As the end of W27 looms with all the inevitability of Christmas, I sense this will be my last instalment of the W27 Blog. It means you are more than likely to be spared my Christmas issue and the veritable stocking of cynicism that goes with that. It also means that I get a chance to look back, a little, on the run up to victory and share a little wisdom from the endgame.
Welcome, welcome, lord and ladies to another edition of the W27 Weekly. There are few words able to sum up the W27 situation that are not featured in ‘Urban Dictionary’. When you realise that only 10 tribes remain, and that those opposing the world leaders, Shadow, total some 1,500,000 points, you realise that the world is in dire trouble. It does mean that we are rather close to the end; and that means I can treat you to a juicy issue of the W27 Blog in what could well be one of my last.
Picture the scene if you will: Shadow enjoys massive dominance across every continent of the world. Isolated pockets of resistance are all that remain. Players hang onto their last village desperately, hoping in vain that they might be spared by some miracle. Shadow stutters at the last hurdle with selfish claiming and laziness.
Being the man that I am, I probably glossed over the event of last week that was W27’s anniversary with every ounce of nonchalance that my XY chromosome could muster. Honestly, it just completely slipped my mind, what with the world ending and all. Look, I’ll make it up to you.
Nope, it’s not flowers or chocolate or a seemingly irrelevant cuddly dinosaur (or any combination thereof); it’s none other than the World 27 Blog marking two years of events here.
For a blog author, the announcement of the closure of a world is a double edged sword, a metaphor I have never quite understood; don’t most swords have two edges? Indeed, how could it have any less; and how could it be functional with any more? How many edges does a mace have though? What about a halberd?
Anyway, the case in point is that whilst I cheer the return to the morass of real life, with its responsibilities and commitments that can no longer be sidelined for TW, and I appreciate the increase in writing fodder, I am also acutely aware that this blog receives greater attention and publicity which equates to more work. It also heralds my demise as a figure in the blogging world. Don’t worry; it’ll be death by the sword I suspect. There’s probably a joke in here about how sword is an anagram of words…but you didn’t come here to hear about that, so let’s get on with the best week in Shadow’s history.
I love the smell of victory in the morning. For those who have inexplicably arrived at this blog, and yet without knowledge that W27 is ending…W27 is ending. With Shadow now in control of some 93% of the player owned villages, something had to be done. Billed as the weirdest and quietest of the .net worlds, it’s no wonder that they let me do the blog, and indeed that there has never been such an interest in the world since its inception. Read the rest of this entry →