Monday, 14 December 2009


Well the title says it all really.. I GOT A NEW COMPUTER, which, as you may have noticed, is cause for great excitement.

It was custom made and is the reason why I haven't been posting for the last however-long-it-has-been. Now I'm pretty sure that you dont really care, but im gonna tell you what is inside.

OS: Windows 7 (64bit) Home (or whatever they call the base level one)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.16GHZ
Graphics: nVidia 8600GT 512MB

And here are some pics so you can see how awesome it is.

I know, awesome right?

Well I'm off to play CoD: Modern Warfare

Skywalker out!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Game Review: Red Alert 2

Well its time for another review: This time in the red corner the Soviets, aannnd in the blue corner we have the Allies!

Yes, that's right, we are back to the Cold War days with Red Alert 2! Although, admittedly, I don't think they had attack dolphins or Tesla troops the first time 'round. Red aleart 2 is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) set in a world on the brink or war, it follows on from the first Red Alert, though is vastly superior in the graphics, game-play and, well... pretty much every other department as well.

RA2 was released October 2000 and because of its age require only the most basic of system requirements. A 266 MHz Processor, 64 Mb of RAM and a tiny 2 Mb graphics card. This means that even I can run it.. and run it well. While the graphics and interfaces may not be as smooth or as shiny as modern games RA2 still gives a decent account of itself.

The game focuses on the two campaign branches; Allies and Soviets. They each have the same basic units and structures, though with differing power, build time and cost. The units begin to differ then more advanced units and structures begin to be built. After a Battle Lab is built the Allies can obtain such units as the Prism Tank or Aircraft Carrier, while the Soviets get the Apocalypse Tank and Kirov Airship.

Each side has its own pros and cons; the allies seem have have more technologically advanced, though not necessarily more powerful than the soviets, while the soviets seem to go for the brute force method. While each are powerful in their own way it is up to the user to decide what they like best. (Personally I just cant resist the temptation of trying to get capture the enemy buildings and get Apocalypse tanks AND Prism tanks.)

There are a number of ways of earning money to purchase units and buildings; the most common method is simply using Miner trucks to collect the resources so wantonly scattered around the map. You can also capture Oil Rigs, which produce a constant supply of money, at least until the enemy get tired of you throwing tanks at him and bombs it into oblivion. You can also find power-up crates which will give various bonuses, sometimes a unit promotion, sometimes a speed upgrade, and of course, sometimes money.

This is a well built game, which still holds its appeal for those who cant run top of the line games (or the new Command & Conquer). Its graphics are well designed and the intermittent live-acting film clips give great breaks in the combat.

I'm giving it 91/100.

Correction.. I know your father.

Hey, you may have seen my last article about Evony. I just read another blog in which some doubts have been raised about it. It seems that some people have had bugs messing with their PC after they played it...

This may just be a glitch in the game or coincidence.. but it could also be because Evony contains malware (not saying it is, just one possible reason). Because of this my legal adviser has told me to issue the following statement:

I do not take any responsibility for the users actions after leaving this site, furthermore I do not take responsibility for anyone's PC blowing up (etc.), them hurting themselves (etc.) when participating in activities I feature on this site.

Hehe.. that was fun...

Later all...
Remember.. I warned you.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Game Review: Evony

I have decided to do a couple of reviews for games I play.

This week we go to one I only started recently: Evony

Evony is a MMO, a massive multiplayer online game. The aim is to build your empire and bring more land under your control. There are, at the moment 82 servers, most of them pretty full, however new servers are being brought out, literally, every day.

The game can run on PCs with quite low specifications, as I can attest. I have a Pentium 3.0GHz processor, 440Mb RAM, 58Mb Graphics and a 56k Internet connection. Evony plays quite well, though with a little lag when I give multiple commands at once.

It is reasonably easy to get started, you just sign up with an email address and you are playing. You begin the game under ‘beginner protection’, a wonderful construct designed to stop you getting raided the moment you appear. It gives you 7 days protection from enemy attacks, meaning you have time to get some basic defences set up. Even for those who are completely new to the game it is fairly easy to pick up, with a few easy quest chains helping you to set up your town straight away.

