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761  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dungeons and Dragons Online NDA lifted on: February 09, 2006, 08:57:26 PM
So, you're going to be spending all your time in an instance with several other people, and it's still going to be a platform-style game play when you're doing them....

Sounds like the only thing that changes is you'll have a couple of others in the instance with you.
762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dungeons and Dragons Online NDA lifted on: February 09, 2006, 04:20:08 PM
I was in the beginning area of the game.  I said that in my post.

Does the style of the game change when you move on?  Are you in large areas doing quests with other people at the same time?

Nope, you're still going to be spending your time inside instances for every quest you do, and it's still going to be a platform-style game play when you're doing them.

It's Guild Wars with no PvP and a monthly fee.  Mixed with real-time FPS combat.
763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / My thoughts from playing in the beta today on: February 08, 2006, 07:25:22 PM
I go into the game from the "Two Hour Billing Stress" event.  Here is what I thought of the game:

This game will not compete with World of Warcraft, or any of the other fee-based MMORPGs out there.  It is a different game.  I could possibly see it competing with Guild Wars, but even then it will lose because there is no monthly fee for Guild Wars.

Character creation was exactly what you would expect from a D&D game.  All the stats, skills, and feats.  Character customization is what you would expect from an MMORPG.

The beginning area felt more like being in a room with jungle textures on the walls and blue sky instead of a ceiling.  There were people all around, but I was never able to talk to a single person.  The chat may be bugged.  Along the buildings, there were doors with big blue arrows over them.   Every room you go into is a separate "zone", and you get a 1-3 second loading screen when you go inside or outside.

Once I got into the tavern, there were tons of people in there.  I was directed in the game how to find other people to group with, and brought up the "Looking for Group" interface, where people can post a little blurb on what quest they want to do, and who they are looking for.  It felt like the "game match" interfaces you get in online FPS games like Battlefield, Unreal Tournament, etc....  Only here each selection is a person asking for others, instead of a server to join.

I went up to an NPC with a big blue arrow over her head, and received my first quest, which was a training quest to find five gems.  I was directed to a door, and loaded up the instance for my quest.

I was the only one in there, and as I walked into the room, I had a voice over with text on my screen say:  ""Your eyes are drawn to a sealed door in front of you and to the left".  This is the Dungeon Master in the game.  He exists for every instance you go into, describing what you see and what is currently happening to you.

There was an experience report screen, which told what I had currently accomplished and how much xp I was going to get for the instance.

Gameplay feels like a Tomb Raider-style platform game.  You can jump onto crates, or hang from a ledge and pull yourself up.  I went into a room with crates stacked up, and was able to climb up to find a hidden chest, which had some healing potions and other items in it.

There were breakable vases and crates in the room, which could possibly hold items or gold in them.  You also get a bit of a 'bonus' xp for breaking stuff in the instance.

After I found the five gems, I completed the instance, and was teleported back into the tavern.  Then I was told to go to a vendor to buy stuff, and talk to other NPCs for jobs to do.

I found an NPC that explained death in the game.  If you die in an instance, you drop a soul gem.  Your choices to come back are to have a party member ressurect you, insta-res out of the instance back in town, or have a party member pick up your soul gem and carry it to a ressurection shrine.

Would I play this?  No.  I'm not interested in an FPS / platform MMORPG.  That is what this is.  I would possibly play it if it were to adopt the same plan as Guild Wars, where it does not have a monthly fee.  It is heavily instanced, and you meet up with people through a group interface to do quests.  One reason I play MMORPGs is to be in a world with the other people at the same time.  Not in a central town where people are picking up quests to do, and then splitting off into instances with a couple of other people.

There are probably other "locations" to go to and receive quests, get training, etc...  But from what I've seen so far, there is no "open space" where you roam about, performing tasks and interacting with other people.

Pass for me.
764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultima V reborn! on: December 22, 2005, 07:46:51 PM
I'm sure there must be people around here that know about this, but I don't see any recent posts about it...

There was a big mod team who used the Dungeon Siege engine and re-created all of Ultima V.

They've added in the time schedule for NPCs, they have ship travel, and you can interact with tons of items (IE: You can bake bread!)

They have original and re-created music, re-created the dungeons, etc...

It officially released *today* and you can get it via a torrent at:

http://www.filerush.com/download.php?target=u5_laz arus_setup.exe

Of course, you have to have the original Dungeon Siege game.

This isn't a beta, this is the "final" version ready for release.

The main web site for all info is:

http://www.u5lazarus.com/
765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 16, 2005, 09:38:06 PM
Now Mcdonalds on the other hand....  They've partnered with Nintendo to offer free wifi access to DS users.

