Conglomoblog Update: Civ, Gears, WoW, Business

I’m sorry for the record slowdown around here. This past week was crazy with a few game launches and RL stuff.

Civilization VI

Graev and I both picked up Civ 6. I’ll be the very first to admit that I’m not as familiar with Civ as I thought I was from playing Civ 4. I get the general idea of how to play, how to take a turn, the general ideas, etc. What I don’t have down at all are the strategies or “best practices” of how to play.

My games are always SO DANG LONG. Is that normal? Right now I chalk it up to not having a strategy, therefore spending hours going in multiple directions when I should be focusing on one solid victory.

Gears of War 4

I think Graev and I are making good progress in Gear 4. We’ve come across a few major reveals in the story, and I can tell they’ve definitely set themselves up for a new trilogy.

This is one I still plan to more formally write my thoughts on, but for now I’m happy to say it’s fun and I recommend it for fans of the previous games.


KGC is still progressing in raids. We’ve moved into Heroics now, and plan to pick up the pace now that 7.1 is coming out tomorrow. I’m actually going to write another post on 7.1 here this morning.

So long, Ads!

You may (or may not) have noticed something is a little different around here…

I removed all of the advertising from the blog last week. When I first introduced ads, I decided that they would only exist for as long as their value outweighed their inherent annoyances.

This blog was never about making money. I can make plenty on my other sites. A gaming blog is not an efficient place to do it. My goal with running ads here was always to simply pay server expenses. Since I can do that simply with affiliate links, I don’t need the ads. I use affiliate links to Amazon whenever it makes sense. You may notice sometimes my reviews contain an affiliate link. For example, I really liked Uncharted 4, so in my review at the bottom is a link to Amazon.

Don’t assume every link is an affiliate link, though. Many things are not available on Amazon. I’ve decided as of this moment the only affiliate links will be to Amazon. Sometimes I may put a little flag next to the link if I feel it’s justified. For example: “I’m pretty much exclusively spending my time playing Legion (aff link) these days.”

Refresher on how affiliate links work: When you click on them, we get a percentage of what you end up buying within a 24 hour window. It’s pretty much that simple. So if you click on our links and shop on Amazon (which I do for most things these days) then you support the blog and don’t have to spend anything extra to do so.

Thanks for continuing to support us by being a reader! Hard to believe in just a few months we’ll hit our 10 year anniversary.

What games come out this Fall?

This year continues to be a great year of games. I’ve put together a little list of my most anticipated games coming out Fall 2016 for you to get hyped about.


Overcooked (Already Out) (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

A fun little couch-coop cooking game where you work as a team to serve up orders before your customers leave. The settings are crazy and ridiculous which makes for lots of laughs.

No Man’s Sky (August ‘X’) (PS4, PC)

No Man's Sky Release Date

Who knows if this one will be delayed yet again. I think we’ve had two delays within the 2 weeks ’til launch window. Despite its shaky timing, I think NMS will be a fun game to hop in and explore a galaxy. This will be a great ‘sit back and chill’ game.

WoW Legion (8/30) (PC)

Not much else needs to be said here. Legion is shaping up already to be the best expansion since WotLK. I’m ready to jump in and have several months (at least) of a MMO to play with friends.


Dragon Quest VII (9/16) (3DS)

Dragon Quest VII

I’m anticipating this to be a great RPG. I’ve never played the Dragon Quest series, but I hope this is a fun place to start.

Yo-kai Watch 2 (9/30) (3DS)

Yo-kai Watch 2 release date

Graev speaks very highly of the 3DS version of the original, and I really liked the iPhone version. This is on my list of games to check out.


Dragon Quest Builders (10/11) (PS4)

My hype is high for this one. I just can’t help myself when it comes to builders.

Battlefield 1 (10/21) (Ps4, Xbox One, PC) 

Now that Battlefield is returning to its roots and getting away from the super-tech of modern warfare, I’m interested again.

Civilization VI (10/21) (PC)

This is on my list because it looks fun enough. I’m not sure if it’ll be an immediate buy, but probably one I make before Xmas.


Dishonored 2 (11/11) (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

I really enjoyed the first Dishonored, so this doesn’t take much selling for me. This falls within the window where I may put this on my Xmas list.

Pokemon Sun/Moon (11/18) (3DS)

Pokemon Sun and Moon Release Date

We get to ride Pokemon. Need I say more? Oh, and it’s Pokemon.


Dead Rising 4 (12/6 – yes, that’s still Fall) (Xbox One, PC)

Graev and I have had a lot of fun plowing through zombie bodies in shopping malls. Dead Rising 1 and 2 were great.  I skipped 3 but Graev enjoyed it enough. These have become so zany and out-of-control stupid, but jumping the shark (literally) is still enjoyable. I’d never play alone, so if Graev gets it with me we’ll play.

So those are my most anticipated games for Fall of 2016. Any I missed that are on YOUR list?

How to tame N.U.T.Z. the Mechanical Squirrel in WoW

Nutz the mechanical squirrel in WoW

Taming N.U.T.Z. the Mechanical Squirrel in WoW is really easy. I decided to create a quick guide to help my fellow hunters.

Step 1: Head to Azshara

Step 2: Enter the building in the NE and click on ‘An Intern’s Journal’

Step 3: Click on the Thorium Manifold Lever

Step 4: Click on Antimatter Storage Energizer

Step 5: Click on Flux Containment Release Lever

Step 6: Click Hydro-Sync Router

Step 7: Activate Aspect of the Turtle and Tame N.U.T.Z.

When taming N.U.T.Z. it’s important to remember that he will one-shot you. That’s why you should activate Aspect of the Turtle which acts like the old deterrence ability.

I hope my fellow hunters find this guide useful! If you’re looking to tame Friender or other Mechical pets, check out my other Mechanical Pet Taming Guide.


Join Us On Discord


I recently posted about the new Curse user interface and how it’s a pretty cool community interaction tool. A few of you messaged me about Discord and told me about how it has remarkable voice and chat integration. I gave it a shot, and I agree: It’s pretty cool.

Curse comes off as tailored more to the partnered streamers. Lots of flare and chrome rims, all that stuff. Discord is more about pure functionality and integration. The chat is better, the voice chat is better and way easier to set up and mimic Ventrilo (which we currently use). As a community organizer, I like the permissions better too. There’s also a pretty solid app for phones.

Neither option seems perfect for me, or the community here, but I think Discord is a little more our style. We’re still using Ventrilo. Anyone is free to join us there. Paying less than $4 a month for Ventrilo still feels acceptable to me. We also use forums for our Keen and Graev Community — yep, we’re old school. However, the chat functionality in Discord is really enticing as a “Guild Chat” of sorts since it allows a history of chat for all to see. You can feel connected even when you aren’t playing. Like right now, I’m at work but in Discord talking to some community members already online.

If you want to join our Keen and Graev Discord Server, I’m keeping our #general open to everyone. We’ll have member channels for voice and chat too, and different channels for games. We mostly play WoW, Overwatch, and other random games. Hope to see you online.

Discord App