Category Archives: Bookahneer’s Geekwatch

Foostival 2014 – coming to a place close(r) to you

quagganYou may have already heard about the Foostival that took place last year and maybe you have also already seen the hints and messages about Foostival 2014.  But if you haven’t, I am here to bring you up-to-date on what has been released so far.

So, in case you haven’t heard of any of that before and are now wondering what a “Foostival” is, watch the video below. In short, Foostival 2013 took place in France. Several French fansites had organized this event for players to get together and have some fun! They even managed to drag the French community manager there. :)

For Foostival 2014, the French organizers reached out to other European fansites and invited them to host a Foostival of their own. Unfortunately, while several fansites were interested, finding enough people to organize it and then finding fitting revenues were the most common problems which means that some countries cannot participate. But hopefully next year, guys! However, we are proud to say that Foostival will be organized by fansites from these countries: France, Germany, Romania and Spain are participating! So far, we know that the French Foostival will be in Paris again, just like last year. The German one will take place in one of the most beautiful cities that Germany has, in Hamburg!

Fansites saying Hello Europe – or something like that:

And a look behind the scenes – make sure to turn on the English captions for subtitles.

A few videos have appeared on YouTube. The first three show you some in-game fun:


More details will appear on the official Foostival channels in the days leading up to the Foostival, so be sure to watch those closely: Facebook page, Twitter and Google+

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (January 5, 2014)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch and the first Geekwatch in 2014! The place about miscellaneous interesting news related to Guild Wars 2 – and on occasion, other games.

We have been relatively quiet for some time, as we had visited bookahnerk’s family over New Year’s. My plan had been to use the time away from my main PC to play around with Folk Tale and its Location Editor Preview on my laptop. Unfortunately, my laptop – which isn’t a gaming laptop – can’t handle the game. I shouldn’t have been surprised about that, I guess. ;) On the other hand, that left me with more time to play board games with the family which isn’t a bad thing either (and I got to play all the expansions we have for Talisman now).

So, as I just mentioned, Folk Tale got another update. Yes, updates are very slow with Folk Tale and if you have bought into their Early Access, you’ve got to be patient. But they do update us regularly on their blog about the progress behind the scenes and I was very pleased to see they kept their word and rolled out the Location Editor Preview before Christmas. What it does is basically let you build maps. I decided to start slow and spread out over the map later. What you can see in the picture below is just a very tiny area of the space that I could fill theoretically. But even this tiny space took me about an hour or two. I need to get used to the controls first and need to get to know all the different pieces I can add. But it’s a lot of fun! I still do not regret having spent money on that game. True, it’ll take forever to get my hands on the game, but it still looks like it’ll be a great one for me. And in the meantime, I have this thing to play around with. I’ll build my perfect like Paerokaville. ;)

Folk Tale Location Editor Preview

Folk Tale Location Editor Preview

If you’ve been away over the holidays like we have, you may have missed the winter events. Guild Wars 2′s Wintersday is running till January 21 (the next patch will be on that day, so depending on when the patch lands, which time zone you’re in, etc. make sure you’re done with everything on January 20!). Rift’s Fae Yule Celebration will be available until January 9, while Lotro’s Yule Festival will end on January 14. So, no matter which of these three games you’re playing, you still have some time left to finish everything.

Rift Yulefest

Of course, even gaming companies, or rather their employees, take some time off during the holidays. This means there weren’t any live streams from the developers. The first 2014 twitch live stream from TrionWorlds will be next Friday, January 10, 2014. It has become part of our weekly routine to have the live stream open on Friday evenings, so it was a tad bit disappointing that there were no such entertainment this Friday. ;) Guild Wars 2 did not have any live streams either. They are concentrating on finishing/making the next four living story releases. Hopefully, after that, I will never have to see Scarlet again. I suspect ArenaNet will have another live stream soonish for the next patch. With the patch coming on January 21, I doubt the live stream will be this Friday, though. Oddly enough, Turbine – or their community manager Sapience, at least, is joining the ranks of using twitch live streams. Sapience wants to start streaming regularly. Nice to see them getting closer to the community. Or, we’ll see, at least.

Dragon Season GW2 News

And last but not least, I am proud to mention that Tilion from Dragon Season launched a News Section on their website! This works by him and certain partners using the twitter hashtags you can see on the left when they are making tweets on Twitter. Bookmark this site if you don’t want to keep checking the Twitter website for news about Guild Wars 2.

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (November 2, 2013)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting news related to Guild Wars 2 – and on occasion, other games.

