Life lessons

Let's play!

Monday, June 27, 2011 | 01:04 PM | by

Operation: Spider Shark is currently sitting at just over 6,000 referrals! Remember though, the referral doesn't count unless you get to Summoner Level 5, so hit those co-op vs AI games!

Reader Zachary has set up a Facebook page for the Spider Shark campaign. He's also suggested a great idea that I whole-heartedly agree with, and that's offering some prizes for the people contributing to making our champion a reality!

So if we reach the 10,000 mark, and you leveled an account to Summoner Level 5 towards the effort, you'll have a chance to win one of twenty $20 gift certificates to Splitreason or one of two cameo appearances in a Ctrl+Alt+Del comic strip.

Also, this Wednesday evening (June  29th), I'm going to be hosting a League of Legends CAD Gameday. From 5pm to 9pm EST, I'm going to be on LoL, and make a chatroom, from which we can start some casual, custom 5v5 games. If you're new to the game, and you want to play with a bunch of other people that are just starting out, this will be the perfect opportunity to get into some LoL action. Hope to see you there!

Remember, to contribute to the campaign effort, all you have to do is

In non-League related news, I've been playing mostly XBLA games recently. My fiancee and I picked up Magic 2012, and we've been having a great time with it. We both enjoy Magic (her more than me), but it's not always convenient to trek out to a comic shop or convention to play.

Magic 2012 offers a pretty authentic MTG experience, and the ability to quickly and easily connect to people online for games. It's got a pretty decent campaign mode to unlock new decks, which is light on story, but offers a pretty decent challenge.

The biggest draw for us was that you can play in Two-headed giant games, with two players connecting from the same console. Both players need to have a separate XBL-enabled account if you want to play against people online, which I thought was sort of obtuse. But that it's possible at all is a very welcome addition that lets us play as a team, as opposed to just watching eachother play.

I also absolutely loved Trenched, from the folks at Double Fine studios, though I haven't played much of it since I'm waiting for my jerk friend to find some free time for co-op. What I have seen of it though was pretty fun, and I'm looking forward to blowing up some Tubes!

Some bad news

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 02:11 PM | by

Last night I got to sit down and chat with Riot's Steve Mescon (RiotPendragon) for a couple of hours.

Among other things, we talked about the 10k referral reward, and he informed me that the nature of the reward is less "Go design a champion with Riot" and more "Go work on a champion they've already designed". They have their champion concepts laid out pretty far in advance... the next 4-5 months worth of champions are already in some stage of the design process, and they'd have me working on one of the champions way down the road. Apparently the one other guy who reached 10k, Grez, still hasn't been out to the studio to work on a champion.

While it's not a bad prize by any stretch, it's fundamentally different from the reason I started this campaign. I wanted it to be less a me reward, and more an us reward. As I'd said, I hoped that if we reached 10k referrals I could collect Champion ideas from the community, Spider Shark included, and we'd vote on which ones to pitch to Riot.

As usual, you guys absolutely blew me away with your support of Spider Shark. As of this morning we had over 7000 referrals, and over 1000 people interfacing and playing LoL together through the Spider Shark Facebook page (huge thanks to Geofram for running with that!). The support for Spider Shark has been tremendous, and I really appreciate it. It would have been incredibly cool to get a champion into the game this way, but I hope that at least a lot of you found a new game you enjoy.

I still wholeheartedly support League of Legends, and will continue to play and talk about it, and I think you guys should check it out since, hey, it's free so why not? But as I can't promise you a champion we all had a part in seeing to reality, I'll no longer be pushing for referrals.

I still intend to give away the 2 cameo appearances in the comic strip, as a thank you to the people who got their summoner to level 5 towards the effort. The cutoff will be tomorrow night at midnight (Wednesday 11:59pm EST) to give those people who already started leveling to 5 a chance to finish and a chance at the prizes.

And we're still going to play League of Legends tomorrow night! Remember, from 5pm to 9pm EST I'll be creating a chat room for everyone to gather in. From there you can easily find people to play with, including people just starting the game and are still learning. I've also spoken to a couple of Riot staffers that are intending to drop by and get a couple of games in as well.

Since we did get well past the 1k reward mark (have an in-game content element named after your summoner), I'm going to ask them to name it after Zeke, whatever it is.

I also do have an open invitation to visit Riot's studios, so I may try and take them up on that later this summer. Perhaps they'll change their mind about Spider Shark if I bring them cookies. Cookies always work, right?


Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 04:49 PM | by

Tonight's the night for Leaguefest, our League of Legends get together!

If you want to come hang out with us in-game, just join the chatroom CADLeaguefest. When I start games, I'll be inviting people at random from within this chatroom. Hopefully it will be filled with great people looking to game, so you should all have no problem finding some people to play with!

Additionally, if you're in the EU and want to play with us on the NA servers, (apparently) all you need to do is download these two files (here and here) and click on the one that says NA. (Apparently) that will boot your game as if it were the NA client. I think you still need an NA account though.

Obviously I won't be able to game with everyone tonight, but I'll play as many games as I can. If this goes well, we'll do it again next week!

If you start a game, I'd suggest creating a Custom Game. That will let you invite both sides of the match (instead of randomly getting matched against people).

And most importantly: Remember, we're here to have fun. Please keep the raging to a minimum, and if you're an experienced player, try to keep in mind that we'll have a lot of people that are new to the game and trying to learn. Be patient and help them. It can be daunting getting into a game with so many nuances and acronyms being thrown about.

See you guys in Summoner's Rift!

Great success!

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 02:46 AM | by

"Leagufest" was a lot of fun tonight. We had a great turnout and lots of games taking place. I had to leave early due to a family emergency, but I had a blast in the games I got to play in. You guys were fantastic.

A lot of people seemed to enjoy the whole experience, so I'll try and arrange it again sometime next week. Thanks to everyone who came out!

The drawing for the cameo appearances is now closed. I'll be randomly picking two referrals and sending out emails sometime tomorrow.