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No, really, it almost led me to start drinking
That is pretty much how I've been feeling the last few days

Normally I wouldn't make a post about site changes because I don't think it is interesting nor it is something that anybody but myself should care about. However since this is one of those changes that will affect some readers I thought I should give a heads-up.

After much thinking (and banging my head against the wall) I decided to switch the blog software from Drupal to WordPress. This also means I will drop the ability of receiving a copy of the posts via e-mail. If you want to know when a new post will be made I suggest you add the blog to an RSS reader of your choice or follow me on Twitter. I was going to add an option for receiving notifications via Facebook too but less than five minutes of using that dang thing and I gave up. Sorry, I just can't stand Facebook. :p

By the way, for technical reasons I am keeping the comments for this post closed. I will open it for comments once everything has moved to WordPress. Also, I will be changing hosts so it might take a couple of days for everything to go back to normal. If you can't wait that long to comment/criticize/send-death-threats on this subject you can use the contact form in the menu above or send me a Direct Message about it on Twitter.

Anyway, there are several reasons for dropping the e-mail option. The short versions is: It has been a pain in my backside in a lot of ways.

The longer version is the following:

1. Spambots have been trying to register e-mails, failing and I end up receiving error notifications about it.

A few months ago I started to receive notifications that certain e-mails were trying to register for the newsletter but failing. It was always the same e-mails and I got a  dozen of notifications a day. It just stopped when I hid the option entirely. Having to delete those notifications from my mailbox was not fun and I rather use that time for something more productive. As for why spambots would do that I have no idea. And I am pretty sure it was not humans trying it as trying to repeat a process like that a dozen times a day and failing just sounds like insanity to me. :p

2. Creating a  local development environment to make sure the newsletters are being sent has been difficulty

Before I monkey around with the site stuff I always test it in a local development environment. This way if things break only I will have to suffer through it. Now, if I only have to setup a local development environment to test stuff that is displayed in a browser that is trivial. If I also have to test the sending of newsletters that hasn't been as easy for me in the past. So I'd rather not have to deal with that in the future and keep things as simple as possible.

3.  The script that I used to convert the blog's content to WordPress does not convert the registered e-mails

I used a script I found in the internet to convert the blog's content from Drupal to WordPress. It is a relatively simple script that converted the posts and comments, nothing more. That is not to say it is impossible to make a script to copy the current e-mails registered for newsletters to WordPress. It is just that I don't have the knowledge to do so and honestly I have not the patience to figure that out now.

4. I haven't given up on Drupal completely.

Although I think WordPress will make my life for blogging easier right now I haven't given up on Drupal completely. I might change back to Drupal at a later date if I find myself unhappy with WordPress. If I do so then we come back to all these issues and more.

This isn't the kind of post I wanted to break the silence with but it was either this or continue posting as normal and some people not even knowing about it. Sorry for the inconvenience to the affected parties. Normal posts will resume Soon (tm).

EDIT: Comments are now open.

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A banner showing the games in this post

A while ago Ravanel made a post about Fandoms that I never though I'd like (bud did)*. It is a pretty interesting post (and topic) and I've been meaning to write about it since then. Unfortunately certain things got in the way so I am only writing about it now.

Anyhoo, unlike Ravanel I can't say I always had an open mind. Sure, if you asked teenage me I would have said that I was the most open and accepting people in the world. But the truth is there was a lot of things I snubbed down or outrighted hated because it didn't conform to what I felt was the way the world and myself "should be". Nowadays I try to police myself better to not fall into those kind of traps and to actually have an open mind. But it is a constant battle for that, one that I do not always win.

So this post is about those franchises I snubbed in the past then through certain circumstances gave it a try and found out that I was wrong, that I actually really like it. Here are my picks, in no specific order:

...continue reading "The franchises I snubbed and end up in love later"

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Kahlef sitting at the docks of one his houses

There is something going on the blogosphere now called The Creative Blogger Award and I just got nominated to it by Eldaeriel. For a moment I was scratching my head because I thought I got nominated to it already a few months back but turns out it was the Liebster Award. The idea is pretty similar though.

