I’m going down (down) in a blaze of glory

January 28, 2009

Well folks, this is it.  My last blog post.  When I started this thing back in December, I’m not sure what I intended it to be.  Kind of a personal journal.  I didn’t tell anybody about it, just kind of put it out there.

Then the Age of Blogging (AoB) came around at the beginning of the year.  I was writing mostly about WAR at the time, so I signed up.  I saw an immediate increase in traffic, which was cool, while at the same time I was getting kind of bored/frustrated with the whole blogging thing.  For those that haven’t tried it, it’s not as easy as it looks.  And I’m not even that good at it – how some of those guys/girls (see list at right) keep up such quality and quantity is beyond me. 

Fast forward to now.  I’ve got a new job that, while much better than my old one, is also demanding more of my time right now, a demand which doesn’t look to be letting up any time soon.  My playing of WAR and games in general has seen a sharp decline, and trying to write a blog a) without a lot of free time and b) without playing much of the game that it is loosely based on makes for a frustrating experience.

After I got a couple hits from AoB but was getting increasingly frustrated, I said to myself I would stick it out until I got 1,000 hits or 50 comments, whichever came first, just as a personal milestone.  I know that’s a pretty paltry sum for most of the other bloggers, but for me it’s a bunch.  Well, as of today I have flown past the 1,000 mark in a whirlwind of hits and comments.  People largely disagreed with my last post as evidenced by my comments section and this thread at the VN Boards.  Which is cool, it sparked a lot of conversation, even though a good bit of it devolved into general flames (hence the Bon Jovi reference – who got that?). 

For some numbers, prior to the last post going up I had 714 hits in total.  I was looking at making my goal sometime probably near the end of February, and I was kind of dreading it, to be honest.  My last post alone has since garnered 475  hits at the time of this writing (thanks to a couple influential links from Book of Grudges and Warhammer Vault), simultaneously sparking the flame bath and putting me to my goal.   Not bad for a throw away post written in about 20 minutes on a Monday night!

So this will be my last post on this blog for the forseeable future.  I’m still going to follow the other WAR bloggers and (hopefully) start playing WAR some more, but my motivation to keep writing about it has all but dried up.  I’m glad to have met my goal and achieved a sense of closure instead of just abandoning it.  Thanks to all of you who have visited, commented, and lent your support through AoB and otherwise, it is definitely appreciated.  I think WAR has a great community, and look forward to seeing what the future holds. 

But I won’t be writing about it.  Peace out.


The Age of Blogging Movement

January 7, 2009

As many of you know, the WAR community is currently in the middle of its Age of Blogging (AoB) initiative.  Being the noob blogger that I am, I have been on the receiving end of a big increase in traffic to the site, which is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking.  (It makes me think a little more thought should go into things before I post them, but we’ll have to see if that happens.)  Hopefully I’ll  be able to produce some relatively readable, interesting content for you all.  I would again encourage you to post any feedback or suggestions you have to the comment section or shoot me an email.

Another result in the AoB is me finally updating my blogroll (see to the right) for all the sites I have had on my RSS feed and also the new ones I’ve recently picked up (read:  ripped straight from Syp’s AoB Round 1 post).    So many blogs!  I’m just now catching up to some of the back posts my reader has caught, so I’m looking forward to keeping up with you all.  This new WAR blogger movement just emphasizes the strong community that WAR already has and will continue to establish as the game moves toward maturity.

And obviously, I’d like to send a big thank you to the established sites that have been mentioning my little corner of the internet – it is certainly much appreciated!

Happy New Year!/Rock Band is a wondrous invention

January 1, 2009

I sit at my computer, two hours into 2009.  My wife and I continued our boycott of New Year’s festivities this year and instead decided to go to an early movie, grab dinner, then hang out at home.  Hanging out turned into a Rock Band duo play session, or “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”, as Dick Clark might call it.

That’s not all that notable unless you know my wife, who barely tolerates my gaming habit and will generally not go near a video game.  But she loves Rock Band.  As I sit here, I hear her banging away on the drums in the next room to Nirvana’s “Drain You”, a song I can’t imagine she’s a fan of.  This is why Rock Band and games like it are so great.  We have wiled away many an hour with her on drums or singing and me  doing a variety of rock functions.   It’s a bonding experience between us over what is essentially my hobby.  It’s especially funny considering how pissed she was last year when I told her I had bought a set of plastic drums that was going int he basement!

Speaking of pissed, after I failed “Joker and the Thief” for about the 5th time, we came up with a New Year’s resolution for me – stop getting so upset at video games.  Seriously, it’s dumb, but I do it all the time.  So that’s my project for next year this year.

