Parking garages are horrible places to be in The Secret World…
Today, I am saddened by the news that one of my long time gamer/blogger friends passed away earlier this week. Christopher “River” Cavelle, also known to many of us as @theeriver on Twitter, was part of the first wave of bloggers I met when I started out with MMOGamerChick four years ago. He was one of the many friendly and passionate gamers that welcomed me to the MMO blogosphere and made it such a fun place to be.
I am still shocked. And heartbroken. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Riv’s last post was about getting into the World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor alpha. I’m sad we won’t be able to play together and it’s hard to think about not being able to talk WoW with him ever again. I might have only known him online, but he has made an impact on me, and it won’t be the same without him.
This is for you, River. We’ll miss you.
When you think of MMO music, it’s rare to put a voice to the tunes. But more often than you’d think, these tracks have amazing vocals that lend an important layer to the proceedings. In this episode, the bards focus on their favorite MMO songs — and even break out in a ditty or two themselves!
- Intro (featuring “Forest Calling” from Lineage II and “NPC Song” from Guild Wars 2)
- “Invincible” from World of Warcraft
- “Briarheart” from Free Realms
- “Cataclistic” from Runes of Magic
- “Forgotten Sorrow” from Aion
- “Sunrise” from Wurm Online
- “Three Hearts as One” from Elder Scrolls Online
- “Fear Not This Night” from Guild Wars 2
- Which one did we like best?
- Mail from Jeni
- Outro (“Kobold Still Hates You” from Dungeons and Dragons Online)
For The Secret World players, the day has finally arrived – we are Tokyo bound!
Issue 9: The Black Signal is now live, adding content beyond the current quest line. It became available today to purchase with points for subscribers, though free players will have to wait a few days longer to hit up Japan. So rest assured, I won’t be posting a detailed summary of my impromptu night in TSW, in case of spoilers for those who haven’t done it yet.
But I will say this, it’s already pretty tough. I probably wouldn’t want to traverse the city alone, at least in the beginning. First though, we had to get through some pre-quests…
Grab a friend (or two!) since it can be completed as a group. The more the merrier, and a lot easier too! And you might need someone to steady you when you recognize someone familiar from your past…dun dun DUN!
Ah, here we go, sakura and skyscrapers. This must be it! Wish me luck now…
D’oh! Not another pre-quest! But we gotta learn how to use the new Aegis System. Or rather, they just sort of vaguely show you how it works and you’re supposed to stumble around and figure it out for yourself. In other words, business as usual in TSW.
The Secret World sure loves its subways…
Finally! This is for real now. Tokyo, I am in you! And yes, signs of Orochi are everywhere…
Er, look, I’m making a great first impression on the locals already. Please don’t kill me!
The new headquarters…nice looking digs.
Hmm, I kinda feel like a dragon roll. But I don’t think this is that kinda bar.
Chucho, Thermic and Laeyn, surveying the new place!
This week, the theme is the music from Runes of Magic. As MMO soundtracks go, it’s one of the more popular ones, but what do the Bards think? Opinions are all across the board for this one, so be sure to tune in with me, Syp and Syl on this one. It’s one fun show you won’t want to miss.
As a reminder, we’re going to be doing a Listener’s Request episode very soon. If you have a favorite MMO track we haven’t covered, we invite you to submit it for the show! Feel free to leave a comment, tweet or email me or get in touch with us through the Battle Bards page.
- Intro (featuring “Main Theme,” “Blazing Battle,” and “Absurdia”)
- “Main Theme Chapter 4″
- “Silverspring Day 2″
- “The Radiant Arcanum”
- “Tower of Wailing Wind”
- “Varanas City”
- “Traveling Tale”
- Which one did we like best?
- Mail From Zoward
- Mail from Shintar
- Reminder about listener episode submissions
- Outro (featuring “The Radiant Arcanum”)
It’s been a while since my last Elder Scrolls Online update, and I figured there’s no better time to do it than the one-month mark.
To cut to the chase, I’m still kicking around Tamriel on my Dragonknight, since I’d paid for a three month sub up front — ESO just feels like the kind of game I’d like to take my time in; I knew I was going to need at least that much time, and I think for the most part my instincts were correct. Granted, I’d like to throw myself into the game, but things have just been crazy this month. Thankfully I’ve been able to play here and there as time allows.
But already though, I can see and feel the effects of the post-1-month flight. Most nights, I don’t see as many people in the guild anymore, and some of the barrow instances where I used to see tons of other players going through to get skyshards — I never even used to have to fight, everything was always already dead! — well, they’re like ghost towns now. I think we’ve seen enough MMO launches to expect this cycle; it’s a pattern that has established itself since time eternal, but its effects are still very noticeable.
On a more positive note, I’m still enjoying my time playing. The quest writing in this game really is phenomenal. My Dragonknight is currently sitting at level 28, making my way through the content in Rivenspire, which probably puts me in the middle of the pack. It’s still a long way until 50, but I do plan on getting there, even if it takes me longer than the three months.
Right now I’m still sitting on the fence regarding WildStar. That I’ll be playing WS is probably a foregone conclusion, the only question is when. I’ve long given up being a game juggler, and if I’m to have any chance of seeing level cap in ESO, I’m going to have to simply not commit myself to another game until that happens, and stick to that plan no matter how tempting it might be to cave. It’s not looking like I’ll be able to play WS on day one, but I’m just crossing my fingers by the time I do get to buy the game and jump in, a lot of my friends will still be very active in it.
A new episode of Battle Bards is up! This week my co-hosts Syp and Syl and I are finding our inner child with music from a variety of kids’ MMOs. Boy, I never knew there were so many of them out there.
Beware, however, with this warning from the Sypster himself: If you’re allergic to bright, happy and cheerful tunes, this episode will probably make you die.
- Intro (featuring “Wysteria Pigswick Academy” from Wizard101 and “Cave of Life” from MapleStory)
- Dragonica – “You Beat the Boss!”
- Free Realms - “Sanctuary”
- MapleStory - “Aqua Road East Sea”
- Star Stable - Selections
- Hello Kitty Online - “Dream Carnival”
- Pirate101 – “Cool Ranch Theme”
- Super Hero Squad Online - “Boss: Magneto”
- Which one did we like the best?
- Outro (featuring “Hope” from Hello Kitty Online)