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Rift

Hi all,

I thought I’d start out with one of the 2 games that come out next week. First will be Rift!

In the US Rift will launch on March 1 and in the EU on March 4. Since I’m EU I will pick my copy up Friday morning when the shops open. Right before going to class.
Rift is a new MMORPG, they take the interesting things for existing MMORPG’s and have created a totally new idea with it. At least that is what I think 😉

Character and Classes
Like many other MMORPG’s you choose a character and a class, or calling in this game. But unlike other games this is not where it ends. In Rift you then choose a subclass, or soul in this game, and in the first couple of levels you choose another 2 souls. Yes, another two. Rift is built upon roles which houses 3 souls in it, all from one calling. After you get out of the newbie zone you can collect, by doing quests, the other 5 souls to swap around in your role or buy a new role to tinker with. By the end of the game you can have up to 4 roles with each a different combination of souls in them.
This means you can have a different role when you PvE on your own or one specially for PvP, or anything you like, as long as you keep within your calling. I could do the maths how many choices you would have but I think saying it’s A LOT is enough.

One role filled with 2 souls

Okay here is the maths :
4 roles X 8 souls X 7 souls (8 soulds – 1st choice) X 6 souls (8 souls – 1st choice – 2nd choice) = 1344 possible choices for one character.
or 336 choices for one role.

That is a lot of choice in comparison to some other MMORPG’s.
So to sum it up: you choose one calling (class) at the start of the game. Within that calling you choose your first soul (subclass) when you start and before level 10 you fill your role (spec) with 2 other souls, making it 3 for a full role. Before you reach endgame you can get another 3 roles to each fill with 3 souls. So nearing endgame you have a total of 4 roles with their own combination of 3 souls.
The closest I have played to this is Runes Of Magic where you can play two separate classes on one character, but they are mainly two separate classes with a couple of skills you could choose on your other class, Rift basically has 3 classes you play at any time.
Quite interesting.

PvE
Apart from questing, instances and dungeons, I don’t need to explain what those do and how those work, there is something that is called rifts.
From time to time the fabric between two dimensions might become wear and show tears. These can grow into Rifts at their own but players can also open them themselves. From a rift creatures will begin to spawn. They will try to create a foothold in the place to spawn more creatures and take over towns. If rifts from two different types meet they will start fighting each other but when the same type meets they will help each other.
To close the rift players have to fight all the mobs and the boss. This happens in multiple stages and the more you help the better your loot will be when they close it.
For me this sounded like public quests in Warhammer: Age of Recogning, which I loved. Apart from the fact that the Rifts are random the idea to quickly team up and work together with a small group of other players to get through a multi-staged “quest” seems the same. Upon completion you get special loot and points.

PvP
PvP will be in the open world and on warfronds (battlegrounds). These are the same as in most MMORPG’s
For me the interesting idea are things like the possibility to open rifts on other peoples sides of the world and run away and stuff like that.
Though being a big fan of Warhammer online I do miss the possibility to play PvP from the beginning levels and have special spots on the map in each zone (tier) to play PvP against others from early on. I might think otherwise when I actually play Rift but for now, I don’t know. I do hope they will bring out more warfronds as I love being able to have a choice in what I play.

Things like professions which involve gathering and crafting skills seems to bring nothing really new. But why fix things that aren’t broken?
I’m curious how well things like auctionhouses are going to work as I usually hang around on it a lot.

Overall I’m very exited to pic up the game next Friday and start playing it! I have heard good things about the game from headstart and beta players and am curious to find my own way in this world called Telara.

Cheers!
Kia

website: http://uk.riftgame.com/en/
more videos: http://uk.riftgame.com/en/media/videos.php

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in games, Rift

 

[teen] Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard

As the second book to post here I’ll write a bit about the book Pretty Little Liars where the tvseries of the same name is based on. I have been watching the series for a while now, my own guilty little pleasure, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on in the series. So I decided to start reading the books.
The series are pretty well done, very strong, but the books are better. Nothing unusual about that, though some events happen differently in the series than in the books, there was a bit of getting used to the change of events, but nothing major.


The book of upper-class, seemingly goody-goody girls with a twist, very catchy.

This is what Amazon says about the book:

In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, never to be seen again, each girl is heartbroken, but also a little relieved. Now it is three years later, and though the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Artsy Aria is carrying on an affair with one of her teachers, fashionista Hanna shoplifts to accessorize her trendy outfits, blue-blood Spencer is sleeping with her older sister’s boyfriend, while straight-A Emily is trying to ignore her attraction to a new female classmate. When the girls begin receiving threatening text messages and emails that from someone known only as “A,” they must confront the fact that against all odds, it appears Alison is back. Could Alison still be alive? And if so, why is she so determined to uncover all their dirty little secrets?

