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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 09, 2014, 09:43:04 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 05, 2014, 07:33:40 AM

If you have a guaranteed delivery date and it does not arrive by that time, you can get a free month of Prime (up to 12 per year).

In general, if you're ever having problems with Amazon you should contact them.  They're likely to do something for your trouble, and hopefully fix the problem for the future.

I've tried this multiple times (I had four late shipments in Nov and Dec) and at best I received an "ehhh, oops but it happens" canned response.  Even asking for more has gone no where and I've never received a free month of prime even though I've been a prime member for years.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP - Supernatural on: February 05, 2014, 12:07:07 AM
Like any long running show it has great seasons, good seasons and ok seasons.  I don't remember the first season being great but it was interesting enough to keep me watching (a lot like Buffy was) and it does improve.  They tend to do better with monster of the week shows as the focus with the season long arc being a distant second.  It does have some legs on it though because it's still on the air and currently in the 9th season.

I'd vote yes but maybe not in one long continuous sitting.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 04, 2014, 09:15:14 PM
I still love it but it's no where near as good as it used to be.  Their videos on demand isn't really growing and the 2 day shipping is actually 3-4 day 50% of the time.  I don't see how they're adding any value while still wanting to increase prices...maybe drop the super cheap mom and student $29 prime memberships instead.
44  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest Next and Everquest Next Landmark on: February 03, 2014, 03:07:01 AM
Arise thread.

So, anyone else in the Alpha?  We can talk about it now that the NDA was lifted after a day.  Buggy as hell, unstable and tons of fun.  The sheer potential of EQN is amazing.
45  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [WTB] Ultima...stuff on: January 11, 2014, 10:16:05 PM
That's good to know...I have mostly complete boxes of Ultima 4, 5 and 6 that I want to get rid of (along with the Dragon 9th edition smile)
46  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: January 10, 2014, 08:39:54 PM
Pretty big download (looks like 20GB again) so hopefully everyone started early.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Ryse on: December 15, 2013, 11:15:25 PM
I have it and really enjoyed it.  I would place in it a nice 7-ish range out of 10 for a score but I can say it's one of the few Xbox one games that truly looks next-gen.  Yes it gets repetitive, the boob physics are lol and the ending was drawn out (hate QTEs though only having two choices helped me quite a bit) but it was enjoyable and I have a friend who's planning on teaming with me on all of the multi-player arenas.  I was hesitant to buy it with all of the negative press but I'm glad I was a short but good game.  I'd love to see some single player DLC added though and the talk of adding animals to the arenas sounds interesting.
48  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: November 26, 2013, 12:35:02 AM
It came across as "meh" to me too.  Unstable, floaty and it felt like I was playing Oblivion with a bunch of strangers running around opening my chests and urns smile  I'll be giving it another try in a few months but nothing from this weekend gave me the must buy feeling.
49  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T: 3DS XL w/ games and eshop credit WTB: Wii U on: November 19, 2013, 11:51:48 AM
You have PM from Sun on OO also...
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Whats the strategy for getting one if you didn't pre order? on: November 12, 2013, 01:48:36 AM
I played the Diablo 3 beta on the PS4 machines at Blizzcon and really liked the new PS4's slightly bigger than the PS3, nice buttons and much lighter.  I am a little biased though because I grew up on the PS1/PS2 controllers and prefer that style even with large hands.
51  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: November 12, 2013, 01:44:59 AM
I played the Draenor preview a couple of times this past weekend (Blizzcon  icon_lol) and I really liked it.  The new character models look fantastic and I love the stat squish.  Can't wait for it to come out though that could be up to a year at this point. 
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 02:27:36 AM
I'm sick to death of every single one of Republicans the idiots we elected holding our government hostage. I realize I am vastly oversimplifying things by stating it that way, but no matter how you look at it that's what this amounts to. Its supposed to be checks & balances, not gridlock. These fuckers need to do their fucking jobs.

53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 21, 2013, 06:32:18 PM
I'm playing this now and it's fantastic.  The graphics are beautiful and smooth and I love the Wii U screen for the inventory and map.  Doesn't hurt that it was one of my favorite Gamecube games and one of my favorite Zeldas.
54  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online shutting down on: September 21, 2013, 02:39:30 PM
I honestly thought this shut down a year ago...I would have been playing some more since I'm back into Warhammer at the moment.  Anyone know if they went the free for the remaining time route or will it remain paid until it shuts down?
55  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 19, 2013, 08:51:59 PM

Quote from: Crawley on September 19, 2013, 07:19:31 PM

I just started playing this a few days ago. Are all servers pretty laggy or should I be shopping around finding servers with better pings?

