A few weeks Jeromai asked about interacting with people and the extent of it, while gaming. I’m one of “those” mostly-solo MMOers, because I prefer and get player interaction with RL friends face-to-face via board gaming. Thus I never really sought out much interaction in MMOs, because random groups and disembodied voices are a pale imitation of actual interaction.

Plus, after burning out playing Asheron’s Call, I came back to the genre with Guild Wars which had henchmen/heroes to help round out needing a full group of people. Not to say I haven’t been in great groups or guilds or even had long-term online friends via gaming.

Of the games I play, the key draws for me are: storyline in two of them (LoTRO and TSW), plain fun and enjoyment in another (WildStar), and grouping in one more (WoW). I’m too inconsistent as a GW2 player to count it in my game rotation, but I’m mostly there to quest/explore and work along in the storyline as well. I do enjoy all the games and attempt to follow the story (as it is) in each, but let me say that as far as WoW goes, I’m there because I’m in a casual guild whose raid schedule works for me – and I have 2 coworkers that play… I wouldn’t be there for the storyline or questing otherwise.

To get me in the mood to try ESO:TU, I restarted Skyrim. I got partway through on a swordsman and an archer, but both fizzled out because I didn’t enjoy (read: wasn’t good at) combat. So this next start I will go with a good old destruction mage, similar to what I played in Morrowind.

The other thing I’m going to do is let my EVE sub run out. It’s a great game with many design features I like, but overall I’m not looking for what it does the best. I still have 6 weeks left since I pay in 3 month increments so we’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m pecking away at Skyrim and recently defeated Mirmulnir. I absorbed the Dragon’s power when it was slain and am led to believe I’m “Dragonborn”.

Dragon Attack
Dragon Attack

What I’m really hoping for is ESO:TU to go on a nice big sale tomorrow!

Random Answers

Jeromai throws down the gauntlet. <wildstar voice>Challenge Accepted!</wildstar voice> 😉

  • How much time do you spend gaming each day or each week?
  • I spend about 20 hours a week playing games… divided between board games and computer games. I’m a long time board gamer, starting in 1998, 2 years before trying an MMO.

    I don’t schedule meeting real-life friends and events ahead of computer gaming, so my computer game time is mostly confined to weekend afternoons and Mon evening – that’s when the WoW guild I’m in raids (the guild also raids Wed evening, but that’s a board gaming night and takes precedence. If something else comes up Mon evening, it will take precedence over the WoW raid).

    I do steal an hour here and there every day during the week, which is why themepark MMOs work so well for me. Especially ones I can solo decently in, or can drop in/out of easily, or have short easy-to-do tasks available (like Garrison upkeep in WoW), or do not feature significant PvP (battleground/alliance-battle style PvP is OK due to ease of joining/leaving. Anything more complicated means difficulty predicting how much time it will take). Essentially, sometimes all I have time for is advancing a few quests and then recalling to a safe spot to log off.

    I also have a bunch of games on Steam I like to play from time to time, and I fit those in whenever I have spare time because that’s easy to do for single player games.

  • How many people do you roughly interact with while gaming, and what’s the extent of your interactions?
  • For small board game night, 3 or 4. For big board game night, 5 to 8 and sometimes more. We also occasionally play trivia and then board games, because we’re near a board game cafe that has Thu night trivia.

    In computer games, well that varies a ton. I mostly solo due to time constraints. In WoW I raid once a week, so anywhere from 10-25, the FlexRaid system is pretty nice to allow a lot of variance in player numbers. In LoTRO, everybody else I know that plays has stopped, so it is just me at this point. Same in GW2, but that is an active game so I could probably join a guild if I wanted, including the one I was in back in GW – I did a server transfer to the server they play on, luckily for free back when they were balancing WvW stuff. I have a friend that plays TSW, but not so much anymore (and we also played GW and LoTRO together) and if I were more active I might try to find a small cabal to join. In WildStar, I joined a small guild of new players and returning vets and we had enough to do a 5-man instance, and it was huge fun. See tomorrow’s post. And then in EVE, I have 2 chars in a wormhole corp and usually only see 3-4 others on and nobody chats much, and I have my main char in Brave Newbies which is like a roaring hurricane compared to the quiet I’m used to.

