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This month I wish to ask if anyone has seen any points with getting e mail updates from the weblog.  I convey this up as a result of I certain have.

I monitor the e-mail supply mechanism on three completely different e mail accounts.  One of them, which is subscribed to get a weekly digest each Monday, has been going high quality.  But the opposite two, that are speculated to get day by day updates… one thing went manner flawed in some unspecified time in the future in July.  Here is the inbox for considered one of them.

Some gaps are obvious

It appears like supply has picked again up once more, at the least on that account, however there have been points.

Meanwhile, on the opposite account setup for day by day updates, these stopped on July twenty sixth and haven’t resumed.

The most important distinction between the 2 is that the primary is considerably latest, having solely run from about 2015 or so, whereas the opposite, which stopped on July twenty sixth, has just about run because the earliest days of the weblog.  There is a folder in there that has an e mail model of just about each weblog submit I’ve written during the last sixteen years.

So I’m curious if anyone else famous an outage.

Or course, that may be a foolish query to boost right here.  If you subscribe by e mail and have stopped getting updates you possible aren’t going to get the replace that features this submit.

Still, I believed I might strive.

One Year Ago

It was Blaugust in fact, and we had nearly 50 contributors as the occasion opened up.  I questioned if it was higher to have one weblog or a number of, I used to be on about my RSS feeds, and wrote one thing about motivation and keenness.

Niantic relented on a few of their post-COVID function roll backs, most significantly the vary at which you’ll be able to entry gyms and Pokestops.

The Enad Global 7 Q2 2022 financials included the announcement that Ji Ham, as soon as appearing CEO of Daybreak, wouldn’t be appearing CEO of EG7.

The Q2 2021 outcomes for Activision Blizzard got here out.  It was exhausting to inform if the state of California lawsuit and the tales regarding it have been having an impact on the underside line for Blizzard but.  I used to be pretty certain that Blizzard had beshat itself such that the corporate would drop their title from the corporate letterhead.  I imply, the tales have been ugly.

That didn’t cease me from leaping into the Diablo II Resurrected beta nonetheless.

The occasion group was getting its epic mounts in WoW Classic.  That performed we went again to give Hellfire Ramparts one other strive as a bunch of 4.  We additionally went again to Blackrock Depths (for in all probability the 14th time) to scare up some stuff for Ula to disenchant.

Honest Game Trailers and Carbot have been doing movies about Burning Crusade Classic.

I continued my exploration of immersion, this time taking a look at EverQuest and then EVE Online.

I gave The Fermi Paradox a strive.

In EVE Online the times of World War Bee wound all the way down to an finish.  PAPI bored with the siege and the Imperium was in a position to retake all of its area in a short time.

I additionally wrote two Friday bullet level posts.  Past me likes to do these simply to harass future me I’m certain.

The first one coated New World being delayed, Switch gross sales numbers, FFXIV subscription numbers, the Chinese authorities being down on video video games once more, the one yr anniversary of EVE Echoes, and one other free EverQuest II character enhance.  Kind of quite a bit in that one.

The second one introduced up Richard Bartle’s Designing Virtual Worlds e book being out there totally free, Quantic Foundry analysis about cross-gender play, EA making lock bins barely much less unhealthy, and a video taking a look at what occurred with Vanguard and EverQuest Next.

Finally, there was the story of the lacking tree on our road.

Five Years Ago

ArenaNet introduced the Path of Fire growth for Guild Wars 2.

In Lord of the Rings Online the Mordor growth went reside with all kinds of recent… actions.  I used to be in a position to get in and declare my growth objects.

In a Friday Bullet Points submit I used to be taking a look at monetary numbers from Blizzard, NCsoft, and SuperData.  I used to be additionally questioning if Raptr was lifeless.

Age of Empires IV was introduced, or hinted at, or one thing.  I wasn’t certain it was a good suggestion.  And StarCraft Remastered was launched.

The summer season blogger Fantasy Movie League wrapped up, with Liore profitable.

I used to be feeling the urge to go play a flight sim recreation.  The downside is that I’m unhealthy at flight sims recreation and not having the persistence to get good at them.

In EVE Online there was the Hakkonen deployment, the place the Imperium went to go tangle with NCDot and Pandemic Legion on their doorstep.  I’ll simply listing out the submit moderately than attempting to weave a story from all of the hyperlinks.

As a part of the ops, and due to the seeming impending demise of POSes, I did a submit about blowing up POS towers from every of the 4 empires.  As of this writing the Player Owned Starbase remains to be a factor in New Eden.

There was additionally an replace for EVE Online in August, which amongst different issues take away the captain’s quarters.  There was additionally the Alpha Strike occasion later within the month.  The month-to-month financial report confirmed Delve was nonetheless booming.  I hit 180 million talent factors.

In different information, Vince Draken was requested to step down from CSM12 and Andrew Groen’s Empires of EVE got here out in audiobook type.

I summed up my yr of taking part in Pokemon Go.  I began late.  I used to be tempted to do this once more this yr… however I had too many posts already in August.

