Thursday, December 3, 2015

Strike Up the Band

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, and I am still alive.

Frankly, I'm kind of surprised about that.

But for a change, there were no political "discussions" during the family get togethers*, so there was little chance that the gathering was going to turn into a shouting match. Not zero, mind you, but a lot less than the average Thanksgiving holiday.

Since my spouse works in retail, she had a very very busy Thanksgiving weekend. And as a consequence, I did as well; I shuttled her back and forth from her employer, so she didn't have to try to find a parking spot or worry about falling asleep driving to or from work.

However, this being our household, there were MMO related activities as well.


The Mini-Reds began their server transfer after one last concert in Bree, where the band and others gathered agreed to transfer over to the Gladden server. If the Mini-Reds ever thought that their attendance at the concerts went unnoticed, they were hailed by people when they made it over to Gladden.

My son had a silly grin on his face when he related the story to me, and I couldn't help but smile in return.

Things like this little acknowledgment show some of the best that MMOs have to offer.


I advanced a bit further into Wildstar, and continue to be impressed with the game and the stories. I've found that I can put the Texas aspect of the game almost completely in the rear view mirror, but there are times when I just wish that the game would tone it down a bit.

And as far as SWTOR is concerned, I've decided I'm going to make the jump into the coffee expac over the upcoming Christmas holidays. I'll have some time off, so if I do something stupid and stay up until 4 AM playing the game I won't pay the price at work the next day.

Until then, however, I'm going to noodle around Wildstar when I can, and I think I'm going to see if I can push a bit farther into the slog that mid-50s Age of Conan is right now. I've not really touched the game much over the past few months, and I have that old itch that needs scratching.

*One for each side of the family.


  1. Glad to hear Thanksgiving went well; political discussions are indeed not what you want at a family gathering!

    And you made me go "awww" with the server transfer story. It's great to be part of an MMO community. It used to be the same for me, but all those people that were part of my server's community were into raiding, and they've been long since gone. I'm not involved enough with the game to feel part of that again, I'm afraid (especially now I'm on a fresh server).

    1. I agree with you about how raiding has come and gone on LOTRO. The thing that LOTRO has that other MMOs don't, however, is the community feel for non-traditional MMO activities, such as music and merrymaking. Even though they're interested in SWTOR because Star Wars (duh), and they like playing Marvel Heroes 2016 (because Marvel!), LOTRO is their favorite MMO by far. The immersion that they feel in the game and with the others who like to hang around Bree and enjoy music on Fridays is something that's not easily found anywhere else in MMO space.