Video Game Blog Round Up – May 2017: Horrible Bosses

Musings of a Mario Minion

It’s all about politics this month. With the snap election turning the UK in on itself, Brexit itching the back of the public’s minds, and Trump’s gap year travels causing mayhem, we’re all a bit on edge. So why not celebrate some horrible bosses. This month we have a brilliant selection of boss-related insights from across the web. We pitched in with our own story running the best video game boss battles we’ve seen so far, but what does everyone else have to say? From a game’s tenterhooks ending in the middle of an explosive battle to a dubious piece on the relevance of such monsters in today’s gaming landscape, we’ve got the opinions and celebrations of several industry commentators for your reading glory. So if you’re in the UK, or anywhere else for that matter, put the kettle on, settle back and wait for all this to blow over…

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Raids week 30

Micki's Delirium

I posted for R2 Tempest’s Spine as per usual at 3 pm EST. I didn’t have to wait too long for joiners, but with 4 spots left, we still din’t have anyone to do strength and intelligence. In the 9th spot our str char joined and then Niv sent me a tell asking if we needed an int char. I said yes, he joined and off we went.  The party filled as we were in progress. I may have been playing a bit sloppier this time, or maybe my party was less aggressive than it usually is, but I died at least twice in ice this time. But my party was awesome as always and we didn’t really have that much issues to finish that part. Usually, in the end fight I de from Sorjek’s lightning attacks, but this time he shot me with an arrow at least twice. We…

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Gathering gameplay


I played a good amount of Everquest 2 over the weekend, any crafting session in this MMORPG invariably involves some gathering as well since you burn through materials pretty quickly. As I flew around the Eidolon Jungle looking for wood, hide and root nodes, I started thinking about gathering gameplay in the various games that I’ve played. Although gathering materials is never my main focus in game, it’s often a background activity that interrupts or complements other activities.

Hunting around

Gathering can be very time-consuming: the session before last I first took a Wizard Spire to the Obol Plains to look for mats and found nothing there, eventually flying across the portal to Eidolon Jungle (the tourbillion). Thus I wound backwards, from a narrative perspective, to the earlier zone to hunt for nodes there. So finding the right area to gather is important, not all zones have an even…

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I’m Not Squishy: Back in the Saddle

Many Welps


Wow, I didn’t realize until I looked at the date on my last post that I had taken a 3 month break. I really didn’t mean to, suddenly it was the end of May! But fear not, I have returned with a vengeance. Alright, maybe not so much a vengeance, that sounds like a bit much.

I did a lot in over these last few months. Me and my friends tried our hands at Twitch streaming and Youtube shenanigans which has been quite fun. I went on a cruise in March which was quite an experience. Blue Skies, warm weather, water everywhere, it was great. Since March, I’ve been working a ton and always meaning to write a post and never quite getting around to it.

On the other hand I finally built myself a fancy PC so now I can play ALL the games. Seriously its a little overwhelming…

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Craving that good old-time MMO dungeon healing experience

Bio Break

As I continue to evaluate my summer gaming plans and figure out just what I’m looking for in MMOs these days, I think I’ve put my finger on one missing part of my diet: I miss dungeon runs. Specifically, I miss being a healer in dungeon runs.

I’ve been an off and on again healer in my MMO career, and when I am paired up with a fun class that works well and a game that has interesting dungeons, then I’m all over it. It’s just deeply satisfying to be part of a team and keep them alive for the run, feeling as though I’m fulfilling a unique role in the group. But I haven’t had this for a long while now, and I’m starting to feel the absence of this.

But where can I get this? Guild Wars 2 is not an MMO with your typical dungeon crawl and…

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Knocking Out Some More Slayer Areas

Erdrique's Blog

One of things that I like to try to do with my questing schedule it to make sure I get some time to complete explorer zones. I usually try to do some explorer area runs right after I get home from work during the typical work week and on Monday nights when I’m also playing digital PNP with some friends (since my attention can be diverted from DDO on those nights for quite a bit of time).  Recently, I completed a few of these areas.

Erdrique (Level 13 Bard) and Sttollen (Level 14 Rogue), while dual boxing, completed Sorrowdusk Isle.  It took me forever to finally come across Vermilo during this go round but he eventually sprang forward.


Erdrique and Sttollen finally find Vermilo to finish up Sorrowdusk Isle.

Cannock (Level 9 Druid) completed Tangleroot Gorge, which was ironic because he completed Three Barrel Cove prior to Tangleroot…

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