GameNotes

Slowly coming up out of the Dead Computer Slog.  Re-loading everything, since it should safe on a new pc, right?

Steam:

Alan Wake

Broken Age

Dear Esther

Fallout 4

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Mass Effect (1)

The Witcher (1)

 

Other:

Secret World Legends

Everquest 2

Lord of the Rings Online

Elder Scrolls Online is a given.

Star Wars Galaxies Emu will stay on my laptop where it’s safe.

 

Porcine Piggybank

I haven’t been playing ESO much, so missed out on the new Bristleneck War Boar, which looks very adorable.  MassivelyOp has an article on the ire raised by the fact that this porky praline adds FIVE inventory slots for all your characters.

The Elder Scrolls Online introduces new cash shop pet that increases your inventory and raises some eyebrows

If it were ten, it would be more appealing and perhaps more controversial.   I think it’s fine in any case.  I wouldn’t get him for his five slots.  I save all my money for houses in the game. The best thing is commenter Schlag Sweetleaf, who comes up with brilliant little illustrations for any topic you can think of, created this awesome picture:

 

IGN’s Best Solo Boardgames

Looking through my notes, I liked an article at IGN called The Best Solo Board Games.  To me, board games are meant to be played face to face with your opponents so you can see what they’re up to.  So much is given away.

On the other hand, many of these really are multi-player, and if you can play through on your own easily enough, you can explain the new game to the group a bit better.  Most of the games sound great!

https://www.ign.com/articles/the-best-solo-board-games

 

The Level Squash

Eurogamer talked with Blizzard about the upcoming “level squash” when Shadowlands is released.   It does not quite sound like a parsed out plan yet.  It is early days, but read through and see if you can imagine how it will work and if it can be done as currently envisioned.

https://www.eurogamer.net/amp/2019-11-06-blizzard-explains-the-world-of-warcraft-level-squash

 

Darkmoon Arcade

I’m so excited for the Arcade being added to Darkmoon Faire.

https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/46782-play-darkmoon-arcade-games-in-patch-83/

The mini-games World Quests get better all the time, and I will be spending a lot of time in the Faire once these are out.   I go where ever the Match game is available, and have come to find the Rune Matching game relaxing.   I don’t know the Minesweeper game Hexsweeper is based on, but I’m willing to be blown up a few times giving it a try.   We see they slipped in the Leylines game, but maybe I’ll get better at the concept once I see it in it’s simplest solving stages, then move up to the complex puzzles.   One token and you can play all day!

 

BFA

Only Need Tortollan Seekers and Rustbolt Resistance at Revered.  Doing very well plinking along in World Quests.

Classic

Paladin is up this week as the main character.  I’m eager to get her to Duskwood.  Getting all the lowbies to 10 or 20 depending on where they’re at.  Uneventful!   I’m finding it hard to get screenshots for my IntPiPoMo.   Hopefully spending a little time in some of the other games listed will produce some useful screenshots.

 

One screenshot this time, really digging! Its a tiny house up in the hills by Northshire I’m not sure is still in the game with and Alchemy and Herbalism Trainer inside.

Up to five screenshots for IntPiPoMo.   I can do it!

 

GameNotes November 5, 2019

Blizzcon

I watched only up to and through the World of Warcraft segments.  The All Access channel presenters seemed very disorganized, and were interviewing an eSports guy at length even as the show started on the main stage.  Grrr.

My interest was as much in the mood of the crowd and how the speakers acted as in the information.

I have not cared for J Allen Brack in the past, but I thought his apology was heartfelt.  I’ve seen game staff explain the NGE and lead ups to SWTOR where you’d think someone off camera was threatening the speaker or his family.  There was  real fear in the eyes of those folks.  Brack meant what he said and took responsibility.  I would be surprised if he made all of those bad decisions on his own, but he took the shot for them, and I appreciate that.  It seems some people wanted more depth, but it’s a game convention, not the Senate, where no one ever takes responsibility for anything.

I wrote down that the Diablo 4 cinematic was long and overblown.  Still isometric but with a tiny peek under the hood from some angles.  The response from the audience to the cinematic and presentation was tepid.  There’s the guy all excited with his “we’re taking you to Hell” battle cry and I don’t feel that’s where the audience wanted to go.

Then we get Shadowlands, the leaked title of the next World of Warcraft expansion.  I was hoping it would be something else, but a leak is a leak.   Strike two on cinematics.  This was dim and dark and featured Sylvanas taking down the Lich King with her pinkie.   I thought she had a few good moments early in BFA.  Since then, her low growl and rising invulnerability make her uninteresting.  I don’t see her as any type of heroine.  She’s become soul less and evil.  She tears down the veil between life and death. Why?

This is certainly not the story players needed after being dragged through the recent war.  They needed some other adventure.  Something good for a change.

