Hearthstone: Darkmoon Faire – World’s Greediest Video Game

Video Game Prices Are Going Up

The standard price for video games is increasing to $70 for the PlayStation 5 and next-gen Xbox consoles, ending 15 years of $60 games.

I assume this will also be for PC games, but it’s also misleading. When the industry shifted to digital delivery, saving maybe 25% of the cost of delivering a game (at the time), the game companies took all of the cost savings as profits instead of sharing the cost savings as reduced prices for games.

They started the slow death of the resale market at the same time. So in totality, I would call that a price increase. You no longer ‘own’ copies of your games. In any case, let’s look now at the world’s new #1 greediest video game, according to elves everywhere.

Hearthstone Darkmoon Faire: Now Quad-Wielding Pure Greed

Blizzard rolls out a new expansion with a new card set, plus a new mode, plus a long-awaited achievement system. Great! Wrong.

New system for questing and gold: The whole progression game is now a scheme to sell Tavern Passes. Pay $20 to lessen the pain from your arm being twisted for months. The total possible gain is meant to be the same, but the rewards are end-loaded to punish casuals and push the paid XP bonus.

This is on top of the usual $50 to $70 to buy each thrice-annual expansion, which doesn’t even come close to giving you most of the cards, and that’s already more than an annual MMO sub.

But Wait: New Mini-Sets: Hearthstone is getting mini-expansions in between main $60 expansions. Per this article breaking down Hearthstone costs, a full mini-set costs around $60 or 5000 gold. That in itself doubles the costs of Hearthstone, beyond the Tavern Pass and the card collection arm-twisting in the new game mode and in the achievements system.

Hearthstone Mini-Sets Will Refresh the Meta, but at What Cost?

New achievement system: We’ve waited for this for years. But there are no real rewards for your loyalty and efforts except a point total! No titles! No pets! No perks! No skins! And you have card collection achievements thrown up in your face constantly, reminding you to collect x cards of y class for z expansion. And on and on. What a joke.

New game mode: you need to complete card collections in order to unlock powers in the new Duel mode. Since you can’t possibly do this F2P anymore, you are paying to win.

This isn’t an avalanche of greed. This is a cataclysmic volcano of dollar sucking parasitic vacuum cleaner monsters raining down on players of all ages and financial means. (“During a pandemic”? Sure! Let’s tack that on.)

The eye-opening power creep this year can also be mentioned. We can’t forget either the insane power of the Demon Hunter class as it was released last spring, pushing everyone and their uncle into crafting all of those cards, only to have them rolled back all summer until they were eventually reasonable. The aggressive mini-sets will just accelerate the power creep.

All of this is not fixable except by rolling all of this back. This is a legitimate clown fiesta, except the clowns are you. You should not play Hearthstone unless you are a whale, not a clown.

LotRO

LotRO put up a “huge” list of question answers from the devs this week. The list was entirely unsurprising in its disappointing-ness. It was a lot of non-answers and vague promises that will never be fulfilled.

I’m surprised Justin Olivetti seemed to eat it up, but he was very harsh in his previous critical articles on LotRO.  At some point you have to stop stabbing a dead horse.

This comes after the recent scam of releasing a quest pack as a full expansion. This looks a lot like barebones studio just milking players to stay alive. At what point do you draw the line and preserve your ethics and  integrity?

Cyberpunk 2077

Coming soon on Dec. 10th, from one of the few studios still making great games with integrity.  The ongoing super mega hype is a bit concerning, but we’ll have to see.

Note that multiplayer is not being released with the main game, for example. “Projekt Red have revealed that the multiplayer component of Cyberpunk 2077 is its own AAA release.” So it’s time to pay for two games to get one? Here we go, boys. Let the games for your credit card begin.

Vampire: Masquerade

A battle royale game is being made in the Vampire setting. This game has been almost univerally criticized. It’s a game that no one wants. Meanwhile, a new overpriced mini-RPG has been released on Steam to further profit off of Vampire fans. I bought the first one and played it a bit.  I’m over it.

