Tower Watch in Fountain and Delve
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2014, 1:00 pm
It looked like it might be a good week for fights.  The word came down that the rest of the N3 coalition was going to deploy to Delve to join Northern Coalition and help boost their numbers.  NC and Black Legion had also gone out of their way to reinforce a number of CFC towers […]


Warlords of Draenor – Expendables Style
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Last Thursday we had the big reveal.  Blizzard had an event where they talked about various aspects of the Warlords of Draenor expansion and gave us the big news that we had all been waiting for, the launch date. And they also showed us the big cinematic trailer.  This focuses on the change in lore.  […]


Steam Mistake? Tropico 4 Collectors Bundle for 39 Cents
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2014, 1:30 pm
The Tropico 4 Collector’s Bundle for 39 cents… um… I’m in. You could literally sell a couple of trading cards to pick up this bundle. I heard Alikchi spotted this and the word has spread. Addendum: As noted in the comments, somebody at Steam noticed their mistake and the price has been changed.  It was climbing […]


Quote of the Day – Prescience at GDC 2007
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2014, 2:00 pm
…because of wow, and all the dumb money and all the publisher pressure, there’ll be lots of games that shouldn’t have been MMOs but would have been great boxed products. Lots of publishers are pushing for that subscription pie, but they’ll fail. -Rob Pardo,  MMOs Past, Present, and Future Panel at GDC 2007 Back in […]


Whither Outland?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2014, 12:00 pm
After finishing up the 1-60 achievements for my Loremaster project, culminating with the Bloodmyst Isle run, I hit a bit of wall in my effort.  I can be a very goal oriented person, but once the goal has been achieved I sometimes drop right off.  So while I had a lot of fun going through […]


Warlords of Draenor to Ship on November 13, 2014
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2014, 1:26 pm
The age of the whimsical panda is over… Chris Metzen, Blizzard Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development The moment announcing the moment many of us have been waiting for.  Warlords of Draenor will drop on November 13, 2014, just after BlizzCon, which runs November 7-8 this year. The Blizzard team showed some previews of the […]


A Busy Thursday in August for MMOs
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2014, 11:00 am
Here it is Wednesday night and I am wondering what I am going to post about tomorrow.  I have several choices, as tomorrow appears to be a busy day in the MMO world. Blizzard At 9:30am Pacific Time (16:30 UTC) Blizzard is going to do their big announcement for the date for the Warlords of […]


Civilization – The Battle for Yaroslavl
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2014, 1:00 pm
We returned for our twelfth round of this game of Civilization V, which started back in early May.  Joining me this week was Potshot and Loghound, it being Mattman’s turn for a week away. I had a very simple goal for this round.  I wanted to knock out two, or maybe three if we were […]


SOE Live 2014 – What Are You Wishing For?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2014, 3:00 pm
Currently I am not very invested in any SOE games.  I pay some attention to changes in EverQuest, with occasional glaces towards EverQuest II, based mostly on nostalgia for the “good old days,” but otherwise there isn’t much in their current lineup that thrills me.  Landmark has some potential once it gets closer to being […]


People Aren’t Wearing Enough Hats!
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2014, 11:00 am
Last week Rixx Javix put up a post over at his blog about hats. Specifically his post was about EVE Online avatars that he has adorned with hats over the years, including his own and others. You should go look at that post.  He has done a lot of hats.  EVE Online avatars with hats […]


World of Warcraft – 10 Years 10 Questions
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 2:00 pm
Over at ALT:ernative chat there is a survey request centered around the impending World of Warcraft ten year anniversary.  Since bloggers do it for an audience, I will answer the questions in the form of a blog post (as bloggers were encouraged to do.)  You are encouraged to respond as well. 1.Why did you start […]


Weekend Fleet Ops in Delve
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 11:00 am
The “Good Fites” war in Delve continues on, giving us something to do during our summer vacations, such that they are.  As usual, I tend to just sit and do other things until Jabber pops up and tells me it is time for a space fight. Saturday morning seemed to be a rich time for […]


And What of Raptr?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2014, 1:41 pm
I originally installed Raptr to track my game play time.  I wanted to see what games I was really playing over the course of time. And for that it has worked out well enough.  I had previously used XFire, which did give me better low level data, but which always had some problem or another.  […]


Picking My 2014 Club Nintendo Reward
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2014, 1:16 pm
Back when we got the Wii and a paid of Nintendo DS Lites and my daughter an I were playing Pokemon or Mario Party 8 or LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy every Saturday morning, we went pretty whole hog into the Nintendo experience.  We got Nintendo Power Magazine, we kept up with their news […]


Do You Remember Dragon’s Prophet?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 1:00 pm
Whenever I end up looking at the SOE MMO lineup, I am always surprised to see a new MMO on the list. Down on the bottom row, second from the right, is Dragon’s Prophet.  And every time I see it, I think, “Hey, that’s new!”  As recently as my post post about the demise of […]


Bloodmyst Isle – The Worst Zone in WoW
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2014, 1:00 pm
I know I have rolled up a Draeni character or two at some point.  There was a time that, if you wanted a shaman on the alliance side of things, you had to make a Draeni.  I am sure I gave this a whirl at some point.  But when I looked through my list of […]


Civilization – We Have Met The Enemy, And It Is The Game Itself
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2014, 12:00 pm
We managed to assemble a group for the second week running, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds since we have already shown we will play if only two of us show up, letting the AI wreck havoc with the empires of those who fail to attend.  This time it started off with Mattman and […]


WoW Subscriptions Drop by 800K, But the Money Keeps Rolling In
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 6:00 pm
Activision-Blizzard got out in front of the press today to talk about quarterly results. In an unsurprising turn of events, World of Warcraft subscriptions dropped from 7.6 million in Q1 to 6.8 million in Q2 of 2014 as the long wait for Warlords of Draenor continued.  The last patch, Siege of Orgrimmar, is going to […]


The PLEX Idea Continues to Catch On as Darkfall Introduces DUEL
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 12:00 pm
We have another entry in the PLEX-like game item arena, this time for Darkfall.  Aventurine has been busy revamping Darkfall: Unholy Wars… or Darkfall 2.0 or just Darkfall, since the original isn’t around anymore… with class overhaul, a cash shop, a presence on Steam, and a rework of the UI. And with the latest update, […]


Warlords of Draenor Launch Date Update Date or Something
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 3:30 pm
For future reference, please note today’s date as the date we received a date for the date at which the actual launch date of the expansion would be revealed. Or, as Blizzard put it: A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the […]


Blow Up at F2OY-X
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 1:00 pm
I was a bit disappointed on Saturday.  There were a couple of strat ops planned, but they were both during time frames where I was not going to be able to come along.  I like strat ops because they tend to be based on timers or some other event that forces both sides to show […]


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 […]


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