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Day 44 out of the humid tropics of the Tortage arcapeligo and words still fail me on how to express the sights and sounds I have seen. From the white towers of the port city of Tarantia, the ancient and infernally hot desert of Khemi, to the war torn Cimmerian home lands.

Khemi

field of the dead

Each unique in there beauty and defy description. However as with everything, the beauty only runs skin deep, underneath is a bubbling morass of evil, tainting everythingit touches and creating a dark horror that leaves you breathless, weeping for the damned and faceless individual corrupted by its touch.

 

 

I have night terrors from my experiences within the walls of the sanctum of the burning souls. A dark and oppressive ruin of a once acheronian strong hold. A place where the unquiet dead stalk its halls, where its ancient masters presence can still be felt casting shadows and corruption far across the countryside.

approaching the sanctum of the burning souls

 

Where am I, I am 3 days out from the nearest town. Standing shoulder to shoulder with a band of brave and stalwart adventurers, awaiting the warmth of the morning sun to wash over us, before you again step forth into this infernal place to face our fears and gain some new ones ………

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So dx 10 is out for AoC and damn does it look good. A sytem hog, hell yes. In fact its almost chopping my fps down by 2/3’s. However on average with maxed out settings @ 1680 x 1050 with AA x8 / 16 and dx 10 running, less grass physics I get on average 25 fps. So really not to bad.

I can safely say AoC is the most beautiful game out there. I will be returning to the sanctum of the burning souls on my 30 something conqueror to have a look see at that and taking my shaman back through the craddle of decay for picture ops.

Fields of the Dead

Fields of the Dead

Question is, is Dx10 really the way to go for an Mmo ?

More stuff to come as I setttle back in to blogging. If i get time between War and AoC.

Oh and a shout out to my fellow CoW’s … got to love these guys, best group out there for any game you want to play.

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Wth is this …

First of let me paint a picture for you …. “You are dungeon crawling down to a dragon to retrieve an item from its horde. You get there, you group is primed to jump the dragon, hamstring it, whilst you plunge you sword of dragon slaying into the beats heart. The dragon notices your group, it turns to face you and takes a deep breath ….” Now in most situations you would expect the dragon to unleash its fiery breath at you and promptly tear the nearest wizard a new one. However in the situation it turns towards the group and *puts story on pause* (more…)

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Ok is it me or has questing remained the least explored medium in mmo’s as opposed the advanced made in other areas of mmo design, graphics, travel routes, voice etc. I remember back in the dark days of my youth playing pc games and recieving quests exactly the same way as most mmo’s do now, well with the exception of yellow glowy questions marks hovering over the quest givers heads. Quests design seems to stalling out with one concept of quest trees. Talk to quest giver, read paragraph, click yes button, read next paragraph, click next, do you accept quest, click yes and off you go on your merry little way….. (more…)

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Hardcore …

Well I’m back. I thought I would start off with something small to get back into the swing of things.

In an unamed beta I’m currently playing they have an option for a hardcore mode, that is to say you create your character and play through the game as you would normally. The kicker is when you die your character dies and is gone for good, back to the drawing board with you …. now I dont usually subscribe to this type of hardcore mode but this is beta so I thought i would give it ago. Wow … what a blast it is, really puts you on edge and makes you think statergy more than in softcore mode. Its like a whole new game … (more…)

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Pirates on the starboard bow …

hmmm if this is anything to go by then Sept 19 th will see the preorder lauch day for Pirates of the Burning Sea … thankyou

(Ok enought of the News Thing I’ll leave that to Brent)

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