Level squish.  I’ll get over it, but I really feel unmotivated to level anyone to 120, knowing they’re going to lose 70 levels with Shadowlands.   I can see no reason for setting everyone back just to crawl back up to where we were someday, if they let us.  I think they should reconsider, and stop endlessly tweaking class skills, up 3%, down 5%, and on and on.   They should have that all down pat by now.  Work on other parts of the game. Add housing. Add guild halls. Put Guild perks back in and develop how those make it rewarding to play together.  Build a world, not just a theme park.  Take a good look at the ways people work together in Classic, not because they’re forced to, but because it’s a better, faster experience.  Because it makes you happy to help someone, and it feels good to get help with a quest that you’re chipping away at.

 

epicstream.com/quizzes/Which-RPG-Class-Represents-You/403/

Cleric. So caring!  It’s the Mom Thing.

 

 

From IGN, the 21 Side Quests that are always in RPGs

https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/28/the-21-side-quests-that-are-always-in-rpgs

They certainly have a lot of them pegged!  Of them, I actually love to get the Murder Mystery types.

 

The Five Games of Time To Loot     https://www.timetoloot.com/gaming/madness-picking-just-5-games-for-a-year/

I’ll bite on this (now meme).  Its very easy!

Star Wars Galaxies Emu

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft Classic

Elder Scrolls Online

Everquest 2

 

Classic

This week I struggled getting my Priest to Level 10.  Molasses is the word that kept coming to mind.  No exciting level 10 quest, they simply send you to Stormwind to talk to a Priest in the Cathedral of Light who hands you the Desperate Prayer skill.

 

The other character getting playtime was my Paladin.  She even went in the Deadmines!  A successful run, but not without death.  Several.  Ya, ya, still no decent pants.

 

I liked the way these two dead creatures looked like they were talking.

 

 

Three IntPiPoMo pics for today.  Up to four total.  I’ll have to toss in more posts to get to 50!

IntPiPoMo 2019

Head to Gamer Girl Confessions to sign up for this year’s IntPiPoMo.   https://gamergirlconfessions.com/2019/10/31/time-for-intpipomo-2019/

Rather than a post a day, you’re looking to post 50 screenshots, photographs, art, there are any number of fun ways to show the games you love.   This is very doable.  You take more pictures than you think!

I find it works for me to write a tally of how many screenshots are in each post at the bottom of the post.  It would be helpful to keep a running tally as well.

Chestnut has prizes as well.  Sign up!

My PC had to be reloaded so I’ll just have to dig around on my external storage drive…sec…

 

There we go, poor snoozing Elf.

IntPiPoMo #1

GameNotes October 29, 2019

It’s all about the Hunters this week.  I’ve got two.  I’ve left the Atheren version sit under a tree till things settled down on the server.  Here she is, ready to hunt.  I thought I could tell a mini-story since the game has speech balloons (something I never knew about Classic).  Even in Rut’theran  Village, people kept running by and even swimming by, so I had to wait for them to get off screen.  The nerve.

(It turns out I was tired when I named him the night before)

I released Snuggle and got a new cat properly named Snuggles.

 

This Hunter will stay in Kalimdor.   The second Hunter has Engineering.  There is no Mining or Engineer Trainer in Darnassus. Also, bizarrely no Blacksmith Trainer, fyi.  Good Grief.

I decided to either work from Loch Modan onward into the Wetlands with Hunter 2, or go ahead and go to Westfall.   I’m just more comfortable in Stormwind, plus I have a Gnome Mage and Dwarf Priest who will do the Loch Modan plus route.   As a bonus to my Engineer, there seem to be Malachite and Tiger’s Eye drops from a variety of creatures in Westfall.  Those awful Harvesters drop all manner of Engineering parts.

Hunter is very good so far, and I think she’s the only character I have who has never died.  Pets are pretty great!  Hunter 2 has a bear.   I have a weakness for bears.

My Warlock finally got in a dungeon!  Deadmines or bust.  Somehow a level 21 Warrior who pulled the room like mad handled everything with the group and nobody died the whole way through.  Honest to God I know that dungeon by heart, but the Classic version is way different.  The last area where the ramps on the ship just keep going up and up and up…yikes.  This was my first encounter with Edwin VanCleef.  He was kind of a fun boss.  Lots of sass talk from him.   And as promised, you go out the dungeon and come out that mine like entrance you see all the time in the hills just above the Lighthouse.  Quite the adventure!

 

Blizzcon

Blizzcon finally is incoming!  My nephew is going!  I’ll have to get all the scoop from him when he gets home.   I did not buy a virtual ticket.  From what I could see, not much is on World of Warcraft, and I only care about that game, none of the others.  From all the rumors it seems the “mystery panels” will be on Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.  Everyone can be wrong, of course!  If they want to finally make player housing available, we can talk.

