What is Gwent Daily?
Initially, I registered the domain to use with an service that I planned to use to create a daily newspaper of Gwent content. I also had set up a blog where I could share my own thoughts and experiences as I learn the game. After a week or so, I decided to go another direction and since I already had the domain and the hosting, I would go ahead and set up my own thing. The current state of the site is where I think we’ll go from here on out.
That direction is to produce some of my own Gwent content, but to also showcase Gwent streamers, video makers, and other Gwent websites. I will share info from the Gwent staff through their Twitter account and YouTube channel as well.
Who is Torlaan?
Torlaan is a guy that loves video games and has created content online for many of them over the years. I have run Everquest forums, World of Warcraft blogs, and everything in between. The name Torlaan comes from my days playing Everquest. I started playing Everquest in 1999 and the game generated name that EQ gave my brand new warrior was Torlaan. It’s that simple. I have been playing with this name in every game I have played since… Everquest, EQ2, World of Warcraft, Star Wars, Rift, Tera, Blade and Soul, Hearthstone, well… pretty much every game, including Gwent now.
I don’t consider myself a great card game player. The only other card game I’ve ever played is Hearthstone. I played Hearthstone for about 5-6 months over the life of the game. I took lots of breaks. I played when Hearthstone launched and never made it past rank 18. I left and returned about a year later and played 2-3 months. During that time, I peaked at rank 2 but finished most of those months rank 4 or 5. Before I finally quit Hearthstone 4-5 months ago, I played another 2 month span where I never made it past rank 5. Even though I was gold with 8 or the 9 heroes, I never liked playing the “strongest decks”. My goal of hitting 500 wins with all 9 classes had me playing some of the weaker classes often.
I found out about Gwent in an ad that showed up on a Hearthstone site that I wrote content for earlier this year and immediately signed up for the beta. When I quit Hearthstone, I decided to wait for Gwent. I finally got into the beta on November 18, 2016. After playing 2-3 days, I decided to produce some content for Gwent and here we are.
I have been gaming forever. I promise.
I started off early, while my friends were playing original Atari games like Yars Revenge and Donkey Kong, I was paying Centipede on my Commodore Vic-20 hand me down. Next up, my dad got me a Commodore 64 and everyone knows about all the games that were available for the 64. Floppy Disk gaming FTW. Before jumping into the PC gaming era, I did have a brief Amiga era where all I did was play Bard’s Tale.
Once I got my own PC, a Zenith 248, which was a 286 with a 8mhz processor, a 10 megabyte hard drive, and a 2400 baud modem, I became addicted to BBS games like Trade Wars.
From the early PC days to the late 90s, all I played were games like Civilization, Doom, etc.
Once MMORPG games started hitting the shelves, I was all in.
My 1st MMORPG was Everquest. I started playing EQ a little late, I started in 2000 during the Velious expansion. I ended up playing EQ, then EQ2, then back to EQ, and then I finally left for World of Warcraft.
I played World of Warcraft, mostly Twink PVP, for almost 10 years. I still play on a private Wrath of the Lich King server from time to time, but my Blizzard days are behind me… hopefully for good.
In between EQ and Gwent, I have played in betas for many games, most of them only for a month or so. I would often buy a game, play it for a month and then return to World of Warcraft. Here are a list of all the games I have played online.
- Everquest (7 years)
- Everquest II (on and off for 2 years)
- Dungeons and Dragons Online (Beta)
- World of Warcraft (10 years)
- Age of Conan (Bought, played 1 month, didn’t like)
- Guild Wars (6 months)
- Guild Wars 2 (Beta bought game but never played live)
- Aion (Beta)
- Black Desert (Beta)
- Blade and Soul (3 months)
- Tera (Beta)
- City of Heros (I played with my son when he was younger)
- Rift (Beta)
- Star Wars: The old Republic (Beta and a few months live)
I am sure I am missing a couple others, but that’s it for now.
Oh, even though I have had almost ever console that ever released, I never really considered myself a console gamer. I ended up giving my Playstation to my daughter and my Xbox 360 to my son. Now they both have the most current version of each platform, although my son wants both now.