I got my MTV!
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2008, 2:13 pm
I was the perfect age when MTV launched…oodles of free time, not old enough to drive, old enough to score beer and other…stuff…that greatly increased my enjoyment of the Music Television Network back in the day when they actually, you know, played videos. I miss the old MTV. I remember arguments about how MTV was killing [...]

You can’t tell ANYONE
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2008, 10:09 pm
I’m playing a new MMO. It’s the first MMO where my daughter and I have actually grouped up tonight, playing two different characters. In the past, she’s just run around game worlds on charqacters on my account, only leveling accidentally, leaving the real work of leveling up to me. This game, though, she wants her [...]

Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2008, 8:57 pm
The Greenskin asked “Where did the hype go?” about WAR. It’s a good question. I’ve been dead quiet here since WAR launched, and it’s mostly because I’m having an absolute blast. This is the most fun I’ve had in an MMO since…shoot, I don’t know? The glory days of SWG? Dark Age? It’s right up [...]

I’ve got mail!
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2008, 10:35 am
Thank god the mail is working as intended, finally. I can clear out all my expired auctions and put things back on the market. It was just torture trying to empty 20 messages out of my box. If Mythic would just let me mail multiple items at once, I’d be a very happy customer. Posted in Mythic, [...]

It’s up to you
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2008, 8:04 pm
Way back in my tabletop gaming days, I learned that a good group makes all the difference in an evening of play.  You can put six random people at a table, on two successive Friday nights, and have everyone play the same adventure with the same dungeon master using the exact same rules, and your [...]

I want to sponsore your WAR guild
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2008, 3:36 am
I was busy dying in PQ’s tonight, trying to keep three DPS classes healed during Stage 2’s and Stage 3’s (and doing a poor job of it to boot) when I got a tell out of the blue. I’m quite an anti-social gamer, I fear. It takes a lot for me to get talking (although once [...]

State of WAR
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2008, 8:51 pm
I haven’t blogged much in the past month because I’ve been busy playing WAR. I’m having a blast, it’s mostly the game I expected (although it’s not my dream MMO, I can see myself playing for a long time), and I’ve been lucky enough to join up with a great group of players in Casualties [...]

Tip for CoW healers
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 October 2008, 9:33 am
If you’re an archmage or rune priest on Averheim, and you want to rack up some serious T2 experience and Renown, get in a group with Dorgun, Pend, Regex, and Helfire. I was joining scenarios solo last night, and having the usual mixed success with PUG assigments, when I entered a scenario that had those [...]

The other side of the leveling coin
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2008, 2:48 pm
I was talking to a co-worker about WAR at lunch today (he bought lunch AND beers, yay co-worker!), and he was asking how I’m enjoying it. A bit of history: When I started working at my current job back in ‘99, said co-worker was a huge PC game player. He invited me to play Age of [...]

My first WAR gripe
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2008, 3:54 pm
I’m saving you about 6 or 7 paragraphs of long-winded blathering about crafting, market-based economies, a trip down SWG memory lane, player housing, and why I appreciate a nice break from level grinding once in a while. I wrote it, and I couldn’t stand re-reading it. Let’s just say that I really enjoy how Mythic has [...]

*#$! VirginWorlds!
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 October 2008, 10:44 am
Last night in WAR, I was standing at the bank window knee-deep in crafting materials. I’m working on Cultivation and Apothecary as my tradeskills, and there’s just a ton of material, far outstripping my available bank space. I usually have to spend quite a bit of time grinding up skills to clear out everything I’ve [...]

Occipital neuralgia
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 September 2008, 9:56 am
The day after WAR launched, six days ago, I injured my neck somehow. The same thing happened to me four years ago, and the doctor and chiropractor said it was occipital neuralgia. Basically, the optical nerve is inflamed or pinched somewhere in the back of my head, at the base of my skull, and the [...]

Building a community: CoW guild in WAR
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2008, 11:25 am
If you read here semi-regularly, you know that A) I piped up in the beginning of August, stating that I liked Boatorious’s idea of a WAR bloggers guild, and B) I’ve been slammed with work since just a week or two after I indicated my approval of the idea. I have to say, it’s absolutely humbling [...]

