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Liebster Award Things


Oh man.

Wow. So here I am. Honestly I never thought I would be standing here today, holding this award. Give me a moment to…

Alright. First. I’d like to thank my mom. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be standing here today. Second, my agent. She not only puts up with me but also keeps me inline. Third, all you fans. With out the three of you, this blog wouldn’t even exist.


The Liebster Award 

For those of you who don’t know, the Liebster Award is an internet blog trophy given only to the biggest, baddest. awesome folks on the webbernets, and a smart person just gave me one. Thanks Missy!

The way it works is thus: Some blogger decided to make an award with a funny name, and give it to other bloggers. Part of the acceptance of the award is to answer some questions and then write your own questions and nominate five more bloggers to do the same. It’s a big orgy of blogger Q&A and it allows readers to follow the chain and discover new blogs to read. (Apologies to you suckers who ended up here reading this.)


Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid.

1. What is your favorite game?
I’m going to give you two answers, because that’s how I do things. Currently: Elder Scrolls Online. Of all time: Dark Age of Camelot


2. Who is your favorite blogger?
Whoever the genius was the wrote this piece: http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/04/pentagon-study-finds-beards-directly-proportional-to-combat-effectiveness/


3. Which blogger would you like to meet in real life and why ?
Which one is going to buy me beer?


4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Invisibility. I can’t tell you why. It’s a secret.


5. PC or Console?


6. Do you like to be the center of attention, or blend into the crowd?
I’d rather not be in the crowd at all.


7. What would make you blush/ make you embarrassed?
Forgetting my axes at home.


8. Weapon of choice under a zombie apocalypse?
An AR-15, a large Kukri, and 3 axes. (Don’t look at me like that. I don’t play by the rules)


9. Why do you blog?
I don’t, really. Mostly I just fake it.


10. What is the thing you like most about yourself?
I have a pretty awesome beard.


11. Why is the sky blue?
Oh.. That’s easy!
A clear cloudless day-time sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light. When we look towards the sun at sunset, we see red and orange colours because the blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight.


And with that, it’s my turn. Some of these folks may have already been nominated but I didn’t see it, and that’s fine because I am a horrible blogger and don’t read other people near as often as they deserve.


My nominations are:



And here are the questions you must answer, or be cast into the abyss under the bridge.


1. Frogger, Dig Dug or Space Invaders?
2. If you were frozen in a block of ice, and miraculously were found alive after thawing out 10,000 years later, what is the first thing you would do?
3. Do you like slurpees?
4. How many video games do you own that you’ve never played?
5. What is your favorite color?
6. If you bought me a beer, what kind would it be?
7. Yo ho, yo ho! A pirates life for me! Fill in the blanks you scabrous dogs!
“We’re rascals, _______ , villans, and knaves,
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho.
We’re devils and black sheep, ____ ____ ____,
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho.”
8. If someone has multiple personalities and threatens to commit suicide, is this considered a hostage situation?
9. What is your favorite kind of hot sauce?
10. Do you even lift?


11. What is love? (Baby, don’t hurt me.)


Tamriel Unlimited – To Sub or Not to Sub

When Zenimax first announced that there would be a billing model conversion to Buy to Play, with an optional ‘VIP’ type subscription, I immediately planned to continue paying the monthly subscription.

The ‘Plus’ membership, as they call it, includes a few nice perks: full access to any future DLC, a monthly Crown stipend to use in the cash shop, and a 10%xp bonus when leveling. This is traditionally my preferred type of access to B2P and F2P games. I’d rather just pay a flat fee and get everything than to nickle and dime it together.

However, I am now having seconds thoughts on whether to continue my subscription after the conversion, at least for the time being. DLC is going to be far out, from the sounds of it, so access to it does nothing for me. As it currently sits on the PTS, the crown store doesn’t really have anything on it I absolutely HAVE to have. and the 10% XP bonus? This game levels plenty fast as is.

The one thing that would keep me hooked is the possibility of more loyalty rewards. I admit, I am sucker for such things, but they said that the Senche mount concludes the loyalty program and it is being retired. Huh? That really doesn’t make any sense, the more I think about it.


As it stands right now, my sub is good through early April, and I guess I’ll make the final decision then. At this point, aside from continuing to pay the sub to “show my support for the [further] development of the game”, I’m not sure it is doing anything that I will appreciate for $15/mo that I don’t have to necessarily spend?

Watch A Movie With Sig

Here’s the deal:

6PM MST (UTC-7, 8PM EST, ETC ETC) on Sunday the 15th of February I will be firing up the movie ‘Snatch’ on Netflix.

You’re invited to start the movie at the same time.

Then we live tweet/chat about it in twitter using the hashtag #aMovieWithSig


Simple, dumb, and entertaining.

More Movies with Sig will happen at different times later down the road for people who have trouble with this particular time.

Escaping TinyKeep and ESO Progress

I generally don’t like games like TinyKeep, but there was something about the previews that made it seem like a whole lot of fun. I have not played it a whole lot yet because the first half hour was full of frustration (more on that in a minute) before I got it figured out, but when I actually got moving and working towards escaping the dungeon I quickly found enjoyment in what I was doing.

My frustration comes from the controls, keybindings, and lack of any sort of keymapping glossary or customization screen (at least that I could find.)

The game has little pop ups on screen telling you what button to press to do certain things, which would work well, except that they are not keyboard buttons, they are Microsoft Xbox Controller buttons. If you don’t have a controller on your PC, this does not translate to anything usable. I spent a good half hour trying different keys on the keyboard, in different situations trying to map out the controls for myself.

Spending 10 minutes trying to figure out how to “Press A” to open a door, sucked. A key did nothing. Then I realized it was the A button on a controller that it was referencing. No controller here.

Anyway, once I got it going I got a couple of good 10+ minute runs in the game before dying. If you didn’t know, it is a top-down, procedurally generated dungeon escape game with permadeath. When your character dies, you start from the beginning and try again, except the next time the map will be different!

It was fun, and using the environment to help hinder or kill the guards trying to kill you was pretty fun. I’ll probably talk more about this when I have some more time with it.  Hopefully the developer patches in some keyboard keymapping options or something to help out new players, soonish.


Finally, the Axe has come back to Tamriel 

After what was probably two months of jumping around between classes and builds, I got myself figured out and have a plan for my first Ebonheart Pact character to the Veteran Ranks. My Dragonknight, Sigvar the Axe has, has put away one of his axes in favor of a shield, and will be using it to break Daedric faces.

As of last night I finished and cleared all of Deshaan (save the group dungeon) and I had a blast playing the DK through that zone. It was also my first time playing through Deshaan and I loved the storyline there.

Right now my build is using One Hand and Shield on both bars, though I will be playing at Bow and possibly leveling up some Resto for utility.

Bar 1 contains all of my damage and most used abilities, while bar 2 holds my less frequently used buffs and other skills. Basically my rotation starts with Bar 2 buffs, then flip to Bar 1 and use Invasion to clobber some poor sap, then I start burning them alive with my fire skills all while smacking them with my shield and hitting them with a sharp axe.

Sometimes the Dragon wings pop out and I make Daedra cry. It’s all good fun.