Stream Donation #2: Wounded Warrior Project

Readers, Viewers & Trolls,

Thank you all for another great few months of raucous, debaucherous and ear and eyegasm inducing streaming!

Over the course of the past few months, our tiny community was able to raise another ~$100 through stream ad & sub revenue, which I matched dollar for dollar and donated today to the Wounded Warrior Project in the amount of $200.

As a Veteran of the USMC, it brings me great pride and satisfaction to make this donation in an effort to support our men and women in who have been injured while serving in the Armed Forces.

Here is proof of the donation:

WoundedWarriorUpon request of one of our regular viewers (and sub), our January through February ad & sub revenue will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation.

A few facts taken from Arthritis.org which I was absolutely shocked to learn while performing research for this donation:

  • Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children
  • Each year, people with arthritis account for 44 million outpatient visits and 992,100 hospitalizations.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • Arthritis is actually a more frequent cause of activity limitations than heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
  • Within 20 years the number of people with arthritis will soar. By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans will have arthritis, unless the trend is reversed.

Thank you all so much for your support and I look forward to working towards this donation together as a team!

– Dan

Killadrix’s World of Warcaft Addons & UI

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Video pending…

Since I’ve been getting a lot of questions during my stream about what addons I’m using in WoW, I’m putting together a video with a quick explanation of each of them.

Also, below is a full list with links. However, I suggest downloading and managing your addons through the Curse Client.

I plan to do another video about auctioning and setting up TSM.

Curse Client & TSM Desktop Application:

Download the Curse Client here: http://www.curse.com/client
Download the TSM Desktop App here: https://www.tradeskillmaster.com/app/overview

Killadrix’s World of Warcraft Addons:

BG Targets: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/battlegroundtargets
Gladius (Arena Frames): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/gladius
Mage Nuggets (Procs/CC Helper): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/mage-nuggets
MikScrollingCombatText: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/mik-scrolling-battle-text
MogIt: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/mogit
OmniCC (Timers): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/omni-cc
Quartz (Cast Bars): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/quartz
Recount (Damage Meter): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/recount
SexyMap: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/sexymap
TidyPlates (Health Bars): http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/tidy-plates
TradeskillMaster (AH & Economy): http://www.curse.com/search?type=addons&search=TradeSkillMaster
Titan Panel: http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/titan-panel

Dear Trion, It’s Over: Falling Out of Love With ArcheAge

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Dear Trion,

Playing ArcheAge is like loving a woman with herpes: while you can’t always see the taint and disease coursing through her veins, we both know it’s always there, and occasionally it forces its way to the surface and erupts into a giant crusty, bloody, scabby sore that I’m forced to politely pretend I don’t see while I carefully kiss her on the other side of her mouth.

I’m sorry it had to end like this, but I’d be lying if I said I thought this relationship was going to end any differently, and I desperately need to get out before the cloudy discharge and burning sensation when I pee begins.

Some thing are forever, and I just can’t take that chance.

We had a good run, you and I, but the bots, hacking, cheating and mechanics that have been broken since early alpha have made me realize that the game just isn’t worth the $15/month commitment, nor is it even worth attempting to play F2P.

There simply isn’t a penicillin shot big enough to cure the raging case of the virtual Clap this game has crawling all over its nether regions.

I was very excited about ArcheAge because there was finally going to be a game on the market that wasn’t trying to be a cheap World of Warcraft knockoff. The DNA of ArcheAge is very different: it’s a game based on land ownership, trading, crafting, and most importantly – world PVP, which is an aspect of MMO’s that has seemingly becoming a relic of a bygone era.

Unfortunately, it’s become impossible for me to continue to overlook the deteriorating quality of the game, as it’s beginning to feel more and more like you KNOW the product is substandard, but you’re willing to accept whatever cash us rubes are willing to throw at you for as long as we can stomach throwing it.

I get it, you’re just the publisher, and it’s all XL’s fault, but the end-user experience is what counts, and 2 months after launch, ArcheAge already feels like it’s shriveling up and dying like a disease riddled set of banded bull testicles.

