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Secret Mondays: We’re Back In Business

September 23, 2014

The Secret World is back with new content, having released a new pack of Side Stories in their latest patch. I had to delay my return to the game for a week because I was out of town, but now I’m back and together with my usual Secret Monday crew consisting of Syp, Tententacles and my husband, we rocked more quests in Tokyo.

Side Stories: The Last Pagan includes six new missions, and seeing as big updates from Funcom seem to be so few and far between, once again stretching out the content by doing one quest per week feels like a pretty good idea.

Ricky Pagan

For our first mission, our party hit up new NPC Ricky Pagan in all his pompadour glory, and sought to reunite his lost gang by using THE ALL MIGHTY POWER OF ROCK! Oooh yeeeaaaah…

boombox

Like any mission, The Pagan had your fair share of fighting and kicking ass, but as you can see, much of it was also spent rollicking and jamming out to my swanky boombox. I ask you, what other game lets you do that…as part of the mechanics?! Oh look, my teammates are in combat and getting killed, but eh, let me just finish this song, okay?

people fighting

The mission even ends with a dance party…with ghosts. If this first quest is any indication, looks like we’ll be in for some wild, whacky fun for the rest of this mission pack.

dancing quest

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Battle Bards Episode 35: Dungeons & Dragons Online

September 16, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

A good D&D session doesn’t only need character sheets and an abundance of 20-sided dice, but atmospheric tunes as well.  What kind of soundtrack does the long-running Dungeons & Dragons Online have?  Syp, Syl and I investigate DDO’s score this week, in particular contrasting the old tracks with the newer expansion ones.  As usual, Syp stands mostly alone (oh, he’s so dramatic :P)

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D&D

Episode 35 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Character Creation,” “Crafting Hall,” and “Wheloon Tavern 1″)
  • “Main Theme”
  • “House Dun’Robar”
  • “Yo Ho Ho, Surly Kobold”
  • “Untold Truth”
  • “King’s Forest 2″
  • “Eye of the Titan”
  • “Eveningstar 1″
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Eye of the Titan”)
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Battle Bards Episode 34: Feature That Instrument!

August 26, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is out!

We have an interesting theme for you this week. If you’re a regular listener of BB, you might know that sometimes Syp, Syl and I like to talk about the instruments in the different pieces and we all have our individual favorites (and seriously, like what is up with Syp and the kazoo?!)

Anyway, inspired by those discussions, this episode is all about those tracks where a single instrument (or two) will take the forefront in a song and steal the spotlight. So move over orchestral pieces, and feast your ears on these tunes that feature a dominant instrument.

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instruments
Episode 34 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Breton Melody” from Dark Age of Camelot and “ARK Theme” from Anarchy Online)
  • “Map Music 1″ from The Sims Online
  • “Sarutabaruta” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “Below the Asteroids” from EVE Online
  • “Sanctuary” from TERA
  • “Ogrimmar” from World of Warcraft
  • “Flibbertigibbet” from Final Fantasy XIV
  • “Age of the Dragon” from Guild Wars Factions
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
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A Scheduled Return To WoW…

August 25, 2014
There's always something to work towards...

There’s always something to work towards…

Ever since the announcement of the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion release date, I’ve joined the trickle of players returning to the game.

Actually, I’d planned on resubbing around the first week of September, but then I didn’t see the reason to wait anymore. I’ve been pretty busy this summer so I’ve only been really playing one MMO off and on, that game being The Secret World. And the truth is, content there has pretty much dried up despite the TSW Monday crew trying to stretch out Issue 9 and the Side Stories quests as long as we could.

So until more of Tokyo opens up, you’ll find me in Azeroth.

So, what am I doing in WoW these days? Well, mostly relearning how to play my characters, which is par for the course every time I take a protracted leave of absence from the game. There are also still a few alt stragglers languishing around level 70-80 that I’m hoping to bring to 90 before deciding which class I’ll take first into the new expansion.

