Sorry, Warlords has kept me busy.

Posted in Uncategorized, Warlords Of Dreanor, World of Warcraft on December 6, 2014 by Banhammer

My last Blog was on the 15th November, a few days after Warlords of Dreanor’s release, during the time period we shall call “The Troubles” a dark time to be sure! But since then things with WoD have improved greatly and have been very busy levelling 5 of my characters in WoD content. The first of my characters to level to 100 is, of course Banhammer, here is that moment in glorious techniclour!

Dinging level 100 in Spires of Arak zone.

Dinging level 100 in Spires of Arak zone.

The Garrison system is very enjoyable and this is the reason I have been levelling 5 characters. Each garrison (eventually) will get an Ore mine and a Herb garden which you can harvest even if you do not have those gathering professions. So with this in mind I am making sure I have 3 Alliance characters and 2 Horde Characters with functioning level 2 garrisons to get the most out of these places. My Herbalist/Alchemist Shaman has a nice supply of herbs to play with and Banhammer conversely has a nice supply of True Steel ore heading his way :)

Questing wise each zone seems to be telling it’s part of the story, even if you don’t entirely follow the questing flow, you know quest here a little, then move over there and quest a little more, then travel back, the story does not feel broken or disjointed. NPC characters that you started the expansion with crop up every now and then to lead you through some more of the story line and then go away again, for me it just adds further to the whole feeling you are part of something bigger rather than being a powerful hero, super soldiering your way through everything the world has to offer without so much as breaking a sweat.

I wonder where my fish has gone?

I wonder where my fish has gone?

I must say professions are a little weird this time around, Blizzard has made this effort to include garrison buildings and helpers into the mix, which pretty much means you cannot really make anything quick without having the correct garrison building. Banhammer (naturally) is a Blacksmith and Miner, he can smelt the True Steel ore once a day (Cooldown resets in the morning), this gives him a minimum of 4 bars and currently up to 7, this ammount should increase the closer I get to 700 skill in Blacksmithing. He can also give the forge master “Work Orders” to make True Steel and they will make a bar every 3 hours (or something like that). The downside to this is that the best items take 100 True Steel bars to make and since getting the Garrsion forge up and running I have only managed to get enough True Steel to make 3 items.

Lucky the top end items Banhammer can make are iLevel 630 and can be upgrades, well it says something like “Stage 1 of 3″ in the tool tip, but you can on wear three “Warlords forges items”, not sure if this means rings and neck items made as well or just the armour, time and research will tell. Overall though I think they took a step in the right direction of making Blacksmithing useful again but then brought it back and hobbled it in other ways.

Ok, well I am heading back into Dreanor to continue questing, hopefully I have a better blog next time and not just cobbled something together.

I’m done. . .for a week at least!!

Posted in Warlords Of Dreanor, World of Warcraft on November 15, 2014 by Banhammer

All the excitement, the build up, the pre-patch event, all signs pointed to Warlords of Dreanor being truly epic. I mean it’s gotta go smooth there is no way after 10 years and 4 previous expansion packs could Blizzard fuck it up on launch night again, could they?

Well it turns out they can, they not only managed to have the servers die when the expansion went live, for once I was in a position to actually be there, it went something like this:

Server: Warlords of Dreanor expansion is now live!
Players: To the portal lads!
Server: Poop, weeze, crash!
Players: Disconnected, what the Hell Blizz?
Server: Character not found!
Player: I’ll try again! *logins in*
Server: Grats you’ve login in, have fun in Pandaria!
Player: Pandaria? I was in Blasted lands, What am I. . .  . . *Disconnected*
Server: Grats you are logged in, No characters found!

Rinse and repeat!

Went to bed.

Friday I got to play, for 20 minutes, at 5:30am before I left for work!, got home from work around 1pm played for 2 hours, logged out to go shower and other duties. Since then it’s been nothing but queues every since! The EU forum Blues have turtled and gone into their shells as they do each and every  time the game has a major fuck up! They just don’t say a word because the people “up top”, that is to say the US Blues have to post first, then we get some weak CS Blue cut and paste the respone and post it in the EU forums, Warcraft’s Twitter feed is totally focused on the NA game and the EU gets a token mention every now and then, when they remember us!

