Our Astral Scholars are the ears and eyes of the community to assist the GM team with supporting the community. This past week was the community’s chance to ask questions of one of our Astral Scholars, Remorse, for his Astral Scholar Spotlight. Here are Remorse’s responses to some of your questions!
Bdcian: “As a player, what more do you want to see in Allods?”
Remorse: “Would like to see more players reach end-game. I want to walk into bort one day and get so laggy that i would prefer to be in Yaskers tower. Having more end-game players would result in more guilds in astral confrontation, more astral runs, more heroics, more gt and of course more PVP in zones.”
Samuelftw: “Whats your build?”
Remorse: “I’m full spec dps so Pryo and Will Suppression are my bread and butter. Along with other skills such as mindfire and temporal acceleration to boost it. However as a xad psi i like to get the most out of the 7second aoe racial stun, so i’ve placed a few rubies into boosting that.”
Ryosei_Kitsune: “If you were a Villain like me instead of a Astral Scholar, what name would you pick?”
Remorse: “‘Remorse Family’, think about it.”
Cr38or: “Why did you choose Psi from all the classes in the game? and do you still enjoy your decision?”
Remorse: “When i first started playing i actually picked a xad pally, however i found the class to be a bit of a tank’n’spank class. I wanted to try a class that hasn’t been used before and the Psionicists meet that. It was a originally a support and 1v1 pvp class, was quite fun, always keeping the parties mana up along with a 15% intelligence, perception and conviction buff, however the class did lack a bit in group pvp, mostly because there was no proper aoe attacks and had no defensive skills other then mental pulse and twin. When the new Psionicists came it was a bit of a change from the original one, you were now viable in group pvp thanks to wall of blades and Ectoplasmic Form, it was good having a change in once, however i do miss the old psi from time to time.”
Lanryte: “Since you joined the Scholar’s team so late, what made you decide to join now?”
Remorse: “To be honest I applied for AS way back in june last year(chomp recommended it). So i sent a PM off to the gm that was managing the AS group at the time, i got a reply back that they will be looking for people post-gipat. I waited, didn’t get a reply back for a while as the forums were quite crazy for the next month and that gm ended up leaving. It was only recommended recently to me that i should re-apply, saw it as a opportunity as i can moderate the forums easily in the wee-hours of the morning.”
Cyerr: “In what way has Allods progressed the most since CB?”
Remorse: “There is ALOT more content is in then there was back in CB such as quests, raiding, astral, pvp and guild content etc.”
Draegan39: “What kind of advice would you give to nOObs like me who haven’t played very long?”
Remorse: “Don’t die, enjoy the game and don’t become a victim of the madness.”
Remorse, we’re glad to have you as a long-standing member of the game part of our Astral Scholar Team!
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Our Astral Scholars are the ears and eyes of the community to assist the GM team with supporting the community. This past week was the community’s chance to ask questions of one of our Astral Scholars, Hotfizzle, for his Astral Scholar Spotlight. Here are Hotfizzle’s responses to some of your questions!
Baroqueinjection: “What were you thinking about when you chose your forum name?”
Hotfizzle: “Well that name actually goes back about 8 years ago to when I created my Runescape account. I was listending to a Snoop Dog song and fo shizzle my nizzle was stuck in my head. It seemed like any names including any of those words were already taken so I took the ‘f’ from ‘fo’ and the ‘izzle’ from ’shizzle’ and made fizzle. That was taken for obvious reasons so I improvised on the phrase hot shiznit and created hotfizzle. Not really sure how, but it’s stuck since.”
Tobiex: “Are you proud of having the most forum posts?”
Hotfizzle: “I always say it’s about quality over quantity, but there is something to be said about being a huge contributor to the Allods community. It’s not like I go around hunting for an excuse to post. I find threads that interest me and contribute my thoughts if I have any at the time.”
Rotcjames: “How do you get your uber geeks goatee so amazing? Who is your favorite GT boss and why?”
Hotfizzle: “I consider that a soul patch, which is actually my facial hair option of choice at the moment.”
My favorite boss in GT is Kazul the Astral Watcher. The only enemy in the game that I hate more than eyes are Tep blades, so the concept of a boss that is an eye was captivated me since he was introduced. I also enjoy the mechanics of his fight. It’s a highly individual boss fight, which requires every member of the raid to be on their toes, and really shows me who may or may not be relying on their hand being held through GT. It’s all about Situational Awareness, which is one of my favorite concepts in life and the name of a guild I was in in another popular MMO.”
Sjet6: “Have you ever ganked someone, and how did it feel?”
