Friday, February 8, 2013

Instance Cluster: Rohan - Part 1 review

At first promised to come at launch with RoR, the instances were delayed and split up into 2 releases. The first of these releases will be reviewed here, the 2nd is still on its way.



All  3 instances are 3-man, levels 20-85. There's a startup quest in Bree, but it isn't required to run the instances.



Iorbar's Peak

This instance has you retrieve a stolen eagle egg from the frost giants up in the Misty Mountains. It's basically a winding path up the mountain side. Along the way, you'll be harassed by the giant who throws boulders at you.
The first boss isn't really anything special. He summons adds and you have to avoid the giants' boulders.
The second (and last) boss is somewhat different in that the egg gets its own health bar. You have to defeat the giant while keeping the adds he summons off the egg.













Seat of the Great Goblin

The goblins are bolder than ever before. This might be caused by a new Great Goblin. Head into the tunnels under the Misty Mountains to dispatch him before things get ugly. If you've been to goblin-town in the Misty Mountains, this place looks familiar. Be prepared for large groups of low-morale mobs.
The first boss is basic tank-'n-spank, while at certain morale thresholds, he becomes unattackable and does a ground-slam. Occasionally, rubble will fall down.
Second boss is somewhat spoilerish in its tactics. I'll only say that the fight isn't over as fast as you'd think.







Wednesday, January 2, 2013

10000 pageviews - breakdown

I was waiting for it yesterday, but in the end it probably happened in the middle of the night or something.  My blog passed the mark of 10000 visitors.

But that's not really what this post is about. This is about statistics.

First up is a breakdown of the visitors:

United States
4434
United Kingdom
899
Germany
747
Belgium
507
Canada
333
Netherlands
297
Spain
199
Russia
190
Poland
176
Australia
153


Obviously, some of them are going to be bots, but looking at the list of countries, I'm quite sure they're in the minority.

Now that we got the demographics, let's take a look at the more interesting numbers:
Page-views by browser:
Firefox
3715 (37%)
Chrome
3601 (35%)
Internet Explorer
1396 (13%)
Safari
561 (5%)
Mobile Safari
366 (3%)
Opera
352 (3%)
Mobile
17 (<1%)
wOSBrowser
11 (<1%)
CriOS
5 (<1%)
BingPreview
3 (<1%)
Firefox is currently slightly winning over Chrome, though I can say they're always switching around. A good number of people still use Internet Explorer in this day and age. Then we have the other popular browsers , though I guess you should take Safari and Mobile Safari together, which pushes it up to about 8%.



Another interesting graph is what OS people are using to run these browsers on:

Windows
7609 (83%)
Android
429 (4%)
Macintosh
346 (3%)
iPad
181 (1%)
iPhone
167 (1%)
Linux
162 (1%)
Windows NT 6.1
118 (1%)
Nintendo DSi
88 (<1%)
Other Unix
35 (<1%)
iPod
29 (<1%)

No real surprises here. Microsoft is still running on most people's computers, leaving the others far behind.
Leaving Windows out of the picture, the biggest amount of views seems to come from tablets and similar.
The biggest surprise for me is that the Nintendo DSi, which I don't own myself and didn't even knew could surf the web normally, actually got 88 views.
I guess those good old gaming handhelds really are becoming more and more like little computers.



Before I forget, I wish you all a happy new year!