Posts Tagged ‘Gaming’

05/10/2017

I wasn’t able to accomplish a whole lot of gaming the last two days due to work, but I did finish a few achievements.

Mount and Blade

Lord Cobra was born into Mount and Blade yesterday. That was all I got accomplished yesterday, so no achievements. Today I accomplished a lot and earned three achievements.

-15 pts- Get Up Stand Up

Cleanse the town of bandits in the opening mission- This was an easy mission, and the lowly bandits didn’t stand a chance against my sword and shield combo.

– 15 pts- Medieval Times

Enter and win a tournament- This was actually harder than I thought. I made it to wave five of six before falling before a large group of fighters. Apparently, I had done well enough that I was given a second chance which allowed me to face off one on one, which allowed me to secure a victory and a pot of 3,900 coins from bets on myself.

– 15 pts- Good Samaritan

Help a lord or party win a fight- I did this on accident. I was actually moving to attack another factions Lord, but he was attacked by another group as I moved in so it allowed me to add my forces to his and crush the other attacker. Problem solved, and a good war horse from the opposing lord.

Those were my three achievements for today. The other things I did in the game was raiding caravans and razing enemy villages. I was captured by enemies at one point when they overwhelmed my small Warband, but I escaped and have since rebuilt my force.

I will continue with Mount and Blade and am also starting to work on The Division again. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you played Mount and Blade, and if so what is your opinion on the game?

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I have played Magic the Gathering off and on for many years.  Throughout those years I never tried to collect any full sets of cards, but instead just built the decks that I wanted.  Well, I recently got back into Magic and decided to change things up a little bit.  I haven’t decided whether I’m going to play Magic this type or just collect the sets, but I started collecting the Eldritch Moon set which just launched the other week.

I walked into the hobby shop and bought one pre-release pack, one fat pack, and one booster box just to see how much of the set I could get.  After opening up all the packs, I found I am only missing 17 of the 205 cards, so I’m doing really well.  I have all the most expensive cards in the set, so I think instead of buying more packs I’m just going to order all the individual cards that I need.

The 17 cards that I’m missing are:

#2- Decimator of the Provinces
#6- Emrakul, the Promised End
#17- Collective Effort
#20-Deploy the Gatewatch
#39- Sanctifier of Souls
#42- Sigardian Priest
#64- Indentity Thief
#65- Imprisoned in the Moon
#70- Mind’s Dilation
#99- Oath of Liliana
#130- Hanweir, the Writhing Township
#136- Mirrowing Dragon
#156- Emrakul’s Evangel
#176- Ulvenwald Observer
#197- Lupine Prototype
#200- Stitcher’s Graft
#204- Hanweir Battlements

Well, those are the cards that I still need to complete my set.  If you know, anyone who has copies of those cards let me know.  After I finish this set, I may work back and get some of the other sets that I missed.  I will start collecting each set from now on, though, so even if I don’t play, I’ll at least have a good collection of cards.

As always thanks for reading.  If you play any Trading Card Games let me know which one in the comments below.  Do you prefer to get just the cards you need to play or do you like to collect entire sets?  Thanks again for reading, comments/likes/shares/follows are greatly appreciated and will help me to continuously improve as a writer.  Until next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I’m sure you all know I have been living at my grandparent’s house since moving to Illinois.  This has been great while I try to get back on me feet, but at the same time, the internet situation here is appalling.  I do almost everything online and with 6MB internet, theres not a whole lot that I can do.

Probably the first thing I’m going to do when I get confirmed for a house is order the best internet that I can.  From the looks of it, Xfinity is my best bet.  They offer 150MB and also 2GB download speeds.  The 2GB is probably more than I need and is also a little out of my price range so I think I will settle for the 150mb speeds.

Regardless, with 150MB download and upload speeds I can do everything that I want to do.  I’ll be able to play my games, watch Youtube, Twitch, and my family will be able to watch all their internet programs as well.  I haven’t been able to upload to Youtube or stream on twitch in so long because the internet I’ve had just isn’t up to par and it’s starting to aggravate me.

So as soon as I get my house and internet be sure to look for me on both Youtube and Twitch, as I plan to do a whole lot of gaming in addition to my writing.

Let me know how fast your internet is and do you think 150MB is good enough for my needs.  If you have any questions, be sure to let me know.  Also, any ideas for new posts could be fun, so send them to me.  As always thank you all for reading, any comments/likes/shares/follows are greatly appreciated.  Until next time….

When I first started my blog devoted to nerdy activities, I said that I wanted to get into tabletop games, but couldn’t decide on which game to start with.  Well, my wonderful wife solved that issue for me when she got a box full of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k miniatures from a yard sale site for a whopping $80.  The box she got contained well over $1k worth of stuff, so needless to say I was ecstatic.

