Weekly Wyrm: Oct. 19, 2014

The highlight of this week was complete disgust at the Utah death threat against Anita Sarkeesian. The threat went something like this:

“Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged.”

The local Mormon police seemed conspicuously absent, like “whatevs, we don’t see anything that needs our attention”. Are we living in Afghanistan? Next will it be acid attacks?

Sarkeesian was featured in a live MSNBC interview that was posted today on Youtube, confirming opinions that these threats will only strengthen Sarkeesian’s position.

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Angry Joe put up a great, entertaining old-school review of Alien:Isolation this week.

I was thrilled to see a great game with a female protagonist, until I thought longer about why the female protagonist starts the game in her underwear. What male-protagonist game lately has started you off in gratuitous undies?

The Alien:Isolation deshabille actually has an artistic precedent in Alien, the original movie, but this issue is clearly something society takes for granted in games, and it’s fabulous that Anita Sarkeesian and a few brave others are refusing to back down from these threats to their lives and well-being, instead just using them to prove their points.

So I’m still preferring to pay for the well-outfitted lady desert Rangers in Wasteland 2. I purchased it and started playing tonight, despite having already ponied up sub and credits for Rift: Nightmare Tide.

I don’t think I’ve paid full price for a game since Rift, unless you count LotRO expansions. Wasteland 2 has had two solid patches since it launched to widespread positive reviews, which all looks promising on top of the Youtube gameplay sequences I watched.

Not too many people, much less game bloggers, played the original Wasteland game two decades ago. This game has style. It’s time to repair some toasters.


Elf In Real Life: One Week Until The Nightmare

waiting catRift:Nightmare Tide is supposed to release in one week. I haven’t been playing Rift much except for helping newbies in the forums.

Today was my first day back in the stock market, and I made a $12 profit while the market plunged again.

$12 is like a free hamburger in a hurricane, but it’s still a $1.50 raise on my crappy day job. I haven’t gotten an annual raise–no rank and file in my office has–for over 5 years.

I wish I could go out and harvest artifacts in the neighborhood and sell them on EBay. Maybe if I lived in Greece or Ireland and wanted to engage in criminal archaeological activity.

Everything looks bad except for oil prices, which Citigroup is declaring to be a 1 trillion stimulus. Meanwhile, the headline on CNN.com right now says “brace yourselves for financial crash.”

Ironically, anecdotes say that by the time the headlines of major news outlets are declaring a financial crash, the worst is already over. Maybe CNN is saying this on purpose, trying reverse psychology. Or maybe they’re looking to drive prices further down so they can buy.

Important money people are going on CNBC this week, like the CEO of Blackstone, and saying whatever it takes to help their own interests. It’s like a mini-game trying to guess the ulterior motives of everything the people say on CNBC.

I look at the expressions of the nervous-looking Wall Street guys and imagine them wearing burly beards, with the terrified caption “We dug too deep!”

How deep is Trion still dicking with Nightmare Tide? I’d guess it’s still a bit creaky, but we can pray it’s playable. They have one more week to tie on some flippers and send this girl off the deep end.


Weekly Wyrm ~ Oct. 11, 2014

turtle earrings for rift nightmare tideThe positive highlight of the week was purchasing my traditional expansion-themed earrings for Rift. They’re little gold turtles. I made my own earrings for Rohan and Gondor, but they didn’t hold up due to materials issues.

The negative highlight of the week was being called a “nigga bitch” in Rift. I won’t wallow in filth by speculating etymologically what this is supposed to mean. I was playing my rogue, stealing Unstable Artifacts from the big meany Seastonians (the U.S. PvP server).


Artifact Mining On A PvP Server


Eve Online has a similar gameplay scenario with high sec and low sec. Whenever an Unstable Artifact zone event hits Seastone on the cluster-wide event tracker, it’s an opportunity to reap richer rewards for increased risk.

