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3881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have Apple TV? on: May 18, 2008, 07:12:43 PM

Quote from: Jag on May 17, 2008, 04:40:16 PM

I thinking of ripping my dvds and using it as a media player. How is the quality for downloaded or ripped video. I have a 65inch TV so i would see the bad quality.

Well I think that's going to depend on how you ripped it for ripped.  Most of what I read, the Apple folk use Handbrake and are pretty pleased with the results.  There's tons of discussion on what the best settings are, etc.  I generally check the macrumors forums (Apple TV) section for info.  FWIW, I watched a few minutes of my ripped Aliens disc (also on a 65inch TV) and I thought it looked great.

I also watched my first downloaded HD movie yesterday, and as most of the reviews have stated, it definitely looks better than standard DVD but not quite as good as Blu-Ray, same with sound quality.  It holds up very well with what I get with Directv HD content, possibly a bit better.  Haven't done a standard movie yet.

All that said, right after praising it in this thread yesterday, when I turned it on all the content I had sync'd had vanished.  I think what happened was I had hit some button in iTunes the other day to tell it to only sync what I told it to.  I guess it decided this was a reason to wipe everything, grrr.  It may just be me, but the sync-ing is still a bit wonky.  Of course my issue is I am using the same iTunes library to sync to my iPhone which can only handle limited content, so I'm not exactly sure how to keep the 2 things separate.
3882  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Collector's Edition Impressions on: May 18, 2008, 07:05:38 PM
I'm also extremely impressed with my super CE in-game ring, which allows me to lvl 0.02% faster than normal!!!  Woohoo!!  Note the number is 0.02 of a percent, NOT 2%.  That means for every mob you get 100 xp for, I get 100.02 xp, w00t!!   puke
3883  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on DERKETO Server) on: May 18, 2008, 07:03:06 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 18, 2008, 06:46:40 PM

I didn't pre-order, so I won't be in-game until Tuesday. But I should be able to catch up pretty quickly. Any idea right now how the classes are breaking down? Anything we need desperately, or have too many of?

I always subscribe to the "play what you like the most" theory - best  chance to keep you in the game for the longest period of time.  It actually looks like we have a pretty decent mix at the moment, though it's always so difficult to tell.  Generally in the beginning we have a lot of alts floating around and people trying on different classes. 

I looked through the poll and the roster thread and couldn't really come up with anything.  Ranger seems to be the least played class off the top of my head.

Again I say just play what you like the most or feel most comfortable with, for your first guy.  And also consider we may do some sort of "alt night" thing in the future if you can't decide between 2 classes.
3884  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 12:47:07 AM
Oh yeah, in case anyone is interested, I was able to get the game running on my 2007 iMac running Windows XP, which only has 1GB of RAM and an on-board graphics chip (ATI 2400 XT equivalent).

It's pretty choppy and I had to turn everything to low and resolution to 1024x768, but it's just about playable if you can stand the 10-15ish FPS.
3885  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 12:40:27 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 17, 2008, 10:34:48 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 17, 2008, 10:10:42 PM

Any updates on the horrible client? The open beta ran like complete crap, totally turned me off. I learned from AO shenanigans that funcom can't be trusted in what they say. So just looking to see if they actually runs now. I don't have a horrible system by any means.

Thankfully it's nothing like the Open Beta client.  They really made a mistake ever letting people see that horrid thing.

In OB I crashed every 10-20 minutes, pretty much every time a new area would load.  Mem crashes, random crashes, you name it.  Thus far in this client I played 4 hours straight without a single crash, played solo and in group, zoned back and forth many times, keeping fingers crossed this will last.

Not that I want to re-hash this, but again I will point out the Open BETA is/was still a beta, not a DEMO (nor was it advertised as such), and they were very clear they were testing lots of different things with that particular client.  And it appears whatever it was they were testing was fixed.  Miracles do happen!  It's too common these days to go into any sort of beta test and subconsciously treat it like a demo, then get bitchy and disappointed when it's buggy.  Was it a mistake to do that?  Only time will tell - if this release client is any indication, then it was probably worth their while to make whatever adjustments were necessary from what they learned at OB.
3886  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on ANU/DERKETO Server) on: May 17, 2008, 08:21:15 PM
As Hamlet has noted our backup server is DERKETO.

