May 8, 2011

SoE & EverQuest servers are still down.

In light of the recent Sony PSN / SOE security breach, I figured now would be an appropriate time to mention that you should probably be changing most (if not all) of your important account and passwords on the internet. Anything that might be linked to personally identifiable information that could have been potentially compromised from Sony servers such as: banking, email, games, paypal, amazon, etc. is all fair game. As always, make sure to practice good internet security, including keeping your firewall and antivirus updated and running at all times. If you are unsure of how to generate a secure password (ie. not puppies123), I prefer using PC Tools.

Apr 5, 2011

BioWare is giving away free copies of Mass Effect II!

As part of EA / BioWare's sequel celebration, they will be giving away free copies of Mass Effect II for the PC to anyone who purchased Dragon Age II. You must have access to your Online Pass code (The Black Emporium), though they have provided the ability to recover it for players that may have thrown it away after use. If you purchased Dragon Age II used, you aren't totally out of luck as you can still purchase the Online Pass and follow the steps in the FAQ to retrieve your code. Once you enter your code on the BioWare Social site, you will be provided with a new code to be redeemed in the EA Download Manager for your copy of Mass Effect II. The offer ends April 30th, so make sure to take advantage of it now!

Mar 30, 2011

Dragon Age II: Ancient Rock Wraith

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this post should be worth quite a few. I was able to capture a few shots during my battle with the Ancient Rock Wraith. While some of the shots are from cutscenes, the in-battle images did take a bit of work to set up properly. Yes, I was actually pausing the fight and setting up shots. Could I be any more of a nerd?

Mar 28, 2011

Dragon Age II: Massive Spider

The Deep Roads are full of some pretty nasty creatures, oftentimes more dangerous and grotesque than anything one might face on the surface. The Massive Spider is one of the first sub-Boss encounters you must face during Bartand's Deep Roads Expedition. It most definitely does not like fireballs to the face.

Mar 22, 2011

Dragon Age II - Bone Pit

With nearly two months left in Classic EverQuest, there isn't really anything new or interesting to post about or see. While not sitting around waiting for contested raid bosses to spawn, I have been putting some time into Dragon Age II. This will be the first in a series of posts showcasing some of the more cinematic moments and memorable boss fights from the game. Here is the first encounter with a Mature Dragon as part of the Bone Pit sidequest.

Mar 21, 2011

If you poopsock it, they will come.

In what will surely set a precedent for Fippy Darkpaw going forward, someone once again decided to petition a GM during a Vox poopsock. With 2 1/2 guilds present (does Citizen really count?), GM Technite thought it would be fair to spawn Vox a bunch of times and give everyone a shot at some easy loot. Hell, we don't even know what dropped for Armageddon, but we did manage to kill two out of the three Vox spawns that night (lolwut.)

Mar 18, 2011

Google Crisis Response: Japan 2011 Crisis

So, the current crisis in Japan is not very epic at all. What would be pretty epic though, is if you took this opportunity to help out however you can. Google has set up a crisis response page, which provides helpful links, information, and donation information (for those of you who can help financially). At the very least, think of all the awesome anime, video games, and fast cars that Japan provides for us. We owe it to them to lend a hand.

"On March 11 at 2:46pm JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, and triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

This page is being updated continuously to provide the latest information about this crisis, resources for those affected, and ways to contribute to relief efforts in Japan."