You can go here:  http://www.nintendowifi.com/hotspots/searchHotSpot.do

And type in all your info.  It'll show the closest hot spots to your location.
766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 16, 2005, 07:15:26 PM
Quote from: "Demosthenes"
Bummer Dep.  Well FWIW almost every Starbuck's offers free wireless, they just didn't partner with Nintendo so only McDonalds' are mentioned on the WiFi site.  Not to mention someone in your neighborhood may have an unsecured signal you can hop on  :twisted:


Just wanted to make a small correction here:

While Starbucks offers wifi access, it is most certainly not free.

Starbucks has partnered with T-Mobile to have T-Mobile hotspots.   T-Mobile charges $30 / month for unlimited access to any hotspot, $10 for a day pass, and $6 for the first hour and 10 cents each additional minute for 'per use' charges.
767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 14, 2005, 07:26:03 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I REALLY need a frickin` wireless router and quick. Hopefully I`ll be able to pick one up in the next few weeks.

 I posted about this before in hardware forum, but this has something to do with AC:WW so...

 What routers are you guys using. I looked at the linksys routers. This one was said to be great->http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=c%3DL_Product_C2%26cid%3D1127782957298&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper

 But then I found out that the newer revisions sucks for both sboxlive and nintendo wifi network.

 Then I found this one->http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=299

 Supposedly this one has issues with certain revisions also...Is there anyone out there that doesn`t?

 Now, has anyone here had either of these? Also I`ve a few people say that Animal Crossing is more troublesome on the wifi network than MK:DS. Is that true? And who can recommend the best wireless router out there at a good price? I want to use it for XBOX Live, my PC, and nintendo wifi. Any ideas?

 And back to the game. Holy shit!!! I also REALLY disagree that this is just a port of the Gamecube game. Sure the main structure of the game is the same, but holy hell...There is ALOT of new stuff to this game. ALOT! I`ve put way, way, way too much of my time into this game so far, and I will continue too. My wife is getting a DS for christmas+AC:WW also. FUn times ahead.


I have the Linksys BEFW11S4 V. 2 wireless router, I'm running WEP, and I haven't had a single wireless connection issue to Nintendo WFC.

It's been painless configuring, connecting, and visiting other people's towns.  Not sure why people are comparing it to issues with Mario Kart...
768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 13, 2005, 07:37:52 PM
So, I've found about 6 Gyroids now (even found one in recycling!  What animal threw that away!) and I've finally paid off my first loan to the house.

Just lovin' the game.

I've got all the tools now, so now I'm scanning the skies for balloons!  I don't really have a need to chop down any trees yet.

I had found a coconut on day 1 on the beach, but a couple days ago when I planted it, it died.  frown   No coconuts for the town of Salmon yet.

Oh, and Bones is moving out of my town.  He's all packed up and ready to go.  Let's see where he goes!
769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Resetti Brothers on: December 13, 2005, 07:34:57 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
It even warns you when your battery is running low.  THIS GAME'S GOT EVERYTHING!

That's a good thing though, if it's anything like the Gamecube version. To say that you get chewed out if you just power down the Gamecube version is putting it nicely. biggrin


I never met Mr. Resetti on the Gamecube version. But with the DS, Mr. Resetti visit me and give me a long sermon after I turned off the DS after testing wifi connection without saving.


I've been wondering if Mr. Resetti is in the DS version. I had a town I made on a separate memory card for the GameCube and I used it to try things that seemed risky (I didn't want to trash the town my wife & daughter had put hundreds of hours into). I reset many many times in a row, and got Mr. Resetti all fired up bigtime. He was so sick of me that he sent his brother after me. One time he threatened to wipe my memory card and then the screen went blank like he had done it (talk about nearly soiling my undies). He was bluffing. He and his brother ended up being just big bags of hot air. The worst that ever came of them was with each successive reset their speeches would be longer and longer and there was no way around them.


Oh yes, he is most definitely there.
770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 09, 2005, 01:22:24 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Everyone else wants to catch fish.  My main source of income comes from selling oranges.


Don't forget to raid other people's towns for fruit, plant them in your town, and reap the profits :-)

That's been one of the hardest things so far for me to get used to - without the GBA island present as a way to create hordes of $$, progress is going to be pretty slow on the financial front.  Well, at least until the turnip dealer comes to town...


I just want a shovel.  2 days and no shovel...  Nook better not upgrade his store tomorrow!
771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 10:26:16 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Quote from: "MaxSteele"
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I simply can`t get enough of this game. I`m liking still, ALOT more on the handheld so far. Just better suited for handheld play, that`s all. BTW, who here adjusts the clock and who here doesn`t? I did with the cube version. But so far here I haven`t. But, I do play alot late at night, and no open store=hard to make money. Still lots to do, but no open store hurts the $$$. And ideas? Between this and MK, the wait for my 360 around Feb should go very fast and easy!


Because this has such a robust online element to it, I think that adjusting the clock is most definitely cheating, and it isn't too fair to the other people you'll connect to who are not doing so.

