DayZ Advent.. ahh who am I kidding? Other Games!

I wanted to try and strap myself down, make myself blog in a linear fashion, but I should have realized that even I cannot contain that which is bonedead with measly planned out shit from memories that become more vague as time passes.

Moral of the story?  I played DayZ Overpoch for a while, I had fun, and now I will briefly summarize the rest of the planned stories I had.  I started killing anyone I ran into if I could, including killing 2 guys I ambushed and there turned out to really be 3 guys and the 3rd surprise guy killed me.  I screwed with my neighbors who shot at me for no reason, by destroying their vehicle tires, and camping for them outside.  One time when I killed the neighbor, I got his key to his helicopter which I used to learn to fly (again).  Then after feeling like I could hold my own after all of that, I returned to my castle and started building more shit.  The end.  Woooo we did it, wooooo.

Anyways, all of that is gone now because I haven’t played it/maintained my structures in a while.  The game is really fun, I will most likely return sometime, but at the moment I’ve really been on a turn based game bender.  Namely AoW3’s expansion and Divinity: Original Sin.  I’ve been looking for more to scratch that itch as well but have been coming up empty handed.  Part of me wonders if I just want an adventure game maybe due to a slight urge to play D3 again (saving that for Season 2 though).  I do own TL2 and I didn’t really dabble in it very much class wise so maybe I’ll do that.  Another option is playing PoE again due to the same sort of gritty feel as Divinity (and AoC tbh).

Iunno, we shall see.  I’ve enjoyed playing co-op Divinity with my bud but I’m really annoyed trying to play this game solo and having to do the same shit all over again.  I wish I didn’t feel guilty about continuing the big game without him, because I’d fuckin do it.  The more I think about it now, the more it seems I will try TL2 or PoE.

On a side note I treated myself on Xmas to some case keys in CSGO.  I bought 5 Vanguard case keys and 1 Huntsman case key.  After my 3rd Vanguard case I wondered if I have ever even seen a Legendary icon scroll by when you unlock them and decided to pay attention for it.  I ended up getting a M4a1-S purple con skin which felt good.  Then nothing on the last Vanguard case.  When I opened my Huntsman case though, I saw the yellow Legendary icon, and actually landed on it.  I got me a Huntsman Knife, not colored.  Was able to sell it on the market for $150 the same day, and used those steam funds to buy a bunch of shit like a rockstar.  Feelsgoodman.jpg

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DayZ Adventures Part 2: Fear and Loathing in Chernarus (actually Taviana but it sounds better)

Fear and Loathing in Chernarus (actually Taviana but it sounds better)

After my first weekend of being the “owner” of a castle, even though I kind of successfully defended my base, I definitely did not feel as safe as I thought I would feel in my base.  Fear had been struck into my heart.  I needed to take a break from this place and so the next time I died, I opted to spawn in on the small island instead of the big one.  Originally I setup my base on the large island somewhat near Lyepestok due to it having a trader city.  My buddy had suggested this to me as an initial base area due to there being many barracks surrounding the trader city.  Unfortunately, everyone is aware of that, and people who don’t like challenges often swarm to this area for easy pickings.

I think one thing that can be said about the small island, is that while there are fewer people on it, the ones you do run into are probably going to be more dangerous than your run of the mill big islander.  But I decided to take my chances anyway.  I would try and play it safe by keeping my travel limited to a bike in the woods.  At first I did not seek out barracks for weapons as I was again trying to stay safe.  I would stick to fire stations and police stations.  I actually had a route that I did to get started that most people would probably want to die after doing a few times as it was not very productive, and while I felt safe, I probably wasn’t very.  I would start by looting the fire stations in Branibor and then ride my bike in the woods to Topolka and loot the fire station there, then I would go back and loot Branibor and do this until my bag was full with at least assault rifles, and then I would sell them at the Branibor trader city.

I was eventually able to get a safe which I placed in the woods by Branibor.  After making many trips along my ridiculous route to make shit money very slowly, I began to rethink what I was actually doing.  The point of this game is that it is scary, you can lose all your shit if you’re not careful.  But to let that fear control my actions?  In an FPS game which is arguably my strongest field?  I was having second thoughts.  I was beginning to consider overcoming my fears.

