“Should i play Vanguard in 2011?” Yes, and here’s why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №1: No one plays Vanguard
You’ve probably never played Vanguard (or if you did – you don’t play anymore), but you definitely heard about it. I’ve met people on Twitter and over the Internets who said they’d play – but because the game was such a big fail it’s “not playable”, and why even try, when “there’s no one in there?”. There’s an initiative by Vanguard players to bring new people into the game, so i wanted to write this post for quite some time now – to debunk some common myths formed around Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and to let people know not only that it’s a great game, but also why it’s worth playing after all the bad stuff you might have heard. So, read on and let me open your eyes :)
Myth Number 1: No one plays Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Why should i play or what would i do, there’s no one in there and the game is deserted!
That’s the most farfetched of them all, scaring potential players away each day. First, Vanguard is NOT deserted, there ARE players. Lots of players. Well, not these “lots” like in WoW or RIFT, but to say “no one plays Vanguard” would be like saying “no one uses Linux” – there probably aren’t as many people as in Microsoft users camp, but Linux fans would certainly be enraged by a statement of their nonexistence. Yes, the player base of Vanguard is tiny compared to other games, but there are active players and the world is not empty. There are even people who go to SOE convention every year!
If it’s not true, then why this myth has been created in the first place?
There’s two reasons for that. Initially, when Vanguard was launched it has a lot of servers, but as its player base was declining, the servers got more and more under-populated, so that’s where it came from. But it happened several years ago, actually, and since then the servers undergo several merges, so right now there’s only two Vanguard servers. To address the low population issue, most of the players moved to Telon server, so that’s where you should go.
Another reason for that?
Vanguard world is HUGE. Not like “huge” huge, but like “OMG it’s fucking GIANT!” huge. It has 3 continents, and the capital city of one of them – New Targonor – is one of the biggest cities ever built in an online game. This city alone could house one of RIFT’s whole zones, and it’s just one city on one continent, with many more places to go! Now, as i already said Vanguard doesn’t have a population of RIFT, and being much-much-much bigger with less people around makes population thin and stretched. It’s possible to go alone for a long while if you really get into the wilds, for example, in many of the low-level zones where other players don’t have any business after they finished their first 10-12 levels.
The bright side
What’s good in a game that is not populated as much as other games? There’s a hell less of a crowd in it!
- Did you ever waited in a zone for a quest mob to spawn and found someone else snatched it from right under your nose, so you’ll have to wait even more?
- Did you even ran to a resource node and got attacked by a mob before you managed to harvest it – just to find out some jerk jumped out of nowhere and got your iron/wood/whatever while you were keeping that mob’s aggro safely away from him?
- Did you ever switched off common chat channels because there’s a new moron or a troll shouting some dumb crap each five minutes to drive you nuts?
- Oh, and did you ever got ripped off by this rude guy who went questing with you, got you killed by some stupid actions he made and then took all the cool stuff while you were recovering? And he probably made a troll face at you, too.
The bright side of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is that it’s free from almost all of these downsides. No one will snatch a quest mob or a resource node from under your nose, you won’t have to turn off common chat and it’s very unlikely that you’ll encounter a rude jerk around Vanguard. Why?
Because Vanguard community is not as big as other games! There’s no anonymity of a big player base where people can act like total jerks to other players and get away with that because there’s plenty of other players, still unaware of one’s jerkiness. No way for a rude jerk or a troll to keep going around in Vanguard, sooner or later people will shun him and let others know not to deal with a certain player. Hell, Vanguard “old-timers” are still telling this scary story how a whole continent of players along with a GM gathered to chase a certain very nasty guy who annoyed everyone. In my opinion, RIFT certainly could use that kind of stuff!
So, the first myth debunked. I wanted to do them all in one post, but turns out it would be too much text, so there will be a chain of posts, i believe. Let your friends know about this and let me know if you have any questions regarding Vanguard!
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