Website Lockdown

The site is currently locked down for a server move (where you will find the site to be a lot quicker, hopefully). If you can see this message, you are still seeing the site at its old location. When you don’t see this message, you’ll be at the new location! What this means is that the comments and forums will be locked down so nothing is lost in the transition. I’ll be editing the donations page soon to indicate that you’ll be contributing toward um… better posts? And possibly some podcasting equipment. 🙂

If you are still seeing this post, you can see the newer stuff via FeedBurner until the nameservers propogate fully. You can see posts as well as comments. It looks like at least the posts are current.

Tales from the Tavern: Volume VI

There have been a lot of great discussions on the Nerfbat Forums. We’re up to 2523 posts and 253 members in our little MMO community. If you didn’t already know, the forums are intended for massively multiplayer online game discussion, especially related to design, development, and industry talk. Read on for some of the latest and greatest from the forums. Continue Reading »

Capturing the Magic of an Old School Game

Yesterday I posted about how old game mechanics often don’t translate to new games in a post called Up Your Butt and Around the Corner. I mentioned that I would talk a little bit more about capturing the magic of a game and replicating it, and this is me fulfilling that promise. Continue Reading »

Up Your Butt and Around the Corner

Do you remember that phrase? Yeah, if you’re around my age, you probably thought it was hilarious at one time. You may find that it is, in fact, no longer hilarious. But, to be fair, no one over the age of 10 ever found that funny. Perhaps a better example would be The Karate Kid trilogy. Those movies were awesome. In the 80s. If you released those movies now, they would fail miserably. What about Jaws? If it were released in the exact same state for the first time today, it would be a Sci Fi original, not a blockbuster. Continue Reading »


Many of you already know about Bloginati, which is an aggregation of posts by MMO game developers. I was going to update it to match Nerfbat yesterday until I realized I didn’t want to make another logo. Instead, I integrated it as a page on Nerfbat, since it applies the theme just the same (and was already on the same server, so there’s no extra load). You can still reach it from, it’ll just redirect here. I may try to get a feed of the aggregation working, but so far it’s formatted terribly. You can find links to the aggregated sites on the Links page. Anyway, enjoy!

The Future: Dreamhost, Donations, and a Podcast?

As you may have noticed over the past several months, I’ve become ridiculously dedicated to Nerfbat. I’ve posted consistently, relaunched the Nerfbat Forums, and redesigned the entire site. All of that has brought more visitors, which means that the site gets pretty busy sometimes and can slow down. Continue Reading »

Shadowbane Reboot?

I don’t know how I didn’t pick up on this sooner. Shadowbane’s Patch 22 will apparently reboot the entire game. No, not the servers. The game. Like a comic book reboot, only much deadlier to the franchise. They are planning on deleting everything–characters, cities, items… everything. Every single thing players have ever worked for will be deleted. Not just for inactive accounts, but for all of them. I don’t think it’s necessary to comment further.

VirginWorlds Podcast #100!

The 100th VirginWorlds podcast is upon us, and this one is a behemoth. It weighs in at nearly 3 hours in length, and includes commentary from dozens of familiar faces (or… voices?) in the MMO blogging world. I haven’t finished downloading it yet, but if any of the other 99 podcasts (since March 2006!) are any indication, it’ll be great. Congratulations on making it this far, and here’s to a few hundred more.

MMO Development Lesson #27

Make it easy to come back. If someone has quit your game (See: Lesson #26), make it so easy to come back they can’t believe they quit in the first place. I’ll apologize right now for not making this lesson short and sweet like I usually do, but this one’s worth elaborating on. I’ll start with what you shouldn’t do, then I’ll give a few ideas for what you could do to make coming back easier than ever. Continue Reading »

This Week’s Misinformed Award Goes To…

I’m going to say it’s a two-way tie this week. First off, we have Fox News, who reported that Mass Effect has explicit sex, full-frontal nudity, and that the game is marketed to children. All of these claims, of course, are completely false, and I wish they hadn’t run such misinformation on their network. The second is the Parents Television Council, who denounced the Entertainment Software Association for its intent to form a Political Action Committee. Continue Reading »