Archive for October, 2010

MMO Idea: Battletech

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on October 20, 2010 by theerivs

I was thinking…which is a dangerous thing. You have alot of these awesome IP’s being made into MMO’s, Warhammer, Star Trek,  Star Wars. 

Why not Battletech?

1. You have a Universe rich in Lore. Years of Role Playing Games, Video Games, and Books all add to the mix….there was even a short lived cartoon.

2. You have a Universe filled with drama and strive, with all the different houses, and clans. Tons of opportunity for fighting. There are even mercenaries which would also add cool twists to the game.

3. There’s more than giant Mechs in the Battletech universe, though thats where all the fighting will center around I’m sure. There can be an awesome economy, and crafting involved in the game.

4. Who the hell doesn’t love giant mechs?  If you don’t piss off you wanker…

5. Great Team Dynamics in Battletech that lend themselves to raiding, and instances. Imagine a boss, or a raid where you face, “trash mechs as you traverse a map, until you get to a “boss” mech.


1. Game is rushed, and poorly designed.

2. It doesn’t bring ALL the elements together that make Battletech so awesome (such if they only use 2 factions of it)

3. They concentrate too much on the Mech Combat, though important they leave the other areas go bad such as Avatar combat (aka STO, or Pirates of the Burning Sea)

Bottomline I think this would be an awesome IP to craft an MMO from, and if done right could be a real big seller, but thats the problem it would have to be done RIGHT!  Maybe that new Mechwarrior game will come out soon that there’s a trailer for me to quench my thirst for all things Battletech, and hopefully it doesn’t turn into vaporware.

Tomorrow Bee is here, maybe she will show us her “long and wavy hair”. Ever watch old porn like from the 70′s, Bee?  Well anyway I can’t wait what she has in store for us.

World of Tanks

Posted in Gaming with tags on October 20, 2010 by theerivs

With all the World of Warcraft patch 4.0x stuff going on, I decided to take a break, and try something different. Alot of ex-guildies of mine are trying this game, and thought what the hell…it’s in beta, and it’s free.

It’s not really an MMO per se, but it’s quite addicting once you start going with it. I think of it more like a Counter Strike with Tanks, and more RPG elements to it in terms of upgrading. Also alot of Chatting options as well.  

Ok here’s the concept, you have a bunch of different tanks, light, medium, heavy, some Tank Destroyers, and some Artillery. You have a map, and you just blow the crap out of each other.  Not Rocket Science.

Simple in concept, but once I start going with it there is some pretty neat stuff to it. You can buy tanks, research upgrades, swap out your crew. There is ALOT of choices when upgrading your tanks, and what tanks to buy.

The Graphics are pretty sharp, and crisp. The physics were realistic, the sound, and  music was good too. Lag wasn’t bad at all even when there was as many as 8-10 tanks near me, I had no issues what so ever.

Overall it’s a fun little game, it’s not going to be replacing World of Warcraft, or Guild Wars, if you just want to blow shit up, and have a little fun then it’s worth a shot. Oh and it’s in beta, and it’s free…so the price can’t be beat.

Pure Awesomeness.

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , , on October 20, 2010 by theerivs

Yeah I was busy at work, so late lazy post, but I don’t care I wanted to share this awesomeness. Say what you want about Blizzard, they know how to make a cinematic to get the hype in me rolling.


Where do I sign up to join this bad motherfucker!

My Hair is Flat and Listless.

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , on October 18, 2010 by theerivs

So I am playing my Pally, and I noticed my Prot spec is slow and boring now thanks to the new system. Rotation is messed up, and really I have total lack of confidence now in my tank.

I decided to play with my duel spec of Retribution. Dear god not much better, and I noticed my hair. For a Ret Pally it needs to be longer, and more fuller. If there’s one thing I learned from the Superflyretpally Jong is that anyone can DPS, but not every can look good while doing it.

Speaking of Jong, he’s gone missing. I checked all the Salons in Silvermoon City to see if he’s there getting a special herbal treatment. I checked all the Spas in Orgrimmar to check to see if he’s getting a seaweed wrap. I was going to go to Thunder Bluff, but let’s face it those cows look like….well cows.

So if you seen our friend Jong tell him we need some Ret Pally tips, and some hair tips as well. Meanwhile my pally is having uber bad hair days, and that makes her a real bitch.