Please stay tuned to these forums if you don't have access yet to the Wanderers forum, we will keep things updated as we go along to the best of our ability.
3887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have Apple TV? on: May 17, 2008, 04:19:15 AM
I just got it recently, like a week ago.  It signifies the complete takeover of my life by Apple smile

Installation was a little flaky, and sync-ing seems a bit quirky.  Also the remote is a bit too simple, would be nice to have the spinwheel of the traditional iPod when sifting through content.  Aside from those minor details, it's definitely very slick and very nice.  While my original main purpose was to gain access to the new rentals feature, I've found what I like the most is being able to play music and music videos on the big screen (and on my main stereo system) at a whim.  I'm also enjoying having my favorite Office, South Park, and other TV shows at my fingertips.  Eventually I'd like to start moving more of my favorite movies onto the unit so I can watch them (or parts of them) at a moment's notice.

As with most Apple devices, it's not that it does anything that much different or better than other similar devices, it's that the overall friendliness of the interface and the ever increasing content and capabilities of iTunes that makes it special. 
3888  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / AoC CE Impressions (now with Game Impressions below) on: May 16, 2008, 11:41:24 PM
In the time honored tradition of days past in Gone Gold, I will post my early review of the game.... packaging!!!  Sorry, not much else to do while waiting for release  icon_lol

In the UPS confirmation, the package was listed as 1 pound.  The box I found at my door seemed significantly larger.  Now while I can't weigh it exactly, I'm guessing this hunk is about 2-3 pounds.  Definitely would pass the old GG lift test  icon_biggrin  Opening the outer box, indeed the full size was very much in line with the CE boxes from WoW.   I think the WoW box is slightly heavier, but it's very comparable.  The box is fashioned in the form of a large book volume, very very classy.  So the sides of the box look like pages.  The front cover is a deep red with a golden lion in the middle, again very classy when looked at from afar.  The box opens up like a book, which I loved, with an inside front cover of Conan at his throne and a quote from Robert Howard on the front page.  Finally you get to the insides.

First thing is the gorgeous art book.  I'm a sucker for these things but YMMV.  It's not hardbound, so a little chintsy there.  Paper and image quality is top notch inside, though.  Next up there's a map.  It's not just any old cloth map though.  It's a "richly tooled" leathertte map, again very classy but boy does it smell funky.  Now that it's been sitting a while, the smell has abated some, but yikes!  This game is for mature audiences, and so was that smell.

Next up are some coupons and ads for other junk, also some papers to write down codes for guest passes.  Unclear how it will work (I guess you have to login or something first) but there are 5 included, 7-day passes.  Next comes the foldout box for game disks, bonus DVD and soundtrack.  Very nice, similar to a TV series DVD box set (like Buffy).  I like that unlike some other CE's they didn't just dump the regular game box inside a bigger box.  Finally on the bottom is the standard game manual.  A little disappointing the manual wasn't also specialized but what can you do.

All in all I give this box a thumbs up.  All the bases covered, good weight and quality throughout.  A few shortcuts taken but all in all a classy piece of work. 
3889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate 2.0 Patch on: May 16, 2008, 06:27:45 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 13, 2008, 04:53:45 PM

really?? Thanks! didnt know that...hmm, perhaps they need to advertise that fact better? never touched MP because I thought I had to pay 9.99 for it

I like the game, actually, and will give this a spin!!

I think HGL is one of, if not THE, strangest releases in all of PC game history in terms of the amount of confusion there was at release, and the amount of hate the game received.  I guess they just did a crappy job of their release/advertisement scheme, but it was always their intention to try to give everyone what they wanted out of the box:

- a fully 3D action RPG, playable in 3rd or first person, loot and level, experience
- a complete single player, offline game
- a free to play multiplayer experience (soloable or in groups) with servers like, but better (including guilds)
- multiple modes/difficulties to play in

On top of this, they attempted to deliver (100% optional) additional content on some sort of regular basis for a (100% optional) monthly fee.  This was intended only for the insatiable fans who couldn't get enough of the game from the original release.  Keep in mind that from an action RPG genre perspective, no one (not even Diablo 2) delivered everything they attempted to.  Yet somehow this was all contorted, and expectations were altered all over the place, and the hate bandwagon began. 