Rampage!

In order to attempt to overcome his fears, our brave hero Bonedead decides he needs to instill some fear into others, instead of having it instilled in himself.

Fucking with your Neighbor

After taking fire from a neighbor while just passing by, Bonedead exacts his revenge, and he may have a problem.

Learning to Fly

The spoils of war entice Bonedead to take a chance, which may or may not have been a good idea.

Master Builder

Finally regaining his confidence, Bonedead begins planting his roots, with lots and lots of cinder blocks.

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DayZ Adventures Part 1: Trapped in a Castle

I’m doing this post a little differently in that there will be some bold words and a bit of, I guess you could call it, organization.  I wouldn’t call it that really, what it really is, is me remembering all the shit I was excited about that I meant to write about but didn’t because I HAVE TO PLAY MORE GOD DAMNIT!  Anyways, here we go.

Trapped in a Castle

As I may or may not have mentioned in my previous post, my base is being built in a castle.  The castle only has one entrance for those on foot or in ground vehicles which is blocked off by an indestructible cinder garage door that I built.  The only other way in is to land a helicopter on the tower in the middle, which just so happens to be occupied by, a broken to shit helicopter that isn’t going anywhere.  So really the only way to get in barring me fucking up and letting someone in the front, is if they have a helicopter and feel like taking a risk and trying to land in the yard of the castle.  This would mean not accidentally clipping a tree or castle wall, which would mean landing veerrry slowly which if I was there during, would give me plenty of time to react.  That said, this weekend I was shitting my pants in my castle.

I had just bought a new ATV at the nearest trader city and as I started riding it out of town a Humvee with a mounted turret decided to try and kill me.  I was certain I lost them before leaving the city, I looked behind me and zoomed in and didn’t see anything.  So I went home, locked up the garage, and as I finished storing my loot in my safe I hear the rumble of vehicle engines.  They fuckin found me!  My instincts kick in and I climb the stairs to my tower.  At the top of these stairs is a small hole in the wall I can peek out of and look at whoever is standing at my door.  The Humvee pulled right up to my door and I shot some at the driver side window.  That was when I noticed the turret start moving, I took one or two more shots and quickly side stepped behind the castle rock.  This is when I shit my pants.  The dude shot that thing and it was so loud and so close to me, it felt like my bullets had zero impact on them whereas I knew I would probably die from one shot of that turret.  I froze for a moment in fear, it all seemed futile.

So I decided to make a dash for it.  I had unfortunately allowed myself to be pinned down behind a small part of a rock wall on my stairs, I had to cross the gap again to get anywhere, so I just went for it and surprisingly made it.  I felt pretty helpless at this point, I was alone, they had two ground vehicles circling my castle now and a helicopter was flying high above, I assumed he was spotting me for them or something.  So, I just kinda sat in my tower and waited.  After about 15 minutes go by I stop hearing the vehicles around my walls and start to feel a little bit better.  I start making my way upstairs to the top of the tower to see if I can see anything.  Right before I pop my head out the turret fires again.  This is also where I shit my pants.  After wiping up I realized what was happening.  They moved their Humvee halfway up a mountain nearby and are shooting my friend’s helicopter (now you know why it is broken).  This is a common practice in DayZ, you can’t kill the person?  Shoot his fuckin stuff, cus fuck that guy, that’s why.

I went back downstairs to the middle of my tower and crouched by a window that could apparently see that part of the mountain.  The server was going to restart soon (reboots every 2 hours) and I waited until the last minute or two to peek out.  The Humvee was still on the mountain, but I couldn’t see anyone in or around it with my binoculars.  So I pulled my gun back out and shot that motherfuckers tires off.  Fuckers.  After the restart I took a little break to eat some food and when I came back on they had abandoned their vehicle and left.  No one was killed but I lost my friend’s helicopter and they lost their Humvee with mounted turret.  I chalk this one up as a win because I didn’t die inside my base.  But it did reveal to me that I still didn’t feel safe in my base, which is kind of the point of having a base imo.

