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3881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: May 07, 2008, 05:37:24 PM
Last night's ep not quite as good as the past few, but still a nice twist on the conventional soul-of-the-week plotlines.  Nice to see advancement for Ben's storyline, as well as integrating Andi into the main plot.

Also nice to see Sam coming a bit into his own in terms of standing with the devil.  I liked the use of plot elements from previous shows (the get out of hell card) - I don't remember how that came about exactly but I do remember him getting it.  The more important part was watching the Sam/Devil interplay evolve.  The show could go so much further and really be a Buffy/Angel type of cult hit if allowed another couple of seasons. 

Best line of the night, Devil: "Come with me if you want to live" - Ray Wise deserves an Emmy for his work on this show, he is absolutely perfect.
3882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 07, 2008, 05:31:33 PM
Arclight, I'm the only gay guy who posts here (I think), unless you wanna count YK  stirthepot

Definitely agree with Purge and PaulBot, David C may be better off not winning - he may have more freedom in making his first album that way.  I think the winner (or was it top 2?) is committed to being produced by the show?  But also agree he comes across kind of smug and aloof, I don't think it's on purpose.  At least he's a good sport on group nights.

Toe, I had the same problem with sound, I thought it was something wrong with my stereo settings so I kept re-checking.  Glad to hear it was a universal issue, maybe something to do with HD/5.1 sound?

also agree with Austin on Syesha, her comments seemed to contradict themselves but she was very emotional and probably blundered her prepared speech, so she gets a pass from me.  It was also my impression she started crying because she was touched by what Paula said, not because she was upset by what Randy said, not sure what to make of that.  Either way I think it worked to her advantage.

Jason - they should allow some sort of escape clause for people who want out.  Have Jeff Probst come in and say something mean, then escort them off the show.  I feel bad for the people like Carly and Brooke who were dying to stay on the show after watching him essentially try to get voted off.  Or maybe they should allow the judges to factor in to the decisions a la Dancing with the Stars.  I wouldn't be surprised if he stays around again this week.

P.S.  ... oh yeah, I realize David A is jailbait lol, at least until Dec 28 2008.   icon_twisted
3883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 07, 2008, 04:22:08 AM
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night.

woooooweeee one of the most interesting nights I've seen on the show.

David C - 2 odd picks from him, not sure what to make of it.  All those hall of famers and he picks Duran Duran?  I don't know what to make of it.  Vocals sounded hoarse and off again.  It didn't go anywhere special.  Second song was decent, I wasn't personally familiar with it but he did a good job.  He should be fine again til the final, though if he slacks off too much you never know.

Syesha - she unfortunately just doesn't have the voice to pull off either number, but her performance capability has really moved higher in the past few weeks.   Sexy and sassy in a Beyonce-ish way singing Tina Turner, then gorgeous and diva-esque on the second number.  All the crying during judging couldn't hurt either.

Jason - a disaster and a half.  I felt like he did it on purpose and is essentially asking off the show.  He was quoted in Entertainment Weekly saying he was ready to go, and this may have been his ultimate attempt.  But it could backfire, and the horrible performances/feedback might spark a wave of sympathy that saves him and dooms Syesha.

David A - he's sooooooooooooooo dreamy smile  Picking it up with some sweet and tenderness, those pretty eyes shining into the camera.  Every little girl in America's heart (and mine) just melted.  I loved the little mini-nod to Sean Kingston (Beautiful Girls) during Stand By Me, making him semi-current for once.  Love Me Tender, OMG.  Yeah I'll love you tender.   icon_twisted   Just kidding!  No issue this week, both his numbers were constantly busy the first 10 minutes.

Hopefully Jason finally goes.  He all but begged to be let off the hook and Syesha is dying to stay so give her a friggin break, America.  David C didn't seem as hungry this week, but he may be saving the best for last.
3884  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 06, 2008, 07:57:32 PM
Anyone else see this? 

Epic ending to the Age of Conan Open Beta
Posted: - 06.05.2008

On the 10th of May Funcom is transforming the entire Open Beta into PvP MAYHEM, while at the same time giving testers access to all which Hyboria has to offer!

As we take down our servers for a short period we are at the same time changing the entire server rule-set to Free For All PvP carnage!

