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10641  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 29, 2008, 06:21:39 PM
Although it's not a huge content update, it mentions several new missions, including 16 in the Marshes (I haven't played there yet, I think it's for mid to upper 30s?):
855 missions have had their rewards re-evaluated and replaced with new items. Items previously obtained through these missions will not be changed, but will no longer be available to future players.

38 Instances now have a Portable Waypoint at the beginning of them, making it easier for players with Portable Waypoints to go back to the beginning of the instance.

Added 16 new missions to Marshes.

New mission: The Infesus Garrison Directive

New mission: Infiltrate Infesus Garrison

New mission: Rock and Rumble

New mission: Supply Pass

New mission: Tough Translating

New mission: Scientific Salvage

New mission: Taking the Pills

New mission: Arming the Brann

New mission: Incursion Investigation

10642  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 29, 2008, 06:06:14 PM
Aye, they do do regular daily maintenance each morning, thanks for the heads up about the patch going live.
Maintenance is being extended on this morning as we apply the 1.4 Patch to the servers. We apologize for the extended downtime.
Exciting news though I do think this is where the lack of one official forum to see if other players are having problems becomes a drawback.

***Note: They are resetting *ALL* attribute AND skill points on all characters, because the patch changes so many things. You might want to read the patch notes thoroughly before re-divvying the points out. Health/HP should be a lot more important now.

The final patch notes/known issues for 1.4 be here:
The notes would probably take multiple posts to paste here. Creature changes should really impact basic gameplay, so here be those (I underlined a few things that seem to make enemies tougher or do more damage):

Boss creatures are now immune to fear effects.

All boss and large bane creatures are no longer susceptible to confusion-type abilities such as Hack and Traitor.

Add fear Immunity to all boss variants that recently received confusion immunity.

Overseer Skeev will now have a unique appearance.

Flaregashers will now do significantly more damage in close combat, but their melee attack will no longer be completely armor piercing.

Flaregashers can now spit fireballs while pursuing their target.

Infected foreans will now do significantly more damage with their lightning attacks.

Infected foreans will now heal more effectively.

Hunters are no longer immune to electric damage, but are now immune to sonic damage.

The Hunter net ability is now considered electric damage.

Hunters will now use their net ability more often.

Hunter names now vary based on level range.

The hunter net ability is now considered electric damage. {previously physical}
Hunters will now use their net ability more often.

Hunters have learned how to use their energy shields to absorb a portion of incoming damage, instantly convert it into electricity and reflect it back to the attacker. They are unable to do so with virulent based attacks however.

Nitroglazers are now immune to ice based attacks.

Juggernaughts founds in mission instances will be more difficult than their battlefield map counterparts.

Juggernaughts have learned how to use their cannons to generate a massive shockwave.

Xanx will now fully regain their health from feasting on their fallen brethren.

Xanx names in instances will now scale with level.

Linkers and Howlers can no longer be killed purely by EMP damage. There was an issue causing them not to be flagged as biological creatures, which has now been corrected.

There are now less Striders terrorizing the plains of Howling Maw.

Reduced Miasma cold debuff.

Reduced Miasma hitpoints.

Reduced Miasma phase-in AoE dps.

There are now more Warnet Spawns on Howling Maw to facilitate completion of the Howling Maw Targets of Opportunity.

There are now more Filchers on Howling Maw to facilitate completion of the Howling Maw Targets of Opportunity.

There are now more Infected Miasma on Howling Maw to facilitate completion of the Howling Maw Targets of Opportunity.

Increased the overall spawn amounts in the southern portion of Howling Maw.

Increased the overall spawn scale in Magma Caverns.

Thrax Grenadiers now share the same resistances and vulnerabilities as all of their Thrax brethren.

The Brann of the Phanin Research Center have received appropriate resistances and vulnerabilities.

The Warden Bot Bosses of the Ruins of Tampeii will now hit like bosses.

The Brann of the Ruins of Tampeii have received appropriate resistances and vulnerabilities.

Strider Overseer Gorko on Torden Plains is no longer bright red.