That is it for today folks.  Below are the names of the upcoming stories I will write about (in chronological order, of course) and a brief description of them.  I had originally planned to write all of these today but I have this strange feeling they will all be as long as this one, which would make it the longest blog post in the history of blog posts, which is why I am instead just going to split them up and try and write one each day.  I will update the next stories’ titles each post if I encounter any to add.  Hope you enjoyed and come back for more.

Fear and Loathing in Chernarus (actually Taviana but it sounds better)

Bonedead realizes that he is afraid of people with guns, and that the thought of assaulting a castle entices people with guns.

Rampage!

In order to attempt to overcome his fears, our brave hero Bonedead decides he needs to instill some fear into others, instead of having it instilled in himself.

Fucking with your Neighbor

After taking fire from a neighbor while just passing by, Bonedead exacts his revenge, and he may have a problem.

Learning to Fly

The spoils of war entice Bonedead to take a chance, which may or may not have been a good idea.

Master Builder

Finally regaining his confidence, Bonedead begins planting his roots, with lots and lots of cinder blocks.

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Cool shit

I’ve been bouncing from game to game recently, all leaving me feeling rather unfulfilled.  I think I had like 3 or 4 subs active at one time to different MMOs (AO, SWTOR, DAoC, EVE, and maybe WoW?) and was still trying to find something that could scratch that itch.  I would start a new world in Minecraft and build a cool little cave home under a small waterfall multiple times, I downloaded Freelancer which is old as dirt (and actually had fun for a day), and I played some emulated old games (daoc genesis and swgemu).  Nothing was doing it for me.  I wore myself out on the CSGO matchmaking, it was just too stressful for me for some reason.  Pretty much, the picture I’m trying to paint for you now, is that things weren’t looking very good lol.

But then I remembered something I was going to play with a friend a month or so ago, we had installed it but at the last minute he said he thinks he didn’t want to do it, so I just uninstalled and went about my business.  I remembered the premise of this game/mod/mods during my low point and realized that it checked off a lot of the boxes that I was yearning for in a game at the moment.  Big open world?  Check.  First person shooter?  Check.  Owning things and progressing through effort?  Check.  Danger?  Check.  So what is it you may be asking yourself?  Well, it is a mashup of mods for a mod of a game.  The game is Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, the mod is DayZ, the mods that are mashed up to make the game are Overwatch and Epoch.  The mod that those two things create?  Overpoch.

Now I was almost always able to enjoy DayZ the mod for the most part, sometimes the travel gets to me but usually I don’t notice it and the time just flies.  What makes this version different is that you can own vehicles and build bases and actually secure these things from theft/destruction with a bit of work.  There are vendors that you can sell items you find to, then use that money to buy just about every item in the game.  If you purchase a vehicle you are given a key for it and you can lock your car so people can’t take things out of it or take the car itself.  They can still shoot the fuck out of it though, so before you get a good car you may want to build yourself a garage first.  Yeah, that’s right, build yourself a garage.  You will most likely start out with wooden walls and such but you can upgrade to I believe Cinder walls which are indestructible.  You can get safes that are locked by a 4 digit code (that you need to write down very quickly after you place it) and your doors can be locked as well.  You can even use your hatchet (or a chainsaw which uses mixed fuel) to chop down trees for wood to start making shit.

I have only been playing for two days now (I believe my toon has been alive like 1 day and 13 hours or so) and while the first day was pretty rough feeling, once you get your bearings it really is a blast.  That said, I haven’t died yet.  I feel like dying could probably put a little damper on my day.  But I would still have my money in a safe in an undisclosed location, not to mention the toolbox you start with can be deployed as a bike (which you can pack back up into a toolbox when you’re done) so getting home after a death won’t be that bad.

What my friend told me to do is get a vehicle, park near a military barracks, go into the barracks and load up on guns, drop em in your vehicle, rinse repeat until vehicle and person are full.  Then you go to the trader (though I have heard you can get your vehicle stolen there in the safe zone somehow, so I park a ways away and bike back and forth just in case) and sell all your shit.  From there you can buy food/drinks/ammo/guns/medical supplies/building supplies/ or vehicles, no problem.  The tricky part though, is once you leave the safe zone around the trader, you may get shot at by jerkoffs with sniper rifles.