    In summary – mostly solo with a few small group content (~5ish player) instances thrown in. A weekly raid size outing, 10-25 in WoW and sometimes I’ll do LFR for fun. Huge numbers in EVE, except I’ve missed every call to defense since I’ve joined due to bad timing.

  • What emotions do you enjoy experiencing while playing a game?
  • A feeling I had fun, whatever I did was enjoyable and not tedious. It’s great to overcome some obstacle and advance (computer game), win a game or be on the winning team (board game), see something new/different or more of the story (computer), puzzle out or try different skill combos/builds (computer game – WildStar, TSW), learn a new board game, work towards a common goal (everything: computer, cooperative board game, trivia).

  • What are some of your favorite genres/settings/worlds to read about in a book?
  • I like sci-fi/fantasy, spy thrillers, and misc other non-fiction topics.

  • Are they any different from the genres/settings/worlds you might like in a game? (Be it a computer game or a tabletop RPG.)
  • I think Sanderson’s Mistborn world would make an interesting setting. It has a physics based magic system (burning/consuming metals for various effects) so the game version would require an economy with ore node harvesting not for crafting, but for powering skills.

    I’m not sure a spy thriller would make a good MMO setting – that would be more like a solo stealth-based game or RPG, such as the Thief series or Splinter Cell.

  • What Warhammer 40k army would you choose (assuming unlimited budget)?
  • I have to punt on this, I don’t know much about Warhammer 40K so my answer would basically be a coin flip.

    Geez, I googled Warhammer 40K and looked at their website. Not a coin flip, more like a d20 roll. Still have no idea.

  • ASCII art, yea or nay?
  • Overall all, nay. I recognize that some ascii art is creative and impressive working within the limitations of the medium. All the same, I’m not seeking it out to admire. I suppose I’m neutral on it.

  • Your favorite vegetable, and your most loathed one…
  • My most loathed one is brussel sprouts. Ugh. As for favorite… there are many I like, but my favorite are green beans.

  • Unlimited budget, pick one country in the world, that you haven’t been to, that you’d like to visit.
  • There are countries I’d like to revisit on an unlimited budget. But for a country I haven’t been to, that would be Egypt to do history/archaeology tours, and on my unlimited budget 😉 do some desert camping/caravan adventure.

  • You cannot choose a human for your next MMO character. Would you pick a tall race or a short race first? (Width or muscularity, bestial features or lack thereof is up to you.)
  • I usually pick a non-human when possible and I do like short races. In LoTRO, I like Hobbits. In GW2, I like Asuras. In WildStar… well the Chua look decent but I like the looks of the Granok and Mechari much more. In WoW, I like the Draenei (a tall race, another exception) and Gnomes. But overall I like the look of the Draenei better.

    TSW and EVE have human characters only.

    I like the Hobbits especially in LoTRO because of the occasional size mismatch. My highest level character is a Hobbit guardian and I love the size mismatch when fighting a troll or something large and I’m swiping at its legs.

    What I don’t like are excessively cute characters. I can’t explain it better, this would just be lumped in with personal aesthetics and what I like in an avatar which is difficult to describe fully. As an example, if I were to start playing FFXIV:ARR, I would probably choose a Roegadyn. The cat people (Miqo’te) and the child race (Lalafell) are just straight out of consideration for me, the Hyur appear to be the human race, so that leaves it between the Roegadyn and the Elezen. So in this game I’d be a tall race.

    Another example: I dabbled in Allods Online and rolled a Gibberling. 5 mins later I decided I hated the looks of the char so it was gone. All the other non-human choices were large or bestial.

  • Wings or no wings?
  • No wings for me, I don’t like the look. Back in GW1 I specifically chose Istani armor for my paragon because it was the least wing-like. I’m behind the curve in GW2, I’m not even sure what cosmetic armor is depicted.

LoTR – real world pics

I meant to post this a few weeks ago, 10 years after I took a trip to New Zealand and managed to visit a few movie locations. I forgot until today and was reminded because some friends posted other pics on Facebook as a #TBT.

A little over 10 years ago, in Nov 2004, I had the chance to travel to New Zealand with two friends. It was a great trip overall, with tons of great memories.

We started planning the trip months in advance, and being an enormous Lord of the Rings fan, I bought the Lord of the Rings Guidebook with the hope I’d get a chance to get a tour in somewhere. I definitely wanted to do it, but I was also touring with my friends and knew that we might not have full agreement or even have time to squeeze it in.

