This may be the last post to get auto-forwarded to Twitter. WordPress put up a blog post about how Twitter API access was coming to an end due to Twitter charging a lot of money for that now. May 1 is the deadline to sign up for the new pricing for the API. An additional email went out stating that from April 30th forward the API link would be severed, which sounds like yesterday’s post might have been the last one. We shall see.
WP.com did say they were looking into adding more integrations to sites like Instagram and Mastodon. They also suggested people could try Tumblr, which they own now, as a Twitter alternative. Say what?
Meanwhile, the daily post streak goes on.
You know, I had the chance, a good number, to step off the daily posting merry-go-round. Wouldn’t 1111 have been a good stopping point?
And then I forgot I had something queued up for the next day and was writing ahead and the opportunity passed. So here, at the end of April in the year 2023, I am still on the daily post routine.
In other news, I turned off the ads on the site for now. Hopefully you didn’t notice because you browse the web with an ad blocker turned on, something I believe is a security necessity. I was just looking at the site on my phone without ad block and decided that the ads really sucked and turned them off. Earning $250 in 18 months didn’t seem like enough of a payoff.
I was tempted to keep them on until I hit $300, because you only get paid out at $100 intervals, but the other thing is that the quality of ads WordPress has been delivering has been abysmal. The number of ads served up has remained fairly constant while the payout has consistently eroded over time.
But that is the story of the internet, now isn’t it?
One Year Ago
Of course things kicked off with April Fools at Blizzard, though a strange one in the shadow of the Microsoft buyout offer and all the company’s troubles. The announcement of the Dragonflight expansion was certainly no joke.
However, the coming of Wrath of the Lich King Classic was what really had our eye.
Either way, Blizzard needed something new, their revenues were down hard.
Meanwhile in not an April Fools joke, WP.com decided free blogs would get no storage space. They changed their mind, but never shouted “April Fools!”
Lord of the Rings Online hit 15 years.
Wordle was the latest thing, and Wordle-like clones were popping up, each with their own angle.
I was wondering what made housing worthwhile in MMORPGs.
The instance group took a break from its struggles in Outland to return to Valheim. It was time for a new world with fresh epic voyages of discovery. There were new features, like the cartography table, to learn about. We also had to battle all the bosses again, starting with Eikthyr and then The Elder. We got ourselves a base on the coast to further our exploration and found something new in the swamps.
Along the way Valheim got controller support, in anticipation of its XBox debut. I was going to try it out, but never quite got to it.
All that meant we were pretty much done with Lost Ark. I wrote up some reflections on our run at the game and linked to more Carbot videos.
EVE Online was still doing monthly feature updates. For April we got the Rorqual conduit jump and some nerfs to citadels. We also got the plan for the CSM17 election even as Xenuria was spilling tea about the CSM and CCP. Somewhere in there I hit the 240 million skill point mark.
Meanwhile, after getting lots of players riled up by his flirtations with crypto, Hilmar declared that NFT meant Not For Tranquility. I mean, we had signs that crypto was doomed… in the form of Lord British jumping on board that train wreck with something that couldn’t be a more transparent attempt to cash in on his name and reputation. Too bad for him that he had already wrecked the latter.
Oh, and then CCP announced that they were raising the subscription price for EVE Online to $20 a month. That was a blow that didn’t make anybody happy and started people panic buying PLEX in Jita.
Then, in one of those Friday bullet point posts I noted that EG7 divesting from Russia, CCP gave us a history of the EVE Online database, RimWorld was legal again in Australia, Diablo II Resurrected was getting ladders, and Playable Worlds got $25 million in funding.
I was stuck in a gym in Pokemon Go for quite a while.
I was also on about using Discord as a source of gaming news and updates.
I told the story of how knowing too much history got me out of jury duty.
And, finally, Elon Musk said he wanted to buy Twitter. I figured he wasn’t a complete idiot, that he wouldn’t burn the place to the ground or anything. There is a post that hasn’t aged well.
Five Years Ago
April Fools at Blizzard was mostly about World of Warcraft.
Having unlocked the four allied races available with the Battle for Azeroth pre-order, I was set to take a break from Azeroth until the per-expansion events started. The August 14th launch date had been announced.
Ultima Online‘s Publish 99 introduced a free to play option.
Speaking of things Lord British has touched, I also played some Shroud of the Avatar and then tried to figure out who it was really targeting. That I uninstalled it later probably meant I wasn’t on that list. I have not gone back to it since.
Pokemon Go got field research as a new activity.
On Rift Prime I was in Stonefield. There was also a problem with claiming mounts.
