A Pre-Skyrim Plan of Action for Fun and Gainful Employment

Recently, I learned that I would need to find a new job in order to pay my bills and to fund the adventures I write about on this blog, as well as any site revamps I would have liked to have done.

I’m a bit miffed that, from a full-time job, my pay would be delegated to a per-article-when-needed status, but I can’t help that. The economy’s tough, and the project I was working on needed to get money to start properly. What I can change, however, is the feeling of helplessness I feel from being newly unemployed again (or perhaps underemployed).

I will be getting my final paycheck soon, and I want to make the most out of the time prior to Skyrim’s release by making sure I have enough money to purchase Skyrim without worries while engaging in games that interest me, writing about playing games, and finding a new job.

That said, I have readjusted my plan of action for the coming weeks.

I will temporarily halt my plans to have a custom website theme made for Games and Geekery.

I will take the yearlong cheaper hosting offer that was mentioned by @G33kg0dd3ss before

Prior to the release of 11/11/11, I will be job hunting, and I WILL find a job before Skyrim.

Instead of subscribing to EVE Online, I will resubscribe to World of Warcraft for one month. An explanation will follow below.

Upon finding a new job and receiving my first paycheck, I will subscribe to EVE Online and consider continuing a subscription to World of Warcraft. I may also play LOTRO during this time.

Now, I’m somewhat emotional at the moment, and the WoW thing is a spur-of-the-moment decision, but I decided to find something that allowed me to follow a storyline, however, themeparky, just so I could enjoy playing without stressing too much. EVE is a sandbox game where I have to make my own long-term decisions as to what to do or where to go, so there’s more pressure there to do well than in WoW. If I can find a casual guild on an Oceanic server, I’ll be set, and I won’t have to worry about enjoying myself for a month or so.

That said, I’m weighing my options regarding the job thing, but if you guys know of anyone looking for a video game news writer, I’m more than ready, willing, and able to apply.


It’s Okay to Not Play #TweetFleet #EVEOnline

There’s a funny thing I’ve realized about EVE Online. I find that I’m not as obsessively playing it as I should to make ISK, and I’m perfectly okay with that.

I’m just letting my skills train, which I check through EVEMon. While that’s happening, I can focus on work, try a different game (like Battlefield 3), or get more sleep.

I honestly thought EVE would make me tense all the time, but I’ve come to realize that by choosing what I want to do, I have the right mix of freedom and restraint, which is a nice thing to have. I don’t have to keep up with anyone else except myself, and if I can find a corp that supports that kind of playstyle, then I should be enjoying my time in the game and out of it a lot more.

Appreciating New Eden #EVEOnline #tweetfleet

Stream of consciousness post stemming from a few days of play. I wanted to write more, but I’ve been unable to do so due to my ISP keeping me from accessing Games and Geekery, and only Games and Geekery.

My plans for being in New Eden did not involve being shot down by NPCs because of sustained radioactive damage from a bloody rock that I couldn’t maneuver away from quickly enough. But it happened, and so I must accept it.

My plans for being in New Eden involved Planetary Interaction, PVE Mission Running, and an attempt at getting the necessary skills up to pilot a Dominix in the future with drone capabilities. Sadly, Trial players can’t actually train all the skills necessary for PI, and so I must accept it.

I want this game to succeed for the very reason that makes it niche: it is a world where the interactions make the game richer and more varied, where the systems are complex, and where the questions you ask yourself are as important as the choices you make.

What I’ve realized is that this is a game where the metagame is as important, if not doubly so, as the actual game. It’s also one of the most complicated, intricate webs of learning I’ve ever become entangled in.

Folks who want to do well must invest money into subscriptions over a long-term period, or at least enough to make enough in-game money to purchase PLEX to continue a subscription. To make the most out of your experience, the social aspect of the game involves not only finding a good corp, but finding a good corp that shares your timezone and general core values as a player or human being.

Skills get trained over the course of minutes, hours, and potentially, days. Knowing what you want to do is paramount, but when you start out, everything seems viable, and the way you train yourself in the beginning can only be good for the long-term survivability of your pilot as it takes minutes to begin.

Beyond a certain point, you have to start making big decisions. Do I take the cheap ship out and make less money from an activity, or risk losing a more expensive ship for a greater gain? Do I train the shorter timed skill first, or the more important skill?

Perhaps the one thing that made me appreciate the game, even in this short term I’ve been playing, is that there are fundamental hidden questions in everything you do in EVE Online.

“Do you give in to baser instincts in the name of new experiences and ‘fun’?”

“Do you treat EVE as a game, as a test, or as a business?”

“Do you sacrifice your core values for virtual goods and does it affect you on a personal level?”

