WowCraft Episode 1- Character Creation
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2014, 6:00 pm
A new humor series about World of Warcraft is starting on YouTube.  Called WowCraft, it naturally opens with character creation. I like the criteria presented for class selection.  Simple and direct. On the other hand, I never have much problem with name selection.  I suspect my conventions for character naming are… different.Filed under: Humor, World […]


Small Items for a Cold Friday in March
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2014, 12:00 pm
It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley.  I put on a jacket last night.  And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late.  Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered. It is […]


Obligatory Shock About Oculus Rift Post
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2014, 11:00 am
So yeah, yesterday after the markets closed, Facebook announced they were going to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is the company currently working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. And then a corner of the internet exploded.  I figured I ought to mark that moment in time so we can come […]


Blizzard Isn’t Giving You a Free Copy of Warlords of Draenor
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2014, 6:00 pm
More on the phishing front.  This arrived in my spam folder with the incongruous subject line: Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor! That sounds like an announcement asking you to buy the expansion, but the graphic inside purports to have a code for a free copy of the expansion. […]


Facing the Voodoo in Zul’Aman
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2014, 1:00 pm
We have had a bit of a gap since our last full instance group run.  Birthdays, marathons, and some other outside activities have intruded.  We have done some things together.  Operations in search of mounts, bags, and rep are always an option.  But it hasn’t been the full group for almost a month. And I […]


Facing the Voodoo in Zul’Aman
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2014, 1:00 pm
We have had a bit of a gap since our last full instance group run.  Birthdays, marathons, and some other outside activities have intruded.  We have done some things together.  Operations in search of mounts, bags, and rep are always an option.  But it hasn’t been the full group for almost a month. And I […]


Blizzard Isn’t Giving You a Free Copy of Warlords of Draenor
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2014, 6:00 pm
More on the phishing front.  This arrived in my spam folder with the incongruous subject line: Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor! That sounds like an announcement asking you to buy the expansion, but the graphic inside purports to have a code for a free copy of the expansion. […]


Obligatory Shock About Oculus Rift Post
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2014, 11:00 am
So yeah, yesterday after the markets closed, Facebook announced they were going to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus VR is the company currently working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. And then a corner of the internet exploded.  I figured I ought to mark that moment in time so we can come […]


Wally World Gives a Thumbs Up to Used Games
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2014, 12:00 pm
Walmart put out a press release to announce that they will soon be taking used video games in for store credit and refurbishing those games to make them “available for purchase in like-new condition at a great low price.” This is no doubt a blow to those who like to frame the used game market […]


Diablo III Auction House, Going Once, Going Twice…
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2014, 2:00 pm
Gone. Today’s Diablo III patch is set to pull the auction house out of the game.  There is, of course, a FAQ for this. Some are building this up as a really big deal.  And maybe it is. The combination of the auction house and the questionable itemization of the game led to a situation […]


CCP – Losing Money and Getting Closer to Sony
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2014, 11:00 am
A couple of interesting/odd things around CCP this week. The first is that CCP released their 2013 financial report (you can view it here), in which indicate that they lost $21 million for the year.  It says so right there at the bottom line. However, if your reaction is, “OMG, Tobold was right! CCP is […]


Mere Knaves in an Age of Kings
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2014, 1:00 pm
I mentioned in February’s Month in Review post that Potshot and a couple of his old college pals had pick up Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings HD on Steam. I had been interested in getting some games together with the new-ish HD version that became available on Steam about a year back. […]


Picking My 15 Most Influential Games
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Jackie at Kitty Kitty Boom Boom, prompted by lvling life, put up a list of her top 15 video games. There was a methodology by which you were supposed to generate that list.  It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal.  You were not supposed to spend a lot of time with it.  And, of […]


Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen a Month Past Kickstarter
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2014, 1:00 pm
It has been 30 days since the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter campaign came to a close. In its 40 day run, the campaign managed to drum up $460,657 in pledges from 3,157 potential backers.  While shy of the $800,000 target of the campaign, that is still a fair amount of cash to have […]


Picture of the Day – Attack Chopper Cat
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2014, 11:00 am
Gaff has belatedly wandered back to World of Warcraft with the rest of us.  He can now join us in our wait for Warlords of Draenor.  But he is just getting started with Mists of Pandaria, so he has a little while until he hits level cap.  His druid was the first of his characters […]


Diablo III – Reaper of Souls Goes Live
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2014, 1:00 pm
The day has come, the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has launched.  Death is here, or so they tell me. It had the big midnight launch, like so many past Blizzard games and expansions.  And I am not buying it. Well, not today at least. I have been enjoying Diablo III since the 2.0 […]


Diablo III – Reaper of Souls Goes Live
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2014, 1:00 pm
The day has come, the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has launched.  Death is here, or so they tell me. It had the big midnight launch, like so many past Blizzard games and expansions.  And I am not buying it. Well, not today at least. I have been enjoying Diablo III since the 2.0 […]


Picture of the Day – Attack Chopper Cat
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2014, 11:00 am
Gaff has belatedly wandered back to World of Warcraft with the rest of us.  He can now join us in our wait for Warlords of Draenor.  But he is just getting started with Mists of Pandaria, so he has a little while until he hits level cap.  His druid was the first of his characters […]


Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen a Month Past Kickstarter
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2014, 1:00 pm
It has been 30 days since the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter campaign came to a close. In its 40 day run, the campaign managed to drum up $460,657 in pledges from 3,157 potential backers.  While shy of the $800,000 target of the campaign, that is still a fair amount of cash to have […]


Picking My 15 Most Influential Games
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Jackie at Kitty Kitty Boom Boom, prompted by lvling life, put up a list of her top 15 video games. There was a methodology by which you were supposed to generate that list.  It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal.  You were not supposed to spend a lot of time with it.  And, of […]


Mere Knaves in an Age of Kings
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2014, 1:00 pm
I mentioned in February’s Month in Review post that Potshot and a couple of his old college pals had pick up Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings HD on Steam. I had been interested in getting some games together with the new-ish HD version that became available on Steam about a year back. […]


CCP – Losing Money and Getting Closer to Sony
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2014, 11:00 am
A couple of interesting/odd things around CCP this week. The first is that CCP released their 2013 financial report (you can view it here), in which indicate that they lost $21 million for the year.  It says so right there at the bottom line. However, if your reaction is, “OMG, Tobold was right! CCP is […]


Diablo III Auction House, Going Once, Going Twice…
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2014, 2:00 pm
Gone. Today’s Diablo III patch is set to pull the auction house out of the game.  There is, of course, a FAQ for this. Some are building this up as a really big deal.  And maybe it is. The combination of the auction house and the questionable itemization of the game led to a situation […]


Wally World Gives a Thumbs Up to Used Games
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2014, 12:00 pm
Walmart put out a press release to announce that they will soon be taking used video games in for store credit and refurbishing those games to make them “available for purchase in like-new condition at a great low price.” This is no doubt a blow to those who like to frame the used game market […]


Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter Campaign Winds Down
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2014, 4:00 pm
The Kickstarter for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen finished up earlier today. While there was a surge of pledges at the end, the final total came in at $460,657, well shy of the $800,000 goal. (But about where I predicted back on January 1st.) The daily numbers ended up looking like this according to Kicktraq: […]


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