I mentioned elsewhere that, at least for this site, not only does the month of August often see an uptick in traffic… maybe due to Blaugust, maybe due to more posts, maybe due to moon fairies… but then September almost always sees an uptick in traffic from August. This month continued that trend, though I am pretty sure I can figure out why.
Yes, I once again put up a post every day, making it three months in a row for that. But quantity doesn’t always trump… well, I won’t say quality. Rather, I wrote about the right topic this month.
If you look down at the most viewed posts for the month you will see that nine out of the dozen are not only WoW related, but focused on WoW Classic , WoW nostalgia, or zones from vanilla WoW. When WoW is hot, writing about WoW gets traffic. Or having previously written about WoW in any case. A number of those posts are rather old.
One Year Ago
Pirates of the Burning Sea was in danger of shutting down. A player group eventually took it over. We’ll have to see how that plays out.
WildStar was no so lucky as NCsoft announced its time was coming to an end. Is there an emulator yet?
Club Penguin Island was done too, though that was the result of Disney being dumb and/or arrogant. We don’t get emulators for mobile apps, do we? Not that there would be much call for it given how CPI was received.
I was cynical about Torchlight Frontiers. But I am that way about a lot of things.
I was on CCP about trading their touted “epic” tutorial with a laborious one based around The Agency interface.
That would fade into the back when just days later it was announced that CCP was being acquired by Pearl Abyss, makers of Black Desert Online. That got me going on about what it is like to be acquired as a company, something I’ve been through a bunch of times. I even related it to how a studio called Silicon & Synapse got acquired way back in the day, and they did all right, before wondering about the EVE Online store.
The EVE Online September update saw the end of another asymmetrical ship design.
Meanwhile, actually in New Eden, there was a war on. We had out eyes on that CO2 Keepstar. We blew that up, along with other structures of theirs. Then we were after more structures in Fade and Pure Blind. That led to a day when five Keepstars were blown up. With the war going badly, Dead Coalition bribed us to pack up and go home, ending the war.
Blizzard had a mount for you, if only you would subscribe to WoW for six months. Speaking of mounts, I got my Darkmoon Dirigible mount at last. And Blizz said people would get a demo of WoW Classic as part of BlizzCon, even home viewers.
Over on Kickstarter, the World of Warcraft Diary about creating the game picked up $600K.
I did a piece about the Elder Forest zone on TorilMUD. A great zone and a boon for young elves.
Five Years Ago
Blizzard said no to its Titan project.
ArcheAge went live, was overwhelmed, and pissed off some people. But everybody is happy now, right?
Destiny also launched and though I went nowhere near that, I was interested in Bungie’s seven design point.
Project: Gorgon was coming to the end of its second Kickstarter campaign and it clearly wasn’t going to make it. On the other hand Defense Grid 2 was headed for release even though Hidden Path didn’t make all of their Kickstarter stretch goals.
Rift was set to join the insta-levels club as part of their Nightmare Tide expansion announcement.
EVE Online had the Oceanus release. We all remember that, right? Parlez-vous français?
Meanwhile the Lords of Null Sec put our their Null Deal proposal. In actual space, we left Delve yet again to come home and clean up Deklein. We were out numbered at one point, but we ended up with a nice op at the end of the month.
In World of Warcraft I managed to get the Brewfest Kodo. However, my Loremaster project started to fall apart in the Blade’s Edge mountains. Well, we had more details about Warlords of Draenor to fuss over.
The strategy group was putting on a shameful display in Total War: Rome II.
I was wondering how long you had to be away before an MMO changed so much it became like a foreign country.
Ten Years Ago
I regaled readers with a post about the Adventures of Opus and Mopar Mac, which involved driving around Cupertino at night.
There was a brief moment of nostalgia for Infocom games… or at least for the ads. Honestly, I think the ads were better than some of the games.
I was wondering if being there on day one was a requirement for MMO players. It seems to be a thing for many players.
Turbine announced the Siege of Mirkwood expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, which brought out a little guilt in me, since I hadn’t even gotten to Moria yet. I’ve since made it, but it took me a long time. Siege of Mirkwood though, that ended up to be an interest killer for me.
Turbine also went live with their free to play program for Dungeons & Dragons Online.
Then there was WoW. We were really on a WoW binge that September. After the mention of a heroic version of Deadmines coming with Cataclysm I put up a poll about what instance we didn’t want to see made heroic, and the results were… unsurprising. Everybody hating on the gnomes again. (We eventually got a pet battle version of Gnomer though!)
There were pirates and Brewfest and I managed to get my chef’s hat and all the sundry cooking achievements. There was also corpse spam and phasing and maybe a unified auction house. I think we got that eventually, right? Out in Northrend the instance group ran through Ulduar and the Oculus. and trial of the champion.
