Turnabout is Fair Play

Anyone ever play an Xbox game called Sudeki?
It’s one of the few games I’ve actually played from start to finish on a console.
I vaguely recall it going something like you had your party of 4 characters and could swap them out to play whichever one fit the situation best, though there were quests that required you to play specific characters.
The game also followed the inverse formula for armor on the female characters – the better the armor got, the less of it they wore. There were some nice boob shots in there.
We had Tal, the brawn of the group. He was a melee fighter and easily my favorite. Cute too.
Ailish was the princess-ranged-caster member. I was passable with her. Barely.
Buki was an animal-human mix with these nasty claw attacks. Also a melee fighter, she was my second favorite to play.
Last, Elco was the tech-gadget-guy, and user of firearms. I sucked ass at playing him. He has one escort quest (escorting his girlfriend to safety) and if you fail by her being killed he commits suicide. I couldn’t figure out for a while what was killing me, until the camera angle was just right and I caught him blowing out his brains.
Looking back on my experiences with ranged versus melee in this game, it’s a wonder I can function on a mage.
There was one other level where I HAD to use Elco. Except I hadn’t bothered using him enough earlier on to strengthen his abilities or get him new gear. And, as mentioned, I sucked at playing ranged.
I got through most of the level OK, but then I got to the boss. And he creamed me. Repeatedly.
My husband hadn’t really played the game yet, just fiddled with the opening level or so.
I asked him to please come beat this boss for me.
I think it took him 3 tries. I had been trying for hours.
This is going somewhere, I promise.
In the weekend news:
I got my scorchling!
Also got a screenshot of the beer in the ice chest.
Also finally exalted with the pervs and got the 22-slot bag pattern. I will be slowly converting my Frostweave bags to the Mammoth bags. Also saving for the exalted mount.
Worked on my druid and toyed with my warrior. Got Dominos to behave on switching stance bars. Turns out I was being an idiot, got that corrected.
I’ve decided that there are many silly things in the game, but few compare to a male tauren on the fire pole dance.
I *really* want to level my priest, but I’ve sort of fallen into leveling paired with AwesomeBMHunter and he’s visiting family for a week. So I’m limiting myself to the Midsummer torch dailies and cleaning up some trash in Tarren Mill. Also ran an SM GY with my hubby tanking on his pally. The rare I wanted spawned but did not drop my helm. Bastard! Ran Library and Arcanist Doan didn’t drop the chest I wanted. Bastard!
Started a troll shaman to level with a friend that we suckered into playing.
And by suckering, I mean we applied logic.
She’s the girlfriend of my mage/DK buddy. She is not a gamer. When gamers date non-gamers this can cause the gamer to lose out on gaming. He promised to tank for my priest on AwesomeRetributionPally. I will not lose him to the wiles of a woman, dammit.
So our little hunter (who really isn’t a gamer either) and I launched a campaign to initiate the non-gamer into our world.
Turns out she got him to commit to square dancing. He went and maybe almost liked it. I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten a clear answer on his appreciation level for the activity, but he’s signed up again this fall.
So we approached her with the, “he tried this for you, you can try this for him” strategy. And it worked!
We pitched in to get her the game and first expansion (we’ll wait to see how it goes before getting Wrath) and a couple game time cards.
The little hunter will be getting the zhevra for the recruit a friend, as I already have it.
I think we’re heading over some time this week to get her set up.
Anyway, I’m totally digging the casting animations on the troll shaman.
I’m also feeling pretty OP on him in the starting area. I think I’ve come a long way from my poor night elf warrior getting slaughtered by level 6 spiders. Repeatedly.
A random level 80 rode up to me in the starting area and gave me some linen bags. /cheer
Looks like someone is leveling tailoring…
Back to me, my husband, and games.
I have always considered my husband to be a better gamer than myself, and still do.
He picks up the physicalities of a game faster than I do. I can learn strats and theory just as well, but when it comes to pushing button X at the right time I *know* I’m supposed to push X and then I push ∆ instead.
I also used to get really flustered when things started moving quickly, but I think I”m getting better about that. I should really plug in Killer Instinct and see if I still revert to a quivering pile of button mashing. Oh wait, that’s how you’re supposed to play Orchid.
Anyway, my poor rogue hubby can’t do Thrusting Hodir’s Spear.
He’s tried for weeks and never managed to pull it off.
I’ve gone over the strategy with him, watched him push the buttons.
For whatever reason, there’s an issue with it recognizing his Dodge and Grip.
Thank god for his parachute cloak.
I watched him again last night and he was able to get to the second phase, but wasn’t able to deliver the killing blow.
Parachute cloak does not save you from death in phase 2.
We swap places and I run the quest.
OMG.
When you have certain add ons, keybinds, and your screen laid out a certain way, you get used to it. Playing someone else’s character with their settings is completely loopy. What button puts me on a mount? You remapped basic movement keys? WTF? How I mine fish?!?!?!?!
Grab a drake and nail the quest in 1 shot.
I turned and looked at him and it was like a personal “level up” moment for me. I swear I got swirly lights all around me and received a new talent point. Where to spend it?
Years ago when he beat that boss for me in Sudeki, if someone had told me that I would someday be able to return the favor I would have laughed my ass off. And then notified the loony bin that they have an escapee with brain damage in my house.
Apparently, I now get to thrust the spear for him every day until he’s exalted. (Insert inappropriate joke about my spear thrusting skills here.)
14K to go…