The actual game play is fairly simple, though can get quite challenging as you build up your town. It gives you the opportunity to attack NPC (non-player character) controlled valleys which will earn you certain bonuses depending on their type; deserts will raise stone production while forests will raise lumber production. This brings a new element into the game: strategy. Should you attack a low level grassland, or a slightly higher level desert, you may get a better reward with the desert, but you may also lose the battle. Another NPC controlled area are the plains: capture these and, if you have enough resources and workers, you can build yourself another city. This is a great opportunity, but can result in difficult decisions: eg. which town to upgrade?

Like most MMOs you can join guilds or ‘alliances’. Personally, I highly recommend getting into an alliance quickly. These alliances are generally helpful and will give plenty of advice to newcomers. Alliances can also become allies, or even declare ‘war’ on each other.

There are only a few points against this game, mostly the long waiting times once you have established your basic town. Level three walls, for instance, take two or three hours to build, and some of the technologies will take just as long. This waiting time is offset by ‘speedup’ scrolls, which cut build time off a structure. These scrolls can be purchased with real world money, or by winning them in the daily lottery.

This game is great for those who can't be playing constantly: you can start building something, shut down your computer and come back in a few hours when it's finished. Those who like more action in their games should perhaps avoid Evony, but this game is perfect for the casual gamer or those fond of strategy.

Rating: 87/100

If anyone else is on Evony visit me at: server 82 (465,416) ROMAGNA, DarthLuke

Wednesday, 30 September 2009


At last.. the holidays have come! It's time for sleep, food, games, sleep, more food, late nights, games... and yeah, more sleep! But, alas, it was not to be...

On mon and tues I worked, today I did assignments (and wrote my book, thanks to my awesome editor, the one with the English Lit Degree, yeah, you... dont get a swelled head.) I still have assignments to do for English, Physics, Specialist and Chem.. yeah, my hols aren't gonna be a huge amount of fun ='(.

On the upside.. my foot is pretty much better (see the post below) and I can play bball again! Woo! Got wheelchair tomorrow, should win.. but you never can tell =).

Anyway.. gtg now, try to post again soon!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Well, Last night I had League Reserve bball, but no.. this is not a post about basketball. I got there just as we were about to forfeit (With not enough players) so they are like "Awesome!", and so we start the game....

A few minutes in I jumped to get the ball and came down wrong and hurt my foot... and something popped... Which, in case you hadn't guessed, isn't supposed to happen.

So I went off the court and realised that my toe was not where it was supposed to be...

Yep, that's right folks, I managed to dislocate my toe with no help from anything except gravity and the floor. You have to admit, I am pretty spectacular.

So we tried to put it back in, and that didn't work (though did manage to cause a rather large amount of pain.) So I was taken to the hospital and they took an x-ray and told me to wait and they would be with me shortly.

Still waiting

And then.. finally three hours later some doctor calls out my name, so I go in. And the we discover that he has lost my x-rays and obs. *typical* So a couple on mins later he finds the x-ray and say "wow, that a fair bit out of the socket."

I was given a bit of local.. waited a min^ then he tugged my toe... and it didn't move. What it did however do was hurt, through the anaesthetic. Well he gave it a few more tugs.. still not moving.. then he took his glove off and tried again. Then he grabbed a peice of cloth and held my toe with that... and finally, with a suprisingly loud pop my toe went back to where it should have been.

He got another x-ray to make sure it was in teh right spot then told me to go home.

Well for 4 hours in the hospital all that happened was my toe was moved about 1cm in the right direction and I was subjected to aprox 0.15r of radiation.

Ah well.. there are worse ways to waste time.. just because I can't think of them right now...

^There seems to have been a lot of waiting going on.

Monday, 31 August 2009

What to talk about?

Well, I don't really have a specific topic here, I though that I might just give my loyal fans (ie. you) an update..

