The Old Man Band (Players Over 30)

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  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I didn't see you on tonight, Kev, but that's OK, I recruited PubKnight and then soundly picked the final "Impossible Band Challenge" and sent him through the gruelling marathon of some of the hardest songs in the game! (Painkiller, Battery, and Ace of Spades among them.)

    Sorry about that, but thanks a million for helping me finish that final band challenge!


    (I think he really hates me now, though...) :eek:
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I don't hate you.
    I'm frustrated because playing those songs with a broken bass pedal is like playing major league baseball with a nerf bat... i.e. I will do my double bass kick... but part of the pedal just doesn't move.... that makes something like Painkiller tougher than it needs to be.
    Was also frustrated because I literally had logged in all of 20 seconds before you invited me... so a warm up song or two would have been nice.
    And finally, I was frustrated because Ace of Spades pisses me the hell off.
    I don't know wtf it is with that damned song.

    After I get my new pedal, I insist on redoing that challenge.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I really had no idea you had only been on that long. I had been doing a bunch of solo stuff and realized that it was starting to get a little late and nobdoby had sent me an invite in hours. So I figured I would check and see if anyone else was actually on but possibly just doing some other solo stuff like I was. I really though maybe you had been working on that drum battle that was added today or something like that. I really am sorry. Maybe next time if you see a setlist like that (or if I do and need a warmup or something) we could swap up to easy on the difficulty selection, not to choose it, but to say "Back it up and pick something else first."
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    ok, that's a good signal.... that makes sense.
    I'll choose easy if something gets picked that I don't feel I'm quite up for at that moment.
    What was the drum battle today?
    I didn't even look.
    Literally logged in, got your invite, played that challenge... then logged out to come up here an yell at you via email and to check my usps tracking number for my bass pedal =)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1967496 said:
    I really had no idea you had only been on that long. I had been doing a bunch of solo stuff and realized that it was starting to get a little late and nobdoby had sent me an invite in hours. So I figured I would check and see if anyone else was actually on but possibly just doing some other solo stuff like I was. I really though maybe you had been working on that drum battle that was added today or something like that. I really am sorry. Maybe next time if you see a setlist like that (or if I do and need a warmup or something) we could swap up to easy on the difficulty selection, not to choose it, but to say "Back it up and pick something else first."

    Hey Zarlor, I sent you about 5-6 invites last night, you never got them? I also sent GX3 some, he sent me ones too but for some reason I can't join his sessions.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Yeah, PK, that's about what I imagined happened. The battle is called Winter Drummer and is for solo drums. The set consistes of White Wedding & A Jagged Gorgeous Winter.

    And Kev, I never saw your invites at all and they weren't in my invites messages, but I think you had logged off by the time I checked that so they probably go away when that happens. Maybe I was so focused on what I was doing that I just never noticed them. Sorry about that. GX3/megatron seems to often get a full band going or sometimes it's his kids on, so he won't answer invites nearly as much. He's mentioned on this thread before to just keep sending them at occasional intervals and if he's available he may get to them eventually. You know how it goes.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Anyone have any word on the new DLC for the Wii.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Nothing yet. It should show up in this thread: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122185 sometime today, I would think.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I don't get why it takes them so long.... I'm hoping it's something other than stuff from the 70's. I like that stuff but I'm ready for some newer songs. I could take some No Doubt.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I'm hoping for Foo Fighters.
    No Doubt would be interesting to shake things up a bit.

    Jagged Gorgeous Winter in a challenge?
    Ugh. That's not an auto-5 star. White Wedding is close to a 6 star if they do it by star count rating... but we'll have to see.
    I may not get the chance to fire up the Wii until tomorrow... how long does the challenge run for, do you know off hand?

    OH! Exciting News! Pedal update. (ok... well... exciting for me).
    My pedal left Florida at 11:44pm on the 14th.
    Of course, it doesn't tell me how it left Florida (truck, plane, dolphin), but at least its on its way. Today is a holiday here with no mail service... so I'm hoping for it to arrive tomorrow.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1968319 said:
    Hey Zarlor, I sent you about 5-6 invites last night, you never got them? I also sent GX3 some, he sent me ones too but for some reason I can't join his sessions.
    I think Mega (GX3) tends to invite, then drop his session, looking for an invite back if you are interested.
    More and more people seem to be doing that, because no one wants to pick the songs... but the problem is, if everyone keeps doing that, there is never a session to actually join.

    Oh, and Z, I figured out what that other gold star was with Lockheed the other day: Live Forever by Oasis, and I Was Wrong by Social Distortion.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Sorry for freakin blogging in this thread, but how many people do you all have in your friends lists?

