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March 14, 2012

Star Trek Online

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 7:45 pm

There are better reviews of STO, but I figured I’d throw in my two cents. STO is a lot of fun. The Free to Play option is serviceable but restricted of course. If you’ve thought about playing, I can give one great reason to give it a go. The “2800” series of episodes (like an epic arc/story line) is a ton of fun. It’s fast paced and moderately challenging. It feels pretty epic. You can pick up the “bread crumb” quest once you reach level 9 called “second wave”.  Once I finally got around to travelling to Deep Space 9, it took about two evenings to run through the episodes.

June 26, 2011

RoR in place of WoW

Filed under: Games,Programming — Cranky Sysadmin @ 11:07 am

I have dropped out of WoW again. I logged in one day, and I couldn’t bring myself to do anything more then spin my character at the selection screen. After trying EVE again for a couple of days (there was a 5 day free account reactivation), I decided on trying to put together a web application idea that has been kicking around among my friends for a while.

June 4, 2011

Ubuntu and the Asus G73SW-A2

Filed under: Games,System Administration,World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 10:30 am

My wife was kind enough to let me go purchase a new laptop. I chose the Asus G73SW-A2. Aside from games, I’m doing a lot of work with virtualization, and the 16GB of RAM will make this easier. I got the laptop on Amazon for about $2000 plus shipping. It’s a great value.
Ubuntu on a new Asus Laptop

April 12, 2011

Yarr! More Pirates! (Uncharted Waters Online)

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:49 am

Until recently, I’ve been playing a game called Uncharted Waters Online. I’ve moved away from it because I couldn’t find a group of people who meshed well with my off-color personality. It’s still a fun game and I recommend it if you’re looking for a nautical themed game.
UWO, the good and the bad

March 9, 2011

Yarr, Pirates!

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:52 am

I’ve started playing another game recently called Pirates of the Burning Sea. If you think you might be interested in a nautical game pre-steam engine, this game is worth a go. It reminds me a lot of Sid Meyer’s Pirates! or Port Royale with PvP.

December 6, 2010

Crafted by (Insert Name Here)

Filed under: Games,LOTRO — Cranky Sysadmin @ 7:57 am

I never really made note of it before, but Lord of the Rings Online has what I would call personalized inscriptions when crafting. If you build a product (sword, armor, bow, etc), your name is attached to the item in a “Crafted by XXX” entry. It seems like a small thing, but I know that folks in other games ask for this all the time.
personalized crafting

September 27, 2010

LOTRO and Civilization V on linux.

Filed under: Games,LOTRO — Cranky Sysadmin @ 7:53 am

I’ve abandoned Runes of Magic for a while to try Lord of the Rings Online and Civilization V. They both work under the latest wine (1.3.3 currently) on Ubuntu linux.
Getting LOTRO and Civilization V working under wine

July 12, 2010

A Short Break From EVE (Fallout 3)

Filed under: Eve-Online,Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:09 am

Up to a couple of days ago, I’ve been neglecting EVE and focusing on Fallout 3 and the DLC’s. I finished the main quest, The Pitt, and Operation Anchorage. I’ll probably buy Fallout New Vegas when it appears. The most attractive pre-order option for me is the GameStop one with the vault 13 paraphernalia. It brings back the good old isometric Fallout 1 days.

March 8, 2010

What is this Allods thing?

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:09 am

Recently, my sister mentioned a game called Allods Online. It’s an MMO which recently went into open beta. The revenue model is based on an item shop. Sadly, the game doesn’t run on linux. Apparently, the “Starforce” protection scheme they use, presumably to stop cheating, won’t work with wine.
Playing Allods Online

February 23, 2010

Gaming Without Other People

Filed under: Games — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:52 pm

I’ve been playing Dragon Age Origins a lot recently. It’s a really fun single player game. I’m a bit put off by the game information which gets uploaded by default, but the settings are easy enough to change. For now, I am enjoying single player games more then MMO’s.
Why would anyone play single player games now?

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