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Van Hemlock Episode 10
Mon, 7 Jul 2008 10:55:00 GMT [download/play]



Episode 10, in which our heroes show they can't learn from past mistakes so are still playing far too many games and that the Internet is wrong and Jon is right.

End music is a treat for Crackdown fans because I'm feeling positive about All Points Bulletin. Bonus points if you recognise where the other piece comes from, but it is MMO related.

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Episode 10 Discussion Thread

'Bonus Listener Competition!' by VanHemlock
Submitted on 2008-07-07 10:09:33 CST
Cunningly hidden somehere in this episode, is a massive, embarrassing and Entirely Deliberate! factual inaccuracy!

Bonus Van Hemlock Faction Points for anyone who spots it, and who also knows why we let off all our fireworks on 5th November instead!



'Hysterical Historics ...' by Elsyth
Submitted on 2008-07-07 13:30:54 CST
I'd hazzard a guess that history was not one of your best subjects and that if we ever needed a way to widen the gap in Anglo-American relations all we'd need is to send you over the pond as the British Representative and watch the fireworks.

As for why we set all out fireworks off on November 5th, it pretty obvious .. it always rains on Nov 6th ;)




'LOTRO Deeds' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2008-07-07 17:55:23 CST
I'm glad you mentioned the Deed/Title system in LOTRO in your discussion of achievements/trophies. You don't have to do any of these, and they're not essential enough to gimp you for not doing them, but they're available to do if you want to.

You mentioned that you can't see everything that a player has achieved, and before you mentioned that, I didn't really think of it, but it is something I'd like to see. It might be something that's added to the game, because the developers want to/are working on a system of extended player statistics outside of the game. Now, if it does have the deed and title information in it, you're not seeing it in game, but going back to the trophies and achievements, it's very close to the same thing as a gamer tag or whatever the Sony version of that is.

As always, I greatly enjoyed the podcast had had a great LOL moment on your brief talk about the Bartle Incident.



'Yep' by FarSpace
Submitted on 2008-07-08 00:21:04 CST
Oh yeah! I'm all about that 6 month rule, at least.

So far I'm glad I did it iwth TR maybe 8 moths would of been better but everything is going great so far anyways.

I also played FW in EVE too, pretty good although I stink at PvP but then I'm useing my 21 mil SP main and so I did not get killed yet but no kills eather. It is fun to sneak around though.

You guys are cool, you got a another listener.

You guys play alot of games too, cool.



'Good show' by Sente
Submitted on 2008-07-08 03:02:45 CST
Quite enjoyable show, good stuff.

I took at break from Tabula Rasa myself when my highest was at 47, remains to be seen if I continue. The main reason was of course that pretty much our whole clan stopped playing the game. But also bugs ans issues with teaming in instances combined with crappy community tools that stopped it.

One game that has quite detailed information available about players is City of Heroes/Villains. You can see all the badges, PvP stuff, powers selected etc if you select info menu option on a targeted player. You are also able to add personal notes about a player (only stored locally and only available to you).
I haven't seen that this detail have had any negative effect on teaming and gettign invited, but since you only see this only on targeted players that would typically happen after the invite. And the game is rather flexible in most cases with what constellations you can play.

And by now my senility is kicking in, since I've fogotten what other things I were to comment on :)

I did see V for Vendetta, do I get some factional movie points for that? ;)






'Its when the Martians invaded and Mr Goldblum saved us with a Mac' by Dathmar
Submitted on 2008-07-08 06:00:35 CST
4th July....I like your history lesson
:)
Van Hemlock - DarkStar one - I know your pain with the patches and resolution. I went to X3 - but that seems like a version of EVE but playing on your own.

Jon - Matrix and SWG - been there with the installer as well - I gave up too.

Does the Guild Wars noob club have any spaces for a true noob or this a Friends and Family type club ?






'That'll learn me' by Dathmar
Submitted on 2008-07-08 09:45:27 CST
...as my Granddad used to say
I should have listened to the whole podcast before asking if I can be in your gang



'great job' by dannyboy15157
Submitted on 2008-07-11 00:17:07 CST
I have recently stumbled across your podcast and just wanted to chime in that it is fantastic. Great show!


'Game stores aren't dead in the US' by Sinaea
Submitted on 2008-07-12 13:50:20 CST
But they are definitely fewer, and generally smaller than they were about ten years ago. I know of two shops within easy driving distance of my house, and they both have dedicated table space in them for people to play games. I think it's just much less prevalent and more specialized these days though.