No post for you!

I don’t have much today so I will be leaving you with two of my favorite videos.

I didn’t run but one mission in Anarchy Online yesterday. Partly because I’ve upgraded to chronic, but also because I’ve started watching Firefly again, and I can’t stop until I finish.

The last one I saw was Jaynestown. That’s a good one. I think I’ve got like around 8-12 more episodes, so I’ll probably get back to AO at the end of the week and definitely the weekend.

Without further ado:

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Only place I could find that allowed me to embed. I think it’s a Dutch site, but I’m a stinky american so I can’t be certain.

You can’t take the sky from me

So, where do I start?

We’ve got crazy ramblings on WoW hate, knowing the whole time we’re arguing opinions, and we’ve got bad feelings about it still. I don’t want to have these feelings, I just do. I don’t get it. I even almost attempted the WotLK 14 day trial. Except that once you click to download it, it activates your trial, and then you have to download like 6-9 gigabytes…. on DSL. Yeah, fuck that. So there goes my trial, fucking bastards.

From now on I’m just going to try and do my own thing, stay out of other people’s business and such. Who know, maybe doing so will get Mr. Jennings to stop his comment boycott on myself (due to not having any comments to boycott! aha!).

BACK TO MY ADVENTURES!

I believe we last left off on DAoC, somewhere. I’m assuming I was talking about my Theurgist and how cool he is. Well, he is pretty cool. I got to level 15 and so far have only seen 1 enemy player, but he had just died to mobs, and then didn’t come back. So, no PvP.

After playing Darkfall for a few weeks, who needs PvP though. I don’t, that’s for sure. Maybe in a month or so, who knows, but for now I am perfectly fine without owning newbs.

I’ve pretty much abandoned my DAoC trial, however. See what happens to me when I go back for more?

So, you’re probably wondering, Mr. Bonedead, what are you playing then? Well, I will tell you my friend. See, I have been playing a game that I really forgot about. Sure, I mentioned it in that post of games I’d like to play soon, but I forgot how enjoyable it really can be.

Any guesses?!?

Anarchy Online! DUN DUN DUUUHHHNN!

I discovered that I have two accounts! Who knew? One has a 38 (now 43 or 44 not sure) Opifex Martial Artist along with a 25 Atrox Enforcer (me big, me smash!) with an alt on the Atlantean server (the MA and Enforcer are on Rimor).

On the other account I have a few toons under 15. They’ve got weird names too.

My 25 Enforcers name is pretty cool though. Deytukarjurbs! Haha, man that’s so good.

I remember the leveling being much slower on my MA when I stopped playing last. I went from 38-43(or 44, not sure) pretty quickly imo. Once you kind of figure the game out again, your alt-itis starts kicking in. I haven’t given in yet, but maybe soon.

I like the games where you have to google a ton of shit. Figuring out how to do things is half the fun (no rly). For those of you who have played (pre level 100, post 50s need not comment!) this may sound familiar.

I downloaded ClickSaver. I figured out how to use it again. I found a thread on the forums that lists items newbs can find/sell to make tons of money early on (hooray!).

One of the items on the list is a Galahad Inc T70 Beyer (don’t quote me on that) which is a pistol that adds 20 to Computer Literacy. Computer Literacy, what the heck is that? (You may be asking yourself) Well, you’ve got a ton of skills, you put points into them, and since there are so many skills there are so many items that require certain amounts of skill to use. Computer Literacy is used for equipping items that increase your NCU. Your NCU is basically your Conc (DAoC buffers know what I’m talkin about), or how many buffs you can have on you at one time.

For instance, I currently have I think 36 NCU (which might be bad). I can run 5 buffs on myself at once because one takes 1 NCU, another 7, two others take 4, and one more takes 10. That leaves me at 26/36 NCU. I have another buff that I’d love to run, but it takes 11 NCU. Also, it is good for me to leave at least 4 NCU open because I have a short duration buff (aka a OMG DONT DIE PLS button) that boosts my damage, freezes my ability to use Nano Programs (buffs/spells) for 15 seconds, and takes up 4 NCU.