Here are the dirty details:

All servers become PvP servers. You can kill each other – no level restrictions on killing or getting killed, but you cannot PvP in the major cities.
All level 13 characters becomes level 20. Their inventory is wiped, but they have “tons” of money and really nice equipment suitable for level 20’s. Shopping bonanza!
You have access to ALL zones and ALL levels after level 20!
You will be zoned to your Race’s Hub. (Cimmerians – Conarch Village, Aquillonians – Old Tarantia and Stygians – Khemi!
We will get back with detailed information on the exact time it starts on the official Open Beta forums at IGN, as well as on the Age of Conan forums and community site.
3885  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: May 06, 2008, 05:34:11 PM
One more little bump before release hits in... yow only 11 days!!!

Looks fairly clear where the majority is here - just interested if Open beta drew any other people or changed anyone's  minds at all...
3886  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 06, 2008, 05:32:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 06, 2008, 05:16:08 PM

I wish the Wanderers hadn't started on a different beta server Tongue

Sorry Hark that was just random.  All the other servers were full when I started...  not that it matters, I haven't seen a single person I know yet  mad  at least someone just told me the command to add to the friends list...

- - -

Also agree totally on the comments by StriderGG.  As I mentioned in my post as well, the game definitely starts out with a "tighter" more involved storyline compared with other MMORPGs, which was something they had always been advertising.  I doubt this will continue post level 20 but it certainly gives a greater sense of attachment, accomplishment and/or familiarity with your toon at the outset. 

And in spite of the linear main story line and relatively small starter area, there are plenty of places to wander off and explore and get lost, etc.  Because of a bug, I got teleported to a remote part of the island, and ended up exploring a bunch of terrain I hadn't seen before.  Eventually I realized I could get back to the main portion but I had to swim out into the ocean to get back.
3887  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 05, 2008, 08:35:45 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 05, 2008, 05:39:30 PM

Is it truly a more linear beginning game than most other MMOs? Quantitatively, probably not, but combined with the complaints from the paragraph above, it certainly *feels* that way.

I'd say that yes, the game feels more "linear" than previous MMORPGs at the outset, but I actually count that as a strength in this case.  You follow a tighter knit, more involved and interesting story, and theoretically get a much better feel for your character up front than you do in other MMORPGs.  Plus there are still plenty of side quests and content if you choose that route, so it's not a pure linear feel.

Anyway here are my post-weekend comments (cross-posted from Wanderers forum):

First let's keep in mind for perspective, what we're playing is still a form of BETA test, not an actual demo. So again, impressions from such a small part of the game are going to be limited to the extremely small part of the game they let us see.

From the technical side, I had different issues of crashing, drops and laggy/jumpy performance. But I also had some periods of relatively pain-free gameplay, so I'm going to remain hopeful that the debug code is in full force and a lot of issues were due to testing an older client. Still, I can't help but wonder how much can really change/improve to fix things in only 2 weeks. On the plus side, the game does look great when it's running well, so hopefully I won't have to run at reduced resolution, which I also tried out and just isn't the same.

Gameplay wise, this game isn't much different at the outset from LOTRO, EQ2, WoW and DAOC. I'd say it's kind of a mish mash of the games in terms of how they start you out, instance-ing, classes and character levelling/progression. Basically pick and chose certain parts from each game.

Combat, as mentioned by the others, is a bit different from conventional melee but nothing too far off. Also of note, the 2 caster classes I played (priest and demonologist), really there was no difference from playing a caster in DAOC, LOTRO, etc. so anyone worried about it being a click/swing-fest need not be concerned. Caster play was pretty much conventional MMORPG, except you might have to swing a few extra times if you want to finish something off melee.

Honestly the only thing I think they've done that actually stood out for me so far, is doing a good job with the opening story line and pulling you into the game world. I found it more immersive than the introductions of any of the other MMORPGs, and I like the mix of side quests vs. main story quests. I'd say it's closest to LOTRO in spirit, which also ran you solo for a bit and then gradually fed you into the MMO part of the world. I like that there's a self-contained storyline that kind of defines your character at the outset, and hopefully it will have a satisfying conclusion. Cutscenes and vocals are done well, reminiscent of Guild Wars in that the mini cutscenes include your character. I also liked that the story lines vary a bit depending on your opening class and kind of tie into each other. I think there are 4 different trainers so each questline will be tailored to your specialty, though the main goals will clearly overlap. For instance the priest story line has a variant to cure a little boy, whereas in the mage storyline the boy is already there. Both cases the boy has a note that leads you to the next big part of the questline.

