Darkfall Day 26

David X. Messer gets attacked by sea in Darkfall.

My new favourite past time is hunting for chaos chests. These seem to spawn fairly randomly and containt random items. Mostly money, the odd bit of materials. Early evening I went on a quick circuit to see what I could find. This netted me 100g or so, nothing major, and by the time I got back to the city and banked the proceeds. There followed a 20 minute gap where I chatted to one of the Clan leaders about the future of the Clan when there was an almighty crack of what sounded like thunder.

I thought about this for a moment. I'd recently taken to idling in the Alliance city defence channel for the city and Vent now started making lots of 'member joined' noises as suddenly the channel burst into life. "We're under attack!". I grabbed some gear and headed for a cannon tower to get a good look at what was happening. I didn't see very much. None of the guard towers were firing and then I saw a cannon ball fly over the city wall. Attack by sea no less!

I'd never seen a sea based attack so I quickly headed out for a look see. From what I could gather of the tactics they seemed to be pummeling the city walls so that a gap could open and then 8-10 players came across the water to the city walls. Our defense was to man the cannon towers and try and fire back at the ship. In an interesting turn of events the ship seemed to be just outside the maximum draw distance of my graphics settings. I'm not sure whether this was a stroke of genius or pure luck on the part of the people running the attack.

We didn't seem to have trouble repelling the landing party and this puzzles me slightly. They out numbered us and could probably have over run the city quite easily. I found myself wondering wether their ship ran out of powder or cannon balls or something. One thing about hanging around in this particular city was that I'd bound myself to it so even if we do get attacked, and I do die in 3 seconds, at least I'm going to respawn in the same city afterward. Unlike last time when my recall point was 20 minutes away. The attack felt like it happened in the space of 5 minutes, but in reality was about 30 minutes.

Quite a rush!

Posted by Drew Shiel at December 22, 2009 8:54 PM

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