This cheese has been evolving for a long time, and it’s invading even the most sacred, die-hard fan spaces in video games.  No sacred stone will be left un-despoiled in the quest for the most and cheapest profit.

Wow Classic

I continue to be interested in a long-term investment in WoW Classic, or more precisely a proper trip through the world of WoW spanning my years until retirement.

I quit and never kept up with WoW over the last 15 years, so I would be somewhat psyched to go back to this less spoiled, pure land of old.  Leave the current greed and insanity behind. No cash shop. No arm twisting to pay cash money to win.

The problem right now is Blizzard’s lack of public plans and communication.

I would be leveling a Priest right now if I knew the current servers would become progression servers, for example. I just don’t know what they are doing, so I don’t know what I’m doing. I know I haven’t given them any money for months after hitting level 60 with my mage. I haven’t finished leveling my crafts.

SWTOR

I’m currently level 60ish in SWTOR with my Sith Inquisitor. It’s a goal for the holidays to hit 70 and finish a lot more of the main story. I finally got a companion that is romanceable. The talk-kill-collect is getting very repetitive as I near the end of the original vanilla content, however.

ESO

I’d also like to cap out the Champ levels in Elder Scrolls Online. I think I’m like 150-200. The max is now 810. This would require weeks of grinding, if not months. Probably not going to happen, but who knows. The last time I installed ESO, it was a huge download and I had some kind of unfixable errors with my 2060 video card. Maybe that is patched out.

Personal Projects

I’m still working on the second dungeon for Elven Academy – “The Geomancer’s Deathtrap.” I’m trying to wind up the free content in the coming months, so I can work on a paid expansion module, so I can at least offer a download and a way to get money.

The game also needs to have a sense of gaining in power as a mage, and also of security in your save code.  This is a big issue.

I’ve been greatly distracted by oil painting. I’ve sunk a few hundred hours into my painting lately instead of gaming or developing game content. The oil painting is going very well, or I would have dropped it again already. I dream of putting a few paintings in a gallery at some point.

I’m also still wanting to practice my violin, but the violin I purchased is too loud for my apartment. I made a mistake not buying an electric violin.

I wanted an acoustic violin to make game music at some point, but it’s silly trying to learn as a total novice in my apartment with neighbors. My best idea is to take the violin and practice in my car or in some forlorn parking lot somewhere.

If I can attain a basic level of competency, that’s good enough to make MP3’s for my game scenes and modules – dungeon music, romantic music, etc., and that’s a lot of motivation. I absolutely loved the violin music in Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

I’ve been watching a lot of Spanish movies and series to improve my Spanish listening comprehension. I’m making some progress on this, enough to feel some reward for the effort. I’ve also been playing chess as a sort of cracker box game experience, since I don’t have a current MMO.

I’ve also been streaming some art and video game development on Twitch, but the novelty of that has sort of worn off. That’s about it for now. I’ll probably think of revisions to this post over the weekend. Happy Friday and happy gaming!


September Update: Philosophy of ‘Goodness’, Thoughts on New World MMO Preview, Game Design

I had a birthday recently. As with many birthdays, this was an occasion to communicate with family members. As a consquence, I found members of my family who are still Trump voters.

There is no excuse to be a Trump voter anymore. Your own ignorance, or your acceptance of thousands of lies and several of Trump’s associates now convicted felons and/or in prison, are not excuses. As someone said on Twitter:

If Reagan was the great communicator and Obama the great orator then Trump is the great deceiver. Never in American history has one man stood in front of millions and spout lie after lie while his legion believes it. It’s scary. Like biblical scary. Jim Mitchem @jmitchem Aug 27

The list of Trump’s horribleness would fill an entire book. Thankfully people close to Trump are publishing more books now.

After reflecting on how unthinkable it is to still support Trump, I’ve impetuously decided to remove “dark game” from my game project. I’m going to edit out opportunities to be unethical, selfish, abusive, ‘evil’, or to ever side with the Dark Lord’s people.