Frankly, aside from some minor issues/bugs at release (most of which were addressed in the first few weeks), I had a blast in the game and still consider it one of my all time favorites.  Yes there were some class balance and skill balance issues, but I had complete faith they would be addressed over time.  The 2.0 changes sound great, and if it weren't for AoC's release, I'd probably jump back in full time.  I applaud the developers for attempting something new, persisting with their vision and continuing to improve the game over time, openly apologizing and addressing every concern and demand the fans lob at them; all this in spite of continuously being bad-mouthed by the internet community.  IMHO, their biggest sin was trying to do too much for their fans.
3890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost 4/24 (Spoilers) on: May 16, 2008, 05:12:41 PM
Oceanic 6, oh my!!!  Scattered all over the place, oh my!!  Discuss!!

Last night's episode was good, but felt more or less like just a build up/precursor to the finale.  Just moving all the pieces into place, basically.  Still no clue on how/why Jack would abandon everyone when every episode he insists on reminding us he promised everyone he'd get them off the island.  And why they insisted on saying 8 survived the initial crash but only 6 made it.  What's up with that? 

Loved Sun's bitchslap to Daddy and the soap opera reveal of Jack/Claire/Aaron.  Also loved Hurley's reaction at the press conference (a minor nod to fans who made the same comment).
3891  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 16, 2008, 05:05:55 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 16, 2008, 05:01:02 PM

Ehhh I am vaguely tempted to try this, but the one thing that you all have said that really worries me is the PVP ganking-that bugs me that I could get to a zone and not be able to get out in between ganking. So I guess my point is that if I do try it I will likely wander to a PVE server.

Yeah, in case it wasn't clear, the majority of players here opted to stay with a standard server (zone ganking free) - see AoC Wanderers thread.  As mentioned in other posts, though, this does not mean we won't be participating in all the major PvP options (sieging, etc). 

Hope to see you there!
3892  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on ANU Server) on: May 16, 2008, 05:02:41 PM

Quote from: VastVenin on May 16, 2008, 05:45:46 AM

Holy crap!  rittchard, are you the ritt I played DAOC with on Geheris years ago?  I think you played the Bonedancer class.  If you are, I'd be happy to join you guys, had a total blast with the Wanderers.  I wonder who else I might remember. 

Oh yeah that was me.  I was..... BONERITT!!!!  Man that was one of my favorite character names ever.

I don't think we have too many more from the Gaheris crowd, I think Hedinn was there though.  I'm hoping to get a couple more of them (Dirk, Ayngel/Fawlen, Qantaga, etc) but so far they have been non-responsive and resisting my charms.
3893  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on ANU Server) on: May 16, 2008, 04:59:56 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 16, 2008, 02:52:45 AM

Quote from: skystride on May 16, 2008, 02:07:19 AM

Hark is just weird.  He hates pretty much any single player game or any game that you play against AI.  So don't try too hard to make sense of his logic  icon_twisted

I'm the same way with certain types of games, and MMO's are one of them for me.  I'll watch Harkonis's back and he'll watch mine

I thought I was the only one who got to watch Hark's "back"  icon_twisted
3894  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on ANU Server) on: May 15, 2008, 11:20:42 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on May 15, 2008, 10:42:50 PM

Im just under the impression, PvP or not, we all grind the same damn quests...its just a matter if you want the allow others to waste your free time or not.  icon_razz

That's kind of what I'm thinking.  Except in this case we have the potential to build our own city and battlekeeps rather than have to hope to join with other guilds. 

Not to mention who knows when WAR is really coming out.  Fall 2008 I'd say best case is October (also marking DAOC anniversary), worst case it gets pushed back to 2009.
3895  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on ANU Server) on: May 15, 2008, 10:40:12 PM
I dunno Hark, sounds like you are making a lot of assumptions of what the game is going to be like without really having all the information.  I don't think anyone here can flat out say what Borderlands is going to be like one way or the other, and it looks like you are assuming you can only PvP for 1 level there?  If you could level 40-80 in Borderlands would that make a difference? 

3896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 15, 2008, 08:40:01 PM
I always found her talented but kind of scary.

With the added weight, the bright pink hair and the weird braces or whatever on her teeth, she is flat out terrifying.  Run away, little David, she's coming to eat you!!!!

3897  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on ANU Server) on: May 15, 2008, 08:37:39 PM
Thanks YK!!!

- - -

Announcement: unless something changes in the next 48hours, we will be playing on the ANU server.
3898  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 15, 2008, 06:04:22 PM

Quote from: Cortilian on May 15, 2008, 06:00:12 PM

If you can believe it he's now 13 and want's to save up for a car.  He charges now.  I'd be better off buying gold from IGN if he wasn't family.  Dangit.

