It is another Friday where I have some topics rattling around that I want to mention but am not really keen to make full posts about. And so we return to bullet points… the format of which seems to have moved away from actual bullet points over the last few posts.
STO on Consoles
Start Trek Online never did much for me, but it does keep chugging along as the title made the jump to consoles last week.
Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have brought the six year old game to PlayStation 4 and XBox One, updating the control scheme for the consoles so that players can enjoy all those episodes of content, some console exclusives, and the joy of lock boxes, from the comfort of their family room. I am mildly surprised at the move.
The Ghost of Legends of Norrath
And speaking of lock boxes, the late SOE/Daybreak collectable card game Legends of Norrath may have gone west back in August, but the spirit of its loot cards carries on, haunting the cash shop. Loot cards from the second season of the game… which must put them from about 2008 I would guess… will be available from the Daybreak Store in simulated foil packs that prevent you from knowing what you’re going to get until you’ve paid for it. This was done previously for season one of the game. While I am sure there is some hard core completionist out there looking to complete their collection, I couldn’t begin to tell you what any season had to offer, so for me this isn’t even a pig in a poke, but mystery wrapped in an enigma and listed in the cash shop.
SuperData July Numbers
I just like the SuperData charts every month. (June’s here) A single chart by itself can be dubious, but a series of charts created using even flawed data gathering methodologies can provide unintended insights.
I don’t have any such insights yet, but there is the chart. More of the same, with Pokemon Go making its debut at the top of the mobile chart. We’ll see what the August chart looks like soon enough, once it shows up on the SuperData Blog.
EVE Omega Rewards
With the coming of the very New Eden flavor of Free to Play this November, some of the usual parts of the transition parade have made their appearances, including a bonus package to remind current subscribers that they are indeed special snowflakes and of great value to the company. There is even a special ship, the Society of Conscious Thought destroyer the Sunesis, the name of which I expect to be mangled on coms should we ever see one in space.
However, in order to get any of that bonus pack you have to have an account subscribed and in good standing by 23:59 UTC on September 16, 2016. Considering that today is the 16th and that this post is going live at 17:15 UTC, that doesn’t leave you much time to get on the spaceship gravy train.
EVE Vegas is coming at the end of October and I am on board to attend. The list of announced speakers include Dave Andrews of Just for Crits who is going to be giving a talk about EVE Online bloggers and streams as we glare at him, daring him to call us out. Also, he used to work for SOE, so I have a few, “Seriously, WTF?” questions for him. Might have to wait until drinks have been flowing for a bit at the Saturday night party.
The event is not that far off, to the point that I ought to be encouraging people to buy their tickets NOW before they sell out, but it sounds like tickets are still available in quantity. I think the dates chosen, October 28-30… the weekend before Halloween, which falls on a Monday this year… was perhaps sub-optimal, as people often have plans for that and, of course, it is a party weekend in Vegas so cheap rooms and discount flights are sparse. On the bright side, this is probably one weekend where any cosplay will totally not stand out.
More information about the event is available at the official EVE Vegas site.