Game Writing And Goodness


The point of my game is to improve oneself as a person, generally by learning from the elves. So yes, I’m putting the elves up on a pedestal. Betraying them will no longer be an option.

My rationale in implementing dark choices was to allow human free will. And to have fun and be naughty, i.e. be human.

As it turns out, the nuances between different good actions are actually much more interesting than offering one good choice and one morally degenerate, or ‘dark’ choice. Perhaps I fell into the trap of good and evil choices because it was easiest path, the path of least resistance.

The easiest path is not often the good, correct path.

We could consider different ways of being good. For example, humans usually consider good to be whatever end is good for humans, an Aristotelian good. A Platonic goodness might mean something more like perfection: a perfect urn, a perfect body, a perfect gentleman.

In the context of fantasy fiction and games, our first thought is to consider the distinction between the classic Lawful Good and Chaotic Good.

The lawful good character will promote weal throughout society through increased legislation or a more powerful government. They will work to provide laws and procedures to protect the population against every foreseeable ill in society. They will advocate … the most benefit for the population as a whole. Lawful good characters will provide equality of result.

The chaotic good character will promote happiness in society by increasing freedom and allowing its citizens to decide the best way to increase prosperity for all. They will promote systems which give maximum freedom and opportunity… They will ensure that the population is protected against every possible abuse by the governing system.

(from http://easydamus.com/chaoticgood.html).

Since my game is called Elven Academy (unless someone comes along and TM’s it, which is quite possible since it’s a good name), let’s go to the elves on this topic next.


Elves, Good, Evil, And Alignment


The elves in fairy tales, and the elves as originally conceived in Dungeons and Dragons, for example, were considered to be chaotic. They were the ranger and the rogue in the strictest and oldest fantasy game tropes, i.e. from the earliest editions of Dungeons and Dragons.

(See a discussion of elves as chaotic.)

The Fey have evolved in modern fiction into strong traditions and representations of light fey and dark fey, the Summer Court and the Winter Court, more often called the Seelie and Unseelie, such as in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

The TV series Lost Girl did a fantastic job of presenting these two types of Fey, Seelie and Unseelie, who have powers and live in modern society.

We also have Tolkien elves in our cultural lexicon, however. These are perhaps the closest elves to Lawful Good, and these are the elves I’m approaching as a model for paragon behavior. (Let’s just forget about certain evil rings those elves mistakenly forged.)

As opposed to the tradition of very whatever-goes chaotic elves, Tolkien elves are seen as superior, snooty, and looking down on lesser races. So we could say they are intolerant. And intolerance for anything or anyone scuffed brings us back up to the definition of lawful good characters.

So my new goal is to try to provide ample opportunity for meaningful, satisfying choice between lawful and chaotic approaches to being good, to reflect on the entire spectrum of what might be good, maybe even all the way to neutral.

The moral of this short exploration tonight is that bad choices are more fun and rewarding, but evil choices are easy to write. It’s easier to paint in black and white than in more complicated nuances of color. I would imagine most fantasy RPG players aren’t going to appreciate any subtlety, other than which choice puts more coins in their pocket, or which choice gets them into bed with the companion of their choice.

So let’s work on that, shall we? Let’s at least try to explore and improve.


New World Beta: Reactions


I’ve played the New World beta for about 13 hours. It’s great, and it’s not so great. It’s a mixed bag, as they say in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

MassivelyOP wrote the perfect article on the New World Beta/Preview, which has been going since last week, and will end in a couple days. So I don’t even need to write the article, because it’s already written. As I noted in the article comments:

  • Agree with everything said here. After a few days of playing, it feels like the paper thin NPC’s, forgettable repetitive quests, and the nearly non-existent story are just a shell that is/was supposed to lead to PvP “content”. The NPC dialog writing is very wordy and decently written, but it doesn’t convey a strong sense of the world the NPC’s are living in.
  • The character creator for female characters was also pretty meager. None of the faces or figures seem to look very feminine. Tons of potential though, hope it comes together. Will probably play when it comes out regardless of what they end up with.

