Thursday, December 4, 2008
Thanksgiving was fun. Indianapolis airport being brand new and all we got to run Casey through the local folks at Homeland Security. Wheee.
Updating cause its been forever.
More to come, hopefully...
Friday, August 1, 2008
I've been talking about and/or thinking about checking out linux for a long time.
Finally decided to.
My main resource so far has been another wow player that blogs about her hunters, her love of hunters, and how she plays on linux.
The posts that hold the info: http://aspectofthehare.blogspot.com/2008/06/more-wow-on-linux-considering-switch.html
And also: http://aspectofthehare.blogspot.com/2008/03/world-of-warcraft-on-kubuntu-linux.html
So yeah, that's where the geekdom got its initial push this year.
The deciding moment came about, however, because Casey is building a new comp for herself.
I'd decided I was going to follow the directions in the 'considering switch' post above, download the iso, burn it to a disc and just startup my comp with Ubuntu to see how it looks.
I did, I played around with it, and I set aside the disc when I was done with no real intention of even trying anything else with it.
Looked neat, ran ok, w/e. Right?
So, Casey's comp is assembled, all new motherboard, ram, dvd drive, case, graphics card, processor, only thing being pulled from the old box was: the hard drives. 2 of them, IDE drives.
Go to install windows (vista) and blammo, 2 nights of frustration and crap trying to get this damn OS to work. Long story short, no vista as it has problems w/ IDE drives. Fine, we order a SATA drive. In the interim, we load ubuntu on her system and play around with it, trying to get WoW going. If I hadn't been as tired as I was, nor had my week been as long as it had been, I think I would have enjoyed helping Casey with this much much more. I was just too tired and frustrated, and it was too late in the evening. And for that, I apologize. =(
Today, however, I have had some time to look around, and I found a good linux tutorial/classroom resource at, of all places (duh), the linux website: http://www.linux.org/lessons/
Also, once we get the new Drive in, and copy all the stuff off the old drives, they go back into the old comp, and it becomes a linux box!!! I'm going to check out some different distros, try and figure out the basic command structures, etc... and see if I can get more games in a useable state through linux with programs like this 'wine' deal that Pike suggests we run WoW with.
So yeah, excited, geeky, letting my Nerd Flag fly.
And damn proud of it!
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is what he had to say about the classes:
"Do we put in some non-great careers just because they are iconic, or we cut them out and put them in post-launch if we can get them right, or do we not put them in at all?"
Another option would be: Replace them with classes that do in-fact, work.
The four classes they are taking out are:
Knight of the Blazing Sun (Empire Tank) - This class is based on one of the knightly orders, albeit one that I don't think I've ever heard about in Warhammer lore. Why not stick to the core material folks? Why not use the knights panther, or the reiksguard? Why create an order just for this game when so many flavorful and interesting classes already exist?
Blackguard (Dark Elf Tank) - This guy wasn't really impressing me at all, so I've paid very little attention to him so far. Also, it's an elf. Meh.
Hammerer (Dwarf Melee DPS) - This guy, wields a big hammer, and keeps on attacking. The longer he attacks, the harder he hits supposedly. Nice mechanic. Honestly tho, in the lore Hammerers are bodyguards. They protect the king, and the thanes, and their families, etc... This would be a great group of guys to be guards, NPCs that is, not players, but I'll get into my suggestions more later on.
Choppa (Orc melee DPS) - Their mechanic was supposed to be similar to the Hammerer. The longer the fight lasts, the harder these beserker-ish guys hit.
So, with the basic descriptions out of the way, here's what I want to focus on. Melee DPS. Hammerer and Choppa. The most recent info I could find on these two was from June 4th on Massively where they interviewed some of EA Mythic's staff regarding the different classes. Here's the blurb about these 2 classes:
"We're not really talking about their mechanic right now," says Adam. They're still "under the hood", but the general class role is that of the momentum berserker-brawler. They build up fury, bounce from target to target, destroying all in their paths."
Okay, sounds great. Can't wait to see em on the BETA. Oh wait, they aren't on the beta. In fact, I haven't seen them at all, the whole time I've been in the beta.
What the hell? Mark Jacobs said that the testers and the devs agreed these classes weren't working. Well, how the hell could the testers agree if they couldn't have tested the classes? Hmmm? Ok great, a year ago, before they had a decent sampling of testers, someone had a problem? I dunno, the whole thing smacks of skullduggery and shady practices. Also, on the idea of a focused beta, wherein only certain things are tested for a short span of time, sounds great in theory. But... wouldn't you want someone testing all aspects of the game, all the time. If you have the testers, why not collect the data. Sure, you can find out a lot about and area of your game by having everyone focus on it for a while, but you are going to have multiple servers at some point (at least by retail release) so why not start early, pick a sampling of your testers, and set them aside on a server that runs continuously. Allow them access to 100% of the game 100% of the time. It's only through prolonged testing and scrutiny that some of your bugs/problems will crop up.
