I got a couple of boosts to traffic this month. The first came with the BlizzCon announcement about WoW Classic. That got the WoW Reddit group to go looking to link bits of WoW nostalgia, which included my post that attempted to recreate the Alamo druid post. The WoW subreddit is a popular place and for a few days Alamo was the top destination on my site, beating the main page handily, while Reddit eclipsed Google as a source of traffic for about 48 hours.
That died down as BlizzCon receded in the rear view mirror and people began to bicker about what “Vanilla” WoW really means.
And then I got linked on BuzzFeed.
That sounds a lot more impressive that it actually was.
What happened is that somebody on BuzzFeed needed a picture for a Christmas quiz and grabbed the picture of the Elf soundtrack I included as part of a bad joke for my 11th anniversary post.
Honestly not very many people clicked on that link… why would they… so it wasn’t like a BuzzFeed landslide on my site, just a noticeable bump in traffic for a day or so. And, of course, it isn’t exactly like I was liked for something *I* actually did, I just happened to have that picture handy.
Still, it is nice that BuzzFeed is one of the sites that is diligent about linking to sources and I cannot complain about a little bit of additional exposure this month. So it is all good.
And, finally, Raph Koster showed up in a comment thread, answered a bunch of questions, then consolidated it all in a post on his site with a link back here to note the origin which added a bit more traffic. (Also, seeing him take on all comers with a pleasant tone and without direct confrontation in the comment thread about his post over at Massively OP was good fun. I admire his skill in that and his ability to stay on point and not get distracted. The Reddit thread seemed more challenging.)
All in all not a bad month for traffic in light of the long term decline in page views here. Not as good as April, but it looks like overall page views for 2017 will exceed 2008, though will still be less than half of 2012, the peak year for the blog.
One Year Ago
I got back from EVE Vegas and reviewed a bit of what I saw including SKIN changes. I also borrowed CCP Rise’s Vegas Alpha fit for a trial run. Of course the Ascension expansion and Alpha Clones were the big deal. Logging in when the expansion hit wasn’t always easy, but the PCU passed the long distant 50K user mark.
Then suddenly it was election night. I was in a fleet during which the winner projections turned on their head. At least we got a tower kill.
Meanwhile back in our old home in the north, the war in Tribute started to come alive. Sort of. A bit. Well, there was some propaganda.
BlizzCon was underway a week after EVE Vegas, and I first projected what I wanted to see/thought I might see and then reconciled that with what I actually saw. It took a while for me to see Weird Al though.
Project: Gorgon was back to crowd funding.
In Minecraft Aaron was using the in-game maps to create art to hang on his walls. Then there was the update with forest mansions… and llamas! That meant going on an expedition to find my own mansion. And once you have your own mansion, you have to do something with it. Like burn it down.
And, finally, in a bullet points post on Black Friday it was death to The Mittani, a new Google widget in my side bar, and some Pokemon news.
Five Years Ago
We said farewell to City of Heroes.
Pong turned 40.
I dipped a toe into GuildWars 2.
I was feeling in the doldrums about computer hardware.
The Register was wondering if Second Life was a failure.
The EverQuest expansion Rain of Fear launched, leading to one of my occasional ponderings about how long the game will go on. Meanwhile, on the Fippy Darkpaw server, the Dragons of Norrath expansion was unlocked. That marked the potential end of my coverage of the server as SOE seemed uninterested in promoting it or anything about it. I was only getting updates when they went wrong.
Over in Rift we were patching up as Storm Legion went live.
The British tank tree showed up for the first time in World of Tanks.
And I was rambling on about motivation and what makes a good story in an MMO.
Ten Years Ago
I was going on about MMOs on a single server again, focusing on EVE Online and why its unique set of circumstances allows CCP to get away with everybody on one shard.
CCP also changed the name of player groups from gangs to fleets, befitting a game about ships. Player usage of the terms took a while to catch up. I think I still heard people talking about “gang links” at least five years later. CCP also announced that their Power of Two campaign boosted subscriptions past 300,000 and broke a record when the game passed 50K players online at once.
I found an old parody screen shot from the early days of Air Warrior.
I was thinking about all that vendor trash that just disappears.
I was moaning about EverQuest and accessibility again.
