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1001  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 05:32:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 14, 2009, 03:58:25 PM

They were mentioned/interviewed in that documentary movie about MMO's "Second Skin" that just game out.

The book was written in 2007 and towards the end it mentions that this will happen. It took 2 years I guess....
I only saw a part of the film, but their is a blond girl with a blue tshirt that has the symbol on her shirt. the illuminati eye thing.
1002  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 05:30:58 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2009, 03:43:04 PM

oh, thanks for clarifying - I did find one website with a guild saying their were the eldest guild around, and they had even trademarked their name!  eek

I just didnt see anything on their site about a book.

Guilds are fun, but yes, usually way to timeconsuming, and no matter how mature you say you want people to be, it always leads to drama...and I detest that.

I was guildmaster in a heavy rp guild for 2 years in WOW, and even though we only wanted mature people, and good natured, things still happpened, schism, fights, and one, this was after my time, was even banned from the guild due to RL actions at a meet the guild had...sigh...

The book mentions the trademark thing. They trademarked their name and their symbol.
According to the book, they don't seem to have anywhere near as much drama as other guilds...
1003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:41:48 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 14, 2009, 02:43:36 PM

The drawing is done, the emails are sent and there was a GT winner!  I went ahead and did 3 books instead of 2. Congrats to the lucky GTer!

-Crusis

Well? Who?
1004  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 03:35:30 PM
Apparently, The Syndicate is supposed to be one of the largest and longest lasting online guilds going back to the BBS days and really ramping up during the start of Ultima Online..
The book I have is a history of the guild written by the guild master.

From what I understand from the book, the guild is more concerned with building and maintaining friendships then wit powergaming or anything.
Parts sound like it is a casual guild, other parts sound like they are heavy duty players.

It sounds like a cool guild to be in, but most guilds are too much of a timesink for me since I usually have "Real Life" issues to deal with.

I was just curious if anyone knew what they were really like...
1005  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 01:31:44 PM
Just curious if anyone has heard of them or had any dealings with them... They have a book that came up on my Amazon recommened list that I picked up on a lark... I just finished it and it was pretty interesting reading....
Has anyone else read their book?
1006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:24:33 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 13, 2009, 07:18:06 PM

I have already brought up the editing concerns with my publisher. He said the software picked up or missed some characters. I don't know, I went through 5 edits including a pro-editor but I'm disappointed in the final version. I think I am going to push to get a new one done and out if I can.

I appreciate any candid feedback, this will help me figure out what works and what doesn't in my future books. I think you have a good point about a lot going on. If I had a day like one of my characters I think I would just stay home sick.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Funny you mention Lester. I thought Kate was the most interesting to write but I have had several people mention Lester and Angela as the most interesting characters. I can't figure that out, he is basically a loser drug dealer with no prospects except getting laid, stoned and or drunk. Also, Alice and Ken were the first parts of the book written and almost got dropped several times but we felt the chance to do 2nd person POV was too good to pass up. Well, when I wasn't thinking it was career suicide.  icon_lol



Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't know if I like the alice and ken arc yet... the run to the car thing seemed too forced for me and with everything that had already been going on with the characters, including skater girl, it didn't seem too plausible.as for lester he just seems to predictable for me....
1007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:21:00 PM

Quote from: mytocles on August 13, 2009, 07:15:18 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 13, 2009, 06:31:16 PM

I have finished Day 0 and will soon start Day 1.
Overall I am enjoying it, however, I do think that it needs a second edit. There are several typo's and grammatical errors...Not ton's, but enough to definately notice.
I don't have the book here, but and example would be something like "Billy was looking at hose TV's when the zombie came through the door." hose should have been those....

My only "complaint" is that Day 0 seems too cluttered and there seems to be way to much going on in one day.... This may be because it jumps around from character to character, but it did seem like more than was possible was happeneing in one day...