There were two Kickstarter campaigns of note, one for Empires of EVE Vol. II and the other for the CIA agent training card game. I backed them both.
For EVE Online Fanfest was on in Iceland, where the keynote announced the coming Into the Abyss expansion and the Triglavian menace. There was a lot of other news and tidbits out of the event, which I tried to sum up on the following Monday. CCP also got recognized by Guinness for the Million Dollar Battle.
Actually in game, we were busy up in Fade and Pure Blind, such that I am going to just list out all those posts as bullet points:
- A Tower Without Stront
- Notes from the Pure Blind Front
- Another Structure Delivered to Fade
- Fade and the Art of Structure Maintenance
- Rising to the Occasion in Fade
- Capital Ships Battle in VFK-IV – What Year is This?
- Escalating Battle Sizes in Fade
- A Return to Quiet in Fade
Good times in space.
But, in the end, the most bizarre moment of the month was probably when Daybreak, asked if Russian sanctions might affect them, went straight to declaring that they have never been owned by Columbus Nova, despite having told us they were for owned by them since the acquisition from Sony. Then they went on to try and gaslight the internet (always a recipe for success) including editing their own Wikipedia page to remove all mention of Columbus Nova, then issued more statements, and then had a round of layoffs, all of which just succeeded in bringing more attention to their absurd situation, to the point that I had to write a summary post just to keep track what the hell was going on.
All of which could have been avoided if Daybreak had just said, “No, sanctions will not affect us.” A warning to PR professionals everywhere.
That kind of took the air out of the announcement that the Angarr server on EverQuest had reached the Planes of Power expansion.
Ten Years Ago
I was remembering the SEGA Genesis and NBA Jams.
Our Wii seemed to be collecting dust and destined for retirement. Maybe one more round of Wii Bowling?
On the iPad I was fiddling around with Vinylize Me.
The Camelot Unchained Kickstarter had kicked off with a steep $2 million goal. With only three days left to go the campaign was $400K short. Not sure if Mark Jacobs’ dire vision of the future of F2P helped or hurt.
Meanwhile, Lord British’s Shroud of the Avatar wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign over the $2 million mark, having doubled its $1 million initial goal.
LOTRO turned 6 years old and I was wondering what lay it its future.
World of Tanks hit 2 years and I was pondering tank crew skills and finally driving the KV-4 along with some other new tanks.
Age of Empires II – HD Edition launched on Steam.
I took another run at Need for Speed: World, which had added achievements.
In Rift, I was wondering why the Storm Legion expansion just wasn’t grabbing me. I tried to press on. Meanwhile, the instance group spent evenings one person short trying to find something to do.
The Burn Jita 2 event kicked off. People didn’t seem to be paying much attention to it before it started, but it got extended and ended up bagging 573 billion ISK worth of ships.
CCP launched its EVE Online timeline as part of its prep for the 10th anniversary of the game. They’ve since thrown all of that away. But the Dev Blog about it is still there.
I also had items from the mail bag about Darkfall: Unholy Wars, MegaWars IV, and World of Tanks Blitz.
And it was kind of a quiet April Fools at Blizzard.
Fifteen Years Ago
I made up something for April Fool’s Day, SOE’s Graphite Realms! I thought it was amusing.
Homstar Runner was getting a game on the Wii.
Lord of the Rings Online celebrated a year of being live. Book 13 introduced, among other things, fishing. And my video problems with the game proved to be a bad video card, so I was actually able to get into the game.
Computer Gaming World/Games For Windows magazine ceased publishing as part of the ongoing demise of print media.
In EVE Online I made the big move from Caldari to Amarr space. I also began producing Badger transports for fun and profit. CCP introduced the whole Council of Stellar Management thing, which I dubbed The Galactic Student Council. My opinion on it hasn’t changed much since.
I also managed to get my hauling rigged Mammoth blown up in low sec space, which got me thinking at the recent profusion of those new heavy interdictors.
Meanwhile in World of Warcraft one million people in China logged into the game at the same time. There is still no report on what would happen if they all pressed the space bar in unison. While that was going on, the instance group finished up the Slave Pens and the Underbog and began the long struggle with the Mana Tombs.
I was looking around for Tetris on the Nintendo DS. You would think that would be easy to find, right?
And then it was Tipa’s turn to bang the EverQuest nostalgia drum, so I joined in yet again.
Twenty Years Ago
Enix Corporation and Square Co. Ltd. officially merge, forming Square Enix Co. Ltd. I am not making this up.
PEGI, the European video game content rating system, came into use.
