A View From the Road: The Legend of Crab Norris

A View From the Road: The Legend of Crab Norris

Danger in an MMOG is a good thing - as long as it's avoidable.

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Could Crab Norris be the Aion equivalent of Hogger?

Only time will tell.

Great article, reminds me of why I loved Un Goro Crater in WoW so much. There are three massive elite T-Rex that patrol the jungle, and if you agro one, you die. Nice sense of malevolent danger while you cautiously pick on the smaller flora and fauna.

Although, I will have to curse you for tempting me yet again to subscribe to another MMORPG. My bank account can't take it man!

CantFaketheFunk:

Paksigue represents an idea: There is something more powerful than you, and you must be on your guard or else you will be killed without the chance to really put up a fight. This idea of fear and challenge, of "there is something bigger than me," is why many of us play games in the first place. Who wants to feel like an invincible god all the time?

That, right there, is why I wanted a piece of that spindly legged behemoth and why I spent my entire WoW career playing in dungeon instances. It's also why Demon's Souls is keeping me up until four in the morning with alarming frequency. If I am to be a God, I want it to be simply because I've kill everything else in order to get there.

I am a danger hound myself, often going in attacking elites by myself just to see if I can. This includes Hogger, where I will slowly work my way into the hound of hell, culling his soldiers, until it is just the proud gnoll and myself, facing each other over a short distance, bodies strewn all around...and then a rogue comes in and backstabs him, stealing my kill.

The Great JT:
Could Crab Norris be the Aion equivalent of Hogger?

Only time will tell.

With small differences, I would say yes, considering JF's description. Besides the part you get a quest to kill Hogger, he drops loot, and isn't a random wandering spawn, they can be considered comrades separated by a universe.

Nice allusions to enemy crab and massive damage.... Some of the funniest fail in the gaming industry ever...

Pretty much every MMO does this. Even as far back as EQ but I think WoW was the first to remove all loot from wandering elite mobs. I really have no idea why they do that, maybe just to kill botters and people with lag, but if you are gonna go to all the trouble to make a mob and put him in the game at least put something on him, it doesn't have to be good, just a small incentive for groups to kill him occasionally.

aion elites are a little stronger than you might think...
most classes cant solo elites and the classes that can cant solo this guy
there is no escape if he finds you, you wont live to run very far

as a further example, lvl 40 mobs hit my 40 sm with 3.7k hp for 240 and lvl 63 mobs hit my 63 hunter with 5.4k hp for 118 (both being non elites, elites hit for somewhere around 1k)

also when you die you lose xp and have to pay a fair amount to get 75% of it back

The Great JT:
Could Crab Norris be the Aion equivalent of Hogger?

Only time will tell.

this.

/goes back to nightmares of being careless in elwynn...

While I haven't played more than an MMO demo in the last 6+ years, I did play SWG back in the day. I recall one particular moment, where I came across a higher level Imperial npc. I sat there watching him from a distance wishing I had the levels required to take him down, when another random player showed up. We eventually teamed up, and with a bit of creative kitting and luck we managed to take him down. It was awesome and we were pumped. We wandered over to check out the loot only to find nothing. It was so anti-climatic. Like the earlier comment, I wasn't expecting anything grandiose, just something, anything. This was my experience with loot let down.

CantFaketheFunk:
A View From the Road: The Legend of Crab Norris

The crab at least gave you experience points, right?

Crab Norris is so strong he just respawns and kills you

All you WoW-playing, Horde-loving folks who've traipsed through Ashenvale Forest can remember this feeling with just one word:

Sharptalon.

Sure, he had a set patrol, but that patrol brought him very close to Splintertree Post (the primary Horde outpost in the area) and the nearby forest is so littered with slimes and stealthed hostiles that it's easy to miss him while you're running along with 20% health trying to find a safe spot to heal.

And, yeah, those Devilsaurs too. They thump and make the ground shake when they walk... so why do they keep catching us by surprise?!

Me and my friend two manned this guy at level 13. It was a good feeling to take him out. We got some random green from him. I like the idea of loot not dropping off of enemies sometimes as you mentioned in the article.

The 3rd area is a gank central. I would say the same as Stranglethorn Vale. Portals open up and you can party up and go ganking the opposing faction on their own turf.

MMOs should be more random than they are. Everything is to predictable most of the time.

The Rogue Wolf:

Sharptalon.

RRRAAAAAAAGGEEEEE

Too many times was I bested by that Red-Level buzzard! When I finally vanquished him through the use of potions and gouge-bandage I stood over his corpse and screamed victory into the night. Right up until his stupidly short respawn timer clicked down and he came back for revenge, sending my slinking away, wounded, in a puff of smoke.

This does raise an interesting question, however. Who is the greater Crab Norris... Paksigue, or... Ghostcrawler?!

The Rogue Wolf:
All you WoW-playing, Horde-loving folks who've traipsed through Ashenvale Forest can remember this feeling with just one word:

Sharptalon.

Sure, he had a set patrol, but that patrol brought him very close to Splintertree Post (the primary Horde outpost in the area) and the nearby forest is so littered with slimes and stealthed hostiles that it's easy to miss him while you're running along with 20% health trying to find a safe spot to heal.

And, yeah, those Devilsaurs too. They thump and make the ground shake when they walk... so why do they keep catching us by surprise?!

I always think of the Fel Reavers of Helfire peninsula. They have a patrol, that covers pretty much the whole zone, the ground shakes when they near, and then there's that sound.

And I think it's worth mentioning the character who actually became so legendary Blizzard gave him a backstory and part in WotLK; High Overlord Varok Saurfang.

I was almost intrigued and tempted to try the game out by this article. Then I read the comments and remembered it was a MMORPG.

