February 16th, 2006



Gabe, the artist for Penny Arcade, on EverQuest II:

"The entire game looks like it was made using Poser and Bryce 3D. Actually some of that Poser art looks better than the shit I saw in EQ. It feels like it was all put together by computers and algorithms rather than artists. It is a world designed by math rather than imagination. There is no evidence of style in any of the characters or environments I saw. We were all talking about the game yesterday and the best word we could come up with to describe it was “sterile”. It is completely without life. There is no love or care given to any piece of it. The entire thing was made by robots in a vacuum.

Someone understands.

i am occs nethack champion

You made the top ten list!

 No  Points     Name                                                   Hp [max]
  1     491711  kchen-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha turned to stone in Gehennom on
                level 31.  Petrified by a cockatrice.                 184 [184]
  2     266010  jldavis-Mon-Hum-Fem-Cha died in The Quest on level 20
                [max 16].  Killed by Master Kaen.                       - [150]
  3     242515  kchen-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha turned to stone in The Dungeons
                of Doom on level 25.  Petrified by Medusa.            142 [142]

Though I'm sad my character is dead (how was I supposed to know that attacking a cockatrice while polymorphed into a silver dragon or other bitey creature turns you to stone?), I'm consoled by the discovery that I am the best nethack player in the OCCS community. By almost a quarter million points.


I have to admit, though, that I got this far more out of dumb luck than good playing. And not the "good luck" intrinsic--though I had a fair bit of that for a while--but luck as in, "holy shit, I can't believe that didn't kill me." I had starting or middle-level equipment for most of the lower levels, and most of it was burnt or rusted to crap by the time I got to Hell. I threw away my cursed boots of levitation before it was time to cross the moat at the Castle (very bad idea), I pissed off my god at some point by praying too much, I wasted two wishes from a wand of wishing, I lost all my gold sitting on a throne, and I nearly died of food poisoning at least four times. I did manage to kill Medusa by blinding myself with a camera flash, though. (She can't instantly turn you to stone if you can't see her.) That was pretty funny.

Thank you, fellow computer science majors, for playing as wizards and dying a lot between dungeon level 10 and 20. I wouldn't have made it nearly this far if it wasn't for the cloaks of magic resistance I filched from your putrid, rotting corpses. ^_^

Any challengers to the title? mvomacka? hcurtis? nferrera?
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