A Vaguely Disatisfying BlizzCon… For Me
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 1:00 pm
If I were to take at random a set of video game genres and stack rank them from those that interest me most to those that interest me least, it might look a little something like this: MMORPG Action RPG RTS Online CCG MOBA FPS That sort of defines what I am looking for from […]


Collecting Frostweave and Achievements
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 November 2014, 1:00 pm
It was just Potshot and I again on Saturday night.  We were both on early and, as the appointed hour approached, it became clear that it would just be the two of us. As it happened, we were both tooling about in Northrend doing the ground work for a couple of guild achievements. He was […]


Meanwhile, Somewhere in Omist…
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 November 2014, 12:01 am
A Nyx supercarrier cried out and died.  


The Paint on Phoebe is Barely Dry and CCP is Already Talking About Rhea… and Clones
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 November 2014, 12:00 pm
The Phoebe expansion just went live on Tuesday and CCP is still closing loopholes in the system… I think they fixed the bit where you could erase jump fatigue via clone jumping, and the doomsday timer on titans being reset via gate jumps is probably gone now too… but they still found the time to […]


October in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 October 2014, 2:00 pm
The Site Not much to complain about this month.  I changed the site theme a few times one weekend, but still cannot find one that is better than the current theme on all fronts. I converted a couple of much-used tags into categories on the blog, so if you want to pull up, as an […]


Feythabolis and the Fight at ZS-2LT
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 November 2014, 1:00 pm
The first deployment behind enemy lines went well enough.  We dropped into their territory, blew up infrastructure, shot the locals, and dragged back a bundle of loot in haulers we had stolen along the way.  It was a training exercise in order to learn how to run such an operation as much as anything else.  […]


Phoebe Arrives in New Eden
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 November 2014, 1:00 pm
It has been more than a month since CCP Greyscale first announced, via a Dev Blog, the changes to long distance travel coming with Phoebe.  Now the expansion is here, and I hear it took longer to deploy than past expansions because it had to take gates. As I predicted back then, despite the uproar […]


What Will BlizzCon 2014 Bring?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 November 2014, 1:00 pm
BlizzCon is just a couple days away at this point and my mind is starting to wander onto what might be on display for the big event. Blizzard is at a pretty high point right now.  The Activision-Blizzard report for the 3rd quarter of 2014 is just out and there were record profits, the boost […]


What Will BlizzCon 2014 Bring?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 November 2014, 1:00 pm
BlizzCon is just a couple days away at this point and my mind is starting to wander onto what might be on display for the big event. Blizzard is at a pretty high point right now.  The Activision-Blizzard report for the 3rd quarter of 2014 is just out and there were record profits, the boost […]


Phoebe Arrives in New Eden
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 November 2014, 1:00 pm
It has been more than a month since CCP Greyscale first announced, via a Dev Blog, the changes to long distance travel coming with Phoebe.  Now the expansion is here, and I hear it took longer to deploy than past expansions because it had to take gates. As I predicted back then, despite the uproar […]


Feythabolis and the Fight at ZS-2LT
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 November 2014, 1:00 pm
The first deployment behind enemy lines went well enough.  We dropped into their territory, blew up infrastructure, shot the locals, and dragged back a bundle of loot in haulers we had stolen along the way.  It was a training exercise in order to learn how to run such an operation as much as anything else.  […]


October in Review
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 October 2014, 2:00 pm
The Site Not much to complain about this month.  I changed the site theme a few times one weekend, but still cannot find one that is better than the current theme on all fronts. I converted a couple of much-used tags into categories on the blog, so if you want to pull up, as an […]


Song of the South
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 October 2014, 12:32 am
Lots of big shiny things to shoot way down  in the southeast corner of New Eden.  Cue Jaws sound track… Of course, they aren’t all there anymore. I do not think I have ever been this far south on the map.  New space to see.


The Birth of a Pipe Bombing Campaign
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2014, 1:00 pm
When it comes to watching gaming related videos on YouTube, I must admit that I do not have much patience.  Small screen video, bad audio commentary, and a general inability to grab and hold the interest of any viewer not captivated by shiny colors and an overbearing sound track pushes me to reject just about […]


Tech 3 Destroyers and Other Tidbits from EVE Vegas Keynote
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2014, 5:30 pm
EVE Vegas is running this weekend.  The one time player driven event that has turned into a CCP sponsored affair, complete with a keynote speech full of new treats. CCP Seagull kicked things off with a theme and overview of how CCP is looking at the upcoming changes.  The idea is that CCP wants to […]


A Short and Bloody Visit to F7C-H0
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Well, it was a short visit for me. The highlight of weekend fleet ops up until Saturday evening had been flying around Black Rise to pop a couple of Black Legion faction battleships with DBRB.  I hadn’t been in one of his fleets in ages, and it was good to see that he hasn’t calmed […]


Should Guilds Have Levels?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 1:00 pm
According to Blizzard the answer to that question is no, guilds should not have levels. We got guild levels as part of the Cataclysm expansion, 25 of them, along with perks to go with those levels.  Those levels were not easy to acquire back then.  During Cataclysm our guild only managed to get to level […]


Rome – City Assaults are Difficult
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2014, 12:00 pm
We formed up again on Friday night for another round of Roman mayhem.  We had done a couple weeks of river crossing battles and it seemed like time to try something new.  I opted not to form the game up so somebody else could decide which skirmish scenario we were going to try.  Loghound was […]


Notes from an Undisclosed Location in the Insmother Region
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2014, 2:00 pm
The big, pre-Phoebe alliance update was posted yesterday addressing the new order in sovereign null sec.  Since the CFC is as riddled with spies as any other organization in New Eden, updates from The Mittani get posted directly over at The Mittani dot com, saving people the trouble of stealing/distributing them and generating some ad […]


The Instance Group Resurgent in Azeroth… Sort Of… And Hallow’s End
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 October 2014, 1:00 pm
We decided to get our collective act together and get into the game so as to get used to the new realities of WoW 6.0. And we tried. However, due to authenticator problems, bronchitis, and a previous engagement, only Potshot and I ended up in game last Saturday night. Such is life. We decided that, […]


Sunday Afternoon in YA0-XJ
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 October 2014, 5:22 pm
Apparently an AFK CFC titan was ejected from a POS and ended up 200+ km out of the shields.  There is speculation that this was because somebody changed the password, but details are uncertain at this point. Black Legion dropped on the titan and then we dropped on Black Legion.  They won the ISK war […]


Home from Camping in Insmother
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Somebody once opined that moon mining was a “risk-free” source of income.  The tower just sits there and harvests the moon goo and all you have to do is drive by in your hauler once in a while to pick it up.  Practically free money. I was reminded of that post as we roamed around […]


Results of the Summer Loremaster Project
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 October 2014, 2:00 pm
Back in June, with the summer hiatus of the instance group looming, I embarked on a project.  I was going to finish up quests in Azeroth in pursuit of the Loremaster achievement.  And I was going to attempt to do it with characters that were at the appropriate level for the zones being run. The […]


Rome – Ambushed
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2014, 1:00 pm
I was late to the Roman slaughter on Friday night as the Reaver extraction operation from Insmother took longer than expected… which is pretty much how every op in EVE Online works.  What will happen if we deploy somewhere even further away? Anyway, I showed up to find matches in progress, with Mattman and Loghound […]


Wait, What? The Giants Win the World Series Again?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2014, 11:46 pm
Back in 2010, as the San Francisco Giants finished their first game in their first appearance in a World Series this decade, I wrote about what a long road it had been as a fan of the team for at least four decades.  There had been lots of good times, I saw many great players, […]


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