This is why I stopped bothering to report cheats and bots to them, the EU Blues are just weak, pointless individuals with no ability to doing anything helpful for the EU players beyond censoring forum posts! You know what happened the last time I reported a bot to Blizzard? I was sent an in game mail saying thanks for reporting the bot then telling me it was against the rules to buy gold for cash or use bots!!!! W T F I am the one reporting the bot and then I get a warning note about botting or buying gold!!!!!
So I don’t bother any more, let the bots play, let them ruin the laughable “economy” people still thinks matter in this game, Blizzard do not care, they take the subs each week and rub the cash on the Bashioks naked body!

Queue’s beyond measure!

I’m done, had enough, £35 finest British pounds, paid straight into Blizzard’s account for the expansion and I get to queue to play the game! I have 18 days left on my current subscription time, I think that is just enough to leave the game for a week, while they sort out this bullshit, then come back get to level 100 and unsubscribe. I will spend the next week seriously considering if I will resubscribe!

I know it’s “only a game” but this is what I choose to spend my free time doing, I shouldn’t get annoyed, but this has been the worst launch of a Warcraft expansion pack, I am getting the feeling Activision has either hired people from EA to help with the launch or at least took advice on how to many some cash on selling company stocks and shares!!!

Counting down to Warlords of Dreanor!

Posted in Dailies, Paladin, Transmog, Warlords Of Dreanor, World of Warcraft with tags on November 6, 2014 by Banhammer

Been a for days since the last blog post so I am sure those of you that read this are desperate for an update as to what I have been doing! Well Banhammer have been spanking old raids in the effort to get tier armour sets for transmogging, to date Banhammer has collected his Tier 6 Lawbringer set, but I could find a weapon that looked good with this set. I the end I settled for the sword in the picture.

On a brighter note I have also (finally) got the helm to drop from Prince Malchezaar in Karazhan, it has taken 5 runs, once a week for 5 weeks, including one week where I failed to solo the Chess Event twice and gave up and went to bed lol. Lucky for me then that not only did the Tier 4 helm token drop, but before I went to Karazhan I did Gruul’s Lair and the Hammer of Naaru, I’ve not seen it drop in Gruul’s until now, so I am a happy camper and Banhammer is walking around dressed in the Tier 4 Justicar armour and armed with the 2 handed Hammer of Naaru and looks just like the Dreanei Paladin that featured in the Burning Crusade cinematic :D

Although I still need to find a suitable belt and boots, not that Dreanei can really wear boots what with the hooves (still wearing the Lightbringer ones in the picture) but the set is complete and I no longer need to run those instances unless it’s for an alt or a friend wants something, phew!

I’m not sure I like the look of many of the other Paladin armour sets so I’ll stop grinding old raids now in favour of finishing of some rep grinds and of course the never ending gold grind. Not sure on how much things will cost in Warlords of Dreanor but I have 5 days till we can get through the portal and start kicking Iron Horde but cheeks :)

Tier 4 Justicar armour set

A happy Paladin is a smiling Paladin!

Lightbringer tier 6 armour

Complete set of Lightbringer Tier 6 armour.

 

Turning into Gollum!

Posted in Destiny, Paladin, World of Warcraft on October 24, 2014 by Banhammer

“I must have the precious, I must! The precious must belongs to me!” – Banhammer, Paladin October 2014

What is the precious? well I’ll tell you, it’s a ring (naturally) that the Headless Horseman in Scarlet Monastery, to be precise this one, Band of the Petrified Pumpkin. Banhammer requires this, no! he NEEDS it! But can he get the bloody thing? The short answer (in more ways than one) is no! He has run the daily since the start of the event and has also been back in there around 40 other times. In all those visits I have seen the ring twice, yep twice. Both caster rings and the agility rings I have seen over and over again, getting sick of the sight of them to be honest, I just press greed and leave before the roll is completed. My Mage, Shaman, Monk and Hunter all have their rings, heck it’s the only thing that seems to drop, but not poor Banhammer (Or to that matter Saintangus!)

BotPP_Ring_Wowhead

The object of Banhammers desires!

