Sunday, December 16, 2012

What's new


 It's been a long time since I've posted anything. Real life stuff's been keeping me busy. Even so, I did finish A Dance with Dragons. I'm hoping HBO combines A Dance with Dragons with A Feast for Crows for one season. I found both books to be drawn out and not as interesting as the previous novels in the series. Having said that however, I believe he is preparing readers for a grande finale in the last 2 novels, which I hope he can finish in his lifetime.
 As far as gaming goes, I'm sure that many people have been watching Guild Wars 2 before and after its release. This is the game I am currently playing. To me, it looks like they've taken all the best ideas from other games and rolled it into one. I like the fact that everyone gets XP from all kills they are involved with regardless of who hit the mob first. This eliminates kill stealing and also incourages players to help other players. The events remind me of public quests in Warhammer which was one part of that game that I enjoyed immensely. The guild system is unique as well as that you can represent more than one guild in a way. Your account is linked so that once you join a guild, all your characters may represent that particular guild, saving time trying to get them invited separately. As well, your crafting mats can be accessed and used by all your toons quite easily. Your bank can be accessed at crafting stations, etc. etc. I could go on and on. There are so many new and fresh ideas in this game. Sure, some people say it's just another MMORPG, and I've noticed people get discouraged at first try because it is so different, but once they try it for a while, they usually get used to it.
 I also like the idea of having skills dependant on the weapon you are using. This adds some variety and customization to characters based on your style. Leveling is not tedious, which is nice. I cannot list all the differences in this game compared to others or I would be typing far longer than I wish. Also, I have yet to experience dungeons or World vs.World in GW2, which I am looking forward to but I am taking it slow and savouring it as I go. Even though I haven't been there, WvW reminds me of the RvR in Warhammer, which was another reasons I liked WAR so much. Here however, it is server vs. server, and 3 sides instead of 2, similar to what I've heard Dark Age of Camelot had.
 I think I'll be playing GW2 for a while so it may be another long while before I post again.
Oh, I also finished the Inheritance series by Chistopher Paolini. I enjoyed his writing style and the entire series. It's too bad they already made an Eragon movie, which I truly hated, because they could have done this entire series into 2 or 3 movies like Lord of the Rings. I would have liked to have seen that. I guess that happens when they rush something like that while the hype is still there. The same thing for Cyanide's Game of Thrones RPG from what I've read in the game reviews. I might try it some day if the price goes down enough.
 Until next time, I hope everyone is enjoying the games they're playing and I sincerely hope we don't have to wait 8 years for next novel in A Song of Ice and Fire series.
 Also, have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Warhammer changes

 Well, I tried playing on one of the Everquest Progressive servers, mainly because I don't like what SoE has done with the game over the past years, so I tried it again from it's beginnings. Unfortunately, it would appear that I'd forgotten exactly how much patience is required for this game. It sames that I'm not quite so patient these days. Having said that, it did take very long to lose interest... once again.
 Next... I noticed 14 free days on my Warhammer account... hmmm... I always did like the game but the problem before was lack of people and inability to take battle objectives without people. I decided to give it a try and was quite surprised. Apparently there have been some changes implemented since the last time I played. With patch 1.40 released in November 2010, Warhammer underwent major changes which seem to have corrected the problems which caused me to leave the game. For patch 1.40 details click HERE.
 Currently I am only still in Tier 1, I decided to start fresh with new characters. They've also increased the number of characters per server as well as allowing both Order and Destruction on the same server, but with playing restrictions to prevent cheating, or spying. So far, I am enjoying the new Warhammer, hopefully the higher tiers are somehow similar.

Coincident ?

 While playing Everquest I found something that might be amusing to fans of Game os Thrones, or A Song of Ice and Fire, fans. Located in the Bard guild in South Qeynos are 2 NPC characters named Joffrey and Sansa. This game was originally released in 1999, this timing could be right. Coincidence? Were the creators of Everquest fans of the Ice and Fire series? Either way, I was amused.