Fleet Night
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2014, 9:20 pm
Blaugust is over! Huge thanks again to Belghast for organizing this, it was just the motivation I’ve been needing. Also congratulations to the Survivors and other Winners. Star Trek Online is the only MMO I’ve really stuck with on a regular basis after hitting the level cap. That’s not to say I haven’t taken extended breaks […]


Blaugust Finale
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2014, 5:03 pm
Today’s the last day of Blaugust. I’m pleased to say I haven’t missed a day, which around the 7th or 8th I wasn’t sure I would be able to manage. In part I think it just took a few weeks to knock the rust off of the mental gears needed to post something everyday, but […]


Broken Token
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2014, 11:26 pm
A big challenge involved with board games is organization and storage. Imagine for a moment that your Steam games library required physical space. After buying a game or ten during one of Valve’s insane sales, and hopefully playing the- sorry I can’t even finish typing that without laughing, you then had to figure out where to store […]


Names
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 10:30 pm
I abhor drama. I avoid getting involved in it unless it’s absolutely necessary, especially Internet drama. However, I also think names are extremely important. So when there’s four blog posts in me RSS this afternoon about the term Gamer, I can’t help but weigh in. I don’t see every changing my Twitter bio. Well maybe I could remove the […]


Tier 5 Upgrades
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2014, 10:33 pm
Yesterday Cryptic released the one dev blog a lot of people have been waiting impatiently for, upgrading Tier 5 ships. Upgrading is done via Zen through the C-store, for between $5 and $10 (subject to change as is all of the dev blog information). The upgrade is per ship but account wide, although I don’t […]


Boardgame Appstravaganza
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2014, 10:20 pm
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately playing the app versions of board games. Especially a few of the competitive 2-player ones like Star Realms and Summoner Wars. I bought the Master Set for Summoner Wars at GenCon last year but never got a chance to play it, and I’d been eyeing the […]


Delta Quadrant Developments
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2014, 10:51 pm
It turns out my guess yesterday was pretty good about what the redacted Engineering Corp Report was. We got a little bit more detail today about Tier 6 ships. The additional bridge officer slot was to be expected along with the usual hull and shield points and additional console slot, but the new stuff sounds […]


Different Kinds of Excitement
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 August 2014, 10:17 pm
Since becoming a parent, I’ve had to say and do a lot of things that I never thought I would ever say or do. For instance tonight I had to explain to my five year old that it doesn’t matter if he only pooped a little bit in the tub, he still has to get […]


Blaugust Progress
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2014, 10:04 pm
Blaugust Today being the 19th, I am roughly 60% done with Blaugust. I haven’t missed a day yet and (knock on wood) I don’t think I will. Confidence aside, I definitely have had some of the same struggles that Welshtroll, Rowan, and Missy’s Mojo have already talked about. Several nights were a real struggle for […]


Perks of being a Fleet Admiral
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 August 2014, 9:11 pm
The Path to Level 60 in Star Trek Online Cryptic released the first of many, I assume, dev blogs regarding the Delta Rising expansion. This one deals with raising the level cap from to 60 from 50, Admiral to Fleet Admiral ranks. Before I get into it, I just wanted to mention how much I’ve enjoyed the […]


On Tooth Fairies
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2014, 8:34 pm
The Tooth Fairy’s Midnight Mission I thought having my oldest start Kindergarten would be the biggest milestone for a while. Seeing him get on the bus that first day certainly brought home how much he’s grown up. So I was unprepared for how much it hit me when he lost his first tooth last night. […]


Firefly Online
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2014, 11:09 pm
Firefly Online (FFO) was announced over a year ago at 2013′s San Diego Comic Con. I watched the teaser video and got excited. Then I saw in the video description that is was a “multi-user, social online role-playing game that will initially be available for smartphones and tablets” and got depressed. I’ve kept a hopeful […]


