It’s always nice to see fantastic cosplay when you wake up first thing in the morning.  So, this is what I woke up to…some very awesome Demon Hunter cosplay on DeviantArt.

As someone who plays a demon hunter in Diablo 3, I fully approve!  The costume maker said that the costume isn’t done at the time of this photo shoot, but really, I can’t tell.  The costume looks just like the costume that my own Demon Hunter Kshali wore when I first started playing her back in May!

Well done nephalem, well done.

 

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We’ve all been there as tabletop gamers.  We’re sitting around the table during a long, drawn out scene.  Either someone is doing some sort of scene on the side where your character isn’t involved or there’s some long drawn out battle and your turn in the initiative hasn’t come back around again.  You start fiddling around with your dice and soon you’re trying to see how many d4 you can successfully stack.

Well, d20Rabbit just happened to have a porn star at his house a few weeks ago by the name of Sabrina Deep and she just happened to get a hold of his dice.  We’re actually trying to get her to game, but I suppose a successful dice tower is a step in the right direction.  Now the next time she’s in town, we can try to get her to sit down for a one shot!

Diablo 3 Demon HunterLike everyone else, I pre-ordered Diablo 3 (by Blizzard) and received it back in May.  However, unlike everyone else, I didn’t get to play until early June due to being in the states on business.

I’m not going to muse upon the game, mostly because if you put Diablo3 into Google you’ll find a liturgy of whines and complaints.  Don’t worry, I’m right in there on being disappointed that Blizzard put out a fairly crap product instead of releasing the product we’ve all come to know and love with the Diablo franchise.  However, what I’d like to do is go over my thoughts on Diablo 3 patch 1.0.5.

While patch 1.0.5 didn’t get rid of the Real Money Auction House (RMAH), it did fix a number of things that I didn’t like about the game.  A big one seems to be the rubber banding and lag (gotta love the always on DRM…that was a brilliant addition to Diablo, really it was guys).  Or maybe I’m just lucky.  Either way, it’s nice not having to disable every process known to man before firing up Diablo3 for a gaming session.

If you want to see the full patch notes, visit the Diablo3 blog here.

Monster Power

Thank you, thank you, thank you Blizzard for introducing this.  If you played Diablo2, you’ll remember a feature kind of like this (the Players X command).  Basically in Diablo 3, Monster Power lets the players scale monster difficulty up and down.  Level 10 in normal (with an Inferno geared Demon Hunter) means machine gunning mobs and getting a bucket full of loot.  Level 10 Monster Power on Inferno (when you’re really not geared for it) means you’re looking to see if anyone was able to catch the license plate of that Buggati Veyron that just mowed down the family dog.  All I’ve got to say is my other half and I looked at each other and sheepishly went back to a Monster Power of 1.

New Event: Infernal Machine

My other half and I haven’t started farming the components for the Infernal Machine event yet.  However, we also haven’t completed the game on Inferno yet either.  My other half has been farming, and I’m trying to get my new Vampire Darkages campaign written and prepare the one shot adventure of Savaged My Little Pony: Whinny of Cthulhu for the November 11th Amsterdam Meetup.  So this is my long winded way of saying, I have no opinion yet.

Demon Hunter Changes

Ok, I’ll admit.  When I first read that Blizzard was screwing with the Sentry ability on Demon Hunters, I was pissed.  Especially since they had just talked about in an article a few months prior on how this is one of the more underused abilities and they wanted to see people using it more.  HEY! I USE IT! Don’t screw with it!Demon Hunter Sentry

What change did they make to it? Well, first they changed it’s base power from 1o Discipline to 30 Hatred.  I really hate this since my hatred regen is crap.  I don’t have a few million lying around for gear with high Dexterity and resistances AND hatred regeneration.  However, they did increase damage from 55% to 175% AND after a short little refresh (10 seconds I think) I can have 2 out.  This has made me have to change the way I kite, but it’s not too bad.

But then they have made it so that the Sentry can no longer critical hit.  Boooo!  They did screw around with some of the skill runes.  I think one of them increases the damage more, one reduces cooldown time, and the last increases damage on the Chain of Torment, which I never use.

