As you've probably noticed, there was no column last week. I had a bunch of projects to work on last week and things unfortunately snowballed. Had I realized how long these projects would take, I would have asked someone else to cover for me, like Alicia did for Jordan in Japandemonium a few weeks back.
I'm only taking 4 classes this semester. Normally, 4 classes at once isn't very difficult. But, my instructors all decided to have major projects at the same time, with regular assignments on top of that.
Having said that, I may have missed some MMO news in the past two weeks.
I made a mistake in relation to the Everquest II image last week. The information sent to us by Sony Online Entertainment mentioned that the message was double-encoded, which I omitted in my column. In addition to the message "The Future of Everquest II" that several people pointed out to me, there was also a second hidden message. Christopher Grigsby pointed out an article on The EverQuest 2 Realm that explained what the second message said: "The fae are coming winter 2006."
Thanks to Thoedore Larson, Mikel Tidwell, Joshua Taylor, Skott Tthunder, Ryan Bell, and CobaltCub for telling me about "The Future of EverQuest II" part. I'll be honest, I didn't actually try to figure out what it said. I'll bet if I had mentioned the double-encoding, some of you would have figured that part out, too.
Despite last week being busy for me, I made an appearance at this month's Roundtable, which was (appropriately enough) about MMORPGs. I meant to advertise the Roundtable in the April 12th MMORPGamer column, but it got overshadowed by the whole "double length column" bit. Sorry about that Josh and Liv!