Here's where I give my 2 cents on what I think would be cool.
Melee DPS: Replace the hammerer and choppa. What new classes should take their places?
Slayer - They've been in the screenshots, hell, he's in the cinematic, but nope, not gonna let us play him. Wth Mythic? One of the most highly visible icons attached to the warhammer world, and we can't play with it. Missing a gold mine.
Savage Orc - Tattooed, andgry, wait, isn't that the slayer's description. Oh, hold on, could that be the shared mechanic? Dual wielding, Tattooed maniacs. Depending on which tattoos you activate, you can be more defensive, or more offensive. You can have weapon styles like the beserker did in DAoC. Give them some positional stuff, and bring back left axe.
Tanks: Replace the 2 they've got. Why go with them in the first place?
For the elves, give them the executioner, make him like the swordmaster, and bam, good to go. Or even, Cold One knights. You start out as a squire or novice, or w/e and you wear the heavy armor, tank, take the hits, etc... Eventually you get your mount (Cold One) and bam, you look the part.
For the empire, use the knights of the white wolf. These guys can fight hammer and shield, or go with their cav hammers to bash people's heads in.
Both of these would segue nicely into mounted combat, if ever such a thing rears its ugly head in WAR.
Dark Elves in general:
The sorceress would have worked just fine like the archmage, remove the disciple of Khaine, and give the ranged dps slot to the city guard. How cool would a repeating crossbow be to use? Hmm?
I would have given the dark elves the following lineup:
Cold One Knight - Tank
City Guard - Ranged DPS (crossbows of repeatyness!!!)
Sorceress - Caster DPS / Healing
Witch Elf - Melee DPS
Although, another interesting option for melee dps would have been the executioner, which honestly, the black guard looks like it was modeled after.
And why is the Swordmaster a tank, why not melee dps. Give the light elves dragon princes or something. Then, when they get older, they get to ride little drakes that look like less-dinoish cold ones.
But, for now, that's my 2cents. I'll be cleaning up this post sometime this weekend and submitting it all to the beta boards. Lets see what the devs think of this stuff, eh?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Ryan says (10:21 AM):
Ireally don't know if i want to even play their damn game now
Casey says (10:32 AM):
ok ya thats stupid, only because they want it out before christmas so they can be greedy and get there money
Ryan says (10:33 AM):
I'm tired of gaming companies putting their fucking product out before its finished.
Ryan says (10:33 AM):
that''s what beta testing is for
Ryan says (10:34 AM):
the gaming public are not their fucking beta testers. Gamers are your CUSTOMERS
Ryan says (10:34 AM):
you run an alpha and a beta test to ensure you have a quality product
Ryan says (10:34 AM):
I've been in the last 3 'focus' sections of beta, and haven't even seen the content they say is unfinished and crappy
Ryan says (10:36 AM):
rather than allow people to be playing it now, and giving feedback, they're just going to shelve it and maybe release it later, while they really just hope that people will accept the half-assed offering their giving us and be sycophantically impressed by it that we'll forgive them for taking half the product away before we get it
Ryan says (10:38 AM):
and maybe, eventually, we'll just forget that those classes/cities ever existed and just forgive them and accept the crap we're actually "allowed" to play with. This is the same thing Blizzard did with a ton of shit that was supposed to be ready at retail release, not the least of which was hero classes (which I apparently STILL haven't forgiven them for even 3.5 years later)
Ryan says (10:38 AM):
Monday, June 23, 2008
Best Rootbeer ever: Brewing Company, Wikipedia Article
The Guy they named the brewery after: Saint Arnold
His message to the peasants was to Drink Beer, not water. The beer was seen as healthier since the brewing process involved boiling the water, thus purifying it, unbeknownst to the local populace.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I check my email one last time to see if anything new has popped in.
Lo and Behold, I see 2 emails, both from No-reply.
The subject of one is Welcome to the EA Mythic forums.
I quickly search recent memory thinking, did I sign up for some Warhammer forum or something?
Then I notice the 2nd subject line... "Warhammer Online Beta Greenskin vs. Dwarf Patch Now Available"
That's when I realize, "I did it" I lucked out. Of the random hundreds of thousands of applicants, I get to be a beta tester. woot.
Downloading the thing as we speak. Should be finished soon.
Then I get to try it out tonight.
They have a pretty comprehensive NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
There are 2 rules to the Warhammer Beta as far as permissible disclosures go.
We as BETA testers can only acknowledge:
1) The fact that there is a Warhammer Online Beta Test currently underway.