The game shows my connection as "excellent" but the latency meter in the game is showing anywhere from 1400-2000. While I can certainly play that way it is annoying to see people jump around a lot.

So before I get too entrenched in the current server should I be looking at others or do they all have the same issue due to the over population?

All of the NA servers are in Canana...I believe Montreal.  So if you're on a NA server I don't see the ping being any better by switching servers.
56  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 16, 2013, 08:22:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 15, 2013, 08:59:29 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 15, 2013, 07:57:00 PM

It's getting to the point where I'm really dreading any time a required dungeon rolls around.  I don't have 1/10 the experience that most folks do, and when you get to the higher level dungeons, people expect you to know exactly what you're doing.  The group I was with kept asking me why I wasn't using macros for this or that, and I wouldn't even know where to start with that stuff.  It simply hasn't been needed for 99% of my solo play, but people get pissed when you're not entirely up to speed on the other 1% that is required grouping. 

that's my worry too.  it's not like I'm going to Google a dungeon before I go in.

Why not?  Even as dps I look up the dungeon the first time I run it.  It's not like you ever need to do it more than once per dungeon and it makes everything go smoother, faster and with less wipes.  Also keeps me from looking like an idiot when I wipe doing something stupid that I could have easily avoided.

Also don't understand the tank have instant queues.  Honestly if you get a group of assholes or jerks who pull for you or wipe on trash then leave and get a new group.  It's a lot different as dps when I've waited 40-45 minutes just to get in and if I leave then it's another 40-45 mins.  Personally I'd love for the tank to say he's new and to have some patience vs some of the tanks I get that do the wrong thing over and over and over and refuse to learn.
57  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [MS Store] pre-order GTA 5 and get 1600 MS Points (aka $20) on: September 13, 2013, 09:26:23 PM
I also received shipping notice this afternoon.  Would be very nice if it got here Monday smile
58  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 12, 2013, 08:59:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 12, 2013, 07:38:23 PM

Reduced the amount of gil required for repair fees and materia removal as follows:

didn't seem that bad to begin with for repairs.

It wasn't bad leveling up...the problem was you would actually lose money just from leveling and repairs once you got in the upper 30s and on.  Item durability is actually based on xp gained and not so much from dying or fighting.
59  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 09, 2013, 08:59:24 PM
I found the best way to cut costs on teleporting is to set my home to one of the central towns (like Horizon) and then set all three cities to preferred locations.  I can "hearth" back to Horizon and teleport to any of the three towns for around 100-200gil each.  It also has the benefit of being able to ride back to at least one of the towns for basically nothing (I think Uldum is 15 gil to ride back from Horizon).  Should work well at least up to 30ish.
60  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 05, 2013, 12:34:42 AM
I tried it earlier (4 est) and just now (8:30 est) and I went in right away both times.  Much, much better than before.  The official posts say the server capacity has increased from 5000 to 7500 and it seems like the queues handle over 1000 now (vs 400 earlier).  The real test will be this weekend but I'm much happier than I was this past weekend.
61  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 01, 2013, 07:35:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 01, 2013, 06:47:24 PM

Yeah, they're a complete clusterfuck today.  Going on two hours now and still haven't been able to get in.  Combination of error 1017 (World is full, try again later), error 10102 (disconnected from server), and the launcher not being able to update the NA/EU world list.  

I'm fairly understanding of launch issues, but this is getting a little silly.  They've basically admitted they know what the problems are, but we're going on a week now and they have yet to do anything about it.  If I didn't know from beta that I really liked the game, there's no way I would have put up with this nonsense to try and play it.  Makes me wonder how many new players they're losing as a result.

I love the game.  I want to play really bad.  The game has pretty much burned through all of the good will I'm willing to extend.  I've talked it up to my wife for months only to have almost every attempt fail for her logging in.  I can't get in during the mornings, late evening or weekends.  I know of people where I work already walking away from it.  I'm sick of his apology and sick of no lobby server, no NA/EU server lists and the 1012 error.  They knew back in Beta 4 this was going to happen.  They knew the first day of early release this was going to happen.  They had the pre-order numbers months in advance for at least the NA/EU markets (hey, we're not the JP and asia market so we don't really count though).  They continue to ignore such basic fundamentals like a fucking AFK kick...and are actively fighting with the community about why they don't need one.  Really?  I want this game to succeed but if the entire executive board for this game quit today and gave it to someone...anymore more qualified I'd throw a party on the off chance they might care enough to start fixing it and not posting on twitter about how sorry they are.

