Achievements. WordPress.com introduced achievements this month, though they have had something akin to that for a while. I’ve been getting notifications about the blog anniversary or when I get a record number of “likes” on posts in a single day for quite a while now. (43 is the current record.) But I received an email from them announcing that they were expanding that, and on the first day they were available I received a pop up announcing my current post streak.
My first achievement
Today is, as an aside, my 398th day streak. If I can manage to post two more days I will hit the nice round number of 400.
Anyway, that’s okay. It is easier for me if they keep track of such things. But starting this when you’re almost 15 years into the blog thing is also a little odd. I am never going to surpass my all time most popular day/month, which was back in 2013. I mean, it isn’t as bad a EVE Online introducing their Activity Tracker and just ignoring all activity that went before, but there are some peaks I am never going to achieve again.
Also, it really needs an achievements page, some place where it shows me what they’re tracking and what my current count is. If you’re going to go for gamification, go all the way dammit.
One Year Ago
April Fools at Blizzard introduced googly eyes into Overwatch and gave us the traditional WoW patch notes, and that was about it.
I took a look back at WoW Tokens five years after their debut. It also seemed like BlizzCon might not happen, after all, live events were being cancelled everywhere, though Blizzard was looking into alternatives.
In Battle for Azeroth I managed to unlock flying.
Over in WoW Classic the group was starting prep for Zul’Farrak by visiting the Altar of Zul and Jinha’alor. That was sketchy enough that we spent a session just leveling up before we made our way down to Gadgetzan to start some quests there, with the expected diversion into Feralas. I also found a crypt in the Badlands to explore.
Everybody being at home due to the pandemic led us to do a Blaugust blogging community event early. Christened Blapril, we had a prep week, figuring out what to write week, a “getting to know you week” where I wrote about a road trip, listing out our favorite video game series, and then something about motivation.
Meanwhile, in WoW Classic news, Holly Longdale was now on the team, phase four was in place, some servers were still over populated, and Blizz was sending out some surveys about how to handle Burning Crusade Classic.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons released just in time for the pandemic and seemed to be everybody’s favorite game on the Switch for a while.
EVE Online was introducing their second quadrant, Eclipse, and kicking off The Hunt event. The Hunt also coincided with the introduction of new implants. There was also a PLEX for Good event for Covid-19, and the capsuleer generosity login campaign, and the Surgical Strike update that nerfed damage resistance modules.
CCP also started the ongoing daily login rewards thing, where you get some skill points every 30 days you log in. The rewards were not great, but skill points are skill points.
And the beginning of the campaign season for CSM15 kicked off. while the monthly economic report was showing CCP’s mineral drought was raising prices.
CCP introduced a new Avatar model on the test server, so I finally got to fly a titan. The pandemic brought players back to New Eden and the PCU passed the 40K mark for the first time since 2017.
Out in the east of null sec I was out with Black Ops dropping on PanFam ratters and miners. And then there was a road trip north to fight the Conifers.
And, finally, I revealed my actual first computer.
Five Years Ago
I wondered about the concept of the last good day in the context of MMOs.
DC Universe Online was ported over to the XBox One, one of the fruits of the separation from Sony, which allowed Daybreak to publish on consoles other than the PlayStation.
The whole Blizzard versus Nostalrius issue blew up when the company sent the private/pirate server a take down notice. Blizzard actually responded to things, but those hoping that they might actually get an official nostalgia server were not optimistic at the time.
We did get a ship date for WoW Legion. And, for once, nobody complained about Blizzard targeting a competitor with their chosen date. At least not that I heard.
The Casino War was going badly for the Imperium. I mean, sure, Dinsdale Pirannah was predicting a Goon victory, but he was in a small minority.
The Mittani held a state of the Goonion and logs documenting CO2’s betrayal were released, but that didn’t stave off black Thursday in Tribute as TNT’s holdings got steamrolled. The war was getting serious. First SMA and then FCON left the Imperium. FCON showed up in Immensea soon afterwards while Darius Johnson tried to take advantage of the war by attempting to restart the original GoonSwarm.
There was a short Russian complication in the northeast that threatened to widen the war, but which eventually blew over. No relief for the Imperium was to be found on that front.
