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Azeroth Travel Poster Contest – Reader’s Choice Edition

Last weekend I posted my picks in the Azeroth Travel Poster contest.

This weekend I promised to post all of the entries, which you will find after the break below. (17 pictures makes for a long post, so I thought it might be best to not overwhelm the front page.)

In addition, I added a poll at the end of the post so that you can pick your favorite entry.  We will see how far my own picks vary from people reading the blog.

The entries are presented in alphabetical order by file name, which was how they got uploaded and I was too lazy to change it.

I did number all of the entries and used the same numbers in the poll at the end of the post to help people like me who cannot retain simple data for more than six seconds.

Anyway, on to the entries…

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Considering My Path Forward With EQII Extended

I have to decide tomorrow what I should do about EverQuest II Extended.  My 30 days of Station Access expires and I am not really keen to renew it.  I got to poke around in EverQuest and EverQuest II Live, where nostalgia lay.

But I spent most of my time in EverQuest II Extended, which was fun because the world actually has people in it…  people below level 50 who aren’t obviously alts being leveled up.

I had enough fun that EQIIx could very well be my “other” game.  I can generally play two MMOs at a time, swapping between them.

World of Warcraft is obviously going to be one of them, what with the expansion and the instance group reforming yet again in Azeroth.  And while I figured that Lord of the Rings Online would be the secondary game, we did have a good run with it over the summer and I could probably let it rest for a while.  After all, I am a lifetime subscriber, so it will wait.

So I might stick with EQIIx for a while.  But that leads to the subscription options… and there are a few.

Now, of course, there is a downside.  I often have fun with the 1-40 levels.  I have a lot of characters in various games who got to 40 or so, who were then were replaced with a fresh new alt… or with a new game altogether.  So I am uncertain how “sticky” the game will be for me.

That is compounded by the fact that I have yet to bump into anybody I know.  There is no guild of old friends or acquaintances, no pals looking to form any sort of regular group, just a bunch of strangers so far.

Granted, lots of them.

And I am sure many of them are very nice.  And while I have grouped up a few times, I do tend to shy away from guilds that have such low standards that they would actually invite me.  At least sight unseen.

With all that in mind I am going to put up a poll (we all love polls, right?) and ask for opinions.

For those that aren’t up to speed on the various options, here is the membership grid yet again.

The account level matrix

The only thing missing from the grid is Station Access, which gives you a Gold level membership, but also allows you to play other SOE games.   however, it comes at double the price of a Gold membership, so you really had better be playing two or more SOE games if you go that route.  (And I’m not sure if I would get free vampires in EQII Live and EQIIx if I kept Station Access.)

Do You Care About My Side Bar?

You know, the side bar.  That column of stuff on the right.  Over there.


over there


Do you ever look at it?

I ask this for a reason.

Up until this point, the things on that side bar have been mostly for me.  I use or look at most everything there.  Things that I do not look at or use tend to go away sooner or later.

So if you never look at it, I’ll understand.  It wasn’t necessarily meant for you.

But now I have something there that is pretty much solely for people other than me.

There it is, a little ways down, under the heading of “Posts From Other MMO Blogs.”

I’m looking for a better title, by the way.  Feel free to suggest one.

In the past I have always appreciated those “posts from other blogs” posts that people like Syp, Tipa, and Gordon do on a regular basis.  I have often thought that I should do something like that, but aside from a single parody, I have never managed it.

I’m too introspective I suppose.  Or selfish.  I am always secretly jealous when one of my posts isn’t included on those summaries.  But then I am always secretly jealous when somebody else wins the Nobel Peace Prize or gets crowned Miss America.

Anyway, I decided to finally act on the impulse to point out other blogs posts on a regular basis, but in my own lazy way.

What that new item presents is a selection of links to blog posts on which I have clicked the “share” button in Google Reader.

Google Reader will let you publish an Atom Feed of your shared selections which, due to the fact that WordPress.com doesn’t seem to like Atom, I ran through FeedBurner to turn into an RSS feed so that it would display nicely and in a timely manner there in the side bar.

It is easy and quick for me.  It has a prominent place on my blog.  It isn’t as good as a post when it comes to directing traffic to another site, but it is better than nothing.

