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Signed On Aug 20, 2003, 21:03
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News Comments > Game Guidance
7. Re: No subject Jun 4, 2008, 23:16 Bucky
8800GT stock
E6600 2.4 @ 3.0
4 GB DDR2-800 @866
Xonar DX
Vista 64

1680*1050, High, 16x AF no AA, NPC view distance turned up a bit I get 30-40fps in cities 40-60 outside. Good, especially when you consider how good the game looks.

Note: Didn't read the article, just figured I'd drop the info for anyone interested. My rig is definitely not top of the line anymore, hell, I built it a 1.5 years ago when Conroe first shipped (even had to buy OEM since you couldn't get retail at the time).

Xfire/Steam: GreySpire (alias Bucky)
Age of Conan: Arthon [The Nation] -- Thog(PvE)
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Trusted Reviews Jun 4, 2008, 16:42 Bucky
I need to write up a good long review of this game, but the short version is that after about 75 hours of play I've joined a guild and plan on subscribing.

I have two important pieces of advice for anyone new to the game: stay the hell away from the forums (nothing but whiners in there atm) and you need to play a class to 25-30 before you can really get a feel for it. For example, my Bear Shaman didn't do shit for healing until about 20, and levels 10-20 were pure hell. With that said, I heal and fight with a 2H blunt weapon and do significant damage. The Bear Shaman might be my favorite class in any RPG ever.

Xfire/Steam: GreySpire (alias Bucky)
Age of Conan: Arthon [The Nation] -- Thog(PvE)
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News Comments > Unreal Tournament 3 Patch Notes
9. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 17:07 Bucky
I thoroughly enjoyed UT3, and still fire it up when I want a good game of DM....though it's only against bots. They didn't learn from how fractured UT2k4's community was; all the modes and mods split it far too much. IMO UT3 should've shipped with a decent SP tourney (think 2k4 but more) DM, TDM, LMS and TLMS. They should've kept to their roots, too many other companies out there making games focusing on other game modes and doing it better.  
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News Comments > Tech Bits
10. Re: No subject May 25, 2008, 06:59 Bucky
i'm guessing i'm the only person in the world who's happy with Vista.

Surprisingly, I am as well. I've been running 64bit Home Premium for about 6 months now without any problems. There were the initial annoyances that were easily turned off, and of course a small performance hit to some games (we're talking about 5 fps). Otherwise it's been rock solid, driver support hasn't been an issue, and it actually stopped me from using Linux as my daily desktop OS.

The only thing that gave me any problem was overclocking; Vista seems to be a lot more sensitive to memory errors. Of course, this helped me realize that my Corsair XMS2 did not play well with my motherboard. Swapped to some OCZ with heatpipes (hey, DDR2 is ridiculously cheap right now) and everything is fine again....especially after I checked it with multiple full passes of memtest86.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: how am I to? May 24, 2008, 21:50 Bucky
Then in the last 24 hours the first guy hit level 80, in 4 days 15 hours.

There were some exploits that allowed for really fast leveling. I believe it was only for the PoM class, but I'm not positive.

I'm only at level 15 with my HoX, and this is doing the SP destiny quests which are designed to level a person to 20 fairly fast--I rolled the char this afternoon.
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News Comments > Age of Conan Tips
36. Re: A lot of PvP strategy in this game. May 22, 2008, 21:20 Bucky
The amount of strategy when fighting other players is immense

Yup. I just spent a good chunk of time tonight on White Sands Isle, with about 20% dedicated to PvP (mostly fending off attacks, not starting them). I already enjoy hunting rogues way too much; they put too much faith in the hide ability. Some modest spending in perception and a quick search will show 'em, then drop a snare and lace into the guy since most of his dps from the sneak attack just disappeared. Course, I'm also playing as a HoX, so I snare 'em then polymorph. They usually run at that point unless they're higher level.

Also a lot of fun putting together a quick PUG for protection near common quest areas. Some poor sap will wander in and try for a quick kill only to have 3 or 4 people all jump him. Good times....

Edit: Cashan on Tyranny

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News Comments > Age of Conan Tips
22. Re: No subject May 22, 2008, 17:05 Bucky
Anyone know what payment options they have for the per month charges? I haven't been able to find anything on their website that lists it.

