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Real Name Rick Francis   
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Description Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.
Homepage http://www.moddb.com/mods/eye-of-the-beholder-ii-ledgend-of-darkmoon
Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Patched
31. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Jul 7, 2015, 16:53 Darks
 
Trevellian wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 13:42:
Darks wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 10:08:
InBlack wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 09:59:
Still the same old WOT gameplay. Still Im tempted to download it and give it a whirl just to check out the graphics under GTX970...

Up to you Black, but personally I would waste my time with this pay to win game.

I gave up on this game long ago when these assholes lied and turned this game in to a pay to win.

Come on it's not that P2W. You only need to own an Atlas and a Timber Wolf and then you can win every game.

Example https://youtu.be/7pKwAlYXHlA
This is just 2 of us on voice chat together, competent enough in an Atlas and Timber Wolf, to entirely wreck 2 on 6 (After the rest of our team gets owned) Clan LRM's were VASTLY superior to regular LRM's. Longer range, faster lock.

The game is clearly pay to win, and way paid and won. This was almost a year ago, I have no idea if they've rebalanced Clan weapons or not. And we haven't played since.

You don't get it do you Trev? the whole reason this game is failing is because they originally went on this rampage about how they needed money to create the next great Mechwarrior game. They teased us with this really kewl looking trailer of Mechs fighting it out. Then they talked about making this really great SP campaign and possibly making it Coop. All were lies. once they got the funding they needed it turned in to a Fricking PVP P2W feast.

So yea, its all bullshit an they pretty much abandoned their fan base except for those rabid fans that live for PVP and thrive for clan based combat.

Me, I took it even more personal, because I made the two Coop mods back in the day for Mech Warrior 4 and Mercenaries. I had high hopes for this game and they squashed them all for the sake of making a quick buck.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Patched
5. Re: MechWarrior Online Patched Jul 7, 2015, 10:32 Darks
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 10:16:
Is it like STO where you can get special items and ships if you pay but you can still do okay in fights (and even win) if you have skill and do some grinding / missions?

Or is it truly $ = you win button?

I mean, they're giving the game away free so money has to come in somehow.

I don't mind paying if it's not a fortune to get something decent.

Its all PVP based. there are no missions to do at all.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Patched
2. Re: MechWarrior Online Patched Jul 7, 2015, 10:08 Darks
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 09:59:
Still the same old WOT gameplay. Still Im tempted to download it and give it a whirl just to check out the graphics under GTX970...

Up to you Black, but personally I would waste my time with this pay to win game.

I gave up on this game long ago when these assholes lied and turned this game in to a pay to win.
 
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News Comments > Witcher 3 Inventory Patch This Week
21. Re: Witcher 3 Inventory Patch This Week Jul 7, 2015, 09:43 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Jul 7, 2015, 08:40:
About time, the UI and inventory stuff was definitely the low point of this game.

Totally agree, I'm so glad I have been holding off waiting for some patches before I picked this back up. and now after this new patch will be a good time to jump back in.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
5. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 15:07 Darks
 
nin wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 13:14:
(Between this and Batman) Wow, publishers offering refunds and being responsible for their product...quite the turn of events recently.


This and the fact that Steams new refund policy is a thorn in their ass now.
 
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News Comments > Sword Coast Legends Videos
20. Re: Sword Coast Legends Videos Jul 3, 2015, 23:19 Darks
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 3, 2015, 19:04:
When I posted about this yesterday in their forums, Ash responded with....

We're listening. Everyone here on the team wants folks to enjoy SCL. If we hear that this is a feature enough people want... well... we're listening

And most people responded with 'How was this NOT a given that people would want to build custom maps?' Maybe they can change it, but if they don't then Rick is right and its going to be an awfully short lived game.

Yea, this is a bit baffling to hear them say that, how can they even say that if enough people want this feature we will consider it or add it. I mean really what does it take a rock along side the head to wake these guys up?

Cutter, have you bought a copy of the game yet? or are you holding out?

I did buy the game, but its because I want to play this Coop with my friends. so if you do get a copy. let me know and Ill add you to my friends list on Steam and we can play this Coop if you want.

To answer one of your comments Horro about scripting. Our mod we made. the first one took us 19 months to make that game with a team of 6 people. me being the main person who did most of the work on the levels and detailing and some of the scripting .while others made Textures, portraits. scrips and tiles sets.