After watching the series for a bit I sort of knew what to expect of the series, or so I thought. The book was catchy, not by subject but by writing style. The style is very engaging and keeps pulling you along, I had a very hard time putting the book down.
The girls are lovable, all of them blessed with a type of girl-teen angst. It is all about being the best, competing with others, falling in and out of love and so much more.
But for these girls there is a bigger secret out there, bigger than who they are dating, how they transformed or what they do behind their sisters back… There is  “The Jenna Thing” for example. And the only one who knows all has disappeared, the queen bee, Alison.
Three years after her disappearance the girls get messages from a mysterious A who seems to know all their secrets. Not only that but they always seem to arrive at the moment that their present life and their past secret seem to overlap somehow. This creeps the girls out but they keep it to themselves, afraid that talking to the other girls might seem crazy.
This is until they find Alison back, suddenly the other girls seem the only sane option to talk to.

After reading the first book I had to start on the second book. The tension seems to pull me along really nice and the second book seems promising as it starts out with another flashback of Alison and I really love those moments.
You can find the books on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).

Happy Reading!

Kia

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in reading, review, teen

 

What am I reading? 26 Feb 2011

What am I reading? 26 Feb 2011

26 Feb

I didn’t finish any of the books I talked about last time but I did start on a couple of new ones.
Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2) by T. A. Pratt
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, Book 2) by Sara Shepard
[sample] Why me? By Sarah Burleton
[sample] Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
 
Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2) by T. A. Pratt
I read the first book when it was put up as a free sample at Suduvu a couple of years ago. I later got my hand on this second book but never found the time to read it.
I have started reading it yesterday after I didn’t know what I wanted to read. The book is once again fast paced with lovely characters.
Marla is a kick-ass woman with foul-rag-and-bone-shop magic (as she describes it). Unlike most other sorcerers she never really specialized in one kind of magic which makes her a wicked combination of powers.
I’m not far into the book yet, only page 61, and it starts out great.
First a “reweaver” (someone who can rework reality, both physical and memories) escapes from a sorcerers mental institution and then she has to deal with a slow-assasin, someone who doesn’t just kill but will stalk the victim for a longer period of time making the victim really uneasy as they will not know when they are killed. And on top of it all she has to deal with a lovetaker, someone who perfected the skill of seduction. I’m very curious what her sexually over active sidekick will do when he meets this lovetalker but I can imagine some fun scenes coming up.
Overall I’m looking forward to reading this. The book can be found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Finished this book in under a week. I will put a longer review up in a bit but for now I can only say WOW. I really liked it. Found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, Book 2) by Sara Shepard
The second book starts out as interesting as the first one. Everything was always about Alison and still is, even years after she disappeared. I’m not that far into this one as I only finished the first book last night. I do like the way this second one starts out and the reviews for this second book are as promising as the first.
[sample] Why me? By Sarah Burleton
I downloaded a sample of this book from amazon and it grabbed me immediately. It starts out with why the writer chose to write the book and then how the narrator looks back on what happened to her the day the Challenger exploded. It is a solid question for a first chapter, people always ask “where were you when this or that happened” and I think it is a nice way to start the book.
For me it is quite shocking to read how a small girl simply accepts the fact her mom hates her. I found the writing to be quite descriptive and full of feeling. A lot of the time I felt wrong for the way the girl described herself or the way her brain worked. Inwardly she knows a lot of truths but outwardly she spins her world with lies. I feel quite sad and think I will buy and read the rest of the book later.
The full book can be found on Amazon (UK) and Amazon(US).
[sample] Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
The title of this book caught me immediately, thinking that it might be the book to the old movie. But I soon discovered otherwise. It was about two boys, brothers in fact, in sticky situations but it has nothing to do with their gender.
Dante is waiting for his A level results to get into university but instead of the postman Melanie, his ex-girlfriend, is ringing the doorbell. With her she has a baby and a beige-pink piece of paper. The piece of paper shows that Melanie is the mom of the baby and as Dante is trying to process that bit of information she dumps the second bomb on him, he is the dad.
Adam, Dantes brother wakes up with a headache and as this is not the first time in weeks he had a headache the equivalent of a migraine his dad insists on taking him to the doctor. Well at least it wasn’t the hospital, which he dreads even more.
It starts out good and the writing is fact paced. There is some British slang in it but nothing major.
I really think I will buy this one later on too. This book can be found on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).
More and more books are lining up for me to read. There is more out there than I can experience but I’ll try anyway.
Happy reading!
Kia

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in reading, What am I reading?

 

Ebooks, Ereaders and Epublishing. Part 1

A revolution is going on, not many customers fully realize it yet but writers do. Ebooks and epublishing are growing. This changes the way we perceive writing, reading, books and how to sell them.
On different boards I’ve had discussions about ebooks, ereaders and epublishing, discussions that have been going stronger and stronger over the past couple of months. It is no longer a new thing, something some geeks thoughts of. Ebooks have established themselves in the market. People are scared, curious and uncertain about the whole thing and although I might not be the most knowledgeable about things I will share what I do know.

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in ebooks, epublishing, reading

 

What am I reading? 11 Feb 2011

So, what am I reading? What might be one of the next book I’ll review and what do I think of the works as I’m reading them?

