Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter Campaign Winds Down
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2014, 4:00 pm
The Kickstarter for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen finished up earlier today. While there was a surge of pledges at the end, the final total came in at $460,657, well shy of the $800,000 goal. (But about where I predicted back on January 1st.) The daily numbers ended up looking like this according to Kicktraq: […]


Is PvP a Requirement for All MMOs?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2014, 12:00 pm
One of my gripes about the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter campaign was about PvP. PvP was a stretch goal, but I was annoyed that it was on the list in any form at all.  The promise of Pantheon seemed, to me at least, to be getting back to a difficult and dangerous PvE […]


Show Me The Planets Contest Reminder
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2014, 11:00 am
My contest to give away a Mystery Code from the EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition has just a few more days to run.  You can find the full rules and other details here, but in brief, you have until Saturday to enter. The latest entry I have is from Kirith Kodachi, and it really […]


Warlords of Draenor to be a $60 Expansion? And Something About Insta-90s
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2014, 1:00 pm
A controversial bit of information slipped out last week when Blizzard accidentally let the “boost to level 90″ option show up in the in-game store at one point during patch day.  The error was quickly fixed, but the word was out.  WoW Insider had a screen shot indicating that Blizzard was not only officially on-board […]


Diablo III Version 2.0
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 February 2014, 11:00 am
Blizzard dropped… after a fashion… the 2.0 patch for Diablo III yesterday. That was the first of the three events planned for the next month or so for Diablo III.  There is the patch, the removal of the Auction House on March 18th, and the release of the (first?) expansion for the game, Reaper of […]


$10 Gets Your Character’s Name on the EVE Online Monument
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2014, 10:30 am
The cut-off date for character names to make it onto the EVE Online monument thing is fast approaching.  From the original announcement: The monument will stand atop a half meter tall metal-plated concrete platform that will have the names of all the “main characters” of all active EVE Online players etched upon it. This list […]


Warcraft III – In Search of the Pre-History of WoW
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2014, 12:00 pm
My relationship with Blizzard and its games is odd in that Warcraft has never been all that interesting to me. Well, I suppose that, in and of itself isn’t odd.  Warcraft doesn’t interest a lot of people I am sure. But that fact that World of Warcraft has ended up being my MMORPG of choice […]


February in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2014, 2:00 pm
The Site After a couple months I have decided that I really like the MMO Blogesphere feed that I put in the side bar.  I just wish it was a little more reliable.  I grow tired of seeing this half the time. Life in the internet age.  I have tinkered around with a couple of […]


Monday Morning March Musings on WoW
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Here we sit.  It is the first Monday in March.  It is wet and cold, even here in California. (If only briefly. It should be 70 degrees by the end of the week again.)  Still, spring seems a long way off, and in the overcast I started musing about the state of various things in […]


Thinking on Free
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2014, 12:00 pm
The word “free” comes with quite a bit of baggage.  Just sticking to money, as opposed to freedom, rights, and so forth, the baggage is not always flattering.  I see things being offered as “free” all the time, usually falling into one of these categories (straight from my spam folder): Buy one, get one free […]


Report from New Tristram
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Wasn’t 2012 going to be the year of the heir to Diablo II? We had multiple contenders.  There was the designated heir, Diablo III and all the weight Blizzard could bring to bear.  There was Torchlight II, from a team that included many of the people who actually made Diablo II back in the day.  […]


EVE Online to Offer Cosmetic Options for Ships
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Or, for about $2.00, you can paint your big old space wagon. (Smaller ships may cost much less.) CCP has a Dev Post up about a pilot program for cosmetic options to allow pilots to customize the appearance of their ships.  People have talked about it for ages, with the range of ideas going from […]


And Sometimes Google Just Freaks Me Out…
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 March 2014, 12:30 pm
I opened my browser to see a new Google doodle.  Something to do with cake.  So I moused over it to see what was being celebrated. Wait, what?  I am today’s doodle? And then I realized that I was logged in to Google and had no doubt entered a date of birth somewhere along the […]


