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Tell me about it, stud. June 25, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Humor, Kingdom of Loathing, MMPORG, Online Gaming, Petitions.
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I'm sorry, but this? This just makes me laugh. It's a Petition to Shut down Kingdom of loathing. Apparently it's already been linked to on the forums, but I missed it. ADeadHeart even mentioned that Skully signed it. A fair amount of KoLers have signed it as well, though in jest.

Why? Because it's poorly written and thus very, very funny. Terrible and actually innacurate reasons to shut down the game. Maybe it's a joke petition, somewhat similar to the fake review of X2. Or it's quite possible that this person was serious, yet did not even care to get game aspects right when writing the petition.

Either way? Quite amusing. Some of the early comments are worth reading.

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It’s an admirable twenty-four hours for an alabaster marriage ceremony June 23, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Kingdom of Loathing, Online Gaming.
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The Kingdom is up and Fusilliban has made a post on the forums about this outage.

"At least it's not a Wednesday this time.

The servers went down for fifteenish minutes. I'm not really sure why. Xenophobe reports the data center bungled something electrical when installing www6-8. I had a theory about it having to do with internet backbone issues but I've since come to doubt this."

Fusilliban goes on to say that while server one is still down, the other four are operational again. Now it looks like server one is back up, but since that hasn't been noted I'd rather not confirm it.

If you would like to his post in all it's glory, or at least reply to it, just click here.

Tragic Thursday June 22, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Browser Based MMORPG, Kingdom of Loathing, Online Gaming, Updates.
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The system is down, though not exactly for nightly maintenance. That's right, something has gone wonky in the Kingdom… again. It's not horrible, but it is amusing considering KoL's past.  I asked Glebs if my Internet was acting up or if 'Jick had screwed something up again.' He replied that Jick is, of course on his honeymoon and Xeno is working on it.

Xeno and all of the Dev team seem to be wonderful people, though under-appreciated. So thanks guys. We do love to mock Jick for things like White Wednesday, and we may whine and moan about glitches but you do a great job. We get cool updates, cool items and nerfs that we get irritated about but then get over.
Speaking of updates, before KoL went down I got to play with the new 'quick skills' feature. It's actually pretty neat, you can cast skills and buffs from the top frame, as well as use MP restorers. I foresee this being very useful for peak farming, at least if you don't already use KoL Mafia.

Riding on Luggage Carts With Boys June 22, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Humor, Kingdom of Loathing, Meetups.
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There are no words, just laughter. Oh, and maybe the side note that this video was taken in Connecticut at the Kingdom of Loathing meetup.

YouTube – Hedbonk at CTKoL

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nerf nerf nerf June 19, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Browser Based MMORPG, Kingdom of Loathing, Meetups, Online Gaming, Penguin Mafia, RPG.
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Chow meins and reagents and skills, oh my! Yes, during NoodleBandit's absence there have been many updates. From chow meins and reagents, to skills and an new outfit. I declare the chow mein nerf quite evil, but still a grand idea. Of course, it dealt quite a blow to my plan of making as many chow meins as possible to give away at a later date. Now it's a bit harder.Check out this link for more info on reagent potion changes. Jick does mention a few of the other changes, but doesn't provide much information. I will however, state that his quote regarding chow meins, "They're no longer made via normal cooking, but by a mechanism you'll discover by playing around," seems to be a bit… off. I don't really think there is a way most classes could figure out the change without help, but maybe that's just me being oblivious.

On top of those things? A new outfit that is… sort of related to the Badger familiar and the Penguin Mafia's new Raffle House. Mmm, raffle house. Quite addicting even though some sort of glitch kept second place prizes from being given out for a few days. In return we get to have six second prize slots rather than the normal three.

