How to look senile (FBW Thursday edition)

November 15, 2012

Former MMO blogger Tobold is having a rough year. First his EVE prediction is set to be confirmed as idiotic in just over a month, the industry has nothing for him to play and banished him back to the tabletop, and ‘soon’ the reality that Darkfall is coming back for round two is once again going to haunt everyone’s favorite thin-skinned, hyper-sensitive whipping boy.

Of course, a track record a mile long of simply being wrong does not stop him from posting. He is very tackle-titan-Gevlon in that regard, though with less blog-editing-after-the-fact. Today’s troll bait, which embarrassingly I’m going to bite on (in part because, as is most often the case over in dream land, the commenters that don’t get filter out beg for my opinion), revolves around keeping/losing subscribers.

Much like predicting EVE shutting down because “financial reports don’t lie”, it seems the old man’s memory has also lead him to forget which MMO he is talking about here. Because I’m pretty sure making a post about losing subscribers over the last three years, with examples such as WAR, AoC, Aion, LotRO, SW:TOR, and WoW itself around, picking the hardcore niche PvP MMO from an indie studio that remained a sub MMO all three years and with an increased staff is launching a sequel ‘soon’ is a poor choice.

But what do I know. I’m pretty terrible at this predictions thing, having been totally wrong about SW:TOR 4th pillar in 2009, GW2 lack of progression dooming it, WoW with WotLK, LotRO selling its soul, Aion being Aion, Rift 3.0, Tobold rage-quitting blogging yearly, etc etc.

So let’s keep his little post in mind 6 months after DF:UW releases (so 2035), so we can all link back to it and write glowing posts about how Tobold was right about something in the MMO genre. First time for everything right?

Or, after said 6 months, we can link back to it much the same way we link back to the EVE prediction, and have a little fun while DF:UW is down for the expansion patch. Assuming, of course, Tobold is not on a rage-quit cycle.

Also how is he still screwing up FBW, posting this on a Thursday?

Time to act like a true five year old!

August 13, 2012

I’ve been blogging here for half a decade. Yikes.

And having just finished re-reading my 2011 write-up post, things today are not all that different from last year (which mostly sucks). DF2.0 is still not out or even close (no beta), Dominion is dead, GW2 is about to release, EVE is EVE, and the rest of the genre is still more or less in the toilet. At least Tortanic has been more entertaining than I expected blog-wise, good stuff there. I really, really hope the 2013 edition of this post is not me repeating the above.

To the numbers!

Blog Stats as of 8/13/2012

Total views: 1,420,684

Busiest day: 11,852 — Thursday, September 6, 2007

Posts: 1,474

Comments: 21,858

Blog Stats as of 8/12/2011

Total views: 1,035,401

Busiest day: 11,852 — Thursday, September 6, 2007

Posts: 1,166

Comments: 16,129

Blog Stats 2010

Total views: 692,972

Busiest day: 11,852 — Thursday, September 6, 2007

Posts: 843

Comments: 11,790

Blog Stats 2009

Total views: 335,842

Busiest day: 11,852 — Thursday, September 6, 2007

Posts: 523

Comments: 5,393

Blog Stats 2008

Total views: 104,123

Busiest day: 11,852 – Thursday, September 6, 2007

Posts: 253

Comments: 1,658

I think at this point I need to pay off a major website to link to some post to knock off that Sep 6th, 2007 post. It’s getting kinda silly. Comments increased nicely, thanks to everyone who took the time. I made a total of 308 posts, which while not a record seems like a huge amount to me right now, especially in a year when the general MMO trend was “Game X is coming ‘soon’” and soon never happened.

Top Posts for all days ending 2012-08-13

Rift Review (EG Style) – 54,525

The love and hate game, WoW style. – 18,228

The real Rift review – 18,100

EQ2, trial of the neverending download. – 12,542

Kingdom Conquest tips – 12,367

Level 4 missions in EVE, and my silly Rohk battleship. – 11,373

iPhone MMO, Field Runners, and a slow Friday. – 10,792

Aion end-game, way ahead of WoW and WAR. – 9,442

DarkFall Review: One Year Later – 7,863

Blizzard’s new focus for WoW, just as soon as Mythic finishes it. – 7,709

Top Posts for all days ending 2011-08-12

Rift Review (EG Style) 53,619

The love and hate game, WoW style. 17,966

The real Rift review 12,737

EQ2, trial of the neverending download. 11,812

iPhone MMO, Field Runners, and a slow Friday. 10,749

Level 4 missions in EVE, and my silly Rohk battleship. 9,641

Aion end-game, way ahead of WoW and WAR. 8,809

Blizzard’s new focus for WoW, just as soon as Mythic finishes it. 7,572

DarkFall Review: One Year Later 6,581

Warhammer’s major problem, the players. 6,191

The top spots remain unchanged, and with only some minor bump-ups in numbers. The big gainer was the real Rift review, which at least is a ‘real’ post. The top ten here is seriously looking like “slow blog day, better type something random/dumb/pointless” all-star list. The gift that is Google everyone. Also something should be said about that Kingdom Conquest post and how iPhone gaming is a big deal and really important now and blablabla.

WordPress, as they seem to always do, changed how they display stats and have made it no longer possible to copy/paste Referrers over, so this section is going to look a little different.

