I’ve started playing DOTA 2. A long time ago, m’colleague @Kesomir sent me a DOTA2 beta invite, and I’m ashamed to say I ignored it… Steam really didn’t say very much about it, there was no “buzz” I was party to, and at the time I didn’t have time or money to spend on something new (HA! It was and still is F2P… Shows how stupid I can be, huh?)
Now I have started playing it, I have to say I’m absolutely loving it, but as @PurgeGamers points out in his excellent “Learn DotA” guide for n00bs – [ Welcome to DotA, You Suck ], the learning curve for DotA2 is pretty steep (*cough*Everest!!!*cough*). The devs have thought of this and you can make bot games, where you worry about you, and the computer controls pretty-much everyone else (unless you open the game up to friends)… only there’s a problem. If your hero goes too far into a lane that a bot is in before the fight starts, the bot will leave the lane for you to solo. This would be great if you wanted to learn carry (you need farm/cs as a carry: solo is best way to get that), but I want to learn support (esp. lane support): I should be leeching XP and gold from the carry kills and helping to deny enemy cs. This basically forces a tri-lane (which newbs should avoid – totally agree with @PurgeGamers on this score) and leaves one lane totally unmanned, and that’s bad for two reasons – the uncontested lane gives one enemy hero completely free farm, and the tri-lane suffers from reduced farm for the two carries (see, I’m picking up the lingo pretty good, and I am getting better at spotting heros and items…)
I know full well I suck at last hitting (which is the biggest reason I want to support), and I’m terrible for giving farm at the moment (hero placement is a big issue for me), so I need to be playing more, but this AI shortcoming is making that difficult. The only solution to this that I can see is to have private bot+friend matches, then I can lane support with someone that won’t run away when I join lane to support. I know I’ll be sucking, but in the company of people who’ll tell me once and be done with it. Anyone want to volunteer?
UPDATE: Well now, I’ve found a workaround to the bots abandoning lane problem. On the off-chance it helped, I stayed in the spawn until the game had actually started and the creeps were heading to the river before I made my way to mid where Razor had stationed himself. By the time I got to the river tower, Razor was farming CS and didn’t pay all that much attention to me (supporting from the tower), and it stayed that way until well into the game. So there we are, don’t be in too much of a hurry pre-game and the bots will behave “naturally”.
Plenty of stuff happening, but none of it gaming related… I’m officially “off grid” and it’s going to stay that way for another month (at a guess).
I bought a flat with a friend of mine, and other than the three months of actually arranging the purchase, we’ve had a month of hell moving from a rented 2.5 bed house (with attic space) to a 2 bed apartment. Downsizing FTW!- we hired the largest skip we could get as a residential customer (16 yards; that’s big) and filled it in a couple of days, plus four trips to a local charity shop (Croydon Animal Samaritans – love ‘em to bits) with so much stuff it’s not funny, then finally had a couple of trips to our local recycling centre with the remaining bits and bobs.
Only problem we have now is that it took us two weeks (and then an hour on the phone) to get BT to acknowledge our flat exists (when flats on the second floor and above of our phase of the development have existed since before we moved in… nice joined up thinking there BT! Ya didn’t think people would want to live below the second floor???). We’re scheduled for a telephone line install on the 15th May (AM, we’ll see…) and then, and only then, can we talk to them about broadband! I’m desperately hoping that the “you can have BT Infinity!” email I received a couple of days ago is correct and we can get BT’s fast fibre offering; their website also says we can, but it also says because I’ve got an outstanding order I can’t make changes… Again with the joined up thinking BT!
Still, we’re just about sorted as far as “communal space” in the apartment goes, which is nice. And in a perfect example of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, the battery on my UPS decided it would die last night (only the second time I’ve turned my rig on since moving mid-April); mere days after we don’t have a hire vehicle so I can get it to the local recycling centre easily… Oy!
Found out over the weekend that Eloraam has gotten RP to a state that she considers beta (and that in little more than a couple of weeks). You have my utmost respect Elo.
What does this mean for my gaming life? Well, not a whole heap of a lot right now. There’s still no FTB Mod Pack, so still no change on my server. However, it does mean we’re that little bit closer to those two. More news as and when I get it.
So, still no FTB modpack yet; they’re waiting on RP2 right now, but if you follow any of the folks over on the ForgeCraft server (PahiCraft as was) you’ll know that Eloraam does have a build running in 1.3.2 now. Very early alpha at this stage, but I see this as being *very* positive. There’s currently no Equivalent Exchange for 1.3.2 either, but as previously mentioned, I don’t see that as a bad thing… EE2 was OP to the point of being ridiculous, and since EE3 doesn’t use worldgen adding it in later won’t be a hardship for them.
