Road Tripping the Apocolypse

After going through most of the quests in Oilville I was level 13 and hardly gaining any experience from quests or mobs. It seems like after doing a few quests the experience drops off in a given area. I’m not sure if this is just how the game is or if it’s because of the boosted XP from Commander. While I’m striving to do a majority of quests in an area, when the quests are only giving 50-100xp it’s hard to justify after a while. So I set off to follow the story quests to see where they would lead me to. The hope was one of these storylines would drop me off in a town that was more appropriate for my level.

I had a few added to my journal as I leveled up. Two quests at level 5, one at level 7, and one at level 13. So far I’ve been following the “Build an ATV” quest around which led me to Oilville and then up to Old Kingman. But Old Kingman has a prison complex which Greg and I had a ton of fun doing the last time we played so I was waiting to quest through this area with him. So I picked up the “You’re Dying” questline which last saw me in Embry Crossroads siphoning DNA from all sorts of creatures to fix my own.

The next quest for “You’re Dying” took me up to Rest Stop which is right above Old Kingman. As it turns out, the town of Rest Stop is overrun by creatures called Festering Rotters. I was able to wade through the festering hordes and find only two people left in the whole place: a woman worried her husband hasn’t come back from rounding up sheep and another clone of Lifenet Technicahian Grahm. Grahm tells me that there’ a malfunctioning Lifenet facility in the mine just out of Rest Stop that’s spitting out bad worker clones. Once the clones degrade they become the festering rotters. Which explains why there were so, so, so, many all over the place. There’s also a sample of Alpha Clone DNA down there that will help fix my own DNA.

Shut off the Lifenet Pod and get the Alpha Clone DNA from a mine crawling with crazy clones. What could go wrong?

Not much actually. This quest was pretty smooth to get through. There were two long corridors, the closest branch lead to the quest room the other one lead to nowhere, I checked….In the quest room, I had to run around and find a keycard and a fuse box to turn on the freezers. Once the freezer was on and the Lifenet station was shut down I was able to grab the Alpha DNA and track back out of the cave to give the news to Grahm.

Grahm sends me on my way to get some more Alpha DNA samples to a town far to the north called Trumble. On my way up I made sure to hit every fast travel LifeNet station so I didn’t have to make the journey multiple times. Fallen Earth has a big map and the towns are few and far between with not much in the middle. This is great for giving it that barren wasteland post-apocalyptic feel but not so great for traversing the map. I even made a detour over to the Trailer Park life net station to the east so could hit it later.

Trumble is where the road trip ended. I found my limit of mobs I could fight at my current level and with my equipment. These guys were level 15 and no joke. I could handle one but as soon as another one aggroed on me it was lights out. It turns out Old Kingman was the town I needed to be in right now. So I fast traveled back and got working on crafting some new medium pistols. Hopefully, the adventures through Old Kingman will be just the right difficulty.

Out From Boneclaw

Before I get into today’s post I just wanted to give a little public service announcement to anyone who wants to start playing Fallen Earth. It seems that not all accounts are getting the Commander benefits that allow you to gain XP and ap faster, halve harvesting time, and, most importantly, lets you craft 30 items at once. I learned this the hard way when my first character could only craft 3 things. I’m not sure if it’s related but my first character was created on my old GamersFirst account. I created a new account and a new character and had Commander and all of the associated rewards.

Commander’s Aura is the green one.

You can check that your character has commander status in the buff bar (The green one in the picture above) and a star in the upper left corner of the character information as pictured below

Commander Star in the upper left corner

It seems to vary from person to person what each account is receiving. Some people have been getting dune buggy’s and ATVs without the commander status while others have been getting commander status without all the extras. Just double-check your account/character has Commander status because it will make things so much easier!

The next stop on the Fallen Earth adventure leads to the town of Embry Crossroads. Once I reached level 5, a quest popped into my journal to go talk to Grahm the Lifenet Technician in Embr. The Lifenet stations serve as teleports/fast travel for a small fee as well as respawn locations. They aren’t in every town but they’re close enough to the surrounding towns that it’s not too bad to get from place to place.

Grahm informed me that my DNA is degrading and he needs DNA samples to repair it. Apparently, while most of my character’s DNA is mammalian there are also bits of other DNA in there too. So I set out to kill more of the local wildlife and extract DNA from them. This particular quest has a 30 minute time so the samples don’t expire. It was more than enough time to get everything and return to Grahm.

The other quest that pushes you towards Embry Crossroads is the one to build an ATV. While I’ve upgraded my trusty horse, the ATV would, theoretically, let me get places faster. Though I seem to remember vehicles only going faster on roads while horses can off-road at a decent clip. I started this quest and ran a few errands for people around town to get some parts. There are only so many parts I can get in Embry so I’ll need to leave the town and travel some more before I can craft it. I’m not sure how necessary doing this quest is though. My account already has an ATV in the garage so I’m not sure if the quest ATV is any faster or has inventory slots. We’ll see once I craft it but right now it’s not a priority.

Most of the quests here focus on Blade Dancers yet again. This time, they’ve set up a base called the Junk Fortress and have been raiding the town for supplies. None of the NPC’s are happy about it. I made multiple trips to the Junk Fortress to take out specific people aka bosses, recover stolen medical supplies, and find a womans sister. The sister didn’t want to come back home and wanted to stay with the Blade Dancers. So my character was perfectly rational and my only decision was to shoot her…

There are some faction quests as well for the Bankers in Embry. They run the bank, bet you didn’t see that one coming. The quests reward reputation to the Banker faction. I’m not quite sure if I can do anything with it yet. There are some crafting-centered quests here too that will give some nice recipe books if you don’t have them already.