Destroyed objects in Devilís Den should no longer respawn.

Penumbra operatives in Magma Caverns will now display correctly as instanced enemies in the target window.
Despite all that, the patch claims to have rebalanced the game to be a little easier at all levels.  icon_confused So we'll see.
10643  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Chipotle: free burrito on Feb 13/14 on: January 29, 2008, 05:55:12 PM
I was so happy when two more Chipotles opened in Virginia, one near where I work; and one to the west of where I live. Now I'm in the Chipotle Triangle. biggrin

I'm partial to the chicken, but I did try the barbacoa the other day, ending a streak of about 193 straight chicken orders there...

I had this amusing moment when I went by a Moe's Mexican Grill on Friday (I like them but I think Chipotle's ingredients and meats are better quality). One of the women working behind the counter kept looking up at me like she recognized me. It was only when I left that I realized, "Hey, she used to work at Chipotle!"  saywhat My dining world here is truly too small...
10644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiberium on: January 29, 2008, 04:36:06 PM
Game Informer had a big cover story on it. I still have a copy of C&C: Renegade rotting on my shelves (I wave it around whenever someone claims a Starcraft FPS would be "awesome!" disgust), and I don't plan to be a C&C Lemming again. There are a lot of shabby shooters bragging about using the Unreal engine so they'll have to "show me."   paranoid
10645  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 29, 2008, 04:00:19 AM
Teamed up with a couple 30ish engineers for a Mires instance. Some peeks:

The mighty, if not terribly durable, MultiBot engineer construct:

10646  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 28, 2008, 08:53:34 PM
Driver Heaven has an interesting "describe a unique monster for Tabula Rasa contest." Grand prize is an ATI 3870 X2 video card:

10647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 28, 2008, 07:42:41 PM
Gah, look what my throw-away comment started.  icon_biggrin

As far as patch 1.0 goes, I'm still afraid of it. I'm afraid it'll morph my OS into Windows Vista... paranoid
10648  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 28, 2008, 06:14:54 PM
Just keep in mind they are temporary and don't last an exceptionally long time (they can be destroyed before the timer runs out too). I think by the time the guy got the 5th type turret down, the 1st one was fading away.   icon_biggrin I guess the limit is that you can only have one of the five different pump level type turrets up at a given time. So you can have 5 different ones, but you can't drop 5 laser turrets, 3 EMP turrets etc.

It's fun to watch how people use these when they're soloing in the L30ish zones. I'd say it's a little busier to use than other classes, esp. since you probably have to set up the turrets on another secondary hotkey tray and do some switching back and forth in combat.

My Biotechnician's at 26 now. I'll have to work my clone to the Engineer stuff at some point.
10649  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: January 28, 2008, 06:12:50 PM
I bought this over the weekend (had a Best Buy discount coupon). Not sure when I will set sail. smile
10650  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 27, 2008, 07:30:15 PM
Was defending a CP alongside an engineer last night and at one point he had all 5 turret types up. Couple glimpses...
10651  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Name and Server List on: January 26, 2008, 09:16:33 PM
Oh I think I'm going to disband the fledgling GT clan due to lack of members and interest, and also because I've gotten a couple of invites to active clans (and after you leave a clan you have to wait 7 days before joining another). So I'd rather set my characters free to join something active.

I still got most people here on the friends list and feel free to add me, keep in touch, team up with me, etc. Au revoir. smile
10652  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 26, 2008, 02:51:09 PM
Here's another Creature Closeup, the Bane Technician (he repairs Bane via a funky group radiation-looking skill, and can drop turrets, I think):
10653  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 26, 2008, 02:48:27 PM
The 1.4 patch on test was updated, with various bug fixes and stability improvement:

Right now the splash page takes you to a news item (can't find the link right now) where they talk about doing smaller updates rather than one quarterly big roll-up update. Hopefully, once 1.4 goes live and has the kinks worked out, they can start doing that.
10654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 25, 2008, 10:16:58 PM
This reminds me, the other week there was this "blog flame war" between Romero and former Gathering of Developers CEO Mike Wilson. Nothing more amusing than two irrelevant people hollering at each other.  icon_razz
10655  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: January 24, 2008, 08:23:09 PM
I'm told:
Is a good place to find info for new players and the "things you wish you knew when you started playing" sort of stuff, at the official forums.

