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Setting Sail For The Epic Fail.

Hello everyone. This post is about gaming, I wanted to give you a heads up for those who don’t care, and give you a chance to save yourself sometime and stop reading right about…. now.

Okay, for those of you remaining here, I wanted to talk about how much I annoy myself. If you remember earlier, perhaps a couple months ago, I made a post apologizing for leaving a group of friends after just getting started playing cataclysm. I hit lvl 80, did a couple heroics, and grazed ever so slightly the pvp scene.

And then I left, about a little over a month of playing through it. I had gotten a nice amount of people back into the game with me, but after playing the Rift MMO Beta, I decided that I wanted to play that MMO more that cataclysm.

Lets take a look at how things are now. Rift released officially March 1st. it’s now July 4th. I’ve been casually enjoying Rift, and was able to convince a few old friends and family to play it with me. Even my beloved significant other, Lauren, decided to hop on the MMO boat with me.  We’ve all been playing it for about 5 months now, nearly half a year! I have to say, it has been quite a journey. Had some laughs, explored a new world, and all kinds of neat stuff.

But I believe we may be quitting. Why? To be honest, I’m not sure. Rift is a great game. I believe it is better than WoW. I wish WoW had it’s dynamic events and classes, because I like the WoW setting a bit more… but that’s another story all together. Rift had the smoothest MMO launch I’ve ever seen. It has tons of content, amazing graphics, and a great world to explore. However, for some reason, it isn’t enough for me – and I’m not sure why.

I think I’m crazy.

I think the simple fact that is that I have this strange gut feeling that I can’t get rid of, that I’m never really excited anymore to get home and play rift. I’ve had amazing fun playing with Lauren, it’s just these past few weeks have been hard for me to log on and play, and I think that is a bad feeling to have when you’re making monthly payments to play an MMO.

Now, if they add a bunch of nice stuff to the game like deeper crafting, player housing, more open world pvp objectives, I might re sub to give it a whirl, but currently, it’s just not grabbing me as powerfully as past MMOs have.

I’m sorry Lauren, Donnie, Bobby, Chris, Mark, and my mom, for getting you all into rift, and suddenly I’m an adhd child who can’t make up his mind when it comes to which online world he wants to be apart of. I want to thank you for being a friend, however. [Que Music Theme Song: Golden Girls] Thanks for putting up with my bullshit.

These next couple of weeks, Ill be dabbling in other games and MMOs, and reporting back here with my results as to how much I’ve liked and disliked them.

So join me, as I set sail for the epic fail! Hopping from one MMO free trial to another.

Haha, I’m at work. Typing standing up is a bitch.

 

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Rift Open Beta Ends

I was telling myself that I was going to have a different kind of blog post next – one that didn’t talk about Rift. However, since the open beta has ended, I thought I’d post some more screenshots and share my experiences as the open beta draws to a close. I’ve been trying to get all sorts of people to play the game with me – to show them that even though it is very similar to WoW, it has certain things that make it special. Some declined, some tried it, and some even bought it. A good friend of mine, Shane [Stardragon], who I have been playing MMOs with for a good 5 years or so, tried the game out. Though he enjoyed his time playing rift, he thought that it didn’t offer enough new stuff to justify purchasing it and leaving WoW behind.

I appreciate Star for trying the game out, I had a lot of fun playing it with him. We even rocked some “Warfronts” [battlegrounds] However, I think that playing the game for ten levels doesn’t really show you how the game will play out, which is very sad. I think that because of how big World of Warcraft is, MMOs these days should be trying to capture and amaze people from the very beginning. While the game looks great, has very dynamic events such as Rifts and invasions from the different elemental planes [Life, Death, Fire, Water, Earth, ect], and a unique class system that is worth drooling over for people who love making unique specs in talent trees, I can’t say that the first few levels really grabs your attention.

When you start playing, the starting zone [from lvl 1-6] isn’t very exciting in terms of quest mechanics. Kill X this, collect this, destroy that, go here. People see the same UI with different tweaks, they see the class combination system, but only have their low level spells, and they lean back and go, “Wow, this is a WoW Clone, and its not different at all.” I sadly made that judgement when I first started playing. But after getting up there in the levels, and leaving the starting zones, did I see the Rifts and the NPC invasions in action, and tried out some pvp, as well as a few different classes.

the nice thing about Rift, though, is that, even though the quests are a bit weak in terms of quest mechanics and such, you can always do something else. Rifts, defending quest hubs from invasions, and pvp, actually give really great experience, which is very nice.