Hotfizzle: “Not sure what you mean by ganked* but I only attack people that give me combat glory. So if its possible to gank* a level 40 then sure, I’ve done it on occasion. It felt just like usual, my head hurt from all the face-rolling across the keyboard.”
Ryosei_Kitsune: “Do you like kittens?”
Hotfizzle: “I like them more then puppies if that means anything. But I HATE lolcats. It’s a disgrace to human intellect.”
Dark_Knight_Kain: “What do you feel are the biggest strengths of Allods Online and what do you think are its biggest weaknesses?”
Hotfizzle: “For the sake of space I’ll only list the top few strengths and weaknesses. I’m not here to give a whole spiel on how I think this game is going. (Trust me, I can go on for days)
I think the Allods community is both its strength, and its weakness. Oddly enough the people that play this game are in general very helpful, nice, mature, and genuinely enjoy the game. It’s also a somewhat small community, because it’s impossible to have a large community without catering to idiots and the rest of the scumbags that lurk about in the online world. I want Allods to grow and be popular, but I don’t want the community to have to cater to the demands of lazy gamers.
Another strength of Allods is its production value. Astrum Nival did a tremendous job with what they had to create a very good game, and continues to improve on it. And the developers are also working much harder to listen to their community to improve the game for them. I know we all felt a little bit betrayed by the Gipat patch but the game has come a long way since then and has left the unforgiving and ignorant behind. I look forward to what they have in store for us in the future.
A couple weaknesses. Well there’s obviously the Runes that everyone complains about. The concept of P2W seems to hurt the game more than anything else, but as far as I’m concerned, the people who pay for all those CC from the CS are the reason this game is free for me, so props to them. I also think a minor weakness of the game is lack of advertising. I don’t see any advertisements for NA Allods anywhere I go, it’s all for other games. Also, word of mouth about Allods is STILL stuck on the Gipat patch and the amount of ignorance and misinformation surrounding Allods out there on other gaming portal sites makes me cry.”
Citizenkane_: “What aspects of the game do you think most need improvement?”
Hotfizzle: “I’ve got a dozen suggestions in the Feedback section outlining this, but I’ll sum it up in a few quick sentences. Crystal Chips need to have at least SOME way to be obtained in game. There should be a gold to Cash Shop currency exchange, micro transactions for the win. More vanity items can’t hurt. More fluid leveling, I like questing, not grinding. More xp is fine as long as there is more quests.”
Mistajolly: “What is your favorite thing about Allods?”
Hotfizzle: “I can’t really give a good answer, because I like just about all of it. But I guess I’ll have to go with the Arisen. Pretty much everything about that race is just pure badassery. ‘Nuff said.”
Wingeddm: “How do you coordinate GT runs so thoroughly and do you have any tips for first time GTers?”
Hotfizzle: “GT is all about preparation. You have to have reasonable and accurate expectations of the members of the raid and the leaders of it. You can’t rush raiding GT, it’s a very unforgiving raid instance. You’ll have to make sure that all the raid members know their role, how loot will be distributed, how much you expect to accomplish, when they need to show up, what they have to have to do to be prepared, and who is in charge. Most of that is usually pretty easy, but being prepared is a pretty broad spectrum. I suggest you have every member of a archetype in constant discussion with each other on how to improve their builds, stats, rotation, gear, and general play to maximize dps. And make sure that you research the boss fights, unless of course you enjoy finding things out for yourself.”
Thanks for all your valued feedback and suggestions, Hotfizzle!
Our Astral Scholars are the ears and eyes of the community to assist the GM team with supporting the community. This past week was the community’s chance to ask questions of one of our Astral Scholars, Valandil, for his Astral Scholar Spotlight. Here are Valandil’s responses to some of your questions!
Rae_lyn: “What drew you to Allods?”
Valandil: “The only thing that drew me to Allods was the fact that it was quest based. That there was a real story to the game, that it was very in depth and thought out. Coming from a pure grind game that was very refreshing for me. Also reading up on the game after it caught my eye, the classes and mechanics and astral intrigued me a lot more. The astral was probably the main thing I was really stoked about.”
Rae_lyn: “What is your favorite class in the game? and why?”
Valandil: “My favorite is the mage. I really like magic dps classes. As a mage I dont have to stand at the frontline taking all the damage, I dont have to worry about keeping my party or friends alive, I dont often have to worry about dieing cause it doesnt really matter in most events lol, I just stand there and smash buttons :D And thats what I like. I also like the way the mage is played in this game. You dont just run around and press a couple of buttons, there are more mechanics to it and it is a lot more in depth than in other games I have played, it is actually interesting in Allods.”
Tobiex: “What made you decide to play mage?”