Anyways, the pistol adds +20 Comp Lit. The lowest level the pistol comes is 44 (you can pretty much get any level any thing, which is cool) and you can dual wield it with minimal requirements (not minimal to me, at friggin all, but “they” say it is minimal).

In the outdated forum post, the guy says they sell as a pair for 500k.

So I walk into the Advanced store (basic->advanced->superior) which is an instance that everyone shares. The items sold in the store reset when no one has entered/been in the store for I believe 2 minutes. I begin looking through the weapons even though I don’t need one and what do my eyes see? A Galahad Inc T70 Beyer, staring back at me! It was QL 45 too, just 1 above the 44 which is the desired one.

I had about 75k at the time and they were selling for 15k, so I bought 2 pairs at 60k. There were plenty of people inside the store so I figured I could go outside and sell them without them going poof. But I had to sell them fast.

I was paranoid from the get go. Anarchy Online has a strong community, much like SWG, the people playing have been there for a looong time. So, you don’t want them mad at you if you intend on playing long and still enjoying it. So I was nervous about speaking in the trade chat. What if someone called me out and then I was stoned in public (wouldn’t be the first time!)!

What I decided to do was to sell a pair for 100k, this way I’m making 70k a pair, which is not too shabby imo. I post in trade chat and instantly get two tells. One guy wants all the ones I have, the other just wants a single pair. I ignore the single pair guy and focus on finishing my deal with the greedy SOB (who was obviously buying low to resell higher). Once I wrap up business with him, I respond to the single pair person and set up a meeting as I’m running back to the Advanced shop.

I was able to buy I believe 12 more guns this trip. I sell the 2 to the guy and make another 100k. Then I send a tell to the greedy guy from the beginning and tell him that I “stumbled upon” 10 more of these bad boys and he just cant help himself. 500k later and I’m back in the store buying even more! I believe this time I got 30. But instead of running outside and selling more and letting people catch on to me I just banked them and went back to running missions.

The missions are really great imo. You go to a terminal and hit request and then you get 5 choices. There is the assassinate style, get an item bring it back, see an item report back, and maybe a see a person? I don’t know. I just like the assassinate and see an item ones. Anyways, if you expand the options on the mission menu you see a bunch of sliders centered in the middle of their bars.

Bad/Good, Order/Chaos, Hidden/Open, XP/Credits and some other shit. There is also Easy/Hard at the top. Changing these changes the kinds of mission you will see after hitting request, but it also changes the mobs and the instance in which the mission takes place (ie, more robots or more animal or more people etc).

Each mission has an item reward as well as credits and xp. This is where ClickSaver comes in. ClickSaver looks at all 5 missions and shows you everything you need to know about them (without having to shift click each one individually ingame). You can set up item and location filters (but never at the same time!) as well. The best part about this program is the ability to have it keep refreshing the mission menu until you find an item or location you’re looking for.

For instance, I use a 1 handed claw weapon. I wanted to get another so I could dual wield them. So I set up a filter for Hazangerine and let it ride! When I came home I found that it discovered one and I made my trek across the big ass world (extra bigass fries!). So now I’m dual wielding some claws and I’m cool and stuff.

When I’m just leveling I set a filter for the location Rome Blue, as that is the city I’m currently in (aka the main city for Omni peoples like me). This location is becoming more and more rare as I level though, so that sucks a lot.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. I’ve got to get back to work, meh!

Why WoW tourist are a problem (imo)

So I was replying to a comment who replied to my comment on Isobelle’s blog. Well, it turned into it’s own blog post. COPYPASTA

Originally said by me

WoW Tourists started with the release and subsequent massive server closing of WAR. We blame it on “WoW Tourists” because they didn’t really want something besides WoW, they wanted something just like WoW. Some people think that is why Aventurine is doing this staggered release, so they do not fall victim as WAR did. That’s probably not true, but it is pretty funny.

response to me

Is there no room for the fact that WAR was a bit of a mess when it launched to be the reason people left?

yes there was some “tourism” going on but it’s not the only reason. The game shipped with loads of issues from balancing, to gameplay, to server population imbalances.