To sum it up, I got a chance to spend an afternoon in Wellington looking for various locations, and later in Queenstown, got to take a “Lord of the Rings” tour. At the time, I wasn’t even playing any MMOs; I had stopped Asheron’s Call nearly 2 years earlier, and had yet to start Guild Wars (I think its release was still a few months away). WoW hadn’t even been released, but that was just days away – in fact it released while I was touring. I visited some friends in New Zealand who showed me the game during the first week it was out, but I didn’t wind up trying it until summer 2007, when I also picked up LoTRO.

Anyway, here are some Lord of the Rings related pics I took while I was there 10 years ago.

Reaching for the Ring
Reaching for the Ring
Nazgûl path
Nazgûl path

This spot on path in a park in Wellington, as far as I could determine given my GPS accuracy, etc. is where the hobbits hid from the Nazgûl. Basically just off the path served as the location. I had a tough time navigating to the “exact” location due to bouncy GPS readings, and unfortunately is was getting late so I had to hurry to beat sundown.

Tour Vehicles
Tour Vehicles

Later outside Queenstown, I took a guided tour to various shooting locations. I rode in the Arwen jeep and this was a tour where I knew more than the guide about the lore of the movies. 🙂

Ford of Bruinen
Ford of Bruinen

This unassuming river (stream…) served as the Ford of Bruinen for the movies. One thing to keep in mind is the amount of post-processing done in a modern movie. According to the guide and the book, principal shooting was done here, and later various digital effects added (foreground, background, etc) so it doesn’t resemble the final product in the movie. Which is good because I didn’t want to be swept away by Elrond invoking the power of Vilya.

Gladden Fields
Gladden Fields

Here is where Isildur was ambushed by Orcs and lost the Ring into a river.

We also saw some mountains that appeared as various background shots, as well as the formation that was used for the Argonath. That one was interesting in that much like the Ford of Bruinen, the filming location was digitally edited to add in the Pillars of the Kings monuments.

Anyway, it was a great vacation in general, and for me in particular the Lord of the Rings tour was a highlight. If I return to New Zealand, I’d like to take other ones. Queenstown alone had ~3 location tours (of which I only had time to take one). The North island had some filming locations too: Lake Taupo and surroundings (Mount Doom and Mordor) as well as Matamata (Hobbiton set); I was fortunate to have some time in Wellington to see some of the film locations in that area but didn’t get to tour Weta Studios. Now there might be a few newer things to see because of the Hobbit trilogy – I see there is a new Hobbit Guidebook!

Maybe I’ll get a chance to return and if so, I will definitely make a point to take more LoTR/Hobbit tours. 😉

Hope you enjoyed the pics!

Civ – Cultural Victory

One thing I wanted to accomplish before Beyond Earth releases is to win a cultural victory in Civ 5.

So I started a small map, 2 continents, 1 other civilization, and several city-states (4 or 5). And besides fight off barbarians, I didn’t do any other fighting: I just left the other civ alone (easy since it was on the other continent), and ignored the city-state on my own land mass.

I spent the game working my land/sea and building up my empire. In the mid-game I had a surplus of gold, so I simply bought a few buildings and otherwise built up anything with a culture bonus. Every great musician/artist born in my empire created a great work; most great scientists build labs or instantly researched technology, etc.

Since I dominated the research tree, I placed all my spies in my own cities to work as counter-intelligence. They caught/killed at least a dozen of the other civ’s spies. Every time the game showed the apology screen, I forgave rather than take the other option (which I supposed was declare war?).

Basically, I spent the game working my economy and not fighting anyone. I’ve been drawn into long wars in previous games and was determined to avoid that. It helped that nobody attacked me. I did build a few military units, and got a few free ones from trade plus something about receiving 6 free foreign legion units (I don’t remember what I built). When I could, I upgraded them and they were sufficiently advanced to scare off my would-be war monger rival. 😉

In the late 1960’s, as I was about to click “next turn”, I got the “you’ve won a cultural victory” screen. Woot!

Cultural Victory
Cultural Victory

I did really well, the highest ranking I’ve gotten in the game:

High Ranking
High Ranking

But to be fair, this was on normal difficulty against one other computer civilization. I’m sure another player would present a much greater challenge. As would playing a larger map with more civilizations. Being on the other continent with only a single city-state on my side to compete with was a major boon.