To vent his frustrations Banhammer has been beating up the poor denizens of the old Burning Crusade raids, The Sunwell, The Eye, Serpent Shrine Caverns, Magtheridon’s lair, Gruul’s Lair, Mount Hyjal and Black Temple have all suffered Banhammer’s mighty rage. To the point that he now has almost completed quite a few tier sets for Transmogging, so something good came out of all this!

Oh to have a Destiny, or a Halo!

I broke and finally bought Destiny for my PS3 (still saving for the PS4) and it’s just as I thought it would be, Halo-esque with a MMO style grind attached to it, a little melodramatic I know but it’s my blog! lol. I know it’s a controversial view to have but for me the Halo games are just “Meh!” I’ve played them all, well the first person shooter ones at least, they never thrilled me, the universe didn’t excite me and the game just lacked any emotion. I don’t mean sobbing characters and heart rending death scenes but the game mechanics was just so dry!

I’ll try to explain further, let’s start with jumping. Look I get it, Master Chief is wearing some super power armour, yet apart from the in game view rising and then lowering you don’t even feel like your pressed the jump button. Now let’s take a look at weapons, the only games that you could ADS (Aim Down Sights) is the Sniper rifle and the pistol (I’ll point out this is from memory alone, if there was others I don’t remember them). MC (as I shall now call him) seems not to require putting a gun to his shoulder and aiming, despite nearly every human weapon having a butt stock?.

Now on to my favourite gripe with the Halo series, Halo ODST! That game was like stepping back in time to a place where we had lost the last few years of graphical improvement in the Halo series, now Halo 3 was a graphically great looking game, I won’t deny it, Bungie certainly put some effort into (most) of the environments in that game, ODST, which released around 2 years after Halo 3, looked and played like a game that was started, stopped, forgotten about, dusted off, finished and sold to Halo fans as it was cheaper than throwing it away and starting again!

The plot was thin, the graphics inexplicably poor when you compare it to the (almost) 2 year old Halo 3, The bad guys (heck I couldn’t even be bothered to look up their names), the Covenant (I looked at the Wiki in the end) have attacked a city, yet the city bares very little evidence of such a vicious attack? just a few wrecked vehicles, the streets are very clean with a distinct lack of rubble and bodies, such neat a tidy invading aliens aren’t they!

Anyway I digress, I put the disc for Destiny in the PS3 and begin the install process, which seems to actually be that I have to download the game from the internet, kinda makes you wonder what is actually on the disc doesn’t it? I picked the Titan class and started of on my journey around. . . .erm, Earth and the Solar system. I have been reasonably pleased with the game so far, despite the lack of any explanation as to what is going on in the game after the initial plot lay out, lot’s of people “could” tell me but they won’t! huh?

You character seems to react to jumps and lands with a thump if you go to high, plenty of aiming down sights, although there seems to be a lack of weapons and all seem to be a slightly better version of what you already have which is a shame. Environments beat Halo hands down, just so much better (as to be expected) but the core game it’s self is just about killing mobs, go to this location, kill mobs, scan location, go to next location to kill mobs, there seems to be nothing beyond that. . . . so far. I’ve even found myself just grinding on packs of mobs across a location to level up and not actually doing the missions or the “story” mode.

Talking of Story mode, it’s so unremarkable, I guessing someone could tell me, but they won’t! lol I’ve got as far as Venus and I just don’t remember anything about the story or even why I am there! I go from diamond mission indicator to diamond. .  .you get the idea just shooting mobs, preferably in the head for the quick kill! For me Destiny is an improvement on Halo but it’s certainly the metaphorical apple that hasn’t fallen far from the tree. I am planning on completing the story mode at least, that is if I can stop going to Scarlet Monastery or playing GTA Online, I do love  race! Just don’t think I’ll be playing Destiny long enough to see where future DLC will take the game, but my guess it the story is done until Destiny 2, time will tell!

(Oh over 1000 words, spelling and typos are Copyright Banhammer and will be fixed as and when I see them)

 

Let’s Race!

Posted in GTA Online, World of Warcraft with tags , on October 15, 2014 by Banhammer

I’ve jumped back into GTA V Online for the last few days, now a heady 131, each and every RP earned, not a single one glitched or cheated, honest as the day is long, odd for a game about crime and illegal street racing lol.

