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07 August 2007 @ 06:16 pm
Notes from my day  
Just a few notes, things I thought of today.

  • My darling wife is talking about her next computer being a Mac. Ali is not a Mac-head. She's been resolutely avoiding using Macs for as long as I've known her. Microsoft's mishandling of the whole Windows Vista mess has apparently galled her enough to want to eschew using MS products whenever possible, and that definitely includes avoiding Vista on her personal computer. Apparently, the knowledge that Macs can dual-boot with Boot Camp combined with the release of the shiny new iMac models with metal casing has convinced her that MacOS isn't as execrable as she once thought.

  • When someone you love says to you, "What do you want first, the good news or the bad news?", there is no correct answer. There is also no way you're going to be comfortable afterwards, not a chance.

  • Things work better when you follow instructions. Simple instructions are also the easiest to screw up, it would seem.

  • I'm still glad we quit playing World of Warcraft. Keep your fiery crusades. Keep your frost-covered undead kings. There are other games out there. Warhammer Online, coming out sometime soon, is one example. Eventually, StarCraft 2 will drop. There's been talk of MMOs for both Marvel and DC flavors, though the Marvel one is reputedly an XBox 360 exclusive while news or progress updates regarding the DC one have been conspicuously absent for over a year. None of this is helping me draw or get this latest comic idea out of my head.

  • I wish I had not started once more in paying attention to comic books. At least I can restrain myself and follow titles only in trade paperback format.

  • I don't have a lot of friends. The friends I do have, though, are priceless sources of amusement, comfort, and support. That being said, I still miss table-top, pen-and-paper role-playing.
Current Music: the tube, blathering away
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 8th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
You know, it's too bad the technology still isn't here to allow that, PCs leading squad-level groups in massively multiplayer battlefields. It's coming, I think; there've been squad-level FPS mods for games where every player is a squad member while one acts as coordinator and ops, dropping supplies and ammo, monitoring approaches, etc. (Natural Selection is the name of the mod, btw.) Of course, there have been dozens of RTS games, many playable online against opponents, such as the staples like Warcraft and Starcraft; as I'm sure you know, there've been several such games set in the WH40K 'verse.

As yet, though, no one has even dared consider setting something up in a persistant MMO. The scale of battlefields you might see in that setting has barely been touched. It's a little easier perhaps to render hordes of Tyrannids virtually than to paint and field the same size army on a table, at least once a company codes the game and graphics. Still, it's not the same as rising through the ranks, seeing action on a dozen worlds, gaining honor in your Chapter and winning glory for the Emperor, only to finally stand on the ramparts, watching waves of greenskins rolling towards your position and knowing that a blizzard of stormbolter-driven death waits only for your command to rain down upon their foul heads. THAT... will be fun, someday.
silver splits the blue: AndiKira3ashbet on August 8th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
Kira's annoyed that they won't have Lizardmen in the first iteration of WHOnline . . . I keep telling her that supplements will come ;)

(She has an army of Lizardmen, and then assorted bunches of greenies of various flavors. *I* am holding out for 40K and Space Orks!!)

-- A :)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 8th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Waagh. ;)
nata5 on August 8th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
I have to agree on the WoW statement. After comming back to CoH and meeting up with alot, though not all, of my friends I have to say CoH is better. WoW has it's points but CoH doesn't have alot of the issues WoW has as far as the social / grouping aspect. Hell, I was asked.. >>ASKED<< to come to a TF, a AV hunt run, and a farming run. Didn't have to beg people to play the game, that's nice.

While I would be all for cheering (read guy drinking beer and reciting the magic missle joke every time he got a new beer) on someone I probably won't table top game. **waves hand** no that is not the complete original set of D&D manuals in my closet... Okay maybe it is, but you can't see them.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 8th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
You're getting more invites to things than I am, but you're right. I still get more invites to go do things in CoX than I ever did in WoW, even with a guild.

I DMed a game for a couple of years. I haven't played in over 6 years now. Considering that prior to that, I had one regular session and one floating session every week, it's quite the habit to have kicked.
Sorciasorcia on August 8th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Sorry you guys aren't playing WoW any more. I still like it, although I just don't have much time for it. I can't look forward to any new games because my PC is 7 years old and couldn't handle anything newer. I've sworn off PC games anyway. I've got a PS2 for console stuff, and I haven't really been into video games lately anyway. (Like how I'm rationalizing myself through this?)

On the topic of comic books...have you read Marvel 1602? Me like. Me not have the strict comic book standards that you have, but me like.

And finally...I'm sorry you don't have anyone to game with. I'd ask you to join our little Monday night online group, but I'd have to ask the rest of the group first, and you'd have to buy Fantasy Grounds.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 8th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
WoW is a good game. I got many hours of fun out of it and did get to spend some virtual time with friends. I'm just over it, you know?

I've heard about 1602, but it doesn't appeal to me. I'm not very happy with Marvel right now.

Thanks for the offer, but table-top gaming online kind of misses the point. It's still me interacting with my monitor.