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2081  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF:Gameboy SP Cheap? on: January 06, 2010, 03:06:44 PM
I have that exact model and color in working shape. Do you have any games for trade or are you just looking to buy? If you have games I have a Wii, DS, PS3 and PC, that I would entertain game trades for.
2082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Frank Herberts Dune being re-made again on: January 05, 2010, 09:11:28 PM
I  remember liking the 1st book a lot as a teenager, but I haven't seen any of the movies. Are any of them actually good? I don't remember much about the book, just that it was good.
2083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Howard Stern - Artie has quit (rumor) on: January 05, 2010, 05:47:35 PM
My favorite thing about Robin is all of the Robin Songs. I love Little Mikey. I get pissed if I miss the beginning of her news because then I wont hear a new Robin song.

My personal favorite is "Welcome to Robin's Bunghole" a take off of Guns and Roses "Welcome to the the Jungle". It's a classic.
2084  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 05, 2010, 05:13:46 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 04, 2010, 09:40:47 PM

At higher levels you'll pile up plenty of cash just in the course of playing (I don't craft or gather resources), but I do recall struggling a bit on the cash end in the 20s/30s. I do recommend at least gathering materials of some sort (minerals, wood, hides, whatever), and then trying to keep advancing that so that you're able to gather in the areas that you play at your level. You get decent money even just cashing that stuff at a vendor, and sometimes decent returns at the AH, and the supplemental income is very handy.

I think eventually by the 40s or so I just stopped gathering resources enough to keep it advanced (at this point I'd have to spend a lot of time gathering in "grey areas" to catch up), but felt like I was making enough cash through general playing not to worry about it anymore.

I've found the tougher skirmishes very expensive in terms of equipment repairs, and it nixes any profit I might've made from them. So I really wouldn't see them as some magical solution to not having enough money or uber equipment.

If you're on Elendilmir server, I'm sure I could get one of my kinmates to make some good things for your level; and I'm sure Hanton or someone in his kin could help with that.

In my kin, one is a high end tailor who can make just about any recipe available in the game (his alts probably are pretty high up in other crafting areas too). Heck, if I knew someone who actually could use some stuff I could make (my L61 Captain's a metalsmith but I just haven't worked at it), it would give me a reason to get back into crafting.  icon_smile

My kin has every profession maxed, so if you need anything just ask, I may need the mats, but it shouldnt cost anything so long as there isn't a waiting list for a particular recipe.
2085  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows 7 pre-order on: January 05, 2010, 05:05:12 PM
So uh anyone here with a student email that doesn't need another copy of Windows 7? I could use one at that price.
2086  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mirkwood review on: December 31, 2009, 05:41:29 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on December 31, 2009, 05:11:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 30, 2009, 08:53:31 PM

I just wanted to let you all know that my Mirkwood review is now live. In case you can't tell from the review I am a LotRO junkie. I've played a lot of different MMO's and that one resonates with me. Anyway if you play the game look me up in game sometime. My main is Hanton on the Elendilmir server.

Scraper,

I appreciate your time in writing up this review and I respect your enthusiasm for a game you obviously love (and one that I also play as well).  The review does come off as a bit fanboyish, though.  It would have been worthy to mention that the new area - as compared to Moria - is quite a bit smaller.  It's remarkable how little of Mirkwood they actually coded in the game.  In addition, problems with Legendary weapons remain, bag space is still an issue and PvP is still abysmal.  While these are small blemishes on an otherwise great game, they could have been mentioned.

By the way, I also disagree with your assessment of the Lone Lands.  I'm currently running a RK through that area and the new questing is fantastic.  There are a couple of problems (not enough wargs for the feat, fellowship quests marked as solo quests), but overall it's some of the best questing outside the shire and dovetails nicely with the increased leveling speed.  The changes to Book 2 are pretty good, too.

I've found the new player experience to be vastly improved over the last few months.  You can get close to level 20 in the Elf/Dwarf area and through 20 in the Hobbit/Human areas.  This allows you to skip places you don't like (for example, I hate Barrow-Downs and the Old Forest).  Pretty soon you're picking up the new quests in the Lone Lands and you can get to 30+ just in that area.  After that you're stuck with some of the older and duller questing areas like the Trollshaws or North Downs, but you can now level an alt and never do any of the same quest that your main did until level 30+.  That's really a neat incentive to level an alt, since you know there is still a lot of low-level content that you've never seen.  When I played LOTRO on release, your toons were doing the same quests by level 15.  Not anymore.