I’ll be talking about:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Selected Short Stories by Ann Somerville
Caged by Sean Michael
Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload by Mark Hurst
Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Although I find the story on it’s own a great piece, I’m struggling to get through it. I’ve fallen asleep on it a couple of times and that is not something I do very often I have to admit. I’m trying my best to read this but I find it quite hard. The book can be found on Amazon.

Selected Short Stories by Ann Somerville
A free ebook I found at Smashwords I’m halfway through the first of the stories and although the speed is not very high I do enjoy the writing style. It is totally different from Sean Michaels fast flowing story I already did a review on but enjoyable non the less. The first short story is about a young man who travels to see his boyfriend and Dom out in the countryside. It’s a sweet story, sexy and at the same time it gives a sense of ordinariness.

Caged by Sean Michael
This story is not as fast paced as his other book. The story of a rich man falling in love at first sight with a man specially bred to be a sex slave. The slave is treated badly by his former master and the rich man teaches him that there really is something better out there.
But ofcourse it is not as simple as I just put it. Not as bland either. I have gotten used to his fast paced writing from his short stories and his other book so I was quite surprised at how slow the pace was for this story. Which doesn’t mean it takes anything away from Seans skills to tell a great story. I’m only a third through the book and anxious to read more of this lovely thing.
This amazing book can once again be found at Torquere Books.

Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload by Mark Hurst
I’ve gotten through the first couple of chapters of this book and I’ve found it to be very interesting. Mark gives some great ideas that I as a techie myself do seem to agree with. I’ve been sharing some of the things I agree with on Amazon Kindle Reading List and it already has me thinking about the way we perceive the world of tech in this day and age. I’m a tenth trough the book but I seem to always start reading pieces of it at times where I should be doing other things. Ironic, digitally reading a book about how to better spend your digital time when procrastinating doing some digital work. Fun book that can be found on Amazon (UK) or Amazon (US).

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith
A book about a woman who feels stuck in the middle between her older sister who is starting a family of her own and her younger sister who has a career. She herself feels like she hasn’t done anything interesting with her life up until that point.
This is about as far as I’m into the book right now. I chose to read it although I’m not a big fan of books that deal with a persons relationship to God. I’ve always avoided books that dealt with that but I felt like I had to try something I hadn’t read before. Although the character seems quite superficial at the point where I’m reading I’ve also read a couple of great reviews about it and will give it a try.
I’m quite positive about the book up until now so I’ll see. The book can be found (for free) at Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US).

I’ll be doing a blog on the series of Teen vampire and other supernatural stories soon, just comparing the samples from Amazon. I have originally read a couple of the Twilight series in Dutch and they are a guilty pleasure of mine to read them.
I will compare the samples of the most popular series at the moment and see what they share and what they don’t share. I think it will be fun.

Happy reading!

Kia

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2011 in reading, What am I reading?

 

[gay] Bite – Sean Michael

I’m going to start with one of the best writers I have found in a long time.

Bite is a delicious story about werewolves and kinky sex. Sean wrote a strong story about hunks, kinks and danger.

From the product description on Torquere Books:

Anton loves a well-prepared steak. That’s all he’s hoping for when he meets Greg, his new live-in chef. Flamboyant and confident, Greg attracts Anton immediately, and he finds himself wanting to know Greg better. Much better.
It’s not just a normal attraction for Anton. He’s an unusual man, with unusual desires, and Greg seems to be filling a place in Anton’s life that he’s never explored. Anton prefers to be a civilized man and not let his werewolf self run free, but it’s the wolf that wants to claim Greg for a mate.
Someone disapproves of Anton’s relationship with Greg. Someone close to Anton, someone inside his carefully controlled household. As he and Greg come closer and closer to mating for life, the danger gets nearer, forcing them to depend on each other to stay safe, and for Greg to stay sane.
Can Anton convince Greg that his wolf would never hurt him and keep Greg safe from the menace outside their relationship, too? Sexy, razor sharp and fast-paced, Bite will keep your heart racing!

 Before starting this book, I had read some of his short stories and I knew I was in for hot scenes and fast-paced plot line. But I didn’t imagine this. HOT!
The first couple of times it can be confusing when the narrator changes, constantly shifting between Anton and Greg, but soon you look forward to the next part from the other narrator.
Anton is strong, an Alpha male and insatiable for bloody red meat and his new chef.
Greg is headstrong and playful, loves to push his boss’ buttons among other things…

I read this book in 2 days, waiting for the next time I could squeeze in time to read this amazing story.
I’ll try to squeeze in the sequel Bitten soon.

Sean Michaels website
Bite on Torquere Books

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in gay, reading, review

 

Welcome to Kia’s Reading!

Welcome to Kia’s Reading!

I’ll be putting up reviews of books I’ve read, hopefully at regular intervals, these can be full books, collections of short stories, old books, new books and sometimes only samples.

If I see interesting free books come by I will put those up too.

When there is interesting news or fun new addons for the Kindle I’ll share it with all of you. And remember, you don’t need a kindle to be able to read the ebooks from Amazon. Amazon allows you to download an application for you PC, iPhone and other devices so you can read ebooks you downloaded from their website no matter where you are.

Happy reading!

Kia

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in reading