I would probably recommend checking out the game, but I’m calling this early as one of those MMO’s that you hit it, maybe hit level cap, and then you quit it. I would love to be proved wrong.

Asmongold, one of the biggest streamers on Twitch, is playing this beta hard. He could swing things a bit in New World because of his enormous following in World of Warcraft. A huge influx of popularity and money up front might go a long way to sustaining this game.

At this point, I am expecting an ultimately underwhelming western performance similar to Archeage or Aeon, but with scaled up hype and scaled up numbers of people playing games these days.

New World MMO Update – Sep. 3

After I wrote this post, the New World devs posted an update that addresses the main concerns of the testers as a whole. That is the good news. The bad news is that this stuff is apparently not developed yet, disappointing hopes and speculation that it was. The summary from https://newworldfans.com/:

Today, New World posted an official thank you to the community and all of the time they spend in Aeternum during the Preview Event! … They announced that the next phase of testing would be in November of this year, stating that this would be your chance continue helping test and develop New World. Prior to this phase of testing, they noted that they would be working on “adding more in the areas of game modes, land mass, AI variety, additional weapon types, quest variety, and more.” They also stated in this article that they would “continue pushing in this direction until we feel we have the right amount of content and polish for the great launch our players deserve.” staying away from any hints of a potential launch date.


Elven Academy Update


I’m currently working on the second dungeon. It involves entering a mathematical dimension represented by a retro 3D maze. The wireframe maze display ‘engine’ has been coded in the space of a weekend, with a mini-map and movement around in the maze levels.

I’m working now on the story, which involves an imprisoned old gnome. The gnome got in trouble from his own inventions, which have run amok. At least the gnome isn’t a princess? So yeah. That’s not a trope in this dungeon, I tell ya.

I was thinking having the combat involve solving the equations of the monsters, but maybe I’ll leave the equation-solving for puzzles. It’s hard to Arcano-scan things for equation study while the things are attacking you.

In two months and counting we will hopefully have Cyberpunk 2077. We are still waiting for Vampire: Bloodlines 2, which mysteriously fired one of their lead writers recently for some reason.

That doesn’t seem like a good sign. In any case, happy September, and happy gaming. And please vote democrat because the Republicans are the party of evil. Do not believe their endless lies. All they care about is power, and the wealth and privilege that goes with it.


May/June Update


Game News and Deals


We’ve seen a lot of video game news and updates in the last few weeks, in shows that basically replaced the annual E3 conference.

The highlights for me were the EA announcements this week. The big one was Star Wars: Squadrons, which is finally bringing a new full-on pilot experience for the Star Wars game universe.

EA also announced they are bringing a lot of their titles over to Steam for the PC, instead of requiring you to have and use Origin. That’s great news, and will allow me to find and consider these titles that I normally wouldn’t even see for sale.

EA is currently offering a short-time discount for its basic plan on Origin, 99 cents for your first month. So I’ve signed up to play a bunch of EA games in the coming weeks.

Hearthstone released a new free adventure, which was fun for a few hours. Free packs and solo content are never bad.

I’ve also played a bit of Doki Doki Literature Club (free on Steam) and Bards Tale Remastered trilogy (EA Origin Basic).

I quit LotRO from burnout and inability as usual to connect with any kin. I could tell some ridiculous stories about trying to join a kin.

I still have urges to play WoW and Diablo, but it’s just a been-there, done-that situation. Maybe Wow Classic enough of a success that Blizzard could think again about a new MMO? One can hope.

So the video game life is pretty awkward right now. I’m basically doing Hearthstone dailies and ranking up every few days. Cyberpunk 2077 is now postponed from September to November 12th-ish. So we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.


Stock Market


I bought a half-position in Electronic Arts (EA) early this week. It has kept strong upward momentum, and was my top performer today in a down market. It looks short term overbought, but not so much on a 3-year chart.

