March in Review March 31, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Diablo III, entertainment, EVE Online, Month in Review, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Age of Empires II, Age of Kings
WordPress.com, ever fodder for for this section of the monthly round up, popped up something amusing this month.
We all love the number 1337 right, being “leet” in “leet speak” and all that. But the pop-up does make me wonder a bit. I am close to 3,200 posts here, but only 1,337 were likeable? Okay, the whole “like” button thing didn’t show up here at WordPress.com until quite a while after I had started blogging, but still. If it were not for C.T. Murphy, I wouldn’t even have 1,337.
Meanwhile, on my “other” blog, EVE Online Pictures, WordPress.com congratulated me on having 500 posts.
Which confused me, because I have nearly 800 posts total over there. However, I started posting under a different nom de plume when I launched the blog. It was done for dubious reasons. That whole story is here. So what this really meant was that I changed over to just posting as me, Wilhelm Arcturus, 500 or so posts ago.
And, finally, I applied for official EVE Online community fan site status for EVE Online Pictures, and it was accepted… which shows you just how low the bar is for that sort of thing. (I decided to give it a shot after reading one of many posts on monetizing blogs.)
While that lead to a very minor boost in traffic, the big thing is that my main account is now a “fan site account” which means it is free so long as I keep the site active and fill out a form every few months. The main change for me was having to put up a couple of legal disclaimers, which was no big deal. The impact here is that I will likely remain subscribed to EVE Online for the foreseeable future, as keeping the other blog going doesn’t require a ton of effort. (And I got a pile of pictures for the site this month.)
So you can consider me bought and paid for by CCP, but I doubt it will change what I write here in the slightest. After all, this isn’t the fan site, the other one is.
One Year Ago
Dave Georgeson of SOE said MMOs should never die. A noble sentiment at the time, it rings a bit hollow a year and five SOE MMO closure announcements later. Business is business.
Meanwhile, Blizzard was saying they were blindsided by the popularity of the auction house in Diablo III. They were nearly a year late on that revelation.
On a similar theme, EA launched a new version of SimCity, pretty much ignoring the obvious expectations the franchise comes with. I could only wonder if they learned anything from their efforts.
The instance group was doing some Rift content as a four player group. This was the time of our long hiatus, though we got a full group now and again. And when it was just the three of us, we ended up playing Neverwinter Nights 2 instead.
EON Magazine was closing its doors, marking the end of an era in EVE Online.
I finished up all the things in Wayfaerer Foothills, which sort of ended my time in Guild Wars 2.
Then there was the Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter campaign, which seemed more marketing tool than funding effort, and which hit its number in 11 days. Still, Lord British felt the need to stir the pot by declaring most game designers suck… and are lazy… and are not as good as him. Then he claimed he was taken out of context and not just saying things for cheap publicity. As the month closed, his Kickstarter was wrapping up, but Camelot Unchained was coming.
It was announced that Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings was getting updated to run on modern machines with better graphics. That set me on five other older games that I wished would get a similar revamp, which I think was more useful than just declaring that game developers need to innovate.
Finally, I was looking for input on some actual, real world things.
Five Years Ago
I spent a day up at GDC in San Francisco.
In WoW we finished up a short hiatus and started back in at the SteamVault. My daughter was tearing up Warsong Gulch. Meanwhile, the Lich King seemed to have laid a curse on my new video card. Nothing I did ever seemed to change this issue, though it did seem to go away eventually.
Somebody tried to put together a list of the Ten Most Important MMORPGs. Like all such list, this one started the comments rolling.
It was launch day and I was already complaining about Runes of Magic… well, about the patcher in any case.
I finished up what was the last book of the Wheel of Time series.
The EverQuest 10th anniversary just wasn’t evoking the level of nostalgia in me that I thought it would.
And we had to say goodbye to an old friend and family member. The picture my daughter drew is still up on the wall. It still draws the occasional tear later in the evenings when people are tired and a bit more emotionally fragile.
New Linking Sites
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Most Viewed Posts in March
You can tell when I have written nothing exciting all month, some old nuts and bolts post rises to the top thanks to Google.
Search Terms of the Month
that moment when a ex friend still manages to steal your beer
[That pretty much cements the ex-friend status]
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[I'm not sure that is how it works.]
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Age of Kings
Our floating Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings group managed to get in a few matches over the course of the month, including our disastrous encounter with actual, real people. The question is whether we will carry on. Player against the computer gets dull fast, playing against each other remains imbalanced, and playing against live people… is a challenge mostly confined to seeing how much we can slow down the inevitable steam roller. We might need a different game. Maybe something more in the turn-base strategy genre, playable by four people. Ideas?
Loot 2.0 and the coming of the Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo III revived some interest around the game. I rolled up a new barbarian… can you used the term “rolled up” when your only options at start are name and sex? Anyway, went out and played most of the way through Act III and found the game much improved for the effort. However, I didn’t run out and buy Reaper of Souls, or even finish Act III. Even at my most engaged, the game never got higher than second place in my mental “what do I want to play?” list, where I barely play the third place entry and fourth is lucky if I launch the game. Still, maybe at some point. The expansion sounds exciting.
EVE Online spent most of the month sitting in that fourth place position, as reference above. There is no real war going on. We’re back to cloaky campers in the systems I might rat in just to earn some ISK. I have ships scattered all over the game that I should corral and bring back to staging systems, something that can be an adventure when I am in the mood, but which has just seemed like work of late. And our corp, which hasn’t kicked me out for idleness yet, has gone through a leadership change. Gaff is out. And with that change, the “more POS towers!” faction is running the show. We had a corp day to mine ice, which I attended. The op was to gather ice to fuel our towers, and most of the talk was about where to get the rest of the ice we’ll need to fuel our towers. Because we have a lot of towers. Because, towers.
I did find out that one of the reasons things have been so quiet is that strat ops are no longer getting rebroadcast from Goon coms to our own. So if I want strat ops, and that is pretty much all I want, I have to log into their coms, not ours… which is not a big deal, as I am on their coms most of the time anyway. If I had actually bothered to post something from my SA forum account in the last six years, I’d consider just applying to Goonswarm to cut out the middle man.
World of Warcraft
Azeroth still looms large in my daily gaming, in part because I am on the auction house and daily quest treadmill. That isn’t a bad thing. I have a set of goals which keep me coming back. It is when I have no goals that these sorts of things become drudgery. The guild remains active over the weekends. Gaff, no longer worried about running a corp in EVE Online, has joined us and brought along a friend. So they are diving into Pandaria and doing all the usual alt-a-go-go routine. The guild is lively enough that we’ll get to level 25 before summer I am sure. The instance group also has enough content ahead to get to summer and our usual hiatus. What will happen come the fall if the launch date for Warlords of Draenor is close to the first day of Winter? I couldn’t tell you.
The Elder Scrolls Online launches this week. The head start kicked off yesterday, mere mortals to be allowed in by the end of the week. I am not buying the game as yet, but I will mark the launch date. Have to get that into the “one year ago” and “five years ago” system.
I have a post coming up this week about new hardware and a new game I have been playing. We’ll get to that on Wednesday I think.
The instance group carries on, World of Warcraft remains a thing. EVE Online, likewise, remains on my list. Diablo III… we shall see. It has fallen into fourth place for now. Or maybe lower. I didn’t play it at all over the past weekend.
And then there is tomorrow, when we get to sort out the obligatory from the inventive. I have nothing planned, so I will probably just point at others.