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Author: Abroxus

Global Agenda coverage at The Banstick

Posted by Abroxus Saturday January 23 2010 at 7:03AM
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Looks like the folks at Hi-Rez have gone ahead and lifted the NDA on Global Agenda. Which means, in the next day or two, The BanStick will have some great footage, commentary and over all goodies to show for the game.

We have YouTube Video here


And Episode 5 of the podcast talks about it


Hellgate: London minus Bill Roper? This may work!

Posted by Abroxus Saturday January 23 2010 at 7:00AM
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A long time ago I was a fan of the lore and the graphic novel surrounding this title. In fact when I blogged on Hudson’s Hideout about it I really got into the storyline and the characters of Hellgate: London. Well as we all know the title didn’t work out so great for Bill Roper and his Flagship Studios company.

Thrown into chaos by a poor pricing model, lack of bug fixes, poor management and repetitive gameplay Hellgate: London quickly became the whipping boy for the gaming press in 2008.



Cryptic should hire this guy to fix their games: exploting Star Trek Online

Posted by Abroxus Wednesday January 13 2010 at 2:39PM
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What an awesome post. Right there on the Star Trek Online boards a poster outlines, describes and tells you how to break the gameplay of STO. This is a rather fascinating post and it still baffles me to this day how developers can let MMO’s release with blatant issues like this:

Saw this in the closed beta, really seeing it in the open one and wanted to comment on it. STO currently rewards Antisocial play more than it rewards social play. How do I mean? Allow me to explain with examples I personally witnessed and then did to duplicate.

1. Fleet Actions – Re-gear your ship with all front power weapons and put your ship in attack mode. NEVER be first, the person first dies, always. Follow the pack around and the moment someone shoots at something open up. I did this and got 6 drops in a row, with more than 20 people shooting at things. I picked an entire group apart without ever being shot, while others were blown to pieces and got nothing for it. It’s hilarious to watch people figure this out, they zoom towards a pack of enemies, then screech to a halt at 15, and mill about until someone’s impatient or accidentally gets too close, then it’s like blood in the water.

How to fix it? Give credit for dmg received as well as dmg done. Being grouped is moot, I was taking loot from groups of 5 people simply because I was free to focus fire by playing like a jerk.

2. “Secure” missions - In addition to the above, you can also level for free while alt-tabbed playing other games. Fly into a Deep Space contact, fly deep into a corner, far from the action, alt tab and surf your pr0n. Every 5 min, tab in and press space so you don’t afk out. Every 15 min, tab in and call Sulu to turn in mission and get another. Congratulations, you’re afk leveling in STO, just like people did in SWG, and faster than most because a mission completion every 15-20 minutes is a lot faster than many people can do.

How to fix it?
* If you aren’t in combat, you don’t get credit for the Secure.
* The mission doesn’t complete until you leave the instance.
* You can only do the Secure missions 1/day.

3. General missions – You fly into a mission and are auto-grouped with people.

The mission objective is to hit glowies, but there are bad guys near them, and because you’re grouped there are a LOT of them. Easily handled, let the other schmoes in the group agro, run up and snag the glowy, move on. Let them be pounded and die, I’ll be moving on to the next mission. I did this last night with one of the patrols, hitting the strange objects. Some poor guy lit up 8 cruisers and was torn to pieces while I quietly zipped in, snagged the objective, and left.

The mission objective is to defeat packs of enemies. I wonder what’s on TV? I’ll sit at the door until it’s done, then warp out when it’s done. I bet I can get a few games of Gemz in!


Let the Star Trek Bandwagon-a-thon begin!

Posted by Abroxus Monday January 11 2010 at 11:23PM
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Ok so the NDA shield is down and all bloggers are firing torpedoes to get those hits in and post stuff about the MMO.

Here are a few links: West Karana, the leader so far in coverage

For the Lore has a nice write up

The Ancient Gaming Noob is about to wander into warp space

Dragonchasers wants to follow the other bloggers

Finally Don't Fear the Mutant has a less than stellar take on the game

Just remember folks the crap that was Champions Online. Beware. Be very aware. Still I am not totally closed on this title yet. I DO like Star Trek better than Star Wars after all. LONG LIVE NEXT GENERATION.

Let the blogger "I pre order everything" hype begin. This will be a fun next few weeks.

And at last the video below DOES NOT REPRESENT ACTUAL GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE but it is the best I could do since I am poor and a second class website (I mean c'mon WORDPRESS hosts my I fail or what?):

My views on tanking and helping guildies

Posted by Abroxus Tuesday January 5 2010 at 5:37AM
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We have a guy in our guild that moved two characters over. One character is really well geared, but he refuses to play him anymore. The other is a plate healer that wears cloth and leather. He has 13k unbuffed hit points. At level 80.

