Do You Remember Dragon’s Prophet?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Whenever I end up looking at the SOE MMO lineup, I am always surprised to see a new MMO on the list. Down on the bottom row, second from the right, is Dragon’s Prophet.  And every time I see it, I think, “Hey, that’s new!”  As recently as my post post about the demise of […]


Bloodmyst Isle – The Worst Zone in WoW
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2014, 1:00 pm
I know I have rolled up a Draeni character or two at some point.  There was a time that, if you wanted a shaman on the alliance side of things, you had to make a Draeni.  I am sure I gave this a whirl at some point.  But when I looked through my list of […]


Civilization – We Have Met The Enemy, And It Is The Game Itself
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2014, 12:00 pm
We managed to assemble a group for the second week running, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds since we have already shown we will play if only two of us show up, letting the AI wreck havoc with the empires of those who fail to attend.  This time it started off with Mattman and […]


WoW Subscriptions Drop by 800K, But the Money Keeps Rolling In
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 6:00 pm
Activision-Blizzard got out in front of the press today to talk about quarterly results. In an unsurprising turn of events, World of Warcraft subscriptions dropped from 7.6 million in Q1 to 6.8 million in Q2 of 2014 as the long wait for Warlords of Draenor continued.  The last patch, Siege of Orgrimmar, is going to […]


The PLEX Idea Continues to Catch On as Darkfall Introduces DUEL
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 12:00 pm
We have another entry in the PLEX-like game item arena, this time for Darkfall.  Aventurine has been busy revamping Darkfall: Unholy Wars… or Darkfall 2.0 or just Darkfall, since the original isn’t around anymore… with class overhaul, a cash shop, a presence on Steam, and a rework of the UI. And with the latest update, […]


Warlords of Draenor Launch Date Update Date or Something
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 3:30 pm
For future reference, please note today’s date as the date we received a date for the date at which the actual launch date of the expansion would be revealed. Or, as Blizzard put it: A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the […]


Blow Up at F2OY-X
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 1:00 pm
I was a bit disappointed on Saturday.  There were a couple of strat ops planned, but they were both during time frames where I was not going to be able to come along.  I like strat ops because they tend to be based on timers or some other event that forces both sides to show […]


The Elder Scrolls Online Wants My Opinion, But Only if I am Quick About it!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2014, 1:00 pm
The launch of The Elder Scrolls Online came and went back in April. I played a bit during the beta.  Not that much, just enough for me to get the flavor of the game which, in my narrow point of view on the subject, was an Elder Scrolls game.  The necessary elements were there. But […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


TAGN Theme Test
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 9:42 am
I was playing around with WordPress themes last night and came up with this one… which happens to be the same one I use for my other blog, Piano Black, with some different colors. What do you think?   I’ve kept the old theme for nearly eight years.  Is it time for a change? Addendum: […]


Hot Blaugust Nights
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 2:00 pm
August is in the wings, waiting to bring with it the usual end of summer ennui on the gaming front. Nothing new ships.  Very little gets announced.  The releases we are looking forward to are generally somewhere off in autumn.  At times it feels like you should join half of France and just take August […]


July in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 4:00 pm
The Site No major upsets on the site this month, just the usual measure of gripes about little things. In a behind-the-scenes change, WordPress.com updated the editor so that it is no longer a window the a scroll bar within a page with a scroll bar.  I can appreciate trying to get away from the […]


Vanguard – All Sagas Must End
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Decades from now it seems likely that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be little more than a footnote in the history of the genre.  Facing at best lukewarm reviews and launching into the teeth of World of Warcraft’s expansion The Burning Crusade, some future investigator might not even feel the need to look into the […]


No Tears for Wizardry Online?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 5:00 pm
I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday. I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature.  And you find out exactly who they are […]


They see me bloggin’, they syndic-hatin’
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2014, 1:13 pm
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front. It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow.  They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images […]


They see me bloggin’, they syndic-hatin’
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2014, 1:13 pm
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front. It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow.  They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images […]


No Tears for Wizardry Online?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 5:00 pm
I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday. I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature.  And you find out exactly who they are […]


Vanguard – All Sagas Must End
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Decades from now it seems likely that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be little more than a footnote in the history of the genre.  Facing at best lukewarm reviews and launching into the teeth of World of Warcraft’s expansion The Burning Crusade, some future investigator might not even feel the need to look into the […]


July in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 4:00 pm
The Site No major upsets on the site this month, just the usual measure of gripes about little things. In a behind-the-scenes change, WordPress.com updated the editor so that it is no longer a window the a scroll bar within a page with a scroll bar.  I can appreciate trying to get away from the […]


Hot Blaugust Nights
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 2:00 pm
August is in the wings, waiting to bring with it the usual end of summer ennui on the gaming front. Nothing new ships.  Very little gets announced.  The releases we are looking forward to are generally somewhere off in autumn.  At times it feels like you should join half of France and just take August […]


TAGN Theme Test
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 9:42 am
I was playing around with WordPress themes last night and came up with this one… which happens to be the same one I use for my other blog, Piano Black, with some different colors. What do you think?   I’ve kept the old theme for nearly eight years.  Is it time for a change?Filed under: […]


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 […]


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