10 games from my gaming history I would recommend to someone else.

In no particular order:

Super Mario 3

Motorstorm: Apocalypse

Twisted Metal 2



Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

PixelJunk Shooter 2

Burnout Paradise


Quake 2

Favorite weapon

As I noted previously, a couple of friends are doing ’30 more days of video games.’ Occasionally, I’ll pick a topic and post about it. It didn’t take me long to come up with an answer for this. My favorite weapon is any kind of long range devastation weapon, like a guided missile or a remote bomb. My favorite and the most challenging version of this was from Twisted Metal 2. The Shadow car had a special weapon that glided along the ground in a straight line. You had to detonate by pressing the fire button again. The great part was it would go through some walls, so you could really catch someone off guard if you did it right. It was one of the more satisfying attacks in the game. The runner-up is the not-so-devastating mortar weapon in Worms World Party. I really pissed some friends off with that weapon. They nicknamed me the mortar sniper. So, if you ever meet me in a game where such a thing is allowed, duck and cover. 😉

Happy Frostfell!

With the Christmas season, comes the oldest holiday event in Everquest 2, Frostfell. This old favorite features its own zone as a hub for most of the activities. It’s a frozen bay with many islands. Scattered around the place are presents to harvest for crafting goods as well as snowballs and fruitcake to toss at each other. Questing includes various encounters with Mr. McScroogle and it wouldn’t be complete without an attempt to get him to see the error of his ways.

Of course, my favorite part is all the ice / Christmas themed furniture made available each year. Unfortunately, the items can only be made or purchased during the event. Due to the real holiday activity and birthday celebrating, I only get enough time to collect components and a few items here and there. Thankfully, this year’s event was delayed a week and pushed a little further into January, so I might get to plan and execute something interesting.

Below is a picture of the tavern room in my guild hall. My favorite part of this is how easy it is to just pick a layout file and load it up. Someday, I might get some other holidays incorporated into the space.

Favorite quest

A couple of my friends are doing 30 more days of video games. As much as I would love to follow along, this is another month where it’s a bit of a challenge to fit in all 30. Despite that, I’ll try to respond to a post or two with a full posting of my own.

Day 40 (December 10th) was Favorite quest. It didn’t take long for me to pick one out, as I’ve done this one 9 times and it never ceases to amuse me.

EverQuest II has a lot of great quests and stories to tell. My favorite is the level 50 tradeskill mission. You’re sent out to The Sinking Sands (Desert of Ro) to help one of the contacts for your local trading organization. You get to her and she’s not feeling well. You start off making a tent, so she can get some shade. She’s still not feeling much better, so you’re sent off to one of the local desert merchants to find a book of remedies. You pick up Bert’s Book of Health from a shady merchant. What follows is a comedic set of attempts to come up with a proper remedy for what ails her after your previous attempt to help.

She eventually has a look at the book you picked up and chastises you for not realizing Bert refers to Bertoxxulous, god of disease. You’re sent off with the lesson: “An artisan is only as good as the knowledge he invests into his craft. All the recipes in the world won’t make you a master of your trade if you don’t know and understand what you are making.” You then return to your tradeskill coordinator with an edited version of the story and claim your rewards. ^_^

She still hasn't forgiven me.

She still hasn’t forgiven me.