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Bone Appetit #3: Interview with a PK

Interview with a Player Killer Proviso: OK, no humor this time. This is serious business for serious people to discuss in a serious manner. I?m serious. No really, I?m not kidding this time.

Format and explanation: Following submission of the first draft of this behemoth, Flux pointed that the format was pretty confusing, particularly the Question and Answer sections. He didn?t actually use the words ?soup sandwich? but I can take a hint. So here is how its all laid out: First we have an overly lengthy introductory paragraph or two, then a series of Q&As from some Player Killers I interviewed, and interspersed throughout the article are some PK statistics in italics. These statistics are really just estimates from experienced HC players and PKs. OK, that means they are guesses, sue me.

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Bone Appetit #2: It’s Blizzard Bashin’ Time!

It’s Blizzard Bashin’ Time! Proviso: I originally wrote this article without the intro paragraphs. But my column was not generating enough hate-filled invective in the forums, so I have added some controversy. It?s a Rush Limbaugh technique; lets see how it works for me.

A phenomenally-popular pastime of D2.net forum members is to debate Blizzard?s (and Vivendi?s) management, merits, and general right to exist and consume valuable world resources such as oxygen and food. It is a rare day indeed that one does not witness yet another ?I hate Blizzard because?? post. The usual pattern is for a disgruntled player to post his (remember, they are all ?his,? there are no ?hers? in D2) rant, which is promptly followed by a flaming bombardment from Blizzard sympathizers, which is followed by a smattering of ?hey, I kinda agree with some of this guy?s comments,? followed by more bashing? you get the picture. These complaints cover everything: ?Blizzard banned me just ?cause I use Iths on five of my accounts,? ?G. Frazier still hasn?t washed my car like he promised,? and ?Blizzard trained a dingo to eat my baby.?

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Bone Appetit #2: It’s Blizzard Bashin’ Time!

It’s Blizzard Bashin’ Time! Proviso: I originally wrote this article without the intro paragraphs. But my column was not generating enough hate-filled invective in the forums, so I have added some controversy. It?s a Rush Limbaugh technique; lets see how it works for me.

A phenomenally-popular pastime of D2.net forum members is to debate Blizzard?s (and Vivendi?s) management, merits, and general right to exist and consume valuable world resources such as oxygen and food. It is a rare day indeed that one does not witness yet another ?I hate Blizzard because?? post. The usual pattern is for a disgruntled player to post his (remember, they are all ?his,? there are no ?hers? in D2) rant, which is promptly followed by a flaming bombardment from Blizzard sympathizers, which is followed by a smattering of ?hey, I kinda agree with some of this guy?s comments,? followed by more bashing? you get the picture. These complaints cover everything: ?Blizzard banned me just ?cause I use Iths on five of my accounts,? ?G. Frazier still hasn?t washed my car like he promised,? and ?Blizzard trained a dingo to eat my baby.?

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Bone Appetit #1: Diablos in the Mist

Diablos in the Mist Editors note: The following excerpts are from Jane Goodall’s “Diablos in the Mist: A sub-cultural analysis of the psuedo-genus Homo Diablus” published in “Scientifica Arcanus” earlier this month.

The psuedo-genus Homo Diablos (HD) has long been theorized as a probable evolutionary offshoot from our own genotype, but until recently we understood little of their culture or society. Through many months of observation and patient, careful interaction, I have garnered an extensive picture of the language, physiology, customs, and intertribal relationships of these nearly human primates. Ignored and avoided at first, my patient and non-threatening approach along the outskirts of a Diablos tribe eventual yielded unprecedented access into this closed society.

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Bone Appetit #1: Diablos in the Mist

Diablos in the Mist Editors note: The following excerpts are from Jane Goodall’s “Diablos in the Mist: A sub-cultural analysis of the psuedo-genus Homo Diablus” published in “Scientifica Arcanus” earlier this month.

The psuedo-genus Homo Diablos (HD) has long been theorized as a probable evolutionary offshoot from our own genotype, but until recently we understood little of their culture or society. Through many months of observation and patient, careful interaction, I have garnered an extensive picture of the language, physiology, customs, and intertribal relationships of these nearly human primates. Ignored and avoided at first, my patient and non-threatening approach along the outskirts of a Diablos tribe eventual yielded unprecedented access into this closed society.

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Garwulf’s Corner #40: The Future of the Genre

I always shudder when some game company or magazine claims that the latest RPG is the “future of the genre.” Besides being remarkably pretentious, the number of times it actually proves true can be counted on a single hand. The most recent offender here is Dungeon Siege, Microsoft’s answer to Diablo II.

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Garwulf’s Corner #37: A Glance at the Other Side

Before I get started, I want to take just one last look at Bnetd, which was discussed in Garwulf’s #36. I’ve received a flood of email, most of which disagreed with me, and I loved every letter. Some people got the point and disagreed, many stating that reverse-engineering was legal (I can’t speak to the accuracy of that, though…my understanding of intellectual property rights is somewhat limited when it comes to reverse-engineering), some missed the point entirely and disagreed, and a couple of people wrote in thanking me for laying the issue out clearly. Tim Jung, the Systems Administrator for the Bnetd project, sent me a wonderful letter correcting a couple of things, primarily that the Warforge group were completely separate from Bnetd, rather than a splinter group (according to Mr. Jung, they used the source code to create their own product).

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