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  1. It had to be said. I'm odd, in that I don't go out and deliberately roleplay much, but all my characters have a concept and therefore a bio. I try to give each one a distinct voice, but I'm not sure just how successful I am in that endeavour. 1024 characters can be pretty limiting though. I find myself picking my words *very* carefully, since each character counts.
  2. It's just amazing to have it back, isn't it? It's been twelve years since I last played on live as well. In all those years I never found a game or a community like it.
  3. If the game wasn't fun, I wouldn't be playing it. My personal opionion is that any hope of creating even a rough semblance of balance between AT's and even powersets within AT's went out of the window years ago. The problem is that there are too many variables to take into account now. You don't just have to understand the powerset, you have to understand the way it interacts with every possible pool power, IO set or unique, epic pool or incarnate ability. When it comes to resistance and defence, for instance, the maths behind CoH offers accelerating returns on investment. For example, if you have no damage resistance to start with, then to double your survival time in combat requires 50% resistance (it's a bit more complex than that because of health regen, but we can ignore that for the purposes of discussion). If you already have 50% resistance though, to double your survival time again only costs you another 25%. To double it again from there, 12.5%. To double it again after that, 6.25%. Each %age point of resistance adds more survivability than the one before it. Originally, this was controlled for by the fact that you could only run one defensive toggle at a time. Passives within sets didn't overlap, and pool powers offered no passive or click defences, so the maximum you could get in any individual area of +Def or +DamRes was one passive plus one toggle. When they allowed you to run all your toggles at once (necessary because tanks need mez protection and the devs seem to have misunderstood their own meta), this created problems (100%+ smash/lethal resist), which led to nerfs. Caps were introduced, resist and defence powers were nerfed across the board, pool defences stopped being of much use to the squishier AT's they were intended for and Stamina started to be a must-have in most builds (except regen. Nerf regen etc...). That was just the effect of being able to stack pool powers with primary/secondary defences. Layer IO's on top and things get much more complex. Add in Epics and Incarnates and things get more complex again - probably by orders of magnitude. Never mind Issue 5, the game wasn't balanced at launch and any possibility of reining it in probably disappeared with Issue 3. I have no illusions about that genie ever going back into its bottle either - IO's, Epics, Incarnates and stacking toggles are here to stay. I don't think the player base would have it any other way (even if I secretly yearn for an I3-style server, but I think that's just me). In other words, game balance is broken and likely to stay that way. Given that we are so far away from the original vision for the AT's, and given that many are so much more powerful than they were originally, does it really matter if we convert most ally-only buffs into PBAOE's? I think probably not.
  4. If IO's, Epics and Incarnates haven't broken it yet, then allowing FF and similar sets to self-buff certainly won't. If IO's, Epics and incarnates have broken it, then what does it matter? Personally I think the game broke a long time ago, but those other changes are not going to be rolled back. The only exception I think is Masterminds. They're already pretty tanky and have a permanent team with them, so the ally-only nature of certain sets actually works pretty well for them.
  5. The latter. I used to play on Victory during retail, before the European launch, and never switched. It helped that the Eurocore SG was there though, otherwise finding teams could have been tricky. I think I may just have to give it a try, as you suggest. All the servers show a light load when I'm typically able to play!
  6. As per the title. Currently I'm on Reunion, but I'm thinking of switching to Everlasting for the RP (obviously). However, there's little point if players from my own time zone will be thin on the ground! European players, do you find plenty of others logged in when you are, or is the server a bit of a ghost town for you?
  7. Same here, also on Windows 10. I wouldn't say I disliked Tequila particularly, but the new launcher does seem better. Faster to launch and a cleaner, more useful UI. I particularly like being able to see shard status without having to log in to the game first, and the forum links etc. at the top are sometimes handy.