I'll have to level up a human to take through North Downs once they've revamped that area.

Really, the main problem for new players is coming up with gold, since low level stuff doesn't sell worth a damn.  Farming the shit out of raw materials is really the only way to start to build up a bankroll now.

A couple of thoughts:

1. I mention that only 1 new zone may not seem like a lot, but when you look at the amount of content in that zone it's impressive. It's certainly not Moria, but then again this isn't a full priced expansion either.

2. The problems with the Legendary Weapons are minor at best.

3. Bag space is what it is, if you don't have enough buy more storage chests.

4. PvP is abysmal, but it wasn't the point of the expansion, so I didn't mention it.

5. I completely agree with you on the new player experience, which is why I mentioned it in passing, but it's not really part of the expansion, people will get the new player experience even if all they have is the base game, so again it's not really worth going deeply into if someone is trying to decide if they should buy Mirkwood or not.

6. I left a lot of stuff out of the review that maybe deserve mentioning (like the new combat auto interrupts) but I try to keep my reviews under 4 pages single spaced in Word, and this one approached 4 1/2 so some stuff didn't make it.

7. I may be a fan of LotRO, but if the expansion sucked I wouldn't be afraid to say it.
2087  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Mirkwood review on: December 30, 2009, 08:53:31 PM
I just wanted to let you all know that my Mirkwood review is now live. In case you can't tell from the review I am a LotRO junkie. I've played a lot of different MMO's and that one resonates with me. Anyway if you play the game look me up in game sometime. My main is Hanton on the Elendilmir server.
2088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, ad nauseum on: December 28, 2009, 03:59:16 PM
 The first one was good because it was original. After that it's all the same with torture porn at the center of it. I can only see so many steal traps ripping people apart before I get disinterested.
2089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 15, 2009, 12:59:34 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 14, 2009, 10:32:08 PM

HotW has some good lines and scenes (the Inquisition is probably the top), but it's not great overall.  As we get further into the 80s, that becomes more and more true and the lameness starts creeping in.  I mean, "ludicrous speed."  That's funny?

If you don't think SpaceBalls is funny then you may not have the ability to laugh. 
2090  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Texas is So Gay on: December 14, 2009, 02:12:44 PM
Cincinnati's Mayor Qualls was gay in the 90s. Cincinnati is also very conservative so it fits in with a Texas city also having a gay mayor.
2091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 13, 2009, 02:30:52 PM
Just prior to going plad:

Colonel Sanders "Sir shouldn't you buckle your seat belt"
Dark Helmet "Ah BUCKLE THIS, Ludicrous speed GO!"

I used to drive my mom nuts with"Ah  BUCKLE THIS". I love it.
2092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 12, 2009, 11:48:25 PM
"The Inquisition what a show, the Inquisition here we go". Classic. 
2093  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 11, 2009, 03:14:37 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on December 11, 2009, 02:07:54 AM

Not misplaced at all. I wanted to pick up a few more Moria medallions still for a chest piece, and the place is pretty empty. I think your best bet is to be in a kin who will help you out.

The skirmish rewards are pretty good for my alts that have been mostly soloing. The xp is really good too. I took a burglar from 33 to 36 in just a few skirmishes.

Ale

I think it depends on your server. I have run the Grand Stairs at least 6 times since the expansion came out and we never had a problem filling the group, there were even other groups waiting outside to run it too.

I agree that the skirmish rewards are good. Not only do you get regular XP but you get a bunch of skirmish marks upon completion which can be used to buy all sorts of things from upgrading your soldier, to buying housing items, to weapons and armour and even relics. So the skirmish system is definately worth while.
2094  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 05:08:39 PM
Also, I forgot to mention that we have a full time ventrillo server that I actually find enjoyable. Even if you're not in a fellowship with the kin it's still fun to listen in and talk while playing. It adds to the community feeling. It's also an easy way to ask a question and have it answered relatively quickly.
2095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 05:06:28 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 09, 2009, 04:53:32 PM

I have a couple alts in Harkonis's guild, but I've been playing an L60 hunter I have that's in a mostly Aussie guild. I love the idea of guilds/kinships, but I'm really not into raids, and that's pretty much what all guilds seem to end up focusing on (at least the ones I've joined up with). After a while, i just end up feeling guilty that I keep saying "no" when someone asks me to join one.

