Happy Halloween for those of you who indulge… and, uh, welcome to another Monday to those who do not.
I kept the daily posting streak going another month. I just have to make it to Christmas to break into four digits. Otherwise it wasn’t a very eventful October for the blog. WP.com didn’t break anything. No posts got any particular special attention. Just another month of blogging.
One Year Ago
In a bit of irony I unleashed ads on the site in order to pay for the premium WordPress.com plan, otherwise they would be unleashing ads on the site. But at least I am getting some of the money now I guess.
Facebook changes its name to Meta and Mark Zuckerberg announced they were going all-in on the idea of a VR based online metaverse. John Carmack had some issues with the plan.
Acting EG7 CEO Ji Ham spoke about the company and its plans. Meanwhile EverQuest announced the Terror of Luclin expansion and EverQuest II announced the Visions of Vertovia expansion. It was also Panda time in EQII.
Those expansions got me on to a bit of a comparison between the EQ expansion machine and WoW.
Blizzard announced the WoW Classic Season of Mastery plan, set to launch in November, an attempt to give a slightly different vanilla experience… and a temporary one at that as it was closing down as I wrote this.
There would also be no BlizzCon 2022.
Amazon Games’ New World was live and I was trying to play… though there were issues.
In EVE Online there was a bit of a mining boom in the wake of World War Bee. CCP was also going back to native MacOS support. CCP also introduced CRAB beacons to the game and changed the tax structure. And then there was the return of the Crimson Harvest event.
the Reavers SIG turned seven years old.
I also did an EVE Online Friday Bullet Points post about Quasar, Totality Day, Faction Warfare, mega skill point offers, monocles, and an exploration of the new user experience.
In my series on immersion I tackled Minecraft.
I wrote something about Words with Friends 2.
At home we were getting ready for No Time to Die by watching the previous four Daniel Craig Bond films… and rating them. And then we went and saw it and I wrote a bit of a review.
Five Years Ago
I wrote about how we used to yell and sell in Waterdeep back in TorilMUD, which predates that auction house stuff we have today.
RimWorld was eating up a bunch of my gaming time.
The then still in early access H1Z1 had King of the Kill removed from its name, reverting back to just H1Z1. This was due to as-yet-still-unrealized plans by Daybreak to bring the game to China where they couldn’t have “kill” in the name. They have since changed their mind and renamed the game again. It is now H1Z1: Battle Royale, or maybe Z1 Battle Royale. It is honestly hard to tell/care at this point.
In New Eden I had finished up my time with the Warzone Extraction event. I also remapped my attributes, something that affects the learning rates of skill. You don’t do that lightly as you’re stuck with the remap for a year. I also went and rounded up data cores. I should probably do that again. It has been a year.
The Reavers SIG turned three years old.
In space we went out to Aridia to clean up the neighborhood.
As the month headed towards its end CCP released the Lifeblood expansion for EVE Online which changed moon mining, upgraded The Agency, and added a bunch of PvE content. There was also a joke about lighting farts to be made.
However, following EVE Vegas, where VR was heavily emphasized, and the Lifeblood expansion, CCP had a round of layoffs and effectively stopped developing for VR. Among teams hit hard was the community team.
I hit level 30 in Pokemon Go.
And I returned to World of Warcraft, having taken a break. I once again failed to get the headless horseman’s mount. And I was wondering if Blizzard would announce the next WoW expansion at BlizzCon. It seemed pretty likely.
Ten Years Ago
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series. That made the second time in my life, which was one more than I had any reason to hope for.
Disney bought out Lucasfilm, claiming ownership of Star Wars. Panic ensued.
The first Project: Gorgon kickstarter kicked off.
In World of Tanks the word of the day was Sturmgeschütz.
Storm Eagle Studios was again worried about my marriage.
There was some trolling about free to play.
Lord of the Rings Online launched the Rider of Rohan expansion. I eventually picked it up for Turbine Points… or LOTRO Points… or whatever. I haven’t actually played through it yet.
In EVE Online we got the Retribution expansion that updated all that crime watch stuff. At least visible timers ended up being cool.
EVE-Kill was looking for donations to keep everybody’s then-favorite kill board up and running. It has since died, so I guess that didn’t work out in the long run. Also in that post, there was a new EVE site up called The Mittani dot com (worst name ever), something about sound in EVE Online (who knew?), and the dawn of miner bumping. This is why I hate those bullet point posts one, five, and ten years later.
I was wondering how EA Louse’s comments about Star Wars: The Old Republic were holding up two years after he made them.
I was complaining about games (or, in my 30+ year old example, a game master) that try to impose their story on your character. I don’t mind being a part of the overall story, but my characters have their own stories and motivations and I do not like it when games put their own words in my character’s mouth.
And, finally, there was the case for seat belts.
Fifteen Years Ago
For about 20 minutes the blog had a different theme.
In EVE Online I finally finished my training and was actually flying a Hulk! Being mining focused, I went out and calculated which asteroids were the most profitable to mine. Veldspar rated surprisingly high. I was also calculating the cost of producing light missiles, probably the only time I really used a spreadsheet for EVE Online. “Spreadsheets in Space” is a lie.
I also figured out that with 120 billion ISK and a year of training, I could fly a Titan, but I couldn’t fire the main weapon system.
Blizzard made its first big cut in the amount of experience needed to get to level 60 in World of Warcraft. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
There was SOE’s Station Access Savings Calculator.
EA announced it was buying BioWare for $860 million. It seemed like MMOs might be in EA’s future again, as BioWare was already known to be at work on one. Meanwhile, I was trying to work up a set of criteria on evaluating whether an MMO would be a success or not.
I was going on about THE REAL PROBLEM with voice chat in video games.
I found one of the rare Golden C-3P0 mini figures in a LEGO package. I was also looking at the stack of old Dungeons & Dragons books at the used book store up the street from work. (Both my work and the book store are long since gone.)
The instance group finished up Zul’Farrk and went after one wing, then the other, in Maraudon. We were closing in on level 50 across the group. I also got a horde character to level 40… I think he is still level 40 today. I was also excited to get a 16 slot bag drop! Also, being able to craft from items in the bank, as we now can, would have helped me a lot. Meanwhile I finally read some quest text closely.
In the post-launch downturn for Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine was out polling players about what they wanted… and what they would pay for.
Twenty Years Ago
The Planes of Power expansion for EverQuest launched. The introduction of planar zones, and especially the Plane of Knowledge, changed the game dramatically.
Twenty Five Years Ago
Most Viewed Posts in October
- Flight in Pre-Patch Outland
- The Level 70 Boost Question for Wrath Classic
- The RimWorld Biotech Expansion
- The Crimson Harvest and Related Halloween Events Return to EVE Online
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
- RimWorld Ideology
- The Altar of Zul and Jintha’alor
- Meta Horizon Worlds Stands on Legs of Lies
- The Crimson Harvest Returns to EVE Online
- The New World Brimstone Sands Update Launches Today
- CCP Lets EVE Online Players with Multiple Accounts Subscribe Secondary Accounts at a Lower Price
Search Terms of the Month
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[I never saw that crop as a farmer]
wizardry online characters
[Probably long gone by now]
why does wintergrasp have a back door
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[Web games I suppose]
porn customized games
[Admission that we all have our own flavor of porn?]
Game Time from Manic Time
As I mentioned last month, a patch of ManicTime broke the ability to report summaries, at least for free accounts, so now it just groups by executable, which means WoW and WoW Classic end up the same on the summary list, even though they are broken out in the daily reports.
- WoW Classic – 93.73%
- EVE Online – 4.61%
- World of Warcraft – 1.21%
- New World – 0.45%
Fortunately, I didn’t play much beyond my core titles this month, so I was able to break them out even with this change. But if I ever start playing both classic and retail WoW it will be a chore.
It was a quiet month in New Eden. We started off with a Reavers deployment to some NPC null sec space with an eye towards getting mixed up in some conflicts up north. But then very little came of it. People were busy and targets of opportunity were rare. So I mostly kept my PI going and logged in to collect the seasonal rewards.
I did log into New World a couple of times as I noted during the month, just to see how things were playing out. I didn’t feel any real compulsion to jump back into the game… Wrath Classic is the top of my list right now… and any return of the group might have been thwarted due to the fact that Ula’s house went missing in the server consolidations and there is no reimbursement for that right now. That was most of her in-game cash taken, not something that will inspire a return.
We made some friends at the park while out playing, so I have some xp incoming from ongoing friend gift exchange milestones. It looks like level 43 might be within reach next month.
- Level: 42 (93% of the way to 43 in xp, 4 of 4 tasks complete)
- Pokedex status: 740 (+7) caught, 757 (+6) seen
- Mega Evolutions obtained: 20 of 25
- Pokemon I want: Pachirisu
- Current buddy: Golisopod (just because he looks cool)
World of Warcraft
I did not spend a lot of time in WoW this month. I logged in before the pre-patch to take a few tries at getting the Headless Horseman’s mount… and failed to get it yet again. Every year since 2008 and no mount. Then I went in after the pre-patch and didn’t know how to play my character and couldn’t read the tiny new UI and didn’t want to invest the time to figure it out because I had better things to do.
As the time break above indicates, here is where I spent most of my gaming time. We have the group playing together. We even managed to finish the first dungeon, Utgarde Keep. And then I have alts to work on, so lots of asynchronous game play options. It is happy times in WoW Classic right now.
I missed a weekend on the bike this month. My routine has become to ride in the morning on the weekend, but I had to travel one weekend this month. I had also hit a stride previously where I was riding well beyond my minimum goal, but I have fallen back to just hitting that number and stopping. Not a great month for exercise.
- Level – 16 (+0)
- Distanced cycled – 1,301 1,244 miles (+57 miles)
- Elevation climbed – 51,640 (+1,988 feet)
- Calories burned – 41,819 (+1,587)
There are some anniversaries in the offing, with EverQuest II and World of Warcraft both hitting 18 as the month goes by.
There is the mini-expansion in Lord of the Rings Online set to launch, plus we will no doubt be getting more information about the EQ and EQII expansion launches.
And the month will end on the launch of WoW Dragonflight, which I am sure will be huge.
Outside of video games, there will be the ongoing slow motion train wreck that is Twitter under Elon Musk to watch. I expect that this will become a business school case study in how not to do a merger, but we shall see.
But my eye is most closely watching what CCP will be doing with EVE Online. They have announced or started testing quite a few interesting things. But CCP has ever been full of promise but problematic in execution. They have a big chance to break free from what I called The Year of Disappointment.