Unlocking September
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2014, 5:42 am
Too much? 

Hasta la Vista!
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2014, 3:56 am
I bought a new PC recently. The 3-year old PC I used before I gave to my wife. Which meant her old computer, a bit over 5 years old, was to give away. Now a computer tends to accumulate a lot of personal data over the years. I don't like to just uninstall stuff and then find out later that somewhere hidden the bowels of the operating system there were still a bunch of my passwords stored that are now available to the new owner of the computer (even if we tend to give the old computer to friends or family). So what I like to do is to format the hard drive and give the computer away with a fresh install. A "factory reset", so do say, although as I don't buy brand computers they tend not to have that as an actual option.

The only problem was that I didn't want to give away the operating system and installation disks of the computers I am still using. So I reinstalled the operating system that was on that computer: Windows Vista. Now Microsoft has a strange policy of alternating okay versions of Windows with really, really bad ones, and Vista is one of the bad ones. Plus it is now completely outdated.

The first problem was that Vista freshly installed didn't have any default drivers that would make the network card work. Fortunately I found the disk with all the drivers for the motherboard, including audio and network, so after installing that I could connect to the internet. Then I wanted to download the Nvidia graphics card drivers, but that required downloading a lot of other stuff, like Java and Visual C++.

Then I thought I just run Windows Update and that would put Vista in a decent state. No luck! There is a major bug in the original Vista which makes Windows Update freeze when you run it. I found out that I first needed to download and install service pack 1 to fix that bug, and while I was at it I also installed service pack 2. That wasn't all that obvious because the pre-installed Internet Explorer 7 was so old that even the Microsoft website refused to work with it. And the IE7 update function didn't work either. So I had to install a new browser, download and install the service packs, and then I finally could get Windows Update to run. Which promptly downloaded 150 urgent updates, taking hours to download and install.

Overall it took me all afternoon and evening to get Windows Vista installed in a state where I could give the computer away with a good conscience. I found that while the 5-year old hardware was still perfectly adequate, the 5-year old operating system was a huge problem. I'm glad to be finally rid of Windows Vista for good. Now all of the PCs in my house run Windows 7. Even the new one, as I didn't want Windows 8. I'd rather wait for the next decent OS from Microsoft, which on past form should be Windows 9.
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More Informations on Soraka Rework
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 11:55 pm

More Informations on Soraka Rework

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

Soraka's Q will scale down in cooldown with rank to around 6 seconds before CDR (so with CDR you are looking at 4 seconds).

it seems a little odd to have a Mana and an HP cost on an ability

wouldn't the 10% HP cost be justified on it's own?


I agree here. Having both costs is nonsensical. Either the price is health or it is mana, but not both.

Honestly, it's only nonsensical because it looks weird, and I totally agree that it does look pretty weird. I will be experimenting with tuning other costs to see if we can remove it, but honestly it will make Q feel terrible to cast and feel really limiting about how many you get. (For instance, in this tuning, I can expect you to have to spent at least a couple hundred mana on heals over the course of the lane. But imagine that was all in Q instead. Now if you are doing well and don't need to heal, you literally can't cast any more spells because your Q drains all your mana and you eventually lose the lane. Pushing more mana cost into Q actually makes it harder to keep an advantage as Soraka)

Blaugust Finale
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 5:03 pm
Today’s the last day of Blaugust. I’m pleased to say I haven’t missed a day, which around the 7th or 8th I wasn’t sure I would be able to manage. In part I think it just took a few weeks to knock the rust off of the mental gears needed to post something everyday, but […]

No, it’s fine! I didn’t want to play your game anyway
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 4:56 pm
After discovering that Dok (once an original poster here) was going to try out Neverwinter Nights last night, I fired up Steam and grabbed the launcher, thinking that I could download it in preparation and join him as I’d be interested in trying the game out. Now in terms of MMO’s, ignoring all game mechanics […]

Kickstarter Round 2!
Posted by Elder Game [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 2:56 pm
If you’re still following this blog and not the new one, I wanted to point you to our Kickstarter! It’s going to be an uphill battle. We don’t have a famous game developer on the project that would make the … Continue reading

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August in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 1:30 pm
The Site I took down the MMO Blog RSS feed in the side bar earlier this month.  Bhagpuss had been wondering why he was getting strange ping backs from my blog on his posts a while back.  Then, earlier this month, a couple of other people noted the same thing.  All of them had blogs […]

Long time, no post
Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 8:34 am

Good question.  What do I do here?  It certainly isn't anything to do with posting bout playing video games anymore.  Of course I haven't played much of any video game lately.  My time in Guild Wars 2 is just flipping items on the trading post to amass gold I will never spend.  My Solforge time is just for the daily rewards.  I've given up playing Solforge due to the rate at which cards are released and the inability to efficiently collect them to keep pace with the trending deck archtypes.  Ditto that sentiment for Hearthstone.

