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My Gaming experiences

My experiences in games, both online and offline as well as other things.

Author: Nytewolf2k7

My experiences in the Entropia Universe (2011 version)

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Monday February 7 2011 at 1:31AM
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As mentioned previously, I had heard about the game in a local magazine, and that it was not till much later that I had decided to try it out...

The day was February the 14th 2007, the time was 5:45 WAST, I had just finished downloading the client (took ages to download on my old pc) and began installing it, the installation process was nothing to speak about, just wish there was some nice background artwork or something... No matter...

So I logged in that Evening...

Since there was no extensive manual, of any kind, I had no idea whatsoever of what to do, the guides I kept hearing people mention were fairly helpful, they taught me a few things (which should have been covered by a manual of some kind) as did my soon to be mentor...

Much later...

I met my mentor, Alexandros Kingsize Phenomenon, or Alex as I called him, In the quiet town of Port Atlantis after a rather non-profitable sweat trip... He would give me advice that would help...

After receiving the advice of my Mentor (Alex), I took up hunting and made some money that way, but it was not long before I needed to learn about this thing called "Skill Increase Bonus"...

I found the information I needed from Alex and from that old gem, Entropia Forum, which later became Planet Calypso Forum.

Much, much later...

I had been a member of several societies (In other games, these would be called "Guilds", "Clans", or "Factions"), my first one was Second Life Anonymous, but due to the inactivity of the society and it's members, I eventually defected to the (Now Defunct) society Australianz Rules.

Sometime in July...

Eventually I joined the Society known as 'The Knights of Calypso', I would join following a friend by the name of Tony Rocketfingers, who I have not seen in some time. I am now a Captain of the Knights, something achieved after my old mentorship program and other activities.

Eventually, After much money, blood, sweat, broken guns and tears, I graduated from my Discipleship with flying colours, Alex didn't get anything special out of it, but he gave me a truckload (more like a few, I die alot ) of Fast Aid Packs, which I still have today in my storage on Calypso.

2009 came and would eventually bring a new surprise in mid August: Version Update 10.0.

With the new update came with many new issues, such as taking ages to log into the game because the client kept losing connection to the server, regardless of connection strength.

The new graphics were 'nice' though they should have remade the textures for some areas, as they look liked they were ripped out of the previous version and ported to the new one with minimal changes.

Some nice surprises had arrived in the form of loots, but nothing really impressive. Loots had sadly, been pretty poor generally, with mining even worse - In my experiences.

2010 came and I received my first Mining global, and a few more Hunting globals, which was quite the achievement, considering that for most of the year I was unable to play.

I participated in the WoF 2008 and 2009, representing Australia, which was fun, except for the deaths...

(I have come back and left many times, racking up over 1000 hours of playtime, with my avatar now surpassing my previous blog posting. Has almost unlocked a few more hidden skills)

My profits weren't much to speak of... Yes its possible to make money, not a lot of money I made a whopping 15 cents playing the way countless people have recommended... Anyhoo...

My avatar is worth more than that though, If I was to sell out now I'd at least get 1k or more for my trouble. That said, I'm taking a break from the game due to persistant login issues, and missing item bugs. I would like to return, but if I did, it would be as a non-depositor.

This post was adapted from my original blog post

Nyte's State of the Game: Borderlands and WoW

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Friday February 4 2011 at 8:39AM
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So after several months, I finally get around to finishing the PS3 versions of both Borderlands and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, I can now spend time trying to finish the DLC stuff, which I haven't even started yet.

Work has me by the throat, but I'm doing the best I can :D

My top RPG and top 15 RPGs of the last decade

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Thursday April 22 2010 at 4:42AM
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It's difficult to make a list like this, because If I mention that I like a certain game, people will say that I must suck because I like it - and if I fail to mention that I like (or dislike) any major RPG release, some people will take issue with its absence. because of the highly critical nature of the internet: if I put anything out there, the howling savages that populate it will quickly rip it into a million tiny pieces, like piranhas skeletonizing a cow. But I strongly believe that certain games have a quality that endures that rigorous bashing that any game released in the iGeneration Era automatically receives, and I think that my favourites fall into that category.

(Introduction borrowed from RPG Codex, and edited, pretty well sums up my thoughts exactly)

Note: I'm using Australian game release dates, where applicable, and my decade is starting January 1, 2000, ending December 31, 2009. When I refer to the '90s, well, you probably get the picture.
Note 2: There may be a few 'oddballs' in the list, where I couldn't recall whether the game was from the 90's or the 00's. Teenage years, drugs, alcohol, you do the math ;-)
Note 3: Long blog post WARNING >:-)

My top RPG of the last decade:
ES IV: Oblivion (with expansion & additional content) - With its problems I still think that it's a decent RPG. See Oblivions entry in my top 15 list below.


