In the second part of the series Asheron’s Call, the forgotton MMO we take a look character creation and the importance of skills and abilities. When asked ‘What impact does the unique skill system used in Asheron’s Call have on the game?’ local Joplin gamer and experienced MMO player E.P. responded saying ‘The individualized skills and attributes allows gamers to create a custom character in both of these aspects, creating a not so cookie-cutter experience”.
The character creation process in Asheron’s Call is deceptively complex. The choices made when creating a character have a huge impact on its overall development, and it’s not wholly uncommon for a player to find out months later that their character will never reach its full potential. It’s this type of responsibility that makes the game more personal and gives one a sense of control and that every decision matters. There are four races in the game, though choosing one over the other has little to no impact in the game. Facial features, skin tone and hair color are all customizable, as is gender. None of these options affect game play, but it instills a little more sense of ownership in a person’s character.
The next step of character creation is the most important, picking your skills. Unlike other games where you pick a class or template, Asheron’s Call has attributes and skills. You are given a set amount of points to spend between your attributes, and the type of character you want to play will influence your choice. Want a character that’s going to do hand to hand combat? Then you’ll be putting a lot of points in strength and coordination. Going to be casting a lot of spells? Then you’ll be putting points into attributes such as focus and self to affect that. Want to do a little of both? Then it’s up to you to decide how many points to spend in each, but wrong decisions can create a character that’s not very good in magic or combat.
Everyone starts out with the same allotment of skill credits, but what you do with them is your choice. You could make a character that wields a sword and can pick locks, or he may even specialize in lock picking. Other skill options include crafting armor, making magic items, even cooking and alchemy. The nice thing about the game is, as you gain levels you gain additional skill credits, so your character can learn extra skills as you play. After the attributes and skills are set then you’re ready to pick a name and a starter town, then the fun beings.
In the third and final part of this series we will explore the game play found in Asheron’s Call.