There were figures from all the main armies, but I decided to start with Chaos initially.  I chose Chaos mainly because their troops look bad ass.  You take a regular space marine and slap a bunch of skulls on his armor and he looks 100% cooler.  The great thing is that my brother and Army buddy both decided to get into it as well, so now I have two Space Marine players to beat up on with my superior troops.

We have decided on a 500 point battle in October to get our feet wet.  It’s not a very large unit size, but it lets us each bring several models while still getting to use a lot of the game mechanics.  I’m really excited to start up this hobby, even though it’s rather expensive to get fully into.  Lucky for me, my brother and I live really close to a couple good hobby shops that are excited to help us get started.

I have to say the best part for me, is that I enjoy building the models, and am looking forward to painting them all.  I like to collect stuff, so I have my eyes set on some of the larger models, even if they aren’t in the armies that I am interested in playing with.

If you’re into tabletop games let me know which games you play in the comments below.  Also if you play, what armies do you use?  As always I want to thank you for reading.  Any comments/likes/shares/follows are greatly appreciated and can help me grow as a writer.

Yesterday I mentioned how PokemonGo has brought back the Pokemon craze, and how have used it to introduce and get my family into Pokemon.  Today I will talk a little about some of the things I like and dislike about the new game.

Likes

  1. By far the best thing I can say about this game is that it encourages people to get outside.  As a gamer, I can attest to the fact that games can quickly consume all of your time, which leaves little time for anything else, especially exercise.  PokemonGo, however, is a fun and addicting game that rewards you for getting off your butt and getting outside to explore.
  2. It is a great way to meet new people.  Don’t believe me?  Head to a park that has several Poke stops in an immediate area and pop some lures.  I can guarantee you that within a few minutes if you’re in a busy area there will be a whole lot of people converging on your position, and they will sit there for 20-30 minutes while that lure is active.  Granted the game won’t tell you to talk to these people, but you know they’re playing the game, so there’s really no reason, not to..
  3. For now, it keeps the Pokemon roster to the 150 from the original game.  Now I have no issues with all the later Pokemon, but I feel the originals are a great way to start, so people aren’t bombarded with the crazy amounts that are out there now.
  4. It has started huge gatherings.  I know in my area there is a Pokemon meetup event going out on Facebook at least once a week.  All these are big gatherings of players who concentrate around Pokestops, pop lures and talk to each other.  This is again another way that people are meeting new people.

Dislikes- While I enjoy the game it wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t bring up the things I don’t like.

  1. Safety.  This is probably my biggest dislike about the game.  People are driving down the road with the app on, and if a Pokemon they need pops up, they will start driving erratically to find and capture it.  On the other side of the spectrum, you have people walking and not paying any attention to where they’re going, so they either fall or run into something, or they get hit by the car.  Now, in reality, this isn’t any fault of the games, it’s the people playing the game that are the problem.  If you’re going to play this game, all I can say is watch what you’re doing and be safe with it.
  2. Pokemon Locations.  I feel this game needs to be confined to places like parks and maybe malls.  Keep the Pokemon from populating on or near streets, that way if you want to play, you know that all the Pokemon can be found in parks.  This will mitigate people getting hit by cars (because they’re dumb), and will also keep people from playing while driving.  Another big part of this is Pokemon shouldn’t spawn in graveyards, churches, government buildings.  Especially on the part of graveyards, this encourages the disrespectful behavior.
  3. My last big complaint is how the game constantly freezes.  I can’t tell you how many times I’m about to catch a Pokemon and the game just freezes, making me lose what I was catching.  Even more frustrating is when it freezes while an egg is hatching and you lose the egg and the Pokemon that was in it.

Well those are my big likes and dislikes about the game.  I could probably drone on even longer, but I need to get ready for work.  Let me know in the comments how you feel about PokemonGo.  What are your likes and dislikes?  As always likes/comments/shares/follows are greatly appreciated and will help me grow as a writer.  Until next time…

With the holiday season looming, I have gotten very busy at work the past few weeks so I fell off the wagon when it came to writing.  Since I last wrote I have started to get back into some of my favorite activities, more specifically Jiu Jitsu and Magic the Gathering.  Since I have started to bring the hours I spend gaming down in order to take on these other activities, I have also changed my blog’s intent.  Where it used to solely cover gaming and nerd topics, it will now include everything that I like to do.

I will be posting fitness tips, Jiu Jitsu experiences, different adventures I may go on, gaming stuff (of course), and any significant life events that I would like to put out.  Now as I have said before there may be times where I just can’t write, but for the most part I will be trying to write at least three posts a week.

As always if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please be sure to leave them below.  Also any likes, follows, and shares are also greatly appreciated.

Scripting?

