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121  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone Here Ever Play the Travellers RPG? on: May 16, 2010, 04:12:10 PM
I looooved travellers... unfortunately could not get a regular group...
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there a game where I can play a Lincoln like character? on: May 16, 2010, 04:07:13 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 16, 2010, 04:35:34 AM

As in Abraham? Is there one where I can be the leader and have my military and such but not control them directly? Do as Lincoln did and just give my generals orders and let them carry them out as they wish? More a macro thing than a micro thing. Real time but more hands off?

Heck even a civil war game like that would be fine smile

that sounds like it would be a fun game --- maybe even shades of the original majesty game (put rewards on the map and eventually one of the hero/generals will decide it sounds like a good idea to go do something about it)

I have often thought a game in which you recruit generals and tell them "this is the objective I wish you to get and here are how many resources I will allow you to spend to get it"  - would be cool (i thought it might be an inbetween step to better AI for games  - since so many do a poor job of assembling viable stacks)

123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale 5-6-2010: Civilization Sale on: May 08, 2010, 05:14:46 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 07, 2010, 10:22:19 AM

BTS is Civ4 + Additional Warlords units and changes + Additional BTS units and changes + BTS scenarios.
are you sure of that?  I always thought that the expansions required civ4?

btw - i am thinking about getting the complete version via steam to gift but keep colonization... does anyone here consider colonization a good game or is it simply an expansion in sheep's clothing?
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: May 04, 2010, 10:41:19 PM

Quote from: raylim008 on May 04, 2010, 05:00:00 AM

Hi, I am new in GPRO and interested to join the OO team. Can I applied for the last position?

that last spot was reserved for one of our other members... this team is for members of OO/GT that have been around for awhile. 

If you have a particular question I will see if I can give you a good answer, but you might be better off posting in the looking for team thread on gpro.

125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mechwarrior coming/ Mechwarrior 4 free release soon? on: May 02, 2010, 03:20:54 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on May 02, 2010, 03:09:47 AM

You aren't dated until you argue (like me) about how the first MechWarrior game had the best storyline of all of them and they should just remake that. icon_wink

Can the people that spent $100's playing battletech on GEnie be jaded?

 (paying by the hour = AWESOME!!!)
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3 on: May 02, 2010, 03:14:28 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2010, 06:37:04 PM

I didn't like that version of Two-Face much anyway, so I hope he is dead.


I was really surprised how great that role was pulled off...  with all the press about the joker being in the film i didn't expect a whole lot of two face story.  In my first viewing, when it looked like there was going to be a significant two-face story I started to roll my eyes (thinking this can not end well).  I was astonished that it came out so well.

if Ledger had not died, I think it might have been noticed more.

Ledger was over the top fantastic as the Joker... Two-Face was near equally well done in my opinion

(not counting the horrifically bad choice of story line regarding which friend batman was going to save and the stupid boat choice showdown)
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thor has begun casting on: May 01, 2010, 02:04:19 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 30, 2009, 07:32:34 AM

I don't know a single actor who could wear Thor's helmet and not looked like he stepped out of an opera.  icon_razz
thor as he should be...

The Mighty Walt
128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 01, 2010, 01:33:26 AM
i vaguely remember back in the day people had problems right after re-installing fresh --- then they would re-install with a slash command that i can't remember right now so it would force the game to download everything... no more long delays zoning... not sure if it affects hitches
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lords of Ultima on: April 23, 2010, 04:44:13 PM
tried this the other day (now half the time the server doesn't respond)

hate to break it - but this game seems to be VERY similar to evony (i think it was renamed from civony) that was on nearly every advertisement I saw for a browser game...

that game was horrendous and i fear this one is too (haven't tried the combat yet to confirm total similarity)
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 20, 2010, 11:45:53 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on April 17, 2010, 07:58:26 AM

THAT should have been the flaming lips cover!!!!
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I need a new dojo (semi-graphic picture warning) on: April 20, 2010, 11:42:11 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 20, 2010, 10:35:34 PM

