I shouldn’t be playing Haven and Hearth.

Not again.

World Six though…

Ahem. What I’m here to say is that Haven and Hearth is not particularly amazing, and World Six makes me miss World Five because all of my stuff was there.


Haven and Hearth is an MMO, which (now that I think about it) doesn’t make sense as a term unless you add the RPG part, because MMORPG means Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game and MMO only means Massive Multiplayer Online, and this is most definitely a run-on sentence now, and I have to stop making those as it is a very bad habit of mine.

Right then. Haven and Hearth is not Massive, but it is Multiplayer, and it also fits the rest of that acronym. I play it now because I used to play it with a group. I didn’t know anyone in that group, and I still don’t. The only thing we had in common was the website we frequented. It shall not be named here, because that is against the rules of Fight Club. Yes, Fight Club. That’s not the name of the website, either, so don’t go looking. The actual website has nothing to do with Fight Club except that the (unofficial) rules are similar. It’s split up into sections, this website, and the section I was browsing had a thread in it about this game. Some of the denizens of this section had made a village in Haven and Hearth, and were giving out the information for other people to come and join.

Haven and Hearth works thusly: You make a character, and spawn someplace. If you have a hearth secret to use, you’ll spawn at that person’s hearth fire. Otherwise, you spawn in the wilderness. Also, character death is permanent. You can inherit some things from your previous dead character, but that’s it. WoW, it ain’t. You also have to click to walk.

I spawned near the village the first time, but the downside was that the village was near a coniferous forest, which is a terrible place to spawn if you use up stamina and get too hungry, which I did. I spent the first several (days? weeks?) on the verge of starvation. Interestingly, my character died of something else entirely. Once I finally started to get my virtual life together, I drowned. You really have to watch that stamina bar. I made a new character and inherited my old property, but shortly afterwards the village was attacked. I was asleep/offline at the time. None of my stuff was taken (I lived outside the walls), but the attack made me paranoid nonetheless. So I started moving. I got some things together, and prepared to build a house as far away from in-game human civilization as I could get. (as a side note, never ever build within sight of a river, it is beyond foolish.) I got busy, and when I came back to play my old character, World five was gone. Apparently there was some sort of technical mishap, so the creators reset everything. This is irritating, because like any proper MMO, Haven and Hearth requires you to invest hours of your free time into achieving anything of value in-game; like building a house, or owning property.

So I am back at square one. And I already have to move. One of the things that makes Haven and Hearth unique is that players can steal from one another, and no one considers your property yours unless have a claim on it. Getting a claim means yeomanry. Yeomanry requires 4,000 LP. 4,000 LP means I will be playing this game a while. And I have to move because I live near people and at least some of them are Russian which means a language barrier, and I don’t know how the nearby villages  feel about feckless newbies just wandering about. Players can kill each other too, and like I said, death is permanent.

This is all I have in the world. Also, there's some stuff in the leanto. And in the wicker basket. It's not much.

Haven and Hearth is easy to find via Google, but the wiki for it isn’t. That’s here. Ring of Brogdar isn’t the first thing to come up when you google Haven and Hearth wiki, which is why I had to link to it. The wikia is not up to date. Ring of Brogdar is very useful, especially if you read the main page, and click the “Read me First” link in the box labeled “Special Information.”

I will not be giving out my hearth secret as I do not have one set. Also, I suspect no one reads this blog. In case anyone does though (and wants to play the game for whatever reason), the wiki link’s up here, and Google is your friend. I should probably mention that this game is in Alpha, so stuff changes occasionally.  Like the entire world.

Next time: My Drunk Kitchen, The Legend that is Hannah Hart.


This is just to say

that I have noticed that there is a Tumblr theme on WordPress now. I don’t know if it was called Vertigo on Tumblr or not, and I’m too lazy to check. It looks better here, though. I think the tendency of of WordPress blogs to have well, words suits it better.

-this post was not inspired by e.e. cummings or Ezra Pound, or whoever it was that wrote that bit about the plums in the ice box.

Next time: Haven and Hearth. For real this time.

Wot’s all this then?

I do believe WordPress is encouraging me to blog more. Now that I’ve got my obligatory returning blog post (with a mysterious lack of mention my return) out of the way, the rest should be easy.

Shoot for 35, it says? I don’t think I’ve had as many as 32 yet, and if I do, that’s pathetic.  Seriously, how long have I had this thing?

ANYWAY, I don’t know how well the whole hitting 35 post thing is going to go, because I don’t have anything to write about. I never do. It’s a grand shame, really. All this webspace and nothing of value to put in it.  I really don’t think I should be writing anything right now anyway. I have studying I need to do. What am I studying? That’s irrelevant. This isn’t a diary, you know. Goodness diary is a feminine word. Journal’s a better one. Nice and neutral, that.

This post is lacking cohesion (was that the word I wanted?) so I’m thinking that I ought to say what I meant to say and have done with it.

I sort of like that bit of encouragement, although I can’t imagine what it’s for, and how it benefits WordPress to encourage me to write more. Of course, I am assuming that WordPress has an ulterior motive for cheering me on. There simply must be one.  A popular blogging platform that encourages it’s users to blog? There’s no way there isn’t an ulterior motive. This is because all the kiddies have fled to Tumblr, isn’t it?

Ahem. I think that’s quite enough of my rambling for right now. Perhaps I will hit that 35 post benchmark. It could happen. It’s not like I’m busy or anything.

Next time: I get one post closer to the benchmark if I do indeed write a post. Haven and Hearth is a game that takes too long to acquire things in, much like every mmo ever.

I suppose I should try to have an interesting life.

Unfortunately, that would take a great deal more effort than I am willing to expend. Does expend mean what I think it does? I don’t know~

Some things. (Numbered in order from 1 – 8 )

Thing 1. I have read literature recently. This pleased me greatly. The downside is that I keep wanting to discuss the poetry of T.S Eliot with random people. (How smart does a person have to be to understand The Wasteland, anyway?)

2. The writing of Donald Barthelme has inspired me to write stories (pieces? texts?) that don’t necessarily make sense but are fun to read anyway.  Yes, this is related to the literature reading. Yes, I have had this phase already, but it was inspired by Lewis Carroll and this blog didn’t exist then.

4. I have acquired a new pen. It’s one of those cheap red and white advertising affairs, but I like it because it is a pen and it was free.

5. I have acquired a new book. It’s about psychology.

6. Someone left an expensive looking pair of sunglasses in a library for over a year. They belong to me now.

7. The word slumgullion means “a stew” I think it’s supposed to be a stew with meat and vegetables in it.  Firefox doesn’t realize that it’s a real word, which is a shame.

Thing 8. (the last thing) I don’t think that erythropoiesis is the same thing as hemopoiesis although I am certain that hemopoiesis is required for erythropoeisis. Yes, this is a random thought I had this afternoon and only shared because I enjoy showing off the words I learn.

Amazingly, this is the end of this post. That’s a good thing, because I’ve hit 750 or 1000 words before and that’s really not necessary when I don’t actually say much.

Next time: ???