Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Updated proxy guide.

I started to run into problems with Proxifier the other day, and so did someone else I knew, so I decided to find a program that wouldn't give me problems.
I found ProxyFirewall.

So I've updated the connecting to Vindicus guide with the new information and program.

It's a little bit easier to understand as the program just works better.
And as it is freeware, you don't have to worry about a trial running out on you.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New graphics card.

My new graphics card, a Gigabyte ati Radeon HD 5570, arrived today, and it quite nice.
It's a bit more powerful then my last, and a damn lot cheaper, but it has been a few years since I bought it.

So not only can I play Starcraft 2 and Vindictus again, but my artwork will be that much better for it.
I did notice that my old card did tend to scream in pain whenever I did art.

Hopefully this one can bare the strain a little bit better.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Short break from gaming.

I know what this sounds like, but I have to take a short break from not only gaming, but drawing art as well.

The reason for this is pretty clear cut... my graphics card died yesterday.

So in actually fact I just can't play really much of anything atm, or do my art, until the new and better graphics card I ordered arrives, which should be in a couple of days or so.

It sucks, but that's how it goes sometimes.

So in the meantime, I'll watch a bit of anime, and maybe write a little bit.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Poking at Starcraft 2

I haven't been playing SC2 for a couple of weeks, but after playing with a friend last night, I'm starting to want to get back into it.

Actually, I've been wanting to get into SC2 proper, but I just haven't been able due to lack of finding people to play with regularly.
And because Blizzard we're fucking retarded and didn't put in chat channels, I just couldn't really find anybody in my timezone. Still waiting Blizzard.

But, if this goes well, and we can play almost daily, I think I can get into this game properly this time.


Cancelling the podcast.

After deep thought on the issue, I've realized that it may not be the best idea at this time.
The reason being is that Vindictus isstill very new, and while at a core it is a great game and I'm really enjoying myself, it just lacks content.

I can see myself doing a few weeks worth of podcasts, and then just running out of stuff to talk about.
So for now, I'm putting this idea down, and concentrating on the blog and playing the damn thing.

That dream died young.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Delaying the podcast.

As anyone who has been reading this blog knows (who's actually reading it I'd like to know), is that I'm working on a Vindictus podcast.

I was hoping to get it out over the weekend, but I've hit a few snags.

I'm having trouble with the software, which is consistently turning everything I say into muffled noise, making the quality absolutely abysmal.
And seeing as their isn't exactly anyone expecting me to get this done at all, let alone soon, I'm going to take my time and figure this out, even if I have to record the damn thing a dozen times.

In the mean time, I think I'll work on my art a bit, and play some more Vindictus, as I haven't had as much time as I'd like to play it recently.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Vindictus News: 06/11/2010

This is the first in a what will hopefully be a long series of topics, the weekly news and ongoings of Vindictus, with my 120 cents.

So, what's going on this week.

It's been little over a week since the third character, Evie, was released to us to fondle and play with. As of Nov 03, her secondary weapon, the Battle Scythe, was introduced.
Gained at level 24 by speaking with Brynn.

It has a very long reach and fast, wide sweeping attack, making it ideal for dealing with masses of lesser enemies.
Not only that, it has six skills to it at this time, three of which can be gained at level 24 as well. (I have yet to verify this myself thou)

Her scythe skills include:
  • Drain (lvl 24): Steals health directly from your foe, replenishing your own.
  • Spirit Bind (lvl 24): Summons a wisp like companion, that attacks and distracts your enemies.
  • Blink (lvl 24): Teleports you a short distance in the direction your facing.
  • Mark of Death (lvl 32): Marks a foe, turning them into a grenade ready to explode and take out their allies on a moments notice.
  • Insane Reaper (lvl 36): Increases stamina and attack speed of the party for 60 seconds.
  • Bloody Thread (lvl 40): Apparently binds to several targets, allowing to remotely damage them, or even instantly kill them outright. (may not be active in Vindictus atm)
So, bloody powerful in other words.
Why exactly would I use the staff again?

Anyhow, please keep in mind that this may not be entirely accurate and is subject to change.
Please refer to this link for more information on Evie's skills.

New tokens have been added called 'Crimson Tokens', which for all intends and purposes function like Platinum Tokens, but without the luck and experience bonus.
However, you can also trade them with other players, and they can also be used to pay for other peoples boat rides.

You can buy them at the Supply Depot with NX credits.
The prices are:
- 1 Crimson Token: 250
- 10 Crimson Tokens: 2200
- 30 Crimson Tokens: 5900

To promote the introduction of these new tokens, two new events have been spawned.
Vindictus Elections: As of Nov 03 to Nov 24, several of the towns folk of Colhen are up for election to become the mayor of Colhen.
The candidates are:
- Gallagher: A Republican.
Ferghus: A drunk Democrat.
Reilly: An Independent nut factory.

