Everquest Next

[intro] Sony has had two preceding Everquest games. Now Everquest 3 is coming, but in a totally different setup. You perhaps have already heard about Everquest Next and Everquest Next Landmark. They are however not the same thing. Landmark is based upon and has a providing role for Everquest Next.[/intro] This first article is about … Continue reading “Everquest Next”

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Sony has had two preceding Everquest games. Now Everquest 3 is coming, but in a totally different setup. You perhaps have already heard about Everquest Next and Everquest Next Landmark. They are however not the same thing. Landmark is based upon and has a providing role for Everquest Next.[/intro]

This first article is about Everquest Next, Sunday’s article will be about Everquest Next Landmark.

Everquest Next is a MMORPG sandbox in a fantasy setting. This is the main game, with the quests, the NPC’s the world with its own storyline, the cities, kings, gods and what not more. It’s a game where you can play the role you want. Want to be a plate wearing rogue performing healing magic? Want to be a battle mage with good armour and some sword usage? You can! You start the game with a certain ‘class’ and can add more classes through playing the game. Ofcourse, it’s very early in the development and therefore we can only tell you what Sony has been telling us right now. Things are subject to change!

So you can play the role you want, be or combine the classes you want to have and wear the stuff that looks good on you with the best stats available.

Things have to have a meaning in EverQuest Next – that ‘weaponskin’ of a special sword can only be obtained through the defeat of that mighty dragon.

Basicly we are talking about a type of weapon and armour skinning or transmuting, although they were talking at Sony about a weapon or armour family. Meaning anything inside the family will look the same, but have different stats. This will make sure that you won’t have the best items that make you look like a clown in the same time.

The armour families will be race based. Better items ofcourse need to be found or acquired through the content.

Another important feature in Everquest Next will be the full destructibility of environment and buildings — Everything in EverQuest Next can be destroyed. Destroy the ground beneath your enemy’s feet to make them loose their footing — or crush them under an avalanche you created. The possibilities are endless!

We wonder what this will mean to how the world will look like after a while… everything destroyed or will there be limits as to how much you can destroy, how much power this will cost etc (?!).

Everquest Next will be a MMORPG and it will have sandbox elements. It will have the usual classes, races, crafting, dungeon running, monster slaying, mounts, waypoints, death penalties etc. etc.

Death penalties won’t be about permanent death, but will have some sort of (hefty) penalty from which you will have to recover. They however want to prevent people ending up in the vicious circle of getting defeated by a monster, running around with a penalty and making even less chance of defeating the monster that killed them the first time.
Also they are thinking about a viable solution for being able to survive as a solo player.

There will be mounts in the game and there will be a fast travel network. They want us to have fun moving around in the game. The world should feel big, while you should still be able to join your friends in a manageable time (quickly).

There will be therefore fast travel implemented, but for that you will have to discover the various ‘waypoints’ before you can make use of it.

They also have talked about guilds. In most MMO’s people have/play alternative characters because they want to try out a different class, race or different role (crafting and muling versus raiding and pve/pvp).

Because of the more flexible character design, it is less likely that people will have a great amount of alternative characters (unless you are a roleplayer ofcourse).

In Everquest Next they see guilds as a channel. Every guild is like a profession or class or race. You have your main guild with the raiding or questing etc, but you are also member and in the chat channel of the weapon smithing guild and also in the Warrior’s guild channel. These channels can be active all on the same time.

As for being online / friends system. You will be able to add friends on a per-user basis or a per-character basis. This means that you can stay hidden for those you want to stay hidden for when you are playing on an alternative character.

The Everquest Next world will have a dynamic design. Weather will change continuously and realisticly. You can change the world around you by destroying or creating. Everything players do in the game will directly or indirectly affect how the storyline develops or the environment around you changes. Kings come to power, kings die, kingdoms and cities rise or fall, NPC’s appear or disappear, even GODS might change.

Everquest Next will contain both contested and non-contested content. We aren’t really talking about PvP here, but about whether a dungeon is open to the whole public, or whether you get monsters and dungeons privately and instanced to yourself / your group.

There will be PvP in the game and pvp will be in contested content, but it won’t be free-for-all everywhere.

The dynamic changing world is also formed by the monster AI implemented. They are making use of a so-called A Life + script engine. It is based upon the self sustaining form of monsters. Monsters will no longer spawn on one location only and camping is therefore useless. Monsters will move around in the world while the rest of the world also changes. Spawn points will change all the time and monsters will roam the area in group or alone. Expect smarter monsters and smarter combat.

