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Please pardon our mess!

I just noticed that the site looks kinda goofy in Internet Explorer 6 right now. I’m a Firefox user and frequently forget to check IE compatibility. I just so happened to check and – yikes..

Yeah, I’ll work on that. but not tonight, its bedtime!

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Episode 15 – News & Champions Online

A special welcome to any new listeners!

This episode was recorded last week but was delayed due to some technical difficulties (and minor construction at our base!)

We discuss;

  • Ex Libris links to us on the official forums!
  • We’re moving our studio around
  • Blaster damage bug corrected
  • Further veil fixes
  • Clarification from Positron on the TF changes
  • A new TF change on Test Server to address some of the gripes
  • Main topic: Cryptic Studios Champions Online MMO now in development
  • Feedback
  • Hop into our new Character Gallery to see what our listener’s characters look like — and add your own!
  • Promo: JC Hutchin’s Ultra Creatives Interview Series
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Episode 14 – Building Healers

This is a bit of a continuation from last episodes information on different character builds. A listener specifically requested information on building a good healer which is why the healing Defender is discussed in-depth here.

As we go over in the episode, we are aware that Defenders are much more than healers (that they indeed are more buffers/debuffers than healers), but since there was a request specifically about healing, here it is.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Some quick news (Rikti portal XP update, and a contentious TF/SF change)
  • Villain Strike Force information
  • New Valentine mish in Atlas Park
  • Information about the Manticore/Sister Psyche wedding event
  • Our Defender/Healer disclaimer 🙂
  • Listener feedback
  • Another request for SGs to promote – here is your chance to get your SG some exposure and recruit some new blood! Send us your SG details: Name, Server, Website if you have one, the type of SG it is (role play, farming, PVP, etc.), and how to contact you in-game.
  • Also, let us know a preferred day/time for an in-game meet up!
  • Promo: Geeklabel Radio
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Episode 13 – Builds and Slotting

Love is in the air!

This is an exciting week, Heroes! Lots going on, so this episode is our longest. Buckle up and enjoy!

Then, because we don’t know when enough is enough, we allow ourselves to have a feature discussion after being inspired by questions from a listener. We discuss powers and enhancement slotting as we prefer them.

Promo: Geek Acres

Next episode: Scheduled to be a News episode. If there is no news we will discuss the defender/healer roles as requested by a listener!

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Episode 12 – A metric ton of news and patch notes

All of the patch notes detail what changes are happening on the Test Server and we really hope that some of them go live before the double XP weekend. Probably unrealistic, but there is some cool stuff going on in there! Of course, there is no guarantee that the stuff being tested will ever make it to the live game.

  • Changes to powers for various archetypes (lots for Forcefield Controllers, but some for tankers, blasters, and Kheldians)
  • Information on “XP curve adjustments” to help with those tough levels
  • The “combat attribute window” and “attribute monitor”
  • The CoH Planner
  • Changes to base storage tracking
  • Some small changes to the User Interface
  • Don’t forget – Double XP happens this weekend Starting Friday, February 8, 2008 at 8:59am PST / 11:59am EST and ending Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 8:59pm PST / 11:59pm EST
  • Listener Feedback
  • New Promo: Playing For Keeps
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Episode 11 – Mobs and the con system

This week we talk about the “conning” system and what all of those colors mean.

  • Trouble downloading?
  • Double XP weekend dates announced
  • A couple news bits
  • Mobs and the conning system
  • Giant Monster spawn rates
  • How the whole “giant monster” damage thing works (level scaling)
  • Rikti Spawns
  • Dwimble’s Guide to mission difficulty settings
  • Voicemails
  • Promo: Geek Survival Guide
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Episode 10 – News in Double Digits

This week we bring a Newscast with lots of forumy goodness. Then we get caught up with comments and voicemails!

  • The 2008 State of the Game
  • The “City Vault”
  • The next double XP weekend and server hardware improvements
  • Valentine’s Day event
  • Smoothing the XP curve
  • “Real Numbers”
  • City of Heroes Fanzine
  • Fanzine Submission Webpage
  • Changes to Moment of Glory coming
  • In-game mail spam
  • feedback
  • Promo: Playing for Keeps
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Episode 9 – 3rd Party Add-Ons

This episode is all about 3rd party add-ons. As discussed in the episode, these are not sanctioned by NCSoft and are against the terms of use, so they are definitely “use at your own risk”. They could get your account suspended or banned from the game.

One note from last episode: We mention that the Winter event is ending on January 6 (today!) and that they will likely close it out during Monday morning’s maintenance. Well a couple days ago Lighthouse posted on the forums that they will end it TONIGHT! So, you have a few less hours to spend those candy canes.

Links for this episode:

Be sure to write, comment, or call us and tell us about your Super Group (or Villain Group). We’ll highlight a different SG whenever we have time. Tell us what your play style is (hardcore, laid back, raid focused), tell us about your base, any rules you have, oh – and of course what server you’re on.

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Episode 8 – The Winter Horde

We have more news about us, than the game this time around. The devs have been very quiet through the holidays. Since there was so little news, we went ahead and recorded a faction spotlight for this episode.

We discuss:

  • A new intro
  • New equipment in the “studio”
  • A new domain name
  • i12 and i13 speculation
  • Villian Epic Archetype (un)News
  • Planning for the end of the Winter Event
  • A tip to figure out what all of those wrapped inspirations actually are
  • The Winter horde faction spotlight
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Episode 7 – Winter Event Update

This week we talk more about the Winter Event. We had intended to do Ouroboros coverage, but haven’t had much time to *ahem* research, and what little time we’ve had in game has been spent playing with features of the Winter event.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Candy cane salvage and pricing for various temp powers
  • Ski Slope tips
  • Ski Slope Bug
  • Quickie Father Time mission tips
  • 2007 Winter Event badges:
    Gifted – for logging in during the 2007 Winter event
    Frozen Fury – Defeat the Winter Lord GM
    Cold Warrior – Defeat 100 Frostlings
    Toy Collector – Receive 200 presents on the streets
    Trucker – Located on the floating truck outside of the Pocket D windows
    Received during the Father Time mission:
    Crystalized – Complete the mission
    Miraculous – Choosing the Renewal of light temp power reward
    Joyful – Choosing the Golden Rings temp power reward
    Frosty – Choosing the Furry Boots temp power reward
    Toothbreaker – Complete the mission 5 times
    Three badges for skiing:
    Qualified – Bronze Medal for completing course in under 45 seconds
    Accelerated – Silver Medal for completing in under 35 seconds
    Speed Demon – Gold Medal for completing in under 25 secodns
    Shortest time on Champion server as of the evening of December 22 is 15.75 seconds
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