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Friday, 27 February 2009

Uhhhh AFK?

So I've not posted in 6 days because I've not been playing WAR. In fact, aside from the wonderful Kongregate, I've not been gaming at all this week. I guess my brain needed a break. But by no means have I left the game, or will quit the game. Especially since I hear tale of NON COMBAT PETS!!! I have no idea how I'll get one, but if you're passing by and would like to try out Warhammer Online for a week, for FREE please drop me an email at saturnine@gmail.com - anyone is welcome to take the 6 invites I have.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Kipling hits 40

Hooray! A shot of my tome, because everyone does it.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Serpent's Passage Stats

Some guildies kindly reminded me about the self-buffs Shadow Warriors have (instead of calling me a lolnoob and /guildkicking me for being a fool) and gave me a few combinations of moves I could use to up my damage in scenarios. They gave me this information during this scenario, and for the first time I did more than 100k damage. OK so we lost (we were being steamrolled by pre-mades), but hah! Look at Kipling go! So proud. Thanks for the help chaps, you know who you are.

When Bloggers Meet on the Battlefield

Finally managed to meet Syncaine of Hardcore Casual on the battlefield - this evening was mostly spent running around Praag taking/defending keeps and BOs. I doubt he saw me, and I doubt I even got an arrow in his face before he got swamped by Order tanks, but it made me really happy to see another blogger out there. Destruction were pulling mighty feats and planting terror deep into my heart (damn Blades. Damn you to hell.) and it was a good night of pushing and pulling objectives.

In terms of levelling, I'm about 20% away from level 40 now. Thankfully I dinged renown level 37 last night, which might be as close as I get before the big 4 0, but I feel like I've put in as much as I could. Petroleum is not having a good time in Tier 2 - as someone pointed out, everyone is now rushing to Tier 4 to get in on the epic battles. Which isn't GOOD people. The lower tiers all contribute to the success of the uppers. Let's get Tiers 1-3 swinging on Monolith again.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Shadowlands (2)

This time with a far superior graphics card in play. Click for larger.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

What a way to go

My new computer arrived yesterday, so I threw myself into the one thing that had been previously awkward: ORVR. Destro were dominating most areas last night, thanks to (allegedly) 4 warbands rolling around together.

How I came to the screenshot above: I was following a group from the warcamp out into the lakes, just for shits and giggles, and we focused on taking a BO. With a Bright Wizard (!?) tanking, we got to the Hero when I saw a Destro player come from the corner of my screen. No problem I thought, we can cope.

Unfortunately, what followed her was more of a Braveheart moment, as this entire group rose over the hill like a tidal wave. "Fuck me!" might have crossed my lips in real life. We had less than zero chance of surviving. But what an epic fate to suffer. I love this game.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Monolith Blogger ShoutOut!

Following a few links today led me to realise that us lot on the Monolith server are developing our own little team, 2 on the Order side, 2 on the Destruction side:
  • He plays under a lot of names but Gorefang is how I remember him, playing for Destruction. His blog is now a congolomerate of characters that I forgot to add when he moved urls. I keep a special eye out for his face during scenarios, but he's only just moved into Tier 4, so no premeditated murder yet :(
  • Syncaine reports from the Destruction side on Hardcore Casual, and that name seems mighty familiar *squint menacingly* *remembers many deaths* -_-
All of these are great blogs and I'll be keeping up with them on a regular basis. Do you know of any other players writing about their experiences on Monolith? Let me know!

PS - my new computer shipped today, fingers crossed that it will arrive for the weekend.

Patch 1.2

All buff potions will now persist through death.

Oh shit yes!!! Thanks to everyone who didn't buy my potions in the past, I'm going to make a whole heap of gold from you in the future.

The rest of the patch notes are right here.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Two Hundred!

An awful quality image, but this weekend brought forth 200 Apothecary skill to match my Cultivation skill. It was a slog. And naturally, it came before the patch that probably makes it easier.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Night of Murder

Well last night was fun! It took me a handful of hours to hit the second point on the Live Event INF bar, and gleefully did Kipling run to Altdorf to pick up her Murder Fang (which now replaces her disappointingly undersized Ceremonial Dagger). And then I threw her back into the fray, because scenarios and ORVR was buzzing like mad, and who can turn down all that renown?

Now I have days to get to the epic reward, and thanks to the speeds, I can give my alts a chance at getting something flashy too!

Oh! And Kipling hit level 39 this morning. One more level to go!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Desktop Ordered

My guildies know too well that I have a ghetto laptop that causes CTD every 45 minutes or so ingame. A scenario pops at the wrong time? Finishes at the wrong time? I decide to take a flight? I crash out. And it takes bloody forever to reload the game (seriously Mythic, make some of those loading screens faster/optional!). And I'm not the only one with a severe CTD issue, it's been pretty prevalent in a variety of systems since launch date. I did google around a few months back and theories range from a background program to processors being overloaded.

Regardless, I know I am lucky to have been able to play at all.

Thankfully, I have an awesome boyfriend who decided to buy me a brand new gaming rig to replace the (crappy) desktop I've left behind in the UK, and we ordered it last night. It's a massive leap in quality:
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 500GB hard drive
  • Intel Quad Core 2.40GHz processor
  • nVidia Geforce GTX 280 graphics card
We did debate about the graphics card and the processor, but from experience, Warhammer is less about the processor and all about boosting your RAM/graphics card.* I was also trying to keep the cost below $1500 (which we just about managed, at least until I was reminded that tax et al is added on afterwards) and buying the best of everything would have been unbelievably expensive. We also bought this monitor separately, which was on sale, has a mail in rebate and is a lesser model of one that came recommended to me. It has speakers included, so for now we're holding off from picking up some new ones, but Creative has a great clearance/refurbishment section that's worth keeping an eye on.

I wanted the desktop for the next Live Event, as playing has become more unbearable since moving out to California, but Dell predicts it won't arrive until the 12th. I'll steal my boyfriend's computer for the Night of Murder, I guess, but I can't wait for the Dell to arrive.

*And also great for the Sims 3, which will be my other big investment in gaming time for 2009. Looking around, there doesn't seem to be much of interest on the list of releases for the year.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Gendered Gaming

I've tried so many times to write a smart, insightful reflection of GirlIRL's Gendered Gaming post, but I can't. So all I can say is that it's one of the best pieces of writing about Warhammer Online I've come across so far, and if you're in any way interested in gender equality in gaming you should read it. Read it. Read it! Go on.

Monday, 2 February 2009