Here we are at the last day of 2018 and the 402nd and final post of the year… unless something big and/or stupid comes up and I feel compelled to post about it before the end of the day. I think we’re pretty safe though. Who announces things on New Years Eve?
402 posts is kind of a lot for a single year, especially when my goal is just a post every weekday. I didn’t post every single day. You can see by the chart below I missed more than a few days.
The gray squares mean no post. But I made up the missing days with double, and occasionally triple, post days. Those are the darker squares. I did not post more than three times in a single day. I usually like to leave a time gap of a few hours between posts, since it is my impression that some visitors only read the top post. And most things I write aren’t all that time sensitive. I make a point of writing about things soon after I have done them, things like fleet ops, more because my memory is fresh than anything else.
(The same chart for my other blog is all just black squares as I never post more than once a day.)
Anyway, a lot of posts in 2018.
But 402 is not the most posts in a single year. The current ranking is:
- 2007 – 490 posts
- 2011 – 488 posts
- 2012 – 442 posts
- 2010 – 406 posts
- 2018 – 402 posts
2007 is explicable in that I hadn’t really settled down on what I wanted to do, so I was posting a lot of very short and random stuff. The run from 2010 through 2012 corresponds with the peak of the blog in many ways; traffic, posts, games I was playing and writing about, interest in new games, and so on. That probably represents the final gasp of the pre-cynical era for me.
Well, pre-cynical relative to my current outlook anyway.
There is also a correlation between the wave of Kickstarted and early access games and the end of blog’s peak era. I’m not saying they’re connected, but the coming of one seemed to herald the end of the other.
In total words, or even average words per post, 2018 is at the top of the list
- 2018 – 427,278 words (without this post, so add another 2K words)
- 2014 – 395,517 words
- 2013 – 346,436 words
- 2015 – 342,813 words
- 2016 – 334,911 words
That gives me another correlation. Traffic has gone down as my word count has gone up. Again, I cannot definitively say that one caused the other… I’m not going to follow the madness of Gevlon and assume correlation means causation without evidence… but it sure looks suspicious. Or it would, except, as I noted in the highs and lows post on Friday, traffic to the site went up a bit this year. So who knows what it all really means? As I have said in the past, there are many factors in play here, including Google’s search result algorithms.
One Year Ago
We got the Ring of Scale expansion for EverQuest.
Nintendo and Game Freak released what might end up being the last Pokemon title to arrive on their handheld hardware in the form of Pokemon Crystal for the Virtual Console.
I was kind of bummed when Blizzard took away my sunglasses. But I was still out fishing and doing pet battles in World of Warcraft. And, most important of all, I unlocked flying in the Legion expansion. I also spent some time trying to find an objective way to measure my favorite WoW expansion.
CCP launched the Arms Race expansion for EVE Online which included expanded Alpha Clone abilities and special skill injectors just for them. The Agent Finder also got moved into The Agency completely. Meanwhile, the Yule Lads weren’t delivering presents to us in New Eden. We had to go find them ourselves.
I also hit a tipping point in the game, where now most of my time playing was now in null sec.
Actually out in space Reavers were deployed into Pure Blind and were quite active in December, with the following posts about fleet ops:
- VNI Victory in Fade
- Three Rorquals Down
- A Citadel Fight in Saranen
- VNI Fleet Flies in Fade Again
- VNI Fleet Timer Skirmish in Fade
- Blaze Fleet in Deklein
- Daredevil Race
And there was, of course, a Steam Winter Sale. I was in the “not enthusiastic” part of my relationship with Steam.
Five Years Ago
It was the final shut down for Warhammer Online.
It was also the end of the road for World of Darkness at CCP, which shut down the project and laid off much of the staff.
CCP did give me a copy of the EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition.
Shroud of the Avatar was an actual thing. You could log in and see stuff. Granted, a year later it was still in alpha and had a long way to go, but at least progress was being made I guess.
Turbine threw their hat in the ring with their own insta-level scheme for Lord of the Rings Online. It got you all the way to the doors of Moria. I was not impressed. Not only was the level cap well beyond Moria at that point, I tend to believe that the best content in the game is the 1-50 run. But that is the nature of level based games.
Blizzard put a cash shop in World of Warcraft. But don’t call those microtransactions, because they are not. Microtransactions require an intermediate currency. If you’re selling in straight up dollars, pounds, and euros, it isn’t a microtransaction.
The instance group in World of Warcraft ventured under the sea and into the Mount Hyjal region, then ran through the Throne of Tides and Blackrock Caverns instances. Meanwhile, I had an alt finish up The Burning Crusade for me. And then there was my character a level cap, swamped with options including Timeless Isle.