Valandil: “I chose to play a mage due to the reasons above. And mage is the first class I ever try in every game. If they dont really feel like what I want to play I will try out a tank class or pet based class next. In Allods I loved the class (for the most part) ever since I started it.”
Baroqueinjection: “What did you think of the movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole?”
Valandil: “I havent seen it since it came out, and I streamed it, so the quality wasnt all that great. But from what I recall, it wasnt nearly as great as I expected it to be. Based on the books; they warped details and events together, and left out quite a bit that I was kinda hoping would be in there. I was also very disappointed that they combined (or tried I should say) three books into one movie. Two books per movie would have been much better in my opinion. They could have really put the story together, but like all movies based on books, you just cant make it nearly as good lol. I think the fact that I was extremely hyped up for it really added to my disappointment as well.
But nonetheless it was an enjoyable movie. I was very impressed with the animation and details, that exceeded my expectations ^^
(I thought Eglantine and other little chicks were very cute and fluffy <3)
I am definitely going to try to watch it tomorrow now after typing this up :)”
Ninim: “Owls or dragons?”
Valandil: “As epic as dragons are, I have this unexplainable love for Owls. I would take an Owl over a dragon anyday ;) If I could ever somehow have a pet Owl, my life would be complete.”
Rezardi: “Who are you gonna marry(ingame, duh), once it gets possible and why?”
Valandil: “Gwiniel. Because she is totally awesome and amazing and I love her <333
She's more than helpful with so many things, and shes like my best friend. And we talk all the time. And she can keep me alive with her epic heals :) And for other reasons of course, but I shall not divulge those. :?”
Deaderaco: “What are the rules, guidelines, and limits placed by GMs here for astral scholars concerning the moderation of discussion on the forums?”
Valandil: “Basically we take action on threads and posts that go against the forum rules. We use our best judgment to decide what to do for ourselves. We kind of need to be positive outlooks, or role models, to the community. Like, GMs wouldn’t want a mod that is negative about everything and always posts trolling/negative comments.”
Gunslinger88: “If someone ever asked you how much wood would a woodchuck chukc if a woodchuck could chuck wood would you respond by chucking something at them?”
Mistajolly: “How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood….?
and!…If someone offered to pay for three years worth of World of Warcraft playtime for you, would you choose that over Allods? Why? (hehe, I are tricky)”
Valandil: “*chucks wood* :evil:
I would not switch to it. First and main reason is because I have a lot of friends here, and I wont just leave them for another game. Second reason is because I have invested a lot of time into this game, the wiki, and the forums. Not something I just want to give up :p And also because after those three years I will be left hanging :( I refuse to pay a monthly fee for any game. I will admit, I would test it though (I have never played WoW past the trial version :oops: )”
We’re glad to have you as our eldest Astral Scholar, Valandil!
Our Astral Scholars are the ears and eyes of the community to assist the GM team with supporting the community. This past week was the community’s chance to ask questions of one of our Astral Scholars, Ninim, for his Astral Scholar Spotlight. Here are Ninim’s responses to some of your questions!
Myraithyr: “As a player we all have reason as to why we chose Allods, what set it apart from the rest of the MMOs and kept us. What drew you to Allods and what kept you?”
Ninim: “Allods is actually the only MMO I’ve played for more than a day or two. I was trying out quite a few othergames when I started, but none of them really seemed all that interesting and after one try I never really felt like logging in again… Most of the free-to-play MMOs feel somehow cheap or outright boring.
I’m not sure what exactly it was that set Allods apart from the rest, but everything in the game was just on a whole another level compared to the others. Maybe it was the stunning visuals, or the intriguing storyline, or the beautiful music, or just the general atmosphere in the world of Sarnaut… whatever it was, right from the first day everything just clicked and I haven’t looked back since.
I do know what made me stay for nearly a year though, and it’s all my dear friends and the fabulous community we have here. I love you all! :D”
Drhector: “Is there any meaning behind the name “ninim_”? If so, could you let us in on the secret?”
Ninim: “Haha never >_>
Umm let’see… in addition to Ninim I have a level 42 paladin, level 33 healer, level 25 mage, level 24 scout, level 16 summoner, level 12 mage and a level 6 psi… on Nezeb server I have another level 11 warden and a level 15 healer.
What can I say… I’m an alt addict :? Wardens will always have a very special spot in my heart though. <3"
Driftter: “What was your first pvp experience in allods like?”
Ninim: “This story is a little long, so spare with me~ :D
When I first entered Asee-Teph as a clueless little level 23 claw warden I was absolutely terrified – I had been properly prepared for Asee-Teph by my guildmates with warnings, horror stories and encouragements in the fashion of “welcome to hell”. Back then there were no Emblems of Justice, warbanners could be bugged, Bloodpact was running around… it was generally pretty crazy out there.
