Gaming Rants

These posts are about games and game design, usually related to the various games that I have played.

No Man’s Sky

  • My Journey to the Center of Euclid (10/15/2019) - I have reached the center of the galaxy in No Man’s Sky for the first time. From the game play mechanics perspective, the only reason to do so is if you want to jump through the center of the galaxy so you can magically pop out on the outer rim of a different galaxy. However, […]
  • New Vertiform City – A No Man’s Sky Base (10/8/2019) - A reference to a classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, New Vertiform City is the first base that I build since restarting No Man’s Sky on GOG Galaxy. I wanted to make my home somewhere that was both useful and engaging, so I set out to find a good Electromagnetic Power Hotspot in the […]
  • Restarted No Man’s Sky on GOG Galaxy (10/8/2019) - After some initial horrible performance issues with the 2.0 Beyond update, which happened to be caused by the Steam client eating up a massive amount of CPU/Disk/Network resources rather than a problem with NMS itself, I decided to throw in the towel with Steam. I never liked it anyway, so no loss there! πŸ™‚ Anyway, […]
  • Playing Normal Mode Normally on Steam (7/22/2019) - Update 2019.07.23: The “Kicked back to Game Select” bug is still happening, so I am forced to either play the GoG version or play the Steam version in offline to avoid literally wasting my life playing the game. As a result, I am just going to continue playing the GoG version offline, because playing online […]
  • I Built A Castle! (in No Man’s Sky) (7/13/2019) - Earlier in the week I finished the Artemis Path on my shiny new GOG single player Survival Mode game and chose to go to the happy rainbows galaxy, Eissentam. I repaired my ship and set out into the void once more, but after an hour or two I realized that really, it just plumb doesn’t […]
  • Creating Challenge in No Man’s Sky (6/29/2019) - Also, Steam still sucks and I regret having signed up for it to purchase the game there at a discount. I am now happily playing No Man’s Sky using the GOG version of the game! (Completely off-line, because multi-player doesn’t interest me and neither does bloated, privacy invading software). Yeah I bought it on sale […]
  • No Man’s Sky: My Personal Challenge Mode (6/11/2019) - No Man’s Sky is a really fun game, but as I played through the main quest lines on Normal Mode, I discovered there are some aspects of the game that trivialize its challenges. The most notable of these issues are the teleporters on space stations and in player created bases – the first time I […]
  • No Man’s Sky is Everything I Wanted from a Game (6/6/2019) - With the exception of pets and pet crafting, I suppose, but hot-damn does this game deliver in all other respects! Seriously, having played No Man’s Sky over the past couple of weeks, I have absolutely no desire to ever play Star Wars Galaxies or work on SWGEmu mods ever again! I mean, why bother when […]