We have a couple of upper level guys who don't like the raids either. It's still nice to have an active kin for them whenever they do need the help. Especially when it comes to getting good crafted gear. Everyone in the kin will make stuff for you for free, so long as you supply the materials that are rare and costly. The only downside with that is that sometimes there is a waiting list for the timed recipe items.
2096  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 04:23:25 PM

Quote from: Vindel on December 09, 2009, 03:57:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 09, 2009, 03:24:33 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 09, 2009, 02:05:20 PM

I don't really know why, but the game just doesn't run very smoothly for me anymore. It's sluggish, and sometimes you can see the game painfully rendering in the distance, or there is this almost staccato hiccup as my character walks in the game.

I defragged Sunday, hoping it would help. I've tried different resolutions, details, texture settings, AA settings, ATI control panel settings, turning off or disabling anti-virus, anti-spyware etc., w/ no real improvement. It's like, I think the game ran better on my rotten old AMD 64 (albeit I used to play at 1024X768 then instead of 1280X1024 now), with an old ATI card than it does on my by-comparison tricked out quad core with 4GB RAM and a fairly decent, current ATI card. I just don't get it sometimes. I'm no Vista 64-bit aficionado, but I don't think I can blame it on the OS cause some other games run smooth as glass.

Some of my shooters (the L4D games, Borderlands, both of which I bought on Steam) run great, others like COD:MW1 (which I have on disc) don't. I am really stumped sometimes. Oh well, some time I'll post about it in the software/hardware section.

Yesterday some guy kept kill-stealing from me on the repeatable quests (on purpose-not accidentally afik). I kept thinking -- how the heck does someone get to L60 and still do that sort of garbage?  disgust

I don't have any good advice for the performance issue. I do know that I had to install the latest Nvidia drivers after the expansion in order to get good performance on one of my comps. But you have an ATi card so not sure about those drivers.

As for the kill stealing issue I usually just invite those players to a fellowship. I know it sucks teaming up with an asshat, but at least you guys both get credit for the kills he steals, plus it makes the daily Kill X quests go really quick.

Also weren't you in my kin on Elendilmir at one time? If not you should think about joining, we have an active base of players and they are all willing to help out if you ask for it. At this point in the game we have beaten all of the 6 man skirmishes and we're working our way through tier 2 and 3 difficulties with them.

Hello, I am on the Elendilmir server and a part of the StormHaven guild but they are not very active anymore. Would it be ok to join up with your kin? What is your kin named? How would I apply? Thanks

You can definitely join. We have an open door policy for GT forum members. All you have to do to join is send me a tell in game, my main is named Hanton. You could also try Stucco or Annabell and just tell them that Hanton referred you. The kin name is Watchers of Middle Earth. I would say it's a medium sized kin, there are no required events or anything like that but we do schedule regular kin runs and events. It's really a play at your own pace type of kin, but we do have a good sized group of regular players. Anyway check out the website at www.watchersome.com . Also I should be in game today from 3pm eastern until about 5:30 pm and then again later in the night.
2097  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 03:24:33 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 09, 2009, 02:05:20 PM

I don't really know why, but the game just doesn't run very smoothly for me anymore. It's sluggish, and sometimes you can see the game painfully rendering in the distance, or there is this almost staccato hiccup as my character walks in the game.

I defragged Sunday, hoping it would help. I've tried different resolutions, details, texture settings, AA settings, ATI control panel settings, turning off or disabling anti-virus, anti-spyware etc., w/ no real improvement. It's like, I think the game ran better on my rotten old AMD 64 (albeit I used to play at 1024X768 then instead of 1280X1024 now), with an old ATI card than it does on my by-comparison tricked out quad core with 4GB RAM and a fairly decent, current ATI card. I just don't get it sometimes. I'm no Vista 64-bit aficionado, but I don't think I can blame it on the OS cause some other games run smooth as glass.

Some of my shooters (the L4D games, Borderlands, both of which I bought on Steam) run great, others like COD:MW1 (which I have on disc) don't. I am really stumped sometimes. Oh well, some time I'll post about it in the software/hardware section.

Yesterday some guy kept kill-stealing from me on the repeatable quests (on purpose-not accidentally afik). I kept thinking -- how the heck does someone get to L60 and still do that sort of garbage?  disgust

I don't have any good advice for the performance issue. I do know that I had to install the latest Nvidia drivers after the expansion in order to get good performance on one of my comps. But you have an ATi card so not sure about those drivers.

