Silly fabric


Monday, January 29, 2007 | 01:07 PM | by
Well, I spent the majority of my weekend glued to Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and my Ranger on Florendyl. When I wasn't in Telon, I was gaming it up with fans in one of our numerous GameDays.

I had a lot of fun at each of the GameDays. We've got another one coming up tonight at 6pm EST for Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. I think we'll do a series of FFA and 3v3 games. Don't forget to jump on our ventrilo server, provided by UGT Servers.

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Also, here's the schedule for the rest of Winter-een-mas:
  • Monday the 29th -Dawn of War: Dark Crusade (PC) 6pm EST
  • Tuesday the 30th - Crackdown Co-op Demo (360) 7PM (slots by contest winner only)
  • Wednesday the 31st - Halo 2 (360) 8PM
I'll be notifying the winners of the Crackdown Co-op demo contest this afternoon, so if you entered, be sure to check your email later tonight.

So Vanguard. Love it. It's not perfect, it's still got quite a bit of polishing to do in the next few months. There are some bugs being worked through. Overall, the 3-day head start launch went pretty smoothly, in my vast experience with MMO launches. The servers were up and pretty stable the first day, and only came down once for an emergency patch.

Vanguard isn't for everyone, certainly. It's graphically pretty demanding, and designed to be visually appealing for a year or two to come. Some people, even with really nice systems, can't run the game on High Quality yet.

It's also a more challenging game than certain other MMOs. While not completely akin, it certainly does resemble the original Everquest in a lot of ways. You lose experience when you die, leveling takes longer, everything isn't just given to you. I feel that it offers a greater sense of risk vs reward, without making death the completely painful and frustrating experience it was in the first Everquest.

If I had any gripes about the game in its current state, it would be the level of character customization. Facial and body morphing is fine, but we really need more options in other areas, like hair and facial hair. And face textures. I know that they don't consider that top priority, as they need to get the gameplay bugs out of the way first, but for an MMO'er like me, character customization is a big deal.

Here's to hoping they add in some content in that area in the future.

Winter-een-mas 2007 Dawn of War GameDay

Monday, January 29, 2007 | 06:18 PM | by
I'm hosting some DoW: Dark Crusade games on Armagedon. Just look for my rooms under [CAD]Absath.

Zeke plushies, Volume 3, and Analog and D+Pad

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | 12:49 PM | by

I'm pleased to let you know that the shipments of the Zeke Plushie, Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume 3, and the Analog and D+Pad comic book issue #1 have now all arrived at our warehouse. I was trying to get everything to arrive at around the same time, which caused some delays, but this way if anyone wanted to buy all three items, they could save on shipping by ordering them at once.

So here's the rundown so far:

The Zeke plushies are fairly limited. They take a long while to be manufactured and shipping over here, so once they're gone, we probably won't have any more until much later in 2007. If you want one, don't wait too long.

On the bright side, if the plushies do well, I'll look into doing some of the other characters next time.

The Analog and D+Pad books are also limited in the sense that once they're gone, we won't print any more of them. However we have a large number of them, so I suspect they'll last a while.

Paperback versions of Volume 3 are plentiful, so no need to worry about those, but the hardcovers are another story. When the 1200 hardcovers for Volumes One and Two went on sale (600 each), they were gone in thirty minutes.

We printed 1000 hardcover versions of Volume 3, to give more people a chance to grab one, but they still may go fast. Each Hardcover will be signed, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

I'll be making arrangements to fly up to Vancouver to sign the books just after Winter-een-mas is over. In the next few days I should have a date and time for you when this stuff, hardcovers included, will go on sale. I will be sure to let you know well in advance.