Swordsman Online CBT – Impressions

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With a touted playerbase of over 80 million in China, it should be safe to assume that Swordsman Online is Perfect World’s flagship title this year. Based on Louis Cha’s The Smiling, Proud Wanderer, the game certainly has a strong IP to rely on – think of Cha as China’s Tolkien, except he’s still alive.

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Champions Online – How to Get Awesome Cone Attacks

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Champions Online is a 3D game that actually allows players to use the Z-axis – something not many games do. That opens up some very interesting possibilities for 3D-shaped attacks. Read on for the math lesson.

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The Secret World – Issue 9: The Black Signal – Impressions

After almost a year of waiting Tokyo is finally here in all its bright neon, filth-infested glory.

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Of course, Funcom, the usual teases that they are, didn’t make getting in easy. You have to -literally- climb through the sewers of Venice – complete with laser walls, machine gun turrets and a crack squad of commandos to get there.

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Done with Elder Scrolls Online

Actually I’ve been done for like, a week now, but my sub ended a couple days ago so I’m formally done.

Might give it a second chance when it goes F2P. Hopefully by then it will have better lag compensation and most of the sillier bugs will be fixed.

Until then, I’ll be playing C9 until The Secret World releases Tokyo.

Champions Online – Resource Farming in Andrith Ruins

After the Mega-D nerf, this should be one of the next best methods to farm globals. Do Andrith Ruins on Elite difficulty and use a build with two Active Defenses – Unbreakable and Masterful Dodge in my case. Pop the Active Defenses to rush to Hyrg Coruscator quickly, then burn it down. As the video shows, Hyrg can be downed in 3min 30sec. That’s 18 G per run during Resource Hour with a 15% Smash buff. Accounting for loading times, 14-16 Hyrgs per Resource Hour should be reasonable, or approximately 250 G per hour without item boosts. Read more Champions Online – Resource Farming in Andrith Ruins

Elder Scrolls Online – Stonefire Machinations Guide

Simple looking enough quest. Enter district, kill mages. Enter sanctum, kill more mages. Enter bottom floor.

And then two shadowy elites show up. Whoa. Good thing I’m playing a Sorcerer.

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Elder Scrolls Online – Wood Elf Sorcerer Bow/Dual Wield Levelling Build

Update 28th August: Updated with higher level skills for level 50 going into Veteran Levels.

My objective for my first character was simple. Have a solo levelling build that can both handle AoE situations and burn down single target targets fast.

Early on in the game, at around level 7 I did the Rites of the Queen quest. Fighting the boss there, I learned a few hard lessons about Elder Scrolls Online:

  1. Living halfway around the world from the server, I would never be able to dodge AoEs or block reliably, especially not in melee
  2. The game will throw you against lots of adds
  3. Skill points need to be spent wisely early on
  4. Medium armor is squishy!

At that point, I had a half-levelled Dual Wield build which lacked AoEs. Started levelling dual wield late on Starter Isle because the game doesn’t start you with two one-handers, so my character was lacking in abilities.

Eventually, I took that boss down using bow normal attacks, Crystal Shard and Mage’s Fury. It was terrible, and from that point I realized I needed both range and AoE to fall back on. That became the inspiration for using the bow as my second weapon for levelling.

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Elder Scrolls Online – Kicking Lyris Doppleganger’s Scaly Rear in Halls of Torment

So I walked into Halls of Torment without reading about it before going in, and I have to say being located on the opposite side of the world from the server made Lyris Doppleganger a lot harder than it should have been.

For one, Elder Scrolls Online’s controls aren’t exactly responsive to begin with. For another, the lag means where she’s facing and where she fires her fork attack can be very different angles. Third, dodging the fork itself is very difficult due to rubberbanding. Fourth, the balls didn’t seem to heal at long range for some reason. I had to kill them while standing close to get a heal. Suffice to say it took me a lot of tries to get this done.

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The Elder Scrolls Online has many issues

Most of the games I play have been pretty quiet, so I thought I’d try The Elder Scrolls Online out. And then I fell through the floor. Read more The Elder Scrolls Online has many issues

Champions Online – The Real Foxbat Solution

Go to a huge circle on the map and look for 3 things out of dozens? I think I did a little too much of that in The Secret World :p

Anyway, here’s the location of the shops you need to find in The Real Foxbat

(Warning: Spoilers)

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