Super shallow summary of my time with the Marvel Heroes 2015 roster

I downloaded the test version of Marvel Heroes 2015 so that I could try out some members of the roster that I was consdiering coughing up my hard earned (hah) money for. I ended up trying out every single member of the roster. Most of them were low level (the game clones your main account where I only have a handful) so admittedly you dont get a great feel for how they play, but this was more about seeing how they look, sound, animate, etc. So here are my super shallow impressions: Continue reading…

Thoughts on DLC (and how DLC+Dynasty Warriors 8=head wrecked)

To be honest I dont know why this is irritating me as much as it is, but its like a constant mental itch that I just cant scratch. So writing this is me trying to scratch it. First a little background, I am generally a big fan of DLC. As long as its not transparently exploitative or bullshit “horse armour” rubbish then why wouldnt I want more content and options for a game I enjoy? So I will generlly buy DLC for games I enjoy. However these days I normally only play through a game once (there are some noteable exceptions like the Souls games) so if I know theres a lot of DLC coming I have two choices – play the game now and then try and get another play through when all the DLC is available or put off playing the game until all the DLC is out. Both of these approaches have their downfalls, which I have fallen prey to. Continue reading…

Man Vs Belly – My first month with WeightWatchers

I don’t want to shock you gentle reader, but I’m overweight. Not as overweight as I was in the past but nowhere near my “proper” weight either. Over the years I’ve tried various diets and eating plans, with the results ranging from excellent to disastrous. So about five weeks ago, after my most recent home-brewed healthy eating plan failed to get off the ground, I decided to try a more structured commercial plan. A few years ago I’d enjoyed some amount of success with WeightWatchers ZeroCount plan. Which they dont do any more it transpires. But after investigating a little further they now have a very similar option in their “Filling & Healthy” plan. As there is a less than zero chance of me ever going to a “live” meeting, and as it was on special offer, I signed up for three months of WeightWatchers Online. Continue reading…

30 Days of (space black) Night – Week 04 – Knocking on Tannhausers Gate

Wherein the reader is illuminated and amused by details of my fourth (and possibly last *gasp*) week back with EVE Online, or told how I played too much Diablo 3 and ignored EVE. Continue reading…

Man Vs Belly – Return to the temple of diet bar doom

So back over here I outlined my initial forays into the world of jam and diet bar manufacture. The former turned out splendidly, the latter, not so much. But undeterred I ventured once more into the fray. I wish I could tell you that I fought the good fight, and the second batch turned out better. I wish I could tell you that – but homemade diet-bars is no fairy-tale world. Continue reading…

Man Vs Belly – Healthy “Rice Krispie” Bars and Zero point “Monkey Butter”

Well I am nearing the end of my third week trying out the Weight Watchers program. I’ll cover it in another post but in short its going quite well. But I am now obsessed with using as few points as possible and I find that the biggest point sink (apart from affordable mince oddly enough) is snacks. Particularly “proper” snacks i.e. non healthy ones. The other day I was consumed by the bizarre urge for a rice krispie bun which lead me on a hunt for healthy rice krispie buns which ultimately led to the creation/modification of the recipes below. Oh yeah, I suppose I should mention, there are no actual rice krispie’s involved here. Sorry for breaking your heart. Continue reading…

30 Days of (space black) Night – Week 03 – Massaging the shoulder of Orion

Wherein the reader is illuminated and amused by details of my third week back with EVE Online, specifically a tale of one man’s battle to free ore from giant space rocks. Continue reading…

30 Days of (space black) Night – Week 02 – C-beams in the dark

Wherein I detail the second week of my return to EVE Online; where I abandon the questionable glory of blowing the shit out of NPC pirates for the gold rush dreams of big mining! Continue reading…

30 Days of (space black) Night – Week 01 – Return to New Eden

Around this time a year ago my initial foray into the world of EVE Online ended, and at the risk of using an already over-used phrase, not with a bang but with a whimper (you can check out my glorious progress here – Part 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, Interlude 1, 06). Well actually to be accurate it ended with dis-interest. But a spare code for a months worth of game time and the lure of my characters name on a statue lured me back in. I initially wasnt planning to play at all, I didnt even have the game installed but I figured I might as well give it a go, even casually. So now I’ve 30 days to re-visit the world of, quite possibly, the most notorious MMO out there. How will I get on? Continue reading…

How to get up and running with Phantasy Star Online 2 in 15 easy steps

The fan translation efforts have really simplified the process. So basically here’s what you need to do.

