Activity-wise, it was kind of an odd month. Page views were falling at the end of April and that led to a very weak showing at the beginning of the month. And then the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch hit and suddenly daily traffic doubled. You can see from the most viewed posts list that people were interested in things that might help them level up their brand new Draenei or Blood Elf characters.
I also managed to continue on with the post a day record. That doesn’t seem like a big deal… I this will be post 43 for the month of May… and it probably isn’t, but the way things work out I often end up with a week of multiple posts per day due to timeliness of a topic, then get to the weekend with nothing to hand. Still, I made it.
I guess my goal now is 500 days in a row, which should happen before the fifteen year anniversary of the blog. Go me.
One Year Ago
As Blapril came to an end I did a post about my top five most viewed posts over various points during the life of the blog. After that there was the usual summing up of the event. I also joined in and did my gamer profile again and did that “have you ever” quiz thing.
Daybreak was changing up the plan for the Rizlona and Aradune progression servers they had planned for EverQuest. They launched, but not without the usual issues and overcrowding. They also finally merged the Fippy Darkpaw server into the Vox server after its nine year run as a progression server.
The instance group made its first run into Zul’Farrak.
CCP was celebrating 17 years of EVE Online. They also gave us PLEX trading in the companion app for… reasons. We got the candidate list for the CSM15 election and the Forsaken Fortress update that made Upwell structures easier to kill. Then there was the MER which showed mineral prices starting the rise and ratting numbers starting to fall.
The regional groups forming in the US in response to the pandemic were starting to look like some post-US strategic game.
Five Years Ago
Overwatch went live. Still haven’t played it.
DUST 514 went offline. Never did play it.
Landmark’s official launch date was announced. Never did buy it.
There was word about Pokemon Sun & Moon, Civilization VI, EverQuest II prestige servers, the tribulations of WildStar, and the WoW Legion Beta, all in one bullet points post.
One thing I did end up playing was Stellaris, which launched back in 2016 as well.
In EVE Online I saw my first citadel. Now they’re everywhere. There was also a free weekend on Steam that got a lot of accounts created, but which still faced the wall of the new player experience. There was a Blog Banter about Project Nova and that brief experiment with recurring opportunities that granted skill points. There were also details from the CSMXI election and that whole 85% thing, which did not add up for me.
In space the Casino War was still a thing. We were huddled up in the back room of the Quafe Warehouse in Saranen plotting ways to strike back and keep the war going. We threw industrials at sovereignty. That got us a foothold back in Fade for a bit.
Mostly though it was battles in low sec. Asher led us out to battle in his Phantasm, we squared off against capitals, blew up some fax machines. There were battles over structures in Saranen and we managed to anchor an Astrahus to face the citadels arrayed against us. Lots of shooting, but not much changed.
Oh, and SynCaine joined KarmaFleet. I even saw him on an op.
Outside of New Eden Blizzard could only talk about MAUs after renouncing discussion of subscription numbers. Given the whole Nostalrius situation I was wondering what Vanilla WoW really was. And the Warcraft movie was approaching.
I was also momentarily nostalgic for Starsiege: Tribes… or for what I could remember of it.
And in TorilMUD the elves were no longer restricted to the isle of Evermeet until level 20.
Ten Years Ago
May 2011 was the time of the great Sony outage, with the PlayStation Network down for 24 days and Sony Online Entertainment down for 13 days. It was a communication fiasco from start to finish, with bad updates almost daily. About all they could do was promise us all goodies for when they finally came back up.
CCP was starting the build up to the Incarna fiasco with the introduction of Aurum.
On the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server, there was agitation to vote NO on unlocking the Kunark expansion. Such agitation shows up with every unlock vote. But no vote failed until Gates of Discord came along.
The instance group was in EverQuest II… when it was up… and trying to get the hell out of the starter area. We managed it, but it took a lot more time than I would have thought. We started in on some dungeons and got ourselves a guild hall.
Fifteen Years Ago
World of Warcraft lead designer Rob Pardo was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2006.
The Wii “steals the show” when it comes to the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. Despite a drop in attendees, there are long lines to try out Nintendo’s new console. This was the last E3 before the “new format” of 2007 and 2008.
The ESRB changed the rating for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from “Teen” to “Mature” in part due to topless female art assets in the game that could be accessed by mods. Former California Assemblyman Leland Yee (later Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate number 19629-111) took time out of his organized crime activities to slam the ESRB for missing these hidden art assets.
