Saturday, April 17, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Grim Fandango

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Grim Fandango by LucasArts.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Haven

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Haven by The Game Bakers.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson 56 - Creature: Merrevail

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



Welcome to a new sub-series of Learning LOTRO: Creatures! I have wanted to write this entry for a VERY long time because it's about one of my favorite creatures that can ONLY be found in The Lord of the Rings Online... merrevail! If you aren't familiar with that word, it's possible your characters aren't yet level 40, you haven't survived The Delving of Frór, or you haven't visited Angmar. If so, let's explore the species together!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Risk of Rain 2

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Risk of Rain 2 by Hopoo Games.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: The Sojourn

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is The Sojourn by Shifting Tides.


Monday, April 5, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson 55 - Epic Battles

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


Have you ever watched The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and wished you could experience the epic battle of Helm's Deep? There's good news and bad news for you. The good news is that you totally CAN be a part of that battle in The Lord of the Rings Online. The bad news is that to do so you have to partake in what are called Epic Battles. Love them or hate them, this entry details the basics about them so you can take your place as a hero among the Men of Rohan and Gondor.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Cuphead

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Cuphead by Studio MDHR.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

April Sticker Promotion

 

Wait, this doesn't look like Wishlist Wednesday...

Have you been on the fence about joining the Gamer Reverie community? Then this might be a great time to jump in! New and existing patrons between April 1st and 15th will receive a custom Gamer Reverie sticker (pictured) in the mail.
 
You can join for as little as $2 or $3, so why not get a sticker and see what you've been missing?

--snarkqueen

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Fez

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Fez by Polytron Corporation.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Hollow Knight - Silksong

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Hollow Knight: Silksong by Team Cherry.


Monday, March 22, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson 54 - Emotes

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


This variety of visual cosmetic is a handy way for players to express themselves in all manner of in-game experiences: breathe fire at an enemy, blow a kiss to your crush, salute your captain, slap someone with a fish. All of these are examples of emotes you can collect and use in The Lord of the Rings Online!

Learning LOTRO: Lesson 53 - Reflecting Pools

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


Welcome to the beginning of Year 2! To kick off the new year of entries, I thought it apropos to explain the strange-looking structures called Reflecting Pools in The Lord of the Rings Online. These objects allow players to revisit instances that they have already played through, assist others in their Fellowship, and earn barter tokens to trade in for rewards.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Silent Hill 2

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Silent Hill 2 by Konami.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Root

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Root by Dire Wolf.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Fifty-One - Quest Packs & Expansions

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


Back in the very first entry of this series (#1: What Is It?), I gave brief descriptions about each of the 7 expansions available at that time. Now that you know a lot more about the game, this entry is going to outline those Expansions in greater detail as well as the Quest Packs that are in between or included.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Oxenfree

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Oxenfree by Night School Studio.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Fuser

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Fuser by  Harmonix.


Monday, March 8, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Fifty-Two - Year 1



In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



We did it, friends! We've had an entire year of Learning LOTRO! 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Nova Drift

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Nova Drift by Chimeric.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Hellish Quart

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Hellish Quart by Kubold.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Fifty - Guides & Resources

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


Not sure where to find information about something in The Lord of the Rings Online? Something more advanced than Learning LOTRO has covered so far? I got you. Here's a brief collection of helpful links to guides and resources on various topics from our amazing game community! There are probably a lot more, but I stuck with some basics compiled with the help of a kinmate (thanks, Resolina!).

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Assassin's Creed IV - Black Flag

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag by Ubisoft.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Balrum ACQUIRED

 

In this new monthly sub-feature, I revisit a Wishlist Wednesday title that I have since acquired and had the opportunity to play, sharing whether or not it is still a good wishlist item. This month's choice is Balrum by Balcony Team.


Monday, February 22, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Nine - Elevenses for Extra Life

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



When it became apparent to me last year that I was likely going to pass my initial Extra Life goal of $1,000, I began making stretch goals. The easy choice for $1100 was Elevenses, which every good Tolkien nerd is familiar with -- along with a lot of other people around the world. For this special entry of Learning LOTRO, I share a bit of knowledge about Elevenses and consume some traditional fare as well!

Special thank-you to: Everyone who donated to my Extra Life page in 2020. Without you, this entry wouldn't exist, and hundreds of kids at Children's National in D.C. wouldn't be benefitting from your generosity. Thank you for helping me to be a hero for the kids!

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Eight - Class Poll Discussed

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



In February of 2020, I decided I needed to infuse some Lord of the Rings Online content into my blog because it's been my primary MMO for 8 years and there isn't a game I know better. Since the endgame content, raids, trait trees, and annual events all had plenty of coverage, I thought it would be good to get back to basics for the ever-present crop of new players that give the game a try and are left to fend for themselves in a sea of information. I put out a poll asking people to rank their favorite to least favorite classes and said I would cover them in whatever order resulted. As I'm wrapping up a full year of Learning LOTRO, I thought it was a good time to finally discuss those poll results and how it helped to shape the series.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Super Mario Bros

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Super Mario Bros by Nintendo.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Wingspan

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Wingspan by Monster Couch.


