Last night was a hodge-podge of activities in The Secret World, starting with a mop-up of the rest of my Savage Coast side missions. Nothing like going up to a gang of zombies that gave you trouble a year ago and cut through them with a lot of shotgun mayhem.
When the guild logged in, we decided to run a quick Mansion scenario while we waited for the new event boss timer to run out. Nothing like doing serious property damage while sprinting filth mutants run through the hallways. Some days I think the bees just wanted to see what would happen if superpowers and deadly weapons were given to a bunch of random Joes and Janes with no GEDs. Maybe we’re just all hallucinating off of bee juice and the reality is that we’re running rampant across perfectly nice towns where the locals are trying desperately to convince us that they’re not sea monsters and mummies.
The new Flappy raid is on a three-hour timer, so we counted down the final minutes before the portal with a couple of hundred of our closest friends. It was kind of funny, the timer went from 0:01 to 3:00 at the end without people able to get in, and folks just FREAKED OUT thinking that the wait got reset. Of course, we all got in a minute later, but it was fun to see general chat explode with the kind of pathos not seen outside of ravaged European war zones.
I generally applaud how Funcom handled this group boss fight. It’s instanced, for one, with a cap of 40 (or so I heard). That way there’s no crippling lag and everyone can play, since multiple instances can be spawned. Flappy does a lot of dive-bombing attacks and other quick “get out of the fire” effects, but he’s mostly straight-forward. It can get pretty chaotic at times, especially when he’s summoning adds, but my initial group got him down within ten minutes.
Since our raid got split up when we jumped in, I hopped over to help them out since they were having a rougher go of it. That Flappy was made with durable wood, not IKEA parts, so he fought to the bitter end. While I only got a reward bag from the first kill (I think there’s an hour countdown for that), both bosses gave me plenty of slivers and fragments, which are probably just “seashells” and “Smarties” in the non-bee reality.
I’ll definitely want to be doing a few more of these raids. Someone on our chat asked how long this event would go on for, and I said, “Until we’re sick of it and then three days past that.” Once Flappy goes away for good, that’s the signal for Tokyo — and we better not be kept waiting on that one.