Update 5 is coming to DDO this week. I am excited to see how Guild Housing is going to affect the population. My static group had to make a decision. Our guild leader had been gone for 3 plus years, and there was never a successor. I wrote to Turbine to see if there was anything they could do. There isn't at this time. :(
None of us were sure how things are going to work for guilds, but we were all fairly certain we would need a guild leader. It meant leaving behind the guild name we had worn for almost 4 years. TNT has been retired.
We then spent an hour or so trying to figure out a new guild name. I won't bore you with the hilariousness that ensued, but we finally settled on Players Handbook. It has so many meanings, and we just couldn't resist.
We are all pretty pumped up about earning a guild ship, but we understand since we are a 6 person static group that is might be a long slog. I know Turbine has insisted there are balances in place for small guilds, but I have to say, I am fairly positive small guilds are getting the shaft.
I am also not thrilled with the guild "level" being visible to everyone. I'd like a way to turn that off.
I am also deadly sure that guilds are about to do a big clean out. Since Guild Renown will degrade once level 26 is reached +1 per account, I foresee most guilds culling their member lists to getting rid of those that haven't logged on in a while. Zeff and I haven't logged onto our main server in 7 months, I am sure we are gonna be guildless if we ever chose to play on there again. I am sad about that, but it's a good business move.
I am not entirely happy with the way this is being rolled out, but I am glad that some kind of housing is coming to DDO. I am hoping most of the kinks have been worked out and it will be smooth going.
In other news, my sorcerer has been after the Phoenix Robes for months. We have run it 9 or 10 times trying to get them to pop. FINALLY, on Tuesday they dropped for out drunken dwarf ranger who took pity on me and let me loot them. Now I get to drive them nuts upgrading them LOL!
I am including below the video Jerry over at DDOcast made as a preview of Update 5. I refuse to go over to Lammania anymore. It spoils the new content for me, but I appreciate those who will go see what's coming and help to make sure it's as bug free as possible. Enjoy!