Too old!  Go get busy and have another baby!!!!
3899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have a Hetero-Man-Crush on ATB on: May 15, 2008, 06:03:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 15, 2008, 05:59:49 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 15, 2008, 05:50:12 PM

I will need (preferably shirtless) pics of all of you before I decide who is most worthy of a man-crush.   icon_twisted

Do "tramp stamps" help? Fabulous

I don't know what that means but I'm desperate so I'll take whatever I can get.   nod
3900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 15, 2008, 06:01:17 PM
I'll bet I'm the only person here who actually listened and voted on the songs ninja

I think/hope people might be surprised, there were at least 2 that sounded decent for either David.  Two or so were absolutely horrible, and about half were unbearable retreads of every other year's song (I swear the lyrics were just a computer mix of previous years' songs), leaving a couple of OK ones that favor little David and the other favoring big David.  Hopefully the winning song will not fall in the retread category.  

Notice Ryan did not say the voting was close last night (at least that I heard), indicating one or the other David was probably at least a couple million votes ahead.  Presuming David C won the night, David A still has a good/better chance next week to steal Syesha's votes, but will it be enough?  Presuming David A won the night (which was implied but not said last night), I think he will most likely win barring a major mishap.  Dialidol showed Cook far ahead of Arch, but can no longer be trusted as it also showed Jason Castro far ahead in the night he was booted.

Cook will do fine either way (maybe better if he loses and has more control of his options), as I said before I think he's more talented than Daughtry.  Archie needs to win to be successful, IMHO.  Do the requisite tour and album, then take a couple years off to get some life experience before doing another.

P.S.  Agree on that Fantasia comment lol.  She scared the crap out of me and I loved Simon's look.  But one thing you have to admit, the girl can MOVE.

P.P.S.  Also does anyone remember what they do for the final?  One song they sang before, the winning song, and what was the last?  Or do they do 4 songs, I have no recollection.
3901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have a Hetero-Man-Crush on ATB on: May 15, 2008, 05:50:12 PM
I will need (preferably shirtless) pics of all of you before I decide who is most worthy of a man-crush.   icon_twisted
3902  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 15, 2008, 05:47:07 PM
From the info that's been available, it appears to me this game demands a strong mix of PvE players, crafters and PvP players in order to ultimately be successful in the endgame siege content.   Without the mix and people willing to PvE and craft, you won't be able to build a city, and without a city you won't be able to fight for your own guild's battlekeep.  Given the 48v48 limit they announced, I think our numbers are going to be close to optimal for this, and personally I'd like to be fighting for my own guild's city/keep rather than for someone else's.

So the next strategic move will be to recruit Cort's son to gather materials and craft for us.  Anyone else with small children willing to supply child labor also welcome  Tongue
3903  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 15, 2008, 05:39:38 PM

Quote from: Semaj on May 15, 2008, 03:21:47 AM

I miss the wanderers smile

Well we miss you too, so come on down and join the party!!!
3904  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 14, 2008, 08:24:39 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 14, 2008, 07:00:50 PM

Yes, even though I voted for a standard server, I'm definitely interested in PvP. I just want the epic siege/territorial seizing kind, not the "guy 20 levels higher than me ganked me in the face 50 times while I was trying to finish my Level 10 quest" kind.

I'll be interested to see if/how they evolve the FFA ruleset.  I can't imagine people are going to be happy with being killed while in the middle of cutscenes and talking to vendors.  Then again, maybe they do like that and I'm just confused  saywhat
3905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 14, 2008, 05:39:34 PM

Quote from: godhugh on May 14, 2008, 06:31:50 AM

Something from U2, One or With or Without You, anything to let him stretch and push his vocals

Yeah, it would have been great to see One turned into a Disney-esque pop ballad by American Idol's cheesiest contestant since Constantine slywink.

The fact is no one knows what he could or would have done with a more interesting and challenging song because it wasn't chosen and he hasn't taken one on all season.  (I was thinking he could do something along the lines closer to last year's Mary J Blige version, soul it up a bit.)  Personally I think he has enough talent to pull amazing things off - but he needs specific guidance (professional, not from his dad) to make it happen. 

In any case, whatever else you folk think about him, you can't tell me there wasn't a disparity in the producers' choices.  One of the biggest hits of all time, a known crowd pleaser for Cook vs. a mildly known penguin song for Syesha and an unknown boring old love song for Archie?  I call BS.
3906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 14, 2008, 04:22:16 AM
I call FOUL!!!!!