There is and always has been Tourism going on. It happened when WoW launched people left all their old MMO’s to get a look at the new kid..but you know what..it was good enough to hold on to a majority of those tourists plus add new people.

Yet somehow for WAR, or Darkfall, or any othe rnew game that comes out it is not the Developers fault for releasing a mess but the Tourists fauls for not taking a subpar product and forcing themselves ot play it?

How does that make any sense?

Oh and I’d like to point out that the same thing that happened to WAR happened to AoC..but you don’t see people blaming the “WoW Tourist’ for that do you.

and finally, me responding to that, not in blockquotes

The people that don’t love everything WoW didn’t quit until after the WoW players went back for Liche King (which if you remember launched about the same time WARs one month free time ran up). The reason they did quit was because of barren servers because a game like WAR requires dense population for it to achieve the desired effect (for the game to work as the devs intended).

Server population imbalances? Because WoW doesn’t still have that problem, nope.
Same with balancing, which class is FoTM in WoW this month? (every mmo will always have balancing problems)
Gameplay is such a blanket statement that I can’t even respond except to say that I think WoW has “gameplay issues”. (Yeah, take that!)

When WoW launched, there was no tourism. That’s like saying when everyone started boating over to America they were all tourists. You’re not a tourist unless you go back where you came from.

This is my favorite part though. Where all new games are released as a “mess” and are “subpar” therefore cannot retain membership.

Why do you think you and WoW players consider these games a “mess” and “subpar”?

Well I can tell you why one of my RL friends stopped playing WAR (and went back to WoW where has has 4800 hours logged on his xfire). He told me he just didn’t like it, I asked why, he said it was just too boring. So I asked him how he tried to level.

Turns out he just did a bunch of quests and a couple of PQs (which he thought were cool). He didn’t try Open RvR (which admittedly wasn’t that great at release, but is now) and he didn’t try a single Scenario.

He even got to level 26. By solely questing and doing PQs.

Wonder where he adopted that playstyle.

Wonder why he would try to apply that playstyle to a game that advertises itself as the opposite of what he is used to.

As for AoC, I can’t really comment much because I still haven’t played it. However, my guild played it since release up until Darkfall came out, so I can’t see it being that bad. Plus they shipped over 1 million boxes (sold over 500,000).

But this is the big point.
Over 500,000 people signed up for AoC beta.
The month after release, over 500,000 copies were sold.
They had 49 initial servers, giving each server over 10k people a piece.

Where the hell do you think all of those people came from? (hint: before WoW the estimated number of MMO players was <500,000)

Warhammer had 750,000 people playing one month after release (Mid October of 08).
WotLK released Mid November 2008.
Warhammer had over 300k paying subscribers in December of 2008.

You’re telling me that is Funcom and Mythic’s fault? What would have happened if they didn’t put up enough servers to accommodate the estimate player base? Would people have said what they’re saying about Darkfall now? How dumb they are for not letting everyone who wants to play actually play?

What if Aventurine, indie game company, exhausted it’s resources some more and put up enough servers for the people who obviously aren’t going to stick around? Do you think they could afford a loss like that? (aka, losing 70% of their servers)

Plus, the majority of WoW players who try out games that aren’t WoW pretty much NEVER stick with it. Especially if the game was just released.
Why?
Because every MMO in the history of MMOs has released with bugs and lack of polish and queues and server downtime. The majority of WoW players did not play WoW at release and those who did like to conveniently forget that it had the same damn problems.

So what do they do after that? head on over to the WoW forums of course! We have important “THIS GAME IS TEH SUX” threads to make, which in turn, affirm the notion in WoW players’ heads that there is no game out there “better” than WoW.

So when a game has been around a year and has polished up quite nicely, they’re still not going to get new players because the only possible new players they could get would be coming from WoW, but since they all heard “THAT GAME IS TEH SUX” they won’t even consider it.

Blizzard has raised an army of ignorant, whiney little bitches who only expect WoW quality MMOs out of every fucking game that releases. Which pretty much goes against the “Constitution” of the MMO genre (but why would WoW players bother to care about history of something they’re supposed fans of).

MEH!

