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Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Fun With Randomness

The hardware expert at work got something called a "Solutions Wizard" as a gag gift at a convention a few years back. It's basically a Magic 8 Ball, but designed for a phone-in tech support desk instead. On a lark, I've created a list of gaming questions to fire in its direction. Let's see what happens, shall we?

Question 1: Is there anybody at Verant Interactive actually working on Sovereign?
Answer: Someone changed my code.

Question 2: Will I get my copies of 5th Edition before the end of summer?
Answer: It's a beta, what did you expect?

Question 3: Has Verant Interactive actually learned anything, or is EQ2 going to make most of the same mistakes?
Answer: Reboot.

Question 4: Am I being unfair, or is NeverWinter Nights really as big of a disappointment as it seemed during my admittedly limited trial?
Answer: I can't test everything.

Jokes aside, I wonder if the last two were reversed :-P

Question 5: Will I actually be able to hunt outside the Old World zones in EQ with my new computer, assuming I ever get it connected to the internet?
Answer: It's not a bug, it's a feature

Question 6: Hey, I've actually been having much more fun playing a Human Cleric than I expected, based on previous attempts on my part to play a character. What gives?
Answer: It's not supposed to do that.

Honest folks, this is completely random :)

Question 7: We know Oswald was the lone gunman, but was he working for someone or just a lone nut too?
Answer: Plug it in.

Question 8: How is it that my old 8 meg All-In-Wonder can run EQ better on a 233 (my old home system) than my Geforce 3 can on a 533 (my work system)?
Answer: It's an unlikely coincidence.

Question 9: How is it that Mythic (the people behind Dark Age of Camelot) can seem so receptive and so anal at the same time?
Answer: Please submit a formal request.

Question 10: What's with the postive things I'm hearing about Funcom and Anarchy Online lately?
Answer: It worked yesterday.

There you have it, folks. An interesting experiment, eh?

Monday, June 24, 2002

What A Weekend!

Let's start with the unimportant stuff. The Sovereign boards are still locked up. I still don't have my copies of FREd (Hero 5th Edition).

There's an extremely funny post on the HERO boards HERE.

A local worker's strike in my area has officially come to an end. Both sides are calling it a victory, which of course means that nothing really happened in the bargaining room. I'll have to see if I can find a way to link local news stories from here...

In more important news, my vehicle was struck on the way home from work Friday night -- and the striking vehicle left the scene. The insurance company and I have begun the dance, but unlike the accident I had nine years ago I'm going to be leading this time :-)

Finally, I got my new system for home mostly running over the weekend. Basically, everything but Internet capability is good to go -- although I haven't practiced burning any CD's yet. This will be most important for some old files I want to keep. That desire could get interesting, however, as my previous home system seems to have realized the gig was up (pardon the pun) and gotten a head start for the great recycling bin in the sky.

Without Internet I didn't get to try EverQrack on my new PC, which is a touch disappointing. I wonder if I'll finally be able to hunt in Kunark zones without lagging anytime a tree appears on the screen. You know, those moving trees that completely tank system performance even though the movement isn't what's causing the problem :-P

In other EQ news, I checked it out and I can access my old account. Chances are I won't be able to access both accounts from work anytime soon, but it's nice to know that someday I might have that capability.

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