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Mortal Online?

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Downloaded a copy of mortal online yesterday, although we haven’t had a chance to play it yet.

Mortal Online is a first-person MMORPG in a fantasy setting.

Mortal Online is a next generation PC MMORPG both in terms of graphics and gameplay. There are no PvP zones, only an open realistic world where you are free to choose your own path. Experience true real-time combat where you decide every move your character makes and where your personal skill really matters.

 I played Darkfall for a while, and while it has the potential to be an awesome game, we left because it was horrifically unbalanced and the playerbase/community were mostly assholes. 

Hoping Mortal Onlne isn’t the same kinda thing.

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What we’re playing at the moment

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1. Warlock 2: The Exiled

We were pretty big into Warlock: Master of the Arcane.  Paradox have now released the second in the title: Warlock 2: The Exiled.  It’s a hex turn based strategy game where you can play the usual races: humans, elves, dwarves, undead, monsters (which is a mish-mash of goblins, wolves and other random creatures).  We’ve been co-oping it versus the computer, building our bases up, fighting other armies – it’s been pretty fun.  The game itself is basically an improvement on the original.  They’ve made some nice graphic and interface changes.  I can’t see that they’ve added in any new mechanics or done any major changes to the actual game.  I’m ok with that though – the original game was great and this one is pretty awesome too.  Why fix what isn’t broken, right?

Steam link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/205990/

Watch the comedy trailer, it’s pretty funny.

2. Dwarf Fortress (Masterwork J)

So after a few months of playing the unmodded Dwarf Fortress, this week, we moved onto start the Masterwork mod.  My pet is playing Kobolds and I’m playing a race of mighty orcs.  We also have a shared fortress of gnomes that we play around with in between.  Really enjoying playing the orcs – it’s a completely different playstyle to the dwarves.  Orcs are lazy, they like to fight, they eat shitloads of meat so it requires a lot more involvement with animals and merchants to sustain the nation.  My pet’s fort is all above-ground clay-made Kobold haven.  Kobolds seem entirely incapable of defending themselves early-game, so he’s having to think of clever ways to sustain his little nation.

3. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

I’m a massive diablo fan.  I played Diablo 2 for years, literally years of my life spent perfecting my characters and building them up to be the best that I could.  I played mostly on USWest realm, back in the day.  Europe was generally too full of non-english speakers, so it was easier to just play on a US server.  I entered and won lots of tournaments on my paladin (hammerdin) and had a really fun time doing it.

So when Diablo 3 first came out, naturally, I was massively disappointed at it.  It was cartoonish, casual, keyboard-smashing brainless and loaded with the most irritating cut-scenes known to mankind.  It was a massive flop. Sure it sold loads of copies, but nobody wanted to keep playing it, except the most extreme “fans”.  The game was virtually dead within a few months of release as people got bored and wandered off to the next game.  In between D3 and the expansion coming out, I played a lot of Path of Exile, which, btw is a great (and free) game.  I enjoyed Path of Exile, but it was a massive grindfest, like – once you got your char to a decent level, it was a massive pain in the arse to respec – you could respec, it just took a load of resources and time.  That’s one thing I liked about Diablo 3 – you could respe any time you wanted, and at no cost.  Want to try out a different build for a bit ? No problem at all. 

So I bit the bullet and bought the expansion, to see if it had indeed, made the game any better.  I’d say that they have fixed some of the more irritating things – they made the cut scenes optional, the new zone that they’ve created for the expansion has a cool “atmosphere” which, for me, is something cartoony diablo 3 failed miserably at on launch.  They’ve introduced some reasons to keep you playing it too, lots of different ways to grind gear.  They’ve removed the auction house, which in itself, was the most retarded idea a game developer has ever had – I mean, why the fuck would you put an auction house into an ARPG?  Community interaction in those games is all about trading and duelling.  Remove that from the game, and you’re left with no community. 