Thats enough ranting, screenshot time!

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World PvP

Some of my greatest moments within World of Warcraft happened because of the world pvp. Sure, there were plenty of battlegrounds that I played to get my player killing kicks satisfied, but I have very few memories that really stand out to me. When I first started playing WoW, I could remember the huge Southshore versus Hillsbrad fights. Alliance and horde would push each other back and forth between the two towns aimlessly. After awhile, somebody in general chat or raid chat would yell at the wise idea, “Lets retaliate and attack Tirisfal Glades/Crossroads/Astranaar” The raid group is one massive fel swoop would move to the next location, a tidal wave of player mounts and green names [signaling pvp flag].

And of course at arriving to the next destination there would be about half the players, and everyone would die. It would be a good day. After awhile though, Burning Crusade came out, and with it, came flying mounts. While blizzard had implemented World PvP objectives, for the most part, they were ignored. I dabbled in the one within hellfire peninsula, and a little bit with the zangarmarsh one, but it only offered a slim fraction of the fun that vanilla WoW world pvp offered. There was Halaa, too, but that was mostly useless and sporadic fighting.

Wrath came out – no real World PvP objectives, cept for Wintergrasp, which was a fucking joke. Cataclysm is more of the same with Tol Barad, but with queues to keep the sides even. That isn’t world pvp.

With flying mounts brought to Azeroth, there will never be the world pvp that happened in the scale that it used to. No massive scale battles.

You’re going to roll your eyes, but I believe that that will all change in Rift, especially on PvP servers, where the opposite faction will invade enemy territory, and attack their quest hubs. Players will be able to attack enemy quest hubs, also. In Warhammer, attack quest hubs was a major no-no, with super elite guards guarding the place- which was odd for a pvp game, discouraging world pvp like that. With Rift though, on pvp servers, they’ve made the guards guarding towns weaker than if they were on a pve server, and enemy players can totally render an enemy quest hub useless. Epic.

Also, no flying mounts. My hope with Rift pvp is that it’ll be much like the WoW days. Where there was a community, and you knew who the great pvpers were on your server by how badly they were hated by the other faction.

Theres also a dynamic World PvP event that happens in one of the zones I read about, something called an Ancient Wardstone can be captured or activated, which summons a boss that walks around the entire zone basically killing the towns/quest hubs/players in its path. Kinda like a wintergrasp with the bosses roaming outside. Sounds interesting.

Anyways, thats all for my night rift rant 😉 [not so much nightly, but you get it]

More on Rift later. Beta is on the 15th, anyone is welcome. No keys needed.

Rift Beta

Last night and a little bit of this morning I had the enjoyment of playing with my beloved, Lauren [who goes by the fierce name as redshipp] We started playing around 11:00 pm and we ended out adventures at… 3 am. We also picked up where we left off this morning for another thirty minutes. Needless to say, we’ve been having fun in Telara.

So another version of Sketchit was born!

Lauren and I stumbled around the newbie zone which was very reminiscent [or, at least I think] Of the warhammer starter zones for Chaos and Human.. meshed together. Not that that’s how it played out by any means, but the art style seemed similar, as well as the atmosphere. Which isn’t a bad thing.

We killed many an undead-like fiend, smashed magical devices [looted a few grey-quality picnic baskets from “traitor” mobs?] Launched catapults and defeated a very powerful [low level static] Rift at the end of our newbie experience. It was some good stuff. I wish I had taken more screenshots of the rifts and the going-ons of the zone, but I was too caught up playing the game.

I guess I should give some background story lorelol stuff before I go on. Some heretic king guy used not-suppose-to-use technology, which harnessed the power of these dragon like things. Which you aren’t supposed to do, because it’s bad. For whatever reason, that brought the dragons, which brought the rifts, which in turn, fucked up the world. As a normal good guy, I died. But an angel swooped down and said, “Hey, you’re better than this!” and made me a being called an “Ascended,” which is why I’m so fucking powerful. After defeating powerful static rift as a newbie, 200 years have past. Apparently I sacrificed myself for the rift to be shut, but now the gods have brought me back to solve this new rift problem. Oh shit son.