On average I was dying once or twice per event as of last week. This week I adopted a strategy of riding to a safer hunting location before shard hopping, and also going only with my rogue. My mage is a puny stick of 2-shot goo to a well-geared murder machine.

The payoff for my artifact hunting has been 1.5k plat earned in the last few weeks, mainly from a 450 plat Freemarch epic unstable artifact. I’ve invested most of that back into Dreamweaving, and now I can convert arties into dream cloth for even more coin.

So speaking of investing.


THE BEARS = WINNING


This week the 3-year bull market in U.S. securities finally ran out of steam. There’s just no place for them to go with the interest rate increases looming, Europe threatening a recession with decreased oil consumption, and weak earnings being reported by Intel, Samsung, and others partly due to low sales in China.

Not to mention multiple wars and Ebola.

For three years, this kitty has been rooing the days (i.e. jumping up and down with anxiety) when she was hunkered in a cabin writing novels four or five years ago instead of catching the bull market and getting rich. Well, the wait is finally over. It’s bear time.

No, this section isn’t about football.

In other bear news, LotRO’s Beorning class has hit the live servers, and screens are appearing of tough tattooed bear women. I love this.

For years, including in my newbie guide to LotRO, I’ve been lobbying for a native-type race with facial tattoos, and Turbine is doing it.

The LotRO Community boys seem to be making fun of how ugly she is, but Turbine deserves kudos for implementing realistic female figures, much like Blizzard’s healthy femme-panda forms.


Wasteland 2


Wasteland 2 has finally released, the new retro RPG from Brian Fargo, Mike Stackpole, Liz Danforth and the like. I like what I’m seeing on the Youtube videos and the reviews.

Stackpole and Liz Danforth are venerable Tunnels and Trolls developers, and I’ll be pressing the buy button and happily handing them money for this amazing effort. The soundtrack by Mark Morgan, the original Fallout and Planescape Torment composer, is also worth checking out.

I can’t explain why I’m not more excited about Dragon Age 3, which releases in November. Wasteland 2 seems more like an open story where I can make my own roleplay characters. Dragon Age 2 felt like playing a character in a movie, and it got old.

The only reservation I have about Wasteland 2 is that the endgame looks like fighting against robots, which I really didn’t like in the Fallout games. It’s the same formula over again. Robots just aren’t good “bad guys” from a fiction perspective, in general. Terminator had Arnold. I doubt if this game has Arnold.

Until next time, happy gaming! Thanks for reading KKBB.


Which Fantasy World Should You Live In?

Silverangel:

This is a curious quiz. I got Gallifrey. I wanted Harry Potter.

Originally posted on Lynette Noni:

The inner geek in me absolutely demands that I share this link to a quick, fun quiz. I got Narnia (woohoo!) – but I’m curious about what other world options they have. If you take the quiz and get a different result, please comment below and let me know of any other cool places they have listed! If someone ends up with something Harry Potter related, I’m so going back to change my answers until I come out with that! (Is that cheating? Lol).

You can check out the quiz by clicking here. (It only takes, like, 30 seconds, but it’s worth it!)

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Rift: Nightmare Tide Release Date Delayed

Trion announced today that Rift:Nightmare Tide will now release on Oct. 22. I muted my tongue in my previous posts, but honestly I would have been surprised to see it release next week. The state of the beta has shown something a bit behind schedule.

The question now is what will happen at the strategy meeting tomorrow in Irvine, California. Will Blizzard goad its top-brass ogres into action, turning the burning legion in Scipio Africanus fashion, leaping at the chance to pounce and maul the hapless wildebeest while it’s limping lamely.

Warlords Of Draenor is scheduled to release Nov. 13th.

Last night I transmogged my Rift mage staff into a two-handed sword. I’ve never been a two-hander rambler, but I love the the flaming sword buff from having fire attunement capped. Three more weeks of blogging Rift might send me into Archeage for a bit, possibly another factor in Trion’s decision.


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