Just last night as I was traveling from Boralus to Stormwind, I was thinking how much I like portals. Then this morning, this:
While checking all my characters pockets to see if they had the current Timewalking dungeon quest to turn in, I tallied all the Darkmoon Faire quests everyone had accumulated. I decided to send them to the faire just for the experience points.
Imagine my delight when all of the craft quests there were once again giving out 5 crafting points for each quest. Fixed! I immediately started sending in everyone that had Darkmoon quests from dungeoneering, and all crafters.
It has always been such a favorite way to inch everyone along, even characters not currently not in play.
At this time of year, in World of Warcraft, I get in a habit doing the Darkmoon Faire each month, and also sending in as many as are eligible to the various Timewalking Dungeons as they occur. It’s just a nice way of making progress without feeling there’s a grind.
I’m sliding back into some regular World of Warcraft play. I’m bouncing around between characters. My lead on BWR, a Demon Hunter, is tooling along. I really should bring her in to Boralus and try some Island Expeditions. It sounds like they’ve improved them a bit. There’s only one way to find out.
Tonight I sent a level 106 Retribution Paladin from another server Timewalking. Those are such a crapshoot as to what dungeon you’ll get. Of course I got Vortex Pinnacle. Cursed thing. I was lucky, though, and there were problems for the whole group, and the tank wisely surveyed everyone to see what skills they had that they could be using to help get past gnarly packs. In the process, I learned a couple of things that will keep me alive next time around. That’s how you get Pugs to work, you see what people know, don’t know, everyone works together. The pure magic of talking to each other.
I also worked on a few characters on a server who’ve been waiting in the wings for a very long time. It’s nice to be in that spot where you’re figuring out who does what Profession, and what their Spec will be when they reach a glorious level 10.
I’m working on getting more shots of characters in combat. It’s so tricky. But you do get to look at the bizzaro expressions they now have to offer. Hmmf.
The important thing is, I’m enjoying the game again. It’s just good to take a little break now and then.
World of Warcraft
The bulk of this year was spent playing World of Warcraft. Right after Blizzcon 2017, I started leveling characters so that they’d be at max level when Battle for Azeroth arrived. I found as I was doing this that I enjoyed the Class quests more than I would have guessed.
I stuck in my toe in some LFR’s, and they weren’t bad at all. I didn’t feel like there was much of a reward for participating in them, which I suppose is the point. You’re supposed to be in a Raid Guild that only let’s you go along if they’re desperate, and they sure aren’t going to let you have any gear drops, because those are for the real raiders. Pretty icky, in my opinion. At least if something is available as LFR you can just leap in there, and experience the content, since many story lines conclude in Raids, apparently. If that’s actually the case, you might want to tweak that so everyone can complete quest story lines start to finish on their own.
Only seven characters were ready when the expansion arrived, and I sent them through each area in kind of a little conga line. It was good, and then it became grindy, particularly in Stormsong Valley (which I’m still not over).
After taking a break in November/December I’ve gone back in with a new plan, an even better plan (Start the Revolution Without Me). I’m going to run characters to 120 one at a time, leading this time around with my Demon Hunter.
I didn’t realize how much I missed bouncing around on my characters on other servers, and creating new characters on new servers. Sometimes I like to drop back to simpler times in the game world. I killed off four characters I never play (still very hard to do). Whoo hoo! I now have six open character slots for creating new characters on realms unknown.
Once again I have to comment on the awful new character models. It would be more palatable if there were barbershop options to change eye size and color, and many more hairstyles and colors available.
I was really enjoying Everquest 2 earlier this year, and subscribed for a time. Somehow I got caught up in trying to work on crafting for each character, and while it was interesting, it felt onerous after a bit, so I drifted away. I’m certain to return to this game in 2019 as I have some really enjoyable characters there, I like the world, I love the quests.
I participated for the first time. I was really pleased to reach my goal of posting every day, and I liked my content. What started off as a pretty convivial atmosphere among bloggers soon seemed rather clique-y to me. It also seemed to me that there was some unneeded competitiveness and bloggers taking shots at others. No need for that.
On the plus side, I looked at some games in my Steam Library, and really liked them, but need to go back and finish them.
As part of Blaugust, I dipped back into some games I hadn’t played in awhile, Lord of The Rings Online, Wildstar, and Rift and Secret World. I enjoyed my time in all of them, and was sad to see the announcement that Wildstar would close. I will try to make time for the remaining games again in 2019.
Elder Scrolls Online
I started playing this more regularly in September, logging in each day for the Reward. By October, I was playing longer sessions, had truly fallen for the game, and I subscribed. I hope to write about it more, it is so deep and rich.
Star Wars Galaxies (Emu) The other game I’ve played at almost Live Game Levels this year is Star Wars Galaxies, the Pre-Combat Upgrade version. The game remains the most absorbing, live your life in an alternate world experience ever. I’ve always hoped someone would make a game with all of it’s features, but there is still nothing like it.
Return of the The Last Chapter Blog as my Game Blog
It has been a good thing, moving back to my earlier blog. The blog was originally created to share World of Warcraft tips as I was learning them with my guild mates/family. They’re a rowdy bunch, though, and only my spouse always read it. I do like the Pages option at the top for linking to my favorite games and the sites that give guides for playing. That will need quite a bit of work.
I’ve found a bunch of new podcasts to try out, and will work on getting a updated list on the sidebar.
I miss my nice pictures to break up headings on the sidebar, so I’m going to get around that by sticking any picture I want to use on the sidebar in some selected post. Once you do that, it seems to become part of some nice picture archive you can always draw from. Work around solutions ftw.
It’s convenient to see a list of this year’s best sellers during Steam’s Winter Sale.
There are a couple of titles I’d consider that have sounded intriguing when played by others over the course of the year. In most years in the past my list would be small because I already had the top games released. That isn’t the case here, where there simply isn’t much that looks good. Luckily a New Year with new possibilities is almost upon us.
Dark Souls Remastered