May 13, 2009

New pc impressions

Haven't been into SWG in awhile. Sadly my new system gets roughly the same performance as the old one. Way to go SOE! AoC has shown noticeable improvement, a quick test of Vanguard shows better but not good performance. Did have an issue where my CPU utilization was pegged at 80% by Deferred Procedure Calls. Disabling sleep mode seems to have resolved that but it's kind of unconfirmed, wait and see on whether o rnot that is what did it.

Free Realms. Apparently, Station Pass gets you membership automatically. Haven't leveled any of my 4 professions beyond level 1 yet, we'll see if I do.

Somehow, I've managed to take up 200gb already. I guess between AoC, SWG, EQ2, Vanguard, Runes of Magic, LotRO (gonna give it a brief try but not sub), that's a fair amount of space. I also went on a podcast downloading rampage (although that only amounts to 12gb).

Alright, it's too late to add anything of real substance. Have a good week.

May 7, 2009

Man, how about that thing called Life?

Currently watching "Good Eats" doing tenderloins. Mmmmmmmm. Work has been crazy since Jan and we have a big upgrade this weekend that I get to work the first 9 hours of Saturday for (yes, the first ones). Supposed to go smoothly but that's still a lot of time and a particularly bad time of day for those of us who are human to stay awake.

Got a new pc, just need a new video card now. Still, I think I'll like this quad core, 6gb of ram, and hard drive that is 2x bigger than all my other storage for pc's combined (you could even add the ps3 in there!). Got Windows 7 Ultimate RC on it, no real judgement yet besides the fact that the way Start->Programs works now is lamer than heck. I installed AoC from scratch and it's not an option, although just Start followed by typing Age works. That and stupid restrictions like needing to run Station Launcher as Admin. Coulda sworn I turned off UAC, but maybe that was in Vista pre-upgrade. Need to figure that out. Also need to figure out how to get the old Control Panel back (assuming you can in Win7).

And now "Good Eats" is on to part 2 of their tenderloin hour. Mmmmmm. Hope this one includes either grilling or baking of said steaks.

Rollerderby was a good time, got a visit from MrB as well. My buddy's wife skates like a demon and her team was the only one we really enjoyed watching. Cousin's wedding went off without a hitch. And in a couple weeks it will once again be time for the Firemen's ball. Come on Summer and times where vacation is easier to come by. And maybe by the 4th of July, YaMB will have released their latest Christmas Extravaganza episode. There's a rumor the original lost eps9-22 are in the works for re-release but I'm guessing if they do come out, all references to Snapple will have been replaced with Pepsi Max, and there will be a new all digital cast member.

Anyways, I'll be trying to get to 30-35 in AoC after I get a new video card, and see if I can finally master a space profession in SWG only 4 years and 3+ months after I first bought the game. Maybe I'll finally have hardware to run it at above 10 fps in the cantina. They really need to get someone who knows how to optimize game engines already. Come on SOE, it's been 5 years and your game still doesn't perform as well as Age of Conan does on the same hardware. Chop Chop!

March 24, 2009

I'm back.

Been pretty busy, still pretty busy, but had the morning "off" for a upper-gi follow through, aka drink barium and pop rocks, and get xrays. Bout to head into work, but tonight is going to be 10 term missions on Mooftak and some Age of Conan. Woot. New link, I found: Also looking forward to the next ep of YaMB. Any day now, I'm sure.

February 13, 2009

Random thoughts

The Vista commercial with the little girl and the picture is a good ad IMO.

Dollhouse....after 45 minutes, undecided. Eliza's doing an ok acting job. Not sure the storyline is anything I really care about, even with Joss. And for some reason, they can't settle on a certain volume level. Speech volume keeps varying, although I suppose it's the tv I'm watching on.

On the MacBook Pro, using the touchpad. Frustrated because Apple decided to make it ultra sensitive to where I place my hands and it keeps scrolling while I type.