I used to be pondering changing my getting old Logitech G15 keyboard.  I haven’t but, largely as a result of I might miss the LCD show… and since it nonetheless largely works, even when it doesn’t gentle up fairly the best way it used to.  A yr later and it’s nonetheless there on my desk.

And, lastly, a recreation dev was arguing that online game must price $1,000,  which obtained me into rant mode as whiny entitlement tends to do.  And I used to be fairly certain we already had a recreation that costly within the type of World of Warcraft.  Blizz was simply good sufficient to not ask for all the cash up entrance.

Ten Years Ago

Star Trek Online was completely not dying and Star Wars: The Old Republic was completely not struggling because it shed extra prospects and introduced it was going free to play.

Then Vanguard all of the sudden went free to play forward of schedule, little doubt attempting to get in early and keep away from the gang.

It was introduced that NCsoft can be closing down City of Heroes.

Torchlight II gave us a launch date.  But not earlier than giving us a date for a date.  But there was no date for the promised MacOS model.

Turbine delayed Riders of Rohan, however continued pushing the loopy stuff you’d see.

SOE determined that you would be able to afford integrity solely after you pay the payments, and threw in with lockboxes.  What occurred to the implied social contract?

Guild Wars 2 went reside eventually, thwarting Blizzard’s nefarious scheme.

Also reside was Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the successor to the unique Half-Life primarily based Counter-Strike.

I used to be paid up on my 1 yr subscription for World of Warcraft, however Blizzard wouldn’t let me cancel additional cost.  They will need to have been involved about subscribers, having dropped extra subs than SWTOR had left.

Speaking of yr lengthy commitments, Trion favored that Blizzard concept a lot, they did it themselves and gave us an unsightly mount for it immediately.  Oh, they usually obtained rid of faction group restrictions.  What inhabitants issues?  The occasion group began on its attendance slide, with simply 4 of us attempting Runic Descent.  At least we had on the spot adventures.  Or was that on the spot ranges?

In EVE Online, there was a revamp of mining ships.  I listed them out and questioned which might turn out to be the preferred.  In the top, the Mackinaw gained I believe.  All the whereas CSM7 appeared intent on proving that the factor they beloved most in EVE Online was themselves.

Meanwhile, having been requested by TEST to depart the conflict down in Delve, the CFC obtained right into a scrap with Northern Coalition over moons.  We fought in Venal and a few monkeys misplaced a titan.  We have been staging in QPO for a thrust into Tribute with the objective of taking a ahead base at UMI-KK.

AWESOMESAUCE.LIVE was introduced.  Only the truth that it was later cancelled preserved my religion in humanity.

Finally, I took the loopy practice out of Barstow and threw out a few film critiques.

Fifteen Years Ago

I gained one thing in a contest!  A Warp Drive Active Shirt!

And talking of EVE Online, I began down the coaching path to get my alt flying a Hulk.  As with most such ventures, it started with mining within the modest Bantam frigate and the oddly formed Osprey cruiser.  Also, our corp, the Twilight Cadre was based.  I additionally wrote up a chunk on tips on how to discover an agent in EVE Online (with out exterior sources) that was some of the seen posts on this web site for fairly a stretch. It solely took CCP 4 years to make the entire thing much less convoluted.

I additionally had a want listing for the sport that included ship skins and a coaching queue.  Got these… finally!  And I used to be deep into studying expertise. Then there was a submit about RMT and how CCP was already promoting ISK, if not directly. And I used to be nonetheless doing the Revelations growth new participant tutorial.

The occasion group was nonetheless in Lord of the Rings Online.  There have been updates increasing the sport and all kinds of presents to get individuals to subscribe.  I used to be extra irritated by that horse dialog you get when mounted and the way understated leveling up could possibly be.

I obtained a duplicate of the first challenge of EQuinox, the official EverQuest II journal.  It was… skinny.  And it had a darkish elf on the duvet.  You would assume there have been no different races in Norrath with all of the play darkish elves get.

Meanwhile, Qeynos harbor was filled with rumors about Sarnak!

Legends of Norrath was introduced at SOE Fan Faire 2007.  I used to be not there, however I listened to the presentation reside whereas IM’ing with Darren about what we heard.  I by no means really performed LoN throughout its existence, except for opening up free packs I obtained hoping for in-game drops.  Other than that, I’m simply not the collectible card recreation form of individual.

I bought the Richard Garriot’s Tabula Rasa Pre-Order field, solely to search out that moving into the beta, as was promised on the surface of the field, was not as straightforward as I had hoped.  You needed to get entry to the beta discussion board to get the knowledge, and the beta discussion board was not letting individuals in!

In an odd flip of destiny, I occurred to try PlayOn on the very day they posted their WoW Random Guild Name Generator.  So I posted a fast hyperlink to it, which in flip grew to become my most seen submit for an extended, very long time.  The recognition was associated to some Google algorithm which put up this web site on the primary web page of searches associated to guild title mills.

CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson stirred up the “why so much fantasy?” dialogue about MMOs and I put out my very own views, to which I now simply hyperlink again at any time when the dialogue comes again up once more.