Given that we've established the core game is a prettier, grittier MOTS MMORPG, the big question is whether the "endgame" can live up to any form of potential. This is going to include crafting, mounted combat, city building and guildkeep wars, plus presumably some raid PvE content. I don't think they will be able to compete with WoW for raid content, so the big big question is all about the "massive PvP" and whether it will work at all. Also worth worrying about is the lvl 20-40 portion of the game. If it turns out too to be too grindy, the game may lose people before they even get to start getting into the later portion of the game. Hopefully it will flow as well as the earlier portion to ensure people at least are there long enough to try out crafting and get involved in the city building.
3888  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Fileplanet beta screenshots (NDA dropped for it) on: May 03, 2008, 05:16:46 AM
I'm so freakin sexy I want to touch myself:

Also look good from behind:

F-ed up graphics and floating buildings, w00t!!!

3889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost 4/24 (Spoilers) on: May 02, 2008, 06:22:31 PM
Verrrrry interesting episode.  Slowed down from the hectic pace of last week's but still very enjoyable for Jack and Kate fans.  Especially for fans of naked Jack, though I still prefer him hairy   icon_wink  Lots of sweet, romantic "payoff" moments for the soap fans both on the island and off, and then scenes of how that deteriorates to the bearded Jack at the end of last season.

I like the thought that Hurley's theory is correct, that the Oceanic 6 are actually the dead ones.  What a twist that would be at the end of the season to see the 6 die while the island folk survive.  But now that he's said it, I doubt that would work.

Jack/Kate's dialog near the end was the most interesting part, plot wise.  Sawyer chose to stay?  Kate is doing something for Sawyer?  Who is the "he" she refers to?  Shouldn't be Sawyer if he's not around, so who is it?  Does Jack know he is Aaron's uncle (implied by his comment you aren't even related)?  And why is he so weirded out by her having the baby if Claire was gone missing?

Also a nice side plot for Jin and the redhead, plus the setup for Sun to get off the island without him. 
3890  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 02, 2008, 06:06:51 PM
I'm on Server 4 as Rittchard.  May try a few other classes if time permits.

(Cross post)

I have had crashes and restarts galore, usually during zoning. And usually I have to log back in twice to clear whatever went wrong. Performance is kind of choppy but I have most stuff on max. I'm generally getting good ping and FPS but sometimes it gets choppy, and the game has dropped me a few times. Crashes occur the most when I zone, I think it might be some type of memory leak.

However, I have to say once hitting the town, this is one of the best looking towns I've ever seen in a MMORPG in terms of detail and atmosphere. It is on par or better than single player fare like Oblivion, Gothic and Two Worlds. NPCs are still traditional lame fare, but the look and feel of the town is absolutely outstanding. I can't wait to see it in DX10.

Also of note, I thought it was going to be a gimmick, but the starter portion as single player story/adventure really works. I've just started but it really feels like an immersive single player RPG storyline with the option to jump into multiplayer to do side stuff, if you so choose. I guess this will end at level 20, but it's still extremely well done.

If they can shore up the technical issues and give us a decent endgame, could be a real winner.
3891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: May 02, 2008, 05:27:27 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on April 28, 2008, 01:15:34 AM

It's going to be great fun watching those chicks turn on one another.  icon_twisted

Sweeeeeeeettttttt!!!  Amanda you go girl!!!

Nice job on the editing to keep us in suspense.  Sad to see yet another member go for medical reasons, unbelievable this season.  But the timing worked out well and allowed for the whole set up for this week.

