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The Liebster Award (continued)

First I wanted to mention that the Newbie Blogger Initiative for 2014 is scheduled to begin on May 1st, but you can already get started either helping out or preparing for writing a new blog!
In my last post I recognized Yanet and Neri for kindly recognizing me with a Liebster award.  Now for your questions, finally (the first question is pretty much the same, so I only answered it once):
Neri’s questions:
  1. What inspired you to start blogging? / What made you decide to start blogging?
  • Eloise (aka Ysharra) was a member of the only guild I have ever been in and at some point she posted on the guild forums about her no longer active blog.  I very much enjoyed reading it and it lead me to Syp’s blog (this was about the time the Warhammer went live) and that led me to many other blogs.  At some point later, I decided I still wanted to play MMOs but didn’t know how best to balance it with my family time and I thought writing a blog would help me do that and that there were probably others in a similar situation.  At the time I was thinking this, Syp announced the “Newbie Blogger Initiative” and I went ahead and made the commitment to write knowing it would only be about once a week.
  • If you won a free ticket to Blizzcon, what panels would you be most excited about seeing?
    • I would be more interested in meeting some of the people who’s blogs I read in person, but the ‘What’s next’ panel would be exciting (though I guess there won’t be one this year).
  • How do you balance time in-game with your ‘RL’ commitments?
    • As mentioned above, the first way I do it is to write this blog!  More generally, I don’t over-commit to participate in raids and I generally at most plan to have “One Night a Week” where I spend a significant amount playing.  I also bought a gaming laptop when my previous desktop stopped working and that has made it a lot easier to play while still being able to pay attention to my three daughters.
  • If World of Warcraft shut down its servers tomorrow (Or you aren’t currently playing), what would you be playing instead?
    • I would probably wait for Wildstar to come out and then give that a try.
  • Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love?
    • Ocho and Stubborn are probably the two I admire closest to my style, and I always find them thought provoking.  Syp and Godmother are both so conversational and entertaining in their posts that I am always glad when they come up on my feed.  Finally, I also look forward to Belghast’s daily posts and admire his ability to write something I want to read every day.
  • Are you brave enough to show us your gaming set up?
    • I technically have a set up in my ‘computer room’ but I haven’t played in their in months.  Here is my current setup (I tried to take a picture, but since it is only a laptop, I thought I’d just use a commercial picture).
  • At what age would you let your children (Real or hypothetical) start playing video games?
    • I have three children and I’ve let them play on tablets when they showed an interest.  I think you need to be careful about what children play and how much time they spend playing on electronics, but I don’t think there is a starting age.
  • You have a weekend of interruption free gaming ahead of you. What essential supplies do you stock up on to get you through it?
    • That is beyond my imagination right now!  I have starting using Clif and Kind bars as less sugary not messy snacks for work, so I’d like them for a gaming weekend as well.  By power of suggestion, I’m going to have one now!
  • If you could pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be?
    • I have been a programmer and designer of business software as my job, so I have periodically imagined myself doing that.  I am glad my current position is much less stressful that it is to be a game programmer or designer.
  • Have you ever done any gaming cosplay?
    • No and I can’t imagine myself doing it!  However, I do have a great amount of respect for the amazing cosplays I have seen.
  • What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen done in an MMO or multi-player game?
    • Our guild had a level 1 gnome rogue raid on Orgrimmar where we all danced on the bank roof until we were killed and then resurrected ourselves a few times.  It was a lot of fun.
    Yanet’s questions:

    2. What advice do you have for those wanting to start a WoW/gaming blog?

    • Read other blogs, they are the best inspiration for writing.  Then write what interests you, not what you think others want to read.

    3. What’s the biggest noob mistake you recall making when you first started playing WoW?

    • I started playing in the beta almost 10 years ago so it’s difficult to remember though I’m sure I made many.  I mostly played solo and I know when I tried to participate in dungeons with my guildmates at first I couldn’t control my pet.

    4. Besides WoW, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

    • I enjoy walking my dogs and spending time enjoying books and other things with my three daughters.  When we get a chance, an evening dinner alone with my wife is a great treat these days.