I guess I just hate all of the fucking new kids WoW brought to the genre, because they don’t care about the foundation that the genre was built on, because their parents spoil them or they think they’re some super special fucker that game companies have to listen to. If you feel like this is directed at you, fuck you!

that is all

Ehh, It’s not so bad!

First off, looking at my Xfire, I have not played that much DAoC (I wish though). I accidentally left the character select screen on the last two nights (because quitting the game doesn’t really quit the game).

Next, DAoC update. I started at level 6 and ended at level 10. I didn’t play very much at all. I remember 7-9 took a whopping 17 minutes. What I did was go to Tomb of Mithra and for a level or so I just killed the 2 mobs at the front of the entrance (orange and red con). I was able to solo a red like nothing, which always makes ya feel good. After a level or two I began moving deeper in. I found a room I remember being in some time ago with guardsmen and a giant model (but small in size). By giant model I mean the giants in Muspelheim/Vanern Swamp in Midgard.

Anyway, I died in that room because I tried to take on too many guys. Stupid me though, I realized I have an AE mez I could’ve probably lived with had I quick casted it. All in all, good times. Crap loot, uber crap loot (except for 1 bracer that does 4 quickness 3 dex, even though I only needed the dex), but I did enjoy the small amount of time I played still.

Why I don’t try Free to Play games anymore. Before I get into the reason, let me first attempt to recall all of the free to play games (MMO) that I have tried.

Knight Online
9Dragons
Ragnarok Online
Flyff
Runescape

I know there was at least 1 maybe 2 others from the original makers of Knight Online (Malaysian website I remember)

I enjoyed playing most of these games for a little bit, never Runescape though, I always wanted to hate that game (and did a pretty good job of it too). I would say Knight Online and Ragnarok Online were my favorites.

I played every class in Knight Online. I enjoyed running out of town and killing tons of those worms, then then walking bulcan thingies, werewolf dudes, goblins, and the mean orcs. My favorite parts were being able to create/upgrade my own weapons (after I figured it out) and finding phat loot at low levels that you could sell for a ton (for some reason I want to say a crystal or some shit).

For some reason I think Ragnarok wasn’t free to play when I played it, or maybe it was beta, I don’t know. But I had a thief guy and I got to like level 28 or something, I could attack really fast and that was neat.

Flyff was le boring, 9Dragons was repetitively boring (see my screenshots in either my flickr or photobucket), which turns out is a common characteristic of most of these free to play games.

I guess when you’re free to play you don’t need to hide the grindy-ness as much as a pay to play.

Enter: The reason I hate Free to Play.

The grindy-ness isn’t masked for a reason. It is supposed to bore you. But why would they want to do that Mr. Bonedead? Well I will tell you my friends. They want you to get bored because then maybe you’ll start clicking around the interface. Hey, what does this “SHOP” button do?

It opens a gateway to the very depths of hell! A place where you can trade your integrity for shortcuts!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge advocate of shortcuts. I just prefer the kinds you don’t have to pay for, the ones where you have to use the game mechanics in such a way that you avoid certain, unnecessary things.

I know RMT is not always the devil, because hell, there are some places where “the devil” is going to be, because he fits in. But it isn’t in the games that I play.

Which is the main reason I don’t play free to play games (anymore).

Ugh, not this again!

Yep, this post’s name is the same as that little tagline doohickey at the top of the page. But, it isn’t because of the tagline, it is because I am not playing Darkfall.

So since I’m not playing Darkfall, I’ve got to be playing something, right? I mean, how the hell am I supposed to pass the time after work without playing some sort of MMO?

Since I need to spend more time off the computer (even though it doesn’t even seem like it’s fucking working) I decided I would play some Diablo 2 in single player mode. I wanted to relive one of my first class builds and rolled a Paladin. I intended on speccing into Concentration and Blessed Hammer, which are received at level 18.

As I said last time I was level 17. Well, I hit 18 recently and got both of the skills needed to live out my Diablo 2 dream. After using it a bit and leveling a couple more times, I began to realize that this build sucks. See, the problem with Blessed Hammer is that if the spiraling hammer hits a wall, it fucking stops existing. Why would this be a problem? Oh I don’t know, Maggot Lair in Act 2, anyone? Every small quarters place in the game, maybe?

