Friday, April 25, 2008

Beating Guild Wars (Prophecies)... Again

The 3rd anniversary of Guild Wars is just around the corner (and my 31st birthday on the same day). To celebrate they made some additions to the ending of the original Guild Wars campaign, giving it a real ending with rewards. Last night I decided to check it out and marched my team of miscreants back up to Hell's Precipice.

The team died once, but that's because I wasn't paying attention. It went rather well after that misstep. Ending as it must with an Undead Prince Rurik (dead again), and the Lich Lord with him.

Killed Him Again

Which took me to the new ending area where you can chat it up with all the NPCs you met along the way. It was a nice touch and really fits with the endings the made for the other campaigns and expansion. Ties a few plot bits up too and the expansion fit a little better into the storyline.

New Prophesies Ending Area

I even got myself a fancy new staff. Funny thing is that after making over half a dozen characters, I realized the only one I really use... and thus the only one I should be getting stuff for is this character, my necromancer. Thing is all the other end game items I've acquired I gave to other characters... so even though she really didn't need a new weapon, she deserves to get this one.

Deldrimor Staff

But lest you think I spent my time re-beating the game just for a shiny new stick, my time at Hell's Precipice was well spent with other pursuits too. I capped an Elite (since I'm back doing that now that I finally purchased the skill trainer for my Guild Hall) from Rurik himself, no less. I also mapped what I could and now am proud to say I've hit 99% on the Tyrian Cartographer title. Getting that last 1% is going to drive me insane.

Almost There...

Just for fun, here's a little picture of the Edge of the World that I ran into while messing around the Northern Shiverpeaks the other day.

The Edge of the World

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wordpress Resources

Posts with links to webdesign resources are a dime a dozen these days, but Felicia Day of The Flog has put together a good list that deserves noting.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep

Karma Girl<br/>by Jennifer Estep

I bought this book for my wife after hearing the author on a podcast, Dragon Page: Cover to Cover. After having just finished reading Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, I was still in the superhero genre mode so I thought I'd give Karma Girl a try. There's a lot of tongue in cheek going on in this book both figuratively and literally. Let's not delude ourselves, this is a romance novel... just with superpowers thrown in.

Now I'm not one for trashy romance novels, but there's more than that to this book. My best summation is that it's a fun ride. The twists and secrets revealed are fairly easy to pick out along the way, but that's half the fun. I thought this book was a blast to read, and as long as you know what type of book you're getting into... anyone should enjoy it.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Video: Species Confused Duck

Species Confused Duck

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3

In the further adventures of the Species Confused Duck... here's a video of the horrible thing. Actually I'm just testing out flickr's new video capabilities. Works pretty well if you ask me.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Scary News

Now, is this a post about my good friend Rebecca about to go under the knife to have some guts removed? Nope. Like the fact that I have a second child being born in around 2 months, I'm in denial. For such things I just close my eyes and hope it all works out well in the end.

This is about something horrible I heard about on the local news tonight. Our idiot disaster of a president will be moving his family to the Dallas area once he's done making a mess of the White House. If he moves near me I'll just have to leave this state of my birth for good.

Stop the world, I want to get off.

Monday, April 7, 2008

April Fools 2008 Stick Figure Transformation

April Fools 2008 Stick Figure Transformation

Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

For April Fools this year, Guild Wars turned everyone into stick figures. Last year the flipped the genders on all the characters, which I thought was really clever. Stick figures walking around in a 3D environment was pretty nifty.

I've been working on a few titles, including Tyrian Cartographer and Protector. I'm 96.1% on mapping and getting the rest is turning out to be a real pain. I'm only 3 mission bonus' away from getting Protector... but I'm not in any hurry.

Once I get these Tyrian titles out of the way, I think I'll go back to working on the EoTN grinding titles. My main focus is still getting cash to buy a skill trainer for the guild hall. I'm almost halfway there with 40+ platinum. It's still going to take forever.

After that I'm going back to skill capping... almost have all the Elonian elites capped.