Fry’s Sells Me A Copy Of Vanguard

Friday, the day before our move, I went over to Fry’s to pick up some wall plate hardware for network drops in a couple of rooms in the new (but older than me) house.

Yeah, yeah, wireless is fine for some applications, but I have had a wired network at home for 20 years now, since the days of 230Kbps AppleTalk/LocalTalk.  My daughter’s iMac can make due with 802.11g, but ever since I was sold a bill of goods by Sprint and their wireless broadband product back in 2000, I have been pretty conservative on connectivity for my gaming machines. (The house which we are selling still has a 30′ mast antenna on the roof pointed at the now gone Sprint Broadband transmitter/receiver in Milpitas, a towering monument to my forgetting that latency and speed are two different things.)

While I was there I, of course, had to walk the PC games aisle.  Fry’s is one place where, as a PC gamer, you do not feel that consols are squeezing you out of your shelf space.

Among other things, I was interested to see if the Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition was still on sale for $49.99 (sale ended) and how the supply of Lord of the Rings Online pre-order boxes was looking (the shelf was nearly bare though some had moved to an end cap).

And there, in the middle of things, was a section of shelf rather embarrassingly over-stocked with copies of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.  Below them was a sale sign: $29.99.

I said I would pick up a copy if and when it dropped below $35, so today was the day.

In addition to the sale price, the standard retail price for the game, at least at Fry’s, has been changed to $39.99.  All the boxes have been remarked with the lower price and the shelf talker has been updated.

So I will have a chance to give the shipping version of Vanguard a try, at least after I sort out a few things.  I have to finish moving.  My x1950 Pro card has to come back from it’s visit to the land of RMA’d technology.  And, finally, I have to let my Station Access lapse.  I have less than 30 days left on it, so I do not want to activate Vanguard on my account, lose my 30 day trial, and then only be able to play it until the end of April.

So look for some Vanguard posts in May.

3 thoughts on “Fry’s Sells Me A Copy Of Vanguard

  1. Gaff

    I think this is the sound of Blintz having his wings pulled off, one at a time. I figured, due to his color scheme, they wouldn’t drop until fall. That motivational get-on-task comment out of the way, who knows, in May I will probably be buying a new pseudo gaming rig–and my plan to purchase (yes purchase) station access on one account to revisit Everquest might coincide with your foray into whatever its called. Just build a two berth boat before I get there!

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  2. Kilanna

    I have also purchased Vanguard. Because I find it hard to be original I have made up a Dwarven Cleric called Kilanna. Just like my EQII toon :)

    I look forward to your insights. Due to the fact I really am a newb to online gaming I dont have very much to compare it with – I have only ever played EQII and SWG.

    I found the little I played to be quite linnear compared to EQII. However, i have not done anything at all with Diplomacy or crafting, and my machine has trouble running it (better than minimum requirements but not quite as good as recommended).

    There is still PLENTY of crunchy goodness in EQII for me to explore – so that is probably where i will stay for now.

    Sounds like Gaff is gonna be missing you on Crushbone:)

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  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Oh, Gaff will see a lot of me. EQ2 is still where I play primarily. EQ2 absorbs most of my uncommitted game time and I want to get Blintz into the 60s in levels, if not to 70, before the next expansion comes out.

    WoW generally only gets late Saturday night for instances and a little bit of Thursday evening when the instance group does pre-req quests and such. And due to outside commitments lately, we’ve opted for LOTRO instead on those nights

    Vanguard would have to really impress me to tear me away from any of those. I am thinking of this more as the “veteran rewards” insurance purchase. I will come back to it when I’ve upgraded my hardware and when then release a good EOF-like expansion.

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