Judge and Producer's choices clearly favor David Cook it was absolutely ridiculous.  Did they decide David Cook could sell more so they thought they should rig it?


David A.  Given 2 boring ballads, he did the best he could with them.  His voice sounded beautiful, both songs were "pretty" but that's about the most you can say.  Neither was memorable, neither felt special.  Of the 3 songs, I thought his own choice made for the most memorable performance, if only because he seemed awkward doing something different and current, shakin' his cute little ass around.  The beginning was really rough for him, but he really hit his stride in the middle of the song and pulled it off to my surprise.  I could have picked a hundred better songs for him.  Easy anything from Josh Groban, particularly You Raise Me Up would have been awesome.  Something from U2, One or With or Without You, anything to let him stretch and push his vocals.  Anyway, clearly he got screwed, particularly by the producers.  Dan Fogelberg?  Huh?  No wonder his father was kicked out, was probably protesting the bullshit song choice they gave his son.  Didn't help for him to get Paula making his choice either. 

Syesha.  I liked her doing Alicia Keys, but it kind of goes back to my earlier comments where she appears to be Alicia-lite.  Still she did great.  I thought her Fever was fun and sexy, a good middle choice, though given her crappy producer's choice she may have been better off opting for a power ballad or some kind of show tune (Dreamgirls maybe?).  Also screwed by the producers though not quite as badly, she ends with a fun Rihanna/Beyonce-ish song.  Of course if they were going to go that route, why not do something really fun like Umbrella or Irreplaceable.  I know Syesha would have pulled either of those hits off very well.

David Cook - I loved Simon's choice for him, possibly his best pure vocal in the competition.  A little weird singing it to his mom, but also kind of sweet.  (Side note: I love the "cougars for Cook" sign - kinda creepy) His own choice was actually fairly lame, I'm sure he could have picked just about any current rock song here and done something better.  Just OK for me.  Then the producers give him a free pass with "Don't wanna miss a thing" in the closing spot, complete with extra violinists.  Hell they should have just gave him a full orchestra and choir and crown him while they were at it.  His performance was pretty good, but I was too busy seething from the clear favoritism.

Anyway, I call shenanigans!  Still looks like D and D in the finals unless something crazy happens.  Not impossible though, so who knows.
3907  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 14, 2008, 01:50:15 AM

Quote from: koanicriddle on May 14, 2008, 01:04:08 AM

Ritt, any idea how many members of The Wanderers are interested in AoC?  Just curious...

You can check the Roster thread as it keeps growing... 

Conservative estimate is about 25-30.  Generally though we have a Forum Effect when a new game comes out and the numbers jump up considerably in the first couple of weeks, and often old members will reappear and rejoin which is always a lot of fun.  With GT/OO and whoever else comes along, I'm estimating at least 50, though I wouldn't be surprised if it goes higher.  A lot of it will depend on early feedback and how well the launch goes from a technical standpoint, Forum Effect is always unpredictable.
3908  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 14, 2008, 12:28:38 AM

Quote from: WW on May 13, 2008, 11:40:49 PM

I'm wondering if I can join with some peeps from wow?

WW, I'm not 100% sure what you mean - is this a GT/OO WoW guild and now you're considering migrating to AoC?

In any case, check out the original post and head over to to make sure you and your "peeps" feel like it's a good fit.  Just so you know, many of us are from the old Gone Gold forum days and so it's generally a friendly, more mature crowd of people, with a good mix of PvE and PvPers.
3909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: May 13, 2008, 11:04:26 PM

Well great news on Reaper, thanks for that!!!

But bad news on Moonlight, I was really starting to enjoy it.  I'm really surprised they dumped it, ratings were actually pretty decent every time I checked.  Not sure what they were expecting for a Friday at 9pm show.  Like Reaper, it was just starting to hit its stride and explore more meaty storylines, plus I thought a lot of women (and me) were totally in love with the main star. 
3910  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 13, 2008, 10:55:22 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 13, 2008, 09:55:06 PM

Wow! After that new patch today that stuck me on open test it works fine. Course it was in a 115something x 800 window. Im now going to try fullscreen and enter tortage...probaly freeze up and explode smile

Sweet!  We'll keep our fingers crossed.  Any idea on what the patch changed that might have helped?  We had a couple people with older systems who also couldn't get the game to run, just curious...
3911  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 13, 2008, 10:54:23 PM

Quote from: Booner on May 13, 2008, 05:38:14 PM

So, could anyone give some impressions of the different classes they've played?

