I shouldn’t be playing Haven and Hearth.

Not again.

World Six though…

Ahem. What I’m here to say is that Haven and Hearth is not particularly amazing, and World Six makes me miss World Five because all of my stuff was there.

Firstly,

Haven and Hearth is an MMO, which (now that I think about it) doesn’t make sense as a term unless you add the RPG part, because MMORPG means Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game and MMO only means Massive Multiplayer Online, and this is most definitely a run-on sentence now, and I have to stop making those as it is a very bad habit of mine.

Right then. Haven and Hearth is not Massive, but it is Multiplayer, and it also fits the rest of that acronym. I play it now because I used to play it with a group. I didn’t know anyone in that group, and I still don’t. The only thing we had in common was the website we frequented. It shall not be named here, because that is against the rules of Fight Club. Yes, Fight Club. That’s not the name of the website, either, so don’t go looking. The actual website has nothing to do with Fight Club except that the (unofficial) rules are similar. It’s split up into sections, this website, and the section I was browsing had a thread in it about this game. Some of the denizens of this section had made a village in Haven and Hearth, and were giving out the information for other people to come and join.

Haven and Hearth works thusly: You make a character, and spawn someplace. If you have a hearth secret to use, you’ll spawn at that person’s hearth fire. Otherwise, you spawn in the wilderness. Also, character death is permanent. You can inherit some things from your previous dead character, but that’s it. WoW, it ain’t. You also have to click to walk.

I spawned near the village the first time, but the downside was that the village was near a coniferous forest, which is a terrible place to spawn if you use up stamina and get too hungry, which I did. I spent the first several (days? weeks?) on the verge of starvation. Interestingly, my character died of something else entirely. Once I finally started to get my virtual life together, I drowned. You really have to watch that stamina bar. I made a new character and inherited my old property, but shortly afterwards the village was attacked. I was asleep/offline at the time. None of my stuff was taken (I lived outside the walls), but the attack made me paranoid nonetheless. So I started moving. I got some things together, and prepared to build a house as far away from in-game human civilization as I could get. (as a side note, never ever build within sight of a river, it is beyond foolish.) I got busy, and when I came back to play my old character, World five was gone. Apparently there was some sort of technical mishap, so the creators reset everything. This is irritating, because like any proper MMO, Haven and Hearth requires you to invest hours of your free time into achieving anything of value in-game; like building a house, or owning property.

So I am back at square one. And I already have to move. One of the things that makes Haven and Hearth unique is that players can steal from one another, and no one considers your property yours unless have a claim on it. Getting a claim means yeomanry. Yeomanry requires 4,000 LP. 4,000 LP means I will be playing this game a while. And I have to move because I live near people and at least some of them are Russian which means a language barrier, and I don’t know how the nearby villages  feel about feckless newbies just wandering about. Players can kill each other too, and like I said, death is permanent.

This is all I have in the world. Also, there's some stuff in the leanto. And in the wicker basket. It's not much.

Haven and Hearth is easy to find via Google, but the wiki for it isn’t. That’s here. Ring of Brogdar isn’t the first thing to come up when you google Haven and Hearth wiki, which is why I had to link to it. The wikia is not up to date. Ring of Brogdar is very useful, especially if you read the main page, and click the “Read me First” link in the box labeled “Special Information.”

I will not be giving out my hearth secret as I do not have one set. Also, I suspect no one reads this blog. In case anyone does though (and wants to play the game for whatever reason), the wiki link’s up here, and Google is your friend. I should probably mention that this game is in Alpha, so stuff changes occasionally.  Like the entire world.

Next time: My Drunk Kitchen, The Legend that is Hannah Hart.

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