Six years… wow

Today marks our 6th anniversary of the blog. We have posted a total of 593 published posts (594 as soon as I hit “publish” on this one) which means that we have about 100 posts per years which translates to one post every three to four days. This is not bad!

I often wish I could write down more posts here, but real life happens and it’s been hitting us with lots of non-gaming content lately. I will definitely not complain, though, because I still love my job and I love writing my dissertation thesis. We are also in the middle of preparing our wedding come August. And even though I have fallen asleep more often than not recently while trying to play a game in the evening, I still do have some time left for gaming. It just means that there isn’t a lot of energy left to write down my thoughts on the game I’m playing.

Elder Scrolls Online Dragonknight

But just to give you some information on what I’ve been up to lately: I started playing a magicka Dragonknight in Elder Scrolls Online and a stamina Dragonknight together with bookahnerk (well, we will play together once he’s not in a different part of Germany most of the week with only his non-gaming laptop accompanying him). Thanks to Wildstar offering a free level 50, I have jumped back into the game to check out the Dominion side with my new chua esper. In Rift, I am thinking about starting a new dimension-building project. Not that the first one is finished or even anything spectacular, but I’d really like to have something else. I haven’t really decided what exactly I want, only that its focus will on the training dummies that are available. Kind of like a fighting/training arena, but with some more style… :p And then there is Trove… a game I have neglected quite a lot lately, because I had some weird performance issues and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I think my issue may have come from enabling multithreading in the options and as a result, I had quite a lot of stuttering in the game. After disabling this setting, the stuttering hasn’t appeared anymore, so I hope that this really solved the issue because I would love to jump into Trove again.

Chua Esper Wildstar

Other than MMORPGs, I’ve been trying out Folk Tale again recently. A game that’s been in Steam’s Early Access for a few years already and which has received lots of negative reviews because of that. Once I’ve gotten a good enough impression, I will report here about the game, but I will not focus on the past, but instead I’ll look at what you get if you buy the game now. In general, I’ve gone “back to the roots” with some city-building games like Folk Tale, Cities Skylines etc.

I also got Total War: Warhammer in Humble Bundle March’s bundle, but to be honest, the game felt very overwhelming!

Either way, even after six years, there are no plans to stop blogging! Real life is keeping me from blogging as much as I’d like, but that still won’t stop me from blogging once in a while, at least. :)

3 years of Nerdy Bookahs and the winners of our giveaways

GW2 Spooktacular CostumesI’ve already been down nostalgia road in my recent post, so there is no need to go down there again. We’ve been around for three years today and we are certainly not planning to stop updating our two blogs any time soon. :) But that’s not why you are here anyway!

First things first, thank you all for participating! Unfortunately, our funds are limited, so there can only be two winners. The fluff item packages goes to Fruit Flies! And Maragonia has won the 800 gems. Congratulations to both of you! :D

In case you were wondering, the correct answers were that I have three level 80 asura (mesmer, warrior and guardian). The little label/tag on the Tybalt backpack is an apple.

The item package contains two minis (Zojja and Mini PK 632Z), one Endless Mystery Quaggan Tonic,  55 unidentified dyes and one rare dye (Icing Dye). Good luck with opening the unidentified dyes. We added the one rare dye, so you can be sure to at least get one rare dye, in case RNG is mean to you. :p Have fun with the items!

3 year anniversary giveaway: Fluff items

NB_3 year anniversaryClick here for the German paragraph / Klickt hier, um die Instruktionen auf Deutsch zu lesen.

You can win a fluff item pack for Guild Wars 2! We won’t spoil the fun and say what is in the pack, but think dyes and minis here (EDIT: At this time, the item pack is worth almost 39 gold!). All you have to do in order to be eligible to win is leave a comment below and answer the following question: How many level 80 asura does Paeroka have? Hint: Read the previous post to find the answer. This fluff item giveaway is open for all GW2 players. There are no restrictions in sending items across the pond. ;)

As usual, the rules are as follows
1. The winner will be randomly chosen out of all correct answers in the comment section. Both German and English answers will be considered.
2. The Giveaway is open for comments/participants until March 12, 2014, 6pm Berlin Time.
3. One entry per person (IP addresses are always logged by wordpress.com when somebody comments)! We reserve the right to exclude entries when we think you’re trying to cheat by entering multiple times. Stay fair, please. :)
4. Leave your account name (name.1234 – NOT the email address you use to log in to the game) and we will contact you in the game if you have won.
5. The winner will be contacted in game. Please reply until March 19, 2014. If you do not reply within that time frame, we will choose another winner.
6. No debating about the outcome!

Last but not least, go here for a chance to win 800 gems!

