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RIFT: Rebuilding the Soul Trees

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Every once in a while I’ll get an idea in my head that just won’t go away. In some of these instances, the idea is one that would affect the design of a game I am playing or have played. I have already shared a few of those ideas on this blog and this post will be no different. In the last week or so, I have had an old idea make a resurgence; attempt to concept a revised Soul Tree feature for Trion Worlds’s RIFT. I have not played or thought about RIFT in a long time, so this thought popping back into my head took me by surprise. However, I have fleshed out a number of ideas on how I would revise (or rebuild) the soul trees, and I thought it would be fun to share them.

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World of Warcraft: A Reply Gone Awry

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Last week, I watched a video from the YouTube channel, Bellular Gaming. The topic of the video (found here) focused on ten concerns Bellular has with the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. About midway through the video, I decided to share my thoughts on a few of his concerns in a comment. I had written responses to two of his points before a misclick here and an accidental key press there sent me to another video, killing the comment I had been working on. So, instead of attempting to rewrite my comment and risk my fingers stumbling all over themselves again, I shall share my thoughts regarding a few of those points here.

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My WoW Clone: Destruction Warlock (Preview?)

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A while back I revealed my redesign of World of Warcraft’s Shadow Priest (seen here). While I haven’t gone back to fill the empty holes, I have been playing with a few ideas for another class redesign. If you’re reading this, then you know that I am referring to the Destruction Warlock. This is a specialization that I spent very little time (if any) playing when I played WoW, but I had an interesting concept I wanted to play with. As of writing this post, I don’t have too much completed, but consider this a preview of the redesigned Destruction Warlock.

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My WoW Clone: Level Cap (Part 2)

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Previously on My WoW Clone, I left a steaming pile of crap on the doorstep of World of Warcraft while explaining my disdain for level cap increases in MMORPGs. I didn’t plan for that, but it happened as I was trying to build up to the topic I wanted to discuss. Since I have let most of the vitriol out of my system, I can move forward with the topic at hand. Today, I will be discussing how My WoW Clone would handle a level cap differently from World of Warcraft and its clones. It may surprise you to learn, especially after the previous post, that I am not following in the footsteps of those games.

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My WoW Clone: Level Cap (Part 1)

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When an expansion is announced for an MMORPG, it is common for one of the highlighted changes to be an increased level cap. This is often coupled with the release of new zones where players can acquire the experience to reach the new level cap, and new max level content. For most people, this brings joy and excitement. After playing through two World of Warcraft expansions (and part of a third), I find the value of a level cap increase to be worth nothing. In today’s post, I will explain my disdain for increased level caps, and next week I will divulge how My WoW Clone would differ in this regard.

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My WoW Clone: Shadow Priest (WoW)

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Today, I thought I would showcase one of the most important facets of the My WoW Clone project. This is the portion of the project that I am most excited about, because it requires the most creative thought. It is also one of the most challenging, because it involves taking a class that exists and doing something different with it. This could be mechanically, thematically, etc. In this post, I will be introducing the My WoW Clone version of World of Warcraft’s Shadow Priest.

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Crowfall: Skills that Pay the Bills

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If you have not yet heard, it turns out Crowfall will have a metric shit-ton of skills available at launch. ArtCraft Entertainment recently released the information about this portion of their game, and there is a lot to take in at once. You can also find an interview with J. Todd Coleman on MMORPG.com that was released earlier in the week. Most of the information from the interview can be found in the Skills FAQ on the Crowfall site, but there was an image from MMORPG’s post that caught my eye. In today’s post, I will discuss what I have learned about the skills system, and how I believe it might affect the game in the long term.

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My WoW Clone: Introduction

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Today marks the start of a new blog series! In this series, I will embark on a journey to concept an imaginary MMORPG that follows in the footsteps of RIFT and Star Wars: The Old Republic. This journey will be filled with a lack of original thought, a lack of imagination, and a rabid need to imitate everything that the most popular MMORPG has done since its release. I will go against everything that I stand for to concept a game without action combat, that focuses on Raid progression, and boasts the gear treadmill as its primary source of content. Join me as I endeavor to create my very own World of Warcraft clone.

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Build a Hero: WoW Warlock for HotS

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Heroes of the Storm has been releasing new characters at quite the rapid rate since going live (as in not in beta). I haven’t played it as much since it went live, but I have kept up with the updates primarily through videos on YouTube (see MFPallyTime). For this post, I thought it would be fun to do something creative. I want to create a concept for a new Hero based on a class I enjoyed when I played World of Warcraft. Today, let’s imagine what it would be like to play a Warlock in Heroes of the Storm.

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How Did The Year Go? 2015 Year In Review

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Today, I am going to present you with a post that is a little different from the blog’s usual fare. With the Holidays hastily making their way upon us, I wanted to take the time to discuss how the blog has done since I officially started it at the beginning of the year. I also want to discuss how some of my other projects have panned out, as well as plans I have for the next year. I will also state this post will be the last one for the remainder of 2015, but more on that later. For now, lets see how the year went.

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