I didn't play much (and only up to lvl 20 max so very limited) but here are some basic impressions:

Conqueror - played this the least, but reminded me a bit of Barbarian from Diablo 2.  Melee based with warcries.  I thought it was going to be Paladin-like with auras but I think it's more like Barb.  Seemed to carve through stuff in melee very well.

Priest of Mitra - I played this the most.  Reminiscent of a Cleric in DAOC.  Buffs, nukes and heals, melee to finish stuff off.  Fairly traditional MMORPG-style of play.  Healing was unimpressive.

Demonologist - nuker with a main pet.  Reminded me a bit of a mage/summoner in Shadowbane, or maybe one of the pet classes in DAOC.  The pet was unimpressive, the nukes seemed better.  Also much more of a traditional MMORPG class.
3912  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 13, 2008, 06:04:51 PM
Also should mention I apologize for any confusion with the Introductory/Recruitment posts and CoC on our forums.  As you can probably tell we've been around for so long and in so many incarnations that things have changed quite a bit over the years.  So please bear with us as we get that all revised and don't be intimidated by the voting rules or whatever is described.  If we know you from here or OO, that's good enough to get you in, but please do follow YK, gryn and opti's examples and make an intro post in the Recruitment forum.  This will really help us keep track of everything.

Regarding the game itself, I'll try to post major things (like what server we're on) here, but evenutally game announcements (meetings, activities, contests, or whatever) will all be made only on the main guild forum so as to not unduly spam this forum.  In other words, even if you just want to lurk, it's best to have an account on the guild forum.

In terms of in-game guild invites, I wasn't able to find a / command so if anyone knows please let me know.  Otherwise it appeared to me that I had to have the person selected in order to invite into the guild. 
3913  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 13, 2008, 05:58:36 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 13, 2008, 10:21:16 AM

Tried to register on the Wanderers site but it says my e-mail is already in use...I even entered my wife's e-mail to see if that could work, same thing.

Sooooo, I must have joined you guys waaaaay back in the Gone Gold days. As a matter of fact I know I played with the Wanderers in DAoC.

But for the life of me I can't remember my username or password from way back then.

On the Gone Gold forums I used "Gollum"....I know, I know, but it was before Lord of the Rings became so popular that names like Legolas and Gollum weren't so commonly known..anywho...

Is there some way of gaining access?

Hey Arc, I looked for both a "gollum" and a "arclight" but didn't find anything... any other user name you might have had?  Probably your best bet is to PM Gedd for help, and/or post in the "Help I lost access" thread in the Announcements and Questions section.  We'll get it taken care of soon enough :-)
3914  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 12, 2008, 10:33:31 PM
Quick Update:

Apparently on our forums all you need is to be a "Recruit" and you will be able to see the AoC Forum.  When you first sign up you will be listed as a Visitor.  So if you follow what Gryndyl did, just make a post in the Recruitment forum and we'll take care of the rest.

Once you have access to the AoC forum, please throw a temporary post in the Roster forum.

Thanks and hope to see more of you soon!!
3915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: May 12, 2008, 06:51:20 AM

(Spoilers from finale follow)

Yet AGAIN my girl Amanda wins the final 2 immunity challenges, is dissed at the finale and loses, even with only 1 competitor in the final 2.  I can't get over it.  I guess the message is backstabbing=good for the final?  Or Proudly Backstabbing is the way to go, maybe.  I think a lot of it is the editing as well.  Parv clearly wiled her way into the hearts of many, the girl knows how to flirt.  Conversely, I think Amanda is edited to seem more likable to to the audience, but likely in reality appears more vapid and weak.  She didn't say much at all at the end (edited?) but what she did say was fairly weak and insubstantial.... again! 

I guess in the end Parv was given the credit for being "mastermind" and got the key swing votes (Jason and Eliza) because of it.  I was still very surprised, I wish they would have discussed the voting by those 2 a bit more.  Eliza clearly was torn, but I think Amanda's constant crying and weepage just annoyed her more than being attacked by the Parv.