Show Me The Planets Contest Results
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 March 2014, 2:00 pm
I realized at some point late yesterday afternoon that I had a contest to wrap up today.  It has been a busy week.  Winners had to be picked, prizes arranged, and a post had to be written. The first two were relatively manageable when compared to the third.  I always forget what a minor pain […]


Insta-Levels Come to EverQuest
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 March 2014, 12:00 pm
Paid boosts to higher levels were pretty much a given for EverQuest at some point.  The only real question I have is why it took this long.  After all, EverQuest II got its own insta-level scheme… erm, “heroic character” plan… way back in October of last year. My guess is that they wanted to wait […]


Warlords of Draenor to be a $50 Expansion? And Something About Insta-90s
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 March 2014, 3:30 pm
And while we were on the topic of insta levels… Blizzard has finally opened up pre-orders for the Warlords of Draenor expansion.  The price falls between my expectations and my fears.  WoW expansions have been $40 items up until this point, while the EuroGamer article two weeks back said the expansion would be $60. (Though […]


Diablo III – Two Acts and Forty Levels
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 March 2014, 1:00 pm
The experience, and the levels, have been flowing quite freely in Diablo III, as various boosts and bonuses stack up. First, there is the xp boost for playing in Hard mode versus normal.  As I recall, that gives you an extra 75% boost in both the xp and gold departments. Then there is the current […]


How Blizzard Got Me to Play Hearthstone
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard’s Warcraft themed digital collectable card game, went live rather suddenly yesterday.  There was a patch, a press release, and, hey presto, it was no longer in beta. I suppose I should applaud Blizzard for not keeping the game in eternal beta, though that sort of behavior might have fallen out […]


Fox Tails, Goblins, and Bandor’s Flagon
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 March 2014, 1:00 pm
The MUD just crashed! Hurry, you need to reconnect! Come on young elf!  This is your opportunity to get a piece or two of badly needed equipment! Run run run! Forget Kobold Village.  There probably isn’t anything there you need. You must run to the Faerie Forest with all haste! That was the rhythm of […]


MyDream is to do What to Minecraft?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 March 2014, 4:00 pm
First there was Minecraft, as it was good. Or many people thought it was. It flourished and blossomed and jumped to different platforms and generally made Notch and his company quite a large pile of money. It never really appealed to me, but I could still see the magic.  It was open and allowed you […]


But That is the Name the Random Generator Gave Me!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 March 2014, 12:00 pm
My pal Xyd sent me this picture from the new character creation screen in WoW. Random name generators are always fun, but since he was making a Panderan, was the name generator trying to make a joke about Chinese names?Filed under: entertainment, World of Warcraft Tagged: Name Generator


The Insta-90 Choice is… Death Knight
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 March 2014, 2:00 pm
I went out and pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor because… well… because I wanted to play with the whole insta-90 thing and I didn’t want to just lay out $60 for the pleasure with nothing else to show for it.  At least I have the expansion queued up for some time this year.  This is what […]


Firiona Vie’s Quinceañera – Happy Anniversary EverQuest
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Fifteen years of EverQuest. This is usually the day every year when I drag out the nostalgia, along with a few appropriate pictures, and reflect on my history with the game and whether it remains relevant to me or not. So why should this year be any different? SOE as well has seen fit to […]


Level 85 in EverQuest… Now What?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 March 2014, 2:00 pm
these new boost 90s are ruining the game -Search term of the day Last week we got insta-level boosts in both EverQuest and World of Warcraft. In WoW they are a $60 option, though you get one “free” with the purchase or pre-order of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. In EQ they are a $35 […]


Level 85 in EverQuest… Now What?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 March 2014, 2:00 pm
these new boost 90s are ruining the game -Search term of the day Last week we got insta-level boosts in both EverQuest and World of Warcraft. In WoW they are a $60 option, though you get one “free” with the purchase or pre-order of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. In EQ they are a $35 […]


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