June 2020 in review
- I’m ending the month in a very different place than I had anticipated. I barely played Phantasy Star Online 2 at all — just wasn’t that appealing to me — but I did fall right back into World of Warcraft with a brand-new account and a new Druid to level. I got my Worgan to level 45 and started to map out a plan of how to catch up for Shadowlands.
- Lord of the Rings Online was a big month of treading water by doing nothing else than deeds on my Minstrel. I got all of Eriador’s deeds done and started in on Moria and Lothlorien, but to be frank, I’m ready for some actual new questing content.
- I also got into doing some RIFT for the first time in two years. Nothing hardcore — I just missed it and wanted to revisit an old favorite MMO.
- I throttled back on Elder Scrolls Online a little, doing about one Greymoor quest a night along with some antiquities. One of my guildies helped deck me out with a great suit of stamina gear, and I switched my Warden over to being a bow-using ranger type. I haven’t finished Western Skyrim yet, nor have I stepped into the underworld.
- Thanks to a week vacation at a cabin with no internet, I managed to wrap up my Knights of the Old Republic playthrough about a month earlier than anticipated! Right now I actually have retro gaming posts written and scheduled through the end of 2020.
- I bought and tried out that indie survival game Among Trees, although it’s got a long way to go before being fully cooked.
July 2020’s goals
- Speaking of early access, I picked up Torchlight III, mostly because I was encouraged by all of the content and fixes that are going into this week’s patch. No huge goal here, other than to try it out and see what there is to see.
- My overarching goal of the month will be to level up my World of Warcraft Druid as much as I can. I don’t have Battle for Azeroth on that account yet, so I’m holding off on that until I can buy Shadowlands and get BFA for free. But still, getting to 90 or so would be a good sign of progress.
- I’ll keep doing my one-quest-a-day in Elder Scrolls Online, see if I can’t get antiquities to the next level.
- LOTRO is busting out its new wedding event/content update this week, so you better believe I’m going to be all over that with (wedding) bells on.
- And Fallout 76’s first season starts this week as well, so I’m going to table all my quests until the One Wasteland patch comes out and just do seasonal stuff. See how far I can get on that game board.
- For Retro Gaming, I’m going to tuck into Sam and Max Hit the Road. I never played it, so it’ll be a new experience for me.
Looking back at July 2015…
- I was playing Marvel Heroes as Ant-man, delivering my first impressions of Project Gorgon, being a Bounty Hunter in SWTOR, wondering if WildStar had a political message, and revisiting Star Trek 25th Anniversary.
- There were six things that bugged me in MMOs I liked, an internal conflict going on with playing FFXIV, expansions that became the superstars, a Twitter war over Shark Week among MMO studios, and difficulty approaching new MMOs.
Looking back at July 2010…
- I was playing the then-disappointing Star Trek Online, going into LOTRO’s Moria for the first time, adventuring through Dragon Age, and feeling unstuck from Guild Wars.
- I said that I didn’t want to become a gaming cynic. dealt with the fallout of Blizzard’s ill-conceived RealID, wondered why we keep returning to World of Warcraft, got very excited at the prospect of SWTOR space battles, talked about my favorite Atari 2600 games, looked at EverQuest II’s free-to-play model, wondered about Guild Wars 2’s prospects, and was strangely prescient about 38 Studios.