Dog Days of summer

Not much to update I’m afraid.  I’ve given Neverwinter Nights 2 a break and I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’m not terribly inspired by my current crop of MMOs. To put it midly, I’ve cast out my net in quite a few games directions in the last month but drawn back my net before I let it sink too deep. I’ve stuck with Tera and EQ2 the most, reaching lvl 25 in each and I’m ok as long as I don’t think about reaching cap which seems way to far off when I do think about it.  Why is it important to reach cap? I don’t know, its just one of those irrational drivers in my mmo dna.  After being exposed to 30 days or so of Wildstar media coverage, I’m feeling the itch to DL the game. So what’s holding me back? Just not having the time.  I recently started a 30 course on Ruby and I intend to see that finished, games and blog be damned.  See ya in August.

King of da Etennmoors and metrics

King of da Moors!

King of da Moors!

I recently hit a milestone in my LOTRO PvMP fun…1200kbs.  Now what does that mean? Exactly 1200 times, I executed x skill that resulted in the last bit of damage that caused a freep to die. Significance of this? None at all, it’s only a number.  A player could have done 90% of the damage on an enemy but someone else could come in and use one skill and get the kb.  Does this stop players from attaching some meaning to this? Of course not, this is pvp!

Another metric Turbine displayes is the kills/death ratio.  It’s a simple ratio of how many times your actions lead to an enemies death compared to how many times you have died in battle.  Again, it’s not a performance metric as much as it’s an indicator of playstyle…. meaning someone with a k/d ratio closer to 1 is a solo’er while someone with a much larger number is a raider.  On my Reaver, it stands at 3.7 k/d…meaning I fall in battle once for every 3.7 enemies that die.  What does this tell me? I like to roam the hills solo looking for targets…and yes, I get nuked 75% of the time but that’s the creep life.  As a rule of thumb, between creeps and freeps, freep k/d ratios are higher.  Creeps are more likely to be found solo by groups (creeps have to do a lot of pve to earn maps) and creeps are several factors weaker than their freep counterparts.  Overall, I think this metric is bad for the game because too many players attach significance to it and play accordingly, meaning they don’t take risks in a consequence free environment.

On the one hand, completely ignoring these metrics can be beneficial while there’s nothing wrong with using them as motivators or achievement milestones.  As always, never beat your opponent so much that they don’t return to the battlefield, there’s nothing worse than having nothing to fight over in the online arena.

 

Help Save Gamebreaker.tv

save_update1[1]When I discovered Gary Gannon’s gamebreaker site, I was blown away at the stuff this guy was talking about.  A video show about MMO’s???  Who would have thought there was a market for this content?  Anyway, I was hooked and kept coming back for more. Because of gamebreaker, I got exposed to the inner workings of Taugrim‘s head, new mmo’s such as Rift and SWTOR,  and suddenly my mmo world got bigger.

Well, I learned a few days that Gary needs some help to keep the site up and running.  If you value the quality content on gamebreaker and you have the means, please consider showing him some financial support at:  www.gamebreaker.tv/donate

I made a one time donation of $120 and added a monthly paypal payment of $10.  This is by no means a suggestion, I just wanted to put my money where my mouth is and disclose how I supported gamebreaker.

 

What to play next

I’m sort of at a crossroads with several of the mmo’s that regularly que up.

LOTRO: at level cap with at least one character and no reason to play at the moment.  I’ll dabble in some pvp on my Reaver but nothing else is of interest.

Rift: same as in LOTRO except I don’t pvp here.

WOW: still casually leveling my Warrior, up to lvl 84 now iirc, through Cataclysm.

SWTOR: I’m solely queuing up for WZs on my lvl 55 Scoundrel and working on pvp gear upgrades.  I’ve got about 3 pieces to go for my goal and I’ve reached valor level 71.

So, at the moment I’ve found a happy place in the single game market. I’ve started up on my Diablo 3 game again and started leveling my Warrior up, currently at lvl 54 and shooting for lvl 60.  I purchased the upcoming expansion and so I’m looking forward to some classic dungeon crawls in March.

I also picked up a ton of games during the Christmas sale at GOG.com and Steam and for the next 3-4 months, I plan to dig into a lot of them.  At the moment I’m tinkering with Divine Divinity II, Witcher II, and Trine II.  All very different games and pleasant escapes for short gaming sessions.

Link

I rebooted up my ongoing LOTRO machina project.  The link is to a video that includes parts 1 and 2.  It’s to be continued with at least 2-4 more installments.  Still quite amateurish and an exercise in patience but one of my brighter moments in LOTRO at the moment. Please leave comments here or on the youtube site and tell me what you like or hate about it.

LOTRO PVMP: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Lumber Camp