Category Archives: meta-wow

It’s Lonely Up Here

There have been a lot of tough things about coming back to WoW after a long layoff.  Adjusting to all the class and mechanics changes, trying to figure out where old instances/raids I never did are located, and just playing the catch-up game, in general.

But recently I feel like probably the toughest part is that the community I once knew, and was once a part of, has largely disappeared.  No one plays the game anymore; it’s passé at best or “for kids” at worst.  People are moving on; either with “life” or to other games.  So here she is: Pike, still pluggin’ away at the same old eleven-year-old video game.  Look at her and marvel!

Now, I’m no stranger to pouring tons of time into old video games, as one glance through my Good Games That Are Good series can probably attest.

But WoW is, somehow, different.  Perhaps because it’s an MMO, which is social by definition, or perhaps because I really threw myself into the community via things like blogging and Twitter.  It was a little island that I became a part of.  And now I get to watch, one by one, as more and more people leave the island.  It’s a really weird feeling.

Ultimately, I will continue to do what I find fun and play what I want to play, of course.  Because ultimately, that’s the point of games.  But that doesn’t stop the weirdness that sets in every time yet another person says goodbye.  Is this what I am doomed to, stubbornly playing an aging MMO?  Is this all a part of the cycle?  Maybe so.  Maybe it’s what I signed up for.

In that case, I guess I’ll be over here on my island.  Dreaming dreams like the one I dreamed last night– about old guildmates long gone.


I Kind Of Think I’m Done With FFXIV

Yep.  I think I’m pretty much done with A Realm Reborn.  Oh, there’s nothing wrong with it.  It’s pretty fun.  It’s very good looking.  There are a lot of things that it does better than WoW.  But when it comes down to it, well… I’d still rather be playing WoW.  Or Diablo 3.  (I’ve kind of been playing a LOT of Diablo 3 as of late.)

So yeah.  It’s certainly not something I’d be averse to trying again in the future, especially when I have more time.  But for now… I think I’d rather be in Azeroth.  Or Sanctuary.  (Mostly Sanctuary.  Can’t lie.)

Playable Triple Triad was a really nice touch, though.  Now, if only I was any good at it…

So I’m Thinking of a Server Transfer

I feel awkward saying this because I just wrote a post a few months ago about how much I enjoyed my server.  And you know, I do… or, rather, I did.  But between CRZ and connected realms I find that I don’t enjoy good ol’ VeCo half as much as I used to.  We were always a small server to begin with and I feel like the other ones have kind of muscled in, making it a place that’s hard to recognize these days.

So I’ve been seriously considering a transfer, at least of my current main and maybe a couple of my alts.  Obviously, every server’s community is going to have some issues, but going back to a care bear lifestyle by jumping ship from RP-PvP to RP is a start.  (I will miss the good world RP-PvP times I had but am not gonna miss all the extra camping that came with the influx of players from other servers.)

I already have some ideas on where I’m going but I’ll save the details for now in case I change my mind.  The next step, of course, is figuring out how to transfer my gold over…

I think it might be about time to cruise control through WoW for a while

Well, Warlords of Draenor certainly kept my attention longer than any expansion has since Wrath of the Lich King, but because I’m not really raiding (due to my work schedule) and because I’ve almost gotten everything I want out of Tanaan dailies, it might be about time to scale back on this game for a bit.

I won’t be quitting – not yet, at least.  I mean, I have WoW tokens lasting at least through the next three months.  But I don’t really see myself doing anything particularly new and exciting in the near future.  That may change, of course.  But for now, I’m content with laying low until Legion comes out.

Meanwhile, there are other video games to play!  I’m considering looking into FFXIV.  Or I can just jump right back into my Steam backlog.  Since I’ve still got, you know, like 300 more games to go.

How My Approach to My WoW Sub Has Changed Over the Years

I remember, many years ago, thinking that if I quit WoW it would be a big deal.  It would be hanging up the hat.  It would be turning around and leaving without looking back. I figured that when I quit, it would be like Forrest Gump.  One day I’d think “I’ve played for three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours” and then I’d stop, turn to my blog readers, and say “I’m pretty tired of playing.  I think I’ll do something else now.”  And that would be it.

forest-gump1To an extent, that’s kind of what happened.  One day back in late Wrath I woke up, realized I was kind of tired of running along the raid treadmill, and I hung up my hat.

What I didn’t anticipate, however, is that I would be back running again.  But this time, only bits at a time.

When I first quit WoW, I had been continuously subbed for about, oh, two and a half years, I think.  Since then I have occasionally returned to WoW, but it’s never been with a subscription.  For a while it was with game cards, because that way I could play for a few months and then quit for a year (or two).  Now that WoW Tokens are a thing, I’m using those instead.  My days of a long-lasting subscription are, I think, over.  As are my days of focusing on one game for years on end.  Instead, I play WoW here and there, sometimes for a few months, but rarely exclusively, and usually with frequent breaks.  According to Blizzard, most people play that way now, which is supposedly one of the reasons for the great subscription number decline of ’15.

So now here I am, just paying month by month, and pretty happy about it.

AmtzGq9What about you guys?  Do you still go the subscription route?

Apparently Blizzard Trademarked a New Thing. Let’s Take a Look.

