September in Review

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This is my fourth September in review, since I passed the three year mark earlier this month.  The whole idea of a month in review started on a whim as I wanted to wrap up what had gone on that first month.  Somehow it became a tradition.  If you like the tradition, go me!  If you don’t like it, well, it is only once a month.

The BlogFlux Topsites “13 Watch” continues from last month.  I should probably just take that down and find something else to amuse myself, but being eternally in 13th place has also become something of a tradition.

This has also been the first month since I started the blog where it was not clear that the site would exceed the page views from the same month the previous year.  It just so happened that September of last month was a big month with a lot of stuff going on (see below) while this September has been somewhat more relaxed.  In the end, the page view count did pass last year’s September total.

Finally, I started what I plan to be a series of articles titled “Leuthilspar Tales” that present how things were on TorilMUD in the mid-1990s based on the experiences I and several friends had.  While they are mostly tales of nostalgia, they have some slight relevance to the MMO industry, if only because it was the same MUD that influence Aradune Mithara back before he was declared “stinky.”  I want to try to get a segment out every couple of weeks until I have beaten the elven experience in TorilMUD to death.  Then I’ll start in on the dwarves of Mithril Hall.

The one nice thing about articles about TorilMUD:  Not many screen shots!

City Center in Leuthilspar

City Center in Leuthilspar

Unless, of course, you like screen shots.  That can be arranged.

ZMud Map of Leuthilspar

ZMud Map of Leuthilspar

In that first screen shot, the description says that City Center is a very busy place.  I guess it might be for the NPCs who wander in and out.  But when it comes to actual players the place has been pretty dead for years now.

One Year Ago

Warhammer Online went live, first with the head start and then for everybody.

As we just saw with Aion recently, there issues coordinating with friends about which server to choose, leading to yet another gripe post about the whole sharded existence we have to put up with in MMOS.  I did wonder if the EverQuest II mechanism of multiple versions of a given zone might be worth it to get everybody on a single server.

The instance group was game WAR, though as a group we have some parameters that we had to work within.

In Warhammer itself, war were declared on gold sellers and Mythic was being very demonstrative about it.  Of course, it did not seem to stem tells from gold seller bots that seemed to sit active for days.

I went on about those tips you see on the loading screen of many MMOs, spurred by a couple less than helpful tips in WAR.

In EVE Online I hit a major ISK milestone.  But I was building up ISK because I had my eye on a freighter.

The Empyrean Age 1.1 update was upon us, which included 2 changes designed to reduce the scourge of suicide ganking.

Meanwhile CCP was offering up battleships for sale… model battleship for real cash, not ISK.

But the most important EVE Online event was probably Yahtzee Croshaw’s Zero Punctuation review of EVE Online.  Much shoe-on-head wearing and talk about tactical logistics reconfiguration ensued.

And, finally, the site hit the two year mark.

Two Years Ago

I don’t plan to make this a regular feature, but I just thought I would mention that two years ago I asked if Tabula Rasa was the new Auto Assault, and action MMO doomed to an early closure.  I guess we have the answer to that question.

New Linking Sites

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Most Viewed Posts for September

  1. Play On: Guild Name Generator
  2. Pirate’s Day in Booty Bay
  3. How To Find An Agent in EVE Online
  4. XP vs. Vista vs. Windows 7
  5. Heroic Deadmines!
  6. Marshal Windsor and Lady Prestor
  7. Three Years We Grew in Virtual Sun and Shower
  8. Getting Upper Blackrock Spire Access
  9. What Is A “Tank” In EVE?
  10. Corpse Spam in Stormwind
  11. Don’t Pimp This Instance!
  12. Day One: Is It Worth It?

Search Term of the Month

you can lead a noob to water
[I’m not sure where you are going with that, but I am suddenly thirsty]

EVE Online

I let my alt account lapse this month, so no mining or dual missions for a while.  The Hulk and Dominix and the sentry drones are hangered for now.

On my main I am closing in on being able to fly the Caldari marauder, the Golem.  The main question will soon be, do I spend the money on the skill and the ship? The package will run around 1.5 billion ISK for skill, ship, and fittings, and while I have that kind of ISK sitting around, I am not sure that it is worth it.  Golem prices seem to have soared since the crack down on the moon mining exploit a few months back.

And, finally, I may have to get out and run a few missions just to restock my sales inventory.  I’ve used up all my minerals and I’m running out of drops.

Lord of the Rings Online

I actually played LOTRO for a little while this month, rather than just do my usual “patch and quit” routine.  I got my captain up to level 31.  That still doesn’t get me into Moria, but it gets me a tiny bit closer.

World of Warcraft

The instance group still has three instances left to do in Northrend before we’re “done” with the non-heroic content.  It is still the contention of myself and Potshot that the group will probably want to take a break at that point.  I am going to guess that at some point between Halloween and Thanksgiving we will end up playing trying out another game.  There is still no decision on what that game might be.

