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Of Dungeons and Dragons

In Gaming on 27 July, 2008 at 10:10 pm

It is now the 4th edition.  I’ve just received the collector’s edition of this latest edition which I’ve ordered from Amazon.com.  Everything has changed!  No Druid in the latest version of Player’s Handbook!  But I must say that it is now much simpler and much straight forward to really enjoy the game itself.  You just needs to remember one core mechanic to really play the game, roll one 20 sided dice, add any modifier to the dice roll and if the result is higher or equal to the difficulty rating, you succeed in what you want to do (as in to hit that Ogre Mage, to climb that slippery wall or even to dodge the fiery breath of that ancient Red Dragon).

Each character level has been sub-divided into 3 tiers.  The first is the Hero tier, this means that even a level 1 character is considered as a Hero, player character is different from those run-of-the-mill non player character.  You’re a Hero once you start to play D&D, how cool is that?  After playing for 10 level and killing some dire monster, starting at level 11, you will begin the next tier, that of the Paragon (which means a model of excellence or perfection), with the additional power that you’ve gained, you can now fight more powerful monster, accomplish more impossible task and move yourself nearer to the next tier.  And when you reach level 21, you are now a legend and you embark on your Epic (the last tier) journey.  Now you know that you can reach any goal that you set, even that of becoming a God.

I’ve been playing the 3rd Edition with Neverwinter Nights 2 and I hope that soon I can play the 4th Edition on my computer.  I just can’t wait.

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My Sony Vaio and Neverwinter Nights 2

In Gaming on 12 December, 2006 at 10:00 am

I thought I would blog more after I’ve got my new 15.4″ Sony Vaio FE series of Notebook, but as my November post count shows, this is not the case.  No thanks to the launch of the highly anticipated game, Neverwinter Nights 2.  So instead of telling my story, I am glued on role playing virtual epic story that others at Obsidian create.

So I will give both Sony and Obsidian two thumbs up.  Sony for building a solid laptop that actually let me do my programming and play my favorite game as well.  Obsidian for continuing the epic story that was started by Bioware‘s Neverwinter Nights.  However, the bad things are: Vaio FE’s battery life is only 2-3hrs and Atari (publisher for both Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2) usage of secuRom which wasted a few minutes of my time everytime the game is run.

A National Sports

In Gaming on 24 April, 2006 at 6:42 am

Cybergaming is going to be considered as a national sports in Singapore.  The CyberSports Association has been endorsed by Team Singapore to select, train and manage national representatives for international cybergaming tournaments.  Gamers selected to join Cyber Team Singapore will receive official recognition from Team Singapore, which oversees the national teams for sports, and wear national colours in competitions.

I wonder anyone who wins a medal for Singapore will get the same prize money as if they win from Commonwealth games, South-East Asian games or even the Olympics?  How about sponsorship for professional gamers?  If these all comes true, then gaming can really be a career for future Singaporean just like other sports.

This would also be good news for Singapore as Singaporean seem to be more able to excel in cybergaming rather than other sports.  It is an easy hobby to take up but would it be an easy one if it become a competition?

And would Cybergaming one day be included in the Olympics?

Guild Wars Factions

In Gaming on 21 April, 2006 at 7:11 am

So Guild Wars is going to launch a new sequel.  I haven’t even played the game yet (not that I have even bought it yet)!  Guild Wars is supposed to be quite a nice game from what I’ve gather after reading tons and tons of reviews.  As a RPG, its definitely one game that I am interested to play, but somehow I really can’t find the time to play it and thus did not even buy the game.

Guild Wars Factions, the new sequel to Guild Wars, looks to be even more stunning.  ArenaNet introduce another world in Guild Wars Faction called Cantha.

Cantha will provide plenty of new visual thrills especially if you have a DirectX9 compatible graphic card.  The graphics engine from Guild Wars has been enhanced to provide full DirectX9 support.  With the usage of DirectX9 the level designers and artists have been able to realize some pretty amazing vistas. Stunning architecture, nice country side and even one that has structures build using Jade.  So get ready RPG fans and enjoy Guild Wars Factions.

The Da Vinci Code

In Gaming on 21 April, 2006 at 3:00 am

So they are really making a Da Vinci Code game, Dan Brown is just getting richer and richer.

It sounds like fun and it will actually be release before the movie starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou is release.

Audrey Tautou really didn’t know that she will actually be starring in the movie.  She went for an interview thinking that she will not be selected.  Not until Ron Howard became serious about choosing her, that she realized that she might be really playing along side Tom Hanks.

OK, back to the game.  I hope that it will be a good one, so that it can tide me over until the big thing that is going to happen in June.  Yes, FIFA Worldcup 2006.

Tomb Raider: Legend

In Gaming on 20 April, 2006 at 7:00 pm

I have been playing Tomb Raider: Legend for a few hours already.  I can say that it is really quite fun.  Lara will get wet when she goes into water this time round though the wetness doesn’t really look as real as I think it should be.  But that is on PS2.  I hope Tomb Raider will get to PS3, then the graphic will really be superb.

Gamespot just gave it a 7.8.  I just don’t understand why they gave it such a low score.  Maybe they have too much of an expectation.  Their readers actually gave a better 8.7 and 21 other review sites average to be about 8.4.  I would gave it a 8.6, though I have to agree with Gamespot.com that the camera do sometimes get on my nerve.

Oh yeah, I still need to finish my God of War first, I am nearing the end, don’t rush me.

PS3 is still the likely top seller

In Gaming on 7 February, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Gamespot reported that the latest issue of the Japanese Magazine, Famitsu run a survey that claim that Gamers and publishers both pick PlayStation 3 as the likely top money raking machine this year.  However a surprise take is that Retailers are picking Nintendo DS as the one.  Apparently in Japan, after a year of release, the DS is still sold out.  PlayStation 3 on the other hand will be troubled by lack of games when it first comes out as only 8 out of 102 games slated for PlayStation 3 will be launch in 2006.

I am still leaning towards PlayStation 3 and will probably buy one once the dust has settled.

Playing game can earn you money

In Gaming on 1 February, 2006 at 8:07 am

Not by actually playing the game yourself.  I have read a news article that talk about how Chinese “businessman” in China employ less educated Chinese to play the game World of Warcraft.  These “employee” are suppose to gold “mine” 400 virtual gold coin everyday and be paid S$4 each day.  Most of them work 12 hour a day.  Since the standard of living in China is still quite low as compared to those of developed countries, this is good money.  The “businessman” will then re-sold these virtual gold coin in bundle of 2,000 for US$100.  This is S$20 (5 “employee” to get 2,000 gold coin per day) for S$163, a profit of roughly 7 times the cost.  This is very good money indeed.