New blog address

Yes just I reminder that I do have a new blog and am still writing lots of amazingly awesome stuff about mmo’s and whatev

Healingthemasses.net now

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

WELCOME party peoplz to the dawn of a new age. Healing the masses is now leaving the safe confines of the wordpress reach and braving into into the wild scary backwaters of the internet. Yep, Self Hosting is go and you can now find me at Healing the Masses . net. This site will still be staying open for quite  awhile while as I bring over a whole heap of photos that didn’t come with and fix up the linkage at the new site, ehhhh… probably afterwards as well so if you want to read all those old posts here that’s up to you.

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Couch Podtatoes Episode 37: Talking Points Three

Another one of our News posts where we look at what’s hapnin in mmo’s and gaming and then be opinionated assholes.. ENJOY!!

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This week we’re doing a rehash of an old idea. You’ll probably recognize the title, as we’ve had two other episodes that were also called “Talking Points.” Basically I just rounded up some various news stories, and we briefly talk about each before moving onto the next. With some recent conventions and other big studio closures, we have plenty to cover. That’s really all there is to it, so listen in and enjoy!

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 37: Talking Points Three (runtime: 1:01:45)

What are we playing? (starts at 1:15)
Discussion: Talking Points (starts at 17:14)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter:@mevsmyselfandi

J3w3l
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Music Credits:
“Level Up” by Cookie Monsta (from the Riot! EP)
“Braum” by Riot Games (from the album The Music of League of Legends)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the…

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Liebster Love

Well it seems those blogging awards are doing the rounds again. Usually I tend to back out form them, being the grinch of blogging and all but this time I might just join in as it’s a great way to share a little more personal information about myself as well as support other bloggers.

First I’ll just say thanks to Both Aywren and Doone for nominating me
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NEW VID: BROFORCE

I’ve been reading about the recent updates for Broforce and it has kind of instilled that pasion once more for me. It was a game I really enjoyed for the over-the-top explosions and gory deaths but when I did play it there really wasn’t enough to keep me engaged for that long.

Now, it was calling to me once again and I’m rather impressed with the amount that has been added. The campaign mode has seen a lot of improvements to make it more streamlined and better defined. rather than the continuous mission structure of before it’s now part of a map where you get to choose areas to liberate.  Each area has it’s own style that you play within for a few missions that then usually ends in a kind of boss fight.

The gameplay is still the same… which is to say insanely fun. Big splosions everywhere. Running and gunning like a lunatic and of course, delighting in what I like to call dumb psychopathic fun. I constantly cackle while playing like a deranged killer, every time something explodes around me, when enemies rain down like meaty pixel chunks and at the ridiculousness of what’s happening. I laugh and squeel when one of my bros dies because I get caught up in an explosion, when they get shot from a far, or when I accidently knife one of the exploding barrels. It’s also a game where I can;t help but copy so many of the silly little sound effects, as well as make up my own… singing stabby, stabby, stabby, stabby, stabby, stabby, stabby, stabby… while knifing the bodies around me…. yeh I’m disturbed but SO WILL YOU BE after playing a little of this.

And here’s a little vid where I play some while talking about the mechanics and elements I like with me cackling that has aptly been called by some as a deranged female orc…yeh, bronchitis be kind sucky haha

Couch Podtatoes Episode 35: Crowfall and Niche MMOs

Talk about the new project called Crowfall and the parts they are doing differently. We also discuss our interest in the different server types in how it gives people greater options for play, and the other niche mmo’s that are trying similar things

Me Vs. Myself and I

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This week we’re taking a look at the new MMO on the block, Crowfall. It’s kickstarter is already almost funded, and stretch goals may also be met (if they’re added). We dive into what the game is all about, and how much different it is than other MMOs currently on the market or in development. We also talk about some other niche MMOs that felt related, in that they have different ideas that the rest of the genre seems to be avoiding. That’s really all there is to it, so listen in and we’ll catch you next time.

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 35: Crowfall and Niche MMOs (runtime: 53:23)

What are we playing? (starts at 1:05)
Discussion: Crowfall (starts at 11:22)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter:@mevsmyselfandi

J3w3l
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Crowfall Kickstarter:
http://goo.gl/yycYOW

Scree’s Article:
http://goo.gl/jvyhnc

Music Credits:
“Level Up” by…

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My Anime of Old

I’ve been on a bit of an anime kick again lately but tinted of trying out all the new interesting  titles I’ve been meaning to I’ve instead hopped in the nostalgia train and began watching all my old favourite animes.

And doing that I thought I’d take the opportunity to write what those are and why I loved them so much.

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Awesomely Unemployed

So I am now officially unemployed. I handed i my resignation a few weeks back as I needed to give some notice before the finale day. I worked out that time and surprisingly the boss ad owners weren’t complete tools during the entire time like they have been to other staff that were leaving. Of course I’ would have liked to see them try haha.

Yesterday was my last day and it was nice to say goodbye to everyone, colleagues and parent’s. I’ve been there quite a while and looked after many of the children over the years there and it was nice to see how much the parents cared and appreciated my work. Got some sweet pressies too although I think the drawing from one of my toddlers was particularly awesome. She loves space ship pretend play which I’m happy to join in with so she drew a little scene for me, mum putting in the names of course haha.

