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Friday, July 27, 2012

Notebooks and Resources

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One of the ways in which The Secret World differentiates itself from other MMOs is in the use of real investigation work required in order to solve some of the missions.

I thought it might be interesting to show a few of the pages from the notebook I'm using to keep track of things. This is the first MMO I've played where I've found it useful to actually keep notes on things I've found and seen (whether they prove to be useful later on or not). So, as I play the game I am noting names and details that crop up. Sometimes these details do nothing more than flesh out the game world, but on some occasions they have proved useful in solving some of the quests.

Playing the game in this way really makes me think of the times I used to play the pen and paper RPG Call of Cthulhu. That game required the collection of handouts and the making of extensive notes during investigations as well.

The following scans are the notes I've made during my time in Kingsmouth (i.e. only the first zone of the game) and may contain spoilers for those who haven't played yet. Click the images for larger, readable versions.






As well as making notes as I go along, the game has required me to do online research. Here, in no particular order, is a list of the resources I've used so far (i.e. in the first zone) in solving some of the missions in The Secret World (some spoilers if you click the links!).

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  1. Looks like a table top Cthulhu note pad! Nice to see an MMO doing it a bit differently and allowing the game to be harder than usually acceptable by the normal industry standards. The last time I needed a notebook playing an MMO was EQ1.

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    1. It does feel a little bit like EQ1 in places, with the lack of direction for some quests, the death mechanic etc.

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