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81  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 23, 2011, 06:00:33 AM
So, we should get everyone's screen names.  The game is so alt-centric, that it's hard to keep up with everyone.  I've been playing exclusively on the Public Enemies server, but I keep making alts. Yeah, on rare occasions you can see a gank-fest for a little while in an area that can affect a quest you are working on, but just give a shout out and generally you'll notice the tide turns.  I kind of like that added element.  Once I figure out my main I will post it.
82  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 20, 2011, 03:28:28 AM

Quote from: The Grue on January 19, 2011, 10:38:58 PM

Quote from: Fez on January 19, 2011, 05:58:15 PM

Yep, I've got several characters on the Public Enemies server, both heroes and villains (you can strangely do that on the same server).  At the moment it's my game of choice.  Been having a lot of fun, and although you can occasionally be "ganked" it's not too big a deal and makes for some adrenalin pumping questing.

Yeah, I think the reason being ganked isn't so big of a deal is it is really easy to get back in the action.  I can't wait to get back home and play again.

Still playing your one character, or have you made some more?
83  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 19, 2011, 05:58:15 PM
Yep, I've got several characters on the Public Enemies server, both heroes and villains (you can strangely do that on the same server).  At the moment it's my game of choice.  Been having a lot of fun, and although you can occasionally be "ganked" it's not too big a deal and makes for some adrenalin pumping questing.
84  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 17, 2011, 09:16:29 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 17, 2011, 08:41:57 PM

If it had really good stories tied to the missions, stories that rivaled the comics they mine for material, I would be good with it since I'm an admitted comics geek...and a die hard DC fan to boot.  But most reviews seem to indicate that it's spotty in that area. 

Hmm...I thought the stories WERE very tied to the missions.  Typically, each chain of mission has a story arc that ends with you facing off against one of the well-known supervillains or superheroes.  That being said, one of the reasons I play on the PvP server is that it keeps things fresh.  It's fun doing missions when you have to keep an eye out for the enemy!
85  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dungeons and Dragons Novels on: January 16, 2011, 05:23:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 16, 2011, 03:47:31 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on January 08, 2011, 04:35:13 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 31, 2010, 10:38:09 PM

I LOVED the DragonLance books in high school. However I tried to re-read them a couple of years ago and they were so amateurishly written and juvenile I couldn't even get through the first book. I still love D&D but after that debacle I decided to keep DragonLance in my memory where it's still awesome. smile


I had pretty much the same experience.  They were my favorite novels when I was 16.  Two or three years ago I sat down to read them again and could barely choke down the horrible, cheesy dialog.  I think I got a third of the way through Autumn Twilight before I decided that it was just a lost cause.

I still really enjoy the Dragonlance Chronicles, and typically read them every couple years.  They're certainly not going to win any prizes for the writing, but it's still a fun, epic story that is well told.  However, I have yet to find another D&D book that I've enjoyed.  All the other DL books are awful, the Drizzt series (and anything from Salvatore, frankly) is one of the most boring things I've ever read, and the smattering of others I've tried have been dreadful.  There's so much better fantasy out there, that I'd have a hard time recommending anything outside the DL Chronicles to anyone.

I'd be very interested to see how someone without the benefit of rose colored glasses likes the Chronicles.

Well, I just read through Salvatore's Cleric Quintet, as it routinely got high marks from some of the local D&D players that I game with.  The books kept my interest, but I would certainly say they fall below the Weis and Hickman writing in Dragonlance.  Dragonlance at least has more of that "epic" feel, while the Cleric Quintet reminded me of some of those fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novels I've read in as a child.  Definitely more teenage reading.
86  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 16, 2011, 03:34:20 AM
Cool.  Grue, I will look for you and try to figure out how to add you as a friend.  That's the server I'm on.  I've got heroes and villains on that server.
87  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 14, 2011, 11:21:42 PM
Yep, they hope to make it more cross-platform capable in the future, but it's too bad.  I'm on the PC version.  Oh well.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang: The River of Time + Expansion announced on: January 13, 2011, 07:20:13 PM
How does it compare to the first game?  I remember getting into all the stats and such, and how they work.  I kind of like that aspect, and in some ways I felt that Dragon Age was missing that element to make it a truly great game.  I don't think I have the heart to go back through the entire first game though.  I recall getting through the forest and city sequences was a bit taxing.
89  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 13, 2011, 07:07:47 PM
As I've really been enjoying myself in the game now that I'm past the horrible registration issues that plagued the launch, I can tell you that this is a game that should be played on PvP servers.  It's not surprising that they just added two new PvP servers due to demand. 

