Friday, July 25, 2014

How to Succeed in the DDO AH (Without Really Trying)

Three words:  Don't Be Greedy.

It is pretty much that simple.  I would also suggest you remember who you're selling to; that is, if you're trying to sell lowbie stuff, then sell it at lowbie prices.

It is actually relatively easy to acquire plat in DDO.  You can, of course, just sell all the "vendor trash" to vendors at approx. 1/10 the Base Value (BV) price (assuming little to no haggle skills).  This has the advantage of being able to "buy back" items (for a limited time), if you made a mistake in selling them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Clarification and Apology

I considered not actually posting my last post.  As I was re-reading it prior to publishing, I thought that it was possible that it could be taken the wrong way.  Turns out, I was right.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What, Exactly, Did You Expect?

I am not the greatest gamer in the world.  Never claimed to be and frankly, I don't need to be.  PvP?  Fageddaboudit.  I have always preferred PvE; mainly because I know that I am not the greatest player and usually end up "dead" quite quickly (there are exceptions, of course, like when I used to play Delta Force 2 online and played sniper with the Barrett Light 50-cal rifle...).  However, I would like to think that I am at least competent, once I get the basic controls down.

Friday, July 11, 2014

SOG (Save Our Games)

I have been rummaging through my collection of old PC games over the past several months (or so).  I have quite a few; some that I've NEVER even installed, let alone played.  Ever.  But what if I want to?  You cannot (unfortunately) simply slap-in an old "Pre-Windows 2000" game and install it on a modern operating system (OS).  Go ahead - try.  Some "might" install, but most will not because you're version of Windows* is something completely different than what the game is expecting.  Oh sure, there are some work-a-rounds that might actually let you install some of the games, but then try and run them.  Not only are newer OSs an issue, but so are newer video cards and drivers.  Even though your latest and greatest video card is miles higher than the minimum requirements of the game, more often than not, it pukes.  Or at the very least, the game looks worse than it did running on your old PC.  Some of the older driver technology is simply no longer supported and few (if any) video card manufacturers bother to provide backwards compatible drivers for their newer hardware (which is a shame, really).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Less Than One Year

Did you know that there are (currently) three, officially licensed, D&D multi-player online games?  All of them free-to-play.  The first, oldest, and best (IMO) is DDO.  The second is Neverwinter (NWO), and the third is one made as a phone app - Arena of War (AoW).

DDO is based on the 3.5 Edition rule set, NWO on the 4th Edition rule set, and AoW on...well, I have no idea.  Being a phone app they took D&D to a completely different style of play.  Basically, you selected one of several pre-made characters, tweaked the looks (albeit on a very limited basis), and then jump right in to fighting classic D&D monsters in, well, as you might have guessed, an "arena".