Anyone ever play an Xbox game called Sudeki?

It’s one of the few games I’ve actually played from start to finish on a console.

I vaguely recall it going something like you had your party of 4 characters and could swap them out to play whichever one fit the situation best, though there were quests that required you to play specific characters.

The game also followed the inverse formula for armor on the female characters – the better the armor got, the less of it they wore. There were some nice boob shots in there.

We had Tal, the brawn of the group. He was a melee fighter and easily my favorite. Cute too.

Ailish was the princess-ranged-caster member. I was passable with her. Barely.

Buki was an animal-human mix with these nasty claw attacks. Also a melee fighter, she was my second favorite to play.

Last, Elco was the tech-gadget-guy, and user of firearms. I sucked ass at playing him. He has one escort quest (escorting his girlfriend to safety) and if you fail by her being killed he commits suicide. I couldn’t figure out for a while what was killing me, until the camera angle was just right and I caught him blowing out his brains.

Looking back on my experiences with ranged versus melee in this game, it’s a wonder I can function on a mage.

There was one other level where I HAD to use Elco. Except I hadn’t bothered using him enough earlier on to strengthen his abilities or get him new gear. And, as mentioned, I sucked at playing ranged.

I got through most of the level OK, but then I got to the boss. And he creamed me. Repeatedly.

My husband hadn’t really played the game yet, just fiddled with the opening level or so.

I asked him to please come beat this boss for me.

I think it took him 3 tries. I had been trying for hours.

This is going somewhere, I promise.

In the weekend news:

I got my scorchling!

Arioch and Scorchling

Also got a screenshot of the beer in the ice chest.

Beer

Also finally exalted with the pervs and got the 22-slot bag pattern. I will be slowly converting my Frostweave bags to the Glacial bags. Also saving for the Reins of the Grand Ice Mammoth.

Worked on my druid and toyed with my warrior. Got Dominos to behave on switching stance bars. Turns out I was being an idiot, got that corrected.

I’ve decided that there are many silly things in the game, but few compare to a male tauren on the fire pole dance.

I *really* want to level my priest, but I’ve sort of fallen into leveling paired with AwesomeBMHunter and he’s visiting family for a week. So I’m limiting myself to the Midsummer torch dailies and cleaning up some trash in Tarren Mill. Also ran an SM GY with my hubby tanking on his pally. The rare I wanted spawned but did not drop my helm. Bastard! Ran Library and Arcanist Doan didn’t drop the chest I wanted. Bastard!

Started a troll shaman to level with a friend that we suckered into playing.

And by suckering, I mean we applied logic.

She’s the girlfriend of my mage/DK buddy. She is not a gamer. When gamers date non-gamers this can cause the gamer to lose out on gaming. He promised to tank for my priest on AwesomeRetributionPally. I will not lose him to the wiles of a woman, dammit.

So our little hunter (who really isn’t a gamer either) and I launched a campaign to initiate the non-gamer into our world.