Recurring, in $:
1 Month: $14.99
3 Month: $41.97
6 Month: 77.94

These are taken directly off of my account page.

Edit: Or did you mean actual payment method? If so, Credit Card or Cash, cash using the following options: (again from my account page)

* Western Union
* Virtual Check
* Mail or FAX Your Check
* Money Order via Postal Service
* Paypoint
* paysafecard®
* Plus many local payment methods!

Edit 2: Freakin' loving this game. I just wish they'd give me my damn friend codes already! Gotta love how the preorder snafu worked out too....originally Gogamer got the shaft and wasn't going to be able to give out the special preorder items (Rhino, Mammoth or Bow) and their official statement still reflects that. My /claim gave me all the CE stuff plus a Bow and Rhino.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: No subject May 21, 2008, 16:54 Bucky
Yeah, the downtime ate a huge post I had whipped up for the AoC thread too. Ah well, at least it got me to be a bit less windy the second time around.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Age of Conan
38. Re: No subject May 21, 2008, 16:50 Bucky
Damnit, site went down when I hit post. Goodbye early review. Lets try again. I've been playing since Early Access on Saturday, though I haven't gone above level 11 (been trying to find my favorite class).

Game feels very polished, good UI, damn good looking and runs great considering the detail. Funcom has also been right on top of issues, and server performance even under heavy load is phenomenal--I was playing on Tyranny last night with no problem and it had a 5 minute que.

Audio is very good, from ambiance to NPC dialog. There are some minor key binding issues, but nothing big.

Quests seem pretty standard, though the single player night missions are a nice touch, and quite a bit of fun. It's also nice to have a story that feels tailored (somewhat) to the individual player.

I really like the new combat system. Adjusting your swing to their shielding, along with your own definitely makes a difference. I've also turned off all the auto combat help, which is great since I can adjust myself to hit several enemies with a single swing or spell.....but you can also miss trying to pull that off. I've yet to see higher combat, so I can't comment on spellweaving, higher level combos, or mounted combat yet.

I suppose the highest praise I can give this game is that I fired it up before work today, which is something I never do. Now I'm gonna go browse through my CE while I wait for the servers to come back up.

To any of the old Guild Wars guys, if you want a 7 day key I've got 4 left unspoken for. Just remember that 26+GB download.
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News Comments > Age of Conan DX10 Delay
10. Re: No subject May 19, 2008, 21:48 Bucky
I knew that buying Age of Conan was stupid when I brought it home, but so far it just seems a little worse every day

It's actually very good, and the lack of DX10 is probably no great loss. Dropping DX10 looks like a fairly good move; the amount of DX10 rigs isn't that high (20% would be generous) and the performance hit vs extra eye candy isn't worth it.

I'd been hoping to do a comparison in a few minutes, but they just pushed the US server downtime up another 2 hours. Damnit!
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News Comments > Age of Conan DX10 Delay
2. No subject May 19, 2008, 20:43 Bucky
As I mentioned earlier, I wonder what the early access client is running in with DX10 selected. I'm definitely seeing a performance hit, but I don't know how much extra eye candy I'm getting for it. Still can't log in and check either.....  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: Well, Conan may have lost me permane May 19, 2008, 18:10 Bucky
Ay, +1 game is awesome. So much so that I've rolled nearly every class and still can't pick. Gonna roll me a Necro when the servers come back up.

Early impressions: Lots of polish, great NPC dialog, fun single player quest line (under level 20), damn pretty even if you need a hefty rig, good UI, and classes that are all useful. Even the healers can do significant amounts of damage, but you still don't want to have a barbarian sneak attack from behind you...

Also, Funcom has been right on top of fixing issues as they've popped up. I'd recommend AoC to anyone looking for a new MMO, just keep an eye on the system requirements. If you're barely running WoW.....
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: Well, Conan may have lost me permane May 19, 2008, 17:45 Bucky
You canceled your CE preorder on the basis of open BETA performance observations? Dumbass. I kept trying to think of a better way to say it, but I can't.

