Here's the notes I took at the Vanguard panels at FF as requested by Laby
Vanguard: State of the Game panel Friday 8/4/07
- Update 2 will come first as it contains code needed to make the merge work.
– Merges will follow just after Update 2.
– Performance is 20-60% better on the Trial Island due to optimized art assets.
– AWP will have new loot class - “Fabled”, which is between Legendary and Heroic.
– Crafting recipes will drop in the AWP.
– AWP loot will be the best in the game.
– AWP will have a lot of Diplomacy in it as well as Adventuring.
– AWP will have “Gnomish Commandos” wandering around for Diplomacy parlays, Academic presence, and parlays will open quests and more content.
– Diplomacy will soon have “Saved Decks”.
– Spam/Gold selling filters are being worked on.
– No plans as yet for more bank space or space in houses for items, but are reviewing the subject.
– Hacks/Wall exploiting fixes are being addressed.
– Quests that are far below your level will soon appear as gray shields instead of gold.
– Pathing issues are being addressed (npc's walking over rocks/barrels, “Can't See Target”)
– Merchant clothing will start dropping soon.
Vanguard Design Panel - Saturday 8/4
– Flying mount quests will be in sooner than later.
– Thestra Web quests (diplomacy) will be in with Update 2.
– There will soon be more quests that make all three spheres useful – ones where you must get an item, and you can kill a mob for it, do diplomacy for it, or craft the item.
– Tier 4 clothing will be related to gods and lore regarding the gods.
– There will soon be diplomacy cards dropping from Adventuring mobs.
– There will be more Boss parlays for Diplomacy: Eldor in 3 Rivers will parlay and the rewards are Diplomacy clothing.
– There will be crafting in Raids – recipes and parts for the recipes will drop from raid mobs.
– There will be Diplomacy buffs in the APW.
– More Rumor/Heresay/etc brokers will be placed in more locations, as they are currently hard to find.
– “House Burser” will be appearing in game shortly – turn in prestige to get a coin that you can use to get rewards such as 32 slot Diplomacy containers.
– Places like “Hillsbury Mansion” and other places with mobs that are too close together or have impossibly high agro range will be getting a balance pass.