Battle Bards Episode 25: Holiday Themes
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 April 2014, 9:00 am
It’s always a holiday somewhere, especially in MMOs, so don’t blink twice if you happen to hear the Battle Bards talking about Christmas, Halloween, and Arbor Day on this week’s episode!  After all, special occasions necessitate special music, and holiday … Continue reading


Guild Wars 2: Music theory
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 9:04 pm
One of my growing favorite pasttimes in Guild Wars 2 is to make a note of where special chests are and how to get to them.  You can usually plunder these chests once a day for a green/blue item, but … Continue reading


Quality toilet time and Diablo III
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 8:06 am
Food poisoning sucks.  I’ve never had it before, but boy howdy did I make up for that oversight this past weekend.  My wife, my one-year-old and I all got it within a couple of hours of each other, and let … Continue reading


Gabriel Knight 2: Tiger time
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 April 2014, 1:50 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) What was Grossberg (one of the victims) up to?  That’s the driving force of the hour, … Continue reading


My initial reactions to SOE’s H1Z1
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2014, 9:52 am
In a move that surprised very few people who have been paying attention to the teasers and hints, SOE is creating a zombie sandbox MMO called H1Z1.  Lots of crafting, building, fighting against zombies — where have we heard that … Continue reading


What is wrong with The Secret World’s combat?
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2014, 9:23 am
The Secret World’s combat system is often cited as one of the more significant roadblocks for people getting to like the game.  I’ve seen enough comments on Massively and elsewhere to know that either a small group of people really, … Continue reading


Go forth and read!
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2014, 10:31 am
“How the removal of the minuscule cost of repairing your armor, somewhere around 8 silver if you turn up at the repair shop in your underwear at level 80, is supposed to compensate for what might be a heavy nerf … Continue reading


Guild Wars 2: Prison break
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 8:21 am
So I was doing the full exploration thing of Ebonhawk last night when I came upon the prison.  I wandered in, taking a look at the cells and thinking that they didn’t look that comfortable, when a “suspicious” NPC walks … Continue reading


WildStar: A new hope and a whole lotta patch notes
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 9:47 am
Even though the game is offline and in between beta weekends, WildStar dropped a motherlode of patch notes yesterday for its “UI 2.0″ update.  There was a lot in it, but probably the most notable for me was the expected … Continue reading


Gabriel Knight 2: In which stuff starts actually happening
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 12:34 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) One of the aspects of adventure games that I’m less fond of is how you can … Continue reading


Videos: Quest design and F2P approaches
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 5:15 pm
I’m catching up on watching Extra Credits and really liked the following two videos: Quest Design II: This one continued the discussion of good quest design using both The Secret World and Lord of the Rings Online as positive examples.  … Continue reading


Videos: Quest design and F2P approaches
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 5:15 pm
I’m catching up on watching Extra Credits and really liked the following two videos: Quest Design II: This one continued the discussion of good quest design using both The Secret World and Lord of the Rings Online as positive examples.  … Continue reading


Gabriel Knight 2: In which stuff starts actually happening
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 12:34 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) One of the aspects of adventure games that I’m less fond of is how you can … Continue reading


WildStar: A new hope and a whole lotta patch notes
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 9:47 am
Even though the game is offline and in between beta weekends, WildStar dropped a motherlode of patch notes yesterday for its “UI 2.0″ update.  There was a lot in it, but probably the most notable for me was the expected … Continue reading


Guild Wars 2: Prison break
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 8:21 am
So I was doing the full exploration thing of Ebonhawk last night when I came upon the prison.  I wandered in, taking a look at the cells and thinking that they didn’t look that comfortable, when a “suspicious” NPC walks … Continue reading


What is wrong with The Secret World’s combat?
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2014, 9:23 am
The Secret World’s combat system is often cited as one of the more significant roadblocks for people getting to like the game.  I’ve seen enough comments on Massively and elsewhere to know that either a small group of people really, … Continue reading


Go forth and read!
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2014, 10:31 am
“How the removal of the minuscule cost of repairing your armor, somewhere around 8 silver if you turn up at the repair shop in your underwear at level 80, is supposed to compensate for what might be a heavy nerf … Continue reading


Gabriel Knight 2: Wallowing in Wagner
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) Grace’s museum trip dug up a few interesting details, but now she’s about to head off … Continue reading


Your one-stop shopping nexus for MMO soundtracks just got better
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 3:33 pm
I’ve been doing some work to update the MMO Music page here on Bio Break, and I’m happy to say that it’s ready to help connect you with soundtracks more than ever before. I’ve taken out some outdated links and … Continue reading


What I’ve been playing on tablets
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 April 2014, 8:15 am
I’ve been doing a little more reading as of late which has cut into my tablet gaming time, but there are a few titles that I did want to mention. A few weeks ago I picked up Out There, which … Continue reading


NBI 2014 needs community leaders
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 April 2014, 10:15 am
Veteran, newbie, and potential bloggers, heads up!  The folks over at the NBI headquarters have announced that this year’s month-long project will be coming up soon and they need community leaders: It’s that time of year to consider having the … Continue reading


Picture of the Day: Gender equality
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 April 2014, 9:29 pm



LOTRO: Where everybody knows your name
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 April 2014, 9:38 am
I have been neglecting LOTRO as of late.  Part of that is the anticipation of Update 13 and going into a “fasting mode” prior to it arriving, and part of it was from just getting too focused on Guild Wars … Continue reading


Gabriel Knight 2: Castle cruising
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 April 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) This does not look like a church.  This looks like the portal to the nightmare world.  … Continue reading


Pictures of the Day: Sausages
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 April 2014, 8:04 am
Not a full-fledge dragon in LOTRO, but he’s got a certain commanding presence nevertheless.  Cute, too! I never noticed this wood carving in progress before.  Neat.  Three wolf log? Jayne has seen better days.


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