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SOE FanFaire 2011 Photos – Las Vegas

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Sony Online Entertainment FanFaire, was held at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 7-9th.

Going on close to 10 years, you’d think most every one attending must surely be on at least their 2nd time attending yet I met a bunch of folks who had never gone before, as well as recognized faces from past FanFaires (who also ended up being repeat customers!).

I didn’t take that many pics this time as I was just too busy for anything else!

If you attended, I hope you had a blast and if you’re featured in one of the pics, feel free to email me for a higher res copy!

Full set of SOE FanFaire photos.

DC Universe Online – Beta Pre-Review

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

DC Universe Online Screenshot - Hanging in Gotham City
I’m in. So far I’ve made my character and have climbed some walls and kicked some butt but I haven’t done much yet in terms of quests and leveling (been sick and away from the keyboard).

However here’s a few comments:

Flirty? There weren’t many choices of attitude for your character, I chose Flirty but wish that I could change it up during the game. You know, a woman’s prerogative, I get to change my mind? ;)

Climbing! Heck yeah, I’m going to climb! I like playing a rogue type character (and I rock climb in real life) so of course I chose this super power. Now I’m sort of like a Spider Woman rogue (Hmm do I get negative points for naming a hero from that Other Comic Universe?).

Kicking butt. In the tutorial part of the game I didn’t find it necessary to throw objects at any bad guys. This may be because I’m quick on the trigger button (mouse buttons trigger attacks) but since one of the big draws of this game is being able to throw things I’m going to assume I need to practice my throwing skills.

UI. Rather odd UI. I’m still getting used to it. It’s definitely not like the usual MMOs. I’d say it’s less intuitive but maybe that’s because I’ve had too many years of training with other games?

By the way, I’m playing on the PvP server if anyone else is in the Beta. Look for a flirty raven haired rogue like character hanging on a wall.

~ Fricka

SOE FanFaire Costume Contest – People’s Choice and a Surprise

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

“Snickers” who is well known to regular SOE FanFaire goers for his hand made Froglok costume, got a special call out at the end of the People’s Choice portion of the costume contest.

Emceeing the show is Jace Hall (Producer of “V” and a gamer and game producer) and Brassee (the bearded dwarf alter ego of Linda Carlsson, SOE Senior Community Manager).

I captured it on this video which shows the end of the People’s Choice portion of the contest as well:

I have the entire introduction of the costume contest (where they first get introduced and go on the stage) on video too. I’ll post it in parts.

EverQuest II Extended – SOE Announces Free to Play Option for EverQuest II

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

EverQuest II ExtendedHere’s another MMORPG with a no subscription model. EverQuest II is going to keep their subscription model and add on EverQuest II Extended.

Beta for EQII Extended is scheduled for launch on or around August 17, 2010.

Some of the differences with the free plan and the top level subscription plan include a level cap (limited to 80 for the free, Bronze level, option), customer support options (free plan only has access to the Knowledge Base for support), race and class restrictions (free option is limited to 4 and 8 respectively), and chat options.

You can see a chart with the full matrix of of differences here.

Quotes from their press release:

Extended players will finally experience the vast depth of content only available in EverQuest II without a subscription, credit card or software purchase. Extended will include free access to all EverQuest II game zones through The Shadow OdysseyTM. Players will be able to purchase power-up potions, armor, classes, races, weapons, mounts and more through the marketplace.

Both EverQuest II and Extended players will enjoy a plethora of recent user-interface improvements designed to improve functionality and game navigation. Players will experience a new and improved character progression through the Golden Path while creating their own legend with the Storyteller adventure journal that visually displays quest exploration. Additionally, both titles received a graphics quality update that gives a more realistic immersive experience to fully enjoy the beauty of Norrrath.

The Extended adventure includes the recently added New Halas, the ultimate starting zone with premium designed content for players levels 1-20. Extended also gives players quick and convenient game access through the web-based streaming download application that lets players get into the game quicker than ever before. Extended will also feature multiple tiers of service upgrade options that allow players to customize their gaming experience to fit their needs.

Lord of the Rings Online Going Free to Play

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Looks like Lord of the Rings Online is the latest MMO to offer a Free to Play option. They’re taking Beta signups now. I liked my run with their game, mainly because it was in the Lord of the Rings universe but also because it was just light fun. You can see my Lord of the Rings Online Launch Day Review here. While I didn’t keep up my play from launch (I never got a group of regulars going in it). I plan on starting it up again with the free play option with a small group to play very causally.

Here’s a chart explaining the planned differences between LotRO’s VIP, Premium and Free accounts: LOTRO Free to Play Plan Comparison Chart.

EverQuest II to get Battlegrounds

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

EQ2 Battlegrounds - Ganak
EQII will have Battlegrounds starting February 16, 2010 – so you can fight even if you’re not on a PvP server — you pansy! ;)

Quick Details

It’s free for current subscribers with characters level 80-90, Battlegrounds will hold up to 48 players total, loot to be gained are the all new Chaos armor sets and if you log in between 2/16 and 2/18 you’ll get a Warrior of Chaos statue.