So here’s wishing you and yours the best in the new year, and keep reading my blog if you’re so inclined.  I’m going to try to keep a relatively consistent update schedule with a variety of content.  I appreciate any and all feedback.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008

Just wanted to wish my occasional readers the best for you and your families this holiday season, whether it be Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.  Take time to be with your family and friends and be thankful for all we are blessed with.  And play a lot of games when time allows.  I will be.

Gearing up for the holiday gaming season

December 19, 2008

Well, it’s that time of year again – the holiday season is upon us. Along with the normal joys of the season, I am blessed to have a job that affords me a lot of vacation. Accordingly, today will be the last day I work in 2008 (WOOT!).

In the absence of work, I plan on playing an absurd amount of games. As much as the wife aggro will allow at least. I thought I’d put together a list of my gaming goals/planned fun for the next couple weeks.

1. In WAR, level my archmage to at least 34. As I just hit 32 and fully plan on leveling a couple more alts with friends, I think this is a reasonable goal. Sieging a couple keeps and seeing another fortress would be nice as well.

2. Purchase Left 4 Dead on the PC and mow through the zombie menace.

3. Purchase or rent Gears of War 2 and play through the co-op campaign.

4. Play a game of NBA 2k9 with my brother without spewing a stream of profanity.

5. Not playing any Call of Duty 4. No amount of good intentions will stop my profanity while playing that accursed game.

6. Finish the Red Alert 3 campaign with my buddy, and dominate an unsuspecting online opponent in a 1v1v1 game that is in reality 2v1.

7. I recently bought Lost Odyssey for cheap off half.com, so I want to sink a few hours into that to see if I want to invest more time in that.

I think those are attainable goals to mix in with all the sleeping, eating, and not-working I’ll be doing over the next two weeks. Undoubtedly some of them won’t get finished, but that’s what goals are for. What goals do you guys have for the holiday break?

Move to WordPress/refocusing of blog

December 9, 2008

Well, I’ve moved.  As you can see, Schlotzky’s has relocated to Wordress, from the old digitalschlotzky.blogspot.com.  There are a few reasons why, mainly having to do with the interface and options available at WordPress as compared to Blogger.  Nothing against Blogger necessarily, I just feel the features here at WordPress fit me a little more comfortably.  Plus I’m familiar with the layout, as I used to have a blog here.  I”ve moved all the posts from Blogger (less that a week worth – I’ve only just begun!) here to WordPress.  I’m still jacking around with the site design, but rest assured it will look better and be more logical/functional in short order.

With the move, I decided it would be a good time to refocus the blog to give myself a more defined direction.  Whereas before I was going to try and cover all manner of media (games, music, movies, etc.), I have decided it would be make more sense to just go ahead and make the blog strictly game-focused.  Oh, there might be a random post here and there that’s off-topic, but by and large Schlotzky’s will now officially be focused like a laser on games alone.  Specifically, I’ve been playing a lot of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning since its launch in September, as my posts below might indicate.  Consequently, the majority of the information you find here is going to be WAR-related for the time being.  I do, however, occasionally play other games.  To that end, expect to see some coverage of strategy games (I just picked up Red Alert 3 in particular) and other random console games for the times that I tear myself away from WAR.

I’m excited about being able to write for myself and for you, Dear Reader.  It’s going to be a fun ride, so strap on your helmets, and let’s get started!

Introducing: me

December 9, 2008
(Note that this post originally appeard at digitalschlotzky.blogspot.com on 12/3/08, but was moved when the blog relocated to this address.)
Good day to you. My name is Schlotzky and this is my blog. I’ve been wanting to do the blogging thing for a while now, but never gave it the effort it really needed to succeed and/or hold my interest for more than a couple weeks. I’m looking to change that with this effort.

This site is generally going to talk about things I enjoy, but with an emphasis on video games. I have a pretty wide-ranging interest in games, all the way from Peggle to MMOs, Atari to Xbox 360. Right now, I’m knee deep in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, having sworn off WoW a couple years ago. You’ll see a lot of WAR coverage here as I make my way through that game. I’m also a big consumer of Strategy titles for the PC and am currently enjoying Red Alert 3, so I’ll probably come back to that from time to time. I’ll bounce around and explore fresh topics – it may even give me an excuse to buy more games (as if I needed one).

In addition to the games talk, music, movies, food, and beer will also see some attention here. Gotta keep it spicy. Maybe even a little sports, although my teams have been sucking lately, and nobody wants to hear about that (although the Chiefs did just double their win total last weekend…) I’ll try and stay away from politics as well, but may lapse every once in a while, so forgive me. The layout looks like crap right now, I know that. It will look better eventually and be a lot more functional to boot.

I’m looking forward to having an outlet for words. I realize the blog lacks a certain visual appeal – hopefully I’ll get it nailed down in the future with some flashier graphics, etc. If anybody ever comes here, I would encourage those hypothetical people to leave many insightful nuggets of wisdom, helpful suggestions, or even flames. See you guys in the comments section!