Archive for November, 2010

Finally I have multi-player ass kicking mayhem

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Whilst waiting for Vindictus and needing some kick ass action I accidentally stumbled upon a game I absolutely loved from my past. Dynasty Warriors…  Both Ame and I played this to death on the PS2.

So seeing as this latest instalment is online and completely free to download and play I though I would give it a whirl.  The instant I booted up the game I was confronted with the same characters and the familiar guitar riffs. All those old memories came flooding back.

Here is a quick trailer to get those Chinese Warlord juices flowing:

The one downside (if there can be a downside to a game this awesome), is that its a little confusing finding your way around the town/hub system, I found myself wandering around quite a bit trying to find things, so for this reason I created a map as a guide.

DWO Town Map (Small)

DWO Town Map (Small)

Click here for a larger version.

Well, I can’t hang around here forever, there are a few thousand Wei supporters out there that need to be taught a lesson. :)


I finally made it!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010


Well, I made it. A little late to the party perhaps, but still dolled up and ready to dance. Of course, Sugoll’s been strutting his stuff already, but what can I say – he’s faster at doing his make-up then I am :P

So, where to start with my first post?

Top of my priority list at the moment is NaNoWrimo.  This is a writing challenge, with a target of writing 50K words between the 1st and 30th November. You can write about anything you like – as long as you write. The internal editor gets turned off, it doesn’t matter if you splurge rubbish on the page where you’d normally agonize for hours over the best way to describe a scene. Reading, revising, restructuring all come after the end of November, when you’ve hopefully got the shiny little badge that says “winner”.

This event gets bigger and bigger every year, and has a great community spirit – there’s support and inspirational ideas for meeting your goal in the official forums, plus local “write-ins” where you can meet up with other local participants, and “word wars” – where you battle with others to try and write the most in a set amount of time.

I promised myself 2010 would be the year I complete the challenge – I’ve known about the event since 2007, but every November since has been a complete wash-out. Unfortunately, between the wedding, and some unforeseen overtime, it looks like I might hit the same problems again, at least at the start of the month. I’m already more than a week behind (and it’s only the 9th!), and haven’t yet even sketched out how my idea is going to evolve. Some people can just sit down and the words will flow – and I can do this with short pieces – but I think for a project of this size I need some guidelines.

Luckily, I’ve found a great community of writers on the Kelley Armstrong forums who share advice and experiences freely – including Kelley herself. I’m more of a lurker than a contributor at the moment – but they’re a very welcoming bunch. I’m going to be using the advice they give – which includes a series of articles written by Kelley Armstrong to help get people started with plot line and character development – to kick start my first real attempt at completing NaNo. Hopefully, the next time I post, it will be to show some progress, and run through some of the highs and lows I know are on the way.


Team Fortress 2 has moved on…

Monday, November 8th, 2010
Smaug's Stash

My RPG Stash

Although I have been hiding away in my little RPG cave with my massive stash of gold over the last 6 months, I used to very much enjoy the FPS world of TF2.

I’m not entirely sure why I stopped playing TF2, I love the pace of the game, the unique and entertaining graphics and the ability to group with friends and have a good laugh.  All of these factors result in an awesome game, so why did I stop playing in favour of Guild Wars?  I’m beginning to think the reason was because of having nothing to show for my time.

I’ll try to explain.   I’m never going to be an awesome FPS player, no matter how much I practice.   I can play the Medic class to a reasonable level for a public server, but the twitchy scout movement or the way you have to predict where the player will go as a soldier are beyond my skill level.  So what did I get for my hundreds of hours gameplay?  In Guild Wars I have a max level character decked out in his wonderful high level armour with a great title below his name that people look at and know that I’m more than your average player.

With the recent flurry of updates from TF2 I now have something to aim for… Crafting new items from rubbish I don’t need has just grabbed my attention.  These updates have actually been out for a while, its just taken me this long to notice.  So, despite the pull from my Guild Wars hoard of gold, I need the medic hats and I need them now!!

Shiny Medic Hat

Shiny Medic Hat

For those that are not familiar with the mechanisms, here is a nicely put together tutorial on how to craft in TF2.


Games Watch #2

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Welcome to the second edition of Games Watch.   Not a lot of new games announced that we are interested in this month, but some things to say about ones I am already watching.  The biggest game I am watching at the moment has to be Guild Wars 2, but I will cover that one in separate articles over the next few weeks/months.

Vindictus Update

The sad news is that Vindictus was only released in the States and not in Europe. :(  I’m not sure yet when we will get to play this awesome game, but the rumour is that it will be fairly soon.  On a more positive note, the new character Evie has been released and she looks awesome…

Diablo 3 Update

Also a new class was announced for Diablo 3, woohoo. Looks awesome, lets hope we don’t have to wait too long to play…

That’s it for now, till I start putting some thoughts together on Guild Wars 2.


We have been away

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well we have been rather busy over the last couple of weeks what with getting married and everything.  Married life is awesome and now we can officially call ourselves Mr and Mrs Mythbeast. Woohoo!!

The hardest part of the whole marriage experience was the time away from our keyboards.  The last time we were away for that length of time would be counted in years rather than months (GULP!!).

It was actually very nice to get back home and sit down and get in some gaming together.  It was very interesting to note that I have played Guild Wars almost exclusively since my return from hols.  So although Minecraft is very very addictive I don’t think it will ever replace my Guild Wars. :) The thing about Minecraft is that once you start playing its very difficult to stop, but if you can resist starting a project within it you can hold off quite easily.

Anyway, back to what I have been doing with games over the last few days since returning.

I’ve had the sudden urge to make significant progress with the Skill Hunter title track.  So as with most things when I want to track progress I created a spreadsheet.  This started as a simple list and then grew into a fully filterable and self totalling monster.

I also decided to add Ame’s progress into this and before I knew where I was I had a competition on my hands. (Again, it goes without saying that I am in no way competitive in my gaming. Ahem!).

Here is where we are at the moment. I will update on progress as we near the titles.

Who iz winning...

PS. Just noticed that I have missed a Canthan skill somewhere… Will need to do an Audit to find out where that has gone.