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Oldoak
03-12-2004, 03:20 PM
You may know that in Horizons you can play a dragon. Part of that path which has been being worked on since launch is the quest involved to grow from a baby dragon into an adult dragon.

They have had players testing this on the test server, and the first player to achieve adulthood (through the quest called the Rite of Passage) posted a few pics.

I have to say, it is kind of making me wish I had played a dragon right now...it is a lot of effort but ...well...it is a DRAGON.


Flying over Dalimond (http://www.csolve.net/~wyatt/flying01.JPG)


Beyond adulthood, there is Ancient status, which makes you even bigger. That part isn't in yet, but here is an old beta screenie showing the three stages of a dragon's life...

http://vaultmedia.ign.com/rpgvault/image/horizons03042401.jpg

Aidon
03-12-2004, 04:44 PM
Their lack of meaningful progress with dragons during beta was one of the major reasons I never bothered trying the game when it went live. It was the only interesting feature the game offered imo.

Oldoak
03-12-2004, 04:51 PM
Dragons changed a lot in late beta. They stopped being classed like regular characters and instead were completely restructured so that they were more skill based.

I never really got into much detail on them after the change - I was more interested in the druids. But just before beta ended dragons were completely redone. They said it was what they had intended all along, and that the prior system was to make it easier for people to beta different aspects of dragons. I don't know. I think it was a rethink.

In any case, they definitely are quite a bit different than bipeds in the live game.

Kerech
03-13-2004, 11:52 PM
The quest is live on all servers (except the 3 in Europe I think) and there have already been several sightings of adult dragons strafing over towns :)

Fyyr Lu'Storm
03-16-2004, 02:18 AM
How the hell you level a dragon?

Always getting raided on by other players.

or

/petition "Hey somethings wrong, all my plat is missing from my bank"

GM Soandso tells you "Ha, checked the logs and seems a group of Hobbits came in with inviso rings and PPed ya. Sorry, working as intended"

Kerech
03-16-2004, 01:24 PM
LOL, Fyyr :)

B_Delacroix
03-16-2004, 02:05 PM
I swore only to pay for one MMORPG at a time. This Horizons may have been the game I wanted EQ to be after all. Loot schmoot, I like an evolving engaging world that I can explore and adventure in. I don't need the Sword of Grunveld so I can get 70 of my aquantaintances together and go slay the next monster up the line that has 10k more hp and fire based ae. Then rinse and repeat for the next stage up.

I wonder how long this can last, though. Content such as what is happening in Horizons has to be managed and eventually the managers (GMs) will get tired of coming up with new things I'd think.

Oldoak
03-16-2004, 06:04 PM
Well, the only ponit of comparison is Asheron's Call, which uses the same episodic model.

AC, as I understand it, does monthly content pushes, and they have not missed any yet (at least so I hear), and that is now about 5 years old, I think.

There will be some challenges to keep up weekly content, but some of them are small and compact. There is a lot more "big stuff" they can do for Horizons though. Boats...swimming...underwater content (it was part of the original vision)...several more freeable races...several more cities...a landmass almost equal to the current game world that is already mapped but not yet available to players.

THere is a lot of room to grow still, but I think eventually there will be a sameness to the events. Still, that is ways off I think.

jtoast
03-17-2004, 10:30 AM
I have been waiting for them to introduce adult and to fix hoard before I bought this game. Is dragon hoarding still as screwed up as it was on release?

Oldoak
03-17-2004, 12:29 PM
Hoarding is still as it was on release. They said they were going to take a look at it this month.

Truly, though, for it to function as a cash and item sink, it has to have the drain. But how much of a drain is the question...

jtoast
03-17-2004, 03:59 PM
I have no problem with hoarding in concept. What I have a problem with is the speed of the drain. As it stands now, a high level dragon will end up doing nothing but crafting for his hoard(unless the new adult stage affects hoard somehow). I really don't like the idea of getting weaker every second unless I am constantly throwing a magic weapon into my cave :P

Kerech
03-18-2004, 07:03 AM
They have changed the hoard since release, but mostly to reduce hoard values on a lot of items. I think they raised a few, but mostly they were dropped.

And the drain, as far as I know, hasn't changed.