The Instance Group Resurgent in Azeroth… Sort Of… And Hallow’s End
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 October 2014, 1:00 pm
We decided to get our collective act together and get into the game so as to get used to the new realities of WoW 6.0. And we tried. However, due to authenticator problems, bronchitis, and a previous engagement, only Potshot and I ended up in game last Saturday night. Such is life. We decided that, […]


Notes from an Undisclosed Location in the Insmother Region
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2014, 2:00 pm
The big, pre-Phoebe alliance update was posted yesterday addressing the new order in sovereign null sec.  Since the CFC is as riddled with spies as any other organization in New Eden, updates from The Mittani get posted directly over at The Mittani dot com, saving people the trouble of stealing/distributing them and generating some ad […]


Rome – City Assaults are Difficult
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2014, 12:00 pm
We formed up again on Friday night for another round of Roman mayhem.  We had done a couple weeks of river crossing battles and it seemed like time to try something new.  I opted not to form the game up so somebody else could decide which skirmish scenario we were going to try.  Loghound was […]


Should Guilds Have Levels?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 1:00 pm
According to Blizzard the answer to that question is no, guilds should not have levels. We got guild levels as part of the Cataclysm expansion, 25 of them, along with perks to go with those levels.  Those levels were not easy to acquire back then.  During Cataclysm our guild only managed to get to level […]


A Short and Bloody Visit to F7C-H0
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Well, it was a short visit for me. The highlight of weekend fleet ops up until Saturday evening had been flying around Black Rise to pop a couple of Black Legion faction battleships with DBRB.  I hadn’t been in one of his fleets in ages, and it was good to see that he hasn’t calmed […]


Tech 3 Destroyers and Other Tidbits from EVE Vegas Keynote
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2014, 5:30 pm
EVE Vegas is running this weekend.  The one time player driven event that has turned into a CCP sponsored affair, complete with a keynote speech full of new treats. CCP Seagull kicked things off with a theme and overview of how CCP is looking at the upcoming changes.  The idea is that CCP wants to […]


The Birth of a Pipe Bombing Campaign
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2014, 1:00 pm
When it comes to watching gaming related videos on YouTube, I must admit that I do not have much patience.  Small screen video, bad audio commentary, and a general inability to grab and hold the interest of any viewer not captivated by shiny colors and an overbearing sound track pushes me to reject just about […]


WoW 6.0 Drops Today – 30 Day Countdown to Draenor Begins
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 October 2014, 12:00 pm
At 1am this morning Blizzard was planning to take down all of its servers to start applying the big pre-Warlords of Draenor 6.0 patch.  I did not stay up to see if that went off exactly on time, but the big transition has begun, and Azeroth will be a slightly different place when we are […]


First Glance at WoW 6.0
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 1:00 pm
It was a happenin’ time in Stormwind last night.  The place was overrun with people… at least the bank was… enough to make you believe that World of Warcraft subscriptions are up 600K users from their second quarter dip down to 6.8 million. Actually, I have no doubt that the subscription numbers are up to […]


Planetary Annihilation Goes Round and Round
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 2:00 pm
The biggest mistake the devil ever made was agreeing to play God, one on one, on an eight player Total Annihilation map. -Commander Söze Origins In the beginning there was Total Annihilation. This was not the first RTS game I played, but it was the first of what I consider the three great games of […]


Planetary Annihilation Goes Round and Round
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 2:00 pm
The biggest mistake the devil ever made was agreeing to play God, one on one, on an eight player Total Annihilation map. -Commander Söze Origins In the beginning there was Total Annihilation. This was not the first RTS game I played, but it was the first of what I consider the three great games of […]


First Glance at WoW 6.0
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 1:00 pm
It was a happenin’ time in Stormwind last night.  The place was overrun with people… at least the bank was… enough to make you believe that World of Warcraft subscriptions are up 600K users from their second quarter dip down to 6.8 million. Actually, I have no doubt that the subscription numbers are up to […]


WoW 6.0 Drops Today – 30 Day Countdown to Draenor Begins
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 October 2014, 12:00 pm
At 1am this morning Blizzard was planning to take down all of its servers to start applying the big pre-Warlords of Draenor 6.0 patch.  I did not stay up to see if that went off exactly on time, but the big transition has begun, and Azeroth will be a slightly different place when we are […]


EverQuest Next Lore in a Minute
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Because we’re on a roll… plus I have totally ignored any EverQuest Next lore discussions up until now. (Direct Link) Though they also have the EverQuest Next franchise lore in a minute as well.


