I often start writing these monthly review posts well in advance. They have a structure and a formula and very little of it requires me to be at the end of the month. If I want to write but don’t have a topic I am invested in, I will often start in on one of these, filling out the framework.
Such was this month where, back on the 20th or so, I wrote this section, having felt that the big site event of the month had come and gone.
For this month it was when somebody linked an old post I did about voxels back when EverQuest Next was re-announced, in relation to something called Minetest, which is something like a voxel Minecraft I guess. That generated a lot of referrals and I figured the most viewed post of the month had been set, it having passed the 800 mark already, when most months any post that passes 400 views is almost guaranteed to be the top of the list.
Aiming at a distant tower guard in Delta Force
Then, for whatever reason, my About page became popular… with bots no doubt… for about a week. Enough to vault it into the top Most Viewed Posts this month, as you will see below. It is, technically, a post. That gave me something for this section. I even took a screen shot to accompany the whole thing, but felt I should take one later in the month, when the final results were closer to set.
Then I wrote that one post in a fit of pique about Alta Fox trying to bully Enad Global 7 to set forth wrecking the company, draining its coffers for stock buy backs, so they could be enriched with no possible upside to the health or long term viability of the company.
Then that took off. I ended up with a 2,000 page view day with that one. There was a time when I was getting more page views than that as a daily average, but that was a decade back. Now it is a good month when the average approached 500. That is still more than I ever expected, but it hardly registers on the internet.
Basically, looking at my most viewed posts this month, the internet seems to be telling me that if I want traffic I should spend more time critiquing the excesses of late stage capitalism and reminiscing about voxel based 3D game engines.
One Year Ago
Blizzard, attempting to get into the mobile game space on its own, announced Warcraft Arclight Rumble. Meanwhile, Diablo III turned ten years old.
On the flip side, Enad Global 7 and Daybreak announced that they were cancelling the previously hinted at Marvel based super hero MMORPG. EverQuest did get two new progression servers, Vaniki and Yelinak, and EverQuest II got the Varsoon server.
In Valheim we built the grey pit to harvest grey dwarves. This has become a semi-popular post for people trying to do the same. We were also in search of silver, which meant building a mountain base, and looking to defeat Bonemass.
I had a list of five problems that I felt CCP was never going to solve in EVE Online. I also wrote about damage meters in the game, which are alike and different from other MMORPGs.
But that was just a warm-up for EVE Fanfest. We had been promised a lot, but the opening keynote didn’t deliver. Overall, Fanfest just made a lot more promises without delivering anything substantial. The return to expansions sounded nice… but the first one was months off.
CCP did, however, finally relent on the prices of capital ships. Another of their economic theories dashed on the rocks of reality. Meanwhile, the final days before the subscription price increase saw people buying in to save some cash and EVE Anywhere became available for Alpha Clones, but the announcement was so confusing that some news sites reported that the feature had entered alpha. Also, CCP was being called out for still betting on an FPS as its future.
CCP did promise us something special for alts as long as we consolidated all our accounts to a single email address.
CCP also announced the candidates list for CSM17.
Actually in New Eden, the GEF headed to war in southeast null sec, first hitting Omist then pushing into Tenerifis. That led to some real fights.
I brought up Wordle-like games that focused on the movies.
Josh Strife Hayes went and played LOTRO as the game turned 15 years old.
This American Life did an episode about NFTs, which were a plague at the time.
I got paid for the ads on the site for the very first time and we were still binge watching at our house.
Five Years Ago
My other blog turned ten years old, so I did a retrospective… here… since my other blog is a picture blog.
There was the big rumor post about plans at Daybreak that included winding down EverQuest and EverQuest II in favor of a new EverQuest game. While some items on the list did come to pass ( Just Survive did not and PlanetSide Arena is effectively PlanetSide 3), the old school preservationist faction won out in Norrath and it looks like we’ll be getting expansions for some years to come. Meanwhile, they were also giving out level 100 character boost in EQII again.