Interestingly, there is no trading at the moment at all.  You can trade with people in your game with limited drops, i.e. if something drops while you’re playing with someone, you have a few hours whereby you can trade that item with them, otherwise – zero trading.  I kinda like it, but at the same time, opening trading to allow the community to grow a bit more would be better.  Oh and there is no pvp at the moment in Diablo 3.  They have some kind of retarded duelling system but that isn’t really what diablo is about.  I think the developers are worried about the classes not being “balanced” but they were never balanced in Diablo 2, that’s what made it fun – people coming up with more and more interesting builds for their class to make it viable… like, the community can sort out the balance, it doesn’t have to be tweaked to boring by devs.  Let us PK!!!

Always appreciate game suggestions.  If you have any, let me know 🙂

PC Game of the Year 2013 Winner

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Path of Exile!!

PC Game of the Year 2013 Winner

Cold Autumn Weekend

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Temperatures dropped to below zero this weekend.  This meant we had the fire on pretty much non-stop all weekend, which was nice.  I love having a cosy open fire.

We played Path of Exile most of the weekend.  It was really fun – got our main characters up to level 61 and we’re on the last act in the final difficulty mode, which means engame is coming up soon.  This will of course involve more farming and grinding, but the gameplay is fun and the progression is interesting, so it’s holding my attention pretty well.  We had several gaming breaks over the weekend.  

I fancied one such break on Saturday and decided upon a snuggle next to the fire.  I laid some duvets out and blankets and got him to bring up some pillows for extra comfort.  We lay there for a while, holding each other, in front of the fire, listening to it crackle and feeling the heat on our backs.  It was peaceful, serene.  I thought to myself “more couples should do stuff like this”.  Just to take an hour out of our day and spend some time together, in each other’s presence and company.  

We chatted for a little bit and my hand eventually wandered downwards to gauge his reaction to possible playtime.  He responded well, smiling at me and moaning quietly when my hand brushed his cock.  I produced some massage oil and sat upwards, having him lie on his back in front of the fire.  Oil is something you have to be particularly careful with being so close to the fire, I put the fire guard up, just to be sure nothing would spit out at him or cause him any distress.  I brought him ever so slowly to orgasm with long powerful strokes, lots of oil and lots of attention.  I felt like he was on edge a little bit and later learned that he was having some pain in his eye – a burst blood vessel or something, that could have been the cause of it.  He enjoyed the orgasm anyhow and I cleaned him up and held him for a little while.  Later on, we had a little smoke and he repayed the favour, artfully bringing me to orgasm from nothing.  I was surprised at how fast I came with very little thought, although, I guess my actions earlier, watching his reactions to my teasing was still very fresh in my mind.

Sunday was lazy – sausages for breakfast, a nice Sunday roast dinner and lots of gaming.  He had suggested the previous evening that today might be a “green day” (a day in which, I can paint him with green body paint all over and have my wicked way with him – weird fetish of mine), but the temperature and our energy levels were both substantially lower.  I’d much rather it on a day where we both felt energetic and well, warm.  Instead, we got really stoned, had a shower later that evening and I sent him to sleep after some nice oral, hand and vibratory stimulation.  I think the shower desensitised him a little bit, I still think he enjoyed it, but perhaps not as much as he normally would have done.  It seemed to take a lot of “effort” for him to cum.  He said that it’s nothing I’ve done wrong, but I felt the need to go off and read up on lots of technique articles today.  Not just to brush up, but to learn what other people do.  

I think it’s important that we pull our resources as much as possible on topics such as sex.  Sex is one of those things that can either make you really really happy or really really miserable.  It’s also one of those things that I think, in our society, is incredibly overlooked as a way to attaining happiness.  Everything seems to revolve around ideals of people getting married, having babies and buying as much crap as possible before they die when, in reality, that shit doesn’t necessarily make you happy.   If more people were open about sex and what they do and don’t like – pegging for example.  If you suggested “pegging” to most straight men they’d be like…. What? that’s gay.  In reality, a lot of pleasure can be gained from it.  A lot of people hide who they really are and what they really like because of how society has shaped them into thinking how they “should” act.  What’s so wrong with just being yourself?

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I am a gamer

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I am a gamer.