Fun game night

So some friends had a “Nightmare on <their> Street” gaming night for people to just drop in and play board games. The idea was to play Halloween or spooky themed games but since the husband isn’t much of a gamer, we decided to pull out something more generic and not as complicated to play. Which was fine for me, it’s been a while since I’ve done any tabletop gaming myself.

We started with a game called “King of Tokyo” which is a mix of king of the hill and last monster standing game. It was rather fun and I won 2/3 games, the last one with only 1 hp left. Then we moved on to “Ticket to Ride” which I’ve played before but the husband hasn’t. It’s one of those game where trying to explain the rules makes it sound so confusing but once you start playing, it makes total sense. The husband did pretty good for his first time playing, coming in second and finished two points ahead of me. I would have won if people hadn’t started blocking random routes meaning I couldn’t finish one of my tickets.

It was an enjoyable time and I had a lot of fun seeing some friends I haven’t in a long time. Plus the husband had a good time doing something that is usually a “me” thing.


Hmm, I think I’ve used this post title before. Oh well. It’s another update, I haven’t waited a year to do this, and the title amuses me. That’s all that’s needed.

So, I’m back to playing EQ2 again. Over Memorial Day weekend, SOE had double xp on which meant I could get the AA I needed to start leveling Darema past 90 and to work on a few of my alts. Just from poking around the Destiny of Velious (DoV) expansion lands and doing the initial quests there got me quite a few AA just on my own, but I finished up the last few I needed in a guild group plowing through contested Skyskrine. That was some fun times and I’m now almost 91.

I’ve also unmentored Dareka and took her to Kylong Plains to work quests there and managed to hit 79 last night. Not a bad achievement and she’s rather effective once I bought some decent gear. Of course, everything I’ve fought so far has been green, so that’s not a huge deal either. I also brought Riossa out to do the Strange Black Rock HQ on Monday night. Danielle ran a small group through the quest in no time and since 2xp was still going on, I got Rio to 31 as well. That also gave me the opportunity to practice being a healer in a group, since he’s a mystic and that’s theoretically his job – to heal. I’d been soloing until now so group dynamics were good. I need more practice. No one died but I tend to focus on my target (the tank) too much and not look at the other group members health enough.

More Farmville stuff

So, note to self – never post your profile link in the “looking for neighbors” thread on the Zynga boards unless you’re open to being swarmed.

I did exactly that on my “FB game only” account and ended up with almost 200 friend/neighbor requests in a only a few hours. While it’s been pretty cool for this Farmville character, it’s just crazy when it comes to accepting gifts and returning them. And the requests to join pages, causes, events, other games…. YIKES! I think I was very, very na├»ve to think something like this wouldn’t happen, but it did surprise me.

I’m getting over the “guilt” of not responding to each gift request by returning a gift. I’ve blocked other games I know I have no interest in playing ever. I’m contemplating just ignoring requests for games I don’t really play any more on that account. I’ve rationalized it by telling myself “these people aren’t friends. You owe them nothing in the long run.”

I’ll always make sure to respond to people on my real FB account, especially gifts and requests, but this gaming only account? Yeah, I’m not turning this into a full time job just to keep up with things. Sorry, faux FB friends.

Social Gaming

So, I’m an online gamer, but particularly since I was laid off in October 2009, I’ve started playing social games such as Farmville much more often. Partly because it’s really easy to slip in some time on the farm in between filling out internet job applications. Partly because even though they are called “social” games, there isn’t a whole lot of interactivity to them. But that I mean real-time interaction with another player. Oh sure, I can head to a neighbor’s farm (or homestead or cafe or house, depending on the game in question) anytime to do some work such as fertilizing their crops or feeding the chickens, but beyond leaving a message, there is no avatar-to-avatar contact between us. It’s lacking that part of the social interaction.Continue reading

Gaming and the Never Ending Story

I’ve been thinking about stories lately, mostly how they end. I’m currently reading the Malazan Books of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson (fantastic series!) and am about half way through the planned 10 books now. The ending will be a complete unknown because it’s not been written/published yet, so I have something to look forward to. As well, one of my absolute favorite manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist, is obviously coming to an end soon. I read the scanlated chapters so I’m current on the story through the recently released chapter 98 now, and Arakawa is definitely starting to bring events to the ultimate conclusion soon. It’s a fantastic story (and well worth the read, not the least because her art is extremely high quality as well) and while the overarching storyline has always been there, seeing everything start to come together has been a trip. Continue reading

EQ2 Decorating – Yimenee’s Magic Manor (5 room)

Yimenee’s home, done in May 2009, was my first experience with the Qeynos style 5 room house. I’d been dying to try my hand out at decorating one of these homes and Yim obliged. With some plat in hand and my own carpenter skills (I leveled these up so much creating items for his home) plus a heavy dose of inspiration from the Norrathian Homeshow forum, I came up with something that worked well for what Yimenee wanted.  Continue reading

EQ2 update, still going strong

Yep, despite my occasional belief that the only reason I still play EQ2 is to decorate houses, I’m still playing and enjoying myself. I may only log in and poke around doing quests here and there on my alts, but even that is enjoyable. I can play at any time really and have something to do. Even if I’m just cleaning out grey quests on the alts, I can get in, do a quick quest or two and log off without feeling like I must keep playing. And that is something I’ve found I prefer these days.

So here’s some basic character updates:  Continue reading

Vault Network Graphics

Description: Vault Network is a gaming news portal website for consoles, online, and RPG gaming.  It also has a large base of gaming fansites as part of its network.  These graphics were created for the fansites as featured article teasers and small teaser links using images and screenshots from the games.  This is a small selection of the large number of graphics produced over a three year period.


Features: Custom graphics.

Completed: 2006 – 2009

Feature Article Images

VN Graphics - Guild WarsVN Graphics - Lord of the RingsVN Graphics - Lord of the RingsVN Graphics - World of Warcraft


Article Teaser Images

VN Graphics - Vanguard: Saga of HeroesVN Graphics - Pirates of the Burning SeaVN Graphics - Pirates of the Burning Sea


Assorted Fansite/Staff Blog Images

VN Graphics - Lineage IIVN Graphics - World of WarcraftVN Graphics - Rosethorn blog header


Vault Network Specific Images

VN Graphics - Editorial bannerVN Graphics - Gaming List bannerVN Graphics - Vault Comic bannerVN Graphics - Guild Database banner


More from EQ2’s Refer-a-Friend Program

It’s a really good idea, actually.  Seeing how it works in action now, the whole concept is well thought out and can give newer players a huge boost to catch up with long-time existing players. And the benefit isn’t just one way, as I mentioned in my other post.  Just grouping means each of us gets 200% experience bonus.  Now, on top of the double experience from having vitality, I’m thinking that works out to something like 300% XP total without using potions.

But that can lead to problems really, especially outleveling content too quickly.  Right now, the friend that I’m grouping with is level 67 and he’s done almost no quests at all.  He’s not a complete newb to EQ2; we played on Nagafen back in 2006 when HoS made a chapter there.  He couldn’t remember his old account information and started a new one instead, which is why we’re both benefitting here.  So he’s familiar with the older questlines and such, but he’s passing it over at the moment in a drive to reach 80 before the friend bonus runs out after 90 days. Considering that we aren’t even 30 days in yet (he’s still in the free month portion of his sub) we’ve got plenty of time.  Continue reading