Due to the travel powers, it is fairly easy to get away unless you get jumped.  But, this often can lead to a bit of cat and mouse chases if you or your opponent really wants to finish the "kill" so-to-speak. 

I spent some time in game last night and I was surprised to see how much time has passed.  I had some rather adrenalin pumping chases where I was soaring around buildings and such to try to and get a breather to regain some health.  Reminded me of the comics in more ways than one.

So far, I enjoy this more than Champions Online, even though Champions has more character customization at the outset.  This game makes it up with loot rewards that you can choose to have change your appearance or not.  Very flexible system.  I enjoyed CoH back in the day, and this compares favorably to that, with the added bonus of the DC Universe lore.  You can press the enter key to enter things in the chat channel, such as emotes and chat.

By the way, I have a hero on the "Public Enemies" PvP server named "Splinter" if anyone wants to group up.  I am not in a League at this point.  I also have a villain on the server named "Vespyra."  So you can create toons on both sides on the same server it appears.
90  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 13, 2011, 04:29:20 AM

Quote from: faide on January 13, 2011, 02:22:49 AM

Still kinda tempted.  Any word on the lore and story elements in it?  It would be cool if it had good comic stories based on the source material.  Or is it just Superman telling you to kill 20 bad guys and collect their "parts" slywink



Ritt, I'm on the Public Enemies PvP server at the moment.  So far its been fun in my limited playtime.  There is a lot of backstory, and they did about as good a job as you could do at trying to explain why all of us superheroes have come into being.  There are several opening cutscenes both before the tutorial and at the end that suck you in.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang: The River of Time + Expansion announced on: January 13, 2011, 04:26:13 AM
I remember playing the first one and generally liking it.  I didn't end up finishing it as it was on a hard drive that died so I lost my saves.  I remember making it through about 50% or so?
92  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 12, 2011, 06:55:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 12, 2011, 06:11:11 PM

is the PvP open world, ie you can get jumped anywhere by someone from the other side?  or is it limited to certain areas or even a setting where you can flag your PvP status on and off?

On the PvP servers, which are quite popular, the PvP is open world.  Makes for some excitement as I do missions in the city.  Also gives you a reason to use the environment as cover -- you can actually use and destroy many objects in the city.  I was hiding behind a fence from a "hero" only to have the fence blown away as he fired at me.

It's kind of a bit like Rift at the early going where you have very few abilities until level 5 or so.  Once you hit level 5 things start to open up a bit more.  The big difference is that many skills are triggered as combos rather than as powers on your action bar.  This keeps the action bar clutter down, but means you have to keep in mind what combos you have at your disposal.  The combos are easy to pull off with a mouse and keyboard, but that's where the skill in the game lies (as well as knowing how to use your environment).

Ritt, what server are you on?  My feeling is that this game is going to be trickier than most to socialize in so "guilds" or "leagues" are a must!
93  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 12, 2011, 05:54:34 PM
Well, after tons of hurdles with the worst registration management of any online company, I am now in game.  The game has a lot of potential, especially in the PvP group as leveling doesn't create as much a disparity as it traditionally does in other games.  I created a villain, and while I was doing a public quest at level 4 with another level 4 character, an 8th level hero decided to try to kill us.  However, we were more than capable of disposing him.  

The trick with this game will be to think about it in different terms.  It is more action oriented so combos need to be considered.  Up until this point, though, I don't see anything that can't be done easily with the mouse.  The chat interface is the one thing I see that is geared heavily for the console market as you need to press a button ("o") to bring up the social screen.  This is clearly designed to try to balance the playfield with console players.

So far the servers seem pretty populated, especially the PvP ones which I started on.
94  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SOE - the cesspool of online gaming companies on: January 11, 2011, 08:18:44 PM
Yeah, it's amazing that this company can't get their act together with the experience they have.  A real mess so far. 
95  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SOE - the cesspool of online gaming companies when it comes to launches on: January 11, 2011, 08:10:04 PM
So, I try to subscribe today for DC Universe, and my credit card gets rejected, so I try again and it gets rejected again.  My credit card company calls me and asks about the charges saying one of the two payments was accepted even though SOE says it was not.  Try to call SOE, their help number is just busy and online chat support has an enormous wait-line.  I keep forgetting how bad this company is with their launches.  Why did I insist on getting DC Universe!   icon_confused

Ed. I am now in the game FINALLY, and I have good things to say about it at least.
96  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 11, 2011, 04:30:17 PM
Hmm...well, I played both sides too.  Generally liked both starter zones about equally I guess, although I went further on the Defiant side than Guardian side.  I played the most with my Kelari (~Dark Elf) Marksman/Ranger/Saboteur. 

