Here is the funniest review I’ve seen so far of Vanguard. The reviewer gives the game a “20%” score.
Why does it get such a bad score ? No matter what the guy tried to do, he couldn’t get it to install on his PC. Granted, he doesn’t disclose just *what* that PC is, but if he’s not a complete doorknob installing this on his XP1800, why was he not able to get it running ?
Even worse – check out what happened to this EQ2dalian. He bought Vanguard, lost his receipt, and got a carboard box only for his troubles. His key is no good, no refund, no gaming either.
So after reading this, I log in to find out my buddy key is expired. My hopes of playing for free forever due to a technical glitch were dashed. Uh oh. Now I’ve got to get my subscription working – am I going to have the same problem ?
Not the slightest hint of a hitch. I said no when I was asked to buy extra character slots via station access – helpfully illustrated for me just as Everquest 2 was. “With a regular subscription, you can have 8 characters (shows the pictures)……… but with Station Access you get FOUR bonus characters ! (shows the pictures).” Sigh. The bitter taste of defeat is still in my mouth.
And the next thing I knew I was back in the world of Telon, $50 lighter.
Worked diplomacy for awhile until I ended up bored – Ding 62. They should have implemented diplomacy experience, rather than this silly skillup system. It gets really boring hitting the same NPC’s, over and over, in the hopes of a skillup when they are relatively rare (maybe 20% chance?).
The fact that only Civic Diplomacy in Derogar’s Outpost is available right now makes things worse. Once you figure out the right deck to defeat an NPC, it’s just a matter of how well the random numbers (replay turns for the cards) hit to determine if you’ll win or lose. I went back and forth and did maybe 20 rounds of diplomacy, succeeded in maybe 17 of them, and got two points for my trouble. Ay yi yi.
Don’t get me wrong – the diplomacy card game is fun and the random element goes quite a way keeping it interesting. But when you’re doing it to earn skillup points, each failure to get a point just looms large and makes you want to quit.
But I think I have the answer to hearsay, thanks to Silky Venom’s wiki. The informant in Halgarad is a blackmail informant. I need a different one; probably in Veskal’s Exchange, which I think is fairly close to Vault of Heroes. So I should be able to turn in all these things I’ve collected and get…….. something out of it. Headed off in that direction.
Finished a single quest – the Juggler – by joining a couple of other guys at the gnoll camp, and fighting our way into the tent. The bad news was that only once person in the group gets the juggler – everybody else is just along for the ride. Technical problems knocked some groupmates, and then me, out of the game and that was the end for the night.