While you may be able to demonstrate a pattern, you're going to have a hell of a time proving intent, and stepping into a sparring situation means that you are accepting a foreseeable risk, just as if you get hit by a foul ball by going to a baseball game.  I don't see the cops doing squat without an obvious act or statement of intent.  (IANAFL).

if you are sitting behind the fence and there is a big hole in the fence and the ball hits you in the eye... what then?

if you are "touch" sparring and one of the participants has a history of "mistakes"  what then?

the sensei is the fence...
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: April 19, 2010, 09:51:36 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 19, 2010, 05:49:55 PM

Notrich - following a PM conversation with Tokek, I've decided to make way for him in the team.  He can spare more time than I can, so is likely to be better for you.  I'm almost dead weight right now. slywink

i didn't think you were dead weight - now just waiting for Tokek to apply to team - hopefully he will do so before the race.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: April 18, 2010, 06:55:45 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 18, 2010, 06:23:50 PM

Notrich, how many more races do I have to do for you to get the referral credit (assuming that's how it works)?  Also, would it be better if I left the team now to make room for Tokek?

17 total for me to get one race credit - but don't even worry about it (when you purchased credits for the first time only I got some credit as well - if you had stuck around to purchase more credits I wouldn't have gotten any more except when you hit a race milestone)...

you are welcome to stay as long as you like, but if your mind is completely made up then leaving early wouldn't hurt anything (assuming tokek can jump onto the team before the next race).

thanks again for all that you did this season!  (let me record your point contribution from the team profile page before you leave if possible)

Manager name     Group     Contribution
Huw       Rookie - 120      8%      (1.2%)

current team stats before the start of race 12
Season position:     172
Season points:     178.5336

Huw contributed 14.28 points to the team total points this season - thanks huw!  smile

Team's highest scoring season
Season #     Final position     Points total
Season 15      317th      169.7998

Because of your help this season huw we are guaranteed to score the most points in the history of the team (which we have already achieved)

Even if you leave the team - i hope that you put 500's in to save your personal time and to build up some cash and then try to go out in a blaze of glory in the last 3 races (without knowing all the details here is a suggestion - buy an almost new car for this rain race and try to do well for this rain race... then spend almost no time but put 500's in for a few races and then buy a level 3 car around race 15 or 16 and then focus on those last 2-3 races to do as good as you can)
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: April 18, 2010, 05:53:05 PM

Quote from: Tokek on April 18, 2010, 04:58:04 PM

My friend and I are still pretty active, if you have 2 slots open, we can probably fill it.

Will let you know... if we have additional openings.

BTW... this next race is VERY low tire wear AND VERY low fuel...
I don't have data for rain tires on this track but with low risks and some luck there MIGHT be the possiblity of a no stop at this track...  rain tires at a minimum should last 250km here i would imagine...  i have some tracks at higher wear that suggest that rain tires could last 390km

a safer strategy would be to consider a short first stint 17-25 laps and a looooong second stint - by pitting early you should have a better qual time than you would with a fuller load AND you should be able to pass the heavier load cars in the early part of the race when they pit after you.
since there is a slight chance of start/stop of rain = I would recommend the safer strategy of an early pit 1 stop (definitely use a higher block percentage than you normally do --- if normal is 10-20 then use 20-30)

135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: April 18, 2010, 04:28:48 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 18, 2010, 03:16:45 PM

With regret, I'm going to have to pull out when the first season is over.  I'm really enjoying the game but I just can't devote the time it needs.  Right now, at 16:12 on a Sunday afternoon, I have my first opportunity to play games all weekend, and it will last until somewhere between 16:30-17:00.  I might be able to make a tiny bit of progress in Distant Worlds or make some resources for Sleep is Death if I'm lucky.

My lack of time means that all I get to do with GPRO is, the night before a race, I run through seven test laps and tweak the car setup.  Most times I don't even have time to properly calculate fuel usage.  Then I just let it go and watch as I earn another 12-15 position in the race.  It's a great game but you can't devote half an hour a week to it - and to be fair, Notrich, you did warn me of that.  I thought I could manage more but I can't.  It's a great shame because I didn't really think I'd like it, not being a fan of F1 at all, but I've played a lot of browser games and GPRO is easily the most gripping and involving of them all.

