First Week of Bless
This week from the
Paradox Gaming Network
So I really stand in awe of this week. First and foremost my personal achievement of the week is that I ran just under 10 miles and I ran on 4 different days. That hasn’t happened since I was Active Duty so I’m really happy with myself. The fact that I’ve lost 50% of the weight I want to lose is amazing as well. Great way to start the summer.
Now, onto game news. Seriously all I can say is WTF Neowiz? While I give you guys an A+ for being responsive and listening to your customers, I almost have to give you a D- on your results. You guys are literally all over the map when it comes to your results this week. First you do some boneheaded things with your launch and then this damage correction? Let’s get into Bless and talk about this stuff.
SNAFU….but did we expect differently?
So let me preface this with I love the game. I am enjoying it greatly. I like the game and I plan on continuing to play it.
With that said, WTF Neowiz? How do you have this many screw ups?
First, whoever thought it was a good idea to only have one server at launch time needs to be put in charge of nothing more complicated than a goldfish from this point on. This alone was worthy of a ton of criticism. It was so poorly designed and conceived that it was amazing that they rolled out these servers 1 at a time and didn’t have the foresight to understand people were going to be livid when they couldn’t join real life friends and family.
Next up, I know the game is in Early Access, but if your game was so horribly balanced that you were going to have to release a 66% damage correction inside the first week then it's pretty evident they didn’t do enough internal testing. Doing this was way too much of a pendulum swing. Instead of doing a 66% damage reduction, it should have been like 30% to see if it was enough. Right now, honestly, the game is boring and unplayable compared to how it was at launch.
Is Bless Online going to be successful for their Steam release? No idea. They have all the pieces in place to make a good game, but if they don’t get their head out of their ass they are going to find their 25,000 players dropping to 10,000. With that in mind, 25,000 players across the number of servers they have is already showing that people are having a hard time finding parties. We went from 4K queues on day 1 to ghosts towns on day 5.
Back to my old stomping grounds
Don’t worry little Lalafells, we will be back. Right now, we are enjoying your Mascu cousins in Bless.
Live-stream on 4 June
New Video will be up this week. That’s all I can say.
My most recent video on Ashes is this one: https://youtu.be/R_jcFLkGZRg which was a highlight of the May store items and then highlights from the May Stream if you missed that.
My FAQ on Ashes is at : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1grKCa1EqsivII5mzsYve1TFc_NS6ucQOSiuH251Mijs/edit
If you are interested in Ashes of Creation, I’m going to shamelessly ask that you register for the game using my referral link (https://www.ashesofcreation.com/ref/Jahlon/)
The reason why is that I will get 15% of all your purchases back, which will give me a bigger pool of money to do giveaways with. This is quite literally the simplest way to support Paradox. Costs you nothing above and beyond what you pay to the game (sub fee, cash shop purchases, etc) anyway.
Since I didn’t do a video this week, I want to keep the transparency open, the Paradox Gaming Network is up to 105 referrals for Ashes with $204.75 in the kitty, with a couple of outstanding tickets to get cleared up. So thank you to everyone for all the support.
Gaming Network News
The May Giveaway was completed. The winners were emailed and one of the two gift cards have been awarded.
I’m going to be delayed setting up the June one, but I’ll get it done before i leave this week.
People aren’t happy I’m covering Bless
Well, people got a little upset with me that I’m covering Bless. Had some people leave some pretty vile comments on the YouTube channel, which is ok, but some of them were so over the top they had to just go. I guess people just do not like this game and want to see it fail.
Regardless of what people want, I’m going to continue covering Bless. This week was the first of the “getting started” type video series. This week is just an overall getting started.
The one coming up this week is just more starter stuff, with some focuses on crafting and taming tips. It won’t be a full blown crafting and taming video, its just the start.
Talk Show vs Game Showcase?
Good show this week, gave out a copy of Bless and got a lot of people settled in with the new game.
Once I’m a little more settled in, I think I’m going to continue covering Bless, but I’m also going to start doing a weekly talk show about life, the universe, and everything; and not just video game related stuff. More to come on that when I get back from Disney.
Join us Wednesdays at 2100 EDT and Fridays at 1300 EDT.
Big thanks guys, thanks to the sponsors we had that copy of Bless to give away.
Going to hold off for a minute on Bless giveaways to see what they do with the game. I’m going to figure out something to give away on the next couple of shows. Probably either Steam Gift Cards or just straight Amazon Gift Cards.