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.


Gaming Galore

Posted in EQ1, Free Realms, MMO's, Vanguard, vg with tags on June 7, 2009 by crookshankz

Yesterday was a power day of gaming for me. I was pretty pleased on how much I was able to fit in, in my short amount of time.

Now that I’m off Noob Island and on the mainland I feel fairly overwhelmed.  The area is huge and my character feels small.  I knocked out a hand full of quests and somehow found myself at the beginning of a dungeon’esque kind of place.  I went for it but, was called away at the most inopportune time.  Death was inevitable.

Raise Your Hand If Youre Sure!

Raise Your Hand If You're Sure!

Free Realms:
I’m gonna have to be honest here.  I’ve decided I’m just not that into Free Realms no matter how much I try.  I did try it again yesterday.  I ran around, won quite a few games of chess and did get sucked into a the mining mini-game for a while.
I did get to play with my wife some Everquest last night.  I was fairly excited because I was ready to hit 30 and get my next pet.  I was kind of sick of Marus Saru and wanted to try another place to hunt for a while.  That began this hour long journey of running to different zones trying to remember the best place to go.  We tried Great Divide, Eastern Wastes, the Beach of Gunthak, Stonebrunt Mountains, and Grimbling Hills just to name a few and couldn’t find a good place in any of them. 

The Norrath Was Full Tonight

The Norrath Was Full Tonight

There were a hand full of zones that the mobs must have left with the players.  In Hollowshade Moor, my wife and I split up and counted 5 mobs in the whole zone.  YIKES!!  Of course, knowing Everquest we could have been in there at the wrong time of day.

Eventually, we found ourselves back in Marus Saru and I did get to ding 30.  The disappointment of the day was my new pet being >27.  This means that when I get my next one at 39, odds are he will con grey to many of the mobs I hope to be fighting.  Disappointing, disappointing, disappointing.

VG: Noob Days Are Gone

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2009 by crookshankz

It’s all a matter of setting a goal and attaining that goal.  That is what I did last night.  I logged in, and got a Temple group…did I say group, I meant Trio.  A trio of healers at that.  2 Shaman and a Disciple. 

I scouted the area yesterday and a trio of healers had me a bit worried to say the least.  It was a happy surprise to find we pretty much steam rolled in a very quick fashion will little or no problems.

The Temple it self was a nice area.  Full of mobs and quests.  We ran across people doing diplomacy quests in there.  I found the middle of a dungeon to be an odd place to do diplomacy at but, for some reason I have a feeling that it offered a really good story line to it.

What Big Eyes You Have!

What Big Eyes You Have!

That concluded my adventuring quests.  I know that diplomacy and crafting is suppose to be some of the highlights of Vanguard, I have decided to skip those aspects of the game, as I know my time is limited.

When leaving the starter area, I was given all 3 continents as a option where to go.  I figured as a Vulmane, Thestra would be as good of place as any and one of the guys from my group agreed to go there as well and show me the ropes.

Per his advice, the first thing we’d want to do is get some mounts.  After 2 griffon rentals (griffons are awesome) and 15 minutes, we finally made it there.  15s to get a starter mount is pretty sweet.  But, considering the distance we had to travel, I am thinking a mount is a must in the game.

He also got me over to what he said was a good place for the level.  It was nice to find a guide ini the game.  I made sure I added him on my friends list and he had me join a brotherhood just to see what it would do.

I Shall Call Him Mini-Me

I Shall Call Him Mini-Me

I had to look it up this morning…

The Brotherhood System
Brotherhoods are a method for you and your friends to gain experience for each other, even when some of you are offline.


·         All experience you earn is split amongst the members of the fellowship, even members who are offline.

·         When you are in debt or have lost experience, your experience will be devoted to repaying your debt/loss before you resume contributing to the brotherhood.

·         Brotherhoods are completely independent from groups; you can be a member of both at the same time.

Brotherhoods can have a maximum of six members.
You must be within five levels of every member of the brotherhood in order to join.
You must be within a few meters distance to invite a player to your brotherhood.
If you leave your brotherhood or are removed, you may not join another one for four hours of online played time.
Members who are offline do not receive their experience until they log on. (Be careful when using the system to level up rarely-played characters, as their skills will fall behind, thus they will be very weak for their levels!)

That actually sounds pretty sweet.  Now to find the housing and level up to get my pet.

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.

SWTOR: This Must Be Shared

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by crookshankz


EQ: Double XP

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 by crookshankz

For those out there that are still hanging out in EQ, I thought you’d find this handy.  Via EQPlayers

“From around 10:00 a.m. PDT on Friday, May 22nd until around 10:00 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, May 26th, EverQuest adventurers will be surrounded by a magical DOUBLE experience increase. And double XP means 100% extra XP, or 200% XP… Whichever way you want to look at it, that’s a lot of XP! Happy adventuring!”

EQ: Fun With Bandits

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 by crookshankz

My wife and I were in and out of Norrath most of yesterday.  Our level 14’s (Beastlord and Shaman) went back and hit Crushbone for a bit.  Lord Darish, Emperor Crush and even Amassador D’Vinn (who conned red at the time) all tasted the heel of my boot, in a sort amount of time.  We left Crush at level 16.

At that point, we split up and purchased a few levels worth of spells.  For those of you who may not have played EQ, there is no one set vendor to buy all your spells from.  You literally have to look up your spells via Allakhazam, find who and where you have to go to get your spells at then spend some time vendor/zone hopping untill you buy up to whatever level you’re buying from.  I use to think it was a huge pain but, I found that I actually missed it and the break from killing things was welcomed.  (Give this a few more levels though and I may think it is a pain again.)

We found ourselves in probably my favorite EQ zone of all, Paludal Caverns.  Paludal Caverns is the equivalent of a MOB mine field.  Mobs are everywhere and if you don’t watch your step, it’ll explode and you’ll have 6 Mobs wailing on you from all sides.  This zone is at it’s finest when you have a nice full group and you can pull one or two groups at a time.  Then it is fast pace, you can conserve your mana a little more and you’ll end up dinging like a dinner bell before you knew what happened.

In it’s hay day, the zone would always be full of lower level toons.  The cavern had 3 different places people would camp for mobs at and a tunnel system which you’d wander around in fighting single (usually) Mobs untill you could find a group at a camp site.

We were greeted at the zone in by Yelloweyes.  I doubt he missed us as much as we missed him.  Camp Site 1 (or c1 as it was affectionately know as and also closest to the zone in) had a higher level Beast Lord that was apparently trying to farm something, most of the day.  That led my wife and I the back way to C3.

Pulls were tough at first.  I had to play around with keeping my dog from messing up my pulls.  I only had 2 bad pulls but we were able to keep our head above water.  And as promised we leveled fairly quickly.

I haven’t seen this before in EQ but apparently there is a weird bug with the mobs in EQ.  I kept teasing my wife EQ is trying to compete for the Age of Conan crowd 🙂

Quick Notes:
EQ still really needs a clock.

The few deaths, no corpse runs were needed.  We revived with full gear and from what I could tell, not much of an xp hit that I could tell, at least pre-20.

Depending on the homework my wife brings home today, the plan tonight is to hit the Netherbian Lair.  It’s another of my all time favorite EQ zones.  In the old days, it would mark the end of faster dings and the long slow grind up would start.  Of course, there’s a good chance that may have changed.