So when I saw my first imp, a level 23 orc – I think a warrior, but I didn’t really know back then – killing the muskirs near the Central League Camp, my first instinct was to turn and run as fast as I could. But then I thought – I’ll have to fight someone eventually anyway, so it might as well be here and now! My heart was racing at 1000 beats per minute, my fingers were shaking as I commanded my pet to attack, I started spamming lightning and ran towards him. I probably screamed some form of a battle cry in real life too.
Never having PvP’d before, I was certain that I was doing something horribly wrong and he had some weird trick up his sleeve and I was going to die in 5 seconds. And, sure enough, he~
He turned and ran away.
I was so shocked and confused I had no idea what was happening. Even as I chased him I was still terrified but I also felt huge joy and an amazing rush. He jumped a couple of cliffs faster than me (those orcs are pretty agile for their fatness) and got away, which was both disappointing but also a huge relief.
I was too scared myself to consider that the poor level 23 imp was in all probability just as terrified as I was. I’m way more comfortable with PvP now, obviously… but sometimes I still miss the feeling of those first PvP fights – heart racing, mind forgetting all my spells, fingers shaking, the huge rush of winning… :D In hindsight, being a noob in Asee-Teph was probably my favorite time in the game.”
Rotcjames: “I’ve seen you in Nezebgrad quite a bit, so… When you’re in Nezebgrad, who do you like more? The ones who try to kill you or the ones who start having an emote war with you?”
Ninim: “A healthy mixture of both! :D
The only thing I dislike are people who instantly jump on me with a group of ten without even a single emote when I do my best /waves and /kisses and /greets :( We all know you can zerg-kill me, I know I’m going to die when I come to Bort (in fact, I think a trip to Nezeb isn’t quite complete without a death or three), we all know it’s not exactly an accomplishment to kill someone 10-to-1… so wouldn’t a bit of an emote war before the zerg be a little more fun at least? >_>”
Blizzzie: “How do you find being a girl in a male-dominated game/community? Do you get any harassment from the guys?”
Ninim: “It’s not as male-dominated as you might think! :o There are a ton of female players in Allods, including many awesome girls I now consider some of my best friends. And let me tell you – we’re more than a match for the guys! If you don’t believe me, my Open Challenge thread is down below… ;)
I get my share of weirdoes of course but generally the community is absolutely great – I’ve met far, far more awesome people than the other kind. The most “harassment” I get is by some “Yasker Hawk”… whenever I’m in Laguna Boil he whispers weird things to my ear >_>”
Tihi: “What are you doing when you are not playing Allods? :)”
Ninim: “Writing answers to spotlight questions ;)
Most of my time goes in my uni of course. Apart from that… cooking, watching TV, hanging out with friends, reading books. I’m pretty boring outside of Allods really. :(”
Ryosei_Kitsune: “Why are you so nekoishly cute?”
Ninim: “It’s the ears I think.
Either that or the whiskers.”
Rae_Lyn: “”Abr… nom?” or “Are you poaching!?”"
Ninim: “The orcs did not invent the dumpling! It is a Kanian invention!”
Thanks for all that you do, Ninim!
Our Astral Scholars are the ears and eyes of the community to assist the GM team with supporting the community. This past week was the community’s chance to ask questions of one of our Astral Scholars, Kahruvel, for his Astral Scholar Spotlight. Here are Kahruvel’s responses to some of your questions!
Ashkir: “What motivated you to become an Astral Scholar?”
Kahruvel: “The one thing I enjoyed about Allods since I got involved is the community. It’s active and vibrant, and at first I wanted to contribute by helping newer players learn how the game works. Early on, I didn’t think much of it. I just enjoyed the sensation altruism gave: The proverbial ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling.
I eventually saw Astral Scholars as players to look up to, because it’s a position that requires a lot of time and patience. I held much respect for that. As soon as I found out how to apply to become one, and that there was space available on the team, I took the opportunity and was accepted.”
Drhector: “Which zone have you most enjoyed to quest/level in? For what reason?”
Kahruvel: “I absolutely love Eljune. The whole ’snowy forest’ thing has always allured me, so I was very happy to level there. The quests were entertaining, and it’s the first zone where you really get a sense of how the neutral factions fare in the midst of the League / Empire war. It’s also where the PvP began to have substance, in my opinion. Players exit the rough-and-tumble ‘war’ setting of Asee-Teph and enter a cold, dark forest, where you see less allies than you do enemies.
