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Alright, some basics and first re-impressions on Fallen Earth:

 

If you're not familiar, FE was released about four years ago and the premise was a Fallout MMO without the IP.  IIRC the apocalypse was nuclear and it happened in 2026 or something.  I forget when "present day" is in the game world.  I think it's about forty years after the fall.  Maybe sixty.

 

The gameplay is shooter based and weapons range from sniper rifles, battle rifles, assault rifles, SMGs, shotguns, PDWs, pistols to Ka-bar knives, ninja swords, axes, lead pipes, bats with nails sticking out of them, et cetera.

 

That being said, it's currently much better than it was but this is a small-budget indie MMO so don't expect combat of the quality of Defiance.  Man, if Defiance's combat gameplay could be put into Fallen Earth I'd probably never play another MMO again.  AI is, for the most part, abysmal.

 

The array of aesthetic character customization options is awesome.  There are a billion clothing and armor pieces and your character has like a dozen armor slots that can have stuff equipped on them.  Weapons can go on two back slots, two belt slots, and two hip slots.

 

There also a secondary "wardrobe" system which allows you to equip gear that overrides the appearance of stuff you have equipped in actual armor/clothing slots while still retaining those stats.  So you can have the super duper uberest gear in the game and still run around looking a raider from The Road Warrior.  Virtually everything can be recolored now as well.  This doesn't come standard and must either be purchased through the marketplace (costs about twenty bucks) or it can be bought slot by slot in-game off the AH.

 

Vehicles are very cool and like Defiance but more realistic.  They consume fuel which depends on what kind of engine it has (batteries, petrol).  There are horses too.  There are horses, a few other animal mounts, motorcycles, ATVs, dune buggies, and a Mad Max-esque sports car.  Unfortunately NONE of them can hold passengers which is a bummer.  All of them can be custom painted.

 

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FE has probably the best gameworld of any MMO I have ever played.  It's of a scale that is truly epic in proportions and much, if not most, of it was very well thought out and there are some incredibly cool and unique locations.  Exploration in this game is really flippin' fun.  There's a single server and gameworld and instancing is few and far between.  Though the gameworld is bananas huge there is instant transport between sector capitals to speed things up a bit.

 

The economy and crafting of the game is predicated on scavenging.  All over the world there are "nodes" and these nodes have X% chance to spawn a scavenge point on them.  Once one spawns, and they are varied and plentiful, players can go pick through them and see what can be taken.  Some nodes are more difficult to scavenge than others and there a skill check is run against your character.  If you lack the skill you cannot harvest.

 

Resource/inventory management is a huge part of this game.  There are a billion crafting components and each one has multiple quality grades.  Crafting is an every day thing for every single player.  It's queue based and a simple do-you-have-the-shit-for-the-recipe based system.  You have the ingredients, click to craft it, and it takes X amount of time.  You just play the game normally during this.  Free players can only queue one thing.  Depending on the subscription you have you can get up to twenty crafting slots for the queue which make a big difference especially since one has to craft cartridges for firearms.  Back in the day I'd line up like ten packs of ammo so when I got back 5,000 rounds would be waiting for me.

 

The questing is the usual stuff in terms of mechanics BUT the storylines and quest text are quite good.  This is truly a sto-and-smell-the-roses kind of game.  Some of the storylines are really fucked up, some are hilarious, et cetera.

 

The game has HUGE roleplay potential.   If we ran a patrol in FE it would make our Defiance stuff look like the kiddie pool.  We could have a truly unique look in FE and it offers a lot more roleplay potential.  One of the crafting lines is construction and through this crafting knowledge one can make some kickass stuff like something as simple as a campfire to a giant ass military tent complete with town amenities to a fully operational farm.  If we put some thought into events we could do some truly fun stuff.

 

There's an interesting faction system in the game.

 

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When one picks a faction you become allied with the factions on either side.  These are called "shoulder factions."  Now, the game isn't super rigid so if you're, say, an Enforcer (six o'clock on the wheel above) and you kill CHOTA, which is opposite Enforcers on the wheel, you'll gain Enforcer faction and a fraction of that faction will also go to each shoulder faction so you're building up three factions simultaneously.  Now, the flip side is that when you kill a CHOTA you also lose faction with THEIR shoulder factions.