Where the actual playerbase comes in is with a Poster Contest.
You can win up to 50000 NX, and the two runner ups get 10000 NX.

Submissions will be accepts until Nov 15, and on Nov 17 the three winners per candidate will be announced.
Sounds pretty gimmicky to me. But whatever.

The second event is the Guild Master event.
Between Nov 03 and Nov 09, guild masters are encouraged to recruit as many new people as possible. The more you recruit, the more Crimson Tokens your will earn your guild.

10-19 Members: 10 Crimson Tokens
20-29 Members: 30 Crimson Tokens
30-49 Members: 50 Crimson Tokens
50+ Members: 70 Crimson Tokens

This looks like a pretty good way to get more people invested in the game, which can only be a good thing.

With these new events, old events have closed.
Halloween has come to an end, all the decorations are now down, and it's daylight outside.
So no more Halloween candies or packages. Boo....

Apparently now you can buy NX credits via AT&T mobile phones.
Good for them. More details can be found here.

And lastly the Vindictus website now have a welcome page, with links to several related sites, giving a general starter guide.
This should help new players get sorted.
But you know what they don't have?
A guide on how to connect to Vindictus via proxy server.

Still, it's a welcome change.

Well, that basically sums up the news for this week.
Catch me again next week for another news update.
And please look forward to the first episode of Vindicast: the Vindictus podcast that I will be starting later tonight, and should have it uploaded over the next couple of days or so.
I'll post a link once I find somewhere to host it.... I've got a pretty good idea where thou.

Have fun, and go play Vindictus all bloody ready.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Guide - Running Vindictus via proxy server.

Now this is a common complaint about Vindictus, that it's US and Canada only, and when or even if it comes out in Europe or the rest of the world for that matter will be a long way off.

And for those who aren't tech savvy enough, this is a very real, and very frustrating problem.

However, there are ways around the problem, and once you know how, it's easy to get Vindicuts running no matter where you live.
This will be my step by step guide to running Vindictus via proxy.

Living in New Zealand, I had little other choice but to figure this out if I wanted to play this awesome game. And I did, and now so will you.

Note: This guide is subject to change as new version of Vindictus come out, so some parts may or may not work in the future, please use your best judgement.
If worse comes to worse, email me at
I don't tend to notice comments.

As of16 May, 2011 update, I no longer support using the Vidictuslauncher.exe, and have removed it from the guide. Connecting via Vindictus website work just as well.
I also no long play the game, so updates will be few and far between.

1. Naturally, download Vindictus, and install it.

2. Download ProxyFirewall and install it. This is freeware, but it needs to be registered when the program first starts. You are then emailed a activation key, copy and paste it into the program, then press 'Activate'.

3. Open ProxyFirewall. I doubles as a firewall, so whenever an application attempts to access the internet, ProxyFirewall will prompt a response as to weather to block, allow, or use a proxy for that application.
When you use Vindictus, select the 'Allow (no proxy)' option.
(as well as any application you intend on using)

4. Go to - country 'US' - proxy type 'Socks5'.

5. Find a IP address with a high reliability. Unlike some programs, ProxyFirewall will function with almost any SOCK5 IP and port.

6. Highlight the IP address once you find one. (keep xroxy open, trust me)

7. In ProxyFirewall goto the 'Open Proxies' tab - Add Proxies - type in the highlighted IP and port from Xroxy into the correct fields - tick SOCK5 - Add to List - OK.

8. Make sure that Vindictus.exe, and Nmservice.exe are set to 'Allow All Connections' in the Rules tab.
If they do not appear there, ProxyFirewall will prompt them once you start Vindictus.

9. Log into Vindictus via their website.

10: Press the 'Start Game' button when you have everything set up.

11: Vindictus should then load.

12: Wait until the splash screen is up on Vindictus.

13: Alt-tab, go to ProxyFirewall.
Rules - find and select 'Vindictus.exe' - Edit Rule - tick 'Use Proxy Server' - click 'Click here to select a proxy server'.

14. Open up the drop down tab of 'Open Proxies' - SOCKS Proxies - select the previously entered IP and port - OK - OK.

15. Back to Vindictus. Press 'START GAME'.
If you have done everything right, the game will then go to the character selection screen.
(you will get an message that your IP is different each time you change your IP - Ignore this)
Sometimes lag will interfer, just try a couple of times.

If however you do not log in correctly, go back and check all your settings.
Again, make sure that your IP is recent and that you are logged in on their website.

If in doubt, try again, sometimes it just acts up.

