Gamer Spotlight: Trisha Hershberger

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Trisha Hershberger  (Tech & Gaming Producer, Host)

Growing up on the east coast, Trisha got her BA in Theater Arts and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She started working with the popular YouTube channel, Sourcefed, and helped to launch their spinoff channel SourcefedNerd where she earned two Streamy Awards for her work. She now runs her own production company where she creates content for companies like Geek & Sundry, Newegg & Comic Con HQ and has appeared on programs from IGN, Nerdist & DC All Access. On top of all of that, she somehow finds time to do the occasional consulting & social media marketing work, as well as get married and start a family!

What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“The first video game I remember playing was ‘Zork’ on the Commodore 64. I was very young…

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Always playing catchup

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My earliest memories of MMORPG gaming involve playing catchup to friends, old and new, in World of Warcraft. The Burning Crusade expansion came out scant months before I started playing (by my recogning in March 2007). So when husband and I jumped into the game most of our friends already had level capped characters at 60.

As players of Classic are (re-)discovering, leveling was not that quick back then, nothing like the modern game over on Retail. We spent months leveling our characters in duo to catch up with where the guild and bulk of players were – in the newly launched zones of Outlands. I have vague memories of being somewhat frustrated at the time that we weren’t getting to join in on the fun everyone seemed to be having in the new lands and dungeons. We were lucky that our guildies had plenty of alts of various levels…

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Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Part 8

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It’s a quiet night, and I’m feeling great, so here’s old school D&D, part 8!

Chronomancer (1995), by Loren ColemanChronomancer is one of the oddest AD&D supplements I’ve come across yet, and highlights how much TSR was willing to experiment to keep players engaged in the 1990s.

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Pieces of 8-bit: pirate video games

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Argh me hearties! Tomorrow it be the most booty-full time of year: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. All you scallywags are obliged to great each other with suitably seaworthy saying, ask Polly if she wants a cracker and joyfully yo-ho-ho with a bottle of rum – or face a meeting with Davy Jones’ Locker after walking the plank.

Video games based on buccaneers have been a little hit-and-miss over the years (take that from someone who played Risen 2: Dark Waters on the Xbox 360, narrowly escaping the bugs and living to tell the tale). But there’s some treasure to be found out there; you just need to grab your shovel and dig around for it among all those shipwrecks. To get ourselves in the mood for tomorrow, let’s hit the digital high-seas and take a look at some of the better releases in honour of Talk Like…

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The Gnoll Pit

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The Ashknuckle gnoll tribes divide the area around the Absent City into their various tribal territories – but they share a common set of ruins that they use occasionally for the punishment of prisoners and the entertainment of their leaders.

An ancient fighting pit is under the ruins – probably originally a training grounds for religious warriors, now converted into an execution pit for the varied gnoll tribes. In the centre of the ancient pit the floor has given way to deeper ruins beneath – at one point a massive worm smashed through the floor and swallowed to combatants here much to the excitement of the onlookers.

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The $15 MMO subscription fee keeps increasing in value — but how long will it last?

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Way back in 2008, I vividly remember that prior to Warhammer Online’s launch, Mark Jacobs was publicly musing about the possibility of slapping a higher fee per month for a premium product like WAR — or at least floating the suggestion to see what the public said. This stuck in my mind because even by 2008, it seemed like the then-standard $15-per-month sub fee was not rising to meet inflation rates that were hitting other video game segments, such as box prices. It made me wonder how few days were left in the halcyon era of $15/month subs.

Of course, a huge jump in subscription fees simply didn’t happen. For one thing, in 2009 Dungeons and Dragons Online swept in the free-to-play boom that we’ve been experiencing for the past decade. For another thing, the MMO market leader (World of Warcraft) didn’t budge with its $15/month sub and so helped…

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Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Part 7

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Almost caught up on my old school Dungeons & Dragons posts from twitter!  So here’s part 7!

UK4: When a Star Falls (1984), by Graeme Morris.  We start today with another of the UK-produced modules, which tend to have a very different flavor and welcome quirkiness when compared to their US counterparts.

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Gamers blog party: autumn 2019 invitation

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Autumn officially starts this month so that means colder days, longer nights and preparations for Halloween and Christmas! But before we get wrapped up in cosy blankets, it’s time for our latest blog party here at Later Levels. There’s no better way to celebrate the start of the weekend as well as meet some new blogging friends and read their awesome posts.

The rules are simple:

🎉   Arrive at the party: don’t be shy and stand in the corner – say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below! Give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers and let us know what you’re all about.

🎉   Present your gift: think about the posts you’ve written during the past three months and choose your favourite or one which was fun to write. Leave a link to it in your comment and explain why you’ve picked it.

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Raids week 140

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Raids 140 were Wednesday September 11 and Saturday September 14.

Wednesday

1. Project Nemesis LN
As per usual we started the Wednesday runs with PN. After waiting 30 min I decided we should just short man with what we had, so entered normal instead of hard. I was on laser, Osi was main tank, the rest dps. Completion time: 31 min, 17 s (with more than 10 min inside waiting for a person who then dc’d). Loot: 64 nemesis runes and 25 threads of fate.

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Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Part 6

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Still doing the research on some new physics blog posts, but in the meantime, I have a lot of old school Dungeons & Dragons to catch up on! So before I share more science tricks, here’s part 6!

CB1: Conan Unchained (1984), by David Cook. As a company, TSR was not immune to the allure of making more money by licensing deals.  Later, I’ll discuss some products that will blow your mind! One of the more obvious choices was to take advantage of the popularity of a certain barbarian, and the actor who played him!

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