One of my first trips to the trader led to me buying an ATV for like 2 gold.  When I left I began taking fire, I swerved a lot and luckily the guy missed every shot cus he’s a newb, but it sure would have sucked if he hit me.  My only other encounter with someone was while I was filling up on more weapons to sell at a barracks.  I stepped out and saw him and he shot at me.  I ran back behind the wall, pulled out my M14 AIM (I think) because my pistol is quiet and used for killin zombies that spawn there.  I peeked back around the corner and didn’t see him, so I aggressively pushed out checking to the left as I came around the corner and then I saw him at the very edge of the wall.  I started popping off shots and he got off one I think before I dropped him.  After fighting off all the zombie attention I swung back around to his body to find he only had a rinky dink little Lee Enfield (which I love to use, it isn’t that bad, but against a M14 AIM it is kind of suicide unless you hit the first shot).  I felt bad about it but hey, he shot at me first!

It feels good.  I’ve got a game that I can’t stop thinking about at work, which makes me want to just put my nose to the grindstone to make time fly so I can get home and play more.

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Ramblins about nothin

Just going to use this to get some things off my mind, hopefully then I will feel more willing to do the work I get paid for.

First off, NIENTONSOH ERMAGERD.  If you are confused, I understand.  I follow professional League of Legends.  The LCS is expanding (LCS is to LoL like NBA is to Basketball) by adding 2 more professional teams this season which means there is a tournament being held for those 2 spots.  One of my favorite players is Nientonsoh, I first saw him when I first started watching the LCS, he managed to backdoor the nexus against Velocity, they still lost, but it was the first time I felt excited watching the game.

He was later added to CLG as a neglected top laner (which was kind of CLGs style imo) but the ruthless fans only viewed him as worthless because the team only used him a certain way, which didn’t necessarily mean he would get kills, and since dumb people think it is all about your KDA in the TEAM game, he was kind of trashed on reddit quite extensively.  CLG was looking promising, but the pressure was too much for Nien and he stepped down.

Anyways, he has since joined another team with a handful of talent and they did so good yesterday in their matches.  It really makes me feel good to see him and his new team succeeding and I really hope they make it to the LCS.

In other news I forced myself to get out there and mix it up…. online.  By that I mean I played some Competitive MatchMaking in CSGO.  I’ve played CS since beta 7 which was about 14 or some odd years ago.  I have played this game for literally half of my life (turned 28 last Wednesday) and yet for some reason I always talk myself out of playing MM.  Honestly it is a bit of everything keeping me from doing it, lack of confidence, fear of rejection, all of those healthy things.

But yesterday I decided to just do it…. under certain conditions.  Those conditions being that I do not queue up for any of the active duty maps because people just take things a little too seriously on those (because they’re all going to be the next cal-i pro as fuck cs player amirite) and instead only queued up for the new operation Vanguard maps (minus Season because imo it should be active duty already).  I even allowed myself to listen to music for probably 5 matches (which my teammates probably wouldn’t have liked).  I was finally able to play it and not take it as seriously while still getting that “this is kind of important” feeling that you want out of something like that.

I did get messed with a time or two but overall it was good times.  Even when I did get messed with I didn’t let it get to me (very long) and would just jump back into the next one when I could.  One of the biggest breakthroughs for myself would probably be that I was able to “get into the zone” multiple times to the point where I didn’t know I was the only one alive against 3 people.  You may be thinking, wait, but it is a team game, shouldn’t you be paying attention to that kind of stuff?  The answer is, well, yes.  But the point of it is that I wasn’t overwhelmed with the stress of knowing I was the 1 in a 3v1, I find that when I know that I don’t play as well.

