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  • skuzfoz 21:57 on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    How To: Avoid Streaming the Free Trial 

    It’s no secret that WAR as an endless free trial. It’s a little bit more of a secret that it’s streaming. A bit more of a secret than that is that there’s an ongoing bug which causes the client to be buggy if you disable streaming.

    I’m writing today to reveal a super awesome secret that lets you play the trial without streaming and all of the issues that come with it. With my method, as of the last time I tested it, there were no problems with client performance or stability of downloaded data that are not also problems with the retail client. Note that this will be a full sized download of Warhammer Online, and that it will not correct any issues that may be either your fault or your computer’s fault.

    All of these instructions are also for the Mac client, you just need to know where the files are within the funky Cider file structure. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back from the guy that runs the Genius Bar section of the forums.

    This method does add load to Mythic’s fileservers. Because of that, I ask that you not follow this guide if you aren’t planning on, or don’t already pay for a subscription to the game.

     

    This is a notice that I will be linking files to make this easier on the end user. Please be cautious of all files you download on the internet, especially if they’re MMORPG related. As a higher profile member of the WAR community, I promise that these files are safe, but I will include a Jotti file scan of all of the files. The site that I’m using to host the files is DropBox, and it’s perfectly legit and CANNOT give you any sort of malware.

    Step 1

    Find your WAR file directory.

    This is where your primary WAR files are. The default install directory is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Warhammer Online – Age of Reckoning

    Mac: Find WAR in your applications, right click it, and “Show Package Contents”

    /Applications/Warhammer Online.app/Contents/Resources/transgaming/c_drive/Program Files/Warhammer Online

    If you can complete Step 1, you’re ready for:

    Step 2

    Download the provided replacement files.

    patch.cfg

    Security Verification
    File size: 821 bytes
    Filetype: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
    MD5: 4f18b229b502e993e8c88aa04b59cd4f
    SHA1: 65a0b08dbf8c5f60a0f16085e17268ff6526c409

     

    patch_user.xml

    Security Verification
    File size: 194 bytes
    Filetype: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
    MD5: 9e4a707897eb0c98e5278463eaf0f1be
    SHA1: f92c767ca4e08f2a69f26fdae930b38912cea540

    Step 3

    Place the downloaded files in WAR directory.

    You found this place in Step 1.

    Accept the file overwrite, you may want to keep your old versions somewhere safe.

    Success!

    Start the patcher.

    The download will take some time, go watch a movie or sleep.

    When the download is finished, you should have a fully functional Retail client. The same as paid accounts receive.

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  • skuzfoz 19:34 on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Yo Dawg 

    I heard you liked to suggest features for the game, so I put a greenscreen in your game so you can just make your own.

     
  • skuzfoz 00:23 on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Our Suggestions: Heard 

    If you visit the forums at all, or even log into the game and read chat, you’re probably familiar with the common complaint that Mythic (or Mystic to some of these people) does not listen to player complaints and suggestions. Today, I set out to prove that wrong with a very short experiment that I ran on the forums. I went to the back of the Suggestions forum and skimmed through exactly 10 pages. These posts were spread out from as long as 1 year ago, to as little as a few months ago.

    Except for a large number of wild ideas and complaints, I was able to find quite a bit of items that were actually taken in by Mythic and put into the game in some form. Enjoy the list.

    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3412223
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3415807
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3413759
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3431678
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3631103
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3491837
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3559165
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3438588
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3378172
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3402235
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3423227
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3560443
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3495163
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3507963
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3645435
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3395067
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3733242
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3669498
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3545595
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3615483
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3485435
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/231/index/3705850

    Remember that some of these suggestions are only loosely related to the changes that followed in response to them, because players simply aren’t game designers (although, the game designers do play).

    You may not have personally suggested these changes. You may not have had the changes you suggested implemented. However, a good number of suggestions have been put into the game.

    Keep that in mind next time.

     
    • skuzfoz 00:49 on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      As an update, note that this is 10 pages out of 458.

      There are 11,427 threads in the Suggestion forum.

  • skuzfoz 19:49 on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Internet Police vol. 2 

    So after Volume 1, I sent the dude an in-game mail, to set his facts straight. I’m all nice like that. I explained the ToS quite nicely to him, but his response wasn’t very nice in return:

     
    • Gett 22:46 on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh… ignorance, the gift for the uneducated…

    • Blaq 02:13 on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hm, that’s a bit excessive? Surely an /ignore would do? No need to get down to his level and get hostile. :>

      • skuzfoz 02:20 on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That isn’t the message I sent, that’s the message he sent back to me.

        • Blaq 14:08 on September 9, 2010 Permalink

          Oh sorry, it was late when I read it. In that case, what a plonker! :>

    • Wasdstomp 04:25 on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why someone would even care if someone was doing that is beyond me. I think this person has some real issues. I think I would just /follow him naked everywhere in the game just for the hell of it.

  • skuzfoz 02:59 on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Internet Police vol. 1 

    So I was in Tier 1 on Badlands Order side and I was naked, casting spells on myself for the title when this guy walks up to me.

    It’s worth mentioning that while the EA Online Terms of Service nor the EUALA mention anything about spamming abilities on a naked dwarf, the EA ToS does state exactly that you may be in violation of the ToS if:

    (Section 10. Rule of Conduct bullet 11)
    Improperly use in-game support or complaint buttons or make false reports to EA staff.

    Pro tip: Don’t mess with Fozee while Fozee is naked and busy doing stuff.

     
  • skuzfoz 03:40 on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    WAR Rarities: When Advice Chat Works 

    Believe it or not, I actually got some help in Advice chat tonight on Iron Rock.

     
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