Little Grains of Sand

2014-04-06

Soldeus, Appearing Soon in Game of Mortal Online

Originally posted by Sarah J Biggs @ the Mediaeval Manuscripts Blog

2014-03-24

The Subscription Problem

Part of a Response to this other Article

I play Mortal Online, a game noted for its problems. I want to talk about *just* the payment -and- non-payment setup for this product.

Star Vault, the makers, have adopted a kind of hybrid system. On top of many, I believe it's yet another problem. People can't even talk about it without getting embroiled.

Some call it F2P: Free to Play. It's free to play a crippled version that's supposed to get you hooked (and sometimes, that works); how crippled? Skills will not operate at more than 60 percent-- not a PvP-viable situation-- and, because of the skill tier system, some abilities remain unavailable. F2Players can't own houses or accept trades of certain items or materials. (This is pretty much how I think it should be for trial players, by the way. If you want to knock over paying customers' sand castles, subscribe.)

Some call it Pay to Win: P2W. However, paying a subscription only gives you an advantage over those who, presumably, are there to try the game and buy if they like it. Supposedly.
  • There's no way, as of yet, to pay more in any kind of cash shop to have an advantage, account for account, over others who also pay.
Naturally, a lot of F2P accounts are actually started to enable those who are already paying to have more storage, do more activities on the side, and participate in the Peen-v-Peen[TM] on some anonymous basis, without paying for another/more accounts.
  • F2P characters can't PvP toe-to-toe, but they can do some other things which people find to be valuable uses of their playing time. Right now, AFK mining with macros is the rage.
I don't know how Star Vault keeps going while letting these non-subscription accounts never expire; though they do have their investors. But development is slow, and more income could only help, to get more people on the team if nothing else.

Seeing how it works for the people making and playing this one game that's gone from subs only to subs plus time-unlimited but gimped trials, I am sure it is premature to announce that the subscription model is dead for games in general.

Bizarre New Dinosaur Blasted By Game Critics: "Ruins Low-Fantasy Earth We've Come To Love"


From

A Bizarre New Dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of the American West

by
By Hans-Dieter Sues, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
[Note: Yes. The creature below was written up by Dr. Sues. I could not make this stuff up if I tried.]


A life reconstruction of Anzu wyliei. We know from several partial skeletons that Anzu had a beak, a crested head, huge claws, and long powerful legs. We infer that it had feathers because fossils of closely related species from China preserve clear feather impressions. The artwork is courtesy and copyright of Mark Klingler (Carnegie Museum of Natural History).

Read more here. (At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.)
 
[16:32] <[AI]Lepida> MORE HIGH FANTASY 
RUINING RL WORLD LORE OMG!!!1!!eleven!
Every man, woman and child among us 
will sprout a neckbeard 
and get bad.

Diphrael knows what I'm talkin' about:

2014-03-20

New Aegis Imperium Gaming News and Reviews Blog


Aegis Imperium Gaming News and Reviews: Real Gamers, Real Opinions on games and the development of games.

To facilitate AI's efforts to be read as they deserve, tweets-- with embedded images-- are coming out to herald new content. So far, two styles have evolved:
(Along the certain knowledge that I can't get Twitter javascript to work on this page:)

First style


Second style

2014-03-14

ArcheAge - An Early Look | Free Online MMORPG and MMO Games List - OnRPG by @ApocaRUFF


Another fun game review...

By Jordan Hall (ApocaRUFF)

ArcheAge is an MMORPG that sets out to achieve the perfect balance of themepark and sandbox. Being developed by XLGames in Korea, it will be published by Trion in North America. Unfortunately, that's still far off. Right now, myself and hundreds of other English-speaking gamers are playing ArcheAge on foreign servers, with the Russian Mail.ru servers being the most popular. This Early Look will be based on my time in the Russian open beta of ArcheAge, where I played with many other OnRPG forum members.
Character Creation and Customization
Character creation in ArcheAge is fairly extensive. If you enjoy sliders, you'll enjoy making your character. With the extensive customization available to you, creating a beauty (or a monster) is quite possible. Personally, I went with a mutated demon cat with an afro. Needless to say, I was impressed with the creation process.
... read more of Jordan's review here,
and stalk him @ApocaRUFF 

2014-02-01

Cats with a K, Prowlers without an L

We take you to a Mortal Online Official forums conversation, in progress:

("Why Does Every (sic) Attack RPK?")