As it is I've yet to get on today at all starting at 9:30a EST.  I'm almost embarrassed to admit I'm still trying.

EDIT:  I tried off and on for 14 hours today to logon.  Not 14 straight but there were plenty of times where I spent 15+ minutes doing nothing but reading the web and hitting zero.  To be honest that's pretty much inexcusable for a MMO in 2013 especially with the absolute total lack of communication from SQEX today.  I guess all of their leadership was at PAX celebrating their "successful" launch and signing pictures.

I can not and will not recommend this game to anyone until the problems are fixed.  Anyone on the fence should wait.  I would strongly recommend that no one sets up subscriptions either until you can at least login in successfully on any given day to the server of your choice.  Maybe that will be this week (though it seems like NA/EU is getting the very short end of the stick with the upgrades) but I just don't believe they are capable of supporting this game at this level anymore.
62  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 01, 2013, 01:22:38 PM
Some of the questions I've seen  (and answers) :

1.  The mount is 2000, the next rank in your grand company is also 2000.  Armor at the low 20s level starts around 1100 each.  All in seals.
2.  The retainer is how you sell items in the auction house and it's also your bank (extra seven tabs not counting what you have listed in the AH).  You can have two, they're free and can sell in different cities (taxes and fees can be different).  There are summoning bells in each marketplace and inn rooms.
3.  Linkshells are just chat groups (think you can belong to 7 or 9 total), free companies are guilds.
4.  Jobs get half the cross skills a class does so a level 50 job should have 5 skills available vs 10.  They are more group oriented.
5.  Do you story quest asap until 20ish when you've been through the 4 beginner instances and joined the grand company.  After you get your mount since you can use it at any level for any class.
6.  You have to be friends (and have them accept your invitation) before you can send them mail.
7.  Your leve's increment up every day at a rate of 3 (or 4?).
8.  Many cross class skills sound great but suck in reality.  One example was an archer leveling conjurer so they could get a heal spell.  Great except your MND stats suck as an archer and that heal spell that heals for 100 on your conjurer now heals for 20 on your archer.  You can cross class certain harvesting skills on your main class so you can watch for harvesting nodes.
63  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: August 30, 2013, 02:08:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 29, 2013, 10:01:40 PM

and dammit, looks like that grouped instance is required to continue the questline.  oh well, here's hoping that the Duty Finder finally works.

good thing I checked, apparently it will sync my character down to level 17, which would have meant I wouldn't have a weapon when I got in.  that could have been embarrassing.

You don't lose anything (like the ability to use a weapon, armor) when you level sync.  It's more like scaling you down a percentage vs you suddenly becoming a level 12 or 17, etc.  Same with the mounts...once you finish your mount quest and get the seals you can use your mount on any class at any level.

1017 has been much better on my server the past two days.  Yesterday it took about five minutes of trying to get in and tonight I went straight in (10EST).

I'm a lot happier now that I've gotten the bad security fob disabled and my service accounts settled and corrected.  I think they've starting pushing the limits of players per server too because there seems to be a lot more people playing now.

Looking forward to the data center upgrades that are supposed to be completed by the end of this weekend...better late than never.
64  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: August 27, 2013, 05:56:28 PM
Well, like a moron I managed to register my CE key (and my wife's CE key) to a new service account instead of the existing EA account.  So now we're both in the queue to have the two accounts merged which will hopefully happen before the 3 remaining EA days run out.  The only thing that makes me feel better is the thousands of other people who also did the same thing smile

It's going to be rough tonight.  First prime time evening on release day when almost every server is already full and locked to new characters...bloodbath time.  Even now at 2pm EST I'm getting world is full 1017 error which means even the queue is full.  I checked new character creation and it looks like only Lamia and Siren are still open for the NA servers.

Papers will be written on how badly Square fucked up when the dust settles from all of this.  From the blatant Japanese server focus, horrible and infrequent "communication", the servers they locked to new characters and existing characters because they can't fix the congestion issues and the horrific web site designs they managed to do the exact wrong thing every single time.  The game is fantastic but it's time for them to grow up, realize they're an international company with a 24/7/365 user base and drop the Japanese "oh, that's just the way it works" bullshit.  This game won't reach 10% of it's potential if they don't...I just wish that they gave the appearance of even caring.

Now, I'm going back to spamming zero so I can get on and play before the meltdown later tonight.

EDIT: just to add a little insult to injury ...  my wife's security fob that I just bought about a week ago has died.  So now I can't login her account to remove the fob, login to the game or even update the support ticket for the service account merge.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 23, 2013, 01:11:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2013, 08:36:14 PM

well, they definitely showed that in the finale.  however, I'm calling

Spoiler for Hiden:
not dead for Eric.  they left it too wide open for it to be a certain death.