Or it would be better than nothing if people looked at the items in my side bar.

So it is time for yet another poll.

I am also happy to entertain suggestions about the side bar.

Voice Software Poll Results

Why hold a poll unless you’re going to get a results post out of it?

At some point after I posted this poll I made the mental decision to let it run for a month, then go back and look at the results.  Then at the exact one month point I was away on vacation, so I let it slide a few extra days.

Anyway, the results to the question:

What is the PRIMARY voice application you use with gaming?

Total responses – 46

1. Vetrilo – 21

The number one response, and the one that actually generated a couple of comments, is the one on the list I have actually used the least.  My guilds, clans, and whatnot have always gone with TeamSpeak.  I have actually only used Ventrilo once for any length of time, during a six hour drag through Nektropos Castle back when I was in the guild “The Elite” for about a week. (Gaff’s fault, go ask him.)  Sound quality was fine, but I tend to associate it with that night, and that was a bad night.

2. TeamSpeak – 11

This is what I used to use all the time, and an old reliable package it is.  Comments about Ventrilo say that its sound quality exceeds TeamSpeak.  Having run a TeamSpeak server, I tend to believe any quality difference people my notice is due to configuration.  TeamSpeak defaults to some very low quality codecs, and unless you know to change them, your voice chats can sound pretty bad.  My major problem with TeamSpeak has been trying to get it to work with a USB headset.

3. Skype – 6

This is what I tend to use these days.  Decent sound quality and the price is right.  I actually cancelled our second telephone line at home and use Skype for a lot of my work calls now.  It is not practical for larger groups, as the cap on the size of conferences is pretty low, but for the small group experience, it works great.  All of our World or Warcraft instance runs were done communicating over Skype.  The odd coincidence: WoW groups and Skype conferences are both limited to 5 people.

4. I never use voice – 6

No comments about why people do not use voice.

5. Game Integrated – 2

This is new, having just shown up in DDO,  LOTRO, and EVE Online in the last year, so maybe people are just not used to it yet.

6. Roger Wilco – 0

I am not surprised that this got no votes.  A group of us actually used this for a while back when the original Delta Force came out.  Ancient history in gaming terms.  It worked for the most part back then.  I was surprised to see that it is still around.

7. Other – 0

I am a bit surprised that I seem to have captured all possible alternatives, even for the very small, self-selecting sample that my readership represents.  I expected somebody to say, “EVE Voice all the way, baby!”

So there are the results.  Now that more and more games are adding in voice as part of their standard features, I wonder if the results would be different in a year.  I did not think voice in DDO or even LOTRO would tip the scale this time around, but having it available in WoW, EVE, and some of the upcoming titles may very well change what application people choose for voice chat in-game in the future.

Of course, I imagine there will always be a place for the likes of these external applications.  They usually stay up if the game you are playing crashes. I usually run Skype on my laptop while I play so if my machine goes down I still have communication.

These also allow you to have a general chat area, so your guild can keep in communication without having to all be grouped together. Of course, if you have ever had a senior guild/clan office kibitzing on your channel while you’re in a tight situation, you might welcome a lack of communication beyond your group!

Would You Take A Poll…

Using a WordPress.com hosted blog has a lot of benefits.  Mostly it keeps me from having to tinker with the site when I would rather be writing.  I can be an obsessive tinkerer, so this is a good thing.  Unless you do not like my writing.

However, once in a while I want to do something with this blog and I find that there is no easy answer.

Recently, I wanted to put up a survey.  That seems like an easy enough thing to do.  If you host a WordPress blog yourself, you know that there are all sorts of widgets for doing polls and surveys.

However, if you have a WordPress.com hosted blog, you find your options are pretty limited.  In fact, you have exactly one choice, LuckyPolls.  And you can only use the simplified version of their polling scheme because WordPress.com suppresses forms on their hosted blogs for security reasons.

So I figured I would take a readership poll to see if readership polls in this format are worth the effort or just annoying.  Feel free to follow up with any comments you have on this method, other alternatives you might know of, WordPress.com, or polls in general.

Would You Take Polls In This Format?

1) Yes, it seems easy enough!

2) No, what a pain!

View Results

Make your own poll

For any future polls I would probably set a time limit and then discuss the results in a separate, follow up post.