Last Chaos

Vent/TeamSpeak to Continue?

Vent / TeamspeakYeah I don’t know where my head is these days.  Perhaps it’s all the nonsense going on in my life right now.  I know that earlier I said that soon would be The End of CastleRain Vent/Teamspeak.  It seems my friends didn’t speak up right away.  However I was convinced to leave it as it is and coax folks for donations after all to keep it running.  So that’s what I’m doing.

Although Tyler ran it after it became TeamSpeak and pretty much is the only one who knows the system.  It’s up for debate if we want to keep it TeamSpeak and learn that system, or switch it back to Ventrilo.  The only downfall to that idea, is the fact that Ventrilo hasn’t been updated since 2008.  It makes a person wonder if the company that has been saying it’s working on a Linux version since 2005, even cares at all about keeping bugs crushed and features fresh.  To the end users, it looks like at this point all they want is their license fees every year, sit back and collect fat checks.

But… Of the two, it’s the easier to operate as an admin.  I’ll have to see if there is a TeamSpeak for Dummies guide.  I’ll be honest.  I liked Vent.  Learning something that looks overly complicated just puts me off.

Though if you wish to keep the service alive, please donate by May 2015.  With my current situation, I won’t be able to afford it on my own.  That’s just the short and sweet of it.  So use the button on the right or this one here.

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The End of CastleRain Vent/Teamspeak

Vent / TeamspeakTo all my friends I’ve gamed with on the CastleRain Vent / Teamspeak.  As I told Tyler, “I’m sad that it was games that brought us together only to pull us apart.”.  It was something Pam and I started in 2007 so we could have all our friends in one place.  Since leaving Last Chaos, we all went our different directions.  Some chose Runes of Magic and then World of Warcraft, others chose Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 mainly.  With a few odd games thrown in between.

You all have been and will continue to be my friends.  Tyler, you’ve been one of the best friends I’ve ever had and it’s a shame we never could agree on a new game together.

Over the past 3 years I came on less and less.  Usually it’s because I ended up just listening to what is going on and never having anything to contribute.  This year I offered it to Tyler to take over control, he has expressed no interest in doing so.  Thus, when the Teamspeak server comes up for renewal in the next few months, I will instead cancel it.  Please do not make any further donations to it.  Any donations will be considered as gifts or for services I’ve performed for some of you.

It’s a shame to see it end after 7+ years.  I’ll always remember the fun we had way back in the day and cherish those memories forever.  There are a million and one good times we had in that silly Vent software.

Though of course we can still talk via other means. Phone, Skype and of course the TS while it’s still up.

Contact me if you don’t have my Skype, Cell Number or Email address by using this email form.  Of course there is always *cough* *hack* *puke*, Facebook.

CastleRain Guild in Last Chaos Closed

It’s been well over a year since our characters actually played and some time since we even bothered to log in to talk to anyone.  Today, we moved all our gear to an alt account, gave that account to a noob guild and then in a non-ceremonious manner, we closed out the Guild and disbanded today.   For anyone who may have still logged on, we are sorry but nothing lasts forever, especially in the wretched world of Last Chaos… {shutters}

CastleRain Guild Closed

Farewell to a bad game… I’m so sorry we spent so much money on it…  At least we got some good friends out of the deal 🙂

Free2Play vs Subscription

Free2Play vs MoneyMy wife and I have been playing online MMO’s since July of 2007.  We have always stuck with “free2play” games to “save money”.  Sadly…. it’s not what it may seem to be.  To play totally free, you need:

  1. no life
  2. no friends as they will all pass you by using cash
  3. and a huge amount of patients to get anywhere