I'll see the season out but that'll be it for me - just thought I'd give you plenty of notice to get the team position filled.  Thanks for all the help and advice; I wouldn't have lasted more than two races without it. smile

thanks for the heads up and sorry it didn't work out for you... a half hour might be a little too short, but should be doable at lower levels IF you know the game inside and out... an hour a race at the lower levels (especially using the GO tool) might be a more reasonable target for newer people (this varies for the individual of course).  It is ok to spend less time on some races and more time on others, unlike alot of browser games one of the reasons I like THIS one is they don't hold you hostage to your computer all day (having to login to make trades or fight wars on an hourly basis can be grueling and impossible unless you work at a cool place that lets you do that sort of thing.)   With this game you can login twice a week or twenty times a week - it all depends on your goals.

another option is to spend near zero time on half the season - and then focus on doing well the last half of the season (or vice versa focusing on first half and then smoking the rest of the season) - while this is a viable strategy in rookie and amatuer, it is more boring.

Definitely want to thank you for giving it a go... you were one of the reasons that we had a full team this season AND one of the reasons we will be scoring the most points ever for the team.  If you are short on time for a race - just put all 500's and let the car smoke (we will still get some team points and you will still get some decent money in rookie - then save up some cash to blow on parts and go out in a blaze of glory at the end of the season smile )

Regarding fuel calculation... did you have the guidelines based on track type that i sent out awhile ago?  Using these numbers and then adding or subtracting a little bit (.05?) based on your historical data should make your life ALOT easier (rain uses less fuel so use the adjustment that i sent in the ingame email for this next race)
Fuel KM/L
Very High = 1.1
High = 1.2
Medium = 1.3
Low = 1.4
Very Low = 1.5

your driver and car will affect these AND it is always better at the lower levels to add another 10+ liters for the final stint in case something odd happened.

For this next full rain race - beware the tricks of having to RE-select your rain tires for Q2 and Race setup start!

Thanks again!
(if anyone is looking to try out the game - click on the referral in the first post to give me a little credit OR just go to the regular gpro site and sign up...  racing in the last half of the season can give you an idea if you like the game and IF you do like the game you will be better prepared to give a shot at promotion in your first full season)

ps - the team is more about individual improvement and not about being competitive on a world-wide basis... if there are any existing players from this site in the game that might be interested in joining the team (even if only for a season or two) drop a pm here
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: April 13, 2010, 08:57:53 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 13, 2010, 08:07:06 PM

Anyone notice that the blonde woman John Basilone was doing (literally and figuratively  icon_wink) the war bonds tour with was Anna Torv from the TV show Fringe?
no  - that chick just looks like her...  right?

I will have to check the credits before i believe you smile

Quote from: kratz on April 13, 2010, 03:41:07 PM

That Stella chick was smokin' hot... good grief.
I had a good laugh when the cooks started to freak out a little - you could almost see the gal get bothered in the background and then it turns out the cooks weren't chasing her... smile

the whiteout scene as they exit the ship was pretty awesome.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All Heroes Die on: March 27, 2010, 12:57:58 AM
"Ubisoft DRM Will Eat Your Children "

at the very least - i enjoy the titles to their little blog smile
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 24, 2010, 07:01:20 PM

Quote from: Tokek on March 24, 2010, 02:52:45 PM

Quote from: notrich on March 24, 2010, 01:25:00 PM

Give a shout if you have any questions and I will see what i can do about answering them... feel free to post your driver stats if you want suggestions on how to train or suggestions for new ones (this is a great time in the game to pick up a new driver since most of the contracts have ended for new players)

I actually do need to find a new driver, what stats should I look at? I'm thinking the important ones are Concentration and Talent, am I correct? Should I start at the 59- overall category and train the driver or should I hire one already slightly higher up?
depends on if you want to play for "right now" or for the future... pm me your in game name and I will send some links to you to drivers...