And on yet another topic, look! Pictures from connectiKoL! Mizzkyttie was kind enough to host quite a few photos Alhanna took at the event! Thanks Mizzkyttie. Click on the photo to go to the pictures page.

http://mizzkyttie.typepad.com/photos/kol_ct/100_1249.html

UPDATE! While the above photo is from Alhanna's collection, Doc Trauma is now showing off his…

It’s better than bad… June 10, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Kingdom of Loathing, MMPORG, Online Gaming, Trophies.
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There is a new trophy in the Kingdom of Loathing, well sort of new. They exist you just have to find them. Apparently one of the most recent ones is 'Your Log Saw Something That Night' which was discovered by Matt the Fish (#369895). Yay Matt! I'm not going to spoil the method of getting the trophy, but you can find out through the Wiki.
 Your Log Saw Something That Night

In other news I can state for a fact that The Three Amigos trophy has a few new owners, and they *do* know how to obtain it, they just aren't spreading the word around.

And in yet more news, something odd is going on around the former observatory. Maybe you should check it out?

ConnectiKoL June 8, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Gatherings, Kingdom of Loathing, Meetups, Online Gaming.
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I just realized that there is no way I can feel decent about going to the Kingdom of Loathing gathering in Connecticut.  Partly because it's Father's Day weekend and partly because I have a habit of getting sick after almost every KoL meetup.  If I did indeed get sick, I would have to take time off work and I can't afford to take time off from my current job and my job hunt.

Since I'm saving up money to go to KoL Con III, I can't afford to loose that money.  And since I getting sick means loosing money, I would most certainly catch some bug.  That's just the way it works when it comes to these things.

So yeah, sorry guys.  I would love to come, but it just would not be a smart move.  Have fun, okay?  Have lots of fun.

Adventures in Quizland June 8, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Browser Based MMORPG, Kingdom of Loathing, Online Gaming, Quizzes & Tests.
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Last night clan was a bit bored and we gathered around to take the BarKoL test. We actually sat around in a Kingdom of Loathing chatroom and talked about a quiz about KoL, because yes, we really are that geeky sometimes. We complained about there not being a decent choice regarding Radio KoL and our clan not being listed, but it was all good natured.

So without further ado, here is my result which probably would be accurate if only I had a decent memory for things.

BarKoL

The Penguin Mafia June 6, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Browser Based MMORPG, Online Gaming, Penguin Mafia.
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This blog? Shall probably be full of minor spoilers, I doubt there will be many things said on here that you would not see in a KoL chatroom. But I am warning you anyway, because you never know who wants to read what.

Ever since the comet hit, strange things have been happening in the Kingdom of Loathing. Odd events ranging from giant blocks of ice, to strange tents being erected near the new crater. And now? Now there are Space Mafia Penguins, or that's what they have been unofficially dubbed. We even have a new 'mini' moon, the hamburgler.

All in all? Lots of new content, sometimes too much when you take into account how players tend to go nuts and spoil new events in chat. It's hard to be as excited as I was when the comet first hit, because I'm being bombarded by new events on all sides. The badger for instance! A wonderful absolutely neat familiar, but there is so much new content that comes along with that.

I'm glad to have the penguin mafia back, no doubt. They are just plain amusing, but while I look forward to their next move I am also looking forward to events calming down. To not have to remind people in chat that they are making spoiler comments in front of people who may not want to be spoiled.  I've stayed in the game because I like the community, and to have to stay only in clan chat because another channel seems to be constantly talking about the new content?  It's really too bad.

Of radio shows and ‘new’ moons June 3, 2006

Posted by noodlebandit in Browser Based MMORPG, Comets, Web Radio.
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The comet's impact has been confirmed and players have been allowed back into the Kingdom of Loathing. Will there be any awful impact on the players and their familiars? What's that crater and what does it do? We're staying tuned to Radio KoL in hopes of more information. This quasi-reporter thanks you for your interest and for Radio KoL's kind invitation to give a news update on the Sleepy Panda Radio Show hosted by Merik. And what's this I hear about being engaged to you? Quite an odd rumor.

In the meantime, here are a few new photos.

The new look of the moons

Poor Grimace

Huh, what? OW!

KoL's wonderful Darwins