As predicted, the disruption of being laid off meant less posts. Theoretically, I have much more time in which to write. However, I had a writing routine which is broken without the whole job thing around which it was structured, leading to less writing over all.
Well, less blog writing. I’ve been writing lots of email, updating my resume, writing cover letters, and so on. So the amount of writing I’m doing is going up over all. You just don’t see as much of my output now.
My mother was also out to visit recently, which really has nothing to do with the site, but gives me an excuse to post a picture.
It turns out that while my mother, myself, and my daughter all have Blizzard authenticators, we all have different ones. I am sure there is somebody out there who collects this sort of thing and who is saying, “Hey, where did you get that middle one?”
One Year Ago
It was just a year ago when I was able to expose the true conspiracy behind the EuroGamer Darkfall review. Powerful forces have been suppressing this story ever since.
Meanwhile, EverQuest was celebrating its 10 year anniversary by putting up a new server. Polled on what it should be, people chose the 51/50 rule set. I’m sure that, somehow, that say something about MMOs and nostalgia. And did anybody go play on that new server? How did it work out?
I went back and played some Blizzard classics, Diablo II and StarCraft, both of which have patches now that mean you do not need the CD to play. This was prompted by Blizzard’s pushing people towards Battle.net and the announcement of the opt-in for the StarCraft II beta. I opted in right away. I hear that some people got in to the beta almost a year later. *cough*
And speaking of EVE Online, it was a year ago that I announced my one year experiment, EVE Online Pictures. That site is now two years old.
The instance group was moving along slowly. We did hit Azjol Nerub, but vacations and such kept us down to four people, so we spent a bit of time back in Burning Crusade doing heroics and generally messing around. That included our run into Ogrimmar to do Ragefire Chasm.
And a year ago Playboy’s “Massively Casual Online Game” Playboy Manager was announced. The game was supposed to launch in the summer of 2009 according to the press release. The site for the game is still there (go Google it) but it still mentions signing up for beta invites. Casual might refer to the development plan I guess.
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The wormhole expedition seems to be back on. Potshot has been leading on this, and has a couple of posts on the subject. (In order, Spaaace, Parking, Defenses, and Room.) I opted-in by taking my pile of ISK and buying a couple of PLEX so I could be around to help out and still keep up my embargo on new expenses. I also trained up Starbase Defense Management so I could man the guns should it come to pew-pew.
Lord of the Rings Online
I have a couple of posts backed up on LOTRO. I have been playing my two new characters on Firefoot. They are both past level 25 at this point and it feels like I could keep going at a moderate pace and make my goal from last year of at least seeing Moria. Then again, things could flatten out. We’ll see.
Lord of Ultima
A friend of mine thought Lord of Ultima looked neat, so I joined him in playing. He has since stopped, but I plug along. I am WilhelmIV on World 3. It isn’t really anything like the Ultima series up to and including Ultima Online. It is more like Evony without the ads, scams, and stolen artwork. I’m about ready to build a castle, which makes you open to attack, to see how quickly I will get wiped out. I am surrounded by BioWare Edmonton players.
World of Warcraft
After throwing out tons of different ideas and possible alternative games, it sounds like we are going to press on with our team of horde characters on Lightninghoof and see if we cannot blast through the Outlands doing only random instances via the dungeon finder.
Pokemon is still in play. My daughter and I are both in Kanto now, another item I should post about, since we managed it in very different styles. I was disappointed to find that Pokemon Ranch does not work with HeartGold and SoulSilver, and I am going to guess that Pokemon Battle Revolution is likewise incompatible.
While we have a new, favorite disk for the Wii, I will write about that later.
And we pulled out Wii Fit, which my wife got for her birthday in 2009 (she asked for it!). The body evaluation section of the program declared my daughter obese. We had to go in and change her profile. She had grown over 7 inches since we last played. Once fixed, she was again at the skinny end of healthy.
More sporadic posting, and it will get worse before it gets better, as once I get a new job (please!) there will be coming up to speed with the new position and the eventual creation of a new routine which may allow even less time to write, like if I get that job over in Emeryville for which I applied. I would end up spending a lot more time commuting and a lot less time writing in that case.
But I should always have time for at least the weekly instance group write-ups. We shall see what the future brings.