While I was on a WoW break of sorts, Blizzard seemed to be doing well enough in the financial report for Q1 2018. Of course, they were feeding us tidbits to keep us interested while we waited for Battle for Azeroth, with pre-orders available since January.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, an RTS from the turn of the century, was still getting expansions. You cannot keep a good game down.
I objected to a silly post about making the MMO genre “more accessible.” It was all either blindingly obvious or too specific to be practical as a general rule.
I was still mucking about in Rift Prime, having made it into Scarlet Gorge, though it felt like something was missing.
Microsoft was planning to discontinue support for Minecraft on some older consoles after the Aquatic Update was released.
On the Kickstarter front the was big success for the Empires of EVE Vol. II campaign and a huge flop for the ill advised Flower of Knighthood campaign.
CCP was celebrating the 15th anniversary of EVE Online and I was going on about the importance of all the tales that make up the ongoing story of the game.
I was over on the test server trying out the upcoming Abyssal Space content, which I likened to dungeons. Why not? CCP calls things dungeons in their patch notes.
At the end of the month we got the Into the Abyss expansion for EVE Online and people were losing ships to Triglavians almost immediately.
That was preceded by what I called the great third part apocalypse as CCP shut down the old API interface, killing any number of third party applications that depended on it. I was also on about their New Eden Store scarcity policy.
We got an update on when the elections for CSM13 would be held, while with the MER I was wondering if anybody would challenged the might of the Delve economy.
And then, actually in game, we were still running ops against GotG in the north, exchanging citadel kills and chasing after them into Venal and mounting some ops from there before returning to Pure Blind.
Ten Years Ago
I celebrated the five year anniversary of a blog. No, not this one.
EVE Online turned 10 (I even made a movie) and reminded us of its true nature, while DUST 514 finally went live for real.
Somebody was saying that there had only ever been two successful MMOs, EverQuest and World of Warcraft.
I checked up on the Newbie Blogger Initiative to see who survived their first year of blogging.
Camelot Unchained made its Kickstarter goal one day before their campaign ended. Success at the last minute is still success.
The project code named Titan was rumored to have been pushed out to 2016. Meanwhile Activision-Blizzard announced that WoW had shed 1.3 million subscribers, dropping to 8.3 million total. And then there was the problems with the Diablo III economy. Rough times.
The XBox One was announced. Or the name was. I didn’t like it.
I made a chart about the relative natures of MMO economies. I was also musing about dangerous travel.
We were starting to peek into NeverWinter as a possible game for the instance group, in hopes that we might have a hiatus from our long hiatus. We also played a bit of Need for Speed: World.
Rift, ostensibly the game the instance group was playing (and which I was still playing a bit of), announced it was going free to play, which made me mutter about revenue models again.
Our EVE Online corp decided to go play some Lord of the Rings Online, and so my relationship with Middle-earth continued and I was quickly in the Lone Lands.
And finally, I wrote a bit about the first computer game I ever played, which led to some charts about my video gaming timeline.
Fifteen Years Ago
My daughter and I were finishing up the final battles in the base game of Pokemon Diamond as well as staging our own gym battles.
In EVE Online CCP gave us a date for the Empyrean Age as well as giving us all a gift on the five year anniversary of the game. I still have that gift in my hangar.
Meanwhile I was building battleships, working the regional price variations, dealing with the realities of production, refining my Drake fittings, and laughing at a the EVE Online guide to talking smack.
Oh, and I was being propositioned in a standard Goon scam. Damn Goons!
In World of Warcraft the instance group was doing some quests to level up a bit because the Mana Tombs were proving to be a challenge. We also did some mucking about with alts.
And, in the industry in general, Turbine got $40 million dollars to play with (I wonder where that ended up?) while Age of Conan launched amid immediate declarations of success and failure.
Twenty Years Ago
Internet spaceships become serious business as EVE Online launches.
SOE launched PlanetSide, their MMOFPS.
3DO laid everybody off and filed for bankruptcy, leading to the end of the line for it and its subsidiary New World Computing, best known for the Might and Magic series.
And the WordPress blogging platform was first released in May of 2003.
