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If you want to be good at RVR, read lots of Sun Tzu.

Posted in Strategy with tags , , on September 4, 2008 by Ullric

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a classic text on military strategy, oft quoted and and oft misunderstood. Basically it’s a list of axioms by the famed Chinese general that can be applied to almost any situation to some extent. The main reason I mention this book is a lot of what is mentioned in it can be applied to RVR in Warhammer.

Take, for instance, line 18. It says, “All warfare is based on deception.” If this sounds kind of like common sense to you, then you are correct. But you would be r to find out how few the people are that actually have common sense. Always strike where the enemy least expects to be hit. If order suspects you are going to take a keep in Reikland, go to Ulthuan. Destruction camping the entrance to your keep? Peel some of them away by using a small force as bait to give your larger force an easier time. 

Use terrain to your advantage. “The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.” If my memory serves me correctly, trees and such actually block line of site in this game, and players have collision detection. This greatly increases the tactical implications of a battle because you can actually form lines. The enemy will have to flank you from a disadvantaged position such as from below.

“Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous.” Always make sure you and your team are working at an optimal level of communication. It pains me to still hear of people who aren’t using ventrilo or some form of voice communication to pvp with. Also, don’t be a pansy. Speak up in Vent. If you see a big group of bright wizards blowing the crap out of your team, please kindly point it out.

“The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his troops.” Never fight your enemy the same way twice. An enemy that expects what is coming from you is an enemy that has already defeated you. Be unpredictable. Franklin D. Roosevelt was so unpredictable during World War II that he didn’t decide to land in Normandy during D-Day until 24 hours before for fear of the Germans finding out. He basically fooled even himself. That is what i call unpredictable.

Well there you have it. I’ve given you a few excerpts from the Amazing Art of War by general Tzu. If you have heard all this before, I congratulate you on being so well versed. If not, be sure to read the full text and I’m sure you will find a few ideas popping into your head for the next time you face your enemies on the battlefield.

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Welcome to realm vs. realm, the blog for pvpers by pvpers.

Posted in General with tags , , on September 4, 2008 by Ullric

This is my introductory post so I shall keep it short and sweet. I am Ullric, and I have been playing MMORPGS pretty much constantly for 10 years. Anything you can think of, and some things you can’t think of I’ve probably played. For the last 4 years, off and on, I have been a WoW addict. It’s time i broke the addiction.

I’m sure you can tell by the title of my blog that I’m going to be focusing alot on the RVR aspect of Warhammer Online. Most blogs seem to be general Warhammer news sites, but you and I are about to get closely aquainted with killing, maiming, and pretty much destroying the opposing faction.

As the game moves through launch and into the near future, expect commentary, advice, and random tidbits about RVR. Here is a bit of advice to get you started: If it’s red, it’s dead. 

Happy hunting, whatever species that may be, and I’ll see you shortly.