Regression to the Mean
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 October 2013, 2:23 pm
After our successful run to our forward base in Curse, I finally had at least one doctrine combat ship, a Harpy, and my Viator blockade runner, in theater.  Owing to time zone issues (US West Coast), I’ve successfully missed all of the various coalition and alliance convoys headed to the combat zone.  So my plan […]


How I Eve…
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 September 2013, 1:19 am
So the Delve Campaign continues… Having just missed the Great 6VDT-H Battle in Fountain being only able to reach the rear area and not actually, well, shooting anything, I was looking forward to being able to contribute a bit more in the Delve Campaign.  And to some extent I have been able to in my […]


Boom Goes the Dynamite
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2013, 12:12 am
In which the author (in this case, the dynamite) learns yet again, that there can be no short cuts in Eve… To bring the reader up to speed:  Longtime carebear industrialist, mission runner joins friends in null sec corp in the Goonswarm Federation for lulz and massive fleet battles.  MMO malaise coupled with Gaff’s persuasion […]


Lemons/Lemonade
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 September 2013, 1:00 am
The Continuing Saga of the deployment to Delve… After this last weekend’s ill fated jump into “nonbat” in 1DH, I was feeling a bit frustrated.  I never seemed to have a ship that I could fly that was needed for the ops being conducted in 1DH and more importantly, with no extensive logistical support established […]


Rearview Mirror
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 July 2013, 1:59 pm
Apparently blogging or at least the MMO blogging community is dead.  Or something.  Well, I’ve never taken directions very well, so here I am. Ardwulf’s “What Was Lost” post caught my attention. As Wilhelm has been blogging, our formerly-WoW, currently Rift instance group has been on a bit of a roll (or a lack of […]


Thought For the Day: Gaming Middle Age
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2013, 2:51 am
A rather frightening thought passed though my mind this evening: was I past Gaming Middle Age? A quick working definition– Gaming Middle Age is the age at which, assuming average life expectancy, one has spent as many years gaming as one has left in which to game. Parse that to your hearts content. I’m primarily […]


What a difference a day makes
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 February 2013, 1:37 am
Suffering from the same fate as Wilhelm, slogging through the French heavy line, I did manage to finally get to the mountain top of the 90mm gun.  Coupled with the increased view range that binoculars can provide and suddenly “L’Oeuf Domage” has become L’Oeuf Dommage” at last (apologies to Mme. Bosque, my long suffering high [...]


RIP: Sir Patrick Moore
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2012, 2:56 pm
News comes of the passing of Sir Patrick Moore, the great British amateur astronomer and author at age 89.  The Independent article linked here and the wiki give a general overview of the remarkable man’s extraordinary accomplishments. As the article states, “Moore was perhaps the last in the great British tradition of significant contributions to [...]


Fae Yule is Coming!
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2012, 1:48 am
With Fae Yule coming up soon in Rift, this weekend was time to start getting into the spirit.  With the addition of player dimensions (housing) this year, that means just like in RL, decorating for the season.  For this year’s Fae Yule celebration, Rift has a number of pre-celebration gifts available.  All the details here. [...]


The Storm Arrives…and Off Come My Pants
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2012, 1:59 am
No posts for months and then two in two days? I know… So, Rift’s first expansion, Storm Legion, launched this evening.  I managed to hop on after dinner and got patched in about an hour, more or less.  With the streaming patcher, the game was “playable” in probably 5-10 minutes, but with two accounts in [...]


King for a Day
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2012, 2:09 am
Well, I managed to actually get a character to the level cap in Rift scarcely 24 hours before the Storm Legion expansion releases tomorrow. Like Wilhelm, I went with the full year subscription option which gave you the expansion “free” with some goodies like the “Landslide” mount. After the great pre-expansion patch soul reset, I [...]


A Brief Revisit to Middle Earth
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2012, 8:57 pm
It’s been quite sometime since I’ve spent any appreciable time in LotRO for any number of reasons.  I tend to keep it patched so I can hop in whenever the spirit moves me, but the last few times I’ve logged in I’ve sat paralyzed and logged out five minutes later.  Re-immersing oneself into a game [...]


Pictures on Radio
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2012, 1:54 pm
So, I was sitting there Saturday morning catching up on game blogs and what not while patching Everquest which has now gone free to play.  Part of me felt excited as if it were the next highly anticipated new release and the snarky part of me thought “how exciting, a new ‘release’ of a thirteen [...]


Electoral Nostalgia Redux
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 March 2012, 10:34 pm
Put all beverages down and move them away from your monitor. Enjoy (in its entirety, or most relevantly, from 6:20 onward for the setup, or jump to the money shot at 7:22).


PotD: Deep Space K-7
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2012, 3:08 am



Obtaining the Odyssey
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2012, 3:30 pm
This weekend is Star Trek Online’s Second Anniversary Event.  As part of the event, STO is giving away the new Odyssey class Starship for free. Having returned to STO since it went free to play, it was an opportunity not to pass up.  Although the Odyssey requires Vice Admiral (currently Level 50, the top rank), [...]


Time is Money
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2012, 2:55 am
Tobold asks the question when will WoW go free to play and how that might be implemented. Blizzard has certainly learned the lesson all good gym owners know– the neglected subscription is the ticket to success. Who among us hasn’t joined a gym or health club with a monthly fee and ahem how shall we [...]


PotD: Deep Space 7
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2012, 3:08 am



Space: Still the Final Frontier
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2012, 3:43 pm
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying Rift quite a bit with the instance group, but I still get that Space MMO itch that just doesn’t get scratched very well. Something about the long nights of winter (even here in Northern California) calls me back to space. Eve Offline Over the holidays, I resubbed my [...]


Merry Christmas from New Eden
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 December 2011, 3:05 pm
Ah, the spirit of the season called me back to the warm bosom of New Eden.  I thought I’d take my so called pvp alt in his wee Rifter out and go see what Wilhelm and Gaff were up to way out in the wilds of 0.0… New Eden delivers, even on Christmas. 2011.12.25 08:21:00 [...]


PotD: Balmorra
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2011, 1:14 am



PotD: Coruscant
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2011, 1:12 am



SWTOR: Parting Shots from Final Beta
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 December 2011, 1:04 am
As fate would have it, Bioware picked me for the apparently more limited beta weekend this past weekend.  As it turned out, there was only something like 6-8 servers made available rather than 40-ish from the previous weekend. The previous weekend, I had rolled four different characters on two different servers.  As it turned out, [...]


SWTOR: Follow up impressions
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 November 2011, 2:59 am
Ok, after I queued up yesterday’s post about my generally ambivalent if downright negative impression of the early SWTOR experience, I decided to soldier on (literally) in the waning ours of the beta to push my Trooper on to Level 10 and get off that god forsaken rock that is Ord Mantell. I finished the [...]


SWTOR Beta Impressions
Posted by pOtshOt [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2011, 2:59 am
Having signed up before 11/11/11, Bioware was kind enough to invite me into the closed beta weekend event this last weekend.  With the NDA lifted, details have begun to filter out and although highly anticipated, the news I’ve been getting from trusted sources has been a bit concerning.  So, I went into the event with [...]


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