I've also found that people in betas often play the opposite "faction" of what they intend to play most at release, to preserve the newness of the starting zones they will be playing in at release.
97  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: January 11, 2011, 01:03:00 AM
I pre-oredered this a longtime ago, so I will probably give it a whirl.  It has one thing going for it at least -- it doesn't crash my laptop (at least not during the beta)!   icon_confused  Rift, unfortunately, which I liked in the limited beta this weekend, crashed to desktop more times than you could imagine.
98  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 09, 2011, 07:25:22 PM
Well, I like the game from what I've seen of it, although my sad little Alienware M17x can't seem to run it well.  Crash to desktop quite a bit.  Must use a similar platform to Dragon Age or something.  In any case, it has inspired me to get the motherboard and graphics cards replaced under warranty as I have so many issues with this crappy laptop.
99  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 07, 2011, 06:54:33 AM
Well just after midnight tonight I ended up getting invited to the beta, so hopefully I will see some of you there.  Just patching the 7gb of game now.  Are we all going to be on the Byriel server as someone suggested?
100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 06, 2011, 11:30:29 PM
Well, I will eagerly await hearing what you guys think about it.  I got an nVidia invite key like Huw, but I haven't been invited to this event yet.
101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 05, 2011, 10:01:39 PM
Well, looks like I won't get an invite for this weekend.  A few others have already reported receiving invites.
102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 04, 2011, 08:53:27 PM
Huw, did you get a formal invite for this weekend's event?  I registered and entered my key, but I think we still need a formal invite?
103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift is in beta on: January 03, 2011, 11:39:38 PM
Ritt got me too.  If only the Rift site would come back up so I could register.  I got the same invite that Huw did.
104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW for players with a backbone on: December 16, 2010, 01:10:07 AM
Well, I rolled up a female gobby priest named Barbeast.  Just did a few quests last night so I'm up to the hot rod part.
105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe-NDA lifted. Beta Impressions on: December 11, 2010, 04:28:58 AM

Quote from: Wargus on December 08, 2010, 03:57:24 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 08, 2010, 02:10:35 AM

If you want to play as a superman like guy, you basically have to either gimp yourself for the first 2/3 or play a completely different char until then.  The fun of the game should be the development of the character and you should be able to play who you want from the start.

This is what I'm most stunned at.  They have to realize they are going to get hammered hard for this from both console & pc players alike.  When you create your character you can choose 'inspired by' and pick superman.  Unfortunately from 1-10 you will be NOTHING like superman, even in his early years.  From 10-22 you'll be a little closer, it isn't until you hit 22 that you can actually create your superman clone.  

Ehh, well, this has always been a "problem" with superhero games in general.  Superman, besides kryptonite, is essentially invincible.  Even when reading the comics or watching the cartoons, you always kind of wondered what the point of Superman getting in a fist fight really was.  Why does he even feel punches, etc.? So, to make any MMORPG game out of it, I don't really think you can have people running around as Superman.  You need to be more minor Superheroes at the end of the day.  I'll be interested to see how strong the late game characters can get though.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: December 02, 2010, 05:45:29 PM
I've only been able to get 500 points at the shooting range in my first night of attempts last night.  Tough to get the 550 necessary to improve the pistol.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 30, 2010, 06:36:44 PM
Hey Ceekay, any chance you have the long hair or bob styles?  I am still missing a bunch of the cosmetic stuff it seems.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 24, 2010, 04:56:50 PM
I've grabbed the DLC.  Ceekay, do you have the "Long Hair" hairstyle, or the Bob?
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 22, 2010, 04:56:53 PM
I'm holding off playing this for the time being after my character got auto-boosted to 5 stars in all categories while playing in multiplayer.  Considering that the game isn't that hard to begin with, I'd rather not become a superhero early on in the game.  I'll wait until they fix that bug.

On that note, does anyone have weapons/hair/other stuff that they'd like to trade.  I still haven't found a few hairstyles that I've read about, such as the bob and long hair styles.  Maybe they're at a store in your game and I could pick them up?
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 15, 2010, 08:49:35 PM
I hit on a rather annoying bug.  I was trading weapons with someone online, and after they left I discovered to my horror that all of my stats had jumped to 5 stars.  I had planned to use magic exclusively in combat throughout the game.  Oh well.  Hopefully Lionhead will come out with shrink potions.  I'm considering starting over for the heck of it.

That being said, does anyone here have the apaprently rare long hair or bob styles in their game for a potential trade or available in a shop?