So these are the rules for this award:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and share a link back to their blog
  • Post 5 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15-20 people for this award
  • Let the people you nominated know, that you have nominated them
  • Post the rules so everyone will understand what to do

First a big thank you to Eldaeriel for the nomination. 🙂

And now the 5 facts about myself:

  1. I am 1.68 meters tall which is about 5ft 6.1 for you non-metric people.
  2. My current game vice is Fire Emblem Fates. It just hits the right spot for me of tactical RPG and story. Plus I love to see the dialogue between the people of my army as their relationship improves. Great music too!
  3. Speaking of music, I may not be too much into it but I do have a  favorite band and that is the Queen.
  4. Summer might be my favorite season although I don't know exactly why.
  5. If I had a choice into being a supernatural creature I'd probably be either a werewolf (as long as I could keep my mind and not become a mindless monster) or a vampire.

For nominations I will just pick 3 people since 15 to 20 people are way too much. My nominees are:

Paeroka

Roger Tyranny

Pizza Maid

If you were nominated already feel free to ignore my nomination. Heck, feel free to ignore my nomination even if you haven't been picked yet either. It is all for fun. 🙂

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Photo of someone's hand writing on a piece of paper. Courtersy of Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy from the Wikimedia Commons

Recently, Roger Tyranny of the blog Tyrannodorkus wrote a pretty good post about how he got convinced to starting writing a blog of his own. This made me think of the reasons I write a blog myself. After some thinking I decided to write it down. Maybe someone might relate to it and start a blog of their own too. Maybe it might just be an interesting reading to someone else. Or maybe I will just be amusing myself. Any of these options work for me.

So why do I write a blog about video-games for no pay, no fame, no reward at all? Short answer to scratch an itch to write.

The longer answer is pretty much the same as the short answer but with my usual wall of text. :p

...continue reading "Why I Write"

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Rakuno crafting a scroll

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

Since I didn't make a post in the last few days I will do a catch-up with this one. I am skipping question 27 though since I am not into music enough that I could pick anything I'd feel right for Rakuno.

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on until question 29 it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 28: If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Uh... I am not really into books so I don't know what kind of genres are. Adventure, I guess? Is that a genre?

Question 29: How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?

Like fancy clothes I don't wear colognes unless it is for special occasions like weddings, holiday parties and so on. The rest of the time though... I dunno, I guess I smell like your average ratonga smell. *shrugs* I never really bothered to smell myself.

Question 30: And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Rakuno,

It is kinda scary to think we've been adventuring through Norrath  for almost 9 years now. Everquest 2 might be the MMORPG I played the longest so far (even if I've been quitting the game for longer and longer periods of time). And even my  times where I have been actually invested into the game it hasn't been all smooth sailing either. I guess that is just how it goes with any online game.

Still the good times certainly outweigh the bad. Through you I've found some good friends, found a good creative outlet through house decoration and even started blogging. All things that I feel my life would be a lot more poor if I hadn't experienced them.

Heck, I even became lazy and started reusing character names in every game I play, yours being the first pick whenever I feel it is appropriate. So even if I ever find myself quitting Everquest 2 for good, know that you will live on, as long as I do, in some form, in some world.

But for now all I want to do is for us to keep kicking butts, taking names and building cool places in Everquest 2. Just like we always did from the start.

Regards,

Rakuno

Final Thoughts

The 30 Days of ARPil has certainly been a fun and interesting event. I even kept with it better than I expected too, if I am going to be perfectly honest.

The best parts to me were probably because it allowed me to rethink Rakuno's background as wasn't exactly happy with how it originally was. It also allowed me to think of bits and parts that never occurred to me, giving the character slightly more depth. And like any good event it exposed me to other blogs I'd probably miss otherwise. I will probably be adding them to my blogroll in the future.

