Daily Archives: June 30, 2007

June in Review

The Site

After the month of May, which was my peak month for traffic so far, June has been relatively steady and quiet.

Not that I am entirely traffic obsessed, but I do like to see what brings people to the blog.  I refresh and stare at the stats for the blog no more than, say, once every 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.

On the other hand, comments have been great this month.  Thanks to all who took the time to leave one!

I have actually been playing a bit more, and when I play more I tend to write less.  I have a serious backlog of articles I want to write, but the times when I write that are not eaten up by game time (while eating lunch at the office or in the morning before work) have been a bit hectic as well.  Such is life.

Still, I did manage to work in references to Buddhism, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Bored of the Rings, and the Kennedy Assassination over the course of the month, so June has been about quality of nonsense over quantity of nonsense I guess.  It is all plusgood.

New Linking Sites

I certainly cannot blame a flattening of incoming traffic to a lack of linking sites.  New MMO related blogs seem to pop up daily.

Most Viewed Posts In May

  • Allakhazam’s Okay Again?
  • Rejected Arasai Character Model
  • TAGN Central
  • Five Minor LOTRO Gripes
  • The Field of MMO Crafting Gripes
  • Follow Up Thought…
  • Tanha, MMO Style
  • Where on Earth is Middle Earth?
  • Handcrafted at Higher Levels?
  • 500 Quests

Best Search Terms of the Month

BIG DOGGIES

[No idea how this brought somebody here.]

Gestalt Vanguard Saga

[Delusions of grandeur, wasn’t it? Or at least a lack of connection with the “here and now?”]

EVE Online

I have not played EVE Online since February, yet it appears in my round up every month.  How is that for staying power?

This month my excuse is that while I was recovering from having three wisdom teeth extracted I sat around and listened to the music from EVE Online, something that generated a post of its own. (iTunes says I have listened to “Below the Asteroids” 17 times, and that is just the count for the computer, not the iPod.)

I do have a minor obsession with the game.  It has so much going for it.  I have all sorts of excuses for why I have not resubscribed.  I do not have the time.  I do not have any friends that play.  I already play two other MMOs.

But when it comes right down to it, I think it is just a matter of not knowing what in the heck I am doing in the game.  I might just be the type of gamer now that needs something a little more directed, like WoW or LOTRO.  I like that sense of progress those games provide.  I can play for an hour and feel like I have gotten something done.  In EVE I played for a few months and was never sure if I accomplished very much at all.

EverQuest

There was some talk amongst my friends of another nostalgia tour of pre-cataclysm Norrath this summer, but is seems that Middle-earth is the vacation destination for the season.  Perhaps in the fall.  I still have that 30 days of play time that came with the Anniversary Edition of the game.

EverQuest II

I managed to get Blintz up to level 57 and he is within an evenings work of level 58 at this point.  But the twitch is starting to get to me again.  I have been thinking about playing something different.  I cannot make an new alt, I am saving that 7th character slot for Kunark, but I have five other characters to choose from.

I did get my wood elf ranger, Selirus, out one night and got him a level plus some AA exp.  He is in the middle of the Zek quest lines which I know so well, so it was fun to run around there some more.  It is a shame he cannot glide.  I do have to get into the swing of the ranger thing again if I am going to play him much.  Despite being outfitted with feysteel he isn’t the stand-up fighter that Blintz is.

I also spent quite a bit of time doing trade skills.  A mild Vicondin buzz, the EVE Online sound track, and some free time is just about all I seem to need to grind out some levels.  Vikund, my woodworker, is not up in the middle of tier 7 and Nomu, my alchemist, is not far behind.

Lord of the Rings Online

I would have to call this my “primary” game at the moment.  Aside from the beautiful scenery, it seems to be quite fulfilling to play in small doses.  Add in the fact that some friends are playing as well and that we are all happy at the moment progressing at a slow to moderate pace, and life in Middle-earth is just grand.

Plus we have a special, surprise guest joining us in Middle-earth.  I will wait until he admits it in his own blog before I mention who it is. (But go ahead and guess.)

Pirates of the Burning Sea

I have been on the fence on this one.  On one hand, I am a fan of the age and have, if nothing else, read all of Patrick O’Brein’s Jack Aubrey-Stephen Maturin novels as well as a few of the supplemental works.  On the other hand, the idea of yet another monthly subscription fee for yet another game that I might not be able to devote time to seems silly.

And then they said the magic words, “Station Access.”

Wii

I have a pile of notes about the Wii which may become posts some day.  Do you want to read about my views on Mario Party 8 and Wario Ware Smooth Moves or my virtual console recommendations?

My daughter and I have a lot of fun playing with the Wii and I am pretty sure I have sold a couple of our friends on it when they have come to visit.  It is just a blast and completely light, goofy, interactive entertainment.  When I end up with my daughter and my mother-in-law running around the living room playing Wii Tennis, you know it is a winner.

The only person who won’t play with it is my wife.  I haven’t figured that out yet, and she isn’t talking.

Upcoming

There will probably be some breaks in posting in July as we have some travel planned during the month, and when I go on a family vacation the laptop stays behind.

We will be visiting my sister down in San Diego (Carlsbad, really) and spending some time at LEGO Land.  I told my wife that we will have to at least stop by 8928 Terman Court so she can take a picture of me in front of SOE HQ.