Sunset House was one of my favorite locations.  Cool place.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 09, 2010, 09:59:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 09, 2010, 06:38:28 PM

Quote from: Fez on November 09, 2010, 06:36:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 09, 2010, 05:52:02 PM

I'm pretty sure any weapons other than the Hero weapons you get when you start are legendary weapons.  I think I've only found 2 weapons shops though, with 4 weapons each, so there's got to be a third shop somewhere I missed.

Yeah, I think I've found only two weapon shops as well at this time.  Do shops in different worlds have different items?  I'll put them in a spoiler tag below so we can compare notes:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Bowerstone Market and the first town (blanking on the name at work)

yep,
Spoiler for Hiden:
Bowerstone and Brightwall.  I'd need to check my game at home to see which weapons I bought from them.

Definitely let me know.  I'll try to do the same. I'm away the next for days after tonight though.  What's your Xbox live handle?
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 09, 2010, 06:36:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 09, 2010, 05:52:02 PM

I'm pretty sure any weapons other than the Hero weapons you get when you start are legendary weapons.  I think I've only found 2 weapons shops though, with 4 weapons each, so there's got to be a third shop somewhere I missed.

Yeah, I think I've found only two weapon shops as well at this time.  Do shops in different worlds have different items?  I'll put them in a spoiler tag below so we can compare notes:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Bowerstone Market and the first town (blanking on the name at work)
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 09, 2010, 05:37:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 09, 2010, 08:18:42 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 09, 2010, 06:06:04 AM

Quote from: Fez on November 09, 2010, 05:25:52 AM

I'm taking my time with the game so far.  Is there any benefit to going randomly into others' worlds?  Are there items I can find in shops in those worlds that I can't find in my own?

Sorta, yes. There's...48 (I think) Legendary Weapons in the game, and you'll only find about 10 per playthrough if you don't head out exploring.

from some Fable 3 fan site:

Quote
You won’t be able to get your sticky mitts on a single Legendary Weapon until you have got your ranged and melee weapons to level 5 on the Road To Rule. There are a MASSIVE 51 Legendary weapons available in Fable 3 and 26 of these can be nabbed by going solo through the game and are always available in the same places regardless of how many time you play the game. 12 of these are in treasure chests, 12 are in shops and the remaining 2 are rewards for completing quests. The other 25 are randomly generated which means you’ll need to start a new game to find them all or you can trade with other players. Alternatively, visit shops in someone else’s kingdom via XBOX LIVE (you’ll need Gold membership for this). Here is a list of all 51 Legendary Weapons, including the Limited Edition one, as well as the locations of the 26 weapons that are not randomly generated.

Cool, I don't want to check out the referenced site for spoiler reasons (I kind of want to discovery the legendary weapons without knowing the whole list), but are there any specific shops I should visit in other players worlds?  Who wants to let me into their world?  I promise, I'll use the outhouse when necessary, and I won't soil the landscape.  Also, a lot of the weapons have names -- how can one tell when you have a legendary weapon?
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 09, 2010, 05:25:52 AM
I'm taking my time with the game so far.  Is there any benefit to going randomly into others' worlds?  Are there items I can find in shops in those worlds that I can't find in my own?
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/05/10 - Remember remember the 5th of November! on: November 08, 2010, 07:05:42 PM
I've been taking my time with Fable 3 so far.  Having fun, but they really dumbed down a lot of the fun character management that I liked having.  That being said, I've been trying to randomly join coop games, as I was curious to see if I could purchase different items, including legendary weapons and such.  Is it correct that shops in different worlds will typically have different legendary items for sale?  So far, early on, I haven't seen much in shops to write home about, but that may be because I haven't reached Bowerstone yet?
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: October 26, 2010, 09:36:55 PM
Oh well, hopefully I can buy the stuff that I'm missing later.  Kept forgetting and putting off getting the pre-order.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas MOD discussion thread on: October 26, 2010, 08:51:10 PM
Gryndyl, any body mods in particular that you like in addition to Ling's?  And where did you download the new Ling's from?  Thanks.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: October 26, 2010, 08:10:04 PM
2 questions:

1.  Are the pre-order items any good?  I forgot to pre-order so I'm hoping they just help in the early game or something.  Doesn't look like there are any LE versions left.

2.  Did they get rid of the shot-putting Russian female toons, as Peter Molyneux put it?
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 19, 2010, 06:22:20 PM
Anyone playing this using SLI at this point?  Hopefully nVidia will have a profile soon.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: October 19, 2010, 03:11:13 AM
I never finished Fallout 3 on the Xbox as I planned to get the PC version.  Is this a completely separate game, unlike Mass Effect 2, for example?
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