Announcing Ashen Foundry!

I’m excited to announce that we’re finally ready to unveil the next Foundry site, Ashen Foundry. As many of you are aware, I got my start as a content creator over at Tamriel Foundry in the years leading up to the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online, and I’m excited to be ‘getting the gang…

Dispatch from Slack Chat: Has the MMO Lost Its Unique Selling Point?

We had a great discussion in the Slack chat last night – so great that we thought it was worth publishing. So we did!

Click through to the article to check out our conversation on what makes the MMORPG genre unique and what exactly it will take for an MMO to be successful in the future.

The Elder Scrolls Online Gets an Expansion

Yesterday the Elder Scrolls Online announced its first expansion, Morrowind. I’ve long had a complicated relationship with the game, having played off-and-on since the very first beta we weren’t even allowed to tell anyone was happening. The relationship meandered off and on since then, from deciding to pass on the game at launch to eventually returning after, against all…

What Makes an MMO Unappealing to you?

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of Isarii wrote a really long Reddit response and decided it would make a good blog post. Today’s post comes courtesy of the r/MMORPG subreddit where a user posed the titular question: what makes an MMO unappealing to you?

There are few things I enjoy more than complaining about MMOs, so I jumped right in.

A Return to Tamriel and Podcasting News

Although I normally try to stick to content that leans more towards article content than blog content, today’s post is going to be unabashedly bloggy. I’ve been up to a lot stuff recently that hasn’t shown up on The Errant Penman yet, so I bundled it all up into a single post tackling it all at once. Read on for an MMO update, fan site work, and links to podcast appearances both past and future!

The Continuing Adventures of Pay-to-Win Apologists: Black Desert Edition

A few months ago I briefly touched on the troubling and frustrating trend of gaming consumers becoming increasingly accepting of pay-to-win systems in MMORPGs following my reading of a terrific op-ed on the subject at MassivelyOP. The most ubiquitous pay-to-win defenses trotted out by its apologists center on whittling away at the scope of its definition with the introduction of…