Daily Archives: March 31, 2007

March in Review

The Site

The Ancient Gaming Noob passed the six month mark earlier this month.  While that hardly qualifies me for “Elder Statesman” status in the MMO blog community, I was a bit worried that I would get tired of the whole thing in two months and let it drop.  No such luck for my vict… readers!

And what has happened since I started this blog?  What would give perspective?

Since I kicked off the blog on September 11th, 2006, there have been:

32 episodes of the VirginWorlds podcast
Not quite as many episodes of the Massively Online Gamer podcast
10 episodes of the Official SOE podcast
9 episodes of the EQ2-Daily podcast
5 episodes of the Gaming Steve podcast (and 4 were this month)

Since I started:

EverQuest: The Serpent’s Spine launched
EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer launched
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade launched
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes launched
EverQuest: The Buried Sea launched
Archlord launched

(I actually purchased three of those titles.)

Also, I started a character in EverQuest II and made it to level 50.

The site itself has had:

290 entries posted
726 comments, many of which were from other people

So thank you all for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment.  Now to see if I can make it to the one year mark.

New Linking Sites

I got nearly to the end of the month before I found a couple more linking sites.  I thought I was going to have to wrap up this segment, but then I found:

Most Viewed Posts In March

  • Rise of Kunark?
  • My Aching Head
  • The Next EverQuest II Expansion?
  • Rehash of Station Access
  • The Downloading of the LOTRO Beta
  • The Alchemist’s Lot
  • 44/44/44
  • LOTRO – Frist Impression
  • How Your Station Access Money Is Allocated
  • More Vanguard Character Creation Fun

Best Search Terms of the Month

shawn elliot nerd voice blog

(I wish I could do that voice)

boob inflation game

(Isn’t that more an Adele Caelia thing?)

Deleted Comment of the Month

None.  The worst thing anybody called me was a fool, and I heard that enough growing up to be used to it by now.

EVE Online

I thought hard about going with the 7 day activation just to get some skill training in, but ended up being too busy elsewhere to get to it.  However, two co-workers want to get back into EVE and play, so we might try to do that as an after-hours thing at the office.  EVE has the advantage of running pretty well on the machines we have at the office.

EverQuest II

Oh my, I spent a lot of time playing EverQuest II this month.  As stated multiple times, Blintz made it to 50!  Yay!  Go me!  When he gets another level he will be my highest level online character ever.  Since I also wrote mostly about EQ2 this month, I won’t try to summarize it all again.

And then there is the Station Access thread.  I am still waiting for SOE to let me know what we’re getting for our extra $5.00 a month.

Lord of the Rings Online

I played almost no LOTRO since I wrote about it initially.  I feel really bad about this, especially after Meghan Rodberg the Online Community Manager for LOTRO came over and posted a comment that made me look like less of a dipstick than usual in which she pointed out that my whole timeline confusion would have been cleared up if the cut scenes had been available when I was downloading.  Also, as somebody with a beta key, I feel I did not contribute very much at all to the process.  But I have a whole hang up with beta that will get a post of its own some day.

The open beta has started however, and since I have a pre-order box, I have made a character there.  The server of choice: Windfola.

World of WarCraft

I gave a brief summary of the state of the game when it comes to our instance group of late.  We’re working our way into the level zone for a full ZF run.  I haven’t spent much time outside of instance nights playing WoW, partly because I have been on an EQ2 bender getting to 50, and partly because I am currently a level up on most of the team and the goal is to keep ourselves close.


It is in its original shirkwrap locked up in my desk at the office still.  I did go buy a classic controller for it. (I can play the GameCube version of Star Wars Lego on the Wii, can’t I?)  My mother bought be the Zelda game for my birthday. (Thanks Mom!)  Also I put SSX Blur and another Wii-mote on my Amazon.com wishlist.  It will be nice to actually get our living situation settled so I can hook this puppy up and try it out.

Other March Events

I did get a chance to spend a few minutes up at GDC in San Francisco before the wind came completely out of my sails and I had to head home.  In that time I did get to meet Brent of VirginWorlds, Brenden of FalconTwin, Todd and Gary of Massively Online Gamer, and the ever affable Alan Crosby of Sony Online Entertainment.  And I did not get a screen shot.  I had a digital camera in my pocket (and I was happy to see you), but forgot all about it so didn’t get the obligatory proof that I was in physical proximity of these individuals.  Such is life.

Also, The Ancient Gaming Noob was mentioned in the weekly EverQuest II Town Crier news column.    Specifically mentioned were my post about EQ2 alchemists and the ever popular Fae with a comically oversized arrow in his head.

Coming Up

I am probably going to fall off the post-a-day horse in April.  I hope to make it to April 8th, so I can have a full six months straight of something posted every day, but that may not happen.  We finally have an offer on our house so, first, I hope soon to stop fretting about two mortgages… two Silicon Valley mortgages… anybody else in debt beyond 1 million dollars?  You know that saying about borrowing a million dollars and you own the bank?  It doesn’t account for inflation.  The bank still owns me.  Two banks, actually.  Second, we have to stop just painting and fixing up the new (older than me) house and actually move in and start living there, which will mean less time to play, less time to write, and more time wishing I was asleep.

The Official SOE Podcast #15

Alan “Brenlo” Crosby and Aimee “Ashlanne” Rekoske host this special “No EverQuest” show with Jason “Pex” Ryan reading the news.


  • Important Announcement
  • News
  • April Fool’s Day
  • SOE Lingo
  • Stargate CCG
  • Star Was Galaxies
  • Games in Movies
  • A special in studio interview with Timmy
  • Interview with Thom “Enrico Pallazzo” Terrazas of Planetside 
  • The Matrix Online
  • TV and Movies
  • What are you playing?
  • Out takes

The show is available on iTunes as well as from the official SOE podcast site.

The show was recorded on March 26th and runs in just under one hour. The show notes feature cast pictures and links.