The Great JT:
Could Crab Norris be the Aion equivalent of Hogger?

Only time will tell.

Damn ninja'd

I thought the exact same thing.

Ultrajoe:

This does raise an interesting question, however. Who is the greater Crab Norris... Paksigue, or... Ghostcrawler?!

Hogger > All. He single-handedly killed an entire raid consisting of Ensidia (if I remember correctly) members (Note: Ensidia is one of the best PvE's guilds in WoW).

Vlane:

Ultrajoe:

This does raise an interesting question, however. Who is the greater Crab Norris... Paksigue, or... Ghostcrawler?!

Hogger > All. He single-handedly killed an entire raid consisting of Ensidia (if I remember correctly) members (Note: Ensidia is one of the best PvE's guilds in WoW).

Ghostcrawler defeated every Paladin in the game at once, instantly. Several times. To the ground.

hansari:

CantFaketheFunk:
A View From the Road: The Legend of Crab Norris

The crab at least gave you experience points, right?

About six times the experience of usual mobs in the area, yes.

Nobody calls him 'Crab Norris', btw; everyone calls him 'rapecrab'.

fondue:
Nobody calls him 'Crab Norris', btw; everyone calls him 'rapecrab'.

You must not be playing on Fregion then.

Nomad:
I was almost intrigued and tempted to try the game out by this article. Then I read the comments and remembered it was a MMORPG.

Doesn't mean it's not a good game! I've heard many, many good things about it. Personally, I went for Champions Online because I prefer the faster combat, but I haven't heard a bad review of Aion yet.

I do think that more games (MMORPGs specifically, but every game is good for it) need big bads that can't be taken down by a cocky hero who's just started out. Aion has Paksigue, Warcraft had the Fel Reaver and Champions has Grond, and they're all great fun. I still think Grond is the best, mainly because he doesn't just kill the players, but all the enemy NPCs he encounters too - nothing says "memorable" like finally finding the supervillain you're trying to kill, only for him to be squashed by a forty foot tall bright green mutant.

As a Horde player, the equivalent enemy I thought of was the Son of Arugal. He's elite, he's higher level than you (at the time), and he just kind of meanders around large areas of Silverpine. Also, being a unexceptional enemy from an instance in that zone, he doesn't drop anything to warrant challenging him.

He's just there to be the Big Bad Wolf to your Little Red Riding Hood.

CantFaketheFunk:
A View From the Road: The Legend of Crab Norris

Danger in an MMOG is a good thing - as long as it's avoidable.

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This has to be the least epic elite boss in a MMO...

lleihsad:
As a Horde player, the equivalent enemy I thought of was the Son of Arugal. He's elite, he's higher level than you (at the time), and he just kind of meanders around large areas of Silverpine. Also, being a unexceptional enemy from an instance in that zone, he doesn't drop anything to warrant challenging him.

He's just there to be the Big Bad Wolf to your Little Red Riding Hood.

You know what? I completely forgot about him. I'm not sure if he's still Elite, though, since Blizzard robbed most wandering Elites of their status.

I remenber the fabled Son of Arugal from WoW in Silverpine Forest. That elite monster camped people for funsies!

Actually...most monsters in WoW like to sneak on you! The invisible T-Rexes(really...Dinos can use stealth but Taurens can't!) and the damn Fel Reavers, to name a couple.

Who wants to feel like an invincible god all the time?

I take it you don't read forums or pay much attention to chat when you're playing, because you're in a sadly tiny minority.

This is funny cause there is an Elite Mob like that in Runes of Magic that does the exact same thing. He of course is affectionately nicknamed the "Ninja Bear" Borrofar. He be the Scourge of Aslan Valley ^_^

And your absolutely right, when they are vanquished you do feel good. (mostly cause you finally exacted revenge XD)

Don't know if Crab Norris roam around high traffic areas but the Ninja Bear in RoM does and since he looks like every other bear around there but slightly bigger, hence ninja, its so ez to get smited by him. Not to mention all the quests that have u killing bears lol.

The Rogue Wolf:
And, yeah, those Devilsaurs too. They thump and make the ground shake when they walk... so why do they keep catching us by surprise?!

I literally have no idea how they manage it. Not only that, but they are probably the largest hostile non-instance creatures pre-BC. Incredible size doesn't really hint at sneaking skills, and yet I've been jumped from behind by them countless times.

Damn Blizzard, damn them to hell.

The Rogue Wolf:

lleihsad:
As a Horde player, the equivalent enemy I thought of was the Son of Arugal. He's elite, he's higher level than you (at the time), and he just kind of meanders around large areas of Silverpine. Also, being a unexceptional enemy from an instance in that zone, he doesn't drop anything to warrant challenging him.

He's just there to be the Big Bad Wolf to your Little Red Riding Hood.

You know what? I completely forgot about him. I'm not sure if he's still Elite, though, since Blizzard robbed most wandering Elites of their status.

Its not him, there's more than one, and they still haunt my dream's.

Just wandering around randomly exploring and leveling up my mining then, suddenly, out of nowhere, a level 21-22 elite randomly runs out the bushes, rapes you to death, then saunters away, leaving you to wonder exactly what happened. He was far more terrifying than the Fel Reavers or the Devilsaurs, those you could hear coming, this was a beast of stealth, trickery and deception.

Satan, thy name is Son of Arugal.

The Rogue Wolf:
All you WoW-playing, Horde-loving folks who've traipsed through Ashenvale Forest can remember this feeling with just one word:

Sharptalon.

"Shivers"......Him (or her?). I hated that bird. I was hunting allys and they always ran near that bird. That or he just jumped on me...Randomly....when I was at my weakest. I came back when I was level 70 (during Burning Crusade) for vengeance.

 

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