Also it was time for the Rise of Kunark expansion, if I could find a copy. You had to buy that stuff at retail stores back then. But I eventually found a copy and took the boat out to Kunark. I hit 58, 59, and then level 60 for the first time in EverQuest II. I was also claiming my four year veteran rewards.
SOE was still working on fixing Vanguard.
And in World of Warcraft the instance group was finally all level 50 and taking on the remains of Maraudon. Then we were off to up Sunken Temple in a way that gave us a before and after snapshot of the WoW 2.3 patch. (Which took forever to download back then.) I was also trying ride on the outside of a boat. I hate missing the boat.
Tabula Rasa launched, beginning its short run before being shut down by NCsoft. The cover shown in the Wikipedia article still makes me want to say, “Multipass.”
Also launching a decade back was Rock Band. You could now play the drums. Take that Guitar Hero!
Finally, Perpetual announced that Star Trek Online would be delayed leading to another headline contest.
Twenty Years Ago
Bungie put out their RTS Myth: The Fallen Lords, which I remember being pretty excited about after seeing a demo. And then I went off and played Total Annihilation and forgot about it, while Bungie eventually went off to create Halo and mostly forgot about it as well. Now I suddenly want to play that RTS again.
Also, the last episode of Beavis & Butt-head aired and the bladder testing epic Titanic opened in theaters. (I had a large soda and the last hour of the movie is constant water moving and flowing…)
Most Viewed Posts in November
The list this month was mostly driven by WoW Classic nostalgia and the ongoing search for why there is no National Pokedex in Pokemon Sun & Moon… and now Pokemon UltraSun & UltraMoon, though EA’s woes pitched in and helped a bit.
Search Terms of the Month
world of warships polish tree
[Looking for a screen door on a submarine joke?]
download gay porn games for free
[They have to be free now?]
eve online all time high concurrent users
[65,303 on May 5, 2013]
eve online how long does it take to fly a marauder
[I think the real question is how long does it take to lose one?]
It has been something of a quiet month for me in New Eden. I went on a few ops during a deployment up north to drop on ratters and miners, but have not really had the blocks of time that such things demand. House guests and holiday activities kept me distracted.
Of course, I write that knowing that a couple of sections down I’ll mention how much time I spent playing WoW, often in large chunks of time. I might just be a bit worn out on New Eden at the moment.
Still, I think I hit the mandatory minimum of participation links to not get kicked from my corp. We’ll see what happens next month.
Despite no huge urge to get back into Pokemon at the moment, I did have enough credit on my Nintendo Shop account to pick up Pokemon UltraMoon, so it has been downloaded to my 3DS XL. I’ve played a little bit, enough to see the story is both the same yet different, but haven’t jumped in with both feet yet.
I keep on going in Pokemon Go, though I never play while driving. Instead I can have my teenage daughter drive me around to Pokestops now that she has her learner’s permit. That is safer, right?
- Level: 30 (+0)
- Pokedex status: 210 (+6) caught, 237 (+1) seen
- Pokemon I want: Slowbro
- Current buddy: Slowpoke to earn candies to evolve him
World of Warcraft
I have been binging a lot on Azeroth. There was a discussion somewhere recently about MMOs being hard to get back into when you’ve been away for a bit. I’ve bitched about that myself more than a few times. But I will say that WoW, while not perfect in that regard, is still pretty good. I managed to get myself back up to speed with my ret pally, found a goal to pursue (flying), and side tasks to keep the main goal from getting stale (events, pet battles, trade skills, and alts) that I really look forward to spending some time in WoW every evening.
It is the end of the year which means I have a bunch of standard posts to do, things like reviewing my predictions from January (looking bad, as usual), checking to see if I played any of the games I said I might play (always doubtful), and trying to sum up the year in a series of highs and lows. Expect them to show up over the course of the month. I have already started them all, now to finish them.
We have the Winter Movie League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi to look forward to.
Then there is an EverQuest expansion coming along with one for EVE Online.
There is the inevitable Steam Winter Sale. Maybe we can bring back the argument over whether Steam sales cater to price sensitivity, yielding sales that otherwise might not have happened, or literally steal food from the mouths of starving developers because nobody will buy anything ever now due to the inevitability of it going on sale on Steam.
And posts about games, games I am playing… which is mostly WoW and Pokemon UltraMoon with occasional forays into TorilMUD now and again. So expect another long, dull month I suppose. It is cold out, what else have you got to do?