Najwalaylah said: ?
  • Please explain why "cats" is spelled with a "k".
  • Does this have anything to do with "Amerika with a K"?
  • If the internet hates role playing, why is it the home of so much roleplaying? Discuss the difference between the Internet as a collective person and as a place.
    • For extra credit, give an interpretative dance on the same subject.
  • Who is "Tom" and why is "Jerry"?
    • Link video example, please.
  • Please explain why Star Vault spells "prowlers" without an L.
And Mattk50 answered:
  1. because its kool
  2. No, Amerika is an unkool (also known as "cool") idea, mainly used by survivors of the third reich
  3. Many consider the internet to be a series of tubes. This however, is incorrect. It is actually a tube of series, and as such the collective nature of the internet reflects reality as a whole, with variations due to demographics usage of technology. It is fair to say that in general, the internet is home to a lot of everything. Additionally, due to the increased accessibility of everything on the internet, not only is there a lot of everything, but it is very easy to come across more of everything on a daily basis. As a result, to many it seems that the internet is a home to an excessive amount of roleplaying but this is in fact, not the case, rendering that portion of the question invalid.

    The internet as a place is simple, it is a distributed, decentralized network. The internet is everywhere, it is within you in the form of wifi waves and that dragon dildo you ordered off amazon. As a Collective consciousness, the location of the internet does not matter, and as previously explained the presence of something on the internet is not to be unexpected, rather it should be expected. therefore, the significance of the internet as a place where people may or may not be mentally ill is questionable. The internet as a collective being does not exist as we think of it. It is actually a higher life form, similar to how many consider earth to be a life form under the Gaia theory proposed by James Lovelock so many years ago. As stated by the theory, this means that the internet will one day collapse inward, forming a giant planetary mouth and eat us all for its own entertainment.
  4. Performed by myself, i think this describes the entirety of the subject perfectly.
  5. Tom is the collective representation of our human, flawed selves. Just as tom feels greed and is then struck down, beaten, maimed, and disgraced only to get right back up to stab himself in the gut all over again, we humans are truly pathetic and must strive towards self extermination as soon as im done with this burrito. Jerry is because him has yesterday even go been decided to why look more like.
  6. Be careful, this also proved the existence of our Illuminati overlords.
  7. I am unable. 
Bravo, Mattk50. Bravo.

2013-11-15

2013-07-17

All Purpose Cultural MMORPG Joke #2

[05:22] <[AI]Casilda_Tametomo> A little Sheevra boy is helping his grandmother cook. As she's preparing the Ambrosial Raw Oats, he steals some of the flour and rubs it all over his face.

[05:23] <[Quad]Darran> I don't get it.

[05:23] <[AI]Casilda_Tametomo> Inside his hood, his little face is all white, and he smiles at her and says "Look, Grammy, I'm a little Human boy!"

His grandmother beats him down to a sliver of health, then tells him sternly that she wants him to go across town and tell his mother what he just told her.

So he does.

His mother looks up from the Fabricula, draws her weapon, and... well, she puts him into mercy mode.

[05:25] <[WSX]DreamInc> XD

[05:25] <[AI]Casilda_Tametomo> "That was the stupidest thing I ever heard a child say", she tells him, "And you just wait until your father hears it. In fact, I want you to go tell him *right now*."

[05:25] <[Omni]Azarah> and then?

[05:26] <[AI]Casilda_Tametomo> So when he recovers enough to walk, he staggers over to where his father is picking someone's pocket. Or trying to. He tells his father what his mother told him to tell to him, and waits.

He doesn't wait long.

[05:27] <[Omni]Azarah> his father snoops the little sheevra boys pockets and runs away

[05:27] <[AI]Casilda_Tametomo> His father beats him to death with his bare hands, telling him, as he does so, "When you get back from the Priest, I want you to come here and tell me what you have *learned*, today."

[05:27] <[Omni]Azarah> my ending was better

[05:27] <[AI]Casilda_Tametomo> So the little boy does; he resurrects at the Priest, and runs back over to where his father is waiting. "Well", he says, "I've learned one thing today, father."

"What?"

"I've only been Human for half an hour, and I *already* HATE you fucking Sheevra!"
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