His main hand weapon is a level 70 healing purple mace.

Last night I was going to take some time off and relax and play my now level 63 shaman but when I logged in I saw guildies standing around not accomplishing anything so my instincts kicked in and snatched them all up and made them run heroics.

Since I was tanking no one had any objections to this, even though 3 of the 6 on could tank with off specs and had the gear. Therein lies the problem in this game. 40% of the classes or something like that can tank, but people refuse to do it. So when a dude that likes to tank logs in, I expect some action to be taken. I hate standing around, but that is not why I tank.

I tank because of several things:

A) I like to control the tempo of the fight.

B) By and large I don’t trust many other people to do it, although lately I have seen nothing but really solid tanks in all my LFG tool parties.

C) I like the adrenaline rush

D) I like to keep people alive, force the focus of the fights toward certain targets, and keep things at a pace that will have my group succeed.

E) I look fucking badass with an axe and shield and I get to charge and slam said shield in the face of people and strange creatures. Happy Holidays bitch.

F) I love standing there with 44,000 hit points and be constantly beat on and have it roll off me with little to no effect.

Thus I found myself helping out this undergeared guild member last night by running and farming not only REGULAR instances but also some fast heroics that I knew he could heal and not have issues with. You know what happened? Nothing but mail and cloth dropped, or PROT plate gear. Other nights, nothing but healing plate gear drops. Last night…nadda.

While we got him some badges and things like that, I cannot help but feel that he could have easily replaced that healing weapon with a green in the AH already, or worked on his faction to get some rewards off the vendors. Somewhere in the back of my mind it is niggling at me that maybe he is simply waiting to soak up some free gear in a easy 10 man practice run like Naxx. I hope that is not the case, because 80% of the gear he has can be upgraded and replaced through the AH or through faction rewards.

This tells me that he is perhaps a wee bit behind still on what he admitted. Most Recruit A Friend toons look exactly like his. You can always tell those because they have low faction, little to no achievement points and really crappy ass gear at level 80. Still there ARE things you can do to circumvent this. You just need to put in the effort. I don’t mind helping, but at least put forth some effort you know what I mean?

Champions Online: so bad Atari cannot afford color pictures

Posted by Abroxus Tuesday January 5 2010 at 5:35AM
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“According to our plans, the next book on the schedule was supposed to be The Champions Online Roleplaying Game. However, Atari, current owners of Cryptic, has changed the MMO’s marketing priorities and isn’t willing to provide us with the funding needed to do the book in the full-color fashion it requires. Since it’s not worth doing as a black-and-white book, we’re removing it from the schedule.

"Into its place we’re moving Champions Powers, the 6E version of the USPD. I’ll add to CP a section that would have gone into the CO RPG that provides pre-built versions of all of the CO powers, so gamers can easily re-create their online characters in the tabletop environment.”;jsessionid=a2gwN9u3C1C4

Best quote:

“An RPG based on an MMO based on an RPG that already exists….WAIT WHA?”

The game is epic failing. And after Star Trek epic fails we can hope they'll go away for good.

Is it any wonder new level 80 WoW players are terribad?

Posted by Abroxus Tuesday January 5 2010 at 5:27AM
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“Welcome to world of AOECraft. Where everyone AOE’s and hunters do their stupid falling arrow attacks from the sky or whatever that is.”

Overheard on our vent last night.

Went through on my 71 shaman and got Magister’s Terrace regular and heroic done, also did Shadow Labs. Looking back those Burning Crusade instances were actually HARD. A lot of CC, a lot of corner pulls and tucking groups of mobs away in hallways etc etc. A LOT of trash and a lot of crap the mobs do to you at once. Especially the annoying mind controlling Blackheart the Inciter who took control of the paladin and promptly OWNED my face.

What happened to the game? Soon we will get Triumph Badges everyday just FOR LOGGING IN.

Amazing how times have changed. Ran Utgarde Keep the other day and barely got a spell off as an elemental shaman because everyone just AOE the targets down instantly. Mage, Hunter, and some Retardin. All higher level than me so we blew through it but honestly this cannot be teaching good group mechanics to new players.

Had one person in there with their EIGHT YEAR OLD SON. He was a hunter shooting flares on every pull just to mash the buttons. Sums up a hunter nicely I think.

Not sure where this game will be in 2 years but who am I kidding. I will still be playing it…