In the article Ein freundlicheres Willkommen, we highlighted some of the improvements we’ve made to help new players get off to a solid start in Crowfall; however, once you’ve successfully navigated that first gauntlet of spiders with your new weapons and powers, what comes next?
That all depends on you and what sort of Crow you wish to be. There are many paths to choose from and each has a veritable cornucopia of customization choices that open new possibilities in how you play, your look and the special abilities you acquire. Since the choices are vast, it helps to get an introduction that gives you insight into the different paths, providing a framework through which you can navigate to create the character that best fits your play style. So, let’s break it down into a more simplified view by taking a look at some of the familiar player types and which Crowfall activities are best-suited to each of them.
Von Kreuz zu Pik
According to Richard Bartle’s Taxonomy of Player Types, the primary categories can be represented by the four suits found in a pack of standard playing cards:
Clubs - fighters
Diamonds - fortune seekers
Hearts - socializers
Spades - diggers for information
Bartle himself will be the first to say that since most players prefer to mix it up a bit the theory isn’t failproof. Still, the basics are still relevant and meaningful enough that game designers continue to use his findings as a reference point.
It’s all interesting stuff, especially for those who are interested in game design theory, but many of you may be asking…
Was gibt es für mich?
Crowfall has an innovative, multi-faceted character advancement system. As you play the game presents players with meaningful choices to advance your character through the selection of Disciplines, Skills and Talents. Through selection of these you tailor your character’s special skills and talents.
When you start playing Crowfall, your Eternal Crow enters the Dying Lands ready to fight for glory, wealth and power. No doubt, your Crow will need some skills, right? The game world is full of possibilities for every player type, you choose your path - and that’s why your choices matter.
Clubs - You’re a fighter. Not a scruffy, scrappy mutt, no. You’re a savage killing machine, assassin or perhaps, a mercenary. Fighting other players is the optimum way to prove your mettle, and you’ll scratch that itch when you plunge into clashes over the control of forts, keeps and outposts. But don’t saddle up and head into the battlefield just yet, cowboy. You’ll need some training first so that you can become one with your abilities.
Pairs well with: Diamonds - You’ll help them by swiftly dispatching enemies, they repay you by providing the best weapons and equipment.
Getting started: Hone your skills on the creatures of the Gods Reach such as spiders and the undead, then whet your appetite for PVP with a siege or two before striking out into your first full-fledged campaign world Throne War.
Diamonds - You don’t simply want everything, you want it all in multiples. Your ambition drives you to build a reputation that tells others you have the best of everything and are willing to share it with them… for a price. Through harvesting, crafting, trading and collecting, your empire will begin to grow once your well-stocked vendors start raking in the sweet, sweet gold you'll happily count from the comfort of your very own kingdom.
Pairs well with: Spades - They know where to find the good stuff. Bartering the information they provide for the resources you have is a worthwhile return on your investment.
Getting started: Even as a new Crow, you can earn collectible tankards by spending some time on the TEST server and you can earn a God Sigil, imbued with magical power, by participating in the Trials of the Gods. Venture into War Tribe camps to fill your inventory with fat stacks of loot that you can use, sell or trade.
Hearts - You’re a people person, a social butterfly that finds contentment by interacting with others. While your primary motivation may not necessarily be to become embroiled in politics and intrigue, you’ll inevitably build up a database of who knows who and who’s doing what. These can be powerful tools should you decide to throw your helmet into the ring of guild management or coordinating events.
Pairs well with: All player types - You’re basically the wild card in any deck since the knowledge you hold is valuable to all of them. Who would make the best ally? Who’s not to be trusted? You know the answers, but you’re also savvy enough to know how to use that information in the ways that best suit your own purposes.
Getting started: Your hobnobbing can begin even before you log in by perusing the Guild Recruiting forum and the Unofficial Crowfall Community Discord. Regardless of where you are in the world, you’ll always find Crows to flock with, day or night. Within the game, you can strike up a conversation in a variety of ready-made chat rooms (accessible from the lower right corner of your screen) or create a channel of your own.
Spades - Hey, trailblazer! The burning desire you have for discovery drives you to leave no stone unturned, no hill unclimbed. Few things make you happier than exploring every inch of the terrain to see what’s out there. And, since Crowfall’s Dying Worlds are dynamically-created to be different when the world resets after each Throne War campaign, there will always be new maps to explore and conquer. Knowing where the points of interest are is only a drop in your adventure bucket. There’s more than one way to cross a map and you’ll know all of them. You’ll also know where to find a fight if you’re looking for one and alternate routes if you’re looking to avoid conflict.
Pairs well with: Hearts - The information they gather from other players provides a handy shortcut around a lot of missteps and backtracking as you explore new areas.
Getting started: In studying the terrain and architecture as you investigate the world around you, you’ll quickly learn to identify the safe areas, the unsafe areas and everything in-between. Familiarize yourself with the locations of runegates and you’ll be able to pop quickly from one place to the next, leaving more time to do the exploring that you love.
Spiel mit einem ganzen Deck
Having a variety of player types is important to creating an online world that’s vibrant, inviting and exciting. Taking it a step further by giving players ways to mix-and-match the activities they enjoy adds even more depth, and that’s what we’ve set out to do with Crowfall.
What’s your ultimate desire? To command an army of elite fighters? To rule your own kingdom with the support of loyal vassals? To build a robust empire connected by trusted trade routes? To create rare and powerful items that earn you the most sought-after maker's mark? All are attainable goals.
Which player type do you identify with the most, and which aspects of Crowfall appeal to that facet of your inner Crow?