My book is coming well, got just over 50 pages, got the plot going well. If you want a preview go here:

BBall: we are still losing, shouldn't be in div. 1. Ah well.. we might don't have a chance tonight..
Wheelchair is still going strong, haven't lost a game when I have played

Games and stuff: well, I am addicted to a few new ones: Steel sentinels and
Armies of Gielinor

Skool: Meh. Pretty much sums it up =P

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Hey all, I'm back again with a really short post:

If you want a sneak preview of the book I'm writing (The Shadow-Wraiths) go to, there is a forum so you can say hi and leave comments and, of course, the first part of my book. This is just so you can see some of my writing and maybe give some constructive criticism.
Last night we had out first bball game in Div 1! It was fun even though we lost 40-29. I scored 5 or 6 so I'm happy. next game: Razzle (we might have a chance against them.)

Monday, 10 August 2009

Writers block

Ahh.. the curse of all writers! I have wrote a few chapters all well and good, but now I am stuck on an idea. Oh well, I will manage.

What about you? Is there anyone out there who has started writing a book? Don't be shy, post a reply!
On other news:
We have been moved into Division 1 in basketball. Ohh.. we are gonna sooo get smashed.
Maths specialist isn't too bad, just long.. and complicated. But apparently we will be going into some year 12 calculus soon *shudders* Save me!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

I'm Special..

Or at least, a Specialist. Well we are into semester two now and we got the chance to change around out subjects. They decide to offer Specialist maths for those who wanted it (For year 11s its a semester, not a year long, course.). Specialist maths is an extension on ordinary maths for those who want to become engineers. It is, I imagine, very difficult. To take it I had to drop IT, but that's okay as I wasn't learning anything anyway.

On other news: We had our first Basketball game last Monday and we brushed Ansett aside 36 - 20. And they were the good Ansett. Ah well, lets just hope we can keep it up. we also have a new player.... whose name I can't remember.. oops, ah well, I will correct that when I remember it.
Edit: Daniel

Friday, 24 July 2009

A new PC!

Hey all!

Well, as some of you know, my computer is somewhere between terrible and worse. So we have decide to get a new one! This of course will probably take a few months.* But, in the end, I will be better off (and able to play some decent games on here).

Hmm... this is strange, my posts are getting shorter.. maybe because I'm posing more regularly.

Ah well, Skywalker out!

* If you knew my parents the reson for this would be appparent.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Aren't we lucky?

Well as it turns out our English teachers at school have decided that they want us to write a short thing about Odyssey. What it was like etc.. Now it occured to me that I have already done this, (if you look 2 posts down) so I don't really need to do anything except shorten it and add pictures. YAY!

And in other news:

Basketball is going back this Monday, first game is 8:30, this means I can't do U. Frisbee =`(, ah well.

Im doing Maths Specialist at school this semester. It's for those people who are really smart and want to become engineers.

I bought the Age of Empires gold edition. It comes with AoE 1, 2 and their expantion packs.

Not much else to tell,
Skywalker Out!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Don't we love books?

Well, I thought I might do a post about books. I seem to have done posts about pretty much everything else that I'm into so I decided to even the field a bit. I love books, Fantasy and Sci-fi are the best but I will read other genres.

Some of my fave Series: Title (no. of books) - Author

The Belgariad (5) - David Eddings
The Mallorean (5) - David Eddings*
The Elenium (3) - David Eddings
The Tamuli (3) - David Eddings^

The Serrano Legacy (7) - Elizabeth Moon

Rangers Apprentice (9, so far) - John Flanagan

Discworld (millions, no not really) - Terry Pratchet

The Starwars books (There are actually millions of these) - Various Authors

Scarecrow series (3 and a mini-book) - Matthew Reily

Jack West series (2 so far, 1 more coming possibly more) - Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly's other books (Contest and Temple)

The Halo books (6) - Various Authors

The Tomorrow series (6?) - John Marsden

The Lord of the Rings (depends who you ask 6, 3 or 1) - JRR Tolken

The Night Angel Trilogy (3) - Brent Weeks**

Chris Ryan's Books (lots)

The various Tamora Peirce series' (14 total I think)

The Max Ride series - James Patterson

Artemis Fowl (6 now, but the first 3 are the best) - Eoin Colfer

The Shadow Wraiths - ME
Oh, don't bother looking in the shops for it yet, I still haven't finished. If you want a copy, watch this blog and I will announce its completion (or failure); you can buy one then.

