Wrapping Up the Eastern Kingdoms
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2014, 1:00 pm
With the Cape of Stranglethorn out of the way, I had just four more zones left for the Eastern Kingdoms Loremaster achievement.  They were: Eastern Plaguelands    40-45 – 70 quests Badlands    44-48 – 35 quests Searing Gorge    47-51 – 35 quests Burning Steppes    49-52 – 40 quests And given that my shaman, who had just […]


Not Quite Calculating Gaming Return on Investment
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:00 pm
There is a site and a chart going around that shows some games quantified in terms of return on investment.  The original source is the Video Game ROI site, hosted by Ebay of all things. Of course, this is a list, and we love lists!  So I went to see the top ten value rated […]


Civilization – From the Halls of Montezuma
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 4:00 pm
You don’t look like you’re having fun. -My wife, watching me play Civilization V As I said in a previous post, this is no longer about fun.  This is a grudge match now to prove that we can stick it out and finish our epic game of Civilization V in spite of some poor choices […]


Fight at the POS in A-ELE2
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 12:00 pm
The battle had been raging for a while when I sat down at my computer and saw a list of pings from Blawrf McTaggart, CFC Skymarshall.  Most of them were old enough to discard, fleets long since off to the races, and trying to catch up by yourself is a mugs game.  But the last […]


Pokemon Y and the Nintendo 3DS XL
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 5:00 pm
Back in April I mentioned that I had picked up a Nintendo 3DS XL and a copy of Pokemon Y with some Amazon gift cards and credits I had. I haven’t really said much about it for a few reasons.  Mostly it my feeling that single player games don’t quite have the same “shared experience” […]


Landmark and the Price of a Badly Defined Beta
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 12:00 pm
There has been an argument over what “beta” means when it comes to software for as long as I have been part of the industry, which is pushing on 25 years now. The baseline definition for me has always been that your software is feature complete and you feel it is ready to ship, but […]


Quote of the Day – In Space it is Still Location, Location, Location
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 July 2014, 12:00 pm
To put it bluntly, if you want to catch instawarping interceptors, the most important part is living in London. -Namamai, Understanding the EVE Online Server Tick There is an interesting/informative article up over at TMC about how the processing loop of EVE Online dictates if you’ll be able to lock up and point that decloaking […]


The Cape of Stranglethorn
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2014, 4:00 pm
Once there was a zone called Stranglethorn Vale.  It was a place of jungle and raptors and trolls and missing pages from books and that bastard Hemet Nesingwary who would continue to haunt our existence through every expansion with his wildlife slaughtering requests. It was a large and somewhat controversial zone… though some appreciated the […]


PLEX and its new Daughter, GRACE
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2014, 12:00 pm
I do not pay much attention to Anarchy Online.  Well, I don’t pay it any mind at all, really aside from the occasional industry lore aspects around things like rocky starts (“nearly unplayable” -GameSpy) and longevity. (It turned 13 just about a month back.) But some people do still pay attention to it.  There was […]


Progression, Nostalgia, and Special Servers
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 1:00 pm
One of the questions that comes up all the time in the EverQuest forums is when will SOE launch the next progression server?  It may be the most popular question on the Progression Server sub-forum. Second place goes to people asking for a Classic server, though those questions are somewhat undermined by both the fact […]


Quote of the Day – What Baltec Fleet Really Does
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 6:00 pm
Dreadnoughts were literally a punchline of nullsec jokes until the five-minute siege timer, and now unless in blap mode they scuttle for cover like oversized space-cockroaches​, cap boosters firing wildly, when confronted with bright lights​. -The Mittani, Traffic Control: Apex Force The Mittani is continuing his pot stirring over at TMC with his Traffic Control series […]


Shoes for Industry – Crius Deployed to New Eden
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 12:00 pm
The first of CCP’s smaller, more frequent expansions went live today in EVE Online.  They call it Crius, which I keep wanting to type as Cirrus. The Kronos expansion went live back at the beginning of June, the last of the expansions with a six month run-up to launch.  It was big and had bits […]


You Get to Decorate the House You Have, Not the House You Might Want
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2014, 12:00 pm
Housing is one of the great line-item features that a lot of people think every MMO should have.  There is a strong desire to have a place to call your own in what tends to be an unchanging and unalterable virtual world.  There is some need within us to leave our mark somewhere in the […]