So what would you say I do here?  I'd like to know if anyone is still awake out there in blogger land.

Broken Token
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 11:26 pm
A big challenge involved with board games is organization and storage. Imagine for a moment that your Steam games library required physical space. After buying a game or ten during one of Valve’s insane sales, and hopefully playing the- sorry I can’t even finish typing that without laughing, you then had to figure out where to store […]

Last Blaugust post 2014
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 7:01 pm
Woo Yay Hoopla! Today is officially the last day of Blaugust and despite some troubles in the middle of the month it has not been half as bad as I thought it was going to be. Well done to all those who took part no matter how far you got into the event the mere accepting […]

Pokemon and the New 3DS
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 11:40 am
It is certainly expected that Nintendo, suffering from its various mis-steps with the Wii U, would tread a careful path with its other current console line, the Nintendo 3DS series.  And that is what it felt like with yesterday’s announcement of the New 3DS line. There were a some comments about the button colors and […]

Subscription perks
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 10:05 am
Rewind to the era of full subscription model and you got unfettered access to the game and aside from the monthly cost your only other expensive were the initial purchase of the original game and any expansions. Each Free to play MMO calls their pseudo subscription models something different such as VIP, Premium, Membership, gold […]

Soraka and Viktor Reworks Revealed, More Answers from Meddler
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 2:32 am

Important: Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 8/30/2014 - Orianna Portrait, New Ward Skins Images, Lore Changes

Soraka Rework

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

Soooo as some of you may have heard, we’ve been working on some pretty big changes to Soraka. Hopefully this post will help you guys see some of the challenges we faced with her as a character and how we are looking to resolve them while creating a really deep and interested play experience that no other character in LoL can offer.

Right then, so first thing first. We wanted to carve out a really specific niche for Soraka so that we could make her really strong and unique in that role. The role that we identified for her was as the core healer of the League of Legends roster. So, I’m sure that raises a bunch of alarm bells for a number of you.
“Wait a second, hasn’t Morello said in the past that he hates healers in LoL? What changed?”

Well, there’s a difference between healing with and without meaningful costs and interaction. Let’s talk about that for a second. With Live Soraka (and especially season 1 Soraka, if you were around for that), heals tend to “undo” action at the cost of mana. Specifically, being a sustain fountain that clicks your ally until they are healthy doesn’t create a very compelling gameplay space, and certainly doesn’t feel like a fair interaction to enemies. After all, all they can do is keeping harassing until Soraka runs out of mana. So then, what would feel fair?

New Orianna Portrait

Sadly, there's no full splash art yet

New Ward Skins Store Images

There's no in-game files yet.

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Lore Changes

Shurima connected champions received some lore changes, or rather short descriptions now...


Amumu is a diminutive,animated cadaver who wanders the world,trying to discover his true identity.He rose from an ancient Shuriman tomb bound in corpse wrappings with no knowledge of his past,consumed with an uncontrollable sadness.


The intrepid young adventurer Ezreal has explored some of the most remote and abandoned locations on Runeterra.During an expedition to the buried ruins of ancient Shurima,he recovered an amulet of incredible mystical power.Likely constructed to be worn by one of the Ascended,the enormous talisman nonetheless fit snugly upon his arm,amplifying his raw sorcerous skill to such an extent that he's gained the reputation of a hero,much to his embarrassment.


To some,Nasus is a demigod who walks among the ruins of an ancient civilization; to others,he is nothing more than a myth.Legend speaks of his dominion over death and time.Millennia ago,he stood at the apex of Shuriman society as curator and guardian.He now roams the arid wastes,seeking to release his brother Renekton from the grip of madness.


The mysteries that surround Rammus are numerous.How did a simple creature of the desert suddenly become able to reason? How did he craft his vaunted suit of armor? What is he searching for as he crosses the Shuriman desert? One thing is for certain: trying to stop the inexorable Rammus is a fool's mission.


Renekton was once a staunch gatekeeper of ancient Shurima,but in the centuries since the fall of that once-glorious empire,he has been consumed by madness.Now,he is little more than a rage-fueled beast who seeks to kill his brother Nasus,who he believes is to blame for his current state of mind.


Known as the Battle Mistress,Sivir is a mercenary with a ruthless reputation.Combining unflinching bravery with endless ambition,she has garnered great fame and fortune.Faced with the revelation of her mysterious heritage,Sivir must weigh her desire to continue on her own path,or accept the burden of a greater legacy.


Skarner,the crystalline guardian,defends the entrance to a realm deep beneath the Shuriman wastes.The few who survive trespassing his domain describe a creature of terrifying intelligence,anger,and precision.What this merciless creature protects,no one knows.


