I am still bad at this blogging thing :/ someday I will use it properly!
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Cities Skylines is now out on Steam! Within hours of going live, the game already has an astounding 60,000 players in game, according to the Steam Community Hub. I have only been able to play lightly from a remote connection to my home computer but what I have seen thus far is quite amazing. The simulation is pretty well done and feels natural (albeit annoying when it comes to laying water lines but that’s what i love about these types of games). I really love the wind and water simulation that keeps it alive. At first it seems quite static but it quickly comes alive and you start to have fun just following people and cars around your town. There are a few bugs that are quite funny to see and do not affect gameplay from the limited time that I could play. One of them was watching a tractor-trailer basically jackknife into a building and then 180 down the road like it was some super truck with ball wheels instead of tires. Quite entertaining.
Additionally, something that Sim City extremely lacked is present. Mods! so much mods! there are already a large selection of mods available on the Steam Workshop for your needs. Now, there is currently a bug that prevents some of them from working but they are already aware of it and claim to fixing it for the next patch. A very good sign over the disaster that Sim City was.
I may post images and more information on this later on when I am actually at home and can see the game in all of its glory! I do know at least one thing. my computer can handle it at 60fps! see where it goes from there! I highly recommend that you get out there and buy this game. I may be convinced to give out a copy or two to anyone who actually reads this stuff that I post here. But you will have to work for it.
ArcheAge was a hidden Easter Egg for me. I knew little about the game until barely a month ago. I got sent a key from a friend to play in the Closed Beta. I played all of 1 hour in the Closed Beta and thought nothing special of the game. Then I decided to do a little research on the game and where It came from.
I found out that ArcheAge was developed by a Korean based company (I love many Korean games such as Mabinogi and Tera) so that kind of perked me up a bit to look more. What I found was actually quite amazing.
The game I looked into was nothing like I had seen before that crosses many of my favorite games into one. While there are a few things I find silly, it looked like a very solid game. I saw many of my favorite aspects of games such as EvE online, Mabinogi, WoW, and more present in the game. Probably the biggest feature that caught my eye was the Open World PvP. Besides EvE Online, no other game can boast even slightly good open world PvP for this genre on this level. I watched many videos and even tuned into a few people streaming the RU/KR versions.
Then came the Open Beta. So I tried it again there with a desire to try out things. I got to level 20ish and went out to explore. I found more than I could ever hoped for. So many different things to do and none of them boring. Before the Open Beta had ended, I was sold on this game and without second thought I went and bought a $100 Founder Package. I stopped playing the Beta at this point as to not ruin the mood of having everything wiped.
Then came headstart. I took half a day at work just to be on when headstart opened (as I had heard there would be a land rush). I managed to get home right at 1p when the servers came up. I got in, created my character, and started to level. Once I got 15 Guilda Stars (Currency in game) I quickly bought a house and put it right next to my scarecrow and continued to level. By the end of the first day I was already level 26! I was very excited and hooked on the game.
Then came the next day… where I was in for a rude awakening when I hit the zone known as Halcyona. I entered the zone just in time for War to start at about level 33. There were already people who were level 40+ in the zone killing people. I fought bravely and died a lot. Once the war was over, I finally could level but not after spending 3 hours on basically the same quests. From there, it was the same thing pretty much for the next few days. I spent more time dealing with hostiles than I did actually leveling. As a result, I did not make it to 50 (current max level) as soon as I had hoped and ended up hitting level 50 sometime on the following Tuesday.
Since then, I have been helping out my new found friends with DVS Gaming and just trying to keep myself afloat for gold. Making trade packs, farming, all that good stuff. I have found it plenty fun. The best moment of the game was a 2 hour long engagement of over 400 people on Sunset Isle (a Pirate haven where many traders go). This is exactly the kind of game I have been looking for.
Lets hope they don’t Fk it up like Blizzard did to WoW…
If you don’t already know, I do have a twitch stream! I am trying to make it a regular thing where I stream every game I that I play or related workings for fun. You can catch me on http://www.twitch.tv/noobiesnack. I usually play games like Mabinogi and APB, but I do play a lot of other games as well. I typically stream between 5p – 11p Every day. I sometimes even have anime music from my library playing! Dont forget to favorite!