There is Blobbing, and then there is Blobbing
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 October 2014, 4:30 pm
It was Sunday afternoon/evening and elements of the N3 coalition along with Black Legion came calling in force, taking advantage of easy travel while it still exists.  There was a call up for fleets, a tower to be saved, and all of the usual elements.  But the surprising bit was catching the Tengu fleet on […]


We Pay Black Legion a Visit
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 October 2014, 1:00 pm
We are suddenly living in interesting times in New Eden.  Change is coming.  A lot of people think they know how things will play out, but when CCP is telling people that they cannot predict the results, it can be hard to tell which pundit has some deep insight versus just some wishful thinking. In […]


SWTOR and a New Twist on Insta Levels
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Star Wars: The Old Republic continues trucking along, successful by all reasonable measures save comparisons to the Azerothian behemoth.  It is arguably more successful than Star Wars Galaxies ever was.   Somebody likes EA’s fourth pillar. Yes, SWTOR has to walk the free to play path, the reality of the current market, while trying to coax […]


Another Null Sec Achievement!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2014, 12:00 am
There we were.  The ping had gone out.  Nulli Secunda was running around Deklein.  They were in YA0-XJ, our staging system, when I logged on.  all 54 of them. A fleet was formed. We piled into Tengu fleet doctrine ships to fight them.  We undocked, but our scouts reported they were running. Reagalan, our FC […]


Quote of the Day – Warning! Lark’s Vomit!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Well, I hardly think this is good enough. I think it would be more appropriate if the box bore a great red label “Warning! Lark’s Vomit!” Inspector Praline of the Hygiene Squad, Crunchy Frog sketch That isn’t actually the quote of the day, which has to do with ArcheAge and the way it installs (but […]


The View from the Last Pre-Draenor Darkmoon Faire
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2014, 1:00 pm
I only just realized last night that it was Darkmoon Faire this week.  I asked my daughter why she did not remind me of this, to which she replied, “That’s not my job.” Teenagers. But it is true that I am usually the one reminding people that it is time once again for Darkmoon Faire. […]


Rome – Exiled to the AI Team
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 1:00 pm
We managed to get all four of us online and together again last Friday.  Mattman, Potshot, myself, and Loghound were all in the hangout, with Loghound telling us about his new Windows 8.1 64-bit install on his Mac, upgraded from an older 32-bit version, allowing him to take full advantage of his hardware.  A copy […]


New Eden Alt Creation Becomes Easy with Phoebe
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 1:30 pm
CCP put up a dev blog listing out what will be in the next expansion, Phoebe. And while there are many tasty tidbits to digest on that list… including the whole jump drive nerf, which has gotten some alterations based on feedback… the one stunner for me is CCP removing the limit from the training […]


One Hundred and Thirty Million Skill Points
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 October 2014, 1:00 pm
I missed the big battle at CCP-US, where we traded a titan for 60 dreadnoughts, and the pipe-boming fiasco of Sunday afternoon, so all I really have at the end of the weekend is another round number to write about.  I have hit another meaningless milestone in the eternal quest for skill points in EVE […]


One Hundred and Thirty Million Skill Points
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 October 2014, 1:00 pm
I missed the big battle at CCP-US, where we traded a titan for 60 dreadnoughts, and the pipe-boming fiasco of Sunday afternoon, so all I really have at the end of the weekend is another round number to write about.  I have hit another meaningless milestone in the eternal quest for skill points in EVE […]


New Eden Alt Creation Becomes Easy with Phoebe
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 1:30 pm
CCP put up a dev blog listing out what will be in the next expansion, Phoebe. And while there are many tasty tidbits to digest on that list… including the whole jump drive nerf, which has gotten some alterations based on feedback… the one stunner for me is CCP removing the limit from the training […]


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