The first day of Aion was pretty chaotic for me. As detailed in the prior post, I got in immediately but my friend got stuck in the queue, so we got a late start. We were only able to get an hour or so of gameplay before I had to log off and attend to some real life matters, so I wasn’t even able to ascend.
Got back on later in the evening and was able to get through the early area and Ascend into Daeva-hood. Thus was Ahira, Ranger Extraordinaire born.
I am really enjoying the Ranger so far, they are extremely difficult to level in the early game but very rewarding and engaging. Kiting is a necessary skill and the inability to kite will result in countless deaths. To make matters even more difficult, many areas are so packed with mobs that kiting is fraught with danger, as it is very easy to aggro additional mobs. You have to be very cognizant of your surroundings at all times and plan out each and every combat.
Luckily, I was able to get into a Legion group fairly early this evening. We were doing the quests immediately after the Altgard Fortress in the first forest area. We started the night with myself, a Templar, a Cleric and an Assassin before adding a second Templar later in the evening and it was one of the best grouping experiences I have had in a long, long time in an MMO.
We were able to progress through a large chunk of quests all the way up to the Elite Black Claw area with no problems. We entered the Black Claw area under-leveled, as we were only level 14 and all the mobs were red to us. Even with that we were able to complete a couple of quests there and down quite a few mobs, though we had to be extremely careful with our pulls. More than two and we were in a lot of trouble.
Speaking of which, it was so nice to play an MMO that has group content outside of an instance. WoW used to have a number of areas like this but they have since been nerfed into solo-able content. I love solo content but I would really like to see some group content in the mix as well. Aion provides that and it’s refreshing.
At the moment, I am level 14 and moving quickly toward 15. Not as high as I wanted but I am having fun. Quite a bit in fact. Tomorrow our group from this evening is getting back together for some more questing and I can hardly wait.