My MMO Outlook for 2015
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 December 2014, 12:00 pm
Another of those regular end of the year posts where I either try to reflect on the past or peer into the future. I don’t do this post every year, but once in a while I am driven to it for one reason or another.  Last year it was because I could come up with […]


Back from Operations in Querious
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2014, 1:00 pm
Another deployment behind enemy lines has wrapped up.  This was our fourth deployment.  Previously we have been down in Insmother, Feythabolis, and Omist, the heartland of N3’s rental empire.  This time we moved to the southwest, to Querious. (Somewhat out of date map from the usual source.) This deployment was different from the last three.  […]


How to Succeed in Norrath Without Really Trying
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 December 2014, 1:00 pm
Be patient? Don’t you realize I’ve been working here… well, two whole hours now? -J. Pierpont Finch As I mentioned last week, the 10 year EverQuest II anniversary has stoked a bit of nostalgia for the old game in me.  It was one of my choices to install after the big drive disaster. So there […]


Reviewing my Predictions for 2014
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2014, 1:00 pm
Here we are, racing towards yet another new year.  We have gotten into the holidays, a mass of releases and updates have hit so far during November and December, and even another Steam Holiday sale has come and gone.  That was their Holiday sale, right? It is about time to look back to January and […]


Reviewing my Predictions for 2014
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2014, 1:00 pm
Here we are, racing towards yet another new year.  We have gotten into the holidays, a mass of releases and updates have hit so far during November and December, and even another Steam Holiday sale has come and gone.  That was their Holiday sale, right? It is about time to look back to January and […]


The Fault in Our Hardware
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2014, 12:35 pm
On Sunday afternoon I knew I had a dead power supply.  So I replaced that. That evening I was pretty sure I had a toasted motherboard as well. Doing research on Monday I figured out that my old Intel Core i7-950 required a socket no longer readily available.  So I headed on down to Fry’s for a […]


Stability
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2014, 11:51 pm
I think we’re there. I was actually standing in the aisle at Fry’s pondering what RAM to purchase when I decided against buying it.  I realized at that moment that I needed to account for everything that was drawing power directly from the power supply that went south on Sunday afternoon. And, it turns out, […]


Black Friday for SBUs
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 5:24 pm
Today looked like the day I would be able to really test the reformed computer.  Over the last couple of days there had been much hurffing on Jabber about a big fight coming today.  After taking LBGI-2, N3 had been pushing on the Y-2ANO, the gateway system between Delve and Fountain to the point that […]


And Somebody Fix This Quest Text…
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 7:53 pm
Because I fall for it every time.  It says Spires of Arak at the top, so I head on out. And then I get there and look at my bait and the Blackwater Whitail bait says Talador.  So I open the quest again and it says Talador later on in the quest.


Another Busy Night for Blizzard
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 11:46 pm
I don’t know if it is a continuation of the Warlords of Draenor surge, the Blizzard store sale (where I am tempted to finally pick up StarCraft II for $10), or just an evening where everybody wants to play online games, but I ran into a new type of queue. Fortunately, Blizzard was smart enough […]


November in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 November 2014, 2:00 pm
The Site It was actually a pretty busy month here, traffic-wise.  You might think that odd, given that I spent nearly a week without a functioning computer and, thus, put up very little in the way gaming posts.  But Google seemed to take a shine to me this month, making November the month highest average […]


Is One MMO Enough for a Studio?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 December 2014, 1:00 pm
CCP was on the cusp of becoming a respectable multi-MMO studio, but then it jettisoned World of Darkness and pledged undying loyalty to the EVE universe. Syp, MMO studio report card: Where are our leaders? Syp had a post a while back about MMO industry leadership that had a strongly implied and, to my mind, […]


A Decade of Dual Screens – 10 Years of the Nintendo DS
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 December 2014, 1:00 pm
I remember seeing the original GameBoy back in the early 90s. My youngest cousin, some 22 years my junior (which is about the same age difference as between my father and I) had one back then.  While I was mildly interested in it due to the fact that she had the Elevator Action cartridge, which […]