Concerning Eric and the storyline next season

Spoiler for Hiden:
Eric has already given an interview saying he's part of the next season and the main storyline next season is the fight against the Hep-V infected "zombie" vampires.  It's assumed that Pam finds him before he dies and will nurse him back to health.
66  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: August 13, 2013, 11:15:53 PM
Really wish they would open the servers to download the current client...tens of thousands of people downloading what could be a potentially 20 gig game all at once is not going to be pretty.
67  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [PSN] PS Vita Japanese Games sale on: August 13, 2013, 11:14:29 PM
Some fantastic deals...I've been waiting for Atelier Totori Plus to go on sale and I don't see it being more than 50% off anytime in the future.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Next Gen]Tomb Raider 2 on: August 02, 2013, 09:52:07 PM
She's really not a lot different (in the remake) than the guy in Far Cry yes I can easily see a non-god mode male character going through the same struggles she did starting out.  Crap...Skystride beat me to it smile
69  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 27, 2013, 01:23:13 AM

Quote from: Crusis on July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM

Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?

Just call long as your 3DS is registered on club nintendo they'll check and add your fire emblem with no problem.  I had to do this a couple of days ago and it showed up a day later.
70  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft to start selling XP boosters? on: July 27, 2013, 01:18:57 AM
Really, with heirloom gear and rest bonus you can already hit close to 250% bonus...with RaF you can hit 350%.  I doubt it's going to make much of a difference.
71  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Pathfinder RPG books for sale on: July 12, 2013, 10:52:15 PM
I'd appreciate it.  If I still have them in another week or so I'll think about splitting them up.
72  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Pathfinder RPG books for sale on: June 30, 2013, 08:10:37 PM
I have the Pathfinder Core Rule and Advanced Player's Guide books for sale.  Both are hardcover, close to new and the latest printing from Amazon as of 6 weeks ago.  Our DM just left the state and I don't see me using them again anytime soon so they're available if anyone's interested.  $55 for both with (cheap slow) shipping included.  Will not split up. 

Will also even trade for the Warhammer 40k 6th edition book (2012).
73  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rift goes Free to Play on: June 19, 2013, 12:14:35 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 18, 2013, 07:12:46 PM

I was going to start playing again, downloaded it and everything.  Then I found out that subscribers get a 10% mount speed boost even in PvP... Done.

I have no problem with this at all.  They opened almost the entire game (8 of the 9 souls and all of the new expansion) to everyone in addition to increasing the coin/sell limits and decreasing chat/mail restrictions.  If they want to give the people who still pay $10-$15 a month a minor boost in a game that's always been centered on PvE then more power to them.  It's truly one of the least restrictive F2P games out right now.
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 18, 2013, 10:58:01 AM
Added and added smile
75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 18, 2013, 01:39:29 AM
My friend code is 0576-4081-3384

Have peaches, cherries, mangos, etc.  Added everyone in the thread so far.
76  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: June 13, 2013, 11:26:17 PM
New beta launcher and patch space used is now 7.2 GB.
77  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MS Store: 1200 points ($14.99 value) for $4.99 on: May 29, 2013, 05:03:30 PM
I did two orders, had the money taken out but the Microsoft store page has no successful record of purchase (of course).  On top of my Xbox notification code not working either.

EDIT: As of June 2nd I've received email confirmation of the first order.  I'm going to assume the second will come in sometime in the next couple of days.
78  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Am I the only one that would like a good old fashioned pay to play MMO? on: May 29, 2013, 05:00:12 PM
Sub based models are basically dead at this point.  Just about every MMO that's gone F2P has been more successful that way.  KOTOR saw their monthly revenue double.  Games on the verge of shutting down are more popular than six months before the conversion.  I thought Rift might ride it out along Final Fantasy and WoW but even they're switching next month.  And forget Blizzard's Titan as it looks like it's not even coming out until 2016 at this point. 

I think if you want a classic high fantasy sub based MMO then FF14 is going to be your only choice.
79  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PSN Spring Fever Sale Final Week! on: April 30, 2013, 11:39:40 PM
Pretty sure the last week sale starts tonight (usually Tues around 8 est).  Also remember some of the PS3 games include the Vita version for free (like Sly) which makes it an even better deal.
80  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 30, 2013, 09:24:47 PM
Ok, this queue is BS.  It's bad enough getting one of the packs and still waiting (expected on the first day of real open beta) but it keeps going up instead of down which is the actual irritating part.
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