The Elder Scrolls Online Wants My Opinion, But Only if I am Quick About it!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2014, 1:00 pm
The launch of The Elder Scrolls Online came and went back in April. I played a bit during the beta.  Not that much, just enough for me to get the flavor of the game which, in my narrow point of view on the subject, was an Elder Scrolls game.  The necessary elements were there. But […]


Fight at the POS in A-ELE2
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 12:00 pm
The battle had been raging for a while when I sat down at my computer and saw a list of pings from Blawrf McTaggart, CFC Skymarshall.  Most of them were old enough to discard, fleets long since off to the races, and trying to catch up by yourself is a mugs game.  But the last […]


Civilization – From the Halls of Montezuma
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 4:00 pm
You don’t look like you’re having fun. -My wife, watching me play Civilization V As I said in a previous post, this is no longer about fun.  This is a grudge match now to prove that we can stick it out and finish our epic game of Civilization V in spite of some poor choices […]


Not Quite Calculating Gaming Return on Investment
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:00 pm
There is a site and a chart going around that shows some games quantified in terms of return on investment.  The original source is the Video Game ROI site, hosted by Ebay of all things. Of course, this is a list, and we love lists!  So I went to see the top ten value rated […]


Wrapping Up the Eastern Kingdoms
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2014, 1:00 pm
With the Cape of Stranglethorn out of the way, I had just four more zones left for the Eastern Kingdoms Loremaster achievement.  They were: Eastern Plaguelands    40-45 – 70 quests Badlands    44-48 – 35 quests Searing Gorge    47-51 – 35 quests Burning Steppes    49-52 – 40 quests And given that my shaman, who had just […]


TAGN Theme Test
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 9:42 am
I was playing around with WordPress themes last night and came up with this one… which happens to be the same one I use for my other blog, Piano Black, with some different colors. What do you think?   I’ve kept the old theme for nearly eight years.  Is it time for a change? Addendum: […]


Hot Blaugust Nights
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 2:00 pm
August is in the wings, waiting to bring with it the usual end of summer ennui on the gaming front. Nothing new ships.  Very little gets announced.  The releases we are looking forward to are generally somewhere off in autumn.  At times it feels like you should join half of France and just take August […]


July in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 4:00 pm
The Site No major upsets on the site this month, just the usual measure of gripes about little things. In a behind-the-scenes change, WordPress.com updated the editor so that it is no longer a window the a scroll bar within a page with a scroll bar.  I can appreciate trying to get away from the […]


Vanguard – All Sagas Must End
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Decades from now it seems likely that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be little more than a footnote in the history of the genre.  Facing at best lukewarm reviews and launching into the teeth of World of Warcraft’s expansion The Burning Crusade, some future investigator might not even feel the need to look into the […]


No Tears for Wizardry Online?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 5:00 pm
I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday. I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature.  And you find out exactly who they are […]


They see me bloggin’, they syndic-hatin’
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2014, 1:13 pm
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front. It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow.  They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images […]


They see me bloggin’, they syndic-hatin’
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2014, 1:13 pm
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front. It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow.  They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images […]


No Tears for Wizardry Online?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 5:00 pm
I am sure somewhere out there, somebody is angry, sad, or otherwise feeling an emotional effect because Wizardry Online closed its doors yesterday. I am sure because I have found that even the worst, most widely despised feature in any MMO ends up being somebody’s favorite feature.  And you find out exactly who they are […]


Vanguard – All Sagas Must End
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Decades from now it seems likely that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be little more than a footnote in the history of the genre.  Facing at best lukewarm reviews and launching into the teeth of World of Warcraft’s expansion The Burning Crusade, some future investigator might not even feel the need to look into the […]


July in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 4:00 pm
The Site No major upsets on the site this month, just the usual measure of gripes about little things. In a behind-the-scenes change, WordPress.com updated the editor so that it is no longer a window the a scroll bar within a page with a scroll bar.  I can appreciate trying to get away from the […]


Hot Blaugust Nights
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 2:00 pm
August is in the wings, waiting to bring with it the usual end of summer ennui on the gaming front. Nothing new ships.  Very little gets announced.  The releases we are looking forward to are generally somewhere off in autumn.  At times it feels like you should join half of France and just take August […]


TAGN Theme Test
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 9:42 am
I was playing around with WordPress themes last night and came up with this one… which happens to be the same one I use for my other blog, Piano Black, with some different colors. What do you think?   I’ve kept the old theme for nearly eight years.  Is it time for a change?Filed under: […]


Wrapping Up the Eastern Kingdoms
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2014, 1:00 pm
With the Cape of Stranglethorn out of the way, I had just four more zones left for the Eastern Kingdoms Loremaster achievement.  They were: Eastern Plaguelands    40-45 – 70 quests Badlands    44-48 – 35 quests Searing Gorge    47-51 – 35 quests Burning Steppes    49-52 – 40 quests And given that my shaman, who had just […]


Not Quite Calculating Gaming Return on Investment
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:00 pm
There is a site and a chart going around that shows some games quantified in terms of return on investment.  The original source is the Video Game ROI site, hosted by Ebay of all things. Of course, this is a list, and we love lists!  So I went to see the top ten value rated […]


Civilization – From the Halls of Montezuma
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 4:00 pm
You don’t look like you’re having fun. -My wife, watching me play Civilization V As I said in a previous post, this is no longer about fun.  This is a grudge match now to prove that we can stick it out and finish our epic game of Civilization V in spite of some poor choices […]


Fight at the POS in A-ELE2
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 12:00 pm
The battle had been raging for a while when I sat down at my computer and saw a list of pings from Blawrf McTaggart, CFC Skymarshall.  Most of them were old enough to discard, fleets long since off to the races, and trying to catch up by yourself is a mugs game.  But the last […]


Pokemon Y and the Nintendo 3DS XL
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 5:00 pm
Back in April I mentioned that I had picked up a Nintendo 3DS XL and a copy of Pokemon Y with some Amazon gift cards and credits I had. I haven’t really said much about it for a few reasons.  Mostly it my feeling that single player games don’t quite have the same “shared experience” […]


Landmark and the Price of a Badly Defined Beta
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 12:00 pm
There has been an argument over what “beta” means when it comes to software for as long as I have been part of the industry, which is pushing on 25 years now. The baseline definition for me has always been that your software is feature complete and you feel it is ready to ship, but […]


Quote of the Day – In Space it is Still Location, Location, Location
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 July 2014, 12:00 pm
To put it bluntly, if you want to catch instawarping interceptors, the most important part is living in London. -Namamai, Understanding the EVE Online Server Tick There is an interesting/informative article up over at TMC about how the processing loop of EVE Online dictates if you’ll be able to lock up and point that decloaking […]


The Cape of Stranglethorn
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 July 2014, 4:00 pm
Once there was a zone called Stranglethorn Vale.  It was a place of jungle and raptors and trolls and missing pages from books and that bastard Hemet Nesingwary who would continue to haunt our existence through every expansion with his wildlife slaughtering requests. It was a large and somewhat controversial zone… though some appreciated the […]


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