Very tough to predict anything now.  Erik is the biggest challenge threat (and a legitimate final contender), Amanda seriously upped her stock as biggest jury threat (unlike last season) with good gameplay and having James move to the jury.  Cirie is gonna need to scheme big time to pull off an upset, and Parvati is in a bad position regardless of what she does, all she can hope for is 2nd or 3rd after screwing over too many people.
3892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 01, 2008, 09:50:13 PM
While I understand how you guys could not like David A, I think you are a bit harsh on him.  He just turned 17 and is clearly in a shy/awkward stage, yet is putting himself on display in front of millions of people every week.   There is a world of difference between being 16/17 vs. David C at 25 in terms of life experience and knowing who you are, feeling comfortable in your own skin, etc.  Yes, he had "experience" being on stage for Star Search, but again there's a world of difference being a child parading around at 12/13 vs. entering adolescence on a world stage.  Sometimes I find it painful watching him while he's standing around, he just seems so awkward, like he doesn't know what to do with his hands or what expression he should maintain on his face.

I'm not saying anyone should feel sorry for him (particularly since he'll be a millionaire before the year's over), but cut him some slack, he's just an awkward (and high probability gay) kid with a freaky, domineering show-dad.  Hopefully he doesn't go "bad" like so many other young show biz kids.
3893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Eli Stone on: May 01, 2008, 06:00:29 PM
I loved the show, and really hope it makes it back next season.  I was hooked from the first moment Eli ran around in his boxers, but that's just me  icon_biggrin  For the rest of you, there's also the Species chick AND a real cute second love interest for him to drool over.  If ABC were smart, they'd move it into a decent time slot.  I think it would fit great after Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice.  Ratings jumped tremendously when they moved it in the post-Desperate Housewives slot.

The show really gets extremely good in the last 4 or 5 episodes, I mean it really really hits its stride emotionally and in terms of story arc.  I won't say more than that in case we don't want spoilers here.  Hard to describe the show exactly, but I'd say it's a cross between early (good) Ally McBeal (quirky lawyers + visions) and Journeyman (light sci-fi/fantasy).

Oh, and for all you Angel fans out there, I'm pretty sure the main office they are filming in is the Wolfram and Hart set.
3894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 01, 2008, 05:50:27 PM
Hey I actually got it right for once!!!  Of course since D and D are safe I had a 1 in 3 shot   thumbsup

Man I was a big Brooke fan in the beginning but I couldn't stand her constant sobbing every week, give it a rest, girl!   crybaby crybaby crybaby  My feeling is Simon's (intentional?) comment to Syesha gave her the edge over Brooke.

So who will crybaby's votes go to?  Traditionally you'd think they would go to the last remaining female, which should boost Syesha.  But Jason is kind of like a girl with his long hair, so maybe he'll suck them up.  Both Davids have cried already so the crying vote will cancel itself out.

I think Ryan said something about legends of rock and roll for next week's theme?  I wasn't sure what that meant.  Either way it's a free pass for David C.  David A may struggle with the theme, but he still has Syesha as a buffer.

Prediction: Jason finally goes home next week.
3895  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Big Mythos update on: May 01, 2008, 03:30:36 AM
Major major changes coming for Mythos, all sounds very good!  Wonder if HGL could pull the same thing off  icon_twisted
3896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: April 30, 2008, 11:26:15 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on April 30, 2008, 09:40:57 PM

Last nights episode was really good.  I'm also glad Andi finally knows what's going on and thought it was handled well.

On the ratings brightside (if that's what it can be called), the numbers are up a little from last week and it did beat Beauty and the Geek. Fabulous

LOL, sadly I think beating a show on the same network that is running against the American Idol juggernaut is not gonna help much.  I don't know why they decided to run BatG right now against AI instead of as a summer show like (I think) it used to be.  Speaking of which, the show has been pretty fun this season, not as good as the last one though.
3897  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: April 30, 2008, 11:18:41 PM
I think the last I saw on the Fileplanet site was 9am PST (not EST).