1. Go to ARKS Layer and download the english installer here. It’s about 16GB (I have it on USB if anyone near me wants to just copy it)

2. While you’re at it use the torrent here to download the story patch (~2GB’s). Also download the tweaker which you will be using as an alternate launcher.

3. While its downloading you will need to set yourself up with a SEGA ID. There’s a step by step guide on how to do that here. I’d suggest doing it in Chrome because its automatic language translation seems to work better than Firefox and because you can use this handy extension.

4. Once you have your account setup and the game downloaded install the game. It takes up about 20GB so somewhere with a fair amount of space. Do not launch the game when the installer ask you to.

5. Copy the tweaker to your install directory (you dont need to do this but it makes things tidier) and launch it. If any dialogs pop up just keep hitting No for the moment.

6. First things first, click on the orb in the top left corner of the tweaker and chose “Select pso2_bin folder” and make sure its pointing to the right place.

7. Click on the orb again and select “Check for PSO2 updates”, if there are any the tweaker will download and install them. It’ll also check all the files to make sure theyre up to date which can take a little while. Every time the main game updates you need to re-apply all the patches which is why you do this first.

8. Click the orb, click “Install/Update Patches”, select English Patch. It will ask do you want to use a locally downloaded file. Select No, it will download and install the patch (its about 7 MB’s)

9. Click the orb, click “Install/Update Patches”, select English Large Files. It will ask do you want to use a locally downloaded file. Select No, it will download and install the patch (its about 70 MB’s)

10. Click the orb, click “Install/Update Patches”, select English Story Patch. It will ask do you want to use a locally downloaded file. Select Yes, direct it to the story patch you downloaded earlier and let it do its stuff. When its done it will likely say theres an update to the story patch. Let it download and intall that (its usually fairly small).

11. You are now read to rock and can hit “Launch PSO2″. Though first I’d suggest hitting “Remove Censor File” and hitting apply selected changes (dont get excited its just for chat). You may run into some issues with the games GameGuard software. I found turning off my antivirus software and using the tweakers (Orb->Troubleshooting->Fix Gameguard) option fixed the issue. Once you launch the game you can exit, turn back on your antivirus and re-launch.

12. Once in the game follow the instructions to login and create your character. The official unofficial English Ship(Server) is Ship02:UR (and within that Block 20).
13. You can only have one character per account (you can buy more slots with real money). So have a play around with the characer creator. You swap class at will so you dont really need to worry about that. You can save characters youve created and then exit the character creator go back in and reload them.

14. When creating your character it will ask do you have a friend code, a friend code gives both the referrer and the referee a reward every ten levels, as such you should totally use my friend code – 10538519

15. After that you can get playing, I’d recommend a controller as I think it fits the game better but unsurprisingly mouse and keyboard is probably the “superior” option. Oh and let me know so we can team up and I can finally do some of the group missions properly.

Essential Links

As I mentioned above while the English patches translate a fair bit theres still a good amount they dont. For most things googling “pso2 [what I want to find here]” has worked well for me but there are some sites that you will end up going to again and again:

Bumped.org – Best place to keep up to date with PSO2 news and their range of Guides is extensive.

Cirnopedia – English language wiki with item/quest translations

Banjo’s Mag guide – Everything you want to know about Mags

PSO World Forums guide section – Great amount of guides and what seems to be the most active PSO2 english forum. I’d recommend checking out the Official Build Thread it covers the pros and cons of all the races and classes and offers sample builds. I’d actually suggest skimming the race and gender stuff before you lock down your character.

PSO 2 Reddit – What you’d expect

PSO2 Keyboard controls – A list of the default keyboard mappings.