Daily Archives: September 20, 2012

Torchlight II – Here At Last

The day has finally arrived.  Torchlight II is finally available.

And so the other claimant to the title of successor to Diablo II is on the market, though I am still mildly annoyed that it took until 2012 to get something like a true sequel to a game that shipped its sole expansion back in 2001.

I pre-ordered the game on Steam a couple days early so I could download it in advance.  It is at home waiting for me.

Runic also appears to have done an early release to some press and bloggers, so there are already a bunch of review and impression pieces popping up around the web, all very much praising the game.

Certainly, at the $20 price point, it is hard to see how you can go wrong if you like the click action RPG genre at all.

If you want one of the more blatantly pro-Torchlight II posts, you cannot go wrong with this piece at Kotaku I suppose. (Or this older comparo chart.)

I am not sure I agree on all of Kotaku’s points… as much as I like fishing in MMOs, I never found it to be that compelling in the original Torchlight.  And celebrating that Torchlight II has all the same potions as Diablo II seems like one of those points you stick in the middle of your list just to pad it out.

The key items though are the lack of an “always online” component, which I still don’t think was as big a flaw in Diablo III as some people make out, and the lack of an auction house, which is what really seemed to kill the game. (Oh, I forgot that I posted something related to that too.)

And then there is the whole modding aspect.  I am interested to see what the game will become as to play what it launches as.

Anyway, I know what is likely to be my most played game this weekend.

Added Random Torchlight II links due to Gank’s pressure.

Omens of War Complete on Fippy Darkpaw

I try to keep up with what is going on with the Fippy Darkpaw Time Locked Progression server.  I am trying to record major events just to keep some sort of record.  This is made difficult by the fact that I am not currently subscribed to EverQuest.  So I try to keep track by following the forums.  It is actually lucky for me that there have been issues with almost every expansion opening up, since that means that people post about it in the forums.

But I tend to miss other things, since the official SOE Progression Server Timeline has been broken since mid-March of this year.  That was my past source of information on things such as content completion.

Once in a while I catch a break though.  For example, over at the Fippy Darkpaw web site, an alternative forum dedicated to the server, they were good enough to announce that the Omens of War content gating the next unlock had been completed.

Wedneday, September 12 marked the defeat of Overlord Mata Muram, starting the clockdown timer for the Dragons of Norrath vote. Grats go to Citizen on this unlock, their first since server launch last February. Nicely done!

Now, if my math is correct, we’re due to see the DoN vote go live Sunday, November 11th. The vote needs to be up for seven days before it’s tallied, and will be tallied the following Monday, meaning the earliest unlock for DoN will happen early Monday morning, November 19th.

In the meantime, enjoy Omens of War!

So there it is, the Omens of War expansion was done in less than two days.  The expansion was supposed to unlock early on September 10th, but there was an issue which delayed it until later in the day. I guess the content wasn’t as hard this time around.

Quick Omens Indeed

As noted in the quote, the next expansion, Dragons of Norrath, looks to be on track for a mid-November unlock, should the voting go favorably.

And that leaves my list of Fippy Darkpaw server events as follows:

  • Fippy Darkpaw server goes live with classic EQ content, February 15, 2011
  • Classic EverQuest competed, February 24, 2011
  • Ruins of Kunark unlocked, June 6, 2011
  • Ruins of Kunark completed, June 19, 2011
  • Scars of Velious unlocked, August 29, 2011
  • Scars of Velious completed, September 14, 2011
  • Shadows of Luclin unlocked, November 21, 2011
  • Shadows of Luclin completed, December 4, 2011
  • Planes of Power unlocked, February 13, 2012
  • Lost Dungeons of Norrath unlocked, March 12, 2012
  • Legacy of Ykesah unlocked, March 12, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlock vote fails, May 7, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlock vote fails, May 21, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlock vote fails, June 4, 2012
  • Gates of Discord unlocked at last, June 18, 2012
  • Omens of War unlocked, September 10, 2012
  • Omens of War content complete, September 12, 2012

So my next post about Fippy Darkpaw, barring any other server disasters, is a couple months out.