You can find good drivers to train in the sub-75 range (this way you don't get caught up in the bidding frenzies that occur in rookie 80-85OA range.... you want the cheapest highest talent lowest aggression highest charisma lowest weight driver you can find for a long term training


highest concentration/talent/stamina lowest aggression and weight driver for trying to promote asap

edit --- i see your pm now... I HATE that there is no popup (or flashing red light) letting us know we have a message
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 24, 2010, 01:25:00 PM

Quote from: Tokek on March 23, 2010, 05:22:24 PM

I decided to try this game out. We'll see how I fare.

Give a shout if you have any questions and I will see what i can do about answering them... feel free to post your driver stats if you want suggestions on how to train or suggestions for new ones (this is a great time in the game to pick up a new driver since most of the contracts have ended for new players)
140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 20, 2010, 01:22:38 AM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 19, 2010, 12:56:17 AM


Smart never disappoints. Check out the back and forth at Gamustra

Smart may be one of the worst game developers in history, but man, he is one of the best forum personalities of all time.  He should just have a blog and forum and sell popcorn

those posts are mesmerizing...

141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 18, 2010, 10:16:04 PM
Quote from: Huw the Poo
Sorry, what does this mean?  Go $15M into the red?  That has an effect on driver OA?

yes more than 15M in the red = removal of all driver motivation

11ish points of driver motivation = approx 1 OA
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 18, 2010, 04:34:43 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 17, 2010, 04:17:36 PM

Gotcha.  Well, I couldn't care less about achievements and from your posts here and in the game it sounds like you don't think a great deal of my driver.  I think I'll try and get into amateur with him and then start sniffing around for a new driver with better talent.  Thus I will not invest too much in the current guy's training.

I can't believe how much fun I'm having with the game though.  I wish I could spare more time on it; I'm definitely not making the most of available data and not taking detailed enough notes (although that magnificent GO app does a lot of this for me - I actually donated a few quid to the developer, he richly deserves it).

GO really makes life ALOT easier for both the casual and non-casual player.

Your driver is fine... sorry if i gave that impression (i have a tendency to take the extremely long view in this game smile ).  His BIG negative is talent (a stat that NEVER changes either with the experience of training or racing).  There are many that play the game that think talent ONLY comes into play in rain races.  (I am not one of them - there are some people in the game who might think you have the best driver possible for rookie/amat)

His second negative is his salary.  It isn't horrible now but it can balloon up over time.

His big plus is concentration - you should have no need to train yoga at all until you reach pro (if you get that lucky smile )

Since you have made the decision to keep your driver, I say go for it as long as you have fun with him (if he happens to kick butt in amatuer - keep him - if not look around for another driver)...  you will have a better chance of kicking butt with him in amatuer if you train fitness every race (getting 2 stamina per training means in 30ish races your stamina will be 60ish - that value of stamina will go a LONG way in helping you succeed in amat).

If you train fitness all season with him and then go -$15M to get his OA below 85 (before the last race) and then start with the level 1 car again next season BUT with the same driver that has 17 races of more experience and training... I think you would dominate rookie in S20.  That would give you a bunch of cash and you would probably be able to build a decent level 5 car so that you would enter amatuer with some real power.

Since you have stated you don't want this to be a promotion season, this will make it easy for you to maintain a positive balance so that you can train your driver every race (very important).  Just maintain a lower level car to ensure a positive cash flow.  Also since you magically get money again at the beginning of every rookie season, I would take the opportunity to test your car as often as you can manage (due to the stamina gain you will get for your driver - which shows up AFTER the race following a car test session).

