Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WAR: Don't Cross Da Beams!

We had a lot of fun during Gobbo night this past weekend. And, although I could spend this time going on about how 24 goblins bashing on a ram is all about Order can take, I won't. Sorry if the title fooled you. I'm sure Boots has that covered. And I wouldn't want to read all about it again if I were someone who dropped by.

I have been spending most of my time on an old project: finishing up all the quests in the game and getting as many Tome of Knowledge unlocks as I possibly can. I'm friends with a player that once asked for my assistance in finishing up a PQ. He's quite the competent little Magus so I stood (and stand) ready to help qhenever he asks. He then admited he was trying to go through every single PQ in the game. I found it odd, at the time, but the idea stuck with me. Guess I have him to thank for this.

During my travels I have found some interesting/disturbing things.

For instance: did you know there's a small cove in The Blighted Isle (or is it Chrace) that has nothing but rank 9 Champions and Heroes? (I know you knew, Tru.) And there's nothing there. Nothing. I killed them all and inspected the place thoroughly.

I also discovered another interesting/disturbing bug in WAR. I completed an unlock (kill 100 spites, something easily accomplished in a PQ in Ostland, otherwise known as Cheeseland) and this unlock was supposed to reward me with a Bestial Token. It didn't so I filed an appeal. Imagine my disbelief when, upon answering my appeal, the CSR informed me that I indeed had a Bestial Token in my backpack and asked me if I could please go through it again. The thing was there, only it was invisible. HA! Invisible currency! I wish that was a first.

I also came across a curious mob called The Herald. What does it do, I wondered. It did nothing but vainly try and kill me so I killed it back and got a title. And a scrap of paper. The whole thing sounded familiar but I can't place it. Oh well, mustn't be anything important, I'm sure.

The night ended with me accidentaly roaming into Order territory and getting shot to grisly death by camp guards. I'll continue roaming the wilds for unlocks. Specially because there's one about Wolf habitat in The Blighted Isle I can't seem to find. I now hold a personal grudge against a fairly useless piece of trivia over PvE in a PvP game. Hurray for me.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Poker Alho

Never mind the title. Just a little play on words.

When I was a little girl... I knew nothing about poker and very little about card games in general. In fact, I'm still a bit fuzzy on the ground rules for "Go Fish". After I grew up... I still knew nothing about Poker, although I had tried my hand at a few bouts of Gin Rummy (unsuccessfully).

It was around the time I started losing interest in college that I found a hidden taste for Poker. I can assure you, one never had anything to do with the other. I have never spent a dime with this habit. Wait, wait. That's not true.

I learned the basics of playing Poker with a videogame. The game was... I'm not really sure now but I'm going to go with Sega Casino for the NDS. Probably part of my bathroom rotation. Either way, the game had instructions and a list of winning hands and that's all you really need to learn to play Texas Hold'em. After a few days I started earning fake money instead of restarting the game over and over. I grew to like Texas Hold'em, even if, to this day, I still rely on the computer to tell me if a Flush beats a Straight.

Eventually I wanted a better game of Poker so I purchased Governor of Poker. Governor of Poker can be found as a free flash game where you play small tournaments and are then able to buy properties in small towns in the WWWest. With the revenue from your properties you get funds to play more games and off you go. Eventually you get to buy up whole towns and then everything in the good ole state o' Texas making you, in actuality, the Governor. I was always fairly good at it and Mike would aways sneer at me and say "so why don't you play for real money then?" (You know, I make him out to be such a badass gangsta but he's actually a very sweet guy). I never did though, and I resign myself to watching the Pokerchannel on tv (until they switch the damn thing to french and then I'm severely put off).

So here comes the reason for this post: does anyone out there know of a reliable online poker site and payment methods where a girl could start small and maybe earn a bit of extra income? I don't need anything extra fancy like pkr.com and I'd like a friendly community that doesn't trounce a noob.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Assassin's Hay

It's the first time I'm playing the game, mostly because Mike would frown everytime I brought it up. But I needed something new to play on these long hours while he's at work and WAR's population is lacking. So. I bought Assassin's Creed.

