What I’m up to + New Article

I haven’t really done or experienced anything lately that deserves its own deep-dive post, but I thought I might do a quick run down of the various nerdy passtimes I’ve been engaging in as of late.

Official art for the audio drama Welcome to Night ValeFirst, after finishing Limetown, I bounced around for a bit, trying different podcasts before I found one I like: Welcome to Night Vale.

The friend who first recommended Night Vale went on and on about how indescribably weird it was and how I just had to experience it for myself. I thought he was exaggerating.

He was not exaggerating.

Welcome to Night Vale is spectacularly strange. The best way I can describe it is it’s like Douglas Adams on acid, with a hefty dose of conspiracy theories and Lovecraftian influence. It takes the form of a community radio show operating out of a small desert town that appears to exist in a surreal alternate universe dominated by a ruthless totalitarian government and filled with eldritch horrors as a matter of every day life.

I think?

It’s best described as a dark comedy, but it really is unlike anything else. My only complaints are it can be a bit samey, and that the overwhelming scattershot weirdness prevents it from being as relaxing as you might expect from such a silly show. It really demands your full attention.

On the reading front, the most interesting book I’ve read recently is Diablo’s Book of Adria. This continues the series of lorebooks that also included the Book of Cain and the Book of Tyrael.

As with its predecessors, it’s a beautifully made book full of stellar artwork. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of any significant new lore revelations, but it does provide a very interesting insight into Adria’s motivations as a character. I wouldn’t say it makes her more sympathetic per se — she remains a viciously ruthless schemer — but it does provide some nuance to her beyond the power hungry madwoman one might take her for at first glance.

All in all, I’d say the Book of Adria is less revelatory than the Book of Cain, but more interesting than the Book of Tyrael. I’d recommend it.

When it comes to gaming, I’ve little to report. Still messing around with ESO and feeling very ambivalent about it. I’ve been trying to get my consular caught up in the story in SWTOR, and I’ve started running my TSW homebrew mini-campaign in D&D, but I’ll have more to say about both those things later.

Finally, I’ve had another article published at MMO Bro, in which I discuss the importance of stability in MMO design.

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IntPiPoMo: The Stable, Part One

For the first time, I am choosing to participate in the blogging event known as International Picture Posting Month, generously organized by Chestnut of Gamer Girl Confessions. I’d like to say this decision is motivated by an upswell of community spirit, but in truth it’s mostly because I heard there were prizes.

You may accuse me of many things, but you can’t say I’m not honest.

Posting 50 new screenshots in a month is not much of a challenge for me. My picture folder on my computer has over 10,000 files, and the large marjority of those are video game screenshots.

Still, my usual posting schedule might not have allowed me to reach the goal, so I figured a special picture post or two might help. Ever the virtual narcissist, I immediately thought of posting some portraits of my many MMO characters… and then it occurred to me I have so many alts across so many games I could probably hit the 50 goal just by posting one of each. Let’s find out, and as always, remember to click the images to see them full size.

And so, without further ado, I present you… ALTS! ON! PARADE!

1: Human rogue, World of Warcraft

My human rogue in World of Warcraft2: Blood Elf warlock, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf warlock in World of Warcraft3: Night Elf monk, World of Warcraft

My Night Elf monk in World of Warcraft4: Human paladin, World of Warcraft

My human paladin in World of Warcraft5: Blood Elf mage, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf mage in World of Warcraft6: Blood Elf demon hunter, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf demon hunter in World of Warcraft7: Orc shaman, World of Warcraft

My Orc shaman in World of Warcraft8: Dwarf warrior, World of Warcraft

My Dwarf warrior in World of Warcraft9: Worgen druid, World of Warcraft

My Worgen druid in World of Warcraft10: Tauren death knight, World of Warcraft

My Tauren death knight in World of Warcraft11: Nightborne hunter, World of Warcraft

My Nightborne hunter in World of Warcraft12: Blood Elf priest, World of Warcraft

My priest claims Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire in World of Warcraft 13: Chiss agent, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Chiss Imperial agent in Star Wars: The Old Republic14: Mirialan consular, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Mirialan Jedi consular in Star Wars: The Old Republic15: Sith Pureblood warrior, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith warrior in Star Wars: The Old Republic16: Sith Pureblood inquisitor, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith inquisitor in Star Wars: The Old Republic17: Sith Pureblood smuggler, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith Pureblood smuggler in Star Wars: The Old Republic18: Cyborg bounty hunter, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Cyborg bounty hunter in Star Wars: The Old Republic19: Miraluka knight, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Miraluka Jedi knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic20: Zabrak trooper, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Zabrak trooper in Star Wars: The Old Republic21: Dragon #1, The Secret World

My Dragon in The Secret World22: Templar, The Secret World

My Templar in The Secret World23: Illuminati, The Secret World

My Illuminati in The Secret World24: Dragon #2, The Secret World

My Dragon alt in The Secret World25: Dragon #3, The Secret World

My third Dragon character in The Secret WorldTo prevent this post becoming too bloated, I think I’ll stop there and bring you the rest later…