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Archive for May, 2008

Overheard In Hyboria

Posted by Ruok On May - 29 - 2008

“Its not how fast it gets erected, its how long it stays erected” -Yuie, Aquilonian Ranger

We were actually discussing about our Guild Keep, but realise its truism lies elsewhere as well. 😉

By Crom! This Game IS Da Bomb!

Posted by Ruok On May - 27 - 2008

Server is down so I thought I’ll do a little review…

First Impressions
Been playing the game since before launch and I have to say this is one of the best MMORPG launches so far. The gameplay, graphics and even sound have been very smooth and even with 30fps, you feel as though you are playing at twice that frame rate. Its that smooth and you don’t really need a state of the art system to play this. I can safely say if your machine is 2 years old, you should still do fine, assuming two years ago your system is top notch.

Ruok_picture016 “How you doin?”

The first twenty levels, on hindsight, its kinda like a tutorial. They let you learn how to play the game, immerse you in the gameworld, and then tell you to go forth and seek your destiny.

One great aspect of the game is the voice acting; almost every NPC you meet that gives you a quest will speak to you quite audibly. This is the one feature that really makes you feel immersed into the game, as the voice acting is very good. Heck, they even have a bit of acting on the NPCs itself. Unfortunately, the voice acting is confined to destiny quests after you leave Tortage, which made me felt a bit cheated. But better some voice acting than none at all.

Ruok_picture003 “How you doin?”

Combat wise, there’s a bit of strategy involved. And the best part of doing combat well is seeing your moves do Mortal Kombat like fatalities. Some which I’ve seen so far are decapitations, hewing a body in two and sticking a weapon in a body before yanking it out again. This is the fun part of the combat, its so fun it almost takes the pain of dying away. Check out the screenshot below. The blood even splatters onto your screen.

Ruok_picture007 Headless in Hyboria

Ruok_picture011 Hack! Slash!! Kill!!!

After the first twenty levels and you leave Tortage, one gets the feel that this is where the MMO starts proper. And depending on your race, your starting town will either be in Aquilonia, Cimmeria or Stygia. Levelling becomes more or less the same grind as compared with other mmorpgs, and you really really miss the immersing factor of voice acting.

But having said that, the fatalities help to take the grind away, as well as the beautifully crafted scenery of the game world. At this point of time, you can either continue to do quests or start your crafting career.

I decide to leave crafting till later. Why? Cuz I’m a damn barbarian and there are heads needing to be bashed, goddamit, just like the ones below.


Right now, my only gripe is the UI, which really needs more polishing. But its not unbearable, and I’m sure they’ll improve it soon enough.

If you are playing, look me up and we’ll bash a few heads together, by Crom! I’m on the Thog server, character name’s Ruok. 😉

Next up, details on the really big guild I’m in and the collector’s edition.

The Soul Is Willing

Posted by Ruok On May - 24 - 2008

And the Body is, thankfully, not weak this time round.

Wed : Mambo. Soccer Match. Woke up and went to do work at 11.
Thurs : Wala Wala. Woke up and went to work at 10.
Fri. : Drank and partied the night away till 4am.

And this is not counting all the sleep I’ve lost in Hyboria over the long weekend.

By Crom! I’ve finally weeded out my Hyborian addiction. 😀

We Are The Champions!

Posted by Ruok On May - 22 - 2008


Why Guys Shouldn’t Play Female Avatars

Posted by Ruok On May - 20 - 2008

Especially in Age Of Conan : Hyborian Adventure.

chong says:
the drunkard at cornach made me sleep with him so i can complete quest
Ruok says:
u slept with a guy?!!!!!
chong says:
yeah man
Ruok says:
chong says:
chong says:
i feel dirty
chong says:
my ranger is female…..

More details on the game later. All I have to say is that this is a life sucking game; it’s way too addictive man. Play at your own risk. 😉

Born To Be Wild

Posted by Ruok On May - 11 - 2008

My mum just dug out a whole slew of old photographs, and in it were my ultra rare photos of my younger self.

Most of the photos displayed an angry scowling young boy not willing to have his photo taken. This one though was the only one that I actually smiled a little.

Born To Be Wild

Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky

Posted by Ruok On May - 4 - 2008