You Get to Decorate the House You Have, Not the House You Might Want
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2014, 12:00 pm
Housing is one of the great line-item features that a lot of people think every MMO should have.  There is a strong desire to have a place to call your own in what tends to be an unchanging and unalterable virtual world.  There is some need within us to leave our mark somewhere in the […]


Shoes for Industry – Crius Deployed to New Eden
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 12:00 pm
The first of CCP’s smaller, more frequent expansions went live today in EVE Online.  They call it Crius, which I keep wanting to type as Cirrus. The Kronos expansion went live back at the beginning of June, the last of the expansions with a six month run-up to launch.  It was big and had bits […]


Quote of the Day – What Baltec Fleet Really Does
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 6:00 pm
Dreadnoughts were literally a punchline of nullsec jokes until the five-minute siege timer, and now unless in blap mode they scuttle for cover like oversized space-cockroaches​, cap boosters firing wildly, when confronted with bright lights​. -The Mittani, Traffic Control: Apex Force The Mittani is continuing his pot stirring over at TMC with his Traffic Control series […]


Progression, Nostalgia, and Special Servers
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 1:00 pm
One of the questions that comes up all the time in the EverQuest forums is when will SOE launch the next progression server?  It may be the most popular question on the Progression Server sub-forum. Second place goes to people asking for a Classic server, though those questions are somewhat undermined by both the fact […]


Fresh Out of Ruptures
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 July 2014, 8:00 pm
Bombs and smart bombs are becoming a theme for me in Delve. The other day our Harpy fleet got caught on a jump bridge, bubbled, and smart bombed into pieces.  That is apparently a known Pasta tactic.  The warp disruption bubble disables the jump bridge so the fleet landing on it is stuck there as […]


Fippy Darkpaw – Underfoot Unlock Vote Fails
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2014, 1:00 pm
Another update in my sporadic attempts to cover and track the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server timeline while neither playing on the server nor actually paying all that much attention to EverQuest in general. The rumor which I mentioned yesterday appeared to be true.  Last night my computer was finally able to find its […]


Winterspring, Swamp of Sorrows, and The Blasted Lands
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2014, 1:00 pm
My summer Loremaster project moved its first character out of vanilla WoW… well, post-Cataclysm vanilla WoW… or whatever we want to call the 1-60 part of the game these days… and into The Burning Crusade content.  Trianis, my night elf rogue, started off on these three zones at level 53, but by the time he […]


Send More Ruptures!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2014, 11:00 am
I’d just like to congratulate the entire CFC on losing over 627 ruptures in the last five days. Good work, all. Keep it up. ### Original broadcast from blawrf_mctaggart at 2014-07-17 01:28:10.494439 ### It looks like my experience so far with Gamma Fleet Ruptures is not unique. Gamma Fleet is a low cost doctrine that […]


What Does It Mean to be a “Subscription MMO?”
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2014, 3:00 pm
I am on the press release list along with a lot of real media outlets, so my inbox is often stuffed with the raw material that is barely recycled for content a lot of places around the web. I skim through them every day, but don’t bother to mention 99% of them as they tend […]


What Does It Mean to be a “Subscription MMO?”
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2014, 3:00 pm
I am on the press release list along with a lot of real media outlets, so my inbox is often stuffed with the raw material that is barely recycled for content a lot of places around the web. I skim through them every day, but don’t bother to mention 99% of them as they tend […]


Send More Ruptures!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2014, 11:00 am
I’d just like to congratulate the entire CFC on losing over 627 ruptures in the last five days. Good work, all. Keep it up. ### Original broadcast from blawrf_mctaggart at 2014-07-17 01:28:10.494439 ### It looks like my experience so far with Gamma Fleet Ruptures is not unique. Gamma Fleet is a low cost doctrine that […]


Winterspring, Swamp of Sorrows, and The Blasted Lands
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2014, 1:00 pm
My summer Loremaster project moved its first character out of vanilla WoW… well, post-Cataclysm vanilla WoW… or whatever we want to call the 1-60 part of the game these days… and into The Burning Crusade content.  Trianis, my night elf rogue, started off on these three zones at level 53, but by the time he […]


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