The atmosphere was just perfect. You’d be alone, sneaking through the midnight woods, then suddenly you’ll be attacked by another player. And when it is all over, and they’re dead at your feet, all is quiet again – you’re left to worry about the animals in the wilderness, until the next time someone is unlucky enough to cross your path in challenge.”
Drhector: “How many class/race combination’s did you try before you found your Admonitor?”
Kahruvel: “Admonitor was my first! I liked how the Empire looked to begin with and as soon as I saw the Scout armor in the character preview screen, I was immediately interested. It looked too cool to pass up. The only class I’ve ever actually played past level 10 is Scout, and I really can’t see myself playing any other class. That’s not to say that I don’t understand how other classes work, because I do – my guild helps me with that quite a bit!”
Rubyshoes: “What is your favorite instance to run and why?”
Kahruvel: “I favor Castle Blight more than anything else. It is very atmospheric, and plenty full of zombies! Zombies die pretty quick to physical damage, and that’s right up my alley. The end boss is very fun too, especially when it’s easy enough that my friends and I can just goof off and still pull through alright.”
Gunslinger88: “Any advice to us fairly new players when it comes to leveling?”
Kahruvel: “The forums are an excellent resource for when you’re stuck or having issues with a quest. There are plenty of people here – myself included – who are willing to help you on your way as you progress through the game. Also, don’t forget to check your faction’s City Guide (In Novograd or Imperial Square) after every couple of levels. In most cases, he’ll have a new quest for you, oftentimes to teach you a new ability or skill!”
Tihi: “Are you excited for Mass Effect 3?”
Kahruvel: “Very! Here’s to hoping that Garrus and Tali are selectable squadmates again. *Crosses fingers.*”
Ryosei_Kitsune: “Do you like villains?”
Kahruvel: “Why yes, I do like Aidenus.”
Thanks again for your continuous support, Kahruvel. We are glad to have you part of the Allods community!
This week’s guild spotlight is with Deathly Immortal! We have the guild leader, Cranneth, with us today to tell us more about the guild.
This week’s guild spotlight is with the guild Dark Brotherhood! We have the guild leader, Myrilath, here to tell us more about the guild.
The name was taken from the Assassin’s Guild in the game Oblivion, but as a whole that probably should be how you view us – we are actually really nice. These days we have grown to over 70 members and are going strong.
What are the goals of Dark Brotherhood? Are you a casual PvE guild? Hardcore PvP? Raiding?
We are a fairly open, friendly and casual guild. We have been slowly working towards having enough people of sufficient level to do our own runs of Heroics and Astral to avoid standing around shouting in zone. The guild has recently completed its first Astral Ship – The DarkHerald and her maiden voyage went very smoothly.
The guild has no real focus on any specific thing – we just like to help each other out, answer each other’s questions and have fun. Whether that be PvP, PvE, Astral or Heroics. As the crafters in our guild level up we hope to be able to supply the guild with guild-made epics. We don’t have any intention to be the biggest and strongest guild around (Although if it happens we won’t complain!) but we do intent to always be here, growing and learning.
What are the people of Dark Brotherhood like?
We are mixed lot. From an original core of Australian players we have grown to encompass people from all timezones, especially Australia, New Zealand and the Phillipines. We have some very friendly, loyal, knowledgeable and helpful players who fairly regularly stop to help others, guilded and unguilded alike.
The Dark Brotherhood is a family, learning and growing together. We have some amazing players, who help build and shape the guild. A special mention needs to go out to Aryalla who has been with us a long time as a Senior Officer and done a lot towards recruiting and helping members.
How would one go about joining Dark Brotherhood? Are you accepting applications? What are your recruiting criteria?
To join the Dark Brotherhood send a message to Myrilath, Dancemacabre, Aryalla or Solarflair. We are fairly open and don’t put any restrictions on people who can join. So unless you bring a bad attitude, the Dark Brotherhood welcomes you!
What do you see in Dark Brotherhood’s future in Allods Online?
I see the guild as a growing and constant presence. I want the guild to build a reputation for being open and friendly, whether it be helping each other, someone new to the game or an old friend. We have a lot of friends in other guilds and hope to keep it that way, building good relationships and a strong community presence.
If you’re part of a guild and you would like to have your guild in the spotlight, please have your guild leader email us with information about your guild at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Each week we will select one helpful member of the Allods community to become the Hero of the Week! One of our goals is to build a positive community and we really do appreciate players who go above and beyond the call of duty to help other players. These Heroes could be players that help answer players’ questions, write resourceful archetypes guides, send in detailed bug reports, or even host in-game events.
With that said, we are proud to introduce Allods Online’s Hero of the Week!