All things me
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 March 2015, 6:58 am
Here is my obligatory sorry I haven’t blogged anything for weeks post, hopefully to be more consistent from now on. To recap here is a short trip through my last month. Work Yay I managed to get the piece of work out of the door that I was working on, to say I underestimated the size […]

Too much work
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2015, 3:01 pm
Well my blogging has taken a big hit as I’ve been a little overwealmed with a project at work that is creeping into my free time a little.  When that happens my blogging schedule is usually the first victim. Outside of the out of hours support that I usually do, I’m certainly not in favour […]

Friendly Bytes
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2015, 5:24 pm
I recently followed the Twitter conversation and blog posts the last week which focused on discussion around online friendships, what they mean to people, experiences and how they rank against real-life relationships. You can read them here : Belghast – Braxwolf – Liore - ContainsModeratePeril While reading these I was reminded of a post that I wrote during the hectic month […]

Hidden in plain sight
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2015, 9:12 am
The Secret World still remains one of my favourite MMO games, of course as with many titles games I’ve not played it in time but given the chance I’d return to the Secret World concealed within this one. I played from launch and even though there were a large number of us initially, the familiar faces soon […]

Excited, understatement!
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2015, 1:20 am
So 18 months after my local phone exchange was converted, fibre to the cabinet that serves my phone line, has finally been completed. Which means I don’t have to keep checking the blasted website every week. Admittedly when I last contacted BT the indicated that the already stood cabinet may be completed by the end […]

The owls are not what they seem
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 February 2015, 3:30 pm
As much as the Steam Box is exciting and the idea of being able to access my game library on the couch is one that thrills me, the fact of the matter is everyone that I have talked too about having a SteamOS enabled living area, has pretty much indicated that they would most likely […]

Off to the Shadow Realms with you
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 February 2015, 6:04 pm
I was a little stunned by the announcement that Biowares Asymmetric multiplayer dungeon “crawler” was being canned, especially as the focus seems to indicate that the development resources were being channelled into Dragon Age, Mass Effect and another IP. As Syp puts it, this IP was something new from Bioware in over 6 years, in […]

More plugin fun
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 February 2015, 7:18 am
So after my toe-dipping exercise into making a plugin to cater for adding text to the publicize functionality, I decide to build a proper admin screen for the plugin, which I have to admit wasn’t as complex as I first thought it would be. First up was the text to be inserted, I found out […]

OP Respawn timer
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 February 2015, 3:54 pm
For us massive multiplayer gamers news about our games can often be hidden away behind the console and triple AAA game news on a mainstream game news site. It might not seem like much but Massively, as the name suggests, was just that. It was a place without the majority of column space taking about […]

Social linking text plugin
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2015, 5:12 pm
Whenever I make a post I like to have the Publicize element of Jetpack update my Social Media stuff when I make a new post. However I like to prefix the message that goes out with the text “[Blog]” so that on twitter it’s clean that I’m not just linking to something random. I usually remember […]

So long GChat
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 February 2015, 2:31 pm
I’ve been using Google Talk for years now, primarily because it means I don’t have to have chrome running to use the chat plus the install is very lightweight. Along with with having different styles that allow me to just see the messages and hides all avatars of the chatters. Of course the best functionality […]

SOE betide
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 February 2015, 1:04 am
Well it’s safe to say that the news that SOE has been sold, further cements my belief that the companies strategy hasn’t been great over the last few years. For me personally the cash shop focus has been awful and abused to the point that many players stopped buying into the OP/Nerf cycle. Release CashShop Overpowered Item […]

Same site, New host
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 February 2015, 2:44 pm
So after 9 years with Evohosting the time came to seek out a new company to handle my relatively low space and bandwidth requirements, with 5 Domains and really wanting a UK based host, it was a rather trickier task than I first thought. The biggest problem I was encountering was that most of the […]

Gaming wishlist for 2015
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 January 2015, 2:38 pm
Another year and my Steam Library grows even fuller not helped in the slightest by the sales, of course there are many new games going out this year that I’m also looking forward to. There are some new titles and many re-vamp or successor Big Pharma by Twice Circled – The idea behind the game […]

Reaping Kickstarter rewards
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 January 2015, 4:50 pm
In 2014 crowd funding continued with some epically failing to reach the starting line, while others silently gained momentum smashing their targets. It was also the year that early access seemed to be everywhere, maybe a little too much in some case as the public want to make sure they are buying into the thing […]

Tapping to Win
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 January 2015, 6:55 pm
For the past few months I’ve been playing the Simpsons Tapped out game on my Nexus 7, mostly on the insistence of my darling wife FlyinPinkMunki. Of course the first statement is “Yes it’s a cash shop game” however considering how long I have been playing it I’ve only spent £3 on it, which probably […]

Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 January 2015, 4:31 am
Happy New Year bloggers! Well despite my best efforts I couldn’t get my blogging mojo back into gear in the tail end of 2014, which I know if a recurring problem for me. Admittedly I have swapped back to my old team at work and rejoined the Out of Hours support Rota, which has left […]

Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 November 2014, 12:05 pm
The latest couchpodtatoes episode covers this topic while agree with much of what was said, I wanted to write up a response to the topic that was discussed on the show, mostly as it’s a topic that I feel can break a game. I have wax lyrically about games that avoid levels before now. First […]

SoW: Update 2 & Bragging Rights
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2014, 4:45 pm
Over the past week I have played SoW almost everyday, the short match times work nicely with the time I have to game. Warhead is still my favourite character and remains in rotation of the free Sentinels which means I’ve not always been fast enough to pick him at selection. However I have been using […]

SoW – Progress week 1
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2014, 8:28 am
I have played some more Shards of War this week, fitting in a few matches each day. The games is still in development and hopefully things like the matchmaking will improve as time passes. I wasn’t aware until this week that the “Dragon” could be obtained and used to lane push, similar to Strifes giant […]

Waves of Co-op Fun
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2014, 7:09 am
Yesterday FlyinPinkMunki and I joined in with another Bragtoberfest event playing some Team Fortress 2 with Izlain, Doone, Roger and Jeromai. As shooters go TF2 is such good fun, compared the game to other modern shooters and the classes are much more varied and give you many different roles to play.Perhaps it’s why it’s so easy […]

A whole lotta Moba
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 4:15 pm
I can’t say I have ever been a sports fan, in a traditional sense at least. While younger I would often get caught up in sports that were on the TV but I have to admit that I’m enjoying the e-sports element that League of Legends brings to the table. The World series is currently running at […]

Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2014, 4:59 pm
After a bad month for gaming as a whole the hosts of the Couch Podtatoes podcast Izlain and J3w3l have transformed October in to a month of fun filled activities focused around games. The event has it’s own ANook page which participants can use to apply for and co-ordinate gaming, it can be found here […]

Hawk the Slayer’s rubbish!
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 September 2014, 4:18 pm
So yesterday was the anniversary of one of my all time favourite TV shows: Spaced. Fifteen years ago it aired in the UK on Channel 4 and quickly obtained a cult following despite it’s limited run of two series. What? Spaced featured two strangers who have to put on a charade in order to rent a flat, […]

Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 September 2014, 2:20 pm
So this weekend I grabbed Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms (via Steam) which is the latest offering from Ubisoft. It’s a third person shooter title that has been out since April and really does jumps in the Free to Play melting pot with both feet. After my Planetside 2 experiences I wasn’t expecting much here […]

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