  8. The binary nature of mez in CoH has always been one of its weakest features. It's also forced some major unintended design changes on the game. When the game launched, it only had one mechanism that would help you if you were hit by a mezzing attack - mez protection. This is what Tankers and Scrappers have. Under this mechanism, you have a mez threshold which an attacker has to exceed in order to mez you. It's still very binary, but the values are high enough that if you have Tank or Scrapper type mez protection, you probably don't have to worry much about mez in practice. I played from open beta to the end of 2008 and I don't think I ever had a toggled-up Tank mezzed in all that time. There were no Break-Free inspirations. There was a mez protection insp, but you had to pop it before you were mezzed - no power, including insps, could activate when you were mezzed. Mez also dropped all running toggles. The fact that you were de-toggled was actually a real problem for Tanks and Scrappers, ironically. At launch, the game only allowed you to run one toggle at a time (or was it one defensive toggle? I forget) and past a certain relatively low level, Tankers found they couldn't do their job if they didn't run their mez protection toggle 24/7. If you tried running a damage resistance toggle instead then you jumped into a spawn, got held/slept/stunned, lost your damage resistance toggle anyway and were unable to protect the team. This left them with sets full of toggles they couldn't use at mid to high levels. This led directly to Issue 3, which fixed the issue by allowing you to run as many toggles as you wanted to. Unfortunately that introduced a slew of other problems, because there were no damage resistance caps in those days. Certain Tanker sets, in combination with the Fighting pool, could actually give you >100% smashing/lethal resistance. The devs responded by introducing resistance and defence caps, then noted that Tankers could still hit the caps "too easily" and a round of nerfs to defensive powers began. Pool powers, which were initially intended to provide some protection for Blasters, Defenders and Controllers, were nerfed hardest, leading to a counter-intuitive situation where they were little use to those AT's and of most use to Tankers, who could still use them to hit or get close to their S/L caps. Even powers like Stealth used to give fairly significant chunks of defence. I'm going by dim and distant memory, but a figure of 7.5% springs to mind (half that if you broke stealth by attacking). Given that ED wasn't around at that time, you could triple that value if you 6-slotted for defence. In the post-ED, post-IO world, the figures such powers offer are derisory by comparison. Issue 3 was also the point where Stamina stopped being a nice-to-have. All those toggles could tire a body fast. It's a pity, because I actually rather liked that earlier design - or I would have done, if it had worked. Tankers and Scrappers required a bit more thought to play in a know-your-enemy kind of a way, but because you only ran one toggle at a time, you theoretically had a lot more build freedom. Meanwhile, the squishier AT's had ways to get reasonable, but not ridiculous defences if they needed them, by dipping into the Fighting ot Stealth pools. It didn't work though. IMO they should just have made the Tank and Scrapper mez protection toggles into autos instead, but they wanted to keep the possibility of a Tank being de-toggled by enough mez. Like I said though, I never saw it happen. ------------------------------------------------ That's all ancient history. The game now has other mechanisms for dealing with Mez. Break-Frees show that the engine allows for click powers that can activate when mezzed. Blaster T1 & T2 attacks also. Mez resistance is now a thing. This shortens the duration of mez, but doesn't change your mez threshold. Toggles which don't drop when you're mezzed are now possible. Metabolic Acceleration from the Atomic Manipulation set is a great example, being a mez resistance toggle that doesn't drop when you're actually stunned, slept or held. It would be pretty useless if it did, when you think about it. ------------------------------------------------ If I was getting radical and wanted to make the mez situation less of an on-off switch than it currently is, I might do something like the following. Make mez resistance much more common across all AT's. Put it into autos, or into toggles and clicks that ignore mez. Make those same powers enhanceable for mez resistance. Give every character an inherent Break-Free power of short duration. Slottable for recharge, but by no means perma-able. Lower, but do not remove the mez protection level of those powers that currently offer it. If mechanically possible, set a separate, higher and AT-dependent threshold for dropping toggles. That creates a game where every character has some form of defence against mez, but also one where mez doesn't necessarily leave you completely helpless. Enough mez will de-toggle you, but that first hold or stun won't necessarily mean game-over. Enhanceable mez resistance means that it's harder to mobs to overlap holds, giving you at least some freedom of action, and the inherent Break-Free gives you an escape option. If you play a Tanker, Brute, Stalker or Scrapper you might actually end up briefly mezzed from time to time, but fully dropping your toggles would be as hard as it is right now (e.g. very hard indeed).
  9. Solo'ed Hess at +0/x1 on a 29 Ice/Atomic blaster the other day, so it's definitely possible for some characters on some TF's. Nothing special about the build, generic IO's only (no sets) and the only temp power I used was the wedding band. I owe it all to Mystic Flight - Archon Burkholder's much less of a threat if he can't reach you, since he'll spend a lot of his time bouncing around trying to get you into melee range. Burkholder doesn't mez though. I don't think the same character could deal with any AV that does, and she's had real problems with EB's that can fly. Stupid Talons...
  10. I've always thought it was odd too. There seem to be things baked into the design of the game which are taken from the superhero genre and others which obviously came from the MMO genre. Happily, most things have a foot in both camps, but ally-only buffs seem to me to be something which was just legacy MMO design - done that way because it always had been. I've usually got around this by playing debuff-heavy sets like Storm, which don't have the problem to the same degree. I have sometimes had people try to tell me to "just heal" though. Never teams I've stayed on for very long, needless to say. Regrettably I think it's something that's unlikely to change now. It's been part of the game for far too long and people are used to it. I'd love to be proved wrong though.
  11. Manufacturer: Intel Model: HD Graphics 4400 Operating System and version: Windows 10 v.1909 Does the game load: Yes Driver Version: Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768 @ 60Hz Multi-monitor?: No Graphics Preset Used: Custom (Performance with the water effects quality dropped to Medium) Overall experience: Not bad. FPS drops a bit in effects-heavy areas, but the main culprit seemed to be the water effect settings. Dropping those to medium alleviated most of the problems.
  12. The only NPC that ever irritated me in the slightest is No Mind, who definitely has some sort of death wish. The first character I was actually able to keep him alive with was my Ice/Atomic blastroller. Even my tanker couldn't do it! He's nothing to do with the Faultline arc though. Faultline is great for so many reasons. 'Netty is just one of them. I wish there was more content like it.
  13. I only re-discovered the game a month ago, and I last played on retail in late 2008, so there's a lot I've forgotten and a lot that's simply new to me. I do play through the levels and always did, to experience the content, but just like Lines I mainly solo, and for the same reasons. Teams feel rushed more often than not. There's no time to simply enjoy the stories and the scenery.
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