That's it for this week. Fly your nerd flag high for me!
Greetings Everyone! Well its been an interesting week to say the least. Packed full and on hiatus at the same time. In the land of "real life" I was the big cheese at work with the owner and my manager out of town. While I haven't had to do too much outside of my normal responsibilities, all of my clients seemed to come back from vacation and their business trips at the same time. I've had a very busy schedule to put it mildly. With that being the case, perhaps its best that my nerd-out material has slowed to a trickle.
Continuing on with the WildStar topic from last time, I was able to secure my C.R.E.D.D. before my paid subscription ran out (last Saturday). That being said, I am going to sit on it for a while. I have three months before it expires so Arwyn and I need to have a sit down and discuss if we want to jump ship to another server or not. This would be a bigger hit for her since she is level 50, but we both agree on our server's current state and want to be able to play together.
On the comic front, I have yet to receive a new issue of Thor and I have two issues of Hulk that I can't read. Marvel/Midtown Comics have screwed up my subscription and missed an issue. I was hoping that things just got mixed up in the mail and would sort themselves out but that hasn't happened. I have issues #4 and #5 (came in the mail Tuesday) but no #3. I've emailed them twice this week with no reply. They wouldn't like me when I'm angry....
We played an epic 2 vs. 2 (3,000pts a side) Warhammer 40K game this past weekend. The teams were Orks and Dark Eldar vs. Tyranids and Necrons (me). While the Necrons are always a formidable force, their joints are beginning to creak, asking for the oil of a new codex. I still have a lot of fun playing them, but my lists remain pretty much the same from battle to battle. Right now there are many units that I wish I could take without handicapping myself. The Necrons were one of the first armies in 6th edition to get a codex so they are due for an update. I know that the nerf bat has been hitting hard across the board (tesla weapons are sure to be a target) but I'm still looking forward to formations and new build avenues. The rumors keep switching if it is Dark Eldar or the Necrons to be released in Sept./Oct. but one is to follow the other.
That's it for this week. Fly your nerd flag high for me!
Well, it's been a little over two months since WildStar launched and its time to face the facts. Except for a few servers like Pergo and Stormtalon, things are pretty dead right now. I'm on the Warbringer server and while I'm not at the 50 level cap yet (35 right now), I might as well have been playing a single player game for the last ten levels. I've asked my guildmates how it is in the max level the areas and supposedly they aren't too bad off.
That being said....this is a screenshot of the main bank, guild bank, commodities broker, auction house and mail area in my faction's capital. This was taken around midnight on a Thursday and there are two other areas deeper in the city but that still shouldn't account for NPCs outnumbering actual players.
Besides wanting to experience the "MM" part of MMO (especially while on a PvP server), this is severely impacting the server's economy. In a previous post I mentioned how I was banking on the C.R.E.D.D. system to play for free. Through playing the markets, vendoring everything and only buying things that were absolutely necessary I have accomplished that. My next month of subscription came in at the price of just over 8 platinum and 26 gold. That was by getting lucky with a buy order. If I wanted to buy it right then, the price wavered between 10-11 platinum throughout the week. This is literally double what the well populated servers are paying. On top of that, compared to a month ago, my income has slowed down greatly. Before, if I posted an item at the lowest price on auction, it would be gone in well under 24hrs. I now have auctions expiring way too often.
More people results in a more stable economy and there are three methods to solve this problem. The first (and one that everyone hopes they do) is a server merge. Yes, many do see it as a death premonition for MMOs but happy people tend to recommend games. The second is for new content to attract more gamers. They recently released a new type of battleground (Sabotage) but I haven't seen a spike in players on my server. They announced a big content patch at GamesCom so we shall see how things play out. The third is to simply start a new character on one of the thriving servers right now. While I really don't want to start over before I hit 50, a $20 transfer fee is completely out of the question.
Only time will tell in this situation, so in the meantime, why don't you stop by....please?
Hey Everyone! I had a lot going on this week, so here's an update:
This past Wednesday, I was presented with my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! As of today, I've been attending classes regularly at my current gym for about a year and a half. Every day has been a learning experience whether it be through instruction or while during sparring. I am very lucky to have such a high level instructor and classmates that always push me to be better. This is a big accomplishment but at the same time, I know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are a lot of people that are happy just to get their blue belt and then take their foot off of the gas. They hover around at this rank for a long time, happy that they got that far. One of the reasons that this happens is that getting a new belt is like unlocking a new difficulty setting on a game. No belt level is "easy", but you wind up facing even more concentrated skill with every advancement. That being said, I feel that I have more confidence in my skills now. This is totally mental, but when I was still a white belt, I felt that my skills had not been validated as of yet. Even though I had won tournaments, I was still "only a white belt" in my mind.
