Friday, December 31, 2010

Mystery Game Video

Lately, I have been working on some of the visuals for the Mystery Game, so it is time to show it off a bit.  No this is not CGI, it is all in game footage! Wait, you didn't think it was?  Anyway, it features the first ship.  It is still a work in progress, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rift Video

Yesterday, the third beta event for Rift began.  I received an invite for this one, so I could not resist logging in and checking it out.  For those who could not attend the beta, I recorded my time there with some audio commentary.  Continue on for the video.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Evolutionary Void

A couple of days ago, I finished up the latest book by Peter F. Hamilton, The Evolutionary Void.  It is the last entry in the Void Trilogy and the latest in Hamilton's Commonwealth series of science fiction books.  As usual, I loved it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Starting Small

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a new project of mine, creating a video game.  It is something I have been wanting to do for a while and now the time seems right.  Today's tools can save the part time game maker a ton of time.  I don't have any illusions (or is it delusions?)  about making a MMO or the next Call of Duty.  Instead, I am starting small.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my readers out there.  I hope Santa brings you some good games to play.  This is a slow time of year for most companies, so I am actually looking forward to January when things start to pick up again.  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Back to the Future Impressions

The big news for many yesterday may have been the dropping of the Rifts NDA, but for me it was the release of Back to the Future: The Game.  First a disclaimer, I am a big fan of the movies.  So my point of view is liking it by default.  On to my spoiler-free impressions!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My WAR Wishlist

Earlier this week I posted my personal wish-list.  Now it is time for what I'd like Santa to bring me as far as WAR goes.  He is a MMO developer right?  I expect him to sneak down Mythic's chimney and get this done.  I suppose his elves could do all of the needed art.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Werit's Christmas List

This is not one of those MMO wishlists, although I should do one of those this week.  Instead this post will offer a peek at what I put on my Christmas list.  I have been a good Dwarf this year, so here's hoping :)  In case you are looking for some last minute ideas, maybe these will help.

Friday, December 17, 2010

News from the Front: Lackadaisical Edition

It seems an illness is moving through our household.  As usual, I think it is a Destruction plot to keep me on the sidelines.  As a result, News from the Front will be a bit short this week.  I think lackadaisical is the longest word ever used on this blog, that's news isn't it?

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Every once in a while I get in a hyper creative and productive mood.  The Arsenal of WAR was born out of one of them.  In between these periods I am quite content just playing games.  Over the past week I have have fallen into one, leading towards me trying to complete a long time goal.  I want to create (and finish) a video game.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Nerfbat Cometh

During yesterday's maintenance period, Mythic applied a change to the Warrior Priest and Disciple of Khaine careers.  As with most changes, it was not without some controversy.  Some liked it, some did not and some just went nuts.  Business as usual on a MMO forum.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Skaven Report Card

One of the big features which came in the 1.4 patch was playable Skaven.  They were not traditional classes, but allowed you to assume control of them for a while.  There are 4 Skaven classes, each very different.  Now that they have been live for a while, how did the Skaven do?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Starting Over

I decided against bringing over my level 80 Warrior to Rexxar, so essentially I will be starting over with my Goblin Hunter.  I'm actually pretty happy about that, there's something about starting from nothing and working your way up.  No heirloom items, no crafted stuff from friends and not even any started gold.  Well, it's time I get started.

Friday, December 10, 2010

News from the Front: 12/10/2010

I couldn't think of a good title this morning.  I suppose that is one of the drawbacks to posting first thing in the morning.  We are definitely in the holiday season, which means not too much WAR news.  The fight rages on though, as players make their way through the new Renown ranks.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Developer Communication

It used to be that the strange and mysterious creatures, known as developers, were a rare sight on MMO forums.  Nowadays, MMO developers are much more open and in-touch with their customers.  Some moreso than others, of course.  One developer has really raised the bar.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Renown Tactics

When 1.4 launched, Renown Tactics were removed from the game.  The slots remained in the UI and now we know why.  During yesterdays Hot Fix, a few new renown tactics were added to the game.  There was also a change to an important renown ability.  Read on for the details.

Arsenal Updates

Over the past week, I have been working on some new additions to the Arsenal of WAR.  I have also started to see new post Renown Rank 80 armor and items used in the field, which have been added to the item database.  Still lots to do though, read on for the latest Arsenal of WAR news.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Werit does Warcraft

In this week, this is very tough, in this week I'm going to take my talents to Azeroth and join the Horde.  Just part time of course.  I will be taking up the Horde's cause as a Goblin Hunter.  Green guy with a gun who loves explosives, how can I resist?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Don't sweat the small stuff

Last week, an interesting thread popped up in the Badlands forums.  I only visit them infrequently, so when it was pointed out to me I had to take a peek.  It turned out to be a post questioning bloggers (in a negative way).  The original post really was not all the bad, the rest of the thread is a different story.

Friday, December 3, 2010

News from the Front: It's back!

After a two week hiatus, News from the Front has returned.  With the Thanksgiving holiday last week, things have been a bit slow.  The post-new content lull hasn't helped much either.  Mythic is in bug fixing mode, so I am not expecting anything really exciting for a while.  What is the community up to?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Close Quarters

Yesterday, I took part in a fight for Chaos Wastes.  It was actually a lot of fun as I soloed and duo-ed with a guild mate most of the time.  Plenty of fighting and a lot of renown.  I also took part in an interesting keep defense, of which I took some video.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Latest Hot Fix

Yesterday, Mythic released a new Hot Fix.  While it did not address some of the more pressing bugs (I'm looking at you keep bags), it did add a couple interesting changes.  Read on for the details.

The Armor Problem

With the 1.4 patch, came better gear.  Like most every other MMO, this involved adding greater amounts of stats to each piece.  In order to keep the resulting stats/percentages sane, formulas were adjusted to take a players Renown Rank (above 80) into account.  While this was a necessary step, it has caused a bit of an uproar among the physical damage Ranged DPS careers.