The events that will make the decission of whether a city will fall or whether you will have an alliance with Orcs, will depend on the outcome of the so-called ‘Rallying Course’. It’s a system like a public quest system but than on steroids, said Sony.

There is also a game called Everquest Next Landmark. This, however, is not the same game. It is a sandbox game in which the main objective is to build, modify and form things next to gathering the materials and unlock the tools to do so.
Here one can also do quests, but only those that are made by you or others. It has no direct connection with Everquest Next. The only eventually direct connection with the main game is that the developers could choose your creation to be implemented in the ‘main’ game.

Everquest Next will be in beta sometime in 2014. You can sign up for it on their website. The alpha of Everquest Next Landmark will already start in February 2014 and closed beta in March 2014. Early packs can be bought to get guaranteed access to these.

Here’s a video of some features of Everquest Next:

On Sunday I will write about Everquest Next Landmark.

Game on!

Steven

Super Mario 3D World – Boss World 1

[intro] Super Mario 3D World has arrived and here’s my first gameplay video. The video is a guide on the first boss level. Here i show you where you can find all the green stars and teach bowser a lesson. [/intro] Enjoy! The Game Mistress

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Super Mario 3D World has arrived and here’s my first gameplay video. The video is a guide on the first boss level. Here i show you where you can find all the green stars and teach bowser a lesson.

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Enjoy!

The Game Mistress

GW2: Vista Guide – The Grove

[intro] Today I have got a new Vista Guide for you. This time it’s at the home of the Sylvari: The Grove. [/intro] The Sylvari have a beautiful lush and green place which they call their home city. The Vista’s here are mostly about jumping on big mushrooms. The tricky part in The Grove is … Continue reading “GW2: Vista Guide – The Grove”

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Today I have got a new Vista Guide for you. This time it’s at the home of the Sylvari: The Grove.

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The Sylvari have a beautiful lush and green place which they call their home city. The Vista’s here are mostly about jumping on big mushrooms. The tricky part in The Grove is that there are several floors.

So, if you have problems with finding all the Vista’s in The Grove, you should check my video out!

Vista Guide – The Grove

Have fun!

Game on.

The Game Mistress

Morphopolis second level playthrough

[intro] Today’s video is the playthrough of the second level of the game Morphopolis. [/intro] The second level of Morphopolis has more puzzles for you, some harder and more frustrating than others. Therefore I had to cut a little in the video, but you get to see the entire solution of every puzzle. Bugs/insects keep … Continue reading “Morphopolis second level playthrough”

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Today’s video is the playthrough of the second level of the game Morphopolis.

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The second level of Morphopolis has more puzzles for you, some harder and more frustrating than others. Therefore I had to cut a little in the video, but you get to see the entire solution of every puzzle.

Bugs/insects keep doing their jobs as cleaners in nature.

Game on!

Let’s talk about cars…

[intro] As you might know, next to gaming we are also interested in cars. Today we tested the Tesla Model S. [/intro] As a little disclaimer: I am not writing this as a preview or review, as I am not a car-expert. The Game Mistress has more knowledge of cars than I do. I am … Continue reading “Let’s talk about cars…”

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As you might know, next to gaming we are also interested in cars. Today we tested the Tesla Model S.

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As a little disclaimer: I am not writing this as a preview or review, as I am not a car-expert. The Game Mistress has more knowledge of cars than I do. I am simply writing a report of how I experienced the drive today, so there can be possibly mistakes in what I say.

Tesla Motors, originally started by Paypal and SpaceX starter Elon Musk, has created an excellent Sedan electric car that has a drive range of 501 kilometers and can get up to 100km/h in less than 5 seconds with its 416 horsepower model.

This car, the Tesla Model S, has been officially launched June this year and is selling really well. The car is well engineered and optimized for its own type. They stepped outside the box creating this car. The car is ultra light as the framework is entirely built out of aluminium. Unfortunately does the car still end up being 3000kg because of the batteries, but the weight is very well balanced over the whole car, with a slightly higher weight in the back for extra stability. The strong part in this are the batteries that are incorperated into the bottom of the frame.
The main ‘breakable’ parts of this car is the electrical motor (backwheel drive) and the batteries. Luckily there is an 8-year non-kilometer limited guarantee on these (85kwt and up). There is a 5-year new-car guarantee (or 80.000km).

Unfortunately there is a 5-6 months waiting line on getting the car as Tesla Motors has currently only one factory in California, USA. The car parts get manufactured there by big robots and the parts are then shipped via Rotterdam to Tilburg. The cars are put together there and then shipped to wherever a customer ordered one in the world.

