Friday, August 29, 2008

World of Warcraft outside your PC!

Can't get enough of World of Warcraft(WOW)? Do you still feel the need to play even after 4+ hours of WOW, but your computer just breathed it last from overuse? Well you have several options available!

The World of Warcraft Board Game!
Designed and published by Fantasy Flight Games (also known for DOOM: The Board Game and Descent: Journeys in the Dark), World of Warcraft: The Board Game is your very first option and was also the first out-of-game product of WOW. The game was designed to be played by 2-6 players who are willing to devote 4 hours of fantasy gaming! 4 hours! At least your eyes won't be stressed to the point of exhaustion! The board game lets player choose from all the classes, races, and your faction available in the actual game to explore the continent of Lordaeron, where you could explore, gain items, and level up your hero - on a smaller scale of course.

The players are represented by miniatures included with board game, as well as supporting cards and tokens to represent items, abilities and other game elements. The ultimate goal of the game is to defeat a powerful "Overlord".

But if you're not able to find an Overlord, the players can always opt to fight the opposing faction to determine the winner. Being a premium game, it doesn't come cheap priced at $79.95, about P3600. Another downside of the board game is that the time it takes to play can start to drag especially if you're not enjoying the game but can't do much if your friends still want to continue! The board game also has two expansions to date: Shadow of War and The Burning Crusade - adding quests, 2 new races, dungeons, as well as the Outlands sub-continent!




The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (WOW TCG)!
Not into board games nor the exhausting time it takes to finish one? Do you favor quick battles but still love WOW? Then the WOW TCG may be the option for you! Brought to you by Upper Deck, the WOW TCG has mechanics quite similar to TCG's available in the market. You have Creature card, items, abilities, a graveyard, and the while lot! The whole game process can take forever to post so I've included the demo from UpperDeck's site:



But if you don't want to watch the video, you can read the rulebook here. Please take note that it is a PDF file.

The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game!

So you not into cards but still looking for tangible action to whet your WOW craving? Also from Upper Deck is the WOW miniatures game! I'm not sure about the gameplay details yet, but I have the feeling that it would something like Heroclix by WizKids with dice rolling nd mybe some modifier cards to supplement the minis.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

NEED MORE DOTA!

More DOTA! For those that eat, drink, and sleep DOTA - here the stuff you need to know about the latest version 6.54b:

* Added extra dynamic replay data to help replay parsers present in-game data (see below)
* Rebalanced Invoker (see below)
* Reworked Shadow Priest (see below)
* Various changes to Phantom Lancer and Spirit Lance (see below)
* Changes to Aphotic shield and Borrowed Time (see below)

* Improved hero selection process in RD
* Added hotkeys for recipe stores
* Changed Elder Dragon Form MS Bonus from 10/35/60 to a constant 25
* Changed Freezing Field mechanics a bit. The slow now comes from the area rather than the explosions. Changed the distribution method on Freezing Field as well
* First Blood bounty is shared with the team if Sent/Scourge get the last hit
* Untouchable now triggers off being targeted by attacks or spells
* Rewrote Avalanche to fix various minor bugs
* Decreased Inner Vitality cooldown from 30 to 25 seconds
* Lowered Clockwerk's strength gain
* Lowered early damage on Rocket Flare
* Added Internationalized text support for GameScore Board, EndScore Board and Observer Board
* Added extra data to end of replay (Player Gold, Assists, Neutral CS, Items)
* Improved Bloodrage a little
* Lowered base armor on Lycan's Wolves from 5 to 2
* Minor reduction to Clockwerk's base armor
* Rewrote Maledict for some optimizations
* Toss no longer uses manacost/cooldown if you make an invalid cast
* Toss now seeks its target
* You can now only -kickafk allied afk players
* Temporarily undid the movability of items in cooldown while some issues are being fixed
* Phantom Lancer's images now create a dummy Spirit Lance effect when the primary casts it
* Player turn indicator for RD is made clearer
* Added extra orb effect notations to items and abilities (228748)
* Blur visual effect is now applied only to enemies (190092)
* Changed the name and icon for Flask of Sapphire Water (206885)
* Illuminate wave now gives vision (226661)
* Rewrote Devour. It now shows progress bar overhead and doesn't reveal you (217291)
* Sentinel Ancients buildings are now in rooted model form (216494)
* Added a new fun mode -mi(miniheroes) that creates the hereos at half size
* Added a new command to customize water color for local player (-water red, -water blue, -water green or -water default)
* Displayed gold animation for First Blood bounty
* Winners are now displayed in Warcraft's score screen (234657)
* Dummy lineup units in RD now show player name
* Improved Acid Spray visual effect
* Increased Spin Web visual transparency
* Increased the size of the recently added $ symbol for observers and replays
* New Sonic Wave visual effect
* New Maledict visual effect
* New Freezing Field visual effect
* New Black Hole visual effect
* New Spirit Lance visual effect
* New Flask of Sapphire Water visual effect
* New visual effect for units with Poison Nova buff
* New Weave cast visual effect
* Updated Hookshot tooltip
* Fixed a bug with casting March of the Machines on a cliff (DonTomaso)
* Fixed a bug with Feral Heart and swapping or repicking
* Fixed a minor bug with Grow
* Fixed a bug with Infest and Refresher-Necronomicon
* Fixed a bug with Melting Strike on Invoker
* Fixed a bug with Timewalk and Power Cogs
* Fixed a minor bug with Expulsion
* Fixed a rare glitch with Time Walk
* Fixed Armlet typo
* Fixed a rare bug with Borrowed Time where it sometimes doesn't use cooldown when triggered
* Fixed Battle Hunger buff tooltip
* Fixed Bottle activating Mana Leak
* Fixed Enchant on neutral creeps with initially reduced mana
* Fixed Feral Heart buff level tooltip
* Fixed -fs text bug introduce last version
* Fixed -kickafk warning text not showing up
* Fixed some issues with Hookshotting someone near trees
* Fixed some targetting bugs with Lucifer
* Fixed Stifling Dagger not working properly when it hits a fogged unit
* Fixed various other tooltip errors