16. Now you can either select one of your characters or make a new one.

17. Enter the game. Once the game has loaded, alt-tab and go into ProxyFirewall.
Rules tab - find and select Vindictus.exe - Edit Rule - Allow (no proxy) - OK.
You do not need a proxy server to play the game, but only to login to the game.


18. Now enjoy the game.

I hope this little guide helps more people play the game and clear up some of the confusion that's out there around using proxy's.
If you have any more questions, by all means use the comments section.

Have fun.

Edit note: I originally used a program called Proxifier for this guide, but as it was only a trial, I had to find a more reliable program, which is ProxyFirewall.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vindictus, Bloody good fun.

So, what is Vindictus?

For you who live under a rock, Vindictus is a free-to-play 3rd person action-MMORPG, developed by Nexon, a Koren development studio and ported over to the west by Nexon-America.

It's currently post release, even thou it still appears in many ways to be still in beta.
Namely two of the five playable characters/classes have yet to be released, among other minor content issues that have yet to be ported.
However at it's core, it is basically a full fledged MMO experience.

(do note however that it's limited to ONLY north-America and Canada)
(this can be easily circumvented via proxy servers)

Now why is this even worth talking about? Why play this game?
Simple, it's hands on, engaging, free and most importantly, just good dirty fun.

You play as a mercenary, one of currently three playable characters, which are basically your classes in this game. And yes, you can customize your character like in any other MMORPG.

You have:
Lann: A dual wielding sword user, who slashes his way to victory with fast sweeping attacks and quick movements to duck in and out of battle.
Fiona: The meat shield of the group, who sports a strong shield and defensive capabilities, with powerful direct attacks.
Evie: The spell caster, wielding either devastatingly powerful spells, blasting her foes at long range, or getting dirty with a giant scythe, sweeping over the battlefield with wide reaching attacks.

Unlike most MMO's, where you watch you character attack or cast spells as you tab-123456 your way to victory, Vindictus has you in direct control of your every movement, which is pinnacle to success.

Instead of using a skill that allows you to block or avoid a skill, you have to actively dodge it.
Instead of auto-attack and auto-targeting, you have to actively run up and smash you enemies face in with either light or heavy attacks.
You have to time attacks as to not get hit.
You need to avoid getting hit at all times.
You have to pay attention as not to get surrounded, etc.

All of combat demands that you sit up and pay attention, and that is something that I find very difficult to find in this industry.
But beyond all that, it's just plain fun.
If this was it, while nice, not really all that interesting.

But it doesn't stop there.
You can break or pick up just about anything (except the walls), and use it as a makeshift weapon.
You can grab your foe any perform various grappling moves on them.
You have several secondary weapons to hurl at you enemies, including spears and explosives.

Combat is very improvising and intuitive, you can just wing it and do all sorts of crazy stuff, just for the fun of it.
And when bosses swing around, it can be a really challenging experience, and never needlessly difficult..... which is exceedingly rare.
Everything can be done solo as long as your careful.

All in all, awesomely fun combat.

As for the rest of it.... it's not bad, it's not bad.
Vindicuts doesn't go for the large, immersive world like many other MMO's do, but rather you work from this one small town, doing lots of odd jobs for the residences that you will really get to know, as a bigger story unfolds around you.

The town acts as a hub where you can talk to people and get quests and items.
You then go to the port and take missions via boats, which are instanced areas that you can do on your own or with a small group. You can also wait on the boat, or join anyone who is waiting on theirs to form an PUG. Your not sitting around in town going LFG, just jump right in and have fun.
Quick and simple.

The missions themselves again are instanced, so no one is going to ruin your fun or take your loot. The length of each mission is nice and short, anywhere from 5-25 minutes typically.
So you really are able to jump right in and have fun in nice short doses, and make some actual progress, which is very nice indeed.

Character creation is while a tad unremarkable, is still effective.
Graphics wise it is very, very pleasant to look at.
Sound and music is memorably, and rarely seems out of place.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic game, esp being free and all.
As far as first impressions go, this has left a very good one on me.

If you haven't already played this game and you like action games, go play it right now.


Guess who's back?

Finally, I'm back to this old crusty blog, and have something worth writing about.
Been petty lackluster over the last several months, so I didn't really feel like writing anything, or felt like I had anything worth saying.

But now I do.

Namely, Vindictus. I freaken love Vindictus..... which is something that is very rare for me.
I also quite like Starcraft 2, but I'm having difficultly making friends on it and getting invested in it.

So, from now on I'm going to try and post regularly, main doing news and guides for Vindictus, and occasionally Starcraft 2 when I eventually get back into it.
I'm also throwing around the possibility of doing a Vindictus podcast, so look forward to that in the near future.

This all should help keep me active, and some people might find it worth while. So great.