I'll apologize before I hit Post on this, but, erm... I couldn't help myself.  Sorry, sorry, sorry!   icon_wink 


No problem.... I'm at "work" so I'm trying to type fast.....
1008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 06:31:16 PM
I have finished Day 0 and will soon start Day 1.
Overall I am enjoying it, however, I do think that it needs a second edit. There are several typo's and grammatical errors...Not ton's, but enough to definately notice.
I don't have the book here, but and example would be something like "Billy was looking at hose TV's when the zombie came through the door." hose should have been those....
Spoiler for Hiden:
The Kate character seems the most interesting so far and is different from what I have read before.
Grinder is also interesting because I can't quite think of anywhere I saw that type of character in this type of book.....
Lester seems almost too cookie cutter and I predict he will have some sort of redemeption at some point, but hopefully I'm wrong.
I am currently on the fence with Mike.....

My only "complaint" is that Day 0 seems too cluttered and there seems to be way to much going on in one day.... This may be because it jumps around from character to character, but it did seem like more than was possible was happeneing in one day...

   
1009  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 12, 2009, 11:03:08 PM
Hmm, I walked into my GS on Monday and picked up the code. They did only have 2 or 3 left after me though...
1010  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 11, 2009, 01:02:21 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 11, 2009, 11:35:16 AM

Just pre-ordered through D2D. One thing I found out visiting the forums(that I could only visit AFTER pre-ordering)is that D2D customers don't get the "head start" perk that is being offered.
Baffles me as to why.......Pre-order is pre-order, no?

Anyway, if you want to get a 3 day jump on everyone else(for the usual reasons we do in a MMO..name reserves, get out of the newbie areas before the onslaught) don't pre-order through D2D

Only Gamestop and Best Buy are offering the early entry.....
http://champions-online.com/node/98965
1011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Framerate capping on: August 11, 2009, 12:39:36 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 11, 2009, 04:02:32 AM

I love that my powerful PC allows me to play games at high framerates but damned if I don't get annoyed by the occasional sharp drops when I make 180 degree turns and so on. Is there a program that allows you to effectively cap the framerate for every game that you play? I would much rather set my games to a more balanced 40fps cap.

I'm having a similiar problem in FO3... I have everything maxed out and when I am running around the game works fine until...BAM....it freezes for about 1-4 seconds..... It happens just enough to be annoying...
1012  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Considering building a new computer, advice needed on: August 10, 2009, 06:17:20 PM
Using the NewEgg PSU calculator : http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html

It says you will need 668W

You could try going with a 700 or 750, but you might as well have a buffer....

As for the monitor/keyboard/mouse.... I didn't realize. You can get a decent keyboard/mouse for $50 and a decent monitor for around $200 maybe less.. Just have to look for sales.
1013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 11:57:24 AM

Quote from: Crux on August 09, 2009, 08:47:05 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 09, 2009, 08:02:27 PM

Quote from: Crux on August 09, 2009, 07:34:53 PM

So do people think this game looks better suited to PC or console?

PC with a 360 gamepad. Best of both worlds.  smile

Except my 42" TV is bigger than my 22" monitor... so if the controls are better for a gamepad, then I'd be more inclined to just get it for the 360 to begin with.

Just sit closer to your screen...
 ninja
1014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 05:38:51 PM
Does anyone know if the PhysX being used is the original or just the Nvidia version. (They are different I think, even though Nvidia bought them). The reason I ask, is that I have a PhysX card in my older gaming rig and if it makes a difference I'd take the time to move it....
1015  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 07, 2009, 09:15:58 PM

Quote from: KePoW on August 07, 2009, 06:04:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 07, 2009, 04:01:58 AM

The other thing I'd be concerned about for the Lifetime buy is what if the game, in spite of how much I personally like it and/or having a big name behind it, just doesn't do well (Tabula Rasa anyone?)?  Now Cryptic has a decent track record and CoH has set a good standard for superhero MMORPGs, but it's hard to tell these days who will survive and for how long.  Coincidentally the only lifetime sub I ever did was with....  drum roll, Hellgate London!  And now I'm back again with Bill Roper lol.

Yeah seriously...

I'm really surprised by the poll results so far, I don't see how *anyone* can consider paying for a lifetime sub to any MMO other than WoW.  Especially one that you haven't even played yet.

Can anyone explain the reasoning behind that.  For real, not being sarcastic.  I just see it as way too risky considering 75+% of MMOs these days end up going the way of the dodo.  Either that or they are just flat-out underwhelming.