Thirty Five Years Ago
Gemstone launched on GEnie. I played in the beta for it on GEnie and then was there for the launch. It was the first command line MUD type game that I played. I had played Stellar Emperor, Stellar Warrior, and Isle of Kesmai, but those were all terminal emulation focused titles. Gemstone was more akin to Zork and titles like that which parsed text inputs for actions.
Most Viewed Posts in April
- Five New Eden Maps Better Than Either EVE Online In Game Map
- The LOTRO 2023 Roadmap – No Consoles, No UI Updates
- Twitter Verified User Marks Finally Disappear
- Blizzard April Fools No More
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- Who Should Have Bought CCP in 2018?
- CCP Closing Down EVE Anywhere on May 24th
- Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
- 20 Games that Defined the Apple II
- Making the Grey Pit in Valheim
- The Cataclysm Classic Question
- Fraternity’s Keepstar in X47L-Q Destroyed without a Fight
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Game Time by ManicTime
I said I was going to stop posting this last month, in part because it just points out how few titles I really play and in part because I felt that posting this might be inhibiting my desire to play more titles. And then, in April, I did in fact play more titles… so now to show I was right maybe?
- Civilization II – 27.63%
- Civilization V – 19.26%
- EVE Online – 15.99%
- WoW Classic – 15.21%
- Civilization VI – 10.16%
- Civilization III – 3.91%
- Civilization IV – 2.42%
- Valheim – 2.27%
- Alpha Centauri – 1.73%
- Civilization – 1.42%
Civ II and Civ V were the winners in time spent, though I will say that I played Civ II through the whole move op from Pure Blind back to Delve, tabbing into EVE Online only when it was time to do something. So CCP thinks I player 3 hours or so of EVE… 6 hours really, because I was running two accounts… but ManicTime thinks I mostly played Civ II. That is a constant problem tracking EVE Online time, as I spend so much of it tabbed out of the game.
I played a lot of the Civilization series, both in the number of titles I played and in the number of hours spent. It is still a strong series. That said, I might have sated myself. In all that play time I never quite got one of those games where you really want to see it through.
I came into April pretty active in New Eden, with the war going on in Pure Blind and all. We had bagged three Keepstars in Pure Blind in March, and managed to kill the X47 Keepstar after winning the amour timer through downtime. But that seemed to be the limit. Those two Keepstars in Venal were let go. You can only have people alarm clock so many times for a Chinese time zone fight. So we hauled most of our toys back to Delve, left a couple fleet options up there, and Fraternity dropped a fresh new Keepstar in X47.
We continue to send gifts and collect postcards in order to further our Vivillon count. I now have 10 of the 20 total, with 6 more I will be able to evolve one I have the candies. And all those postcards mean friendship levels which deliver xp, so I actually made some decent progress towards 44.
- Level: 43 (68% of the way to 44 in xp, 1 of 4 tasks complete)
- Pokedex status: 767 (+9) caught, 781 (+10) seen
- Mega Evolutions obtained: 23 of 34
- Pokemon I want: Three specific Scatterbugs; Sandstorm, Icy Snow, and Meadow
- Current buddy: Amaura
I did get out Valheim for a bit this month. I was kind of looking for a game where I could just do some stuff that would pay off later, but the group hit a bit of a plateau after defeating the boss in the plains, and we have to go do that again to get the drops we need for new Mistlands crafting. Meanwhile, I don’t quite have the energy to go all in on creating a Mistlands base.
I have been slowing down a bit on Northrend front. The instance group has only one dungeon left to do to have seen them all, at least before phase two shows up. I have two characters at the level cap and I am losing momentum on the dailies and the like.
I did get back on the bike more so than I did in March, when I rode a rather uninspiring 27 miles. My very modest monthly goal is 50 miles and I barely got half way there. This month, however I managed to exceed my goal. Not great, but better than my low ebb. And it probably helped that the power wasn’t out and I wasn’t traveling, as was the case in March.
- Level – 18
- Distanced cycled – 1,602 miles (+88 miles)
- Elevation climbed – 61,624 (+2,7353 feet)
- Calories burned – 49,920 (+2,321)
EVE Online turns 20 years old on May 6th. I expect we’ll see something big from CCP on that front… though they have been pretty quiet about things up until this point.
I suspect that Twitter drama will continue.
Activision Blizzard drama as well.
And AI stuff. That is everybody’s favorite thing right now.
Maybe we’ll hear something about Wrath Classic phase 2. Or maybe Cataclysm Classic? I don’t know.
Other than that, at least on the blog front, it seems like business as usual.