riari: (KHCoM Namine Wallflower)
New preliminary issue announcement on City of Heroes' 5th year anniversary:

Issue 15: Anniversary

Looks like Reichsman might be coming back. Definitely the 5th Column in more than just an Ouroboros Task Force.

Anniversary event's going on today. So far I've seen the Kronos Titan giant monster in Steel Canyon. There's been reports on the global channel I'm on about Ghost Widow and Lord Recluse in Atlas Park. Back Alley Brawler in Sharkhead. There's also been Rikti and zombie invasions ongoing. More than normal anyways. Other giant monsters have been showing up too like Lattice, a Devouring Earth GM and the Winter Lord. So that's been interesting. The Ski Lodge has been opened back up too, which is a winter only area.

I'll post pics later. I redid two or three characters' costumes since buying the Architect Edition box gave me another costume pack. :D
riari: (KHBBS Blue)
Geocities is shutting down

Wow, internet history right there. I have Geocities pages somewhere still active. I think.

See also: Dreamhost giving two years away free to first 1000 Geocities customers

In an aside, I'm being very confused by the angles on my desk right now. Need to get the level out and see if this desk is as off as I think it is.

Sleep? Hah. Went to bed just after midnight. Woke up at 2-ish am because the TV was too loud, woke up at 4-ish am due to a not great dream, woke up at 7-ish am due to a bad frantic dream. So yeah. I dislike when not great dreams cascade into bad ones. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Also, I've made a decision. I'm upgrading this machine. I know I've said that before. It just hit me last night that I'm just tired of dealing with a 1.7Ghz Pentium 4 processor I've had since Thanksgiving of what eight years ago?. I'm tired of trying to play movies and getting only a few frames a second, games of low FPS, and so on. It's old. It needs updating. I may have to use the same case for a bit, but hey that's okay. I'd like to do the same to the internets but if only that can happen.

Also: U'Kon Gr'ai. Heee. Was described as a Rikti Gundam. I am amused.
riari: (HP Durmstrang)
Huh. So first off this post is probably all City of Heroes. Just to warn ya.

And second off, I have to admit but they're doing a much, much better way of handling the noise to signal ratio this open beta. For past open betas, there were two forum boards: the bugs and the feedback & discussion forum. This time the mods are on top of it and opened up another forum called chatter & discussion along with the other two forums. Ex Libris, the main community mod, also put up a bunch of pinned and unpinned threads in the feedback one, including a negative feedback thread. The chatter board is perfect as people are discussing more in this forum, which is exactly what they should be doing.

I'm just amazed and thankful that she did that. When the PVP changes went in last issue, all hell broke loose on the open beta boards by a small amount of people. It got to the point where if it even mentioned PVP in the title or looked like it would discuss it, I wouldn't read it. It just annoyed me way too much. And sadly the pissed off PVPers lost the support of many who would support them normally due to their methods of complaining.

But that's the past.

So I've been reading the open beta boards (if you could't tell :>). And man this issue may make me come back to playing. Mission Architect is the main component of Issue 14 and they did a lot of work for custom critters. You can't place where you want to the spawns to happen, but I've been reading threads that they've made them tough! Apparently they're using the player scale for damage and I'm hearing it hurts.

And you can make just about any combination. People are combining power sets that normally aren't in game together because the custom critters do not have our AT restrictions. And different maps make for different spawn points so I heard try a different map if you dislike the spawn placement. You can have helpers. You can have escorts. You can have escorts betray you.

Dunno if non-subscribers can see these boards, but I'll post links to interesting topics anyway:
Advertising arcs I hope some of these arcs go to Live. I'm wanting to run some of them.
Holy Crap (the power of Custom AVs/EBs) Best quote: "It's a little jarring the first time you come up against an enemy that has all the player powers and more, instead of just being a bag of hit points."
Open beta: Mission arc creation tutorial
riari: (KH Deep Dive!Riku?)
Massively.com released an article today about most of the City of Heroes Issue 14 Architect features.