Mainly I will participate in races, I have about a 40% win rate, not good but the primary goal is to finish and get the RP’s and GTA$, throw in a few survivals and a mission or two and I am set for the evening,

After completing this game to 100% and getting my one and only platinum PS3 trophy from GTA, I am actually looking forward to this on the PS4 when it finally hits the shelves, I am even planning on repeating that process when I get my grubby hands on it :)

GTA Online needs a few improvements tho make it really great, ranging from game mechanics to cosmetics. Firstly I think you should be allowed to add race decals, numbers, logos etc to car doors, maybe even have a “Racing Skin”. If you go to the effort of customising a car, paint job, bumpers, lights, exhaust etc then that should be represented in races where you have to race a “stock” car and you happen to own one of them.

Me and my "Team Lotus" coloured Zentoro!

Me and my “Team Lotus” coloured Zentoro!

Also the ability for us to play our own music off our HDD’s would be great, most of the time I actually turn off the radio in the menus/options as soon as I can, some of the songs they have included are pretty good, the rest are just ok, Banging down the road with Slipknot blaring from my in car radio would be just awesome!

The post race “Job select” screen needs a revamp, if I am there to race, it should contain races, not give me 6 out of 6 options that are Team Death Match!, sure put the option down the side to change the game mode if people want to vote for a mode change but give me races!!! I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve joined a group of random people in game and we just stick to race after race after race, then all of a sudden the game starts putting more and more alternative game modes in (and a few poor race choices) and the impromptu group just breaks up.

One final thing that is a must Rockstar if you ever read this add the ability to MUTE players like you can in COD! The amount of idiots that let us hear them argue with family, or chat about school work or going to the pub or, and the most annoying thing, sing or play music at us over their mics! stop it, just stop it please!

In other news. . .

Been about two weeks till I resubbed to WoW, not really getting that WoW factor out of it, not that I am disliking the game, hoping that will all change when WoD is released in November. The new models in Patch 6.0.2 are pretty decent and a welcome change to the game (although to be honest about 2 years to late!) the quest line for fighting the Iron Horde at the dark portal was pretty good fun, if somewhat crowded on the first day.

Banhammer in his new all sparkly pixelness!

 

My barely adequate psychic defenses are crumbling!

Posted in Paladin, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft with tags , , on September 27, 2014 by Banhammer

If anyone got that reference in the title, you’ve earned 10 internet points. :)

Two games at the moment are playing on my mind, the first one Destiny, you may have heard of it, is Bungie’s offering to the gaming world since Micro$oft to their business partnership to the big barn on the farm and shot it in the head! In all honesty I had no issue with this, as I have no love for Bungie.

I thought the whole extent of the Halo series of games was at best playable but ultimately, a wet, flat, emotionless game. Story wise it was great, I think I would have enjoyed Halo more if I just read it as a Sci-Fi novel. The only weapons (that I remember) that offered ADS (Aim Down Sights) was the Sniper Rifle (naturally) and a Pistol! Say Whaaaaaat!!

The ADS issue combine with the gravity deifying leaps, yes yes he was wearing a powered armoured suit does not mean he had thrusters to defy gravity as well! Being shot at and hit was hardly noticeable with the shield, even with it depleted I barely noticed being shot and hit. When compared to Call of Duty there is a physical reaction on screen to being hit.

Then we get to Halo ODST, that was like taking the game back to the stone age, Considering the bad guys was in the process of destroying the cities and the population there seemed very little in the way of battle damage and bodies, I think I got about 4 missions in and quit.

So when Destiny was announced I was just not interested and when it hit the shelves the loot issues and grindy aspect of the game kinda justified my opinion of Bungie (which is to say they make “ok” games) and I have not bought the game. However my son does own a copy, but he actually likes Halo, so we got him a copy for his PS4 (I am still using my PS3).

I played Destiny for a while, only got to level 3 so far, it still feels like a Bungie game, but it has more “feeling” to it, you still play a “Master Chief” like character, the loot issues and other issues players have been effected by just underscores Bungie’s lack of planning, I mean if your going to make a Space MMO (that is not quite and MMO but is an MMO, sorta?) then getting someone who knows MMO and the things you need to put in place for the game to work would have been a bonus!