My top 15 RPGs of the last decade (in no real order)

Fallout 3 (With all DLC) - Some say that this is just a stripped down Oblivion with guns, I agree, My list isn't in an order and I don't feel that it's a terrible RPG. It's a fairly good one, with _some_ replay value, with all DLC. There were a few bugs, some DRM related, others due to graphical configurations, even more due to the game engine itself - seeing the same bug in three different games is rather disturbing. I am, however, looking forward to Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4, hopefully the developers learn from their mistakes of the past and bring forth something that will be the best RPG of all time.
Note: Fallout: New Vegas isn't developed by Bethesda, but by Obsidian, some of Obsidian's developers worked on some of the original fallouts.

Baldur's Gate II (and expansions) - Developed by Black Isle Studios, I felt that BGII and its expansion were a worthy successor to Baldur's Gate and had (in my opinion) more to offer than its predecessor. Still worth picking this game back up and playing, if you can find a copy and get in running.
I used to play this game in my final year of high school - which probably accounts for my poor marks in that year, Or was it my internet addiction? However it didn't affect me too much If I'm now the Manager of the company I work for, eh? (Take that!)

Neverwinter Nights (and expansions) - To not put Neverwinter Nights, Another D&D game, in my list would not be my best move, as I played it almost religiously throughout 2003-2006. I even had the pleasure of creating at least 5 modules and other resources, playing countless user created modules, DM'ing a few games with people from around the globe and making a few friends while doing it. I just didn't really think that much of its sequel, however.

ES III: Morrowind (and expansions) - Some might say that putting Morrowind before Oblivion in any 'Top RPG' list is Sacrilege (spelling?), but I enjoyed the fact that it was so open, even more so than Oblivion and I enjoyed the overall setting of the game. There were some annoyances though, like crashes and other issues, however it's still a decent RPG.
And who can resist running around as a Werewolf, or a Vampire?

ES IV: Oblivion (with expansion & additional content) - Oblivion came out in 2004, I must've played this one for nearly 150 hours - Not all recorded on my X-Fire profile, It's a decent RPG, but I ranked it lower than Morrowind due to the consolization of the user interface and the limited voice actors. I do, however, love the setting. There's quite a lot of room for improvement, so Bethesda, bring on ES V: Skyrim I say!

Mass Effect - You just cannot go past Bioware to deliver a decent RPG, like they did with Neverwinter Nights, this shooter/rpg is definitely worthy of being in my top thirteen, after playing for more than 100 hours. I did feel that there was not enough quests in the game though. I can't comment on the sequel as I haven't yet had the chance to play it just yet.

Fallout 2 - Now Fallout 2, A game I spent many weeks playing in my younger days, like Fallout 1. It departs a little from the theme in Fallout 1 but I still feel that it is a decent RPG. Like Fallout 1, this game featured multiple endings based on your actions. One thing I liked about this game other than the setting was New Reno! Gangsters, brothels, casinos and the shady culture ;-)

Planescape: Torment - Again, I spent countless hours in this one, and is a worthy, if overlooked game in its own right. The game features multiple endings based on your actions. The setting, is however rather depressing, at least in my opinion. Still worth picking this game up and playing, if you can find a copy and get it running.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura - I remember buying this game soon after it came out, I was attracted by the Steampunk nature of the game. I feel in love almost instantly. One of the things I liked about the game was that it featured multiple endings based on your actions, like other games in this list, and you could create just about any type of character you wanted. I also liked that you could craft weapons , ammo and just about everything else.
There were rumours of an expansion in the works, before Troika went under, but even after reading about it in an old magazine, I suspect that's all they were - rumours.

Fallout 1 - I must have spent several months on this and it's sequel Fallout 2. The whole retro-50's sci-fi Post Apocalyptic setting appeal to me, as do the RPG elements. The game features multiple endings based on your actions. One thing I liked about this game other than the setting was that it had the ability to 'hold' my attention, something that very few games do these days.

Diablo II (and expansion) - Made by Blizzard Entertainment in the previous decade and released in the early part of the last decade. I wasted many waking hours in this sequel to my fav game of the 90's (Diablo) in single player and on Battle.net. How could I not include this one?

