10 years of Nerdy Bookahs!

GW2_Guild Beach Party 2013

It’s hard to believe that this blog has been active for 10 years now. Before that, I blogged a bit on Livejournal and that was only about World of Warcraft when I was still playing it. But it didn’t feel like the right platform and when I started following Guild Wars 2, I knew I wanted to give blogging a try. I did start with Rift blog posts because that game came out at the same time I started blogging but focused on Guild Wars 2 quickly.

Over the years, I included lots of other MMOs and PC games as well and I don’t see this blog as one focused on one MMO – or MMOs, come to think of it – anymore.

In 10 years, a lot has happened. When I started, I was about to finish university. I have since been working at three different departments of two universities, I started my dissertation (which is basically finished, but it’s currently on hold because the new soon-to-be family member takes priority for now so I’m avoiding any stress that I can), my boyfriend is now my husband, we moved to Northern Germany, I started a new job, loved it but hated the work conditions and thus, quit, and started a new job that I absolutely love and hope to continue working in for a very long time!

Game-wise, I wrote about Guild Wars 2 and Rift, of course, but also about Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Trove, Wildstar, Elder Scrolls Online and World of Warcraft.

Let’s take a look at some of my past blog posts… The longest I wrote was “Rift vs. Lotro vs. WoW – a closer look at all three MMOs” and the weirdest one was the “Underwear fashion show” where I looked at MMO characters’ underwear. Both were posted in 2011. Also in 2011, I was able to write a guest blog entry for Syp: “Lost in translation“.

GW2 male asura in underwear

In 2012, I got invited to Brighton where ArenaNet’s European office was located and got to meet other GW2 fansite owners – oh, and some members from the ArenaNet team, of course, and we got to play the game! I also made the first of several Lion’s Arch screenshot galleries – with the original Lion’s Arch then, of course. I still miss that version!

2013 was a year where I was blogging more often. I returned to Rift, I said a lengthy goodbye to Warhammer Online, I discovered Trove. I also mused about what it’s like to blog in a foreign language and bookahnerk and I looked at the Guild Wars 2 home instance which probably had been hyped up a bit too much by ArenaNet (as we all know by now). About once or twice a year, you can also find a cooking/baking recipe here in this blog.

Trove Club World castle

And then in 2014, I actually hosted somebody else’s post here in our blog – Rakuno made a guest post to help me out with my “Housing in MMO x” series, because it can’t be complete without Everquest 2, an MMO I never actually played. I also made my first steps in Trove and fell in love with the game. And then there is a post I actually do not remember writing: A look back at my World of Warcraft gaming past.

I can’t believe it’s been this long already, since I first started playing The Repopulation – back in 2015 – and it’s still not released. I discovered that I sometimes do like a game that doesn’t fit to my usual genres. And my personal top 5 games of 2015 aren’t that different from my taste in games today.

Cities Skylines Traffic

Sometimes, cross-promotions between games work quite well. In 2016, I finally gave Defiance a try because I wanted a mount for Trove and I ended up liking Defiance. I also participated in a GW2 story contest hosted by Kit the Traveler. We had also lost the internet for three days leaving me with only offline games to play – because back then, our modem broke and we had to wait for a technician to come and replace it for us as we weren’t just allowed to go buy a new one ourselves.

There weren’t that many posts in 2017 – the year I injured my dominant hand/wrist which led to me not being able to use it, and thus, not being able to play games or write about them. Vertical PC mice have been my best friends since then. I did put together a Halloween dimension in Rift, at least.

Rift Dimension "The Last Home-Brew" on EU-Gelidra

Part of 2018 felt like I was back in the 1980s… And then I said goodbye to Wildstar… twice… and to Rift, after the Trion games were purchased by gamigo. Well, Rift is still here today, but there hasn’t really been any new content, so the goodbye was still valid in a way.

Wildstar Character login screen

My hand issues (“RSI” and “wrist instability”) that started in 2017 have gotten better over the years, but they were still a topic in 2019 (spoiler: and it’s still an issue in 2021 and according to two separate doctors, it will be for the rest of my life). It shaped the content of the blog as I look at every game from the perspective of: Can I play it with my hand issues? Other than MMOs, I also started writing more about smaller mostly indie games. And before 2020 started, I looked at my top games of the decade.

2020 was the year of game demos! Steam had several Game Festivals offering free demos and gamescom launched virtually with an indie demo booth. I have also returned to Guild Wars 2 and am hoping to see the expansion later this year.

2021 has just started, so there aren’t many posts yet. I returned to Warhammer Online and continue trying out game demos during Steam’s Game Festivals. We will see what the rest of the year brings… and if the blog makes it to 20 years.

15 Comments

  1. 10-years! Wow! And congratulations! Here’s to another 10. :)

    Was fun going back and looking at old favourites again. I hope your hand is in a good spot when the GW2 expansion rolls our way too. Going back to Factions is something I’m quite looking forward to I must say.

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    1. Thank you. :)

      I’ve got good days, “normal” days and bad days. But I also have a few coping mechanisms now like doing yoga regularly including stretching exercises, wearing a wrist bandage whenever I use my hand (not just on the PC but for a lot of other everyday tasks as well). And, of course, not spending several hours playing PC games. ;)

      I’m really curious what the expansion will bring us! :D

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  2. It is hard to believe your blog is 10 years old already! Still feels like yesterday that I found Nerdy Bookahs because I was looking for Guild Wars 2 information and the game was still new back then. (Or not even released? I don’t even remember anymore!)

    Anyway, congratulations and here is looking for another 10 years of Nerdy Bookahs! :D

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  3. Congrats on a decade! It can be weird going back to old posts… which is why I institutionalized doing so in my monthly review… as I often think some things happened much longer ago than they did, while other still seem recent even though they occurred years back. Memory is strange.

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    1. Thank you. :)

      Yes, memory really is weird. But it was also fun going back all the time and seeing my old blog posts. Thankfully, I’m not embarrassed about most of them. :p

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  4. Grats on a decade in blogging! I remember Nerdy Bookahs as one of the first and best-known GW2 blogs. Some have long-since vanished and some are still around but I don’t know of any that mainly post about GW2 any more. I still play every day but it’s rare that I can find anything new to say about it. Let’s hope the expansion gives us all something to talk about.

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    1. Thank you!
      I didn’t even know many GW2 bloggers at first, but got introduced to a lot of fansites during the EU Day in Brighton, of course.
      Since I’m a really casual player, I usually go through content a long time after it’s been released, so I’m never sure what to write about in GW2. But I am playing it a lot more often again. :)

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