Here it is, another Friday bullet points post that future me will curse as I try to write up a month in review. But I live for the day, and there are some things I wanted to mention but couldn’t really work up into a stand alone post. How have I not made this a blog category yet?
- Crowfall Ships!
Holy crap! Color me shocked!
Seriously, I was interested enough in Crowfall to have created a category for it… something generally reserved for regular features and titles I play a lot of here on the blog… back when the Kickstarter campaign launched… which was in February of 2015. So, its been about six and a half years.
This was back when I had stopped backing MMO Kickstarter campaigns but still held out hope that something might come of them, before the great cynicism fell on me after every date offered by an MMO Kickstarter campaign winded up being as much a fantasy as their IP. The ship date projected during the campaign was December of 2016, and it featured in a number of my annual prediction posts as an easy “this won’t ship” call.
But here it is. Live. That puts it well ahead of titles like Camelot Unchained, a title that has helped sink backer confidence almost as much as Star Citizen by this point.
Anyway, congrats to the team. I have no idea what they ended up shipping or if it is anything close to the “Game of Thrones meets EVE Online” catch phrase they were bandying about, but at least I could find out if I had even an ounce of inclination left in me.
- Burning Crusade Classic Beta Stats
Blizzard sent out an email to those who participated in the Burning Crusade Classic beta back in April and May. I was invited a bit late to that party, and honestly wasn’t all that into it, but I logged in long enough to find a few issues and to feel concerned about whatever Blizz was up to. The beta felt pretty wonky in a way that belies the stability now that it has shipped. But I apparently reported seven bugs… mostly related to hunter issues.
Overall the community reported quite a few things.
It seemed to do some good I guess, because Outland has been pretty stable, at least on our server, though I am still a bit annoyed at the whole draw distance thing, but that was in WoW Classic as well.
- The Next 6 Month Mount From Blizzard
Those of us on the six month subscription plan for WoW got a new mount for being such dedicated customers. This time around it is the Sapphire Skyblazer.
Part of me isn’t all that impressed. I have a few hundred mounts now, so another blue bird… eh. Then again, at least it isn’t some cosmetic pajamas this time. I am pretty sure Blizz learned their lesson on that front. I’ll take a mount every time, thank you.
Six month subscribers also got a special prize in Burning Crusade Classic, the Imp in a Ball.
The Imp in a Ball toy actually went into the game with the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch, so I have had one on my characters for quite a while now. They come from a quest that the city innkeepers have, and are basically an Azerothian Magic 8-Ball… ask it a question… say it out loud or whatever… then activate it for a comically indecisive answer. Your mileage may vary.
- New Switch Disappointment
Rumors have been floating around about Nintendo possibly launching a new Switch model with 4K or a faster processor or whatever. So there was some disappointment apparent when Nintendo announced a new model with an OLED screen. Yay higher quality screens of the same size?
It does have double the RAM built in and some other improvements, but it was very much an incremental upgrade to the product line… which is a very Nintendo move, really. But it does mean that demand has slowed down enough since the pandemic rush on units that they feel they can tinker with the new models.
- RimWorld Ideology
It was announced earlier this week that the survival game RimWorld, number three on my list of Steam titles I have played the most, will be getting a new DLC package soon.
Called RimWorld Ideology, it will allow your colony or clan to create a belief system, allowing the configuration of things such as rituals, veneration, dress, adornment, and social roles. You can play as a tribe of tree worshiping cannibals if you want. I am sure this will crank base drama up a few more notches.
- Minmatar Liberation Day
It feels like we just finished up Gallente Federation Day and we’re already on to Minmatar Liberation Day. They always have the cards and decorations out so early.
As is the usual pattern these days, there are login rewards (12 days worth), in game events, SKINs in the New Eden Store, and some SKINs you get as an add on when you buy some PLEX. There is a full run down of events and rewards over at The Nosy Gamer.