What if you HAVE already played it? smile

I bought it based on the fact that I don't stick with games too long...This would seem to contradict getting a lifetime sub, but I keep revisting  LOTRO every so often and I don't have to worry about buying 3 months or so here and there. The game is paid for I can play whenever I want (as long as it is running)...
Yes Champions is a risk, as are any other MMOG's, but if it does last, then getting in now makes sense. There's no way to know if they will offer it again....
Plus my son can log in and play as well, so it can get use...
1016  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 07, 2009, 06:11:00 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 07, 2009, 05:58:43 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 06, 2009, 11:15:22 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 05, 2009, 10:06:59 PM

7

I already own the game, but when I input my product key Turbine remembers my account and wants new billing info; i.e another ccard. I guess a product key is a 1 time, 1 shot deal in their system.

Noone else tried, but do you need this? If not, I'm gonna post in Steals and Deals... This may have gotten buried... I'd like to give it to someone without an account...

I definitely could use it Punisher and would be most grateful for it. I applied for the beta months ago, but still haven't received my invite yet. frown
BTW what was the number anyways. slywink



You have a PM
1017  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 06, 2009, 11:15:22 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 05, 2009, 10:06:59 PM

7

I already own the game, but when I input my product key Turbine remembers my account and wants new billing info; i.e another ccard. I guess a product key is a 1 time, 1 shot deal in their system.

Noone else tried, but do you need this? If not, I'm gonna post in Steals and Deals... This may have gotten buried... I'd like to give it to someone without an account...
1018  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Graphic Corruption issue on: August 06, 2009, 12:26:25 PM

Quote from: nymanium on August 05, 2009, 07:34:21 AM

Sadly I have no way to try a nvidia card, though I would like to try that myself.

What kind of video card slot are you using?
1019  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 05, 2009, 10:12:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 05, 2009, 10:11:05 PM

I can't think of a MMO that works differently.  All of the ones I've seen have the free month that comes with buying it only work for new accounts.

Champions seems to be allowing it...
1020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 05, 2009, 10:08:30 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 05, 2009, 10:06:59 PM

7

I already own the game, but when I input my product key Turbine remembers my account and wants new billing info; i.e another ccard. I guess a product key is a 1 time, 1 shot deal in their system.

Actually it's one key per account.... So if you buy 5 retail copies, you can't get a 5 month subscription, you'd have to setup 5 different accounts...
1021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible new X-Wing or Tie Fighter on: August 05, 2009, 04:47:08 PM
Speaking of which.... Does anyone have any idea on how to easily get the old ones to run on a modern system?
1022  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intermittent Wireless Signal on: August 05, 2009, 04:45:37 PM
Is it all the PC's?
Is the router G or N? If N, what frequency?
Does it disconnect all PC's at the same time?
Did you change the SSID to something unique?
Are you using encryption?
Are you using the manufacturers wireless software or letting Windows control it? (I recommend Windows)
1023  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 05, 2009, 03:23:52 AM
Well, trying to use the full product to extend the subscription didn't work... frown

My loss is your gain......I'm thinking of a number 1-10. First post to guess it will get the product key in a PM. When I get home tomorrow, if noone has guessed it, I'll give it to the closest person.....
This will let you play for a month....You'll have to DL the product somewhere though. there has to be a demo out...
1024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jobless graduate sues her college for $70,000 on: August 05, 2009, 01:14:06 AM
Playing Devil's Advocate, I am not sure about a college, but I know that the local Devry type schools do insist that you will graduate and get a $50,000 IT job...They just dont put it in writing and many people don't realize it's not true until it's too late....

1025  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 04, 2009, 02:54:08 AM
Couldn't hold off...I'm sooo weak. Bought lifetime tonight, now I have to decide where to pre-order the game from.....
1026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 1.5 is out today, Enhanced Directors Cut due July 31st on: August 04, 2009, 12:53:39 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on August 03, 2009, 10:39:00 PM

If you check the front page, we have uploaded the 1.5 patch and the director's cut patch.

Wow, you guys will do anything to get us to the front page huh?  slywink
1027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 04, 2009, 12:47:45 AM
I bought the lifetime sub for LOTRO and I stopped playing after a while, but I keep going back. This happens with a LOT of games for me.. I lose interest and then get it back... For $200, I'll probably end up getting this now just to have...