And of course they had to screw with the Demon Hunter’s companion as well.  I now have a 30 second cooldown which REALLY BLOODY SUCKS WHEN YOU KEEP DYING REPEATEDLY.  I repeat, the cooldown sucks.  The rest of the screwing about on both animal companion and the rest of the Demon Hunter skills don’t affect me.  But I still really hate that 30 second refresh on my bloody bat.

Other General Changes

- Extra loot for every stack of Nephalem Valor
- Experience shrines were put back into Inferno…meh
- 2 new shrines…Empowered which increases resource regeneration and reduces cooldowns (handy) and Fleeting shrine which increases speed and pickup radius.  Meh again.
- Followers, pets, summoned creatures wont’ attack enemies that are idle.  That means no more losing goblins…about bloody time.
- Reduction of snare was reduced.  Meh.
- In the auction house I can now save search parameters and search for items like the one I have…THAT should have been around all along IMO.
-  Bosses will drop improved loot the first time they’re killed in each difficulty…..meh.
- Crafting materials stack to 500.  YAY!
- Crafting regents can be converted to the next highest level. YAY.  This actually made me over a million gold the other day since Subtle Essences were rare and I had about 500 of them.

Diablo3There’s a whole bunch of other changes that came with this major patch, but I think what I mentioned made a significant change to my view of the game.  Blizzard finally listened to the players and changed things to make the game more enjoyable, in my opinion.  Sure, there’s going to continue to be whiners, but hey.

Now all I’d like to see is my repair bill drop from 30k + to something much lower….

 

Masumi Max in Mermaid CostumeThe other day while I was looking through pin-up and glamor model content at work, looking for Halloween content, I came across Masumi Max doing this fantastic, cosplay of a mermaid!

I’ll admit, I’ve always been a little jealous of Masumi Max because quite honestly, she gets to wear some of the coolest corsets, costumes and shoes for her modeling shoots.  I’m not sure how many times I’ve threatened to track her down and raid her closet, but I’ll probably continue to do so for as long as I’m “forced” to deal with her.  The sacrifices I make…oh well, at least I was promised some make-up from her new make-up line! Squee!

If you’re not shy about some bare flesh (those shell bras can’t be comfortable!), check out a little more Masumi Max in her Mermaid costume here.

In March 2000 the Succubus Club CD was released for Vampire the Masquerade.  On that CD was the Clan Tremere song that was produced by Diary of Dreams.  Now, 12 years later, Diary of Dreams has re-released Blind in Darkness on their brand new acoustic album called Anatomy of Silence (19 October 2012) under the name of Rumours About Angels.

A few weeks ago Diary of Dreams put a short clip of the song out for fans on their Official Facebook Fan Page, and I instantly fell in love.  Where the original song was very hard to understand and creepy (which we all know isn’t exactly out of character for the Tremere), the re-release has been ‘jazzed’ up.  I really love how Adrian Hate’s singing is much clearer in this version.  For a Tremere player, it really does justice to the first verse.

I will plaster all you mortals with dominating guts
I will torment revelations – I did never ask for much
I will taste the detonation while the geminis go wild
I’ll absorb the human sigh, eradicate your dormant lie…

Some fans of the song might argue that the song really doesn’t reflect the original melody, however, it does go back to the original melody at about 2:10 into the song.  But then after the original melody, it really kind of gives this thrilling little punch while going into the chorus.

Of course there is one minor thing that is driving me nuts about the re-release of Blind in Darkness/Rumours About Angels on the Anatomy of Silence album…the ONLY date where Diary of Dreams is close to me on their Anatomy of Silence acoustic tour is October 31st, a bloody damned weekday! Ah well.  I suppose I’ll have to survive with the album for now.

If you like the acoustic version of Blind in Darkness/Rumours About Angels, then check out the other songs on the album.  I never was fond of the album version of She and Her Darkness and preferred the live version, but Anatomy of Silence fixes that.  And of course you have other favorites such as Amok and Traumtanzer as well!