ArcheAge has not left me without some great memories, mostly of early alpha, so it’s not all bad.

It’s just no longer the game I fell in love with.

Thanks,

Killadrix

The Shadowbane Emulator IS HERE!

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The team over at Shadowbane Emulator has finally opened the servers!

Shadowbane, an MMORPG developed by Wolfpack Studios and Published by UbiSoft, was originally released in 2003, and featured:

  • A fully open world PVP environment (no factions!)
  • City building (w/vendor ranking, gear rolling, class trainers, etc.)
  • Siege warfare
  • A complex political system driven by guild versus guild and nation versus nation warfare.
  • Infinite variations of Class building (which lends itself to a great group PVP meta of ‘kiting groups’, ‘AOE groups’, etc.)
  • Death penalty: upon death, players dropped everything in their inventory for anyone to loot (except equipped gear)
  • Flying: characters can take advantage of reign death down from above or fly over the walls of enemy cities
  • No Quests: lol…get ready to get yo’ mob grind on, boys…

Not only was Shadowbane my first MMORPG, and my introduction to PVP, it was also where I met many of the players that I still game with almost a decade later.

The problem is that the game still looks very “2003-ish” in terms of graphics, UI, mechanics, and gameplay, so those who have never played the game will most likely not appreciate it, especially by today’s gaming standards.

However, I encourage any old SB players to head over to the Shadowbane Emulator Forums and check it out, there seems to be plenty of activity, and I can say from first hand experience that the servers are very populated.

Some helpful links:

Also, you can follow Shadowbane Emulator on:

You can find me on the Dalgoth Server currently leveling a Nephilim Doomsayer named Killadrix!

Arma 3: Altis Life Money Making Guides

As some of you know, I’ve been playing a little Arma 3: Altis Life lately, so in an effort to learn the game I stumbled across this FANTASTIC series of YouTube videos from The Gent that covers just about every possible way to make ends meet.

Short. Easy to understand. Entertaining.

There are 21 videos in this series, so feel free to browse through to find which lifestyle appeals to you the most!

Enjoy!

Thank You Viewers & Subs: Our First Killadrix Stream Charity Donation Is Complete!

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First, a big “THANK YOU!” to everyone who suffers through my streams each night!

Whether you’re there for 1 minute a night or 5 hours a night, or a huge fan of my content, or just stopping by to tell me how awful I am, I’m genuinely, absolutely, 100% humbled that each and every one of you would click the link and spend some time with our small community.

As such, I’m excited to announce that I’ve received my first Twitch Partnership check, and have made good on my promise to donate 100% of my Twitch Streaming revenue PLUS a personal 1:1 match for every dollar received, to a different charity each month.

When I first announced my Partnership and my intent to donate all of my Twitch streaming revenue to a charity each month, a viewer asked if I would be willing to donate my first check to Autism, since his son was autistic, and I couldn’t be happier to make that donation today to the National Autism Association for $300.

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My next Twitch revenue check will be going towards the Wounded Warrior Project!

As a veteran myself, I want to thank all of you who will be lending your eyeballs to my stream in order to support this great cause.

The payment after that will be going towards a women’s cause, so if there is anyone out there that has suggestions for a great cause, please feel free to message me at: killadrix@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Dan

 

 

ArcheAge Head Start: Frequent Crashes, Unbearable Queues & The Perfect Marketing Strategy

A layman might make the mistake of thinking that the ArcheAge Head Start was a disaster, but my readers are far too intellectually gifted to not recognize it for exactly what it was: a genius, groundbreaking and unprecedented marketing maneuver.

So before we move on, let me spell it out for all the plebs so they can (hopefully) keep up: the Head Start launch went exactly as planned.

Yep, Trion was behind the scenes the whole time, pulling the strings of this expertly crafted and brilliantly executed launch, and they nailed it.

Over the years, the MMO gaming community has grown complacent, with legions of game developers and publishers selling out and jockeying for position on the MMO Iron Throne (A.K.A. our collective dicks and wallets).

