We spent most of our Saturday and Sunday watching the Trion Worlds livestream. This was done for Extra Life. If you want, you can even re-enact the event as the twitch channel has the video for you to watch or rewatch. 25 hours should get you through the evening… ;)
The team managed to get $63,000 in donations. Those donations will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Throughout the 25 hours, the CMs gave away a few things to people who donated, but also to people just watching the stream. I signed up and joined the Trion Worlds team which gave me a key for their game Defiance. Now if anybody could give me tips on how to play this game, this’d be much appreciated. I managed to die. Twice. Without even spotting my health bar. I feel like such a n00b. :(
So instead of failing over and over in Defiance, I played Rift. They had game-wide bonuses enabled. One of which was an XP boost that started with 20% and through the last hour of Extra Life, it went up to 80%. I did not get to play much during this one hour with 80%, but I played quite a bit when the bonus was at 60%. Thanks to that, I got two levels. When I started on Saturday, my warrior was level 39, now she is level 41. I’m getting so close to entering the expansion zone! Of course, considering this is my first character, everything is new and shiny anyway. It just feels a bit lonely with the big zones and hardly anybody around. The other players can usually be found in the starter zone (Rift lets you downlevel your character to be at an appropriate level for the zone) and, at least that’s what I assume, at the current max level zones. Additionally, the newest expansion isn’t too far off anymore and I would like to be closer to jumping into that zone when it comes out. The only problem I have with this, and with the upcoming patch 2.5, is that it’ll be underwater content. My phobia (dark water areas plus all the icky fish, etc. that’s in the water) has actually gotten a lot better since Guild Wars 2 released, but it’s still there and I would still very much prefer not to have any underwater mobs. But oh well, we’ll see. And even if the new zone is bad, at least we’ll get new souls for the four callings (classes).
Altogether, I snatched not only the Defiance key, but a 3 day patron pass (which comes with things like XP boosts), a mount (only 60% speed, so it’s not really useful for me, but it’s still pretty!) and a screechling pet (no complaints whatsoever about that one ^^). In return, I donated some money, because I like this cause.
Welcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting news related to Guild Wars 2 – and on occasion, other games.
You will hear a lot more from Nerdy Bookahs this month. I joined November’s NaBloPoMo. In the past few years, I had tried to do NaNoWriMo, but always failed – at least, since I’ve started blogging and playing MMOs. ;) So when I got an email from WordPress about this event, I thought it’s a perfect alternative. I can write and take care of this blog at the same time. I can play MMOs or other games and write about them. Basically, I can do what I’m doing now, only that I try to up the frequency of writing about my adventures. :) NaBloPoMo happens every month, but November is special, because NaNoWriMo takes place as well. And let’s not forget Movember! While this is not something I can participate in, I think raising awareness of cancer – and available early cancer detection – is always great!
In addition to all of those, there is also a lot of Extra Life play sessions going on this weekend. Players sign up, play for 25 hours and people can donate for them. This money will not go to the players but to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The exact location depends on which hospital the player chose.
I did sign up and joined the Trion Worlds team. I won’t be able to play for 25 hours, but I am also not putting my own “donation page” here. Instead, I rather want to direct you to the Trion Worlds Extra Life site. The team currently consists of over 1900 participants. I’m pretty sure that if you do consider donating, you will find one that you want to support. Elizabeth Tobey, for example, one of the community managers.
Either way, this won’t be a boring weekend. If you’re looking for people’s gaming streams, head over to Twitch as they have their very own Extra Life 2013 category!
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Tagged cancer awareness, charity, Defiance, donations, extra life, Guild Wars 2, NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, Rift, trion worlds
Welcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about LotRO, Guild Wars 2 and any other interesting news related to gaming. E3 has brought us quite a lot of fascinating news, so here we go:
Trailer/Teaser videos: Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium Online published a trailer which allows a tiny little glimpse into the game.
Neverwinter developed by Cryptic also shows off a trailer:
Trion Worlds, developer of Rift, is working on Defiance, an open-world shooter MMO. You can find a trailer on their website. It doesn’t show that much yet but I really love the flowers in the beginning. ;)
Last but not least: Sims Social – yes, the Sims as a Facebook game. Talking in cliches: Maybe now all those old, male MMO gamers that are still living in their mothers’ basements can actually get a date? *cough* Yes, this looks exactly like the kind of game we were missing.
Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard‘s release date was announced (September 27, 2011) plus you can already preorder it and get at least one mount and some cosmetics. There’s also a pocket item which grants your characters 25% bonus XP on killing mobs until you’re level 65. Since it’s a pocket item, you choose whether you want to use this bonus or not. If you rather want to level slowly, just don’t equip it. There was some confusion but the item will definitely work even after Isengard has launched. For more questions, have a look at this FAQ that a player composed. If you’re not sure which colour you want your armor and mount to be (if you decide to buy the heroic version), here is an overview that Rekun (Kin leader of the Shadowfax Alliance on Eldar) put up. A Casual Stroll to Mordor show pictures of a female hobbit wearing those armors.
Blur Studio doesn’t develop MMOs. But they’re responsible for several gorgeous cinematic trailers. One that a lot of you have probably seen in just recently is their trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic. They’ve also made the trailer for Warhammer Online. Unfortunately, we know that a great trailer won’t automatically make a great game. ;) So let’s hope that SW:TOR will be more successful.
Speaking of The Old Republic: Frank Gibeau, President of EAGames, is making fans jealous by claiming that he’s playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. It seems that he’s playing a slightly different version, though, with only 6 classes. ;) On the other hand, he states that the Star Wars: The Old Republic will be released this year… while at the same time saying that they “want to ship it when it’s right”. Let’s hope both of those statements fit together.