 

So if you're an Enforcer but you want to grind some Tech faction so you can unlock their faction equipment you'd go kill some Vistas BUT you'd lose Lightbearer faction in the process.  In FE I have both Enforcer and Tech maxed out.  Having two factions maxed out will cost you positive rep the other shoulder faction.  You could just grind your main faction's enemy and use the smaller payout to build up both shoulder factions simultaneously but that would take forever.

 

The unfortunate side of factions is that they are largely irrelevant.  Faction means virtually nothing in most PvP areas except for one two specific faction PvP areas.

 

There's some pretty fun PvE to be had.  FE has something much like Defiance's sieges called "progress towns" which are a great way to level up and you can get some awesome crafting mats and stuff from them.

 

There are multiple boss mobs in tough areas and there's also "serendipity mobs" which leads to a random encounter with a boss mob.  Basically, if you stick around in an area long enough and clear it out there's a chance for a big ole baddy to spawn which drops some good stuff.

 

Well, if you made it this far I recommend you check the game out.  It's F2P and free accounts can only have a single character.  If we get enough people back in the game I'll roll back to S1 on my main and help peeps out; there's some good potential here.  The main reason we quit this game the last time (back in... 2010, it must have been?) was because there were just four or five of us and we couldn't get much of the hard PvE content done and didn't have the numbers for PvP.

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Oh btw, for those of you purchased the game way back when there are a ton of goodies waiting for you but they all have to be redeemed through the G1 website.

 

Link is here:

http://www.gamersfirst.com/marketplace/ingame/redeem_code.php

 

Once you're logged in you'll see all of the reward codes you have available for redemption underneath the "redeem code" button.

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So I did a progress town raid last night.  Progress towns are kinda of like Defiance's siege events except there's stuff to do for crafters between sieges.  They can build stuff, turn it over to NPCs, and this will help build up various aspects of the town.  A town being wiped out by attacking mobs gets reset.

 

I did a PT down in Deadfall called "The Citadel."  It was a town built into a gorge that had rock walls on three sides and a large mouth which was the only entrance/exit point.

 

I saw the call for the even randomly in regional chat and Xed up for it.  The raid leader sent me an invite and I hopped in my buggy and drove over there.

 

It was a lot of fun!  We fended off waves of Shiva's Favored which is a mutant faction.  There were probably about twenty of us altogether and at the very end we rolled for the boss's loot.  Some dude rolled 100 (max) and got it.  No idea what it was.  But there was a quest you pickup for the event which had pretty huge rewards.  Lots of XP and chips.

 

It was a lot of fun and the other players there were a hoot.  Definitely a mature crowd playing this game.  I should take some screenies of this stuff.

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Okay, here's a little bit of intel.  Fasteners are a very common item used in crafting just about everything mechanical and most armor and clothing as well.  Fasteners were removed from scavenging nodes with the F2P conversion so unless you have a huge reserve from the old days you're more then likely going to end up buying them off the merchant.

 

I just found a thread which talks about how you can loot boxes of 50 of them of various quality levels.  Here's where they can be found:

 

Scrap Fasteners

  • Doctor Colman - S1, Watchtower, inside of mine.
  • Judge Boss Mob - S1, Pinkston.

Salvaged Fasteners

  • 3 Boss Mobs - S2, Last Stop, (female boss also drops "Pale Raven" pistol and "Brimestone" sub-machine gun.
  • Pale Ones - S2, Sunset Cemetary, pick up repeatable missions so interactive objects can be used and the dungeon can be entered.  Named boss at bottom of dungeon.
  • Nino Killian - S2, Blaine.

Common Fasteners

  • Immature Grendels - S3, bottom of valley west of Gaia.
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Sort of, Nadar.  You can only buy them with reward points and RPs are given to you every month that you have premium active (the level of premium service dictates the amount of RP you are awarded).

