RIFT Online: Pre-Launch Queue Solution #2

My last article about staying on the character selection screen doesn’t work anymore. It was fixed on Saturday’s patch. So many are now back in the queues.  Coming home from work to a 3 to 4 hour queue is unacceptable. Actually, it’s just not doable. As of now, the game stands unplayable by anyone who has even a basic life to attend to. And I barely have that, so this is bad. Unless you either move to a new server that doesn’t have a queue, which isn’t really achievable if your guild has a foothold in the game by now, you have massive queues again. But not I.

 

And unfortunately it means dealing with an enemy I so greatly hate, Valve’s Steam Network. I really really really despise doing this. But, let’s face it. I am playing with my guild, and we are here on this server. 4 hour queues, mean that I’m not playing at all on weekdays. I have no other resort.

You can do this, even if you didn’t buy the game from Steam. First open you Steam Client (Get it, set it up if you don’t already), go to your Game Library, Add Non-Steam Game to Steam. That being RIFT. Now run the game through Steam. This will mean you have the Steam system in the background of your computer. It only gives you one thing other than massive memory use: A SHIFT-TAB to Steam Options. When you press SHIFT and TAB, you’ll pull up a small overlay by Steam, to access some dumb things no one uses. Like a crap internet browser, or friend stalking options, or other things, no one cares. This is how you will use it:

In RIFT, you can find a nice little spot, meaning safe and out of the way. You hold down the Key W, and then either A or D. So that you run in a circle. While doing this, I understand that your right hand will probably have to help you, you then do the SHIFT + TAB for the Steam Overlay.

You are now running in a circle without worry of an AFK mark from running on a wall.

You Jelly?

Also, if you play on a PvP server like mine. Die first, respawn, then run in a circle while in ghost mode. That way you don’t get player killed and go into AFK.

Obviously, with constant server maintenance, this won’t always work. Also, your computer is going to be running at full throttle. But it is something. Especially if you have family or even small things to attend to. You can somewhat still have your balance of life. It’s hard actually being tempted to not doing real life or actual obligations, because you fear the queues.

Not that it’s Trion’s fault that you blew off going out to dinner tonight with the Husband/Wife because of fear of queue, but you shouldn’t even be tempted. There is no reason, one cannot play a game as soon as they want to.

 

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P.S. I really don’t enjoy bypassing or exploiting a system. Or sharing it for that matter, Trion. The simple answer is we expected better from you. And though you have surpassed other MMO developers by quickly responding and adding multiple servers right away, it dumbfounded us that you didn’t know how many people would show up for Pre-Launch. Here’s a way to know how many servers you need. You determine how many people a server can hold and how many pre-orders you sold. Then Divide. “Oh we don’t know how many of the pre-orders will show up,” is not a viable excuse. The answer is: all of them. You don’t spend 50 to 60 buck a month or two ahead and not show up for Head Start.

RIFT Online: Pre-Launch Queue ByPass

Well it looks like another MMO fell victim to launch day woes. For the most part they seem to be handling it very well. Very few, down times, crashes, plentiful servers. But with all of RIFT’s triumphs they are repeating the failure that can’t be avoided: massive server queues.

Why is it that you are probably staring at a queue placement of 1,000+ hoping to get on in the next 3 hours? Because you technically don’t have to log off. And that’s what everyone else is doing. So you are just waiting for those that do probably shutdown, to finally shutdown.

No Reason to do That

No, you don’t have to run in place, or in circles, or write any macros. Simply /logout to the character selection screen, leave the client on, go to bed, go to dinner, go to life. Come back to no server queues with your character at the ready. Being on the character selection keeps your place on the server, and has no AFK timers.

Short of a server restart or quick patch, you don’t have to wait in line no more.

Good travels,

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EVE Online: The Universe Changes

I’m an old EVE veteran. But I don’t have much to show for it. In a game that revolves around timed training for skills, I’ve gone about it all the wrong way.

I started like many years ago in the game’s perfect state. The times when EVE was an investment, and the constant fluctuation of game play and the rush to new objectives were in constant sway with real life economy and out of game brokering. I started my character in Gallente space, and quickly found a home with newby friendly anti-pirates out in low-sec Amarr space.

What’s an Anti-Pirate? An Anti-Pirate is a player that invents this rule of ‘fair’ or ‘good’ game play. The rules in low-sec are few, and other than gate/station guns there isn’t much that holds pirates from doing just what their names implies. However, the game system doesn’t recognize anti-pirate. So many of the actions that you take as one are just viewed as criminal by the system as well. A pirate group could be camping a gate, but if you fire first, you’re the criminal.

It’s really a hard and unrewarding life. But I did it for the first 6 months of my gaming in EVE. Loss after loss, lesson after lesson, I learned so much about low-sec fighting.  Unfortunately, all the wrong the way. And in EVE, everything is tracked. Have you had an embarrassing PvP moment? Well, don’t worry, it’s captured for all time for anyone to view whenever they like on a Kill Board. Upon finally realizing that this Anti-Pie life was hard on the wallet and KB success, I found my way into Null Sec Life (0.0). I made great money, and ratted well everyday I was on. With that ratting, was always one or two roaming Reds about that we could pounce on for PvP fun. But time goes on, and things get boring.