Sounds really neat. Doubt I will make my own arcs, but it should be interesting to see how others' arcs go. Issue 14 is currently in closed beta, with open beta probably in a few weeks. Also with Issue 14's release, there will be a box version released. Which is very good, since the last box was the Good vs. Evil edition. I think back in Issue 8? Or 9? Lots to download for those new to the game.

I'm kinda on break from City of Heroes right now. Have been since Double XP weekend. I was just getting too frustrated with issues on my end, and some code on their end. And I've been playing it at least a few days for nearly every month for 40 months I think. So I'm on break right now.

Though I'm still keeping up with patches and news so when I do go back, I'm not too behind. I'm really looking forward to Issue 15 though. It's being touted as the story issue, which while the bug fixes and QOL changes have been great, there's not been much new story added to the verse.

If I can just get my villain leveled out of Sharkhead, I might be better off in terms of lag. Maybe.
riari: (HP D & D)
Happy Year of the Ox!

Well, my weekend, when I wasn't out with friends, was definitely spent playing City of Heroes for the Double XP Weekend event. Somehow I managed to get that 80mb patch down part of the day and overnight on Thursday and so I spent a lot of time playing.

My characters level totals for this weekend:

-Warshade from 16 to 20
-Peacebringer from 18 to 20
-Blaster from 10 to 14
-Dominator from 22 to 23.5

My god was my connection giving me troubles. Anything and everything was flooding my connection and knocking me off. CoH crashed 3 times yesterday alone from being unable to process the dataflooding and had to be forcibly process stopped each time.

I was definitely horribly frustrated by a Longbow mission Villain-side where it was timed and a battle was occuring. Thanks. My connection just really, really likes NPC battles going on. </sarcasm> I almost took out that Longbow Ballista (which was the mission objective), but the timer ran out. Had him down to a 1/4 of health, inherent Domination was on and I was spamming Domination and Confuse and all my ice attacks. But wasn't to be. Too much of the mission timer was wasted by being repeated knocked offline, or load times and yeah. Sucked.

Definitely taking a break from CoH for a week. Now, to get my taxes done. I realized that I was waiting for a mailed report from my loan provider that was easy to get online. And only online unless I ask for a paper version. So that was one of those "duh" moments.
riari: (XKCD Han Solo)
Yay! Double Xp Weekend for City of Heroes tomorrow!!

BOOO! 80MB patch to download to access live. Booo!
riari: (Fafner - Kazuki & Soshi)
Yup, the Christmas event is going on in City of Heroes right now. (And in any MMO that wants to run it I'm sure. :> )

And of course I had to dress one of my characters up in Christmas colors. She also has red bracelets on, but you can't see it in the picture very well because of the Ice Sword.

Christmas Coloring


Interestingly enough, there's been two Mystery Gifts given to her while I'm standing at the consignment house. They must like her costume. ^_^
riari: (FFVIICC Zack Okay)
Yaaaay!

City of Heroes Reactivation Weekend!

So for those in any way interested in trying out the new Shields powerset, the Villain's Pain Domination (for Corruptors and Masterminds) or anything else, you can try it out now until this Sunday at midnight.

Though I am very amused by how many shields users I'm seeing right now in Atlas Park.

(Also, if anyone is interested in helping me switch some event salvage from one character to another of mine, just let me know. It would be cheaper in-game to do this versus me trying to buy the Halloween costume salvage for some of my new characters.)
riari: (KH2 Real Men Marluxia)
Ha. Ha. Ha.

Okay, first up: Issue 13 is Live on the City of Heroes servers. Yay for that one. Also, can't wait to mess with the new costumes.

Buuuut, it was crashing quite a few people and so they shutdown the servers for 45mins to push an emergency hotfix. So now everybody and their cousin is trying to connect to the patching server and the servers themselves and yeah, not that many are going to get through.