As for the kill stealing issue I usually just invite those players to a fellowship. I know it sucks teaming up with an asshat, but at least you guys both get credit for the kills he steals, plus it makes the daily Kill X quests go really quick.

Also weren't you in my kin on Elendilmir at one time? If not you should think about joining, we have an active base of players and they are all willing to help out if you ask for it. At this point in the game we have beaten all of the 6 man skirmishes and we're working our way through tier 2 and 3 difficulties with them.
2098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 07, 2009, 07:18:29 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 07, 2009, 07:10:44 PM



Canada takes their gun laws seriously.

Quote
a Toronto man who happens to be a big LEGO fan, was working in a downtown office on Friday when the replica gun made from LEGO that he’d ordered from online retailer BrickGun arrived. He assembled the model and later closed his office door for a conference call and that’s when someone who could see in his window from a neighboring building called police to report lone man sitting in an office with a gun.

The SWAT team was dispatched and the incident ended with the man cuffed against a wall while six officers armed with assault rifles and shotguns secured the LEGO.

That's nuts. Thank you founding fathers for the 2nd amendment.
2099  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 07, 2009, 03:55:52 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 06, 2009, 01:46:12 PM

If you'll let me obsess again -- I still would love to have quests in Mirkwood be more interesting than "picking up filth" and fetching junk off of "decaying orc corpses," and then having the same said requests be repeatable. Somehow, on top of the "picking up sticks," "fetching lunch sacks" and "picking up garbage" quests in certain previous zones, it's a little hard for my characters to feel like epic adventurers. At times, they feel more like overdressed Sanitation Workers.  icon_razz Who writes these quests? Clearly it was inspired by Tolkien, like so...

Quote
The change in the wizard's voice was astounding.
Suddenly it became menacing, powerful, harsh as stone.
A shadow seemed to pass over the high sun,
and the porch for a moment grew dark.
All trembled, and the Elves stopped their ears.
"Clearly Georic must pick up the filth, fetch the lunch sacks, snatch the sticks from the ground and pick up the garbage," said Elrond, as the shadow passed and the company breathed once more.
"And let us hope that none will ever speak it here again," answered Gandalf.
OK, end obsession.  icon_smile

I'm all fine on skirmishing now, it's cool and I'm doing various things in Mirkwood. Easiest way for my L60 to do the little 10-hunt was to ride a little south of the 21st hall. And it was an OK way to remember how to play after so long away.

* One question though. When I try to go east in Lothlorien/Mirkwood along that river for what I think is Book 9 Chapter 1 (something like that), I get "insta-killed" the moment I step past this gate. I assume, like the cursed statues area in Angmar, that I have to meet some sort of "pre-requisite" to "unlock" safe access through that area. Any ideas? I've done some searches at official forums but haven't seen it mentioned so far.

ADDENDUM: OK, duh, I read the letter warning me the above. I guess I'm still not 100% sure what I have to do to gain safe access, but hopefully I'll stumble into it.

I was wondering why the game was running so sluggishly and I just realized my main hard drive is 42% fragmented. Oops.  icon_redface

Yeah you need to raise your reputation to get anywhere near Caras Galadhrim. (In this way it sticks with lore, remember that Gimli had to be blind folded to cross the river and therefore the entire Fellowship chose to blindfold themselves).

Anyway, just take all of the dailies in the opening loth camps and you should have enough to get in. Once inside you have to go to the docks and take a boat over to Mirkwood.
2100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 04, 2009, 09:23:47 PM

Quote from: faide on December 04, 2009, 08:54:32 PM

How are the combat changes?  I've read they made changes to try to make it feel faster and less "laggy". 

For my main (A Warden) the combat changes are awesome. Adding Auto Attack interrupt speeds up your attacks tremendously. I can actually deal out more damage now than I could before, simply because I can build my gambits that much faster. So IMO the combat changes are good.
2101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 04, 2009, 08:18:55 PM

Quote from: Barrakketh on December 04, 2009, 07:12:37 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 04, 2009, 06:56:54 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on December 04, 2009, 06:00:48 PM

Understandable.  An old friend and I happened to log in at the same time to check out the Skirmish mechanic and sure enough sat there outside Esteldin going, "Where the hell should we go to find non-grey level stuff we need?"

