August 25th, 2003


Good Gravy

Okay, some people need to get a grip, the latest rationalisation for europe's opposition to the "liberation" of Iraq is that everyone was as high as kites at the time :)

Killing wildlife for fun and profit

I'm playing Dark Age of Camelot these days, it's fun and simple and a damned sight easier to play than Anarchy Online as it turns out. I used to deride it's simplicity since from the outside it looks like there's nothing to do but now I'm just not sure, in the past couple of weeks I've been in several groups plumbing the depths of ancient tombs (and getting horribly killed in the process), quested my ass off helping noble lords reclaim long lost artifacts (by long lost, I mean for the ten minutes since the last guy returned it to him) and adventuring around a very nicely rendered version of ireland (though comprised of very suspicious geography) - and died horribly. I've forged crappy swords and dyed all my clothes a charcoal grey to be extra cool, I've faced vikings and armored knights from enemy realms and fired a ballista at the gates of a contested keep in an effort to blast them open and reclaim the castle for hibernia (and died horribly). In those same battles I've cleaved spellcasters in twain and taken more arrows than I'm completly comfortable with, I've been hit in the face with more fireballs than I can count and been ambushed by dwarves almost as often. I play the hero class and I am the man, I can take more punishment than anyone else and deal out large amounts of hurting and use combat styles that can finish an enemy off in seconds, I can use a bow and have less magical ability in my whole body than any other class has in their left little toenail.
Since the expansion came out I've traveled to far distant realms and gotten terribly lost (and horribly killed), fallen out of trees during pitched combat (and been killed over a fair radius) and met a lot of cool players.

I dunnow, my previous experiences in DAOC weren't so cool, not nearly as cool as all this, something has changed about the game, for the better, and comparing it to Anarchy online is like comparing chalk to cheese now... hell, people talk to each other in DAOC, they invite you into groups and offer to power level you and build you ass kicking suits of armor.

Yup, fun.