Posted: November 3, 2015 in Gaming
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So last night while playing SMITE I was accused of scripting.  At the end of the game the opposing Chronos player told me he was reporting me for scripting, and I had to ask him what the heck he was talking about, and what scripting was.  He told me it’s hacking, but that is all he said so I took the liberty of looking it up.

I found a few loose explanations by looking around on some League of Legends forum posts, but it basically boils down to this.

Depending on the script being run players can spam abilities quicker, constantly blink around the map, dodge all skill shots, and are pretty much unkillable.

For the guy accusing me of scripting and many other players out there who are quick to say someone is hacking I think it pretty much boils down to that person being lousy at the game, and wanting a reason to blame to make them feel better about themselves.  Just so you can see the game in question I took a lovely screen shot for everyone.

Scripting

Now as you can see their Chronos was 0/8/6 and I was 16/4/5.  So I had the most deaths on my team so frankly in my opinion if I was scripting why did I have so many deaths?  Like I said before I think he just wanted to make himself feel better about sucking so bad.

I am still new to SMITE, but I have been getting progressively better at it, and I am no cheater.  I think the last time I ever cheated in a game was in Pokemon Red and Blue when I would use my Gameshark to get infinite Master Balls.

Tell me below if you have ever come across hackers in a game and how it influenced the outcome of your match.  Thanks again for reading and as usual all comments, likes, follows, and shares are greatly appreciated.

Ok I have to do a short piece on MOBA players.  Now obviously I have played tons of games in many different genres, and their player bases can have many issues, but MOBA players can be a special kind of stupid sometimes.  Before I get to deep into this, I want to remind you that I’m not a pro player by any means, and when I make a mistake ill fess up to it, but a lot of MOBA players don’t seem to be that way.

To put this into context I will be going over a video that was posted January 9, 2014.  Yes it’s a super old video, but the player, BestLokiNA shows the kind of stupid attitudes that I have been finding are prevalent in MOBA games.

For the first 8 minutes of the 1v1 Joust League match that he is playing, he does pretty well with just a few minor mistakes.  He is playing Loki and is facing a Chang’e who he has already killed twice.  At 8:20 into the video he again engages the opposing player, and for all intents and purposes has her dead to rights again.  She is really low on health, but manages to get under her tower, and this is where BestLokiNA makes his mistake.  He uses his ultimate to dive her under her tower, at which point she pops Aegis making her invulnerable.  Now instead of backing, he stays under the tower taking tower shots, just hoping to be able to finish her when her aegis ends.  As soon as the aegis is gone however, she pops her 3 healing herself, damaging Loki, while at the same time he takes another tower shot which kills him.

So after all that is it his fault?  NO, it’s the games fault of course.  He goes so far as to say he wanted to break his computer.  Instead of just saying, damn I messed that up, he flies into a tangent about why crap like that is why he hasn’t been uploading video’s.  Now again i’m not a pro player, but even I can see that he messed that up.  As soon as that aegis was popped he should have cut his losses and backed up, but instead he wanted to push for the kill, which resulted in his death.

Now I don’t want to say all MOBA players are like that, because they aren’t.  I have played against some really good people, and a lot of the time they will give you advice on tactics if you ask them.  It just seems that when someone makes a bad play they can’t fess up to the fact.  The other night my buddy and I were on a team with somebody playing a lvl 10 mastery Medusa.  This Medusa player was quick to call us NOOBS, and yet at the end of the game was 0-10 with the least amount of damage done on the team.

At the end of the day, I just wish players could acknowledge their mistakes, and just work on bettering themselves instead of trying to shove all the blame on other players.  I know I have a lot of work to do in getting better at MOBAs, but I play a couple of hours a day trying to get better.  Lets try to keep the toxicity in games down, so the community can keep growing.

As always thanks for reading.  Comments/likes/follows/and shares are greatly appreciated, and will help me grow.

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Following up on my post from yesterday, I figured I would do a short piece on running a gaming community.  Now obviously there are many ways you can run a community, but I’ll mainly hit on how I run mine, and some of the mistakes that I have made.  In doing so I hope to help any new community owners out there to not make as many mistakes as I have.

So when I first started Hybrid Nerdz Gaming, I was pretty desperate.  I knew going in that most new clans don’t make it, and at the very beginning I thought HNG wasn’t going to.  I had a couple members mainly because they were friends from other games, and I think joined my clan just to be helpful, but they were my base to build off.  Every day I would post on forums, and send messages to other players that I saw were good performers.

By doing this I slowly started to build HNG.  For every one good player I would get however, I would get 2-3 players that weren’t good for much, but again I just needed bodies.  At this point in the clans life requirements to join were pretty much non existent.  So long as you had 2 hands to play, and a mic to talk we were fine with taking you.