Didn't make it through Episode 5 of the ESB radio drama as I was in more of a music mood while driving. In addition to being way to0 tired, despite 2 large Monster Energy drinks.

Last night's "The Office" is pretty good 10 minutes in. Yay Hulu. And then it got to one of those "uncomfortable" scenes that it is famous for. Ouchies.

February 11, 2009

Recent Realization of Play Styles

While explaining my enjoyment in SWG vs enjoyment in AoC to people, I just realized that when I play Age of Conan, I play it sandbox style. Project Uncle Crom if you will (google project uncle owen). When I play, it is without concern for leveling, even though I do want to someday see the dungeons they have put in for mid-level and up (and experience the group play). I mainly enjoy sneaking around the wilderness (have a distaste for the towns), mining/harvesting, and occasionally sneaking past higher level wildlife. And occasional PVP is an added bonus. Somehow I've mostly been attacked by other players who are near my level, so I stand a fighting chance.

Regarding Mooftak's house of fail, everything but the fruit has been dropped off. Realized Mooftak needs to do the housing collection so that I can really decorate. Not really in the mood to do that right now, so I guess I'll try to complete the collections this weekend if I have any time at all, and decorate early next week. Until then, the house is on the eastern end of Yamborra, on Dantooine in the Shadowfire galaxy. See SWGPodcast for a waypoint to the town. *UPDATE* Waypoint: 5805, -4457 Dantooine (Shadowfire)

Somewhat disappointed in the Shadowfire forums as far as social-ness goes. Trying to get daily "Good morning Shadowfire" threads going but they go cold pretty fast. I'll keep on trying. That's about it for my random thoughts at the moment. Have a good one y'all.

February 10, 2009

$760 of Fail

$760 is roughly how much it would cost if one subscribed to your average $14.95/month MMO in Jan of '04, couldn't get more than 3 fps, quit playing, forgot to unsubscribe, and had a debit card that happened to be good several years out.

So I ran home at lunch and logged into my original SWG account, from the Collector's Edition (Box of Tears) and checked out whether or not I would have rewards to claim during the 4 remaining free days. Turns out, I was eligible for the 51 month vet (and all prior), after of course getting prompted to convert my character from pre-cu type to an NGE profession. I was apparently a crafter back in the day, judging by the clothes and tools. Had my fruit, which I've never seen before. And ironically one of my 3 characters was on Valcyn, years before YaMB would podcast and I would know about them. I have 2 other characters on that account, at least 1 of which is eligible for CTS. Mooftak Jones is going to get an arse load of reward items for his house in Yamborra tonight.

*UPDATE* Waypoint: 5805, -4457 Dantooine (Shadowfire)

February 9, 2009

It's Monday

Only got about an hour of social SWG in this weekend, with several additional hours of AFK while I caught up on sleep on the couch. Had a good weekend with my buds, but it seems like I can always use some additional time off.

As part of my re-upping Station Pass, I did get Vanguard downloaded but never launched. To be honest, besides the fact that I'm a forum addict with poor impulse control, I also listened to the newest EQ-IQ podcast prior to resubbing. Been listening to older YaMB's where they discuss EQ2 and Vanguard, which didn't hurt (fanboy alert!). I would like to get that EQ2 bear pet but the closest BestBuy with a physical copy of the EQ2 Box is in Janesville.

The plan for evenings this week is to get my mmo on. Looks like Kernel had put enough maintenance into harvesters that they haven't all been destroyed yet. It would be nice to get him to level 35 this week. For Mooftak, I'd like to do between 5 and 10 terminal missions per day. Surely that would work out to a decent bit of levelling. I should start a contest as to how long it will take me to get Mooftak to level 90 (or even 60). At this pace, it'll be another year. Gotta remember that it took me 10 months to level Valcyn.Skootalbaht to 90 and he was an entertainer. Would like to explore a little in Vanguard as well and see what performance is like on the shuttle (it was crap on the Macbook Pro, but then again, SWG had a problem too).

