Blaugust Day 4: My First Day in an MMO

My first day in an MMO was eventful to say the least. In fact this entire story will take place in just the first hour, okay, maybe two if you take character customization into account.

The year was 1999, MMOs were still brand new things. After seeing my then boyfriend playing Everquest I realized that my dream of playing games with other people was about to come true. So I took the 80 miles round trip it took to get to a Best Buy and I got my copy of Everquest. Getting it installed was a breeze but I very quickly hit my first snag. What server do I play on? Making it even more difficult were these strange letters next to the server names. PvE and PvP. What did they mean? I had no idea. For some reason it never crossed my mind to look it up either. Instead I tried to work it out in my head.

The first P well that obviously stands for player, meaning me. That seemed easy enough. I understood the v meant versus as well. But it was those last letters that had me all mixed up. Eventually I thought I had worked it out. After going through dozens of possible words, I knew for a fact the E stood for everyone. That meant I’d be fighting other players! I didn’t want that. So, I quickly rolled up on a PvP server not ever working out what that second P stood for.

Whoops.

It didn’t take me long once I logged in to work out I’d made a terrible mistake. I got attacked by a player. Instead of trying to fight I ran. I kept running until I found a group of people. They happened to be roleplayers though I had no idea what that was at the time. They very swiftly dealt with the person who was chasing me and explained to me where I’d gone wrong. So thank you random roleplaying heroes! I quickly deleted that character and made my very first main character in an MMO, Dystia.

Sadly my time in Everquest was short. When the first expansion was released there was an upgrade to the system requirements and I no longer met them. But I look back on my time in the game fondly. I was even in my first in game wedding with my first friend in an MMO all because I stood under the Wood Elf city and yelled out “Bored girl looking for bored boy.”

 

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This blog post is part 4 in a month long blogging initiative called Blaugust. It was also prepared ahead of time because I’m headed to Gamescom for nearly a week. Though I will make every effort to blog while at Gamescom I’ve prepared enough posts to get through the convention. If you’d to know more about Blaugust head over to the official Anook page.

Blaugust Day 2: More Game Recommendations!

Yesterday I actually thought I would get a lot more recommendations in than I did. This has sort of worked in my favor however as I’m writing more than one blog post a day so I don’t have to worry during Gamescom. So if you’re looking for my recommendation on the best subscription based and buy to play MMORPGs head over to yesterday’s blog because we’re moving ahead!

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Blaugust Day 1: Game Recommendations from the Editor of an MMO Website

There’s something I see on Reddit quite often that I usually feel compelled to answer, people asking for tips on which MMO they should play. I feel that my job as Editor in Chief of MMOGames.com puts me in a unique position. I get paid to keep up on the industry, play these games, and give my opinion. With that in mind here are my recommendations for MMOs, MOBAs, and other online games.

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Not Being A Fangirl

Meeting a celebrity is hard. Either you fangirl out at them and you just become another one of the fans or you keep that fangirling to yourself and treat them like a human being and hopefully you can go on to become friends with them. So last week when I was faced with the prospect of meeting one of my favorite people in the gaming industry who had up until that point eluded me by being in California while I was in Ireland I was nervous. I didn’t want to be another fangirl. I didn’t want to geek out and scare him away. I’ve always thought that celebs of any sort need people who just treat them like people. They are after all just people.

Of course developers aren’t celebrities on the same scale as actors but that didn’t keep me from my glee. After watching him online doing broadcasts for City of Heroes I finally got to meet Andy Belford. Thankfully I managed to keep my cool. He even helped us get into the EA behind closed doors area when the people at the front desk had never heard of Dawngate. Seriously, we got asked if we meant to go to the Activision booth by the ladies controlling the front desk. They had never even heard of Dawngate, which I will just point out is most certainly an EA game.

So one of my three missions of Gamescom was a complete success.

Achievement Unlocked: Meet Andy Belford

Achievement Unlocked: Meet Andy Belford

 

This is me, posting twice in one day as I catch up on Blaugust because of Gamescom.

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It Was Too Much

Gamescom was fantastic. We got home super late last night and I’m still feeling like I could sleep for a week. Sadly Gamescom was just too crazy to try to keep up with blogging. The Wargaming party was what really killed it. We didn’t leave until 2 in the morning. After that I just stopped trying to keep up. But! Now that I’m home you can expect to see lots of thoughts on Gamescom, images, and amusing stories of running into bastards who didn’t see the wheelchair coming straight for them. I might even post an image of all my sweet loot in one place. I got some pretty awesome loot this year.

Be sure to keep looking back at the blog twice a day while I catch up on Blaugust. I may not have been able to keep up while I was gone but I’m not going to fail the challenge.

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It has been a long day so I’m keeping it short this time. Had a fantastic first day. Saw lots of friends old and new. I also saw Guild Wars 2, Destiny, and many more. Still, I cannot wait to start day 2. I have a few images but they have to wait for now. Check back for them tomorrow.The hotel WiFi is so painfully slow. But tomorrow is a big day. Take care!

Handicap Travel

I’d like to start off by saying, yay! We made it to Cologne! So far the weather hasn’t been able to decide what to do. We’ve had heat, cold and rain. This was my first time ever traveling as someone in a wheelchair, so I’d like to talk about those experiences. We arrived in Dublin airport bright and early for our flight.  If you live in Dublin I highly recommend airporttaxi.ie. Its just a normal taxi but flat rates depending on where you’re at. It was €30 from Blackrock which is a total steal. Dropping off the luggage was fantastic. There was a line set aside for the handicapped so we sped right through. There were however two ladies who decided that my line was for them. Basically they cut in line and that pisses me off.