There was to be no last stand at VFK-IV. We pulled back to the Quafe Factory Warehouse in Saranen and attempted to fight back against the tide while I wondered what would constitute a victory.
There was some talk of names for the war. I did not like the names coming from either side and stuck with Casino War, the name which Nosy Gamer coined months earlier and which went straight to the heart of the conflict.
Outside of the Casino War, I took a look at two books about EVE Online. There was a Rooks & Kings video from the Serenity server. The Citadel expansion was released, bringing Upwell Consortium structures to New Eden. There was a Blog Banter about what the most important announcement out of Fan Fest was. And Xenuria made it onto the CSM at last.
I also gave Pokemon Blue a try and was surprised to see how fully formed the first versions of Pokemon really were.
Google was telling me that pretty much every game was dead.
And there was, as always, April Fools at Blizzard.
Ten Years Ago
Of course, there was some April foolery both here and at Blizzard.
I also wrote something about magic quadrants.
Sanya Weathers had one of the best quotes about MMO gamers ever, made all the more amusing by its truth.
Battlefront.com released a completely new version of their original WWII Combat Mission series.
Wargaming.net released World of Tanks.
SOE’s spy themed MMO, The Agency, was officially cancelled.
We got a PlayStation 3. And then the PlayStation Network got hacked. At least I could still play Blu-Ray disks and stream Netflix.
The instance group got together and decided to try out EverQuest II Extended, the one-time separate free to play version of EverQuest II. However, the game immediately began to kick us in the teeth for daring to do solo content as a group.
Being there in EQIIx also meant looking at what the cash store had to offer. Some of this stuff is gone now in the post merger era of EQII. Flying mounts are still around. And some idea, like selling max-level characters, would have to wait a while to come back.
And Potshot and I were still playing EverQuest. We moved on from Unrest to Lake Rathetear and spent an evening there. Then it was on to Kerra Island and finally we made it to Runnyeye, at which point SOE also went down due to the PSN hacking. That pretty much ended our EverQuest adventures for 2011.
I did have to explain EverQuest to my daughter. Her foundation in MMOs is World of Warcraft.
Fifteen Years Ago
ArenaNet released its first post-launch Guild Wars expansion, Guild Wars: Factions. It only took them a year, too. Right, Blizzard? See?
Auto Assault went live, perhaps the first “troubled at launch” MMO I am personally aware of that failed to get past its issues. The game ended up being shuttered by NCsoft 19 months down the road. It was, for a while, the poster child for MMO launch failures.
Nintendo announced the name of their new console, slated to replace the GameCube. Known up to that point only by its code name “Revolution,” Nintendo said it was going to call it the “Wii.”
Viacom spent $102 million to purchase Xfire. According to Viacom: “Xfire and its users fit squarely into the Company’s multiplatform strategy to build an engaging universe of music, gaming, entertainment, news, networking and interactivity for focused audiences.” They also thought NeoPets were worth splurging on as well.
Most Viewed Posts in April
- April Fools at Blizzard 2021 is a Very Quiet Affair
- Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- What Does LOTRO Need?
- Robbing Some Space Banks
- Embracing the Iron Age in Valheim
- CCP is Just Going to Keep Selling Skill Points for Cash
- SuperData Reviews 2020 Digital Game Revenue
- Death on the Plains in Valheim
- Diablo II Act Five and some Thoughts
- The Altar of Zul and Jintha’alor
- How Close to Half Way in WoW Classic?
Search Terms of the Month
lists for a game where a man is in a village who goes put of the village to catch bulls sometimes pixels or bee or catch fish and go to the village to sell them and also have magical power like thunder,fire etc and also fight things like octopus,and trolls apk pure games
[That is some search term]
holly longdale height
[a bunch of results for this, and she is tall]
underwood champion typewriter models with tabulator and backspace keys
[Another very specific search, but I do have a typewriter post here]
can you build tunnels in valheim?
[No, you have to dig a ditch then roof it over]
Game Time from ManicTime
In April I actually played a few more things besides Valheim. Granted, I still played a lot of Valheim, but a few other titles got their turn.
