Hat Trick Friday: The Prologue

Okay, so I’ve had this idea kicking around in my head for a couple of weeks now and I thought it was about time to pull it out and do something with it.

You all know me — my gaming eyes are bigger than my time stomach has room, and while I wish I was playing ALL THE MMOS I can only handle a few at a time. With that in mind and the fact that I’m guessing that readers would like some variety on this blog past an endless stream of WildStar and SWTOR posts, I came up with something called Hat Trick Friday.

The idea is that one night a week — usually Thursday but I’m giving myself leeway for schedule changes — I will play a game outside of my regular rotation for the entire evening. No rushing through it to get a post out of it before heading back to my main games; I’ll be plopping my butt in a chair and giving one game my undevoted attention for the whole time, screenshotting it to chronicle on Friday.

I’ve written down around 30 games — mostly MMOs — on cards and put them into a hat, from which I will draw once a week. All of these are games I’m willing to play, so some titles won’t be represented, and while most are MMOs, there are two “Steam Mystery Cards” in the bunch that will let me choose a game from my Steam library to tackle for kicks.

The cards will go back into the hat for future weeks (unless I really hated the game), so there’s a possiblity of continuing adventures and characters.

I had my three-year-old pick blind from the stack, and this is what he chose for me to do tonight:

runescape

This’ll be interesting — I haven’t seen that game since RuneScape 3 came out.

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3 thoughts on “Hat Trick Friday: The Prologue

  1. bhagpuss October 15, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Runescape is hugely underrated, indeed ignored, by the corner of the Blogosphere I’m most familiar with. It fascinates me how such a long-established MMO, based in the West, can fly so consistently under the radar. Just check the staggering figures in this
    2012 Forbes article

    Over 500 employees, 200 million lifetime accounts made, and most of all this:

    “Millions of players log into the RuneScape every day. Our peak times are in the evenings and weekends; however, due to the time zones around the world there are often hundreds of thousands of people playing at any one time”.

    How many of the MMOs we focus on have hundreds of thousands of players online, concurrently, every day?

    Of course, those figures predate the Rise of Minecraft. I wonder how they stand now.

  2. Llokki October 16, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    I’m actually rather curious to see how this one goes. One of those games that has always left me curious, but not so much that I’ve been motivated to play it myself.

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