The Second part took a little less time, 16 months. but still that was a lot of work too. had a team that was with 6 people.

Still a lot of work for a small team to make both of those games and they play out at around 30 hours for each modual if you do all of the content.

This comment was edited on Jul 3, 2015, 23:25.
 
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News Comments > Sword Coast Legends Videos
8. Re: Sword Coast Legends Videos Jul 3, 2015, 15:19 Darks
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 3, 2015, 14:43:
Darks wrote on Jul 3, 2015, 13:59:
but its still consolized shit.

Well that isn't going to change, they followed up with...

"Very few things are completely off the table, in time."

Hey dude, where are you reading that follow up info from? their site?
 
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News Comments > Sword Coast Legends Videos
6. Re: Sword Coast Legends Videos Jul 3, 2015, 13:59 Darks
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 3, 2015, 13:36:
Fion wrote on Jul 3, 2015, 12:49:
I guess my hope that this game will offer a custom tool system as comprehensive as NWN2 was a pipe dream.

Yeah that isn't happening.

DEV:
To be completely clear, we don't currently support laying out the dungeon in a tile by tile fashion. But it does also appear to be the #1 request, which is understandable.

Let me be clear, why would the devs not expect this to be the number one request? Only an idiot would think otherwise especially with the Huge success NWN had with their tools.

These devs are either lying or completely oblivious.

Still, what they have put together is nice, but its still consolized shit.

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News Comments > Swords Coast Legends Stream Today
8. Re: Swords Coast Legends Stream Today Jul 2, 2015, 20:21 Darks
 
Blues? Am I mistaken that I read Closed Beta for this title being mentioned in your posting or did you remove that?

I'm almost certain I read about a closed beta for this game being mentioned. Why did you remove that?
 
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News Comments > Act of Aggression Beta Access with Pre-Purchases
1. Re: Act of Aggression Beta Access with Pre-Purchases Jul 2, 2015, 19:39 Darks
 
Already bought. Cant wait til this starts.  
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News Comments > Swords Coast Legends Stream Today
6. Re: Swords Coast Legends Stream Today Jul 2, 2015, 12:45 Darks
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 2, 2015, 12:11:
Yeah I'm not expecing a robust script language to make mods. Sort of a wizard-wyswyg setup. Perhaps best ever made, but will probably have a same'ish feel for anything made with it.

My problem like Cutter said, is that this game will not have the same tools that NWN had where you were free to do what ever you wanted and import anything you needed to make mods more unique.

This game, I have a gut feeling is going to be either pre-made are some kind of random generated levels. and then you can detail those even more with place-able objects or items. Random generated content will start to feel old and reused and get boring after a while.

This is where the game will stall out and more then likely cause the game to die.

I really doubt we will have any scripting available to use other then what they have built in.

My other gut feeling is, they are locking the tools down so they can sell us new content like tiles sets and creatures all for the sake of making more money at our expense.

I hope im wrong, but I have a feeling this is how its going to be.

BTW Cutter, we made a part 2 if you haven't seen or tried it.
 
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News Comments > Swords Coast Legends Stream Today
3. Re: Swords Coast Legends Stream Today Jul 2, 2015, 11:50 Darks
 
Cutter, have you checked out the mod we made called Eye of the Beholder?

if not you should check it out. its actually pretty good.
 
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News Comments > Swords Coast Legends Stream Today
1. Re: Swords Coast Legends Stream Today Jul 2, 2015, 09:55 Darks
 
Cutter, I know you are just as much excited/Interested about this game as I am. but I'm betting you now, we are not going to get much out of this video streamlining today. I hope I'm wrong. but they have already said that we wont see character creation yet because they are still fine tuning those.


But I want to see the Campaign tools at work. I need to see what you can and cant do.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2015, 00:11 Darks
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 23:27:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 21:30:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 20:07:
Dogfight ability has zero relevance to plane performance in a modern AWACS supported war.

And... F-35 in Dogfight.. would be a major fail of the command structure. Considering the US can get the IRIS-T, which is a "furball" missile. Meaning it can turn around and chase targets that are behind, below or above a plane without having to turn the plane in that direction....

That's true if you're fighting a 3rd world country. But what if 10 years from now we were defending Taiwan against the Chinese and going up against stealthy J-20s and J-31s (itself designed from stolen F-35 blueprints, although without the crippling VSTOL design flaws). The AWACS will be too far out to detect them and engagment distances would be greatly reduced.

