Monday, March 31, 2014

‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Upcoming Release Anticipation
Bethesda The Elder Scrolls Online

I spent the morning deciding what I was going to do about ESO.  I am a HUGE fan of the Elder Scrolls series of games and I have the Collector's Editions for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and I have the Anthology.  I got accepted into the beta for ESO last August but I had tenuously decided not to purchase the game because of the difficulty I have playing online games; there is a very high cost for data via AT&T 4G where I am living now.

I had heard about a leaked Target ad for next week that promos all video games with a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale and I was tempted to wait, but there weren't really other similarly-priced games that I wanted, so I decided to redeem some Bing Rewards Points for Amazon giftcards and pre-order the game through Amazon.

P.S. Click that link to go to Bing and sign up through my referral and we'll both get money!  I have used Bing Rewards by doing browser searches through Bing since it's inception and I have earned hundreds of dollars.  I have redeemed most of mine for Xbox points or Amazon giftcards!  I love free money and I love the Bing search anyway, so it's win-win!

I wish I had decided to get the game sooner.  Because I waited so long, the Imperial Edition is already sold out everywhere I thought to look.  I also won't get to use the early-access code because I won't get the game until release day and I'll have to head to a friend's house a few hours away to be able to install and update it. 

I'm looking forward to playing ESO this weekend though and reviewing it for you! Stay tuned ;)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Anticipation

An overview of the first Diablo 3 expansion: ‘Reaper of Souls’

I am looking forward to heading back in for more!  I did make some real-world money via the Auction House but I am not sad to see it go.  With the addition of a new Adventure Mode, a new act, and a new Crusader character, I think Diablo III is right where it should have been all along.

Do you play Diablo III?   Is "Reaper of Souls" luring you back into the fray?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

International Tabletop Day April 5th, 2014

I have recently become really interested in board games, collectible card games, and other card games because I love the social nature and friendly competition of them.  I grew up with classic games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Uno, but I recently started learning about newer games from some of my gal-pals over at PopChix and by following one of my geek and gaming heroes, Felicia Day.

You see, Felicia Day (who played the character Codex from The Guild webseries) has shot into geek stardom in the last decade and has used her powers for GOOD.  She started a Website and You Tube channel called Geek & Sundry which produces and hosts video series' like TableTop with Will Wheaton, and Co-Optitude which is all about Felicia Day and Ryon Day hilariously playing through the retro games that their parents never let them have.  After watching a few episodes of Tabletop and seeing most of the games featured for the very first time, I realized that there was a huge segment of gaming that I was missing out on!

Will Wheaton hosting the Geek & Sundry show, TableTop
Wil Wheaton hosting the Geek & Sundry show, TableTop

TableTop games have come a long way and to celebrate and promote them and bring communities of gamers together, Felicia Day and the Geek & Sundry crew created an International TableTop Day which began last year.  This year I am in on the fun and have registered.  You can register, too!  You can search for a club or games store that is hosting an event on that day in your area and meet fellow gamers and join in on a few games.  If you aren't already active in a gaming club in your community, it's a great day to introduce yourself and check out some games you might not otherwise have played.

From the International TableTop Day "About" page:
International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun. We hope you find the resources you need — to connect new fans to experienced group organizers, retailers with their community, and publishers with the international community — all in one place. The interactive map hosts all of the game days and parties worldwide. If you don’t see an event near you, simply follow the free submission process to create and host your own TableTop Day event that we will promote for you. Download all the free content and collect all the exclusive promotional items made specifically to commemorate this event.
All we ask in return is that you share your experience with us by using the social media hashtag #tabletopday on all your posts, pictures, stories, and videos. This way, we can all share in the fun wordwide. You can also follow @TableTopDay and @GeekandSundry on Twitter. Let’s for one day, all come together, put down our worries and play more games. Thank you!

I encourage you to register on the site and join in a game on
International TableTop Day April 5, 2014!

Leave a comment and let me know if you've registered and what you'll be playing!

Monday, March 24, 2014

SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard Review & Photos

Released: January 2010
Original MSRP:$90
Current Average Price: $60
Product website:  SteelSeries Merc Stealth

The Good: innovative game pad design, 3 illumination colors at 4 levels of intensity, 2 USB 2.0, media hotkeys, gold-plated mic and headphone jacks and gold plated USB connector, easy to use drag&drop macros, mapping and programmable keys.
The Bad: manufacturing flaws, "Delete" key tied to "Num Lock"
Would I buy it again: Yes, as a gaming/media-only keyboard

Friday, March 21, 2014

Firefox Browser Version 29 Features Clean Customization

I was intrigued by the new Firefox version 29 update when I turned on my PC this morning.  Everything looked familiar...but better!
The slick, airy tabs are a great feature and the new menu button unclutters the screen.  A clean, but still accessible interface is tops in my book!

When I first opened Firefox, there was a quick, friendly tutorial that introduced me to the new layout.  I'm glad for the few moments of explanation that accompanied the debut of version 29.

I am sure I will take the time to customize my Menu today and play around with the settings, but right out of the box, I am pleased with this newest update.

What do you think? Any must-have browser apps that you recommend?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Guide to Marvel PuzzleQuest Dark Reign

This popular new Puzzle Quest spin-off has exploded with popularity in the months since its launch October 3, 2013; it's currently available on Steam, iOS, and Android.  This version of Puzzle Quest has a lot of intricacies and more strategy than the other games in the brand and the learning curve is steep.  After recommending the game to several friends and then helping them get started, I decided to create this go-to guide to starting a successful Marvel Puzzle Quest Dark Reign campaign.
Check out my Marvel Puzzle Quest Dark Reign  Strategy Guide Site
Click to visit my Marvel Puzzle Quest Dark Reign Strategy Guide Site

The site will change as the game changes so bookmark it to check back for new and updated content.

Like the Marvel Puzzle Quest Dark Reign Guide page on Facebook!

Follow @MPQDRguide on Twitter!

Whoops! Same blog, new address!

Well, I made an Oops!

The original address for this blog was and idiot me changed it somewhere down the line and it messed up all kinds of links and such.  I am in the process of fixing everything, but if you had bookmarked this blog when it was, you'll need to re-bookmark it!

This time the evil I am saving the world from is my own ignorance :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sim City Offline (and why that's a good thing)

Sim City Cities of tomorrow single player offline

I was not at all surprised when I got an email from EA directing me to their announcement that they have now made Sim City available to play in Offline Mode.  It might just be the feature that brings me back to my City.

While I wasn't one of the masses who decried EA for not building a single player offline mode into the game from the start,  having that option will allow me to play when my internet is especially slow (which is quite often out here in the country) or when I don't want to use my data for necessary updates, so I welcome the addition.

The idea for always-on Online functionality was great and it wasn't that bad, but I think it  excluded so many gamers who didn't have access to the internet or just didn't want to play with others.

I played the game for a month or so after release and I haven't touched it since, but I look forward to getting back in there.  My husband will be glad that my need to micro-manage will be fulfilled on my Sim City residents instead of him for a change!