Monday, February 15, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Seven - Warden Class Quests

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Six - Cosmetic Pets

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



One of the most popular features in MMOs is, hands down, cosmetic pets. Sometimes they're tiny versions of NPCs or mounts, sometimes they're crazy or thematic for a festival, and other times they're just... creatures! Whichever variety floats your boat, today we're going to talk about the ones in The Lord of the Rings Online and how you can collect them!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Final Fantasy XV

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Neversong

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Neversong by Atmos Games & Serenity Forge.


Monday, February 8, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Five - Monster Racial Traits

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



A second entry? Yep! It's another double header today! Since the first entry was about PvMP, it only made sense to do a brief entry about Monster Racial Traits as well. Each of the Monster classes has the same number of base traits, but each has their own role to play in a group setting -- and that's not even getting into all of the traits and corruptions an individual can choose to slot when customizing and improving the character. So let's take a look at the Racial Traits!

Please note: Many of the images used in this entry are taken from the LOTRO wiki owing to the fact that I don't habitually participate in PvMP myself, only just enough to present the basics to you.

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Four - Monster Play & PvMP

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.




This topic has been a long time coming! It was originally slated for sometime in December, but there were some real life delays. In this entry, we're going to talk about The Lord of the Rings Online's version of PvP (Player vs. Player): PvMP (Player vs. Monster Player). Often also called Freep vs. Creep, this unique setup allows players to take on the role of various Monster races in designated areas of conflict, called Monster Play

Please note: Many of the images used in this entry are taken from the LOTRO wiki owing to the fact that I don't habitually participate in PvMP myself, only just enough to present the basics to you.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Chrono Trigger

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Chrono Trigger by Square.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Cats Organized Neatly

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Cats Organized Neatly by DU&I.


Monday, February 1, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Three - Champion Class Quests

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.


Saturday, January 30, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Hades

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Hades by Supergiant Games.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: The Falconeer

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is The Falconeer by Tomas Sala.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-Two - Festivals

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



What better follow-up to this morning's first entry about Special Events than with one about the biggest and best events in Lord of the Rings Online? Festivals! In this entry I'll talk about the Festivals that run for several weeks at a time and bring out the best of their seasons!

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty-One - Special Events

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



As if it wasn't magical enough to play a hero or heroine in Middle-earth, Lord of the Rings Online offers a variety of extra events on a regular basis. In this entry, I'll talk about the Special Events that take place over long weekends, just because, or leading up to something else.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Demon's Souls

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Demon's Souls by Bluepoint Games.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Pluviophile

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Pluviophile by Tonguç Bodur.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Learning LOTRO: Lesson Forty - Warden Class

 

In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.



It's time for the tenth and final class-focused entry in the series! Today we get to talk about the Warden class! (Finally. Sorry for such a lengthy delay, friends.) Available to elves, men and hobbits, this class is based on Haldir, the marchwarden of Lothlórien, and his brothers Rúmil and Orophin. I had to, of course, end the class entries as I had begun them -- as an elf. This class was introduced with the Mines of Moria expansion, and otherwise costs 795 Points in the LOTRO Store, even for VIPs.

This class is labeled as Advanced with good reason! If you are not the sort of gamer who enjoys stringing combos together and remembering what those combos do in the middle of combat -- or often several actions in advance -- then this is not a class for you. It's noted in the LOTRO wiki that "the Warden's gameplay mechanics owe a debt to Tekken as much as to any Elf-lord." 

Per the established method, the theme this time was "grey" and "space," so I used Welsh to come up with Serenniwil, or literally "star fog." Don't look at me like that. I think it works just fine!

The following is a basic summary of the creation process and some of the things you'll encounter when you start out in LOTRO with a Warden and/or Elf.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

12 Days of Christmas: Winners

 

Did you submit a form to win one of the 12 games I was giving away? Check your e-mail! Almost everyone was a winner (and I might send the last few people something anyway)!

Did you like this? Should I do it again next Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: No Man's Sky

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is No Man's Sky by Hello Games.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Cold Hearts

 

In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Cold Hearts by Outstar & Memoriesin8bit.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Soundtrack Saturday: Moss

 

In this weekly feature, I recommend game soundtracks. I share a few of my favorite tracks, talk about why everyone should listen to the soundtrack, and a little bit about the composer. This week's choice is Moss by Polyarc.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Wishlist Wednesday: Snowtopia


In this weekly feature, I share game titles from my various gaming wishlists. I share screenshots and video from the developer, talk about my expectations, and generally just ramble about why the title made it onto my list in the first place. This week's choice is Snowtopia by TeaForTwo.