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BlackSwan
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BlackSwan

New Cupcake, Female, from South Africa

Shout out to mai peeps on Hazak!ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ Oct 8, 2014

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    1. BlackSwan
      BlackSwan
      Shout out to mai peeps on Hazak!ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ
    2. BlackSwan
      BlackSwan
      @Quietus Yeah. The EU servers seem quite stable imo.
    3. BlackSwan
      BlackSwan
      :/ As long as they keep end-game the polar opposite of GW2, I don't mind what they do with the questing ...
    4. BlackSwan
      BlackSwan
      Wishing all of you fabulous WSCers a fantastic weekend.
    5. BlackSwan
      BlackSwan
      IDD, Valento. Especially if said rocks appear to be attached to the undercarriage of an angry Granok ...
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    Gender:
    Female
    Birthday:
    September 26
    Home page:
    http://grimwolves.co.za/
    Location:
    South Africa
    Occupation:
    Senior Graphic Designer (on sabbatical)
    Hello. My name is Sarah-Jane. I'm a Senior Graphic Designer taking a sabbatical due to illness. I co-manage a multi-MMO clan called "Grim Wolves" and do all that I can to introduce new MMOs to the South African gaming community.

    I grew up as a tom boy, having four big brothers. I never owned Barbie – I think I had one doll. I did however own one My Little Pony, Lego, A-team figurines and various plushies. My days were spent riding BMXs, rollerblading, skateboarding, building tree houses, making bows and arrows, playing video games and running around screaming "BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!" with a male neighbour. Was has been difficult throughout life is finding girlfriends with similar interests. Only a few people like to run around screaming "BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!" these days ... I've played pen-and-paper RPGs and gamed competitively (DOS–Nintendo–Windows) since childhood.

    I game every day – except when I'm training (Kung Fu) or watching Anime! When I was employed, I'd squeeze in a dungeon or two before I left for work – then 5 hrs+ in the evening. If we were pushing progression in an expansion, I'd usually chill until it was time to log on – then engage in 3 hrs+ of uninterrupted raiding. Now that I'm unemployed: Too much I suppose ... When I'm not out for coffee, grocery shopping or training – I'm gaming.

    Though I've actively participated in many FPS LANS in the past, I admit to favouring fantasty action MMORPGs over military-style FPS. I have LANd a lot of Quake, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike, Starcraft, WCIII etc. (And, in hindsight, probably got my ass grinded six different ways to Sunday on more than on occasion.) It's just that I lost interest in RTS/FPS (though Battlefield 4 has certainly peaked my interest).

    When our team took a break from World of Warcraft (and subsequently from Guild Wars 2), I embarked on a mission to download and test every rated F2P/BETA MMORPG available. By doing this I felt I could experience a Smörgåsbord of art styles and game mechanics. My primary focus was Fantasy/Sci-Fi MMORPGs with high playerbases and good ratings from reliable reviewers. Not only has this task appeased my curiosity, but my clan and I are now 100% certain about what we do and do not like in an MMO. One things for sure — the days of laborious timesinkers with slow, unresponsive, target-based combat are over (for us at least). There is a crossover forming in MMO combat these days. This fluid, next gen, non-target, live action combat is the way of the future.

    After eight years of Warcraft, I found that I prefered the art style, environments and monsters of East Asian MMOs (particularly those that are cel shaded) like WildStar, Guild Wars 2, Blade & Soul, TERA:Rising, FireFall, Soul Worker, Project NT, etc. To be fair, East Asian games are certainly not be everyone's cup of tea, however, many of them aren't well known. Sometimes we get so hung up on mainstream offerings that we neglect to discover the gems.I also prefer Martial Arts, Steampunk or Post-Apocalyptic themes that deviate from stock standard Western storylines.

