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Episode #190 Mall Cops Should Not Talk Back To Batman

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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We open presents and yap a bit, about the types of nerd tees available over the years. We yap about some local comics shops; one great, one, um, not. No Sir. Rev issues a challenge! We randomly yap for 26 minutes before getting into the DCs. We start with BATGIRL 35-which is not meant for us. Troll DJs are not for us. SENSATION COMICS 3, rockstars, groupies, golden fleece, and gil. WONDER WOMAN 35 the last of the Azzarellos, tying things up nicely. SUPERMAN 35-Ending the Machinist fight and getting to know you with Ulysses. DETECTIVE 35 gives us the great, almost retro adventure of an interrupted vacation for Bruce. BATMAN 35 is disjointed and strange. SINESTRO 6 with Thaal visiting the Indigoes. ASTRO CITY 16 featuring Simon the bully victim fighting back. AMERICAN VAMPIRE 5 mining claims, but it doesn’t matter cause the next 3 are cancelled. We end with BODIES 4 makes even less sense than 1 through 3

Episode #190



Episode #189-TWITCHY THE JEDI

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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We wish the Rev a happy birthday, and I’m excited about an episode. We try to watch AntiSocial; we fail. It’s Indie week so we start off with WITCH OF HARJU 3-ending the series. We hit SHADOW MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW 4; interrogations and intimidations. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC 5 which is probably our last; BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 4 fighting monkeys-you need no more. MANIFEST DESTINY 10-capturing giant mosquitoes and demon frogs. CONAN THE AVENGER 6, where we leave this title at home. GROO CONAN 3 which finally gives us the fight; SIRENS 1, a total disappointment; VELVET 7 Velvet eaves a breadcrumb trail for following agents. CALIBAN 6 the remaining crew get ready for the finally conflict with karien. OUTCAST 4 shows us some naughy neighbors. SAGA 23 ludicrous demands from the killer janitor crusader tv dude. ELLISON’S CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER 4 kirk and keeler-love for the ages. TREES 5 is slow and personal and boring and confusing. NAILBITER 5 interrogations and backstory. UBER 17 new tactics for new raids, and moles in British intelligence. GRENDEL SHADOW 1 is the Grendel book and the Shadow we’ve been dying for. EXTINCTION PARADE 3 is weird and boring.

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Episode #189



Episode #188 “I Would So Buy An Album of Alison Blair Norwegian Death Metal”

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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We watch WITCHIN’ AND BITCHIN’, which turned out hilarious.We bitch a little bit ourselves. Which is boring. TJ is dreadfully disappointed about the cancellation of She Hulk. We quickly note thh onslaught of Marvel flicks in the next couple years. We talk movie slates and whether DC should even be hyping till something else is delivered. Compare Flash dating, GA and GL dating your sister. We finally get to Marvels and we start with SHE HULK 8; Cap is on trial and it’s pretty interesting. We move to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 6-where J Jonah just can’t stop screwing himself. This allows TJ to rant about nerds screwing Themselves. Hit some XMEN of various sorts, where tearing down dead icons seems de riguer. Hit some THOR with 25, hangin out in the library, finding hidden books. Get to some Ms Marvel with 8, starring Lockjaw. Do some HAWKEYE vs DEADPOOL, fun but mildly confusing. Leads us into Hawkeye’s own book, which yet again has nothing to do with clint barton. Capt Marvel 7-alien octopus. More XMEN. Hit HULK 6 with sigh Doc Green; SAVAGE HULK doesnt do it for us. CAPTAIN AMERICA 24 finishes off with a big bomb. We end on the down note of Black Widow 10. Accountants and Islamabad. Weird.

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Episode #188



“THE CLIMB TO 99-TechJedi’s Experience In Maxxing Levels in Diablo 2″ Part 10

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Well thank buggery all that’s over with!

Here’s where I stand. In the last post you remember I defeated Baal on Nightmare. At this point, I tried several times to go back through the areas proceeding him and Baal himself to get better gear. Wasn’t happenin’. Eventually I realized there was nothing for it and moved on to Act One of HELL. This was every bit as difficult as I thought it would be. Elemental damage means nearly nothing to me with all those resistance upping items and Sanctuary. The bad guys however, HIT REALLY FUCKING HARD.

It’s been a long time getting to this next post. A lot of grinding, a lot of restarts, a lot of super healing potions and Full Juvies. It’s been difficult to find better armor for Oriana, and it’s been completely impossible to find better for myself. I spent an entire afternoon gambling; restoring the character, gambling, restoring….I found slightly better gloves and slightly better boots. actually, they’re *much* better boots.