So, for all of that, I thank you Pizza Maid for starting The Days of ARPil. Thank you also to everybody who read my posts during this month even if my roleplaying isn't that great and my screenshots even worse.

For anyone in  the future reading this and curious about who else participated, here are are the links to their blogs:

Pizzamaid.moe

Light Falls Gracefully *

I Have Touched the Sky

Avoiding Reality

Ravalation **

Memoirs of a Lady

* Did it in her own way, mixed with another event, the April A to Z Challenge.

** Unofficial participant

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Rakuno and Perrin scheming

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 26: Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Favorite comfort food would be cheese.

Favorite vice is drinking. No, I never stopped drinking, I just manage it better nowadays. Plus I wouldn't be a proper follower of Brell if I stop consuming booze altogether.

Favorite outfit used to be my gi. But lately I took a liking to this yellow and grey outfit I bought during tinkerfest. It goes pretty well with my googles.

Favorite hot drink is coffee. Pretty good for those long nights when you need to get work done.

Favorite time of the year would be late at the year when it gets colder. It just feels more comfortable for me.

Favorite holiday is Brew Day of course.

Rakuno waving to the camera

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 25: Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

My hands? Hm. From my observations my fingers are longer than humans, comparatively speaking. Compared to other ratongas they are average sized. They are also smooth. Which ends up being a surprise to a lot of people considering my life style. When I was training as a monk I learned about certain remedies and pumice stones I can use to keep my hands smooth and healthy.

Part of the reason we do that is again, having a healthy body is important to us. The other is because some times we may need to fight. And some times the fight might require the use of a weapon. When you use a weapon you need to have a good grip on it otherwise bad things may happen. It is hard to have a good grip if your hands have callouses or blisters. So we try to take good care of our hands.

Don't let the smooth of our hands fool you though. A good monk's hand may be smooth but it can hit like iron!

Rakuno courting a female ratonga

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 24: What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?

Hmmm... That is not something I ever gave much thought to. Plus all my previous relationships were back in Freeport. I was a pretty different person then. I guess it would have to be someone who loves adventuring too. That is pretty much a big part of my life now. A person who preferred a safe and stable life would never adapt to a life like that. And if they remained in Qeynos or one of their allied cities, she would be constantly worried about my whereabouts. That just wouldn't be fair to a woman like that.

Now a woman who loves adventuring would be a completely different story. We could travel all over the world, exploring everything it has to offer, good and bad. Heck, I'd probably end up learning even more about Norrath and myself with a person like that by my side. Of course it would also have to be someone kind. I've seen enough needlessly cruelty to last a life time and have little tolerance for it nowadays.

Now, this is the part where I'd lament not having more time for a social life but considering the number of adventurers out there right now, I'd say I have some pretty good chances to meet someone like that. So I am not too worried.

Rakuno praying before the altar of Brell

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 23: Is your character superstitious?

I do not consider myself superstitious. But I do have a little ritual that I do everyday after I wake up. I am follower of Brell so every day I make an offering to him in the form of the best drink I can find. If I am in Qeynos I just put it on a bowl then place it on his altar. If I am traveling I pour a bit on the biggest rock I can find. Once my offering is done I do a little player asking for his blessing and a productive day.

For a non-follower this may seem silly but I figure it doesn't hurt to make an appropriate offering for your deity of choice and to try to be on their right side. At least it didn't hurt me so far.

Rakuno pondering

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 22: If your character could time travel, where would they go?

I know the fashionable answer for this type of question would be to say some big historical event like "I would go back to find out how Luclin blew up" or "I'd go back and stop Lucan D'Lere to become the ruler of Freeport" or some variant thereof.

In my case I have something a lot less ambitious, a lot more personal in mind. I'd just go back to the moment my family fled Freeport, find out where they went. Then I'd come back to the present, go to their destination and convince them to move to Qeynos. It just seems a lot more practical to me plus we don't have to worry about changing history in some unforeseen, possibly horrible, ways.