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I’m River, I’m No Stream

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on April 22, 2014 by theerivs

1545866_10152110761373486_393519467_nSo I bitched on Twitter the other day that everyone was doing the streaming thing. Then I read Keen’s post about it.  I commented that I feel like an old man yelling at the kid’s to stay off my lawn.  Though I may dabble in it cause I have a natural curiosity, I’m not a huge fan of it. Here’s why.


The 5 reasons this old grumpy man doesn’t like streaming. 

5. Time – I get done reading a blog post in a few seconds perhaps a few minutes at most…these videos are upwards of 5 minutes usually. I don’t have that much time…if i did I would playing the damn game.

4. Playing, not Watching – I liked streaming better when it was my older brother hogging the video game system. Seriously I didn’t like watching players, I like playing.

3.Imagination – I love the printed word, and the way it sparks the imagination.

2. Planning – If I did it I would want to make it good, and not just tossed together. I need to have an idea of what I want to convey with it. This blog has a voice, and I know what it is.

1. Crap – Just A LOT of crap in the streaming world out there, and not a real good way for this old goat to navigate.

If you do the streaming thing, and enjoy it…more power to you. Right now it isn’t for me, and this will probably leave me a relic, and blogging to myself.



Weakly Lagout

Posted in MMORPG with tags on April 17, 2014 by theerivs

High Latency Living - 

I know a little early, but I have the day off tomorrow, so I’ll be playing video games in my underwear.  I think Wildstar Beta is open THIS weekend, so hopefully I’ll get some time in there. I will also be working on an alt, either a shaman or warrior.  Always looking for fun xmogs, and more gold too.

High Latency Love - 

My brother in arms is going through a rough patch. Scarybooster I hope he feels better soon, He hasn’t posted in his blog for a bit cause he’s in hiatus, but that doesn’t matter. He has earned my respect, and loyalty so I got his back each and every time, still go over to his blog and show him some god damn love. Donkey show for life! LOL!


High Latency Laugh - 


With that..



Loot the Dogs

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on April 16, 2014 by theerivs

jaina-proudmooreIf you were a Molten Core raider, and you didn’t hear this screamed over your headset, you were missing out I think. As a former raider back in the Vanilla/BC/Wrath days I kind of fell out of the loop. Since my PvP clan has gone to greener pastures mainly ESO, I thought to try to pick up raiding again. Luckily I won Kurn’s Guide to Raiding. I won by posting my first purple the Axe of the Deep Woods, which my friend and Guild Leader gave my Orc Tanking Warrior back in the day…like way way back in the day.  I thought one good turn deserves another, so let me tell you a bit about the guide.

This isn’t really a review, reviewing the great writing Kurn does would be like a caveman teaching a physics class. The writing is top notch. It kept my interest with not only tips, and pointers but Kurn shared stories of her raiding days which made it that much more interesting. That brings the guide home, Kurn wasn’t perfect but it’s that striving for perfection that made her a great raider, and guild leader. She’s not afraid to shy away from her failures, but those failures we’re the key to her success.

True there was some bits where I thought it was common sense, but then I thought back to my days of raiding hardcore, and say to myself some raiders may need a dose of common sense. Also it isn’t laden with specs, and stats and with WoD coming out it shouldn’t be about that, but Kurn gives great places on to where to look for these things, some I have heard about, some I haven’t.

I thought the guide itself was great, and if your serious about raiding, or leading a guild I urge to check her out at http;//

Tell her Riv sent you!

I Fight the Long War

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , on April 14, 2014 by theerivs

Iron_WarriorAs some of you may know, or not know I love Warhammer, and Warhammer 40k. So I was chomping at the bit for any info regarding this game. I reached out to Behaviour about their game Warhammer 40k : Eternal Crusade.  I hope this is part of a series as we build up to game launch so I started with some easy questions to get you acquainted with what is going on. So Mathieu Fecteau was gracious enough to answer these questions.

1. Who are you, and what is your role with Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade? My name is Mathieu Fecteau. I’m associate producer on the project

2. I see 4 races, (Ork, Space Marine, Eldar, Chaos Space Marine), Will there be more at launch or is that all you are shooting for? The launch will included those 4 races as playable factions. But you will also encounter Tyranids on the battlefields of Arkhona !

3.  Can you tell me are there any future races planned, like the Tau? Post launch, of course we will release more races. But nothing have been confirmed officially.

4.    I see factions are discussed a bit, will you be able to play as an Iron Warrior or Space Wolf?  Space Wolf is already a sub-faction of the Space Marines planned at launch. The Space Marines faction will also include the following chapters: Blood Angel, Dark Angel and Ultramarines. For the Chaos Space Marines, the legion included at launch are the Word Bearer, the Black Legion, the Nightlord and the Iron Warrior.