Since I did all that duping, I put all those rune words in place, and things got easier; but my stat choices kept my Vitality down, and everything hits so hard that physical is plenty to knock my ass out. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve found right up to Killing Baal. Later on, farming those areas, yellows seem to have been upped notably, but Golds are iffy at best. At least I’m a Champion now.

Some cool stuff there, but still not overmatching what I had. Took a lot of time to find anything. I’ve been doing and redoing Act One for almost 2 solid weeks. This is where it got me.

 

I finally got to Andariel and have been farming HER now, but damn if that poison spray of hers doesn’t fuck my world up. I went as far as to manufacture a jade ring from the Horadric Cube recipe, bring me up to 48 percent poison resist, and she still beat the shit out of me. My adventures in Act 2, Lut Gholein, are precisely what I expected-lots of poison, lots of electricity, lots of slingers, really taking advantage of my lack of missile defense. (They use javelins to great effect.) It’s been likely 20 hours or more on Act 2 already, and…finally…

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I finally beat my own record in a string of good luck over the last 24 hours. The old Antioch, adored and venerated and nostalgic as he is, has finally been superseded, 12 years later. Although honestly, some of the equipment I have now could stand to match him then. I found all the below today alone, which is pretty cool but guess what-still, still doesn’t match what I have now.

 

That Shamshir, Hexfire, Is the main weapon I have on Antioch 1.0

The Ultimate Goal is a mere 20 levels away. God, this is gonna hurt.



“THE CLIMB TO 99-TechJedi’s Experience In Maxxing Levels in Diablo 2″ Part 9

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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Ok, so here’s the deal.

I’ve decided that yes, I would like to take both paths to 99-as seen in the last entry I made some phenomenal fuck up and the results were that one copy of my character is normal but 9 levels behind-the other is at the right level, but has only HALF of the gear since the stash is messed up, which also drops the Horadric cube.

Path A will be the character at 50 with no stash, Path B will be 42 with proper stash, but a chance to come out better after running Act 5. With path B, I’m still going to try “players 8″ to maximize xp gains. Path A I’ll just tool around in Nightmare hoping to do well.

DAYS LATER:

Ok, so although I decided to do both paths, I haven’t really done that. I’ve continued on with both-moving on through Act 1 without the stash and Horadic cube was irritating, but not impossible. I started act 2 and was lucky enough that the Horadric Cube quest operated just as it should and let me acquire a new copy.

Let me tell you, the Sanctuary skill for Paladins is *ca-rucial* in Nightmare. It allowed me to keep all my resistances maxxed, and Venom Ward, the Gold armor for fortifying against poison, actually got me to 90 resistance for that. I took a good long time getting ready for Duriel this run. Leveled maybe 5 times throughout Act 2. Only died twice against him himself; finding his tomb however, cost me dearly. Going through all those false tombs killed me over and over and over again-for the same reasons it did in Normal-those goddamned Unholy Bolts for the Radament type Unravelers and such. The Scarabs, those electric beetle things, were not so much a distraction anymore with resistance to electricity at 75. I did a lot of re-runs and do overs trying to get better gear. It was difficult. Tons and tons of yellow that wouldn’t do to replace my current stuff. But then I found that you could upgrade things-Horadric cube recipes exist to upgrade even Gold items to better gold items-I jumped up my swords as well as Oriana’s bow.

One amazing thing that happened before I got to Act to was this: to me, unprecedented:

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Yes, that’s FIVE YELLOWS FROM THE SAME CHEST.  That’s pretty damn nutsy. The bow shown is this, which I instantly gave to my hireling.

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This lasted a very long time, through Act 1, through Act 2, and through several sections of 3, until I found a much better Gold bow,  Hellclap. Again, I had upgraded that with runes and the Cube, but eventually replaced it anyway,  with this amazing piece.

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I never really used my Amazon much, so I never paid attention to bows or knew what to look for, so this thing really blew my mind. I threw ORT ETH runes in it to get some serious bonuses. Eventually I started the disaster that was, is, and will forever be, Kurast. Kurast Provided me with a new belt, and I was finally able to use the Natalyas’ Helmet I’ve been saving for 5 levels. I hate that Act, so all I’m sayin about it is that I *did* provide me with a belt that I’m prolly gonna use till the end of the game. It’s seriously sweet!Screenshot066

At any rate,  finishing Kurast got me to Hell, of course. At last check, I had just gotten to 51. I played and replayed and replayed Hell throughout the 50s as I didn’t want to get to Act 5 before 60. As of today, I’m Level 69. I’m trying not to finish the difficulty before where I left off with the Original Character, Antioch 1-which if you remember was 78. I’ve been spending so much time reading about Runewords and Horadric Cube recipes, and then honestly, yes, duping things, that I haven’t really been adventuring so much as farming-which, I realized late today after an 8 hour stretch, is precisely why I stopped the first character, and why I quit ALL MMOS I EVER STARTED.  I really don’t think I can get through the last sequence to Baal with my current shit though, it’s getting pretty rough as it stands, and I’m only halfway through the act. I’m trying to mention neat stuff through out, just drafting these articles a paragraph at a time when something cool happens, but it’s just been grind grind grind.