- Valheim – 70.20%
- WoW Classic – 13.48%
- EVE Online – 8.13%
- War in the Pacific – 5.46%
- Runes of Magic – 1.91%
- LOTRO – 0.43%
- World of Warcraft – 0.39%
My overall play time for the month was less than the time I spent playing Valheim last month though.
The war in Delve saw a bit of a slump for much of the month of April. The Imperium and its allies were mostly focused on burning down the space that Legacy Coalition left in order to colonize Delve, Querious, and Period Basis. However, things are apparently spicing up a bit now, with PAPI making some efforts to take the remaining constellation in Delve.
Meanwhile, CCP implemented its big industry changes. Now we just need about six months for the supply chains to settle down before we can tell how much everything is going to cost. Also, it would be kind of nice for CCP to ease up on the mineral starvation thing. We shall see.
Lord of the Rings Online
In writing about the game again this month… and complaining about the state of the game in general… I did log in for a bit to bang my head against the legendary item mechanics just to remind myself how much I dislike being, for example, in the middle of an instanced quest mission and having the game pop up and tell me I need to go back and reforge my weapon. That and the teeny tiny eyestrain-o-vision of their UI and horrible iconography (which, honestly, was a day one problem) on my wide screen monitor makes the game unplayable so far as I am concerned. But don’t worry, SSG has… no intention of fixing any of that. Oh well.
We slowed down a bit after the burst of raiding activity our group had at one point. We also missed out on a weekend event that had a decent chunk of xp related to it. But, the balance on that was it had an hour time limit on it and I only logged in and noticed it was happening when there was 12 minutes left to go. I still actually still managed to capture all but two of the Pokemon needed before time ran out. But close doesn’t win you the prize.
Level: 41 (23% of the way to 42 in xp, 2 of 4 tasks complete)
Pokedex status: 633 (+5) caught, 662 (+2) seen
Mega Evolutions obtained: 11 of 13
Pokemon I want: Need Eevees for the level 42 tasks
Current buddy: Eevee
Runes of Magic
I jumped in to take a look at what GameForge had going on for the title’s 12th anniversary, including the new super bonus server they setup in the EU region. In reviving my account (I am still out a bunch of diamonds) I started getting updates from them in email again including special items… which were delivered (eventually) to my NA region characters. I can have one or the other, but not both I guess. Otherwise the game is still busy and playable if you’re into the F2P bag rental plan.
We defeated Moder and set up a base in the plains. We have harvested enough resources that I think everybody in the group can get their gear upgraded fully. We actually have something of a dark metal glut, as it isn’t used for very much. Otherwise things have slowed down somewhat as April got some of us outside and in the yard. Yagluth is the only current boss left for us to slay, otherwise we have been base building, exploring, and gathering resources.
War in the Pacific
A war game in the mix! I bought this in April and… well, there is a story to be told here. I will have a post or three about the game I am sure. Let’s just say that, so far, I have not bested the Empire of Japan.
World of Warcraft
Once more I went in to do Darkmoon Faire stuff and collect the free battle pets that came our way this past month… though I had a little trouble with the latter. Maybe that will be a post. I felt like posting about it at the moment it happened, but distance is making me care less and less about that particular transaction.
After being idle on this front for quite a while I got back out to start working a bit in anticipation of the coming of Burning Crusade Classic. The expansion is coming, though how far away it is still remains a question. But I will have at least a couple characters ready to step through the dark portal when it arrives.
May brings our daughter home from her first year of college. Due to Covid-19 the school skipped the usual spring break stuff so as to wrap up the semester a bit early.
Meanwhile, we’ve had little rain out here on the west coast, so it is time to prepare for another summer of fires. Last year we went from fires being in some distant part of the state to being able to see the smoke coming off of them in the middle of Silicon Valley. This is probably going to get worse unless we get some last minute rain or everybody gets out and starts raking I guess.
It seems quite possible that we will get the pre-expansion event for Burning Crusade Classic this coming month. The time seems ripe and Blizz has been putting up notes in the character select screen to remind us that we may soon have to choose a path forward for our characters.
In New Eden the war against the Imperium will no doubt carry on. The current level of effort by the attackers does not portend an early exit by the Imperium.
CCP will also finish vetting candidates for the CSM16 election and we will get the final candidate list. The election, however, does not happen until June.