The complete quote for this week is:
"A child with a stick of chewing gum has just rendered your hundred million dollars of hardware useless."
As usual, who said it, in what movie, and what year was that movie released? The answer will be at the end of next week’s blog.
Here are Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems comics for the week: (If they don’t load the first time, click reload on your browser and that should do the trick.):
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #432 – Stella’s Lab – Part 2 – February 18th, 2008
Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #433 – Stella’s Lab – Part 3 – February 21st, 2008
Okay, this week was the week of two things. One was The Cold. Yes, that vile thing that had been chasing me since Further Confusion, finally pounced upon me this past weekend and has had it’s wicked way with me. I’ve made it through the worst of it over the past few days, and I seem to be coming out the other side with only the lingering icky cough, and a weak voice. But I don’t feel like something the cat stomped all over any more. Hopefully Mhari won’t have caught this thing. She doesn’t need it. She’s got enough on her plate coming up. Her rather invasive exam is coming up next Wednesday. Hopefully it will go well, and even better than what she dreads. The prep she will be dealing with is more the thing she worries about and is not looking for, as it involves meds of an ilk that she has not liked in the past. I won’t go into more detail here, and leave it to her to comment on in her own blog if she wishes.
The other thing that happened this week was DunDraCon. I wish I could say I had a blast, but I didn’t. For one thing The Cold mentioned above caught me during it. And while I did very much enjoy seeing and talking with Steve Perrin, Bruce Harlick, Steve Long, Ray Greer, Bryce Nakagawa, Dwight McGowan, Tracy Brown, Stephanie, Rob Miles, and many others, and I -did- get into a HeroClix game and ‘won’ a ‘gold circle’ ‘clix and some HorrorClix, it was the things that Didn’t Happen that bother me most. Most of my friends that I game with on my regular gaming weekends and those that we only see for this and ‘BuddyCon’ were rooming next to me and above me in the hotel. Yes not ONCE during the whole of the con did they knock on my door, call my cellphone or room phone to invite me to one of the many games they played in their rooms. Not once. Before the con started I was invited to the Sunday night session, yes, but I had to turn that down due to my biweekly chiropractic massage therapy appointment. The one time I dropped by one of the rooms they were in the tail end of a Flashing Blades game (on Friday evening). One of my friends asked if I wanted him to call me when they were done and before they went to dinner so I could join them. I said ‘yes’ and the call never came. When I called up there later, I found out that said friend and others had already had dinner and were gone again. *sigh*.
Oh, well. As it was I was ‘working from home’ from my hotel room until around 7:30pm. Work needed something tested that wasn’t SUPPOSED to be coming out and needing tested until Tuesday. (This late night sort of thing was repeated this week both Wed and Thursday.). But not having any of those folks from my game group contact me EVEN ONCE by cellphone or message on my room phone… it just grates me wrong. I suppose they had too much they were doing with too many distractions to worry about me.
I worked both Saturday and Sunday on the 8am to Noon shift in the Anime room. Saw really good Anime including the first 6 episodes of ‘Blue Dragon’. There were two other series’ that they showed. One about a middle school girl newly become a god, and another that was a fantasy one with a belt and recovering the gems that had been sundered from it so the land could be reunited and saved from darkness. I don’t remember the titles for either of them. Me and my durned memory. 😉
The final thing of DDC that I went to was the ‘Big Announcement’ panel with Hero Games. The big announcement was that they had sold the Champions IP to Cryptic Studios and Cryptic was going to make Champions Online, a new Super-Hero MMO out of the property! Cryptic followed on Wednesday at the Computer Games Developer’s Conference by announcing the game to the whole world officially, and launching their new website in support of it. Cryptic was the developer of City of Heroes and City of Villains which they recently sold the IP for to their publisher NCSoft.