And now, here I am. Thursday morning doing nothing and unemployed

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I had a months worth of Holiday pay still owing so that should be paid out with my next pay that gives me a lot of leeway to find new work. Child Care is an industry with a lot of turn over too so hopefully it won’t be long before I find a position somewhere. I’ve sent out the resume, rug a few people already and general done a little of searching but mostly leaving all the footwork till monday. For no it’s time for a bit of a relax.

I am still thinking about it though. I am wondering if that was the right move. Leaving a paying position is always a gambit when you don’t have something already lined up but it’s one of those things, especially for me that I kind of have to do it in order to be more vigilant in more searches. It still something that plays on your mind though, the worry for the future, what the next job will be like and, I’m guessing with a little more time the people and children I worked with.

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Of course now I have a lot of time on my hands and a lot of plans to catch up on. I have a notebook bristling with ideas that are begging to be written down. I want to make some more youtube videos of course, not sure what just yet but there will be something. OOOO.. that dark souls playthrough haha. I have been thinking about using this time to get my blog self hosted too, that is a little scary though …. and a lot of work. Wondering if the benefit is actually there.

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Oh and now that I am unattached send all job offers through. And you developers, I’ll totally sell out as well 😉

 

Couch Podtatoes Episode 34: Crowd Funding

Me Vs. Myself and I

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It’s a bit late but late is better than never right? Due to my lack of attention, I wasn’t able to secure Doone’s participation in the show this week until the weekend, so we’re releasing episode 34 a tad late, but Doone made it and we had a great discussion about the current state of crowd funding, touching on recent stories about Massively Overpowered, Daybreak Games, and the Peter Molyneux interview on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. We discuss the ethics of crowd funding and where we see the future of the industry going, gaming journalism as well. Are you ready to enter the digital frontier, once again?

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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 34: Crowd Funding (runtime: 51:34)

What are we playing? (starts at 2:26)
Discussion: Digital Frontier (starts at 14:24)

Host Contact information:

Izlain
Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter:@mevsmyselfandi

J3w3l
Blog: Healing The Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Doone
Blog: XP Chronicles

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Death and Despair in Diablo

I still don’t know why I play Diablo 3 and yet I sent almost the entirety of my weekend going sessions levelling up a couple characters in the new Season. Hard core of course. Mostly this was my witch doctor as it is by far my favourite class. Something about the combination of kills just works for me.

For the build it was a funny combo. Completely unoptimal in terms of damage apparently but it’s what I like. I mostly rely on spirit barrage with the passives…. Which make it a rather minimal cost but decent damage. Nice long range attack too that doesn’t need line of sight. With some decent life on hit this pretty much makes me a turret, just stand in place and spam.

To support that are the plague of locusts skill with pestilence and then haunt. The provides some extra damage and control while spamming my main skill.

I’m rather impressed with the new abilities and passives that are getting added to the game with each patch too. Some really interesting ones that create  lot of new play option. For me the was the secondary on a legendary offhand that created a new undead puppy every 6 seconds. This let me take the skill to make them off my be and replace it with the skill to blow them up. And let me tell you, an endlessly supply of exploding under puppies made me giggle in the most unsettling ways.

It was a wonderful build and I was even going through master level with it quite easily. Of course this all came crashing down on me with one level to go before getting to cap.

It was the usual Dungeon and what seemed a normal elite pack that completely got put of control. An illusionist, arcane and frozen enemy. Decently dangerous group as those types of effects are very dangerous and those zerk mobs hit hard. They were steadily splitting into more and more but I was coping with it. Whittling them down with barrage and plague. And then, I have no idea what happened but I went from full health to nothing in a blink. It was all gone. Of course, being away from d3 for a bit I’d forgotten the awesome skill to save you from mortal damage so, the was it.

After 13 hours of play it there nothing left but a corpse and me starring at the ceiling with my mouth wide open. It is these moments where you could, quite serioisly break something just to get that release of emotions out. My method is a bit better.

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I lay there staring up for a while, hubby in the background asking what’s wrong, seeing the computer screen and then leaving me be. I was ready to run quote for the day and do something productive but, back on the horse and started a new witch doctor called don’tdie. Thankfully I had a couple friends online who rushed me up towards cap incredibly quickly. It took about an hour of torment 6 power levelling with them killing and me hiding away, ready with my coward sprint before I was back up to 68 again and unscathed, except for one close call.

While it’s great to be levelled so quickly like this there are a few downsides too. I have a rather mismatched batch of gear now that is far below the level I’m at. I’m missing a lot of the pieces that fill out the build too and make it work. It’s also the lack of legendary items that  make levelling the rest of the way a bit harder. My damage is so bad that I’ve even had to set the difficulty back to normal… NORMAL…I’ve never done normal and even that has resulted in a close encounter so far.

Im guessing this will be easier once I get a few extra legendary items in the bank to flesh out the next character. With a new Season I can’t draw from what I already had so am stuck creating that wealth of items once more.

Well, at least now I should be levelling after cap for the first time in season 2, gaining some more paragon levels, getting some user gear and having a wealth of shut to disenchanted if I do want to create some more for the next characters levelling. But, I think I Kent my lesson now with being a little head strong. Time to think more like a merchant during these adventures, forever caution and running at the first sign of trouble.

*pictures and actual editing to come once I get home*