5I hear mention of vehicles, will you be able to play as a Dreadnought? Not at launch, but who knows after :)

6.  Can you wet my readers whistles, and give us any tidbits of what the Founders Packs may include? We are moving full steam ahead on the Founder’s program production. Tones of reveal are coming very soon. But I can tell you you will be able to equip your characters with rare weaponry, unlock specific heroes and may have some pre-heresy content. The creation of the strike forces are also part of it. More to come !

7.Will we see any levels involving Titans? Not at launch, but who knows after

8.   I know you guys are really busting your humps with this, and it appears a lot of it is a labor of love. Are you folks big Warhammer 40k fans? Personally, I’m a Warhammer 40,000 fan and player since the 3rd edition back in early 2000. On the team, we have a couple of fans and players. And some of the team members are becoming fans too.

9.  I heard Games Workshop can be a burden to work with, how have they been?  It is a pleasure to work directly with them. Of course they can be picky, but they want to protect their licence and this is understandable. I won’t say they are a burden to work with, in fact when you also know the licence and want a good product, they are very happy to help !


I would like to thank Mathieu, Behaviour, and the people working on Eternal Crusade, and I hope to hear more from them in the weeks, and months to come.

Iron Within!…Iron Without!

The WoD Checklist

Posted in MMORPG with tags on April 10, 2014 by theerivs

undead-warlockWell Warlords of Draenor is months away doesn’t mean I can’t get prepared. Cause I don’t want another Illidan yelling at me about how unprepared I am.

So here it it.


Warlords of Draenor Checklist.

1. Gold – I would like to have at least 100k on both sides of Alliance and Horde, more would be better but I want that at least.

2. Gear – I don’t want the top gear, and I’m not going to kill myself to get the best because I know when WoD comes out the gear game starts anew.

3.Transmog – Get some more cool transmog gear for all my toons.

4. 2 Toons for each side – Make sure I got toons ready on Alliance side, and Horde side

5. Find a new horde home – I got a couple horde toons I want to work on I need a new home, a level 25 guild to help leveling.

6. Level a  Toon to 60 – I want to boost a Toon on Alliance side with Jewelcrafting/Enchanting

7. More Mounts – I gotta collect’em all.

8. Pre-order WoD – To get boost, and raven mount, money’s a tosh tight right now but I’m gonna do it.

So that’s what I got to keep me busy, I think I’ll be OK


Not So Wild

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on April 7, 2014 by theerivs

1545866_10152110761373486_393519467_nWell it was a Wildstar Beta Weekend, and I wish I can say I was impressed, and loved it with all my heart….but I can’t. I had a few issues with it, but I admit I only created a bunch of toons, and played the starting zones.

Graphics -

Now my computer is starting to be long in the tooth, so I get the graphics were jenky, and I had to dumb everything way down…maybe I have some more tweaking but the graphics were still a little jenky. For example models flickering, and cut scenes looking askew. This wasn’t the only fact that didn’t impress me about Wildstar.


WoW is cartoony, Wildstar is a out and out cartoon you can play. That’s the art style I get it, but if you don’t like hyper reality of your men and women, then you won’t like this, what I mean is all the women have big boobs, with big butts, and all the men are Arnold clones. I liked the art style it was like playing a cartoon from my youth. The races/classes/ paths were pretty cool, and you get to customize a lot of your toon. The problem I have is you can customize you face nine ways to Sunday, why can you customize your body a bit. I would of really liked some body customization if your going to go through all that work to let people do  it to your face.


 Starter Zones -

Really on rails alot which I’m used to now thanks to WoW and goblins, and worgens. Doesn’t mean I still have to like it. It makes for alts very boring, and tiresome. Everyone starts at the same place to for each faction. I would of like some different starting zones to mix it up for the alts.

Combat - 

I actually liked this it seemed fast paced, and there was a lot going on, alot of movement involved. I need to play around more with it..but so far I liked it.

Overall - 

It wasn’t a bad game, I won’t condemn it. It needs some polish but it’s in Beta, and there were some good points. I don’t think I’m hopping aboard some hype train and pre-ordering just yet. I’ll keep my eye on it though as it does have some merit.

Don’t Be Jell

Posted in MMORPG with tags on April 3, 2014 by theerivs

download (4)So I got a Wildstar Beta, and there’s a beta weekend this weekend. So I am excited, but don’t be all ‘jellin I got it. I’ll fill you in what I’m up to.

Why Wildstar and not ESO? 

I never been a huge ESO fan, from The first Elder Scrolls games to Skyrim..Oh I tried just couldn’t get into them. Don’t know if it’s the UI. First person throws me in RPGs looking at you Ultima Underworld.  I just prefer third person view thanks to my long run with that view in MMO”s. I hear you can run in third person, but there are some other issues like lore. Some reason just didn’t get into the lore either. I can go on but I digress.

Which side will I choose? 

Well I’m Lawful Evil, so going Dominion, and probably start off as a Cassian.

What class? 

