I got another WordPress.com achievement this month.
In the context of WordPress.com, a follower is somebody with a WP.com account that follows your blog so they can view updates in the WP.com reader. This surprises me both because I am not all that fond of the WP.com reader and because I muted notifications about new followers a while back, so wasn’t really keeping track at all. Also I turned off that little floating thing that has the “follow” button, so I am not sure how people even do the follow thing here at this point.
But now I have accrued 1,003 followers in the last 6 years, which is when “follow” became a thing on WP.com. If you know how, you can find a list of all of your followers. Mine is 51pages long and full of people I don’t recall. But my third follower ever was Stargrace. She has been pretty busy of late. And follower 1,000 was Adam Harkus, who is a guitarist and travels.
Of course, a thousand isn’t all that many people and this month has actually seen another drop in page views. The previous time I mentioned it, Google was the reason. There was a date after which referrals from Google dropped by about 25% daily.
This month however Google has remained steady. Instead the drop has come from referrals from other blogs and related sites. I don’t know if the election and its aftermath has everybody otherwise occupied or if I am just wrote dull stuff this month… I certainly did not write much about WoW and haven’t been in a war in EVE… but on average a good 100 people a day simply aren’t clicking on links that lead to my site. Life in blog lane.
One Year Ago
The launch of Fallout 4 caused a dip in porn viewing on the internet.
Nintendo announced they were re-releasing Pokemon Red, Blue, & Yellow on the 3DS Virtual Console.
BlizzCon was approaching and I laid out a “need vs greed” list of things I thought would happen at the event. But before BlizzCon there had to be the Q3 quarterly results. The big news was that World of Warcraft held steady and had 5.5 million subscribers. However, Blizzard said they were not going to talk about subscription numbers any more. They would be talking about Candy Crush Saga though, having purchased King for 5.9 billion dollars.
Then BlizzCon came and I had to score my list.
It also slipped out a bit early that the WoW Legion expansion would not hit until summer 2016, September 21 being the last possible date listed, which seemed a long ways off. I wasn’t yet ready to return to the game. I used gold to grab a WoW Token for 30 days of play time and spend the most of it just earning that money back running missions in my garrison.
I dipped my toe back in Lord of the Rings Online for a bit.
Still playing Minecraft, I finished up the Great Northern Road and highlighted the guardian farm that Aaron built.
In New Eden, the Parallax expansion was released, the last named monthly update
There was also the start of the ill-fated Fountain War Kickstarter campaign, which was plagued by hubris, gaffes, bad ideas, and “Grrr Goons” hostility. Not that it didn’t deserve some of the latter as it was a clusterfuck and was not winning fast enough. It was finally cancelled before the clock ran down, but it left a bad taste in everybody’s mouth.
There was also a Fountain War video which was better received… but then nobody was asking for $150,000 to produce it.
Meanwhile, another member of CSM X got cut. Not a Goon.
CCP Quant took his EVE Vegas presentation and made it the first of the monthly EVE Economic reports to be publish.
And actually in the game, the Reavers were down in Wicked Creek to spar with TEST. We were not there long, but it was one of those deployments that generated its own legends in the SIG. We were called back because a small war was brewing in Cloud Ring against some foes, old and new. Some had no sov and were hitting us from low sec. We fell on them when we could in what was being dubbed the “Kickstarter War.” Herein lay some of the seeds of what would be called the “Casino War” and, later, “World War Bee.”
Over at Daybreak, EverQuest II got the Terrors of Thalumbra of expansion while EverQuest got expansion number 22, The Broken Mirror. There was the Phinigel “true box” progression server coming up for EverQuest. The EverQuest II server consolidation was wrapping up, on Stormhold the Kingdom of Sky expansion was voted down, and the game turned 11, all of which I covered in a single post.
Daybreak also shut down Dragon’s Prophet, which lives on in Europe under another publisher.
Smed, gone from Daybreak, wanted to stop talking about money when it came to video games.
And finally, I had a test… a Star Wars test… for those wishing to date my daughter.
Five Years Ago
I looked back at the Star Wars Extended Universe novel Heir to Empire, which turned 20 years old. That might be my most coherent piece on the site.
In EVE Online, the upcoming Crucible expansion had a chance to remove the Incarna stink from the game. Oh, and ship trails were back. And Hulkageddon V was announced… about six months early it turns out.
I reviewed my 2011 MMO outlook. Rift appeared to be the unlikely winner, while DCUO had already gone F2P.
Speaking of going F2P in under a year, I had my first peek at Star Wars: The Old Republic in the beta. Pre-NDA drop, I used Star Wars Galaxies to describe the game as nothing new. Then the NDA dropped and I bitched some more. I did not find the game fun, cancelled my pre-order, and went back to Rift.
And then there was EverQuest II going free to play on all servers, which made me wonder what else in the SOE line up might follow suit.
The, suddenly, Vanguard started showing inexplicable signs of life.
On the Fippy Darkpaw server, the Scars of Velious was complete and the Luclin expansion went live. Also, breaking the retro aspect, Fippy Darkpaw players got the same new hot bars that all EverQuest players got with the new expansion. They actually worked like hot bars in other games.
In Rift, we made it to Meridian and then faced our first boss while learning the rules of their LFG tool. Oh, and the damn Yule rifts were up before Thanksgiving. I swear, it gets earlier every year.
