I play on 1732 PvE official. I’ve been playing since early access and have really had a wonderful time in this game. The bugs and little issues have generally been things I’ve kept up on so that I can avoid them. I play on a PvE server because I get attached to my little builds, try to make them pretty and want to keep what I earn or generate through effort.
I was pretty excited to get into the Warmaker’s Sanctuary. I’m a solo player - partially by choice and partially because my server is dead. I knew going in that I’d have to be careful and may even risk losing my Captain thrall and would have to even possibly have to get all his items and carry them out. I prepared for it.
What I didn’t prepare for was ol’ Captain deciding not to attack at all, which we killed the previous day with little issue - when Captain was doing his job. I tried to continue the fight hoping he would figure it out. Then I died (I just couldn’t get away). I wasn’t happy but I licked my wounds and put on new kit to get in there and recover my gear - gear that I had been farming for weeks from the Unnamed City. I went back in and recreated the sanctum key and went back to the spot where my corpse should have been, to no avail. The Champion was nowhere to be seen either. Looking around for my corpse the Champion appeared out of nowhere and pinned me against a wall and killed me again. Strangely there was no captain. However it did seem like he was following me in some invisible form because I had trouble getting through doors and so on. Trying to work down the problem I tried attacking simple mobs and sure enough Captain reappeared behind me. I gave him a few more mobs to see if he would attack, which he did. So now, Captain was back in action and I felt confident to get back in and recover my gear. I went through the process again and again there were no corpses and the Champion was not in her place. She appeared out of nowhere again and proceeded to beat me about the face and neck. This time I was not as effective. However I was just there to recover my gear and items, which were not there again. I died again, which was my fault. I shouldn’t have tried to find my gear because it clearly wasn’t going to manifest itself in game. Again, working down the problem I thought if I killed the Champion, my gear would appear as some sort of mechanic trigger.
Like you, I play this game to enjoy myself and nerd out. I get invested in MMOs and I have a need to play games like this. This is still, hands down the best survival game I’ve ever played. I have a private server that I play on also. But I earned my way in vanilla on 1732. It means a lot to me. However, lately it seems like Conan Exiles has receded into early access level bug density. Now, I know that’s not fair to say because obviously it’s not accurate. However the bug density as it pertains to my daily experience in game and how many obstacles to gameplay occur for me personally is my metric. I’m already dealing with a strange decay bug on one of my builds (in the same spot on different servers) that I’ve given up on getting attention to by the devs. Losing everything tonight, it just saps my enthusiasm for the game. Sure I can just go on my server and admin the hell out of my character and carry on. But on 1732 it meant so much that I earned it. And where do I “file a ticket” about the incident? We’re on our own out there. Even if the server is having issues it takes a group effort to get it noticed.
I left ARK over things like this (however if far greater quantities and potency) because my time is so precious and I’m not as resilient as some when it comes to powering through the shortcomings of the game I’m playing. Which, is why I don’t even bother with PvP. I don’t have the heart or stomach for that. I know that about myself. Losing so much tonight really hurt. It’s irrational and lame. I’ll regret making this post in the morning. But my goodness, in a market saturated with “battle royales”, lootcrates (“surprise mechanics”) and Early Access purgatories, Conan Exiles really stood out and offered me the distraction I need.
Hey, guys. Thanks for listening. I really needed to vent. I hope the game is giving you joy and finding you new friends. If you’re a solo player, no matter your skill level, be careful. The game will work against you at random times. It’s not your fault. Again, thanks for hearing me. I appreciate it.