Right now, Nooks is open from 8am - 11pm.  That's a lot of time.  I suggest you get a dresser which can hold over 90 items, catch fish, collect shells, etc... and then take 5 minutes in the 8am - 11pm time frame to go into Nook's, sell all of the items, and buy what you need.


 I did ask... :wink:

 Wow, that seems a bit harse. Obviously I did want to know peoples opinions. I guess I just NEVER thought of it as that way^. It`s not a competitive game really is it? So really, how is that cheating? On top of that, I`m not using the wi-fi right now and prolly won`t be until about Feb. (I`m going wifi when I grab the 360).
 Anyone else think this is cheating? I`d assume the most it would be considered is "cheating" yourself if you abuse this. Like if you were to use it to get money left and right etc. But, those aren`t my plans. Just a simple 12 hours back and forth every once in awhile to do more day/night time things depending on when I CAN PLAY. That`s it. Keep the opinions O` coming. I`m really curious now.

 Sorry if I sounded mean, I just guess I wouldn`t have got that kind of response :wink:


Yeah, I understand what you're saying.  Obviously it's your game, and you can play it however you'd like.  Personally, I like that certain things happen at certains times, and if I'm not available for them, then I miss out.  I'm a big fan of alternate worlds and artifical life simulations, and for me, changing the time on a whim would take away from the feeling of "living" in another world.
772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 09:22:44 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I simply can`t get enough of this game. I`m liking still, ALOT more on the handheld so far. Just better suited for handheld play, that`s all. BTW, who here adjusts the clock and who here doesn`t? I did with the cube version. But so far here I haven`t. But, I do play alot late at night, and no open store=hard to make money. Still lots to do, but no open store hurts the $$$. And ideas? Between this and MK, the wait for my 360 around Feb should go very fast and easy!


Because this has such a robust online element to it, I think that adjusting the clock is most definitely cheating, and it isn't too fair to the other people you'll connect to who are not doing so.

Right now, Nooks is open from 8am - 11pm.  That's a lot of time.  I suggest you get a dresser which can hold over 90 items, catch fish, collect shells, etc... and then take 5 minutes in the 8am - 11pm time frame to go into Nook's, sell all of the items, and buy what you need.
773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 08:15:10 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Do the circles/triangles signify anything on your friend list?  There's a couple people with green circles and everyone else has a red triangle in front of their name.


I tried looking that up in the manual, and they don't mention it.

I noticed the same thing.  Some have the green circles, some have the red triangles..  I'm wondering if it has something to do with identifying the friend code as "valid" on the WFC service?  The ones with the green circle are "Valid" and the ones with the triangle haven't been validated yet.
774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 07:43:17 PM
Quote from: "The_Man"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
She can start in one of your children's towns.  They share a house, though...sooooo your kid's may not be into that.

"I want pink walls!"

"Awww, Moooooooom...."

"Pink, OR YOU'RE GROUNDED MISTER!"


So they don't have like 4 different houses in a town like the Gamecube version had?


Nope.  You all live in the same house.  There are two floors - the top floor has the beds for the 4 people, and then the bottom floor is the "common" area.

As your house is upgraded, the room gets bigger and more rooms get added.
775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 05:41:40 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
She can start in one of your children's towns.  They share a house, though...sooooo your kid's may not be into that.

"I want pink walls!"

"Awww, Moooooooom...."

"Pink, OR YOU'RE GROUNDED MISTER!"


Fortunately, as the house is upgraded, more rooms are added, so Mom can have her own room to decorate eventually. smile
776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 07:28:56 AM
A suggestion for the wifi part -

Any time you're playing and you're able to make a wifi connection, make it a point to go to the gates and select to open them to other people first thing.

If there are any other towns out there open on your friends list, it will tell you so before opening your gates.

Then, if there isn't any, your gates are open for anyone else to come in.
777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 08, 2005, 01:05:03 AM
So today, Blanca the faceless cat visited my town.

Now, I thought that information would only transfer to your DS from visiting another person's town, but apparently this isn't true.

When I met her, she had a face with eyes, mouth, etc... but she had these red marks all over, like someone had stabbed her repeatedly and she was bleeding!

When I started talking to her, she said "This face was a gift from Beely!, in Uberland (the U with the two dots over it)."  Then she said "It was designed according to the principles of 57".   The "Beely!", "Uberland", and "57" were in light blue, denoting user input.

When I designed her face, she asked me for a design name, and I called it "Mega Happy".

So....  You *can* get items transferred from someone else's town to yours without actually visiting them.  I visited DiscoJason's town last night, but he hadn't visited anyone else, so it wasn't an indirect connection.  I got this purely from connecting to the WFC.
778  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Animal Crossing DS friend code info on: December 07, 2005, 11:50:00 PM
I'm registered new, but I'm a friend of DiscoJason, so don't think I'm some griefer who just registered to get codes and ruin people's towns. smile

Town Name:  Salmon
Player Name: Maxwell
Friend Code:  0387 1539 7185
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