Slow gaming times for me of late, hence the lack of blogging.
I’m still playing a bit of ARK, though restarting on a server is a bit rough, as you are basically retracing previous steps, and with the rapid pace of updates in ARK, I almost feel like taking a few months off would allow me to return to a vastly different game. This is actually a general problem I have with Early Access games, but that’s a topic for another day.
I do play the occasion Bloodbowl 2 game online, but the rage-quit rate is insane. Soon as I injure a player or someone rolls double-skulls, they rage-quit. My chaos team has 10 or so wins, and I think only 2-3 have been complete games. The upside I guess is my team skills up quickly (double MVP when someone quits), which gets me into higher team value games. I’ll have to look into joining a solid league soon though.
Lastly, I’ve been playing a lot of Age of Wonders 3 multiplayer via the Play-by-Email (PBEM) functionality. Most of the time its with my buddy, but we recently started playing against random players and so far so good. It’s actually amazingly enjoyable to play AoW3 via PBEM, since you don’t feel rushed turn-to-turn. The only downside is all player-vs-player battles are done via auto-battle, but even that has the benefit of stopping cheese tactics.
I did a bit of searching and it seems like AoW3 has a thriving community of PBEM players, with many of them being very skilled. It should be fun to get deeper into things and see what kind of strategy and tactics others employ.