My ranking took a pretty big hit though.  I have still been getting matched against some Master Guardians and other AK guys most of the time but my ranking is now Gold Nova 3 which it hurts to type.  But when I play at that level I don’t feel like I can enjoy it as much because for some reason I wasn’t able to lose and still view it as a good game, usually because of teammates who get sooo fucking mad over a video game, poor sports.  I know eventually I’m just going to have to stop letting turds ruin my fun, but for now this feels like a step in the right direction.  I finally did what I wanted, I felt good about myself by doing it, and I actually enjoyed playing the game and had fun.  So I kinda feel like I won the internet.

Anyways, that is all I needed to get off my chest.  Maybe more soon, maybe other whacky crazy shit!  MAYBE ILL GIVE AWAY A MILLION DOLLARS HUH?  YEAH, MAYBE ILL DO THAT !   WEOOO

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Dat Mordor Doe

Hello errbody, I am here again to talk about some vidya games.  Specifically the new Shadow of Mordor game.  Now I want to first say that I haven’t played Batman Arkham whatever so this whole combat shit is new and amazing as fuck to me.  People talk about the nemesis system a lot and I don’t even know wtf that is besides that one of the Captains is my nemesis because he beat me a few times or something, I don’t know, in the grand scheme of things it really seems irrelevant to me, but I don’t really know what it is so I could be wrong.  The game is amazing to me and I already beat the storyline with like 39% completion rate lol.  Not very good but those white weapon events are just kinda meh to me, I always end up just going HAM on everything I encounter and fail the mission just so I can get in another 15 vs me fight.

Anyways, yeah, the game is awesome.  But, it has caused me to notice something else about my gaming habits, something I feel like I forgot about.  Learning how to fight with your character.  Now it may be because I haven’t played MMOs very much recently or because in D3 I chose the skills I wanted to use instead of looking up the cookie cutter builds, maybe it is because I am just so used to questing in order to level and you just don’t really need to fight that much when you collect 10 rabbit ears or deliver a crate of cabbages down the road.  But this Mordor business caused me to go a little binge happy on all things Hobbit/LOTR which means playing some Lord of the Rings Online.  Since I have been more into the story I have tried to stray from the side quests and focus more on the main storyline quest.  This leads to me having a quest higher than my level sometimes which has led to me just walking towards where that quest starts and killing everything on my way (this I attribute to Mordor).

I’ve begun figuring out how much hp each of my abilities can take off of enemy health bars and learning multiple rotations that do different amounts of damage so I can easily kill mobs with that much health.  Even followup rotations that use other abilities not on cooldown so I can fight multiple mobs at the same time.  I can’t remember the last time I knew things like this in an MMO but if I had to guess I would probably say around WoW launch when I was still a fan of mob grinding thanks to DAoC.  The feeling is very nostalgic which is kind of contradictory since I only remembered it after playing a new game with a new (to me) combat system.  Which is just another reason why I still love playing games.

As for this blog, I kind of want to get back into keeping up with it.  Slower time at work is just around the corner which may make me able to spend more time here or more willing to spend time here while at home.  I want to do something with it though, try and make something out of it again besides the random google search views and few other bloggers that come by to check up on me occasionally.  I’d just like to start delving into my mind when it comes to games more, I guess, try and be a profound pontificatin sumbitch if ya follow me.  We shall see.

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Magic 2015 – Don’t Believe the Negative Hype

I purchased Magic 2015 yesterday after wading through a bunch of negative reviews on the Steam community hub (most saying they were posted “Just Now”). The gist of them all pretty much ended up being that a lot of people had gripes with the UI, lack of 2 Headed Giant (a play mode), lack of sealed draft (play mode), and microtransactions being “necessary”. At first all of these things worried me, but then I read the Reddit thread today. Now it all has become clear to me.

