Six things I’ve loved about returning to RIFT
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 9:00 am
I’ve been back in RIFT for a good week or so now, rocketing up through the first 30 levels.  While the first day back was kind of “meh,” it’s quickly returned to my favorites list — as in, I can’t … Continue reading


Battle Bards Episode 35: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 9:00 am
A good D&D session doesn’t only need character sheets and an abudance of 20-sided dice, but atmospheric tunes as well.  What kind of soundtrack does the long-running Dungeons & Dragons Online have?  The Battle Bards investigate DDO’s score this week, … Continue reading


Quest for Glory: The man in the cave
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Quest for Glory 1. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) Nearby Erana’s Peace is a cave, which is guarded by this fearsome-looking ogre.  While I have better armor … Continue reading


The Feel (no, not the feels)
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 9:00 am
I’ve given a disturbing amount of thought into why I primarily play female characters in MMOs (allowing my daughter to dictate my outfits, while applicable, is not a compelling reason as this trend predates her birth by several years).  I … Continue reading


Picture of the Day: Moonlight sonata
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2014, 3:16 pm



Quest for Glory: Dryad scavenger hunt
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2014, 12:00 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Quest for Glory 1. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) After my midnight adventures for Baba Yaga and a subsequent fight with five — count ‘em, five — … Continue reading


20 little things I’ve grown to love about WildStar
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2014, 9:00 am
As I adventure along, I find really cool little features or what have you about WildStar that make me go, that’s pretty awesome.  So why not list them? 1. How the game automatically puts any medishots in your inventory into … Continue reading


Are special editions and expansions getting too pricey?
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 September 2014, 8:29 am
It’s amazing to me not only how we get used to pretty significant changes in culture but how quickly we do so.  For example, a mere five years ago free-to-play MMOs represented a fringe business model, and we were shocked … Continue reading


Quest for Glory: The Baba Yaga’s task
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 September 2014, 12:20 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Quest for Glory 1. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) Well well well… we’re finally crossing the threshold of the dreaded Baba Yaga, the dreaded villain of the … Continue reading


RIFT: I am here to restore the light
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 September 2014, 9:00 am
I’ve been inching my way back into RIFT lately, but last night I decided to stop taking half-measures and just dive in.  As with pretty much all my returns to this game, I feel compelled to handicap myself by rolling … Continue reading


Tiny Tower Vegas review
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 September 2014, 1:20 pm
During my recent trip to PAX Prime in Seattle, I really only played two games on my own: a few short sessions of Star Trek Online and the brand-new Nimblebit title, Tiny Tower Vegas. I’m a hopeless sucker for Nimblebit … Continue reading


In defense of Star Trek Online’s ground game
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 September 2014, 9:00 am
Along with the now-broken “odd Star Trek movies suck, even ones are classic” trope, there’s the well-worn “space combat in Star Trek Online is pretty groovy, but the ground combat is the pits.” It’s an accusation that had more credibility … Continue reading


Poll: What MMOs are you currently playing?
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 September 2014, 8:05 am
Let’s keep it simple — no MOBAs, just MMOs that you’re currently playing (as in, within the last week or so)!


Quest for Glory: Neck Romancers
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2014, 11:32 am
(This is part of my journey playing through Quest for Glory 1. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) I really wonder what happened to this world to make it as messed-up as it is.  Maybe there … Continue reading


WildStar: I make this look *good*
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2014, 9:00 am
I haven’t spent a lot of time with WildStar’s costume editor, which is odd considering how much I do the same in games like Guild Wars 2 and LOTRO.  This is partially due to the very questionable decision of requiring … Continue reading


STO: Deep into the black and blue
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2014, 7:24 am
The only game I played during this past weekend at PAX was Star Trek Online.  It wasn’t just that I had an urge to go back to it, but that it played well with the hotel’s slow wifi and Cryptic … Continue reading


Titles ‘R Important
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2014, 3:26 pm
There are a few blog pieces going around explaining the reason behind their respective blog names, which I love.  Thinking Play pointed out a few blogs and delivered analysis of them, including yours truly: “Bio Break – It’s a common … Continue reading


Recovering from PAX Prime
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2014, 9:13 am
I am bushed. I flew back home last night after five days in Seattle for PAX Prime, and it was a relief to be back in familiar environs and to see my family.  I do like going on trips, but … Continue reading


Bio Break’s State of the Gamer
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2014, 9:00 am
I’ve had a whole lot kicking around in my head about what I’ve been playing, what I’d like to go back to playing, and what’s ahead that I’m looking forward to playing.  Might as well write it all down and … Continue reading


Month of DDO: Weed whacker
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2014, 9:00 am
For my final — yes, final — excursion for the Month of DDO, I wanted to get back to the roots of doing actual group content instead of just going through quests solo.  But even with the group finder going … Continue reading


Quest for Glory: Fifty shades of apples
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2014, 9:00 am
(This is part of my journey playing through Quest for Glory 1. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) I get the feeling that I’m being followed… must be my imagination, though. More general wanderings in the … Continue reading


Wacky Wandom Wednesday
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 August 2014, 9:00 am
I’m heading out to PAX Prime tomorrow, so I’m mostly focused on preparing for that, but here are a few nuggets of gaming goodness that have been happening in my life lately: WildStar My new helmet has a flaming eye … Continue reading


Battle Bards Episode 34: Feature that instrument!
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 August 2014, 9:00 am
While many soundtrack pieces are a collaboration between an entire orchestra, once in a while a single instrument will take the forefront and steal the spotlight.  Those tracks are the theme of today’s show, in which the faithful Bards choose … Continue reading


My new WildStar hat
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2014, 8:32 pm
Got this hat in one of my final boomboxes.  It’s so big… and yet… and yet I love it.  Even kind of goes with the funky shirt I’m wearing.  I mean, it’s no squig head, but it’ll do for now.


My 10 favorite SNES games
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 August 2014, 9:00 am
Izlain’s rundown of his favorite Sega Genesis games and a recent delve into nostalgia gaming videos have left me thinking, once again, about my beloved SNES console.  I played the heck out of the PlayStation in the 90s, but the … Continue reading


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