Temple of Elemental Evil - Another fairly decent RPG, which gave me what I wanted: Turn-based combat in a D&D 3.5 setting. I bought it being a fan of D&D. It's another RPG that I feel didn't really get the attention it deserved. At times it was buggy though. It was made by the same people who made Arcanum.
I clearly remember half my party being eaten by giant frogs. They still give me nightmares.

Deus Ex - This game set in a dark place with a massive conspiracy as a part of the plot, Is one of my top 15. I felt that the sequel lacked some of the RPG elements that the original held dear, and as such doesn't make the list, while the original does. I still play it from time to time, and so I say that it is worth picking this game up and playing, if you can find a copy and get it running.

Dragon Age: Origins (With all DLC) - It's a very decent RPG. Like Mass Effect, it was made by Bioware, one of the (very few, sadly) leaders in the western RPG market. The only thing that really lets it down is the 'smallness' of some of the areas, and the little areas to explore there are. Overall though, I still consider this a good game.
I haven't seen the expansion yet to make an opinion on it, so it isn't with DA:O in the rankings.

Icewind Dale II - I did enjoy this one, as I enjoy all RPGs with the D&D branding, being a mix of the 2nd and 3rd edition rules and being set in a place I've read about in the Icewind Dale trilogy of books. It didn't really do well sales wise, but it's a fairly decent RPG at best.

Honourable Mentions:

Neverwinter Nights II - Fairly decent RPG, but I had numerous game disc issues with this game. In the end I gave it up, as the disc issues were beginning to cost me several times more than the cost of the game. I haven't tried either of the two expansions. It would have made the Top 15, but I just have played too many games (And, It is said that I have far too much pride) :P

Fallout 3 (Van Buren) tech demo - Based on the demo and all the design documents I've seen, this could have been a great game, now if only it saw the light of day.

Final Fantasy XII - I do enjoy the final fantasy games, but this one doesn't rate on my list as I felt this one didn't compare to Final Fantasy X. That said, it would make a top 20 list.

Dungeon Siege (and the expansion) - It's been called a major time waster, Bland as hell, even an Interactive screensaver... Yet I still played and enjoyed it, and the expansion to a slightly greater extent. It would be at the bottom of my RPG of all time list though.
I never really played the sequel beyond the demo, I've heard that it isn't fit to be a drink coaster.

I might do a (my) top 5 MMORPGs of the decade list as well, I'd need to maybe play some more to get a decent feel for them... However, that said, right now I can safely say that WoW (well...) and Fallen Earth are on that list.

Okay, I'd better stop here, or I'll be here all day, no, all week.

Thanks for reading this entry. Yes I know it's long, If you're reading this line as well, I thank you too :-)

Back to my break from the Internet, Computers and all things technology ;-)

- Nightwolf
 

This week in Nytewolf's Computer...

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Saturday November 7 2009 at 10:29AM
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I am not sure that I mentioned it, But I recently bought Dragon Age: Origins and Borderlands, will post a review for all to see later. My opinions and views on them both have been good so far, gameplay and to a degree, graphics wise as well - though I hate the loading times (yes I know I need to upgrade my PC, I've been procrastinating for months, I just have enough unused PC cases at the moment to build a small doghouse :-p )

Story in Borderlands, is, in my opinion less than DA:O from what I've seen so far - but still good.

Ok, In other news I did, about 1 week ago now, get the chance to check out Fallen Earth, and it is (so far - in my humble opinion) rather sweet - though buggy, which is to be expected, and I've seen worse - Neocron for instance ;-) and while buggy, Neocron is still *fairly* good for PVP...

I've yet to try PVP in Fallen Earth, as I am nowhere near plvl45 yet and although I am not really a PVP'er at heart I will still have a go. I've heard from forum posters that PVP wise, it's whoever stuns first wins, which doesn't sound good - but like I said earlier, I'll still have a go at being cannon fodder (what's the harm in trying?)

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I am in the process of writing a review of Fallen Earth, as well as Planet Calypso, but I am holding off a little in some areas, as they both (in this authors honest opinion) have bug lists as long as my arm, though in all fairness, FE seems to have fewer bugs than Planet Calypso - so make of that what you will.

(There's a rather long, community made list of active bugs/known issues as of VU10 for Entropia Universe/Planet Calypso on Entropia Forum)

GO3 2009 and Latest Pre-orders

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Thursday October 15 2009 at 2:59AM
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I neglected to make a GO3 2009 posting in my blog earlier this month, so this one will do...

GO3 is a Gaming and Electronics expo held in Perth every year since 2006. For the last few years its been held at the convention centre... Anyhoo...

