It has been a rather good week, all told. Here’s Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems for this week:
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems # 328 – Uncle Yuji – February 19th, 2007
And on with the show….
As I said above, the week was rather a good one. Mostly because it started out with a 3-day weekend with DunDraCon in it. After the rocky start with getting a room that had a terrible reek of cigerette and getting that taken care of with a move to a different room, my room was quite a pleasent place. The bed was comfortable and there is NO ONE that could claim that they don’t give you enough pillows.
I saw a lot of that room, too, as I didn’t really feel like hunting down pick up games. I could have joined Steve Perrin’s Vanguard game on Friday night, but just didn’t feel in the mood for the level of population the Vanguard games get. Though it was VERY good to see Heather Mace at the con, and appearing to be doing well. So other than one game with my usual crew for some Dark Champions, I ventured forth only for Anime Room duty on Saturday and Sunday and for meals. BTW, any that got disappointed by the fare at the hotel resturant in 2006 and skipped it this year missed a treat. They got a new chef and the food was great. Especially the Pork Rips on Friday night… yum!
Sunday I took a break from the con and joined up with Mhari for our usual every-other-sunday trip to Dr. James’ wonderful hands. My back behaved itself quite well until I went and packed up Monday morning and wore my laptop-case-backpack for a little too long. *sigh* My shoulders just are not doing so great. And neither is my neck. But not for lack of Dr James getting them back in shape. It’s my fault for putting them out again.
I went home from the con Monday a little early, not staying around for Anime Room tear down like I had planned originally. I asked first to make sure that they would have the help they needed… but didn’t get a definative answer. If I let folks down any, then my apologies.
However, going home early worked out for me. Apparently I was TIRED in a major way as I laid down once home and napped the afternoon away.
Tuesday it was back to the work grind. But work is okay at present, and I have plenty to do to keep me busy so that the days go by fairly fast. None of the dragging out days that I had this time last year, or even just a few short months ago. I don’t miss them at the moment. I prefer having real work to do. It might not be on things I would prefer to be doing, but it pays the bills, and makes some of the days go by faster, weither I want them to go by or not.
In the realm of MMO playing, I got some City of Heroes playing done from the hotel room at the con. It was pleasent, though I did get dropped connections a lot. Rather normal for a hotel full of geeks and near-geeks. Not as bad as a Furrycon would be for net connections though. Just nearly so.
EQOA continues to just be a grind. Monday there were too many other players camping Giant Valley so we went back to our mammoth hunting grounds. And in one spot we got a little overconfident about the mobs that conned red and how we knew we could handle them. And those Light Blue HexBone Skeletons shouldn’t be a problem… yeah, riiiiight! Healer and rogue went down. The Tank and other rogue took care of it, but still… Problem was another Red coming up from behind and two of those HexBones doing quad-arcane damage attacks. The numbers may be small, but with 8 total 250+ pt attacks coming in and two reds with their burst damage in then 500-700 damge range… and healer in the middle of a greater heal on the tank… BOOM… I tried to pull the extra Red off of him, but just couldn’t generate the damage as I had gotten my big attacks off on the other Red already. So Healer went down and then I had all the extra Red’s agro… in spades. And the HexBones let off with a AoE attack each, I think. BOOM, I was out. No biggie though. What’s a little XP Debt between friends.
We stayed out about 20 mins more after the pounding, and then regathered on Thursday. Thursday Giant Valley wasn’t so crowded and we mostly ground out the XP (and worked off all debt) at ‘Cave 1’. Not a bad night, really.
EQ2 on Monday was playing the Fae again. It was to be the final gathering of this group for a while as Kacey and Noriko have other things to work on for a few months. Why pay for a game you won’t be playing at all. So they let their account lapse. They plan to be back. Whyaylooh and I continue to play. Thursday we teamed up in Nekleos Forrest to get some old stale quests of Filthi’s done. Got some things taken care of. Mostly they were quests that had gone grey that the game wouldn’t let me abandon. In one case we accidently killed my Quest Reward giver… luckily it was AFTER I was credited with completion. Not just have to go back there later when he has respawned and get the quest officially completed. No faction messages to tell me I can’t. Yay!
Spent a little time in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes again. Started a different character. A Dwarf this time after Bruce Harlick at DunDraCon had pointed out he had worked a little on that aspect of the game before leaving the company on ‘differences of vision’. Looks like they sort of half-way took his ideas and used them. The dwarves do NOT talk with a fake scottish accent or any of the other deep stereotypes that so plague the way dwarves are shown in other games. They seem to be an honorable people and do things for a fine reason. I’m playing a Warrior, so maybe playing a straightforward class is also helping. When I played one of the big feline people (I forget the stupid race name), I really didn’t like the way people acted nor the motivations that were being presented to my character. The big cats are not native to the world that the game takes place on, but are interlopers that want some sort of conquest and to hunt down some old enemy of their people, and that seems to be ALL that motivates them. Not vbery pleasent.
So, from this dwarven perspective the graphical design of the starting area is a little better. The starter quests a little more interesting. The graphics still are a pale grade in comparison to EQ2, or even to WoW. Where WoW is lush and uses simple graphics, VSH is dark and tries to be complex but all it manages is the dark and slow. EQ2 has better graphics and a richer game play. But I am still going to explore VSH for a while to learn more.
As to any World of Warcraft time… once again I didn’t really do anything here. Any time I might have spent inside WoW I spent on Vanguard. Or at DunDraCon (in the case of Sunday afternoon). I made sure my client was all up to date with all the latest patchs on my Laptop and that’s about it.
I did, however, spend some time in Second Life for a change. Some of that while I was at DunDraCon. I had a pleasent time exploring and socializing. SL is someplace I relax away from the grind of hunting for XP these days. Perhaps more than I should. I should be spending more time with Mhari. But she seems so busy with Post-FC things and Pre-Consonance things. I’m trying not to be in the way and keeping myself occupied. And Second Life is something I can just sign out of without interupting the latest battle or quest or mission. So I am spending some time there again.
And of course, the lion’s share of my MMO time is spent in City of Heroes and Villians. Didn’t do much advancement of Commander Kitty since she got to 45. And gads, Eric P’s Demon Voltage is 48 already and nearly 49!!! Yikes! And Amy/Free Ion is back on the city! Yay! Tuesday we spent/wasted a lot of time on getting Valentines Day quests done. They are just way, way, way too much like last year’s one. It’s definately the ‘Time Warp’ that they are promoting it with. Not worth the badge or costume pieces in my opinion. Though likely I will still try to take Diamond Paw (my other hero on Protector) and Commander Kitty through it sometime before it goes away on March 4th.
Wed night was a pleasent outting with Knight of Power and his Angels, with guest stars of Avengine Flame (Whyaylooh) and Mr. Adventure (Eric Z). Both Knight of Power and Mr. Adventure got levels. 29 and 20 respectivly, I believe.
Tonight I expect we will be doing the Villain thing full force. Maybe doing Commander Kitty’s Television missions or some such. Not sure. It depends on the mix of folks we get. But it is almost sure to be Trampling Time in the Rogue Isles.
In other non-MMO things, Mhari and I are about a week behind with Heroes. We might get a chance to see the Feb 19th episode tonight. We’ll see. We watched the Feb 12th one either Tue or Wed, I forget which. Somebody Flies, Somebody Dies it said at the end. And I explored some of the Heroes 360 Experience… go ahead, look it up on Wikipedia… its amusing.
Eeep… I better get going. Going to be late for work if I don’t go now… I’ll upload this from there.
P.S. From work: Forgot to mention… next week it will be time for Consonance in wonderful Milpitas, California!