patrick — Fri, 2009-02-06 17:39
I logged in just as FunkyBacon had started talking about what has to be the biggest news in EVE-Online history. It's even bigger news than the Peak Concurrent User record of over 47,000 users (achieved Jan 12, 2009) and bigger than the currently ongoing Alliance Tournament.
patrick — Wed, 2008-11-26 02:39
Or... Should I keep paying for Cedega? :(
I have to start by saying I appreciate what Cedega does - thanks to them I can play Eve-Online on linux and was finally able to completely drop Windows... I still keep a dual-boot of Windows XP in case I need registry keys or something from a program, but otherwise I've been running pretty much 24/7 in Linux since last December.
patrick — Sat, 2008-03-15 15:38
I was catching up on my Order of the Stick (aka oots) reading and noticed a In Memoriam: E. Gary Gygax post under their News section. I couldn't believe it so read through it and ended up at a Wired article
patrick — Wed, 2008-03-05 02:36
I got sucked into WoW and something I found was that WoW has a directory for AddOns!
I couldn't find something for a particular quest and started googling for it. As usual, someone was nice enough to list coordinates for the quest. It wasn't until later that I discovered these coordinates are percentages from the top left corner of the map, but even so it's nice to have something that will display these.
Apparently there are lots & lots of add-ons for WoW. One that a lot of people use seems to be QuestHelper. One of the pages for 1 of the quests I was doing pointed me towards Curse.com. Curse.com has a nifty downloader/installer/updater utility that works great on windows... Unfortunately I'm on linux - but I got it working!
patrick — Thu, 2008-02-14 01:25
A couple of years ago my co-workers talked me into playing the World of Warcraft (WoW). I really wasn't excited about this because it seemed to me it'd be yet another EverCrack (nickname for EverQuest - due to it's addictive nature like a drug).
EverQuest was tons of fun... at least at the lower levels. Just like NWNo (wikipedia entry) and UO (wikipedia entry) before it, the major selling point on EverQuest was the social aspect. Unfortunately after a certain level the social aspect in EverQuest seemed to drop off unless you were doing a major guild event. Certain places were easier to find people to group with and others very difficult. In the early days pick up groups seemed to be pretty good, but as any game progresses the quality of the average player seems to decrease.
Back to WoW... So I figured since my co-workers were all playing I'd give it a go and see just how fun WoW was. It was kind of fun in the early levels, but got kind of boring and I got frustrated with certain things. My co-workers were already levels above me and I got some help, but not a whole lot. After a while of going around in circles I gave up and went back to my other games.
Here recently I've been wanting to find a fantasy MMO (in addition to the sci-fi space MMO I've been playing). The other day I got an email to try the new expansion for WoW - The Burning Crusade. I figured sure, it'll give me a couple of days to mess around with a fantasy MMO again for free.
Ten days free trial - count them... 10 days! Once you click this button it will start your 10 day free trial and then you can download the client. Ok, so I click the button and download the small installer (maybe 1-2 meg). I start the installer which now has to download about 2.1 Gig via a torrent-like rip-off of a downloader - 16 hours to download. Great, so the first day of my 10 day trial I spend downloading the installer.
patrick — Tue, 2007-02-13 19:40
Somebody posted a link to this image in IRC tonight (bad use of a JPG, should have been GIF or PNG probably), but I thought it was good. Players throw Game Masters (GMs) curve balls all the time.