Off and on for years I would pop back in; fly about, lose a ship, get pissed off, and set a skill to train for the last month of paid time to play. About 8 months ago, I did a version of this. But to only find my home in 0.0 had been completely taken over by Reds this time around. I found out certain things the hard way. One was, you can’t dock with a corp that doesn’t like you. So make sure you fire sale everything you can’t take. On my first dash for the ‘hell outa here’ run from 0.0, I lost a fully fitted Federation Issue Megathron with the best of the best loat in the cargo. No less, than on the last jump into NPC space to a warp bubble right of 70 KMs off the gate. Of course. They were not up for negotiations, sadly. I was able to get my pod out though, somehow by warping off and taking the long way around the systems. I was able to move out an Ishtar with a Jump Clone located at the station by going completely deeper into the Null Sec and with almost 50 jumps, making it back in to NPC space. Here I am in a station about 5 jumps into 0.0 from the heart of Amarr, but instead I decided that 50+ jumps deeper into 0.0 sec and into the heart of Red, would be better. To me, they must keep the main 3 entry points into this section of Null Sec, but bubbling the gates at all times. But I doubted they do that deep into their space. Heart racing stomach sinking feelings each time I jumped. But went into a giant 0.0 cicrle into Mimintar Space on the border of Angel Cartels. It was then just a matter of another couple dozen jumps back to a low sec area I knew and had some supplies.

I sold what I could I packed up and moved out West (Gallente Space) to participate in something I always wanted to, Faction Warfare. I travelled with my one and only ship, an Ishtar to Orovelle and signed on with the Federation Defense Union (FDU) and went to go buy more ships and equipment. In all the fun, I failed to upgrade my Clone, and in my exploration, I was podded by an Intereptor. This caused me to lose half of Cruiser V. Meaning that I wasn’t able to fly my HAC anymore. FYI, Cruiser V is a Month long training, half is 2 weeks. The CSR response in 3 days time was not very receptive. Upset that I couldn’t fly my only real ship, I logged off once again, after setting the training. And promised not to return this time.

I was never very good at promises. I recently signed back on. And with some luck, found a new home in a militia based corporation that is based with many friendly similar corporations. Each night, these corps either have scheduled or pick-up fleets. There is no lack of PvP. But what is the complete opposite experience of gameplay for me, is the PvP difference. Here in low-sec we hunt for opposite militia players, but we get the advantage over pirates as we don’t take any sec standing loses or worry about gate gun aggression. We have giant slews of players to fight, but with none of the disadvantages. Constant stable action with more than enough to choose from. Best yet, is because of high sec security against War Targets, I can have my PvE Carebear ISK making runs too, safe from invaders (for the most part).

This might be this character’s 4th year of EVE coming up, but the type of gameplay is a completely new experience. If this was the case years ago, I’m not sure I would have ever left EVE in frustration or boredom in the past. And maybe then, I would actually have a character with 4 years of Skill Points, rather than 1.5 years of SPs. Such is it, and to each their own woes to overcome.

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RIFT: Rethinking the PVP server

I’m impressed by a great deal of things in RIFT. But the open PvP is not one.

Normally I would like it. And I really thought that was the way we going to go this game. But, it’s really a major oversight in the ability to … grief the living fuck out of everyone. Because of the Rifts and the world being open. If say for instance, you found yourself very bored at level 40 in the first week. You could go waste some time by going to the level 20 area and basically just camp the healer. The NPCs can’t stop you and there is no bolster or chicken mechanic.

Not that I’m worried about getting harassed, with a guild like mine. But I’m not sure it’s just an overall good function for the game. Exactly how well is it going to go over, when a level 27 is getting spawn camped by a 2 level 40 dick holes for an hour straight? Now times that by, an entire server.

In most MMOs, the camps or NPC locations are usually nicely buffed, so even if you get owned in field, you can still spawn safely and figure out what you want to do. But RIFT’s system isn’t really fair. Nothing keeps an extremely high level from going into the lower areas (lack of coward control). And … more over, the system is set up so the RIFTS and invasions can take over NPC areas, which means there is nothing that a high level even has to avoid. They can run right into your camp as you are picking up quest, own you, your friends and the NPCs and then worse go up to the healer 5 feet away and camp you for eternity.

I only really saw a small amount of this in the last couple Betas. But it’s sure to be in full swing at launch. Anyone have thoughts or revelations that I just didn’t see? Right now, my impression of the PVP servers is they probably shouldn’t exist for RIFT’s system. But maybe I am missing something.

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It’s like Cocaine …

It’s been a crappy 2 months for MMO gaming for me. Most have the RIFT betas in between things that they are catching up with in other places. But I find myself more and more drawn away from the Betas. I don’t want to ruin the launch for myself. I don’t want to be on launch day running as fast a possible to level 30 just so I can see the new stuff. That is still going to happen, but in a way, I wish I was never in the beta.

