Last night my guild invited me to do The Manufactory, one of the new Tokyo dungeons. Unlike the other dungeons I’ve done, this one makes use of the AEGIS system and requires that you have controllers and shields upgraded. I’m nowhere near where I ought to be but I was generously carried along anyway so that I could see the dungeon and learn the fights. And since I did not have my AEGIS shields before we started, they even ran me through the quest required to obtain them first. All in all it was a lot of fun and makes me wish my AEGIS equipment was in better shape as I think the added complexity brought about by the controllers and shields makes for an interesting dungeon.
The fights in The Manufactory were on par with many raid level mechanics I’ve experienced in World of Warcraft and the added AEGIS system meant you had to pay attention to the enemy shields as well as everything else. Player shields were less interesting though; in most cases I was told which one to switch to and then I could forget about it after that until the next time it needed to change. There were a couple of interesting uses where team members had to wear different colored shields but otherwise I don’t think they add as much to the experience as the controllers and enemy shields do.
I’m not going to go into the specifics of each fight because frankly I would have to run it again to better understand some of them myself but they were all unique and they all required a high degree of teamwork and a working knowledge of the fights. I can’t imagine what it must have been like trying to learn these bosses for the first time, but then I could say that about almost all of the dungeon bosses in The Secret World. One of the fights, referred to as a game of “rock, paper, scissors” by my Cabalmates had me so confused I just ran around the whole time and tried not to get in the way. But the rest of the bosses I think I could do again without too much additional explanation and I hope that I’ll be able to soon.
I didn’t get any useful loot other than a 2.0 upgrade kit for one of my controllers (which I won’t be able to use for some time, but is still handy to have) but with the double AP event that started I was able to advance my skill wheel respectably for one evening’s work. I didn’t go for any rewards though, just to do something new with my Cabal. And as an added bonus, I was able to get on Team Speak with them for the first time and start to associate real life voices with in game characters.
Overall my progress is coming along quite well with the exceptation of the AEGIS equipment; my skill wheel is at 62%, I have two glyphs at 10.4 and third at 10.2, and I can now say that I’ve seen the inside of The Manufactory and completed it. Doing so has me eager to jump back into Tokyo so I think I’ll take a break from the Black Bullion farming I’ve been doing in Shambala for a little while and pick back up where I left off in Kaidan, at the Fear Nothing facility.