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1001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 03, 2011, 07:50:42 PM
Chris and I finished the Chaos campaign last night. Overall it was pretty well done but the ending denouncement was a bit nonsensical and disappointing. I've also played about halfway through the Eldar Campaign. If I was to rate the overall campaigns from DoW2 I would give them the following.

Dawn of War II - 8 - Very compelling and well done only held back by some repetitive missions and insane time commitment to kill end level bosses.

Chaos Rising - 9 - A true classic. I would recommend this campaign to people who hate RTS games. The only failing is that certain elements were clearly held back by budget constraints.

Retribution - 7 - Worthy of its heritage but a definite step down in quality over previous offerings. Biggest weakness is that the campaign has been simplified to accommodate all races. Still worth the money to fans of the originals and at $30 not a bad place for newcomers to hop in.
1002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 01, 2011, 06:35:42 PM
There is a map but it's nothing like the territory maps from Dark Crusade and Soulstorm.  It plays very much like the DoW2 campaigns in that you occasionally get to choose which star system/mission you play next.  So far as Chaos they are impressively diverse and story driven.

Quote from: Roguetad on March 01, 2011, 06:24:35 PM

Does the campaign feel more like a standard build and fight rts with active building and unit micromanagement now that you can build structures?  Or is it still more on the action rts side controlling heroes and units and their special abilities?  I liked that direction in DoW2 and Chaos Rising, and wasn't excited to read that they added building micro into the expansion campaigns.   

So far the campaign still lets you play pretty much exclusively with just your hero units if you choose to.  You do occasionally capture shrines around the map that lets you produce units but I wouldn't say it's required.  At the end of each mission you choose whether you take a piece of war gear or unlock another unit that you can build at the shrines. 

All these impressions are based on the Chaos Campaign.  Other race campaigns might be slightly different.  I assume the Tyranid campaign involves a lot more unit building since they only have one hero.
1003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 01, 2011, 06:02:11 PM
Cross-posting my impressions from OO.

Chris and I started up the Chaos campaign last night and while we're only three missions in we were both pretty impressed. While it's true that the campaign isn't quite up to par with Chaos Rising it is loads better than Dark Crusade. The very first mission sees Eliphas acting much more like he did in Dark Crusade with a lot of personality and charisma. As you pick up heroes they are assigned to your Co-op ally if you have one but after capturing shrines you are also able to build additional units. Units and in mission hero upgrades are purchased from a shared pool between you and your ally. Units purchased during a mission are not carried over to the next. One thing I found interesting is that heretics in the campaign have a melee weapon upgrade they don't online.

The between mission briefings from DoWII and Chaos Rising return. The briefing following the first mission was suitably epic and wouldn't have been out of place in Chaos Rising. The next two missions weren't quite as in depth but there is still a lot of in mission chatter and personality going around.

If the other campaigns are put together this well there is going to be a lot of replay value here for $30 just in single player alone.
1004  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend 2-24-2011: Command & Conquer Sale on: February 26, 2011, 03:59:30 AM
I picked up C&C4 and honestly I don't get the hate this game received.  On the one hand its true it doesn't play like any other C&C game but I only played the previous games for the campaign and what I've seen so far seems pretty well done.  Perhaps it falls apart in multi-player but I never intend to try that...
1005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 23, 2011, 06:20:39 AM
All Turtles know that the key to success is a goodnights rest in a king size bed.

1006  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [PSN] Free Movies on: February 19, 2011, 08:34:29 PM
Stranger Than Fiction is excellent.  Highly recommended.
1007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worlds Largest Crab on: February 19, 2011, 05:32:18 AM
The first people to eat things that looked like that were either desperate or insane.
1008  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive & Steam Square Enix Week: Steam Day 5: Hitman Sale on: February 19, 2011, 05:29:20 AM
I would just go with Blood Money.  While fine for their time the older games in the series haven't aged well and come across as very finicky and frustrating; not to mention the older games leave a lot to be desired in the graphics department.
1009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: February 16, 2011, 04:14:00 PM
That is awful!  Captain Flapjack looks nothing like that!
1010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 14, 2011, 06:10:16 AM
In an effort to dominate the shipping market first we christened our first boat!

