Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wurmian Motion


Nowhere can I escape interesting times it seems. I was thinking about successful monetisation this morning as I ploughed through 2 more forms that shot through the door. 2013 has been the Year of Unprecedented Form Flood. I keep thinking it’s over, and then more arrive. The nation is quite obviously in disarray. I have not done my household budget this year due to interesting times. A tiny amount of it is reserved to spend on games though. It will be even tinier when I do a Graet Economisation in June. So where do I spend it? In F2P games with decent cash shops is the answer. SOE have very nearly got the model right now, giving you an investment (house for example) that you can accrue to (fancy items for house) as one example. I spend by choice, as little as is appropriate to my means – or as much as I wish if I have a windfall. And I like this, so they get money now and again. And I am absolutely sure a way could be found to apply this model  to endgame.

The only sub I pay is to Wurm – this is because Wurm is special enough to warrant an exception. My Wurm spending though, over the time I have played has gone down, not up, and is going to go down further. I think this is a sub problem – the same happened with WoW. Paying for time you cannot play is annoying. All games have activities that aren’t your favourite (maintenance chores, dailies) and paying for them is annoying. I  kept finding ways to keep the cost down to compensate for the above two points.

Then there is the price point. A sub of £3.50 per month would be a no-brainer – I’d do it (provided I like the game ofc). £5 is about right. Anything over, and you can forget it. Why? I don’t know. I have theories…but they are bit odd, such as “I feel it in my waters” and “mostly it’s because you do a subconscious multiply on it, (price *the-amount-of-games-I-want-to-play = someamount. It’s someamount people subconsciously judge by.  As in: I play roughly three games at a time, usually, so at £5 per sub my someamount would be £15.00 – look familiar?). The fact that I don’t sub for three games or anywhere near is irrelevant. Oh… lets leave my theories for now eh 🙂 It’s probs best.

So now we have an interesting price hike in Wurm to add into my musings – and once again Wurm grips my interest totally as I watch things play out and try to see patterns. It’s kind of a game itself  watching the game evolve and trying to make good choices. A mad game at times, but yes, definitely fun. I did my default thing of shrinking all commitments to the absolute minimum so that I am in a better position to move/expand.

It was sad… sort of – but as I disbanded little deeds that I had kept because I enjoy playing on them I looked back and saw how built up the areas are now. I had deeded when they were wild-wurm and because they were wild-wurm. That’s another subject really, but it does tie in because if Wurm became less crowded it would be more attractive to me and I’d be thinking to expand spending again. (Why can’t studios grasp “wilderness?”. I’m tired of suburbia-with-mobs. Most of which are killed by guard towers anyway.)

Judging by the disbands on some servers, a lot of people are doing the same or similar – shrinking and rationalising their holdings. Others are seeing good places free up and are moving in. Premiums are being considered with a view to are they vanity or necessary. All in all there is a lot of shuffling about just now. So that’s one pattern.

Another is that some people would have bought ahead before 2 May to save themselves money through the year (or because they saw some real money  opportunity in doing so. What will that do to the revenue? Hmmm – well, it’s good and bad. Rolf and CodeClubAB got a windfall. The hope is doubtless that with that money already spent people will be tempted to add premiums and land here and there. It’s easy to discount money already spent and see additions in isolation. I think people mentally write off spent money. A big hike plus a “soon” deadline is always a good way of bringing in a cash boost. (Otherwise known as manufactured need – not my fave). But I’m rivetted! Even with extras gradually being bought or added since people are not paying in their normal amount, (having done so ahead), will normal revenue drop too much? Ahead-payers won’t be paying regularly now…It’s so risky, ooooo, or …. are we about to see another idea to sustain that normal income. Who knows?

One thing I’m fairly confident of is that as people’s paid ahead time runs out there will be a funny patch when it’s time to renew. Some will look and decide that at the new levels it’s too much to pay and will balk. The can was kicked down the road on this. When that possibly big drop in income arrives (maybe a year from now?) I’m pretty sure there will be yet another exciting big development/change/idea/ploy/server?? to induce spending and to keep the marvellous saga that is Wurm Online online and to keep us all wurming.

Categories: Life On Wurm

Virtual Party celebrating the original Newbie Blogger’s Initiative

(Started- 2 May, updating through the month and leaving sticky for May)

…And there I was casting around for something to do on here! It’s around a year since the redoubtable Syp from Biobreak set up the Newbie Blogger Initiative, and it was a good, good thing.nbimedium

It is alas no more at time of writing, but many of us have fond memories – good excuse for a party say I. So, I’ll collate anything I spot written about it recently here, and also, if you’ve started a new blog since the original NBI, or are just starting one now, do put an url and short description in my comments. I’m only a little humble blogger, but some bigger bloggers sometimes stop by and that way we’ll have a few new newbies to cherish this year too 🙂

To start the ball rolling here are three blogs that are also remembering that wonderful initiative – in fact they prompted this post:
Links to many advice posts here : (this one has some extremely useful information in organised lists, I’m enjoying rereading some of these.)

9 May update: Wilhelm Arcturus has done a very thorough and cogent analysis of NBI 12 months on –
plus he has a talent for making the raw numbers interesting, lucky person 🙂

11 May: Heyyy!, Ravalation has a post out: – (ha!)(ha! as in just what was needed – an old new blogger, blogging a year on)  and sent us this pic too. This post is getting festiver and festiver! Thank you!


and look what Italic Pig sent moi. Italic Pig’s first blog post reads at December 2012 which makes it a new blog then, (love to be able to publicise more new blogs, hint, hint) It is a nice blog, a devblog with a science bent and I’m happy to give it some air here 🙂


(I am @ Cabbidges).  Wow – thank you!!

Had a little break from the blog to do some otherstuff and now it’s 16 May, two more related posts! Another new blogger still going strong – this is so nice to see, I’m really glad it worked out. Stnylan’s posts cover quite a few subjects there (must have a read).

and The Delver has added some good and hearty advice:, woohoo!  And there are sound words of advice from Rowan here too:

And MMO meltingpot has marked the occasion too!:

17 May and A High Latency life has written, which gives us some intriguing morsels of context and history for our lovely 2012 NBI

On we go…

Maybe we could do something every year? I’m not sure. I’ll leave such mighty decisions to Syp himself and the blogcommunity I think. But I don’t want the occasion to pass unmarked. And I definitely want to do my bitty to get others started or help them on their way. So if you’re starting out, don’t be shy!

…errr what is a pingback? ) (it ok I figured it out)

Some posts that I still remember:  Many of the older bloggers did advice posts (mine was “Curling up with a good bloog” it’s in here somewhere (and no it wasn’t a spelling mistake but  I know people pointed it out from kindness, so I like them, mwah!)). Some of the advice posts I read then, since I wasn’t a very old blogger, stuck out in my mind and I’m busy tracking them down. Here’s one:
the points about time management struck me at the time. I don’t spend as long over my posts as some people (just bat them out at a furious speed) – still. It does take time, and it’s worth figuring out how to fit blogging in amongst all the other joys of life.

And this one ha! glad I found it: about picking a name in such a way that it doesn’t become troublesome, an important but easily forgotten detail.

There was another one… Yep, got it: – that one’s really interesting. I don’t agree full-on because I try to keep all the parts of my life working together like a well oiled machinie, rather than partition things. So if an activity blurs into a worky thing I don’t mind. But nonetheless making a chore out of a pleasure is a silly thing to do. People do this in games all the time too, which mystifies me. People are… strange… (or it could be me…).

Categories: Oddments

Beltane 2013

I  skive off going these days, but I always like the pics:

Categories: Edinburgh

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: