Archive for May, 2002

Hardfought LAN party, Shoutcast, more level 50’s

By K2 on May 24th, 2002 at 5:36 pm EST

Hello folks. Got some new stuff for ya right before Memorial Day weekend to mull over…

Look’s like after Geat got level 50 a couple others in our guild decided he was lonely up at the top and figured he needed some company. So congratulate Maestrok and Gromann on successfully reaching level 50!! That makes three in our guild that have obtained the proverbial brass ring. I guess next up is me… heh. I’ll be sure to post about that in the next couple months or so… ;-)

Some more big news to discuss – the second Hardfought LAN party is 100% a GO for the weekend of July 19th through the 21st. It will be held at The Gaming Center in Irving, TX, and there’s a one-time fee of thirty bucks to participate. The facility we are using is letting us stay 24/7 if we so choose, and we’ll also have internet access for those of us that will need to get our DAoC fix ;-) We’ll also be playing CounterStrike and whatever other games we choose to play. There is a sign-up form to fill out if you plan to attend, the new link for it is on the left, entitled ‘LAN registration’ – PLEASE fill this out if you plan to attend, and please use the PayPal link to pay ahead of time also. You can wait to pay when you arrive, but please understand that we’ll have to give The Gaming Center this cash up front and it’d be nice to know we had most of it already in-pocket from everybody before we show up. Oh yeah… even tho this is touted as the second Hardfought LAN, we’re not excluding anybody from it. If you’re a friend of any of the Hardfought crew, either from playing DAoC or CS or whatever, you’re more than welcome to attend. We’ll be doing more than just playing games I might add :-P You can BYOB as well as BYOC if ya catch my drift. Feel free to contact me if ya have any questions about the LAN, and we hope to see ya there.

Something new I am going to attempt next week after our three-day weekend – Shout casting. Otherwise known as internet radio. I plan on hosting my first live shoutcast show at 9:30pm CST this coming Wednesday on the 29th. I got some CD’s ripped (hope ya like 80’s rock :-P ) and am working on some stuff to cuss and discuss. I’ll be fielding questions, requests and comments in the #guinevere channel on Stratics IRC network so if you can peel yourself away from DAoC for about an hour, feel free to listen in. With my current bandwidth limitations I can only host about twenty-eight listeners or so. Maybe if this thing kicks off I can move the broadcast onto something that can support more listeners? We’ll see. Be sure to tune in if ya can. Maybe I’ll fuck up enough times it’ll be worth a good laugh ;-)

Couple other lil geek-tech type things I’ve done around the site over the past couple days… I’ve put up some MRTG scripts to monitor network, memory and CPU usage on my new SDSL router. That may come in handy someday if I have to give swbell a call (God forbid) about a trouble ticket. I also brought back the trace route utility… allows you to cause the web-server here to run a complete trace route from here to whatever computer you’re at. May wanna use it if you’re getting some lag over a shoutcast session or what not and wanna see where the problem lies. Oh by the way – I have been messing around with the Aurora Toolset (beta) from Bioware for their new and upcoming game Neverwinter Nights… hot damn! This game is going to be *nice* there’s soooo much you can do and design… heh. I got a server for it already prepped! :-P More on that later…

I got a dragon raid to get ready for… see ya online gang.

K2

Bunch o’ News Tuesday

By K2 on May 14th, 2002 at 10:28 am EST

Covering a LOT of stuff today gang… better grab a drink or something and get settled in before ya start ;-)

First off, we have a couple more additions to the guild *again*… heh. I’d like to officially welcome Aermula, Lotha, Zvin and Jizosh to the guild. Congrats fellas!! :-P Be sure to give these guys the proper ribbing they deserve when ya see them next… they somehow escaped Geat’s hazing procedure so we’ll have to make up for that ;-)

And speaking of Geat… I had the distinct pleasure of being grouped with Geat when he finally reached 50th level!! YES that’s right, Geat has reached 50… way to go!! He also holds the distinction of being Hardfought guilds very first ‘elder’ as it were. We’re all very proud of his accomplishment, for the path to reach 50 is not an easy one. We’re proud of ya big guy… *sniff*. Now go power-level my shaman alt, dammit! :-P

OK… a couple things transpired last night that I’d like to share with you… and I have pictures to go along with as well ;-) Yesterday a thread was started on the IGN msgboards here – http://vnboards.ign.com/message.asp?topic=29543300&replies=163 – some opinions were voiced, some flames insued… one thing lead to another and lo and behold I find myself challenging Orolandes O’Roarke to a duel. Turns out this guy is ALSO a 47th level armsman ;-) Why am I always starting trouble with armsmen? Anyways… we agreed on a place and a time, and also agreed to show up unescorted without any buffs whatsoever. We also relogged in each others presence to verify that fact. About an even fight as you can get :-) How did it turn out? Well it looks like my current armsman record is 2-0 now :-P Here are the screenshots…

And there ya have it. I actually messed up going back from my two-handed axe to my one-hander/shield… hit the wrong key and tried to engage him without a shield… rofl. I HATE it when that happens! Anyways, Orolandes put up a decent fight, so kudos to him for having the balls to tangle with a high-con, hell-bent Dwarf Warrior ;-) A second thread about the subject can be found here – http://vnboards.ign.com/message.asp?topic=29588983&replies=19

Now after that was all said and done, I was invited to come along on a Midgard ‘Legion’ raid. What’s that you might ask? Legion is the biggest, toughest bad-ass in all of Darkness Falls, a cross-realm dungeon filled with devils, demons and all sorts of undead creatures. It literally takes several groups of high-level players to take this thing down. The dangers and perils are many, but the rewards afterwards are certainly worth the risk. This was the second Legion raid I’ve been on, both of which were lead by Voleg Synge… Voleg did a fine job of running things both times. I was so excited the first time I didn’t get any screenshots, but this time around I did. Let’s take a look…

Pretty scary eh? It took us awhile to get this thing killed, not to mention all the other high-level monster spawns occurring all over the place. Great leadership and teamwork prevailed however. There was a lot of high-level loot to distribute afterwards as well… a lot of people walked away with some very nice items. I plan on being at the next Legion raid for sure… now we just need to go after the Midgard Dragon ;-)

One last bit of official news… EML (a.k.a. EatMoreLead) is heading up another Hardfought LAN party. We already have the place picked out and the date set. Please mark the weekend of July 19th-21st on your calendar if you want to attend. We’re hiring out the services of a gaming center located in Irving, TX. They have all of the network, internet and hardware resources we’ll need to do this properly. They can even rent out computers to those who can’t/wont bring their own. There’s a lot more details to cover about our gathering, plus I need to try and code a sign-up form for it. Expect to see more on that later, and soon.

New voting poll is up FINALLY as well as a new ‘Picture of the Day’ so be sure to check those out. Also, my DSL line was NOT upgraded last Friday as planned, instead it will be up this coming Friday instead… damn swbell to hell! So expect some downtime for the site this coming Friday. Have a good one folks, see ya when I see ya.

K2

DAoC patch day, site IP changing

By K2 on May 8th, 2002 at 4:56 pm EST

Doing a quick blurb today gang, I got a lot on the proverbial plate today.

The Guinevere Who’s Who page quite literally is a huge success… you all totally destroyed my upload bandwidth for the first day and a half :-) There’s over 120 pictures up already and I got about seven or eight more in my inbox still that I need to put up. If ya play on Guinevere and haven’t put your pic up yet and wanna be seen, then dammit send ’em my way! :-P The email addy is pictures@hardfought.org in case ya forgot. And thank you to everyone who’s sent me compliments about the site here thru email, in-game or via IRC. It’s greatly appreciated – /bow.

Mythic released a huge patch this morning (1.50)… adding, patching and and fixing quite a few things with the game. But alas, true to Mythic’s style, we’ve been treated to a few ‘oh shit, how’d that bug get in there!?’ notices with the servers having to be taken down a couple times today to get the kinks worked out. I’m still trying to get the patch downloaded on one machine :-) Now I gotta sit down and figure out which realm abilities to get…

Also – Qiand is heading up a Hardfought recruitment day in Huginfel starting May 20th at 5pm CST and will probably last til 8-9pm CST or so. So if you’re interested in joining the guild, mark down that date/time and pay us a visit.

NOTICE – I am getting SDSL tomorrow sometime, and this will greatly improve the quantity and quality of the upload bandwidth I have available for the websites I am hosting. This ALSO means that the site will be unreachable for a few hours. It will still be up of course, but it’ll take time for www.hardfought.org to reflect the new IP address I’ll be given. If I had it, I’d share it now… but swbell’s first line of defense for tech support isn’t really that good today it seems :-/ Anyways, you’ve been properly warned, so don’t be surprised if ya can’t access the webpage for a lil while starting tomorrow.

That’s about all I got today folks. Gonna go back to finishing up the new system I am building… muhahah ;-) See ya later…

K2

Is it May already?

By K2 on May 1st, 2002 at 11:38 am EST

Hell yeah it is… this year has gone by super-fast so far. It’ll be Christmas time again before ya know it ;-)

A lot of been going on the past few weeks. The Hardfought DAoC guild has made quite a few strides in many areas, as a group and for each individual. First off lemme officially welcome our newest members to the fold. We now have Emoswa, Dairius, Thranal and Eriehan as part of our lil dysfunctional family :-P Welcome aboard fellas!! Next time you see these guys online please give ’em a big round of applause… the screening process to get in was a difficult one, with the last phase being locked inside Svasud Faste with Geat for 12 hours, who hadn’t had any action for two months except for some questionable relations with a rabid spectral hog.

Seriously :-)

The Hardfought clan has also made it’s way into Guinevere Midgard’s top all-time guilds, based on realm points. We’ve been neck and neck with The Harbringers for the past couple weeks but I think we got a solid lead now, hopefully we can stay in the top 25 for awhile. As a group we’ve been getting a lot more RvR experience and when our healing class players hit level 40 I got a feeling we’re gonna take off. I think Sage (a.k.a Qiand) is the only one of us with any practical siege weapon experience… maybe we oughta remedy that :-P

Something else you may be interested in DAoC-wise… I was recently challenged to a duel by Johannas, the GM from Albion’s guild Blood and Iron. Johannas is played by GoatX12… you old-timers from around here should remember that name ;-) He’s a level 47 polearm-wielding, plate-wearing armsman. We all know those types of armsman are greatly feared on the field of battle, and to be honest I didn’t think I’d have a chance at winning… I play a 46th level dwarf warrior, and use an axe of all things (that means I have a penalty to damage against plate). Well, things didn’t quite turn out the way Blood and Iron expected – I pretty much steam-rolled Johannas in about 30 seconds :-) He put up a damn good fight though, and he hit’s *hard*, was a good fight indeed. We were both buffed up… there will be a rematch soon, with neither of us having any buffs or anything. I’ll post a time/date when that happens. Our new ‘Picture of the Day’ shows the aftermath of the battle (both me and Johannas had our guilds show up for support) and here’s a couple more pics for ya to drool over… and who says warriors are gimped. Pfft! :-P

Alright, what else we got goin’ on here… oh yeah. Mythic announced a PvP server to be opened up in the next couple of months. A few of us from the Guinevere server decided to start up an evil-aligned guild for it, called Malevolence. The website associated with this new guild is at http://www.malevolence-guild.org and is hosted right on the same box as this site here. I’m one of the officers in this new PvP guild, if you’re interested in joining up, post a message on the msgboard there.

One last item of business before I wrap this up – I just announced this morning that I am starting a Guinevere ‘who’s who’ picture gallery… a thread was started on the Camelot VN msgboard asking what people looked like and the replies and picture posts were pretty impressive. A few people asked about maybe getting a dedicated site going for the pictures so I figured what the flip, I’ll do it :-) Sooo… if you play on the Guinevere server and want your real-life picture posted here, send ’em to pictures@hardfought.org – I’ll get ’em posted and labeled and everything.

That’s all for now, see you online gang.

K2