I did the same sort of momentum play a month or so ago with JD.com (JD), and it’s up 20% now, even after two big 3%+ down days to consolidate. I think the same gain could be coming in EA.

In addition to Squadrons and Steam, other catalysts for EA stock include Covid making a comeback and speculation that EA could purchase Warner Brothers Interactive studios, which went up for sale last week.

Of course, the overall market is more important than any individual stock. And the U.S. stock market is in limbo. It’s too high to go higher, and there is too much investment money sitting there for dips to not be bought. So we are going to bounce.

The news stories about millions of people getting onto Robin Hood are very interesting. The new zero-fee landscape for stock trading turns investment into a gambling game, sadly.

Novice traders might not be very aware of the “spread”, however. The spread is an additional broker fee for making a stock purchase, defined by the “bid and ask” prices listed when you make a trade.

I seem to be noticing the spreads are higher nowadays than they used to be. This means that the “free” trade brokerages are still siphoning off real money on your trades.

I mean, the spread used to be pennies back in the day. I’m looking at EA now in after hours, and the spread is more like $2 per share. That is probably an after-hours price to not freak out about, but it’s something to watch when you are trading stocks. Are you actually paying $4 or $5/trade due to a sneaky spread?

I haven’t done a deep dive on it yet, but it seems reasonable, in these days when everything is a scam, that the “zero fees” are just being moved and hidden in bigger bid-ask spreads on every trade. I’d like to see real research on this, but as yet haven’t seen any.


Game Project


I’m wrapping up the Dark Game epilogue now: The Grand Peacock Fashion Faire. I started the module over 2 months ago. It’s so long and full of content at this point that I plan to adapt into the first story module of chapter 2.

So that will be a bit more work, but a better use of resources. Branching content that only half of your players can see is expensive. I don’t have that luxury.

The volunteer dungeon writer I recruited hasn’t done anything. That bum! Kidding! His prospectus is pirates now. (I hope he’ll do some disgusting and/or sexy stuff that I can put in the game, but not be responsible for authoring it. Ha! We elves are clever.)

I’ve done a lot of oil painting lately, which has diverted my attention from the game project. I have to take time to be an elf in real life. Video game elves just aren’t real enough for me anymore.

Anyway, happy Summer Solstice, and happy gaming. Thanks for reading this far. You might be the only one, so you can feel good about your accomplishment. Feel free to hop over to my main hosting site to check out my game.


LotRO, Hearthstone, Stock Market ~ 4-20-2020

Rabbit Master


Lord of the Rings Online


In the past month, I’ve leveled to 63 on the Anor legendary server, earning the lovely account-wide Moria portrait.

I leveled to 128 with two characters on Landroval, and I capped my LI’s by grinding the Spring Festival.

My main problem now is the discovery that my virtues are at, on average, 50+ ranks out of 68. That’s several ranks to grind in each of my virtues. That’s insane.

Worse yet, the virtue bonuses are ramping up now at the top end, more like an exponential curve. This makes capping them actually relevant.

I’ve been grinding virtues now for a week or two, and this is going to take me a few more months. This grind has actually pushed me back into dual-boxing, so I can double the reward for my effort. This also means I’ll support LotRO more with my second account. That’s fine.

So I’ve given up trying to catch up and participate in the current LotRO endgame, unfortunately. In fact, I’ll just wait until everyone moves on, so Minas Morgul is less crowded than now.


Hearthstone


Hearthstone’s annual spring rotation released a few weeks ago. I was only vaguely aware of this when I re-installed last night.

I was rewarded with ~7000 dust for my rotated and nerfed cards. This, combined with my stockpile of gold and dust from when I last played (August 2019), is enough to get me back in the game.

Better yet, there is a round of nerfs planned for next week, which will offer even more dust.

Blizzard revamped their ranked system (again), offering a bit more rewards within a much more confusing, murky system.

This was needed years ago, but Blizzard ignored me and others, of course. Last year’s ranked ‘revamp’ was a no-effort joke not even worth mentioning as a historical note.

