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Where have I been…

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Its been ages since my last post.  I feel like I’ve really neglected the place.  A couple of reasons for this, firstly I have been quite busy playing games and didnt really feel motivated to post, but then over Christmas I’ve been quite ill.

I managed to get the worst flu ever and it really interupted both my work and leisure time. I’ve actually been too unwell to use the computer at all which is not like me.

Anyway onto lighter things, I’ll do a quick update on what I have been playing these last few weeks.

Guild Wars

Guild Wars

Still playing guild wars quite a lot, although I seem to have hit a bit of a brick wall in terms of progressing with both Cantha (Factions) and Elona (Nightfall).

As far as Cantha is concerned me and Ame have reached the final mission to defeat Shiro.  This is proving to be quite tough and I hate the bits in Guild Wars that are quite tough.  I just wish I could go away and level up a bit then come back and kick his ass, but alas I hit max level months ago.  I really don’t want to have to spend ages reading wiki pages and customising my party and build in order to just finish the darn thing.  So with frustration setting in I had a chat with Ame and we decided we would move on to Elona and come back to Shiro at a later date.

We completed another few missions of Elona content and reached the mission where you have to close the rift gates in the Grand court of Sebelkeh, I’ve now had a couple of goes at this and its proving to be another challenge.  Not sure I can really be bothered to put the effort in to research what to do, so again I’m at a bit of a block.

My choice is to knuckle down and get these missions done or move on to Eye of the North for a while to see how that goes.  With the other games I have at the moment I don’t think I can cope with the effort needed. :(  Lets hope I change my mind as I really really like guild Wars.

The Lord of the Rings Online (Lotro)

The Lord Of The Rings Online

I’ve been putting off looking at Lotro for some time as I didn’t want to distract myself from Guild Wars, but the free to download and play temptation finally took its toll.  I’m trying out several classes and I’m not sure which one to play.  I have the following at the moment:

a level 8 Burglar (Man)
a level 10 Champion (Dwarf)
a level 12 Minstrel (Man)
a level 13 Lore Master (Elf)

The Lore Master is dedicated to playing with Ame and the Champion is dedicated to playing with a group of friends, but my fave character at the moment is the minstrel as he is the only class that allows for an effective self heal.

I’m loving the game so far, but still not sure if it will become my main game, I guess it depends on whether I get totally stuck in Guild Wars.  Time will tell on that…

One thing I do like about Lotro is the environment, its just plain gorgeous, the controls are not as snappy as GW in combat as I often have moments where I swear I clicked on a skill but the skill just doesn’t activate.  I guess I’ve been spoilt on that score because of how responsive Guild Wars is.

Loving the crafting of Lotro though, its made me wonder why there isnt something similar in Guild Wars, I’m sure the chaps at Arenanet are paying attention and something will get included in GW2.

All in all Lotro is a great game and no-one can complain with the price of it. :)  Will keep updating as to whether GW or Lotro becomes my MMo of choice.

Burnout Paradise

Burnout Paradise

Picked up this awesome game in the steam sales.  I actually already own this on the PS3, but these days that only gets booted up when I want to watch a DVD with the family.  You see the PS3 is attached to the big tele and thats not in our computer room, so to play Burnout meant leaving Ame playing in the study and going into the main room.  I found this to be totally anti-social, so with Burnout on offer for £3.75, yes thats right less than four pounds for one of the most fun driving games I have ever played I had to buy it.

Been flying round the city totally loving it.  Got my money’s worth out of this one already. :)

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Another great value steam sale item.  This game has been on my list for some time, but I have been reluctant to pay full price for it as I was unsure if it was going to be my type of game.  When it came down to £7.49 it was a must buy.  I’m only a couple of levels into it, but I’m really enjoying it so far.  There have been a couple of technical issues with it as I occasionally get a freeze of the graphics and I have had a couple of crashes, but its not stopping my enjoyment.  I’ll have a look sometime and see if there are updated drivers required for my graphics card.

The story I’m finding to be really entertaining and the Joker and Harlequin characters are particularly well done.  Combat is responsive and fun, particularly the slow motion last action you get when you defeat a mob.  Not really got the hand of the combo system yet, but I’m playing on easy so I might not bother with that unless required

Well, thats about it for an update.  Its taken me a while to finish this post, but at least I got there in the end.


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.


Hall of Monuments

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Arenanet have done an evil thing…

They have taken what was already a total obsession of mine and turned it into a life threatening problem.

As anyone who knows me will realise I’ve racking up the Guild Wars hours for about 9 months now and I’ve been really enjoying my time.  One of the main attractions of Guild Wars has been the number of hours I have been playing alongside Ame.  This game really makes it easy to team up with your friends and have a laugh.  We have now completed the first part of Guild Wars (Prophesies) and moved on to Factions and Nightfall, then following this we have Eye of the North expansion.

Anyway, to get to my point I had a lot of gameplay to go and I’ve also been looking forward to the release of Guild Wars 2.  I was only talking to Ame about this the other week and we were both hoping that we don’t run out of content before the release of Guild Wars 2, or we might have to go get another game to keep us happy in the interim.

Then, all hell broke lose last week with the release of this blog from Arenanet  This simple reward calculator has changed the face of Guild Wars forever.  We are now faced with a huge challenge to get as many rewards in place before the release of Guild Wars 2.  It not just Ame and I that have been effected by this either, certain areas of the game are now crowded with players and there seems to be a real buzz in the Guild Wars Community.

I’ll just give my Boss a ring and let him know that I have a life threatening problem and can I take 6 months to a year off work. :)


PS. If you don’t know anything about Guild Wars 2 yet, shame on you, get researching the most anticipated MMO of 2011.

Back in the Saddle (The quest for a title)

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Well its early morning and I just about survived my gaming free day.

Had to get a little fix of Guild Wars this morning, so I logged on and made a small amount of progress in my “Cartographer Title”.   This involves the systematic uncovering of the Guild Wars world.  For people who have not played Guild Wars, the map is EXTREMELY large, its taken me around 300 hours to complete the content in Guild Wars (first campaign only) and probably a further 30-40 to uncover other areas that playing the main game didn’t uncover.

There was a time when I thought this title totally unachievable due to the scale of the project, but when Ame was parading around “Lions Arch” in her shiny new ”Grand Master Cartographer” title a couple of weeks back I thought why not have a go myself (Not that I am in any way a competitive gamer).

So, from the 12th of September I have been spending around 1 or 2 hours a day on this title and with a nice free weekend coming up I think I will try and push for the last bit.

This is a breakdown of my progress since I turned up the heat:

Map Progress 1

Will keep updating my progress here and once I have the shiny title I will be showing it off to the world.