Weekly Lagout

Posted in MMORPG with tags on October 15, 2010 by theerivs

WoW – Man, Patch 4.01 is out, and things are in upheaval. The Mage Class for the most part isn’t that bad. Arcane seems like right on track. The Paladin Class…whoa…just whoa. I got to figure out how to reforge stuff, even if I can. Got to look over my gems, and enchants see if I need tweaking. To the Elitist Jerks site for some number crunching. Also got to download updated addons, and enable them. Lots to do…lots to do.

Other Games - I asked for a Beta Invite for World of Tanks, I didn’t get in yet. Which sucks alot of my ex-guildies are playing, and they are sounding like they are having fun. Still looking for a cheap Force Unleashed:Sith Edition to get into the mood of playing Force Unleashed 2, but I refuse to pay 30 dollars for that old a game (The price on Steam, and at Gamestop).

High Latency Love -

Gazimoff made a great guide for the new patch…Check it out.

Krizzly gives some Frost love with his guide too.

Show my mage friends some love….

I gotta give some love to EAlouse, and his post. Love him/her, or hate him/her. I feel for EAlouse losing their job, and I understand where the anger comes from, but one thing is for sure. It’s an interesting read none the less. Check it out.

Something Funny….

Smell Like a Monster…

With that….


It’s a Mage Life for Me.

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , , on October 15, 2010 by theerivs

Well I’ll be concentrating on my main the Mage for a bit. I ran a few heroics to get a feel of things.

Things I noticed….

1.All my Spellpower Gems are now Intellect. All my Gear has way more Intellect on it. I still have some Spellpower stuff.

2.We No Longer Get Hit Bonus from Talents – So we need to up our Hit as Arcane Mages now.

3.The Numbers I was tossing out as Arcane, and also Frost seem real comparable to what I was tossing out before. Though Recount was turned off. I will have to turn that on tonight.

4.As Arcane Mage we no longer have Icy Veins. Potion of Speed is now my new mini Icy Veins.

5.No longer need Power Auras, the Game does that for you now.

6.Arcane Explosion is once again very spammable, and with talent to reduce threat not a bad way to AOE.

7. I wasn’t running into too much mana problems as long as I was running Mage Armor.

8. My Arcane Build is pretty much all Arcane with 5 points in Fire, 3 in Burning Soul for pushback avoidance, and 2 in the talent in fire that gives mana back.  

Overall I think the Mage is going to be ok, with a few tweaks here, and there he will be back to a top notch killer status toot sweet.

As for the Pally…well that toon is going to have to wait a bit.


Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags , , , on October 14, 2010 by Bee
Thought I was prepared for this patch.

I was sadly mistaken.  I never, ever thought I would say this but,

I don’t like playing my priest right now. 

It makes me sad.  I had to force myself to run an instance last night to practice.  Did I get a nice kooshy instance like Azjol-Nerub?  No, of course not.  I ended up queueing in to a partly-completed, pet-on-aggressive-Huntard mess of a group in Halls of Reflection.  We wiped once (due to said Huntard) – but it was not my fault.

I did get a compliment on my pretty wings :) 

Picture stolen :) Since I forgot to send myself a screenshot this morning.

I feel like I’m starting to get a grasp on how this new heal/Smite/heal/Smite/heal/heal/Smite/Smite business works for Disc Priest healing.  With practice I think I’ll be back to my old self in regards to raid healing.  My bubbles are comin’ out kinda slow though, which is messing with my rotations.  I may try to do a bit of reforging of some of my Spirit to Haste/Mastery to correct this.  I have already regemmed for some Haste, which was somewhat helpful, but I’m still missing my old Borrowed Time.
So PVE is ok, and getting a bit better but ….. PVP.
I let a DK beat me in a duel.  And then…. a Warlock.  It’s difficult for me to prioritize.  Smite (even how I have it specced to cast faster), is still difficult to cast on a moving target.  I’m really not sure what to do.  Against the Warlock I ended up killing her Succubus with Smite and Holy Fire and beat her on a second try (since that dirty Succubus actually stays LOS).  I can see how an Evangelism spec with Archangel could be really good for BG’s.  A place where I can try to blend in in the background and get my smites off properly.  In a duel though?  It’s just not working.  I may have to consider a different spec all together.  The biggest thing I miss? Desperate Prayer.  I love it… fuck, I’m desperate for it.  I just don’t have enough talent points to get it yet. 
On a brighter note, my Frost Mage is putting up some insane DPS at level 49.  I got a whole bunch of new spells (welcome, my little Water Elemental) – and lost a few too (so, I can’t port to Stonard til 52 now?) Anyways…. Really it is very fun.  I love Ice Lance, I love the animations… honestly I am loving everything about my Mage right now. 

