Sorting Through The Drafts

Usually when I start writing something about gaming I end up finding my way to the end and it becomes a post here on the blog. So it has gone nearly 1900 times in the last four and a half years.

Not always, but usually.

Sometimes I start off, realize that the post really isn’t going anywhere (really, something more pointless than my usual posts does exist) and I end up deleting it.

But once in a while I get an idea or I am inspired and I launch into a flurry of typing. Words pour out onto the screen and I feel that there is something tangible coming together.

And then I get distracted. I have to go to work or to bed. It is time for a meal. The cats are demanding my attention. Or, once in a while, I feel the urge to play a game rather than write about one.

So there are about 30 or so potential posts sitting in draft state that really need some focus and a few screen shots before they are up to even my very low standards.

A few of them were based on something that was happening at the moment, and that moment has passed, so they probably are not worth the effort.

I do not think, for example, a moaning script about EverQuest II crafting and itemization and why the instance group was going to play something else, an effort that predates Wrath of the Lich King and Warhammer Online, is really worth following up.

Nor is my exploration of what to do after the instance group hits level cap in The Burning Crusade really going to be very riveting any more.

But others still have potential. I still have a mind to finish them, to turn them into posts.

I just need some help getting motivated.  I need some focus.

So I am going to ask you, the reader, to pick which one of my potential posts to finish up first. You can help me prioritize the list. To keep the choice simple, I will limit the choices to items I think I can actually pull together.

The working titles and general topic descriptions for the choices are:

  • Explaining EverQuest to my Daughter – Trying to decipher 1999 for somebody who has only played WoW
  • He Said “Oral Arguments” – What goes through my head when reading Supreme Court transcripts
  • On Having a Blogging Philosophy – Finally putting together why I post what I post
  • Marching in the Sierras – My weekend playing war with a group of WWII re-enactors
  • More EVE Heresies – More features from other games I want to see in EVE

Below there is a poll.  The choice that gets the most votes will get worked on and posted in April.  No foolin!

I will also include a “none of the above” option if you want me to stay clear of all of these topics, and an “other” category where you can fill in your own topic suggestion, if you feel so compelled.

So which post should I get to work on for April?

10 thoughts on “Sorting Through The Drafts

  1. Bhagpuss

    I voted “Explaining Everquest to My Daughter”. I have scripting off so I am never sure if polls have worked.

    I would also like to see you your Blogging Philosophy and the Marching in the Sierras one. The rest, not so much.

    Also, I think your standards are on the high side :)


  2. Snick

    I have been explaining Everquest to my partner verbally every year for the past 3 years. I haven’t played it since 2004, apart of the recent free access for a week. I think the most succinct way I have put it thus far is, ‘It’s like reading your favorite book for the first time, only it was a game that took 3 years to ‘finish. Yes, it was that good. And you can never do it that way again.’

    I suspect you have different angles to cover with your daughter, so I would love to hear them!


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Gaff – I suspect I will end up finishing the tale of Bandor’s Flagon some day. Potshot mentioned wanting to go back and do text, pre-EverQuest online RPG-ing. We’ll see.


  4. Angry Gamer

    no brainer… Explaining EQ (or any older game) to a youngster

    I just watched Diary of Wimpy Kid 2 annnnd.

    Guess what they showed… in a gameroom for retired folks with someone talking about “they only have games from the 1800s” two gray hairs were playing *gasp* pong! Yep Pong… I played pong in the arcade and we had a home version too at one time I think.

    How do you explain the Atari 2600 to a kid with an iTouch? How do you explain the concept that once upon a time Atari had to BEG … BEG Sears to rebrand the game console? JUST to get it in retail stores by Christmas!

    Truly would be an interesting blog post. I don’t know how to explain the movement of tech into our lives… Frankly our lives today are so intertwined with science fiction these days that it’s mind blowing.


  5. missfruitypie

    I voted for “Explaining Everquest,” but also very intrigued by the Sierras post and I hope you’ll consider finishing that one as well!


  6. Gaff

    I can get a copy of the zmud for a Toril refresher…may need your paths though :) That was 3 computers ago, at least.


  7. SynCaine

    I was going to suggest the WoW BC post, if only so you can make a WoW post without “entered instance 10 levels below and without gear, droll hit my 1 key, instance exploded in purples and achievements congratulating us on finishing the final hardmode raid”, but…

    The EQ post will work too.


  8. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @SynCaine – Well, the tone of that post was more along the lines of “I ain’t going to do all these damn dailies daily!” I was morally opposed to them.

    And then along came Wrath and the Argent Crusade and I did all those dailies enough to earn all of the achievements and a ton of tokens for goodies… with not one but two characters…

    Instead of the dailies we took the summer off and came back to play Warhammer Online where I was called a moron by certain individuals for not being able to find the key that opened the ToK straight to the quest log, despite the fact that said key did not, in fact, exist.

    So instead of my eventual hypocrisy you got somebody else’s.


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