Annoying thing about it, and yeah I'm one of those trying to get the hotfix patch downloaded so I can go play, I spent five to six hours today downloading the 52MB patch I needed before logging on. I'm hearing it's an 8MB patch. So about a hour more. IF I can connect and actually get it tonight. So I guess I'll just have to wait until tomorrow to play. Bugger. I at least got 20 minutes of I13 played. And filed two bug reports while playing. Heh.

In a positive point, I finished watching E's Otherwise. My open ending, let me show it to you. It's rather neat. Though I'm not sure if I would buy the DVDs. Maybe if it's a fantastic sale or something. But I did like it. Now if Yen Press or someone can finish up the E's manga now that Broccoli's US side is shutting down. And I can see how the manga went versus the anime. Because the manga just ended.

Also, to annoy me muchly before my birthday, I'm sick with a cold. Go me. Thanks, body. The sinus part is really, really annoying.
riari: (FFVIICC Cloud)
I R A LOBSTER!

Well, really, I managed to get a sunburn on my face and a little on my arms. Because I didn't remember to grab either sunscreen or a hat and proceeded to sit in the sun for a while. We went to Traders Village to watch the Powwow and visit the craft show. I picked up a neat opal egg. It's blue-ish white and has a red/orange shadow. Really neat. There were other interesting things to get but only had a set amount for that day. Ah well. I saved it all for the eggy though. :>

But man, I haven't had a sunburn like this in a while. It's not bad with some aloe gel.

Just finished watching Storm Chasers on Discovery. It was pretty exciting at one point because the crew wasn't chasing the tornado, the tornado was chasing them. (Dammit, [livejournal.com profile] sarcastic_elf you got me watching another Discovery series! :> )

In City of Heroes news: Took my new Psychic/Mental blaster out yesterday and today for a run. She's doing pretty good, though I need to do some research on what to take for the main and secondaries. Though the mobs I'm fighting against at the moment doesn't have psychic resists. And boy will the robots hurt on that one. But an awesome dream I had sorta turned into her background. So yay on that. The kvetching on I13 on the forums is fun to read, though I'm avoiding anything with PVP in the title. Which there are A LOT of threads on that one since Castle (the powers dev) is redoing the system.

Also, note to self, if I'm going to be irritated and twitchy for the day, just leave the house. It's easier that way. And less irritating.
riari: (FMA Roy Mustang)
Yeesh, if there was anything I could second-guess myself on, or be late to, yeah, that was today. I did however end up with two more shirts today. I'm weak sometimes.

*headdesk*

However, there was a delicious (late!) Japanese lunch and an oatmeal raisin cupcake involved today. More days should have cupcakes involved.

One application was turned in today. I will be applying online to Costco and Microcenter very soon. The next part is on Friday when I visit the explosion of commerce to look. Not tomorrow because I only have a little over a quarter of a tank of fuel and I'm saving it for Friday.

Also! Oh yay GameStop wasn't teasing me. Kingdom Hearts Re: CoM. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! I highly, highly doubt we will see KHII Final Mix but at least this was different enough that they brought it over.

And now: Booklists! Because I don't believe I posted Septembers (I'll check later) and here's October's. Which I think there are more there in October that I'm not listing, because I read a bunch in a rush and now I don't remember if I put them on the list.

September Books:

Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion Vol. 02-03
Kingdom Hearts Vol. 03-04
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vol. 01-02
Kingdom Hearts II Vol. 01-02 (yay, now I'm all caught up!)
Loveless Vol. 08 (Seimei, you manipulative bastard. And that was a horrible tease for the next volume, that we'll probably not see until late late next year.)