It ended up being more of a chore than I anticipated just to get things kicked off.
  icon_neutral


I was really surprised by their decision to do it this way too. They introduce an entirely new game concept and mechanic, which is a lot different than anything else in the game and they start it out by doing the most redundant and cliche thing you can do in an MMO. Oh well, at least once that is done the skirmish mode is good. I'm amazed at it's scalability. A solo instance is much different once you bump it up to a 6 man. I haven't tried an y12 mans yet, but I imagine they are crazy.

Apparently the 12-mans are indeed crazy. I read a report on the Turbine forums where an established kin wiped on the end encounter doing the 12-man Thievery and Mischief (the south Bree one) since there are 3-4 bosses of Arch-Nemesis level in front of the town hall. Not sure I'll ever do a 12-man, but I'm looking forward to 3 and 6 man versions. So far I've only done a few solo.

As for the skirmish-gating being a kill quest, yeah that was unnecessary. Just let people start the tutorial.



I did the 6-man version with my kin. In that version there are 3 Arch bosses each with 79,000K hit points standing in front of the town hall. It took us three attempts but we eventually figured out a good strategy and beat it. It's a bitch because one guy is a brute and stuns, the other guy has a massive AOE and the third one will completely heal all three of them. So on the third try we tanked the AOE guy and the brute and we killed the healer. The key is to use interrupts, otherwise she keeps healing and will live no matter how hard you hit her.
2102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 04, 2009, 06:56:54 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on December 04, 2009, 06:00:48 PM

Understandable.  An old friend and I happened to log in at the same time to check out the Skirmish mechanic and sure enough sat there outside Esteldin going, "Where the hell should we go to find non-grey level stuff we need?"

It ended up being more of a chore than I anticipated just to get things kicked off.
  icon_neutral


I was really surprised by their decision to do it this way too. They introduce an entirely new game concept and mechanic, which is a lot different than anything else in the game and they start it out by doing the most redundant and cliche thing you can do in an MMO. Oh well, at least once that is done the skirmish mode is good. I'm amazed at it's scalability. A solo instance is much different once you bump it up to a 6 man. I haven't tried an y12 mans yet, but I imagine they are crazy.
2103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 02, 2009, 05:59:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 02, 2009, 04:37:44 PM

I got nothing (I'll check inventory tonight). All the login splash screens say Mirkwood, but maybe I'm not really upgraded to Mirkwood.

This thread attempts to explain all the upgrading stuff (I'm in the "Lifetime Subscriber who pre-ordered the adventurer pack" camp):
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=297163

Turbine Download Manager seems to have been such an unmitigated, continuing disaster for so many players, I don't quite understand why they don't just bag it.

Maybe Im lucky then, because the game DLed for me via the DL manager and I had zero problems. I think a lot of times the boards get swamped with the vocal minority who do have issues, people who don't experience a problem have no reason to chime in.
2104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF 9800GT or equivelant Video Card on: December 02, 2009, 03:25:37 PM
I'm in the market for a 9800GT PCi videocard or the ATi equiivelant. I don't have any money to throw at it, but I do have an assortment of games that you could choose from. Put together an offer for which games you want and let me know. I'm willing to trade multiple games for a decent card.

FT:

PS3:
Street Fighter 4
NHL 2K10
NBA2K10
Cross Edge
Dead Space
FarCry 2
Little Big Planet
Madden 10

Wii:
Cursed Mountain
Tenchu Stealth Assassins
Phantom Brave We Meet Again
Call of Duty 5

Xbox 360:
Prototype

I have a bunch of other games I could trade, so if you don't see enough that you want, let me know and I will see what if I have it or not.


2105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Real men don't drive dirty trucks on: December 02, 2009, 03:13:22 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on December 02, 2009, 03:08:31 PM

So this friend of ours wants to borrow my pick me up truck. I say okay, no problem. As soon as the wife finds out she insists I spend $6 at the car wash on it or hose it down myself.
Because as we all know............................
I hosed it down and hide it by the side of the house so she can't see it.

If she wants it cleaned that badly can't she do it herself?
2106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 02, 2009, 03:11:41 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 02, 2009, 01:56:41 PM

In spite of a thousand dev tracker posts, I can't see this basic information -- how do you start doing Skirmish stuff? I don't know what contact or place to look for. There's no tips in-game on that afik. It's like they just expect you to know through ESP.  icon_confused I've checked the Help section, LOTRO Wiki etc. If that basic info's there, I can't seem to find it.

