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41  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.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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.
45  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.
46  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
47  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.
48  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.
49  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.
50  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).
51  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.
52  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 18, 2013, 10:58:01 AM
Added and added smile
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.
57  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.
58  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.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: April 27, 2013, 02:52:27 AM
They already announced the $1 million goal reached earlier today:


Project Update #35: All Stretch Goals Achieved + Retrospective Video
Posted by Larian Studios LLC
Everything together we reached the 1 million stretch goal! NPC Schedules are in! 

60  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 25, 2013, 09:47:46 PM
I can't get in until the 27th but I will say their customer support is (surprisingly) top notch.  I had a problem where an empty STO account got linked to my perfect world account.  Around 4 hours I had that removed, my regular STO account linked and my Neverwinter pack added back to my account.  And that's using their email/ticket system.
61  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 23, 2013, 07:39:37 PM
The final part of phase 2 starts this weekend.  Start of phase 3 is still expected for sometime in May. 
62  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Ps3 deals going on? on: April 20, 2013, 04:06:48 PM
Your best bet is to buy the cheapest new PS3 you can find and then just put a new hard drive in it (if you're not happy with the size it has).  Super easy, no special software, no special cables or screws (special FU shout out to the x-box convoluted crap process), 15 min job.
63  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 16, 2013, 07:11:35 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 13, 2013, 06:58:48 PM

Quote from: ericb on April 12, 2013, 08:04:09 PM

This weekend's beta event (2nd part of phase two) is active as of this morning.

OOh,second part of Phase 2,cool i hear Phase three is the PS3 beta

I wonder if it will be cross platform for the beta,the FF11 beta for the 360 was just for the 360,until the full game came out and then we transferred to other servers with PS2 and PC players

Third part of phase 2 is this coming weekend frown  I was really hoping for phase 3.
64  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: April 14, 2013, 02:08:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2013, 05:19:21 AM

For some reason, I decided to give SWTOR a look this weekend.  I know it's cool to hate on, but I'll be damned if the story elements aren't the most compelling (by far) in the MMO genre.  As someone who plays almost entirely solo and couldn't give a rip about end-game, high level, grouped content, SWTOR is still pretty fun.  Started up an Imperial Agent, and it's been pretty awesome.  I'm also playing a stealthy ranged character for the first time ever (I'm typically a sword & board melee), so maybe it's just the change of pace that's appealing.  Regardless, I'm strongly considering subbing for a month or two to get around the F2P restrictions.

I'll agree, however, that I wish we could have just had a single player Star Wars KOTOR RPG.  frown

It has a lot of faults but if you play it as a single player story based RPG that just happens to have other people playing you'll probably love it.  Each of the stories are great, most of the game can be solo'd, other people are around to help if you need it and just about everything too hard to solo can be skipped if you want.  You could easily get a couple hundred hours out of it playing each of the main classes to 50 even if you never touched end game.  The biggest problem I had is the game is slightly linear once you get off the starting planet.  You have a little choice but nothing like...well WoW...where you could literally level two alliance characters to 60 and never hit the same zones due to the huge amount of zones, quests and different continents available.

They have made a huge number of changes in the past year though and it's in far better shape then it used to be.  I think the F2P is way too restrictive compared to others right now and the cash shop doesn't hide pay to win but it's the only star wars fix available smile
65  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 12, 2013, 08:04:09 PM
This weekend's beta event (2nd part of phase two) is active as of this morning.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about piracy. on: April 12, 2013, 08:02:49 PM
Price is not an excuse.  I paid under $30 for the season in Blu Ray.  I also subscribe to HBO mainly for GoT and True Blood.  I have to agree with the argument though that if you're willing to pirate it you probably wouldn't be buying it anyway.  And I actually do know people who pirate first and then buy if it they like it...I just don't have any judgement either way especially as someone who can afford you buy what I want when I want it vs low income/students/etc.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera on: April 06, 2013, 01:02:51 AM
They managed to hit the 4.25 million stretch goal by the time it closed a few minutes ago.
68  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 02, 2013, 08:31:44 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 26, 2013, 02:40:20 PM

I just signed up for the PS3 beta

I think only PC has the beta at the moment,and signing up anyway does not mean i will get in,but here's hoping

If anybody is in the PC beta,can you tell me how large the download is?(if you are allowed)..i know it will be different for the PS3 version,but it may give me an idea

A friend told me 6.6 GB total space used.  No idea on actual download size (compression, etc).
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 30, 2013, 05:32:59 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 30, 2013, 04:00:10 PM

I'll agree with you BW.  the acting felt forced in that commercial. 

