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Van Hemlock Episode 32
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 23:38:00 GMT [download/play]



This week we're back with a news and what we're playing show. This week we've been playing a shockingly small number of games, mostly because we're getting into Lord of the Rings Online in a big way.

We also, as this is a Christmas show we have the usual awards thing for the year, a quiz (just for fun) and we end the show with a piece of music I'm really sorry for.

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Episode 32 Discussion Thread

'Another great show' by Saylah
Submitted on 2008-12-24 15:35:16 CST
The easy and familiar chemistry between the two of you really makes the show. Of course the accents don't hurt either. :-) You've two have secured a place among my favorite podcasts and I LOVE how timely and frequent you publish shows.


'yay' by welshtroll
Submitted on 2008-12-24 15:39:08 CST
Wonderful end of year show guys, enjoyed the secret Santa part lol.

I'll have to submit my answers on the quiz later, they were tricky.

Happy Christmas and look forward to 2009s podcasts.



'Yeoman' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2008-12-25 06:25:33 CST
I too chose to be a yeoman. I find it immensely soothing to craft (cook mainly) at the end of a play session. I might have just gotten finished with a particularly hard instance and really need to chill out. So this profession really helps with this.

And its great because it puts me in the Shire, which I totally agree with you about being a wonderful bit of lore love.

Just to clear it up, LOTRO does not have any level equalization mechanic in the game - though I do think it wouldn't hurt to have one.

And by the way, if you're interested in a LOTRO themed blog, click the little blue linky thing next to my name.



':)' by FarSpace
Submitted on 2008-12-27 05:25:31 CST
Absolutely awesome news casting Jon, and I love the commentary you both do.

I recently got into Guild Wars and it is an awesome well done mmo imo. Not the only way an mmo has to be done but really great,

So then I was reading the FAQ for Guild Wars II & I noticed something Van Hemlock talks about wanting to see more of in other MMO's & they are going to do it in Guild Wars II...

From the FAQ page for GW2 http://www.guildwars.com/products/guildwars2/gw2faq/
"Also, to allow players the freedom to play together even if their friends are at a much higher (or lower) level, we are planning to implement a strong side kicking system, similar to that used in City of Heroes."

Right now my games are CoH/V, Guild Wars & I hope to play LoTRO in the near future, LoTRO seems to be doing great too from what I been hearing, I plan to be an Elf Hunter. Kind of like a Blaster, my favorite thing to be in CoH.

Plus the Hunter can track things like in EQII, in EQ2 I played a swashbuckler and he could track anything by name, allot of fun.

I figure LotRO will be one of the best Fantasy mmorpg's with strong Lore based game play along with TOR being one of the best Sci-Fi with great Lore based game play.

I would get into EVE more but the lore that you play is the player's lore, not so much the EVE universe lore. Not that the player community in EVE are not pretty cool people.

A similarity with EVE and GW is with GW it has basically one world that everyone can play with everyone at any time in the world. So cool. EVE can still boast hundreds against hundreds in battles though.

I liked the trivia too, I guessed a few of them, and I almost remember that one space mmo at the game conference you guys went to and I thought it was a video that John had on Limited Addition. But then I can't find it now, maybe it was a video that Brent had on the Virgin Worlds podcast, but I forgot. I also remember little big planet was there too.

Have a great new year :)