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Work my fingers to the bone - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Work my fingers to the bone
Things have been a little hectic recently.  At work I have been incredibly busy - there was the whole BD4/5 thing last week plus prep work for GTA going live this last weekend.  Planmaster has become a key project and I spent a couple of days writing VBA to decode its bizarre formula system.

Life at home has been a little hectic in other ways, but this hasn't stopped me clocking up an impressive number of hours in WoW.  I have finally managed to finish an instance (just the deep mines).  Previous attempts have been thwarted by half the party deciding they've had enough and disappearing leaving the 2 or 3 of us left unable to cope with the hordes of bad guys ahead of us.

It is with a little irony that I (we) managed to finish DM with just two of us.  It helped a lot that I have gained about 10 levels in the last 2 weeks and my partner had about 10 levels on me!  We went through the bosses like a dose of salts.  I got many green items (which rocked) and a couple of blues that were soul bound so I could only sell them to a vendor (which sucks).  Bind on pick-up is the devil's work I tell you!

I hope to have another successful instance in the near future... perhaps a more demanding one with a full party this time.

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: October 12th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
wait ages for an update and then all we get is WoW... what is WoW anyway?
wan1 From: wan1 Date: October 12th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

WoW or what?

What's he like? The only thing of interest in his life just now is W. O. W.!!!! Bless!
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: October 13th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: WoW or what?

Do you reckon he'll ever grow up?
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 19th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: WoW or what?

Growing up is so old-skool
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 19th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: WoW or what?

It's not the only thing! :p

There's still food, beer and music. I'm always interested in food, beer and music! :)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 19th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well you did ask

WoW or World of Warcraft is a Massively Multiplay Online Role Play Game - or MMORPG for short.

It is based within Blizzard's "Warcraft" game worlds, following most of the AD&D rules.

Within the game you choose an avatar (your character) who is of a certain race, gender and class. Races include (but are not limited to) Human, Orc, Dwarf, and Gnome. Class is the function of the character as opposed to their standing in society. Classes include warrior, priest, mage, hunter.

Once you have chosen your Race, Gender and Class you will be "born" in the world. You will appear as a mature adult but with little in the way of skills or abilities. These are obtained by gaining experience points (XP) which in turn gain you levels. When you reach a new level you will be able to learn new skills and abilities.

You can also choose professions. These include blacksmith, miner, tailor, herbalism, and leather worker - each will enable you either to gather resource or make something from that resource. You can train in two professions at a time... and some are well suited to each other. Mining and Smithing will allow you to gather your own metals and make them into armour and weapons. Skinning and leather-working are also well matched.

Within the game your character will interact with other characters - some of these will be controlled by the computer, others by people. Some characters in the game are your sworn enemies, others are your allies. The in game economy (which uses an entirely fictional currency of "gold" "silver" and "copper") has reached a level of complexity where it has attracted the attention of governments interested in a way of taxing each transaction.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: October 12th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
and at least you didn't have to go to Lux for GTA! and get the GTA flu!
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: October 13th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still think you should pursue your get-people-to-do-crappy-but-necessary-jobs-by-making-it-into-a-VR-game idea. I mean, no way would I have dragged my ass out of bed in the morning to deliver newspapers like you did, but when I got my first Nintendo, I played "Paperboy" until my thumbs fell off.

(Okay, perhaps that's a slight exaggeration.)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 19th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't claim originality to the idea - it was something I read a while ago which was commenting on the work-like factor of a lot of MMORPG's. You know as well as I do about the mining in EVE - and grinding in WOW is almost ther same.

Boring repetative tasks in order to gain in game wealth - it really is just like "real life"!

I'll have to find that artical again - it made an interesting read.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: October 20th, 2006 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Who cares if it's an original idea or not? All (all!?) you'd have to do is write the software & design the mechanism. :)
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