Quote of the Day – When You Have a F2P Hammer, Every Nail is a Microtransaction
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:00 pm
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]


Quote of the Day – When You Have a F2P Hammer, Every Nail is a Microtransaction
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:00 pm
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]


Lasers and Towers and Black Legion in Pure Blind
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 2:00 pm
The tempo of operations has picked up a bit in Deklein.  The rumor on coms is that The Mittani has returned from some press junket and is getting all the veterans of foreign wars, now loafing about the region, warmed up and engaged so that we are ready to go when all eyes turn towards […]


Civilization – The End of the Mongols and the Coming Conflict
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 11:00 am
Friday night we got ourselves together in the designated Google hangout in order to return to our game of Civilization V. Mattman, Potshot, and I were ready to go, but Loghound had some guests to evict or some such, so we got the game warmed up and ready while he set about pointing people towards […]


Siphon Extortion – Working as Intended
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 April 2014, 3:00 pm
Our alliance chief sent out a pastebin over coms the other day featuring a “nice towers, shame if something happened to them” extortion approach.  (Name replaced with SG for “some guy,” which is his approximate level of notoriety.) SG > 250 mil a week and i leave tnt towers alone. SG > Will save you […]


Coming Soon: Alamo teechs u 2 play LOTRO
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 April 2014, 11:00 am
With the announcement that Lord of the Rings Online will be introducing Beornings, the shape shifters/skin changers from The Hobbit, to the game, it can only be a matter of time before Alamo, teacher of all thing durid in World of Warcraft brings his lessons to Middle-earth. The draft so far starts off with: ************************************************* […]


World of Darkness Goes Dark
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 12:00 pm
CCP Games today announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online (MMO) game project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio. As a result of the change, 56 employees of the Atlanta studio have lost their jobs.  Some team members have been offered roles on other projects inside the company, and […]


Pantheon: Mostly Fallen… for Now
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 10:00 am
A few weeks back I took a look at the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and the state of affairs since it failed to meet its goal on Kickstarter. I was particularly interested in how crowd funding would work in and environment where there was no critical mass to achieve.  My guess was that people […]


Landmark – In Which I Claim
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 April 2014, 4:00 pm
My seven days of Landmark wind up today, so I thought I would use a little bit of the remaining time to take one more look. My main goal was just to stake a claim, just because I could.  I was prompted by Liore’s guide to doing just that, because I realized I had all […]


H1Z1… Because… Zombies?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2014, 3:00 pm
SOE has announced their previously hinted at zombie apocalypse (I get a twofer on that word today, because lasers) horror survival “dedicated to Star Wars Galaxies players” game yesterday. I think it is just that sort of dedication that brought about the NGE, no?  I guess if SOE can figure out that Landmark isn’t an […]


Lasers at Last
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2014, 1:00 pm
I might be coming out of my EVE Online malaise… a bit.  Aside from corp day ice mining, I haven’t really logged on to do anything in the game aside from update skill queues.  And I even let that slip at one point. Oh sure, now the Neocom app tells me I only have 2 […]


Birth of a Civilization
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 April 2014, 1:00 pm
The Strategy Group got together last Friday night for our first run at Civilization V. We managed to browbeat Potshot into upgrading to the Gods and Kings and Brave New World expansions, which I understand was cheaper than trying to just get Gods and Kings, which was our target content.  That gave us religion as […]


EVE Online – CSM9 Voting Begins
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2014, 4:00 pm
The time has come to elect a new Council of Stellar Management in EVE Online.  CCP even has a fresh new logo for ninth CSM. Voting runs from now through April 22. CCP has a nice page up describing the voting process and the changes from last year, along with a statement about how vitally […]


The Seven Day Landmark
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2014, 12:00 pm
This dropped into my in box on Friday afternoon, Subject: Your Access to the Landmark Closed Beta is Ready! YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED Congratulations, You’ve got seven days of access to the Landmark Closed Beta, beginning now! If you redeem an additional Time-Limited Closed Beta key, that seven days will be added to your […]


One Hundred and Twenty Million Skill Points
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 April 2014, 12:00 pm
Months pass, season change, and suddenly I am at another round number with my main character in EVE Online.  You can see the timeline of round numbers so far: Ten million – November 2007 Twenty million – June 2008 Thirty million – January 2009 Forty million – August 2009 Fifty million – March 2010 Sixty […]


Coming Soon – Burn Jita 3
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 April 2014, 2:00 pm
People have been wondering in the EVE forums if Burn Jita is going to happen again this year. There has been no official announcement so far. But finally, we have a clear sign… someone has started making posters for it!  The rule is always, first Photoshop, then action! Self-proclaimed Goon nemesis Gevlon has already been […]


The Elder Scrolls Online – It’s Here
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 April 2014, 3:00 pm
Today is the official go-live date for The Elder Scrolls Online.  I was a bit skeptical about them hitting their target in good order, especially after a couple of the beta weekends, but here we are. And what I have read online so far seems to indicate that things are going well.  SynCaine, something of […]


Friday Morning Blizzard Roundup
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 April 2014, 11:00 am
It is Friday and Blizzard has announced a bunch of things this week, wisely waiting until after April Fools day. (Unlike CCP, which did a Dev Post on drones and Summer expansion forum posts on mining ships and Nosferatu upgrades on April 1st just to torment us. I am still not convinced they are real.) […]


A State of Civilization
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 April 2014, 2:00 pm
The… well… I am not sure what to call our Age of Kings group, especially since this post will be about us not playing Age of Kings. I suppose I will call us the Strategy Group, lacking any other ideas.  We seem to be picking titles in genres where strategy is the common denominator.  And […]


Quote of the Day – Never Shutting Down EverQuest
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 7:00 pm
EverQuest and EverQuest II? We hope they never die. We have no intention of ever shutting those games down. -David Georgeson, interview at IGN I was just picking on Georgeson this week because of a quote from a year back about the idea that MMOs should never die.  Of course, this week we saw SOE […]


A Return to Pokemon
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 April 2014, 12:00 pm
I can hear some of you groaning even now.  Hush! While 2014 might be the Year of Faff elsewhere, around here it seems more like the year of renewal and return to past happy times.  Nothing new around these parts.  I am bland about The Elder Scrolls Online, completely indifferent to WildStar, and can’t think […]


April Fools at Blizzard – 2014
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 April 2014, 10:00 am
The day is upon us, April Fools, where we must filter through the funny, the flat, the trite, and the just plain mean. Blizzard has always spent some effort on this front, and usually has something interesting for us each year.  You can look at past reviews: April 2009 April 2010 April 2011 April 2012 […]


Small Items for a Cold Friday in March
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2014, 12:00 pm
It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley.  I put on a jacket last night.  And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late.  Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered. It is […]


WowCraft Episode 1- Character Creation
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2014, 6:00 pm
A new humor series about World of Warcraft is starting on YouTube.  Called WowCraft, it naturally opens with character creation. I like the criteria presented for class selection.  Simple and direct. On the other hand, I never have much problem with name selection.  I suspect my conventions for character naming are… different.Filed under: Humor, World […]


A Farewell to Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 March 2014, 1:00 pm
No.  No more kids games.  Kids don’t spend well and it’s very difficult to run a kids game.  Turns out Kids do mean stuff to each other a lot. John Smedley, Reddit AMA Back towards the end of January, SOE announced that it would be closing down four of its titles this year.  The closures […]


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