Thursday, January 13, 2011

Au Revoir Alganon


Well this is way past due but felt a need to talk about a game I had hope for. I don't remember the exact day maybe a year or more ago I had the great fortune of beta testing for a game called Alganon by Quest Online.

It was virtually unheard of, and I think it still is, the head of advertising if there was one dropped the ball on getting the word out. With the gaming blogs, gaming websites, and gaming magazines I find it a big fail flop not to be able to get the word out some how or another.

The one thing I noticed right away when beta testing was the game was enjoyable to look at, the quests were fun, I really enjoyed the study system, but it seemed pretty much like a zero story line. You weren't sure why you were in the world and what purpose the questing was for. But I kept going seeing the great potential this game had.

There were many bugs in the game but I thought hey it's beta. I was really drawn in and stayed because of the close knit community we all formed with each other. The developers were really hands on and played along side you and listened to feedback.

I even purchased the game when it came out and paid .. yes paid the monthly sub .. (shaking my head) ..

It kind of felt like one of those relationships where you know it's going downhill but you try to look the other way, hoping if you don't look at the ground you are about to go face first into some how it won't happen.

I was shocked they released the game the way they did. It still had all the same bugs as it did from day one in beta, there was still no advertising regarding the game, and still no true story to pull me into the fantasy to want to battle my hero against the virtual foes. I don't know if this is true my gut has to wonder if they were pushed to get the product out as fast as possible. I have to wonder if the investors pushed for the release worried about making money or spending anymore.

I say this because I don't feel any true developer would be willing to put a game out how Alganon was put out. It would be embarrassing. It had to be someone's decision who didn't truly understand and now they try to save a sinking boat.

They replaced David Allen with Derek Smart and several other changes within the company .. you can read that here http://www.alganon.com/index/news-detail/id/339 .. but I feel that changing the employees does not change or recognize the real problem or issue with the game.

I gave the changes time, they made it free to play so I thought well I saw potential in this game I will hop back on and see what the changes are like. The game is a virtual ghost town. There has never once been a truly operating Auction House because there are not enough players to create one. The main city where everything should be hustling and bustling is still has dead as it was during beta. Well actually I think during beta there were more people on. There are not even enough players on to group up and do a dungeon with.

They now try to sale you on the new PVP system .. how can you pvp when no one is on?

Derek Smart is known for his abrasive responses that many Alganon players have claimed drove them away. He recently responded to criticism a few days ago saying this:

"It was basically a number of factors.

1. It was designed and developed to compete with WoW. Without the technical expertise nor the budget or marketing to actually pull it off.

2. It was released in a botched state and while still in Beta - back in Dec 2009. The "soft launch" was just done in order to soften the blow.

3. When you consider #1 and #2 above, the fact that you also had to buy ($39.99) the game and pay a monthly sub ($19) was the final blow.

Since I took over, the guys and I have been working out butts off to correct all three of the above. We did, the game is finished, is F2P and is quite a bit of fun.

OK, I'm not saying that it is the best MMO game out there or anything, but it is a fun and decent game that has been growing since the official 2.0 launch in late April 2010.

Trust me, we're not idiots; if the game didn't have potential, it would have been shutdown by now. Instead, it is still going strong though yes, we still have aways to go before we all start rejoicing."

I agree with many nay sayers who have said that you can only make a first impression once and the impression Alganon made was horrible. It is very sad to see this game still have the same bugs it had on the first day of beta. That to me shows the real answer to the question will it get better.. the answer being no.

Here is a quote from someone on the forums that I think pretty much sums it up

"Alganon, however, is kind of like eating the food out of the dumpster behind a restaurant. Most people would rather just go in and pay to have a proper dining experience and avoid eating maggots and getting food poisoning. Catch my drift?"

Sorry Alganon it's been well over a year and it still feels the same, raw, incomplete, and unsatisfying, you just never reached your full potential. I think Quest it's time to put this one to bed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mi dispiace non parlo Italiano




















I thought it would be fun to learn some other languages. I got all excited thinking Matt and I could learn some other languages to broaden our intellect and be able to talk to each other in private if we wanted to around others .. I mean how pretentious right? What it really came down to was this.. I was obsessed over everything Italian, and I wanted to feel like I was bettering myself in some way other then owning someone in a battleground.

So I talked up my excitement to Matt, who then got excited about it as well. We then practiced with what I could find free on the internet but it just didn't cut it with the conversational aspect of the language. I didn't want to spend a great deal on tapes unsure of how far we would take this so I did a little digging.

I found a great website called www.livemocha.com where you can converse with others from around the world to practice your verbal skills in a new language. I also found a great deal through Pimsleur at least I thought it was a great deal, leave it to me not to read the fine print.

For $9.95 we could get a conversational tape to help teach us how to converse in Italian in only 10 days.. that is right folks you heard me right.. 10 days. The same tapes the FBI uses. I thought well how can you beat that price and if it sucks well.. I only spent $9.95 right.. WRONG.

