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Beginner’s Guide: The MMO Trinity – DPS

December 7, 2011 10 comments

Most of you probably know about the MMO Trinity, which is Tank, Healer, and DPS (Damage Per Second). However, with this blog swinging towards a new MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, some people may be looking around for information on classes and not know what they are looking at when it comes to their class role. So I have decided to take it upon myself to explain the MMO Trinity as if my audience has never heard of it.

Hate it or love it, most MMOs are built with the idea that there will be someone to take the big hits, someone to heal back up the big hits, and someone to dish out the big hits. That is just a fact of life. There have been other class roles defined by different games, such as Pullers, Support, and Chippers (only know this last one from Rappelz, was kinda like Debuffer). Support is the only class-role besides the Trinity that has seen wide usage.

DPS is the most played, least-respected class role of all time. Ever heard of Huntards? Basically, you have a player that memorizes a rotation and pwns noobs. Their actual skill is measured in Damage Per Second, and they can practically watch TV without failing at their job. Read more…

Hunters in Isengard Dev Diary

September 13, 2011 1 comment

Zombie Columbus released a Dev Diary today with the official changes for the Hunter in Rise of Isengard.

First off, I want to say to the Hunter community: don’t panic. The Hunter is my main, so I tried it in the Beta, and they are actually quite good. The biggest concern is the removal of Strong Draw from the game, but it is hardly missed with the changes. Just keep that in mind.

Stances

The first thing ZC wanted to address with the Hunter changes were the traitlines being tied to stances. Mainly, he wanted to have Hunters able to switch stances mid-fight and not feel that they were wasting a trait they had slotted. Traits like Graceful Draw that buffed only one stance were removed from the game and the bonuses were distributed into the stance itself or throughout other traits in a more general way. Read more…

Dunland’s quests: Why humor and engagement are important

August 26, 2011 Comments off

Now that the NDA has been lifted, I can post this look at the new quests that will be coming in Isengard (don’t worry, not spoilers!).

I think the main thing I was disappointed in was the lack of instances below raid size. I am like many others in that I am casual and often don’t have time to raid. That doesn’t mean I don’t have 2 hours at a time, I often do. It means I don’t have a set time to play like others in my kin, so getting 24 people together is not really possible sometimes.

I love 3-mans especially, because it encourages quick thinking, especially with unusual group makeups. The lack of 3- and 6-man instances this go around is disappointing. But never fear! They will be coming soon!

So to bide my time in the Beta, I leveled a Hunter and Captain through the quests in Dunland. Questing is always something I enjoy, as it is like playing a game attached to a really good book.

In the past I have felt the “kill 10 rats” syndrome of “this is really not epic.” You know, like picking up poop in Enedwaith. I was thinking the whole time “I have fought the Nazgul in Dol Guldur, why am I picking up POOP?!?!?” Read more…

Isengard Class Changes: Hunters

August 2, 2011 Comments off

If you have been following the posts made by developers on the forums and in their my.LOTRO blogs, then you know that class changes are going to rock in Isengard. I thought I would put up a series of posts on each of the classes and keep them updated as new information comes in. Also, if I have an opinion, I will post that as well.

This overview will cover Hunters. The resident developer in charge of Hunters is Zombie Columbus (ZC). I am going to try to explain the information shortage and some of the information we have received.

NOTE: These are only proposed! Things may change in Beta testing. Read more…

How to Harness the HUD, Part 2

June 27, 2011 3 comments

This is the second installment of How to Harness the HUD. Today’s topic is the Quickslots and Social Options.

This will not cover keybinding the quickslots; that will follow in a later post.

Quickslots

The quickslots page is primarily dedicated to display and placement of quickslot bars. Let’s talk about the quickslot bars first.

There are six quickslot bars, each with 12 slots. These bars are for the purpose of holding skills and items for ease of use, especially in combat. Each bar is completely keybindable, and all of the bars except for the main bar have individual options for hiding them, docking them, and positioning them. Read more…