Happy Birthday, blog!
((twilight zone music))
On this day last year, I wrote my first proper post for the blog. It was our first trip into Naxxramas, and I wanted to talk about why it felt like such an edgy period getting raids started at the beginning of an expansion. It also documents my first raid as one of the main tanks for our 25 man raid group (which they have kindly let me keep doing all year).
Oh, I was nervous alright. 24 other people relying on me to not mess up their evening.
I’ve gotten a lot more confident since then, both with writing and tanking. So has our raid group, which happily spent much of last night wiping on one of the new bosses that got patched in this week.
I’d like to thank everyone who follows or has ever commented on the blog, it’s just amazing to me that I can write some blurb and people want to come and chat about it. I love you all. My goal was to try to write something every day, and although I have given myself the odd day off, it’s mostly been realised.
I’d particularly like to thank Larisa (who was the first person who ever linked here that I didn’t know personally), and Matticus (who was very decent in responding to a critique I wrote about one of his posts; and he’s a big blogger and doesn’t need to do that, I was and still am touched).
So with no more ado, here are some of my favourite posts of the year:
- The end for pure classes? (this seems prescient now although I was talking about why tanks and healers should all be hybrids, not dps.)
- I first mentioned that I was getting bored of heroics in January last year. Bad news there, I’m afraid.
- LOTRO: Living the Fanfic Dream (in which I check out Moria, runekeepers, and legendary weapons). More about Gating in Games, particularly LOTRO. The Glory of Naming Everything in LOTRO and my introduction to skirmishing.
- Our game is female friendly, we have wonderwoman
- Dual spec bringing back the hybrids? (I love dual specs and this is my explanation of why it wasn’t going to ruin WoW.)
- The metagame of MMOs (raid leading and guild leading feel like a different game to the one everyone else is playing)
- Are you ‘that troublemaker’?
- A little touch of Spellborn in the night
- Fixed Levelling Groups: Myths and Mythconceptions
- 11 reasons to run 10 mans (I do love 10 man raiding, wish I could do more of it. This post was supposed to be 10 reasons but then I thought of another one while I was writing it.)
- Fury for Beginners, and Protection for Beginners (I haven’t updated these yet for patch 3.3. Not much has changed, except that devastate moves up the priority list for tanking. I’m still using pretty much the same spec.)
- 20 Ways to Fail at Tanking
- Overcoming the Fear of Tanking
- Becoming a Crusader: Guide to the Rep Grind
- 10 Ways to Annoy the Heck Out of Me (I don’t even remember now what prompted this but it does contain the useful life principle “treat people like people.”)
- Is it time to stop making MMOs for a hardcore male audience? (My prediction for 2010: APB will fail.)
- Teach your orphan to be a mighty warrior and also How to be Horde
- Review of Free Realms, and More about Free Realms
- Soloing, going casual, and the tragedy of the commons (why soloers don’t contribute as much as they think)
- The Four Year Itch (yes, I called it before Cataclysm.)
- Howling Fjord: Sins of the Fathers (Why I like my favourite zone in WoW. I was so pleased with this post that it made me wonder what other bloggers had to say about their favourite zones – I suggested that as a shared topic on Blog Azeroth and a few people rose to the challenge.)
- Venturing into Everquest 2 and another post where we decided to switch to playing Fae. Also some more about crafting in EQ2 and how not to write a crafting tutorial. And this was my summary of the experience.
- KOTOR vs Planescape: Steel Cage Deathmatch
- Raiding and the Great Tank Problem, also The Great Healer Problem
- How to get people to read bulletin boards
- Two’s Company: Duoing in MMOs
- Bad-o-Phobia, the fear of being bad
- Achievements for non-Achievers
- Finding the game to suit your mood (my father died this year, and I found myself looking to different types of games to help myself cope.) Osmos was one of them, and here I’m writing more about Professor Layton and the Curious Offline Experience,
- Why Superhero MMOs have failed us
- Redefining Character Classes and the End of Niche Protection (Massively liked this one! Rar to them!)
- Religion and quests that make you go Hmm (it turned out later that this particular quest actually was a tribute to someone connected to the dev team who died)
- A day in the life of a cross-server PUG – I was speculating on what life might be like in WoW with the new dungeon tool. So, was I right?
- Space, the Final Frontier. In which I get 10 minutes with the Star Trek Online demo and like what I see.
- Dragon Age: Your Ending and My Summary
- We also had a membership to the Tate Modern last year, which spawned a couple of posts on Games as Art, and Boobs in Games and Modern Art
My Roleplaying Posts
One of the things I really enjoyed writing this year was a six part series on roleplaying in MMOs, what the main problems are, what works, what doesn’t, and how it could be improved.
- 5 Issues with Roleplaying in MMOs: Why you can’t just live the dream
- Improving Roleplay: Starting Zones
- Improving Roleplay: How to find other roleplayers
- Improving Roleplay: Props, Emotes, and Dressing the Set
- Improving Roleplay: Sharing our Stories
- Improving Roleplay: Measuring and Rewarding Roleplaying
And, finally, my cat.
Thanks again for coming along for the ride. If there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of next year, feel free to leave feedback either in comments, via twitter, or email.
Happy blog birthday! I had no idea that you started as late as in 2009, it feels like your blog has been around forever – it’s so well established. If I had thought about it you would definitely have been a strong candidate for the title of breakthrough of the year (although Gevlon was pretty much impossible to beat on that one). Anyway: you’re one of the pilars that the blogosphere are restong on. It wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you for all you’ve given us over this year. And my best wishes for the year to come! May the force be with you!
Excellent blog and a great year. Well done!
Spinksville is one of my favorite blogs, as you are always so objective, fair and write about interesting stuff.
I just noticed that you are my counterweight to Wolfshead’s epic rants, which I also enjoy immensely. 🙂
Huh, didn’t know your blog was so young. Keep up the good work, though. 🙂 I’d love to read more about your time as a paper game writer, myself.
Happy Birthday, and just to let you know you’re not the only Fairport Convention fan 😉 (Obscure lyrics from folks sonfs used as article titles FTW!)
Blimey. For some reason I thought you’d been around for donkey’s years.
Well over a year’s worth of quality if I may say so, well done!
im going to go a very original (and non-generic) way in this reply:
Thank you for a great blog, keep up the good work!!
…bah, sorry. But Really, thank you for a good blog, and please *do* keep up the good work.
Happy anniversary! I, too, am surprised to hear that your blog has only been around for a year. You seemed well-established from the moment I started reading. 🙂
So I wasn’t the only one to think that!
Congratulations on the 1 year mark! *cheers*
Pah..the only problem with reading through all those posts was that it’s now too late for me to stick my oar in!!!!!! Great stuff and happy blog birthday 🙂
I’m surprised it has only been a year. You were a fixture in this scene when I joined it seven or so months ago–seemed like you had been around at least as long as Keen. You’ve done quite well for yourself.
I never thought I’d read a WoW-centric blog for so long and actually still get something out of it. Not once have I read one of your posts and facepalmed, which is pretty high praise coming from me. I guess you’ve succeeded? 🙂
I’m completely astonished you’ve only been around for a year, you blog with such assurance, authority and panache!
Thanks for all the wonderful reading 🙂
Congratluations on the blog-aversary!
grats! happy birthday!
That is one kick ass cat!
Thanks everyone! And it’s true, a year feels like an eternity online.
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Happy Blogaversary! Wishing you many more!
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