This Week in Liore
Well, it happened. There was no Blaugust post yesterday but I did move the site to a new and faster server, so I have no regrets!
My guild is running a Hearthstone tournament and last week we all played our first round. The rules are simple: no legendary cards, no epic cards, and no zoo decks. I won my first matchup (*wave* Jhun) with an aggro pally deck and a kind of failed ramp druid deck. In other Hearthstone news while I’ve paid for all the wings so far with gold I think I may have to pay cash for Tuesday’s Quarter — I’ve spent my Hearthstone time tweaking decks for the tournament and not doing quests. Plus I’m realizing just how many cards I don’t have, so I’d rather put my gold into Arenas for cards and dust.
(Videos of most of the games so far, including mine, are here.)
I gained an entire level through PvP in WildStar on Friday and I won ONE game in all that time. The 30-49 bracket is a hole where Exiles go to die. C’moooon, 50!
One of the blogs I’ve discovered through Blaugust is Aggro Range and it’s both interesting and well written. Go check it out!
Meanwhile in non-game writing, Wired has an article titled How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi. It’s not groundbreaking or anything, but an amusing concept.
Also of note is this truly beautiful essay on The Power of Female Friendship.
I made these Sriracha chicken wings on Friday and they were sooooooooo good. I followed the recipe almost exactly but if (when!) I make it again I would do the wings for 15 minutes on both sides and put a smaller amount of ketchup in. Oh and more cumin, because cumin is amazing.
I am starting up a collaborative food blog for MMO bloggers! Right now myself, Murf and Syl are participating and I would love to add more folks. Let me know if you would like to post recipes, photos of food, discussions about food, or whatever. I will probably soft-launch the site next week, and you’re welcome to post as much or as little as you like.
I ended up watching a lot more Fringe yesterday while doing housework and without giving any spoilers away the whole show is pretty much worth it just for the word “Walternate”. I’m near the end of season 3 now, which means about halfway through the series. It’s kind of silly, but in a good way. (Oh and it was filmed in Vancouver so I really enjoy the “New York” or “Boston” street scenes which often take place in my neighborhood.)
A movie trailer! V/H/S 1 and 2 are recent horror anthologies featuring some pretty awesome modern indie directors that take on the theme of found footage. While some of the bits aren’t that great, others are so good that they more than make up for it. Anyway, V/H/S 3 is being made! Yessss.
Black Mirror is a UK program that’s kind of like The Twilight Zone but with an eye on technology. My favorite episode, “15 Million Merits” is on YouTube, which is important because Black Mirror is otherwise not available in North America. (If you’re in Europe, please legally obtain this show!) Warning: this is bleak stuff and understandably not suitable for sensitive folks. But it’s also really really really good sci-fi.
This week on Herding Cats I talked about four games I’m gonna play this weekend and how WoW’s retro 10th anniversary plans aren’t tempting this veteran. I also complained that Esper healing in WildStar is no fun. Plus, my top 3 favorite seasons of TV and a bunch of screenshots!
Comment highlight of the week goes to Wilhelm, who knows how to fix WoW’s 10th anniversary plans:
“Like Murph, I’d like to see them play with some sort of vanilla server, no transfers to it, no cross-realm mail from your alts, and everybody swamping the starter zones. Only there was Cataclysm, so going back to REAL vanilla is a chore, one unlikely to be take on by Blizz.”
… I would play that.
On Tumblr, this image of Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany as Shawn of the Dead is like two of my favorite things together in one!
Meanwhile on Twitter I just told it like it is about new upstart channel Fish Plays Pokemon
Look I don't want to be confrontational but I'm just gonna say what we're all thinking: that betta fish is bad at pokemon. #sorrynotsorry
— Jessica Cook (@Liores) August 7, 2014