And, finally, there was the three year anniversary of the blog, with the usual round of stats and trivia.
Twenty Five Years Ago
Infocom released the text adventure version of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It became one of their rare titles which I played completely through. I ended up owning a bunch of their games but Zork is probably the only other one I finished. In HHGTTG getting the Babel Fish was such a moment that I bought the T-shirt they offered that said, “I got the Babel Fish!” I still have, in a drawer somewhere, the “Don’t Panic!” button and the peril sensitive sunglasses that came in the original box.
One Hundred and Twenty Years Ago
Nintendo Koppa, later the Nintendo Playing Card Company, and eventually Nintendo Co. Ltd., was founded in Kyoto, Japan.
Most Views Posts from September
Search Terms of the Month
how many people play eve online 2019
[fewer than in 2018]
when will triglavian collective’s end?
[When Hilmar’s dreams tell him to end them]
[Google says this is the top search term for my site now]
the ancient gaming nood
[This isn’t that kind of blog]
will there ever be a new everquest
[If you believe hard enough…]
Game Time from ManicTime
In which WoW Classic takes over my life. ManicTime does not distinguish between the retail and classic clients, so it is all lumped in the World of Warcraft bucket. But trust me, not a lot of time was spent in retail WoW.
- World of Warcraft – 94.57%
- EVE Online – 5.16%
- Minecraft – 0.27%
Also, total hours played was up for the month. So I played fewer games, but played more of them… or more of one of them. In short, I played a lot of WoW Classic.
The blackout ended, the cyno restrictions went in, and chaos was… not very chaotic really. Hilmar’s promise/threat of constant change and not knowing what was coming next seems to have been so much hyperbole. It was enough to drive some people away and deepen divides in the player base, but not enough to actually change the game all that much. Op success? And Hilmar claiming it all came to him in a dream with delusions of game sentience hasn’t burnished his reputation in my book. But he runs the company and I write a blog, so my opinion hardly matters.
Actually in New Eden I didn’t do all that much. The Reavers deployed, then had to move due to a change in the political landscape of the war in the south east. We scooted a bit north, but then Asher went on vacation for a week and not much happened. I basically went on four ops this month and let my cyno alt account lapse. My main and my alt are still logged out in a safe in hostile space, meaning they cannot do much.
Minecraft is on the list mostly because I stopped renewing my Minecraft Realms account to host our world. There isn’t anything wrong with Realms. It is an easy way to host your world. But I did a sweep of subscriptions that were not being used, and Minecraft was on the list. (So was Hulu.) I mostly logged in to download a copy of the current world so I would have the most recent version available.
We saw the release of the first fifth generation Pokemon from the Unova region, the location for Pokemon Black & White. That gave us new Pokemon to catch though, as I mentioned, there is now something of a Pokemon density problem. And then there is the special task where I need to catch 50 steel or psychic Pokemon. They are also scarce on the ground for me.
Level: 37 (+0)
Pokedex status: 444 (+6) caught, 467 (+6) seen
Pokemon I want: Casting my net for Unova starter Pokemon
Current buddy: Lickitung
World of Warcraft
I did, in fact, log into retail WoW more than once this month. I ran through a few things in Darkmoon Faire, as is my habit. However, WoW Classic dominated my time. They had a pet battle bonus XP week and I didn’t even log in for that. I never miss out on pet battle bonus XP!
Pretty much the main focus of my gaming for the month, and by a significant margin. Just look at those ManicTime numbers. Maybe 5% of that is WoW and the rest is WoW Classic. I am not sure I have much to add here that I haven’t already posted about.
I hope you’re not sick of WoW Classic yet, because more posts about WoW Classic seem pretty damn likely.
BlizzCon is also approaching, going live on Friday, November 1st, which means the Blizzard speculation season has officially begun. We have a month to read the tea leaves, decipher hints, and otherwise wonder at what will be revealed. Expect a post about that soon.
We also have the last official CCP supported EVE Vegas towards the end of the month. Basically the weekend before BlizzCon. After this they will be holding it in San Diego. I have my own conspiracy theory about that. But I will be at EVE Vegas to help send it off.
Inside EVE Online the Chaos Era continues I guess. Not content to stick Triglavian incursions in career agent systems, or between the starter systems and career agent systems, CCP decided to drop one on a starter system. There is some chaos. Do you wonder why I doubt they can improve new player retention?
We are also getting towards the time when Daybreak reveals information about the upcoming expansions for EverQuest and EverQuest II. And The EverQuest Show went to Daybreak HQ to film some interviews and promises a big episode based on that some time in October.
And then the LOTRO expansion, Minas Morgul, is supposed to go live at the end of the month as well. I will have to see if I have enough LOTRO points to add that to my collection. I doubt I will play it, but I might as well own it.