DISCLAIMER: This could all be fake.  But it looks real to me so for now let’s roll with it.  I can’t think of anything else to write about today anyway.

So yeah, apparently Blizzard trademarked a new thing.  It’s called “Council of Glades” and it’s being trademarked as computer game software, i.e. not a book.

The million dollar question relevant to WoW players is, of course, is it Warcraft related?  My money is on yes, and here’s why:

  • The Council of Tirisfal is a thing in lore.  Tirisfal Glades is a thing in game.  Thus, Council of Glades.
  • StarCraft 2 is already getting its (final, I think) expansion.
  • It doesn’t really sound Diablo related to me.  Councils exist, but I’m not so sure about glades.   But who knows, I guess?

This brings us to four possibilities: A WoW expansion, a Hearthstone expansion, something involving HotS, or something entirely new.  Hearthstone just got a new thing and I don’t really see Blizzard doing anything completely new with the Warcraft universe, since Hearthstone is still pretty young.  It might be HotS, but that’s not nearly as exciting as wild speculation.  (Although I would sell a kidney for a Medivh hero.)

So, let’s see here:

  • Medivh was (is?) in the Council of Tirisfal
  • Medivh is connected to Khadgar
  • We were just reintroduced to Khadgar
  • It’s about time for a WoW expac announcement
  • “Council of Glades”




Three Raids, One Expac

In a move reminiscent of that “No flying” announcement we got a while back, Blizzard decided to drop a bombshell via a fan interview again.  Today’s bombshell?  6.2 is it! No more raids after this!


What are my thoughts on this?  Well, I’m thinking about a couple of things.  Firstly I’m thinking don’t be surprised if Blizz drops a sudden mini-raid like they did at the end of Wrath, because Blizzard.txt.  Secondly, I’m thinking, um… Blizzard… you guys do know you haven’t announced a new expansion yet, right?  Which I’m assuming means it’s not anywhere near alpha or beta yet, right?  So uh… what is everyone going to do until the next expac?

I mean, for me personally, I think I have enough to keep me occupied for a little while.  This is because I was unsubbed for a long time and I like poking around at old content and leveling alts, so I have a lot to catch up on.  So I’m not terribly disappointed myself.  Like, I think I’ll be fine.

But, seriously.  Blizzard.  Maybe throw us a bone here and announce the new expac so we at least know it’s coming?  Eh?

Why Taking a Break Was Good For Me

As all three (or maybe four?) of you long-time readers left know, I quit playing WoW for several years and thus left this blog to unceremoniously sit for just as long.  Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept playing so I could keep blogging, because I do so love blogging.  But, ultimately, I’m glad I took that break.

See, recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people both on Twitter and in blogs talking about how they’re growing tired of, or bored with, the game.  And then here I am, over here in my corner, having a blast and in general being content with my life in Azeroth.

And you know, I think it’s because I walked away for so long.  I walked away and now that I’m back I’m looking at it with fresh eyes.

It’s not the same as it was back when I first started, no.  It will never be quite that magical again.  But sometimes I think it can get pretty close.  (In fairness, I might be biased, because I am very easy to please.)

Even Althalor is easy to please.  In this case he's LUDICROUSLY HAPPY because there's a squid on his head.
Even Althalor is easy to please. In this case he’s LUDICROUSLY HAPPY because there’s a squid on his head.

So yes, I’m glad I took a break.  I’ve sort of… recalibrated my own thought process on the whole thing, if you will.  It used to be that I thought quitting WoW was sort of a huge deal, but now I treat it like any other game.  I can drop it for months – or years – at a time, and then I can come back again later whenever I want.  And you know what?  That’s okay.  Especially now that I can pay for a subscription just by logging in and poking my garrison for twenty minutes a day.

Breaks.  They work for me!

A Super Cool Look at Early World of Warcraft Development

I’ve always been fascinated by things like concept art and early screenshots of my favorite games.  These provide a really neat and often rare glimpse under the hood – a look at the humble beginnings of worlds I’d later spend so much time in.

A couple of us on Twitter got a treat earlier when a Blizzard employee decided to share some fantastic behind-the-scene screenshots with us, and they absolutely 100% made my day.

These are just three selections I picked that I especially liked, but I highly recommend heading over to the Storify I made and checking out all of these. A huge thank you to Dave Wilson for sharing this stuff with us!


Despite – or perhaps because of – my love for video games, I tend to lag behind a bit in the department of technological trends.  I did not get my first smartphone until about two years ago, and I was not using a widescreen monitor until exactly… yesterday.

That’s right.  You know how back in the day everyone’s monitor was a square?  That was mine.  Until about 16 hours ago.

Needless to say my crowded world…


suddenly got a whole lot bigger…

WoWScrnShot_060415_184858It’s actually kind of difficult to enjoy right now, because for whatever reason, my new monitor is hurting my eyes.  I’ve never been one of those people who gets eye strain from staring at monitors (other than from the 3D feature on the Nintendo 3DS), so I’m at a loss as to why this one is giving me fits.  Nothing looks fuzzy or anything; everything is crisp and sharp.  So who knows.  For now I’ve pushed the monitor back (so there’s at least 24 inches between it and me) and also turned down the brightness.  We’ll see if it helps!