Ihr könnt hier ein kleines Paket mit Items gewinnen. Was genau in dem Paket ist, verraten wir nicht, um die Überraschung nicht zu verderben. Denkt aber in Richtung Farben und Minis. ;) Alles, was ihr tun müsst, um eine Chance auf den Gewinn zu haben, ist die folgende Frage zu beantworten: Wie viele Level 80 Asura hat Paeroka? Ein kleiner Tipp: Lest den vorherigen Eintrag. Er ist zwar auf Englisch, aber ihr solltet die Stelle trotzdem finden können. ;) Dieser Item-Giveaway ist für alle offen, egal ob EU- oder US-Account. Items können an jeden Spieler geschickt werden. :)

Wie immer gilt es, einige Regeln zu beachten
1. Der Gewinner wird aus allen richtigen Antworten in den Kommentaren zufällig ausgewählt. Sowohl deutsche als auch englische Antworten werden berücksichtigt werden.
2. Ihr könnt bis zum 12. März 2014, 18 Uhr deutsche Zeit teilnehmen.
3. Pro Person nur ein Eintrag (IP-Adressen werden bei jedem Kommentar automatisch von WordPress erfasst)! Wir erlauben es uns, Kommentare nicht zu berücksichtigen, wenn wir denken, dass ihr gegen diese Regel verstoßt und mehrfach teilnehmt. Bleibt bitte fair! :)
4. Wenn ihr kommentiert, hinterlasst bitte euren Accountnamen (Name.1234 – NICHT die E-Mail-Adresse, mit der ihr euch im Spiel einloggt) und wir werden euch, wenn ihr gewinnt, im Spiel kontaktieren.
5. Der Gewinner wird im Spiel kontaktiert werden. Antwortet bitte bis spätestens 19. März 2014. Wenn ihr innerhalb dieser Zeit nicht antwortet, werden wir einen anderen Gewinner auslosen.
6. Es gibt keine Diskussionen über das Ergebnis!

Und zum Schluss noch der Link zu unserem 800 Edelstein-Giveaway!

3 years of Nerdy Bookahs – and 2 giveaways!

Edit: The Giveaways are over. You cannot participate anymore.

It’s that time of the year to get all nostalgic again. Nerdy Bookahs is celebrating its 3 year anniversary on March 12. As we have recently “expanded” and added a German blog, we are also going to host a giveaway in each blog. If you don’t care about my nostalgia and only care about the giveaway, click on the images. Otherwise, read on and click on the images afterwards. ;)

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Back in August 2010, I had made the decision to start blogging about games. I knew I wanted it to be in English. Reaching more people was one of the reasons, but not in order to gain more page views. I’ve just always enjoyed the heterogenity that comes with people from different parts of the world. And I knew I could not reach all of you if I wrote in German. The other reason was that I wanted to practice my written English skills. During my studies, I’d done a lot of reading of English scientific papers, but not that much writing or speaking. I also knew I wasn’t and still am not in it for any money. No ads, no trying to get as many hits as possible in a month. This is for fun only. At some point, bookahnerk wanted to join the fun as well and we decided that it would make more sense to have one blog together. He does not write much here, but he’s quite often reading my blog posts before I publish them and gives me feedback. He is also in charge of the good videos on our YouTube channel. ;) And recently, we decided to have two blogs, after all! Why not have a German branch of Nerdy Bookahs! We’ve switched roles for that part and bookahnerk is responsible for publishing posts while I take on the editor role. When it comes to nice-looking videos, nothing has changed. That is his domain. ;)

Oddly enough, while Guild Wars 2 had been on my radar from the beginning, Rift had been, too. And just when Rift launched in March 2011, Nerdy Bookahs launched as well! This is a coincidence, but I still quite like it. :) It had also been the time where I’d been studying for my university diploma. I succeeded and started my work at a university a few months later (I like universities too much. They won’t get rid of me easily). Hated the job I got, looked for another one, found one in April last year and couldn’t be happier. So much about my private life in the background. ;) But all of this has happened in those three years and it’s nice to look back at this as well.

Gaming-wise, when we started Nerdy Bookahs, I was still playing Lord of the Rings Online, had found Rift but soon realized that I do not want to play games with monthly subs anymore and was looking forward to playing Guild Wars 2. By now, I am playing Guild Wars 2 and since Rift went f2p, I’ve been playing this game again as well. I got my warrior in Rift to level 54 and only need 6 more levels to reach the current level cap. In Guild Wars 2, I have gotten 3 asura to level 80 (mesmer, warrior, guardian) and added one level 80 sylvari ranger and one level 80 charr engineer to the mix. I have a love-hate relationship with my asura elementalist and just can’t warm up to the other professions, unfortunately. I would love if ArenaNet could release a profession close to the GW1 dervish. I never got her to max level, but I still loved that style! ;)

Some of you have been around for the last three years. Thank you for that! And even more visited at some point in between, of course. I always love receiving comments with your thoughts as that is what I love about blogging the most. And now that I managed switch from talking about our blog to you, our readers, let us continue with the giveaway: We’re going to have two, actually! One will be here and will be open for EU and US GW2 players. The second one is only open for owners of a EU GW2 account (because the code is only valid for those. Sorry!) and can be found in bookahnerk’s blog. Click the images above to jump to the blog posts.