10656  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Perpetual Entertainment cancels Star Trek: Online (sorta) on: January 24, 2008, 05:48:01 PM
Kohnke settled its lawsuit with Perpetual

Although, given that Perpetual seems to be like the Titanic and Hindenburg rolled together, perhaps they realized there was no money to be gotten from a sinking company.  Roll Eyes

As far as Cryptic, the jump in speculation logic was that Marvel Universe appears to be dead (Microsoft won't even comment about the game much less hype it, or so news sites say). I think it was telling that when a bunch of news sites speculated MU was kaput, I didn't see a bunch of PR flaks from MS coming down off the mountain to say "no no no! We're still working on it!" Maybe I missed something but it seemed like the only response was crickets chirping.  Tongue

Although Cryptic had other unannounced projects, the speculation was maybe they might be interested in another established IP, though I don't think Jack Emmert is a trekkie per se.

I would more think they'd look for another comics company whose characters they could work on (Dark Horse? Image?). I think DC had a separate MMO project with someone else lined up though I haven't heard anything more on that in ages either.

If in fact MU is dead, then Cryptic selling off the CoX franchise (and letting virtually the entire CoX team move over to NCSoft) doesn't really look so smart. icon_confused I would be happy if Statesman, er, the artist formerly known as Statesman, showed up here and said, "You are WRONG, garbanzo beans breath! Marvel Universe is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD!" I don't see that happening...
10657  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 24, 2008, 02:08:14 PM
IGN has a dev diary about the new Fault Lever (for level 50 players) instance, which I think is part of patch 1.4 that's on the test server:

Also, if you're dying for charcoal black plaint dye, they have a limited test server thing where if you put in a total of 2 hours on the test server, you'll get some free black paint dyes automatically (which you can use on the live servers).
10658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rambo on: January 24, 2008, 04:38:27 AM
People who only remember the II and III relatively lunk-headed Rambo movies should watch the original, more ambigous First Blood (1982), which really is a terrific action film with a dark view of how America treated Vietnam vets upon their return, and has Brian Dennehy as a great counterpart to Stallone. Or dig up David Morrell's original First Blood book, a far, far nastier story where the character basically goes on a rampaging killing spree at the end (toned down considerably for the movie, understandably so, which went more for pyrotechnics at the end instead of body count).

In retrospect, Stallone mumbling, "We just want... our country... to love us... as much as we... love it" was like Oscar material compared to some of his dialogue in later movies in the '80s. Just didn't appreciate it at the time. smile

I still remember in my American Studies class in college in about 1986, we watched Rambo: First Blood Part II (I think on Betamax videotape  icon_lol) and analyzed the politics and also did a body count. The body count was ridiculous. I think by the time we were done counting, everyone was laughing sort of with a mixture of horror and amusement.
10659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2008 Oscar Nominations are in on: January 23, 2008, 11:17:54 PM
I just feel sad that I literally haven't seen anything that was nominated for *anything* this year. Not even for technical awards afik. Partly I'm too busy gaming, but I've found fewer and fewer movies that interest me at all. The few that do aren't awards-like stuff.

Last year I went to a pretty cool AMC Best Picture Showcase all-day movie marathon on Saturday, Feb. 24. It was pretty fun. For a reasonable one time fee, you got this special Best Picture Showcase ID pass (so you could come in and out of the theater between showings), and starting at 11 a.m., you could watch the 5 Best Picture nominees in succession. Most locations it was in the biggest, best theater in the multiplex. Last year it was:
-The Queen
-The Departed
-Letters From Iwo Jima
-Little Miss Sunshine

I gave up during Sunshine only because I'd seen it on DVD, and I was trying to beat an incoming snowstorm home.

