I try to stay on top of all the new things. I learned about this game a few days ago and have been browsing the forums since.
Before Christmas, the site originally launched as play2crush, an allusion to the old MMO Shadowbane. A couple weeks ago it was revealed as Crowfall with the previous Shadowbane lead and Star Wars Galaxies lead running the show. Earlier this week it was revealed that Raph Koster, the man behind the crafting in Ultima Online and SWG, is also a part of the team.
These guys are making some bold statements right now. During Jan-Feb they are deliberately releasing tidbits of info in order to spark discussion and debate on their forums. There is a countdown on the main page. When it’s done they intend to open up and explain everything about the game.
I’m not sure if any of you played Shadowbane. It was a pre-Wowcraft MMO that was almost entirely PvP. You were safe for about the first 10 levels but then you were thrown to the wolves. When you died, you dropped everything in your inventory. Only the items you had equipped were safe.
The game had massive city building and sieges too. But people couldn’t just attack your city when you were sleeping. They had to declare their attack and set up for it. And it would last for days.
The interesting thing to me was that the levels were not as drastic as they are in Wowcraft. A level 50 person would obviously have an advantage over a 20, but three 20s could group together and possibly beat that 50. That lone 50 couldn’t rampage through a group of 20s trying to level up and expect to 1-shot everyone. He would likely be defeated by the group.
I much preferred this type of PvP to playing on Wowcraft’s PvP servers. I despised trying to quest in a zone while constantly being attacked by no-skill people who were 20-30 levels higher than me. But I understand that’s the type of PvP that some people enjoy and that’s how they feel the game should be played. Some guys believe that they survived all the beatings so now it’s their turn to hand them out. Kinda like the wedgies back in high school.
I’ll be watching this website and participating on the forums over the next 30 days. I want to see where this game is headed. If I don’t like it after the reveal then I’ll probably bow out. But Shadowbane was a game that was way ahead of it’s time. I would love to see how that game would work today.