Here we are, another month gone by as we move through the tenth year of the blog. Despite the extra day we get this year… the third leap day for the blog… it has been a quiet yet active month here.
It was quiet because I was pretty much gone for a week as we went to Hawaii for my wife’s birthday. I wrote a few posts in advance, but nothing spectacular.
But then it was busy because somehow, even with that interruption, I ended up writing 29 posts this month, if you include this one. Things happened I guess, like the DUST 514 shut down announcement (I wrote that post while waiting for my wife to get ready to go to the airport!) and skill injectors and the Pokemon 20th anniversary. Another lesson that, if you have low standards, you will never run out of things about which to write I suppose.
One Year Ago
Sony Online Entertainment ceased to be, having been sold off to Columbus Nova and rebranded as Daybreak Games Company. The launch was not auspicious to my mind, with Columbus Nova issuing a questionable press release while the new company shed many old hands. Still, classic Norrath seemed to be safe. New progression servers for EverQuest were announced fairly quickly thereafter.
H1Z1 was out in early access (or “recently launched” according to Colubus Nova) and having some issues. Polygon took my own point of view in stating that if a company is out there taking money for a game then they felt entitled to review it as it stood.
Massively and WoW Insider were recreating themselves as Massively OP and Blizzard Watch.
I was also still flailing about a bit with Elite: Dangerous.
Star Wars: The Old Republic seemed headed back to that vaunted fourth pillar.
The Tiamat expansion hit EVE Online, unleashing the Svipul menace. CCP was bribing people to vote in the CSMX election. And for the monthly blog banter walking in stations came up again. I was also figuring out how to change my space clothes and Reavers were making a difference.
The now defunct BattleClinic had just finished their site overhaul, allowing players to mine more data out of their kill mails.
Then there was Juche.
And, finally, a farewell to Leonard Nimoy.
Five Years Ago
LOTRO had a welcome back event… even though it is free to play.
There was yet another sign of the coming apocalypse.
NetDevil got pulled out of LEGO Universe.
Van Hemlock was slumming back in MMOs for a bit.
I was taking a look at the holy trinity of roles through a historical lens. It wasn’t always Tank/Healer/DPS.
Nostalgia was officially on with the launch of the Fippy Darkpaw Time Locked Progression server. Characters were rolled. Low level zones were crowded and experience was slow. But the tour was a go. We hit the Qeynos Hills, Blackburrow, West Karana, and the Qeynos Sewers. Important spells were rediscovered and camping trips were planned. Not everything was as we remembered it, but it made for a pretty darn good nostalgia adventure.
And while that was going on, SOE shipped the Destiny of Velious expansion for EverQuest II. But I couldn’t be bothered.
And, finally, one of our cats was on top of the refrigerator.
Ten Years Ago
EVE Online reached the 100,000 subscriber mark, back when companies talked about such things publicly, and launched the Bloodlines expansion. That expansion, which basically complicated character creation and made everybody go Caldari, would be the current state of the game when I made my first character in New Eden a few months down the road.
James Cameron was jumping onto the MMO bandwagon with Multiverse Network, which was going to lower the barrier to entry for MMO creation. The plan was for there to be an MMO released alongside his next movie, but Avatar had to go it alone in the end, while Multiverse Network shut down in 2011.
SOE launched the Kingdom of Sky expansion for EverQuest II, which became the first bit of content that I did not buy for the game. I never purchased the expansion, getting it for free as part of the later Echoes of Faydwer expansion. It marks the line between “classic” and “new stuff” in my brain, as illogical as that seems ten years down the road.
Dungeons & Dragons Online went live. I remember picking up the box at Fry’s and reading the label on the bottom of the box that declared the game required group play, that no solo play was supported. I put the box back on the shelf and moved on. How times have changed.
Featured Sites of the Month
For this month’s feature site I want to bring your attention to:
While I remain confused as to what to call him some days… the blog is the “Nosy” gamer, but he goes by “Noizy” when he signs his handle… his is the blog you go to if you want to see somebody track and follow up on topics like illicit RMT in EVE Online and other such goings on. He is a respected source in the EVE Online community.
Then of the “other” site of the month, I want to point you at is:
This is a long form blog that delves in depth into video games and other related digital entertainment topics. Posts come up about weekly, but they usually dig deep into the meat of the topic at hand. Take a look at the table of contents for the site.
Most Viewed Posts in February
Search Terms of the Month
elder scrolls online 1 million
[I wouldn’t pay that much, wait for a Steam sale]
need someone to hack my empires and allies accnt
[Wouldn’t you be better of just letting that go?]
what expansion is fippy darkpaw in
[They were trying to unlock Underfoot back in July 2014…]
wow token useless for free players
[For specific definitions of “free” I suppose]
I have carried on with Season 5, finding fun in chasing down the various goals and achievements laid out for this round. This has led me to my highest level character yet in the almost four years since the game launched. That probably says something, though I am not sure what.
The month started with the Reavers and some of KarmaFleet down in Querious having a good time brawling with the locals. Then we got called back home because we had a real war… or as real of a war as we can manage these days… to fight. The Casino War, pitting the Coalition of the Billing against SpaceMonkey’s Alliance. So that has been the main focus for the last couple weeks, with content being delivered to our doorstep fresh daily. And it looks set to continue on.
Meanwhile, the theme of the month seemed to be skill injectors. I have yet to be in a fleet since they were introduced where somebody hasn’t announced they have a new ability thanks to injecting billions of ISK worth of skill points straight into their head.
Finally, we seem to be ending up the month with server issues and extended downtime. I hope that isn’t a sign of things to come.
It has been a quiet month on the Minecraft front. I’ve still played some, and Aaron built another automated device for us, but there hasn’t been much to write about. However, the 1.9 update looks like it is finally threatening to arrive, and that should stir things up a bit.
In a moment of odd timing, just as the Casino War was heating up to the point that Reavers were called back home, The Imperium decided we should go play PlanetSide 2. The deal to get us there was no doubt struck with Daybreak ages ago, so the timing was what it was. Still, it is free to download and a pretty easy game to jump in and out of. I’ll be interested to see if it sticks.
Pokemon turned 20 years old just two days ago, which got me focused on the game somewhat. There is a series of legendary download events over the course of the year to celebrate. And the next installments in the core RPG game, Pokemon Sun & Moon were announced three days back, so we have those to look forward to. Meanwhile, the most immediate action was the release of the original games, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, on the 3DS Virtual Console.
In order to experience the origins of the series, I grabbed a copy of Blue, while my daughter picked Red. We shall see how far we get.
What is coming up next month… aside from the dreaded start of Daylight Savings Time? For a week or two I will be extra groggy every morning as I try force the reality of my sleep pattern to line up with the illusion that is time.
As noted above, there is the distinct possibility that we will get the Minecraft 1.9 update in March. That could lead to some fun as we try to upgrade our server.
In EVE Online the CSM XI elections kick off today. That will mean something to somebody I am sure. There will likely be a March (YC118.3) Update coming, though I am not sure what we’ll get besides fixes. I am not sure what features are slated to hit before the big Citadels expansion later this year. Are we getting that new watchlist update? And, of course, the Casino War will carry on for a while I am sure. We’ll see who gets tired of nightly content first I suppose.
There may or may not be some PlanetSide 2 times worth writing about.
I will no doubt have something to say about Pokemon Blue as I play to discover just how far the series has evolved in 20 years. I played quite a bit yesterday and I was actually a bit surprised at where things stood “in the beginning” as it were.
And I suspect that Season 5 of Diablo III might be winding down for me.