 

Outer Worlds

Outer Worlds is getting a huge positive response from players.   I didn’t realize it was first person only, all you ever see of yourself is a gun sticking out of the bottom of the screen.  That’s a game killer for me.   How are you supposed to be immersed in a world you never see yourself in?   Too bad.   I really had high hopes for the game.   Sixty bucks still in my pocket 🙂

GameNotes October 22, 2019

No big Class Quests this week.  I decided to concentrate on my Warlock and Druid.  Only four boxes to go on the Druid for level 25.

Duskwood

I was happy to see she was the right level to quest in Duskwood, one of my favorite areas.

The Raven Hill graveyard!  I haven’t done Duskwood in a long time, but it made a big impression on me back in the day.  I’d run along the fence line pulling skellies and ghouls outside of the graveyard to have a better fighting chance.   I tried a bit of that this time around, but competition is fairly fierce for mobs, so you have to go on in there to have a chance at what you need.  There were some nice drops in the cemetery, a wand, a ring and a staff in particular.

I had forgotten about wandering Mor’Ladim in this place. Man, my Warlock was level 23 going in, and he’s got a huge aggro radius.  I stayed well away, but I saw him chasing others.

Another peril of the boneyard I don’t recall at all were two Grave Robbers that would just pop up out of nowhere.  Run, run!

 

I had not been so lucky earlier with Stitches.  I knew he wandered the road, but I was on autopilot heading to Raven Hill from Darkshire, and saw him ahead too late.  I ran off the road thinking I’d be safe, but he’s another guy with a huge aggro radius, and he just ran over and one shotted me.  Then, of course, anytime I was on the road to Raven Hill I was paranoid.   He engaged some players right at the juncture of the road to Stranglethorn,  at one point, and as they tried to run, he chased them, and I just kept backing up and backing up because he was getting into my area of the road.  I could have been in Stranglethorn in another few steps, I had to back up that much, but finally he defeated everyone and headed towards Darkshire.   He was always scary in the regular game, but never quite like this.

 

Hallow’s End

It’s Hallow’s End in both versions of the game.  I’m not doing anything in the current game version, but in Classic,  where every single thing that can keep you alive is highly desirable, I Trick or Treat at the local inn anytime I’m nearby, and I always bob for apples.  I love those dancing skeletons.

 

In Classic, everyone seems to be in the holiday mood. Everyone wears their masks, everyone keeps on their costume when they get one.

My Feral Cat as Bat:

 

My Night Elf Hunter as Human Defias.  I thought it was such fun to be an apparently human Hunter in Elwynn Forest, in a game version that doesn’t allow Human Hunters.  I was also surprised to get several blind guild invites on my Hunter.  Nobody ever invites a Hunter to a Guild, in my experience.

 

Pants of Power

Why don’t clothes ever look anything like their icon?   My newest pants for my Paladin, yikes.  Nice stats, though.

 

This makes me appreciate my BFA characters and their opulent clothing.

 

All I do Is World Quests

Still plugging along on rep, just doing whatever the Emissary of the day is.   I actually really like most World Quests.  Most of them, in any case.

There was one tonight where you had to hit a gong and then fight one hundred trolls.  They just kept coming and there was no damage taken, and it was odd and slightly boring.  They did not disengage one I hit one hundred, but they didn’t chase me out of the area, either.

 

In another, you ride this behemoth Fire Monster and kill 200 goblins.  I am not a fan of these quests, because of the bobbing up and down motion being a bit nauseating.   The bad thing here is he would not let me leave him behind after the fight and quest turn in.  He was attached.  I had to log out to get rid of him.

 

Happy Adventuring!

GameNotes October 15, 2019

My Classic server is still “layered” so there are indeed plenty of people still playing in Classic.  I like having people around, and people to group with, and people to help when they need it.  It’s kind of ideal.

Characters in Play this last week were my Paladin, now level 18 and my Druid, now level 21.  Most of the Paladin’s time was in Loch Moden.  It certainly is an easy place to get groups.   I noticed in several encounters that people are seeming a bit desperate for nice loot drops, and there was a Wand I personally Greeded on since it wasn’t for my Paladin.  I have zero luck on rolls so I didn’t get it, but I was a little horrified to see I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The person I was working with pretty much won all the rolls, but I only cared about that one.  Not good.   Rule 1,2,3: Don’t Obsess.

The Druid worked in Darkshore, but I sent her to finish off a couple of Westfall quests.  I never picked up any of the Redridge quests, because as I always suspected, I really dislike Redridge and can’t bear to do the area if I don’t have to.  The Darkshore area gives you potential quests to Menethil, Astranaar, and the Stonetalon Mountains (which seem very far away).

