How about these shallow theme parks games with tedious “quest” hubs? Quest my ass, these are nothing but copy/paste list of chores. It’s worst than being a temp worker doing menial jobs from a headhunter office. It feels more like players are oxen being led by the nose, doing these boring menial tasks, mindlessly being stuffed with fodder until you want to vomit.
Quests should feel epic, but these quest-based games have zero sense of epicness. “Go ten feet over there and pick vegetables from my garden.” wow epic quest. “I’m donning my legendary sword and armor…to go farming?” Quests don’t feel adventurous, meaningful any more. You just go from place to place to serve these forgettable NPCs. I did a bunch of quests in so many other MMORPGs, but I can’t tell you the how, what, or even why I did them. Because they told me to, like I’m their damn intern or servant. FFXIV even call them duties. Like it’s my duty as an adventurer to serve these useless NPCs.
This quest grind is more boring and lame than just camping. Which BTW AC2 had a very nice balance between quests and camping. Both types of gameplay are enjoyable in AC2. Really great liberty to play however you like.
Anyway, AC2 quest felt organic, had natural flow. It wasn’t all “do step one, return to me, do step two, return to me or go to next NPC.” Stupid choppy back-and-forth is disorienting, mind-numbing. No, instead, each part of AC2 quests flowed smoothly from step to step. Some steps were more involved. So devs allowed more freedom for players on how they want to pursue their goals.
Open-ended, organic, smoothly flowing, liberating, involved, mindful, purposeful–these are keywords to describe AC2 style of quests.
I’ve tried dozens of MMOs, and still nothing comes close to capture the experience, spirit, and atmosphere of Asheron’s Call 2. Open, seamless world, dropping items onto the environment, unique races and classes, etc.
But the crucial difference for me why those other games don’t hook me: lack of suspense in combat. So many games’ combat is based on trite, mindless, repetitive action. But action by itself doesn’t connect deeply with the player.
What is missing from these games is suspense, which AC 2 somehow was able to evoke. Kind of hard to explain–it has to be experienced personally: a real sense of dread, of impending failure, of “oh so close, please don’t die!”. It’s an experience that cannot be emerged by endless action and quick reflexes. There has to be more than just action; memorable experience (in games, books, movies alike) has to bring about a sequence of strong emotions, like peril, fear, belief, celebration.
Alas, it’s apparently almost impossible to find the same feelings in other MMOs (the many that I’ve tried) as I did in AC2. An essence of human experience that is absent, forgotten; something that cannot be implemented, replicated or replaced with better technology, skill, and flash.
TablesPlus plugin for WordPress
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Miss Hong Kong 2016 1st-runner up & Miss Photogenic
Damn it was love at first sight when I saw her during the 2016 Miss Hong Kong pageant on TVB. Out of all of dozens of contestants, she was the only one that stood out for me. She just has this shining aura of beauty and magnetism that makes my eyes glued to her. Probably the last time I went this head-over-heels for HK celebrity is Kate Tsui, winner of 2004 Miss Hong Kong & Miss Photogenic.
Tiffany was only 19 when she ran in the beauty pageant, so she has a lot of potential in the upcoming years. She is already heavily favored by the TV station and gets many opportunities to appear on screen as host, variety personality, and actress. I very much look forward to many years of her development, appearances, and popularity.
Tiffany constantly updates her social media news. You can follow her at Instagram and Facebook
created an official website for my BEAKL theory on keyboard layouts.
Will contain BEAKL history, principles, layouts, scores and comparisons to other layouts, references to third-party studies, etc.
PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Michael Jordan
SF – Lebron James
PF – Tim Duncan
C – Wilt Chamberlain
Coach – Phil Jackson
All of them excel at both offense and defense. All of them are winners and team players. There is nothing this team can’t do.
Chamberlain, Jordan, Curry led their teams to record-setting wins per season. Duncan also posted several 60+ wins seasons. Amazingly, they perform even better during the playoffs, when it counts.
Offensively, this team is a beast. Combine for 19 times scoring champions: Jordan 10, Chamberlain 7, James and Curry 1 each. Jordan, James are the most efficient players in the game. In terms of PER, Jordan #1, James #2, Chamberlain #5, Duncan #13, Curry #20.
Curry is the best shooter ever. He’s a real threat at the perimeter, dropping 3s like nobody’s business. Jordan, James are decent enough at 3s; they shoot better during playoffs. With practice and adjustments, James can be a reliable 3-point shooter. Even if they miss, they can rely on Chamberlain to get the rebound; he owns the career rebound record, plus 11 rebounding titles.
Defensively this team are serious contenders. Combined All-Defensive First Team 24 times. Jordan 9, Duncan 8, James 5, Chamberlain 2. (This award only began 5 years before he retired.) Combined 4 times steals leader: Jordan 3, Curry 1. Duncan is all-time playoffs block leader by a good margin, and 5th in regular season. (Chamberlain retired before they started recording blocks, but he would’ve been up there.)
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Rarity Matters = ‘Hierarchy’
Consider that 60 cards is same amount as four 15-card booster packs. Then consider the rarity of the cards you’ll get from opening those fresh packs.
With four packs, you get 1 mythic, 3 rares, 12 uncommons, and the rest commons. These new rules similarly restricts deck building by following the same ratios for a minimum 60-card deck. A deck can have any amount of commons and Basic Lands.
Additional rule: no more than three (3) copies of any card except Basic Lands.
Each additional 15 cards in your deck beyond 60 cards grants another 1 rare and 3 uncommons. For each additional 60 cards of your deck size, you may include a mythic instead of a rare.
You can trade from higher rarity for same ratio of lower rarity, or vice versa. That means you can omit 1 mythic for 3 more rares or 12 uncommons. Omit 1 rare to add 3 more uncommons. In reverse, you can trade in 3 uncommons for 1 rare or 12 uncommons for 1 mythic. Likewise, trade 3 rares for 1 mythic. Fill vacancies with commons or basics.
A card’s rarity is based on its latest printing in a core, expansion, or draftable set that are legal for that format. This includes supplemental draftable products like conspiracy and masters.
These rules can be applied to official and unofficial formats. So you can have Hierarchy Standard and Hierarchy Modern, etc.
The 12 Common Archetypes were conceived by Carl Jung to describe the common personalities and drives in all people.
This table attempts the fit them into my trinity mind/body/soul RPG system. This chart can help better define the roles and personalities of NPCs in the story.
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