Still, it was fun just building an infrastructure and not winning through military victory. I’m looking forward to Beyond Earth!

Bioshock Infinite

I’m one of those people that falls victim to the regular Steam sales. I love them, and being able to buy games at a steep discount results in “acquisition disorder” whereby my list of unplayed games grows ever longer.

To combat this, I decided to spend some time combing through my collection and uninstall ones I don’t like. My tastes in games tend towards RPGs, strategy, puzzlers, platformers, RTS, tower defense, stealth action, etc. and not so much in the FPS genre. Come to think of it, I could have just said that of all the genres of games, my least favorite are FPSes. 😉

Part of that reason is that I’m one of the people that gets motion sick while playing an FPS. This goes all the way back to the original Doom, which gave us a great FPS and the acronym DIMS, for Doom Induced Motion Sickness. Doom made me queasy, but I was determined to finish the game so I played it in ~30 min chunks.

So it is somewhat ironic that the game in my collection that I am currently working through is Bioshock Infinite. I picked this up for 80% not too long ago, and decided it was time to check it out.

Stained Glass Window
Stained Glass Window

The graphics are fantastic, there are great non-obtrusive cues (Hit ENTER to do some action, then in-game the character says something), action is good… but I can only play about 30 mins before I need to stop.

I’m not too far in, and it remains to be seen if I’ll get to the end (not sure if I’m motivated enough to fight the vertigo), but I’m enjoying it so far.

I know many gamers are eagerly awaiting the Oculus Rift. For me, that thing sounds like a torture device. I am 99% sure that wearing that while playing a game would result in me throwing up. Nevertheless I think it is cool, even if I will probably be unable to use one.

Planet Explorers

If you want to play an open world, sandbox, crafting/building game, there are several choices. Minecraft, Terreria, Windborne (early access), Starbound (early access); if you add in simulation then perhaps Kerbal Space Program, Space Engineers, and Habitat also qualify, at least partly…

So recently when I opened up Steam, another one caught my eye: Planet Explorers. I read the blurb and the game is described as “an open world sandbox adventure RPG game set on a distant planet”. Wait a sec, RPG in addition to the other stuff? Hm… very interesting! I watched a few of the videos and liked what I saw. When I noticed the game was also 40% off (dipping the price for this Early Access game to $15), I grabbed it.

After starting up, I chose the single player story mode. I was treated to a quick video showing an attempt to colonize a planet, with an unfortunate ship crash:

Planet Explorers start
Planet Explorers start

Next I found myself standing by a wrecked ship with somebody calling for help.

Crashed Ship
Crashed Ship

Various dialog options led to some help screens, and I imagine as the game is fleshed out, the tutorial will be more comprehensive.

However, I could experiment and try to figure some stuff out. The top 4 icons by the mini-map were inventory, missions, build, and replicate, so I tried some stuff out. Basically the first “mission” I was given was to locate supplies, but to do that I needed to build a shovel, and in turn, to do that I needed to harvest some wood. I was given a shovel recipe, which I right-clicked to learn.

After a few minutes I figured out that I needed to equip my dagger, then walk up to a tree/plant, and attack it (left-click). That started a progress bar showing how far along I was to chopping down the plant.


One plant gave me 5 wood, another gave me 3, etc. I needed 10 blocks of wood so I gathered that up, then checked the replicator pane. The hammer icon was lit up so I clicked it and created a shovel.


With my new shovel I wandered around the ship looking for a good spot to dig up the supplies. I spotted a half-buried crate near the rear, so I dug it up and found medicine.

Anyway, to sum up, the next few missions involved harvesting plants to make medicine, then getting water in a pitcher. After helping my fellow survivor, I got a mission to look for others somewhere to the north.

Search Party
Search Party

Unfortunately I had to stop, not having too much time available to play.

So far so good, I think I’ll dabble here and there and see where the mission goes!

Steam and MMOs

Ars Technica recently released statistics on Steam games. They sampled public data and estimated sales and gameplay for the most popular titles. Both articles are interesting and worth a read:

The 2nd page of the 2nd article has a big list of the top 100.

Naturally, I looked over the list, curious about MMOs.