Oh Lord!

It’s been a couple days since the last paragraph; boy howdy, has getting any further along at all SUCKED. I’ve made it to 73 by doing a lot of grinding and rerunning areas with varying degrees of /players x on; usually 6. Not getting a lot of good upgrades-only little dinky ones. A new helm that might not really help, different gloves, finally, which did help a bit. But ah, finally, a really good shield!

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Well, comparatively so to the ones I’ve had; it lacks all resistance, so I’m gonna have to make that up with other gear and Sanctuary.

At last, I got sick of grinding and said to myself, “Bitch, we gotta finish this shit-Hell Awaits!” So I went to the Worldstone keep, plowed through the enemies at all levels, and went to see Baal. Got through all his minions pretty easily, but then I thought, “well, that just got me a lot of xp; do it again”.

At which time I had my ass summarily handed to me.

OK, that really seriously hurt. SO it’s back to the gear grind drawing board. Wait-I’ve got all those socketable armor pieces, and lots of perfect topazes to put in them. So I started going back through the entire game again with varying levels of /players x. Got tired of that after about two hours, and went back to the Worldstone Keep. Got wiped JUST as badly! God, what’s to do? Now, now is where I remember my greatest tribulations!  Now I remember all the loot swapping between computers, now I remember all the constant restarts and save and exits before dying!

THIS WAS NOT THE FUN PART!

Somehow I had gotten to Level 78 last time-somehow-I can do it again and complete the next 21 levels!

Honestly, it may be two weeks or more before the next installment. I have jury duty, yard cleaning, a full time job, comics to read and a podcast to record. If anything changes, I’ll start a new entry. Who knows, maybe that last Gold I need to power through Ball comes tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

 

 



Episode #187-“My Hatred Of 90s Comics Is Due Mostly To Lack Of Blimps”

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
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“My Hatred Of 90s Comics Is Due Mostly To Lack Of Blimps”

We’re very disappointed at the loss of She-Hulk, while watching STAGE FRIGHT; we note the lack of DC 3d’s in our pile; We eventually get to to the second half of August Indies. We get in on som SAGA 22,filled with family drama and relationship issues; TREES 4, showing us mystery biomechanical flowers; THE FADEOUT 1, glorious return to crime noir we love so; Extinction Parade 2, gimmicky zombie death dancing on display. UBER 16 detailing the misadventures of the first POC Battleship; CONAN THE AVENGER 5, with twists an plot turns and rescued blondes. THE GOON, OCCASION OF REVENGE 2 is some talky stuff. GROO/CONAN 2 develops Sergio’s insanity and Groo’s incompetence and Conan’s incredulity; MANIFEST DESTINY 9 Giant Mosquitoes. SKULLKICKERS 30 shows us amusing but seemingly pointless variations on the crew. LOBSTER JOHNSON: GET THE LOBSTER 5wows us with a final battle on a giant dirigible. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 3 Jack recants the tale of his 4th wife, and insults teh boss level mob that has what they need.

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Episode #187



“THE CLIMB TO 99-TechJedi’s Experience In Maxxing Levels in Diablo 2″ Part 8

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Well kids, in my mad dash to get ever greater gear for Antioch in D2, I dug up my old backups-my really, really, REALLY long term backups-copied off of CD- COMPACT DISK, DAMMIT-and found my original 2000-2003 characters. Since they have to go into the same folder in the D2 program directory, I carefully copied out my current incarnation, which , if you remember-was Lvl51; and put these old ones in it’s place.

It was so damn cool.

It had all this stuff:

This was the best stuff I could find over more than two years playing, gambling, buying, imbuing, inscribing. I felt like a damn KING when I looked over this stuff. I remembered everything! So many GOLDS! I looked in my stash, so many SETS! so many SKULLS! So many wonderful things I could trade to Antioch-New. I wasted no time cranking up the laptop and installing D2 there. I tried for several days to get the new character to join games with the old characters. I knew Battle.net would never let me play with the old ones-the ones I’d modded all to hell; So I made several attempts to work out TCP/IP games between the two machines. finally, I gave up and decided I would just continue on with the big machine, and occasionally try to eke out another level on the originals.