Each person also got free coupons for soda and popcorn, and you could get free refills all day long (they even let us go to the food court and bring sandwiches in for lunch and dinner). I had a lot of fun (I took my retired mom and she was a real trooper for such a long event:)), and it was a great way to catch up on the best picture nominees in a good size theater, and play catchup. I hope they do it again this year - everyone who attended seemed to love the idea. smile

Oh, I forgot, I took photos of my pass from the Showcase event:

fwiw, I found Letters From Iwo Jima the most affecting of the movies even if it was a hopeless movie to try to market, and it was perhaps too long for its own good. I couldn't really compare it to anything except maybe Peckinpah's 1977 film "Cross of Iron."

While I could appreciate The Departed's style, I'm just way past the point of being impressed by people using the C, F, MF, CS etc. other words every 3 words. I was impressed with 48 Hours when it had that kind of dialogue in 1982 when I was 17. Now that I'm an old fart, it just strikes me as unimaginative screenwriting. ***K!!!!!!!  disgust Tongue
10660  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tips, Tricks, and Automobiles..Tabula Rasa.... on: January 23, 2008, 10:11:20 PM
Belatedly, I noticed has added a Tabula Rasa sub-site, at:

I like the idea but it's very much a work in progress, and I'm not sure it's as helpful as it wants to be - yet, anyway.
10661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 23, 2008, 05:02:55 PM
I've read that if you try to install the 1.0 patch, your hair falls out; you become impotent (or infertile if you're a woman); Flagship snares all of the money out of your savings, checkings and 401K accounts so that Bill Roper can go on his monthly Tahiti vacations, and then they give the remainder to WoW gold farmers in China so that they can get better mattresses for their bunkbeds; and publishers greenlight massive new PC game projects for John Romero and Derek Smart.

In other words, if you install the patch, it's the end of the world as we know it. I read this on an Internet blog, so I know it's true!  paranoid
10662  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 23, 2008, 04:44:50 PM
Thanks much. smile A bud at another message board suggested I do a blog about TR, but every blog I've tried has no audience (marketing is not my strong point, at least not since my late 1990s fan site days). What's the point of stringing some screenies and videos about the game together if there's no audience?  icon_confused Here at least I know we have a decent size, mostly receptive audience and it makes it more fun to share those things.

I hope others will still share stuff now and then. I didn't mean to monopolize this thread -- I just try to post some fresh stuff now and then. I kinda wish we could embed videos here, but I'm sure there's a security or bandwidth reason not to enable that, so that's cool. I'm OK with using Putfile, but their Flash conversion process blurs my videos more than I would like.

I know the patch is bringing the ability to disable your helmet visuals (so you can share one's flying golden locks  icon_lol) so you can run around bare-headed. I almost wish they'd let you "lock in" an armor look that you like. You upgrade armor so often in the game, it's next to impossible to keep the same fixed look (as you would in City of Heroes).
10663  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My coffin arrives tomorrow on: January 23, 2008, 04:40:20 PM
Aw, man, I thought you really had a coffin on the way. I'm disappointed.  icon_frown icon_smile

About 3 years ago my often gloomy retired 70ish mom tried to convince me to buy a cemetary plot next to hers (which is next to where my late father is buried). It was like, "MOM! I'm just not READY for this conversation!"  saywhat
10664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Heroes...its a free Battlefield game on: January 23, 2008, 02:28:18 PM
Oh, as someone tired of FPS motion sickness problems, apparently this is a 3rd-person only game (presumably to show off the cartoonish character models more) with no FPS option:
10665  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 23, 2008, 05:55:56 AM
Another Creature Closeup (I believe this is a Lightbender Sniper):

Around level 22 finally got some armor that looked like something I'd keep if I could, style wise smile

I also belatedly figured out the collector's edition yellow can be adjusted to look sort of gold. Better injector guns started falling like confetti around that level (including Incendiary, Ice and higher damage models all around).
10666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 23, 2008, 01:34:36 AM
Ok the boards are awash with complaints. What's new.  Roll Eyes Anyway, everyone is pretty much prompted after much updating to go to Hellgate site and download the 1.0 Stone Henge patch (you seem to need it to play online even if you're not a subscriber). Hellgate site is getting pounded so the files are downloading like molasses. Read some recommendations to look for it at File Front, and here's that link:

1.0 Hellgate patch at Filefront:;9487425;/fileinfo.html

It's about a 390MB patch. It isn't blinding at Filefront speed wise, but it's saying about half hour for me on Cable vs. 2 hours plus at Hellgate site.  disgust

Fileplanet sometimes has HG patches but so far not this one.

