Daily Archives: May 31, 2009

May in Review

The Site

Somewhere along the line WordPress.com lost 30K of page views from my statistics total.  Their raw statistics sum up to a number close enough to my own recording of daily totals, but they are missing something in their total pageviews count.  They have been enhancing the stats page over the last month which no doubt broke something.  I am sure they will correct this soon.

One of my goals last month was to link to more posts on other blogs in the spirit of community, which I did a bit of, but not so much as I would have liked.  I’ll see if I can do better next month.  One of the benefits to others of this is that my site seems to be one of the tracked sites on Massive Blips, a gaming news aggregator, so if I link to a post on a site that is not tracked, Massive Blips will see the story and add it to its daily news.  That won’t actually drive much traffic to any given site, but I think it may help with page ranking and such.

One Year 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.   Meanwhile I was building battleships, refining my Drake fittings, and laughing at a the EVE Online guide to talking smack.

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.

And, in the industry in general, Turbine got $40 million dollars to play with (do we know what they spent that on?) while Age of Conan launched amid immediate declarations of success and failure.

New Linking Sites

The following sites have linked TAGN on their blog roll.

I encourage you to return the favor and visit these site to see what they have to offer.

Most Viewed Posts in May

  1. Play On: Guild Name Generator
  2. Rotom Secret Key Event
  3. How To Find An Agent in EVE Online
  4. Shaymin Event at Toys R Us
  5. Regigigas Event at Toys R Us
  6. EuroGamer: Darkfall Agent Provocateur?
  7. Solving the Three Cat Problem
  8. Getting Upper Blackrock Spire Access
  9. Free Realms Unleashed Today
  10. 2009 MMORPG Progdictionations
  11. The Secret of NYHM
  12. Five LEGO Video Game Titles I Want

Search Term of the Month

diablo last boss
[Wouldn’t that would be Diablo?  That is the name on the box.]

Spam Comment of the Month

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[all the links to the site selling mickey mouse toasters removed]

EVE Online

We continue our slow ramp up to The Expedition, training skill, gathering parts, fitting ships, and the like.  I have jump clones available now for my main and my alt.  And I continue the training ramp for Reynaldo Fabulous to turn him into a support pilot for the operation.

Lord of the Rings Online

I had to admit this month that, as much as I want to see Moria, I really haven’t been playing LOTRO that much.  Part of it is that there is more than enough to keep me occupied in EVE and WoW and part of it is that when I am over in LOTRO I am almost always solo.  So, the game has officially been moved to “back burner” status.

World of Warcraft

The instance group has been on a side track for some of the month, going back to hunt achievements in the Outlands, but should be back in full swing in Northrend soon.  And on the family front, my daughter and I are up to level 35.  My daughter loves getting levels, but isn’t so keen on actually doing quests and killing stuff to get them.  She prefers to spend most of her time goofing around on in battlegrounds.  So to move her along I play Azerothian tour guide and setup leveling dates where we go out and knock off a full level worth of quests in a specific zone in under two hours.  My mom, on the other hand, is already in the 40s.  She is more like me and will sit down and knock out a few quests on a regular bases as relaxation after work.

Nintendo DS/Wii

Pokemon Platinum, while off to a strong start when we picked it up, has hit a big slump for us.  The game is still fun, and it is a bit different than Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, but not different enough.  While they have done a Blizzard and sanded down some of the grind, it has been hard to get excited about the game of late.

The Wii has also sat somewhat stagnate this month.  The power went out earlier in the month and it was a couple of weeks before the unit got powered up again.  Then my daughter had some friends over and there was a flurry of activity with the it.  The Wii is a good social gaming console I guess.

Coming Up

As always, the ongoing adventures of the instance group in Azeroth as well as our misadventures in EVE Online.

Also, with the whole Battle.net thing getting me to pull out Diablo II again as well as StarCraft, there has been the threat of more games coming off the shelf, so I would not bet against some additional retro gaming posts.