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The Monday AAR: The Tactical Update

Has it been that long since the year began?

We're almost at the halfway point of 2012, and the community has been going strong, all things considered: we've evolved and fine-tuned our ArmA II server to suit the community's preferences, and Minecraft continues to enjoy a steady stream of visitors. A DayZ group has sprung up among the OMGeeks, along with some Diablo 3 and Frozen Synapse as well. Between all these games, we're exploring the gamut of the online pc gaming experience, from shooting men in first person, to shooting zombies and men in first person, to shooting men in third person with rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, and grenade launchers, to slicing demons open with axes and pikes, to riddling them full of explosive arrows, to building cute little shacks made of wood and bricks.

What more could a gamer ask for?

    • The details for ArmA II's Operation: Rogue Thunder will be announced here and on the forums soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. It's going to feature all the things you love about OMGeek's ArmA, and then some.

    • Do you by any chance own a copy of Frozen Synapse lying around? Visit our thread and leave your game handle with us! If you've bought the expansion, even better, because you can start cooperative games with other OMGeeks. See you in... what are they calling the Matrix or the cyberverse in this one again? The shape? Yeah, see you in the shape.

    • Care for a free copy of Bastion? jedi304 -- OMGeek member, contributor, and all-around heroic good guy -- has a copy up for raffle in this thread. All you have to do is tell him why you love OMGeek, and you'll be entered into his random drawing for a copy of Bastion. Get to it!

    • And for purely selfish reasons because I happen to love the game, here's a thread LYH started to gauge if anyone's interested in playing Jagged Alliance 2 online. Jagged Alliance 2 strikes the sweet spot for intricacy and accessibility, and is an awesome alternative to the phased turns of Frozen Synapse. I should also mention that after the major fan patch, which is v1.13, there are more than 300 guns in the game. LYH had this to say about it:

      Oh, and there are 300 guns. That's three hundred assorted rocket launchers, heavy machine guns, light machine guns, snipers, assault rifles, rifles, SMGs and pistols. And that's not counting the various grenades, types of ammo and misc. equipment, including armour, that you can buy for your specific needs. Whereas in vanilla JA2 there was only Hollow Point, Armour Piercing and normal rounds, now there are tracer rounds, cold rounds etc. It's pretty much gun porn.

      I like the sound of that. Check it out, and post here to join!

The Monday AAR: There Was an Error.

I don't want to admit it, but I've starting writing this anyway so I will: I've been running out of things to say to open our weekly AAR. This week shall be different, though; this is The Week After Diablo 3 and I do have some things to say about it. I can be cool and say I hate it, or I can be a casual sheep and say I love it, but I really can't tell which camp I'm leaning towards because error 3007 is in the way.

It's a really nice log-in screen though. I'm just thankful that I'm running the game with a Guest Pass because I heard that the log-in screen in the full game looks exactly the same and sounds exactly the same. I'll just be having just as much fun with my free log-in screen, thank you very much. In fact, I spent two hours yesterday just having fun in the log-in screen.

Yeah, that joke is on its way to becoming stale and I am ashamed of myself! Here's what's been happening:

    • The raffle for a Steam copy of Wargame: European Escalation is happening today. If you're interested in joining, there's still a few hours to go before we draw! Wargame has always been a good game by any standards, but the game has recently been improved by the addition of cooperative comp stomp. It's the perfect game for the aspiring armchair general who's up for some games with aspiring armchair colonels and aspiring rear admirals.

    • You don't need me to tell you that ArmA II madness continues to sweep the OMGeek community. Now some players have taken it one step further: Matrix374 has created a post chronicling his DayZ survival experience with Jet, Ryan, and Gunso. The thread is an open invitation for all members of OMGeek to join in, so if you've been wanting to give DayZ a spin but you're afraid of getting cornered and gang-raped by a roving gang of sadistic upper-class teenage bandits out for some thrills, you need not fear any, uh, further. Check out the thread and sign up!

    • Do you like Minecraft? Yeah, you do. We've made some interesting improvements to our town, including a big (but not ridiculously huge) sandstone wall and an automatic resource transferring system thanks to the Minecart Revolution plugin. It's like sending an email, except the other side actually gets stuff. And that stuff gets turned into a wall. Or a door. Or a dinosaur!

      Feel free to check out the Minecraft server to see what we've been up to, and stay tuned for an announcement concerning our regular Minecraft community game schedule. Visit the community projects thread, too!

And now, back to playing that log-in screen. I just couldn't keep myself away for five minutes. It's just that good.

Photos of Diablo 3 Launch Event in Singapore

So yesterday, on the 15th of May I decided to join 10,000 (my estimate) other geeks to pick up my box copy of Diablo 3 in order to save SGD $18 on the digital edition from Blizzard. It was a pretty interesting experience. This was the first time I ever attended a game launch event and I must say it was pretty decently organised despite the massive numbers onsite.

Verification of pre order cards began at 9am, and the line started at the back of Funan IT mall and snaked all around until it entered the first floor to the main registration hall. Some key highlights included Blizzard staff members signing autographs, and the Project Director of Cinematics, Marc Messenger was onstage fielding a Q&A. And when 3pm kicked in, confetti launchers fired into the air marking the official launch of Diablo 3.

Photos of the event after the jump.

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