2) The fact that you are a member of the Warhammer Online Beta Test.
Monday, May 19, 2008
So far, 2 weekends have seen us at the zoo, checking out the animals and enjoying the outdoors. The Waco zoo has grown a good bit in recent years, and by summer of 2009 will have an orangutan and komodo dragon exhibit.
The meerkats are great. The brazos river country exhibit is sizable, and contains some very interesting animals, from the 2 black bears to a aviary, to the 2 alligators that have so far, appeared to nap both times we've visited.
The fruit bats in the nocturnal barn are fairly active, but the raccoons just nap.
Anyways, back to work...
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Motivation continues to elude me.
I need to find my spiral wherein Daniel, Damon and myself poured in creativity in the form of a tabletop wargame for a year or more.
I need to start writing again. Ideas can only get you so far. Putting text to page gets you published, or at least looked at by an editor/publishing company.
The tavern looms on the horizon.
As does a promising career as a sci-fi/fantasy author.
So too looms the great games-developer career.
It's all there, I just have to motivate myself to put in the time to work on it.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
It seems like just about anywhere I go out in this town, I see some chick wearing those furry boots. The amount of fur on the outside, or on the inside peeking out, seems to be a completely random decision based on whatever factors the individual wearing them wants to take into account at that time.
These things are a cold-weather item. Ironic that we see them so often in this warm-climate of Texas. A pet peeve of mine I guess.
Well, interesting side-note, while in Indiana, I saw these boots on people just about as frequently as I see them here in Texas BUT it was COLD there. It's the cold-weather clothing in the habitat it was developed for!!!! Novelty really I guess, but amazing nonetheless.
Also, I think I saw actual galoshes on actual feet for the first time ever. Ever.
Monday, April 7, 2008
My plea to the developers being: 'Release it already! Stop pushing the date back! Please give us our new addiction.'
That being said, this thing looks fairly shiny. Good Beats!
Edit: Removed the embedded movie by popular demand and am providing instead, a link... Here.
Monday, March 31, 2008
The time draws close where I must relinquish yet another decade of my allotted time on this earth to the annals of history.
You go along in your day-to-day existence, working with your head down, paying attention only to what's in front of you until, all of a sudden you look around and realize 3 decades have passed.
I have to get to work on that whole goals section... Maybe start my own bucket list...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
So I have roughly 580 Spelldmg and 750 healing currently.
Almost enough honor to swap out the t2 bracers for the pvp ones.
It's either that, or I wait and save up to get one of the S1 weapons.
Which means I'll be doing a lot of EOTS.
Or, in the case of the staff, I think I have all the AV marks I need...
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Looks like everything is going well on that account.
Which is good, becaue I have got to be the happiest guy on the face of the planet currently.
My baby's here, we made it back, ain't life grand.
Btw, 18 hours in a uhaul truck sucks butt.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Maybe a google apps site so I can learn how to throw together a wiki.
Also, Gary Gygax died yesterday.
That guy was a great example of 'doing what you love'.
I only wish I can find something as enjoyable and nifty as he did to make a living from.
Guess that goes back to the old list of goals and what I need to start back on...
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This year I made an outline of the things I want to change and/or see changed:
1.) Get a new place.
a.) Get more organized at home.
b.) Get a spot to work on minis.
c.) Get painted armies for the games I play.
2.) Get Casey here.
a.) Get her a job.
3.) Get in better shape.
4.) Write Something.
a.) Minis game.
b.) Flesh out the world for novels.
d.) Supplement material on the world of Balance for Lore Forge.
Update to the outline so far:
1a.) Working on...
Daniel ( the roommate that is staying) and I have cleaned up the house, moved the living room around so that we have more space now, built a shelf to house my movies and TV shows on dvd (instead of using Wendy's French Fry boxes), created a dining area, complete with table and chairs, and I bought a dry erase board that we can leave and/or keep notes on.
The other roommate, Chris, as soon as we move him out (this weekend) will create a void in the house that can easily be filled by more projects like:
1b.) and 1c.) These will be covered by converting my current room into a workspace/computer room after I move into the master bedroom.
2.) This will be accomplished during my 'Vacation to Indiana' which begins in 18 days.
2a.) I think she has begun calling around the local hospitals and whatnots here in the hopes of at least getting some contact info for HR people or dept. managers.
3.) No real work on this yet. at all.
4.) Does a blog count? (Not really)
I think these will be easier when I am A.) Not spending all my time on the computer playing games with Casey in an effort to have 'together time' despite our geographic distance from each other, and B.) settled into a room that actually has something of a 'work here' feel about it once we get the study or w/e up and running. (Once again necessitating that Chris get moved out, and soon.)