    I got caught up a bit in some of the craziness of the Rock Band Wii Discussion thread (which has more or less evolved into a chatroom), and added a whack of people that I have yet to ever play a single session with.
    I'm thinking I should favour the smaller "quality" friends list over the larger "quantity" friends list... and maybe do a purge of my pendings, and people I have never played with.

    Do you all have a method at all for your friends lists?
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1968542 said:
    Sorry for freakin blogging in this thread, but how many people do you all have in your friends lists?

    I got caught up a bit in some of the craziness of the Rock Band Wii Discussion thread (which has more or less evolved into a chatroom), and added a whack of people that I have yet to ever play a single session with.
    I'm thinking I should favour the smaller "quality" friends list over the larger "quantity" friends list... and maybe do a purge of my pendings, and people I have never played with.

    Do you all have a method at all for your friends lists?

    I did the same thing, when I first got RB2, I went to the forum and looked at the add me thread. I had a bunch of people as freinds but hardly ever caught up with them online. This group has been the most consistent. So I've removed everyone except for the people in this thread and a few select others.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1968493 said:
    I think Mega (GX3) tends to invite, then drop his session, looking for an invite back if you are interested.
    More and more people seem to be doing that, because no one wants to pick the songs... but the problem is, if everyone keeps doing that, there is never a session to actually join.
    .
    I got really pissed one time, because I ended a set with 2 other people I didn't know to join a session with GX3, lost 50,000fans, then I try to join and received, session is full or no longer in session. I was pretty irked. Took me awhile to find just 2 more people again.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1968493 said:
    I think Mega (GX3) tends to invite, then drop his session, looking for an invite back if you are interested.
    More and more people seem to be doing that, because no one wants to pick the songs... but the problem is, if everyone keeps doing that, there is never a session to actually join.
    Yeah, I'm just sending an invite to see who's out there & what's available. Like PK said, I'm not a big fan of picking songs but I also have little kids and things happen where I have to get pulled away. I don't want the session to quit becasue I have to. Plus, I'm usaully playing solo guitar so my spot is easy to fill. I've started to be the leader a little more just because I get quite a few responses when I put out an invite & I've been able to get a full band together fairly quickly lately (see below).

    As far as friends go, I probalbly have almost the same friends list from the current info form you do PK (25 or so total) I've played with probably 80% of the people there at one time or another, played with Lily Mu & a few others for the first time yesterday. My schedule is a little crazy so it's nice to have a big pond to fish from. I've found I usually have 4-8 friends on at any given time though who they are varies.
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    We will be logged in on and off the entire day today...as homework, household chores, and etc dictate. I have today off..YAY.
    Brett and I only have you guys as our friends, so a very elite and choice wonderful list I must say!
    Hope to jam soon and I have no problem choosing the songs or being the leader since it's usually MY internet connection that fails...don't want to do that to your fan base guys...
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1968635 said:
    I got really pissed one time, because I ended a set with 2 other people I didn't know to join a session with GX3, lost 50,000fans, then I try to join and received, session is full or no longer in session. I was pretty irked. Took me awhile to find just 2 more people again.
    Kev, really sorry about that, I wish you would have sent me a PM or something & I would have stopped. So please don't quit a session if you see an invite from me, usually just means I'm available to play if anyones got a spot. I wish there was a better way to communicate, I'd say the % of invites I'm actually able to join is around 10% (either full or session is no longer available).

    From now on, I'll stay in a session for a few minutes after I send out an invite. Again, sorry Kev, no hard feelings?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I'll be on and off a bit today as well, but I plan to be on solid this evening. I'm kind of grabbing some information on the DLC songs I have and logging my scores and such so I can see where I need to improve the most, which means I'll be on but I may not respond to invites during the day.

    PK, the battle is by score, not stars, no limits on level of play. I didn't see how long it was for but I think there is a place on the RB site that tells you about what battles are currently running and such so you can check them out when not on the game.

    As for Friends, pretty much I have just everyone on this thread and my Sister's family (who are NEVER online these days, too many things like Soccer practice and such for her boys). I have probably 3 or 4 of the folks on the thread from early on who are all just pending (I think that includes the guy who originally started this thread!) I think the idea here as been to try and get some folks who don't care about levels and will try their hardest not to drop during a set unless due to a bad connection or it absolutely jsut can't be helped, which is why I also go back to the "matchmaking" screen after pretty much every set so folks can drop if they'd like without worrying about disrupting anything as well as to just see if anyone else is online to invite in. I don't do anything to really manage the list, though.