Truly this is my fault for not reading closer. I am usually pretty good at reading the fine print and the faq's of products before buying anything, but I swear I just did not see the small little box that told me what I needed to know. So my gripe is not about what happened with this specifically, but in general how many companies do this to you. They offer up a great deal you can't say no to or sounds great at a small price, then when you read the small print you find out you just signed up for a lifetime commitment for $85.00 a month. If you try to cancel they charge you to ship it back, they take out a restocking fee, and your first born child, and that is only if it's the third eclipse of the year!

So I got another box of Italian speaking tapes in the mail and was shocked why did I get this I thought. I checked and sure enough they charged me $64.00. I went to the website and BAM there it was my marriage proposal acceptance where I said "I do". I called them I said look I am truly sorry I did not read the small print I don't want to be charged for any future payments. I will take the hit on this one but I just wanted it cancelled. Was it that easy I ask you? NO!

She told me if I wanted it cancelled I needed to return the tapes. I said I would keep what I have take the hit but I don't want any further charges. She informed me that how it works is unless I return them they will keep charging me. So now I have to go down wait in line at the post office, package this back up, pay for it to be shipped (oh and she suggested I get a signature confirmation - so another fee for that) all in the name of getting a divorce from Pimsleur.

I should have looked closer - I know better - and I didn't.

I am really tired of how many companies are going this route. Why can't I just purchase one thing anymore and that is it. If I want more then I will buy more. Why does everything have to be some life long commitment where I get locked in and charged every month for stuff I won't use? I know the answer. It's called greed. They want those extra bucks from those that don't check their statements that close, or those like me that they will get the first charge off of who don't read things close enough, and I just find it frustrating.

If I want to try out your shampoo, your make-up, your tapes, your jiggling weight machine, or anything else don't make me get married to your company. YES I want the milk for free I don't want to buy the whole damn cow. Please don't act like a virgin and make me put a ring on it before I get to see that the goods really suck.


















Now I am off to the post office to get a quickie divorce! Vaya con dios amigos, Ciao, Auf wiedersehen, and Cheerio

The blogging world

Hello world!

This is my first attempt at blogging so be gentle with me. I created this blog account many moons ago when I had the great fortune of joining a guild called Casualties of War - aka COW's. I just never felt sure of myself enough to jump in feet first until now.

My path to joining the COW's began when I was looking forward to a new game coming out called Warhammer and found a video by Brent discussing the game play of Warhammer. I messaged him and found out he was a blogger then found out he was apart of a guild (the COWs) full of bloggers.

I myself never thought about blogging, however I can out chat the most chattiest. If that ever became an Olympic sport I win hands down or in this case mouth down.

I was welcomed into the guild as I ventured out into the Warhammer game and met the most entertaining, thought provoking, and kindest people in the world through Brent. I will always hold a special place in my heart for the COWs. Bloggers all seem to be a bit quirky, but hey I like quirky.

So why call this the Daily Daisy you ask... well like many I had a hard time deciding what class to play on Warhammer and stopped and started many. On the order side I fell in love finally with my white lion. My lions name was Vincent and he ran off most of the time but still had fun.

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But I really love goblins, however Warhammer decided to make the goblins an all male club no women allowed. Did I let that deter me? Nay I say, instead I made me a goblin ( a wonderful squig herder) named Daisy with a last name of Mae. I colored her armor pink and yellow and called her my flat chested goblin girl. With the encouragement of my fellow guild mates and fellow bloggers I created this website dedicated to that little flat chested goblin girl fighting for her spot amongst the all male goblin society.

Sadly that is where it ended I created the blog site and never went further with it. All the bloggers I have met have funny things to share, ideas on better gaming, and even challenging whines.. I felt what in the world did I have to write about that anyone would give a hoot about. Topped off with the insecurities of knowing my spelling and grammar are not spot on I let dust collect on my once feisty Daisy.

Well I finally broke out my dust hoover 5000 pro and cleaned off my Daisy and decided to give this blogging a whirl. After playing with Scary again and Oak I thought hey lets give this thing a go. I mean common on if Scary can do it so can I (wink wink). I kid I kid, but seriously this is a learning experience as I throw my hat in the blogger ring. I will make mistakes but I think I will have fun at this if not it might drive me to drink.

For those that know me or will get to know me let me also clear up any confusion as why I have in most of my toon names, tags, or even twitter or facebook with the name Butterfly. My first toon many years ago.. okay I think 6 years ago was an Alliance rogue named Butterflies. Even though I played SWG before and even EQ for me Butterflies will always be my first game identity that I hold close to my heart. I think we all have at least one of those toons.

I'm sorry Butterflies but the Daily Daisy had more of a ring then the Butterflies Buzz :) but I will always love you.

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So here I go ringing in the New Year with blogging. Let the learning commence!