A Table for Five in Draenor Please?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2014, 1:00 pm
The Saturday after Thanksgiving we finally managed to get everybody at home, online, on coms, and in World of Warcraft together, so we could face the specter of how this expansion was going to work out for us. Of course, we didn’t really have an answer for that, so we did what most people do […]


The CFC Holds All of Fountain Again
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 December 2014, 4:00 pm
Last week was not looking very rosy for the CFC.  With the loss of the LGBI-2 system in Fountain to N3 and aggression by Triumvirate in Vale of the Silent coming just after the opening of a campaign against Black Legion in Venal.  Wags at the not-CFC EVE News site were quick to ask if […]


Picking the Right Fleet – NCDot Supers Down in Querious
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 December 2014, 11:57 pm
ENEMY SUPERS TACKLED GET THE FUCK IN FLEET RIGHT NOW Web Broadcast to [SIG] Reavers from Asher Elias I wrote something yesterday about picking the right fleet.  This is the fleet you want to get into.  So I logged in and burned to LS-V29 to join in on the fun.  We ended up killing: Aeon […]


Nagrand – The Moment
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2014, 4:10 pm
There I was last night, turning in a quest when it happened, I made it to level 100 with my first character in Draenor. Certainly not the fastest run to 100, but it still seems like it went by pretty quickly, given I how much I dawdled and played other games, plus spending a few […]


Five More Small Fixes for WoW
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 December 2014, 1:00 pm
Whenever I am playing a game for an sort of extended period, especially when it is my main focus, I start mentally building up a list of gripes, the little things that, while not game breakers in any way, start to annoy me or get on my nerves. And when I get five that stick […]


Rhea Ushers in a New Era of Clones, Wormholes, and Graphics to EVE Online
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2014, 1:00 pm
CCP is launching Rhea today, the next expansion on the EVE Online hit parade, and for the first time ever, nobody had to remind players to start training a long skill just in case there were issues with the update.  That is because, after Phoebe, everybody should have a long training queue at all times.  […]


This is EVE and EVE is Different
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2014, 12:00 pm
What would we encourage ALL new players to do in their first month to get them to subscribe long term, if we had to give out one set of advice for everyone (which we do if we’re giving general advice)? The Question for Blog Banter #61 Well, the first thing I would tell a new […]


In Search of Hypnocroak
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2014, 2:00 pm
There were only four of us on last Saturday night, Earlthecat, Skronk, Bigbut, and myself, playing as Tokarev. That meant postponing the question from last time, how will Draenor work out for a part of five playing through, to embrace the question of the moment, which was how will Draenor work out for a party […]


The Great Installation
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2014, 1:00 pm
After the hardware mess of Thanksgiving week, I was presented with a new challenge… or a new opportunity if you prefer. I had to figure out what to games to install.  This was something of a test, as it determined what games I really want to play and which I keep around “just in case.” […]


The Great Installation
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2014, 1:00 pm
After the hardware mess of Thanksgiving week, I was presented with a new challenge… or a new opportunity if you prefer. I had to figure out what to games to install.  This was something of a test, as it determined what games I really want to play and which I keep around “just in case.” […]


In Search of Hypnocroak
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2014, 2:00 pm
There were only four of us on last Saturday night, Earlthecat, Skronk, Bigbut, and myself, playing as Tokarev. That meant postponing the question from last time, how will Draenor work out for a part of five playing through, to embrace the question of the moment, which was how will Draenor work out for a party […]


This is EVE and EVE is Different
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2014, 12:00 pm
What would we encourage ALL new players to do in their first month to get them to subscribe long term, if we had to give out one set of advice for everyone (which we do if we’re giving general advice)? The Question for Blog Banter #61 Well, the first thing I would tell a new […]


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