Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kingdom of Loathing

Back in January of 2006 Bruce introduced me to the Kingdom of Loathing (KoL). Over the next 18 months I obsessively played the game, I made 73 runs, one of which was a near perfect 2 day run, which put me among a small group of very successful players. By June of 2007, I had burned out having played too many successive games, in 2008 I came back and did a single run before loosing interest and moving along. Last Friday on my way home from work, KoL suddenly popped back into me head and I started think about how much fun I had building my strategy and preparing for that 2 day run. After the game on Friday night, I asked Bruce when the last time he played the game and he said he was still playing regularly and down the rabbit hole we went.

When I logged into my account, I found I was in the middle of a run and I was 15th level when I last played. I looked at my equipment and remembered I had sold off all my high value items and bought 2 “Tome of Snowcone Summoning” and gave one each to Bruce and Thor. I also donated most of my Meat (game money) to the clan. I still had some decent gear, but nothing close to my former epic self. So my first action was to go donate $30 to KoL, which netted me 3 Mr. Accessory’s (Mr A). These are powerful toys in the game and must have items for almost any player. The big thing here is Mr. A’s are the only legitimate way to convert real money into game money (Meat), for $10, 1 Mr. A can be sold for around 12,000,000 Meat, which then can be used to buy other powerful items.

The first thing I noticed is a 2 day run is now impossible and I am pretty sure even a 3 day run is impossible. Last time I played, I could start a run by pulling high quality food and booze, eating and drinking my way to 3rd level without doing anything else, and it was almost trivial to be 8th level by the end of the first day of a run. Now there are level limits on food, so I have to be 6th level before I can eat Hell Ramen for instance. This first run I make is going to be fairly slow as I build a strategy for my next run and learn the ins and outs of this updated KoL.

It is possible I will become obsessed with this again, if I do, I apologize now for the boring blogs I am going to write that 99% of you won’t care about.

RE: Failed website migrations

Okay, I was able to restore from an earlier set of backups, which only went through July. I am hoping to be able to extract at least some new posts posts from the other backup, if not I suppose its no big deal. The upside here, is the website is considerably more responsive with the the new hardware.

Failed website migrations

So, here is to new beginnings. I moved my site from a raspberry Pi to a beefier system. The backup of my blog failed, not completely, so when I did the restore, what was there was broken in several ways. So I just decided to blow away 5 years of posts. I do have incomplete backup elsewhere and eventually I will restore from there, hopefully I can get at through July.