Well, that was a month, wasn’t it?
Because I write this end of month summary, part of which tries to bring together what happened a year ago, I am often sitting here writing this and thinking about how big that year ago section is going to be twelve months down the road. The October 2020 month in review will have quite a sizable “One Year Ago” section.
And next month promises to be even bigger. But today it is Halloween.
Fifteen year old pumpkins
Looking through old digital pictures, there was a time when I put a lot of effort into carving pumpkins every year. These days, I let the kid do it, and she has such the active social life that we’re lucky to get one pumpkin. Oh well.
One Year Ago
Gamigo bought the games of Trion Worlds, leaving not much behind.
We heard that a lot of people play Minecraft, that there would be no Minecraft 2, and that pandas were coming.
We were told that Google Plus would be going away.
We learned that Mike Morhaime would be stepping down as CEO of Blizzard to be replaced by J. Allen Brack of the infamous quote.
Standing Stone decided to farm nostalgia with the LOTRO Legendary server idea.
We learned that the 25th EverQuest expansion would be The Burning Lands. For EverQuest II the Chaos Descending expansion was coming.
I was on a nostalgia tour of EverQuest II that involved a quest chain that was literally a nostalgia tour of EverQuest II. That got me geared up to run through The Withered Lands. I made it to level 100 even.
There was a hint that Just Survive might. And then we were told it would not.
In New Eden the Keepstar War was over and a massive move op got me back home to Delve. There was even a video. Then it was back to shooting stuff around home.
The Reavers SIG turned four years old.
We seemed to be headed to war in high sec in Perimeter, and shot the Panfam trading Fortizar. That ended when TEST dropped a Keepstar, the Perimeter Trading Tower.
The October update was about balance, which meant killing ECM really, while the CSM 13 summit minutes mentioned how war decs were killing high sec.
I was headed to EVE Vegas where we would see Pearl Abyss, CCP’s new owners, for the first time. Much info was shared and swag gathered. I even gave a presentation. But it was about blogging, so nobody saw it. I summed it all up when I got home. I was dubious about the announced FLEX structures.
There was some joyful hysteria as a DCMA exception was made for MMO preservation. However, it required the owner of the source code give it over voluntarily, which seemed like a huge stumbling block to me. Creating emulators was still verboten.
And then there was that Rules for Rulers video, which prompted me to read the source material on which it was based, which made me even more cynical about politics than I already was.
Five Years Ago
The SF Giants won the World Series for the third time in five years. I was just happy when they won it once in my lifetime. Of course, they haven’t done much in the time since, but I had my moment… three times!
I was wondering about guild progression and whether they should have levels.
I was disappointed at Trion installing HackShield on my system and only deigning to notify me of this after the fact. That got their Glyph launcher off my system.
EA put a new twist on insta-level by introducing a limited 12x experience bonus offer that would essentially let Star Wars: The Old Republic players level up via just their class story, without indulging in the myriad side quests the process would otherwise require. Basically, you could play just the good bits of the game. Imagine that!
The strategy group was doing city assaults, river crossings, and ambushes in Total War: Rome II.
At EVE Vegas there were development plans for the coming year, which included Tech III destroyers. Jump fatigue was also announced. But at least we were also getting a much longer skill queue. (Limited to 50 skills or ten years of training, whichever you reach first.) That was much on my mind as I crossed the 130 million skill point mark.
The Reavers, a group within The Imperium dedicated to living in hostile territory and attacking enemy infrastructure, was formed. Our inaugural operations went to Insmother , where we blew up plenty of stuff, and then went to Feythabolis.
Closer to home there was a capital brawl in our staging system. That was part of some battles with Black Legion, where they would visit us and then we would visit them. Or blob them. I also experienced one of the classic EVE mistakes for the first time. People seemed anxious to use their capital ships before the Phoebe expansion changed everything.
In World of Warcraft I summed up my summer campaign for the Loremaster achievement. It was not a success. I did get my Sha’tari Skyguard reputation to exalted though. More mounts!
Meanwhile, the WoW 6.0 patch dropped and the count-down to Warlords of Draenor began in earnest. I was looking at the new features in that. The instance group also stirred in anticipation of the new expansion, mostly finishing off Mists of Pandaria.
Finally, Planetary Annihilation arrived at last, and proved once again that recreating past fun isn’t as easy as it should be.
Ten Years Ago
League of Legends launched, going on to become the most successful
rip-off of Defense of the Acients MOBA, topping online gaming revenue charts and spawning a long chain of failed copy cats. I still don’t get the appeal of the game or its genre.
Torchlight came out, giving a lot of people a Diablo-like injection of fun. It didn’t have a lot of replay value for me. Once I burned through the game once I was pretty much done, which made it unlike Diablo II, which I returned to a number of times. But it was just $20 and gave us a taste of what Runic might be able to deliver going forward.
I was on a MUD history kick, with tales of exciting ways to die in Kobold Village, the Kobold Temple of the Unholy, getting lost in the Faerie Forest, and all the rooms in TorilMUD.
It was also the three year anniversary of the regular Saturday night instance group, and I presented a summary of what we had done.
