re: Future WoW patch musings 

If the next patch is indeed really about dragons, I'm really going to miss Ysera. The leveling quest storyline in Ardenweald (the afterlife for nature-affiliated spirits) said that she's now bound there because of the energy investment it took to wake her spirit up. But like, it seems really strange to have written her out of the story just before it becomes much more dragon-oriented.

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Future WoW patch musings 

While 10.0 hasn't been officially announced yet (it's expected after the next patch, 9.2, lands), rumor has it that it's going to be called "The Dragon Isles", or something to that effect, and we're going to get more Azeroth-based lore. While I haven't seen much hints at the story yet, I suspect that it's once again going to be setup for whatever comes next. With Shadowlands being mostly self-contained, they'll need another big story driver going forwards.

This mostly hinges on the idea of dead things not interfering too much in the land of the living. That has the potential to change depending on the specifics of 9.2, but I think the nature of MMOs is going to push Blizzard to keep the majority of their old content around and not do anything too drastic for 10.0.

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As justification, we've had:

  • Patch 6.0, Warlords of Draenor, a.k.a. "holy crap we need more time for the actual next expansion, how about a nice holiday away from Azeroth for a bit?"
  • Patch 7.0, Legion, which was the best expansion I've played so far, and fleshed out the lore substantially.
  • Patch 8.0, Battle for Azeroth, a.k.a. "war crimes for everyone!" which makes no sense story-wise except as setup for Shadowlands.
  • Patch 9.0, Shadowlands, the current expansion that expands the lore by answering the question "what happens to souls after they die" in significant detail.
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I guess this means that WoW 11.0 (which would probably land in 2025-2026?) is going to be the patch that truly makes or breaks the game. For the last ten years or so, the even-numbered expansions have been basically setup for the big universe expanding odd-numbered expansions. I'm looking forward to seeing a "good" expansion that's not under the influence of ABK's current leadership.

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Timing wise, I think the acquisition is going to end up landing close to the launch of the next World of Warcraft expansion, which is a highly-variable time for Blizzard's subscriber base. I could see Microsoft very easily deciding that too many people left within the first six months, so clearly Kotick has to go.

I had just kind of hoped it would've happened sooner, so Microsoft could've changed the influences that keep WoW in the rut it's been in for a few expansions now (and hopefully for the better, obviously).

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On further review, apparently the deal won't be finalized for nearly 18 months, so it's going to be a while before we can properly celebrate BK's removal. Something to look forward to, I guess.

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I think this is good, though. A manager friend of mine told me that Kotick reporting to Phil Spencer is basically code for "will be pushed out in a few months for performance related reasons", which may even deny him his golden parachute? That's the icing on the cake for me. I feel like ABK is too toxic for them not to do that, regardless of their other intentions for the acquisition.

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Having just started reading the news today: holy crap, I really didn't see this one coming.

As ever with these things, now that it's finished there are definitely things I'd change. However, I don't want to spend the two hours re-rendering it, so I'm going to just call this good.

The main thing is the gray tile that shows the treadmill moving; given how treadmills actually work, I think it should only past half as often.

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I made another animation today. The brickfilming Discord server's weekly animation challenge has resumed for the new year, and this week's theme was "running on a treadmill".

I went shopping with my mom today! We went to the mall at the bigger town nearby. I'm not gonna lie, it was definitely pretty weird being around that many people for such a long time. I expect to be paranoid about COVID for the next week or so.

The shopping itself was mostly successful, though. While I wasn't able to find any more bottoms I liked, I did find several shirts I really liked. And, of course, getting to spend several hours hanging out 1-on-1 with my mom for the first time in quite a while.

I fixed it. The problem ended up being that my root partition was corrupted, which fsck was able to fix after a while. Oddly, the GRUB bootloader still isn't showing up on screen, but whatever, I can fix that another day.

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I don't know if it's related, but my home server (on which I actually do all my dev work) may have actually died on me. I'd been poking at the config a bunch yesterday, but NixOS is supposed to be incredibly resilient to bad config changes. The GRUB menu isn't even showing up when I plug in a monitor and keyboard, so I'm getting a little worried. More debugging to do, but I'm worried about hardware failure at this point.

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Figured out the Wi-Fi part of my router troubles. Apparently my router has a physical Wi-Fi toggle button on the top side of the router, which looks just like the other indicator lights. That's also where my cat likes to sit.

It's still not connecting to the outside internet, but that's more straightforward to fix.

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Weird. After I shut off my computers for the night, my router isn't broadcasting WiFi anymore. It's too late to debug this nonsense. I hope it'll have fixed itself by morning.

For those who have been enjoying Wordle, I found an adversarial version of it, where the game actively works against you:

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I spend so much time these days copying around tweets/toots to friends that I'm going to start a newsletter of sorts, titled "What's Good On The Internet".

I plan on no (or at least very little) commentary, just some topic tagging so folks can opt-out of topics they don't care for. My goal is to be able to share a link to a post (or an image directly) from my phone, and then once a day or two an email will go out with stuff people will be able to laugh at.

Since this is a somewhat more formal publishing system, and I won't necessarily be in as much control of the audience, all Mastodon posts will be anonymized before being added to the newsletter, and obviously no private posts will end up there.

Anyways, if any of y'all are interested, I'll post the subscribe link once I have the thing up and running over the next few days.

I'm not 100% happy with the snow material, but overall I think it turned out alright.

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