Christmas morning
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 September 2008, 9:41 am
It’s like I’m a little kid again, awake at 5:30 am on Christmas morning and knowing that my parents won’t let me wake them up until later. Like 5:45. I’m sitting in my office, coffee next to me, laptop ready to go, just waiting for the servers to finally go live for everyone. I think my [...]

Looking back before stepping forward
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2008, 12:24 am
I’ve been studiously avoiding all things Warhammer for the past couple weeks. A fortuitous burst of overwhelming work activity has kept me off the message boards and the blogs, and I’ve spent my evenings running Eve missions, playing Puzzle Quest on Gametap, and trying to ignore the fact that in 48 hours, I’ll finally be [...]

Bitching about Tobold’s free account
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 September 2008, 10:46 am
Are you fucking kidding me? I read this over at Lum’s, and I’m astonished anyone is complaining about Tobold getting a free WAR account. Let’s get this straight. Tobold’s blogged heavily for 5 years now. He doesn’t have any ads on his site. He’s paid a lot of cash in subscriptions for various games, and he’s [...]

WAR headstart: Tortoise and the hares
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 September 2008, 10:15 am
It appears I have angered the Work Gods, and they are raining their displeasure down upon me in the form of meetings, training sessions, project deadlines and a couple invitations to dinners in the city. Ok, so it’s not all bad However, as the WAR launch fast approaches, I’m looking more and more like [...]

I’m not dead yet
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2008, 4:14 pm
School has started, which means I’m helping faculty and students by day, and I’m taking a grad school course at night, “U.S. Foreign Policy in a Troubled World”. Great professor, great reading list, little time for gaming at the moment! I’m kind of laying back anyway, waiting for WAR to start. I was approaching WAR Hype [...]

Rock, Paper, Nada?
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2008, 3:59 pm
Keen’s talking about missing a third realm in WAR’s two-faction design, and I have to say, I agree with him. This has long been my biggest dislike about the WAR design. I’d go through my blog and point to the times I mentioned it, but I’m lazy and don’t feel like making people read my old [...]

WAR Graphics: A look back into the early beta
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2008, 11:11 am
I wrote this post last winter, when I had first started playing the WAR beta. I’m going to post it to illustrate a point. Much of what I wrote has changed; the graphics were upgraded many times between when I wrote this and now. What I want to show, though, is how much my initial [...]

Two WAR beta Public Quest stories
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2008, 10:55 am
I’m writing this before the WAR NDA drops, on the last day of July. Twice in the past week, I’ve had outstanding moments in the WAR closed beta, participating in Public Quests. For those of you who haven’t played WAR yet, I wouldn’t expect experiences like this in your very first public quests. There’s a typical [...]

Couple words for Brent
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2008, 12:13 am
Hah. I really was only going to write a couple words, but I got carried away. I realize I’m not going to change Brent’s mind. I’m not really interested in changing his mind. I think Brent has seen games, MMO’s, that have changed the way he thinks about MMO’s, and he can’t stand the thought of [...]

Why no posts after the NDA?
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2008, 3:38 pm
So, yeah, I complained for a long time about how I couldn’t wait for the NDA to drop, and when it drops, I don’t post. I thought a bit of an explanation was in order. First, I agree with Brent, and WAR will be Dead on Arrival. Haha! Kidding! Seriously, I’m getting my ass kicked at work, and [...]

Syncaine’s a dirty NDA breaker!
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2008, 1:26 pm
Haha, I saw that! It’s still in my Google Reader, lol. With the NDA down (it is down, right?), lets finally start talking WAR details. I tried to click through to the actual post to disagree about the NDA actually being down, but the post is already gone. Google says there were 8 comments, I’m guessing someone [...]

Why I don’t give a !&*# about advance NDA drops
Posted by /random [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2008, 1:32 am
If you’re following Warhammer Online, you know that some websites have permission from Mythic to break the closed beta non-disclosure agreement. I know this has pissed off some dedicated WAR bloggers, like Syp. And I don’t blame Syp. It’s really a shame that his dedication to WAR goes unrewarded here, but I suppose EA/Mythic feels [...]

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