Finally, we were very sad at our house when our cat Fred died. We still miss him.
Ten Years Ago
December seemed to be all about the micropayments and the like. Sony Online Entertainment surprised some by putting Station Cash driven stores into EverQuest and EverQuest II. The selection wasn’t great and the pricing seemed a bit off, but I was more interested to know what other SOE products would get the Station Cash treatment.
And then EA announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be microtransaction financed. Or maybe they didn’t. It ended up that way eventually, but three years later when it launch it was very much a subscription game in the classic sense.
In Azeroth we were still coming to grips with the Northrend instances. In Utgarde Keep we managed to kill off Prince Keleseth, but couldn’t hold it together to finish the instance. Outside, we were running around doing quests.
Meanwhile, somebody was working on a WoW code, akin to the old geek code that used to clutter many a .sig file back when Usenet was cool and we knew the spammers by name.
I actually found some time to play Lord of the Rings Online.
Best selling PC Games from 2008:
- Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
- Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
- The Sims 2: FreeTime
- Spore Creature Creator
- Sins of a Solar Empire
- The Sims 2: Apartment Life
- The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm
- The Sims Castaway Stories
Twenty Years Ago
The original Baldur’s Gate was released.
And, in something of a reductive cycle, the first video game version of the physical Pokemon Trading Card game, itself based on the Pokemon Red & Blue video games, was released on the GameBoy in Japan. In a nod to simplicity, it was called the Pokemon Trading Card Game by the time it arrived in the US.
Most Viewed Posts in December
Search Terms of the Month
[Let’s not go there quite yet]
whats the orcs name from warcraft
[Azog? Gorbag? Grishnakh?]
[All of it?]
eve online spider tank
[I don’t think that is a thing any more]
images of people reenlisting inside a battleship barrel
[Gun barrel? Pork barrel? Pickle barrel? I am not sure I get this.]
Spam Comments of the Month
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[Well, alrighty then!]
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[So that’s how that works!]
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[Just put me on the curb with garbage on pick up day]
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This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!!
[Spam bots are the worst liars]
My time in New Eden this month was dominated by the events in wormhole J115405, known as Rage, where the Initiative setup operations to destroy Hard Knocks structures there, including the first Keepstar deployed in the game. After that I mucked around with some high sec alts playing the Operation Permafrost event and logging in every day for the holiday rewards. The only other item of note was that, after a bit too much red wine on Christmas Eve, I signed up for Liberty Squad, one of the Imperium SIGs and squads that are responsible for much of the activity during what one might otherwise call peace time. We’ll see how that plays out.
Lord of the Rings Online
I carried on with the Legendary server, keeping up a pace of logging in almost every single night. At least until I got to the holidays and the Misty Mountains. Those two together caused me to slack off a bit. But I remain determined to get through the epic quest line and up to level 50 before SSG gets around to unlocking the Mines of Moria expansion.
I managed to make another level this month, largely thanks to the bonus points you get for achieving friendship levels with other players. Still, it is a long way to level 40. I am also stuck on the task where you have to make an excellent curveball throw. This is the second time that has come up. I got it done the first time, but this time around I have yet managed it.
Level: 35 (+1)
Pokedex status: 380 (+9) caught, 400 (+9) seen
Pokemon I want: Rhyperior, the Rhydon evolution, but I need about 70 candies
Current buddy: Togetic
RimWorld left early access and went live a while back this year. Some people I read/know started playing it this month, which got me back to playing it a bit. It is still an epic consumer of free time. My usual loop tends to have me playing for a stretch, then some huge bad event hits and I save and go away for a while. Then I come back later, clean up the mess, or the corpses, or both, and carry on.
World of Warcraft
My account hasn’t quite lapsed, so I keep thinking I’ll go play a bit. I did log in to get the holiday present and achievement. But other than that it is in limbo.
Happy new year I guess. I’ll have to remember to put the right year on checks.
Of course, the first thing out of the gate every year here is a predictions post. Look for my doom and gloom about 2019 tomorrow. Also, some sort of MMO outlook for the year will likely show up as well next week.
The Steam Winter Sale will wrap up come Friday morning. I’m sure there is a post in what I bought… if I end up buying anything. So far I haven’t purchased anything for myself. I did grab a title for my daughter however.
With the new year there will also likely be some news and forward looking statements from various studios about what they plan for the year.
In addition to all of that, I still have quite a few half done posts in the drafts folder to work on. I shan’t fall off the face of the internet, at least not for lack of topics.
Otherwise it will be EVE Online and Lord of the Rings Online and Pokemon Go I suppose.