Edit:  finally found where I saw it off the Fileplanet main website:

"FilePlanet Subscriber Beta: Yes, it's here at last. Subscribers can join the beta for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, the most anticipated MMORPG this year! Grab a beta key right now and download the game client to prepare for slaughter. Gameplay starts on Thursday, May 1st at 9:00 AM PST. "
3898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? on: April 30, 2008, 09:27:17 PM
Just picked up the first book in that series by Greg Keyes based on the recommendation in this thread.  Loved the first few pages so we'll see if it continues to keep me hooked.  Some random guy at the store started talking to me about the book when he saw me holding it, so I guess that was a good sign.  Or maybe not.   ninja
3899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: April 30, 2008, 09:25:13 PM
Bah, you straight boys!  I'm gonna post hot shirtless pictures of Bret Harrison if you continue that  icon_biggrin 

Fun episode last night, I am sooooo happy they let Andi find out the truth.  I think they dragged that out a bit too long as well, was getting tired of the "let's keep this from Andi" routine.  Now they have the full potential of creating a "Scooby Gang" kind of atmsophere and let the stories and mythology be the emphasis (as opposed to hiding/secrets).  Also happy to see the Devil vs. Demons plotline continue.  Would be nice to see if one or more of the gang actually develops or demonstrates some skills that actually help Sam out.

Disappointing though: ratings are soooooo low.  I found it listed at 114 today with about 2.5million viewers.  Holy crap.  I don't understand how/why, but it is routinely out-watched by tons of other non-English shows on the ratings.  Is CW just not broadcast as widely?

3900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 30, 2008, 07:09:58 PM
Hopefully no theme next week for Final 4, maybe judges pick or something?

I actually thought Syesha was the best last night, which is also why she'll probably go tonight.  Sweet and pretty the first song, then fun and sassy the next.  Her only chance is anti-Simonists voting for her after his comment about her being in trouble.  In fact I almost think he deliberately said it to help her.

Brooke was OK, awkward in song 1 but good in the second.  I thought David C looked smug and overconfident yesterday, plus his voice sounded overly hoarse and it didn't have the good vocal sound I'm used to.  Maybe it was allergies cuz it's been warm/windy out here in California, I dunno.  Judges and audience now love him so I guess it doesn't matter. 

Jason I thought was not horrible but I still wish he'd go soon. 

David A was fun, wisely picking the 2 most popular Neil Diamond songs.  I actually thought he was better the first one, first time he showed a little flirtatiousness with Sweet Caroline.  I thought America would be better but oh well.

Prediction: Brooke goes home tonight.  But since I'm always wrong, it will actually be Syesha.
3901  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 29, 2008, 10:41:03 PM
Just curious, are any of you (typically) interested in getting involved in crafting aspects (particularly as it pertains to city building)?
3902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: April 29, 2008, 06:14:39 PM
Anyone still watching this?  The show just came back for its (possible) final few episodes.  Unfortunately, just as the show has hit its stride with excellent story developments, it's listed as "on the bubble" to return next season.  I hope they are smart enough to give the show a chance with a halfway decent time slot.

New episode on tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm.  Andi is going to catch Sam slicing a demon's head off, so problems ensue...

- - -

The story arc from the past few weeks was absolutely excellent, on par with some of the better Buffy/Angel storylines.  Well, not quite as "deep" as what Joss Whedon does, but with a lot more humor mixed in.  When the show first started, my comment was that I didn't think they could survive on a "monster of the week" type of format.  It took them a bit too long to ramp up additional storylines with their own "lore" and finally getting Sam and Andi together (well sort of), but hopefully they'll get a chance to expand with a second season.  The gay demon couple vs. Satan plotline was all around some of the funniest and fun/interesting fantasy content on TV since Angel went off the air.  The chemistry between Ray Wise as the devil and Bret Harrison as Sam has just gotten better and better over time, and I could see this show really becoming the next "Buffy/Angel" if given the chance.
3903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone give me some comic recommendations on: April 29, 2008, 06:00:00 PM
Hey X!

I've been an X-Men (and family) fan for so many years it's hard to not recommend some of them.  In order to not spend too much money on comics, I've tried to limit myself to Marvel comics only.

They've recently started a couple of new series.  The one I've really enjoyed is the (new) X-Force.  Definitely has a darker tone than some of the others and I absolutely love the artwork.  I think they are at issue 3 so most stores would have all 3 issues.  The other one which looks like it might be good is Young X-Men, they've only had one issue so far.

I also noticed Marvel started one of their summer storylines "Secret Invasion" which I probably should have picked up.  It involves lots of famous Marvel icons and the world being invaded by a shape-changing alien race (The Skrulls, I think).