I'm getting 30-40 fps (which is plenty) at High settings using DX10, 1680*1050 no AA 16xAF. 60+ if I drop it to DX9, at which point I'd turn on some AA. Game looks and plays great; I'd be playing right now if all the US servers weren't down for release day prep.

Vista 64
Core 2 Due E6600 (Conroe 2.4GHz) OCed to 3.0
4 GB DDR2-800 OCZ (running at 866 IIRC)
EVGA 8800GT stock, 175.16 Drivers
Asus Xonar DX

Pretty sure those are the pertinent details.

It wouldn't be a collector's edition if the number wasn't limited.

QFT. My CE should be here Thursday.

Edit 2: Just saw an announcement from Funcom saying that they won't be shipping a DX10 version of the game. So either early access is getting it and it'll get yoinked or I'm running in DX10 without any extra pretty and still getting the performance hit. Hmmmm. Gonna have to look into this one a bit more.

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News Comments > New PCIe Sound Blaster Cards
23. Re: RE: HT Omega May 16, 2008, 16:31 Bucky
Asus Xonar DX!

$90, PCI-e (though it requires a floppy power connection as well), excellent drivers, EAX emulation that sounds about the same to me, and great sound quality. I was previously using on-board audio, but the quality difference was very noticeable when I dropped the card in. FYI, this is using Logitech Z-680 5.1 speakers and Sennheiser 555 headphones.

I had sworn off dedicated sound in favor of onboard, but I won't make that mistake again. The sound quality is worlds better than my onboard (Realtek ALC883 Hi-Def)

Edit: Newegg linky with all the other fun facts.

Seriously, for anyone looking for good quality sound this is the way to go.

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News Comments > Morning Q&As
12. Re: Valve on DX10 May 15, 2008, 18:51 Bucky
Add Steam games to the Vista Games Explorer with ratings info and high resolution icons.

Please God no. I freakin' hate that little 'games explorer'.

Regarding DX10, companies like Valve and Stardock have it right, and are successful. Meanwhile you've got Epic making a game no one wants anymore* and Crytek making a game no one can play** and both predicting the death of PC gaming. (Edit: And blaming it on piracy instead of the fact that no one wants their product)

*Some people enjoy old school DM. I did, in fact, buy UT3 and enjoy it.
**Mostly in reference to posted screenshots and such. Why show off this great graphics engine when no one can play at those settings?

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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
10. Re: No subject May 14, 2008, 06:24 Bucky
I can guess that it's because the card doesn't know how to control its fan speed (that's why I flashed mine).

Correct. Mine will still hit 74C under gaming conditions without the fan speed ever moving from 29%. You can set it manually in the nVidia control panel, with Rivatuner, or using the EVGA Precision overclocking software that they just released.

I need to continue to look into it and see if there's something I can do to fix it.
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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
1. No subject May 13, 2008, 22:31 Bucky
Gah, installed these two days ago in beta form after flashing my 8800GT. Probably no point in getting the WHGL'ed ones since the version numbers match.  
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News Comments > Age of Conan Getting Very Testy
25. Re: Age of Conan May 13, 2008, 16:20 Bucky
I don't follow hype and don't cruise forums for games pre-release. I simply check out the website, maybe a preview or two, and try to get a feel for the game. AoC looks like I'll enjoy it, and I've had a CE preorder since early April.

I've got 4 trial keys left unspoken for. Fellow guildies from GW get first shot (if any are left alive) with fellow BNers next. I'll probably drop into one of the patch threads post launch to try and hand them out if I've still got any left.
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News Comments > Age Of Conan Pre-Orders/Early Access Changes
3. Re: I like it! May 5, 2008, 22:09 Bucky
Haven't touched any of the betas, though my pre-order is still in place. Haven't had a MMO addiction since Guild Wars...  
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News Comments > Full Age of Conan Pricing
16. Re: Why are the Brit's getting hammered? May 2, 2008, 06:21 Bucky
What's this about a Beta starting in a few days? Is this the open Beta finnaly? If that's true where do I sign up??

Read as Fileplanet subscriber beta. The 'open beta' name has a lot of people thinking the same thing.
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