I did have my first failure of my current Rube Goldberg MMO blogesphere feed this month when somebody decided that Pinboard, a key player in the chain of events that moves things from my Feedly feed to the sidebar of this blog, was picked to receive a DDoS attack for a couple of days.
And then VirginWorlds feed started to have some problems. I think there is an RSS problem in one of the blogs on Brent’s list, which is causing only a few sites to get picked up. Plus Massively is no longer updating, long a staple of his feed. And then another site on his list became a spam site and some odd things started showing up in the feed, so I took it off the side bar and dropped Brent a note. We’ll see how that plays out.
One Year Ago
A lot of people got their panties in a twist about Steam tags. It was the literal end of civilization as we knew it… for about 30 minutes.
EA handed over the running of Camelot Unchained and Ultima Online to Broadsword.
I spent some time with Warcraft III attempting to discover the pre-history of WoW.
There was Diablo III version 2.0, and the changes looked promising.
On the World of Warcraft front, we were still talking about Warlords of Draenor. Pre-orders were announced an there was a rumor that the expansion would cost $60, which seemed a bit steep. Also, insta-90s looked to be coming as a cash shop item. Would all of that stem the tide on subscription decline?
Meanwhile, I finished the last of the LFR raids, witnessing the downfall of Garrosh Hellscream. For all of the complaints about LFR, I enjoyed my raid tourism. The instance group did Grim Batol, then made the jump to Pandaria before returning with slightly better equipment for Heroic Deadmines.
I was wondering why PvP seemed to be a requirement for all MMOs.
I ran another EVE Online screen shot contest to give away some items from the Second Decade Collector’s Edition which I scored for free… after having bought it for myself. And then there was the monument and drone assist and campaign medals and the repercussions of B-R5RB to talk about.
And I wondered what was going to happen with people being given free reign in Landmark.
Five Years Ago
We learned SynCaine’s dirty secret.
There was another press release or some such for a Wheel of Time MMO. My call: It isn’t going to happen.
Ten Ton Hammer made a list of their Top Ten PvP MMOs, and there was some chagrin that Ultima Online didn’t make the cut.
For reasons I cannot recall, Conner at MMO Fallout started looking into how MMO companies ranked over at the Better Business Bureau.
There was an announcement for a new game… World of Tanks!
In World of Warcraft, the instance group got as far as Zul’Farrak in our horde adventures, though we were still forgetting we could use the Dungeon Finder. Otherwise we were running around doing holiday events and the like.
Oh, the Dungeon Finder. My first runs with that were… not so good. I seemed to run into some cliche bad groups.
Meanwhile, WoW decided to emulate WebKinz and start selling stuffed animals that had codes for in-game versions. They are still around. My daughter wants the Windrider Cub.
The Azeroth Advisor went buh-bye. Thanks 38 Studios! I saved all the email tips they sent me, however they are all pretty much worthless post-Cataclysm.
Finally, there was Star Trek Online. The head start ended, The game went full-live, I was fiddling with my super special pre-order collector’s edition junk, and I gave out some codes in a caption contest. There was even some new content. But by month’s end, STO faded for me.
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I started off somewhat active in New Eden. There was a reavers operation going on in Period Basis, and those are always good for me because you can drop in at just about any hour of the day and find something going on. Granted, “something” generally means shooting a structure, but that something is better than nothing. And I can always tab out and do pet battles in WoW if there is no opposition. But then that op wrapped up and there hasn’t been much else going on that I have been able to get to.
World of Warcraft
There are days when I feel like I am stuck in my garrison. With five garrisons running, there are evenings when my play time is just about exhausted when I have finally done every little thing in every garrison and whatever daily quest and the daily pet battles and checking the auction house.
I actually have a couple of outstanding posts I haven’t gotten to yet. That is “outstanding” as in “on my list of things to do” and not a measure of their quality. The instance group went and ran the Iron Docks… like four times. I just haven’t gotten around to putting that post together.
I also have a list of things to write about when it comes to WoW Patch 6.1.
There is another EVE Online expansion coming along, because every five weeks is the way they roll.
A couple of Kickstarter campaigns will be wrapping up, so there will be some dollar totals to write about. And I am sure there will be something new on Daybreak front to talk about.
I am also waiting for Raptr to send out their 2014 game play summaries, so I can see where I wasted my time last year. It is, frankly, one of the few reasons I still run Raptr.
Otherwise it will be March and something about a salt marsh harvest mouse. There was so much going on in February, maybe things will just take it easy in March.