3904  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 29, 2008, 05:52:59 PM
Keeping this poll bumped up!  deadhorse

Hope to see some of you this weekend in the Fileplanet beta!
3905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: April 28, 2008, 01:01:48 AM
I pre-ordered this off Amazon, I don't have high hopes but I'm definitely curious to see how things go with those of you who have it.  At this point, I'm willing to try anything to get my lazy ass to do even a little bit of extra exercise every day (15-30 minutes at least).  Presently I play volleyball once a week and that's about it.  I'm hoping this may be a nice mid-week supplement.
3906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost 4/24 (Spoilers) on: April 28, 2008, 12:56:33 AM

Quote from: warning on April 26, 2008, 03:19:17 AM

Okay so what the hell is the smoke monster?  Seriously.  Would it hurt them to give us a little bit more about it?

I likewise read they wouldn't fully reveal it til later, but that each time it has appeared you learn a little more about it.

This time I guess we learned that Ben has the means of "summoning" it and that it is fully capable of attacking multiple adversaries - whether he actually controlled it or not is still in question.  Graphics-wise, it looked like they added a "hand" type of motion as it grabbed one of the guys, which seemed new to me.  Also it's not just a "judgment" device, seems like it is fine with just killing on demand  icon_cool
3907  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 28, 2008, 12:47:59 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 27, 2008, 08:45:39 PM

Wanderers are usually on a RP PvP server right? Least thats the way I recall WoW and possibly EQ2..been a while. I loved that RPPvP WoW server. Its the only place I max capped a character. Lots of fun battles and got my own fair share of ganked done to me. Loved it all the time.

Hmmm you may have got us mixed up with someone else.  We generally play on a standard server (largest remaining contingent continues on a standard WoW server), though have been known to splinter off onto other server types.  I don't think a group of us has ever done RP PvP.  The guild was formed in DAOC during the Gone Gold days (close to 7 years ago I think) so for some years was kind of known as the unofficial official GG guild.

3908  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 27, 2008, 08:21:03 PM
I should also mention in case it wasn't obvious, and assuming we align up with the same server choice, everyone here is welcome to join us in The Wanderers.  I'm anticipating we'll have a base of about 30 players by the time release hits, so hopefully with OO/GT we can get closer to 50+ which would be a nice solid number if we want to get involved in city building and battlekeeps. 

If not, we should at least coordinate getting on the same server  nod
3909  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Age of Conan Class Poll on: April 27, 2008, 08:17:13 PM
For more detail on the classes:
3910  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: My Dream Next Gen MMORPG on: April 27, 2008, 08:12:12 PM
I totally agree/understand that many of the ideas I've thrown out would be difficult to implement effectively.  But what I would hate to see/hear is developers just "giving up" on good, true "next generation" developments just because they sound difficult on paper.  Give engineers/programmers a chance and some time/money, and in general they will come through for you in some form or another.  I remember a time when people thought it would be "impossible" to have seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas.  Then boom, along came Diablo 2 and the impossible became reality.  (Side note: interesting how few games have been able to reproduce this effect, including "next gen" games like HGL!)
3911  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 25, 2008, 09:57:32 PM
Sorry Raz, I knew about that option but no one had mentioned actually wanting to play on one ...

3912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost 4/24 (Spoilers) on: April 25, 2008, 09:00:01 PM
Someone told me that Widmore IS Jacob, I don't know where they got that from.  However, unless I was mistaken yesterday, Ben did specifically say "He changed the rules" after Alex was shot, which I thought was a reference to Jacob.  Then later in the Widmore confrontation he says "you changed the rules" which might give credence to the Jacob=Widmore theory.

Also a side note, it looked to me like one of the chopped episodes (since essentially 5 episodes worth of material were "lost" no pun intended due to the abbreviated season from the writer's strike) may have been a Sayid/Nadia reunion, which only got small play last night.  Too bad, I would have liked to see Nadia again.

And another thing, based on the intro to Ben's FF, do we believe his story to Sayid that he boated off the island and then flew?  It looked to me when he woke up it was more like he had been teleported or something (similar to Desmond).
3913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: April 25, 2008, 08:55:30 PM
I think James is just dismayed that a solid alliance feel through and he didn't have enough charm/magic to keep Parvati under control.  He seems resigned to just try to win the challenges, and he has a good shot at that.  Like last season, he is probably the biggest threat to win if he can somehow make the Final 3.

