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  1. I don't perceive this as a problem. There are a lot of players who buy a game, get all the achievements as fast as they can, and move on. Maybe they return when DLC is released, maybe not. I remember seeing someone mention that 1.4% of players have beaten all the act 3 maps on Massacre. If that's accurate, even if all of them are complaining that the game is too easy, that's a tiny though perhaps vocal minority. Anyone complaining that it's too easy who doesn't have that achievement... I'd be inclined to consider those complaints to be invalid. I once knew a guy who claimed that chess was "too easy". So then I beat him 3 times in a row and he still said it was too easy. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and move on. Some people will say anything to get you to think they're better/more talented/smarter than they really are. My advice is to briefly roll your eyes and hope they grow up. I find myself doing that a lot. You can't argue with immaturity because being right isn't enough. I don't really think that a small army of players farming glitterhelm on massacre who couldn't solo the Alchem Lab is a problem. Any discerning player can tell whether someone else knows what they're doing or not almost immediately upon meeting them. Respected players will find each other and have fun playing together. I don't think this warrants action by Chromatic and I'd rather see their efforts focused elsewhere.
  2. Yes, it also happens at the southern section of Glitterhelm. It's especially vexing when the ogres drop into the lava (Glitterhelm), distract defenses, but take no damage. I've even seen once where it couldn't be damaged by anything but a piercing shot.
  3. I have well north of 3,000 hours in DD1 on xbox. 450 in DDA so far. 37 hours on DD2. I HATED it.
  4. I use a controller. I feel your pain x10. Changing back to my DPS character with 2 seconds left in the preposterously-restrictive timer on Lava Mines Campaign Massacre is harder and more stressful than using Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 2 and trying to get a fatality where you freeze the opponent with Sub Zero and then Switch to Kung Lao and throw your hat at them, decapitating them while frozen. Okay, it's an elaborate comparison. But it's harder than it needs to be by a lot. :)
  5. Hey, Cap! I remember you as well, though in my heyday I was on Xbox. Good to have you back!
  6. Please don't hesitate to ask for help from me in support of the idea that the timers need alteration, minimally. I beat the first 3 maps on massacre last night and never finished a build because I didn't have time. I'm hoping that's not an intentional way to increase the difficulty, because I consider it to be a lame one. At the very least, I'd like to see 15-20 seconds added to every wave's existing time. The timer singlehandedly makes campaign more difficult than survival. Surely that's not the intent? I don't want to admit to you all how many times I had to try in order to beat the Lava Mines last night. Once I had my timing down, I was immediately restarting the map anytime I made a mistake that resulted in 1) a poorly-placed defense, 2) forgetting to build something, or 3) failing to get my DPS character in on time. And any time a djinn destroyed something or a sharken moved something, it was almost game over regardless of the specifics. Because I knew I'd never have time to rebuild/move it without sacrificing something else I needed to be doing instead. I'm on your side about this and would be happy to lend my voice to your interests to have the timers changed or removed. :)
  7. I love the comparison. I'm okay with it and I understand that others are not.
  8. OP: I'm with you. The vitriol is unnecessary. $15... barely enough to keep me in beer today. I bought an air conditioner on amazon for $179 2 weeks ago and now it's $139. Oh, well. I bought it when I wanted it because I wanted it then, not now. Prices change in a market economy. Legacy: The notion that your 450 hours in what is now Legacy was "wasted" confuses me. You either enjoyed your time playing so far or you didn't. Start over, or don't. Play on Legacy if that's what you want. If you didn't enjoy endless NMHC Promenade Survival runs, hoping for a decent giraffe, then don't do it again. Being Lied To/Mislead: I was married for 18 years and I supervise 7 people. You kinda get used to it. It's a healthy opportunity to remember to hold everyone on earth in some degree of distrust. Except maybe Mom... though I'm not entirely sure I trust her, either. :) If you love the game... if you love the franchise (which is the best tower defense RPG combination that has ever existed, hands down), keep the histrionics in the family. Blasting disappointment all over Steam has no benefit and might well cost us new players in what is a small community anyway. I hope this all passes fairly soon, because until then it's going to be challenging to discuss the kinds of things that REALLY matter. Like the between-wave build times are too short. I beat the first 3 maps on massacre last night and never finished a build. Didn't have time. Best wishes to all.
