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LotRo: Guild Fair’s

Posted in LotRO, MMO's, MMORPG on June 21, 2009 by crookshankz

Yesterday, there was a guild fair was held at the Bree Fair Ground and was sponsered by one of the RP Guilds on my server.  I had to go check it out.  I know it’s hard to tell from this screenshot but, every single tent had at least 1 guild hanging out under the tent and a few guilds in open area.

I had a good time with it, talked to some intresting people.  I ended up joining the Shire Shrooms.  They seem like a nice bunch so far.

Personally, I am still taking the game at a fairly leisure pace.  My minstrel is still level 16 and I have a 13 burglar.  I have been spending my time crafting, harvesting, and fishing.  Also, much time has been spent listening to the bards at the Prancing Pony.  I am still enjoying this change of pace and I hope to see it continue.


Free Realms: I’m That Not Cool

Posted in Free Realms, MMO's, MMORPG with tags on June 7, 2009 by crookshankz

I typically do not write these kind of posts but, for some reason I feel the need to explain my stance on Free Realms.  I know all the cool kids are loving them some Free Realms but, it’s just not my cup of tea.  Why you may ask?

First off, it’s the flavors.  Miner, Card Duelist, Pet Trainer, Brawler, Demolition Derby Driver, Kart Driver, Postman, Chef and Ninja.  That’s a lot of flavors and I can be any of them!  But, I don’t care about any of them.  Really not one bit.

I think it has to do with the ingredients.  Two part Second Life to One part Pop Cap Games.  Look at me playing Bejeweled to level up mining…YEAAAAAAAA!  NintenDogs, come here Scout!!!!!  He’s a good boy, yes he is!  If I was into these kind of time sinks, I’d be playing those kind of time sinks.  Not a time sink that pretends to be a different kind of time sink but, has a variety of the same kind of time sinks.

The game just doesn’t taste good to me for some reason.  I know it’s suppose to.  I like the idea of the tea.  A light weight, browser based tea, that allows me to be all the flavors sounds great.  I truely believe that this way of thinking is much closer to my MMO of the future.  I love that aroma! But, at the end Free Realms leaves me with a bad after taste.

VG: One More Try

Posted in MMO's, MMORPG, Vanguard, vg with tags , on June 5, 2009 by crookshankz

Alas, I have lost my wife…to The Sims 3.  My poor, poor EQ Beastlord is just 1 level away from 30 and his next Puppy.  And he’ll be stuck there for a while waiting for my wife’s Sim to stop playing computer games, so she will join me in playing computer games.  So what is a poor boy to do?

As reported in quite a few places (none of which I can seem to find at the moment) Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is coming to my rescue by activating peoples accounts that have been canceled for at least 2 months.  Sweet!  Something to do. 

Vanguard is one of those games, I have always wanted to play for a while but, either the game was too system intensive or it just couldn’t keep my attention.  Now the timing to try it seems just right.  Last night, was my first bit of game time for the past few weeks and I tried to make the most of it.

I tinkered with a few classes (Bard, Druid, Disciple) but, decided to go back to a level 7 Shaman.  He’s a uh…ummm…wolf looking guy.  I was able to complete his quests up to the temple. 

Tonight’s plan is to try to grab a group (looks like the best way to hit that temple) and finish up.  I’ve got about 3 weeks and am hoping I can get my wolfie shaman, a wolfie pet before my month is up.

We will see how it goes though.  If Vanguard keeps giving free months and letting players decide what the dev’s will fix (what a great idea) I may have to stick around longer.

EQ: 1000 Words

Posted in EQ1, MMO's, MMORPG with tags , , , on May 16, 2009 by crookshankz


I don’t think I need to repeat myself.  You know where I am, and what I’m doing.

EQ: Smiles From Ear to Ear

Posted in EQ1, MMO's, MMORPG on May 15, 2009 by crookshankz

After my tech ordeal yesterday, my wife and I got to log in later than I wanted, but, some good gaming got done.  We were down to 4 quests in the Mines of Gloomingdeep.  Basically all the named bosses.  We laid down a reign of punishment and terror upon the Kobold’s that would leave, even the bards and poets of Norrath, speechless.

Off to PoK.

Per the game’s suggestion we found a few people offering Armor Quests and grabbed the ones we found.  Next, we ran over to the Guild Hall Lobby.  As was pointed out to me, the Guild Hall Lobby is the new Main Bank.  And sure enough there were roughly 90 people hanging out there.

We called out to find some nice souls to throw some buffs our way.  It’s funny, we had a 5 minute talk on the names of them.  In the end I think we could only remember Breeze and KEI.  Someone was nice enough to give us some Breeze and then we just went with my wife’s Shammy buffs.

Off to Butcherblock we went.