A couple of us scouted the then newly Free to Play Dungeons & Dragons Online as a possible next game for the instance group, but it didn’t stick.
I was able to buy the Adventurer’s Pack for Lord of the Rings Online and get the Siege of Mirkwood expansion for free. Not as good of a deal as monthly subscribers got I understand, but a decent deal. Of course, LOTRO has changed a lot since then.
In World of Warcraft October that year saw me finish off both the Brewfest and Hallow’s End meta achievements. I was still left with one achievement for each holiday though. Fun was had with pumpkins and the Headless Horseman.
The instance group returned to Utgarde Keep to take on Utgarde Pinnacle, at that time the last five-person dungeon in Northrend. We were victorious and gained the Northrend Dungeonmaster achievement. But otherwise we were deciding on where the group should go next.
And Blizzard was busy merging everybody’s WoW account into a Battle.new account because… well, it wasn’t because of better security.
Fifteen Years Ago
The first Star Wars Galaxies expansion, Jump to Lightspeed, was launched, adding space combat to the game.
Thirty Years Ago
Prince of Persia is launched for the Apple II. It later becomes a hit and kicks off a franchise when ported to other, less dying platforms.
Maxis launches SimCity, which was a big success, but which led to people at the time to argue about whether it was really a game since you cannot necessarily “win” it. Not the last time this topic would come up.
Most Viewed Posts in October
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- Getting Upper Blackrock Spire Access
- Ashenvale and the Stonetalon Mountains
- Visions of a Sunken Temple
- How Many People Play EVE Online?
- China Reckoning
- Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
- Blizzard Speaks
- Rumors of Future Daybreak Projects and the End of EverQuest
- Running of the Gnomes in WoW Classic
- Looking for Offense
- What Should EverQuest 3 Even Look Like?
Search Terms of the Month
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[They only wish they could prostitute their values for money]
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[Old time, aye, old times…]
is torment of velious going to be the last expansion for everquest
[Probably not, but we shall see]
how to watch star wars in order
[Lots of alcohol will help]
Spam Comment of the Month
Weblog feedback are often the nightmare that by no means ends.
[You read the comments, didn’t you?]
While WoW Classic continues to dominate my play time, I did spend less time playing. Some of the freshness has worn off, so total time was about half of what I played last month. Still, it is my nightly go-to game. EVE Online saw a bit of a boost. I doubled the number of hours played, though that did not add up to much. With no SIG/Squad deployments going on I probably spent more time on utility tasks and login rewards than fleet ops. And I patched up LOTRO and logged in to see if the new expansion was in the LOTRO Store yet. It was not, but I have more than enough in-game cash to buy it when it is. So the gaming time tracked was:
- World of Warcraft – 84.16%
- EVE Online – 15.72%
- Lord of the Rings Online – 0.12%
As noted just above, I spent more time in EVE Online this month, just not that much on operations. Reavers came back from its Cache deployment, after which I went on a few main fleet ops. But mostly I was logged in for the login rewards, to tinker with alts, and to move my stuff from one Keepstar to another as we changed our staging Keepstar. Logistics… actual logistics, moving stuff around… remains a big part of the game. There are no banks that magically have all your stuff in every town.
I had a pretty big month with catching and evolving Pokemon. I am still way behind on the Sinnoh Pokemon and the seasonal events have pushed the usual round of spooky breeds, all of which I have, into the forefront.
Level: 37 (+0)
Pokedex status: 463 (+19) caught, 488 (+21) seen
Pokemon I want: I have yet to see an Oshawott
Current buddy: Tepig
World of Warcraft
As with last month, I did log into the main game for a bit. However, it was just to run the Darkmoon Faire quests with my main to notch his trade skills up by another 5 points. Otherwise I remain as far from things like unlocking flying in Battle for Azeroth as I was a month ago. At least that kept me from the fruitless hope of getting the headless horseman’s mount.
Still my main game, still playing with the reconstituted instance group. We are still moving slowly and there are many alts in our guild. But Earl now has internet access, so is catching up to the group while we meander about with our alts.
November will be a busy month. I get to this section and start thinking not only about what is coming up but what I will feel I need to write about.
BlizzCon is literally tomorrow. There are probably two, maybe three, posts in that.
We have the 15th anniversaries for both EverQuest II and World of Warcraft this month, along with related events and such. Multiple posts there. I’ve already written two of them. Back in March, during the EverQuest 20th anniversary I got it in my head to write the 15th anniversary posts for EQII and WoW.
LOTRO has the Minas Morgul expansion coming out… I hope… and I’m expecting an update on the next EQII expansion, Blood of Luclin.
EVE Online has their last Invasion World Tour event in London, which will have some announcements, a couple of Team Talos updates, and the usual MER to write about.
Add in the usual SuperData post and the month in review and of the 21 weekdays in November most of them will have a post already. And I might want to write about other things. There is a Liberty Squad deployment in the offing and the usual updates about what I am playing. It seems likely I will come close to a post a day in November.
Of course, things have a way of changing up as you go, so we shall see what November brings.