Powerful beyond reckoning,the ascended being known as Xerath was once a mortal of flesh and blood.He is now something vastly different - a being of writhing arcane energy.Having emerged from millennia-spanning imprisonment,he is now ready to unleash his power upon Runeterra,and utterly destroy any who oppose him.

Champion Changes


  • Miasma [ W ] - Cooldown is now 14/13/12/11/10 seconds (down from 15 at all ranks)


  • Paranoia [ R ] - New mechanic: If he does not, Paranoia's cooldown is reduced to 108/84/60 seconds [Note: reduces CD by 40%]

ArcheAge - Woot, Headstart Sept 12th!!!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 10:55 pm
I'm SO HAPPY we're having a September release of ArcheAge. I'm ready to play for real. Open Beta starts on Thurs Sept 4th. I'll still be on but not playing much now that launch is so very close. Yeah, I know I said that before but I mean it this time. There's zero point in continuing to progress. My character, Alysianah, is on the Alpha server. If anyone tries out OB and there's room on Alpha look me up. Can give you a ship tour, port you to different places, make you some food, etc. Don't let the PVP scare you away from at least trying a really solid fantasy MMO. *Jumping for joy*

Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 8/30/2014
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 10:41 pm

WIP Post

This patch is... weird. There's a lot of AIR files - images of new wards without game files, Orianna square without full splash art

Orianna Square

Sadly, there's no full splash art

New Ward Skins

Only store images, none in-game files


Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 10:30 pm
I abhor drama. I avoid getting involved in it unless it’s absolutely necessary, especially Internet drama. However, I also think names are extremely important. So when there’s four blog posts in me RSS this afternoon about the term Gamer, I can’t help but weigh in. I don’t see every changing my Twitter bio. Well maybe I could remove the […]

The Witches
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 6:55 pm
I had Tree Frog Games’s The Witches for Christmas we have only played it once and so we decided to take it out for another spin tonight. This is the second game based in the Discworld universe but is quite different from Anhk Morpork. The game is set in Lancre, players control one of 4 trainee […]

PAX Prime 2014 On The Go!
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 5:44 pm

PAXPrime 2014 is off and running!

Been having technical difficulties (this laptop is not obeying it's Lord and Master!), but stay tuned we'll be up and running here.

I'll just start with the fact that Defense Grid 2 is here, and it is playable in the Expo Hall. More science fiction tower defense with FPS elements for me, please.

If you hear of something you'd like our take on, let me know here in the Comments and I'll try to get one of my intrepid cub reporters out to see what they can see.

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Civilization – The Glorious People’s Victory over Imperialist Aggression!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2014, 1:00 pm
All good things must come to an end… and even the dentist will eventually decide he has gotten the last bit of plaque from your gum line with that iron hook and cease his infernal gouging and scraping… and so it was with our game of Civilization V, entering into its 14th week of play. […]

Slammed in Nagrand
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2014, 1:00 pm
After finishing Terokkar Forest last week I was feeling a bit optimistic about the next zone on my Loremater project checklist.  I was headed to Nagrand. I was optimistic for a few reasons.  The first was because Nagrand is a zone that I seem to carry some fondness for in the back of my brain.  […]

Quote of the Day – The Machines are Winning
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2014, 3:00 pm
Really more of a Tweet of the day I suppose, but here was CCP Fozzie on the first day of the Hyperion release: On day one, 207 Burner NPCs died, but they killed 1563 capsuleer ships. The machines are winning. #tweetfleet #eveonline #iskwar— CCP Fozzie (@CCP_Fozzie) August 27, 2014 It sounds like the “Burner Missions“introduced […]

The Return of Project: Gorgon
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 12:50 pm
Actually, Project: Gorgon never went away.  About two years ago there was Kickstarter to help fund some of the development.  That was not a success, but the project soldiered on. Porject: Gorgon is back with a new Kickstarter.  This time around Eric Heimberg, the lead developer, is looking for $100,000 so that he and the […]

At PAX or at Home — Another Chance to Win a Custom #TheEvilWithin Xbox One!
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 12:49 pm
As mentioned earlier this week, attendees of The Evil Within Experience at PAX Prime will have a chance to win a limited and customized Xbox One console. If you’re not able to make the event — heck, if you’re not even in Seattle — you still have a chance to win this custom Xbox. All […]

The Return of Project: Gorgon
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 12:50 pm
Actually, Project: Gorgon never went away.  About two years ago there was Kickstarter to help fund some of the development.  That was not a success, but the project soldiered on. Porject: Gorgon is back with a new Kickstarter.  This time around Eric Heimberg, the lead developer, is looking for $100,000 so that he and the […]

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