After roaming the world of Agon for a bit and having a lot of fun doing it, I thought it would be a good idea to answer the question: How far can a noob get in a month? So, here is an overview of my Darkfall character after four weeks for play.
In terms of video gaming, I never know what to call myself anymore. I think the disturbingly large array of jewel cases and dusty game boxes will attest to the fact that I am not a casual gamer. On the other hand, I don’t fit the hardcore PvP or raider mode either. I play between 2-4 nights a week, 3-4 hours a night.
I spend a lot of time teamed with one or two people hunting relatively easy spawns — trolls, hags and mercians. I rarely harvest during my prime-time, but on the weekends, or if I am home during the day (rarely), I try to get some semi-afk mining in. I don’t PvP much, as my chances 1v1 are slim. However, I do try to help my clan during city defenses and on the one siege in which they have been involved since I joined. As a rule, I don’t macro skills, or use a bloodwall. I certainly want my skills to increase, but I want to do so by experiencing the game.
Skills and Stats
I have tried to focus on raising my magic skills as quickly as possible. I have had mixed success. At the beginning of your career, your magic is pathetically weak and you can blast a full bar of mana at a goblin and not kill him. This is great for skilling up, but bad for winning the combat. As your skill increases, you get access to better magic, but that magic starts to require reagents. Reagents are pretty costly and are one of the first things taken from your corpse when you are killed, so you never seem to have enough.
Nonetheless, I am pretty happy with where my skills are at this stage in the game. I feel I am making steady progress and starting to turn the corner to where I can be useful in a fight. My main goal is to get Fire Magic up as quickly as possible. Once I got Greater Magic to 25, I took a quick detour into Witchcraft, but decided that Witches’ Brew could wait because I needed to melt someone. Once I got GM 45 or so… my progress seemed to slow to a crawl, mostly because I could not go anywhere with reagents in my backpack without getting killed. Anyways, here are my notable magic skills.
- Lesser Magic: 85 (Mana Missile: 54, Heal Self: 49)
- Greater Magic: 51
- Fire Magic: 25 (Firebolt: 25)
- Witchcraft: 28 (Needles: 34)
I also do a fair bit of melee focused (as it seems almost everyone is) on Greatswords.
- Greatswords 54 (Power Attack 35)
- Rigor 30
- Parry 6
- Gank 1 (As you can see, I’ve never had the chance)
I also gather, but it is not a main focus for me most nights. Most of my gathering is done on the weekends, or on a weekday when I am off work. I then do some semi-afk gathering while dealing with the kiddies, or some chores. I am mostly crafting swords with weaponsmith, and I just bought alchemy to make staffs.
- Mining 70
- Logging 49
- Skinning 45
- Weaponsmith 25
- Alchemy 3
As far as stats go, most of my stats are 25-27 except for Dexterity… which is a disappointing 21 after one month. I assume that archery is the best way to increase Dex because nothing else seems to do so. Unfortunately, my archery has suffered due to my focus on skilling up magic. My hit points also seem a bit slow to move. I have a whopping 212 hit points.
I still use crap gear most of the time. I wear a mix of studded and banded on most sorties and carry r10 swords and r0 staffs. Not very impressive, I know. I am slowly working up some crafting skills to make better swords and staffs, but my progression has slowed somewhat because I have limited time to gather materials. I am loathe to ask my guild for help because frankly, I am not that useful a guild member at the moment, and it is likely that any items I get will get stolen in a day or two. For the most part, I will continue with whatever I can salvage or create and things will slowly get better.
My PvP record is a blazing 1 win and 50 losses. Oddly enough, I think I am doing pretty well because I know others who started about the same time I did with double the number of deaths. I am still at the stage where most small-scale PvP encounters end in my demise (and the loss of all my reagents). Still, in my last 1v1, I got my assailant down to about 1/3 of his health before dying and the last duel I was in both of us stopped when we were at 25% hits. I feel that my skill is increasing and I am getting better at surviving in the frantic dance that is 1v1 PvP.
In group PvP I fare a little better. I have fought through one siege and several smaller town defenses. I fare ok in these combats, mostly because there is lots of room to hide and I tend to stay back and either play support, or follow my betters into combat. As I stated earlier, I am hoping that as my Fire Magic increases, my value in these situations will increase.
After one month, I consider myself reasonably successful for the time I have put into the game. I could stand to practice my sword fighting a little more, both from a character and player skill perspective, because I am still not competitive in a small PvP situation. I am happy with my magic progression though. Even with the cost (and infinite steal-ability) of reagents, I am closing in on the bigger hitting fire AoEs.
As far as PvE, I still find hunting monster spawns fun and have finally reached a point where easy spawns are actually easy for me to solo. I would love to have more time to gather and craft because that would help my overall gear situation… but smacking monsters is way more fun.