This is more than likely going to be a feature each morning as I post the new sign-ups to Blaugust. If you are planning on participating please hit the Google Forms sign-up sheet so I can get you accounted for on the list. Additionally swing by the Discord where we are all sorta coalescing in this middle ground between the announcement and the official start. I’m super happy to see folks already talking about technical details a bit and helping point folks in the right direction on various topics.
We also have Ventium who has signed up but is still sorting out the blog which is fine because there is still plenty of time. Ultimately that was the primary reason why I announced it a bit early and also gave a lead in week still in July so folks could have some time to seek help on getting the blog set up and ready to go for August 1st. August is a bit of a special month for me… seeing as August 1st is also my wedding anniversary and this year is going to be twenty years. Admittedly organizing the start of a blogging festival is not exactly romantic, but she runs her own Blaugust event many of the years among her Math Blogging community.
Side note… I am hoping today to sort out the Blogroll to have a more permanent list of participants. I think I agree with Syp in a conversation we had on Discord that the best way to clean up the Blogroll… is just to nuke it from orbit and start from scratch.
I went to bed pretty early last night because my wife and I both turned to each other at nine-ish and said that we could go to bed at pretty much any time. Prior to that however I spent my evening playing Elder Scrolls Online again, slowly working my way through the Orsinium content. More specifically I spent a good deal of my time delving into a Dwemer ruin. This was always my favorite part of Skyrim and quite honestly… any game that lets me explore and underground civilization is pretty high on my list. For example the Deep Roads sections of Dragons Age games are without a doubt my favorites… much to the chagrin of players that completely hate that area.
I have to say though the Dwemer ruin in the Wrothgar area has to be the coolest that I have seen in game yet. It had an interesting puzzle associated with it and brand new dwarven mob types in the form of cute little sentry robots. I love fighting dwarven stuff… which again is something that most people hate to do for some reason. I will purposefully go out of my way to fight the big Dwarven Centurions because I think they are just so damned cool. ESO is a great game to get in… knock a few quests off and turn a few areas of the map to the completed icon state. You feel a sense of accomplishment, but still have a sort of drop in and drop back out experience.
That said I know there are several big releases coming up that will probably distract me some. You have Monster Hunter World for the PC on August 9th, and Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for the Switch on August 28th. Then you have the big one which is World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth on August 14th… which I know I will play but I am not feeling any hype for as of yet. There are a lot of directions that game is going that I am not sure if I can follow. In my perfect world the Horde and Alliance would form a grand alliance that allows players to play freely with each other and go take on bigger badder monsters than the nonsense red versus blue crap. An expansion that doubles down on the past is concerning to me, but I have yet to miss a launch of a WoW game… so I fully expect to be logging in on the 14th and playing along with everyone else.