    Candy, good luck on the ESL! I don't even want to think about looking at that monster on drums.
  • ryanco64ryanco64 Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Young man posting in the Old Man Band section!!
    Nice to see people of your ages appreciating a good game. I know some people who don't play games at all...*coughRENTScough*.

    Keep rocking dudes.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Well, you young whipper-snapper, I been gamin' since the early days with things like Pong and the Atari and Intellivision. I even had a little computer called the Sinclair 2000 that had all of 2K of memory in it that I had to program my own games onto to play anything on it! Did I mention the walking 2 miles to school in the snow, and that it was uphill both ways? (The worst part of it, is that's also true, the last leg of my walk to and from high school were uphill and I lived in Littleton, Colorado at the time which is certainly a lot hillier than here in New Orleans.)
  • CherkovCherkov Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Same as Pub and Kev with the friends list. Added tons of people when I first got the game. I got a notebook full of friend codes, but this group is the one I play with the most. Never got around to really cleaning it up, but figured its nice to have a wide selection of friends to play with. My pending list needs to be gone through. That's for sure!

    Hi ryanco64! Can't speak for the others on here, but I've been playing games since the I was at least 6. This is normal for me. My parents don't play either, but I found if you find a game that appeals to them, they are more likely to give it a shot. They wouldn't touch Grand Theft Auto, but get them a pinball game and they won't stop! My mom even likes to play Wii Sports with the grandkids on occassion. It's a riot!
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    megatron;1968735 said:
    Kev, really sorry about that, I wish you would have sent me a PM or something & I would have stopped. So please don't quit a session if you see an invite from me, usually just means I'm available to play if anyones got a spot. I wish there was a better way to communicate, I'd say the % of invites I'm actually able to join is around 10% (either full or session is no longer available).

    From now on, I'll stay in a session for a few minutes after I send out an invite. Again, sorry Kev, no hard feelings?
    No hard feelings at all, it's a gripe more about the game. I hate how there is no way to communicate other than sending someone a invite message. Did you guys post IM messenger tags? Or did we already go over this? My AIM one is k2e3v80, yahoo messenger is kfrank2380.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1968983 said:
    Well, you young whipper-snapper, I been gamin' since the early days with things like Pong and the Atari and Intellivision. I even had a little computer called the Sinclair 2000 that had all of 2K of memory in it that I had to program my own games onto to play anything on it! Did I mention the walking 2 miles to school in the snow, and that it was uphill both ways? (The worst part of it, is that's also true, the last leg of my walk to and from high school were uphill and I lived in Littleton, Colorado at the time which is certainly a lot hillier than here in New Orleans.)
    I gamed for almost the same ammount of time. I didn't have pong but did have the 2600 when it first came out. That was like the Wii today, adults were buying it for themselves not for kids. I've played coleco but never owned one, had a intellivision, NES, SNES, played Sega at a friends house enough that it was like I owned it. Playstation, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, Now the Wii. I can't imagine how much I've spent on this hobby. It has to be in the 50k range. Now I just have the Wii, I'm still waiting for them to release on VC the greatest football game of all time Tecmo Superbowl for the NES.

    What was your favorite games? Rock band is probably the game I've enjoyed the most out of all the systems and games. That's tough to say remembering the sleep overs trying to beat the Legend of Zelda.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Like everyone else, I've been playing games forever.
    Had the original Atari system.
    But I was more into the PC games post-school... actually played one called "Tribes" competitively. And odd little info tidbit - there was this semi e-famous thing involving World of Warcraft, with a video featuring a dude called Leeroy Jenkins. I was in the clan that made that video, Pals 4 Life.

    But console wise, post-childhood the Wii has been it for me... and for me, Rock Band is the absolute peak of video game concept and execution. It's just about as perfect as it gets.

    Yeah, some accommodations for in-game comms for Wii-users would have been nice... but maybe for RB3. Or for Wii2... which I shall call: WiiII
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Yep, my story is similar to the rest of you. Started on an Odyssey? basically a poor man's Atari. Got an NES & then a Genesis but I think we're leaving out that back then we also spent a lot of time in arcades. Most new games didn't come out on consoles until they were in the arcade for a few years and there was always HUGE drop off between the arcade & home version. Moved to PC gaming in '92 and hadn't even considered a console since until the Wii. I suspect a lot of the venom directed at the wii from Xbox & PS3 users is just a redirection of the heckling they've been taking from PC users for years (underpowered toy with various limitations). Never cared for that battle either but I know it exists.

    Played most of what's come along but nothing's been as good as RB. NOTHING.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    That Leeroy Jenkins vid was hilarious! I've primarily been a PC gamer as well. I hadn't really bothered with a console until I'd tried my sister's Wii, but unfortunately the titles have been a bit thin. To be honest if RB2 had been available for the PC I would have gone that way in a heartbeat over playing it on the Wii.