A great season with a kind of annoying ending.  While twists and change ups are good, the swapping between 2 or 3 in the final is kind of aggravating.  I really think Amanda deserved to win even more so this time around.  Her game play finding and playing the immunity idol was absolutely brilliant, she won tough challenges in the end and didn't backstab the majority of the jury.  78 out of 78 days played, the girl is still a winner in my book.  At least she gets Ozzy as a booby prize.

The interesting thing to contemplate is what if Amanda brought Cirie.  I thought it was a shoe-in for Cirie but was it?  I think the voting would have swung the same way, all except for Parvati herself, who might very well have voted for her better friend, Amanda.  Don't know how they'd settle a tie breaker.

And what if they had left it a Final 3?  Again my feeling is Erik, Ozzy and James stick with Amanda, the other 2 girls with Parv and maybe Jason and Eliza go with Cirie. 

Ah well.  Not sure if I'm coming back for the next season, will just have to see.
3916  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Standard Server) on: May 12, 2008, 06:37:54 AM

Quote from: koanicriddle on May 12, 2008, 01:04:23 AM

Hey Ritt... I just registered to the Wanderers forum (using the name "koanic").  Do I need to post in the recruitment area in order to join for AoC? 

That would definitely be preferable, will make it easier for us to track since as you probably noticed we have people in different games.
3917  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / AoC - Wanderers Updates (DERKETO Server) on: May 11, 2008, 08:46:41 PM
After careful consideration of the server polls, and virtually unanimous concurrence with the game officers, The Wanderers will play on a Standard server for AoC.

This decision will ensure we have the maximum number of players for the guild at the outset and give us a strong chance to pursue the endgame City Building and Battlekeep content.  I would like to see us work together as a guild and push toward being one of the elite guilds on our server.

As mentioned before, GG/GT/OOers are more than welcome to join us on our quest.  If you have not been to our guild forums before, please sign up at and look for announcements, planning, discussion, etc in our dedicated AoC forum.  (I'm not sure if you get immediate access to the AoC forum, but I'll work with Gedd and make sure we get that all squared away.)

Thanks, and look forward to seeing you all in Hyboria!!!

UPDATE:  Anu did not make it to first release, see you in DERKETO

3918  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 11, 2008, 08:17:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 11, 2008, 05:18:00 PM

OK, just over a week until the game comes out and I'm still feeling pretty ambivalent about it.  Is there anything out there than can get me excited again?

Boobies!!!  Head chopping!!!  Boobies!!!!  Blood splatter all over your screen!!!  blood scattered over boobies!!  Mounted combat!!  Boobies on mounted combat!!!  Rhinos!!!  Mammoths!!!  Guild battles!!  Build your own city!!  Prostitutes in your own city!!!  More boobies!!!  Did I mention the boobies?
3919  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 10, 2008, 12:42:43 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 09, 2008, 09:14:55 PM

Im IN closed beta..its what wont run. Heck the game was final a week ago and is at the shippers now ready to go out I bet. It wont be any better than what Im not getting to play now.

Oh, closed beta... so I'm assuming you fed your info back to the developers, filed bug reports and such, but still no go?  If that's the case I totally understand.

Not trying to give you a hard time, but I often get the sense people treat being a beta tester like getting a free demo of the game, and then decide whether to buy/support the game based on that experience. 

- - -

P.S. Hoping the new patch helps OB testers!
3920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: May 09, 2008, 09:21:21 PM
Yeah I can't remember if they had a car (and the requisite car jinx) last season...

On Erik, after discussing with a friend at lunch, I'd say in his defense:

On paper, it would have been the smarter move for both Natalie AND Cirie to follow through with the original plan and eliminate Amanda so as to not face her in the Final 3.  I'm really not sure where Erik was going with Parvati, unless it was just that he was horny for Amanda.  Had they followed through, all 4 remaining players would have fairly equal amounts of back-stabbees on the jury and it would have been anyone's game.  Of course, Cirie may have felt with Amanda gone, she'd be the biggest jury threat and get knocked off.

Interesting permutations now depending on who wins immunity.

Parv wins: I'd assume she takes Cirie and Amanda, I don't think she can afford to backstab either of them and have any credibility left.  Amanda should win the million unless she is as inarticulate as she was last year.

Nat wins: I don't know what would happen, but this would be the most interesting.  Likely they'd get rid of Amanda, in which case Cirie would win.

Amanda wins: dump Nat and likely she should win

Cirie wins: another interesting permutation.  Could she get rid of Amanda?  If so, she likely wins. 
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