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What to do…

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Published on: June 28, 2012

Thanks to my wonderful wife I now have a brand new Star Wars Limited Edition XBox 360 so now I can get off my computer and start hogging the TV in the living room. Finally started playing Skyrim (arrow to the knee etc) and moving from a PC to a console is taking a little acclimation. I haven’t used a game pad in years and have to retrain my hands.

I love Star Wars but SWTOR is taking up less and less of my game time these days. I’m mostly just grinding out the story lines at this point and have no interest in end game. I spent years raiding in WoW and end game in TOR is looking increasingly like end game in Wrath of the Lich King with its interminable dailies. Consequently, the EVE icon on my desktop has been getting a lot more activity.

Diablo 3 has been fun but after the initial burst of activity it’s really not that different from Diablo 2 apart from having more flexibility in skill selection and fewer consequences for poor skill choice. It’s a nice break from other games but in the end it’s a gear grind with a pretty skin. Great in terms of a Skinner Box but the awareness that it’s a Skinner Box tends to detract from the enjoyment. Each game is functionally the same challenge as the last unless you switch between difficulty modes. Normal is pretty easy with a pretty steep curve from there. Nightmare and Hell modes require a very different play style than Normal. I cannot imagine what Inferno is like but I suspect it’s unplayable by anyone but the Koreans.

I’ve been kicking around ideas regarding what it is that I enjoy in games and what drives me to continue them. What it is that draws me back to a game after other games fall by the wayside and the lessons I’ve learned from the mistakes of both successful and failed games. I’m no game designer but maybe someone will run across my blog and decide to build that game.

 

LOL: Resistance Is Futile

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Published on: September 2, 2011

I was weak. I thought League of Legends looked pretty cool but didn’t want to pick up another game habit with SWTOR just around the corner. Unfortunately I got to talking about it with a friend who was looking for someone to play with rather than grouping with random psychopaths. So I thought, well it’s free, I’ll check it out just to see what all the hype is about ignoring the first rule of dealing with a dealer: you never accept the first one for free.

I’ve got things I need to do. There are the regular chores, my reading list, writing in this thing, guild related work, the gym, EVE… well, you get the idea. I absolutely cannot add another addictive game into the mix which is why I’m uninstalling League of Legends.

 

 

Just as soon as I’m done with this next match…

Pulling the Trigger

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Published on: August 12, 2011

 

I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting a guild in Star Wars: The Old Republic very loosely based on Buddhist ethical principles. I think it might be a good thing and to some extent might act as an antidote to some of the more egregious behavior that is becoming the norm in MMOs. Bioware has provided a system with which you can pre-register a guild and I’m already camping the name I want (Luminous Beings) but I’ve held off on recruiting because it’s difficult to know what a person is like until you’ve actually played with them.

When it comes down to it, forming a stable guild with a purpose other than having a cool tag over your head is a daunting endeavor. It’s like starting a business, you need to identify the value proposition which will set it apart from other guilds, prepare documents like a mission statements, procedures and an org chart. Once it’s more than a few people you need to appoint officers and delegate authority. There’s a guild bank to manage and the internal culture to develop. And then there’s the drama. No guild of more than five people is complete without drama.

So the question before me is this: do I pull the trigger and begin development of a guild website, charter, mission statement and code of conduct before I know more than a couple people in this game? My old guild isn’t migrating from WoW and I’ve been out of touch with most of them for over a year so I’ll essentially be starting from scratch.

I’ll guess I’ll put off the website decision for a while as I get the mission statement, organization, and code of conduct put together.

Bridging the gulf with EVE

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Published on: August 10, 2011

I never talk to my brother which a lot of people find strange because we’re twins. I don’t really know what it is but  it never occurs to me to pick up the phone and call him. It works the same for him. No big deal really. I love him and sometimes think about him but we never pick up the phone.

EVE OnlineSo one afternoon I posted a random error message from EVE online to my facebook page: insufficient power. About an hour later my brother responded with another warning from EVE online: I cannot set a waypoint to the same location twice. We’d been playing the same online game for years.

A few days later I logged into EVE and had an email from my brother so I added him to my watch list. A couple days after that we happened to be online at the same time and started chatting. Mostly a little catching up but he recommended that I look into joining his corp.

A few days after that I’d applied to and been accepted to his corp. Since then I’ve had more communication with my twin than I’ve probably had in the last five years combined. I know what he’s up to with his college and internship, how things are going with his kids and generally have regular conversations with him via corp chat and our personal channel. I’ll probably get him a headset with a mic for christmas so we can actually talk to each other.

After decades of only rarely speaking I now have frequent chats with Scott and he’s even on board for my guild/social experiment idea in Star Wars: The Old Republic when it launches.

Memento redux

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Published on: March 29, 2011

Jyllian and I were talking the other day and she mentioned the “bug sack”. The “bug sack” was a set of green baby pajamas with little bees on it for the infant Emily but it didn’t have legs. It was just a sack on the bottom like the PJs Sweet Pea wore in the old Popeye cartoons but was my favorite thing to dress Emily in. I’d completely forgotten about it.

I’ve always sort of looked as life as pouring through me like water through a sieve. Sometimes things stick and change how it flows but mostly days are ephemeral things. Maybe it’s because I’m getting a little further on in years and I know that I won’t be around forever to sieve time’s passage but I wonder what it is that I no longer remember and whether I have too large a set of gaps in that sieve.

I know that I need to spend more time keeping track of what happens if only so I’ll have reminders of what my life was when I’m to old to remember without assistance.

Since it’s been a while, here’s the short list of things:

  • Emily is doing well with her choir
  • Making a concerted effort to get the yard under control
  • Quit EVE, started Rift, stopped Rift, playing EVE
  • Eating about 80% primal
  • Lost probably 15 pounds in the last three months.
  • Grumpiness is fading and seems to be replaced with a sunnier outlook but that could just be spring
  • Planning to run a guild in Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Work is still work
  • Halloween work needs to get underway soon
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