I put my carefully backed up Lvl 51 character back in place…

…And half my stash was gone.

All the sets. The waiting yellows. All the skulls and most of the Gems; worst, the Horadric cube itself.

No, that’s not the worst: if I go back to my supposed back up…It leaves me back at Lvl 42.

I have NO fucking clue how that happened-did the one time I actually connected to Battle.net run some kind of add on cleaner/disabler, clearing out my extra space, then turning it back on, leaving the stuff that was in those spaces LOST? Some random save glitch just ruin the file writing process? Did the modded characters I loaded interefe with some other gamefiles or settings, clearing out what it thought should be clear space? I don’t think there’s a way to know.

Which leaves me in a pickle-one which, by the time you read this, will have been cleared; well; gotten over/powered through. It won’t be fixed.

DO I: Redo 9 Levels, hoping to get even better loot, more dough, maybe even more XP,

OR

DO I: power through the first Act and a half of Nightmare till I can get another cube, hoping those extra dozen spaces arent necessary or I need to transmute something.

It’s a damn difficult call; one you won’t read the answer to until long, long after it’s been made.

OR…………

Do I play each version of the character on a different machine, seeing how things develop?

Wait, that’s a damned interesting concept.



“THE CLIMB TO 99-TechJedi’s Experience In Maxxing Levels in Diablo 2″ Part 7

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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Well kiddies, Baal is dead, his loot dispersed, accolades given, Heroes thanked, so it’s off to bed.

 

Wait.

Antioch is only Level 50.7. No Reason To Stop Now! Yes, per standard procedure, the Game now restarts in NIGHTMARE MODE, back in Act 1; everything is reset except for your character and hireling, and all their equipment held, and anything in the stash. However: (credit Diablo Wiki)

Changes

“Each difficulty plays through the same acts, areas, quests and monsters, but with changes to make it harder for the player and to adjust the areas for higher level characters. A player might be around lvl 40 when defeating Baal in Normal, so upon entering Act 1 in Nightmare he will still be lvl 40. In Normal Difficulty, the Fallen encountered in the Blood Moor are Level 1, so their level is increased in Nightmare to match the player.”

As is clear, I’m now 11 levels above where a player would generally be.

This affected gameplay significantly. I found that although the enemies were expectedly more difficult, they didn’t give me shit for XP. This is stressing, because it may now be necessary to PLAYERS 8 through Act 1! This seems vaguely wrong somehow. Here again from Diablo Wiki, is the break down of changes from Normal to Nightmare:

 

“Nightmare

  • Increased monster levels and stats (hit points, defense, damage, etc.)
  • Monster resists are often buffed, making them more resilient to damage.
  • Player and Hireling resistances are reduced by 40.
  • Death results in a loss of 5% of the experience required to reach the next level. Retrieving your corpse restores 75% of the lost experience.
  • Hirelings and Summons deal 35% damage to Act bosses.
  • Duration of Freezing and Chilling effects and AI-affecting curses (Dim Vision, Confuse, Attract) are reduced by 1/2.
  • Life and Mana Leech effects are reduced by 1/2.
  • Static Field cannot reduce a monster’s health below 33%.
  • Many area maps are increased in size.
  • Act V has additional “Guest Monsters” from other acts to increase the difficulty.
  • Titles for Completion: Champion (Normal); Conqueror (Hardcore)

Thank fuck for Salvation being nearly maxxed out, as it give me +107% resistance to anything but poison currently, which still puts it above the resistance cap of 75%. Once I finish putting all possible points into that skill (20) I can start putting points into VENGEANCE, which will be necessary for HELL, since I’ll start running into things that have *immunities* to things like, I dunno, physical! A simple sword swing won’t do shit to those guys, and most of the Uniques and Super Uniques will have it, and if I remember right, Any Act bosses and Quest Uniques. Let’s see where Antioch stands right now.

As you can see, resistances are as stated; gear is ok I guess-but comparing stats, that shield is just about on the edge of usefulness-I’m definitely going to have to find a 3-socketed shield with at least comparable and hopefully significantly improved stats otherwise, just to keep even on the resistances-RalOrtTal runewords will be invaluable there. Due to the one half effectiveness of life steal, I’ll have to find lots of sockets for weapons, for perfect skulls and AMN runes.

Face it, it’s gonna be an adventure.

At any rate, look for these posts to continue, but slack off in frequency-it’s going to take very long periods to level, so I may go at a pace of only every 5-10 levels. More likely ten, As I distinctly remember dying many, many times inAct 2-mostly because of Duriel, and those damn Unravellers. We’ll see. But for now, we’re halfway through, so sit tight!