Good luck - I am really curious to see how he works out for you.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 17, 2010, 03:39:04 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 16, 2010, 11:42:48 PM

Pro is an entirely different beast. Holy crap.
VERY true... back in amatuer there were huge time differences between cars.  In pro, often large portions of the top half of the field is within a few seconds (the blocking trains)

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 17, 2010, 07:33:52 AM

There are four or five guys in my group whose times just cannot be touched by most of us.  They must be people who improved their cars and drivers all through last season but stayed in rookie.  It happens, I suppose.  I'm looking forward to next season where I'll be one of those guys!

on reset - all things go back to level 1 - when you advance to amatuer (or any level) - your part levels stay with you always... you only keep your driver if he is under contract and 85 or below.

the reason to stick around in rookie to train your driver is that you get free money and you can build driver stats (even the untrainable ones like experience) - you would want to line up multiple contracts and be sure your OA is under 85.  Reminder - you said you have already signed your driver to an extension - don't forget to sign him to another extension after the current contract ends

In your particular case huw,  your driver is one that is not typical of the "training" drivers (you can build his stamina through car tests and fitness - also IIRC you will want to boost your charisma - the downside is low talent which might make him unattractive for higher level leagues but could do very well rook/amat (and possibly decent in pro if you built his stamina over 100 - but its one of those things where you have to decide if you want to train a low talent driver for 3 seasons or a high talent driver.)

at the very least you could take that driver with you into amat and then find a great deal on another driver or try and see if he can get you to pro (after a few seasons your driver will become too expensive if you keep resigning him) OR you could keep him down in rookie as long as you like and unlock a bunch of achievements (whatever you have most fun with smile )

144  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New York Times Article on Scientology on: March 16, 2010, 12:34:04 AM

Quote from: ericb on March 13, 2010, 04:54:53 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 10, 2010, 06:00:20 AM

I'm sure this is how every religion started out.  It's just that this is happening now and people can see how ridiculous it is before it takes hold.  I wonder how they are able to build these grand structures if their membership is dropping as quickly as the article states.  

Oh well, I guess we'll all be Unitologists soon any way.  Altman be praised!!

Because they have a lot of very rich members who are encouraged to give a lot and often.

scientologists are rich?  Maybe I should join? (perhaps it will rub off?)
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 16, 2010, 12:06:32 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 15, 2010, 11:44:25 PM

Well, the second race is looking slightly more promising.  I must have learned a lot from the first race, because I'm currently 5th on the starting grid with probably only three more people to qualify.  I've also told my driver to take small risks this time.  There's no way I'll get a podium finish but I'll be very happy if I get some points at least.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I can't wait to watch the race! icon_biggrin

Edit: Looks like it'll rain at the start of the race but won't last long.  Do I start with rain tyres or not?  My pit stops take in excess of 20 seconds so I'm thinking I should just start on dry...?

that is a reasonable strategy to try with this race (5-10% chance to start raining in the first half hour followed by 0% chance)...  it is reasonable, but it is a GAMBLE.  If you start on dry's and it rains for 30 minutes - no crying!  icon_biggrin

if it rains less than 5 laps at the start - it will be a HUGE bonus for you.  if it rains longer than 10 laps - you will be very sad

(though it is too late for this race)
a safer strategy is light fuel (anticipate 15 laps or less) so you can get a better qual but if it rains long - you will be happier smile (if it rains short you might be disappointed but seldom would you be very sad)

ALSO - don't forget to make the rain to dry adjustment in your setup (sent via pm in game)
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Napoleon: Total War on: March 13, 2010, 07:24:16 PM

Quote from: Dan_Theman on March 12, 2010, 11:48:01 PM

 If we're voting, I want a new Shogun.  That might get me back.  

Yes - could not agree with this more (possible exception - if there was a total war: three kingdoms my internet might melt)

CA is one of the few companies that has found a way to consistently crash my desktop machine due to graphics errors... rome through empire (could play empire american scenario with ALMOST no crashes but it is hard to play a game when you can't read the text - crashes started with the bigger scenarios due to my card not meeting reqs - rome and m2 i exceed reqs and constantly crash)

so even if there was a 3 kingdoms version released, I would probably wait until I bought a machine/video card that has been specifically proven to have NO problems with their games (currently using a 128mb ATI card from a few years ago).
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 12, 2010, 01:15:19 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 12, 2010, 11:46:37 AM

Qualified last night - so far I'm 10th out of 16 with 24 still to qualify.  I suck!  It's fun though.  I can't wait to watch the race.  How long do they last in real time?
Rookie has a LOT of deadweight I will be surprised if you get over 20 qualifiers... the game usually expands every few seasons on player demand but I think they have reached their maximum interest - at least for a while.

each lap updates every two minutes (which can be unbearably long)... i usually just watch replays after the fact though.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F1 2010 on: March 11, 2010, 01:29:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 10, 2010, 03:41:00 PM

Codemasters has just announced it and I think I just about wet myself looking at those screenshots.  I usually prefer the more 'off the track' racers but I may get this one just for the purty graphics.