After that it was on to security which was a breeze. I got a quick pat down which was much less a violation of my body than the American pat down. Then it was time to board the plane. Because the plane wasn’t actually pulled up to a building I had to experience the box. Basically its a giant elevator on wheels. And for some afraid of heights it is hell. This was of course my first time in one and to say the guy fucked it up would be a huge undrstatement. First he lifted us too high and the plane door wouldn’t open. So he tried to lower us. Nothing worked. He tried for ages with no luck. Jonathan repeatedly suggested closing the door to see if that worked. Finally he did it. And got too low. So once again the door opened and he couldn’t get anything to work. Eventually I just had to do it. There was a huge gap between the platform and the plane. Two air hostesses pulled while Jonathan pushed and I was aboard. Somehow the guy never connected the dots. And the next woman who needed the box got a new box because the idiot thought mine was broken. The flight was hard. Anxiety and pain are the names of the game. Dusseldorf airport was great. They wouldn’t allow Jonathan to push me, some sort of regulations.

We later ran into the lady from the plane in Cologne. She’s here taking her kids to Gamescom. We helped each other navigate the confusing train system and even got to chat a bit about pain and things. I do hope I run into her again. Oh, and one final thing. If someone is in a wheelchair and your job is to help them get off the train, don’t let them get off at a station that has no elevator. Yep, this happened to me. And now food has arrived so I escape!

 

Blaugust for me will continue from Cologne for the rest of the week.

The Night Before

I’ve spent most of my day today packing and panicking over the thought that I’ve forgotten something. Even though I’ve been through everything with Jonathan time and time again I still feel like something is missing. Business cards, tickets, schedule, clothes, medicines, its all there. Yet I can’t shake the feeling. On the other hand if I felt confident that I had everything I needed and wanted then I would be sure to forget something important. So I suppose nature is doing me a favor by making me paranoid.

Annabelle Cattery

Annabelle, my sweet adorable fuzzybutt kitty went into a cattery today. It’s the first time I’ve ever used one and I realized that I have terrible separation issues. Even though she’s going to be well taken care of I felt so guilty all day about taking her away from her home, away from us. But we’ll get her back on Monday and everything will be fine. Jonathan went alone to drop her off, it’s just easier than trying to drag me all over the place. While there he met some very nice cat ladies who have inspired us to consider getting a fancy cat. They also think we should show Annabelle. I’m really not sure about how she would handle that. She’s a beautiful cat of course but her temperament doesn’t really scream show cat to me. But who knows!

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I’ll be live tweeting Gamescom on the MMOGames account, so if you want to see what I see follow me! Of course I’ll also be posting daily blogs here to continue blaugust. But those won’t be until late, possibly even after midnight in some cases. Hopefully they’ll still count. It isn’t my fault Wargaming has such awesome parties! Anyway, going to keep it short and sweet today. Tomorrow I’ll be blogging from my hotel room in the lovely Cologne, Germany!

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Plants and Zombies, Oh My!

Nearly a month after it was announced I learned that the little Plants vs Zombies Facebook game is being shut down in October. I played it for a little while back when it first launched, much as I do many games I come across on Facebook. Sadly it just didn’t live up to the Plants vs Zombies name for me and I quickly left. And my total reaction to the closure was, “Meh.” But at least it inspired this blog post so I suppose it did something positive. I’ve played almost every Plants vs Zombies game that has been released.

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I actually resisted playing PvZ for a long time. I’d heard of it and knew that everyone was playing it. That naturally made me not want to play it because I’m difficult like that. Of course once I did play it I was immediately in love. I quickly played through the story and jumped into mini games. Even now I still log in from time to time to play.

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This was the little Facebook game that is being shut down. I was excited for it because it was the first PvZ game we had seen in ages. So when it launched I jumped right in. It was…well, it suffered from the same things all Facebook games do for early adopters. There weren’t enough people to complete the tasks. So I eventually reached a point where I couldn’t continue because not enough of my friends played. It is clever, make it so you need friends to succeed and in theory you’ll recruit friends. But I think this method backfires far more often than it succeeds. So in the end they have to change the game or die. I would say most of them die. And even the Plants vs Zombies name isn’t enough to keep this one alive.

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I’ve found Plants vs Zombies 2 to be a bit of a disappointment. Not only is it incredibly easy but also it feels like the soul of the game has been removed to make room for the business model. In my mind PvZ2 is more like Adventures than it is the original game. And that makes me a bit sad. It also leaves me uninterested in playing further.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare

From the first moment I saw PvZ GW announced I knew I wanted to play. It feels like they went back to their roots (pardon the garden pun) with this game. What amazes me even more is that it’s a shooter and tower defense game. Two types of games I am very much not known for enjoying or playing. But I bought it. In fact it actually counted as a pre-order. I got it just a few hours before the pre-order ended. Unfortunately it was only afterwards that I realized my computer couldn’t run it. Not on a 64 bit system yet. Which is totally my fault. I can’t wait to play it though.

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This is another blog entry in the Blaugust blogging initiative. We’ve been at it for 10 days now, though it hardly feels like it.