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Voyages of Vanguard #23
Wed, 17 Oct 2007 12:29:00 GMT [download/play]



This week Troy and Karen are back to talking about Vanguard with a series of shout-outs, the status of VoV friends network, and Vanguard news.  They then sink into the basement and ramble on about the music they listen to while playing the game.  Troy has pitiful taste in music that will cause most gamers reel and waver in shock, while Karen is a bit better one must wonder how sane she is listening to children sing-along songs.  Karen talks about some cool dungeons, and finally the two end by talking about their blogs.

Shout outs
VoV Network Friends Update
Vanguard News
Top 5 songs to play in the background while in Vanguard?
Dungeon of the Week
Our Blogs

Links:
http://targonor.net/vg/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage
http://targonor.net/vg/pmwiki.php?n=Main.DungeonLvlGuide

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Episode 23 Discussion Thread

'About riftway' by Medz
Submitted on 2007-10-17 12:09:19 CST
I thought I read in the notes they are going to put rift ways near polts


'sweet' by AlikSteel
Submitted on 2007-10-17 12:53:58 CST
sweet show. you two get better together with each show you do.


'5 things for show' by AlikSteel
Submitted on 2007-10-17 13:08:59 CST
no songs but I have 5 things for the show

1 market is the price the same every where? or does the race have any thing to do with the price?

2 houseing where is the land? who makes the homes? how meny people can own the house? can you have more than 1 home? can you get more than one type of home? like a 2 story?

3 mounts how meny are there? how do you get them? do thay come with stats?

4 broker how meny brokers are there? will any broker talk to any person? is there a broker for each race or land?

5 UI how does the UI work. is there any little things about it that maybe not every one knows about. like can you resize chat windows? can you add as meny chat windows as you want? how meny hotbars can you have up? can you rersize the hotbar?



'Great show!' by Lumio
Submitted on 2007-10-17 14:23:18 CST
Wow thanks for all the kind word, I am honored hehe

5 bands

1. Arcade Fire
2. The Stills
3. Ben Kweller
4. Anything 80's
5. Chromeo (really fun music)

Check those out!



'Great show so far!' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-10-17 15:27:15 CST
I'm only about halfway through #23 but it's great so far. You two truly get better with each episode and I enjoy the chemistry, like I said about the last episode.

Oh btw, thanks Jaye for inviting me to the guild last night =D Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

PS: I was "the pilot" Troy spoke with just prior to moving Pidge(let) to Xeth *waves* lol :p~



'Corrections to the Show' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2007-10-17 15:31:06 CST
Howdy,

I noticed this morning that one of my late night edits didn't take. So, at the tail end of the show there are several lip smacks and some extra stuff I had not intended to include. I am generally a stickler for ahhs, ummmms, and lip smacks, and apologize for that; also there was some meandering and digressions that should not have made it into the final cut.

Also, I misspoke at one point in my meanderings about being 70th level; when in fact we all know that there is but 50 levels in Vanguard.

Early on that pestering Eric (from EQual Perspectives) tried to muscle in on my conversation with Karen, and you can hear his darn chimes from Skype. It was so interwoven into the conversation that I could not edit it out.

Thanks for the feedback so far guys.



'Cheer to Talyn' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2007-10-17 15:32:51 CST
Hey!

Awesome to see you in the guild. I hope I got my story straight there; about being a pilot and such. I often listen or read stuff then somehow it gets scrambled in my re-telling.

Hope to see you ingame soon!!



'Flyboy' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-10-17 21:30:58 CST
Yep, you had that correct! Thanks for the welcome, I'm looking forward to getting back home to get some more time in Telon.



'Gnome Liberation' by James
Submitted on 2007-10-18 01:11:53 CST
This show was my favorite yet. The rapport between you two is just great. Your mutual distaste for gnomes had me falling out of my chair at work. I personally tend to play gnomes but I sympathize with your aversion to them. If I end up creating a character on the Xeth server, I will be sure to bite your ankles if I run across Pidge or Jaye. I'm one of those freaks who doesn't listen to music or watch television while I'm gaming, but when I do have the sound off, here's my top 5:

1) If I Should Fall From Grace With God - The Pogues
2) Ancient Forest - Clannad
3) Falling Off the Edge of the World - Black Sabbath
4) Grimly Fiendish - The Damned
5) Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Most of these serve best as soundtracks for clobbering and hacking, IMHO. The Damned and Clannad are a bit more atmospheric (Clannad did the soundtrack for the amazing "Robin of Sherwood" British television series from the mid-eighties which every fantasy fan should go out and immediately rent or purchase).

I will be lulled to sleep tonight with the haunting image of the mischievous goblin Pidge decimating mobs with Boy George singing in the background.



'Music' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-10-18 10:08:25 CST
I've tried twice now, with limited success, listening to a podcast (episode 22 of VoV in the most recent case) while playing and it's difficult for me. I have a difficult enough time paying attention to anyone speaking (the mind tends to wander, far and often, in my case) and as much as I pick on the Immersion People (Immersionites?), playing modern rock music in a fantasy game completely destroys any sense of immersion I may have had and is very distracting to me. WoW was the exception -- I spent so much time there and honestly, the music was pretty limited to begin with, so I'd often have RadioRivendell.com streaming rather than the WoW music. I haven't spent enough time in either VG or LOTRO yet to tire of their music.



