Daily Archives: March 31, 2011

March in Review

The Site

For no good reason, March has seen the most traffic ever come to the site.  You might think that, perhaps, it had something to do with the Say 100 recognition I received last month.

It did not.

I have been watching closely to see if the Say 100 site would drive any more traffic this way.

Over the last month, looking at referral sources, Say 100 is down in 26th place.  Over the last 30 days it sent me about half as much traffic Facebook, but about twice as much as Twitter.

Lest you think that those numbers are significant, all combined they barely wander into the territory of three digit numbers.  Comments I have left on SynCaine’s blog over the last 30 days have generated more traffic.

No, traffic really finds its way here via Google.

I posted about Pokemon several times this month and Pokemon is more popular than any MMO yet.  Plus Pokemon has, as far as I can tell, only a tiny fraction of sites devoted to it compared to something like World of Warcraft.  So people end up here.

EverQuest? The quest is to obtain me!

If all you care about is page views, stop talking about WoW, Rift, and EverQuest and start reporting on Pokemon.

All hail the mighty Pokemons, generators of web traffic!

Meanwhile, I calculate via the various metrics I have at my disposal that I have about 100 regular readers when it comes right down to it, including my mom and my wife.  Which is actually pretty good in my opinion.  A few of the regulars come for the Pokemon updates, so I will continue to indulge them.

But basically 93-97% of the people who make it here on a given day look at the site once, maybe get the information they were looking for, and jet off never to be heard from again.

Still, I think back about 20 years to when I ran a BBS, when that term meant a computer with a modem attached that random strangers dialed into, when I held the exalted title of SysOp, and the ratio of regulars/contributors to… well, we used to call them leeches… was about the same.  The numbers are just a few orders of magnitude larger here on the web and I do not get as many messages asking me for “waerz” or porn.

Except for blood elf porn I suppose.

One Year Ago

With the March 2010 month in review I was able to announce that the site had passed the one million page view mark.  A minor milestone.  I even gave people a peek at the numbers.  I’m holding out for two million page views for the next peek.  Don’t hold your breath.

FarmVille.  We all tried it as research for Shut Up We’re Talking #60.  We didn’t inhale.

I ran through GDC and had dinner.

I was waxing nostalgic for Rome.

EA was saying very stupid things about how many subscribers Star Wars: The Old Republic would need.  It is never too early to set the bar for failure.

I was also wondering about greater challenges in MMOs.  Must all paths be equally easy?

I held an April Fools contest, which got a few entries.

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver launched and, after some delay,  I was picking that initial Pokemon.

I was still investing in Star Trek Online… I was trying…. well, they were giving us lifetime subscribers some perks.

The instance group was beginning to embrace the Dungeon Finder.  However, we found we still had to do a chunk of external legwork to prepare for our Sunken Temple run.  I also got a chopper along the way, on my birthday no less.

And, finally, that whole Derek Smart/Alganon thing was just kicking off.

New Linking Sites

I could only find two this month.  I may have to break out the “I can’t find any new linking sites” plan next month.

In the mean time  I would like to thank the following site for linking here.

Please take a moment to visit them in return!

Random Shout Out

Go look at this video over at Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Some day I want to create something that excellent.  I want to have that video projected constantly on the walls of my office as I work.

First I need to figure out time lapse photography and how to take pictures that actually look like what I see with my own eyes.

Most Viewed Posts in March

You’d think a new Pokemon game had launched this month!

  1. First Pokemon Black and White Download Event – Victini
  2. Download Mythical Celebi at GameStop
  3. Shiny Pokemon Events Coming to GameStop in January
  4. How to Catch Zorua and Zoroark
  5. 2011 Pokemon Video Game Championship Series Announced
  6. Play On: Guild Name Generator
  7. Fighting Blood Elf Porn
  8. How To Find An Agent in EVE Online
  9. Happy 12th Anniversary EverQuest!
  10. Rift Officially Launches Today, Though It Seems Like It Launched Last Week
  11. April Fools at Blizzard
  12. Black and White Birthday

Most Common Search Terms of the Month

Even Pokemon can’t keep elf porn totally under control.

  1. how to get zorua
  2. blitzle
  3. pokemon white download
  4. gamestop celebi
  5. celebi gamestop
  6. pokemon black download
  7. zorua
  8. blood elf porn
  9. how to get victini in pokemon black and white
  10. pokemon black and white victini
  11. pokemon black and white download
  12. elf porn

Search Terms of the Month

tom of finland pumping
[Mention Tom of Finland just once and you’re on the gay porn search returns]

テーブル imac
[日本語!!! 探求?]

Where I Spent My Gaming Time

From Raptr, which seems to have a problem detecting when some games launch and which still, totally does not count Lord of Ultima and there is no way for it to count my Pokemon hours.  Still, for what it can count, here is the ranking.