We started with Last Chaos.  This game at one time was a very fun game to us.  We met a lot of folks who we still play with today daily.  But for a free2play game, Last Chaos lacked not only content, but any sense of it being worth playing unless you gave into their Micropayment system.  This is how a free2play game makes it’s money.  From players who are willing to spend a little money to get ahead of everyone else.  In the case of Last Chaos, it became the only way to do anything.  People have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to get to level 165.  Because without potions, boosters and other enhancements, you can’t do squat in this game.  We got to level 90-100 before we realized we has sunk $1,100 into this game in 2 years.  That’s 70+ months of subscription to World of Warcraft… but oh no… we don’t want to spend money on a subscription game…

Then we discovered a new game called Runes of Magic.  Say what you want, but having played both it’s obvious it uses a derivative of the World of Warcraft engine. But it had a very cool option.  You can use the Auction House to buy diamonds from players who use the Micropayment system with the gold you’ve collected.  Essentially you could play for free, it would take a bit longer, but could be done.

Then we wanted more, so we put $20 in to our accounts got some stuff and started to stash away and be very careful not to over spend.  Then, the gold sellers came….  These are shady sites selling in-game gold for money.  But what they really want, is to steal your bank account info and credit cards and hack your accounts.  But they infiltrated the bureaucracy of the game and forced RoM to stop the trade of diamonds for gold.  This put us players into a bind.  Now we have to spend money to get diamonds for puri’s, golden hammers and other stuff we use frequently that make the game easier..  And recently it’s gotten to $30 a month.  Again, the cost of 2 WoW subscriptions.  Sadly, RoM is having a hard time getting the option back to trade diamonds and gold.  Or perhaps they don’t want too as it is making them more money.  It seems that RoM is starting to fall the way of Last Chaos… It has that “feel” to it. Granted, RoM can be a blast to play but things like this are hurting it.

There is also an issue with free2play that has kept players like us under the thumbnail of the people willing to invest money. “He who hath the most cash hath the best shit”.  So now it’s getting harder to get good gear as the 1337 groups are starting to rape us when they sell the good drops we can’t drop ourselves.  Again, taking away from the fun experience.

Then there’s this dual class system.  You can play a Mage/Warrior or a Priest/Mage or Warrior/Scout and the list goes on and on.  It’s becoming to the fact that people assume you only play 1 class and that you should only greed or need on items based on that.  When in reality, many of us choose to play both.  But when you go for an item that people think you shouldn’t (as it is for your secondary class), you get a load of grief over it.  Last night I was so pissed, I passed on everything then logged off over it.

Things are going down hill and picking up speed doing so.

Adding it all up, perhaps a subscription based game is the better way to go.  We’ve been discussing with our friends going to World of Warcraft.  For less than the money I spend now, I can pay for both me and the wife to play it.  Then we wouldn’t have to worry about things like affording special Cash Shop stuff because we all would be on a proverbially level playing ground.  Granted, those with no life will have the better gear, but perhaps that’s a lot lower group than those with loads of money.  Though after the tour I got last night, it’s very tempting for me to go.

Gratz to Me!

I honestly didn’t think I’d make it so soon, but I’m on the top 50 too!!  I’m one of the elite Knights of Katar!  Holy Rusty Armor Batman!

Gratz to my Pandella

Yesterday we both finally made Level 90.  This is when you are no longer considered a n00b in Last Chaos.  While this is very prestigious, it isn’t nearly as nice as the second accomplishment Pandella has made.  She’s finally also on the Top 50 List.  She is one of the top 50 healers in the game on the Katar Servers.  A very elite position to have.  I sadly will not make the list for a few weeks yet.

Gratz to my Baby!!

Last Chaos – Best Free MMORPG

Some folks didn’t get the idea, that free is fun. Not just some low quality game that you have to purchase than it’s free to play. This game is free to download, free to play and is loads of fun! Brought to you by EresEliteWarGods and CastleRain.com

Last Chaos – Free MMORPG

It’s official, I now waste time playing and MMORPG (as I’m still working on raising money for real movie equipment), that is free and very fun. In-so-much that I’ve whipped up a quick commercial showing my appreciation for Aeria Games’ Last Chaos.

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