I didn't know much about the game but I knew that it was set in the present but you played in the past. Didn't require a huge cerebral strain to figure out how they'd pull that off. But what I didn't know was how much assassinating would I have to go around doing and how easily I could get away with it. This last one gave me pause as I was unable to eve rplay more than 5 minutes of any Metal Gear due to my inate inability to stay hidden.

I was delighted to realize that assassinating in Assassin's Creed is usually nothing more than clapping your hands, perfurating an enemy body with a blade and then clapping your hands again until you find a bale of hay to dive into. Oh, what fun. It seems that, because the game doesn't sport a persistent bloodstain feature, the only way for soldiers to suspect you of any wrong doing is if you stand next to a dead body holding a blade. Alternatively, if you stand next to a dead body with your hands clasped you "blend" with the crowd (even if no one else in the crowd has their hands clasped) enough that even if you're the only one there, you mustn't have been the one.
Kill u in da streets!
If you think this ludicrous mechanic left me jaded or unsympathetic towards the game you'd be severely mistaken. Whenever I pull one of those off I yell "Shield of Invisibility!"; whenever I sit on a bench I holler "Bench of the Inconspicuous!"; when I dive ribs first into a mound of hay I'll shout "Everybody say HAY! HO!" You see, I don't give a rats ass about the assassinating bit. I could very well live without it. What I did like was the parkouring side of the game.

I was a big fan of Prince of Persia. Not the original one and certainly none of the ones that came after Chesty Jake. No, I'm a fan of the cell-shaded 360 one. Why? Because it was a parkouring game with no further aspirations. It reminded me of Ico and Shadow of Colossus where the most important thing is navigating terrain and, boy, does AC ever have terrain to navigate. And bug-eyed horses that look like they'll kill you or sodomize you when you turn your back but will, in reality, always follow you loyally even if you hack and slash at them for a bit as a stress reliever.

Ah... Good times. I love a good "find all the flags" game. I wonder if the sequels are as relaxing as this one. If so, they may just squeeze a few more Euros out of me.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WAR: I'm Warning You...

I've been mostly quiet these past few days, I know. I have a few things on my mind. Like, slotting in the balls to either start actively job hunting and/or spring cleaning around the house. When it boils down to it, playing WAR is much more apetizing. Hey, look what I did (after three gruesome years of love and hate)!

Speaking of hate. I've been near ragequitting lately because and solely because of scenarios and how it seems that the basic mechanic of them has gone straight to shit. By basic mechanic I mean that, whenever they are killed, players are able to respawn in a safe haven (known to most as the Respawn Point) in waves of 30 seconds. This place is surrounded by Elite Guards who snipe enemies who get too close in order to give players a fair chance at regrouping.


What? Don't listen? Surely, you jest! Surely, this is something out of the norm and that doesn't happen on every other fucking scenario?! Surely they are not all bugged! It's not like they pop for no good reason even when there's only a single person in the Battle for queue!

You might as well just remove the bugged ones out of the rotation for a while because going through these motions just to not get the quitter debuff is pain I didn't sign up for. Still waiting for an explanation.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

C'mon Mythic....

Yes, there are new things coming to WAR, yes you're working and developing but... Christ. There are things RIGHT HERE that you can fix and can make us happy and proud!

What's that guard doing? Taking in the scenery from a better vantage point?

Or maybe they're contemplating the possibility of running of and pursuing a life of piracy?

God, this makes me soooo maaaaad! The fact there were exploiters on Order side didn't help either.

It's been two years for fucks sake. These things shouldn't happen. There's no excuse for buggy guards!

No excuse.

I'm tired now.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WAR: People You Meet

I was in an Altdorf today when, look who I find (Off target).

So I smiled at him because I was happy. Because, you know, I found him. I smile to Aeoluw too, if he ever lets me live long enough.

And for the rest of the evening guess who starts harrassing me like a drunk spinster at a wedding. Which is cool and all, except when everybody else starts doing it and what at first seemed like a pleasant evening where I might actually finally ding 78 turned out to consist of me fleeing from a pair of tanks who were making my night miserable. Yes because out of the blue comes this Eanerion fellow proving every SM qqer out there just how wrong they are.

Although Blackguards are pretty sweet too.
I'm never smiling again!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bits Bobs

In the middle of some mild exams. Will be back soon with some exposition.

Leaving you with a picture of my favorite heroes.
You'll always have a place in my heart