Guild Wars 2

  • Daily Log-in Rewards and Other Psychological Manipulations in Modern Games (9/24/2018) - I don’t want to play Guild Wars 2 every day. I like the game, I just don’t want to play it every day. But if I don’t play it every day, I miss out of collecting a whack of useful free stuff as well as earning 2 Gold Coins for doing fairly easy stuff that […]
  • The D. Murphy Chronicles: Discovering the Lionguard (9/19/2018) - 80 Scion 1331 AE I encounter a spider cave after fleeing centaurs in the Heartwoods. That cave wasn’t best place to hide, but at least I inadvertently solved a spider infestation in the Township of Claypool! Lots to do in that little village. The militia stationed there requested I bring them a kask of ale […]
  • The D. Murphy Chronicles: The Dawn of a New Dwayne (8/31/2018) - 63 Scion 1331 AE Out of the pan, into the fire, they say. It wasn’t but a moment after I stepped through the gates of Divinity’s Reach when I heard the screams of villagers down the hill. My eyes hadn’t even fully adjusted to the blaring sun beyond the city walls… “Well, no time like […]
  • The D. Murphy Chronicles: My Guild Wars 2 Challenge (8/29/2018) - Many years ago now I participated in the Ironman Challenge while playing World of Warcraft, an ongoing player driven event that aims to give the player a new way to experience the game. The idea is to level a character all the way to max level without dying, using only the worst possible (level appropriate) […]
  • Top 25 Things I Love About Guild Wars 2 (9/8/2017) - In honour of the fifth anniversary of the game, and with the new Path of Fire expansion being released later this month, and given how it is the only MMO I still play, I decided to make a five part series about Guild Wars 2. This is not sponsored content (nothing on this site is […]
  • Top 5 Things to Buy on the Gem Store in Guild Wars 2 (9/8/2017) - In honour of the fifth anniversary of the game, and with the new Path of Fire expansion being released later this month, and given how it is the only MMO I still play, I decided to make a five part series about Guild Wars 2. This is not sponsored content (nothing on this site is […]
  • Top 5 Things I Dislike About Guild Wars 2 (9/7/2017) - In honour of the fifth anniversary of the game, and with the new Path of Fire expansion being released later this month, and given how it is the only MMO I still play, I decided to make a five part series about Guild Wars 2. This is not sponsored content (nothing on this site is […]
  • Top 5 Reasons I Pre-Ordered the Path of Fire Expansion (9/7/2017) - In honour of the fifth anniversary of the game, and with the new Path of Fire expansion being released later this month, and given how it is the only MMO I still play, I decided to make a five part series about Guild Wars 2. This is not sponsored content (nothing on this site is […]
  • Top 5 Things I Actually Do In Guild Wars 2 (9/6/2017) - In honour of the fifth anniversary of the game, and with the new Path of Fire expansion being released later this month, and given how it is the only MMO I still play, I decided to make a five part series about Guild Wars 2. This is not sponsored content (nothing on this site is […]
  • ArenaNet – Let me help you spend my money! (12/12/2015) - The following is a positive, sincere account of how I have spent money on MMOs in the past and what I personally find valuable in Guild Wars 2. My intent is to help ArenaNet (makers of Guild Wars 2) make money from gem sales and expansions, by telling them explicitly what I WILL purchase (not […]
  • $70 Canadian is too much for an expansion pack to an MMO Game (12/1/2015) - It really is. In the past I have spent many hours on the forums of Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, and other games that I have played, but for some reason I never really felt compelled to take part in the Guild Wars 2 forum. Today, that changed. At least for one post. I thought long […]
  • Giving Guild Wars 2 a Fair Shake (3/13/2015) - It’s funny, my wife gave me Guild Wars 2 for Christmas in 2012 (because I totally asked her for it lol…) and I’ve barely played it since then. I had watched some videos of it prior to launch and I was extremely impressed with world design, the skill system being based on weapon type and […]

Star Wars Galaxies

  • SWGEmu – 2019 Verbose Server Setup Guide (for Devuan Linux) (3/11/2019) - Far and away, the most popular post on this blog has been the original “SWGEmu Verbose Server Setup Guide“, so as a sort of parting gift to the handful of readers of this blog, I figured I would post an up to date version of the guide that works with the current iteration of the […]
  • Beast Master Continues to be Too Much of a Good Thing in Star Wars Galaxies (9/17/2018) - Back on the Intrepid server in Star Wars Galaxies, before we moved to Starsider, I got into the Beast Master crafting and pet-wrangling system full force. Even for a person who had stock piles of resources dating back to the summer of 2003, this was a daunting task that ultimately required me to use 3 […]
  • SWGEmu – The Quest for a Small Community Experience (6/5/2016) - I was recently contacted by another kind person who was reading some of my posts on Mod the Galaxy and found dead links that pointed to the self-hosting I stopped paying for a while back. Sorry about that, I truly am, but it got a bit expensive for me, given how few people ever visited […]

Elite Dangerous

  • Hobbies, Elite Dangerous, and Making Games… (5/20/2016) - Time, there’s only so much of it and they ain’t making any more of it. Or so I have heard. Part of why I don’t post much (and why I stopped hosting my own site and moved it into a free WordPress.com blog) is because any time I spend posting things here is time I […]

Planetside 2

  • Daybreak Game Company is not simply “Sony Online Entertainment with a new name” (11/15/2015) - For many years I have played Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMOs for short), with Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside 2, and World of Warcraft being the ones I have enjoyed the most. The first two of those games were made by Sony Online Entertainment, a Sony subsidiary which was sold in 2015. Since that sale, […]

Other Gaming Rants

  • Daily Log-in Rewards and Other Psychological Manipulations in Modern Games (9/24/2018) - I don’t want to play Guild Wars 2 every day. I like the game, I just don’t want to play it every day. But if I don’t play it every day, I miss out of collecting a whack of useful free stuff as well as earning 2 Gold Coins for doing fairly easy stuff that […]
  • Top 5 Things I Dislike About Guild Wars 2 (9/7/2017) - In honour of the fifth anniversary of the game, and with the new Path of Fire expansion being released later this month, and given how it is the only MMO I still play, I decided to make a five part series about Guild Wars 2. This is not sponsored content (nothing on this site is […]
  • Daybreak Game Company is not simply “Sony Online Entertainment with a new name” (11/15/2015) - For many years I have played Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMOs for short), with Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside 2, and World of Warcraft being the ones I have enjoyed the most. The first two of those games were made by Sony Online Entertainment, a Sony subsidiary which was sold in 2015. Since that sale, […]

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