*This follows on from the Belgariad
^This follows on from the Elenium
**Only just read these and they are the BEST

PS. Please post some of your own faves here, I might get around to reading them eventually ;-)

Saturday, 27 June 2009


OK, for all those who don't know what the odyssey is (other than the ancient Greek one): The Odyssey is a 2 week trip down the east coast of Australia. All the year 11 students at O'loughlin Collage can go but it costs 2 grand (that comes with all meals, accommodation and flights).

Our first stop was the Gold Coast Sports Super Center (where we stayed). It was a nice place, had a heated pool, served good food and had a basketball court. We stayed in Brisbane for 2 or three days, while we were there we visited Dreamworld (!!) and Dracula's, a theater restaurant (!!!) both of which were awesome.

We also visited Mt Tambourine. For those who haven't been there it is full of shops, quite a few of the selling chocolate or fudge... or chocolate fudge. We spent a few hours there and I bought a ridiculously expensive sausage roll, which turned out to the worth it. A few people bought fudge and I stole some off of them, the we go on the bus and drove to Harbour Town (a massive Direct Factory Outlet place with heaps of shops). That was cool and we moved on to Dracula's.

Dracula's is a theatre restaurant, they serve you food and entertain you at the same time. I had 'Furnace of Fish' which was 'Mouth watering seasonal fresh fish fillet baked and served with lemon saffron Beurre' Blanc.' It was fish covered in a lemon butter sauce. Very nice. The performance was half play half stand up comedy show, great but I can't tell you anything else, I have been sworn to secrecy. The Dracula's performance was on of the three highlights of the trip, the others were the snow and Origin. More about them later.

The next day we drove over to Dreamworld!

While I was at Dreamworld I went of the Tower of Terror (one of the three main attractions (the other two are the Claw, which was broken, and the Giant Drop, which I didn't get time to do).
Dreamworld also has a new attraction - AVPX or Alien vs Predator vs You. It is basically a huge laser tag arena (Like Zone 3 for those who know it) but there are a few different game types. There is the normal game, just two teams which fight it out, Infection where you can convert the other team and multi team, where there is 4 teams instead of two.

Oh and did I mention the arena fights back... Yep that's right, the arena has movement sensing lasers that can target and 'kill' you. You can disable these 'enemies' by hitting small targets near the lasers.

After we moved on from Gold Coast we went down to Surfers Paradise for a few hours, yes it was nice, but no, none of us went into the water. I mean come on, give us a break, it would have been like 3 degrees (Celsius that is, 37.4 F or 276 K). anyway, we looked around and most of the group ended up at a shopping center, it had an arcade, 10-pin bowling etc.

And then me and a couple of friends found the firing range..

One of the group I was hanging around with does cadets (air force, so he can also fly planes.) so he's like 'Oh yeah!' and we went to see what their prices were. It turns out that one of the guns they had was the same as ones he uses in practise. So we spent half an hour watching him shoot at targets, he did pretty well actually, every shot inside the 7 ring.

Then we went back to the SSC and slept.***

OK.. next stop Taree. At Taree we stayed the night and ate a a Chinese restaurant, for those who don't know me I'm not a big fan of Asian food but they did some really nice lemon chicken and fish of some kind.

From there we made the voyage down to Sydney. One of the first things we did at Syd was to go and see an NRL game; Panthers vs Bulldogs. Bulldogs won. The next day we caught the ferry across the harbour to the city centre. On our way past we say the Oprah house and the Harbour Bridge. when we reached the city we spend about 2 hours wandering around by ourselves* After that we walked over to St. Mary's Cathedral, went for a closer look at the Oprah house and rush back to the ferry as it started raining (it was stupid prissy southern rain, but it was cold).