    5. What’s your biggest pet peeve in and out of game?

    • People who think they know better and can tell others how to play/live.

    6. How many years have you been playing MMOs and have you ever quit and why?

    • It is almost 10 years now with the WoW beta.  I have taken three breaks when either I thought I was spending too much time playing and/or that I wasn’t playing enough to be worth the cost.

    7. If you could meet any fictional game character who would it be and why?

    • Chromie has such a great personality that I think she’d be a lot of fun.

    8. How do you go about picking your character’s names?

    • Before I started playing MMOs, I came up with the idea of taking the unique consonants from my first and last name (KNTHR) and then adding vowels to form a character name.  I dropped the H because I thought the names were better without it and I’ve stuck with the games I have played since.

    9. Of all your characters, who’s your favorite and why?

    • My first WoW character, ‘Kanter’, a dwarf hunter, I imagined during the beta and came up with the professions based on what I thought his personality would be like.  I wanted to be able to have animals who would fight with me and once I adopted my bear whom I named ‘Iorek’ (bonus points for those who get the reference), I was even more sold on his character.

    10. If you could pick one thing for Blizzard to bring back to the game, what would it be and why?

    • Nothing is jumping out at me, but I do miss the non-raiding events we used to do as a guild.  I’m not sure how Blizzard could encourage it, but I wish they would.

    11. What’s the one thing you wish Blizzard would implement in the game that isn’t available yet and why?

    • World of Warcraft really needs housing.  I’m not sure if Garrisons will fill that nitch completely, but I am really looking forward to seeing how they are implemented.


     
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    The Secret World: Frankenstein II

    Published on April 15, 2014 by in The Secret World

    Our Monday night Secret World group has agreed to dedicate four weeks in a row to exploring the four new investigation missions that were added last week, so last night had us going through our first one: The Animate Clay. … Continue reading

     
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    LOTRO: Horsing Around While In Custard With Rangers!

    LOTRO PLAYERS NEWS EPISODE 42: Custody of Rangers Wow 42 used that number this week: have a look for free at 43, which is 42+1 which EVERYONE must know is the answer to LIFE the UNIVERSE and EVERYTHING! For four ideas for free for two or for one or for no one: 44 43 42 […]

     
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    LOTRO: Horsing Around While In Custard With Rangers!

    LOTRO PLAYERS NEWS EPISODE 42: Custody of Rangers Wow 42 used that number this week: have a look for free at 43, which is 42+1 which EVERYONE must know is the answer to LIFE the UNIVERSE and EVERYTHING! For four ideas for free for two or for one or for no one: 44 43 42 […]

     
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    LOTRO Players Adventures Episode 11: Frigid Fight in Forochel

    This week we succeeded in Evendim, assaulted Angmar and […]

     
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    Battle Bards Episode 25: The Holidays

    A new episode of Battle Bards is up! Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s a pretty random time to be featuring a theme show about the holidays. But hey, it’s ALWAYS a holiday somewhere in MMO land! Join Syp, Syl and I as we talk about our favorite tunes featured in special events, from […]

     
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    Battle Bards Episode 25: Holiday Themes

    Published on April 15, 2014 by in music, Podcast

    It’s always a holiday somewhere, especially in MMOs, so don’t blink twice if you happen to hear the Battle Bards talking about Christmas, Halloween, and Arbor Day on this week’s episode!  After all, special occasions necessitate special music, and holiday … Continue reading

     
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    Time Travel Tuesdays: Fitting In

    Published on April 15, 2014 by in Gaming, Sims 3

    A playthrough of Sims 3: Into the Future with Wayrift characters. #Sims3 #TheSims(Read more…)

     
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    Star Citizen – 42$ million goals unlocked and Video Demo from PAX

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    The science fiction MMO Star Citizen has recently reached $42 million in crowd funding. This additional funding will unlock several new goals such as: Updated Observist Guide – expanding the website are of the Galactapedia and introducing holographic ships, items and navigation interface in 3D Explore-class mobiGlas Rig – every […]

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    World of Tanks – Xbox 360 Edition will receive the first Content Update

