|2021/08/13 11:19, Isadora: ||edited 2x |
|Thanks Faine. I'll share my week experience but the post will be all over the place - much like I was as a Bear. Fun experience overall and what I think I enjoyed the most tbh was the peace and quietness - I never had that experience on the puke side. It is usually spammy and annoying.
Too much time was spent to regen, even staying near Noc-Vale-Emyn-DG. Moves seemed ok (imagine that); regen time was tedious in a sense that every fight (or death - and let me tell you there was MANY) took forever to get back into meta to brawl. I only used cure light if I was forced back to human - often I just slept when I was bad or awful in bear meta, but the regen was so very slow. Apparently every time you go idle and void it returns you to human - hm, this doesn't work for me, lol!!! =) Would say I am also extremely impatient when on a hunt or looking for trouble, too reckless and often was low, so needing to regen due to these reasons alone was in part my own fault.
The worst possible times I would suddenly return back to human - like once in mid-fight in the back way of Brolg, while in a fight with Thromonk (possibly spelling it wrong, sorry) and another player. I missed it, thinking I had already color-coded the return message and kept fighting like a moron with only the bear-basics for EQ then in human form for a bit too long. What really was disturbing is the effort it takes to do one thing or another (such as clearing all those mobs out of Brolg so you can have more room to fight as a solo bear), trying to maintain mid-hps to actually fight when something shows up, then it was like a head shot when someone showed up and I got instantly returned - which took me completely out of the fight and I spend another MUME day regening, only to fail meta back until night, but because I knew pk was about I kept trying and kept having to regen, heh! Everything had to be timed perfectly for me to be back out on the battle field during night when I could roam in meta.
I used a cloak, not even gleaming most of the time (was dying way too much all over), pack, knife on belt - minimum weight so perhaps that is why moves were never an issue really unless I was just being stupid and impatient. It was a lot of fun other than the annoying regen to wait to meta or having to wait for night to meta back when you are anywhere near Rivendell - yes this seems to happen each day especially if you are low. I thought darkness would solve this - it does not. I ended up adding color and subs to the moon msg's all over the areas I roamed so I would notice it better to test meta at different times. I did not try Moria though - thanks for that info - that's sweet. I kept returning back to human in the South CA area when it was day & I was low, and then had to go regen near DG because I already killed the bears for xp nearby and found it more time wasting trying to meta back if I just didn't return to Vale and do it there tbh.
I went to NENI as bear, and I think at the time I was 22. Only ever played in bear form since I took it out of retirement at lvl-19, sold all eq, reduced weapon skill to only a few pracs, basically xped to 23 without issues. Stayed around level 22 the week I played it actively from my stupid pk attempts though (or in many cases reckless suicides - which I seemed to do after kills and I grabbed a few trickets - you're welcome to those who got donated to! hehh).
It was a lot of fun - similar to troll brawling as I imagined. Although I received many fights from BN's - they all had some form of charmie and it was usually a lithe - OUCH. They tore through me every time and I probably will never bother with fighting one with a lithe solo again TBH, it was a bit too much. Perhaps I would of done better at some elite level, but that isn't what I made the character for. I could of played better at times as one BN pointed out, but I think I needed to press boundaries to learn from it - and I did.
XP was easy as solo bear (at least at 19-23 and only the eq as mentioned above). Weight that people carry in bear form for when returning to human I think ruins a solo xper bear experience, making it too difficult - someone wise once told me this - ofc I didn't listen, haven't played the other beorning since. On other characters I avoid areas like cave bears etc. Suddenly I was taking advantage of every 'bear' mob location anywhere in my path - that was a different experience and fun as I like to use terrain for advantages, and finding even a few bear mobs chilling was fun - it added to the outskirt DG areas too, made hanging about there rather easy without using Dolion. On another note - I am surprised that darkies do not have the sense to check rubble or the bear nook e of Rivendell when fighting an awful bear and it disappears. This happened a lot and to my great disappointment I sat lonely with those bears waiting for company that never arrived, and I assume they thought I got in Rivendell.
Caravanserai was often used as a stop to regen, but I always do that as a puke, hoping someone enters for a bad/awful me - usually I end up dying this way if they do, but for once found myself utterly alone and without incoming guests. I think this impatience from being low and no one pursuing caused me to recklessly just enter warrens a few times vs too many - hmm another bad habbit of mine though.
Disappointment that soot-bears are aggro to us. Solo bear could use such an ally and it would promote fights in CA, Emyn and DG outskirts for them.
My suggestions if management decided to make bears more desirable without HUGE changes to the race itself:
1. If you are in meta already when the moon disappears and sun rises - the bear stays in that form to be able to fight around warrens/abr/rdell easier. If the player was not in bear form already or fell below a minimum (low) point of hps etc - then tough luck.
2. A new quest for a 21+ bear to get a 'new item' to meta when necessary - even if it was an item with 10 charges or usable once hourly (in fact, use the PBS template so less V+ 'work' is needed, there you go!).
3. Add some cave, with a few bear mobs, whichever are suitable for mountainous terrain between DT-NOC-ZOC. Don't consider it a PK safe place for a bear. Consider it a PK spot instead, because that is what it would do with a few mid-level mobs - promote PK for a bear there.
4. Make the soot-bear non-aggro
5. Add a 2-roomer bear cave in the eastern/upper DG troll forest (erm...don't let those bats go there, ok? =)
6. Reduce the disease rate. I'm guessing this was done to keep casters and others fearful of getting it from hanging with bears and making to strong of a group (other than the RP sense of it being a wild animal that naturally picks up diseases etc.) It is SPAMMY to no end - that alone made me rage. Maybe that annoying message should be added to be blocked in spam mode if a player chooses. It also caused a lot of regen issues and being able to meta when I pleased.
** Edit: It seemed like after I died often I ran to DG for a FGC and other basics, including commandeering a flask (sometimes two, woohoo!) from Kral! =) I feel this is important to pass on to others and they are not hard to get for even a mid-level (the basics/fgc I mean here - not Kral).