First, the most popular MMOs don’t have Steam clients. For instance, in the list that Nosy Gamer maintains, which is the top 12 by XFire statistics, I can’t find the following games on Steam (list of games taken from the Apr 15 2014 list):

  • 1. WoW
  • 2. Guild Wars 2
  • 3. SWTOR
  • 4. Elder Scrolls Online
  • 7. Aion
  • 8. TERA
  • 12. Runescape

That’s more than half of them, including the top 4. Oof.

So of Ars Technica’s estimated top 100 Steam Games, I see the following MMOs, not counting FPS type shooters or RTS games:

  • 1. DOTA
  • 17. Planetside 2
  • 21. Spiral Knights
  • 48. Realm of the Mad God
  • 51. Path of Exile
  • 94. Fallen Earth

The thing is, and I don’t want to get into arguments about what is and isn’t an MMO, but my own definition doesn’t include MOBAs or action shooter RPGs and games along those lines. To be fair, I haven’t played most of those games so I can’t render an opinion based on experience – for instance, I list Planetside 2 since Nosy Gamer did – but what blew me away was the game at #94. Fallen Earth.

Congrats are in order to Fallen Earth for being the only MMO (IMHO) that made the top 100 Steam Game list! Represent!!

That’s the only game I think is really an MMO in the list. Spiral Knights and Realm of the Mad God look more like arena shooter type games, Path of Exile looks like a Diablo-style dungeon crawler action RPG. Besides, further up on the list at #40 is Torchlight 2, a game in a similar vein.

Fallen Earth. Ranked #94, which places it above games available through Steam which aren’t on the list at all, such as EVE Online, LoTRO, TSW, DDO, FF XIV, RIFT, Neverwinter, Darkfall: UW, AoC, etc.

Perhaps what partly explains Fallen Earth’s lofty position is that it was released recently enough (Sep 2009) so the majority of the player base hadn’t already bought it standalone by the time it came to Steam (Oct 2011) for all of its time to be tracked (after Mar 2009). And with the transition of Fallen Earth to Gamer’s First, the shrink wrapped product fell by the wayside versus purchasing it on Steam. Where, just to take an example, Trion has been over RIFT the entire time, selling direct on their website, so the proportion of direct sales to Steam sales is different than it is for Fallen Earth.

Now to be fair, MMOs typically also have their own standalone clients; not everybody buys through Steam. For instance, LoTRO and DDO both became available via Steam years after their original release: LoTRO release Apr 2007 and was added to Steam Jun 2012, etc. So many players probably don’t go through Steam and thus no stats. And there is the fact half the popular ones (Digital Dozen) including the top 4 aren’t on Steam at all.

It would be interesting to see the tail end of the game list, if Ars would publish it. Games #101 to 200 or even higher. I have a feeling Valve/Steam might not be too happy about publishing more, however.

New Monitor

I decided to treat myself to a little computer upgrade and replace my monitor. I had a 20″ LCD on my Windows machine, and decided to “go big” and get a 27″ monitor. A nice ASUS PB278Q wide quad hd monitor (i.e. can do 2560 x 1440). It came in today and I’m still drooling as I quickly log into each game and fiddle around a bit.

My video card is the decent but certainly not high-end Geforce GTX 650. I used DVI with the old monitor but the new one needs HDMI for the full resolution (or dual DVI but my card doesn’t have that available). A pleasant surprise was that the monitor includes speakers, and unknown to me until now, HDMI carries sound! I was used to cabling speakers to my sound card (and not having an HDMI monitor until now) that I never payed attention to HDMI at all and assumed it was video only. I found out about the audio when I cabled my new monitor and heard faint music… but I had unplugged to speakers to move them. For my purposes the monitor speakers sound just fine so I’m going to use them instead of the separate ones. One power plug saved – less clutter and a little more room on my desk! 🙂

Anyway, the extra screen real estate is FANTASTIC.

Here are a few screenshots, I just can’t resist.

Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2

My ranger Glyneth with Vigil Keep in the background.


My champion Autumn looking towards Hardirion in Enedwaith.

EVE Online
EVE Online

Aurora flying a Caracal towards a station.

Secret World
Secret World

Wayness surveying the hellscape outside a motel in Savage Coast. Wow, just logging into TSW makes me realize how utterly slack I’ve been playing it.

Anyway, I love my new monitor, can you tell? I’m plagued with thoughts of another one as my eye wanders over to the 24″ monitor on my Mac Mini. I can skip food for a few weeks, right? 😉

GW2 – Bobbleheads

I logged in to check out the bobblehead versions of my characters.