As well DC Universe didn’t pan out for me. I thought it would give me a solid 2 weeks of fun at worst. Instead it couldn’t do 6 hours. And that’s 5.5 hours extra just because I didn’t want to hate just the beginning of the game, so I pushed through to hate more of the game. I’ve been trying to get excited about other MMO’s upcoming, doing what I can to get into Betas and other events, but alas, I was lost.

I was then playing boring cheap games, and while bored out of my forsaken mind I was updating passwords to all my recorded accounts, and went into an Inbox through Hotmail I have not used in a very long time. The 9,432 emails in my inbox were overwhelming. By the way Blizzard really really cares about my account security. Battle.net just needs me to enter my log in and password to remedy the issue to prove that I am me. Take that message a times it by 4 times a day, and yeah, there’s my inbox. Who exactly falls for that? As I attempted to actually skim the mass pile for probable important emails, I gave up and just deleted everything before 2011. At the top I saw 2 emails from CCP. 1 was the good old news letter from EVE and the other, the other had this very interesting deal;

Paraphrasing as Mr. Meh would read something:

“Oh hi, Intaki, you have been gone from us for so long. We found this old picture of you flying about and remembered the good old times. You know, the times when you were still paying us a subscription. I don’t mean to get personal, but have you been working out?

Anyways, I know things didn’t end well between us, but we figured it has been a really long time and we have changed some things. Like this cool character thing. And did we mention Sansha are invading? We know how much you loved you some Sansha Plates and Hardeners. We kind of made the servers a quite bit faster, and the Blob is not terrible to deal with anymore. And we eliminated Learning skills, so you have like 5 million SP to redistribute however you like right now.

We know you don’t believe us and would like to stand beside your last statement of “Shove it you Cod Raping Bjork Loving Ass Munchers” in your last appeal. And since our 400 other attempts to offer you 4 free days went unanswered, we figured that you may actually enjoy 14 free days. Your call?”

14 free days!!! I was thinking about taking a month to do an article on the harshness of new player experience in EVE just to see if MMORPG.com was off it’s rocker. (They are). But why use a brand new account and die constantly in cheap crap ships for a month, when I can go a die constantly in really expensive ships? Why not?

4 hours later on the character creator and a mirror now hanging about my computer monitor. I do have to say, you spend all this time in probably the most detailed, all encompassing facial creator made for a game to the users, yet you only made 8 hair styles to choose from? And it’s the extremely far and distance future, why oh why can we only still wear 1972 aviator sunglasses? But then, then you have to pick attire and then do a photo shoot for your avatar. So yeah, 4 hours. I got OCD bad.

Then I get into the game. And have a ton of SP to distribute. Enough to buy level Vs on skills that no one would normally want to wait a month for. It seems before I left last time, I left (ran out) of my old home in 0.0 sec and setup for Faction Warfare in Federation Space.

It was my 3rd day and EVE was getting old already. My connections in 0.0 were run dry and most of my old buddies were either now sold accounts or in completely different areas of play. So I kept working FW missions, hoping to find something. FW missions are … dumb. Fly really long distances, do a PVE mission, but setup for PvP because you are going to get invaded. Dumb.

On my way back from a mission, I came off a gate and a War Target (opposite faction militia player) scrammed me. It might have been awhile, but there isn’t much in the Assault Frigate line that can hold against an Ishkur very well. Instead of staying neutral and heading back to the gate, I released my drones and gave him the same scram and web he gave me. My gamble was correct, my drones skills were eating him alive. As we both had each other webbed, neither was able to get close enough to actually shoot each other. But my DPS is in 5 very nasty Hobgoblin IIs. I was at 50% armor with a Rep going, and he was about to go into structure because he couldn’t get within 5k of me. Unfortunately, I always forget about the friends. And right at the end a Destroyer shows up. It was my undoing. I probably could have switched targets and popped the destroyer, who clearly didn’t have any buffer for that kind of damage. But I didn’t. I was 3 days back and already making my KB losses worse.

I found a Corporation advertising in the militia. Though they really didn’t seem to have much to offer, they did have constant fleets that they had access to, and their top pilots had great KB scores. So I joined up. In less than a week, I’ve found a nice high sec mission area so I can run level 4s in peace when I need to. And I have setup home with a great many quick PvP ships in my new home.

When I started the game years ago, my life was in lowsec. We declared to be anti-pirates just for the sake of always having PvP. But the cost were high, as gate guns don’t know understand that claim. And Sec statuses are always an issue. I would build my time into an established Zero Sec Corp and live a luxurious life ratting the best. But I have to say, Faction Warfare is where it is at. This is fun PvP that we never had before.

So it’s been about a week and in that time I have lost 4 ships, but I’ve killed almost 2 dozen. And I’ve lost that many to bad judgement. For some reason I thought Cheap Fleeting was a good idea. And then I brought a solo gank setup to a Logi Fleet. I’m dumb. But, you apparently need to keep relearning what you thought you’ve learned about dozen times over.

Now to go home and fit up my 3 Ishtars properly. Yeah, there is no doubt that EVE is the MMO Cocaine.

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