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… to his ninth ICT. And we were told somehow we won best battalion again for the division.
We are still wondering how on earth we won that, and if we are the best, then we cannot imagine how bad is the worst.
That aside, I decided to write this entry because I had the weirdest dream last night in camp. The details are kinda sketchy but it involves me joining a group of friends from a previous dream sequence for a a round of drinks at some pub. And apparently I was buying that night. We were having loads of fun, and these people that are in my dream are not people I know personally. But they seem to have appeared before in a dream sequence that I didn’t blog about because I keep forgetting the details of those previous sequences.
BUT I now realised that someone in this particular sequence is in fact someone I do know in real life. And she has appeared topless twice so far in this sequence; one in the previous dream sequence and now in last night’s one.
Although she appeared topless, I must stress there was nothing sexual about it in the dream.
Which makes it all the more mind boggling.
On another note, the bill for the drinks came out to be $600.
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So my doctor just called me up all of a sudden to tell me that he saw me on telly last night.
Apparently, they did a rerun of my Incredible Tales episode last year in a brand new rehash series called “The Best Of Incredible Tales”.
He told me he didn’t know it was me at first; in fact he was drawn to the episode because he thought the lead actor was acting very well. He was intrigued and wanted to know who this actor was, and as he watched he gradually found him more and more familiar. So he purposely waited until the credits rolled and lo and behold, much to his amazement, it was yours truly!
He told me my acting was very natural and that I’m really a good actor. Needless to say, by the end of the conversation, he had me beaming to the skies.
Audience appreciation, at a time when I’m at my most jaded, couldn’t be more timely I guess. But to be honest, I don’t know if this is enough for me to stay the course.
But more on this subject another time. Right now, I just want to bask in the moment a bit.
On another note, I guess this should prove beyond a shadow of a doubt I can do non-villiany roles.
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Server is down so I thought I’ll do a little review…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Last night my dreams brought me back to a past adventure; continuing a dream sequence from a couple of months back.
At first, I thought it was a new sequence, as I did not find the people around me familiar. But of course, as usual I was supposed to have known them already in the dream. I can’t really recall what went on in the earlier part of the dream, save that we were in a Javanese themed hotel/resorty place.
It was this hotel that made me realised that I have been here before, although I couldn’t really remember what I was doing here before. It might have to do a bit with the girl I was with, I suspect. I tried going through my past archives, but I still cannot place if I’d ever journaled this adventure before.
Speaking of the girl, I’m sure I’ve not seen her before in RL. And as I really can’t remember the beginning of the dream, I still haven’t the foggiest idea why, quite suddenly, with the bunch of us somewhat in the middle of the road, she suddenly went topless. There was a slight drizzle at that time as well, and strangely enough, only my dream self made the attempt to go over to her side and tried to cover her up. Which strangely involved my hands covering her breasts.
And that somehow led to us kissing. I felt her tongue, pensive at first and then stronger and I kissed her back as well. We would have continued making out if not for the oncoming cars hooting at us.
We then made our way to a cafeteria of sorts to dry ourselves. I can’t remember much of the conversation we had there, but I know it ended with an understanding that we are starting this relationship. We then head back to the hotel room and I extended the stay to one more night. I find myself asking the concierge if I could change rooms; and that was the time I realised in the dream that I’ve been to this hotel before. But the last time I was here, it was in another wing or something.
Anyway, the concierge lead me away, I think he meant to show me what other rooms they had. But midway through, he advised me not to change rooms as they might not have available rooms elsewhere.
I started to make my way back to the hotel room, and by this time it was getting dark. Suddenly the surroundings seemed very foreign and I find myself lost. I wanted to get back to the girl asap, but I seemed to have stumbled off the wrong path.
It was at this moment that I entered into the “change outcome loop” and I find myself transported back to the lobby again. However, I’m not quite sure at which point of time in the dream I have transported myself into and that was when I woke up.
I’m really puzzled over who this girl is. I’m quite sure I have not seen her in RL before.
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