Of course this method led to many members with a sub 1.00 k/d, which meant that in clan wars I had to build squads around these weak players to ensure we won as many matches as possible.  Well around the 2-3 month mark we hit Diamond Division in the Call of Duty: Ghosts clan wars, and suddenly the flood gates were open.  We had an influx of really decent players and we were able to raise requirements to fit our needs.  Any member who was part of the clan already was fine in regards to k/d, but we also implemented activity requirements which quickly weeded out many of our terrible players.

In this way we were able to quickly become a top 25 clan in Diamond Division which was a large accomplishment for us.  At one time we grew to 100 members before deciding that it was to much, and we dropped our max limit to 50.  It felt good to be such a strong clan, but through all my changes I definitely made some enemies.

Come to find out players don’t like to be kicked out of a clan regardless of the reason.  So when I started dropping players and denying applications I would get pretty nasty messages which I actually thought was funny.  I was called names such as Stalin and Hitler on a regular basis, but I didn’t care because we were winning.  Of course this attitude partly led to the end of our clan.

When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare kicked off we felt like we would own it.  We had a strong base of good players, and had already done very well in Ghosts.  Our ego and strict rules eventually led to our demise though.  You see our competitive team consisted of all our leadership, myself included.  We played well together in Ghosts, but with the new mechanics of Advanced Warfare we started to unravel so we practiced and scrimmed a whole lot more.

In doing so we neglected the clan as a whole.  The whole team basically stepped away from clan wars in order to concentrate solely on competitive play, and when we chose senior members to lead clan wars there was a lot of resentment from the clan so we started losing members.  Then come to find out the clan wars schedule really didn’t work for many members due to work so we kicked some members, which only caused more resentment.  Finally the competitive squad fell apart and we all stopped playing COD entirely which led to the eventual downfall of the clan.  Of course like I said yesterday the Phoenix is rising from the ashes, and I hope to make HNG great once again.

So below are some of my do’s and don’ts for running a clan.  These are all based on my own experiences, and there are other ideas out there on this topic so don’t think my ideas are the end all answer.

Do’s

  1. Keep it fun-  You need to remember that your a gaming community, not the military.  People play games to have fun so don’t take all the fun out of it.
  2. Be organized- Keep some kind of tracker on all your players.  When they joined the community, and what events they attend are big ones.  This can help you keep track of seniority in your community and how active your players are.
  3. Delegate- As the owner you can’t do everything yourself.  You should delegate positions to your members such as recruiters, leaders, and a tryout committee if you have strict requirements.
  4. Elect Leaders- This goes along with delegation, but if you elect leaders to help you they can take the brunt of the questions and concerns from your players and fill you in on the important stuff.
  5. Have a Website- This is important because it gives your players somewhere to talk to each other when not playing games.  You should also post important information and events on here so your players can keep up to date.  Enjin.com offers gaming websites with many different plans so check them out.
  6. Collaborate- What I mean by this is find bigger clans that you strive to be like.  Talk to their leaders and do scrims with them.  We talk to several larger clans and our comp team was able to scrim their teams, some of which were semi-pro teams.

Don’ts

  1. Try to do it all yourself- As I said before if you try to micro manage everything you will fail.  Unless your community is your whole life you won’t have enough time in the day to run the whole thing yourself.
  2. Be a dictator-  If all you do is hand out orders all day, nobody will want to play for you.  You have to find out your communities desires and try to take care of that and what your plans are.
  3. Don’t kick players with no explanation-  I know if you have a lot of players just booting them seems like the best answer if you don’t need them anymore, but this can lead to animosity with them and the rest of your community.  If you don’t give a reason your players will start to realize that they are just numbers to you and start to wonder when they will get the boot for no reason.
  4. Trash talk other clans-  I had to shut this down a lot in my clan.  People get to competitive with other clans and start trash talking them on Social media, and you have to stop it immediately.  It makes your community look childish and foolish.
  5. Don’t Take the fun away-  Again you’re playing games, not running a military unit.  When you start forcing members to be online all the time playing certain game types, they start losing the urge to play, and will leave.

Now again there is definitely more that could be said on this topic, but those are my main points.  Again if any of you are games out there feel free to look up Hybrid Nerdz Gaming @ http://www.hybridnerdz.enjin.com, we are always looking for help to rebuild.

As always thank you for reading, any comments/likes/shares/follows are greatly appreciated.

Youtube

Posted: October 7, 2015 in Gaming
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Well I didn’t post anything yesterday because I was working on recording and editing my return to Youtube video.  Like I said before I really want to get back into Youtube, so I figure I can tie it into my blog.  If I feel a video would fit with the article that I am writing, I’ll be sure to add it to the post.  Now in regards to my video’s, if you watch them don’t hate to much on my commentary skills.  When I did Youtube before, I didn’t do any commentaries so this time I am adding them to hopefully boost my views.  Thank you all for reading and hopefully you will enjoy some of my video’s at the same time.