Turns out she got him to commit to square dancing. He went and maybe almost liked it. I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten a clear answer on his appreciation level for the activity, but he’s signed up again this fall.

So we approached her with the, “he tried this for you, you can try this for him” strategy. And it worked!

We pitched in to get her the game and first expansion (we’ll wait to see how it goes before getting Wrath) and a couple game time cards.

The little hunter will be getting the zhevra for the recruit a friend, as I already have it.

I think we’re heading over some time this week to get her set up.

Anyway, I’m totally digging the casting animations on the troll shaman.

I’m also feeling pretty OP on him in the starting area. I think I’ve come a long way from my poor night elf warrior getting slaughtered by level 6 spiders. Repeatedly.

A random level 80 rode up to me in the starting area and gave me some linen bags. /cheer

Looks like someone is leveling tailoring…

Back to me, my husband, and games.

I have always considered my husband to be a better gamer than myself, and still do.

He picks up the physicalities of a game faster than I do. I can learn strats and theory just as well, but when it comes to pushing button X at the right time I *know* I’m supposed to push X and then I push ∆ instead.

I also used to get really flustered when things started moving quickly, but I think I”m getting better about that. I should really plug in Killer Instinct and see if I still revert to a quivering pile of button mashing. Oh wait, that’s how you’re supposed to play Orchid.

Anyway, my poor rogue hubby can’t do Thrusting Hodir’s Spear.

He’s tried for weeks and never managed to pull it off.

I’ve gone over the strategy with him, watched him push the buttons.

For whatever reason, there’s an issue with it recognizing his Dodge and Grip.

Thank god for his parachute cloak.

I watched him again last night and he was able to get to the second phase, but wasn’t able to deliver the killing blow.

Parachute cloak does not save you from death in phase 2.

We swap places and I run the quest.

OMG.

When you have certain add ons, keybinds, and your screen laid out a certain way, you get used to it. Playing someone else’s character with their settings is completely loopy. What button puts me on a mount? You remapped basic movement keys? WTF? How I mine fish?!?!?!?!

Grab a drake and nail the quest in 1 shot.

I turned and looked at him and it was like a personal “level up” moment for me. I swear I got swirly lights all around me and received a new talent point. Where to spend it?

Years ago when he beat that boss for me in Sudeki, if someone had told me that I would someday be able to return the favor I would have laughed my ass off. And then notified the loony bin that they have an escapee with brain damage in my house.

Apparently, I now get to thrust the spear for him every day until he’s exalted. (Insert inappropriate joke about my spear thrusting skills here.)

14K to go…

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4 comments on “Turnabout is Fair Play

  1. Shawndra says:

    Why is it that, when our hubby finds out that we have a talent for something in game that they don’t, that we are relegated to doing it for them?

    I’ve been tasked with leveling jewelcrafting for my husband. OK, I am fine at leveling skills that I have as I level my own character, but a level 80 with level 40 jewelcrafting and level 20 mining? I feel like crying.

    No level up here….gotta grind some more hubby faction.

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  2. jong says:

    I started leveling a mage and now I know where clearcasting comes from. It’s a second tier talent on frost… wait, mebee elemental… that let you cast clearly. Actually I don’t know what it does.

    Finally, to stay on topic, grats on scorchling and I liked the cute turnabout story.

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  3. Jess says:

    “I have always considered my husband to be a better gamer than myself, and still do.”

    I’m right there with you. :/
    My boyfriend and I met via WoW and at the time, his only lvl-capped toon was his warrior tank. I was just a lvl-capped mage that didn’t know what the frak I was doing. LOL. (I still don’t, but that’s a long story.)
    Now he has his lvl-capped warrior tank, dps warlock, and holy paladin. And I’m just with my lvl-capped holy priest and mage, with my warrior tank rounding up the team. :)
    His paladin has only been 80 for about a month now, and started out tanking but decided to go holy to see what healing was all about. He had it figured out in less than a week. I’m slightly disgusted but mostly impressed.

    I’ve gotten quite used to reminding him that he “excels in everything he tries.” LOL. I’m just glad that (despite both our tanks being warriors) our main DPS and healing classes are different. :)

    /end novella

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