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Tumblr Gaming Blog Of The Week

I don’t know what else to call these posts, but Fereldanwench‘s gaming-related Tumblr blog is pretty awesome. It’s also labeled NSFW (Not Safe For Work 18+). I’ll flop that up front.

In fact, this blog taught me the word “apostitute“, which is the most startling, remarkable, and rich neologism I’ve cognized in a while, a fusion of the Dragon Age term “apostate” and the obvious.

And Ferelden (with an ‘e’) is of course a geographical kingdom in Dragon Age. I liked the author’s post below. The original link to her enthusiastic caption is here.

Ferelden Wench is also a cosplayer, with some Saint’s Row and some DA2 Isabela to her credit.

It’s nice to see someone re-appropriating the word “wench”. If bitch and **** can get done, it will be a triumph.

dragon age 2 lesbian screenshot

You Ruins It: The Changing MMO Landscape

There is an unusually interesting thread over at MMORPG.com titled “Anyone else not excited for any MMO?“.

This has been an ongoing problem for me too. For example, the bit about “So I think even if there is some magical MMO that comes out and finally delivers the promise on what the early MMO genre was suggesting, I’m always going to be looking over my shoulder waiting for them to ruin it.”

There is a definite factor of growing distrust in the relationships between MMO fans and developers.

I am thinking about playing Elder Scrolls Online at launch, the first launch I will have played since Rift, FFXIV, and Champions. A big part of that is the subscription model, and a big flaw of that incentive is the fact that they can change the game later into something I don’t want.

The fact that it’s a console MMO is like unloading a second shotgun barrel on my pretty passel of hope balloons.

I’ve been wondering if we gamers can agree on a verbiage for pre-F2P and post-F2P game experiences. For example, “Vanilla WoW” can be used in a few different ways, but it normally means World of Warcraft level 1-50 before the first expansion. So what about pre-F2P and post-F2P?

Do we need to repurpose the meaning of “vanilla”, or talk about “the subscription game” as a separate experience, like an old neighborhood the way it was before they built the mega-mall on the corner?

I still wish LotRO offered a completely separate no-F2P-store-ever-anywhere-in-my-game subscription-only server.

Rift already seems a little bogged by the Rift Store focus. They were selling the Hellbug mounts while they were still the rage, and lately squirrel mounts have been the must-have furry friend. We’re hardly into the squirrel life cycle and now huge mech mounts are the cool thing, much to the consternation of the more conservative and modest members of Rift society.

I would like to join the distaste for mechs in a fantasy MMO, but the fact is that it’s a planes-based setting, so by definition almost anything goes. I still wish the designers could rein in a little and stick with steampunk/magitech instead of robots and laser rifles or whatever.

With that said, here is my Tumblr cosplay pic of the week, steampunk Lara Croft by Meagan Marie, courtesy of CosplayBlog.

Dual pistols were probably my favorite weapons in both Guild Wars 2 (rogue) and Champions Online. I love my dual pistols, but I might have been a cliché without even realizing.

Lara Croft cosplay image

The Sophisticated Dragon

For some reason I’ve always seen Flemeth from Dragon Age to be more of a dragon than a human. I’ve lamented on this blog how two-dimensional dragons have become lately–evil creatures of greed and destruction and little else.

In the old days of Dungeons and Dragons, the titular big lizards were of all sorts of alignments–good ones and “evil” ones just like the fairy folk. Maybe we have Tolkien to blame or thank for cementing this fantasy archetype of evil.

There is a lot of value though in simple, powerful symbols that don’t require thought, only a connection to the subconscious “lizard brain” as it’s called in Dexter and the Dresden Files. Every character in fiction can’t be sketched down to every wart and talon, so we get summaries in a nutshell.

I’m a little bogged down in Rift this week. I’m L56 and needing 4-5 million XP per level to get to 60. At the rate I’m going, that could take months, not weeks.

I plan to sub Rift, but I want my Rift sub duration to span through the next expansion. (A year or six months is a better deal.) So I’m in a holding pattern, sniffing for a time frame on this (Daglar’s long-awaited state of the game address for example), crafting and playing with builds until I pull the trigger on some XP-boosting subscription relief.

This morning, I found a wonderful award-winning cosplay image of Flemeth on Tumblr via the Gaming In Your Underwear blog. I thought she was official game art at first!

No, this is YumiKoyuki, a costume arts student at the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland.


Flemeth cosplay image.