Arctic Mud

ArcticMUD => General Discussion => Topic started by: Jorquin on May 09, 2014, 06:07:07 PM

Title: Ask the audience
Post by: Jorquin on May 09, 2014, 06:07:07 PM
I'm wondering what the general playerbase prefers, so i thought I'd throw out the questions:

1) what is your favorite zone, and why?
2) what is your favorite FIGHT, singular, and why?

it'd be nice to know what other people like / don't like. reply in this thread with your answers!
inb4 someone wants to be a dick for no reason, and to you, i say go bapt yourself.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: btown on May 09, 2014, 07:00:02 PM
Talk about being a dick for no reason... how about you go bapt yourself..

My favorite zone however is Dunmir,  why because it is long and everybody has to be paying attention or be ate by spiders

My favorite fight...  I don't really have one.. I just like zones with a lot of aggressive mobs that also makes people pay attention or die.  anyway go bapt yourself
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: gulca on May 09, 2014, 07:03:54 PM
my favorite zones

1. heal quest
pro: solo fights, can win without prep, death risk can be reduce drastically with fast preps, and with enough patience you can win it. cr is relatively easy.
con: some bug in zone code where you have a chance to end up with either tons of dracs and one/two dracs wanderers.

2. shaman quest
pro: solo fight, and forces you to think how to fight to win. can win with little prep
con: a lot tougher to figure out if you start from fresh and no hints. sucks if die and have to wait for repop.

3. new dargard keep
pro: simple layout, lots of trackers with lock doors. with a little planning and understanding you can avoid direct confrontation if you have a small group. a lot of unique mobs and pretty decent items.
con: hrm can't think of any.

Singular fight
group fight: golden whale and her calves
Although I only seen it once, it was a memorable fight. We had 4 clerics and somehow survived mass sleep, spell lost, spell disrupts etc with no deaths. It was more fun than say Cyan?

solo fight:
Trying to solo old Lord Soth with 3 X corpse + gatie. Got him down to v.bad before corpses finally decayed. Went back in a few days later to retry, and he entry PWK me. Lost all my stuff with no hope of cr.
pros: it is like playing russian roulette.
cons: it IS russian roulette. 
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: btown on May 09, 2014, 07:10:00 PM
and btw I am just kidding jorquin
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: reed23 on May 09, 2014, 07:17:29 PM
Desert of Khur and Kracken
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Jorquin on May 12, 2014, 02:01:09 PM
thanks for the feedback those who replied!
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: patersmith on May 12, 2014, 10:04:31 PM
From a solo player's point of view.

Favourite zone: Old Sahuagin reef when there was a level cap to enter.
(at least that is the way i remember it)
It was tough on the V and you were not worried about having a group
or high level player rolling over you.

Favourite fight: any of the conclave test fights, the first time around.
Like a group fight that needs prep.  Thinking about the correct actions and orders
of spells makes a huge difference.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: corey on May 13, 2014, 12:01:11 AM
Bmobs would be my favourite fight if it were more difficult.

Favourite zoneS...a few hold my heart:
Qualinesti (I wish it were more complete)
Xak'Tsaroth (I wish it were more complete)
ToT (I wish the rewards didn't suck so much)
Draconian Tower (I wish the rewards were less good and the limits higher)

I don't know why.

Also Brog Village. Can not forget Brog Village.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Neyman on May 13, 2014, 09:39:01 PM
Keep in mind I am pretty new to this game. My favorite zone is probably the Conclave tests. I really got hooked on this game through the conclave tests. It's where I learned that there was more to the game than just randomly killing things. It made me get in the habit of slowly reading the descriptions, looking in every nook and cranny, and closing my eyes and really imagining the room in my mind. Maybe this zone isn't really that exciting for a veteran player, but to a noob with zero MUD experience, this is a beautiful zone. The only downside of course is that it is effectively a "single player" zone, which drops M in MUD.

My other favorite zone: Deep Mine. It is rich with stories, descriptions, and attitude. There is still so much there I don't know despite so many hours of exploring. Plus it is quite accessible to a novice player. Kagonesti/Dargonesti/Sahuagin are also nice though I am still exploring them. Of course I havent been to or soloed/lead many of the harder zones in the game (uth, hct, silvanesti, etc), so it's quite possible this list will eventually change!

Can't say I have a "favorite" solo fight ... anything that requires strategy, planning, thinking, and a healthy dose of risk is always fun.

Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: oom on May 15, 2014, 08:10:15 AM
I'm a little late to the party but I thought I would add my 2 cents.

