I’ve had mixed success with Rise of the Godslayer today. It started off pretty bad, but got better by the end.
Before I could get to Khitai, I still had Tortage to get through. I made the mistake of doing every quest I wanted to do the first time I went through Tortage. Bad idea. So to help me get through it, I made a list of goals I wanted to accomplish while in the Barachan Isles:
- I get through the Xantia’s Wrath quest chain (both parts).
- I’d help Donus uncover the plot tying Sakumbe and Strom with a cannibalistic necromancer.
- I’d do the secret mission of White Sands Isle, Xan’s Bounty. (I had never done it before! It was exciting!)
- I’d kill a bunch of Picts.
- I’d kill a bunch of Red Hand.
The last one was the trickiest – thanks to the influx of new Khitani characters, there were probably more PCs down in the Underhalls than there were guards.
While doing all this, I teamed up with some members of the Hyborian Courier Network.
Here, Thac0 and I offer a fiery sacrifice to our dark god Xotli help fight an outbreak of Pictish ghouls! Thank the Lord that those fine, upstanding citizens were around, doing what they do best: burning things to death.
And here I fight alongside Chimea, one of the newest members of the Hyborian Courier Network. I’m offering a fiery sacrifice to our dark god Xotli making a new friend! (pfft, like Set is any better!)
Eventually, I fought my way through the last destiny quest (my squishy HoX only died four times!), and made plans to sail for Khitai.
That’s when things hit a little snafu. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t talked with Decario, the Shadow Brotherhood contact in Tortage. I mentally groan – I was done with Tortage, and I really didn’t want to go back to a ‘liberated’ Tortage still crawling with Red Hand guards. But I sucked up and went.
“Alright,” I says, “this’ll be easy – I’ll advance further into the Gateway to Khitai, find a Quartermaster veteran vendor, and get the teleport stones I need.”
No such luck – I couldn’t find a quartermaster anywhere. “Oh well,” I think to myself, “there’s a porter that’ll take me back to Tortage for free. I’ll just set up my Asura stone and be off.”
I arrive in Tortage, and… Decario was bugged. He won’t give quests to Khitani characters. So, great, waste of time. I smuggled myself back out of Tortage, and land in Stygia. “Great,” I say, “I’ll just Asura back to-
-Tortage. The game glitched and hadn’t registered I’d set a new home. Just great. But, hey! I’d be able to take the overland path, with its really cool random encounters. And I had wanted to do the resource gathering quests as soon as possible anyways, and Stygia was a great place to get them.
So I got all the resource quests under my belt, and started back toward Khitai. I failed the first mission, which involved me trying to get water from an oasis while avoiding dust devils – get hit by one once, and its “oh fuck everyone died of dehydration let’s go back to Khemi.”
The second time around, I fought sand worms. Fuck yeah.
So, now I’m back in Khitai, a little wiser. I notice I’ve got a glitched quest:
But I ignore it. I’m not going back to Tortage, not for 3000 XP.
And then… the game starts to run really, really crappily. Regardless of what I do, I can’t get more than 20 fps out of the client. I curse to myself, realizing that these massive Khitani zones are going to be the death of my playing experience.
So I screw around with the video settings for half an hour, and eventually call it quits. I turn off the computer, do a bit of work, and fire the game back up.
And everything runs beautifully with High graphics. What. The. Hell.
Since then, I’ve played for several hours. The game has been alot of fun, despite the strange situation where I’m simultaneously killing Hyrkanian, and running quests for them. Hell, I’ll be in the Hyrkanian camp, dropping off quests, and I’ll be attacked by Hyrkanian hanging out on the periphery. Funcom: This does not make sense. I guess I really am a mercenary.