Now that aus1 is done in Travian, I have needed something to do with my time. In particular, I’ve needed something to do with my time at work, and so I started looking around for something to do. One of my former duals in Travian suggested that I give another browser-based strategy game, called Nile Online, a chance so sure enough, I decided to give it a try.
I wish that I could say I really have nothing to post about over the last 4 months since my last real post, but that would be an utter lie. Truth is, I’ve been busy as heck and a lot has happened in many aspects of my life. Unfortunately many other things have not happened. I’ll try to sum up in a nutshell.
A friend at work recently asked me to join his group of friends to play a series of pen and paper Shadowrun games. I happily took the opportunity. For one, it helps me get out of the house once a week. Two, it helps me meet new people which I’ve always struggled to do in real life. And lastly, I have never really role-played before because I’ve never had friends that did that. So this gave me the opportunity to do that.
After a few years of hiatus, it is good to see that E3 has been resurrected from the ashes. I was quite saddened by the death of E3 a few years ago. It is one of my favorite gaming events of the year, even though I’ve never actually gone (if anyone would like to donate money for me to go I’m all ears!). Luckily for them, no other convention has really stepped in. DICE and GDC both grew a bit I think, but neither really was filling in so E3 wll be again the big event of the year.
Thanks to a couple free weeks given by NCSoft a little bit ago in celebration of the fifth anniversary of
[amazonify]B001TEPX8A::text::::City of Heroes[/amazonify], I decided to give the game my yearly return. I also wanted to check out their new Architect system since this really was the first attempt at user-created content in a modern MMO. So for that alone, this game is worth playing to see how it is working in the context of the genre.
I have never really liked World of Warcraft, even when I was testing it back in beta. I have tried the game out several times in some lame effort to give the game a chance. After all, there has to be some reason that so many players like it right? All the while I’ve had numerous fans of the game ask me, why exactly is it that I didn’t like it? And I didn’t have a reasonable answer to this question really. I mean the simple answer is just that the game is too easy, but that’s not usually sufficient to these players and it isn’t even the entire picture on my side anyway. Yeah it factors in, but I think an easy game can be overlooked if it is still fun. Yesterday, however, I finally came up with what I think is a fairly sufficient answer to this question.
Ok, so this is kind of old news given that Dragon Magazine went out of print back in late 2007. But I recently decided to pay for a month of D&D Insider and looking over the online Dragon magazines got me thinking about the status of pen and paper magazines as a whole. Honestly when it was announced a couple years ago that the magazines would end print, I was quite sad. I’ve always been a fan of Dragon, though I’ve never had a subscription to it. I always though that the magazine was a little on the pricey side, and when it was in its prime, I really didn’t have the money to afford it.