Warrior- Tank. I played a Tank in almost every MMO I played. I love being a respected member of the group.

What Path? 

Looking at Soldier – Holdout – Protect seems like the path to go for a Tank.


Things may change once I get into the game, and see how it plays. Hell even to see if I like it or not. I am looking forward to it though, I hope it turns out well.




Tailor Swift

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , on April 2, 2014 by theerivs

taylor-swift-6So I’ve been working on my Tailoring cause I want to make the 553 pants, and belt. I have pretty much all honor gear at 522 minus the pants, and one trinket. A couple things about leveling a profession it is expensive as hell. I think I burned through almost 10k of gold doing it, and I’m pretty broke now. That’s ok I got a lot of time to build back my gold reserves before WoD.

Interesting thing last night I usually do an Onyxia run for the mount, and I got a book that trained me for Northrend Cloth Scavaging. Which I think garners me more cloth drops in Northrend. This might lead me to making some good ole Frostweave bags to up my money. Of course no mount.

I have to farm some Pandarian mobs to get me the celestial cloth recipe tonight, I might down a potion of luck, hopefully that helps.

The future plan with the warlock is just work on accumulating gold, working on some fun transmogs, and getting my Brawlers Guild rank up, plenty to do until Warlords.

Throwback Thursday

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on March 27, 2014 by theerivs

erin_gray_buck_rogers_purple_outfitWell across the Internet people are doing something called Throwback Thursday. I thought it would be cool to post some old posts and see how things are changed.


This POST was done June 1, 2009 and it projected my hate of achievements, and explains that the internet is full of bullshit.


This POST from June 15, 2009 show’s my anger at a ninja, and me getting the coolest thing evah.


This POST from June 10th of 2009, has a pretty cool website on it, that I looked at it today…it’s still cool!


So some blasts from the past I hope you like.






Most Influential 15 Games

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags on March 25, 2014 by theerivs

pic_poo1 A bunch of bloggers are doing their most influential games on their life, and I for one really like this topic. The list is in chronological order, so without further delay. Here it goes…

My 15 Most Influential Games

1. Pong (1972) – When I was really young someone had a console version of this game and it blew my mind.

2. Adventure (1979) (Atari 2600)- This was my first video game for my Atari 2600…I played it for hours on end. I even found the easter egg.

3. Pitfall (1982) (Atari 2600)- I literally played this game looking for this elusive gold city that’s supposedly in it. Well it turns out there is none.

4. Pole Position (1982) (Arcade/C64)  When I drive on the expressway I still hear “Prepare to Qualify” When I got a Commodore 64, it was the first game I programmed, and saved on my old cassette recorder.

5. Bards Tale (1985) (C64) – My first real RPG, I loved this game and series so much. I bought graph paper, and mapped every square inch of the dungeons in the game.

6. Pool of Radiance (1988)(C64) – This brought to life several things for me. The Forgotten Realms a setting I adored within Dungeons and Dragons world, and better graphics and combat system that I was really yearning for.

7.  Street Fighter 2 (1991)(Arcade) – The battles I had in my local bowling alley arcade were epic, the only player who had the same level of expertise as me became a good friend, he moved away and I still miss him.

8. Mortal Kombat (1992) (Arcade) – The fighter war continued here, everyone picked the ninja’s Scorpion and Sub Zero…but I was a Raiden master. Finish Him!

9. NHL 94(1993) (Sega) –  This game me and my brother really bonded over, and this is the reason I’m not a Blackhawks fan, my brother was always the Blackhawks, and I picked the next best. The Penquins…you know how hard it is growing up in Chicago, as a Pens fan.

10 – Samurai Shodown (1993) (Arcade) – The last of the fighting games I excelled at in the arcade. I loved this game cause it fueled my love for Japanese culture, and had weapons in it.

11. Baldurs Gate (1998)(PC) – This series picked up where the Gold Box series left off. Great Story Telling, and gameplay kept me coming back time and again. The sequel Baldurs Gate 2 just built up that.

12. Aliens Versus Predator 2 (2001)(PC) – This was really the last FPS I mastered. I was even in a Clan, that competed a lot called Hell’s Legion. I was a master at the Predator. Nothing like ripping a marines head off.

13. Dark Ages of Camelot (2001)(PC) – This was my first MMO, and when I was laid off in 2002 it really cushioned the blow. The friendships I made back then are still with me today, and I still game with a lot of my guildmates from back then.

14. World of Warcraft (2004) (PC)- What can I say, 10 years later I’m still playing this game, a fourth of my life. It has been through the thick and thins of the past 10 years. I’ve made some wonderful friends, and played with some old ones in this game. A lot of memories in-game. You can’t get more influential then that.

15. Warhammer Online (2008)(PC) – This game got me more friends, but it also is where I started my video game blogging adventure. A hobby that would have the most effect of my life to date.

So that’s it…What are your most influential games?


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