Or what if Putin launches a full invasion of Ukraine in a few years and we're going up against SU-35s hidden with plasma stealth, which the Russians have been developing for decades. It's a nightmare: fighting against a top of the line stealthed gen 4.5 fighter that doesn't have any of the compromises of passive stealth. Never mind the new T-50, which was designed to be fast and passively stealthy to penetrate US air defenses and take out AWACS with 120 mile-ranged Kh-58UShE anti-radar missile. And without AWACS where would the F-35 be?

In a real conflict the F35 would be where it belongs, mothballed Putin will also never enter a hot conflict with the Nato imo. And China.. well the F35 is inferior to the modern jets by em.

you guys give Chinese jets far to much credits. their jests are not really all that good. and the comment someone said about them having the blueprints to the F-35 is only partially right. they only got some specs but they did not get the meat.

Personally I have hated this plane from day one. The F-22 is a far Superior plane and they should have stuck with it. all that plane needed was a version II and it would kick anythings ass flying.

And this is coming from a guy who spent 11 years in the Marine Airwing working on F-18's
 
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News Comments > Kotaku Sources: WBIE Knew of Batman: Arkham Knight Problems
17. Re: Kotaku Sources: WBIE Knew of Batman: Arkham Knight Problems Jul 1, 2015, 15:38 Darks
 
LOC wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 15:34:
Julio wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 14:31:
I know everyone's got the torches lit and carting those pitchforks around...but this is Kotaku who's reporting it. That's like reading it in the tabloids.

Any real sources out there?

While I would agree with you most of the time about Kotaku - Patrick Klepeck did this story. He's done some major reporting work for Giantbomb and doesn't post rumors or speculation most of the time unless he can dig into it a bit more. Plus, it's pretty obvious WB knew about the problems before launch - even before this story came out.

I knew there was going to be issues before this game was released. Two things. Their last game had all kinds of issues out the door for the PC.

Secondly, the lack of a PC review copies to reviewers was a big red flag.

If anyone thought any differently then they were just fooling themselves.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Adds $400 Ship
3. Re: Star Citizen Adds $400 Ship Jun 30, 2015, 18:01 Darks
 
The madness never ends, and people are stupid enough to but this shit. Nothing like those who do being Roberts little bitches.  
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
3. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jun 29, 2015, 18:23 Darks
 
Blue wrote on Jun 29, 2015, 16:54:
Darks wrote on Jun 29, 2015, 16:46:
BTW installment was spelled wrong.

U.K. spelling. Blame my ancestor.

lol OK blues
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
1. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jun 29, 2015, 16:46 Darks
 
Here, allow me to correct the wording for this game.

Warner’s ‘Batman Arkham’ series is back with a loud thud as it crashed hard in the fourth installment ‘Batman Arkham Knight’
transitions to the PC and becoming the new No1 returned game in history as Warner pulled all copies of the game from store shelves and digital sales.

BTW installment was spelled wrong.
 
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News Comments > The Bard's Tale IV Chris Avellone Stretch Goal
1. Re: The Bard's Tale IV Chris Avellone Stretch Goal Jun 29, 2015, 10:23 Darks
 
I backed this and loved the old Bards Tale, but I cant help feeling that these stretch goals are goals they already had planed to begin with and are just trying to entice people to further back the game.

Kind of feels like they are not putting forth their best foot for these types of stretch goals.

Just my feeling of course.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 26, 2015, 16:02 Darks
 
InBlack wrote on Jun 26, 2015, 13:50:
Darks wrote on Jun 26, 2015, 12:33:
Funny how many try to debunk what the NSA did when in fact we have no idea who our allies will be in the future or our enemies.

This leads me to that one Justice League Show where they had a conversation about the League and Batman said he keeps a file on every member in the league about their strengths and weaknesses so if he ever had to go again them he would know how to do it.

This is a great tactic and anyone that disagrees will find them selves in trouble every time if you are not armed to take on that battle.

Keep your enemies close and your friends closer?? Yeah, great tactic (it's actually strategy) that, not trusting your 'allies' and alienating them at every opportunity. It's awesome that a comic book show teaches kids not to trust one another, makes for a great fucking society to grow up in.


Thats the world we live in dude, like it or not that is how it is. and if you think our allies are not doing the same then you are delusional.

And by the way, the mentality is, we know they are doing and they know we know they are doing it, but we all pretend that we don't know they are doing it when we know they are.
 
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