Gaming Rants

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

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

  • 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, […]