'Gnomes' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-10-18 10:13:40 CST
Towards the end of my WoW career I did finally roll a gnome warlock (ooooh, originality! yeah yeah) and it was pretty interesting seeing the world from a lower camera angle. We did have a few hardcore gnomes in the guild who were great people and we always looked forward to seeing them. One was a geared-up rogue with neon pink pigtails, and the gal who played her was awesome to talk to. And honestly, all prejudices aside from us Tall Folk, it's just damn hilarious to see a gnome protection warrior tanking some huge demonic boss. Talk about a David and Goliath moment! =D



'Sweet Podcast' by headwound2323
Submitted on 2007-10-18 18:53:16 CST
Keep up the great work guys and gals. I've been thinking about trying out Vanguard for a while now. And after listening to 4 or 5 of your podcasts I'm about ready to take the plunge. I was wondering which jobs are best for a tank (meatshied). I was wanting to roll a Paladin and was wondering how they are at tanking in the game. And any other good jobs you think are good at tanking would be much appreciated. Thanks. And If you need a topic to discuss, how about why a current WOW player would like Vanguard. Especially someone like me looking for a different MMO experience.


'Tanking' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-10-18 21:34:44 CST
Keep in mind, I'm a grand total of 3 weeks into VG myself, but there are 3 defensive fighters in the game: Warriors, Paladins, and Dread Knights. Warriors have good dps and are the best at holding group aggro. I haven't grouped with (or even seen) a Paladin yet, but from what I'm told they make better tanks than the new improved Pallytanks of WoW. The Dread Knight (I'm playing one of those) is a bit of an anti-Paladin -- defensive (or offensive) fighter who also uses dark magic for damage, debuffs, DoTs and in two more levels I'll get a lifetap heal ability that I can suck away my opponent's health and heal myself with it. (At least that's my understanding of it) The more experienced DK players have told me we do our best tanking with a 2-hander rather than 1H+Shield like the warrior needs. We hold awesome aggro against single mobs, and I've done two before, but once you start getting big groups, the warrior will shine with his AoE taunting.

They're all fun, they're all very different. Maybe give each a shot and see which appeals to your personal playstyle?



'Music and Class List ' by vonbladewing
Submitted on 2007-10-19 01:29:29 CST
My top Music
Metallica=Fade to Black
Linkin Park= Numb and. What i done

Class
Paladins. Great in solo and PVP/RP
Ranger. love it /bow



'Music list by Eax' by Eax
Submitted on 2007-10-19 05:14:05 CST
I am into reggae so my top-5 list while playing VG would look something like this:

1. Soldiers of Jah army - Brothers and sisters
2. Tanya Stephens - Keep looking up
3. Svenska akademien - Vakna
4. Bob Marley - No woman no cry
5. Damian Marley - Road to Zion

Heavy metal also works for me. That top-5 would be:

1. Nightwish - Nemo(ANY song really, i love them)
2. Sonata Arctica - White pearl black oceans
3. Manowar - Sign of the hammer
4. Metallica - King nothing
5. Iron Maiden - Afraid to shoot strangers

Enjoy

Eax the lvl 38 bard of guild Dogma on the Halgar server



'Love the Show!' by Murashu
Submitted on 2007-10-19 10:47:28 CST
I just wanted to hop on here and say thanks to Troy and Karen for the wonderful show they do every week. I'm stationed in Afghanistan and trying to access the game on satellite so my playtime is limited. The VoV podcasts give me something to look forward to every week.

I have started joining the vovfriends channel on Xeth but it is pretty much empty when I am able to play.

Keep up the great work and feel free to send me a tell sometime.

Nippur, Shuey, Gozzor or Murashu
www.agonysend.com



'Xeth' by Talyn
Submitted on 2007-10-19 21:36:06 CST
I'm always in the VoVfriends channel when I play but I can only play when I'm home, no way in hell my laptop could even dream of running VG so, couple times per week tops for me. There's a handful of people I see occasionally though, keep trying. The `#who vovfriends` command will tell you who all is in the channel, if that helps?



'Bleegghhhhh' by Gigawatt
Submitted on 2007-10-19 23:53:53 CST
U2 makes me vomit

I had to listen to Johnny Mathis as a kid cause he's one of my mom's favorites...
I've wanted to strangle him ever since



'Songs' by Token
Submitted on 2007-10-22 07:30:53 CST
I'm far too hardcore to play specific music as I'd hear the same stuff over and over again so I will share with you how I grind away hour after hour.

www.last.fm - Sign up for this free service and you will get a program to install that learns your musical taste. Simply tell it where to start such as the name of an artist and it will start playing your very own custom radio station. You can even say you love or hate the tracks it plays and it will adapt accordingly.

Winamp radio - There are thousands of stations you can listen to, I go for Soma.fm

have fun!



'Fantasy Music Site' by Dathmar
Submitted on 2007-10-22 10:00:31 CST
If you want something different (musical that is) in this game or any other game
try -
http://www.radiorivendell.com/

Just turn down the music volume in-game and turn this up.
Helps if you get bored of the in-game music repeating.



'Teamspeak...' by Meaninglesscog
Submitted on 2007-10-22 14:08:16 CST
I can barely keep up with all the action in my ears from my guild's teamspeak channel to pay attention to any music.

However, if I am on solo, I usually listen to podcasts.

There are some nights that Spike Jones seems appropriate though :)