Hello everyone! First of all, thank you so much for visiting this page. It means a lot for someone who tries to turn writing about the games into a full time job. I’ll try my best to provide interesting content for every kind of player out there.
A little bit about me. My name is Radosław and I’m 24. I’ve been playing video games pretty much since I remember. Thing were a lot easier, because I have an older brother, who was really into that too. And so my first contact with the games was when my parents have bought Pegasus (basically Eastern Europe clone of NES, which wasn’t really available in Poland at the time). And so, I’ve started to play games like Contra, Super Mario Bros or Battle City when I was 2 or 3. It was really an amazing experience, even though I could barely go past the first stage of Contra it was still my favorite game and I could spend hours before the screen.
Back in 1998, when I was 6, we’ve got our first PC. It really was a big deal back then, none of my friends had one until like 2 years later. I’ve really got into the PC games around 2000. Having an older brother was a big advantage, because instead of playing games for kids, I got to let’s just say more advanced titles. I’ve played games like Diablo (I and later II), Warcraft II, Fallout, Civilization: Call to Power, Dungeon Keeper, Age of Empires, Heroes of Might & Magic (II and III) etc. As you’ve probably noticed, RPG & RTS games were my favorite and that’s honestly still the case today.
Since buying new games wasn’t really something we could afford easily, gaming magazines such as CD-Action or Click! (I don’t think those were published outside of Poland) were our saviors. For about 1/5 of the cost of the new game, we had a magazine with news, reviews and few CD’s (or later 1 DVD) with full games/demos/other goodies. The full games weren’t new titles – they were usually 2 or 3 years old, sometimes even older, but it was still amazing.
Around 2002 I’ve got my first Internet connection. It was a dial-up (I think that’s how it’s called in English) and it was amazing and terrible at the same time. Amazing, because it was my first time experiencing something like that. And terrible, because it was expensive like hell (we’ve bought a 30 hours package every month, which costed like 2 or 3 times more than the current high speed connections), slow and you couldn’t even use phone when using it. And so, the 1 hour of daily internet opened a lot of new possibilities. At first we used it to download game guides, solutions to the games we couldn’t pass ourselves etc. But around 2003 or 2004 we’ve experienced something completely different – online gaming.
Out (I’m saying out, because I mostly played games with my brothers and friends back then) first online game was… Tibia. A lot of you probably haven’t even heard about it, but it was really, really popular here in Poland. The game had terrible graphics even for the time, gameplay was also rather dull and boring when looking from today’s perspective. But it opened the new world. Game in which you could play with people from around the world, chat with them, go Dragon hunting with your friend who is playing from his home. That was amazing. We’ve actually played Tibia for longer than we should, it was like 2 or 3 years in total with multiple breaks. The game was terrible, but there was something about it that we couldn’t stop.
After, it was the era of MMORPG for us. We finally got a “better” connection. I mean, it was better compared to the dial-up, but it still sucked hard. It was 64 kb/s at first and then we’ve upgraded to 512 kb/s after like 2 or 3 years (that was one of the biggest jumps in speed I ever experienced). But, MMOs. Around 2005, MMOs were the really hot thing. We’ve mostly played Korean MMOs – Lineage II, MU Online, Silkroad Online, Kal Online, Flyff, Rappelz and many more. At this point I don’t remember the names of 2/3 of the games we’ve played, because some didn’t even hook us for longer than a few weeks.
Then, around 2007 me and my friends have started to play World of Warcraft. First we’ve checked it on some private servers (it was hard to afford the game + monthly sub for the middle school kids), but in 2008, before Wrath of the Lich King was released, we’ve started playing the real deal. We quit early in 2010 and started to play another online game that was gaining some popularity – League of Legends. Right now the game is a big deal, probably the most popular online game, but back then we had to convince friends to try it out, because no one has heard about it. We quit LoL in 2013, because our gaming group broke up (you know, not enough time because of the studies, girlfriends etc.).
Since then I’ve mostly played games alone (I mean, “alone” as in with no real life friends – I met a lot of people and made quite a lot of online friends since then). Blizzard’s card game, Hearthstone, is my main game since late 2013. Besides that, I’ve played multiple other online games like DotA, Overwatch, Diablo III, Path of Exile, Guild Wars 2 and more recently Gwent. But lately I find myself going back to the single player games quite often. I didn’t play almost any single player games between like 2006 and 2014, because I was just too busy playing all the online stuff.
I’ve started writing about games in 2014 and since 2015 I’m trying to make a living off of it. I’m mostly writing about Hearthstone, since it’s most profitable at the moment (can’t deny that, HS is a very popular game) but that was also the reason to create this blog. I want to have a place when I can write anything I want about any game I want. Right now I won’t update it very often, because writing about Hearthstone will still be my #1 priority (well, I have to eat something), but I’ll try to post something here at least once per week.
If you have any suggestions when it comes to the content or the blog itself, feel free to share. I’ll try to improve everything step by step, but if you think something should be done right away, let me know!
Hi. My name is Radosław, or Stonekeep, but people call me Stone. I'm a gamer from Poland. I've spent most of my life playing video games. Well, that doesn't sound like something to be proud of, but I try to do my best to turn it into my way of living.
Right now I'm working as a freelance writer, mostly creating Hearthstone-related content. But since I have so much more to share, I've decided to create this blog. Right now it's still pretty empty, since I'm just getting started, but in the future you should expect to find reviews, guides and more general content about different games I'm playing right now.
If you have any suggestions about the blog or the content, do contact me and let me know.