You will hear a lot more from Nerdy Bookahs this month. I joined November’s NaBloPoMo. In the past few years, I had tried to do NaNoWriMo, but always failed – at least, since I’ve started blogging and playing MMOs. ;) So when I got an email from WordPress about this event, I thought it’s a perfect alternative. I can write and take care of this blog at the same time. I can play MMOs or other games and write about them. Basically, I can do what I’m doing now, only that I try to up the frequency of writing about my adventures. :) NaBloPoMo happens every month, but November is special, because NaNoWriMo takes place as well. And let’s not forget Movember! While this is not something I can participate in, I think raising awareness of cancer – and available early cancer detection – is always great!

In addition to all of those, there is also a lot of Extra Life play sessions going on this weekend. Players sign up, play for 25 hours and people can donate for them. This money will not go to the players but to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The exact location depends on which hospital the player chose.

I did sign up and joined the Trion Worlds team. I won’t be able to play for 25 hours, but I am also not putting my own “donation page” here. Instead, I rather want to direct you to the Trion Worlds Extra Life site. The team currently consists of over 1900 participants. I’m pretty sure that if you do consider donating, you will find one that you want to support. Elizabeth Tobey, for example, one of the community managers.

Either way, this won’t be a boring weekend. If you’re looking for people’s gaming streams, head over to Twitch as they have their very own Extra Life 2013 category!

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (September 6, 2013)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting news related to Guild Wars 2 – and on occasion, other games.

Pink Day in LA will take place on October 19th. You can find more information in the forum thread on the official GW2 forum, but also on the linked website, via twitter, etc.

Dragon Season will be hosting the event on EU Aurora Glade and we’re currently looking for volunteers to help. Get in touch with me or Tilion if you’re interested. Of course, you’re also welcome to help if you’re from another server. :)

You may also remember my post about Mini Mr Sparkles. Currently, there aren’t many codes around, so it’s still a rare mini. But I know of two giveaways that are currently running. Moosefaces is running a competition until September 14: Either show your mooseface or draw a picture related to Guild Wars 2. Have a look at the post for the complete rules! 4 codes are available over there.

There is another contest for 1 Mini Mr Sparkles held by Dragon Season. I’ll copy and paste the competition rules that were announced on Twitter. Here is the link to the first tweet.

The rules are simple. It’s Autumn, right? That means that we need a new banner for our front page over at http://DragonSeason.com. Design a background image (853 x 157 px) that is related to Autumn. The best design wins. Get creative people! You can email your entries at tilion.dragonseason@gmail.com. The contest ends in one week from now (Friday 13/9 – 3pm UK). You just need to design the background. Pro tip for the contest: Our Dragon logo is an autumn leaf. ;)

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (August 1, 2013)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting news related to Guild Wars 2 – and on occasion, other games.

It’d been relatively quiet about Folk Tale after Games Foundry had released their Early Access Sandbox Vision video. Getting an update two days ago was really great. So far, I still haven’t regretted getting early access, even though I still haven’t done anything but played through the tutorial. ;) Hearing that we’ll get to play with something new soonish is great.

Earlier today, I had a newsletter in my inbox from Nomad Games about the upcoming beta test of Talisman DE (DE = Digital Edition). They have already released Talisman Prologue. I own this game and it’s working flawlessly, but sadly, it’s single-player only. So the Digital Edition is great, because that one will be multiplayer and Talisman just isn’t really Talisman without other players. ;) We’ve had hours of fun playing with friends or with bookahnerk’s sister.

Anyway, here is the first part of their newsletter:

Hello everyone!

We are now taking applications to join the Beta test programme! If you would like to get early access to Talisman Digital Edition and want to help us make it the best game it can be, fill out the form after clicking this link. (…) The Beta test will start in the next few weeks, so we’ll be selecting testers from all applicants in the next week.

Two blog posts out of the Guild Wars 2 community caught my interest last week. I think both have some valid points and I’m curious where Guild Wars 2 will go (especially with the “more permanent content” route). Tasha commented on the part of the living story being like a TV show. Syp wrote about what it feels like not getting to be there for all the content of the living story. My favourite part is the following sentence (I agree wholeheartedly here):

“I miss concentrating on what Guild Wars 2 does best, which is provide cool zones to explore and plunder while getting swept up in dynamic events.”- Syp

For a game that was all about walking around and seeing what happens in the open world, running towards where you see the centaurs attacking, Guild Wars 2 has changed quite a lot and concentrates on those achievements that you’re doing one after the other just like quests in other MMOs.

From the latest interviews and ArenaNet saying they want to concentrate on more permanent content, I assume that we’ll see changes in the releases. I certainly hope so, at least. It’s just sad that if a friend asks what new content they’ve added, you can only reply with “not much”. If you’re now wondering what permanent new things/changes have been added, thankfully, the GW2 wiki has a list.

Edit: Just one day later, Massively also dedicates one of their columns to Guild Wars 2 and their living story.