Champions Online sounds great. I really look forward to what Cryptic will do with the property. It’s going to be for XBOX 360 and PC, and it’s going to be more action oriented than City of Heroes is. As far as Hero Games goes, they are sitting well on top, as they make good money on the deal, received full licensing of the IP back to them to continue making Pen and Paper games for, etc. Cryptic is going to try to both develop AND publish this one. And with the Marvel Universe deal having fallen through they have a lot of work they have put into making the next great superhero game (though the work they did on the marvel game, along with all that code, was handed over to Microsoft and is NOT the basis of CO). The Cryptic Engine in it’s newest form is a work of art, from what I am hearing and reading. The basics of the game are already in existence and the next 18 months is going to be putting content, content, content into the game. And with the rich history of decades that is the Champions Universe, they shouldn’t have one bit of trouble pulling it off.
Eve Online: What can I say that I haven’t already said in prior blogs. My interest in this game is nearly gone. I’m mostly sticking it out now until my ‘power of two’ time runs out. Then all will consolidate down to one account again and I will make one final assessment of the game. For future entries in my blog, it will only make an appearance if something changes and I am doing more than just spending money to train characters… which is all I did this week, like with last week and the week before.
City of Heroes/Villains: The big Wedding event is in the past now. As I have said elsewhere, it was over before I even got home from work last Thursday. And as to the Spring Fling event that is going on… I could care less. Even the Winter Event was more interesting than this one is. This one is falling real, real flat. I hope that the NCSoft NorCal folks understand that they are going to have to do REAL good with issue 12 to earn back some of the lost goodwill that the last two ‘events’ have cost them.
They did release the new XP Curve and the ‘Combat Attributes’ and matching monitor, along with the Spring Fling stuff. I’m rather enjoying the improved XP Curve. And being able to get the ‘real numbers’ behind my defenses and movement and things is nice. What they need now is to tie that in with the hover tips for the powers, telling us how our powers are currently affected by buffs and things, and reveal the ‘real numbers’ as far as accuracy and the like for those same powers, and I’ll be happy. But they I was happy without the ‘real numbers’.
I sort of got ‘back into the game’ this week. I’m starting to enjoy it more. But it’s not from the ‘real numbers’ or the Spring Fling or anything, its because I really enjoy the game. I also stepped back from the depth of involvement I had been having. I am not ‘pushing’ as hard as I was. The only nights I am ‘pushing’ to be on the game is Monday and Wednesday nights. Thrilling Adventures, with our team nearing level 30 is turning into quite the joy. Having a team of 6 on a regular basis is good. And Knight and the Angels, nearing level 40 also feels good. Mhari switched over to playing Momcat in this group, who is a electricity blaster. She and Knight both zapping away, their ‘sparky’ pets both out and also zapping, seems to help the group just plow through the opposition. Doubly so with both Snowslide and Avenging Flame tanking away. Fire and Ice mix VERY well as the front line of the team.
All in all, things are feeling better in COH land… WITHOUT the Events which have started to get in the way. Come ON NCSoft NorCal, we know you are mega-talented and can do better. Time to start teasing us with Issue 12 hints, I would say… that’s what… only 6-10 weeks away now? Maybe they will start the teasing in March, when the Spring Fling is over…
And now, the answers to last week’s quote:
Quote: "You’re supposed to be stupid, son. Don’t abuse the privilege."
Said by: Capt. Jack Braddock, played by Warren Oates
In the movie: Blue Thunder
Which was released in the USA in: 1983.
This one one of the two final movies that Warren Oates made. It was filmed in early 1982. Mr. Oates passed away in April of 1982 after a sudden heart attack. Both Blue Thunder and the other film, Tough Enough were both dedicated to his memory. He is best known for being one of the best at playing supporting roles, mostly in Westerns and crime dramas of the 60’s and 70’s. He got his start in the 1950 game show, Beat the Clock as a ‘Stunt tester’, in which he completed stunts as an example and ‘time to beat’ for the contestants of the show.
Well, once again it is the end of my blog for the week. Thank you for reading.