Archive for March, 2010

Champions Online Review, part 3

Friday, March 26th, 2010

This installment, I will cover combat and tutorial zones

Once you create your character, you’re ready for combat. What better way to introduce you to the mechanics of the game than to land you smack dab in the middle of an alien invasion! Fortunately, you have the best superteam, the Champions, assisting you.
During this tutorial, you are introduced to the game mechanics such as attacking, draining power for energy, and blocking for defense. On the way you are given various mini missions, such as rescuing civilians, assisting emergency teams, gathering info on the invaders, and of course blasting aliens back to their home planet.
After you successfully finish the training mission and are rewarded for your efforts, you then have a choice of participating in two more instances (or crises) in the southwest desert, or northern Canada. In both, you will be introduced to arms, science, or mystic crafting, where you collect the necessary components to craft items for offence, defense, general utility, weapon/power enhancement, or various instant powers (summoning robots, healing, shields etc.)
After the crisis is resolved (for now) you can finally play the game proper. You can start by purchasing new powers gained by leveling through training, and crafting new items. You can also continue searching for missions through contacts in the desert or Canadian zones. If you feel you leveled enough, you can return to Millennium City, and start missions there.
The game zones themselves are worth mentioning. The second introductory zones, as mentioned are a desert, and arctic zone. The desert zone contains a ghost town (complete with ghosts) a radioactive wasteland, supervillain prison, and a wild west theme park, all with unique adventure possibilities. The Canadian zone includes patriot/terrorists, supernatural threats, and clone armies. All designed to be a formidable threat to your character.

In the next installment, I will cover Millennium City, some of the later zones, major villain groups, supergroups and teaming, powersets, and missions unique to this MMO.
In the meantime, here is a MashOn comic of my character Psyche. Enjoy!

…because suing South Park is always effective

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

EA Sports is going to sue over the Tiger Woods game on last week’s South Park.

Back to the well, bay-bee, yeah!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Mike Myers has signed on for a fourth Austin Powers movie.

And fortunately, with all the clout he has gained from The Cat in the Hat and The Love Guru he was able to finagle a contract for ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Happy Birthday, Luann!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Congrats to Greg Evans on his strip’s hitting the quarter-century mark!
http://comics.com/luann/2010-03-17/

Cactus wins the Nuovo!

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Hey, game-related post, sooner than I thought. One of my favourite game creators, whose work I’ve even reviewed here at Monitor Duty, is Jonatan “Cactus” Soderstrom. His latest game, Tuning, just took home the Nuovo Award for abstract/experimental games at the Independent Games Festival.

A Geek In Need…

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Hey gang! Been awhile since I posted in these parts. I’ve got a few comics- and video game-related posts coming soon. I’ve just been crazy-busy as of late with a whole number of things, one of which is the new feature film I’m making with my wife, Olivia Forever!

As a matter of fact, that very same film is in need of some geek assistance. We have found ourselves in need of a Sasquatch. If anyone has a Sasquatch costume, or (more likely) an adult-sized Chewbacca costume that they don’t mind us modifying, please shoot me an e-mail at milos_parker at yahoo dot com. Again, if you have a Chewbacca costume, we’re going to be modifying it beyond recognition— so no collector’s items.

We have $0, but will cover S+H.

Holy Web Meme Batman!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

It’s a website with every exclamation by Robin, the Boy Wonder! From Holy Agility! to Holy Zorro!

Oops! Podcast #5 now added to feeds

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

For some reason, podcast #5 was not marked to be included in the feeds. This means that if you subscribe via iTunes, you didn’t see it. I’ve now re-saved that episode and you should see it now.

Podcast #6 is being worked on right now. I’m building the post for it.

Podcasts a’comin’!

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

I’m taking some Lynda.com training to become more proficient with my editing software. I’ll have at least one podcast done by the end of this weekend.

Here’s something hilarious for you until then: