It is Veterans Day here in the US, though it was Armistice Day at one point because my grandparents used to call it that. It is a day set aside to honor those who served in the armed force, which includes my brother, who managed to serve in both the army and the navy. There is a story in that, but it his to tell.
For the first time I can remember I get the day off. Most companies in the US give you the day off after Thanksgiving and if you ask them about Veterans Day HR will tell you that the former is a stand in for the latter.
Anyway, I will probably spend much of the day looking for a car to buy… another story in that I might get around to telling. In the mean, there are a few small items I want to cover.
- Crowfall Going Offline
Well, that didn’t go so well.
Crowfall, which raked in $1.7 million in their 2015 Kickstarter campaign, then shipped back in July of 2021, only to have to find a new home at Monumental last December, where additional funding was expected to improve the title, has decided go offline on November 22nd for a rework.
From the official announcement:
Over the past few months, we’ve been evaluating the current state of Crowfall. One of the biggest challenges has been the sheer amount of development effort required to build new campaigns and keep the game running daily. In order to refocus our efforts from live operations to development, we have decided to take the Crowfall live service offline for the time being.
On November 22, 2022, at 11 AM CST Crowfall will go dark, and the game servers will be unavailable. Until the service goes offline, take this time to try out all of the cool buildings, mounts, and emotes for free in the Crowfall store.
We’re going to use this time to map out the future of the game. We have yet to determine what that looks like, but we are investing in and rethinking every part of the game – from the core technology and tools to art, design, and gameplay. Nothing is off the table.
We’ll share the plan with the community as it shapes up.
It is not impossible it will comeback better and find success. Some titles do come back. Multiple times, if you count Hellgate: London. But it is a rare thing.
- New World Spike
New World has been enjoying a bit of a revival with the Brimstone Sands update that launched last month.
But the real win seems to have been the fresh start servers they launched, letting players get that new New World world smell in their nostrils, boosting concurrent player counts on Steam beyond the 100K mark for the first time in almost a year. That is still well shy of the 900K peaks of launch, but is much better than the doldrums that the game has been in for most of its run so far.
I have always said that half of the draw of retro servers of the sort we see with EverQuest or WoW Classic is the chance to start anew in a fresh world.
- EverQuest II Anniversary Mount
I mentioned the EQII 18th anniversary already this week, but it was only after I had written and posted that I got the email about a special mount for players as part of the celebration. The… uh… Stomposaurus Thunderstrider is available for all players for 1 silver from vendors in various cities. I got mine out in the Frostfang Sea… or New Halas… or whatever that place it.
The mount will be available until November 22nd. Details about where to buy the mount are in the 18th anniversary round up post on the EQII site.
- Retroactive Recruitment in EVE Online
The recruit a friend option in EVE Online will get the friends who click on your link a quick 1 million skill points, a non-trivial amount when you’re just starting out. But what if they made their account and forgot to click the link? CCP has added retroactive recruitment.
When somebody clicks on your link and lands on the account creation page, there is now an “Already Have An Account?” option at the bottom of the form that lets you just log in and collect the reward… so long as you have not been recruited previously.
I have five accounts and, as it turns out, four of them were never recruited, so I just added 4 million skill points to the New Eden ecosystem. I was even able to cross-recruit between two accounts. What a country!
- WoW Character Stories
Blizzard has been trying to build up hype for the upcoming World of Warcraft Dragonflight expansion and its own 18th anniversary in a number of ways. One them is on Twitter.
Yes, Twitter is a spectacular dumpster fire as Elon Musk… very much the Tech Trump these days… careens from one bad move to the next. However, the site is still up and running and honestly probably more popular at the moment due to the complete debacle unfolding as people discuss it on the site. It is as if the passengers on the Titanic suddenly began discussing and debating maritime safety regulations, the effects of hypothermia on the human body, and the correct method of filling and deploying lifeboats, with great vigor.
But I digress. If you tweet at the @Warcraft account with your WoW Character name, server, and region, along with the hashtag #WarcraftStory, a bot will reply to you with an image and a little tale about your character. So I did it with Vikund, my main of mains, and got this.
The algorithm it uses will draw from the database the most rare or outstanding of your achievements… based on a list of possible options… and throw that back at you. So, pet battles were my main thing on retail I guess.
And if you don’t like the result, you can try again and it will go down the list. So I went again and got this instead.
I feel like 116 is both a big and a small number. Dissatisfied with that, I rolled again and got this.
I am pretty sure my raiding prowess is made up by maybe half a dozen LFR runs over the years and then farming old raids solo for specific pet, mount, and transmog drops. It that even a thing anymore with the level squish?
I tried doing the story thing with alts, but since pet battles are shared across accounts, the first thing I got back was the same as my first one with Vikund. And subsequent stories were all pretty disappointing. But, still, it is a neat little gimmick.
I almost didn’t notice it too. I saw Blizz tweeting about it, but figured it was something Dragonflight exclusive. But then I saw the post about it over at Blessing of Kings and gave it a try. I think Shintar saw my responses on Twitter and has a post of her own about the stories of her characters.