"and an extensive, innovative Career mode. "

awesome --- would it be too much to hope that it has a Grand Prix Manager 2 type feel on the management side of things?

if it is a "career mode" only from the driver's point of view - I will probably pass
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 11, 2010, 12:47:56 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 10, 2010, 05:23:16 PM

I've been naughty, notrich.  I did some tests and things.  I have been following your advice but I've also been doing my own thing a bit too; I prefer to learn by making my own mistakes than to follow proven courses that others have already figured out.  Your advice has been really helpful thus far though, I don't think I'd have a bloody clue about what I'm doing if I didn't have it.

First race coming up soon!  Isn't it exciting?!  icon_smile

No problem on trying things your own way... the only time that is frustrating for me (personally) is if I show someone a proven method of success and someone thinks their way works better (all the while coming in last every race) smile

Experiment - Learn - Collect Data (5 seasons from now if you still enjoy the game you will be kicking yourself if you don't use GO or figure out a way to collect all the data you need to help figure out the game)

Glad to have given you some material to get off to a quicker start.  smile
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 10, 2010, 04:33:37 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on March 10, 2010, 01:34:34 PM

Is there a slot left? I'm looking for the team, but I don't see a way to search for it (just look through the 14 pages of teams with open slots).

My bad... it was looking like no more interest so i closed applications (to prevent random people trying to join)

apps are open now and you will be the 10th member on the team...

thank you GT for helping fill the team for the first time in several seasons!

The game will be a little confusing at first but after a few races hopefully my tips will help you out...

ps - any other latecomers that are interested in checking out the game - feel free to join up and I will do my best to answer any questions you might have (also we will have you queued up to join the team if we have any dropouts)
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 10, 2010, 12:36:54 AM
just one more bump before the season starts...  one spot left

a good time to learn the game because we will have a large number of new guys (tips will be given out galore)
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 07, 2010, 03:30:45 PM
RESET complete...

5 days till first race... still might have 2 possible positions (looks like our ranks are swelling from 5 to 8 so far)

Would love to fill up the team before first race (and the sooner you join - the sooner you can get familiar with the game)

(huw - pm'd you in game... apply to the OO team at any time - post your driver stats or pm them to me and i will comment for you)
153  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes: Going Rogue on: March 06, 2010, 06:19:49 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 06, 2010, 06:10:42 PM

Quote from: notrich on March 06, 2010, 06:01:50 PM

I am trying out CoH free trial for 14 days for the first time... do you guys have a supergroup/guild?  Server?

I don't think there are many here playing anymore. My account is active, but have been playing WoW more recently. I suspect I'll be back for a while post Issue 17 or when Going Rogue comes out. This is still my favorite MMO I've played to this point.

So no server has more players from this site?  (in the unlikely event that they all happen to log on at the same time or use a free trial?)

Is there an exceptional character build wiki site available so that I can get the most out of my 14 days (plus whatever other free codes I can cram on to the end of this free trial)?
154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes: Going Rogue on: March 06, 2010, 06:01:50 PM
I am trying out CoH free trial for 14 days for the first time... do you guys have a supergroup/guild?  Server?
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 05, 2010, 09:50:00 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 27, 2010, 08:43:26 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 26, 2010, 06:47:41 PM

I liked it when Hurley told off the temple boss.  I'm a candidate, go back to your temple.  Essentially, I know who I am, you are dismissed. 

"Why don't you go back to the courtyard?"  - I loved that line smile  I also like how they have Hurley voice the viewers' thoughts, like when he commented about the skeletons in the cave, one of the favorite speculation topics for Lost fans.