Reading a lot of reports like this one that said mega patch is not installing properly (forum links only work if you've got a Hellgate account):

In fact, reading the various threads today is making me not want to even try this right now... (see below)
Problems downloading patch

"Uploading error report to server" at startup

Game doesn't load after patch

Patch 1.0 Error: Cannot find Hellgate: London

Cannot find Hellgate:london after install

unable to play after new patch

stonehenge patch messed up my characters
OK I think it's back to TR for me. I'll let someone else be the brave guinea pig. To be fair, not *everybody* is reporting these problems, some claim to be playing but finding today's lag awful.
10667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 23, 2008, 01:00:00 AM
Well it's supposedly Live now so I'm gonna jump in and let ya know what I think (and I'll take a break from TR for a bit).

Everyone who was freaking out bout the chat window size and text should be pleased with the scalable UI stuff, I'm eager to see if it works.

*Doh, I forgot I'm still running version .5. I have some catching up to do.  icon_neutral They've spiffed up the launcher I guess (if you've been away as long as I have), and now there are separate Details buttons and checkboxes for Launcher, Single Player and Multiplayer updates.

In commemoration I dig up the only photographic evidence I have of a Gaming Trend team in Hellgate:
10668  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Installing XP on a Vista machine? on: January 22, 2008, 08:06:04 PM
fwiw, TigerDirect sells XP in OEM or upgrade form too:

Think it's $89.99 for the OEM disc.
10669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 22, 2008, 06:23:20 PM
I'm not comforted that they caught two major (they say) bugs at the last minute, briefly delaying 1.0 update release, or that today's announcement is confused about the dates (Blues News points out that the announcement today [Jan. 22] it says the update is going up "tomorrow" on Jan. 22  icon_confused). I like all sorts of stuff that is promised in the notes, I'm just not really confidence-inspired by some of this other stuff going on.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm glad they found the showstopping bugs, it's just not confidence-inspiring that it cropped up probably hours before they were going to put the update on live servers.

btw, what does "QFT" mean? I assume it doesn't mean "Quantum Field Theory"?  icon_biggrin
10670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Heroes...its a free Battlefield game on: January 22, 2008, 06:11:10 PM
Well, it's ad supported -- maybe you have to wear EA Sports T-shirts in the game.  Tongue And micro-transactions, maybe you have to buy all your bullets. I wouldn't put it past EA.  icon_lol

Blues News posted about a German site's 3-part interview about the game (intros are in German but actual interviews are in English):,629100/Interview/Ego-Shooter/Exklusives_Video-Interview_mit_den_Battlefield_Heroes-Entwicklern/
10671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London jumps from 0.70 to 1.0 on: January 22, 2008, 02:06:22 PM
They're also ending Founder's Pricing (lifetime subscription) as of Jan. 31:
While this was mentioned in our recent press release about the launch of Stonehenge, we wanted to also mention that the Founder's Offer will be coming to an end on January 31st.

This is to allow those who couldn't use our original payment options a window of time to select it. The Founder's Offer is a one-time payment which grants a lifetime subscription to Hellgate: London and is made available to those players who pre-ordered the game.
So what was the Founder's pricing anyway, $ amount wise? It's still only available to pre-order folks btw (Turbine eventually made LOTORO's Lifetime Fee available to everyone as an option, albeit for a limited time).