Despite all that, I’ve been kinda feeling the urge to buy the game, today I almost did, it’s £50 on PS Store and £50 in Game on the High Street, for me this is too high of a price tag for a Bungie game, especially one where the studio seems to have shut up shop, (I hope to work on the issue) and do not seem to be speaking much about player concerns, Hmm, if only there was a way for Bungie to interact with it’s player base and assure them that they are aware if the issue and are looking into it?

If you read all that, have another 10 points and now read about game two.

I’ve also been fighting the urge to re-subscribe to World of Warcraft, I float between two reasons for why I should re-sub and why I shouldn’t (right now at least). Part of me does want to play again, I miss my Paladins, Banhammer (Deanei) and Saintangus (Tauren), heck I even miss my Shaman, Lowping (another Dreanei). But the thought of becoming WoW’d out by the time Warlords of Dreanor release date is what stops me. I would get home from work every day, login, do dailies, do Heroics, pottle around the world mining, etc then notice it’s all I am doing as their is no new content, just yet, and that I have no real life friends playing who I can go down the pub with and talk WoW with (as we all used to do).

I miss Azeroth, I miss my IRL friends being their, I struggle to make friends in WoW, not because I am an unsociable person but I think it’s because there is very little chance I will meet them in real life or if I was to meet them in real life it would involve a lot of travel and I like my home comforts and when I am not comfortable I get twitchy and want to leave! No really I do, I am not a great traveler if I know I can’t get home easy! lol sad I know.

Oh and the reference in the title was. . . . 

. . .was from a TV show from my childhood called “The Young Ones” in one episode a hippy says the line in the title, I felt it fit the theme of the blog post.

Money can’t buy you happiness!

Posted in Games Workshop, Space Hulk, Uncategorized on September 25, 2014 by Banhammer

It is said that money cannot buy you happiness, look it’s even there in the title of this blog, but I think I have evidence to prove that sentiment wrong. You see recently I had £75 set aside to test this theory, all scientific like. But first some background information which is required to fill out space in this blog.

In 1989 being a young 17 year old, a year into my first job, pretty much dedicated to gaming on my Atari ST home computer, ahh I played Elite Frontier on that computer for so long I am surprised my TV screen didn’t have the game burnt into the screen, *Wiping away a tear of nostalgia* Where was I? Oh yeah I remember, at this time I was also getting into Games Workshop and a table top game called Space Hulk had just been released. I bought a set and at that point I was hooked.

Space_hulk_box

Since that time I have bought the expansions, the computer games, the second edition and even the Full Control APs’s Space Hulk game I bought through Steam, the only thing I didn’t buy was when GW did a limited release of the third edition box set back in 2009, you see at that point the world had seen fit to make me unemployed and while I was looking for a job, I didn’t have the money to buy the version, with all it’s new shiny models, new board sections and game tokens, I was at that time what the internet would call “A sad Panda!” However as of the 20th September 2014 GW re-released Space Hulk and this time I am in full time employment and have the cash!

The Experiment in to happiness!

So clutching my £75 in hand and with a sad look on my face, remembering the bad old days of 2009 I arrived at my local GW shop. . .sorry Hobby Center.

“One copy of Space Hulk please.”
“That’ll be £75 please.”
“Here you go.”
“Here you go one copy of Space Hulk in a bag, Enjoy”
“I will!”
“Bye.”
“Bye.”

Even before I left the shop. . .dammit, Hobby center I could feel the smile creeping upon my face, by the time I had got home (about a 25 minute bus journey, I was practically skipping. Was I happy? you better believe I was happy, finally it was mine Space Hulk 3rd edition (maybe 4th edition?) was mine.

In conclusion. 

In answer to the age old question can money make you happy? Yes, yes it bloody can, scientifically proven right here, right now!

In other news. . .

I finally got around to playing Dishonoured on the PS3, I bought it ages ago but was either to busy play Battlefield 3 or something, I don’t really remember, but it’s actually quite a good game, graphics are nice and clean, environments well laid and thought out, I would heartily recommend picking up a copy if you have not already! #latetotheparty

I am also thinking of getting back into World of Warcraft, but not sure if I want to do so before Warlords of Dreanor? Serious consideration to be had there!

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