So, I have been slacking recently again. I have been spending a LOT of time playing APB:Reloaded. I am really enjoying the rage hackers and the subsequent them getting banned pretty quickly now. Its very nice to see the game getting cleaned up. There are a lot of hackers that didn’t see it coming and they deserve it. My only fear is that there are actually a few false-positives and given GamersFirst response, I can’t help but think about them. I mean, even if the accuracy is 99.5%, that is really damn good but it still means someone got banned unjustly. As for gameplay, It runs good now. Though for some reason I gust rusty. I absolutely SUCK sometimes and then do amazing suddenly then go back to sucking. I guess my mood and my team decide it?
I have also been back into Mabinogi lately. Doing some fun stuff and making people jelly over my cute character. I got some new clothes (yay) for my character and even spent some money dyeing old ones to better colors. I will be spending the rest of today selling stuff I don’t want. Will have to see where it goes!
I am slowly coming up with ideas for a game I want to make. I really want to make it sort of like a cross between the idea of EvE where you can control territory, and the combat and style of Tera. I was thinking about making it single player with the ability to co-op or maybe even Multiplayer with turning it into an mmo if the idea takes off. The idea would be that it is set in the typical fantasy style with a little bit of magic and lots of combat. I also like the idea of having NPC characters be hire-able to fight with you. The idea where a player can be whatever they want. They can build a kingdom, they can simply become an economy whore, or they can be bandits and raid others. It would rely on setting up resources for feeding your nation or group. It would be very open world and the map sizes would be huge, covering many kilometers. If it becomes a mmo, it would even be separated into separate zones that can be accessed through gates. But there are so many fine details to workout that I just simply do not know where to begin. From how to handle combat to making sure that it is a rewarding game.
There is a lot I have still to think about, but I think this is what I want to design first. It may never see the light of day, but it should be interesting! I am looking for suggestions or just general support for the idea. Please contact me or leave a comment if you have any ideas or you would like to help out. Once I decide on what I want to do, I plan on making assets for the next few months. I have no clue how to make sounds or animations for 3d objects. Those 2 things are the main things that will hold me up.
Progress has been slowed down recently, but I did make very good progress on Saturday and the beginning of Sunday. I got most of the Living Area done. I even managed to find a few people to take up a couple of vacant rooms! But there is still a lot to be done. I have made a bathroom-ish area out of one of the rooms. But I am not quite sure what to decorate it with and will probably be a while before I do anything with it.
I also have moved the Dance/Rave area over to where Cabro’s Terrifying Abomination was at. This was due to a fight among us over some returning of objects that escalated into them raging and leaving to do their own thing. As a result, there is now a large open area next to the building that has been marked off as Work In Progress while I decide what to do with it. Its likely that I will turn this into an entrance area for the land, i just need to work out exactly how.
Well, I kind of got bored and couldn’t come up with any more direct ideas without actually seeing some progress done on what I already have for designs. So, I have begun to tear everything apart. FUN! Its actually turning out to be quite nice. I used some very simple Mesh blocks, because the default SL prims are very annoying to work with, and started with the Dance / Rave room. Its not fully done, cosmetic items are missing such as Windows and some things to go on the walls, but its looking good so far!
After I get some cosmetics out of the way, I plan to begin building the rooms. I have some pretty cool designs setup for outside that I need to have done so that I can make the cosmetics for. There is a lot of mesh items I need to design but without actually seeing the area it is difficult to judge what I can do in simple mesh boxes vs having to create a whole mesh object for. Come visit if you’re interested in watching me put things together!
I got tired of all the issues I was having with any design software I could find online that didn’t want $400 just so that I could draw lines and circles on a grid. I tried using a few other photo editors and quickly gave up on them. Layout, from Google, was the best I could find for software and was what I was using up until now. However, even it is lacking what I really needed: the ability to simply DRAW lines and not have to deal with objects, boxes, and other things that got in the way.
So instead, I will be going old fashion and drawing by hand with pencil and graph paper. My only complaint is that the graph paper I bought was in inches and not in cm. So I guess I will have to do a little bit of math to create a ratio conversion so I can keep the measurements precise. I did run into a few mishaps such as the top middle window is slightly off. This was due to my own rush and I would have likely made the same mistake through software. Only difference is that its much messier to fix issues on paper. But hey, I can live with that if it means better freedom to do what I want!
As for the design, its pretty simplistic. I got lazy, as you can see with the right side. I also noted that when I was done and thinking about the door… how the hell is the door doing to open? I decided that I will have to make a slight change to the distance between the windows and the door. I also decided that I should remove the upper window as it looks more and more silly the more I think about it. I may make a designed window or put some kind of sign up there. The windows themselves will likely be grid-box style windows with some sort of Anime related window painting. I have some more pictures that I may use for these.