  1. EverQuest – 79%
  2. Civilization V – 12 %
  3. World of Warcraft – 8%
  4. World of Tanks – 1%

Quite a drop off in WoW time.  I spent more time with Civ V, which has had a couple of very helpful patches.

EVE Online

Account lapsed.  It makes me wonder how long I can keep up the EVE Online Pictures site.  Contest entries will get me through July at my current rate of posting, but after that, I might have to resubscribe.  But I hear there will be pretty new backgrounds in space by then.


So this is where I have been spending my time.  We made it past the 30 day marker, so are in for another month at least.

Play has been both constrained and not constrained.  We don’t have the set “3 hours on a Saturday night” sole play period the way we do with the main instance group.  We play when we can.  That our adventures are about seeing and reliving a world from 1999, that works… if slowly.  An EverQuest chat forum linked here to point and laugh at the fact that Potshot and I had not even made level 20 yet.  We are obviously not serious.

But there are, as Potshot put it, interesting choices to be made.

Of course, because we are having fun, the thought keeps creeping into my head about getting the whole instance group over to EQ.  I am not sure that would work on Fippy Darkpaw though.  3 hours a week isn’t enough for that.  But maybe the standard EQ Live servers, with their speedier level progress and things to explore like the Lost Dunegons of Norrath expansion, would work.  More things to research.

World of Tanks

I haven’t spent much time with World of Tanks.  The EverQuest obsession has taken over my excess online gaming hours.  Still, I do look forward to the launch next month.  It is one of those things where I know the wipe is coming and I’ve already decided I am going to play, so I am not so interested in investing in my account any more until launch.  I am still undecided about pre-ordering.

World of Warcraft

One of the instance group members has been under a deadline, so we ended up not playing much WoW, leading to play time reports like this:

Playtime for 20 Mar 2011 – 26 Mar 2011
Date/Time of Login Date/Time of Signoff* Minutes Played

24 Mar 2011 – 24 Mar 2011 05:29 PM – 4 min

Four minutes of WoW over the course of a whole week.  Of course the accuracy of the reporting system is +/- 5 minutes, so I might have been on for -1 minutes I suppose.

I think I logged on to buy the dual spec option for Maloney and then spec’d fire, so he can now swap between frost and fire.


Pokemon Black and White.  Have I mentioned them before?  I was hoping that the online component would be live by now, since that will heavily influence the long term stickiness of the game for myself and my daughter.  However, events have pushed that back.  Still, it is a good Pokemon game when viewed through the traditional lens.


More EverQuest.  Or at least I hope more EverQuest.  Today’s semi-confirmed rumors won’t mean shutting down Norrath, but I am going to guess that list of outstanding problems on the progression servers are not going to get addressed any time soon.  It is a sad day.

I have been playing so much EQ and collecting so many screen shots that I have been thinking of creating an EverQuest picture site like my EVE Online Pictures blog.  I am not sure how viable that is though.  EVE really lends itself to postcards, EQ is more about nostalgia.  Plus I never go any place epic in Norrath.  How many more Blackburrow pictures does the internet need?  Still, I would join in on a collaborative effort on that front.

I am also going to make my daughter write a review of the new game she has been playing, Animal Jam, which she claims is totally better than Club Penguin.

I will apparently be finishing up the post about explaining EverQuest to my daughter, as that is the leader in the polls right now.  I am surprised by the fact that “More EVE Heresies” is in second place.  Really?  Do some people just want me to make them angry when they jump to the comments and complain that they think I am essentially saying that EVE should be more like WoW?  Could be.  It would give SynCaine something to do.

Oh, and tomorrow is some sort of special day I hear.  We shall see what that brings.

No Corpse Runs on Fippy Darkpaw

No corpse runs on Fippy Darkpaw… or that other server… Volvo… or Vibek… or Voldemort… or whatever it is.

I swear, I read the name 10 seconds ago and I still can’t remember it.

Anyway, corpse runs have been voted down.

Those of us about to die... again... thank you!

This post on the SOE EQ Forums gives the results.

The overall results were across both servers were:

  • No Corpse Runs – 65%
  • Corpse Runs – 30%
  • Don’t Care – 5%

Voting was limited to players with characters level 15 and over. (Reduced from the initial level 30 requirement.)

The people on Vulak… if that is the name… seemed a bit more opposed to the idea, but they were only 68% against corpse runs versus 63% on Fippy, so there was no huge disparity between the two servers.

My own poll on the subject was pretty close to the same results, although I had more options… and a lot less voters.

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There is probably a lesson there in sample sizes, populations, and statistical analysis, but I’m too lazy to go there.

Anyway, no corpse runs for now!

Ah, the memories.