Indeed I did not think it through.

Which brings me to the title of this post and tag line of this blog.

I’ve started another DAoC free trial. I decided I would play Albion this time ’round and have chosen a Wind specced Theurgist (oh hells yeah). I’m already level 6 and I just started last night. I’ve pretty much done everything I usually do in the Tutorial Zone (get a full suit of armor) and I believe I will be heading back to the main land today when I play.

What makes me sad is that I will probably end up either farming mobs in BGs, running Task Dungeons, or some other new fangled way to level extremely quickly. My best memories are of farming those fuckin Tomte and the Drakes near Nisse’s. So that is what I would like to try and achieve.

Now I know I can’t go into Midgard and go to Nisse’s but I can find the lowest level Albion dungeon and WTF rape that shit for breakfast. Then again, casters suck in close quarters (dungeon) combat. I guess the worst part is that it is a game where you care about phat lewts but the best phats for low levels isn’t even dropped but bought off an NPC. Sure I’ve got to go into Catacombs and dungeon dive a bit farming aurulite, which could be considered as dropped, but let’s face it, I’m buying it from an NPC.

Now I could go full on rebel and boycot aurulite armor, only wearing phat lewts dropped by mobs in the classic (or even SI, or even Catacombs!) lands, which may be something I try, but if I decide to PvP after that I’ll probably get raped.

Quite the conundrum!

But is it even going to be worth it? I know I can make it to max level before the 2 week trial is up, I’ve done it before, but I won’t be able to do anything Labyrinth of the Minotaur, I won’t be geared at all for any kind of RvR, and I won’t have any Champion Levels/Abilities from Darkness Rising. So am I just making a BG warrior? Am I just trying to relive my past of farming mobs instead of questing to level? Am I even going to enjoy myself?

I don’t know.

But I do know that a few other games are looking like mighty fine choices as well, it’s just too bad I’ve already played them all.

So if I make it beyond Thidranki in DAoC my lineup of games I’d like to play next looks like this: (In no particular order)

SWG
EQ2
WoW
LotRO
AO (That’s Anarchy Online, not Atlantica or whatever)
GW

I could throw WAR on there if I didn’t play it so recently and you may as well consider SWG as the game that I’m going to be playing last (for the same reason).

Anarchy Online almost always gives me a feeling of shitty everytime I start playing it. I like being able to /random me some missions, especially with that program that scans them all for phat lewts you want to acquire, but I could see myself getting burned out quickly. But hey, it is free and I already have a level 30-40 something Martial Artist (I think) so why not just have as much fun with it as I can for a few.

EQ2 gives me similar feelings to AO, mainly because the Commonlands are so hard to get the fuck out of. I’ve got at least 2 toons near the top of that level range and once I get there it just sucks ass. Die to 3 mobs die to 2 mobs die to mobs mobs, soloing isn’t allowed here! I know that isn’t really true, but it is close. Plus the PvP server is ridiculous, I’m not even going into how lame it is to have a twinked out commonlands bitch (especially when you have much higher level toons to play, you fuckhead).

GW would probably suck pretty quickly. I don’t have any of the expansions and I don’t want them either. My PvP toon is an Elementalist (right?) / Scout (Ranger?). I am set up to do uber fire spells with lots of AE, lots of DMG, and lots of knockdown. When I get in trouble, my Ranger skills save my butt. There was a time when I could really kick some ass from a distance and then when they get close to me they’re pretty much asking to die. Ahh, the good times. Probably not going to play.

Of the games I’ve gone more in depth on so far, I plan on playing zero of them long term. Which probably means I won’t even bother.

You can go ahead and include LotRO in the list of games I will not be playing long term/probably at all. I got to 15 on a Minstrel and while the screaming thing was pretty cool, I don’t like being forced to group. (Well, unless it is Darkfall)

WoW I honestly could see myself sticking with for at least a month (a month used to be my limit but with my last SWG stint lasting 2 months, I may have evolved) if not more, and it really hurts me to say that. However, I am only level 56, so it isn’t like I’ve been there done that yet. Shit, I don’t even have TBC yet. What!