First off I have to start at the beginning for myself. I started playing Magic in the 7th grade (I am 27 now) and the first thing I learned was that I needed more money. I only played for a year or two but it definitely left an impression on me, specifically that 1) Magic is awesome and 2) Magic is expensive. Now ever since then I have had (much like I had with MMOs) urges to play Magic from time to time. This has lead me to look up ways to play online over many years. Each time I have found something it always resulted in remembering the 2nd thing I learned when I first played Magic, it is expensive. Much like any MMO, if you really want to get into it, you have to invest a lot of your time (though, money in Magic) usually (i.e. EVE online, as the vastness of the world is probably the closest comparison to the vastness of Magic cards/sets/history). There are guides out there that lay out difficult paths to play MTG Online without spending that much money, the problem is you have to win mini tournaments held in the game to win enough prize value to continue to “play for free” essentially. Much like winning X amount of Arena games in Hearthstone allows you to do. The bottom line is that there is no cheap way to play Magic, because that is how they pay their bills and have paid their bills, since the beginning of Magic.

In the Reddit thread I linked earlier I soon came to realize what the problem the most vocal complainers are having. They want to play Magic for free. For $10, the campaign mode of Magic 2015 is well worth the money. I only played Magic 2014 for 24 hours but at a $10 cost, that is less than 50 cents per hour of enjoyment. I even saw someone claiming that it is his job (at least, partially) to write about these games saying that $10 for 20 hours of campaign is not good enough, because multiplayer is the main game mode. He says this because he has over 300 hours in the DotP (Duels of the Plainswalker) games most of which is playing multiplayer. It really irks me how entitled everyone has become online, it seems like people don’t want to pay for shit anymore. They think it is fair to spend $10 and get over a hundred hours of enjoyment from it, that is so fucking rare when it comes to video games that I can hardly form an argument against it because it is so fucking ludicrous. In another thread on Reddit there is an AMA with the lead designer for the game. In there he states that the premium booster packs are designed so that if you buy X amount you will get all of the cards, this amounts to $28. So you spend $10 on the game for 20 hours of campaign enjoyment, if you played the previous year you will probably know if you will enjoy it or not, if you are a first time player, $10 is a relatively cheap test purchase. Then if you want to play multiplayer, you can, without premium cards, for free. According to the lead designer there was extensive testing done on hybrid free card decks versus decks with premium cards and that they believe it to be balanced, so who do we believe, people who have done extensive testing for probably at least a month, or people who bought the game yesterday? Are these arguments starting to sound familiar by the way? Keep that in mind. So you paid $0.50 an hour for 20 hours of fun and now you’re upset that you lose to people online who have different cards than you that aren’t necessarily stronger. If you want to get those cards and feel like you’re on a level playing field, and by doing so you can extend your enjoyment to up to a hundred or more hours, you will need to spend $28, which would come to $0.28 per hour of fun. I don’t know how many other people do this with their games, but that is fucking cheap per hour of fun compared to some games that cost $50 upfront for a test purchase.

A lot of other complaints are based on the UI and some nuances related to it. Every new game you play has adjusting to do, this thing is different than you’re used to, this button doesn’t do this like it does in other games, and those kinds of things should be expected in any new game. In the first thread I linked (at the time of this post) the top comment is a guy complaining that you can’t choose which land is tapped when playing a multicolor deck. Of course buried deep in the comments beneath all of the vitriol you will find a comment that says that if you didn’t skip the tutorial you would have learned that pressing CTRL allows you to do this. It seems like a lot of the complainers mentioning these aspects were expecting something… different. But what?

Hearthstone! Ohhhhh, now it is all starting to make sense. Hearthstone is free and you can make microtransactions to expand your deck (and need to) in order to compete. The game is made by Blizzard so it is well polished and as we have all known since WoW came out, you can’t compete with Blizzard and when you try to, even more flaws are pointed out 500 times more often. So since this game (which you could arguably say, inspired Blizzard’s Hearthstone) came out after Hearthstone, it must be trying to compete with or “kill” Hearthstone, right? Because that is what we all fucking care about nowadays for some dumb fuckin reason, right? Because a company whose main focus is in offline production, sales, and tournaments makes a limited computer (and console) version to throw it’s online fans a bone, they HAVE to be attempting to be the “Hearthstone Killer”, right? This realization makes me want to hate Blizzard even though I know it is just the stupidity of others, but I guess this is what happens when you take computer gaming to a mass market. So thanks to Blizzard and a special thanks to the public education systems across the world, on behalf of rational, level-headed Magic players throughout the world, we salute you.

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