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News from the grave


Well. This was unexpected.

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, nor have I quit WoW – it’s just that I’ve been pretty occupied lately. However, in order to not abandon this blog, here’s a quick roundup of what I’m playing at the moment.


L.A. Noire

Started. I like it a lot, sadly, I can’t find enough uninterrupted time to seriously advance in the story.


Dragon Age Saga

Bought all expansions to the original as well as Dragon Age II. Can’t find enough uninterrupted time to seriously continue.


World of Warcraft

Tried to level my Paladin out of Outland. Good times, but unfortunately, I currently can’t find enough uninterrupted time to… recognise a pattern yet?



Bought it, love it. Don’t need much uninterrupted time, so that’s probably my most played game at the moment.


TES: Oblivion

Yep, good ol’ Oblivion. Purchased the German GotY version for my girlfriend, then felt the itch myself, re-purchased the English Deluxe GotY version for myself. Spent lots of uninterrupted time-slots on getting a good combination of mods to work with the Steam install, testing a new kind of modloader for a friend.


I’ll probably get back more into WoW once my girlfriend buys another gametime (or maybe I should gift her one) – but currently it’s a bit of a hiatus. What free time I have I tend to spend outside on my bike – still far behind my season schedule, or going out.

Since I’d rather post something instead of nothing for another two months, this blog might get slightly off-topic WoW, but still focus on casual gaming. After all, one of the hallmarks of a casual gamer is not being restricted on a single game.

There’ll probably be a few posts coming up about my observation of casual game styles, as for the first time I have another person beside me playing the same games. It’s quite fascinating and actually explains a lot about a few aspects in WoW (and other games) that completely baffled me before.


World of Blogs


Just another short post, but a rather interesting one.

Saga posted a report about a project over at the MMOMeltingPot. Basically, get every MMO Blogger on a Google map and look at the result. I know that I am always fascinated by my Google statistics where my visitors come from (both referral site and RL location), so I’m going to participate.


Spread the word, let’s fill this map!



A casual 2010 in Azeroth


Each year (apparently, as I can’t tell you much about previous years), sends out a report on how your blog did. Everybody around seems to be posting some sort of yearly recap, so I figured, why not, let’s try this.


Blog Health

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.


Truth be told, I have no clue what they’re measuring. Consistent posting and visitors, presumably. From what my stats tell me, there indeed seem to be regulars, feedreaders and a surprising amount of linkage coming to this little blog, so while ‘Wow’ may be exaggerated, I’m pleasantly surprised.


I’d like to thank all of my readers at this point, as well as my favourite commenter, Saga – it’s been a pleasure so far and I’m hoping all of you will stick around a while longer.

More stats and a quick review of my year in Azeroth after the break.

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The obligatory christmas message


From the freshly snowed-in city of Ulm, I wish the world of Azeroth a merry christmas!

I realise only now how much a Goblin would look like a typical Santa-Elf. Lets all hope that the presents are a little less explosive than the usual stuff we get from the little greenskins.


Now with 100% less advertising!

08.10.2010 is an interesting thing. As long as you view blogs while logged in to a WordPress account, you don’t see ads. Yesterday, I tried for the first time accessing the blog from my iPod, to see how the mobile theme works. Good news: It works perfectly. Bad news: Not logged in, I get ads.

Now, I have nothing against google adsense in general. However, seeing ads for WoW goldselling services on my blog was harsh. At first I even thought the account had been compromised somehow. After a bit of reading, though, I found the above fact – I usually post and proof my posts while logged in.

So I bit the bullet and bought the no-ads upgrade. 25 € for peace of mind. But I hope this will improve the experience for my readers, if only by reducing load-times alone.

If anyone still sees ads, please give me a shout.