Throwback Thursday: Gnaptime

I thought I’d use the normal Throwback Thursday meme that is used so much on Instagram and Facebook and use it to post old-school screenshots that we still have.

Here is one from about eight years ago on December 3rd, 2006. It looks like me, playing a Gnome Warlock of all things, with Syrana’s Dwarf. Either I’m sick or she’s watching me sleep.

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Battles and Brotherhood

garrisonI have to say, I’m really enjoying the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Like someone on Twitter said the other day, this one feels very “Warcraft” compared to the last one, Mists of Pandaria. While I definitely enjoyed parts of MoP and it was gorgeously designed, I never really felt like I was part of it. It felt like a weird spin-off of everything before it. It felt odd, as my Undead Rogue, to be standing in the sunny, lush lands of Pandaria with its blowing flower blossoms and bright colors. I never felt at home there.

This one feels like it’s all come back home. It’s all dark and foreboding, like the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. There are angry Orcs everywhere fighting against other angry Orcs. Though, I’ve mainly played Horde so far. I only got my Alliance character up to garrison intro level, I assume both sides are similar. With the Horde quest lines, you feel part of everything that is going on. You’re dealing directly with Durotan and his son, Thrall (though, I don’t think he knows that, yet) while they stand in your Garrison as you fight your way across the world of Draenor. I especially liked the final quest in the Frostfire Ridge area, called The Battle of Thunder Pass. It was like a small dungeon run (and very 300-like), but solo (along with a lot of AI players.) You got to take down tons of enemies and then a few big, elite boss-type enemies.

The garrison stuff is a nice addition. Sending your followers onto side missions is fun. You sometimes get nice rewards for it. I only have three extra buildings so far, since I’m still trying to determine what exactly they all do and what would be best for my character. I did like the initial Garrison Invasion quest. I guess these become more common once you hit max level and start defeating enemies from specific factions. Once you kill a certain amount of these enemies, their faction will attack your garrison. This allows you get some neat rewards.

I have not done any PvP or much else other than questing, though I expect to try some of it out. I hear the WoW 10th Anniversary stuff will be happening soon. This is opening an old-school type Team Deathmatch PvP area called “Tarren Mill vs Southshore” that brings back the feeling of the old Hillsbrad Foothills fighting between factions. Plus, if you win, you get a neat title.

Munchin’ on Some Grindage

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To all you young kids out there, that's a quote by the greatest star of the 90s, Pauly Shore, from one of his greatest movies, Son in Law. It also describes my relationship with World of Warcraft again. I'm back. Though, I never said I would be gone … [Continue reading]

Diving In

My exploration character. Hopefully the badass angle keeps weaker pirates away.

Since the last post, I've spent a good chunk of Eve Online time training up my character to do some exploring. I have since spent a lot more time (almost all of my play time with that character) in low security space. I now have a T2 covert … [Continue reading]

7 Years and 2 Ships

Eve Wormhole

It's been at least 3 and a half years since I last ventured into the vast open darkness of Eve Online's universe. I was looking for a different kind of game to play recently, so I decided to renew my subscription and see what has changed. Since I … [Continue reading]

Paying to Game

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I thought I'd do a little experiment with my gaming cost. Since I play 90% of the games on my PC using Steam, it keeps all of my gaming information in one place. I can see how much I played a specific game and also how much I paid for it (and its … [Continue reading]

The Usual Suspects

Assassin's Creed IV

There are a few game series that I will almost always keep buying as they release new games. The Assassin's Creed series is one of them. I almost didn't get the newly released Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag today. Up until Monday, I had assumed that … [Continue reading]

GTA High Five!

GTA V

I'm pretty excited about next Tuesday when GTAV releases. I mean, I've been in love with that series since playing the first, classic top-down Grand Theft Auto game back in about 1998 or so. I didn't play too much top-down GTA2, but GTA3 just blew my … [Continue reading]

The Changing of Gaming Habits

I'm starting her early. Headshot!

My gaming habits have changed over the years, probably due to many factors including the amount of  time I have to play in one sitting and the explosion of niche and indie games. Based on my Steam statistics, you can see this change happening. I … [Continue reading]

It’s Good to Be the King

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Another Steam sale has come and gone and, as you know from past posts, I'm a sucker for those. This one was no exception, though I definitely didn't spend as much as I did during the last Holiday one. I did pick up a bunch of good titles that were on … [Continue reading]