1. Favorite zones has to be northern ergoth. Especially with the "new" updates it got when the shaman stuff was added. Lots of cool quests, and best of all you can actually figure them out without having to ask someone. Maybe a little low level but I still manage to spend some time there each wipe, and it holds a special place in my MUD heart because the werewolf zonelet was probably the first quest I ever figured out, and when I got the battle blade the first time it was the best weapon I had ever had by far at that point in my career.
I also enjoy the new dargaard, really like the new sahuagin/dargonesti/blood shoal area as well. Deep Mine is pretty fun but I really wish some of the keywords weren't so obscure, I mean I figured out the pal sewer thief zone and planes of vaasmarg but DM just owns me:)
And while it isn't 1 zone i think the idea behind the druid set is amazing. It would be awesome if there were more sets of that were obtained in the same way.
And Crystal Quest
And OLD graknar, not the I'm hating on the new one, just loved the old.
2. Favorite fight ... Avatar in luni used to be so hard or so easy.. or easy until it was awful then it stunned twice and everyone died... also any 'boss' fights where a dragon comes as backup
solo ... I always thought grabbing a couple heal pots and a fs scroll and soloing the knight for the lily quest to be extremely satisfying.
Also mobs like Grisk?(morti), Boran, Trachyte etc. were fun because you could be winning and have a plan and then they lag spec you over and over and you die. So, while they aren't too hard, they can be randomly risky.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Jang Yoo Sung on May 15, 2014, 10:01:34 AM
1. Fav zone : Lytburg

2. Fav fight : Old Soth

3. Fav quest : Black Dragonhide Quest

4. Fav player : evil tim cos he is so evil and every game needs a villain
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Chisul on May 15, 2014, 03:02:22 PM
Favorite Zones - I love zones that are true to the books and one zone that is really fun for me is Pax. It's so cool to be running through the a zone and it feels like you are going page by page through the book.

Other favorites - Largus (one of the first group zone I learned to lead.), bandit camp and pal thief guild (for similar reasons, but those zones taught me how to figure things out), recently Castle Uth Wistan and the whole Paladin quest. So fun!

Favorite Fights - Those with a high WTF factor. Some of the scout instincts and Newport Mobs fit the bill on a lower scale, but anything that makes my jaw drop open during the fight is a fun one.

Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: fran on May 15, 2014, 04:40:00 PM
1.  Enstar Bay was probably my favorite solo zone.  The reason being is that there was a lot of semi useful things in the zone, always seemed to be something else to the zone that if you spent enough time you would figure it out, as well as just being decent ranks.  There were a lot of just little cool things that made the zone fun and interesting.

  Favorite group zone was probably Pax or Dunmir for a lot of the same reasons.

2.  Solo fight was probably Tryaline in Enstar Bay...that evil spirit was just mean.
  Group Fight is probably Mystic Vault fight.  Just tons of things that could go wrong, but also various strategies that could be used to make life a lot easier.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Tajs on May 15, 2014, 06:51:25 PM
Dun mir + Suun

Desert of Khur is fun too
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Alecto on May 16, 2014, 02:20:21 AM
Favorite solo fight/quest - final paladin rose fight, 24 ticks of combat!  I've won it 5x and every time my heart rate still goes up

Favorite group fight - Sleet on a 5-man.  Nothing like getting used as bait and hoping that the shaman can rit you out before you die.

Favorite low zone - sirrion caverns cuz it was the first zone i ever had to truly explore and move past hack-and-slash

Favorite mid zone - Dargaard Valley - tons of no-exit spin rooms give you a sense of accomplishment once you figure it all out.

Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Willoe on May 16, 2014, 04:07:53 AM
1. Favorite Zone - Probably Blood Shaol - Even though it is such a pain in the ass and it takes could do that zone and not get bored of it with so many different "end fights", you could go in for Kraken, or Blaze, or Sekolah, or the Witch fight etc etc you have your pick.

2. Favorite Fight - Would probably have to be Blazewight. Only fight in the game that you never know the outcome of regardless of the amount of prep!
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: snax on May 16, 2014, 11:34:33 PM

favorite zone: tarsis treehouse

favorite mob: feral cat (you know you miss them!)
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: enochvey on June 03, 2014, 01:33:28 AM
It's hard for me to nail down any specific zones/fights but...

Favorite group Zone: Probably Mithas.
Reason: Good ranks, a number of challenging fights from a tank point of view, and good gear

Favorite Solo zone: Last Gaard.
Reason: I can spam other zones cash/ranks/gear, but the for the sheer challenge factor Gaard with no prep wins, even if it does take me 2 1/2 hours...

Favorite group fight: Verminard.
Reason: One of the few fights I've done a decent amount that forces me to play at my best. There are some other fights I've done that are harder, but I don't have access to them on a regular basis.

Favorite solo fight: Three way tie between elder mystic in shaydes, third spawn of stone dragon east of pal, and giant elder armaboro.
Reason: Depending on which skills of mine succeed or fail, and depending on which skills/spells of theirs do the same, I'm never really sure what the outcome will be when I start the fight.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Rinad on June 26, 2014, 08:03:28 AM
Favorite Zone:  This changes periodically, but for now it's prob Dun Mir.   