Blizzard has also released a new hero, the Demon Hunter. They are planning a new game mode this year. The new ranked rewards are still not worth going for, compared to just completing quests, but next fall Blizzard is promising still more rewards, including achievements.

These are all things that Hearthstone has needed for years, and all partly reasons why I quit playing last year. (The main reason is that Hearthstone is just boring at this point.)

In any case, now is a very good time to re-install Hearthstone, get your free stuff, and maybe stick with it. This year should be much better, according to Blizzard’s teases.


Stock Market Commentary


My stock market picks a month ago were frankly insane. (In a good way.) I even added a small position in Blizzard after saying I wouldn’t, because I wanted even more video game exposure.

Unfortunately, I sold Blizzard (ATVI) and Akamai (AKAM) a week or two ago, both at a 10% gain, which was much, much too soon. They are both up at least another 10% since then.

I am shocked by the size of the rally we’ve had. 16 million Americans have filed for unemployment. Why are we soaring back close to the all-time highs? Is it the stimulus? The government flooding the landscape with money? Trumptards piling in just to own the libs?

This is a super complicated topic involving short squeeze, FOMO, MOMO, oil, and several other things. I’ve honestly tried to short the market twice in the last week, once for a small gain, once for a small loss. Bears just can’t get anything going in the last week or so.

Right now the prevailing sentiment is complete idiocy, insanity, and over-optimism (see: Donald Trump, and Red States). I strongly believe this is not going to end well.

I’ve made nice gains on buying Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, and NVidia. I’m up 37% now on Amazon! I do think we will collapse again at some point, at least until companies are manufacturing hundreds of millions of reliable doses of vaccine.

I actually swapped Tencent for Microsoft since my last post, for various reasons relating to China, pink sheets, and less long-term worry.

What will I add on drops (market drops, not video game drops) in the coming months? I’ll continue to dollar cost average into MSFT, NVDA, and AKAM. I’m up only 12% in Silver. I want a lot more Silver. I want more like a 50% gain.

If I want more video game exposure, I’m looking at ESPO, the ESports ETF. It’s a 1% fee, but I mean, what single game company would I pick otherwise? EA, ATVI, or TTWO? Who knows, really, if I feel like NVidia and MSFT are not enough game exposure.

TAN (Solar ETF) is very tempting to dollar cost average into right now. The coming recession/depression, as well as low oil costs, will put a lot of hurt on development of solar infrastructure by governments and societies.

If you have a very long term horizon, I do like the solar ETF. It’s an elf stock for sure!

Valero (VLO) is tempting as well. It was a market leader for percent gain last Friday. It could potentially double from here in the next few years. If I see a great buyable chart formation, I’d probably rather go long VLO for a trade than go long the S&P.


Video Game Project


I’m still not feeling well, but I’m back to work anyway.

I’m halfway through the Dark Game epilogue, which is a LotRO-style storyline extension only for dark mode players, answering questions raised only for these players during the main story. This module has an elven fashion show, where I did some illustrations for fusion elf/succubus fashion designs.

The models are animated in a few frames to cross a show stage. The partly completed module with the fashion design is here. Pre-loads are not implemented yet, so you’ll get graphics pop-ins.

I’m also well along on a dedicated vocabulary study module, which also has a small optional storyline. Your goblin professor is questioning which teaching style is better: nice, good elven rewards for doing well, or goblin punishments for doing badly. Let’s run some tests on you to find out!

I’ll hope to have this up on the website for my next post. Unless I get worse and die of the virus.

The new dungeon designer, Shadoweaver, is very busy IRL, but may produce some dungeon content soon? Maybe? This is a total wild card, like rolling a d20. Who knows.

That’s all for now. Have fun, stay safe, and happy gaming.


March To Minas Morgul + Stock Market Commentary

gladden fields


Lord of the Rings Online


Minas Morgul went to the LotRO store a few weeks ago, and that was enough to return to LotRO. My last attempts to play LotRO ran afoul of patching failures (unable to install the MM patch), and previous to that, no idea how to get the epic questline when the Vales of Anduin released. I thought it was bugged.