October Books:

Blank Slate Vol. 01
Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion Vol. 04-05 (Aww, what a rather neat story. I may have to purchase this myself.)
Elemental Gelade Vol. 02
DNAngel Vol. 02
Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol. 01
Blood+ Vol. 02
Soul Rescue Vol. 01-02
Mugen Spiral Vol. 01-02

Hmm, looks like Issue 13 of CoH has hit open beta. This should be interesting. *goes to read forums*
riari: (KH CoM Silence)
Oh goody, it is a stomach virus-thing. Dad managed to go back to work today, and he found out that a guy at his workplace just had that with his family. So yay. :<

Um, if I got anyone sick from this past weekend, I am so, so sorry. Seriously. This stuff sucks. But it does seem to be getting better today. Though now its accompanied with sore muscles. Of course, the ever present headache is still here. Though I did get a lot of sleep last night.

I was feeling better enough last night to just sit at my computer and play CoH for a little bit. Made my scrapper's Halloween costume. I'm running around as an Ouroboros Mender with batwings. ^_^ Too bad the belts and shoulder armor are signature items or I'd have those on my character too.

I'm attempting solid food (read: crackers) today and chicken broth. Jello is still my friend.
riari: (KH2 Real Men Marluxia)
Hahaha! Apparently, the Halloween event got started early for City of Heroes. It was supposed to start on Monday the 20th.

Zombie Apocalypse! Now to see just how eerie that music is and whether I want my headphones on when I see those zone alert messages.

ETA: No, I do not want headphones on during zombie invasions. *shiver* I didn't get to hear the music because I had to go to another zone while the invasion was running to even see an invasion. But man, the climbing out of the ground sound literally made me jump while I was at the tram. I think I'm going to be hearing that in my nightmares.

So! Here's a few pics I took. I brought out Sirian since he's my strongest character at level 49 to see how this invasion was happening. And like the green skies that happens during Rikti invasions, red skies reign while zombies rise.

Halloween 2008 invasion

By the way, this invasion hit EVERY single zone. The Rikti invasions only hit so many zones on either side, but I saw messages for this invasion for The Shadow Shard, Crey's Folly, and awesomely perfect: Dark Astoria.

Must go Trick or Treating later.

ETA2: Yeah, I can spell.
riari: (FFVersusXIII Sleeper)
Well, y'all remember the post I made about the City of Heroes contest, right?

Well, I've uploaded the pictures I sent to the contest in my City of Heroes gallery.

Check 'em out here: http://pics.livejournal.com/riari/tags/Contest/

^_^
riari: (FFVIICC Zack)
Here are the images for my characters I'm considering for the contest. There's four in the running right now, but I think its more like two that's really the only ones to choose from. I'd post them into the post itself but I'm annoyed with it so I'm just going to link you to the gallery. Feel free to comment on them.

My CoH picture gallery's recent additions

Just the costume pictures

The first link has the new pictures starting with "Introducing Millennium Dream" and they're in order for Sirian's costumes. The second link is just the character pictures. I'll get Sirian's background on there soon, like Shelke's is. None of the pictures I was trying took correctly.

Weird thing is, I would have thought at the beginning of the year I wouldn't have so many costumes of my characters. Sirian's got five costumes now and Shelke has two. Varen, Millennium Dream, and Snow Line have only the one, as they are all too low level for the first costume mission.
riari: (KH2 Demyx Keep to the Beat)
Palit/AMD/City of Heroes "Create a Character" Costume Contest

Yeah, its not "dress yourself up and submit the picture" costume contest, but its submit your character from CoH/CoV to the contest.

From the page:

Entries will be judged primarily on the quality, cohesiveness and creativity of the character’s costume. Secondary considerations will be (in order): the character’s biography, the quality of the submitted screenshots and the appropriateness of the character screenshot’s background.

I'm going to try for it. ^_^ (That and there's a computer for the grand prize. ^_^) Though, now I'm trying to decide which of my characters to submit. I currently have five in the running. (Was four then I remembered a new one I just made that has a nice costume.) You can only submit one character.

I'm going to post some images later and see what y'all think. ^_^
riari: (KH2 Saix VII)
Figured I wouldn't be posting another day yet, but eh, that's how it happens. Things pop up and I want to share.