Favorite Fight: Erebus

Reason: Don't really have one, I just like the multi-stabs I guess. 
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Myte on July 22, 2014, 09:55:46 AM
Favorite zone is Mithas because it takes a full party 3+ hours to do. The gear is actually good, and I love minotaur only stuff.

Favorite fight is Cyan. Kinda simple, kinda hard, best gear around.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Atlas on October 03, 2014, 09:38:40 AM
Just came across this thread... being an old timer I guess my experiences revolve around a lot of the more classic zones.  There have been so many zones added over the years.  I look forward to dying in them.

Favorite low level zone - Kendermore.  I like killing kender, especially kender girls.  Plus, there is more to that zone than most realize.

Mid level I have two, The first zone I would have to say is Fyzian.  That was probably the first zone I figured out on my own.  I love any zone by Archimedes.  He was so original and I love how all of his zones tied into each other.  The second would be Crystal Quest.  Lots of decent items for the level, lots of figuring stuff out and head scratching.

High Level I would say hrmm there were so many, Sylvanesti including Secrets.  That place always freaked me out.  Some fun fights were Anatlab to that damn liche.  CR's sucked so much.  My crowning achievement was being main tank on Cyan.  Others zones with honorable mention are Storm's Keep, Pax, Ancient Keep, and Shadow.

Favorite Fights were Amity, Lolth (I liked killing drow),  whacking Bul with duo.

Two most memorable players that taught me so much was Roger, and Oro, two of the best that ever played the game.

Fun stuff.

Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: SArT on October 03, 2014, 05:58:34 PM

This is just a well made zone.  The rewards are great from a soloable zone.. I find I still learn things every wipe about this zone.. and I know it better than most.

I find it fun still after running it 1000 times.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Andrew on November 11, 2014, 09:44:41 AM
Ancient, Don Righ, Mystic ... and Brog

Must be a NowClan thing, some innate love and passion for Brog

I have always had a penchant for zones that have really elite gear that are 'easy' to do (once you solve them or understand them).  This isn't a flame .. more of a memory that makes me a bit sad .. but I always thought what hurt Arctic the most was making the game more difficult.  There seemed to be this idea that large clans were too powerful and the best way to deal with large, powerful clans was to make zones more difficult, and make leveling harder, and dying more punitive .. I think it should have been the other way around, make the game easier, so yes you can go kill Cyan with 15 people .. but 5 people could also do it .. so why bring 15 and argue over gear, if you can bring 5 instead?
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Toinu on November 13, 2014, 05:50:04 PM
Favorite zones are towns and continents as a whole. Balifor = sea town, solace = children's town, pal = knightly town, kalaman = port town, old neraka was like a slum, etc.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: blackmagus on November 14, 2014, 02:00:36 AM
The entire northern area from Kalaman is absolutely amazing. Sahaugin Reef, old style Dargonesti, even Irda.. all top notch.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Hoss on November 14, 2014, 04:29:37 PM
The Argo was my favorite little spot for years back in the day. I doubt many players remember the Argo, but it will always hold a place in Arctic lore.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: snax on November 16, 2014, 03:09:36 AM
the boat with the cooked eel?

love me an eelburger.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Dralan on November 20, 2014, 08:34:04 AM
Ancient Keep and Kharolis Mines will always be special to me. Back in the old days when BSP was all newbies we always spammed Theiwar and Ancient keep was so much harder back then but then again everything was a lot harder back then.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Bryton on November 21, 2014, 10:55:18 PM
My favorite zone was Nate. Always loaded decent eq and was soloable. Let me know when that zone returns and I will return.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Jorquin on November 22, 2014, 01:28:15 PM
So you're saying you enjoyed Nate's loads?
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: blackmagus on November 22, 2014, 11:08:18 PM
That is kind of awkward, but at least he swallows apparently.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: jrrestad on December 07, 2014, 11:04:40 PM
Top three favorites:
1)Deserts of Khur
2) Dargaard Keep
3) Nytes

The main reason these are my favorites is because they are solvable with a little extra.  You don't have to be able to finish them to reap some rewards.  However I think every zone should load a spell...

Three least favorites:
1) Silvanesti
2) Dargonesti/sahuigneutng/blood shoal
3) Mithas

Long, boring zones riddled with ultra secrets.  My head hurts reading the descrips and these zones are a pain in the ass to navigate.  Some fights are cool, but most are ridiculous.

Favorite fights: Argentine, Desert Wraith, Soth, Soth.  First two are fun and doable, the second two because I love hearing people after they get insta-gibbed.
Title: Re: Ask the audience
Post by: Grimwar on December 09, 2014, 07:22:47 AM
Old Highlander, old Tarsis underground, and old Crystal Quest - all solable with a thief.