The first AQ wasn’t tough at all.  My wife was chiming “Yeaaa!  We’re in Butcherblock!  We’re in Butcherblock!”  Our first stop was the Chessboard.  The skellies around there begging us for mercy.  Next stop was the tower over by the druid ring in BB.  This area gave me the biggest chuckle.  About the time you hit the valley, in BB the music changed.  The best music MIDI can offer….I just couldn’t stop laughing.  MIDI 🙂

We finished off that AQ and started the second, which took us into Greater Faydark.  Again the Nostalgia was flowing plenty.  I had to stop and marvel at seeing the spires once more.  We had to log half way through the quest.  Hopefully that will be finished tonight.

Once I got into the gaming, I had a great time seeing all these places over again.  We had a great time.

EQ: Yakety Sax and 2 Questions

Posted in EQ1, Gaming, MMO's, MMORPG with tags , , , on May 13, 2009 by crookshankz

So my wife and I decided, instead of playing our older toons on Cazic Thule, we’d start fresh on Luclin.  Honestly we don’t know how to play our older toons anyways.  The only difference on starting over is this server is we aren’t able to twink our toons at all, and we are broke.

I really think I’m an odd bird.  First thing I have to do is create the toons I think I want to play.  Ok let’s make a Beast Lord, um…I know I love some Monk…I’ve never played a Bezerker in EQ before…I always thought Rangers would be fun…ok, gotta make a toon to be my mule/vendor.  Then I pick one for a solo toon.  This toon will be getting a lot of play time due to my wife taking summer courses at college.  I choose my monk.  If things are as I remember, my monk was very self sufficient and don’t require a lot of items to dole out quite a beating.

Then comes our paring process.  Ok, this toon goes with this toon, yada yada.  Then we actually start playing.  I leveled my monk first and he’s currently setting at level 13 I believe.  I was really surprised, while be-boppin through the Bazaar, I heard “a voice in the wind” asking me to join a channel.

Ooooohhh GM invent.  Nice!!  I join the channel and the GM is asking for anyone intrested to go to West Karana.  Sweet!!!  Uhhh…hmmmm…other than Tipa’s blog, I haven’t been to West Karana in…years.  According to my toons on Cazic I haven’t logged in, in over 4 years and that was just to run around PoK.  I have no idea how to get there.  I ask my wife (who was studying at the time) and she gives me a brief run down that included catching a boat from….Butcherblock?  Can Iksar’s run through Butcherblock?  Ugh, I have no idea.

Needless to say, I didn’t get to play in the GM’s reindeer game.  Instead I went to the Field of Bone.  That should be a good place at my level right?  Running through the center of the pit, I just found grey, grey, grey…Yellow Burynia!!!  Hey I’m a monk…I’m not afraid of a stupid skunk/badger looking thing.  So I start fighting it and it was soooo scared it had to call it’s two brothers.  Ugh.  1 Yellow, maybe….3…forget about it.

Of course, I don’t have Feign Death yet so I take off a’truckin.  I make my way out of the pit.  The burynia are still follwing me.  I start zig zagging through the woods.  Still there.  I make it into some ruins.  Yep behind me.  At this point, I felt I had ran a good distance and in the back of my mind echoed that Benny Hill song while I was being chased.

Right before I zoned into Cabalis, I turned only for the burynia to whack me a few times.  I shook my head and zoned to safety.  Perhaps I should rethink my strategy.

Next highest toon is my level 9 Beast Lord which I am playing with the wife.  We haven’t left the tutorial yet but should by the end of tonight.  I am left with two questions.  I have all the expansions up to Depths of Darkhollow (10 of 15), are there any benifits to finishing my expansion collection for lower levels?  Or are all the additions just higher level content?  And also, how do you make money now?  Bazaar seems dead and for some reason I don’t think Bone Chips and Acrylia Ore will sell like it once did.

EQ: A Serious Thought (for a change)

Posted in EQ1, MMO's, MMORPG with tags , , , on May 13, 2009 by crookshankz

I have this theory I cam up with once.  It states that everything is always changing and nothing is truly stagnate.  This is why the saying “Once you leave, you can never go home again” is true.  Home is a different place and you are a different person.

In this case, Everquest seems to be a different game and I am a different gamer.

That came to mind when I first zoned into the Plane of Knowledge.  Empty.  7 people in the zone.  With time the popularity of EQ has diminished and I am sure is a different game than the paintings of it I have kept in my mind.  I knew it would be like this when I resubscribed but, it still makes me a bit sad.

The difference between knowing and seeing.  I know the ending of Ole Yeller but, that doesn’t stop me from getting a bit teary eyed every time I watch it.

But, it is just a step in the evolutionary process.  It doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy the game.  It just means that I won’t be waiting at the Main Bank for a MGB any time soon.  There is still a sparkle in the game, it’s just moved and I intend to find it.

Now can someone please tell me how to get to Paludal Cavern?