Tonight I logged back into the Open Beta after work to find just as many people playing as I saw last night…maybe more. My future chanter was around level 4 but I had a friend who had just started and had rolled on another server, so I jumped over to help him out.
He was playing a Warrior so I made a Priest and away we went. This is the first time I have really had a dedicated friend to level with at low level and everything went smoothly. Aion really gives you all the tools you need to run as a party efficiently. Shared quests, location links, all the normal tools are there and they work great. We were flying through the quests for most of the night and nearly hit Ascension before we called it for the night because of work tomorrow.
The Gameguard errors were all fixed for me today so I must give kudos for that to NCSoft. Hopefully everyone else had their GG issues disappear. Lag, however, hit me with a vengeance a number of times tonight. It would come in waves and then disappear for long chunks of time. Very strange and still seems that it has no rhyme or reason for when it comes and goes. I have heard that its a routing issue with NCSoft and they are working with their ISP for a fix.
Other than those issues the evening went smooth and was a lot of fun. My friend enjoyed his first foray into Atreia but is waiting until he gets his wings to make his final decision about the game. I think he is hooked however so I expect to see him running with us in retail.
That’s it for tonight, more observations tomorrow as I hit Ascension and further!