I listed out 5 indicators that will herald World of Warcraft turning into really mainstream.  We did get an Azeroth model of Monopoly finally.  I used to be presciently pessimistic a couple of Warcraft film.

On the Guild Wars entrance, the ultimate growth for the sport, Eye of the North, launched.  It differed from the earlier two expansions in that you just didn’t have to personal any of the Guild Wars bins in an effort to play.  Yes, all the things got here in bins again then.  I nonetheless have the Eye of the North field.

Auto Assault, an odd and troubled MMO… vehicular MMOs are all the time troubled it appears… was shut down by NCsoft on this very day in 2007.

And, lastly, it was ten years in the past when TAGN hit the 100,000 web page view milestone.  We have had just a few extra since then.

Most Viewed Posts in August

  1. Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
  2. The Altar of Zul and Jintha’alor
  3. New Eden and the Year of Disappointment
  4. Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
  5. CCP Lets EVE Online Players with Multiple Accounts Subscribe Secondary Accounts at a Lower Price
  6. 20 Games that Defined the Apple II
  7. Why is there Not Another MMO Like EVE Online?
  8. Why Be Mad at CCP?
  9. Blaugust Begins 2022
  10. CCP Takes Aim at Cloaky Campers in EVE Online
  11. EVE Valkyrie, Gunjack, and Sparc All Coming to an End on August fifth
  12. Meta placing its Best Foot Forward within the Metaverse

Search Terms of the Month

эффективная ферма стражей в майнкрафте
[We had one of those in our world]

гнозис и праксис в еве
[The Society of Conscious Thought ships have low skill requirements]

еве онлайн эзотерика
[By some measures I suppose]

Sometimes I do Russian search phrases to be humorous, however this month that was all I had.  Yandex has me coated in a manner Bing by no means has.

Game Time by ManicTime

Two video games?  Is that each one I performed in August?

Well, on my PC, sure.  As I word down beneath, the group slipped again in to WoW Classic fairly easily, even when we’re nonetheless in Outland.  Anyway, the time cut up between the 2 was:

  • WoW Classic – 77.12%
  • EVE Online – 22.88%

Part of the explanation that WoW Classic has dominated is that it’s straightforward for me to sit back for a bit within the night and run some quests on an alt whereas listening to an audio e book or podcast.  That was my finish of the day rest this month.  Even with solely two titles, I did find yourself taking part in just a few extra hours than I did in July.

EVE Online

I believe I spent most of my time in recreation transferring from one place to the following.  I obtained some further ships out to our staging in Tenerifis simply in time to show round and begin transferring them again.  But I’ll get to that in tomorrow’s submit.  I did undock for an op or two, however nothing of a lot word.  I saved my planetary business going, my solely supply of earnings today exterior of my Imperium bonds.

Pokemon Go

There have been some occasions and new raids to

  • Level: 42 ( 75.8% of the best way to 43 in xp, 4 of 4 duties full)
  • Pokedex standing: 725 (+8) caught, 746 (+7) seen
  • Mega Evolutions obtained: 15 of twenty-two
  • Pokemon I need: I would like a Torkoal for my Hoenn Pokedex
  • Current buddy: Quillfish (have to do 10 raids with him earlier than he’ll evolve)

WoW Classic

The occasion group landed again in Azeroth and it was such a cushty and easy return it’s form of exhausting for me to consider that we solely returned this month.  I imply certain, The Burning Crusade remains to be no one in our teams favourite WoW period and we’re actually simply there to ramp up for Wrath of the Lich King Classic… however Nagrand is sweet.  Seriously, we’re reluctant to complete up there, as a result of the following cease… the Blade’s Edge Mountains… one other zone I’m not in love with.  But we solely must get to 68 to be prepared for Wrath, proper?


I’ve gotten into a brand new rhythm with Zwift now.  I had been doing quick rides three or 4 occasions per week for a stretch, then we hit the good disruption of a brand new job and a brand new schedule.  Now I’ve settled down into longer rides on the weekends.  I’m nonetheless not driving as a lot over all, however I’m again to getting in at the least an hour per week on the bike.

  • Level – 16 (+1)
  • Distanced cycled – 1,179.9 miles (+75.4 miles)
  • Elevation climbed – 47,612 (+3,275 ft)
  • Calories burned – 38,435 (+2,220)

Coming Up

Wrath of the Lich King Classic launches on the twenty sixth of September.  The month can be a highway to Northrend with the pre-expansion occasions kicking off, beginning with the pre-patch, which landed YESTERDAY, which implies we’ll have to determine/bear in mind what the category specs have been like.

CCP ought to be returning to work after summer season holidays.  Perhaps we’ll begin getting a number of the stuff they introduced up at EVE Fanfest again in May.

Today is the final day for the Anor server in LOTRO.  I’ve to consider the place to switch characters from that or if I ought to even hassle.  My most important might be value transferring.

And the weblog can be celebrating one other milestone subsequent month, however we’ll get to that when the time comes.



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