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Why I’m still playing Albion 5 months later

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Like many of you I suffered through MMO burnout (I’m in my 30’s). Finding something to commit to is difficult and the genre is not exactly filled with choices. I found Albion about 5 months ago and it has been my best gaming experience yet – I’ve played everyday (at least a little) since Jan. Here’s why I love it and why I think you will too:

  • Full Loot PVP. Being able to inflict actual loss on your opponents is the crème de la crème of gaming. Just spent 2 hours farming up silver for that set? Thanks for your donation! If you can maintain a 1.4 KDR you will become rich in due time (sitting at 2.5 myself and rolling in loot). I died a TON at first, but it was always about improving.

  • Crafting rocks! It's simple, straight forward and highly effective. The economy is very eve/runescape like in that it is open and all items are player made (with a few small exceptions). I grow herbs and turn them into resistance potions for pvp and profit. Many others make gear for pvp or other consumables like food.

  • Endgame is open-ended. It can be holding a territory with your guild and getting a high ranking, or, in my guilds case, simply having fun while taking every fight we can. I generate my own content!

  • You can influence the game world. Politics and diplomacy between guilds is huge! Billionaires can fund entire wars 😊 Gankers can start ‘em.

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  • No classes. Your gear dictates everything, and all you need to do to "change" your build is swap gear. It's glorious and means you just need to invest in a single character (although there is some value in alts).

  • Skill based PVP (outside of zergs). 2v2 and 5v5 takes a ton of actual skill and you can quantify that. The rewards are immense to boot!

  • Free to play with a sub option that is easily covered with in-game activities. I have never paid for the sub past the first month but have "premium" till the end of the year.

Now, I value different things obviously. I’m highly competitive and Albion feeds that in a variety of ways. If you aren’t one who likes to improve and learn systems/mechanics then you probably wont last long. In the beginning I spent easily 40 hours/week playing, but now 5 months later it’s usually 2 hrs on the weekdays and w/e on the weekends. There is a huge initial grind, but after your first max level weapon the rest is cake – subsequent weapons/armors are easy to level. You can reach a point where you don’t need to “farm” for “exp” (fame) anymore as your weapons/armor are maxxed out for what you want to play. At that point it’s pure killing all the time, and I’m really glad I stuck with it. The guild I’m in has been the best guild of any game I’ve ever played and have helped me grow a lot. Check out the guild at savagealbion.com

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