As I mentioned at the end of a mid-month entry, I passed the 5,000 post mark.
I hit 1,000 posts more than ten years ago, a little more than two years into the life of the blog. As I noted in my anniversary post last year, my style has gone from many short posts to fewer, much longer posts over time, so I guess that lines up.
There are about 3.8 million words spread over all of those posts, making a 750 word post the average for the site. Given how many 200 word posts I’ve done over the years, like when I post a video on the weekend with just a few comments, that means I have some behemoths out there offsetting those.
One Year Ago
Project: Gorgon made it to Steam.
Shroud of the Avatar left early access.
EverQuest turned nineteen and launched a new server.
Up in Pure Blind we killed some dreads and I got a kill mark on my guardian.
The March Update for EVE Online dropped the jump fatigue cap to four hours and introduced The Hunt event.
There was an INN editorial about the metaphorical masks we wear in EVE Online. I asked if we donned the masks on purpose or if our masks were shaped by the game itself. I was also blog warring with SynCaine over the idea of instanced null sec battles. It would break the game in my view.
Rift Prime went live and I spend a good chunk of time playing that. I was in the guild The Fishing Defiants with Liore and some of the cats she used to herd. The daily gifts and the chat could be overwhelming.
And a Kickstarter campaign for the World of Warcraft Diary looked doomed from the outset. But the author vowed to regroup and return.
Five Years Ago
I was thinking about the word “free” and how it really brings up negative connotations. Basically, “free” is usually a scam, so why should we expect “Free to Play” games to viewed as anything else?
I picked my 15 most influential video games, and got some other people to pick theirs as well.
WalMart was going to get into the used video game market. Did that ever go anywhere? I don’t shop at Wally World.
Something called MyDream wanted to be a Minecraft killer or some such.
It was the end of the line for Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures as SOE chief John Smedley vowed never to make kids games again. While over in EverQuest the 15 year anniversary included the introduction of instant level 85 characters. I gave that a try and got lost immediately.
Brad McQuaid was a month past his unsuccessful Pantheon Kickstarter and I was wondering what the plan was.
In a set of short items, I also noted that EverQuest Next Landmark became simply Landmark, two of the founders of Runic games left the studio to try their luck elsewhere, while King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga, went public and became one of the most shorted stocks on the market! They were mentioned on the Planet Money podcast about shorting. Of course, Blizzard ended up buying them, so I wonder how those shorts played out in the end?
The ongoing “Blizzard isn’t giving you…” series continued. while Diablo III: Reaper of Souls went live, an event which included the end of the auction house. I had gone back to the game to try some of the changes.
Also on the Blizzard front Hearthstone launched. They did manage to find a hook to get me to play Hearthstone… or at least a couple rounds of it. Five years later I would be surprised to find I have played more than 50 rounds of the game.
I was also musing about WoW and when the expansion would launch and the stat squish and guild levels and pseudo-server merges and my insta-90 choice and Warlords of Draenor being $50… which was at least better than it being $60. While, actually in the game the instance group took on Zul’Aman.
We formed something I ended up calling the “strategy group,” if only to distinguish it from the “instance group” which started out playing some Age of Empires II.
And I wrote another installment of my ongoing TorilMUD series, this time about the Faerie Forest.
Ten Years Ago
I spent a day up at GDC in San Francisco.
In WoW we finished up a short hiatus and started back in at the SteamVault. My daughter was tearing up Warsong Gulch. Meanwhile, the Lich King seemed to have laid a curse on my new video card. Nothing I did ever seemed to change this issue, though it did seem to go away eventually.
Mythic was trying to tempt me back into Warhammer Online with 10 days free.
Somebody tried to put together a list of the Ten Most Important MMORPGs. Like all such list, this one started the comments rolling.
It was launch day and I was already complaining about Runes of Magic… well, about the patcher in any case.
I finished up what was then the last book of the Wheel of Time series. The last Robert Jordan authored one.
The EverQuest 10th anniversary just wasn’t evoking the level of nostalgia in me that I thought it would.
And we had to say goodbye to an old friend and family member. The picture my daughter drew is still up on the wall. A decade later it still draws the occasional sad word later in the evenings when people are tired and a bit more emotionally fragile.
Fifteen Years Ago
Battlefield Vietnam, the follow up title to Battlefield 1942 and its expansions, hit the shelves. This was probably the last shooter I played online regularly. It never got a stellar mod like the Desert Combat, though it did have the Sweden vs. Norway mod that was… unique. I also recall one of the maps had an issue that killed your frame rate if you entered a particular area.
Twenty Years Ago
Some game called EverQuest launched. Heard of it?
Most Viewed Posts in March
Search Terms of the Month
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[We’re all dying]
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[It should have the u-circumflex and be pronounced ‘Naz-Goon’]
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[There is something wrong with you]
Game Time from ManicTime
Month three of tracking game time is showing a trend of making these month in review posts even longer. Just what everybody wanted. Knowing exactly what I played means comments on more titles every month, and this month was especially confused with conflicting bouts of nostalgia competing with one another. So the March list is the longest so far.