Is lifetime only available when you pre-order direct from Cryptic?
1028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 03, 2009, 12:18:26 PM
I think the game was made first and foremost for the tabletop players...If it wasn't true to that, they would have gotten a lot more complaints....

I picked up the full game at GS for $5 yesterday, gonna give it a try and it doesn't sound like there will be a wipe (unless I missed it somewhere), so I can get a head start...I'm also going pick up another copy and see if the product key will let me extend the subscription. If it does, I may just clean them out....I did this with the COH/COV game cards at Comp when they closed. I still have about a year or twos worth of those...
1029  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Considering building a new computer, advice needed on: August 02, 2009, 04:29:39 PM
NewEgg

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ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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$557.97 Bundle Pricing  

Subtotal: $1,183.92

No OS in cost and you can play around with some things as well. , but just about at your budget.
1030  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Graphic Corruption issue on: August 02, 2009, 04:06:47 PM
Anyway to try a video card from Nvidia?
1031  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Needs to build a RAID array... on: August 02, 2009, 03:46:30 PM
I currently have this: http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/support/raid/sata/AAR-2410SA_ENCL/
It works great, comes with the Adaptec RAID card, is hot swapable..... I have it setup in RAID 5 configuration.
1032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 01, 2009, 09:34:48 PM
GL over there, but with 15 years in you should have seniority...Just tell them to send someone else.... ninja
1033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 04:02:33 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 01, 2009, 03:31:38 AM

Actually I'll do that for anyone if you are having trouble. Hell, if you want to read my book I'll do whatever I can to get it in your hand.  icon_biggrin

I am canceling my Amazon order. Please deliver my copy by hand in a Zombie costume... Thank you... oh, and it has to be a slow zombie costume, not one of those crappy fast ones... (BTW: are your zombies fast or slow?)
1034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: August 01, 2009, 02:40:16 AM
I think the disclaimer is mostly because a lot of people complained when it was found out that those survivor man type shows received help and it wasn't mentioned. Pretty much all "reality" shows have people to help.
I think Chaz is correct, it is mostly for emergencies that they help or if it looks like the people are really about to blow themselves up.

I don't think anything is added to the warehouse that wasnt there at the beginning, just the outside stuff.
Spoiler for Hiden:
As for Michael, I saw this week's episode and yes he is a dick, and yes he is trying to be a martyr, and yes he does have some useful things to say, but I think that if this was real, he would be on the way to being banished or killed by now. Take the gasifier thing (which is really neat and something I'll have to file away for the real apocolypse). He kept making a scene and saying they had a bomb and saying that just because they have engineering PHD's they think they know what they are doing....and then it does end up working and he's like, oh ok, so they got one thing working, what now?....He's a dick... I was sooo hoping his part would keep failing.... If the chip on his shoulder was a generator, they could light the city up...
1035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New job, big move on: August 01, 2009, 12:48:28 AM
It's page 2, where are the impressions?
1036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 02:59:53 AM
Sent like 10 lines, but I also ordered the book from Amazon....
1037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let your iPhone rate your sex life! on: July 30, 2009, 04:25:38 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on July 30, 2009, 12:46:17 AM

What is this "sex life" you mention?

I think it's an expansion pack to Second Life.....
1038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 29, 2009, 08:36:34 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on July 29, 2009, 07:34:36 PM

From Michaels bio

Quote
For someone with limited education, he’s quite opinionated. Michael is a conspiracy theorist and complete pessimist. He claims, "I always knew there was something wrong with the world", "Nancy Pelosi is the anti-Christ", and "the space program wasn’t for exploration," implying it was to armor space for World War III.

Wow. So these are the types of people we have to deal with after the apocalypse...... I think Michael should be sent out for some supplies...alone.....

I wonder if he will bring anything to the group that's needed...
1039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New job, big move on: July 29, 2009, 07:34:18 PM
Congrats!

So does this mean there's an opening at Bethesda?  ninja
1040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 pics starting to show up on: July 29, 2009, 07:23:49 PM
I am thinking Demon in a Bottle/Armor Wars mashup coming in IM3
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