If someone's desperate for it, I've still seen many Hellgate pre-order boxes at Best Buy and Gamestop (guys are just really pathetic about removing out of date pre-order boxes, or even pre-order boxes for canceled games like Auto Assault and Gods & Heroes)  Roll Eyes. I don't know for sure if it would work, but I checked and there is a place on one's Hellgate account page to enter a pre-order code. Presumably you can still apply that before Jan. 31 to qualify for the founder's pricing option.
10672  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: January 22, 2008, 04:19:20 AM
I don't have a problem with delays as long as the beta testing continues (it is, and obviously they're learning a lot from the process). This isn't some Gods & Heroes situation where the delays just kept reflecting the game was in bad shape (I was in that beta, and I thought it was a mess) and nowhere near release-ready.

With all the hullabaloo over the combat system, I'm actually more interested in how the quests and storyline shape up. I really do enjoy having lots of variety of things to do (which is what kept me in LOTORO even when the combat system didn't promise to be my cup of tea). And I never even read Tolkien, I just liked the variety and the storylines there. smile

Anyway, sorry I keep pimping TenTonHammer, but they did a neat interview with one of the game's quest designers:
Some things that sound fun to me...
Quote from: Joel Bylos, quest designer
Joel: During one part of the game you actually get a quest to go to the Speaker's Corner in Old Tarantia, which is actually mentioned in The Hour of the Dragon,  and a priest of Set is actually preaching to a bunch of people. He talks about how great Set is and how Mitra and Conan are terrible for the world. As a player, you basically can get up and debate this guy. There's actually a priest of Mitra in the crowd that asks you to get up and debate this guy. This is one of the places in our game where the quests are unique, because you can roleplay these quests however you'd like.

If you're a Priest of Mitra, you're obviously going to defend Mitra and Conan, and if you're neutral, you can just choose the middle ground between the two. If you're a worshipper of Set, you're more than welcome to join the guy and start saying bad things about Mitra. Based on the three options, you get a different reward.
I like that.  Cool One of my belated disappointments in TR (despite all my rave-iness) is that choosing different responses in the "morality" missions doesn't (I mistakenly thought it did) make your quest rewards or really anything differ.

Joel: It's not in the beta yet, but in the Black Dragon Barracks there are three people that have been sentenced to death. Essentially the barracks commander is very busy and he basically sentenced those three individuals to death because they were captured sneaking into the safe area at night. You argue with him a bit about whether he truly considers that justice, and he basically tells you to go talk to the prisoners and determine whether they should be put to death or not....

Once you've decided how many of the characters you're going to kill, your quest reward will be different based on how many you've executed.
Thinking before you kill. Who expected that of Conan?  ;D

TTH: Will there be different dialogue options for your class, race, and gender?

Joel: Definitely! For example, there are certainly some quests where being a female will allow you to open up different avenues of completing a quest that may not be available to male characters in the game. At least one that I know of features the female character getting rid of a male NPC by soliciting him.
Hmmm, part of the M-rating I reckon.  biggrin

Anyway, enough cut and pasting. I just found all the talk of branching quests and different consequences to sound really promising. Of course the beta testers can't tell me if that's all coming off well or not, but at least on paper (on pixel?) it sounds fun.
10673  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 22, 2008, 03:28:34 AM
Hadn't shared any movies in a while. Here's a glimpse from an Instance...
Click here to watch Tabula-Rasta-Torcastra-footage
10674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Heroes...its a free Battlefield game on: January 21, 2008, 06:54:23 PM
Games for Windows has a feature on the cartoonish game, next issue:

Expect to hear much howling of "rip off" from Team Fortress 2 fans, though I thought TF2 was a visual rip off of Pixar's The Incredibles myself.  icon_twisted

Free is nice, but I think I'm not crazy about micro transactions (I'm not what works on XBLA will appeal in PC gaming land) and in-game advertising.
10675  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: January 21, 2008, 06:44:07 PM
I see myself developing a lot of level 30ish characters. In my case I enjoy the combat enough (kind of like my CoX experience in that regard) not to mind terribly running through the same quest lines, whether from scratch or back up from one of my clones.