This post is going to cover many things. So many things. Okay, not really, but there's a few topics. :>

First up, City of Heroes. Guess what? According to Position, the lead dev, re: the Mission Architect in a post today:

Excerpt from Positron's letter )

So the news for today? The Mission Architect is moving to Issue 14: Architect, releasing 1st Quarter 2009, and now Issue 13 will be called: Power and Responsibility, releasing Fall 2008. Current tally for Issue 13:

Issue 13's listings )

I'm sadly looking forward to the boards' reaction to this. Should be awesome.

Second up, I just found out today that Lynn Flewelling, one of my favorite authors, will be signing at Yaoi-con this weekend. *arrrrrrrgh* Yeah, lets drive the whole "haha you can't go to your favorite convention this year" thing a little further yeah? *headdesk* (Sadly if I had the plane tickets already, I may have been able to go, because Dad offered to pay some of it while I was in the midst of cancelling the hotel rooms. *sigh*)

*checks calendar* Oh hey, Rikti attack tomorrow till the end of September on CoH. That's fun.

Third up, power went out for a little while this afternoon. While not bad, and it did come back up after an hour thankfully, it was a flashback to those days without just recently and I was definitely not pleased. On the other hand, it's getting me a bit further in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. I just defeated Maleficent (after three tries) and now I'm at Vexen. Man, I need to get my card deck and HP better or Axel is going to kick my ass.

Fourth, progress is slow but starting on my Renfest outfit. I have hopes of a new one finished this year because I don't want to wear the dress again...unless I have to. I picked up a fall garland thing that might work well as a hair ornament. Or even an outfit ornament.

Fifth, I did get Steam downloaded finally. Did the overnight download method and it was ready to go the next morning. *kicks internet connection* I have Half-Life 2 and Portal installed now. Didn't much feel like it yesterday. Maybe Sunday I'll try out Portal and see how much this machine chugs on it. :>
riari: (FMA Roy Mustang)
Mission ramblings, spoilers for the Rikti War Zone arcs particularly Dark Watcher's. )

Hero1's chatlog event (with questions asked) about the Mission Architect in the Training Room server's Pocket D. I should mention here that there's references to other arcs in the game from the people asking questions. So there's a bit of spoilery with the new Midnighter arc, and especially the Lady Grey Task Force last mission. If you know who the Honoree is, then that's okay. ^_^ But for those who just want Hero1's answers without the questions, then click here.

Positron's post with more info on the Mission Architect that was given out at PAX by Hero1.

Also, I think I'm getting sick again. Joy. At the very least, the sinuses are mutinying again. I pretty much felt them last night declaring war.

(Yes, yes, I know. :P )
riari: (KH Deep Dive!Riku?)
City of Heroes Issue 13: Architect preliminary issue features announced. Woah, there's a lot of good stuff there. All the dev talk about good things happening in I13 looks to be true. And Positron being a tease about this issue with a haiku...

Positron's Letter to the Players about Issue 13.

And the discussion thread about the new announcement, which will grow in leaps and bounds as the day progresses.

In character news, I did make a new Dominator that's been pretty fun to play. Ran her up to level 6 yesterday, still not out of Mercy Island. Almost! I've been having neat ideas for characters lately I've been trying out, while also trying to get my main character up to level 50. I was going to play that one yesterday but the Dominator ended up being too much fun.

In other, not CoH news, Hurricane Gustav is predicted to move into the gulf by this weekend. This is not good. As always, long range tracks are harder to predict, but it worries me a bit.
riari: (KH2 Saix Bludgeon)
So, on the City of Heroes' Test server yesterday, they tested for an hour and a half the upcoming Halloween event. There's a new invasion event that needed testing.

Cut for not spoilering the event? For those who don't mind, click away! )

The prevailing theory on the Test forum is that they're testing the Halloween event so early, because Test server might be testing an issue when they would normally test the Halloween event coding. We shall see.

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