Monthly Archives: February 2014

Turbine finally updates us on the continued success of their F2P conversions

Instead of linking to that old PR release about how great LotRO and DDO are doing thanks to F2P, please use this updated link. F2P ALL THE WAY!

Posted in DDO, Lord of the Rings Online, Mass Media, RMT | 50 Comments

Current SOE is a time capsule from 1999

Just wanted to get this down so others can keep an eye out on this trend; current day people from SOE talking is like listening to someone talk about MMOs in 1999. First we had Smed pondering if maybe player-driven … Continue reading

Posted in FreeRealms

Smed talks sandbox

Smed has a new blog that yells at you with giant text. I wish he had named it “MMOs are still a niche market”, but no dice on that. His first post is about sandbox design. “When we first began … Continue reading

Posted in EQNext, EVE Online, MMO design, Ultima Online, World of Warcraft | 2 Comments

Stay in school kids

A few of us have been laughing ourselves to tears over the latest ForumFall post-of-the-year entry, and someone insisted I share with the rest of the class. Fair warning, the rage is very strong here. “You have no clue what … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, Random | 35 Comments

EVE: Learning skills in a F2P world

A few years ago CCP removed the Learning skills from EVE Online. To quickly recap, the Learning skills took about three months to train, and their only benefit was a boost to training other skills faster. They were, overall, a … Continue reading

Posted in EVE Online, MMO design, RMT | 13 Comments

ESO: Sand in unexpected places

Quick ESO beta weekend update: At one point the three different quests I had were all bugged out (named mob not spawning), which initially made me log out because whaaa I can’t progress. Wanting to play the game more (a … Continue reading

Posted in beta, The Elder Scrolls Online | 2 Comments

EVE: CCP you are the worst, besides everyone else

Jester has, as always, a great post up about the reaction to the real life EVE monument CCP recently unveiled, which as his post shows, has largely been negative. EVE is famous for having lots of bitter vets, and as … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Conan, Darkfall Online, EQNext, EVE Online, Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, Rant, SW:TOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft | 7 Comments

Pathfinder Online: What 1.9m gets you

The latest dev blog from Goblinworks, makers of the upcoming Pathfinder Online (currently holder of the very distinguished “Next sandbox MMO least likely to suck” award) talks money, specifically that they spent 1.9m in 2013. Numbers are fun, especially once … Continue reading

Posted in Kickstarter, MMO design, Pathfinder Online, Star Citizen, SW:TOR, Warhammer Online | 9 Comments

SOE is going to pleasantly surprise you because they are SOE

Oh Smed. The guy knows he works for SOE right? The “we haven’t done anything right since EQ1” studio? The studio that NGE’ed SWG probably shouldn’t be trying to get people back by reminding them of that, especially since the … Continue reading

Posted in EQNext, FreeRealms, Mass Media, Random, Rant | 6 Comments

Might and Magic X: Legacy review

Gaming nostalgia is a weird thing. Sometimes the idea of playing something again is a lot better than the actual act of doing it. Ultima Online is one such game for me. It still holds up in many ways from … Continue reading

Posted in Random | 3 Comments