Patch Day Blues

Posted in MMORPG on October 12, 2010 by theerivs

Ahhh a New Pre Expansion Patch is now upon us.  Tons of changes for every class. As I am sure everyone is chomping at the bit to try it out. Lets be realistic. In the 5+ Years of WoW, I don’t think one Patch has gone smoothly 100%, and lets face it this is a whopper of a one.

So what to expect….

1. Downloading Bullshit – from taking for ever, to general problems like errors. I remember one patch I had to install in safe mode.

2. Lag – Once you downloaded the patch, and you’re lucky enough to get in. You my friend are in for a lagfest of mountainous proportions….enjoy.

3. Add-ons Broken – All those cool Add-ons you use to help you play, yep their probably broke.

4. Chaos- Millions of people trying to relearn their classes at the same time, yeah thats going to be a fun time.

5. Broke-ass shit - Well once you get going you can be sure of one thing, Servers going down, or rebooting, or just plain sucking in general. Errors, and broke shit everywhere. Oh and don’t forget the ever famous Extended Maintenance.

So that’s what we have to look forward to tonight, Me I learned my lesson I’m going to watch a movie tonight, and maybe log in tomorrow. It still amazes me though after 5 years this process doesn’t go a tad bit smoother…Maybe next patch will go smoother…..

And Maybe I’ll start dating Felicia Day. by the way through twitter I found out her main is a Warlock….I forgive you my love….I’ll help you level a mage.

My Hate Makes Me Powerful

Posted in MMORPG on October 11, 2010 by theerivs

A couple posts around the blogosphere about hating on new players, or just ones who act noobish.  Let me explain my stance to you all. If you don’t take the time to at least put a half assed effort into your toon, whatever you are playing. I am going to make fun of you, and ridicule you.

Elitist attitude? I don’t think so. Sure I don’t know everything, and my toon isn’t the best out there, but damn it I make an effort to gem correctly, the correct enchants, glyphed correctly. Even if you are not correctly gemmed I won’t go into seizures of hate.

For example I go into a random 5 man heroic with a guildie, and there is this warrior with NO gems at all…none, nada, zilch. I go into a tirade on Vent. Then when the warrior starts stinking things up, and generally sucking my tirade spills over into chat. Now of course I am called an asshole, and he leaves.

Not saying that I am mean, just to be mean, if we’re just standing around Orgrimmar, and you have a question, I will freely answer it. I will go out of the way to help a noob as long as that noob isn’t in the same raid/heroic as I am. In that case you’re going to be put on blast by me because I feel if you are doing 80 heroics you should have some basic understanding of this game, and your class. I don’t feel that is unreasonable.  

So if you want to be a carebear, and hug it out with the gemless, enchantless noobs by all means more power to you. Not me if you are going to waste my time, and the time of my fellow players that do put effort into this game, your going to get my mages slipper up your arse!

Weekly Lagout

Posted in MMORPG with tags on October 8, 2010 by theerivs

WoW – GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY! errr I mean good news for mages…finally, plus I’m looking at the changes and looks like are damage coeffecients are all getting boosted through the roof as well. As we draw nearer to Cataclysm I could feel the excitement build. December 7th…I feel a cold coming already for December 8th. LOL!

WAR - I got some 14 day free offer, I might just take them up on it. You can’t beat Free.

Minecraft – FUCK YOU, and YOUR SHITTY GRAPHICS! that is all.

High Latency Love –

First off I want to thank Bee for holding up the fort a bit while I was on my death bed (ok a little melodramatic) So much love to her as always.

Also show some HLL to the Scarybooster, he’s under the delusion I am tied to his views per day or something, God if his count goes down when I’m sick….I sure hope I don’t die.

I want to give some love to Gevlon, the Greedy Goblin. I always read him, and he has some interesting things to say. This post though had me thinking, and I’ll post some thoughts on it next week.

Something Funny….

Runzwithfire a mage on the Mana Obscura forums made a new machinima…Show some High Latency Love. In the Video theres some famous magely bloggers see if you can spot them.  Know Rivz though…maybe next one.

PC vs Mac

With that….



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