Everyone is familiar with their Map Home. It is probably the most single important item that you have in the game. It allows every player to travel back to the milestone that they are currently bound to (as long as it’s not on cool-down). However, in Update 2, Echoes of the Dead, this system has been changed dramatically.
When you log into Bullroarer for the first time on a character and right-click on your map it will become a skill named “Return Home” which will operate much like your “Map Home” did previously.
However, the changes do not end there. Once you go to a milestone, you will notice that you no longer just get a message stating that you have changed your “Home” location. Instead a “Select a Milestone” menu pops up asking you which Milestone Skill you would like to bind to your current location.
Once you choose a skill and accept the change, the associated skill will be bound to that milestone; and the skill is renamed to reflect the location. e.g. as seen below “(Unbound) Destination” will be renamed “Return to Echad Dúnann” once it is bound to the milestone there. Also note that “Return Home” will also be renamed once that skill is bound once again.
Currently on Bullroarer there are five additional Milestone skills (Milestone Skill II – VI) that can be purchased within the store. Each one of these skills is currently set at 295 Turbine Points (TP) for an accumulated total cost of 1475 TP. Unlike VIrtues they do not seem to need to be purchased in succession; you can even purchase them all at once if you choose to do so. Also, these skills appear to be per-character and not per-account. But take into account that this is Beta and all of this, including the price, is prone to change.
For any Hunters who were hoping they were no longer going to be getting any random tells for rides, unfortunately these skills currently share the same cool-down of one hour. But, if players don’t want to wait an hour you can purchase a new passive trait for 495 TP within the store named “Well Traveled” which will reduce the cool-down of all the Milestone/”Map Home” skills by 30 minutes. And just as with the milestone skills, I would assume that this is per-character purchase and not per-account.
For anyone who might be wondering if reputation or racial earned travel skills will be affected by this trait, both my “Return to Enedwaith” (faction) and my “Return to Bree” (racial) skills still had their hour cool-down after purchasing this item.
I personally have two different takes on this system.
For one, I think that the overhaul of milestones is great. I like the idea of having the ability to bind myself in several locations and then having the option of being able to teleport there. Although a number of reputation ports can be purchased throughout the world, I like the flexibility that this offers.
On the other hand, I have to balk at the price for something that appears to be per-character and not per-account. This is a very heavy investment for anyone who has multiple characters. I even would consider the “Well Traveled” skill expensive for something that I would want for each one of my characters. So for now, while I may purchase the “Well Traveled” skill for my Guardian and maybe even an additional milestone skill, at these prices I would rather stick with my current system of travel. It may take longer in some cases, but it sure is lighter on my wallet.
Reminder that Bullroarer is beta and is subject to change!