Hurley Rules...
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 02, 2010, 10:14:20 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 02, 2010, 09:40:00 PM

You might talk to these guys.  At 28 pages long, I think there's some consistent interest at the other board.

Looks familiar... currently there are only 3 OO guys on the team (with 1 or 2 more coming at the beginning of next season - interest died out awhile ago there - but it is starting to come back a bit - it was not fun to race and lose as long as some of us did smile - hopefully getting people started out on the right foot will help the game be more "fun").  

Since not everyone here is a poster over there, seemed like it might be worth seeing if we could round up a few new people from here to join.

OO/GT ftw

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 02, 2010, 08:57:29 PM

OK I've read the noob guide and it sounds good, even though I don't even like F1!  I'm about to sign up, but I'm not sure how much I'll get done tonight.  I'll PM you when I have some details.

Isn't anyone else going to join in the fun?
Just a quick reminder... even though you signed up today, I am not completely sure that you will be "in" the game until 3/7/10 (the day of the reset).  If you had joined in the middle of the season then it would be likely that you would be put into a league in a couple of days... now that we have entered the "reset mode" - i would venture to guess that no new players will be in until 3/7

goodluck!  would love to get a couple of more people - if at all interested in management games/racing give it a shot.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 02, 2010, 05:21:18 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 02, 2010, 05:15:35 PM

I think I can manage two hours a week!  Thanks for the info, I will definitely check it out when I get home tonight.  I'll be sure to use your referral link if I do sign up. smile

Anyone else in for this?  I think I might bully Tals into playing, in retribution for bullying me into playing that bloody League of Legends game. icon_biggrin


Goodluck in the game and then pm me here with your name in the game (they demand your real name but to the best of my knowledge there is nothing stopping you from putting in a reasonable non-fake sounding name) and we will get you signed into the team at the season reset... be sure to spend an hour or two reading the noob guide and the gamewiki that is available on the game site... its a bit of a wall of text, but should help you get started (read them again after your first race and near the end of the season where some of the tips might jump out better for you after you have played the game for a bit)

Greatly appreciate you clicking the referral... once you get into the game be sure to post (or pm) your driver stats and we can discuss some options to consider for you.

ps - keep in mind that the game polices multiple accounts by using among other things your network card mac... so if you show a friend the game by logging on to THEIR computer, if they try to play the game it might delay the process because you would need to prove to the admins that they are not multi-accounting (running multiple logins from the same computer).  Obviously - this does not prevent someone with multiple computers from playing the game from multiple accounts, but it is surprisingly decent at slowing down the asshattery that sometimes comes with free to play games (opening multiple accounts allows the individual to more easily compare data at no risk to their "main" account)
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 02, 2010, 04:39:42 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 02, 2010, 04:22:50 PM

Intriguing.  I'm interested, but looking at the screenshots it seems there's a hell of a lot to it for a browser game.  What's the time investment required and how often would I need to login?  When does money become a factor?

Last but not least, does your team play for fun?  I wouldn't like to join a team only to be expected to play a certain way and be shouted at if I don't.

There is no cost to play the game - supporter features give you minor data collecting benefits (sorting data/showing data in graphs/downloading data files/make your car look different), but do NOT enhance your  performance in game.  Most of the supporter benefits can be covered using the free tool linked further below here and popping the data into a spreadsheet.

The OO Team is more of a fun team that I am attempting to revive.  The purpose of the team is to help players improve their game.  I have been on a couple of data gathering teams that treated the game like "serious bizness", but that gets old after awhile.  I decided to go back to a more relaxed style of play and help the team that got me into the game originally (it was on the verge of extinction when I got back in the leader spot).  

I would hope that players that want to improve will be interested in following some of the basic instructions that will make them successful:
1 - The further you plan out - the more money you can save - the more successful in the long run
2 - Either pick up a cheap driver that is "good" or pick up a cheap place holder driver until you can find a good one or think about training a cheap driver for the long term (the cheaper the driver the more money you have to buy other things in the game)

There is a player supported tool called gpro organiser that saves TONS of time for the casual/somewhat competitive player.  You run the tool before the race and after the race and two seasons down the road (when you might be racing at the same track again) you can look at the data using the tool.  This would save you a huge amount of time instead of manually collecting data.