So now we’re back in the “real world” of the game! Serious time!

I played as a “Beastmaster” “Paragon” and “Riftblade,” which means I have a pet, I dual wield, and if I spec’d more into Riftblades, my weapons would have special procs.  Lauren played as a Druid… and something else. A cleric of sorts 😀

Throughout the night Lauren and I closed many a Rift and even defended a town from an enemy invasion. I died once during a rift [damn elite mobs] and Lauren got steamrolled by a large force of invasion mobs 😦

So we took it out on a squirrel.. and collected their tears.. and added it to our collection. [more to come on that later]

[My cat’s name is Frisky, and her faerie pet is named Danny :3]

Anyways folks, I’ll report more on Rift later. Time to make some toaster strudels.

Apologize. Or not, that’s cool too.

A couple of days ago I let my sporadic ADHD gamer side really shine, and I quit World of Warcraft and bought rift. I realize that by doing this, I may have unintentionally given a digital middle finger to a few of my close friends. Actually – all of them.  I don’t have too many friends.

Stardragon [Shane], Donnie, Bobby, and Chris, I apologize. No, I don’t regret my decision. I’m just sorry that I dragged everyone back into Cataclysm in the first place. You resubbed, transferred characters and changed factions. We leveled many a lvl and grinded a few dungeons. However, not long after reaching 85, you find that I’m not with you. Not even three months of having Cataclysm, I quit.

You may go, “Well, I don’t understand, why would you waste all that time and money and then go and leave?”  It’s not a waste. I enjoyed my time in Azeroth, and I’ve seen all the new things there are to see in Cataclysm. I had fun. You have to remember that in the end, what’s most important when it comes to all games is that you play them to have fun. They’re not really investments.  I’m not really much of an end game raider, and when it comes to pvp, WoW’s is nice, but they’ve offered nothing really new for pvpers. A rehashed AB and Warsong Gulch, and World PVP is officially dead. You have to queue up for Tol Barad.

And so I tried out the Rift Beta, and though it wasn’t revolutionary, it offered things done differently, and it was a breath of fresh air. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft off and on for six years. That’s a long time. With Cataclsym, blizzard did really more of the same thing. This is fine – just not for me.

Rift is a game that plays much like WoW, but does a few things differently. All the different class combinations [no more cookie cutter specs] The Rifts, which is a new cool public quest like things that anyone can just jump into. Open PvP zones with dynamic events that happen in them.  It has a very slick interface that’s as customizable as Warhammer’s was. Overall, it’s a very polished game. You might look a few gameplay videos or screenshots and guffaw at how similar the games are, but when I sat done to play it, I had fun.

That’s what matters. It’s a different game. It’s polished. It’s fun.

I had bigger arguments in my head to convince the people I apologized to to actually play with me, but I’m going to go play with Lauren now.

 

Come and play a game, a game with me!

Alright guys… lets play some good ole fashioned trading card games over the internet – without the prices of paying for it! I have to warn you – the program is a little old fashioned, but it has every card game in the book!

First, go here – http://lackeyccg.com/LackeyCCGBetaWin.zip

Extract the file into its own folder
Inside the Lackey CCG folder, you’ll see a LackeyCCG.exe file
Open it up

Once inside the program, go to the preferences tab.
You’ll see two buttons
and [high]

Go above those buttons and you’ll see Pugin info – – – – Select plugin {drop down box]
Hold down left clcik on the box and find “wow”
click High for high quality images
click update from URL under AutoUpdate

It’ll say reload the program when it’s done loading
Just click [Load Plugin] at the top under plugin pref. It should say WoW
You should see a big WoW Card on your left on the main screen

Go into preferences tab again
Go to player profile tab
Enter your player name
Click save profile
Go back into pref tab again
Go into appearance
Check the box that says Show card counters as numbers
Click save at the bottom
Go into the Deck Editor Tab
Click the [New Deck] Button at the top left under the server tab

Enter a Deck name for the deck on the right
The filters on the left hand side, when you click the off button, it turns that filter on, and you can type the name of the card/type/whatever you’re looking for
all you need to do is drag and drop the cards up at the top when you have the deck tab selected
Make sure to put your choosen hero under the hero tab
You can use the left and right arrow keys while dragging a card to add more of that card type
When you’re done, click the save deck button and then tell me whenever you want to play a game.