On an unrelated note, keep an eye on YaMB (twitter) because episode 105 might be out this week (it's apparently recorded but not edited). Maybe it'll be out in time for me to listen to on my trip back to Iowa Thursday night.

February 6, 2009


Why is it that in the morning when I'm at work, I'm all about wishing I could play my MMO's, but when I get off work, I can't summon the motivation to push "Launch"? This weekend isn't going to be very good either, at least until Sunday afternoon. On the plus side, I have friends coming to town. On the down side, I've been too lazy to clean so I can't even get an hour or two in before they get to town. Might have to spend my lunch break cleaning to give myself an extra half hour this evening.

Also, I suffer such a weakness for reading about games that I re-upped my Station Pass so I can check out Vanguard on my Shuttle and maybe even give EQ2 another shot. We'll see how that works out. Don't plan on changing from AoC to VG, and I still need to get back to levelling my SWG Commando and Trader on Shadowfire. Just have a desire to play Vanguard.

Regarding SWG, here's hoping there's a YaMB party this weekend. Mooftak Jones wants to dance. And check out Ewok Love. Any SWG'ers out there feel like taking 15-30 minutes to help me understand piloting a little more?

February 2, 2009

Weekend gaming (to steal a post title from every other blog out there)

Played Age of Conan for a couple hours this Saturday after transferring Amandara on Friday from Bloodspire to Cimmeria. Woke up in whatever area that is they drop you off in post transfer and just started doing new quests and exploration from there. At some point I'll need to return to Conarch's Valley to turn in some quests. For now I'm having fun running around harvesting and getting 5-8 fresh kills (I can't believe I keep getting owned by level 29 pigs). Still loving the barbarian class, as I was "ambushed" by 2 similar level people and was able to take them out without too much worry. Enough concern to enjoy the fight, not quite enough to stress out about it. Loving the graphics in the game still, as well as the exploration aspect. It really feels like I'm exploring.

At some point I need to play some more SWG and get Mooftak leveled a little more. I think I'm ready to do the Darklighter's cave quest. I think that would be a good way to start a couple hours of play due to the time limit and focus of "what needs to be done". I also realized this morning that all of Kernel's harvesters are no doubt destroyed due to my being sucked out of games for nearly 3 weeks now. I don't regret the loss of harvesters, just the resources that would have been in them.

Santa's pool league tonight, so unsure if I'll actually be able to play at all. Ironically we never play pool. Which was the reason I "joined" in the first place. Life sure is funny.

January 28, 2009

What a month

Worked 40 hours the weekend of 1/16-18 and then half a day on MLK even though the rest of my dept was off for the day. Then worked 24 hours on 1/20, and 12 more on 1/21 before finding out that my grandfather had passed away. My supervisor kindly stepped in to finish the upgrade that was going on (seperate from the weekend's work) and let me come home to be with family. During all this time I was having a flare up of a medical condition that I have and on the day I planned to return to Wisc, I took a turn for the worse and ended up going to the local hospital and getting admitted. Two days and 5 units of blood later, I'm feeling a lot better and the flare up's seem to have been stopped by some of the meds I was put on. Oh yeah, and I'm not <2 days away from death anymore like I was Monday. Woot meds! Going to take another day or two here to a) continue to be with family and b) make sure the flare ups don't come back, before I head back home. Gah, what a couple of weeks it has been.

On the upside (depending on your pov), having time to surf while laid up, I fell upon this picture from AoC and have decided that I need to get some time in on that this weekend. I am in the mood for spilling blood that isn't my own. Also, Jack Lalane juicer commercials are on some cable channel in N. Iowa just about every hour of the day.

January 5, 2009

Quick update

Been hitting SWG's Shadowfire pretty hard over break. Last half of Dec = nothin but stress, Jan looks to continue. Will update more later this week. Need to get back into AoC. Linky to SWG screenshots.