They also group things like search engines now. Thanks… Out of the 60k+ referrers from the Search Engine category, 55k was from Google. To state the obvious, Google is the only search engine in town that matters. Bing is a pathetic 1628, and it’s second.

Jestertrek takes the next spot with 11,612, followed by Google Reader (6491), (3806), Nilsmmoblog (1923), evenews24 (1820), TAGN (1817), Reddit (1744), Keen and Graev (1545), and finally Werit (1237) .

I question WordPress here, not only because the overall numbers look fishy, but because Kill Ten Rats is not even in the top 20. Sad, as I always liked seeing who brings people here, and found how that whole aspect of blogging works interesting.

Search Terms for all days ending 2012-08-13

rift review 50,531

hardcore casual 12,655

syncaine 9,453

darkfall review 6,005

rift reviews 5,495

elo hell 3,242

field runners 3,149

kingdom conquest 2,948

dragon age review 2,778

darkfall reviews 1,707

umadbro 1,707

Search Terms for all days ending 2011-08-12

rift review – 47,448

hardcore casual – 10,242

syncaine – 5,560

darkfall review – 5,503

rift reviews – 5,279

field runners – 3,149

elo hell – 2,791

dragon age review – 2,764

kingdom conquest – 1,865

darkfall reviews – 1,604

perpetuum review – 1,386

First the obvious, how funny is it that “darkfall reviews” and “umadbro” are tied for 10th at exactly 1707? Other than that, again just more of the same. The list is largely unchanged, and the numbers overall have gone up just a bit. The lesson here is that once your site is associated with a particular search term, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

So what to expect for year 5? I’m guessing GW2 will (continue) to cause waves, and hopefully we are not writing “what went wrong” posts in three months. Because if GW2 does indeed fail to truly entertain on an MMO scale (6+ months at the absolute minimum), 2013 is going to be a lot more of the same (EVE).

Speaking of EVE, I’ll be interested to see where INQ-E goes. We are in a bit of a summer lull right now, and still trying to figure out exactly what we want out of HAHA and deep WH space. I expect that once summer is over, alliance-wide activity will ramp back up, and with it INQ-E’s role. The winter expansion will likely play a pretty key role here as well.

Aria and I still play LoL almost daily. Playing the game is easy when your wife fiends for it, and it’s hard to say “no honey, I don’t want to play that computer game with you” with a straight face. That said, I will be forcing her to play GW2 with the rest of INQ, and have (jokingly but not really but yea) threatened to have her LoL account temp-banned to make that happen. The things we do for our loved ones, right?

Long-shots: DF2.0 comes out. Pathfinder comes out and is not a technical mess like 90% of all indy MMOs. Some random MMO comes out of left field and surprises us. Tortanic is a massive hit as a F2P title (haha just kidding, 0.0 chance of that happening).

5 years. I feel so old…

(Sorry for some of the formatting and lack of links. WordPress + Word + Copy/paste does not always yield great results)

So did we ever get that anti-Lum blog?

June 26, 2012

While doing my own bit of Google-fu for this post over at KTR, I stumbled on this post over at Lum’s from 1999. The first part made me smile. For those who know the origin of this blog here, I think you’ll get it as well.

Sounds logical

June 14, 2012

I really wish Gevlon would start trying out some of his brilliant solutions.


Blogging 101

May 31, 2012

Remember that post about how to make it big in blogging?

I present you with exhibit A.

Well played Ravious, well played.

Forget the rest of the noise, the real advice new bloggers need

May 25, 2012

Have dreams of running a kind-of-a-big-deal blog with awesome amounts of traffic and comments? Here’s how!

1: Blog about the hottest MMO currently out or in the peak of its hype cycle. WoW, SW:TOR (before it died), and most certainly GW2 right now are great examples. Niche MMOs = niche blogs, don’t waste your time.

2: Keep the blog entry short. Most readers don’t have time to read long entries, and long entries will also cause issue with some of the items below.

3: Keep the topic positive, and easy to understand. Offending people drives them away, and most don’t care/understand complex topics. There is a reason WoW dungeons can be finished in 15 minutes by facerolling; do the same for your blog if you want to make it big.

4: Use pictures. They are easy to understand and allow someone to ‘read’ an entry in just a few seconds. Think of pictures like welfare epics; if you want to keep people happy, you need to give them shinies. Don’t worry about whether the post needs a picture or not, even if it adds zero value, a popular meme gif will make people feel like they ‘get it’.

5: Make it easy to comment. Complex topics that require previous knowledge are hard to comment on, and will drive people away. Everyone can tell you their favorite race or starting zone, it will only take them a few seconds, and they will feel like they are contributing.

That’s it. Follow those five simple steps and you too will soon see massive traffic and have a thriving ‘community’ of fans.

(Granted, the above will get you a soulless generic blog with no real lasting value that only entertains the lowest common denominator, but TMZ is not winning humanitarian awards either, and they get tons of traffic/comments!

Plus niching blogging is hard, yo.)

Full circle

May 24, 2012

Find your own items and get rich without doing anything annoying. – Gevlon

Today Gevlon’s advice is to play for fun, rather than grinding the most soul-sucking activity just to maximize ISK gain. How far the little guy has come. Next he’ll be shooting guns and creating a Corp of his own.


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