++ Invoker Changes:
- Invoke levels at 2/7/12/17 with cooldown from 30/30/15/5 to 30/25/12/5 and manacost from 20/40/60/80 to 20/50/80/110
- Sunstrike: cooldown 60->30, manacost 250->175
- Deafening Blast: cooldown 25->40
- Chaos Meteor: cooldown 30->70
- Forge Spirit: cooldown 70->30, manacost 200->75, casting with ones already on field kills old ones. Improved visual look slightly. If both elements are level 4 or higher, double spawn.
- Tornado: Airtime from 0.4/0.7/1.0/1.3/1.6/1.9/2.2 -> 0.6/0.85/1.1/1.35/1.6/1.85/2.2 Same final damage, 120 starting damage instead of 190
- Alacrity: Is now WWE, cooldown 20->15 Duration 5->6, manacost 125->50, Original IAS: 40/60/80/100/120/140/160. New IAS: 30/40/50/60/70/80/90. It now gives damage as well: 20/30/40/50/60/70/80.
- EMP: changed to pure Wex ability, WWW. 0.5 HP lost for each mana drained. Tweaked various other aspects such as cast range and manacost.
- Ice Wall: Rescaled duration from 4->10 to 3->12. Improved Exort based damage from 5/10/15/20/25/30/35 to 6/12/18/24/30/36/42

++ Shadow Priest:
- Changed Shallow Grave completely. It is now a basic ability
- Changed how Weave works. It is now an ultimate
- Reduced Shadow Priest's cast point
- Shadow Wave can now bounce back to you at the last wave if you are in range. Also added an extra bounce at level 3 and 4

++ Phantom Lancer:
- Reworked Spirit Lance
- Phantom Lancer images now create a dummy Spirit Lance effect when the real one casts it
- Lowered Doppelwalk invisibility duration from 12 to 8
- Increased and Standardized all Phantom Lancer images' percentage of damage taken
- Lowered maximum image count

++ Abaddon:
- Improved how Borrowed Time works and increased cooldown
- Reworked Aphotic Shield stats

6.54b: Fixed an exploit with Borrowed Time

Get the latest DOTA version from the official DOTA Download site!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More LOL CATS! RAWR!

I love Cats! Independent, undisciplined, naughty, and so full of energy! So during a cat picture hunt I stumbled on the LOL cat pictures. Cat (mostly) pictures with witty captions in unique LOL cat language! Typing a quick Google run, I quickly found one of the best sites to satiate my LOL cat itch! You can check it out here : icanhascheezburger

Weird name eh? It's actually I Can Has Cheez Burger. Here's why:

I just kept laughing when I browsed through pages and pages of LOL cat pictures! My office mates even told me to keep it down! Here's another!

And get this, there is a programming language based on the LOL Cats language! Check my post on LOLCODE.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Y4IT - Youth Congress for Information Technology 2008!

It's that time of the year where the Philippine Youth gets together once a year to listen and participate in seminars hosted by the University of the Philippines Information Technology Training Center (or UPITTC) and conducted by respected techvangelists from all over the country! The Y4IT will run from Sept. 2 to 5! With 17000+ registered participants, it obvious this youth congress is something you don't want to miss! Register here!

The Latest IT Trends Crash Course

With talks ranging from eLearning 2.0 to Wordpress, the Youth Congress takes about 4 days to finish, with each day featuring different topics and speakers and with Senetor Kiko Pangilinan as the key note speaker to boot. (Yawn) Although not yet final, here are some of the topics to be discussed:

  • Nanobiophotonics & Wireless Technology
  • eLearning 2.0
  • Blogging
  • CGI in Film Animation
  • Social Networking
  • Blu-Ray Technology
  • IT Certifications
  • Careers in Embedded Systems
  • Podcasting
  • PhilNITS as a National IT Standard
  • What Employers Look for in IT Graduates
  • Outsourcing & Offshoring
  • News Portals: The New Information Channel
  • Next Generation Game Development
  • IT in Medicine
  • Video on Demand
  • Mobile Animation
  • Ruby on Rails
  • IT Forensics
  • IT Entrepreneurship
  • Wikipedia & Collective Intelligence
  • Information Security Analytics
  • Digital Media & Distribution Channels
  • Photoblogging
Sponsor Booths and so much more!

Of course, being an event that would reach out to thousands of potential customers, the Y4IT will have a lot of sponsors and their product booths tailing behind. Some of the notable sponsors are Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Acer and Fujitsu Ten. Trivia - I got Fujitsu Ten's (my current employer) hiring pamphlets during the last Y4IT, so this event is not limited to high school or college students, all you unemployed graduates move your asses and visit the booths! Oh and yeah, there will be loads of exhibitors to keep you busy for an hour or so with their wares!

For more information and registration go to the Y4IT's site!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The overated 3G iPhone!

Ah yes, the venerable iPhone finally hits the Philippine shore (legally) via Globe. But why am I not jumping up and down screaming iPhone? This is why:

The only way anyone's getting the iPhone free is if you subscribe to a monthly P5000 (roughly $110) Plan, which is way beyond a typical Filipino salary man's pay for a phone with an iPod touch hybrid. The prepaid offer is even worse! P41899 ($931)!!! I could buy a friggin' laptop with that! Brand new to boot!

All in all, the iPhone was too hyped and overated by most people, now the demand is exploding on everyone's face. I'm sticking to my phone without an I, which is priced right for its features and still allows my to enjoy my life without worrying about phone bills.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Earn while searching!


Yup, another way to earn while doing sometime you do almost everyday! Which is? Searching of course! A new site just popped out a few weeks back that promises to pay you while you search! This site is Scour! To earn you just have to use the scour website (or the scour toolbar) to search, and the great thing about it is that it uses the Google, Yahoo, and MSN search engines so you could browse all of the possible search results in one page, neat eh? You could also generate positive or negative feedback by clicking on the thumbs up or thumbs down icons and by commenting the results, this affects the search results ranking, meaning if you want a certain result to be more visible, give it positive feedback. Each time you search, give feedback or comment you earn corresponding points which you have to accumlate to reach your desired payout. The lowest payout being $25 for 6500 points you earn.

Never Again GLOBELINES! Never Again!

After almost one month of being cut off from the Internet, I finally get to post something! Geez! The problem started when a thunderstorm was brewing a month ago and I think my wireless router picked up more than it could handle. Immediately after that, I lost my connection.

Here is where I get so pissed at my service provider (Globelines) - when I called their technical support they told it was a facilities problem their technicians were working on, so OK I gave them three days. I followed up again after three days and now they tell me that my loss of connection had nothing to do with the facility they told me about during my last call! So I told them to send a technician to service my unit or connection, they say OK and wait for the technician to call. After a WEEK of more waiting, the technicians arrive (without calling) and diagnose my problem to be sim related and that it should be replaced. So OK I told them I'd follow up with Globelines stating the sim problem. So Globelines tells me to wait AGAIN for the techs to arrive with a new sim replacement. Another WEEK goes by, and the technicians arrive - WITHOUT A SIM CARD ON HAND! I mean C'MON! I specifically told the technical support to give the techs a sim card before coming to my house! So yet again I follow up with Globelines and they said they'd now coordinate with the technicians! What morons! Why not do that in the first place?!? Now this is the worst part of it all, after three days the technicians arrive again, now saying that it wasn't the sim that was faulty after all! It was Globelines that DID NOT connect me to the F**king system! And that Globelines just had to do something remotely to fix my damned connection! WHY DIDN'T THEY F**KING DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE - ABOUT A MONTH AGO!

Never again Globelines, never again... Once my 1 year contract is done, they're losing this customer.