Make sure to support Diary of Dreams and purchase Anatomy of Silence to support their efforts and keep Adrian Hates and the crew making music for us!

When I used to play the popular SOE MMO, Everquest, I made my rounds on the Nameless (formerly Innoruuk) server.  I was Kshali Mourningmoon, a high level pink druid that was a killer healer and raid leader.  Once a month I went up to Orlando and became Kshal, the red haired necromancer, and once a week I drove over to West Palm Beach and became Kali the Tremere in Vampire Darkages or Tala the atheist niece of the Norse god Loki in D&D.  However, by day I was simply GamerGrrl, an employee of one of the numerous juvenile detention centers operating in Florida.

However, according to the GOP, my game playing means that I live a “bizarre double life” and live in a fantasy world.  Or does that not apply to me because I’m not running for a state senate seat like Colleen Lachowicz who was called out by the Republican Party a few weeks ago (Google it, you’ll get tons of hits)??

When I mentioned this rather strange political attack made by the GOP to my other half, who is also a gamer, he just looked at me and said who’s living in the fantasy world? Those of us who game and exercise our creative side, or Republicans who failed biology class or are trying to figure out why airplane windows don’t roll down.  Good question.

Seriously, why are those of us who choose to spend our free time playing games, of any types, freaks or weirdos? I really rather be running a game of Vampire the Masquerade or Paranoia for my friends than going to a bar and drinking.  I rather play the zombie board game “Last Night on Earth” instead of playing golf or bowling.  I don’t really care for watching TV, there’s only so much sporting I can get in with my weight lifting, and quite frankly the pocket book can’t really support going out all that often.

Playing a MMO (massively multiplayer online rpg) doesn’t make a person “sick”, “evil”, or “addicted.”  If a person has an addictive personality, they are GOING TO FIND SOMETHING to get addicted to be it drugs, drink, or a video game.  If a person can lead a productive life and their gaming sessions are truly on their own time and not their company’s time or the tax payer’s time, SO WHAT? Who is it hurting?

With that being said, I’d really like to poll the GOP and see if any of them would admit to being gamer’s and “wasting” their life playing games.  I wonder if any of them would stand up and admit it, or are they all that out of date?  All I have to say is good luck, you just pissed off the greater gamer community.  I for one probably won’t be voting Republican again.

 

I should actually be working on some pre-generated characters for my Sunday one shot of Vampire Darkages, or maybe working on that My Little Pony: Whinny of Cthulhu scenario that I started writing.  However, it’s Friday night and I kind of got the song ‘Call Me Maybe’ stuck in my head and I started looking at all the videos people have put up on YouTube dancing and lip singing to the song.

Indulge me and we’ll get back to talking about gaming.

So, at number 10 there’s the Kunar, Afghanistan US Army Soldiers.  Everyone needs a little downtime, even in the middle of a war zone.  Oh, and a shout to the dude doing the barbell squats…ditch the bench and go below parallel like a man.

Number 9 of my favorites so far tonight goes to the Navy Boys.  We’ll chalk it up to cabin fever.

Number 8 is yet another military video.  I guess there’s really not much to do when you’re shipped out to the middle of nowhere.  Not bad boys! You even managed to find a girl!!

Number 7 is full of hot chicks.  Not really a fantastic vid, but the chicks got it bumped up a bit.

Number 6 proves that tennis is so boring they actually have to call in Carly Ray Jepsen for the people bored to absolute tears.

Number 5.  Cheerleaders.  Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.  Bet they know how to barbell squat to below parallel…

Number 4 are the Abercrombie and Fitch guys.  I’m going to put money that they can squat to parallel too.  I wouldn’t mind standing behind that squat rack *cough* moving on…

Number 3 goes to this fairly creative video that makes President Obama ‘sing’ the song.  I don’t think Obama can squat to parallel.  Just sayin…

Number 2 goes to these awesomely cool grandparents in this cover video.  If you haven’t called to tell your grandparents to tell them you love them lately, do it.  They won’t be around for ever!

And my favorite, number 1 video, is the Chatroulette version.  I’ve got to give this guy props, he made me laugh pretty hard!