Rift ruins a Saturday of gaming

So since i had Glyph installed because of Archage, i noticed that some people i know have tried and liked Rift. So its easy to download and run as it allows you to play with only 15% downloaded. Cool i said i woke up this morning, made a nice bacon,egg and cheese mcmuffin for myself to fix the beers from last night.

Sat down. Loaded Xsplit. Started my twitch stream and off we go! Now i have 3 screens and because they come off 1 GPU and that GPU really is pushing the limits with 3 screens i have my main monitor as my 3rd screen. Its not my main monitor, monitor 3 is actually the one i use most. Yes its not right and well after enough system and screen crashes i have this system and no way in hell i will ever go thru the ordeal of trying to fix it again. The fix is simple a new GPU, which is far away…

so Rift, ya rift. It has a bug. It will not run in windowed mode on a second screen (never mind 3rd). Really it won’t. A search shows people since 2011 complaining about it all the way up to a few months ago. If you click on the title bar of the game while its on any screen besides monitor 1 it will… get this.. minimize and never let you maximize it again.  Here is the stream before twitch deletes it

So its abug, which after 3 years one would think would be fixed. But lookin at the reports on the supprot forum of rift and each and everyone is closed without 1 mention by anyone in support. Tells me .. they don’t care or the problem is too huge to fix at this point. Mentioning that it is a real problem, not just in our heads, would be nice.

But nah.. Trion has now offically disproven itself to me as a useful gaming company after watching what it did to archage and reading what its done to its other games. They are in a spiral that will not be survivable if they do not pull up soon.

So now back to find something for my Sunday…. here is an update of curent games im watching.

Afterworld…. getting worse… i think it might just need someone to hammer in that first nail to start the process. Last update was so hugely bad and pushed on live servers in such bad shape the average player couldnt stay logged in, most professions were unplayable and all the mobs disappeared. They got some mobs and some loot back after 5 weeks, players still cant move around much and about 60% of my storage (Yes the expensive part) is gone. One guy even lost all his ingame currency cause he kept it in storage (Full pvp looting is a bitch).

Earthrise.. looks interesting but the servers are down all week…. so don’t know if it is or not.

Project gordon … its interesting at the very least. But sadly a bug in the ava building process got me locked out of my accoutn and i havent been able to log in and play again. Alpha blues there.. but when my account is fixed i will be back.

There are a few small alpha/beta games i might go take a third look at. They are slow buils but hey i need something to do on sunday morning and it will not be the leaves in my yard.. dammit.

First Day Project Gorgon

Well i found this little alpha game via a friend and thought why not try it.  Its called Project Gordon.  Ii is small, you can meander (I am a cow afterall)  from one side of the map to the other in 5 minutes or so.   But its full of skills skills skill.  There is dieing skill, cow skill, a skill for everything!

Moo I'm a horse in Project Gordon

Moo I’m a horse in Project Gordon

The people in the game are great, i got free stuff and advice the first moment i talked in chat.  This is normal in small alpha gaming so i was happy not to be in the big named themeparks anymore.

I fished ( A cow can fish and have a pet..), learned how all these skills work, died often (There is a counter and description of how many times you died and how many ways).  But i had fun because the game is made for fun!   the humor in the game is everywhere.  One NPC wanted to make hamburgers out of me cause im a cow.

So you say cow eh?  Yes cow, but there is a way of becoming human again, or a pig…. or a few other things.   I became a cow because i was killed by a cow with an attitude.  If i went back (And i did the next morning) and killed the cow i returned to human form.

Questing is my next step.  To find all the things and hidden places, and try and figure out why i can become a cow, something i have never done in my 20+ years of MMOs…..   MOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

The stream is here starting about 20 minutes in.  I had already been transformed into a cow and was at that point just trying to figure stuff out.

End of neverwinter at level 60

I will say for the games i have tried in the last few months this one kept me the longest with its good storylines, great quests and decent crafting. I got to level 60 on day 15 and sadly it hits you pretty hard that the themepark has ended and the grind/guild begins.

To move further on, with a bit of research, it seems i will need to grind quests for a week, but better gear, get my current 7200 character points over 8500. Expensive stuff at this level but thats fine, if your gonna play on it should cost ya. Besides that i am given 2 daily quests and lots of dragons to kill every 20 minutes to build up the diamonds.

Or i can join a guild. I simply don’t love the game that much to do that to some poor group of souls.

I’m not a pvp-er so that takes a whole line of quests out of action.

Crafting is good, has some very very good points but i found the costs and speed get realllll slow. You quickly need to buy and upgrade your professionals to be able to move ahead at a good enough speed to make me happy. Problem is i kept spending all the diamonds keeping alive to level 60. I expect if i really loved the crafting system i could join a guild and work at crafting to get it to a place of actually making something to sell. But at this point its a solid cost to craft with no real output to make on it. THhs is why i do love the Entropian Universe, Afterworld crafting systems. You can start sellin stuff to lower players from day one and the cost of crafting quickly becomes much less. Alas EU is gone until someone buys it from MA and Afterworld is in development hell at the moment.

So again we move onwards. Where shall we go? A day or two of research will appear along with a stream of my first day in game X. see you on the other side!

NeverWinter 1 week update

So been playing neverwinter for a week now. Level 34.

The game makes a nice theme park. Good storyline. Quests are hard and seem to be set at what ever level your at so they fit well. Dungeon team setups are nice. If you have a team you can bounce around dungeons with your team. If your alone, like me, the system automaticly finds you 4 friends at your level +/- to play with. Works well, although at some parts of the day the time to wait to find those 4 people can be a bit long. But thats life.

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Never Winter Day 1 up to level 15

First day in neverwinter went well.  Again good story line built into game and quests. overall the lack of weapons and armor to start is different then the previous games I played which handed me stuff endlessly to get me upgraded.   Nothing wrong with going slower but it is noticeable after guild wars.  Like guild wars this game gives you endless stuff you can’t use that you need to sell.  I only have 2 bags of storage so far and it fills up might fast.  positive is I an afford all those health potions I need to survive.

And surviving is harder here and I got myself into a dungeon I couldn’t get out of.  the mobs to leave where too big for my lack of healing potions (I used them all up before hand) and I had to log out to leave the quest.  So a way out of the quest/dungeon would have been nice instead of the hard exit to get myself out.


Video of my first 5hours+ is here at twitch – http://www.twitch.tv/dalewjaw/b/579476656

Onward I go into maybe some crafting and other things the game will teach me today.

NeverWinter - dalewj