As I said in my previous posting, I have been playing a lot of Age of Conan. I put it down for awhile right before Godslayer came out and then picked it up again last week. Before Godslayer came out, I had made the decision to roll on a PvE server in order to learn the melee system. So, I jumped on Wiccana and rolled up a Conqueror. This lasted all of a couple of weeks.
I just can not play on a PvE server. It is too boring. I like the feel of insecurity too much, I guess. I missed ganking and being ganked. PvE servers offer a great community, safety and a faster leveling experience. But they do not offer danger and that is something I missed very quickly.
After a couple of weeks, I re-rolled (again!) on Cimmeria. This time I am playing a Conqueror. I really, really like this class. He has good survivability, good DPS and is needed in groups. He is also one of the few melee classes with a 360 degree arc AoE melee ability. This is making it easier to PvP with him, as I can slowly learn movement and range, while still being able to hit my target.
In addition to the melee AoE, I also have a fire damage banner that functions like a Shaman Totem in WoW. Drop it and it pulses AoE fire damage. For a noob learning the movement and combo intricacies of AoC, this helps a lot.
Right now, I am only level 22 as I started completely over. The game runs smoother than ever and I get great frame rates, even in DX10 with everything up. The game is just amazing looking.
I have only once ventured into the Gateway to Khitai but the one time I did I was simply blown away. The area is huge and they captured the brutal feel of the world of Conan perfectly. The size of the area is the first thing that got me excited and really disperses the claustrophobic feel you can get in the early areas. It is still instanced based but the size of the zone makes it feel much more wide open than anything before it.
Funcom has seemed to hit a home run with this expansion pack. There are gripes on the forums about grinding and such but the feel from the community in-game is positive. The expansion brought back a lot of people and the early levels are brimming with new players, returning subs and trial players.
The future of AoC is looking pretty bright. If they can keep this momentum up over the long haul AoC will be one of the best MMOs on the market.
Gonna have some screen shots later. I am trying to wait until I get back into Khitai, as everyone has seen Tortage before!