On Hearthstone – Karazhan Launch and Prologue

So yesterday saw the release of the next Hearthstone adventure “One Night In Karazhan” which is the next 4 wing single player set of challenges. This will add a total of 45 new cards over the course of the adventure which can be used in online matches or adventures. This release was a bit different then the previous adventures because there was no pre-order period. Instead the purchase option became available only when the adventure came online. Another difference was that they included a free to everyone prologue mission where you play as Medivh with his overpowered mage deck against Prince Malchezaar. Each player starts off with 30 health and a 30 point shield, so essentially 60 health. Once you work through this mission it will unlock the first wing, once purchased. Once you finish the match you get some new cards and probably a prompt to go buy the … Read more…

On Solo Tavern Brawls and Seasonal Overwatch

So to keep today’s post from being super short I’m going to talk about two things. The first of which is that Hearthstone released its first Solo Tavern Brawl. Now Hearthstone is no stranger to single player content as they have the Adventure mode, but this is the first time they’ve had a single player brawl. Normally brawls involve playing with, or against another player similar to standard/wild formats and allow you to complete daily quests for gold. This time however it’s just you and your deck versus the city of Stormwind. The brawl name “Storming Stormwind” has a simple mechanic, hit it as much as you can until you die. The trick is that you can’t lose. The npc “boss” that you’re fighting starts with a couple of things. It starts with 1 hit point, which goes up after every hit (instead of going down) so you can’t actually … Read more…

On Overwatch

So here’s the thing, I didn’t plan on getting Overwatch. Mainly because I was concerned about the price vs the amount of time I would spend playing it. The base version for PC costs $40 (US) and the Origins edition with all the bonus goodies costs $60 (US). I subscribe to a $1/hour belief that if a game costs me $40 then I should get a minimum of 40 hours out of it. While Overwatch is described more along the lines of cooperative team based shooter, it is still a first person shooter. Those types of games have typically run their course for me within a few hours. Now that isn’t to say that I won’t get bored with Overwatch before I get 60 hours out of it (I did get the Origins edition). I just think that if it is like Hearthstone where you can play it every once … Read more…

On Revisiting Diablo 3

So for the last few weeks I have been playing through Diablo 3 again. This time on the console version for PS4 otherwise known as “Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition” which contains the core game plus the Reaper of Souls expansion. I hadn’t really gotten in to the expansion on PC, though I did buy it. I had started up a crusader and was playing fresh from Act 1 but didn’t really get that far. Mainly because I’m easily distracted by other games and I’m sure some new shiny thing had just come out. I really only picked up the PS4 version because I was going on vacation to visit a friend and needed a co-op game to play while there. The thing is, I think I enjoy the console version more than the PC version. The game lends itself well to a controller scheme, at least on the PS4. … Read more…

On A Quick Note About Warcraft Subscription Tokens

This morning I was going through twitter and saw a tweet mentioning that Blizzard was going to be adding in a way for people to play WoW by buying tokens on the in game auction house. This means that if you have enough gold (mad farming skills) you can pay for your game time without paying with real money. I’m not really sure of the popularity of this idea,¬†as I saw plenty of complaints about it already, mostly relating it to gold sellers. Personally I feel that as long as this is done right that it could be a good way of allowing more people the opportunity to play. My main concern is that the community apparently decides on the price of the token. People being people will start out by trying to take advantage of this by charging obscene amounts for the tokens. I would rather that this be … Read more…

On RNG or Why Can’t I Pull A Good Hand

So stretching a bit for a topic here, but I’m trying to post more again. This weekend, like the last few before it, were mostly spent playing Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. Most of Saturday I ended up working, but either way my gaming would have been the same. The majority of the latter half of Saturday night was spent on Hearthstone building and researching decks and trying them out. The one thing that always seemed to happen is that I’d lose a match because I couldn’t pull that one combination of cards that I needed, or in a couple cases top decked just the right card to pull off a very, very narrow victory. That happening just reminds me of how much I loath RNG in games. Granted I see the point of it, especially in a card game, but that doesn’t mean I can’t loathe it. Especially when … Read more…

On 10 years 10 Questions

I’ve seen a few people mentioning this on twitter so I thought I’d give this a shot. 1. Why did you start playing Warcraft? I started playing mainly because all of my college friends were playing. When WoW first came out I was a full time college student, and I didn’t have a very well paying job so I was using the household PC. I didn’t jump on WoW right away either, because at the time I didn’t like the graphical style, so I was playing Everquest 2. Eventually I did pick it up, but had a ton of issues with my computer. Namely that while playing WoW my computer would reboot every 30 minutes. I’m pretty sure I leveled to 50 this way. But short answer, I started playing because I wanted to do stuff with my friends. 2. What was the first ever character you rolled? I think … Read more…

On Warlords

So here’s the thing, I pre-ordered the Warlords of Draenor expansion yesterday. I know, I’m weak. I have no willpower. Hal Jordan I am not. There has been some discussion related to what people call an “item squish” that is going to reduce stats to be more reasonable (no more 1 million hit points you silly tanks you). But that discussion is for another day. Mainly one where I have time to fully research it and talk knowledgeably about it. This was more just me making a confession. So yesterday my buddy Kodra (from the Aggrochat podcast) posted what he considered a significant grouping experience, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve told this story to people on voice chat a few times, and it always gets a good chuckle. So I figure I can share it here as it’s a short story, and I need something to … Read more…

On Hex vs Magic The Gathering

So this morning I’m typing up a post relatively early, for me anyways. I normally don’t start a day with a topic in mind and usually comes from something I’ve read online and has gotten me thinking. Today when I woke up I saw a twitter post from Joe Vargas (Angry Joe / Angry Joe Show) that linked to a lawsuit filed against Cryptozoic by Wizards of the Coast claiming copyright infringement based on the similarities between Cryptozoic’s game Hex: Shards Of Fate and Wizards of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering. So here’s the thing, yes the two games are similar. They’re both card based games that involve you spending money to get better cards in order to play other people. In Magic you draw “Land” cards which you use to play your creatures cards, instant cast card, etc.. where in Hex you use “Shards” for the same purpose. I’ll … Read more…