On the next day (we are up to day 7 here - Sunday 21st) we went to mass at Dee Why (a suburb in Syd); then on to the Taronga Zoo. The zoo was pretty big, with lots of stuff to do and shows every hour or so. We got there about 9 or 10 and one of the first things we did was go to the bird show. they had a bunch of really cool birds; a few falcons, a condor** and, to finish off, a galah. Now it may seem a bit... Meh. after a bunch of falcons but the zoo bird person explained that they were actually quite intelligent. She got a person in the crowd to stand up and hold a gold coin in their hand. the bird flew to them, took the coin, flew back and put the coin into its keepers pocket. She like "as you can see they are quite smart, I think she has something to give you back." and then it flew her a ring. The guy next to her got a mic and popped the question.

That was pretty much the highlight of the visit but we saw Lions, Tigers, Bears..

And on to Canberra!

Our first stop while in Canberra was Parliament House. It was big.^ We went and saw some of question time then got lead to a room and acted out our own political debate. *boring*. Anyway, the member for Solomon (that's where we come from) came and said Hi, we said Hi and he chatted for a while and left.

From there we went to our accommodation (a Carotel, don't ask). 8 person rooms, 2 heaters a bathroom per room (good deal so far). An then.. we found out.. that a student had been murdered just a few rooms down a while back. OK.. that was supposed to be scary but it didn't quite work... anyone know why?

Next we have THE SNOW!
Sorry if this seems like I'm making a big deal of it.... BUT IT IS!

For most of us on the trip it was the first time we'd seen *real* snow. I've been on a fake slope before but this was even better. We had snowball fights, made snowmen, the usual stuff. Went inside the complex and had pizza, went back out again. Had another snowball fight.

Eventually, tired and wet, we struggled back to the train that would take us back down the mountain, well through the mountain really. !! I almost forgot the mini donuts !! There was a shop that sold mini donuts, $5 for a dozen, they were the best donuts I have ever tasted, even on par with Krispy Kremes. Add to that the guy who owned the place. He was obviously a good businessman because we all went and got some. Probably because he would give you a few extra with each order. Thank You Donut Man!!

The next day we went to Old Parliament House and Questacon.

OPH was Meh, but we didn't stay that long and then QUESTACON! Questacon is an awesome science uuhh... not quite sure what the word is.. it's a science thing. It has hands-on stuff, mechanical dinosaurs and a tame lightning striker; everything you need to keep a bunch of school children entertained. The highlights included an enclosed roller coaster pod on a hydraulic system with a big screen at the front, so it didn't go anywhere but it felt like it was; A sort of giant centrifuge; a person sits at each on of a bar and it rotates around a central point, the people have to try to throw balls to each other^^ and, as I have already mentioned a lightning generator witch would strike for about 10 seconds every half hour or so.

After that we moved on to State of Origin. State of Origin is a rugby series between Qld and NSW, there are 3 games, one in Melbourne, one in Brisbane and one in Sydney (<- the one we saw). I don't particularly like rugby but Origin was soo much fun. The atmosphere was great and, well, you kinda had to be there. At one point we had a mexican wave going and it managed to get around the stadium 3 times before it died, pretty good if I do say so myself. The game ended at about 10pm and we had a 3 and a half hour drive back to Canberra so we all fell asleep on the bus.

The next day we went to the National museum (where they keep Phar Lap's heart) and cruised past the AIS and all the embassies, stopped for lunch and went the ANZAC parade. The Parade is a memorial to all the locations and times in which Australia has gone to war. The we moved on to the War memorial, pretty much the same thing but larger and with exhibits. It also contains the wall. The wall lists every Australian soldier killed in war. There is too many people on that wall. Lest we forget.

