The Last Bastion

For the old guard, the happy fools, the dreamers.

The Trash Loot Economy and Row, Row, Row Your Boat

| March 22, 2012

I’ve spent a couple days trying to come to terms with ArenaNet’s last blog post. It’s still a work in progress in my mind, and considering the fact that we are still entirely starved of details and specifics, I can’t really come to a final opinion until likely sometime after the game releases. That’s a […]

Copernicus – The conspicuous silence of 38 Studios

| March 19, 2012

Based on quotes from Curt Schilling and a few other developers, we know a few vague things about the upcoming MMORPG from 38 Studios. We have some concept art from several years ago. One of the most interesting pieces of information about the game isn’t something they’ve said, however…it’s what they haven’t said, or shown, […]

Guild Wars 2 Official forums

| March 16, 2012

I think official forums are a great idea. I also think that nothing is ever quite as simple as community relations and marketing people would like consumers to believe. With their latest bog post, ArenaNet announced that GW2 will have official forums, and that they will no longer specifically support certain fansites. They’ve spun it […]

Fun or Grind?

| April 7, 2011

In the Rift thread on the GuildWars2Guru message board, the discussion has devolved for the umpteenth time, this time into one of the classic MMORPG arguments. What constitutes “fun” and “grind”? I find these arguments especially annoying. Words like “fun” and “grind” are massively overused in this genre,  in many different ways by different people, […]

Too little of a good thing.

| March 29, 2011

Reading some recent interviews from PAX East this year, I started to get a sinking feeling about GW2. I’ve learned a ton about the game in the last few months, and out of all the available information, there’s really only one thing that worries me. Based on the idea of removing the grind…of allowing players […]

Of ants and men.

| March 22, 2011

Ravious’ most recent post over on Kill Ten Rats just made my head spin, and I feel like I’ve got to say a few things about it. My first impression was that wow, somebody seems to really want to like Rift, regardless of how thin the excuses have to become to justify it. I guess […]

Guild Wars 2: Spiritual successor to EQ (part 3)

| February 4, 2011

Real social play. This is the biggie. In fact, it was a few statements from the ArenaNet developers that originally started the rusty wheels in my brain a-turnin’ on this idea of GW2 being substantially different than the modern MMO formula, and possibly a spiritual successor to the great games that started the genre. After […]

I’m over Rift, but…

| January 11, 2011

Once again, I ended up spending dramatically more time in an MMORPG community than I intended to. I got caught up in the discussions, the arguments, and the vain attempts to valiently tilt at yet more windmills in defense of the old school MMORPG purist. Sadly, Rift has proven to be yet another in a […]

We need a name.

| August 2, 2010

In all the community discussions going on over at the Rift official forums, one central point has become clear to me. Our community needs a name. I don’t mean the community around Rift specifically, I mean the community of players who have been looking for a spiritual successor to EQ. We’re a loose community, to […]

Too much truth

| May 7, 2010

I’d love to be able to say that just because everybody repeats something all the time, it doesn’t make it true. Sadly, reality is so often only what we make it. Sometimes if something incorrect or founded only in opinion and not fact is repeated enough and by the right people, it becomes a self-fulfilling […]