Archive for September, 2011


A Champion Has Entered The Battle…

Part of the bane of my current existence, and most of the cause of a lack of updates, has come from a sudden, painful, and passionate love affair with the game known as League of Legends.

The Sad Mummy

A lack of updates makes me sad...along with everything else.

For those of you who don’t know what the game is, League of Legends is a free-to-play game that plays somewhat like a real time strategy game. Instead of commanding vast armies, collecting resources, and overwhelming your enemies, you only have direct control over a Champion unit with powerful abilities. The goal is to destroy the enemy’s nexus, and there are turrets, minions, and enemy Champions trying to stop you. Teams of five square off to try and win, and it lends itself to some fun and interesting strategy.

This kind of game is not unique. It is based off of an old custom Warcraft III mod called Defense of the Ancients, and DotA spawned several games from itself, including League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, and the upcoming Dota II from Valve. The really nice thing about the first two games here, LoL and HoN, is that they are free to play, which means you can check them out, and there is suspicion that Dota II will be free to play as well.

Snow archer and midget bazooka cannon against a yeti-riding maniac. Yeah...this is League...

The Champions available for you to choose are varied. From your standard fantasy characters like paladin-ish Champions, elvish-ish archers, mages, etc…the folks in charge of League have a character for everyone. A clockwork woman with a giant robotic ball. A scorpion made out of crystal. An emo mummy. A steampunk sniper. A court jester assassin. League offers a champion to fit your aesthetic flavor, and the thing I’ve noticed since I started playing is that they are all perfectly valid choices. Some might be tougher than others, but there seems to be a great sense of balance, in my experience, in keeping the characters fair. That makes me feel great, because I can pick a character that appeals to me aesthetically or mechanically, and I don’t feel like I’m penalized as a result.

As for map selection, you’re kind of stuck with one map to play on. Called Summoner’s Rift, the map is apparently a staple of this style of game. There are three lanes running across the map, and you push your enemies back along each lane to reach their nexus at the opposite corner of the map. Interestingly, playing all the time on the same map doesn’t really get boring. There’s a smaller map called Twisted Treeline, but I haven’t played on that map yet so I can’t speak to it. Additionally, Riot Games is coming out with a new gameplay mode called Dominion, more of a capture point match, and by all accounts, it looks great.

I definitely think this game is worth checking out, and with it being free, its hard to say no. You can unlock content without having to spend a single dollar if you’d like, and it allows you to try a different kind of game. I think its clear that free to play games are both here to stay and quickly reaching the quality of regular blockbuster games, and League of Legends proves it. Give it a shot, see what happens. I was terrified of this kind of game, now I can’t get enough of it.
In the interest of full disclosure, this link here is my referral code for League.
If you’d rather not use that link, I understand. This link will take you to the basic League of Legends homepage where you can sign up on your own.

Good luck! If you want to find me on League, I’m Ethereal87 on there. See you on the battlefield!

Update

So…I’ve been working a lot lately. Decided to give up the pursuit of teaching and instead I’m pursuing IT work. So far, so good.

After my dad passed away in June, I’ve since moved back home, working off debts, and seeing more of the girlfriend. I have a job right now doing IT work here in the Chicago area, and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’ve always loved IT work in my personal life, and it was great doing it throughout college.

We’re getting along now, though a lot of legalities and services we took for granted are now gone and honestly, the system sucks ass in terms of trying to help my mom through this time.

So we keep on trucking as best we can I suppose.