Shadow Realms? Yes please.
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2014, 2:54 pm
Just a couple of weeks ago on Massively Speaking, Bree and I were kicking around ideas from tabletop RPGs that we’d like to see brought into MMOs.  I expressed a desire that I’ve long had, which is to allow players … Continue reading


Six things about the Atari 2600 that I forgot until now
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2014, 9:00 am
I was watching a retro review of an Atari 2600 game the other day that unlocked several memories I had of that quirky first console.  In no particular order, here they are: 1. The games were very colorful and bold … Continue reading


Monogamy and the MMO player
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2014, 9:00 am
Probably one of the most common questions I’m asked is something along the lines of, “How can you play so many MMOs?  How do you have the time?  How can you stay interested in all of them?”  Well, one question … Continue reading


Battle Bards Episode 33: Allods Online
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2014, 9:00 am
As we’ve proven before on Battle Bards, free-to-play and foreign doesn’t mean that the soundtrack is going to be lame.  On the contrary, scores like Allods Online is what gets us out of bed in the morning, pumped for another … Continue reading


Month of DDO: City on fire
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 12:00 pm
We begin the next quest in the Wheloon prison chain.  I’m summoned to the city-prison to interrogate this prisoner who’s proven to be more bother than he’s worth.  He’s pretty open with me, saying that he used to be a … Continue reading


One thing we forget
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 11:19 am
When people like to work themselves up in a tizzy talking about how MMOs are dying or whatever (despite objective, observable evidence to the contrary), one thing that’s sometimes mentioned is how there are only “so many” MMO players and … Continue reading


LOTRO: Level 100 and sinister swans
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 9:00 am
One thing is for certain: Gondor is puh-retty.  I love the seaside venue, as it’s something we really haven’t gotten before in this game.  Feels almost relaxing and vacationy. Even with the beacons lit and Sauron doing Saurony things elsewhere, … Continue reading


Sanitarium: The courtyard and chapel
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2014, 9:00 am
(This is part of my journey playing through Sanitarium. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) We’re back at the asylum for a short interlude in the courtyard.  While Max has been “away,” the tower with the … Continue reading


Sanitarium: Mother and the children
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2014, 9:00 am
(This is part of my journey playing through Sanitarium. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) Whee!  Since I’m in a village full of kids playing games, I thought I’d amuse myself.  Whee! …fine.  I’ll go figure … Continue reading


Month of DDO: Taking prisoners and chewing bubble gum
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 12:00 pm
Three posts into this series and I might actually be ready to start adventuring in DDO!  Amazing. So here we are in the prison city of Wheloon, which is my first step outside of Eberron in DDO.  One does wonder … Continue reading


Sign me up to be a player patron!
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 9:00 am
Guilds are sometimes great at fostering communities that want to help each other and lend a hand.  Not always, but sometimes.  A few MMOs I know have dedicated player assistance channels or volunteer groups that prowl newbie zones to give … Continue reading


The worst time for a new MMO
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2014, 9:00 am
There’s one stretch of time that I loathe for any new MMO (or red-hot expansion), which is the period of time between two and four months following release.  Up until then, it’s been a hoot: tons of excitement and anticipation … Continue reading


WildStar: Starship design
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2014, 9:00 am
In my WildStar adventures, I’ve been sorely neglecting my house.  I’m constantly using it, true, but I’ve mostly been amassing a stockpile of decor items and crafting mats with the good intention of sitting down at some point and really … Continue reading


Month of DDO: Sypp the Shadar-kai
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2014, 9:00 am
Unfortunately I couldn’t get DDO to fully load on my laptop, so I had to wait until I got home from my trip to roll my character for the month.  For this month’s experiment, I’m going with one of the … Continue reading


Sanitarium: Where am I?
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Sanitarium. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) Well!  After a long trip through survival horror with System Shock 2, I thought I’d switch things up with… more horror … Continue reading


LOTRO: Rotting meat and vomit
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 9:00 am
I’ve almost lost count of all of the times that Lord of the Rings Online has made me clean up vomit.  I suspect that one of the devs has a very disturbing fetish going on, because by now I’m like, … Continue reading


Guild Wars 2: 5,000 points of awesome
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 9:00 am
This past weekend I was in Las Vegas with my wife, who was there to attend a business conference.  I?  I was there to be a slacker.  I’m very good at slacking.  Actually, I mostly sat around in a (very … Continue reading


System Shock 2: Inner space
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through System Shock 2. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) I think we’re going to finish up System Shock 2 today.  Cool with you?  I’m so ready! My escape … Continue reading


System Shock 2: Upside-down!
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through System Shock 2. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) Moving on up to the second pod (deck) of the Rickenbacker, I see that my “reverse gravity” experiment worked, … Continue reading


The Month of DDO: Roll d20 to install
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 3:11 pm
Welcome to a new feature-slash-experiment here at Bio Break, the “Month of” series!  The idea for this came to me about a month ago, when I was wrestling with two thoughts: 1. I have more — more — than enough … Continue reading


System Shock 2: All aboard the Rickenbacker!
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 9:00 am
(This is part of my journey playing through System Shock 2. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) I’ve finally made it to the Rickenbacker — which, as you might recall, is the non-FTL military ship that … Continue reading


LOTRO: The sights and smells of Gondor
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2014, 9:00 am
There’s an (inconsequential) choice at the end of one of the new epic story side missions where you — as one of the cursed spirits where you get to choose whether to go with Aragorn to be redeemed as part … Continue reading


Battle Bards Episode 32: The Secret World
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:00 am
It’s the show that Syl’s been dreading for almost eight episodes now: The Secret World!  Between conspiracies, zombies, ancient myths, and present-day cabals, is there actually music in this game — and is it any good?  The bards investigate in … Continue reading


Quote of the Day: Kickstarter dreams
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 4:40 pm
“It’s seen as churlish to say this out loud during the fundraising period, since a lot of attraction about Kickstarted video games is they are bringing dreams and aspirations to life. Telling people that their dream project is almost certainly … Continue reading


Are you an entitled player?
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 12:00 pm
If nothing else, my ArcheAge post from last week showed that there are definitely passionate feelings on both sides of the pro-PvE server/anti-PvE server discussion.  Not being as intimately familiar with the game as some folks, I learned a bit … Continue reading


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