As I predicted, posts were a little more sporadic this month due to the pressures of work. Having two product releases to do in a month will distract you. Still, we shipped on time. I’ll get to how much good that did me.
I am a bit bummed that the links from Blogroll Please seem to have dried up. There are no paid links at the top of the side bar at the moment. At its peak, those links were covering my subscription fees and buying me an expansion now and again. That I am fully up to date with Lord of the Rings Online is probably thanks to those links. Now I haven’t heard from them in a couple of months. Such is life.
One Year Ago
A Year ago Dave Arneson passed away. He was, with Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, that so-influential gaming system that has shaped how we view fantasy swords and sorcery games for over 30 years now. There would be no World of Warcraft as it is today without Dungeons & Dragons.
A year ago also saw the launch of SOE’s Free Realms, which stuttered a bit on day one. Now they have millions of people who have signed up for the game, but since it is free to play, that is no indication of revenue. My daughter has tried to sign up four times, so that is four out of the millions. SOE was advertising the game heavily on Cartoon Network. But FR does not run on a Mac. I know she has signed up because her email gets routed to me. And, as a side note to SOE, if you’re going to require a parental email address for approval, allowing it to be the same as the child’s email address isn’t really an effective way to control under age players. I realize you’re in a bind on this, but you seem to have taken the easy way out.
As usual, there was much ado about WoW.
- PETA was planning some event in WoW. I still have trouble believing this wasn’t a joke.
- In a blinding flash of the obvious, Nielsen reported that a lot of guys play WoW.
- There was Noblegarden, or Blizzard Easter, and its egg collecting frenzy.
- There was my daughter and I trying to swim to Silvermoon to find a pet for her hunter.
- And the instance group, after a hiatus, got back together, did a warm up run in the Shadow Labyrinth, then went on to finally collect the head of Ingvar the Plunderer.
And then there were new comers. A year ago we brought home two wee kittens.
Of course now, a year later, we have a giant pile of cats sleeping around the house.
At least they seem to be comfortable with our older cat, Oscar. But the three of them take up a surprising amount of space on the bed at night.
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Lord of the Rings Online
With the three year anniversary of LOTRO, I patched up the client, which was surprisingly quick and starting poking around in Middle-earth last weekend. Of course, this put LOTRO into play for what the instance group should do between hitting the Outlands and the release of Cataclysm. That will bring up the challenge of which server. I have characters in the low 30s on Windfola and Nimrodel, but we could just start fresh on another server. And then we may just go on discussing this whole plan until Cataclysm hits.
Runes of Magic
We had a pretty vigorous week in Runes of Magic, and then we have sort of tapered off. There is a lot of interesting aspects to the game, and lots to explore, but I think we have to get the whole group over there and make it “the game” for it to stick with us.
Star Trek Online
I patched. Crap. That’s all I did all month. Too much sword play going on. I swear I’ll play more next month. They have new veteran rewards coming out. I might need that free respec.
World of Warcraft
Into Northrend with my daughter. My mother is close behind. My daughter swings between wanting to get a level 80 character with which to farm Wintergrasp (she watches me whenever WG is up) and just wanting to see what other buildings in Goldshire she can climb on top of. She can get on top of the Inn and the Blacksmith pretty readily.
The instance group is getting close to 60 and has a couple more dungeons to do before we level out of classic Azeroth and have to ask ourselves what we do next. We do still have those three new level 80 instances we could run with our alliance characters.
We’ll see who reads through all that text and actually gets to this part.
I am going to predict that blog posts are going to get more sporadic still in the coming months. I was notified on Wednesday that I, along with most of the R&D staff at my office including everybody who reported to me, was being laid off.
Well, after 12 years, three acquisitions, and at least a dozen rounds of layoffs over the last 8 years, I was probably due. Today I have to go in, hand over my laptop, phone, and badge and collect my last paycheck. I’ll sign a document releasing the company from all obligations next week and they’ll give me 16 weeks of severance and that will be that. I will join the unemployed and become a lagging economic indicator. I hope all those articles about how we’re coming out of this recession are true.
And while that might seem to give me MORE time to blog and play games, it is more likely to disrupt the stable ecosystem of my life. There was a nice little pattern of starting posts and editing pictures before bed in the evening, finishing up posts before I went to work, and then editing and posting them while I ate my lunch at the office. That structure sustained me through more than 1500 posts. Its absence will likely cause me to post less.
Anyway, you can see why I am bummed about the Blogroll Please thing. I wasn’t going to get rich with those links, but they would have been enough to pay for our home internet connection. Maybe I will copy Tobold and put up a PayPal donations button.
So we shall see what the future brings. Instance group posts will still make it I bet, but there might not be so much filler in between.