Rift Names!

Eeek best log in and save my babies.   I think this sort of purge is a good idea,, but yikes.

Note: I went in and logged everyone in.  Bonus: I have two characters on a side realm who are just great creations, that perfect combination of looks, class and name that often determines whether I play a character or not.   I’ll be getting those going through the world.



Busy, busy December!   I need to play more, but there’s no time.   Here are my interesting bits for the month so far:

I Love You Bethesda!   Not only are they celebrating the Single Player Game, they made a video honoring that player.  With Lynda Carter!!!!!   Agghhh!  Via Gamespot.


Sea of Thieves has a release date.   March 20, 2018.   I wish I’d played more Pirate games over the years.  I love Pirates!  Sea of Thieves looks great.  I should make this My Pirate Game.
From the clip:

Ramming the ship!  I can’t steer in any racing game ever made, but damn, I bet I could ram a ship!  How good does your aim have to be?

Female Pirate!  Look at those outfit changes, yo ho.



The Game Awards

Another awards set.  I’m not familiar with the man behind it or the awards themselves, but I’m going to use them as a jumping off point to a more interesting 2018.

My takeaways are that these look interesting:

What Remains of Edith Finch
Monument Valley 2
Old Man’s Journey
Hmmpf, maybe I should look at Destiny 2.


I’ve liked what I’ve read about it.  It sounds a bit impossible to beat, but that happens a lot if you’re me.  The gameplay and graphics look incredible.  I should Try and Die.

A New Tomb Raider


While I’m behind on completion of the Tomb Raider games, I’m always eager for a new one.  The article postulates that a new game could be released when the new Tomb Raider film comes out in March.

Elder Scrolls Online

I managed to log in and get the snake pet, and brought my character back to her home base to empty that inventory.  There were of course problems along the way, and I have completely forgotten how to play my Warden.  Yikes.

A Few More Blizzcon Notes

Old news is the best news!   I like watching the panels and presentations on my iPad but argh, there’s lots of stuttering where people repeat things several times, and then there’s the infamous ring of loading occasionally.  On the other hand, I could have taken some screenshots to include watching on my pc.

Wow What’s next

Most of this section was a presentation by Alex Afrasiabi, who was ok, but not as enthusiastic as I’d like. 

He said  “Our virtual lives are based on our factions, all we do is in service of these.”     I don’t think that’s true for most PVE players.  Other than choosing to look like a fairy princess or a zombie at character creation, I sincerely don’t think most people give it any thought.   This is not a game where there are any particular perks for belonging to one faction or other, right? Unless you PVP?

He teases that the burning of Teldrassil by the Horde may be an attacking move by the Horde, or it may be in response to an attack on Lordaeron.   While I say I don’t think much about Alliance vs Horde, perhaps I do, because it seems that in Cataclysm so much more Alliance territory was torn apart than Horde (maybe I don’t know because I don’t travel those areas?)  And Legion was depressing for all the Alliance heroes downed.   Leave the tree alone!

I noted merely Alliance=Eastern Kingdom      Kalimdor =Horde

I hope that’s not the case.  I love many areas of Kalimdor. 

The new areas of Kultiras and Zandalar  have really cool architecture, particularly Zandalar.  That’s about it.

Warfronts and Island Expeditions might be ok.

I didn’t think the zone leveling similar to Legion’s would be a good thing, but it looks like it will be handled well.

Boss Design Workshop

This was the best.  It was an actual panel.  They talked about how they design dungeons and bosses from the ground up.  Then they brainstormed how the first boss in the Shrine of the Storm dungeon might work.   How the dungeon ties in with the zone it is located in and its story.

How does the first boss in the dungeon compare to the others. You can’t have your best stuff right off and leave nothing interesting for the end boss.

The boss would be an enormous water elemental with tentacles coming from his chin dubbed “chinticles” which he could use against players in many possible ways.

They talked about how they think of the various classes and how their abilities might be used against a boss.

Apparently boss fights are timed at 2 minutes or so.  It sure seems longer sometimes!

One idea that kept coming up was the idea of waves of water rising periodically and sweeping across the dungeon.  All I could think was poor gnomes!  They can hardly keep their heads above water to swim.  They’d just be tossed and tossed.

PC Gamer: If you could play a sequel to any game, what would it be?

PC gamer’s staff have interesting choices.  http://www.pcgamer.com/if-you-could-have-a-sequel-to-any-game-what-would-it-be/

Since I have been playing MMOs almost exclusively this year, and perhaps most years,  I haven’t any new game choices.    I was unable to pick just one, though Realms of the Haunting tops the list.  Why, why, why, that ending?   After all we’d been through?  (sniff)

Realms of the Haunting

System Shock (3)


Neverwinter Nights

Half Life