The real carrot for me to reach 40 is to be ready for the PAUs (Personal Armored Units) when they're announced. I am somewhat skeptical whether they can create enough 35-50 content to keep things interesting at that level.

The game's only been out a couple months. I hope a year from now we can look back on it and remember when PAUs (40) and Command Control (50) were introduced and say "ew all that new 40-50 content was awesome." I hope they'll find the time and money to sprinkle a few new quests and instances among existing zones some day so you can have some more feelings of fresh questing there. I know City of Heroes had a ton more content by the time its first year was over, so I'm just hoping NCSoft will be that aggressive introducing new content in TR too.

What I found perplexing about the 1.4 patch notes is they're talking about making the game "easier." Huh? Most veterans (I'm not quite there yet) carve up the game like a pumpkin and complain about boredom in the 30s and 40s. I don't think making the game easier is necessarily a good thing at this juncture. But there's only so much you can do with AI in these things. I'm not into PVP at all so that's not a solution for me in the upper levels of MMOs.

I try hard not to be a Defensive Fan Boy. I think if someone says what they Want or Need in an MMO, I or most TR fans could tell them realistically whether TR would do anything for them or not. I'm a fan, but not blindly so. icon_neutral
10676  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: looking for a list of co-op games on: January 21, 2008, 04:56:31 PM
Wasn't sure if you meant PC-only (I hear Halo 3 is awesome in 4-player co-op).

PC/RTS-wise, I had a lot of fun playing Company of Heroes online in co-op against AI bots but it can be a little exasperating at times. The AI can be relentless. The original game is usually bargain priced now, fwiw. Relic's online service is nice, with lobby chat rooms, buddy lists etc. so it's pretty easy to set up a co-op game.

PC/FPS wise, it's old in the teeth now, but the original, not-a-console-port Ghost Recon and its expansions were great fun in co-op (my brief time at the GG forums was spent trying to get co-op games of GR together or join ones announced there). I tried the PC GRAW demo and didn't feel the same affection alas.
10677  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 21, 2008, 02:17:46 PM
I enjoyed chainguns til 30-31 (on post-launch game -- in beta ammo seemed too scarce and expensive for everything), and then the ammo costs became a problem (or maybe I just didn't have a good enough chaingun). They're still the best gun-weapon against Striders, Predators, Turrets and all sorts of mechanical nastiness. My Torcastra Prison trio over the weekend seemingly had no EMP chainguns and turret cannons gave us heck until one guy realized he had an EMP pulse/chaingun.

My Biotech has had to be more creative with those things so far if soloing. He can't just sit in one place and bop away with his pistol/rifle EMP stuff. I can use EMP detonators and the like, but so far I'm having to do quite a bit of running and micromanaging to get those things down -- that's when I miss chainguns. smile
10678  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Name and Server List on: January 21, 2008, 01:58:23 PM
Sorry, def send me a tell/whisper.  icon_redface  I only have Clan chat enabled on a couple of tabs, but whispers on everything.
10679  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 21, 2008, 04:02:31 AM
I finish the day with Colorful Costumes Corner. smile

From me Devil's Den team earlier today.

I know I'm playing too much cause I can tell what class folks are by their helmet smile (although you can certainly tell easily enough by if they use chainguns/launchers etc.).

I really do love the Injector guns btw. They're very modest in ammo consumption (I never have the credit problems I did with my Commando/Grenadier) and eventually do tremendous damage per hit. I have to be creative in dealing with large groups (I didn't pour 5 pts. into shotgun like the masses smile), but I can make short work of most nasties as long as I adjust to the various immunities on the fly.
10680  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa Screenshots (dial-ups beware) on: January 20, 2008, 07:15:54 PM
Amoeba slime. Ugh. I hate them (they look cool - they just can overwhelm you). I hate fighting them no matter what class I'm playing. Sometimes I just ignore them and go after targets, but you end up with this...

And I got one to smile for the camera up close once.  eek

Unrelated, but another neat Creature Closeup (due to a lag burp i think):
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