Right now, I’m getting set up for streaming (http://twitch.tv/pantsmanuk), but until my lovely ISP doubles my bandwidth it’s an exercise in futility; too many dropped frames. Having said that, it’s good to test things, I’m close to having a usable stream (even with my current bandwidth), and I’m enjoying my infrequent streams… I’m mostly playing with ComputerCraft currently, but I also enjoy the odd KSP launch. I don’t announce my stream tests currently, but if you see me on, drop by.
“Long live the king!”, as the saying goes. It’s been a long old while since I posted anything, and longer still for Minecraft, so let’s try to redress that, shall we?
Season 4 as had been described previously is over. I won’t drag over the bones, but I just stopped enjoying it a fair old while ago (hence the Vechs map and FTB video series). EE2 is massively OP (I know it, you know it, Pahimar knows it… that’s why he’s hard at work on EE3), and that’s an end to it. We mourn your passing, season 4…
(New) Season 4 will be along just as soon as the FTB team release their lovely new modpack; I really enjoyed playing with all the mods again in FTB, and their new modpack will give me everything I had in seasons 2&3 (and while doing FTB), and a whole lot more besides, and I honestly believe it’ll make for a great season/series (esp. if I can get it running on my server).
Management Summary: If you have a PC, XBox 360 or PS3, and like third-person shooters that benefit from a little thought, you *need* to get Sniper Elite V2.
I bought it on day of release (for PC, expecting next day delivery from Amazon, it arrived three days later… *sigh*) and I’ve been enjoying every second of it that I’ve had a chance to play so far – I’m only on the second mission, but I’m replaying each mission exhaustively to find all the bonus lewts (bottles of wine and gold ingots); trying to figure out ways to get up-close and personal for the hands-on kill, trying to figure angles to take out isolated soldiers, getting into stupid ranged fire-fights with opposing snipers, and most difficult of all for me, getting a hang of the ballistics at Sniper Elite difficulty.
I enjoyed Sniper Elite well enough, but not to the same visceral extent I’m enjoying this… The immersion is the best I’ve enjoyed in a third-person shooter, beating Splinter Cell (a *very* hard thing to do in my book). No videos, I don’t have spare disk-space to transcode 1080p footage to 720p for YT right now.
Upgraded my SMP server to 1.2.5 (new EE and the rest) and it’s not starting, yet it ran perfectly locally… So annoying!
Yahoo! a second upload and a couple of restarts and everything is coming up roses.
So, while I wait for EE2 1.2.5 SMP support (I’m certain Pahimar has it in hand…), I’ve changed my mind about going SSP for Season 4, and instead I’m going to have a go at my first ever Super Hostile CTM LP.
I’ve already downloaded Vechs’ new Lethamyr SH CTM map (version A, haven’t seen any of my usual LP YT subs doing it yet, so figure that’ll give me a chance) and I’ll give it a go tonight in an attempt to tide my own channel subs over until there’s something good and EE2 to give you all.
I’m going to do my darnedest to complete the map “legit” (although I don’t expect to finish it in a single sitting), and will make 15 minute episode(s) out of whatever footage I have when I die (come on, you and I both know that’s what is going to happen…). Expect to see the Sphax texture pack in full effect, but otherwise I have no other mods installed for this.
I am watching The Misfits taking on version D (or C, can’t remember now) but they haven’t really gotten so far as to spoil my own play, which can’t start until I get home from work at 17:00 GMT. Hopefully I can get Episode 1 of a few out before tommorrow.
It’s all starting to come together for the server upgrade to MC v1.2.5. Last night/early this morning Chicken Bones updated NEI for v1.2.5 (and dropped the requirement for MLMP at the same time), so I’m only waiting on EE2 SMP support for v1.2.5 and the server can be updated.
I’m giving consideration to going SSP while I wait for EE2 SMP for v1.2.5, given I’m the only player on the server at present. Pahimar has already done an SSP-only release with v1.2.5 compatibility. I believe I’m right in saying he’s looking to drop MLMP as a requirement on SMP and that is what is taking the time; Forge/FML being different to MLMP.
Not sure if you’ve been told this, but at the end of last year I bought myself most of the bits to build myself a new gaming computer (Core i7 2600K, Gigabyte mobo, EVGA 570 GTX – it’s what I do all my PMUK Plays videos on) and that the long-term plan was to water cool it with a pair of loops; one for CPU and RAM, and the second for mobo and GPU (best heat distribution I could come up with in my head – CPU and GPU being the hottest parts). I currently run it air cooled because speccing up two separate water cooling loops isn’t cheap.
Well, this coming 4-day weekend, I’ll get properly started on the water cooling. I’ve got the blocks for the CPU and GPU, along with the radiators and the proper RAM (16GB of Corsair Dominator, yum). I’m just looking to get the interconnection lengths right and ensure the pumps/reservoirs all work without leaking as a first step, and once I get the RAM and mobo blocks, I’ll add them into the loops and test again before installing in my case.