Garrisons revisited

A couple of years ago, during Warlords of Draenor, anyone reading this blog would likely have been treated to a rant about how badly Blizz screwed up the whole garrison idea. Garrisons had become a second job, they made the game seem about as fun as spending your weekends cleaning house and mowing the lawn, … Continue reading Garrisons revisited

Through the glass darkly

As I have for the past couple of weeks, I spent most of my game time this weekend continuing to chug away at leveling my Void Elf arcane mage. I thought maybe as I got more into the leveling mindset, I might come to appreciate the finer points of Blizz’s throwback leveling mechanics. Nope. I … Continue reading Through the glass darkly

R&R

I don't know about you, but after two expansions of The Great And Final™ Battle Against <insert name of evilest evil the universe has ever known here>, I need some down time. I want to have an expansion where the worst monsters I have to fight are some local badass tribes, not an entire mighty … Continue reading R&R

So many questions, so little time

Looking back over my education, I think the single most important skill I learned was to ask questions. The Jesuits who schooled me were big believers in the Socratic Method, so we were not only encouraged but required to ask questions as part of every learning process. Sure, fractions and Shakespeare and the date of … Continue reading So many questions, so little time

Mists of memory

What was your favorite expansion in WoW? Mine -- and I know lots of people will disagree with me on this -- was Mists of Pandaria. Looking back, it was the expansion where everything seemed to mesh in a seamless game experience. Start with the story line. I am someone who is generally completely uninterested … Continue reading Mists of memory

A place for us

A couple of disconnected blogs I recently read got me to thinking about the human need to feel at home, an innate need identified and studied by psychologists, behaviorists, architects, interior designers, novelists, retailers -- the list goes on and on. Think back to your Psych 101 class and you will recall this need is so basic … Continue reading A place for us

Sunsong swan song

"You can't go home again," so said Thomas Wolfe. Last week I decided to test that philosophy by returning to Sunsong Ranch on each of my characters. The experience has made for kind of an interesting study in economics as well as in psychology (mine -- ymmv). It was my new rogue that gave me the idea. I boosted … Continue reading Sunsong swan song