  9. OP: The answer is no. I tried a few months ago, and the game you're hoping for is still literally year(s) away.
  10. Yes, please do a backup or game save before playing sky city. The main benefit of sky city is unlocking crystalline dimension. After I beat sky city on insane once i never played it again. Too difficult to be fun, too laggy, too much hassle to backup beforehand every time.
  11. Aquanos is just plain fun and it's a slam-dunk. Probably my favorite map when it all comes right down to it, though I've always loved the Summit (as anyone who owns an Undertow and has ever looked at the "Forged By" can attest). :) Sky City is more trouble than it's worth (it's very difficult and prone to freezing), but both Crystalline and Boss Rush are fun, so I would recommend getting both. Just do a backup before playing Sky City. I don't play the game for reward items or xp. I play for fun. If your motivation is substantially different, you may want to take this advice with a grain of salt. I'm nevertheless glad I got them both.
  12. I agree and am also willing to help... a few Glitterhelm or Endless Spires runs is probably the way to go. I don't have anything on-hand that requires less than level 78 but I can help run whatever map and anything you find is yours.
  13. I have additional corroboration that this can, in fact, be done. Though I will admit that I'm unclear why a technical support subforum under console still exists... Wouldn't the forthright thing to do to have been to remove it the day after Sky City DLC was released?
  14. The easiest way to shield yourself from any potential difficulty is to back up your save file. Cabbage has a method that seems to work for people. I use modio, which is a bit more cumbersome I think. But I store my save file on a flash drive (most of the time) and back it up onto a laptop when any of the following conditions are met: Farmed an item I don't want to lose Made any trade Gained significant xp Gave something away Received anything I want not to lose Immediately before playing Sky City and now... Immediately before hosting a public game I would strongly encourage others to find and use a backup strategy that suits their needs. I do not recommend using the cloud. For me anyway, the little blue "saving" circle can pop up unexpectedly and if I happened to be exiting the game quicker than you should, or if a freeze happens... for the xbox to access the flash drive is just the easiest compromise for me. Not as fast as the hard drive but easier to back up. Glitterhelm Caverns is the last non-DLC map in the original campaign. :) GT: MoriartyLives
  15. I've purposefully avoided making contact with our newer players over the last... However long it's been since the game was free. And there are two reasons for it. The first is that my presence in a game with them would take away a significant amount of the fun for them... Good heavens especially if I built. But the other reason is that I wanted to wait until I saw a small group of new players who seem genuinely dedicated to enjoying the game as it was intended. And this thread, in that respect, makes me very happy. Let's make a couple of things clear to all. First, this game is two and a a half years old and is played on a system that is now "legacy". It is no longer the subject of active development and hasn't been for 18 months. I'm not kidding. The sky city DLC came out in November of 2012 and i spent the next six months carping because of the freezing issues in SC. If I had only known about CD, right Matty? Active development of this game has been over for a year and a half. What you downloaded is what there is. Aquanos xp is broken, don't play sky city with more than two people without doing a game save/backup first, and pro mode is not happening, ever. There are other things that aren't coming to me because I no longer make a weekly habit of complaining about them. And lastly, there are modders. They outnumber us an absolute minimum of 20 to 1. I've booted people for having mods at a ratio of probably 20 to 1 consistently every time I have ever hosted a pub. And with the game being free, if anything, it's gotten a little bit worse. There are only two things you can do. Make a backup \ use a game save and back it up routinely. If you corrupt, you lose a few days of progress instead of everything. If your favorite weapon gets stolen, you revert to backup and you have it again. The biggest detriment of Microsoft being the common platform for PCs and xboxes is that modders can dig into save files and make them huge ludicrous glowie things that still don't allow modders to win because they always seem to be focused on DPS and ignore that this is a tower defense game and that you can't be everywhere at once no matter how damaging you are. But the biggest counter benefit is that it's pretty easy to back up a save file onto a PC and keep it safe from harm. The other thing you can do is cultivate a friend list of people you know are legit and enjoy playing with. I still contend that my interference in your journey from level 0 to probably about 78 is detrimental rather than helpful. The fun of Moraggo is not knowing how to win! The fun is in the struggle of learning how to build and defend. Not in having someone show you how or do it for you. But the best part about all of you is that you've come to the right place to find people who play legit and love the game. That said, my GT is MoriartyLives and although I really think I shouldn't build for anyone until they have a cast of characters who can beat Glitterhelm on insane with ease, I'm happy to chat and supply some DPS if you can catch me online. :)
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