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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.

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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!

2013 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2013 by Banhammer

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 760 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Timeless Isles. Timeless fools.

Posted in pve, pvp, Timeless Isle, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft with tags , , , on December 30, 2013 by Banhammer

The Timeless Isle is not exactly new, I know, but I only visited it a few times before I un-subscribed from World of Warcraft. When I re-subbed one of the things I wanted to do, actually bother the complete the quest chain and so see where it lead.

Well it wasn’t that exciting, pretty much your common garden variety “go here, kill stuff come back” quests with the added bonus that a lot of the creatures and little treasure chests you find can drop tokens that convert into iLevel 596 goodies. Needless to say it’s is not long before you character has a lot of these items covering all armour classes that you can spread around your account, gearing up level 90 alts with out much effort. My characters get to look snazzy and I don’t have to spend hours in LRF/Flex/Normal raids hoping that there is an off chance I get a item of loot week in week out, those days I don’t miss.

Now I get to the reason for this little blog post, while I was in a group of players I met for the purpose of grinding Timeless Coins and Rep a pair of players was trying hard to trick people into flagging themselves “PvP” so they could attack others. Now I have met idiots like these before, back in the days when I clicked on mobs more often than I should (not even sure why I would even have done that now *shrug*). by moving back and forth over the mob you are attacking their hope is for you to accidentally select and attack them, flagging you pvp and they can then attack and kill your character. They get to feel big and clever, you get to waste game time on a pointless corpse run and maybe camped while they wait for you to respawn.

So there I am attacking  mob, hack, chop, slash, dodge huge frontal attack, repeat and these two idiots are running back and forth over the mob I am fighting in the vein hope I will click them and be flagged pvp. But as I know their trick already I am being extra careful to not click on screen, using my mouse and buttons to move and fingers on the keys to fire off my attacks. I even kitted my mob a few yards over but they followed me. What stuck me as odd was that they was speaking in English in /s which I thought was odd for Horde, they must have figured out the way the game converts Horde languages to English. That is when I noticed they was Alliance and somehow flagged openly pvp so that they could even attack fellow Alliance!

Once the mob was dead I moved to a safe spot and whispered one of them directly and asked “Was you really trying to get me to be flagged pvp so you could kill me?” I got a reply right away saying “Yes but you was too pussy!” I’m guessing this was meant to goad me into offering them a fight or something but I simply replied “lol You are so Burning Crusade!” never did get a reply back even after I sent the person whisper along the lines of “Nothing to say?”

What I felt was truly sad was that a couple of the people I was with said “Just let them kill you, they will only do it the once!” I just thought why the casual acceptance of this mild bullying in the game, because someone wants to get their jollies by pvping you? So I told my group that there is no way they are getting me flagged pvp and that they can fuck right off! There is a reason I play on a pve realm and that is I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder all the time waiting for some joker to attack me every 10 minutes.

So this round I will consider it a win in my favour.

Bananas in Power Armour

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2013 by Banhammer

Last months White Dwarf magazine from Games Workshop featured a handy guide for painting yellow in the form of a “How to paint Space Marines of the Imperial Fists chapter” painting anything bigger than a shoulder pad I always felt was a pain in the butt. Not so with Citadel’s new paint system it seems.  I went to the local GW store and bought the paints listed in the guide.  Overland Sunset, Yriel Yellow and Flash Gitz Yellow and the all important “shade” of Seraphim Sepia.
In the past the normal method for painting anything yellow was thus
1, Undercoat the miniature in white, a white as pure as driven snow.
2, Paint on a coat of yellow.
3, Repaint over the yellow.
3, Give the miniature a 3rd coat of yellow.
4, Get annoyed, give the yellow a wash of orange.
5, Paint on more yellow, give up6, Wonder how the hell the ‘heavy metal team get such good results, give up and paint Ultramarines instead.

I picked out the bits I needed to make up a Space marine and gave him a quick coat of Ceramite White as an undercoat then applied a coat of Averland yellow. The colour goes on great even over a rushed undercoat, it also dry quite quickly which means you can get to the shade/wash pretty quickly.
Once the Seraphim Sepia is dry you can start with the layer on Yriel yellow. At first I thought this paint was going to be a little like the old days but it covers quite well, not perfect but well enough, although the model did need two coats and a few “touch up” spots. Last up was the highlights using the Flash Gitz yellow, as I was on using this to highlight it was being used in very small lines of colour. When I was painting it was not always visible and took a few goes to get a good highlight, however the light I was painting with was not the best but in the cold light of the day Flash Gitz yellow made a striking highlight. The end result is a Space Marine of pleasing quality that I have now painted several more. I am now beginning to like yellow,first time in 20 years.

This blog post was made on my Google Nexus 7 using the WordPress app, not quite worked out all the details yet so I will add pictures later.

and this I played. . . .

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by Banhammer

Mostly World of Warcraft it has to be said, followed by a shed load of Battlefield 3 on the PS3. Other distractions consisted of the eventually disappointing Medal of Honour: Warfighter. I did start the year with Rage, the Mad Max-esque shooter. Other noticeable games I enjoyed but that I came late to was the 3rd person adventure games in the Uncharted series. I ended up playing them in reverse order, which I can say with absolute confidence is the worst thing to do. Mainly because by them time you get to first game all the improvements made to the game play are not there and it spoils the experience. (I didn’t actually finish the first game) 

With the release of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 it highly polished game play could have eaten in to my Battlefield 3 time but my son took Black Ops 2 from me to play and I’ve not seen it much since 🙂 Blops 2 suffered from an alarmingly over powered SMG weapon family so my favoured assault rifles seemed impotent even the latest patch seems to have only gone a small distance to addressing this op-ness.

I finally got my copy of Diablo 3 for Xmas and started the long grind to get to a  that is somewhere close to my friends so I can play along side them and even contribute to the fight and not cower at the back 🙂

What will the future bring, well I may finally stop playing World of Warcraft, but considering I’ve not played another MMO that has come even close to topping World of Warcraft I doubt it’ll be replaced any time soon. I aim to buy the Aftermath expansion for Battlefield 3 or save my cash for End Game expansion we shall see. 

Well see you on 2013 peeps.

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