Producer's Letter

Posted by Stuart Zissu | 2011 Jun 06 06:11 -0400 GMT

Hello World

It’s been a while since I spoke with you, and I wanted to let you in on a little known secret.  Dark Age of Camelot is turning 10 this year! OK, so not such a well kept secret, but what we are doing for the 10th anniversary is. To start things off, we are celebrating 10 years of DAoC for the full year, not just a few days in October.  We have a lot of things planned, so we will be able to continuously introduce new stuff over the months to come. While we want to keep some surprises, I am happy to announce four of the big ticket items.

First, remember all those new people we brought onto the team a few months back? Well we have been putting them to work creating what is best described as a New User Journey. This new content is focused around new and returning players who may not know or remember all the intricacies that make DAoC great.  The plan is to create hubs which will teach players important lessons about Dark Age of Camelot gameplay while getting them ready for RvR warfare.  Some of the lessons we have planned are: Assisting, Pets, Crowd Control, Peeling, Stealth, Guard and Protect, Templating, and much, much more. The goal is to get new players up to speed and out into the fight as quickly as possible while giving them the tools (both in terms of itemization and basic knowledge) to be viable. This new approach to DAoC content will not make someone an overnight RvR master, but it will definitely bring able bodied players out into RvR.  So what does this mean for you?  Well if you are one of those people who hasn’t played the game in a long time, getting back into it will be easier than ever. If you are already out there spilling blood on the battlefield, then be prepared to see more compatriots and more enemies out on the field contributing to the war effort. The New User Journey should be out within the next few patches and once it is, I am sure everyone will enjoy the results.

Second,you are now on our new website. This is just the first step in improving the way we communicate with our playerbase.  The new website is easier to navigate, and chock full of articles and information about the game. You may notice that some of the content is from our old Dark Age of Camelot site; over the coming months we will continue to bring that content over to the new format, but we wanted to get the new look and functionality out in front of you sooner rather than later.

Third, we are working on a wiki site for DAoC that you the players can help to maintain and develop. In the next few months, we will be asking for volunteers and holding contests in the hope that we can blow the doors of this site and make it the place to get all of your DAoC data. If the website is the first step in improving communication, the wiki is the second.  But don’t worry, there are even more steps we are working on.  Remember, we have a whole year to celebrate, not just the month of October.
And as if three things weren’t enough, here’s a fourth:  We are going to be allowing transfers from the Glamorgan cluster to Ywain.  It’s been a long time coming, and yes we did hear your pleas and we received your feedback.  We are looking into the last of the technical requirements right now and I will be able to give you the exact date within the next few weeks. In the mean time, we have prepared this Transfer FAQ to help you with the initial questions.

So that’s what I’ve come here to talk about for now, but rest assured, that there is a whole lot more on our “to-do” list.  So keep your eyes peeled, and you ears to the ground, because there will be additional information about our big year coming your way! 

Until then,

See you in the Frontiers!