- EverQuest 31.25%
- World of Warcraft 15.87%
- Lord of the Rings Online 12.94%
- Path of Exile 10.60%
- EVE Online 9.06%
- Minecraft 5.73%
- Diablo 5.72%
- MS Solitaire 4.09%
- RimWorld 2.45%
- EverQuest II 2.27%
Released on GoG.com as something of a surprise… was there any indication it was coming or did it just arrive one day… classic Diablo was something I had to buy. I wasn’t sure I was going to play much of it, and certainly opening up this 1996 title reminded me how far we have come in gaming. But there is a certain uncomplicated charm to it, and I ended up playing much more than I thought I might. I have made it down to level 13 and am clearing that, though I had to take a break as the consta-clicking nature of it was making my hand hurt. Click and hold for repeat attacks on a mob was clearly a feature we needed.
Operations in the east of null sec continue. There was a bit of a swap or partners as Black Legion joined up with Fraternity. Meanwhile, Pandemic Horde got a bit more serious about pushing back on our ops and we had some fights come to us in our staging. Nothing huge or dramatic, though the month did end on a nice kill. There were a couple of fights I might have written about had I not been swamped by topics already this past month.
Nostalgia fever. I knew I would jump in for a bit for the 20th anniversary, but I wouldn’t have bet that EverQuest would top my play time chart. All that travel time to the Scarlet Desert certainly added up.
I did not spend much time at all in new Norrath. I basically logged in to get the special gift they were giving out for the EverQuest 20th anniversary. It was a painting for your home. which I hung up in mine. Then I noticed how crowded with stuff my basic Halas apartment had become, so I started looking into upgrades. I actually bought a larger Halas house, and now I need to get all my stuff setup there. Moving is always hard.
Lord of the Rings Online
The Mines of Moria expansion opened up on the Legendary server and I started in on that. That meant fiddling around in Eregion for a while before heading underground. Once you’re in Moria there is no swift travel horse route back to Rivendell or Bree. Probably a good thing. I have consulted enough with Elrond. Plus it is embarrassing to go back there and see Aragon standing around when he allegedly got into Moria ahead of you.
I clicked on this during a fleet op where we were waiting on a black ops waiting to hot drop on a target. It is something to fiddle with while waiting on things in fleets. Basically, this time would have been counted towards EVE Online if I had just stayed in that window. But who does that?
I wanted to listen to an audio book, but I cannot just sit and listen. I have to be doing something while I listen. That’s just me. Usually I am driving. But sitting at home and wanting to knock out the last couple hours of an audio book usually means playing a game, one that doesn’t have a lot of text to process, since that is single threaded in my brain. Minecraft is about perfect for that. I didn’t have a grand plan. I just explored a bit and upgraded a couple of bases, digging mines and building infrastructure.
Path of Exile
I started off pretty strong on this when the Synthesis season dropped. I made it into Act II and into the mid-20s level-wise. Then Mines of Moria opened up in LOTRO and the EverQuest anniversary hit and Wintergrasp was back in World of Warcraft and that was about that. It was just superseded by events.
The change to Team Instinct has made playing with my wife better/easier/more fun now that we’re on the same side. We go battle over a gym in a part near us with another couple we know who is on Team Valor. Neither side is above throwing berries remotely just to make those fights annoying. We’re horrible people.
Also, made it to level 36. Now to do the 2 million point climb to 37. I need more friends.
Level: 36 (+1)
Pokedex status: 301 (+13) caught, 431 (+16) seen
Pokemon I want: Meltan, but I still have a several tasks to go in order to get there
Current buddy: Togetic
I started out the month playing this. I thought it might dominate the month, being another game that you can sit and look at and tinker with pretty easily while you listen to a podcast or audio book. However I fell out with it fairly quickly as other games showed up.
World of Warcraft
I binged on renewed and revamped Wintergrasp when it was the pick of the week for battlegrounds. Most of my play time was probably during that week. But I still long in every other day or so to pick up some world quests and do a few pet battles.
Tomorrow is April Fools. Let’s see if we can get through it without being either a complete fool or a total wet blanket.
Google Plus will be gone from public use come April 2. Farewell to my three followers there.
I saw a mention that we might hear something soon about CSM elections for EVE Online, but nothing concrete. I would have thought we would have heard something by now, as traditionally CCP starts talking about that around February. But with the world tour schedule and CCP Guard having left, the CCP team might be a bit busy at the moment.
In game, the Imperium is not going to join in on the war in the east… unless you count SIGs and squads. Then we are totally in on whatever happens.
In LOTRO I’ll likely carry on into Moria. I’m over the threshold and hidden from sunlight already.
We’ll have to see if I carry on with EverQuest after the 20th anniversary month wraps up today.