So, it has been a busy week for me and I have been unable to post lately. I am sure you folks have missed my exhilarating writing style. Or, then again, probably not. But be that as it may, I am now back and hope to be posting quite a bit over the next few days. Tonight, however, I do not have much time, so I will keep it fairly short.
Yes, I am still playing Age of Conan. Yes, I am still enjoying loving
Age of Conan. However, I have to admit defeat. By the Bear Shaman. The class has totally defeated me. Left me battered and bruised and wondering where that damn truck came from.
You see, the Bear Shaman is a very complex class. Not only that, it is one of the most complex classes in a very complex game, at least mêlée-wise. There is a ton of micro-management to the class between meleeing, heals and buffs. Now, I normally do not mind that. I don’t mind that at all. But, when you couple the complexities of the class with the learning the ins and outs of the melee system, there is a lot of stuff to learn. A whole lot.
I found myself at level thirty doing great in PvE. I could destroy two, three, even four mobs of my level with ease. But, get me in a PvP situation and I locked up. Total lock-up. Not the greatest way to represent a class as great as the Bear Shaman. Not only that, but when I didn’t freeze up, I still missed a lot of my combos anyway. People would get out of the way before my combo went off (the last move of the combo locks your character in place) and I ended up doing little damage.
I heard people talk about combo canceling and other vagaries of the mêlée system in AoC and I was lost. Totally lost. I have never found myself in that situation in a MMO before.
So, after much contemplation, I decided that I would start afresh with a simpler character and learn the basic AoC system before returning to my beloved Bear Shaman. With that in mind, I have been testing classes at a furious pace. I think I have finally settled on a class.
But, I will leave you hanging for the night! It is late and I need sleep. So, stay tuned tomorrow, where I talk about the classes I tried and many other observations of Age of Conan!