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I’ve sent out the questions to Katelyn, the Allods Online Community Manager.  It’s a rather… bulky set of inquiries, so we’ll see what settles out as answerable.

I find that the more I dig into the game, the more I want it to be like Puzzle Pirates in the shipboard aspects of the game.  It would also be awesome if they incorporated things like wormholes in EVE (thanks to Tipa for a fun article on wormhole exploring).  Cooperative PvE and multiship PvP really are a blast in Puzzle Pirates, even to this old, scarred soloist.  (I’ve grouped more in PP than in any other MMOs combined.  It’s fun to do so, which is all the difference, and it’s completely optional.)  Add the instability of the Astral stuff Allods float around in, and you could have a huge variety of things for Explorers like me to do.

In the meantime, there are these interesting tidbits, the location of which I thank Keen for.

Talent Calculator (inconveniently in Russian)

It’s an interesting mix of WoW talent trees (the “three subclass” mentality) and Final Fantasy X’s Sphere Grid and XII’s License Board.  If we can plunk variable widgets into the blank spots on the grid, well, that would be really cool in my book.  It’s nothing earth shattering, perhaps, cribbed as it is from other games, but it looks like it might be fun to tinker with, and that’s what counts.

Astral Ships

This is a very interesting article on the ships in Allods Online.  I’m extremely interested in how these ships pan out, since they seem to me to be a defining feature of AO.  I really hope they wind up with a variety of sizes of ships, all the way from soloable to HUGE, like Puzzle Pirates.  It’s proven to be key to the longevity of that game.

In the meantime, I still don’t have my hands on any beta keys, but since I didn’t exactly have the doors beaten down in the Allod of Questions post, howzabout I just give a beta key to whomever wants one and asks for it, and when I run out, I run out?  Well… once I actually get them that is.  Thankfully, as Stabs noted earlier, the game will be playable on release without a monetary investment, so it’s not really a big deal to wait until then.  I’ve asked Katelyn for beta keys, and will be happy to disseminate them, but we’ll see what happens.

Thanks for the questions, all, and here’s hoping we get some great answers, eh?

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I may as well keep up the theme, right?

Katelyn Olmstead, the Community Manager over at the Allods Online branch in English, emailed me last week in response to my exploratory picture album of the game.  It turns out that she actually likes what I whipped up, and would like to see if it’s possible to get the word out about Allods Online a bit more.  I like the game, despite my reservations, and I would also like to see it get a bit more press.

To that end, she suggested that they could give some beta access keys away via Tish Tosh Tesh, and maybe even answer some questions about the game in an interview format.  (FCC disclosure:  I get nothing out of this deal but some answers to questions and maybe a few more readers.  FDA disclosure:  No food was harmed in the writing of this post.)

My humble abode here isn’t much of a soapbox, but hey, a chance to peek a bit behind the curtain (must… resist… metallic… reference…) is always a bit of fun.  In that vein, I’m taking her up on both of her offers, and in the finest “Will It Blend” tradition, seeing what happens when I mix the two.

So, if there is something any of you want to ask Katelyn in her position as Community Manager, please ask it in the comments down below.

I’ll send the bunch of them to her next weekend (or earlier if the comments drop off) and see what sticks.  She obviously can’t answer some questions, and I reserve the right to add some of my own and excise inappropriate ones (though such will likely never see the light of day in the comments anyway; I’m mean and dictatorial that way).  If you’re interested enough to ask about the game, and want a beta key, well, the list of people who submit good questions may well line up nicely with those who get a beta key.  (Since numbers may vary, I’m not making promises… just noting that they want to give away keys, and I want to see some good questions; those seem like a good match.)

If nothing else, I’ll come up with a list of questions.  Allods Online looks like a game well worth investigating, and I’m going to take this opportunity and run with it.  If you’re interested, here’s a chance to poke around.

Oh, and I fully intend to attribute questions as well as I can to those who asked them.  If you have a blog or portfolio site you want some attention for, I’ll link to it in the Q&A column with your name, if you’d like.  Proper attribution and promotion and all that…

Thanks in advance!

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