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However, the team of mavericks at Trion chose to gamble on a completely different marketing and customer service strategy with ArcheAge, one that will not only pay off HUGE for them in the long run, but may also revolutionize how MMO companies interact with their customers.

Prior to the ArcheAge Head Start “Game Changer” on September 12th, 2014, the gaming community was like the city of Gotham. It was our own little utopia. We were gaming fatcats, born with silver spoons in our mouth, chips on our shoulders, and a sense-of-entitlement pole planted firmly up our asses. Sideways.

We took everything for granted. We wanted everything NOW! NOW! NOW!

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…and it better be perfect. Or I’m going to tell my friends. Or I’m going to demand a refund. Or I’m going to write a forum post. Or I’m going to lawyer up. Or I’m going to write my congressman.

I’ll wipe my God damned ass with your ToS, Trion.

So along comes Trion, serving as the League of Shadows, with Evan “Scapes” Berman playing the part of Ra’s Al Ghul, armed with Popchips, Snyder’s Pretzels and Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, bound by his duty to keep us in check by purging, healing, and “resetting” the community through his very own #swag brand of rogue draconian justice.

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…and play the part, he did.

What separates ArcheAge from other MMO’s on the market is the ever present threat of danger in the world which leads to anger and frustration borne of:

  • Investing time and money into a trade pack and losing it to asshats
  • Being betrayed by your own people (same faction ganking)
  • Getting ganked and having your ships and vehicles destroyed
  • Rampant scamming
  • Account hacking, gold selling and spamming
  • Not being able to find land for a house or farm

…and Trion has blurred the lines between the real and virtual worlds by forcing that anger and frustration to bleed into our real lives in order to engage and move the human spirit in a way that no quest, story, cut scene, or plot line ever could, no matter how masterfully written.

We aren’t simply playing ArcheAge, we are feeling it.

Unfortunately, most of you will be too blinded by your sheer ignorance, rage and selfishness to be able to appreciate the elegant and beautiful gift they’ve gone through great lengths to bestow upon you.

It was “performance art” of the highest caliber and level of sophistication. Theater of the heart, mind, and soul, if you will.

The “botched” Head Start also served as a litmus test, designed to separate the wheat from the chaff. If a smattering of crashes and queues forced you into a pants-shitting, foaming-at-the-mouth rage on the forums, wait until you spend 30 minutes sailing to Freedich Isle just to have the Hot Pecker Fairy show up and relieve of your Trade Pack just 10ft away from the Gilda Trader (for the 20th time).

It’s a genius move by Trion to play “hard to get” by treating its customers with a cold, calculated indifference that leaves us begging them to take our money (when their website allows it). Leaves us begging them not to leave us. Leaves us begging them to love us.

But that’s the very root of the problem: we don’t want a nice guy that loves us, dotes on us, and treats us like the princesses we are (read: Blizzard); that’s no fun.

Deep down in fiery bowels of our loins, in places we don’t talk about, we all know we want a “bad boy” that comes home from the bar late at night reeking of booze, sweat and cigarettes, that gives us a sharp backhand, and then rides us hard and puts us up wet (and sometimes into a coma).

Enter Trion: Stage Left.

The ArcheAge Head Start launch COULD have been the smoothest in gaming history (if only they didn’t have such a short alpha and beta cycle), but it would have flown under the radar, unnoticed and under appreciated.

…boooooooring.

But now Trion has what they want. Now they have news. They have exposure. The forums, Twitter and reddit are afire. Blogs are blowing up. Gaming review websites are talking about nothing but Trion’s “failed” Head Start.

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Meanwhile, elsewhere in the community, ears are perking up. Players who are tired of being coddled, fondled, and handed everything on a silver platter are taking notice. Players who want a more challenging gaming environment will begin to flock to ArcheAge like the salmon of Capistrano.

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“You mean I have to work harder to get INTO the game than I actually do to be good at the game?” They ask.

“Yes,” Trion Replies. “Now give me your money, get me another beer, and get that tight little ass over here before you find the back of my hand most displeasing. Again.”

Deep down he really loves me, this is just how he shows it.