1011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gearbox Owns the Duke! Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: February 10, 2011, 06:25:34 PM
Just an FYI...there is a naked women on Dukes pen in the above screenshot.
1012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 4000 DOW 2 opinions on: February 09, 2011, 07:37:16 PM
Just a heads up.  These are both worth it for the single player game but after this month very few people are going to be available to play multi player as the newest expansion is coming out.  The new expansion is entirely standalone and uses Steam as its matchmaking service instead of Live.
1013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 07, 2011, 02:23:34 AM
There are a lot of mapping programs for Minecraft.  Cartograph just tends to be the most popular because its one of the easiest to use and outputs nice maps.  It is unstable however.  When the OO server world went over 150mb it would almost always crash when rendering.  You should check out some of the alternatives here.
1014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 04, 2011, 05:16:10 PM
File is 5mb so I'm only going to link it but you can view the new world OO map here.
1015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 02, 2011, 05:23:32 AM
OO Server is up and running at the original IP address.  
1016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 01, 2011, 06:09:08 PM
OO transfer is taking slightly longer than expected.  I'll post here when its finished.  If you would like access to the new world when it opens please send me a PM here and I'll be happy to let you in.
Some OO'ers have been beta testing the new server.  Here is the spawn location of the new world!
1017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 31, 2011, 09:17:37 PM
Well Chris has the new OO server running so I think 6pm eastern time is going to be the cutoff point for making changes to the old. The new server has a nice blend of biomes with the spawn point being in an arctic zone.

Carry over request list looks like this currently.

Castle Noventia (Chris/lordnine)
Fortress Duncan (msduncan)
Lava Vegas (Skafe)
The Crystal Palace (Mold Maker)
The Cake Shoppe (Turtle)
The Picnic shelter of DEATH (Madmarcus)
Utter Madness (Archinerd)
Harold
Archinerd's Pet Sheep


Am I missing anyone?
1018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 30, 2011, 06:14:49 PM
The OO Server has grown to the size that it's eating through hardware resources right and left and most of the map is unused; only having been filled out because people explored for hundreds of miles in random directions.  Because of this many of the new resources such as the blue stone, proper biomes and the new trees are extremely rare or nonexistent. 

Certain members have requested a complete server refresh and we are considering it.  We think it would be possible for old users to transfer over ONE building to the new server if requested but otherwise this would be a full refresh. 

If you have land on the OO server please voice your opinion if you would like to see this happen and if you would like to transfer a main base.  This would also be a great opportunity for new people to join the server as the world would be new again.
1019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 25, 2011, 09:29:47 PM
Server restored.  As it turns out you CAN restart the computer remotely.  Now you can all stop being productive at work and get back to mining.    icon_wink
1020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 25, 2011, 04:51:46 PM
Update OO Server: I remotely logged into the server computer.  It appears that it has hard-locked/crashed.  Sadly, I'm going to have to wait for Chris to reboot it because I'm on the opposite side of the country.
1021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 25, 2011, 07:19:53 AM
Weird.  We tried to boost the memory of the server a couple days ago because it was eating through the 1.5 gig we had allocated for it.  I wonder if we broke something...  Will check into it.
1022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 24, 2011, 09:14:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 23, 2011, 09:34:31 PM

That reminds me.  the last time i checked, i was able to log in but my friend couldn't. 

There shouldn't be any problems there.  We've only blacklisted one person and pretty sure it wasn't your friend.  I would say have recheck the IP address.  Sometimes when you copy/paste it doesn't work.
1023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 23, 2011, 09:20:41 PM
We've have about 5 new people join the OO server in the last week so here is a new map.

Click for full size.

1024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupid paranoid banks! on: January 21, 2011, 09:56:44 PM
I had this happen a couple months ago when I placed a couple small orders.  The bank told me that it's the smaller transactions that raise red flags because people who try to steal numbers do so with instantly processed online transactions.
1025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 20, 2011, 06:47:12 PM
You CAN do that but I think the problem is that it can be hard to find your exit portal.  It's possible that one of them will open above a cliff in the hell world or hidden behind various forms of obstruction.

Regardless I can't wait till they're introduced into multiplayer.  Our server has grown to the size that some peoples projects are more than 2 days apart walking distance.
1026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: January 19, 2011, 05:39:29 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 19, 2011, 09:56:13 AM

Quote from: Turtle on January 19, 2011, 09:47:00 AM

All that DLC stuff is just for the single player, so don't worry too much about it.

meh - I only play singleplayer...and I'm annoyed by it.. I hope it will be the same as I've seen before in Denmark, in that due to lack of different retailers, we get it all from Gamestop in one package.

