Splendid Reader

In Search of Lost Time, mkII

Heigh ho! Now that I17's expanded the possibilities of the Architect, I've made over my first arc, In Search Of Lost Time, to take advantage of the new features and of a number of excellent player suggestions. I'd be rather chuffed if you'd give it a spin - I daresay it's quite good!

Arc Title: In Search of Lost Time
Arc ID: 44588
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tarq oldschool
  • tarq

Mission flavors, a general poll

So, I've been working on some arcs in my head, and I'm test driving a few of them, and they get mixed responses so I thought I'd pose a question to some MA veterans.

When building/playing missions, do you prefer to make missions that match the speed and playstyle of average City of Heroes missions, or do you like to mix it up and take non-conventional approaches?

Do you like to throw in unlikely enemies to make the missions fresh, or do you find that unbalanced badguys make the missions more 'unfun' than 'challenging'?

Do you, or would you consider throwing a red herring objective into a mission (e.g. a glowy that does not need to be clicked to complete, but if clicked throws some ambushes at the players)? Or is that dirty pool?

I like playing arcs for the story, and I don't want a too-hard mission to detract from what adventure I'm trying to convey, but like frozenrhino and I talked about over lunch today, most of the time if a bull-headed scrapper-locked team would just step back and use some tact, even difficult missions become quite playable. It's just not an XP meat grinder experience like most of the normal content.

Anyways, what are your tangible experiences? Go wacky with the mission settings? Or reign it back a bit and try to keep it as playable as possible?
Hero Dreams
  • satyr69

Mission Architect Guide

This is an odd question, but is there a guide to making your mission look like an "official mission"?

What I mean is, I know official missions uses colors in the text, but is it universal, what they color? Objectives get red, contact names blue, something like that?

I wanna make my latest mission as professional as possible. Then go back and update my previous missions.