Joined on 12/24/03
Pros: Modern real-world setting, where conspiracy theories are incorporated into an extremely well-written story-line. This gives game lore a much greater feeling of verisimilitude, compared to the standard fantasy setting and the standard fantasy boilerplate stories. Another great feature is that it is classless. You chose to advance in any weapon-skill or magic-focus-skill you wish and you can currently choose up to 7 active & 7 passive abilities that effectively determine you 'class' and 'role'. However, compared to other systems, TSW effectively permits Healer-Tanks and other strange combinations. No longer will people 'rage-quit' over having their level 80 Ranger nerfed into oblivion. This means that you will have several 'builds' in the mid-game, such as a solo-DPS-oriented self-healer, and a pick-up-group-oriented classic Tank, and possibly a custom hybrid build for a tighter integration with close friends, since you find that pure roles are not necessarily the most effective.
Cons: Feels small compared to the average MMO. This is being addressed with monthly expansions, including today's addition of Tokyo as a group raid, and a new auxiliary weapon-slot that starts off with Rocket Launchers. That said, I've now played this game longer than any previous MMO I've ever played, including Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies, and without even rolling an alt, I will be able to learn all abilities, use all weapons, & all magic in the game, selecting whichever 'build' I like best. I'm still not more than about 1/8th of the way to obtaining all abilities/skills, and that may drop to less than 1/10th with the addition of auxiliary weapons.
Overall Review: This is the first game I really got into role-playing, probably due to the greater involvement in the lore, which is not your everyday fantasy boilerplate. The RP is itself addictive, never mind the gameplay, and the gameplay is enhanced with other good role-players.
Looked good at first, but very cheap design
Pros: Fast at first.
Cons: - Windows 10 didn't work well for long, I assume due to pre-installed crud? Re-installed Windows and worked much better ever since then. - Screen case split apart down left side. Screen became damaged from this flaw. Terrible durability. This was caused simply by closing the top, not from rough handling.
Overall Review: - Beware of this manufacturer.
Pros: Microfiber surface gives great tracking, bottom side grips desk surfaces: NEVER slips. Marketed as, and used by me as a protector between laptop screen and keys, because squishy laptops will mark their own screens. Works perfectly, and I always have it flat instead of rolled up. Since it's always flat, I've never had fraying issues.
Cons: After about three years now, the rubbery side is breaking down and leaving material on my work desk. Time to get a new one.
Overall Review: Not sure if there was a build-material change between when I bought mine and when the other reviewer bought his, but I highly recommend it for the price, based on my experience. It was a great product and served dual roles.
Very Good Board
Pros: Overall, very nice board. Fanless design, but with attachment points for adding a fan for those who will overclock (for the chipset, etc.) Best BIOS I've seen yet, solid construction. Layout is necessarily tight due to the sheer mass of stuff crammed onto this board, but even so, there is only one real issue with Auto fan control with option to run a quite or turbo profile in BIOS. The "Q Connectors" allow for aligning all those single and two pin connectors from the case into an intermediate connector out where you can see and manipulate it, and then you just plug the Q-Connector into the board. As noted by others, you MUST populate the ORANGE RAM slots FIRST, not the black ones. There are a few ways to go wrong on this board, and that is just one of them.
Cons: This board requires a fairly high tech level, to utilize without issues, just because it has so much to offer, creating more opportunities for even the experienced builder to make a misstep. 90 degree angle on the SAS & 1st 4 SATA connectors is very inconvenient in tighter (most) cases. Especially when a long, double-wide video card is in the primary PCI-e slot, partially covering them. A case that allows access from two sides is helpful. Highly recommend using all the supplied SATA cables and populating every single right-angle connector prior to putting video card in, even if you are only starting with one SATA drive. Then you can install additional drives in the future by just plugging the cables in: no removal of your video card required.
Overall Review: My board would technically post, but would not go into bios or boot from DVD, stopping short with a message about the new SATA drive being bad, even though it initially sees it with no problems. With some experimentation, when I removed the jumper I had installed on the drive, everything booted fine, going into BIOS, allowing me to turn off SAS, etc, and I was able to install Vista 64 Ultimate without problems. The jumper was for some kind of power-saving sleep/wake drive feature. Installed: i7 920 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 PCIe Sound Card WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit Have not yet attempted any overclocking, but the performance is amazing. It owns my games and 3D modeling/mech design software. Posted one of the highest ZBrush benchmarks so far, exceeding any Mac Quads posted.