Not that the instance group swapping games will be the end of WoW for me.  My daughter and I continue to play together and Potshot and I have been showing some interest in alts that I’ll get to in another post.

Coming Up

Leuthilspar Tales:  More installments.  I have actually been getting some help when it comes to remembering what was going on 15 or so years ago in TorilMUD.

The instance group: Will we finish up the last three Northrend instances by the end of October or will we get distracted by Brewfest and Hallow’s End?  Or maybe Blizzard will just throw some more content our way!

EVE Online: Will I actually leave the hanger?  Actually, I left the hanger a few times this month to go buy skills and haul trash, but it wasn’t very exciting.  Maybe the question should involve me actually firing a weapon.

13 thoughts on “September in Review

  1. Xyd

    Your first screen shot has truly captured the essence of Leuthilspar. I can feel the action from here!

    Still, somehow for me reading that text forms an even more vivid image of the game environment than current MMO’s with all their graphics and sound. Give me WoW with a top-of-the-line video card with the settings maxed and surround sound and I still feel more… involved… with the game in Toril than I ever have in WoW (or EQ, or EVE, or…). Why is that? Is it because my mind’s eye creates the reality as _I_ want to see it? Or are those text descriptions just that good? LOL

    As you know I hopped on Toril for a few minutes this week and now I just have to get a version of Windows installed so I can reload zMUD. Then maybe we can go get Xyd past level 29 again. I’d forgotten how hard elven Clerics were to level.


  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    I’ve read a lot of those room descriptions with their 15+ year old typos. I don’t think they were the real key.

    I think our minds built up the image of what Evermeet was really like… and while I can visualize in my mind many places in TorilMUD, Evermeet is the most vivid… so the lack of graphics let us project something far beyond what something like WoW, or EQ, or Vanguard, or Aion could manage.

    I always though things like emotes had a lot more meaning in MUDs than they do in games like EQ. I remember one of my non-MUD playing friends being all excited when they added in a bunch of physical emotes into EQ. They totally failed to capture me the way some simple emotes could in text.


  3. Eli

    I got into the RP a bit in Toril. I should find some of my old stories and post them for you.

    Elisten and Nilan Forever! Hehe


  4. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Nilan… or Nilan’s predecessor… will figure in the tales once we get to the Faerie Forest.

    And I’d be happy to take TorilMUD guest submissions.


  5. Jaggins

    A great cure for stuck in the hangar syndrome in EVE is to grab a clear jump clone, buy some cheap ships and go looking for trouble in low sec! Bring friends for even more fun.


  6. Akura Kawanaka

    Perhaps the Dominion expansion may be enough to convince you to become active again and join a 0.0 alliance in Eve! you know you want to :-) Players with battleship skill lvl V are always appreciated….


  7. Eli

    Did the Toril website change, do you know? Or is it even there anymore? It doesnt seem to work for me. Any thoughts? :)


  8. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    The site is down right now, though the MUD itself is still running. From the logon:

    TorilMUD : the Sojourner’s Home Welcomes You!


    We are currently running on a temporary server while our new home
    is being built. The forums and Trac are currently down, but we’ll
    let you know as soon as they’re back up and available.


  9. Xyd

    Nilan – what a hoot, particularly in his elven incarnation. I considered him one of the truly “nice” people on Toril, always friendly, never assuming and cerainly fun to be around. Anyone know what happened to him in RL?

    We may need to do some sort of revival, at least starting with a list of chars. I’ve talked to Rylandir and Todrael in the last week… ;-) (Well, “talked” is really “exchanged emails with”…)

    Where is that deadbeat Meclin hiding anyway? *duck*


  10. Eli

    I remember you Xyd. :)

    I havent talked to Nilan for about 2 years or so now. I might just have to figure out my login info for ICQ and see if he’s still around!

    Anyone remember Lirathal? If so, he’s doing ok. I talk to him on a semi-normal basis.

    Man, the memories. :) It’s been about 14 years for me since I first started playing online. I hooked up to Toril with a Commodore 64 and a 300 baud modem.

    Good times. :)


  11. Xyd

    Elisten, you’re another unforgettable name from Toril. And that’s in a good way! I do remember Lirathal as well. Don’t you both live in the same area or some such?

    As Wilhelm knows I recently destroyed all my zmud logs through an unfortunate accidental reformat of a hard drive. I haven’t given up on a renegade backup copy but all my usual hiding places have only produced a corrupt set of Toril maps for zmud and no logs. I’m going to start a list of names and perhaps Wilhem can post them under a “Wanted” poster.


  12. Nilan

    Hi Guys!!!! I’m still here. Elisten found me and told me to visit. Hugs Elisten !!!!!

    Glad to see all is going well.

    Great to see all ya guys here. We sure had fun times and some funny times too.



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