geoffhanna

Geoff (aka Gamer Geoff) is the host of DDOGamer, a former co-host (and still occasional guest) on DDOCast (http://www.ddocast.com), an obsessive DDO player, and a life-long partaker of gaming in general, in all of its many forms.

Jun 292017
 


Update 36 is locked and loaded right now on the Lamannia preview server. Meaning the release notes are out too. I don’t have time to wander on Lamannia, and I never preview new content anyway. But I had time to read the release notes … and … wow.

I mean WOW!!! With a capital WOW and several exclamation points!!!!

This is a big, big update. The biggest I can remember since way back in the day when they were called “Modules”. The biggest in years that is not an expansion pack.

That big.

And it’s not all system work either. There is plenty, in fact the Artificer seems to have gotten a complete redo, but even so it seems that most of the release is content and bug fixes.

Yes, I said content. Five quests. Five!

“Third Time’s a Charm”, “Graveyard Shift”, “Records of the Past”, “Strike Back”, and “Desire in the Dark”.

I have no idea if any of them are any good, but still, five quests! When was the last time we got five quests at once?

But I digress. See for yourself:


Let’s Do The Math: Update 36 Changes

New Quests: 5
Bug fixes: 77
System changes/additions/enhancements: 60
Typo corrections: 37

Plus “Numerous minor typos corrected” that apparently didn’t get called out individually in the release notes.


I can’t decide which is more impressive. Five new quests? Or 77 bug fixes? Some of which have been vexing us for a long, long time. 77!

In the past, I’ve not been shy about calling out updates that were too content-light, or too small, or too broken. It seems only fair to point out that this release is not like that, not at all.

This one is huuuuge.

What an encouraging sign! The pace of release is improving! There is nothing this game needs more than new content and bug fixes. And here they come, by the bushel.

Five quests! 77 bug fixes!

So exciting!

Yay!

🙂 😀 🙂

May 112017
 

Sometimes when I am thinking about things they start to coalesce into words and I know they are going to become a blog post. Except this time I was not so sure – I feel like I am just sharing my joy, because it is quite joyful, or at least it fills me with joy. Your results may vary.

But it quickly occurred to me that this might be more bragging than sharing. That was certainly not my intent, but I am unsure, you’re going to have to tell me yourself. But first you’ll need the background.

Living in The Middle of Nowhere, North Carolina, had many advantages but even more disadvantages and one of the most glaring disadvantages was the lack of ability to go to concerts. This might seem like a very minor disadvantage, how often you really go to concerts? Except in my case I love music, especially live music.
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May 022017
 

Sometime last week I started idly remembering jobs I’d had and how unusual some of them seemed, at least in retrospect. And even more, how many of them there were. Once I realized I was counting, I got to twenty almost immediately, estimating I could probably get to 50 if I put my mind to it.

I assumed I’d have to be pretty specific, itemizing assignments I’d had while doing staff work. But no, I didn’t. I got to 50 – in fact I got over 50 – without having to itemize anything. At all.

More than 50 distinct jobs for more than 50 distinct companies/bosses/locations.

Is this unusual? Does everyone have a rap sheet like this?

I doubt it. I look at my brother, he’s had one job for almost his entire adult career. Three different companies have paid him but it was all for the same job; his company was bought by IBM and later traded to AT&T. So … one job, in one place, for three companies, in 30 years.

And then there’s me. And my list. My long, very long, painfully detailed list. Did I mention how long it is?
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Apr 062017
 

It’s day four of our cross-continental journey and we’re on the home stretch; we can feel it. There is a pressure now that was not present before. No one wants to stop at rest areas. No one needs to stretch for a few minutes. It is all go go go, let’s get this thing wrapped up once and for all.

Fortunately, the path we are on today is conducive to this sort of urgency, as today we traverse Kansas. No turning, no change of highway, none of that, just one straight dash across the Great Plains to our destination.


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Apr 052017
 

Day three was the first day in more than 13 years where I was no longer a resident of the South.

This is more significant than simply no longer living in North Carolina. The South is bigger and more meaningful. And, from my point of view, worse. Much worse.

I am not a fan of the South. I realize that many are, maybe even some who might read this column. I apologize in advance for the offenses I am about to cause. Because the South is different, in ways that you can’t really fathom until you’ve lived there, and because most of those differences are bad.
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