As I was thinking of posts for this month, I thought I’d like to write about dungeons. Since most of my experience is with World of Warcraft dungeons, I could certainly write about those because there are some I love and some I hate. That isn’t exciting enough for me this month, so I had the scathingly brilliant idea of looking at dungeons across three other games and I would compare the experiences.
I wanted to do Guild Wars 2, Everquest 2 and Rift. These are all games I’ve just dipped my toes in and have liked but haven’t taken the time to play and level any character. To my surprise, Everquest 2 dungeons at the lowest levels aren’t run by anyone because the rewards are so crummy. Also Everquest 2 apparently features Solo Dungeons, these must be designed this way, not just a formerly group dungeon that is now too easy. That’s what I found in reading up on them anyway. They also have a Dungeon Maker Tool which allows you to create your own dungeon. That sounds way cool, but you would want to have played through a number of existing dungeons in the game to get a feel for what is possible and expected from a good dungeon here. Bummer. I substituted Neverwinter for it.
For Guild Wars 2, I’ll need to get to level 25, and apparently five levels before I get there, I will get a cheery email letting me know my opportunity is coming up to visit the Ascalonian Catacombs. Dungeons have 2 modes, Story Mode, which you must complete before getting a shot at Explorable Mode. Groups of up to 5 players, not five players required. Content does not scale according to the number of party members, you face the same challenges whether there are three of you or five. Isn’t that interesting? Dungeons are influenced by dynamic events and party members actions. Again, I’m sure how that plays out but very intriguing.
The Ascalonian Catacombs your first Guild Wars 2 Dungeon
At level 16 I can queue for the Cloak Tower in Neverwinter. I don’t have too much else on these but they call them Dungeon Delves which is rather atmospheric, isn’t it?
The Cloak Tower your first Neverwinter Dungeon
In Rift I can get a quest called Crown of the Twyll which leads to the Realms of the Fae Dungeon at level 15 from Shyla in Sanctum which looks to be in Silverwood from my notes. 5 players required. The Looking for Group Tool looks for 1 tank, 1 healer, 1 support, 2 dps. I’m not sure at this point what they see as a support role.
Realms of the Fae your first Rift Dungeon
I’ve already started the Challenge, working to get my characters to level. I found my Sylvari Ranger was getting the vaboo knocked out of her so I created an Asura Engineer who is having a much easier time.
My Rift Pyromancer is fun to play. If I could wrest her away from the fishing quests in Silverwood I’m sure she’d move along faster. Yesterday, while casting about, suddenly my HEAD BECAME DISPLACED from the rest of my body. All I did was step a few feet left for a better fishing spot and there was my head floating in the air behind me. My hair came with me. When a big call went out to fight baddies I ran and did those, even saw my first Rift (which is an ugly monstrosity of a thing). I kept hoping my head would re-connect, and I was a little embarrassed to be fighting toe to toe with others with no face but no one seemed to notice. I hope it is back together today, sigh.
Need to get scooting on my Neverwinter girl today as well.
Take the challenge! Choose three games you’ve been meaning to play, get your characters dungeon ready and get in there and dive, dive dive. (Dungeon Dive, that is.)