And of course, each time I come back, I can also count on Blizzard having added a whole slew of new battle pets to their menagerie. The urge to nab what I can for my collection is pretty much a knee jerk reaction by now (481 unique pets and counting)!

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Battle Bards Episode 33: Allods Online

August 12, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

As we’ve proven before on Battle Bards, free-to-play and foreign doesn’t mean that the soundtrack is going to be lame.  On the contrary, scores like Allods Online is what gets us out of bed in the morning, pumped for another day of listening to excellent MMO music!  We’ve got several great tracks from Allods today, so put on your listening ears and uncover your tapping toes and join Syp, Syl and I for this awesome episode!

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Allods Online

Episode 33 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Menu” and “Hadagan”)
  • “Main Theme II: Game of Gods”
  • “Gibberlings”
  • “Lords of Destiny – Instruments – Kania”
  • “Astral Prelude”
  • “Jungle 1″
  • “Goblinoball”
  • “Lords of Destiny – AC9 Main NM”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Kevin
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
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Battle Bards Episode 32: The Secret World

July 29, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy, am I excited for this! This is the show I’ve been dying to do, and which Syl has been dreading, for a while now. After playing The Secret World continuously for more than two years, and with my regular Monday TSW night sessions with my co-host Syp and others, it’s amazing how long it took the Bards to finally feature the music from this amazing MMO.

TSW’s music is arguably an acquired taste…but you might be surprised at what other gems you’d find not on the soundtrack. Join the Battle Bards this week for an extra fun show as we talk about conspiracy theories, secret societies, zombies, and discuss why Syl is so grumpy!

The Secret World

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 Episode 32 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme”)
  • “March on Templars”
  • “Through the Hollow Earth”
  • “Factions”
  • “Sand Meets Sky”
  • “Combat part 6″
  • “Sleepless Lullaby” by Bright September
  • “The Zombie Stare” by Amy Sweet and Clyde Shorey
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Crim
  • Mail from Imakulata
  • Outro (featuring “Nassir’s Dance”)
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TSW: Love And Origami

July 16, 2014

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So, updates for The Secret World, which is pretty much the only MMO I’ve been playing these days. It’s been a pretty hectic summer, and gaming time is at a premium! Regular Secret Mondays are still going on, even though thanks to a severe thunderstorm earlier this week my power went out and we had to reschedule TSW night for Tuesday. Hence, this post.

Oh man, I was so excited. In this newest “Side Stories” content update is an investigation quest involving origami. Naturally, I broke out all my origami paper in preparation. But really, I’m horrible at origami. My husband’s actually the origami nerd in the family, which is why we have all these books and packs of pretty paper just sitting around.

If you’ve read my fellow Secret Monday-er Syp’s post, you’ll see that questgiver Gozen’s reasons for sending us on this wild origami goose chase around filth-infested Tokyo are pretty questionable. But hey, chalk it up to her being sentimental and a romantic.

My husband and I along with our TSW regulars Syp and Tententacles went around solving these origami riddles, while Ocho — who had already done this quest — oversaw us all, prepared to jump in to save us if we happened to get stuck. Luckily, that wasn’t necessary. We completed the quest without any major snags, though it was mainly due to sheer dumb luck more than anything.

I gotta admit, the quest was a bit anti-climatic. And we didn’t get to do as much origami as I was led to believe. I think the quest technically calls for it, making you recreate the writing on the paper from the game and folding it into figure it required to read the full message. But if you ask me, doing so would be making it ten times more complicated and less efficient for yourself. What we mostly ended up doing was punching the Kanji characters into Google translate, pulling out keywords and running with it. Hey, whatever works.

I was with Syp on this though — there was no way I was going to end the night without doing origami, dammit! Secret Monday momentarily became Arts & Crafts Monday as we took to the in-game origami book with all the instructions for making various origami figures.

Behold, my sad attempts. My butterfly wings ended up a bit lopsided, and there’s a gaping rip at the bottom of my tulip (artfully hidden in the photo). Well, at least my kid will take great delight in playing with them while destroying them in the process.

origami

 

 

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