I think my Charr guardian looks especially good/fierce:

Fierce Charr
Fierce Charr

I’ve been lazy about getting to 80 on Glyneth, my ranger. She’s currently at 71 and would easily make it to 80 by the mid-month patch… except I’m not going to be able to play much in the next week or two. I’m house/pet sitting for a friend and will be away from my regular computers and on my notebook instead.

My notebook is a 2009 era MacBook Pro. While it does have a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT for video, let’s just say that the system isn’t exactly going to stun and amaze. I figure I can at least log into EVE in order to keep my skill queues topped off – this is very very important! – and might be able to get a little bit done in LoTRO or GW2. But I think it’ll just be more pleasant all around to dig into my backlog of Steam games and play a few of those instead.

And as Azuriel notes, I’m a person who grabs a games during Steam sales – some sales are 80% off! – and then isn’t always diligent about playing. In fact, to my embarrassment, I’m one of the elite 24% that owns Borderlands 2 and hasn’t even claimed the initial achievement. Um… the dog ate my homework?

In my defense, I did complete Tomb Raider, the late 2013 release. I only have 24% of the achievements, so I’m not a completionist, but I did play to the finish and enjoy it. So I don’t always just grab a game on deep discount and then forget I have it. 😉

Anyway, I have a bunch of games that should run fine on my 2009 MBP. Mark of the Ninja, FTL, Fez, Kerbal Space Program, SpaceChem, etc. As you can see I’m also a fan of indie type games, and love that the Mac (and even Linux) is reasonably supported. As a matter of fact, Borderlands 2 will run on my MBP, and now I am determined to crank it up and hit E twice, haha.


I haven’t played much due to taking a trip over the first week in July and then getting busy with some other hobbies. Fortunately, I received my new computer the day before I left and was able to install and patch the base system.

Before leaving for my trip, I also did something critical: queued up the install 3 dozen or so games while I was away. This involved disabling hibernate (choosing a power policy that never slept the hard drive) and then selecting game after game for install in Steam. Each new one would pause the previous one(s) but I knew they would eventually finish up over the hours/days. I also ran installers for several other games (GW2, Rift, AoW, etc.)

The speed of the SSD was nice, but let me say that for my purposes, the roominess of a 1 GB (or larger) hard drive is tough to beat. When I had the SSD (256 GB), I had to uninstall various games to make room for others, but now I can have them all! Well, even 1 GB will fill up but right now I’ve got a nice number of games installed… 289 GB worth!

Games dir size
Games dir size

I dug out the games I bought of GoG and installed those as well. I’ve certainly got more games to play than I have time to play them.

Games part 1
Games part 1

Not pictured are Monaco and Nightsky, because they were sandwiched between several Microsoft and NVidia entries that took up too much room in the screenshot.

Games part 2
Games part 2

As much as I love MMOs, I need to focus a bit in order to make decent progress. I do enjoy dabbling and the variety but right now I’m leaning more towards deeper advancement in fewer games versus piddling around entry areas in many.

One final thing to do before I crank up LoTRO on my new system is remap the keys. The default action keys are the number keys plus CTRL, ALT, SHIFT. That was too much stretching for me, so I remapped the number keys to asdfgzxcvb. It was just less bouncing around the keyboard and I set it up so the “typical” combat skills/sequence was asdfg with other useful skills accessed with modifier keys (SHIFT-a, CTRL-z, etc.) Now I’m used to that so I need to map it back!

Oh, I also bought a Logitech G105 keyboard so perhaps I can make use of its features.


One thing I found interesting related to account security.

Steam games are a separate case, because when you install Steam on a new/unrecognized computer, you have to enter a key emailed to your account. So games installed via Steam fall under that umbrella.

Of course, many MMOs can be installed separately as well. And some don’t come via Steam.

One of those is TERA. When I cranked it up on my new system, I was greeted with a security check:

TERA security check
TERA security check

I like that actually, that it tries to screen unknown computers.

GW2 didn’t put up a similar check but I remember reading that by default their security mechanism only barks when the new device is on a different subnet. Also, GW2 allows using the Google Authenticator, which can be configured to challenge all the time.

RIFT was the same way – no new computer check, but there is an option to use an authenticator.

I tried with Age of Wushu, and sailed right through to the login screen… no option for an authenticator.