We learned of the real money auction house in Diablo III. An auction house focus for the game? I’m sure that will work out great.
And also on the RMT front was the Guardian cub pet in World of Warcraft. I did a couple of price checks on those, but somebody should probably go back and see how prices look a year later.
Oh, and WoW had lost 2 million subscribers. Remember when that was a big deal? But it was still insanely profitable.
Torchilght II was delayed because we had other things to play, right?
AOL shut down Wow.com. That doesn’t mean what you think.
I announced the winners of my Azeroth travel poster contest.
Google was pissing me off by changing up Google Reader. I am still annoyed by some of the features they axed, but at least they fixed the layout so you could reduce the huge amount of white (read: wasted) space in the new default layout.
And we said farewell to LEGO Universe.
Ten Years Ago
Our World of Warcraft Saturday Night Permanent Floating Instance Group finished up Blackfathom Deeps,The Stockades, Shadowfang Keep, and started in on Razorfen Kraul.
In EverQuest, I picked up The Serpent’s Spine and tried running a new character though some of the new level 1-70 content. I also set out a minor goal of taking screen shots to compare Faydwer in EQ and Faydwer in EQII that lead to posts about Kaladim and Kelethin.
And in EverQuest II, the Echoes of Faydwer expansion came out. Once I found a copy and got past the patching process and into the game, I made a fae swashbuckler and went to town.
the Revelations expansion hit in New Eden, my first expansion update in EVE Online. I followed the general wisdom and made sure I had a long skill training the night before.
The Wii and the PlayStation 3 were both released in the US.
And the maker of the ubiquitous ZMud client announced a replacement product called CMud. I tried the demo version, but since ZMud continued to work for me, I stuck with that.
Most Viewed Posts in November
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[There is probably a long post in that. For me, it just wasn’t as compelling as Diablo III was]
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[I really want to know what they were looking for]
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[I think I actually answered that one this month]
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[They try to limit that to just scoundrels]
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I did not end up playing very much EVE Online this past month, which is odd, because we got the Ascension expansion. That was a big deal, with Alpacas and new explosions and such. But it was also a month where the Imperium was mostly at peace. I went on a couple of ops into Fountain where we take pot shots at The-Culture. But otherwise Delve has been pacified, Querious filled, and anybody who wanders into our space gets caps dropped on them. Since I often only log in for strat ops, quite times can often lead to low play times.
The surprise entry this month, as my activity there of late had been rather listless. But it too got an expansion which spurred an exploration drive as I sought out a woodland mansion of my own and then worked to link it up with the rest of our infrastructure. It is a game where having a project can make all the difference. Now what to do with that mansion?
The double experience holiday event helped push things along for me, as have the new daily first and seven day streak bonuses. And I got a Snorlax from a 10km egg, which is now my highest CP Pokemon, ringing in currently at 2,185.
Current end of month stats:
- Level: 24 (+2)
- Pokedex status: 99 (+20) caught, 129 (+16) seen
- Pokemon I want: Ditto
- Current buddy: Ivysaur
A new game for the core Pokemon RPG fans. And a pretty decent entry in the field, as it walks the tightrope path between sticking to the core essentials and bringing new things to the franchise… besides new Pokemon. My daughter and I have been playing it, though I think she is up on it because a couple of her friends at school play Pokemon as well. My influence wains, but I’ll take any play time I can get with her. And at least one of her friends has said it is so cool that her dad plays Pokemon too. Hah!
I started out this month gangbusters on Stellaris. And then I got past the hump and figured out the early game, only to fall into the abyss of the mid-to-end game that can really drag on as empires settle in and wrestle with each other over the scraps, form federations, and then stare at each other while the victory conditions remain way out of reach. The Civilization end-game problem writ on a galactic scale.
World of Warcraft
Azeroth has been rapidly falling out of favor around here. I certainly played less WoW than any other game I called out this month, and at least one I did not. (I played some Age of Kings at one point.) Part of that has been something of a reaction to the pre-flying achievements needing mythic dungeon runs or a crazy rep grind, depriving me of the sort of longer term goal that might keep me going. And then Blizzard has been breaking things. I was getting back into pet battles, right up until a patch broke the PetBattle Teams addon. Without that, sorting through 500+ pets to make a team for a given fight is just too annoying. And for some reason, I can no longer send things via email to my alts, breaking a crafting thing I had going on. So WoW may be on its way out for me very soon.
The final month of 2016, the year that will be that year for some time to come, looms. There is still time for and additional disaster and a few beloved celebrity deaths. But still, there is limited time left, though I am still predicting some sort of horrible New Year’s Eve ball dropping fiasco that will take out Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, Carson Daly, and Ryan Seacrest live on national TV. Guy Lombardo never faced such peril.
Otherwise, what have we got for December? Probably a Steam holiday sale, even though we just had a Steam autumnal sale. Steam sales have lost their edge.
I’ve got the usual five posts to write, looking forward and back, reviewing predictions and making new ones, and generally wrapping things up for the year.
There is a rumor that Pokemon Go will get new Pokemon in December. No Man’s Sky is supposed to get an update to make things better, though the current $60 price makes it too pricey for me to gamble on just yet. There will likely be the usual EVE Online monthly update, maybe with a holiday event. Holiday events will be going on in all the usual games.
And for some of us it will be wet and cold out, which will give is a fine excuse to stay inside and play video games.