So yeah, my update on 2008.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Three Issues to Ponder:
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the
mad cow epidemic, our government could track a single cow, born in
Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept, in the
state of Washington ? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But
they are unable to locate 12 million illegal aliens wandering around our
country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq . Why don't
we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys,
it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a
Courthouse is this: You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal,"
"Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full
of lawyers and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
But now, I got a girl, and its Feb 14th.
So I went out and got her a gift. Something to show, one nerd to another, how much I care.
With any luck, she'll get it today...
Oh yeah... 32 Days.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Paid rent yesterday for the first time officially, and I have a New goal now: Buy 2 duplexes.
Duplex 1: Live in half, rent out the 2nd half to make the house payment.
Duplex 2: Set mom and Alec up in half of it, rent out the 2nd half to make the house payment.
Bulldoze Mom's house and rebuild it.
Yup, that looks about right. Guess I'll chalk that one up on the board next to owning my own bar, writing a well-received series of fantasy novels and becoming a tabletop war-game developer.
In a related note: 34 Days left...
And last, for some humor, Here are links to BRK's Airman Howell stories:
ORI (Operational Readiness Inspection)
B and E
Good Stuff from a fellow WoW-player, and former Airman.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Having roommates is one thing.
Having roommates who don't think far enough ahead to isolate themselves while highly contagious with the flu, sucks to high heaven. S'ok tho, after next month, they leave.
SuperBowl Sunday: Giants Defense - Phenomenal
Brady's performance - not great
SuperTuesday: Looks like McCain is pulling ahead at getting the Republican nod, while Clinton and Obama continue to slug it out.
This whole Obama-Clinton thing is really interesting to watch. Can't wait to see how it all unfolds...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Every time someone visits it, it gets more people.
More people means more options, like industry and security.
I figure, if it look like I'm not going to get a good presidential candidate, or at least one that shares my beliefs on what we need to do for America, then at least I can rule my own little piece of the internet.
Ooo, also... My New Prediction, hehe: GOD's Ticket for America
Mitt Romney - Republican Presidential Candidate
Mike Huckabee - Republican Vice Presidential Candidate
I can definitely see these guys trying something like this.
Doubt highly they will, but it would be humorous.
Whatever happens, don't vote Hilary. Obama, McCain, Romney, Your Dead Great-Grandmother...
Anyone, just not that evil harpy who is hell-bent on legislating the hell out of my Video Games.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Intaxication - The short-lived euphoria gained by receiving your tax refund.
This rapidly evaporates when you realize it was your money to begin with.
Okay, its humorous. South Park makes it funny.
But this is scary stuff man.
Google Steven Fishman (recommended, as this is seriously fascinating in an 'Oh my god, how is this catching on/being transmitted, how do people believe this stuff' type way)
or watch the Tom Cruise vid at Gawker.
Seriously intriguing and frightening stuff.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Spent the weekend moving my worldly possessions into the new place.
Haven't finished 100% as the previous occupant still has some junk to come pick up.
Should be finished tonight or tomorrow night.
As I was planning on sleeping in the new place last night I packed accordingly.
Since the room I am moving into isn't completely emptied out yet, there wasn't enough room for the bed, so that didn't get moved, and I slept at the old place.
Woke up this morning to an achy back from hauling crap, and the realization that my work clothes, and my toiletries were at the new place.
Well, found a pair of pants in the closet I haven't worn in a while that fits and does the job.
Found the 'emergency' stick of deodorant in the truck.
So everything was pretty much covered over, except for shampoo. I ended up washing my hair with hand soap. Does the job well enough...
I am looking very forward to getting everything finalized in the move and being able to just relax this coming weekend. Super Bowl eh? Giants, Patriots, meh. I'd rather root for the Bud Bowl teams at this point, but it'll be something to relax in front of.
On a light note, an interesting article as sent by my father: What I like to view as proof that obsession and Fanboy-ism isn't a strictly American undertaking.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Found it quite intriguing:
This is apparently a combination of two quotes, the first (ending at the word dictatorship) is attributed by the Library of Congress to "Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee. Unverified."A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.
The 2nd is listed as "Author unknown. Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Unverified."
Origins aside, I find this quote fairly interesting. As our political system is just over 200 years old... Things to think about.
The other thing I wanted to link to today is this video on youtube. Hilarious.
All of the primary candidates, the presidential hopefuls, wield the word change like a flaming sword handed over from an authority on high. I think change is the single most frequently used word in this entire campaign. Anyways, without further ado and for your viewing pleasure:
Thursday, January 24, 2008
My repository for ideas, randomness, and maybe even some story bits.
My goal is to take the "buried treasure" I leave here and invest them into growing projects.
I want to use this blog as a tool to cultivate some writing or motivation in regards to the limitless random ideas that flow through my stream of consciousness on a day to day basis.