Sexism in the Star Trek Online Graphics Engine?

I really like the relatively recent update to the initial character screen in Star Trek Online. It shows your heroic Captain as well as the 4 main Bridge Officers (BOffs) with your majestic starship up above. I recently broke my long tradition of only playing male characters in MMOs by creating a Klingon female Captain . . . → Read More: Sexism in the Star Trek Online Graphics Engine?

We are not the chosen one! Why I like the narrative of #LOTRO and #STO

Ars Technica has a very interesting commentary on The Elder Scrolls Online, an upcoming MMO set in the Elder Scrolls universe, like Oblivion and Skyrim. One of the points I found most interesting was that the game uses the old “you are the chosen one” story line, which is a little odd, given that there . . . → Read More: We are not the chosen one! Why I like the narrative of #LOTRO and #STO

A few thoughts on #LOTRO’s potentially boring year

There have been lots of recent posts and tweets predicting doom and gloom for Lord of the Rings Online. I sure hope they’re wrong, but I do wonder if this year won’t be quite a rough patch for the game.

When Turbine announced no new major content this year, people assumed the demise of the . . . → Read More: A few thoughts on #LOTRO’s potentially boring year

Gaming at 4K: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Since Amazon had the Seiki 39″ 4K TV for a great price last week, I picked it up in the hopes of gaming at 4K. I have a reasonably decent PC with an NVidia 670 that can drive 4K monitors, so that part worked well, but there are some issues.

The monitor itself is a . . . → Read More: Gaming at 4K: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Two #LOTRO Videos: Mounted Minstrel and Michel Delving Horse Race

I took two videos in LOTRO recently and thought I would share them.

The first is very short. I was experimenting with NVidia’s ShadowPlay in LOTRO and happened to turn it on just as a not very bright mounted orc started attacking me. I’m posting this to show how dangerous a mounted Minstrel can be. . . . → Read More: Two #LOTRO Videos: Mounted Minstrel and Michel Delving Horse Race

Thirst for Power LOTRO kinship website removed

I’ve taken down the Thirst for Power website for lack of use. All it seemed to get were spam posts advertising fake designer bags.

Since the kinship is similarly a ghost town, I don’t think anyone but me will miss it.

My fourth character through Great River discovers new quest line in #LOTRO

What the heck?!? My Lore Master, who is a completionist and has done pretty much every solo and most small fellowship quests in LOTRO, didn’t see it. My Hunter and Warden also went through Great River, but were rushing to Rohan and didn’t do all the quests, so they didn’t see it either.

Last night, . . . → Read More: My fourth character through Great River discovers new quest line in #LOTRO

The slow, sad death of a LOTRO kinship

My LOTRO kinship, Thirst for Power, has had a long, interesting lifespan with serious ups and downs, and is now down for the count. I am the only regular player that has been on for weeks. Sure there are one or two others that leave alts in the kinship, but no playtime logged except for . . . → Read More: The slow, sad death of a LOTRO kinship

LOTRO: Snowbourne Mounted Daily

Today’s mounted daily mission video (and this is the last for a while, so you can relax and stop being bored by me) is the one given at Snowbourne, a large city in the south west of the playable area of Eastern Rohan. This is my favorite of the mounted missions because we need to . . . → Read More: LOTRO: Snowbourne Mounted Daily

LOTRO: Eaworth Mounted Daily

Like the daily mounted mission from Harwick, this mission involves taking on mounted enemies while being on your war-steed. In this case, however, some of the enemies have about 5 times the morale (hit points) as the normal ones here and in Harwick. In this playthrough, I avoided those guys, but I’ve had to fight . . . → Read More: LOTRO: Eaworth Mounted Daily