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    Fans of World of Tanks that are playing the game on Xbox 360 will receive the first free-to-play content patch known as Update 1.1.  They will find several new features such as the Crew System, the new Himmelsdorf map, and five British vehicles. The new Crew System will allow you […]

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    To Rise No More

    On my gaming parody site “The MMO Troll“, I have made false claims of various games either shuttering their doors, or failing to launch at all. One of these games I have made fun of has been CCP’s “World of Darkness”, an MMORPG based upon the famous pen-&-paper roleplaying game “Vampire: The Masquerade” from White […]

     
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    Revelation – Gunner Class Revealed in the latest Trailer

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    NetEase, one of the biggest game developer and publisher in China released a new video for their upcoming fantasy MMORPG, Revelation. The trailer showcases the Gunner, the third class that will be available during the Closed Beta phase that is scheduled to begin on April 24, 2014. If you like […]

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    Trove – Alpha Access available for $20

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    If you ever wanted to try Trove, now it’s the perfect time. Trion Worlds announced that Trove is ready to accept a wider audience and with this occasion they released a new series of packs. As you can see below, players will be able to participate in the Alpha Phase […]

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    Every Silver Lining has a Cloud

    Too good to be true? Quite possibly…

    I’ve been watching Garrisons news since Blizzcon with a sense of mounting excitement: you might have noticed. I’ve been called ‘ahead of the curve’ in my understanding of what this new feature could mean and, as time has gone on, my assumptions about just how much of a significant part these ‘places’ have to play in a player’s life have, it appears, become increasingly accurate. At some point someone was going to raise concerns, it was inevitable: I assumed it would come when we got the game to play with. However, on the back of the PAX event in Boston, there are those already with questions to ask as to what’s on the table as our alternative to pure questing and Dailies:

    Hang on…

    When I saw this Tweet I realised there was clearly a point of reference I’d not yet seen, so I went looking for some answers. I found them in Wowhead’s interview with Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut and Game Designer Steve Burke. Specifically, I direct the room to this particular section of said interview (with thanks to Wowhead for the quotes:)

    Kris: I think people compare them (Garrisons) to battle pets because that was the new feature last time but I’d say they’re not at all like battle pets. Unlike battle pets, they are integrated into EVERY aspect of Warlords of Draenor. Steve can actually give you a lot of info on this… 

    Steve: Its a -huge- focus of ours to make sure we fold those (garrisons) into everything. We’re going to re-route you back to/from your garrison constantly as you’re leveling up. 

    There are several things that are going to drive you back there. For example when you first get your garrison we’re going to give you a mine. We’re going to give you a farm, and a barn for free, basically. You’re going to be able to build these structures right away. Those are going to give you the resource gathering. You’re going to get every resource, whether you’re spec’d for it or not, and … 

    Kris (interjects): leather, and ore, and herbs… 

    Steve: Exactly, whether you’re offline or online it will keep generating those. And you’re going to want to keep going back to your garrison to make sure that you remove those (resources) from those facilities and transfer them over to whatever crafting buildings you might have built, whether it’s a blacksmith, or leatherworking, or whatever. 

    Kris: Garrisons are tied to every aspect of max-level tradeskills so if you want to advance your tradeskills, you have to build that up in your garrison. It’s going to be part of what’s going on.

     Now, I don’t know about you, but that seems quite clear on a few things, namely:

    • Garrisons will involve you returning to them as you level,
    • They are vital if you want to max a Tradeskill,
    • Pretty much EVERYTHING will be linked to your Garrison in one form or another.
    Having now digested this, I can understand why Olivia might be a *wee* bit concerned.
    L100. Requires Tier 3 Town Hall.
    Remember the huge outcry with Pandaria’s content ‘gating’? You know, the soul-destroying Dailies that everyone had to do to access gear via Reputation? Well, it could easily be argued that based on this interview we’re about to head into a situation where players have no choice but to return to their Garrisons whilst levelling. Of course, this is only supposition, because a) this is one section of interview with no other accompanying context and b) it could just as easily be that all this will be skippable if people want to… except at this point I find myself remembering The Flying Argument, and the fact it’s been removed from 6.1 (and possibly beyond) because of its ability to ‘negate content.’ Garrisons get the best billing in the Alpha Notes, right at the top of thirty three pages. This is a big deal, there’s going to be FOUR blog posts on how they work at every stage of our journey through Draenor. If Blizzard are so mad keen for us NOT to avoid the content we’re being presented with to the point flying could be permanently off the table… are they expecting us to play the Garrisons the same way? Could our silver lining be inside a particularly black and thunder-filled cloud?
    There’s also an area of payoff here that I don’t think may have been considered on the strength of this interview: the ability to attach specific Professions to Garrison participation to maximise the profit you might be able to make max your skills when using them. If that is the case, people will already be considering the options presented by Cookie Cutter Gold Making Garrison ‘builds’ for specific combinations of Professions and Rewards. It won’t be how the ‘majority’ of players even consider what buildings they place, because they’ll be pretty much learning from scratch. But for those who are lucky enough to get early game access via an invite from, say PAX itself… suddenly that access could be a vital head start for those wishing to ‘play the system’ and be ahead of the curve once the Expansion releases. I’m pretty sure that’s not even an option anyone whose been making this game has even considered. The fact remains that taking Professions away from one area and linking them to another is going to have consequences unless everything you make is BoA, and we already know from Engineering that’s not likely to be the case.
    This could be a goldrush. Time to smarten up those covered wagons.
    Does this come in purple?
    Again we are back at the ‘well, we need a Client’ argument to put a lot of these queries and concerns to rest. There’s still no sign of this happening either, and there’s been no movement on the Patch Notes updating or indeed much else, but you could argue that’s because we had PAX to contend with. The thing is, there’s a major holiday coming up (CHOCOLATE) and unless something happens this week quite fast it could be another couple of weeks before anything actually goes down. Then, we’re in MAY. Yeah, time flies when you’re having fun. But it won’t sell you games, and when it seems each week that someone’s cancelling their sub because there’s nothing to justify it the clock is most definitely ticking. I didn’t even mention the ‘defending your Garrison from attack’ nugget that emerged at the weekend either. I’m not sure I want to go there just yet myself… Whatever this ‘feature’ is eventually going to end up being, we need to be playing with it sooner rather than later to get the answers to an increasing number of questions. Time to cross everything and hope that happens in the near future…
     
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    Face of Mankind – Open Beta Coming This Month

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    Nexeon Technologies announced that their upcoming science fiction MMO, Face of Mankind will enter the Open Beta phase on April 18, 2014. The game client is already available so if you want to give this game a try you can download it from the official page. “We would like to […]

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    [TT] Adding Value

    As mentioned, the Intrigue expansion was Dominion’s first chance to vary the environment and give more potential to the less valuable cards. Remember, the benchmark is Big Money and streamlining decks, so the design space to be explored is how to make the cards that are not the best still worth seeking. Silver, Gold, and […]

    [TT] Adding Value is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

     
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    Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade – Founders Pack Detailed

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    From the latest newsletter that was sent today we learned a little about the Founders Pack that will be available for Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade. The packs will be available within the next few months and will give players full access to the full game at launch and to all […]

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    A New Player Has Joined #1

    Maybe you knew about these blogs, maybe you didn’t. The NBI wasn’t aware of them until this week so here’s our warm welcome to these fellow game bloggers! Steven Pope at Skip A Turn Mtberry Yoshi at Game Introspection The Game Snark at The Game Snark Veteran bloggers who are participating for the first time have also been […]

     
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    Guild Wars 2: Music theory

    Published on April 15, 2014 by in Guild Wars

    One of my growing favorite pasttimes in Guild Wars 2 is to make a note of where special chests are and how to get to them.  You can usually plunder these chests once a day for a green/blue item, but … Continue reading

     
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    Contains Moderate Peril Episode 142: I Miss You Grunge

    Finally we have returned to publishing the Contains Moderate Peril podcast on a Monday, despite wealth of technical issues. Due to the abundance of interesting material covered in the latest LOTRO producers’ letter, Brian and I decided to re-record a part of the show earlier today. For some reason only one side of the conversation came out. I eventually summarised […]

     
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