It will probably be a few months before I compete again and I know that there is a good chance of it being pretty rough (I could be facing people with over two years more experience than me), but I am looking forward to it. Achieving my blue belt has confirmed that I have been doing the right things (training wise on and off the mat) to succeed. Now is the time to continue working hard and keep my training consistent. If everything works out, hopefully I will be on a "new belt every two" plan.
Speaking of "new every two," Avyon and I received our new phones on Thursday! Due to the recommendation from the FYN product testers (Shantz and Greggles), we went with the HTC One M8. These phones were an upgrade from our old Samsung Galaxy SIII's. While those phones performed pretty good for most of their life, they were definitely starting to show their age. Avyon's phone was randomly shutting off when plugged in to charge and my phone was starting to develop some heat issues. By heat issues I mean that I could feel it getting physically hot through the rubber protective case when asked to do a lot of operations. Also, it would randomly crash out of GPS mode (usually right before a turn of course).
So far I have been very happy with the M8. One of the things that made me a bit uneasy was the fact that you can not swap out the battery on these phones. For the SIII, we both carried around an extra battery as standard practice (I assume like most people) and didn't think much of it. This came in handy big time when going to cons or just being out all day. Not having the ability to do this made me watch the power meter constantly on the HTC. Not anymore. I am very impressed with how much this phone retains it's charge even when switching between apps and browsing webpages at a decent clip. I'm sure this will change, but so far, even with a full days use, my phone has yet to drop under 50%.
As expected with any new tech vs. 2+ year old tech, the M8 is very fast and responsive. This has not been a gradual step up in performance but a huge leap. So far there has been relatively no lag with any initiated tasks and once running, no hiccups either. In conjunction with the quick web based responsiveness (I assume that this is a hardware thing and not service provider since that has remained the same), in places where I have had little to no signal before on the Galaxy, the M8 performed as if the signal was no issue at all. There are still a few things I'm getting use to, but overall I am very happy with the purchase.
Last but not least, Saturday night was when Metamoris 4 took place. Metamoris is an event that was created by members of the Gracie family in order to display some of the best grappling talent in the world. This is basically the grappling equivalent of the UFC. This is not a tournament with brackets, but singular matches between opponents. This past event had six matches in total. The grappling/Jiu Jitsu world was in dire need of a platform such as this to really provide a "Pro" arena.
While there are world championships, these tournaments are often known just to practitioners of the sport and can be relatively obscure at times. On top of that, only a fraction of the footage is actually streamed online for viewing. While the UFC and mma in general has done wonders for the sport, if it was to draw attention and continue to grow on its own merit something else was needed. Metamoris fills that spot.
Unlike regular tournaments, there are no points and a much longer time limit. Depending on the belt level, the time can range from four to ten minutes for a tournament match. In Metamoris, all of the matches are 20 minutes long. Also, since there are no points, the only way to win is by submitting your opponent. If no one gets submitted it is ruled a draw. Besides that, the competitors of each match decide if it will be a traditional gi or no-gi match.
The fact that these matches are "submission only" is huge. There has been a rift growing in the BJJ world - those that are ok with the more point based styles and strategy and those that feel that it is giving a false representation of the art. If there are no points, then a lot of the strategies played in point tournaments go out the window. Competitors are also more likely to go for risky positions or submission because they don't have to worry about losing via points just because they tried to finish the match.
This was the first time that I was able to watch one of these events live and I will definitely try to do so when the next one comes around. The cost of the stream was $30 the month of the event and $20 if you ordered before that. In all honesty, it was money well spent. I also had some guys over from my school, so we split the event anyway. The results were half submission, half time limit expiration but very entertaining throughout.
The matches find their way on to YouTube pretty quick, so check them out before they are taken down. I will admit that if you have never grappled or practiced BJJ before, things can be confusing. That being said a very high level of athleticism is displayed in most of the matches and it is easy to see how hard they guys are working. I hope that they continue to put on these shows for a long time as last night definitely made me a fan.