Earlier this month, at GO3, I tried my hand at the new game called "Borderlands", Borderlands is an upcoming science fiction first-person shooter with RPG elements that is currently in development by Gearbox Software.

At the expo they were giving away show-bags with shirts and various other goodies in them... I sadly wasn't able to get one as they'd run out...

I won't write a full review just yet, but suffice to say, it's "good".

I played the XBox 360 version, but I have the PC version on Pre-Order.

The other game I've pre-ordered is Dragon Age: Origins... I don't really know that much about it other than watching a few videos and a few things that have been said by magazines and the like, saying its a spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate...

I hope it lives up to the hype...

Release Dates:

Borderlands (PC-AU) : 30th October 2009

Dragon Age: Origins (PC-AU) : 4th November 2009

Downloading Fallen Earth...

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Monday October 12 2009 at 10:16AM
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Almost finished... Almost...

Taking a while to download, and still has 13 hours to go... =/

Will purchase a hard copy sometime in the next few weeks, just in case I lose the digital copy, which given my track record with usb thumb drives and external hard drives, seems likely...

Can't wait to try it out.

I've heard the GMs take their job seriously, which is good to see, and patches are a good thing to see as well... Reakktor could learn a thing or two...

 

Torn between 3 MMOs...

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Thursday October 8 2009 at 1:11AM
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Anyone who's read my blog should know that I play mostly WoW in my free time, however after reading articles about Fallen Earth , it's starting to look better than WoW.

I know Fallen Earth has deficiencies (and what game doesn't?)

I'm a fan (normally) of Post-apoc. settings, I'm a Neocron veteran and this looks like its right up my alley, at least till Project V13 ever gets off the ground due to law suits, etc.

Earthrise also looks good... But it might take a while.

A big factor in any decision I make is whether or not a game has local servers, if not, I generally don't play it, however I would make exceptions in the case of games that really catch my eye.

So thus, I'm torn between staying with WoW and experiencing the new Wotlk content and eventually Cataclysm content (The Worgen race appeals to me for some reason) , moving to Fallen Earth, even though its having some teething issues, or staying with one of the previous and moving to Earthrise once that is released....

My Experiences in Planet Calypso (Continued)

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Sunday October 4 2009 at 8:13AM
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Disclaimer: This post is a continuation of www.mmorpg.com/blogs/Nytewolf2k7/102008/2830_My-experiences-in-Entropia-Universe

2009 came and would eventually bring a new surprise in mid August: Version Update 10.0.

With the new update came with many new issues, such as taking ages to log into the game because the client kept losing connection to the server, regardless of connection strength.

The new graphics are 'nice' though they should have remade the textures for some areas, as they look liked they were ripped out of the previous version.

Some nice surprises arrived in the form of loots, but nothing really impressive. Loots have been pretty poor generally, with mining even worse - In my experiences.

I'm waiting for VU 10.1 - 10.3 to arrive so I can write a decent review. Doing one at the current time when things are slowly being brought back online doesn't really do it justice (which may be more than it deserves, to some)

 

 

 

 

Starting work (again)

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Wednesday May 20 2009 at 11:52PM
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June 4 is the day I begin paid training for my new job as a Shop Assistant for a company that I won't disclose the name of on a public forum, getting paid $20.50 an hour on weekdays and $21.75~ on weekends (you actually only have to work one weekend a fortnight, which is great)

At the moment it is casual, but it will move to full time after a period of three months. It means I'll be on call for a while, but I've done casual work before, namely fruit and veg, stocktaking, etc...

Done a bit of everything, hehe.

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For one of the first paychecks, I'll likely buy that XBox 360 I was after, the 60gb or 20gb model. (Thanks guys for your thoughts) the only thing I'm worried about are RRODs.

As for games for it, I'm not exactly sure yet, but FFXIII (Final Fantasy XIII) is on that list, as is Halo.

I'll have a look at an EB Games catalogue for others at a later time.

- N

Bad time to deposit money in RCEs

Posted by Nytewolf2k7 Monday February 16 2009 at 2:18PM
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With the world economy the way it is these days, It is an extremely bad time to deposit cash into any of these Real Cash Economy type games, or MMOCasinos as some seem to be styled, thus I highly recommend not depositing until all this economic uncertainty blows over. It may not blow over overnight, but it will happen over time.

In the same vein, I would not recommend to anyone not living in the US to consider the purchase of goods from the US online at this point in time, I would however recommend strengthening your local economy by buying locally ;)

However it is ultimately up to you what you do with your money, just think though about the money you could save by waiting though ;)

- Nytewolf