Most Viewed Posts in May
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- Robbing Some Space Banks
- The Altar of Zul and Jintha’alor
- Bloodmyst Isle – The Worst Zone in WoW
- Getting Upper Blackrock Spire Access
- CCP Rushes Warp Core Stabilizer and Interdiction Nullification Changes into EVE Online
- Mischief is Coming to EverQuest
- CCP Takes Aim at Cloaky Campers in EVE Online
- Embracing the Iron Age in Valheim
- CCP Changes to Nullification and Warp Core Stabilizers hit the Test Server
- CCP is Just Going to Keep Selling Skill Points for Cash
- How Long can the Fifteen Dollar Subscription Hold Out?
Search Terms of the Month (Yandex Edition!)
летящие буквы как в звездных войнах фш
[Not sure, you mean like this?]
как украсить стену дома в майнкрафте
подводный риф 3.3.5 на карте
[Warm oceans are work to find]
схема Аннуминас kjnh
[I like Annuminas]
особняк майнкрафт данж
[I have a couple of posts about that]
забытый город камень встреч
[The Lost City of the Tol’vir?]
ферма призмарина майнкрафт
[Aaron made a whole farm for that]
cat is 4 fite
[Dude, speak English]
Game Time from ManicTime
May saw us hit the end of our hype cycle with Valheim. I logged in and did a bit of exploring. But focus clearly turned to WoW Classic and getting ready for the coming of The Burning Crusade expansion.
- WoW Classic – 63.39%
- EVE Online – 29.64%
- Burning Crusade Classic Beta – 2.90%
- Valheim – 2.22%
- World of Warcraft – 1.19%
- War in the Pacific – 0.66%
The war carried on into its eleventh month, with forces stalemated at the Imperium capitol constellation. The enemy can still bring double our numbers if they ping for operations in advance, but haven’t been able to break into our home. We, on the other hand, are somewhat limited by how far we can reach from that constellation. TEST miners and ratters in Delve get dropped on regularly in their new home, but operations beyond that require groups to find bases far off, which takes them out of the Delve fights.
I set a new personal record for the longest time defending a single gym, managing 19 days, 1 hour, and 24 minutes. We drove up to Portland to drive our daughter home from her first year at college and I got into a gym on campus… and then nobody kicked the defenders out for almost three weeks. Other than that we managed to do all the events in May, which meant fighting a lot of Team Rocket grunts and leaders.
Level: 41 (38% of the way to 42 in xp, 2 of 4 tasks complete)
Pokedex status: 643 (+10) caught, 673 (+11) seen
Mega Evolutions obtained: 11 of 13
Pokemon I want: Still need Eevees for the level 42 tasks
Current buddy: Eevee
We still have another boss to slay, but that wouldn’t buy us anything, so our efforts have tapered off. The small team that made the game can only manage a monthly patch for bug fixes while serious updates still seem far away. I have no doubt we will return, and I do log in to do a bit of base building now and then, but our goals have pretty much been completed.
War in the Pacific
I put some more effort into this, grabbing a more focused scenario about the 1942 Burma campaign to see if that would get me up to speed more quickly. It is hard to tell what I am doing still however.
World of Warcraft
As usual, not much time spent in the retail side of Azeroth. I did Darkmoon Faire on my main, then actually did a few pet battles during the week that they had the xp bonus, getting a few more battle pets up to level 25.
May was prep for Burning Crusade Classic. Three characters to level 60 now, new specs explored, and some work on a fourth character who managed to go from 36 to 45 over the last week or so. Plus I spent a bit of time in the beta. Basically all eyes on Outland and the changes that come with it.
Tomorrow at 3pm my time we transition into Outland as Burning Crusade Classic opens the Dark Portal. Expect a report on that I suppose.
In EVE Online the war carries on, heading towards its one-year anniversary. PAPI, the blue donut coalition, will continue to camp us in the south with their numbers advantage while also rolling over any small groups in the north to expand their own ratting and mining empires, basically doing what they allege the Imperium did.
Meanwhile, CCP has the CSM16 elections coming up on June 8th and their cloaky camper fix is likely to hit us suddenly next month as well, if recent company behavior is any indicator.
And… I am sure other things are coming up in June, but the war and the Dark Portal are both immediate and of interest to me.