Amanda has the same issue she had last year: getting to the final 3 is one thing, but to have any shot to win this time she needs a weaker group than last year.  If she can somehow maintain without backstabbing James/Erik, and still sneak into a Final 3 with Cirie and Parvati, she will likely have more votes to win in the end.  Technically it's possible to win with only 3 votes, and she would likely get Ozzy, James and Erik, and possibly some of the other girls since the only way this would happen is if Parvati double crossed them.

Definitely agree this has become one of the most enjoyable seasons ever, and I've seen almost every one.
3914  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (It's Golden!) on: April 25, 2008, 06:15:44 PM
Not sure if this was mentioned already, but I did receive a pre-order email today announcing the May 17th head start and giving me the registration code, etc.  Apparently client downloading will begin on the 14th; that should be an interesting experience if it's really the 30+ GB load people have talked about.
3915  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Age of Conan Server Poll on: April 25, 2008, 06:12:38 PM
Head-start begins 3 weeks from Saturday (May 17th).  Curious to see where most GT/OOer's are planning to play.  I think I already know the answer but I'd still like to see. 

Also FYI, the Wanderers will be playing AoC, though we haven't determined server type yet (still under discussion).  If the poll here shows overwhelming support for one server type or another, that may help to influence our final decision.

Thanks for voting!!

Edit: Here's a link to the PvP specifics.  As mentioned below, the "standard" server also includes PvP mini-games and siege warfare in the "Borderlands".  The FFA PvP server adds full free-for-all PvP everywhere on top of that.
3916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: April 25, 2008, 06:03:23 PM
Wheee, another week, another blindside!!!  Who's next!?!?

Those chicks are starting to creep me out.  I love the reference to a bunch of witches boiling their evil cauldron of spells.  That Natalie is out of control, it was pretty funny.  I actually wouldn't be too surprised to see her go if she gets too overconfident and cocky.  I could see James+Erik+Amanda grabbing Cirie to knock out one of the 3 Witches to teach them (mostly Parvati) a lesson and break their alliance.  That would be sweet, plus force Parvati to choose on her final 3 alliance. 

Otherwise, it's looking more like an all-girl/witch finale.  Still, they'll have to contend with 2 strong immunity contenders in James and Erik; I could see either of them sweeping the challenges.

3917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost 4/24 (Spoilers) on: April 25, 2008, 05:59:16 PM
Wow, that episode just blew me away, I need to rewatch it to let it all sink in.  I was pretty heartbroken for poor Alex, that was just... harsh and I didn't think they'd actually go there.  Then watching all the extras get blown away (kind of gratuitous), I'm really starting to wonder if they intend to actually kill everyone but the Oceanic 6 off. 

The Ben flash forward was very nice, and the confrontration sequence with Widmore was great.  Going after Penny, wow.  Loved that.  I wonder if Desmond escaped or not, that could be some classic stuff if Sayid is sent to kill them.

Also enjoyed seeing Sawyer take on more of a hero role, looks good on him.
3918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 25, 2008, 05:55:40 PM
David C will be more successful either way - personally I think he's more talented, more attractive and has a better voice than Daughtry.  I still think he can win the whole thing - he's been winning on dialidol more often now, and he has had more volume of feedback in the iTunes reviews (and apparently more sales if you believe that one site that was trying to track it).  Contrary to David C, David A needs to actually win to be more successful.  Maybe he can carve it out as a #2 the way Clay Aiken did, but I think he'll need more guidance from producers, etc. to sell well, and they always tend to favor the winner in terms of release schedule, etc.
3919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I really like this site! on: April 24, 2008, 11:57:18 PM
Oh man that diva smiley rocks!!!

P.S.  I think I mentioned this before but I have to say I really love that I am rewarded (with new smileys I haven't seen before of course!) when I click the "Go Down" button.    The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
3920  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (It's Golden!) on: April 24, 2008, 11:54:26 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 24, 2008, 10:33:16 PM

I'm taking 2 weeks for WAR, and 1 week for Gencon.  I think that's enough gaming vacations for this year slywink

Isn't it a bit presumptuous to assume WAR will make it out this year?   slywink
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