What can I say about the site this month? I fell off my streak of more posts than days in the current month, though not by much. That probably meant I spent more time playing games and less time writing about them, which is something I always say I am going to do. Maybe I actually I did it this month. Or maybe nothing much worth writing about occurred.
Other than that… well… when I was over at my mother-in-law’s house to fix her WiFi she showed us a lemon she got off the tree in her back yard.
I don’t think this is related to the WiFi issue, but you never know what is connected to what over on Innsmouth Drive.
Oh, and IFTTT dropped me a note to tell me that my applet that auto-copied posts from here to Google+ had to be shut off. Google+ has only been gone for 8 months or so now. Good of them to let me know.
One Year Ago
Yes, there were predictions, because there are always predictions. There was also the usual rosy “maybe I’ll play something new” post about the upcoming year. And just to round out the usual start of the year trifecta, another Steam winter sale passed into history.
But PlanetSide Arena, slated for late January beta, had that date pushed back to March.
Blizzard finally fixed the crafting quests in Darkmoon Faire, which had been broken since the pe-launch update before Battle for Azeroth.
On the LOTRO Legendary server I went down to Goblin Town before I had heading off to Angmar. The legendary quest line sent me around Angmar and then told me the truth about Sara Oakheart, though it never explained why she was so damn slow. Then I was riding down the long roads in Forochel before finally ending up at the ring forges in Eregion.
I was playing a bit of RimWorld, where setbacks can be a thing.
SuperData’s 2018 review report pointed towards a mobile focused future.
And I started using ManicTime to track game play time, listing the first stats in the January in Review post.
Five Years Ago
The Elder Scrolls Online announced they were ditching their mandatory subscription model.
We bid farewell to Massively and WoW Insider as AOL pared down their web content presence yet again.
At long last Runic was poised to deliver the Mac OS version of Torchlight II. I just didn’t care any more.
Anet surprised exactly nobody and announced a Guild Wars 2 expansion.
Elite: Dangerous was making me feel like an incompetent boob… well, more so that usual.
Smed took the bait and wrote “money grab” in a tweet, which then became a gaming news headline. Of course, he was also saying things about disgusting carebears and telling us things were not MMOs when they were clearly labeled as such.
Sony players were told they would get as much as 450 Station Cash for the great downtime of 2011, while the lawyers would pocket $2.75 million.
PlanetSide 2 got a record for what I considered a somewhat dubious achievement.
The Lord of the Rings Online Producer’s Letter wasn’t impressing me, to the point I was wondering whether anybody else might create an open world Middle-earth game.
In WoW I got in and did the 10th Anniversary Molten Core event at the last minute. The instance group was discovering that you had to be level 92 to do just about anything in Gorgrond. I was also opining about garrisons in Draenor. I had five after all.
In EVE Online it was time to usher in YC117. There was also a video about the age range of the New Eden player base, the Proteus expansion, Gevlon was making more friends, and the Reavers deployed again, passing though Thera on the way,
And we had to say goodbye to our little Trixie cat.
Ten Years Ago
Well, there was the usual set of ill-considered predictions.
Oh, and that Battlestar Galactia/Bohemian Rhapsody video on YouTube. I liked that.
The first issue of The Official World of Warcraft Magazine shipped.
I was wondering how many people remapped they keys for games.
Oh, and there was LEGO Rock Band out.
And the whole forever argument around Tanks and Healers vs. DPS? We were going on about that back in January 2010 as well. The Dungeon Finder brought this all into sharp relief.
But the month was primarily about Star Trek Online.
And when it finally arrived, I spent a lot of time with the character creator, some of it to make my first character and some of it just in the name of science. I customized my ship and wondered how I could get rid of the shields in my combat screen shots. Did they ever change that? And I pondered whether or not it was a good idea to get a lifetime subscription. The poll results said it wasn’t, but I did it anyway. The majority was correct it would seem.
Oh, I did do one other thing in January 2010.
Most Viewed Posts in January
Search Terms of the Month
dota tft what to buy
[Wait, you can buy something?]
starting off as heroic 85 eq
[Too bad the level cap is 115]
new eq server for darkpaw
[Soon enough I am sure]
eve online do i collect daily rewards not being online
[No, that is why it is called EVE “ONLINE”]
Game Time from ManicTime
My EverQuest II binge was going strong coming into the month. I think the measure after the first two weeks would have been more than 80% in favor of Norrath. But other things picked up as the month went along, especially WoW Classic as the group got past the holidays, so in the end there was a close race for the top spot.
EverQuest II – 48.65%
WoW Classic – 47.64%
EVE Online – 3.36%
World of Warcraft – 0.35%
Kind of a quiet month in New Eden for me. In part I was playing other games a lot more, but I was also in a bit of limbo in looking for a new home. The wait for my KF application to get reviewed had me wondering if I ought to just ship everything from Delve to Jita and take a break from the game. But then I got accepted and a new SIG opened up in the coalition with a promise of deployments, action, and structure shoots, so I’m sticking around.
I binged quite a bit on Norrath in December and January. I slowed down some in the back half of the last month, but I am still sitting with four characters at level cap. That is unprecedented for my in the game and I remain with an odd, heady feeling, like maybe I should use this opportunity to catch up a few more characters. I haven’t done much of anything with them since they hit level cap, but I could!
We continue our trek towards level 40. I made good progress towards level 39 this past month, mostly due to xp from friendship level boosts. I also caught a lot of Magikarp. For lunar new year the game was featuring “red” Pokemon out in the wild, and despite looking more orange than red to me, Magikarp was on the list. I went from less than 200 candies for them to over 400. I can evolve another Gyrados, though I want a shiny Magikarp before I do that.
Level: 38 (35% of the way to level 39)
Pokedex status: 495(+14) caught, 525 (+20) seen
Pokemon I want: Lucario, which is tough because I never any in the wild.
Current buddy: Oshawatt
World of Warcraft
I did the usual Darkmoon Faire thing during the first week of the month, but not much else. The 8.3 patch hit and seemed to bring with it more woe for the retail side of the game. The game is apparently broken for a lot of MacOS players and a substantial number of Windows players, with the game often crashing out in 20 minutes or less if reports are to be believed.
I was a bit quiet with Classic at the start of the month, but ramped up as things went along, the holidays ended, and the instance group got back in the saddle. And it isn’t crashing for us, unlike retail, which is a plus.
Next month is going to be a busy month in real life for me. Lots of things going on. So it is likely to be a light month for posts. We shall see.
Activision-Blizzard should be rolling out their 2019 financials early in the month. We’ll see if more layoffs ensue.
In EVE Online there is a new SIG that is inviting all and sundry to join up and go deploy to some new location in order to better make things explode. Making things explode has my interest. Of course, that depends on the game actually being up. It has been mostly down for four of the last seven days. First there was a DDoS attack, but now things just seem to be broken. That’ll mess with your new player retention right there.
I still have a level boost in EverQuest II. I could get another character to level cap. But which one? And, with five there, is that enough of an xp boost to try and roll somebody up from the lower levels the old fashioned way? It is a long way to 120 from anywhere below 80.
And in WoW Classic we ought to finish up Scarlet Monastery and move on to the next thing, which I gather is Razorfen Downs.