by playing FPS games with Clan [AKS]
Name: Guild Founder
Given to a long term officer who has been crucial in the development of the guild