I bet some are wondering, what about EVE? Haha, no no no thank you. I did that for a little bit and that’s about all I’m doing with it. I hate being forced into grouping when I feel retarded. I want to feel good about my skills before I am forced to group. With Darkfall, I was pretty sure I was a leet mofugga from the get go, which made it much easier to group. Plus my guild was a bunch of drunks with mandatory chuggings on vent.

I do miss my guild.

Fuck Diablo 2, srsly.
Fuck CoH/CoV, cereally.
Fuck EQ1, UO, AO, EQ2, LotRO, and GW, indeffinitely.

The pool sure is getting smaller. I keep making my rounds in the MMO worlds and keep chucking more to the weeds each time.

I feel like I am forgetting about some game that I have toons in and I enjoy playing, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t true. It sure is depressing though!

DAoC, WoW, WAR, SWG, UGH! Not this again!

Buh-de-ba-dee-dee-dee That’s All Folks

First of all, I know Porky says it longer, but just typing that much was pretty difficult. Let’s spell sounds! Onomatopoeia and all that. KABLAM!

I am done with Darkfall for now. Maybe I will return after the NA release, but I just doubt it. What is the problem? Well, the game is pretty much too good. Yep, you heard me right, I’m laying down Darkfall because it is too good.

But how is that even possible, Mr. Bonedead? Well, I’ll tell you my friend. Ya see, when I like a game, it is the only thing I care about until I no longer like it. That is where the problem arose. Ya see, I’m engaged to a lovely lady that I care for immensely. Turns out she was feeling a little neglected with all of my Darkfally-ness going on, so I picked what is more important to me.

Plus, Mortal Online is going to be starting beta (if they haven’t already) and that’s gonna be the same if not better than Darkfall. So instead of saying but but but I’ve waited for 8 years for something like this! I can say, well shit, there’s going to be more than 1 eventually, which could lead to even more, so fuck it.

I would’ve just cut my time back to an hour a day, maybe a little more, but I just can’t get a feeling of accomplishment in that time playing DF.

I can in Diablo 2 though!

Single player Diablo 2 LoD (even updated it to the most recent online version) is the shiznit. I decided to attempt to relive a nifty Paladin build that impressed me dearly when I was but a wee newbie. Blessed Hammers and Concentration! I get both skills at 18 and am currently 17. My plan was to reach 18 yesterday but after I got the Horadric Cube (DECKARD CAIN!!!!) I decided that was enough. Well after I transmuted my chipped gems into flawed, mofucka!

Yeah, Diablo 2 is hardcore, Darkfall can’t touch that shit!

Well, technically it is in a way. I’ve even been considering giving it a shot. Remember? Once you beat Diablo 2 online (closed Bnet) on any difficulty (I believe) then you can make Hardcore characters. You remember, the ones with PERMADEATH!

That is the most hardcore shit in the world mane. You can’t touch permadeath.

Yeah I don’t know if I will do that, but I may, who knows. I’m not really ever looking for HARDCOR3 FUCK YEAH shit, but I do enjoy it from time to time.

I’ve put in my leave of absence at Murder Herd. I wish those guys the best of luck, I had a blast with them, and they’re going to be a rather annoying force for the remaining players of Darkfall. I logged in Saturday morning to find 2 buildings, our grove, and our clan bank smoking. Apparently Awful Company, being extra awful, decided to bully some small guilds into becoming their loyal peons, and about 10 guilds attacked our city with siege hammers as well.

We were able to repair the bank with the 1 repair kit we had to go with a repair shard. Repair kits were a secret in the morning and by the end of the day we could buy them from our merchant, go Aventurine! Hah.

It sucks that I’ve got to stop playing because we were about to start being more offensive instead of always defending our city. Fuck our city lol, we’re gonna rape some people. Meh!

Diablo 2.

I’m a dick

Possible Side Effects:
-Anxiety, agitation, or panic attacks
-Hostility or aggressiveness
-Restlessness or inability to sit still
-Extreme elation or feelings of happiness that may switch back and forth with a depressed or sad mood
-Other unusual changes in behavior

At least I’m trying to fix me.