Presenting the all-new, all-star Bio Break blogroll!

Overhauling my blogroll has been something on my to-do list for a long time now, and I’m ashamed to say that other than adding a few links here and there, I haven’t taken the time to do proper maintenance on it in over a year. Thus past due, I got busy with the process of bringing it up to par.

What’s there on the right-hand side of the blog is now the most up-to-date version of the blogroll that I can muster. To get it into shape, I did the following:

  • Went through all of my old links and weeded out any blogs that were either defunct, duplicates, or dormant (my criteria for this was “hasn’t posted since May”).
  • Added all of the new NBI 2016 blogs.
  • Kept an eye on my RSS feed to add back in a few blogs that had gone dormant in the past, got removed from my blogroll, but since had revived.
  • Went to several of my friends’ blogs and scoured their blogrolls for sites that are active and I didn’t know about.

For the most part, I try to keep the blogroll focused on sites that discuss MMOs, whether individual games or in general. Here’s my current list — let me know if you think you should be on it or if I missed anyone! And definitely check out these blogs, because there’s so many great writers out there waiting to be discovered. I wouldn’t say that this is the *definitive* MMO blog list, but it’s definitely a good overview of current writers in the field.

New computer on the way!

So everything’s finally coming together for me to get a new computer to replace my home-built one from last year that I’ve never been able to get working properly. I put in the order last night and it should be arriving around July 7th (but hopefully earlier!).

I’m not going to post the specs on the off-chance that the tech-savvy people out there might pooh-pooh this build and rob me of some of my excitement, but I do appreciate everyone who chipped in their thoughts and advice in selecting a new machine. I think it’s going to be a nice all-around upgrade and it should serve my purposes quite nicely.

In the meantime, I need to start making a backup of my current computer and get a list together of all of the programs to install on the new one.

Absorbing (39) changes in World of Warcraft’s pre-Legion patch

The hot topic in the WoW community these days is the coming (…soonish? Augustish?) of the 7.0 pre-Legion patch. I always felt that these pre-expansion patches kind of robbed the expansion launch day of half of the featured goodies and half of the fun, but I see why they do it.

It won’t be a whole new game, of course, but 7.0 will be a significant game-changer to the current rut that players have been in. I liked this video for listing 39 important changes coming with this patch:

Of greatest interest to me is the class overhauls and the new transmog system, while I will kind of mourn the general gold nerfing to garrisons. I know, I know, it’s what “everybody” wants, but I’m still relatively new to the whole garrison thing and it kind of stinks that I’ve just now gotten it up to speed in making me a little bit of money in time for it to be nuked. Plus, it certainly robs some of the enjoyment out of building up a garrison when Blizzard makes it blatantly known that it should be forever abandoned once Legion arrives.

Man it irks me when devs roll out some high-profile feature only to completely abandon it later on. I don’t really know how I feel about class order halls yet.

What computer should I buy?

So I’ve about saved up enough for a new desktop, and I thought I’d ask Bio Break readers if any of you had suggestions as to what I should buy.

My budget is around $800 to $1000. I only need the tower (no monitor/mouse/speakers/etc.). Obviously, I need it to handle MMOs great, so a good GPU and nice performance is a plus. I can cannibalize my current machine to bring over some SSDs, but a good hard drive space would be nice too.

What would you suggest I should buy?

Check out these new NBI2016 blogs!

We’re only a few days in to this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative and already we’re seeing some blogs out there start up and others looking for widespread support. So do me a solid and check these out!

  • Just East of West: He’s on the verge of MMO burnout but writing anyway as he’s looking to get that old spark back.
  • Pleasant Gamer: An example of a dormant blog coming back, hopefully to flourish under the NBI support network.
  • The Wild Core Chronicle: A space fantasy adventure
  • I’m Not Squishy: This blog will chronicle my adventures through my backlog and serve as a platform to write about my unyielding love for MMOs, RPGs, and video games of every flavor.
  • Shadowz Gaming Blog: I am able to become anyone I want online and not have to worry about the backlash from how society acts towards females. Even though contrary to what anyone says yes women do play video games , and some are extremely damn right good at it.

Princess Bride and turning 40

IMG_9153My wife, ever sneaky and loving that she is, threw me a sort-of surprise birthday party last Saturday morning. Sort-of because she knows I hate surprise parties, so instead she rented out a movie theater, invited friends and church family, and we watched a showing of The Princess Bride together.

It was pretty sweet — never seen it on the big screen before, and my two oldest kids hadn’t seen it at all (my son was NOT a fan of the R.O.U.S.es). My wife had cupcakes made with “As you wish” and Dread Pirate Roberts masks on them, and one friend stitched me a six-fingered glove. Jealous? I bet you are.

It’s great to be a geek sometimes.

Syp’s gaming goals for June

Mostly for myself, but posting here in case anyone’s interested about my current gaming goals:

Star Trek Online

  • Get Syp to 50 and through all of the pre-Delta Rising content
  • Snag a Tier 5/6 from the summer event
  • Try to suss out a build

World of Warcraft

  • Get mining/engineering to 700 on both characters
  • Deck out both characters in i700 gear
  • Finish Draenor on my DK
  • Go through Northrend/Pandoria on my DK

The Secret World

  • Get Yeti caught up on all of the recent missions

To play later this year at launch

  • Project Gorgon
  • Shroud of the Avatar
  • AdventureQuest 3D