…Because you forgot. Not a little bit forgotten. But completely forgotten. Ejected from memory. *sniff* Poor knowledge-memories.

This time, I’m talking about the occasional rise in ambition I feel to really dive deep into knowledge sharing and guide writing for a particular game. I started this whole blog with an initial intent to create a really useful set of content. Analysis of stats and systems, build advice, guides to tougher missions.

“You mean like a Wiki?” … Well, yeah. And that was one of the things that eventually stopped me. I still wrote a couple of guides, but nothing on the scale I initially intended.

The bug to write ‘useful’ content struck up outside of Anthem, though. The Transport Fever guide on getting started (and that God awful ‘unable to find path to stop’ error) being one such example that is still remarkably popular even now.

But those were more standalone style posts, and what I probably prefer to do more in reality. It doesn’t stop this occasional increase in ambition though. I didn’t end up publishing any of it — but I’d started the page structure that would form my Asheron’s Call in 2019 guide not all that long ago.

Now, I’m considering something similar all over again for Warframe.

There is just so much to Warframe. It comes by its reputation as a dense, difficult to penetrate game honestly.

To such an extent that if you asked me to give advice or otherwise create a guide for a brand new player I actually don’t think I could do it. Not in any coherent or useful manner, at least.

Giving advice to such a player would require a pre-answer survey to find out exactly where they are right now and what their goals are.

I suppose if I was going to offer one insight to a new player to Warframe, it would be this:

If you’ve ever experienced that sense of decision paralysis in an open-world game — where you have just so many choices in so many different directions, you’ve felt what it can be like in Warframe. You will have options every which way.

As is the case when this happens in an open-world game — the answer is just to push through. Don’t worry about the ‘best’ decision you could make. Just play. It’s how you bust through in open-world games and even though Warframe isn’t one — it’s the same story here.

But having said that… There will come a time when you will want to know how to create a powerful build for a given warframe, weapon, or warframe + weapon combination. In the course of researching this, you’ll discover the mods you will need. Mods that you likely will not have.

And so becomes the more targeted chase portion of the game. :)

I recently entered another bout of that myself. I have become quite a fan of playing Saryn — enough so that I was motivated to look out beyond the mods I currently possessed and at what would really amp up the experience of playing her to the next level. How could I push it just that little bit further?

I’m probably not going to embark on a whole process of creating a redundant wiki. The wiki exists already. But in fitting with my strengths and interests around more standalone style guide content, I could do something on sharing learnings about Saryn or other frames and things I’m finding compelling.

While I’m writing daily, this is probably the sort of content best served by waiting for the weekend. But I think it’s likely I’ll do it. It just struck me as odd that the fact I prefer writing stand-alone content, not rewriting entire Wikis, is something I keep having to relearn.

Surely it should have sunk in by now??


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

4 Comments

Mailvaltar · November 13, 2019 at 11:04 pm

I think every bit of knowledge that exists for games like this is good and valuable, so knock yourself out. :-)

It’s definitely a good advice to just play Warframe any way you like. It can become problematic though because you might well run face first into a brick wall of difficulty sooner rather than later. I know I did.

I’m convinced that the same problem has turned off many players from The Secret World soon after it launched. It’s all fine and dandy to have many choices (in fact I’m one of the biggest advocates for that kind of game design), but when many or most of those choices lead you down a path where you can’t even progress to mid-game because your build is just too weak…yeah, not good.

So, again, the more folks share their knowledge about Warframe the better.

    Naithin · November 14, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I must say, there really is a lot of very good information about Warframe already out in the wild for the taking. Pretty much any question I’ve had since being back I’ve been able to find an answer for.

    It’s just sort of… All over. :)

    And sometimes its a matter of consulting multiple sources on the same topic to find the right answer for me, using an amalgamation of what has been said.

    Fun times in any case. Also started playing with the Wisp warframe tonight. :o So very good.

Magi · November 14, 2019 at 1:59 am

Yeah, the wiki and other sources are all over the place. I sometimes have a hard time finding actual guides for what I want to do! I thought about doing a Support-Mag-Guide but then again, she only has that shield really as a support-ability so I guess I’ll have to play more to figure out other ways of playing her and what could work well with her when played as a support… hmmmm

Naithin · November 14, 2019 at 8:02 am

I have another friend quite enjoying Mag at the moment, although not explicitly in a Support role. Just more general play. But is having enough fun with it that they’re considering acquiring Mag prime.

My long standing favourite for support has been Frost and Trinity, but been doing some research on Wisp lately — and Wisp might just have the potential to take over. So might be visiting ol’ Nopealopeadope some more. ;)

Comments are closed.