Typical time commitment for rookies might be on the order of an hour per race (two hours a week), as you work your way up to higher leagues the time commitment can stay the same (it is more dependent on the individual - how much do you like to analyze data/read?)

In your rookie season, you can play the game by planning ahead a couple of races at a time (the data wear sheet I will give you will allow you to plan your season out farther if you are interested).

If you were to join the team, I would ask you to forward your driver stats to me so that I could point out the strengths and weaknesses of that particular driver and I would also forward you some alternate choices to check out.  The sooner you get hooked up with a cheap driver that matches your playstyle - the less time that will be wasted for you in the game.

There are many ways to play the game.  The two most popular strategies are:  
1  playing for "right now"
2  playing for "better performance in the future".  

When you tell me your preferred method of playing games, I will do my best to give you advice that is more interesting to you.

ps - if you decide to play - I highly recommend that you resist the urge to spend money on stuff in the game right away (except for a cheap driver if needed)... alot of new players get in the game see they have 30M to spend - and then spend it all before the first race (which will hurt them greatly by the time they get to the race 6 of a 17 race season)

ps2 - once you get in game don't worry so much about the overall score of your driver (OA)... the individual attributes are more important

ps3 - if you join today you will be inserted into the game after the season reset (which should happen sometime right before 3/8)

ps4 - cheap drivers are less than 800k per race... some as low as 300k.  Alot of new players will spend more than 2M per race because they think they are getting the best driver - unfortunately most of the time they are not (they just have less money to spend on car parts).  Some new players have spent 8M per race and then quit the game because it will be two months before they can do anything again. smile
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GPRO (Grand Prix Racing Online) - browser based game on: March 02, 2010, 04:15:09 PM
Hello all!  New to the forum and did not see a browser based game section so hopefully this will be good here (also did not see a previous gpro thread using the search function)

Trying to rebuild the old OO team and we have at least 4 slots available.  I will also give free tips/guidelines to new players.  The forum on the game site operates on FOBY (find out by yourself), but really it is more about AYT (ask your team).

The game is fairly data intensive (each track affects wear on cars in a fairly standard repeatable way unique to each track, but knowing the wear ahead of time can allow you to save money by getting the most out of each part in your first season).  It will still pay you to gather your own data, but by joining the team it will save you approximately 3 seasons worth of data gathering so that you can start out more successfully (a lot of new players can make mistakes in the game that can set them back a full season - better to start out the game with some knowledge from an experienced player).

Season 18's last race is today.  The new season will start 12th of March (first race), but the first market (a chance to pick up a better driver) is the 8th of March.  Now would be a good time to join so that you are ready to go when first market comes around.

GPRO referral link   - this is a referral link that will give me some game credit if you join up and play for more than a season - this is a non-referral link that you can click if you are not comfortable with referral links.

FYI - they demand your real name but to the best of my knowledge there is nothing stopping you from putting in a reasonable non-fake sounding name if you are uncomfortable with providing personal information on the web (I would recommend NOT putting in Nigel Mansell)

FYI2 - keep in mind that the game polices multiple accounts by using among other things your network card mac (if you try to get a friend interested in the game by logging onto THEIR computer with YOUR account- it will possibly flag them as a multi-accounter when they attempt to join from their computer.  You can play from multiple computers using one account - just keep in mind that each computer you play on will most likely be blocked from someone else trying to play the game.

Feel free to ask questions here or pm me.  If there is some interest here, I will post some tips and guidlines for new players.

If you like browser games (but don't like the daily or hourly grind - gpro runs races only twice a week) and you like racing management games, this game is for you!
160  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods and Heroes Beta codes on: March 02, 2010, 03:12:07 PM
This is exciting news... looking forward to checking the game out if they  get to another beta stage soon (unemployment is awesome for gaming)
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