Bad CGI too  ninja
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] ID Forever (Independence Day 2 & 3) on: March 27, 2013, 09:03:19 PM
You simple change would have fixed so many issues.  Just drop the mac/virus/BS totally and have the shield system taken out by the nuke on the mothership.
71  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard going F2P on: March 27, 2013, 08:47:22 PM
I really like the game and love some of the classes but the current engine really bothers me...networking and graphics wise.  I'd be back in a minute if it was updated but graphics wide I know will never happen.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: March 25, 2013, 11:05:46 PM
Details from that link

•Plays more like the pre-mandate of heaven games with a grid style movement system instead of free roam.
•there are 12 classes (didn't tell me what they were) and then "advanced" classes for each of them. I suppose this is like the system in 6-7-8 where you do a quest to promote from a Knight to a Champion or whatever.
•there will be 23 dungeons.
•aiming for september release
•there is no training. When you level up you just get your skill points then and there.
•You still will level your skills and have to train to expert, master, and grand master. Expert and master you just go find the trainer and pay gold when you have the necessary skill points, and for grandmaster there will be a quest.
•It will be totally non-linear after the initial area where it teaches you how to play. Kind of like 7, where you were confined to the island until you completed the first quest.
•In the demo you never had more than 2-3 monsters at a time. I asked if this is representative of the whole game, and he said "it depends on the level. Sometimes you will be surrounded, sometimes it is just a few more powerful enemies." Was kind of vague.
•The movement is like Grimrock, but Grimrock was still a real time game. This is turn based 100% of the time, which imo makes the combat much more interesting.
•There is a skill bar, but its not like WoW or other MMOs where you have special attacks... the abilities that were on the skill bar were just melee attack, ranged attack, defend (idk what this did, never used it), and then you can put spells and potions on there too.
•I looked but didn't see any "self" magics in the skill trees of the characters I had, but I didn't pay attention to what classes I had in my party. its possible I just didn't have a character who could learn them.
•No blasters / sci-fi elements.
•There will be hirelings. You can have two in your party at once. They don't fight with you, just provide your party with a bonus. For a price of course.

Graphics look much better than I expected.  I'm definitely (but cautiously) looking forward to this.
73  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Green Man Gaming: Borderlands 2 Weekend Sale on: March 23, 2013, 11:12:19 PM
I did notice the codes will only apply to one at a I had to order the game, season pass and mechomancer DLC all separately.  Still not bad at all since it was a total $32.
74  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Green Man Gaming: Borderlands 2 Weekend Sale on: March 22, 2013, 06:58:17 PM
Their site is running extremely slow for me right now but the order went through.  Can't get the discount to apply to the DLC right now for some reason.
75  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Playstation Vita Anniversary Sale - Week 2 games announced on: March 08, 2013, 03:03:02 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 08, 2013, 02:30:31 PM

I thought hot shots golf was supposed to be on sale. Did I miss it?

Pretty sure it was part of the sale than ended on Tuesday.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera on: March 06, 2013, 11:55:04 PM
I'm in at the $45 level.  It was too good to pass up considering it's a copy of Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2 together.
77  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon] 32 Gig Vita Memory Card 25% off on: March 04, 2013, 11:48:10 AM
These will probably sell out really quick.  I wouldn't delay if you're going to get one and this price.  The Sony store sold out in about two hours when they were $60.
78  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 07, 2013, 03:05:33 AM
If you're planning on keeping the bulk of the computer then plan on installing 64 bit windows on the new SSD (new fresh install should be the only option considered) if you don't have it already.  After the SSD upgrade the memory to 8 GB (memory is dirt cheap now) as long as the MB supports it.

Other things to consider...make sure the MB supports SSD.  I had a MB and an E8400 (around 4 years old) and it simply would not work as a system drive.  With the age of your MB that's a real concern.  Also, you do have SATA II.  Won't make much difference and SATA III will auto downgrade to support it but it's something to be aware of.  I would double and triple check compatibility though.

Excellent choice on the 7870 and honestly after a couple days of using the second monitor you'll wonder why you didn't start using two of them years ago.

79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 19, 2013, 10:54:51 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 19, 2013, 02:37:35 AM

I finished it today. Here is my one word review:


Seconded.  It was an ending I was actually happy with.  Very, very nice end to an awesome series.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 15, 2013, 02:44:22 AM
Why the ebook delay:

author Brandon Sanderson‘s explanation for the eBook delay:

This is not my decision or Tor’s decision, but Harriet’s. She is uncomfortable with ebooks. Specifically, she worries about ebooks cutting into the hardcover sales. It isn’t about money for her, as the monetary difference between the two is negligible here. It is about a worry that her husband’s legacy will be undermined if sales are split between ebooks and hardcovers, preventing the last book of the Wheel of Time from hitting number one on either list. (Many of the bestseller lists are still handling ebooks in somewhat awkward ways.)

As the last books have all hit number one, she doesn’t want to risk one of these not hitting number one, and therefore ending the series on a down note. (Even though each Wheel of Time book has sold more than its predecessor, including the ones I have worked on.) I personally feel her worries are unfounded, and have explained that to her, but it is not my choice and I respect her reasoning for the decision. She is just trying to safeguard Robert Jordan’s legacy, and feels this is a very important way she needs to do so. After talking about the issue, we were able to move the ebook up from the originally planned one-year delay to instead come out this spring.


The worst part is the lack of an ebook release actually hurts some of the new lists which now have a combined paper/ebook sale total.

As for the book I'm now close to half way through.  It's surprising how much has happened and where it's at (considering I'm only half way through).  I don't know if I should be worried or excited that there's still half a book left.  So far it's been an excellent end to an epic series that I started over 20 years ago when I bought the first over-sized paperback Eye of the World.  Can't wait for the new spoilers included thread once people start finishing it smile
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