Apparently Ctrl-J is the "secret key combo" for joining/forming skirmishes at any time:
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=305066&highlight=skirmish
Quote
Yeah. Ctrl J is the Skirmish Join panel. You can also access it from the new main menu. The Skirmish Join Panel lets you join a skirmish wherever you are, so that no travel is involved. I like that!
That's probably in the option menu keybinding settings or something, but you'd think they'd splash it on screen the first time you login post-Mirwood, as a clue to the clueless among us.  icon_razz

When I logged into the game I got a message giving me a quest to start the Skirmish modes. I also got a letter in my inventory. So if none of that happened then you may be bugged. I know I started my first skirmish mode in Lothlorian. They added a new skirmish camp just north of the river near the broken bridge.
2107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 01, 2009, 04:55:04 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 01, 2009, 04:17:31 PM

I went and paid for those little perk things (I forget the name) that is supposed to get you Mirkwood for free. Do we have to sort of download Mirkwood as a separate file, or is it part of the client updating process? Just asking cause sometimes it's tough to comb through the FAQs for a straight answer.  icon_smile

it's part of the client update process. If you have the turbine download manager installed then it should be updating the game automatically, if you don't then it will start updating when you log in.
2108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 01, 2009, 04:02:53 PM
I set the game up to Dl the expansion while I'm at work today. Hopefully it's done when I get home and I can play tonight.
2109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: crazy girlfriend destroys boyfriends XBOX on camera on: November 25, 2009, 03:15:16 PM
I don't care if it's real or not, that chick is still pretty hot and seeing her break an Xbox is sexy to me. I wish she would wear something more revealing in the next vid.
2110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm famous! on: November 19, 2009, 03:00:34 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on November 19, 2009, 06:12:04 AM

Quote from: Scraper on November 18, 2009, 02:36:46 PM

Quote from: deadzone on November 17, 2009, 09:32:19 PM

Man I am glad you guys are okay!  That is simply craziness!  

Do most bullets typically penetrate houses from a distance (long or short) so easily or does it take certain types of bullets to do that?  I have heard about near misses, injuries, and deaths from this sort of thing but I don't really know much about guns.

Just really relieved to hear you guys are okay.  

If the guy was hunting deer, then he was probably using buck shot, which is basically a very big slug of metal designed to kill a deer instantly. It could easily go through several walls of a home, if it didn't hit any of the framing. I would assume it hit the siding first, then a couple of layers of insulation, then drywall. None of that stuff is very thick or hard. Then it kept going through other soft materials. A buck shot could easily do this.



actually you are slightly off... Buck shot is just that... shot... it is multiple pellets.  They make various different weights of shot (size of the balls) and that determines the type of load.  What you were talking about is a slug, usually rifled, and shot out of a shotgun (the bore of a shotgun is not rifled for accuracy).  Buck shot would have made, most likely, many different holes in the wall.... not just one.


Yeah I was talking about the slug. I've always called it a buck shot, because it is what I have always used to kill deer. Maybe it's a regional thing. e
2111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin's new book--Any takers? on: November 19, 2009, 01:25:24 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 19, 2009, 01:04:51 AM

Quote from: cheeba on November 18, 2009, 11:49:30 PM

I must admit I'm torn. On one hand I can't much stand her. On the other hand the left goes way overboard in their attacks on her. I mean the lefties get nasty with her, often with sexist, tasteless, and blatantly unfair criticisms that you just wouldn't have expected from the left. She's really their creation. If they'd shut up about her she'd be gone already, but for some reason they just cannot ignore her, lol.

Wow you must be naive if you didnt expect such attacks from the left, attacks like that on anything they fear or disagree with is all they know.

I doubt anyone in the left fears Sarah Palin. She is so light weight it's pathetic. She's good at getting outraged at the "liberal media" and that's about it. Here's a hint, if you don't want people talking about your kids then don't put them up on stage and don't use them as talking points as reason for people to vote for you. Captain "I'm a hockey mom", "I'm pro life, look at my downs childs", "I'm pro life my daughter is 17 and having a kid". Give me a break. Also asking what publications you read is not ambush journalism, it's a freaking softball question and a softball interview.

2112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT/OO reality show on: November 18, 2009, 06:41:44 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 18, 2009, 06:38:27 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 18, 2009, 06:22:23 PM

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I'll play the token gay character, unless you can find someone else.  I can also double as the token Asian, and in a pinch, I can fake a mean Chinese accent for cheap laughs.

