Friday, January 29, 2010

News from the Front 1/29

The newsletter for January is out for WAR Europe, and has some interesting news.  Hopefully the NA version will arrive today.  Personally, I spread my game time around a bunch of alts this week.  The 1.3.4 patch is coming up real soon and might be on PTS next week.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Developer Q&A with Soldak Entertainment

Back in October, I spoke to Soldak's Steven Peeler about their upcoming game, Din's Curse.  Steven agreed to chat with me once again.  This time the focus is a little different.  I've always been curious how games are made and with what tools, so that is what this Q&A is about.

Be sure to check out Din's Curse and thanks to Steven for taking the time to answer my questions.  Check out the interview after the break.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A vision of WAR

Yesterday I was talking with a few other fans of WAR on twitter.  The conversation brought up an old idea about a way to improve the game.  Any idea must pass the "time and resources test" especially since Mythic had some layoffs.  I think this idea is would be good for WAR and could be feasible.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Werit at WAR: Colossus

The Colossus is a world boss in Warhammer Online's Land of the Dead.  Once a group clears the Tomb of the Vulture Lord,  the boss becomes available.  I just happened to be in the area when a group finished up the dungeon.  Continue on for some video of the Colossus.

Monday, January 25, 2010

What a week!

This week Mass Effect 2, Star Trek Online and Global Agenda all are launching (in some fashion).  It's crazy.  I've got all 3 coming in too.  Not sure how I will find the time as I still have not played CoD2 or the Saboteur yet.  Mass Effect 2 will be played the day it arrives though.  You can count on that.

Of course I have to at least create my STO and Global Agenda characters.  Mass Effect 2 is the only one of those that will steal a significant amount of time from WAR. Thankfully it has an end :)  So am i the only one who is getting all 3 titles this week?

STO My Way

I am starting to get excited for Star Trek Online, which actually starts up this week.  Even though I had beta access, I really did not play much or write about it on this site. The video I posted was as far as I ventured into the game.

Friday, January 22, 2010

News from the Front 1/22

This week was pretty busy as far as WAR goes.  We got a decent idea of what to expect out of the 1.3.4 and when to expect it ( a few weeks).  As with any news, some players didn't take it well.  I attribute it to players not having a full picture when the first details were given.  I'm pretty excited about it though.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Multiboxing in WAR

Multiboxing is nothing new to the MMO scene.  Basically, it is controlling multiple characters at once.  Opinions on the subject pretty much cover the whole spectrum.  A few days ago, I ran into my first WAR multiboxer.

More 1.3.4 info

Yesterday we found out some details about Warhammer Online's upcoming 1.3.4 patch.  It actually caused quite a stir within the forum-going community.  Part of the problem was that the information we had did not paint a full picture.  Throughout the day, Mythic gave us some more details.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

1.3.4 details emerge

Last week we found out that WAR's next patch, 1.3.4, may hit the Public Test Server in early February.  Yesterday, Mythic's Andy Belford posted some details about the upcoming changes in the 1.3.4 patch. So what do we know now?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Why WAR: Crafting

In the previous Why WAR, I talked a bit about the PvP and why I like it.  While it is one of the best aspects of the game, it isn't the only reason I enjoy it so much.  Crafting in WAR doesn't get the credit it deserves and is a great feature.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A look at Global Agenda

With many eyes on Star Trek Online, Global Agenda is also getting ready to launch the first week of February.  I pre-ordered the game and was granted entry into the beta.  Since the NDA dropped, I made a video which discusses what the game offers and shows some gameplay.

Friday, January 15, 2010

News from the Front 1/15

This week in WAR saw the return of dev posts to the official forums!  There were a number of bug fix confirmations which are always welcome.  I started up a Warrior Priest but most of my time is still spent on my Engineer who reached RR58 yesterday.  Plenty of other stuff going on too...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

WAR gets personal

In a good way that is.  One of the new features of Warhammer Online is the new user experience.  They consolidated the starting areas and automatically place new players into a default guild.  So far it has been very effective as players are introduced to RvR pretty quickly.  Mythic did take it another step though.

Red Alert

One of the best parts of Star Trek Online is the space battles. The graphics are top notch as is the sound.  I could describe it more, but I'd rather show you.  Continue on for a video of some fights with Orion pirates.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ask a DAoC Dev

The fine folks over at the Back to the Dark Age are putting together interview questions with Dark Age of Camelot developer Adam Coleman.  They have opened it up to anyone who wants to ask a question, so head over there and submit some!  Did you know DAoC is growing and actually reached their server population limit?

Going solo in STO

One of Star Trek Online's interesting features is Automatic Teaming.  I guess it could be a cousin of WAR's open group system.  When you enter a mission area (instance) it checks if there are other people doing the same mission and if so, puts you in their group.  The first thing I did was to turn this feature off.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

One to beam up

Today marks the start of Star Trek Online's Open Beta.  In a few short weeks the game will be launching.  This will be the first look at the game for a lot of players.  I am expecting to see a mixed reaction ranging from joy to loathing.  Where do I stand?  Read on for the answer and a quick video.

WAR's Population

One of the most common questions asked about WAR is:  How is the population?  As WAR is all about RvR, the population is an important aspect.  There are really two parts to the question.  One, how is it overall? Two, is there fighting across all of the tiers?  Over the weekend I gathered a little info to share.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Scenario Change?

Scenarios in Warhammer Online are one of my favorite activities.  Don't get me wrong, I like the open RvR too.  It is just a nice refuge from the zergs and a great place to group with friends.  Recently, Mythic has mentioned there will be some changes to scenarios.  What could they be?

Friday, January 8, 2010

News from the Front - 1/8

A long time ago (in Internet time) a guy named Syp used to do Da Bloody Twenty which gathered together blog posts about Warhammer Online.  Syp has since moved on but I think it is time to bring it back.  I'm not going commit to twenty as I have been known to slack off now and then.  On with the first News from the Front!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's Star Trek

Star Trek Online's open beta is just around the corner.  I can't help but start to get excited about the game.  Usually I am a pretty cynical person when it comes to new MMO's.  Champions Online and Aion are two recent examples.  But it is different with STO and I'll tell you why.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Keg End ends

Yesterday, WAR's Keg End live event was shut down. Overall I thought it was an excellent event.  I completed all of the tasks but the Keg Handler pet eluded me.  Ah well, I guess my trusty hound will remain by my side.  So, what did I like about the event?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


One of the most recent improvements in WAR has had to do with performance. I did several videos highlighting this when the 1.3.2 patch was released. Over the weekend Order (on Badlands) made a huge push for the Destruction capital. I made a short video of the attack.

Skaven Cloak Giveaway

Do you like cheese?  Do you like scurrying around dark places?  Do you like the number 13?  If you said yes to any of these questions and are playing WAR, you may be interested in the Skaven Cloak in-game item.  Read on for how you can get one.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome Back

The holiday season is just about over.  I can't believe how fast it went by.  When I was a kid, it seemed to be the longest month of the year.  The last couple of weeks have been great for gaming.  I played quite a bit and got some new toys.