Monday, November 8, 2010

New Game: Warband, cRPG

I downloaded a game on Tuesday called "Mount & Blade: Warband." I've played the game before, back when the original came out, but I thought I'd give it another spin. The game has a really interesting and exciting approach to medieval combat, on a 3rd/1st person level. To be honest, I bought the game not even to play the vanilla or "native" version, but to play a mod called cRPG. cRPG allows you to play Warband in a sort of persistent universe--think MMO style, with character statistics, equipment, etc.

One of the coolest features is that, while persistent, the game is played like any other FPS. You end up playing what averages out to about four minute round games, single spawn. You get gold and experience, spend said things, rinse and repeat. Now, recall that I said I bought the game on Tuesday. Between Tuesday, and yesterday (5 days), I've played...

45 hours. That's at least five hours a day, and bear in mind that Sundays are pretty busy for me. But this game is pretty incredible. It's not even that it's mind-blowlingly awesome. I think it is that simple quality of all MMOs that, with a level based improvement system, you just "want to get to that next level," and end up playing into the early hours of the morning to do so.

Anyway, great game. Below are some pictures of the epic matches. Some of the servers have upwards of 150 player capacity--that's right, 75 vs. 75 medieval battles with horses, archers, knights, and all sorts of other peasant related warriors. Definitely recommend this game, even if it's going to slowly drag down my GPA.

Let's do this.

This is the first blog post I make here of (what I hope to be) many. I really doubt anyone will read or comment on this post, at least for quite some time. But that's ok--everyone has to start somewhere. I really don't mind that this first post will be depressingly empty, because if I ever get even one comment, or two in the future, then I've doubled my viewers.

Of course, you're wondering who I am. "I," am a college student, studying Chemistry. I'll be the first to tell you, I hate chemistry with a deep passion. But hey, it seemed like a good idea in high school. I'm the first of many college students to be so caught up in their original idea of a major to not realize that what you did in an AP Chemistry class in high school might not be the same as college level chemistry. Of course, most of those kids were a bit smarter, and changed majors to something like Business, or Health and Exercise Science. Not me. I'm sticking with it, because I'm only about six hours away from finishing some absurdly hard classes, and then (hopefully) being home free.

What else? I'm a fraternity man, and I'm in ROTC. I won't share with you my fraternity or branch at the moment, though if you dig around on here, you'll probably come across it eventually. I sing quite a bit, though I've never been in choir. Apparently I'm pretty decent, thought to be honest I have no idea.

What is this blog about? I don't know yet... but that's ok. We'll get there. I expect (and you can to) that it will eventually come to be daily musings, interesting articles, funny videos, and everything in-between. I'll likely leave you commentaries on politics, rants about how much I hate running (I do, almost as much as chemistry), or what I just ate--it's not really any of your business what I eat, but I'll share, isn't that what blogs are about?

And then there's you. I wouldn't mind having some feedback and comments every now and then--I'd be glad to come visit your blog too. I'm a busy guy, school and such, but I like to grow by reading what other people have to say.

Anyway, that's that.

Ceremonial first post? ✔