MMORPG.com has cranked out a two-part set of impressions (here and here) for Funcom's newly launched Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer expansion pack. Check it out:
There's a new sort of focus on deities in this expansion as well. Players will be able to find shrines around the Khitan zones, and depending upon your donation or the use of some clever e-motes you'll receive different blessings and buffs from the shrines. I don't think however that there is any real weight to which deity you worship, as there is in SOE's EQ2, and instead the shrines serve as a nice Easter egg and a way to give players some boosts out in the game world.
In the last developer's letter, "random encounters" were unveiled as a feature that's packaged with Rise of the Godslayer. That may not sound like a big deal, but the name is misleading. Random encounters are a way to add some real meaning to the journey in going from the port of Khemi to Khitai. But rather than make players actually take the trip on foot, Funcom has decided to put in optional random encounters that take place as your character "travels" from one port to the other. Basically these random encounters serve as small instances for you or your party. There are a handful of different situations you could find yourself in, and each one is estimated to take 15-20 minutes at max to complete. You can avoid the encounters completely by paying for your trip, but should you choose to be cheap you can bet your tanned butt the caravan will want you to pay your fees in other ways and you'll be forced to join the Caravan Guard.