So a rake, a shovel, and a broom, walk into a ditch

Well then, it’s been awhile since I’ve written on this beloved blog. I feel like that has been the opening sentence for quite a few of my posts here, and I apologize for that. I’d like to give everyone a little update on what’s been going on with my life. I’m not working. I quit working at Regatta’s as a Bus Boy about a month ago. Things were starting to slow down there, and in turn, the amount of money I was receiving in tips was taking a giant nose dive. I’m going to school – kinda. Taking only a few classes. Better than nothing I suppose. That’s going just swell. I also started playing WoW again [fuck you].

Oh yeah, I also tried winning the lottery. No, I didn’t win – assholes. I think everyone needs to try buying a lottery ticket once in their life – to put things in perspective. No, you aren’t special, and no, you aren’t a unique case where these kind of magic fairy tale dream comes true. I think everyone has tossed around the idea in their head, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I won the lottery? I could give a bunch of money to all my loved ones, and we can kick back and relax.” You smile happily to yourself, mystified as to what might happen if you really did win.

“Well, maybe I’m the one. Maybe I deserve it!” No, you don’t. Get over yourself. Go to food store, or a gas station. Pick up a lottery ticket. Spend all day thinking about the “what ifs” and then go home and anticipate that final moment where you sit down at your computer, go to the lottery website, say a prayer, and look at your numbers. The winning numbers are 5, 0, 55, 43, and 8. None of your numbers match. Not one. A sadness starts to seep into your very being as your dreams of grandeur are torn to shreds before your eyes. You take a deep breath, and toss away that silly thing you called hope.

Everyone needs to do this. It’s called getting real. You aren’t going to win the lottery, so toss out those silly thoughts. Go pick up a ticket, it will quickly make you realize that you aren’t special, not the “chosen one.” Nope. You suck. Now go complete college, you asshole. [But if you do win, shoot me an email or a text]

sigh…

So whats with MMORPGs these days, eh? Not much I suppose. World of Warcraft launched about 6 years ago, and still not one MMO developer can be original. Everyone feels like trying to copy WoW. Big Fatcat corporations scratch their heads in confusion, wondering why their MMO, almost exactly like WoW, didn’t win. No developer dares touch a niche market like “sandboxs” and “full loot”

I love using analogies.

Everquest is a plain omelet, perhaps a little burnt around the edges. It’s not very tasty, but nobody has had an omelet before. So they eat it up. It’s great!

World of Warcraft is an omelet with cheese thrown into the mix, no burnt edges, nicely cooked, and you can throw in a few choice of meats here and there. People love this new omelet. I mean, omfg! It’s uber!

Other Chefs look around, people love omelets with cheese and meat, so they do the same thing, but they add a small variation to it. Maybe some salt, pepper, a new spice, less cheese, a different meat.

These are your Warhammers, Aions, Lord of the Rings Onlines, Age of Conans.

People are sick of fucking omelets. Give us a fucking pizza. Or maybe a nice burger. Yes, eggs are very nice – but how about some experimentation, you cuntfucks?

I want an MMORPG that pushes the boundaries and tries something new. Give us different combat mechanics, give us deeper crafting – more meaningful PvE and PvP – give us stronger community building tools. Let us shape the world. World of Warcraft is a good game, and what it does it does very well. Questing, Dungeons, Theme-Park-esque traveling from quest hub to quest hub. Don’t do the same thing with a new coat of paint on it.

Heres another way of looking at it. Yes, using food again – because I’m kinda hungry. Each MMO is a restaurant. You look down main street and see a bunch of pizzerias, and maybe one Steakhouse. Most businessmen would look at that and go, “Hey, there isn’t a Chinese restaurant, let’s build one!” or “This place could really use a nice Seafood restaurant.” The gaming industries problem is that they see a pizzeria doing really well, so they try to put up another one that’s even better! Surely they’ll all flock to that one now! That’s why the gaming market is flooded with so much of the same old shit. Spice things up. People enjoy variety. If it’s a gg, they will play.

Use your god damn heads, devs!

Don’t fuck up that Elder Scrolls MMO, Zenimax Online.