    As for the AIM thing, yeah we talked about that a bit. I don't really like using AIM, and besides I use the same screen for my PC and Wii (and all home theater stuff, really). So I'd have to keep flipping my projector over to check in, which doesn't take long, and I do it now to check email (if folks on this thread want it to communicate that way, just PM me). I could hook in a monitor, but I'd prefer not to. The easiest way for me would be to use something like TeamTalk, I even have my system set up as a server for that since I've used it occasionally with friends when playing on MMORPGS and such. That way we could just flat talk to each other if you really wanted. Folks who wanted to do that would just have to get a client at http://www.bearware.dk and I could provide details on connection and stuff through PMs. So if anyone wants to try that just let me know and I'll be happy to set my system up for it for you. (I don't have to be logged in myself for other folks to use it, so it's not a problem if folks want to use it when I'm not on, but they also have a public server in Denmark... so a slight bit of lag, but it's really not that bad and certainly accessible 24/7.)

    Oh, on favorite games. I spent a hell of a lot of time on Pirates!, Sim City, Civilization and Dune II when those came out. But Red Baron 2 is one of my all time favorites, there just hasn't been a good WWI flight-sim/game like that ever since. Rock Band is also one of new all-time favorites. Lots of RPGs have been fun, particularly single-player versions, but probably one of the most enjoyable online MMORPGs I've played was really (and this will be dating me quite a bit) Dune MUSH. All text-based (and there are still several MUDs and MUSHes and such around, almost all free) but in some ways there was a depth to a lot of those that none of the big-name MMORPGs have never been able to match.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I am the Coleco handheld football champ!!!!lol
    Same as Mega,I usually send out invites to let people know I'm available.I don't mind picking songs unless there's a singer involved then I feel he or she should pick them.Being a med. level guitarist,I'll jam with anyone who'll put up with me.I can do most of the low tiered songs on hard but I'd hate to fail out in a session just tryin to be better than I am.Plus a song sounds like crap if your less than 90%
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pre-internet gaming = wasting hours on a game like Zelda just setting bombs at every location on every screen trying to find hidden items/entrances. How long did you get stuck on some of these games trying figure out the trigger to the next level or how to beat some chump like King Hippo?
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    megatron;1969609 said:
    Pre-internet gaming = wasting hours on a game like Zelda just setting bombs at every location on every screen trying to find hidden items/entrances. How long did you get stuck on some of these games trying figure out the trigger to the next level or how to beat some chump like King Hippo?
    Oh I spent a crap load of hours on Zelda, never did beat it. I remember getting a bunch of nintendo games, then going back to the orignal Super Mario Bros after awhile and realizing it was an awesome game. I figured since it came with the console it must be crap. That is what's amazing about Nintendo, they some how did the same thing with Wii sports, after bored playing some of the games I go back to bowling, golf or boxing, and have fun when new friends try the Wii.

    I never owned punch out but my friend had it, and he could never beat Tyson. Some how I could. But I could never beat Super macho man, so he'd play that level and I'd play the rest. I recently got Punch out for the console and I beat Super macho Man but then I played Mr Dream, I'm not sure if he's just a white tyson, but he kicked my ass. One punch and you're down.
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Ah..the good ol Intellivision days,Coleco vision, Nintendo....the countless Gameboys , Sega ...and yes, my sons watched enviously when their mom could beat both games of Zelda with the original Link she started the game with! grin... Did anyone learn on the early IBM PC? I remember pong and playing Othello on my dad's 8088.

    My boys think I am the coolest mom around being a parent that shares their love for video games. They had a hard time getting to play them with me around hogging it all the time. In fact "Hansel" is my son who lives in North Carolina with his wife "Kat"... they are official Friends of the Family band members now that they have RB2 for their Wii (They also play GHWT on the Wii). My other son "Xero" or sometimes he goes by "Vincent" (from FF days) plays an expert guitar and has entered Guitar Hero tournaments. He doesn't have a Wii, though. I think he is going to invest in a PS3

    I have to say I am happy with the Wii for the interaction you get that the other systems don't have. Its fun and people of all ages, even my grandmother can play.

    I am with you Z, I love PC gaming more than anything. I love RPGS. And darn if you didn't dash my imagination saying you lived in Colorado. I have this image of a smooth talking southern Louisiana bayou drawl when I "hear" you singing...oh well...sigh.

    BTW, we are having internet issues again. Currently, Brett is shopping for his new character from the money I earned her drumming some of the world tour songs..wish I could just donate some of my earnings to those noobs...but....oh well.
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