    List in chronological order (excludes detailed information on consoles as they weren't my medium of choice):

    Various Arcade games (solo)
    Various Nintendo games (solo)
    Various DOS games (solo)

    MUME ~ the best MUD online. (played hardcore for 6 yrs+)
    Sid Meier's Civilization (solo)
    Warcraft III (LAN)
    Quake (solo/LAN)
    Baldur's Gate (LAN)
    Half-life (LAN)
    Starcraft / Broodwars (LAN)
    Unreal Tournament (LAN)
    Counterstrike (online/LAN)
    Neverwinter Nights (online)

    Diablo 2 (online) {hardcore}
    World of Warcraft (part of the progression raiding team – raiding 3-4 nights a week for 8 years) {Stopped playing just before Diablo III's release}
    Eden Eternal {Very cute/original little game, but the UI was TERRIBLE and it became too much of a grind-fest}
    StarCraft II (online)
    Dragon Nest SEA (online)
    Rusty Hearts (online)

    Guild Wars 2 (online) {Played from BETA. Stopped playing due to lack of competitive end game content}
    Diablo III (online) {hardcore}
    The Secret World (online)
    Blade & Soul (BETA)
    Elsword (online)
    Dragonica (online)
    Akaneiro: Demon Hunters (BETA)
    Dota 2 (BETA)
    The Grinns Tale (BETA)
    Arcane Legends
    KingsRoad (BETA)
    City of Steam (BETA)
    Robots Rising
    Knight Age (online)
    Maplestory (online)
    RaiderZ
    Firefall (BETA) (founders pack)
    City of Steam (BETA)
    Path of Exile (BETA)
    Age of Wushu

    Defiance (Played from Alpha+BETA)
    Warframe (BETA)
    Ragnarok II (BETA)
    Phantasy Star Online (BETA)
    Tiara Concerto (BETA)
    Scarlet Blade (BETA)
    Kartuga (BETA)
    EVE (Trial)
    ArcheBlade
    ChronoBlade (BETA)
    Hawken
    Lineage II

    TERA: Rising
    Guns of Icarus: Online
    Star Conflict
    Dragon's Prophet (Founder's Pack)

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (BETA)
    The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot (Alpha)
    Prime World (BETA)
    Dragon Nest EU
    League of Legends
    Dota 2
    Panzar
    RIFT
    Arena of Heroes
    Gundog

    WildStar (Black Ops BETA)
    The Elder Scrolls Online (BETA)
    Swordsman Online (BETA)

    Black Gold Online (ALPHA + BETA)
    Survarium (BETA)
    Kingdom Under Fire II (BETA)
    Landmark (BETA)


    MMOS MY CLAN ARE MOST ACTIVE IN AT THE MOMENT:

    Warframe
    Hearthstone
    Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn (BETA)
    Landmark (BETA)

    WildStar


    MMOS I'VE TRIED VERY BRIEFLY, BUT WERE'NT MY CUP OF TEA:

    Vindictus (online) Beautiful graphics, but too unresponsive
    Perfect World International
    ARGO online
    AION
    Global Agenda
    Seven Souls Online
    CABAL Online
    Ether Saga Odyssey
    Runes of Magic
    Continent of the Ninth
    Rohan Online
    Soul of the Ultimate Nation
    RF Online
    APB Reloaded
    The Aurora World
    DC Universe Online
    Arcane Saga



    MMOS THAT HAVE PEAKED MY INTEREST:

    ArcheAge
    Black Desert
    BLESS
    Monster Hunter Frontier Online
    Wolfknights
    EIN: Epicus Incognitus
    Blade & Soul EU
    The Magic Sword Online
    Asta: The War of Tears and Winds
    Cabal II: The Neoforce Era
    Legend of the Condor Heroes
    Red Blood
    Icarus
    EverQuest Next
    Origins of Malu
    Dungeon Striker
    Cyberpunk 2077
    Star Citizen
    Divergence Online
    Bounty Hounds Online
    The Repopulation
    TitanFall
    Cyphers
    GunZ 2: The Second Duel
    The Division
    Transformers Universe
    Line of Defence
    Dawngate
    Infinite Crisis
    Soul Worker
    Project NT
    Phantasy Star Online 2


    As a matter of interest (and to challenge the "female gamer" stereotype) I'd like to add that I haven't played The Sims or Farmville ... not even once. The only social games I've EVER played are The Grinns Tale, KingsRoad, Robots Rising, Game of Thrones Ascent – because they're awesome.

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