I guess we will start off this morning with more welcomes to the fold, given that we keep seeing a pretty steady trickle of folks signing up for this nonsense. Last night I met with Syp and recorded a bit of an interview talking about Blaugust that I believe will eventually make its way into the MassivelyOP podcast. I am super lucky to have so much support from folks like MassivelyOP in covering this event, and in the past it has been covered by other sites as well. Given we are still a couple weeks away from the official launch I am super excited to see this much interest. I’ve been doing some business sort of things, like updating my blog side bar and trying to sort out how I am going to do my blogroll. For the moment however if you want the full and updated list of participants I have shared out a subset of the form data through google sheets.
On to the sign-ups from yesterday!
All of this said… there is still plenty of time to sign up and join in the fun. The official start isn’t until July 25th and even then what really matters is that you have your blog ready and in place to start on the challenge August 1st. If you are interested swing by our sign up form and then join us over in the Blaugust Discord for shenanigans. I will admit early on I was somewhat afraid we might have all Mentors and no Participants… but right now we are running 68% participants and 32% mentors which seems like a pretty great mix to me.
Another business note… we have our first prizes that have been donated. The first $30 USD/£20 GBP via Steam/Amazon to a random brand new blogger who started their blog for the first time as part of this initiative. The second is $30 USD/£20 GBP via Steam/Amazon to a random Rainbow Diamond award winner. As has happened in the past these tend to show up as the event rolls on and I will be making a master list of them all. My intent is to create a list of them sorted by equivalent monetary value and draw names for each prize until the virtual “hat” is empty.
On the gaming side… I am still really enjoying my time in Wrothgar but also taking it very slowly. I am essentially knocking two or so blips off my map every night. That said I think I completed one of the major story arcs seeing as it involved helping out the King of the Orcs. I was super happy because last night I got to tango with the followers of a Daedra which is always a good time for me personally. ESO Belghast most definitely vanquishes all Daedric Princes… however Skyrim Belghast usually makes a deal with them so he can get their super sweet and powerful weapon. This is always a weird disconnect in my mind given how I fought Molag Bal here… but happy thumped people over the head with his mace in Skyrim.
This might be my single favorite piece of dialog so far in Elder Scrolls Online and kinda encompasses everything it is to be an Orc. I know that feel and can absolutely understand him being super excited. I have a soft spot for the Orsimer because I have always loved the whole thing that they are effectively “corrupted elves”. In practice they make really cool buildings and have been some really interesting characters to interact with. I feel like if World of Warcraft Orcs were half as cool as the Orsimer I would have proudly been Horde, rather than being that faction that I largely care about because of Nubzy and Facepull. They also have a freaking awesome armor and weapon style… but one that never quite looks right on my Imperial character. The first character I made in Alpha if I am remembering correctly was an Orsimer Templar so this DLC has been really fun for me to roam around in.
If they are all this cool… I may stay glued to ESO for a very long time.