My WildStar crew, part 1
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 3:39 pm
With the WildStar beta weekend and the new patch boasting additional body options and hairstyles, I knew I had to make it my goal to log in and work on my future characters’ looks.  Here’s the crew of possibles that … Continue reading


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


Gabriel Knight 2: Werewolf hunt
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 12:10 pm
(This is part of my journey playing through Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) In our previous episode of Gabriel Knight 2, Gabe stumbles upon a very naked Von Zell … Continue reading


A Quiet Tower Shoot at KDV-DE
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 11:00 am
There was another chance to shoot things with lasers last night.  Reagalan was leading a fleet into Pure Blind to finish off one of the towers that had previously put into reinforce.  The destination was KDV-DE. We were a little slow getting off.  There was a call to meet up at the staging POS, where […]


Three Quick Tips for Better Blogging
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 11:00 am
Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket.


Narrative Character Development – 5 Year-Old Edition
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 10:20 pm

I present the following selection of statements as narrated by my youngest son during his genesis of a terrifying new creature. Why he suddenly began inventing this horrifying monstrosity, this harbinger of Ragnarok, this singer of the songs that will rend the very sun is one that scholars could debate for years to come and fail to arrive at a full and satisfying answer. There were but two imperatives of us as his scribes. Imperative the first: that we were to listen carefully to this description. Imperative the second: that we document, presumably for posterity, said description.

I hasten to point out that this account is as close to precisely dictated as we could manage. He was talking fast, and, honestly, there was a lot of us trying to stifle our laughter.

So, after the bump below – with a few editorial notes of my own – I'd like to introduce you to the Chopper Shark. May you live in fear of its uncertain benevolence for your years to come.

-- Credit to ElysiaGWJ for dictation and images --

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LOTRO 7th Anniversary Festival Guide
Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 6:46 am
LOTRO is celebrating seven years! This year’s event is going on from April 15 – 29th.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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.) […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, seasons 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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: ************************************************* […]


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