No substitute for a good skill system
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 12:39 pm
TESO has avoided the traditional/historical MMO pit of 30 powers on your character toolbars, leaving you bewildered if you have been away for more than 3 days. Infact much of the skill system centres around passive skills that are unlockable against armour, race, weapon or class. This allows you to gain bonus such as benefits […]


Ability void
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 6:52 pm
Secret World is a tough beast to wrestle, its open and welcoming skill system doesn’t hinder you or your progress when you start the game but as you progress the underlying system becomes apparent and your choices are almost funnelled towards a cookie cutter skills and builds. This is frustrating as the skill system is […]


A Week in meh
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 2:05 am
After my brief weekend adventures in TESO last weekend I was pretty much bedridden for the rest of last week with an infection. Thankfully my antibiotics kicked in quick enough for me to enjoy some of the World of Tanks 3rd Anniversary content. Aside from the 5 times XP for first victory, one of the […]


TESO:The new kid
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 April 2014, 1:55 am
The start of a new MMO is always an exciting time, from the moment that you jump into the character creator to handing in your first quest. The perfect scenario is often ruin by “launch day problems”, but in many cases the problem isn’t due to the launch at all, frequently it’s implementation of limiting […]


Raptr Rapture
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 April 2014, 9:37 am
Over the last few months I have found Raptr difficult to deal with, I haven’t been able to get Planetside 2 to work for months now, despite it not changing at all. I have tried all the usual trick and scans and manually selecting games, to no joy. Now that I’d playing Elder Scrolls Online […]


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An empty Battlefield
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 April 2014, 6:57 am
Despite the bug fixes that have been applied to Battlefield 4 the game still suffers a strange imbalance between the classes. Maps feels a little too big, the Time to Kill is quicker, the netcode looks to behave rather oddly at times with players making impossible shots, after playing 5 or so maps the game […]


And Hell followed with him
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2014, 8:58 am
After the previous weeks enforced solo quest, our weeks activities in Secret World should have been light-hearted and easy going. Well until I had the bright idea of dragging the group to hell. The second dungeon in The Secret World, takes the format the group learnt in the Polaris Dungeon and turns it up a […]


Ongoing adventures in TSW
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2014, 7:55 am
“Our rag-tag group has continued has continued helping the folk of Solomon Island in their time of crisis, we have proceeded to an area marked in the tourist guides as ‘Blue Mountain’. The area is less populated than the other areas of the New England coastline we have previously visited, excluding the Wabanaki tribe the […]


Steam Punk Music
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 February 2014, 2:53 am
I am rather excited about the Steam Music announcement. As with many gamers once the in-game soundtrack has lost it’s appeal you lower the music and fire up the media player. For me this strengthens the case for installing SteamOS as an entertainment centre, the more functionality that a Steam machine can provide the better. […]


Late
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 February 2014, 2:32 pm
I was under the weather last week so missed my planned post, I shall aim to catch up swiftly. In other news my work table top group has been delayed a week due to an expected Zumba class that is using the space we intended to use. Oh well.


Putting the S in team
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2014, 7:54 am
As part of your modern day group/clan/outfit there is a need to have a central website to allow players to consume information but to also discuss it.There have been various combinations of blog/forum/cms/community software that could be employed to handle the task of managing a group of strangers and their gaming habits. Historically I used […]


Roll 2d10 and call me in the morning
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2014, 3:03 pm
Busting the post Christmas blue with some help from strategically placed holidays on DokChaos’s part we cracked open some new board games that were gifts and some that we’ve not got around to playing yet. On the table were Last Night on Earth, Castle Panic! and Once upon a time. Last night on Earth We finally […]


Plays [2014 wk4]
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2014, 8:04 am
The Secret World Funcom’s modern day MMO remains high in my playlist, not that I’m putting in a massive number of hours but my weekly play sessions are enjoyable and a good laugh. This week we ran Polaris, but with many of the group still finding their feet with builds, weapons and talismans we didn’t […]


It’s a mystery
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2014, 2:03 am
Playing The Secret World with a static group is a far better experience to delivery measured chunks of content to players. Well better than playing solo, and that isn’t to say you can’t solo it, just that the hive mind is often better at solutionizing and less likely to resort to searching Google for answers. Don’t […]


Rise of the Machines of Steam
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 January 2014, 11:33 am
One the main news items to come out of CES has been the stories of the Steam Boxes, don’t worry I’m not going to bore you with specifications of them in this post. As with PC’s there are wild variations of specifications as each manufacturer brings their own designs and configurations to the table. Of […]


Outfitters
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 January 2014, 4:34 am
I’ve been catching up on my gamer blog reading and have been enjoying Belghast’s posts around rebuilding/recovering a WoW guild. I found myself reading these with great interest as it means getting into a certain mindset. I haven’t been a true leader of a group since around 2009 when we mostly retired from Planetside 1 due […]


TESO: healing power of beta
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 January 2014, 5:25 am
Yesterday saw another round of beta invites for The Elder Scrolls Online, murmurs are that this batch of invites look to grant access to a large number of players. I half suspect that this is a damage limitation move aiming to counter the bad press that the recent Forbes article generated around the games budget. With […]


SOE: Wrap up
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 January 2014, 4:10 am
SOE Operation “Do what we like! No? Maybe this will make you happy? No luck!OK, now we are listening, how about this?” The biggest problem that I have seen with the recent SOE Membership adventure has been the complete lack of details that then had to be drip fed to players over a number of […]


SOE back down
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 January 2014, 5:46 pm
Well it would seem that the voice of players has spoken and SOE have listened, more information can be found in this post from Smedley. The key parts for me are points : 3) We’re keeping the 500 SC included with the subscription instead of going to the "pick an item" system. We heard you. […]


Christmas plays
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 January 2014, 6:37 am
Side from messing my blog theme I have been gaming quite a bit over the festive period. So I thought maybe time to start blogging more about what I’m playing as my best made plans to write up about games once complete never work. On the go The Secret World I’m attempting to Playing with […]


SOE lashback reponse
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 January 2014, 8:31 pm
Well it looks like the negative reactions to the SOE announcements for Premium members has spurred Smed into a new post. To be fair it would have been nice to have alot of this information beforehand during the initial briefing, however it doesn’t do much to get me on board with the new thinking. The […]


As I mean to go on
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 January 2014, 7:01 am
I was catching up on gamer blogs over the last week when I read “No Year’s Resolution” by Bhagpuss, I have to say I got me wondering about how all my good intentions for my blog fizzle away by the summer months, could this year be different? I have a terrible habit of re-reading and […]


How to remove a key driver of membership
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 January 2014, 10:05 pm
Today premium players of Planetside 2 (and Everquest 2) receive an email bursting with platitudes outlining a change in the membership benefits. Here is the notification,  that begins with a lovely generic “dear … member” so you could half believe it to be a spam email. The Email 2014 Membership Update – New Benefits for […]


Elder Scrolls Online
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 January 2014, 3:43 pm
We now stand in 2014 the year that a well know gaming franchise plans to move into the MMO scene in the form of The Elder Scrolls Online. Continuing the Skyrim date tradition (which may just be a way of avoiding awkward date formats across the globe) the game will be launched on the 04/04/2014, also […]


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