Death to the cash shop
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 May 2014, 1:52 am
After paying my first subscription payment for Elder Scrolls Online I’m reinforced in my belief that Free-2-Play/Freemium is a poisoned chalice instead of the golden goblet of awesome that the F2P revolution always alluded to. Not that I don’t see the benefits that the shift has brought with it, removing the barriers and opening up […]

That lived in feeling
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2014, 6:15 pm
Of all the elements that a MMO game brings to the table the environment is the one that can really make the game feel like a Home for it’s players. In a usual single player game the environment can be highly detailed enough to dispel belief for the 20 to 30 hours it takes to complete […]

We could be legion
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 May 2014, 8:42 am
I have to admit that I was disappointed when CCP announced that Dust 514 was only going to be out on Playstation, but wither the decision was made to avoid sapping the Eve Online player base or due to an exclusive deal with Sony, the choice looks to have been the wrong one with reports […]

Blogging with WordPress
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 May 2014, 1:44 am
Since migrating my blog to WordPress I haven’t regretted the decision. Mine of course is a hosted blog rather then using a free or hosted one over at The good thing is much of the process is now automated, updates automatically install, of if you rather it will prompt you to update. In the […]

All hail the new flesh
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2014, 7:01 pm
The Newbie Blogger Initiative 2014 is in full swing and there are a stack of new bloggers, my RSS reader is slightly more crazy than normal. Not that this is a bad thing, it means I need to make a little more time to read through the extra posts. The list is growing by the […]

How do you RSS?
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2014, 4:10 pm
A few months prior to the Google announcement that Reader was going to cease operation I migrated my collection of RSS feeds over to NewsBlur. Mostly as I was getting annoyed at the Reader interface plus it gave me a chance to remove those abandoned blogs. After using the site for a few months I […]

Free-to-play warfare
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2014, 1:51 pm
Ahh the sirenic call of World of Tanks pulls me back to the fast paced match based gameplay once again. To be fair I enjoy World of Tanks and they recent celebrated their 3rd Anniversary since launch, I have played the game since early beta and the urge to play comes in six monthly waves. […]

Adventures in blogging
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2014, 3:04 pm
This an odd blog post as this month will be the 14th anniversary of me owning the domain. I have been using the name welshtroll since around 2008 and my website content was housed on various 3rd party site such as Tripod and could only be reached via Tripod URL the static content was […]

Respecification, or how I learned to love my build
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 May 2014, 2:20 pm
Single player games often have many avenues if approach, if you play the game in a certain way you get an achievement, for example not killing any enemies, not losing any team members or completing on a certainly difficulty. What to play in a different fashion then you just head to the main menu and […]

Being all socially enabled
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2014, 8:21 pm
I’ve set up a Facebook Page and a Google+ plus for my site, rather that having additional accounts to maintain they have been set-up as fan pages, but I’ve been trailing push my blog posts updates out to those platforms, which isn’t too bad. You can reach the Facebook page here And the Google Plus […]

Transistor is nearly here
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2014, 6:32 pm
The follow up game to Supergiant’s game Bastion is due out next month and I’m very excited. The game is another RPG but with a Sci-Fi theme and the artwork has a very Art Deco feel to it, while still keeping the isometric view. The female protagonist called is a popular singer called Red who […]

There is nothing quite like
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 April 2014, 2:27 pm
Today is the 10th anniversary of the launch of the City of Heroes game. Sadly the game The game is remembered by the fans, the community still talk about the game, memories of it and what the future holds on sites such as the Titan Network and Facebook groups, not forgetting the chatter over at Missing […]

Excuse the mess
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 April 2014, 10:45 pm
I have had to hack about with my Blog somewhat today, hopefully it shall be back to normal soon.

TESO : A visual tour
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 April 2014, 4:30 am
Since I have been away for a week and a little under the weather I haven’t got many posts typed up, so I thought I would share some Screenshots from The Elder Scrolls Online. There are many to occasions where you spot a great visual as your playing but as I tend to favour removing the […]

Why I support NBI 2014
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 April 2014, 3:00 am
Every time I write NBI I get Nativity in Black suck in my head, stupid dyslexia. This is a post about the Newbie Blogger Initiative for 2014, many of the people that visit my blog are likely to be aware of this but it’s worth a quick post for anyone that isn’t. The NBI is […]

WBN 2014
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2014, 7:17 pm
Yay World book night is almost here again. This is my 3rd year as a giver and the number of books to given out has shrunk to 18, which to be honest isn’t a bad thing as I’d had trouble giving away the last few of each box so hopefully this year I’ll run out […]

Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 1:57 am
As SoE close the door on some of their titles such as Vanguard and Free Realms their efforts are being refocused on the newer MMO games on the horizon, one of which is H1Z1. I’m a little dissapointed that Free Realms is going, as Little Troll gets older I was hoping to introduce him to […]

When I hear a honk …
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 2:03 pm
I’m suddenly thrown back into Left for Dead 2 at the Dark Carnival panicking that a clown is about to attack us

Exemplar Performance
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 3:58 pm
It’s been 16 months since NCSoft pulled the plug on the first and IMO best SuperHero/Villain themed MMO, there is barely a week that passes without me hearing a small reference to that game in one shape or another. Admittedly it’s more often than not @FlyinPinkMunki or myself lamenting users on mumble about the fun […]

No substitute for a good skill system
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 12:39 pm
TESO has avoided the traditional/historical MMO pit of 30 powers on your character toolbars, leaving you bewildered if you have been away for more than 3 days. Infact much of the skill system centres around passive skills that are unlockable against armour, race, weapon or class. This allows you to gain bonus such as benefits […]

Ability void
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 6:52 pm
Secret World is a tough beast to wrestle, its open and welcoming skill system doesn’t hinder you or your progress when you start the game but as you progress the underlying system becomes apparent and your choices are almost funnelled towards a cookie cutter skills and builds. This is frustrating as the skill system is […]

A Week in meh
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2014, 2:05 am
After my brief weekend adventures in TESO last weekend I was pretty much bedridden for the rest of last week with an infection. Thankfully my antibiotics kicked in quick enough for me to enjoy some of the World of Tanks 3rd Anniversary content. Aside from the 5 times XP for first victory, one of the […]

TESO:The new kid
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 April 2014, 1:55 am
The start of a new MMO is always an exciting time, from the moment that you jump into the character creator to handing in your first quest. The perfect scenario is often ruin by “launch day problems”, but in many cases the problem isn’t due to the launch at all, frequently it’s implementation of limiting […]

Raptr Rapture
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 April 2014, 9:37 am
Over the last few months I have found Raptr difficult to deal with, I haven’t been able to get Planetside 2 to work for months now, despite it not changing at all. I have tried all the usual trick and scans and manually selecting games, to no joy. Now that I’d playing Elder Scrolls Online […]

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