Battleground Breakdown

At launch 3 Battlegrounds will be available:

Battlefield of Ganak

* Game Type: Capture the Flag
* Players: 6 Person Group
* Environment: Outdoor arena with two large oppositional bases with intersecting interiors
* Objective: Capture the enemy’s flag located within their base and return it to your base with your flag still in place
* Win Condition: First team to successfully capture and return three flags wins

Smuggler’s Den

* Game Type: Hold Territory
* Players: 24 Person Group
* Environment: Five spires on top of two pinnacles jutting out of a raging ocean
* Objective: Gain control and hold towers longer than the opposition to earn Tower Tickets
* Win Condition: First team to reach the displayed Tower Ticket goal wins

Gears of Klak’Anon

* Game Type: Hold the Relic
* Players: 6 Person Group
* Environment: Industrious clockwork foundry containing scientific equipment in motion
* Objective: Acquire and hold the relic to accrue points faster than the opposition
* Win Condition: First team to reach the set score wins

Let the pixel slaughter begin!

SOE FanFaire 2009 – Costume Contest Video in HD

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

I was once again at FanFaire wearing dual hats as a community website person and a vendor (of fabulous t-shirts & cool stuff from OffLineTshirts!) I was pretty busy the whole FanFaire but I was able to film the entire costume contest for your viewing pleasure. It’s 30 minutes total of video but don’t worry I split it into 4 parts plus 2 short segments for the finalists portion. Brenlo (Alan Crosby, former SOE Community Director and now EverQuest II Senior Producer) was in rare form for the show and cracked jokes while in a banana costume.

Confessions of a Star Wars Galaxies CSR

Friday, March 6th, 2009

GMS, CSRs, if you’ve ever played an MMO you probably have stories to tell about your interactions with them. But what about stories they tell on the other side? An ex Sony Online Entertainment In-game Customer Service Representative / Game Master named Jason shared 8 “behind the curtain” tales on his blog.

The post begins with a shocking tale about a CSR from EverQuest stabbing himself with keys out of frustration, I don’t know if that story is true or not, and the author of the post admits to not being there to see it but I find it rather sad and shocking in the way that I bet a lot of folks could empathize with someone doing this. Which, by the way is also an element of a good “urban myth”. I plan on asking about the validity of this event but I don’t expect to get any “on the record” answers.

This particular event happened in the Everquest area, before my time. Dealing with irate customers is no picnic, and can send a lot of people over the edge. Long story short, a GM who will go unnamed was at his wits end, and one day he snapped. Going bat shit insane, he grabbed his car keys and started jabbing himself with them in a complete nerd rage. This guy was let go but his story will live on forever. Up until this day, you will see keys taped to a select few monitors in the building. Bad joke, but funny in a dark way.

However, most of the eight confessions are about amusing stories from the Star Wars Galaxies universe, for example, this story about a new CSR using the teleport command:

Eventually SWG launched it’s space expansion. It was a bitch to assist customers in space because, well – they would fly away. I always just told them “Hey send me a msg when you’re done in space and I’ll try to help you then.” In one case another rep from India decided he would speed up the process by teleporting the player back to a planet. I guess he wasn’t thinking that if he did this, there would be an unpiloted ship flying around, but something much much worse happened. When he targetted the player, he actually targeted the entire Yavin 4 space station (mass wise one of the biggest items in the database). He then executed the teleport command and *poof* the entire space station was planted in the middle of Naboo. Players shat themselves. Knowing that there wasn’t much we could do, we ended up taking some screen shots, then photoshopped McDonalds and Starbucks signs on the front.

There are also a few stories about PvP play, including the spawning of an AT AT which I would’ve loved to see. Maybe they could’ve sic’d Yoda on it? ;)

SWG PVP t-shirt

You can read the full confessions post here.

WoW’s 4th Anniversary Gift – Baby Blizzard Bear!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

World of Warcraft celebrates its 4th anniversary today by giving out Baby Blizzard Bears (aka little polar bears) to anyone logging in. You get a letter which includes the summon pet ability as an attachment and then you can access your pet from your Character pane.

I got mine for some of my avatars, here’s a shot of him sitting down. Cute isn’t he?

Baby Blizzard Bear Sitting Down

I haven’t yet activated him for any of my Horde characters yet, perhaps if I could make him look a little more menacing somehow?

Yeah, you’re right, he’s just a cute ball of fur! Hmm fur…

Happy 4th Anniversary Blizzard, seems like yesterday we were running around in Friends and Family Alpha!

EDIT: PS the Achievement is called “Can I Keep Him?”.

EverQuest Class Titles

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Because I didn’t see this listed easily in Google Searches, I’m making this post to help out anyone else looking for EverQuest class titles.

Here they are: EQ Level 60 – 75 Class Titles available on t-shirts, etc.

I’ll have some available at FanFaire but I tend to run out of certain titles so order early (or just order online :P ).