My personal favorite quest here was “Collection Call” where Ricky Vargas asks you to go around town and kill people who haven’t paid their debts. There’s no build-up to this, no reason you should do what this guy says, but this is the wasteland and when some random guy in a side alley says he’ll pay you 70 chips to kill 3 people, you just gotta do it.

After all of the questing and gathering I did here I was able to upgrade a couple pieces of clothing with Armor crafting. I was also able to make a new set of pistols. These are actual handguns that shoot bullets and not the pellet guns I’ve been using for the last 10 levels. They do offer a DPS boost but also take a new type of ammo. The ammo materials aren’t too hard to require so I was able to make two thousand rounds with the materials in my inventory.

Dipping the Feet Back in Fallen Earth

I spent my weekend running around the wasteland, shooting at coyotes and bandits, and stopping every few feet to pick up rocks. Yep, this is only the kind of experience Fallen Earth can give.

You can’t tell by looking at the blog but I was quite fond of Fallen Earth back when I was playing it in 2019. Apparently, I only felt the need to write one blog post at a time. The only other post was 8 months later right before the game shut down. But now it’s back and I plan on writing about it a lot more while I make my way through the Wasteland again.

Last time I played I just got out of the first sector, The Plateau, before I stopped playing. It looks like there are 9 areas in total so I didn’t really see that much of the game the first time around. But with everything being free in “Fallen Earth Classic” I intend to see it all. Or at least more of it than I did last time…it all depends on how long it keeps my interest I suppose.

One of the things I’m doing differently is taking on all of the quests in each town. Who knows how long the game will be around and if I’ll ever get to do them again. It will slow down the journey considerably I’m sure but it will also give me some time to collect a lot of materials while I run around doing quests. And since the game is about shooting things and crafting I think it’ll be just fine.

My starter town of choice was Boneclaw which is described as a combat-focused town. There are two other starting areas, Midway, which has a crafting focus, and Clinton Farm, which has a support focus. The last time played I think I started in Midway so I wanted something different and getting into some combat right away sounded fun at the time.

Boneclaw is a town of outcasts. The Slaughter Kings are at war with the Blade Dancers and they seem to be competing over territory here. Since the Slaughter Kings are the ones doling out the quests, my side in the conflict was chosen for me. With Boneclaw being a combat-focused town and all I was tasked with killing lots of things. Blade Dancers, giant ants, coyotes, giant scorpions, prairie chickens. If it breathes near Boneclaw, I’ve probably killed it.

I also wanted to make sure that my gathering trade skills were always leveled up at all times. Since Fallen Earth is all about scavenging around to build your items it’s important to be able to gather at every node you see. Geology was easy, there were a whole lot of copper veins right outside Boneclaw and I needed the copper anyway to make ammo for my pistols. Nature proved to be a little bit of a challenge to get going. Every so often I would run into a level 1 node but most were 15+. It turns out that skinning prairie chickens are a really good way to level it up early on. There’s plenty of prairie chickens and they only require 1 nature to skin!

Salvaging took the longest to level up. Almost everything out there was level 15 or higher. Every so often I would get lucky and find a level 1 node. It doesn’t help that the level 1 nodes don’t look any different visually from the level 45 nodes so finding them was a challenge. It took me until I was almost done with all of the quests in Boneclaw to level up.

After finishing everything up that I could it was on to Embry Crossroads to continue the story and find out why my clone is dying and why this time it will be for good.

Fallen Earth Is Back!

There is some hope though. While the game in its current form is being taken offline there are plans to continue working on a new version. It’s hard to say how this will play out. I’m giving it a 50% chance that Fallen Earth will return to us. I personally hope it does. Fallen Earth is such a unique game in the MMO space I think a fresh coat of paint and better server performance could do it some good. I also think reworking the free to play model would also help in the future. When your game has such a heavy focus on crafting, it’s frustrating when you can only craft 2 items at a time that take 15+ minutes without paying.

Kluwes- Spetember 5.2019

This was the last post I wrote about Fallen Earth about a month before the game was taken offline with the promise of bringing it back in a sort of Fallen Earth 2.0. The game went dormant at the end of 2019 and the longer we went without any news about the rerelease. In fact, there wasn’t much news at all. Most of the news at the time coming out of Little Orbit was about APB Reloaded and another game they were working on. After a while, I kind of forgot about the game as a whole.

But, much to my surprise last week there was a tease from Matt Scott that Fallen Earth Classic had a nice ring to it. Then a few days later it was happening soon. Then the servers went live yesterday. And well…I’m back on a horse riding around the post-apocalyptic wasteland again.

Fallen Earth Classic, as the name implies, isn’t a total revamp of the game. It’s a re-release of the game as it was before it shut down. Along with the game being relaunched the server was also upgraded which means pottentially less lag. But the best part about all of this is that it’s absolutely free. Everyone gets the highest tier sub which is fantastic as it makes the so much more playable. So honestly, I’m really happy with what the re-released Fallen Earth has to offer right now.

I think it’s awesome that Little Orbit brought this version of the game back online at all let alone for free. Sure, part of me wonders if this is a test run to gauge actual demand for a refund. I could see someone saying “Look we gave it ways for free and no one is playing it”. Even if it is, I’m going to enjoy as much of the game as I can while it’s around. Second chances don’t usually come around for these types of things. Well, official ones anyway.