 

But hang tight, winners of the survivalist packages will be announced tonight and you got your entry in :)

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Guest Gigante

Hey guys,

 

I played Fallen Earth up to level 36.  My weapons of choice were melee and I specialized in knives.  Given how the skill system works I would highly recommends specializing in one weapon and take a careful look at mutant skills early on.  I saw one member mention he was training pistols and rifles.  BIG mistake.  The game will work better for you if you specialize, trust me here.  Mutant skill.  If I remember correctly the mutant skills, the whole set that they give is simply to try them out so you get a feel for which ones you like.  At level 10 or 15, I forget, they vanish from your hot bar.  Also on your climb to level 20 you are going to get a quest line to build an ATV.  Do the quest line as its a great way to learn the game and get a ton of exp and loot.  The prize at the end, you very first vehicle is a dog with a capital D.  It has little or no carry capacity and sucks gas faster than a boss mob in Defiance sucks up bullets.!  So get your skill up to breed horses and after you have a decent cargo horse or even a combat related horse ( yes you can then fire while mounted ) you can work on skills to make a dune buggy.  Allot of the crafting is based upon a simple design that if I want to make an M-16, I need an M-15 first to use for parts presumably.  If you are a rifleman, then learn optics to make scopes.  Learning to make hay for your horses and fuel for your buggies is also a good skill.  Making food, to me was a giant waste of time.  Yes it was buffed, but the buffs lasted such a small amount of time to make it seem mundane.  Plus you found more food than you could carry.

 

Cav mentioned the fast travel system.  Its like any other fast travel system in any MMO you care to name.  You have to find the fast travel node and add it to your network before you can use it.  There is also a really good quest line involving that.

 

Let's see  armor.  Each faction has its own armor set carrying the factions theme and you can purchase this armor at the various faction main camps.  There are also faction specific quests that give you faction points needed to purchase the faction gear.

 

The thing that got to me was the re-spawn rate of mobs.  It's simply numbing.   There are a number of quests inside a prison.  You have to group for these, minimum 2 people.  You can clear a hallway and within a few minutes that will all re-spawn, so watch for that.  There is also quest to kill a gang leader in the cafeteria of that prison.   Lure him into a hallway away from the cafeteria room.  If you try to fight him in that room, the entire will pour in from an adjacent room continuously.  A buddy and I ignored that advice and I was dead within a few seconds with my melee weapons and he expended 500 rounds in machine gun before he went down and they were sill coming as we lay dead on the floor.  The battle is a NO WIN unless you draw the target away.

 

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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Hello, I just applied for your FE group but I also thought it might be useful for anyone who might want to join but doesn't have an account yet to use this site to make an account, http://www.gamecoach.tv/games/fallen-earth. It is a sanctioned promo by FE devs and works for anyone anywhere. You get a gun but it's really not special. The big thing you get with this is 10 days of Wasterlander Premium, which is their tier 2 subscription.

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Hey strangers :)

 

Got a 47th email through about FE and it made me curious.

Last time I played it was 2011, so I blew the dust off the icon and patched it .... no idea what I was up to last time I played but I can't remember any of the keys, Checked my inv and I had 14000 heavy pistol ammo on me, 33 red chips and an interceptor key in my bike storage lol

 

No clue what I had been up to in 2011 but apparently it was gonna take a lot of ammo haha.

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Hey strangers :)

 

Got a 47th email through about FE and it made me curious.

Last time I played it was 2011, so I blew the dust off the icon and patched it .... no idea what I was up to last time I played but I can't remember any of the keys, Checked my inv and I had 14000 heavy pistol ammo on me, 33 red chips and an interceptor key in my bike storage lol

 

No clue what I had been up to in 2011 but apparently it was gonna take a lot of ammo haha.

 

Damn, dude.  Pistols usually eat a boatload of ammo if you're dual-wielding.  And 33 red chips ain't bad!  I've only got 30 and I came about them rather recently from selling advanced vehicle repair kits.

 

Plus an interceptor?  Sounds like you know what the hell you were doing in-game!

 

Got your member's access restored so hop on Mumble and join us in the wasteland :)

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I was a sucker for vehicles lol, I remember that much ... if I recall I have 2 or 3 horses, the crappy ATV, a bike, dune buggy and the interceptor lol. 

 

I played in the closed/ open beta and from launch. First time I quit was before they went f2p, then I went back for a little bit in 2011.

 

I'll try and figure out what the keys are again before Sunday lol, I presume there is a 47th clan, so who do I need to /w ingame for an invite? :)

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