Electric cars are the future. They have zero omissions, they don’t use fuel other than electric power and there aren’t as many parts that can break down as in a fuel car.

We tested the car here in Norway where it is being sold between 55.700 euro and 90.000 euro. Note that pricing may differ from country to country because of the local currencies and average salaries. Also do the prices differ between the 60kwh and the 85kwh models and ofcourse the many options you can add/delete.
Buying an electric car is very attractive due to a few incentives that both government and Tesla Motors have put up to help the sales and usage of Electric Cars.

For example, you do not have import tax on the car here, you barely pay any road tax (401kr), you don’t pay road toll, you can drive on collective fields (prioritized driving in busy traffic via bus/taxi lanes), you can free charge for free on most shopping centers and town centers as well as some business area’s. And here in Norway power is also cheap because of the way we generate electricity (water, wind).

Tesla offers free charging on their special SuperCharge stations and offer an 8 year guarantee on the batteries (and that is an impressive guarantee!).

Well, back to the testing. The car was amazing. The torque, the amazing power that is between electric motor and driving axxel is just amazing! As soon as you press the ‘gas’ pedal, the car just jumps forwards.

So, I asked the seller, “how do I start the car”, still hoping for an engine sound. But there is no engine sound. You press the brakes and the car activates. You press the Drive or Rewind button and as soon as you let go of the break the car will do your bidding.

Driving The Tesla Model S is smooth. The steering is smooth. The car has active breaking, so on hills it will feel as if you put your car in lower gear to break. No gear shifting here! No gears really apart from Drive and Rewind (and neutral and park for standing still).

The interior is looking in harmony. Not too many buttons, nothing really visible, all hidden inside the car. The car we tested had all or most of the upgrades you could buy extra.
Most controls of this car are actually in the software of the car. Everything other than some emergency stuff is controlled by pressing the giant 17-inch touch screen. The touchscreen has a media player, a navigation system, controls to control the temperature, the heating in the seats and most other technical aspects of the car. You can also see the power usage of the car in different diagrams and there is even a web browser! (for our website?). The car comes with a built in telephone which also has the internet usage over 3G when you are on the road, but it can pick up the wireless signals when you are near an access point. The car has 2 USB ports that can also be used for charging devices. The car has even a hotspot functionality to offer wifi internet to all devices inside the car (but that can be rather expensive over 3G).

The technical pack also has an upgrade with which you can save mirror and drivers seat settings per driver, for easier restoring in your comfortable driving position when you switch between two drivers.

To order a Tesla Model S you have to go to their website and configure it online. So here we could then also test out how our perfect car should look like, if we would want to buy one. You can change pretty much everything. Leather inside, a glass car roof, different sizes and shapes of rims and wheels, different exteriour colours, even different seats. Ofcourse also a lot of options with security, lights, music and more.

We took it for a spin to our house to get some eye’s to pop-out around our neighbourhood as well as to see some jaw’s dropping. That one never get’s old! We drove around our area as there is less traffic and a better road for testing such a performance car. Unfortunately we had to hand it back in 45 minutes time (normally you can only test drive it for 30 minutes by the way), so after been to our house, The Game Mistress took over the steering wheel and had a good spin with it.

To ‘tank’ your car up (charging) you can put it also in your home-socket and it will fully charge your car for about 12 euro in electricity. For longer trips to for example the next big city or even Europe (Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands), you simply make half an hour – an hour stops at special Tesla Supercharge stations. These charging stations use a lot of Ampere to charge the batteries directly and it takes 30 minutes to charge for 300 kilometers worth of traveling to the next SuperCharge station. Pretty neat. Unfortunately are not all of these SuperCharge stations built yet in Europe, but they will be in about a year from now. Would be cool to use a Tesla from here all the way to Germany for example to test drive it there on the motorway. The car can drive between 190 and 210 km/h as top speed (depending on the model).

If you live in a cold climate and have a strong winter with 30 degrees below 0, you have to use the power cable to pre-heat the batteries so that starting is easier and to heat the coupe. This is also to keep your car in shape and not lose any battery power. Pretty good, because other electric cars fail on this point in Norway.

It’s a beautiful car and it is a shame the test drive was so short as well as that we had to actually give the car back to them!

For those interested, here’s a video where they test the speed of an Aston Martin Rapide S in a straight line against the Tesla Model S:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JUW0l7bZn1s&t=207 (taking you directly to the test).

Otherwise I suggest to check out their website for all the details that I have missed.

Game on!
Steven