Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Hello! A few weeks ago I was on quite the zombie gaming kick. I didn't really do it on purpose either; I guess playing several games in a row with the same theme and setting is bound to happen when said theme and setting is so common/overused. Also, I'm not sure why I'm so interested in zombie fiction and apocalyptic settings, even after reading some theories on why it's so popular as a genre. I just embrace that I am. (Also I freakin' love Cracked, check that last link out for sure.)

But yeah, as passé as it is, I played a string of zombie games in Sept. 2013. It was good fun--got some thoughts to share. I think I'll stick with just one of those games for this post.

So back in my first years of college, I was a huge fan of Valve's Left 4 Dead game, and its sequel. Playing those games introduced me to a group of buddies I still hang with now and then, and still rep on my steam handle. But the L4D series are really well made games. That's some primo co-op FPS gameplay right there. As usual for a Valve game, it was populated with fantastic characters with excellent dialogue. So good--in fact, let me introduce you to the characters from each game's opening cinematic scene.

Left 4 Dead

Bill - Old man. 'Nam vet. Father figure.
Francis -  Biker dude. Tough guy. Hates everything.
Louis - Black guy. White-collar. Optimist.
Zoey - Chick. Movie-buff. Youngest one.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Glory to Arstotzka!

So over the past several days, I've played and enjoyed the hell out of an indie game called Papers, Please. The premise of the game is--bear with me--playing a stamp-wielding immigration officer in the communist nation of Arstotzka. Glory to Arstotzka! In sorting out in my head why I find this game fun, I've identified the two biggest reasons as puzzles and feels.

First, a bit more background: You're an immigration officer, thanks to the October 1982 labor lottery in your homeland of Arstotzka. You were placed in a Class 8 apartment when you were relocated to East Grestin to run the immigration office there. You have four other mouths to feed, and you get paid per immigrant successfully processed. There's also a Steam achievement for clawing your way up to having a Class 5 apartment; these last two things combined to be very compelling for me.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

LotRO? Why?

Oh, by the way, I don't play LotRO at this time.

A couple months ago, I damn near made a post about one of Argen's outfit in RIFT, but I went and quit that too! Considering what I'm now playing, I guess I could post pictures of the masks I've crafted in Payday 2?

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Hello, I'm back with another Outfit & Steed combo for my Warden Rechart. I got my inspiration for this one from seeing how blasted good Nathrien's "Slayer of the Sword Halls" looked with the Steed of the Warden dyed black. See I'd pointed my Warden kin leader Material Middle-Earth's way when he had recently asked me to make him an outfit. Next night, he bought the Steed of the Warden and put 2 & 2 together. Of course, I'm a sucker myself, so I snapped up the steed and set about designing my own outfit.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Warden of the Vale

While Argendauss has had a few fun custom warsteeds to ride around Middle Earth basically since week two of RoR, it was only recently that I treated my Warden Rechart to his own unique-looking steed. Something like three weeks ago I put this get-up together to fill that gap. Rather unimaginatively, I call this outfit the Warden of the Vale, though based on his color scheme I might call him the Peninsular Avanc!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Featured on LotRO Reporter

I've been a listener to LotRO Reporter for a while, and Tuesday I got a chance to appear on it. I'd seen on Tuesday of this past week that Turbine had taken Fornost Earth offline, and I'd known exactly why. I tried to get a hold of my buddy Layanor before the show and ended up saying my piece in LotRO Reporter's vent channel. Fun times!
I appear around 8:05 in the podcast. Note that I was intoxicated at the time and my speech was deliberately set at a slow and plodding pace so I didn't fuck it all up, heh. To be clear, a RSoE every 3-5 minutes meant three challenge completions within that timeframe. In the very last bit I must've been responding to something in chat--totally did a 180 in the middle of a sentence.
My... sources tell me that players who farmed Fornost Earth challenge (done by resetting the fight after the boss was killed but before adds were killed) were not rolled back or banned. Turbine's problem, and Turbine did right by taking the Instance down, probably until U9.