One the 12th day of the trip we had a full day of the bus, from Canberra to Melbourne. Not much to say about that really. We got to our (very budget) accommodation and slept. The last three days we could do pretty much whatever we wanted, there was The Queen Victoria market about 15 mins up the road and a DFO about the same distance in the other direction. Not much happened on those three days other than Wicked (The Broadway musical).

Wicked tells the story of the Witches of OZ, both good and bad.# It was pretty good, better than I expected. Almost everyone got reasonably dressed up to see it and when it finished we went over the the Crown Plaza Complex.## The CPC has heaps of shops, a cinema and some fire shows out the front (pretty cool) as well as a water feature inside which shoots streams of water into the air in time with the music playing (again, pretty cool).

Finally, it was time to end the trip we went to the airport and the group discovered that, since they had got there too early they couldn't check their bags in for another 1 1/2 hours. I, on the other hand, could. Unlike them, I was going to Adelaide instead of back to Darwin and my flight was considerably earlier. So about two hours before them I boarded a plane and was whisked off to MissE and my Grandma.

But that my friends, is another post.

I may do another post with photos / highlights in more detail, but then again I might not.

* In groups of 3 or more. Invariably everyone ignored this at one point or another and wandered off by themselves.
** For those who don't know a condor can have a wingspan of up to 5 meters.
*** Just to show we did sleep and it wasn't all running around.
^ I just like stating the obvious.
^^ In all modesty me and my partner were the best, we were on there for like 5 mins and the guy controlling it is like 'yeah, sorry guys, this is as fast as it goes.'
# Well, not so much bad, just seriously misunderstood.
## Which, yes, houses the Crown Casino, but as we were all minors, no one could go in.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Am I not the bestest shoe shopper in the world?

As you may have guessed from the title I recently not-so-recently went shoe shopping; not just for any shoe though, these had to look good, feel great and make me jump high!

That right ladies and gentlemen, BASKETBALL SHOES!!!

and heeerrrrreeeee they are!

I like them.. They have served me well in the past season, bringing us from 5th to first in 4 weeks. Woo!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

OK! Photos!

I have now updated the post below, it now has more photos!


Tuesday, 24 February 2009

What to do?...

I have recently realised I'm not very good at this Blogging thing; I don't post regularly and most people wouldn't give a damn about what I write about.... but I will try anyway..

Problem no.1: I dont have a topic for this post
Problem no.2: After I find a topic i have to find a title...

OK.... Topic.... Whining N00Bs..
I don't really like people who brag about things they can do (or have done) and then, when challenged, fail miserably; but I really hate the people that, when challenged, find some stupid excuse not to even try. These both really irritate me, especially in online gaming (such as Halo 1 or Warcraft 3), it seems that the ranks of Whining N00Bs are expanding exponentially, every time I go online I encounter more of them...


Problem No.2 has, rather obviously, been solved.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Well I'm Back...... Again

Well I'm back.. I know I haven't posted in a while but I haven't had much to post about.. My life is pretty boring. But I will try to get a decent post of what has happened on the holidays. Item no. 1: The Formal OK, it wasn't actually on the holidays buuut... It deserves at least part of a post. The formal is (for those people who don't know) an end of year event for Year 10s (at O'Loughlin) where all the chicks get dressed up in their best dresses and make up and the guys wear a suit (of equally boring clothes), this at least is unfair. Why cant guys wear different colours?? Any way.. I went with Simone. It was pretty good, the food wasn't bad and we had free drinks all night. ( I will post some pics later)

Here is me in my formal clothes.

Simone and Me

At the back: Surya, Luke, Sam
Front: Tegan, Pryanka (probably got that one wrong), KC, Simone, My head.

Pryanka, KC, and Simone

Amy, Tegan, Simone and KC

Item no. 2: The Great Ocean Road
I will just post heaps of pics now, I will comment whenever it seems necessary.

Our camper Van

Dinner at 'The Barn'

A boat.... no.. Ship

It was as you can see, very windy.. and cold

Yep.. Still Cold.

OK... My internet is going so slowly, I might do more later..