Back to the Virtual Table
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2014, 9:24 pm
D&D Adventure Co. version 2 is going to start up soon™- okay I just took a quick break to find my original posts about our virtual D&D group’s adventures last year… and there aren’t any. So instead if you’re curious, Tipa at West Karana did some great writeups. The short version is we had a small […]


Mondays and Shadowrun
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 August 2014, 10:11 pm
Parenthood Monday’s aren’t all bad. Kids don’t have limitless energy, they drain it from their parents. Home Ownership One of the elusive achievements in home ownership has always been completing a repair or improvement project in one trip the to the hardware store. In twenty or so years of owning a home and somewhere over 40 projects […]


GenCon Loot and Recovery
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2014, 10:20 pm
GenCon is over and I can say now that I spent more than I should have, but not as much as I wanted to, so I count that as a win. The Loot The card boxes on top are Bug Out and My Word from Out of the Box. Bug Out is a basic matching game that has […]


GenCon Day Four, Little Kae’s Button Quest
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2014, 10:23 pm
Today was the last day for GenCon for me, but it was the first day and only day for my son. This is his actually his third GenCon although I doubt he remembers the first one since he was only three. He’s five now, nearly six, and just starting to get to the point where […]


GenCon Day Three
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2014, 11:55 pm
Today didn’t zip by quite as fast as yesterday but it was still a very good day. I took the morning off from GenCon to follow my usual Saturday morning routine of taking my sons’ for their swimming lessons, so I didn’t head downtown until about 11:30. That meant there was zero parking in any […]


GenCon Day Two
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2014, 11:58 am
You know you’re having fun when the time jumps from 10 am to 5 pm in the blink of an eye. What turned out, I thought, to be a mostly free day to cruise the exhibit hall got surprisingly busy. I only managed to demo one game, Sentinels Tactics, which was a ton of fun […]


GenCon Day One
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2014, 9:36 pm
I’m hanging out in a playhall late on day one of GenCon watching a board game while I wait for the Shadowrun: Crossfire event, blogging from my phone. Like just about every instance in the past all of the social anxiety I’ve been feeling was unfounded. Today was a lot of fun, and busy. I […]


Shadow Realms
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2014, 9:33 pm
Shadow Realms was announced at Gamescom and looks interesting but I have some concerns. I really like that they’re trying to bring computer RPGs back closer to their pen and paper roots. I think the idea of 4v1 PvP could work, but the execution is going to be tricky to get right. BioWare is hitting all of […]


Starships and Capes
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2014, 9:17 pm
Astrometrics Report Cryptic released a little more background on the Delta Rising expansion. It looks like the content will focus on the volume of space from the Nekrit Expanse towards the Alpha Quadrant. Very few of the species in Voyager are ones I’m interested in except for the Voth which we’ve already seen. But the article touches on […]


Space Engineers
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 10:20 pm
If you love Minecraft and space, you need to check out Space Engineers. Two things I want to warn you about before you do though. One, it’s an early-access game on Steam so this is a more like a pre-Mojang Minecraft experience, and two, it will suck you in. Seriously my Steam client shows 171 hours […]


Zen Cardboard
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2014, 9:22 pm
With GenCon coming up this week I’ve been thinking a bit about why I play both board games and computer games. The obvious difference is of course with board games you’re sitting across the table from people you’re playing with, but that’s been changing in recent years. Solitaire gaming has been popular for a while and […]


Serendipity in the Internet Age
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2014, 10:10 pm
I love the Internet! Okay, maybe that’s too obvious coming from a blogger and MMO gamer. It’s even more obvious if you know that I’m a web developer professionally (programming not design as you can tell by this blog). But this week ended with a really nice happy accident. I follow Wil Wheaton on Twitter, who […]


Serendipity in the Internet Age
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 3:10 pm
I love the Internet! Okay, maybe that’s too obvious coming from a blogger and MMO gamer. It’s even more obvious if you know that I’m a web developer professionally (programming not design as you can tell by this blog). But this week ended with a really nice happy accident. I follow Wil Wheaton on Twitter, who […]


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