Mar 24, 2013


Lately, I’ve been looking for my new MMO home, Guild Wars 2 was not it; I felt like I’ve done everything in the game, so not much keeping me there; The Secret World wasn’t it either; feels like they won’t be adding massive new features since it went F2P, TERA is not there either, same F2P nonsense as always.  EverQuest is not EverQuest 2 with a seriously clunky interface and the old game I knew and loved simply isn’t there any more, I even tried EQMac, but since everyone is level 65, and fine steel weapons cost several hundred thousand plat, I shall not be attempting that again.

So, the other half saw Vanguard: Saga of Heroes on Steam’s Free to Play section, so we thought we would give it a go.  I remembered my old station access details, and we were good to go.  I had tried playing it before, but quit due to the bugs and general unpolished quirkiness of it all.  I had my old character sitting where our guild house/shed used to be (seems it got removed).  Deciding I have no idea what to do, I rerolled.

Starting on the Isle of Dawn, the new tutorial island, was a fun experience, quests showing you the basics of combat, diplomacy and crafting (harvesting being fairly self explanatory) was a completely new experience to what came before, basically being left to your own devices in your races’ home town.  The new player experience is really good, as a cleric you start in some weak, but pretty cool looking equipment, which is much better than brown leather crap you started with before.  There are still some glitches, but it’s like a released game, rather than a (very) extended beta test.

It was all too good to be true, and then I noticed someone in the regional chat channel wondering why there was only ever 20 people being listed on the /who all command.  Obviously this isn’t an accurate measure of the servers population, but it doesn’t bode well.  Looking at the games Subreddit on.. err.. Reddit it seems there is very little activity at all, so with 2 servers available, it seems it’s another dead game.

Looks like the hunt for that one “home” game is back on, will it be a triumphant return to form for Final Fantasy XIV, will Dragon’s Prophet be any good?  Will I actually find a populated Shadows of Luclin emulated server for EQ1?  Who knows?  I hope some kind developer makes a good MMO one day…


  • Regarding the population of Vanguard I had a vastly differently experience than you, Wodge.It is only about a month ago I stopped playing it because of RL schedule. I saw people everywhere and at peak hours, the guild I was trying out for had well over a hundred players online. Yes it wasn’t easy alway to get a group going for a dungeonrun, but it wasn’t much different than the old eq1 days where you sometimes had to wait for a fee hours.Mind you I wasn’t playing on the eu server

  • ‘That game’ is the ok game (not perfect) where your friends are.

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