Let’s just say the returning player experience caused me to uninstall months ago, and this time it was still pretty bad. There was no quest popup or lead-in when I bought the Minas Morgul ex-pack, for example. I was a bit bewildered.

The good news is that Standing Stone is making “all Lotro quests, instances, and skirmishes, including those in expansion packs, open to everyone through April 30.”(Source.)

So if you want to jump back in without a subscription, now is the time. So far I’m having a fair bit of fun in this era of social isolation, and I feel like I’ll be able to stick with it to the new level cap of 130.

The spring festival also started today in Middle Earth. Per the announcement, we will also have some special events to cheer people up during these difficult times. Honestly the Landroval server is crammed with people right now, for whatever reason. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen such a player population in LotRO.


Pathfinder: Kingmaker


This is on 60% off sale this weekend on Steam. I’m going to highly recommend this game as a fantastic Baldur’s Gate style experience. I’ve been watching a Twitch streamer play it (HazVsRPG).

Personally, I find Keep and lands management to be a bit tedious, and I’m looking for more social online experiences that make me feel less lonely and depressed. So I might buy this, but I’m not sure I’ll play it over LotRO right now.


U.S. Stock Market


I was reading an article today about the stock market during the 1918 Spanish Flu. The market then sold down 30+% very early in that time, the same as now. That was also months before the worst of the flu hit the world.

The market never went below that point afterwards. These are very different times, in all kinds of ways. Nonetheless, some people are speculating this could be the bottom, or very near it.

I’ve legged into Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), Akamai (AKAM), Verizon (VZ), and Tencent (TCEHY) in the past week. This is all for the stay-at-home economy. I was on top of this before people started writing about and buying into these stocks, as well. So I’m still doing quite fine.

Akamai was up 10% yesterday on reports of various internet outages (Akamai serves to mitigate overloads with their server networks.) It’s down today though, and I haven’t researched why.

I am also legging into Silver (SLV). A soaring dollar has crushed silver and gold, among other things. During 2008, silver dropped as low as $8.50/OZ. So I’m prepared to double down at that point and triple down if even lower.

I was previously considering buying a PC manufacturer for the work-at-home economy. Articles this week have mentioned laptops disappearing from shelves in stores. It’s hard to buy a pure PC manufacturer, although Lenovo (Chinese) on the pink sheets is a possibility.

Today Logitech (LOGI) was soaring 10% on articles about the need for its products for working at home, as well as exposure to gaming. That’s a great pick. I wish I’d thought of it before the 10% up. Now it’s a little late for my taste.

Instead I pushed a bit into Tencent today. I don’t like buying a giant diversified company in general (i.e. Sony), but it’s a good global play on video game demand. Also, China has contained its virus for now. Who knows what could happen at Blizzard HQ in California, for example, possibly setting fire to your ATVI.

Let me be clear that all of my positions now are half-positions. Small stuff, so I can buy more if the markets do indeed go another 10%-20%.


Personal


My cough continues to be severe. I got tested for Covid-19, but my doctor didn’t do the test properly I think. In any case, the lab could not process it. So I still don’t know.

I do have some issues breathing at times. That could just be mucus buildup, or a panic attack since I’m having real issues with stress.

Anyway, if I stop posting you’ll know what happened to the kitty. Creative work on the game is on hold, for the most part, until I feel better both physically and emotionally.

The Cursed Tombs dungeon has been patched up a fair bit, however, and is still open for business here.

Stay safe, stay at home. I see pictures on Tumblr of everyone in 1918 wearing masks. Why are we still not wearing masks??? China, Hong Kong, and South Korea have all contained their virus. They are also all wearing masks. HMMMM.

Well, I’m still trying to get some masks delivered from Amazon. My first order still hasn’t shown up after 3+ weeks. Crossing my fingers on the second attempt. I bought a water filter. I bought a lot of food. I bought a very large bag of cough drops.