I say do both, with heavy emphasis on both the gay and the Asian. I'm envisioning you wearing a pink scarf while eating rice with chopsticks, or solving math puzzles while humming showtunes.

We'd kill two items in our diversity quota with one stone, leaving room for an extra cast member.


Now that's what I call efficient!!!  Interestingly I think I can pull the whole thing off as long as I can find myself a nice pink scarf, preferably silk Fabulous

I'm thinking that rittchard and DBT should be bunk-mates.

U2K and Ceekay

PeteRock and Drazil
2113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm famous! on: November 18, 2009, 02:36:46 PM

Quote from: deadzone on November 17, 2009, 09:32:19 PM

Man I am glad you guys are okay!  That is simply craziness!  

Do most bullets typically penetrate houses from a distance (long or short) so easily or does it take certain types of bullets to do that?  I have heard about near misses, injuries, and deaths from this sort of thing but I don't really know much about guns.

Just really relieved to hear you guys are okay.  

If the guy was hunting deer, then he was probably using buck shot, which is basically a very big slug of metal designed to kill a deer instantly. It could easily go through several walls of a home, if it didn't hit any of the framing. I would assume it hit the siding first, then a couple of layers of insulation, then drywall. None of that stuff is very thick or hard. Then it kept going through other soft materials. A buck shot could easily do this.
2114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT/OO reality show on: November 17, 2009, 09:31:35 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on November 17, 2009, 09:28:07 PM

That's okay, I have gay redneck neighbors we could use in a pinch.

I wonder if gay rednecks would get along with gay orientals? I think they both need to go in the house just to find out.  icon_lol
2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: demon's souls questions on: November 17, 2009, 09:29:36 PM
I can answer some of these:

You can actually buy the stones from various venders. I know the hardstones can be bought from a vendor at the very beginning of the Dwarf level, you don't even have to kill anything to get to him.

As far as gear, most of it comes from drops or as items laying around in the game.

As far as magic goes, I find that I use the status heal magics a lot depending on the level, for instance you will need the poison repair spell for level 2-2.
2116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT/OO reality show on: November 17, 2009, 08:20:58 PM

Quote from: Graham on November 17, 2009, 07:29:37 PM

Quote from: Scraper on November 17, 2009, 07:08:26 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2009, 07:03:38 PM

If you didn't include U2K you'd be missing out on a lot.

Nice, U2K with a Dreamcast in the house, but no games to play on it. Watch him go nuts.

No, he'd just get onto the computer and program all his games for the Dreamcast right then and there.

This could turn Ceekay and U2K into enemies, since Ceekay will be hogging the computer. I see a fight.
2117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT/OO reality show on: November 17, 2009, 07:08:26 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 17, 2009, 07:03:38 PM

If you didn't include U2K you'd be missing out on a lot.

Nice, U2K with a Dreamcast in the house, but no games to play on it. Watch him go nuts.
2118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The GT/OO reality show on: November 17, 2009, 07:01:47 PM
So I was thinking about all of the unique characters we have here at GT and going back to OO and even the GG days, and I thought that some of them would make a really good Big Brother reality type show. Stick them all in a house together in the middle of nowhere, with just one TV and one computer and a ton of booze. Then sit back let the cameras roll and laugh. So here's my question, who must be on the cast? Here's my thinking in no particular order:

Drazzil - obvious choice
Peterock- let the fabulousness shine
MsDuncan- Hopefully we get outraged Duncan
Ceekay- Someone has to hog the computer and post 23555 times a day
DBT- you must have an old fart, it's reality TV show law

We would need some chicks too, but I'm not sure who to name there.
2119  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Any interest in original PSX games? on: November 17, 2009, 02:49:43 PM

Quote from: warning on November 17, 2009, 12:32:43 PM

Quote from: Graham on November 17, 2009, 06:45:51 AM

I'd be interested in finding out what titles you have.

I'm guessing it's Metal Gear Solid and Star Ocean 2nd Story.   icon_biggrin

Snap!
2120  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT Prototype 360 on: November 17, 2009, 02:48:49 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on November 16, 2009, 09:42:23 PM

Would you take cash for it?  If so, how much?


Not really, I find if I get cash it turns into marital money and I get no game out of it. So I would much rather trade for a game.
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