All the DLC wargear is being sold on Steam after release so I doubt it will be offered unless you buy the collectors edition.  Considering all the wargear drops from the first two campaigns I doubt the items will stay viable long after starting anyways so I wouldn't dwell on it much.
1027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 18, 2011, 12:37:48 AM
Tree's need a specific level of light to grow and I believe 6 free spaces above them.  A great thing about the newest update is it made it a lot easier to test if your trees will grow.  Go kill a couple skeletons and use the bone-meal to grow your trees to full height instantly.
1028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic Fan Remix + Sonic 2 HD on: January 17, 2011, 01:26:43 AM
These trailers make me realize just how bad I would probably be at the old Sonic games nowadays.
1029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 08:50:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 15, 2011, 08:08:51 PM

I get 'the image "http://ninthhaven.com/OO_Jan2010.jpg" cannot be displayed, because it contains errors' when I click on it.

Try refreshing.  It loads almost instantly in Firefox but does tend to freak out in Chrome.
1030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 07:39:30 PM
New OO server World Map for anyone interested.  (Click for full size) (20mb file warning)
1031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 11:09:37 PM
I think you have the option of the Wanderers Server or the OO server.  I sent you access information to the OO server if you want to join in.  While everyone is welcome please don't post the IP address directly in the forum; we would like to dissuade griefers from ever gaining access.
1032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 09:57:09 PM
I would agree about the atmosphere but since I consider Minecraft to be just a big box of Legos for adults this isn't really a draw for me.  As for things not working the only thing I can think of that hasn't been fixed/implemented in multiplayer is portals to hell.

The thing I noticed quickly is that when I played in single player I built everything simple and practical.  Since I was the only one who would ever see what I built there was no incentive to make things "impressive".  Because of this mining quickly lost its appeal because I knew I wasn't really going to use the materials anyways and I quickly became bored.

Multiplayer has been a whole different story.  I've constructed or helped construct giant rollercoaster's, palatial castles, mass transit systems and Redstone machines that do everything from lighting to locking doors and running simple traps.

Again, I agree this comes down to personal preference but I enjoy the majestic scale of multiplayer and would recommend giving your options a try before you settle for one or the other.
1033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 08:59:54 PM
If you want to work outside at night build some fences.  They look a single block tall but are actually 1.5 so most monsters cant jump over them.  It used to be that none would but with this last update they gave spiders the ability to climb walls.

Also, while it comes down to personal preference which you like better I would highly recommend joining one of the multiplayer servers to play.  There is just something so much more satisfying about being able to share the things you've built with others.
1034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 09, 2011, 06:30:24 AM
The super structure we started a couple weeks ago finally has a roof!

At five levels tall the floors of the castle alone constitute over 33,000 pieces of cobblestone.  We effectively emptied our total stone storage and even borrowed a bit from Turtle.  Now the fun part... decorating.
1035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 04, 2011, 10:43:32 PM
If anyone is interested in branching out I co-run the OO server and we welcome new comers.  Access is by invite only but as long as you are a member of good standing from either GT or OO you will probably be allowed in.  We have about 10 regulars plus another 15 or so occasional players.  Check out our world map here.

This is a no-mod survival server.  The only change we have made is player pvp is turned off.
Send me a PM here or on Octopus Overlords if you want to know more.
1036  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FST: Games, hardware, misc stuff on: December 16, 2010, 04:12:30 AM
I'll take Resistance Retribution and Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles if you accept paypal.
1037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bringin fastfood to restaurants on: December 12, 2010, 06:35:15 PM
As long as it's not something like an $80/plate restaurant I don't see the big deal.  It's quite common around here.
1038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: December 08, 2010, 06:56:35 PM
I wanted to like this show and watched the entire first season, but in the end I have to give it thumbs down.  I generally liked the plot and the supporting cast was great but I HATE the two leads.  Every episode I wanted to see something horrible happen to them and then hand the show over to the tech girl and the guy in charge.
1039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eBay - What happened? on: October 22, 2010, 06:13:51 AM
Or you were bidding against someone's maximum bid.  EBay automatically increases your bid incrementally until it reaches your max.  icon_smile
1040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 19, 2010, 06:27:43 PM
Crossposted

Just received my collector's edition. 

I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the components.  While not as visually impressive as the lunchbox from F3 everything feels well made.  The chips have some real weight to them and the big one is actually made of metal. 

The playing cards feature numerous designs for both the front and back of the cards giving it the look of a deck that was pieced together from a number of different casinos. 

The graphic novel is hardcover bound with very nice artwork.

The CD key activated flawlessly on Steam and is now downloading.

Enjoy a couple pictures!

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