I like asking myself these questions, and I like that it makes me think philosophically. I do believe I would like to devote more time to exploring this game on a subscription basis. My only concern is finding a AUS/NZ corporation to join that fits my schedule, and figuring out if I get to keep my free 21 days if I subscribe immediately,

In any event, I guess I’ll be looking at virtual stars in addition to LOTRO and Skyrim for the time being.

It’s Space Time! #EVEOnline #TweetFleet

Thanks to Stargrace of MMO Quests, Petter of Don’t Fear the Mutant, and a host of other Twitter and Google+ folk, I decided to try out EVE Online.

Originally, my interests shifted towards never trying out EVE, but I’ve been on a Space themed kick with my general television viewing that I thought to try it out. Because SWTOR won’t be releasing in the Philippines the same time as other parts of the world, I figured, it was either I try something new or go play Star Trek Online or Star Wars Galaxies, which I have tried before. The compulsion to try something new won out.

I’ve spent around two hours in the game so far, and it’s a little confusing at first, but not so bad. I have a spiffy Asian looking character who looks perpetually tipsy, and the starting Gallente ship has a nice asymmetrical look that I enjoy looking at.

I think that EVE has a tendency to bring out the serious strategist in a person, which is nice and all, but I do have some laid back goals during my stay in the game. The long-term goal of my stay is to build myself a ship of my own. The short and medium term goals are to create a character that can pilot that ship I made for PVE missions, and to make enough money to buy the materials to build the ship.

I don’t know if my interest will hold out, but it’s a nice diversion for a little while at least. Best of all, I’m learning little by little that there are people with different ways of seeing things in the EVE world, even if ‘m just talking to them on Twitter.

A Fresh Perspective

Yes, I'm milking a cow. It's a fresh perspective.

Just so everyone knows and can keep track, Civrot Stillwater, my Warden on the Landroval server, is actually my third Warden. I have two wardens on the Elendilmir server that I have left alone and have completely burned out on due to my experiences with the Esteldin/North Downs area.

Civrot, however, is taking a different course of action by moving through Evendim and skipping most of North Downs other than to complete book quests once hitting the right levels. I can get there immediately through some fast travel skills, and am generally inclined to believe that this may be the time when I can really get into the game and enjoy the character.

Strangely enough, I have not purchased a house, even though I love housing. I’m saving the money to purchase tradeskill goods for alternate characters that can help the main in various ways, such as through making food or jewelry or shields.

This fresh perspective gives me hope that I can actually stick with LOTRO for a while, even though I want to play EQ2’s expansion and Skyrim eventually. Since I can go without subbing for a while, I don’t see many issues there. All I need is to unlock everything I need to do, and I should be set, and that feels liberating to the extent that I want to go and play more.

Have any of you ever felt this way about a new perspective? Let me know, alright?

The One Thing I Hate About Momentum is the Eventual Stopping

It’s been a month since I’ve written anything on Games and Geekery.

A part of me felt burnt out by writing because of my previous work, a part of me enjoyed the company of people in Google+ and the discussions there, and yet another part of me simply didn’t know what to say.

In the month between posts, I’ve switched jobs, played three or four MMORPGs, and returned to LOTRO. I had this great idea for a weekly series, and I’m still developing it, but it’s lost steam.in my head because work is requesting that I focus my attention towards writing for them, leaving me with little energy for stuff beyond playing games, working, and thinking up of new ideas.

Still, it’s a better position that I’m in today, than I was a few months ago.


Speaking of LOTRO, I feel blessed that I’m in a kin that has people from the blogosphere. I’m a member of The Council of the Secret Fire on Landroval, as both a low-level Warden and a Guardian, and even if I’m not experiencing the goodness of Mirkwood or Isengard yet, Discussions are light, people are helpful, and no one has asked me to powerlevel to join them in Isengard.

I think that’s a big thing for me. I don’t feel pressured to make the most out of my day-to day. I can let the one-month sub lapse, and I’d still be able to play with all the basic stuff I’ve managed to unlock during my time playing four characters. I’m enjoying my time, playing when I can, and it feels good.

I’ve even made a game out of progressing the characters through the same content. The obsessive compulsive tendencies I have lead me to try to make faster runs through the 1-20 content. As such, what once took me two days, now only takes me five hours to complete, and with a smattering of deeds to go with it.

The one thing I hate about momentum, however, is that eventually, you stop. LOTRO is like that for me, in the sense that I always lose steam when I hit North Downs, Esteldin and the immediate surroundings.

I’m going to try to see if there’s a  way to focus on the story and skip that content entirely just so I can see something new. I do believe Skirmishing will be an important factor in that endeavor, which I hope will give me more new content to enjoy.

In any event, I still remember the one reason why I got to play this game, and that’s because someone took a chance on me and helped me get a copy of the game and an account set up when it was still subscription based. I’m still thankful for that day, and happy that Ethic was there for me.