Daily Archives: August 9, 2011

I’ve Been Through The Door

I ran down almost every quest I could in Eregion, holding off the moment foretold by my reaching Durin’s door.

But the door has been opened.

I have been into Moria at last.

Past Durin’s Door at Last

First impressions:

  • It is big.  It makes Thorin’s Hall seem small.
  • It is three dimensional.  This is not at all like your typical overland zone
  • It is dark.  I know why I do not see very many screen shots of the place.  In a number of locations I have found already, it is tough to see where I am.
  • It is really big.  I am glad I have that pre-order goat, though I wish the light was a bit brighter.
  • It is detached. You can’t grab a ride directly there from the outside world.  You have to ride to the door unless you have an instant travel skill anchored on a milestone or campfire inside.

The door is open…

I have made it as far as the second dwarf encampment so far and I have hardly seen anything.  I’ve been lost a couple of times already, and three dimensions has a big impact on getting from point A to point B.  So it looks good so far.

Much adventure lies ahead.

World of Warplanes has a Web Site!

At the unsurprising address of worldofwarplanes.com.

World of Warplanes!

The site even has a few screen shots, which focus heavily on the Bell P-39 Airacobra.

P-39 in Action

That might seem an odd choice in the US, where the fighter was quickly replaced due to its poor high altitude performance, but for a Russian company, it makes complete sense.

The P-39 Story

Turn with a Zero it wouldn’t
Or climb with a sleek One-oh-nine.
But for busting tanks on the tundra
This baby was really fine…

Of course, none of this tells us what the game will really be like, but at least they have a site I can watch now.  And a Twitter feed.  And a Facebook page.

Until then, I can still dream about what the game will be like.

(P-39 cartoon and quote from THERE I WAS… Flat on my Back, a collection of aviation cartoons and other Air Force lore by Bob Stevens, copyright 1975, Aero Publishers, Inc.  Completely and totally out of print, my 35 year old, hard bound copy is a treasure.)