Fifty Years Ago
In May of 1973 Bob Metcalf wrote a memo at Xerox PARC with the title “Alto Ethernet” that contained the basic schematic for the networking hardware that would come to be known as “Ethernet.” This was just one of the many designs and innovations that Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center would create, which Xerox would then completely fail to capitalize on but which would go on to become the foundations of modern computers.
Most Viewed Posts in May
- Late Stage Capitalism Ruining Things: EverQuest Edition
- Delta Force: A Memory of Voxels
- The LOTRO 2023 Roadmap – No Consoles, No UI Updates
- Changes at Netflix, HBO, and MTV
- Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- How Many Skill Points are Enough in EVE Online?
- Another Chance to Get Your Name on the EVE Monument
- Twitter Alternatives as Elon Continues to Elon Fiddle
- The Viridian Expansion is Coming to EVE Online in June
- 20 Games that Defined the Apple II
Search Terms of the Month
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[ZF be like that mon]
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[Don’t let me stop you]
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[Yes you can]
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[Haven’t actually played that]
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[Oh no, another potential blogger]
Game Time by ManicTime
Didn’t I say I wasn’t going to do this anymore? I lied, though whether it was to you or myself is up for debate. But apparently I find some usefulness in this section, so here it is again.
- WoW Classic – 54.88%
- LOTRO – 35.66%
- EVE Online – 9.21%
Overall, since I was away for a good 10 days of the month, the total hours played in May were the lowest monthly total for the year… or since I started using ManicTime.
It was something of a quiet month in New Eden for me. With the war in the north winding down into a more contained “content” conflict and having moved all my stuff back to Delve, I didn’t have a lot to do. I went out and harvested my PI, I went on a couple of fleets, I got on my minimum of one kill mail for the month, and I logged in daily to redeem all my 20th anniversary goodies.
Lord of the Rings Online
The Lossless Scaling experiment started me off in Middle-earth. I have made it through into the Lone Lands once more, and ought to be a shoe-in to make it through Evendim if I remain enthused. After that though… well, Evendim is the last zone I think of as fun. We’ll see if I get beyond there.
Nothing much went on for us in Pokemon Go, except for me having a Pokemon in a gym in rural Oregon for nearly two weeks before they got kicked out. Level 44 is closer, but still a ways away, and Niantic seems keen to screw with our routine.
- Level: 43 (77% of the way to 44 in xp, 1 of 4 tasks complete)
- Pokedex status: 770 (+3) caught, 785 (+4) seen
- Mega Evolutions obtained: 24 of 35
- Pokemon I want: Three specific Scatterbugs; Sandstorm, Icy Snow, and Meadow
- Current buddy: Krokorok
Northrend was starting to wear on me a bit as we entered May. Then I was playing LOTRO for a while. But then the Joyous Journeys xp bonus hit and the group was using it to get everybody to 80 and to work on some alts and we all started doing the Argent Tournament, so that come the last week of the month it was my main game again.
Not a good month for riding the indoor bicycle. I was away for two weekends and had an injured leg for a third, leaving not much activity in May.
- Level – 18
- Distanced cycled – 1,629 miles (+27 miles)
- Elevation climbed – 62,297 (+735 feet)
- Calories burned – 50,470 (+723)
There are a couple of big things coming up in June.
Probably the biggest, at least relative to topics I cover here, is the Diablo IV launch. It goes live on June 5th or 6th depending on where you live for the world wide launch, with early access for the special pre-orders as early as tomorrow. Blizzard is “confident” that the servers can handle the load they expect at launch. I am “confident” that this optimism will age poorly.
Meanwhile, over in New Eden CCP will be launching the Viridian expansion for EVE Online. So far we have been told that will bring Tech II capital ships and graphics upgrades to the game. I am sure there must be more to it, but we shall see.
We are also getting the next phase of Wrath Classic. Maybe I will be able to build Jeeves.
There will also be some more AI stuff next month. You know it is the buzzword of the moment because over at VentureBeat literally every other headline is related to AI, it having replaced Metaverse, which in turn replaced Crypto/Blockchain in their obsessive focus on the latest hotness.