I like to do all the quests in an area before moving on (it was an odd circumstance that sent me to Westfall in the first place, I just thought herb drops were better there than in Darkshore but I was wrong.)

After recent experiences with other Classes, I feared some beastly quest line to get the Feral Cat form.  Luckily, all it took was all the money I had to buy the skills from the Trainer.  Prowl!  It is so nice to be in Cat Form.  I was fond of Bear, somewhat, but I’ve played hundreds of hours in Cat Form and it is just more comfortable.  And the cat is pretty, blues and dark purples for her fur colors.

It is awkward to have to keep shape shifting to talk to NPCs or use any item–foods, drink, interactive quest items.   The only things you can do in shape shifted form are fight and pick Herbs.  It can get dodgy mid-fight trying to take a potion.

 

In BFA my 120 Druid struggles on, working in Drustvar for rep, getting the Emissary quests as they pop up.  Except for the Match Game, the Tortollan quests are so annoying.  Ok, Make Loh Go is cute.   I kind of hate Magni. Should have flying sometime next year.

I’ve still done zero Island Expeditions.  Hmm.  Maybe sometime.

 

GameNotes October 8, 2019

Clever of me to schedule a non-post this morning so I could obsessively meet my daily posts at 7 am.  All are usually written the night before and scheduled.  I did a post a day on all four of my blogs in July, 28 posts a week as my spouse kept reminding me.  After that marathon, I devised a new post schedule so each blog gets at least one post a week, all on different days, so there’s something every day of the week, somewhere.  It has worked out pretty nicely, and I have not missed a day since I began the schedule in August.  Can’t miss that post!  So here’s today’s post, late in the day, but still on the day, and it counts.   Like you care, la la la.

I’ve been happily playing the SWG Emu again, and have been talking with people in GenChat, unlike me, but if time is limited there, and it looks like it is, I want to get to know the people and enjoy my fellow Galaxies fans.

By chance, I looked at the subReddit for the emu, and there was a recent interview by Mobyus1 with one of the lead developers, LordKator.  It was fantastic, and revealed so much about the Project, where it is, where it is potentially going.  The EMU is now working to finish the ground game which includes the Imperial Crackdown and some other details, then when that is work is complete, they’ll wipe Basilisk and open the permanent server, usually referred to as Suncrusher.  The space game will not be implemented before this happens.  They hope to find people who are “passionate” about the space game and have particular skill sets that are required to bring that to life.  The end of the test server era is at hand.

It was always my plan to not move to the new server and start anew.  I plan to do all the things I wish to do and try out before Basilisk ends.  Then my Galaxies time would be done.

Listening to LordKator’s enthusiasm about what the new server might be like, and hearing how his wife also loves the game, and would like to offer new quests, and just all sorts of possibilities, I found myself thinking, OK, if I can only have two characters (the number you can have is in no way decided.), what would I have.  Ranger first.  Then split a crafter with character two.  Tailor and Architect?  Tailor and Armorsmith?   Maybe.

Watch the video, it is really enjoyable:

 

Battle for Azeroth: Visions of N’Zoth

https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/46090-patch-83-visions-of-nzoth-development-notes/       On the Warcraft Front, coming soon to the PTR Battle for Azeroth: Visions of N’Zoth.

There’s a ton of new content incoming.  See the Icy Veins link above for detailed information.

I find the Assaults and Horrific Visions intriguing, and almost would like to go on the PTR to to try them out. No time, though.  I’ll have to read what others think.  Without having experienced it, I like the story flow of the new content.  Using Uldum and The Vale of Eternal Blossoms to stage some of these events is a great idea, I love both areas and am glad to see them using the Old World, as it used to be called.

The part I’m whiny about is the Vulpera Allied Race going to the Horde.  It’s the only new race I would really have wanted to play, and Alliance has only the Mechagnomes, a bit carelessly recycled from Mechagon.

Note: I keep forgetting to look, but I see all three of the realms I have characters on still have layering in effect.  I think they should just take it off all realms and be done with it.

 

World of Warcraft Classic

All my characters need potions as they advance, and they haven’t money to buy any.  My Druid/Alchemist has been this week’s main character.  In fact, she was in a good group quite late last night knocking out quests galore, which is why this morning’s post wasn’t there, in truth.  If you get a good group, you gotta stick with them for as long as possible.

I do have a couple of characters in a guild, and once they have potions, I’ll try to get them in dungeon runs.  I can’t send them in helpless though.

My Druid’s level 16 quest to get the sea lion form was quite an experience.  For the first part, Trial of the Lake, she had to find a Shrine Bauble in Lake Elune’ara in Moonglade.   It’s a large lake, essentially featureless except for a few mounds underwater with two air bubble locations to help you stay underwater where you could search and search.  I finally found the bauble, way flat on the floor of the lake, so easy to miss.

I feel it was a fair quest that made me really really want to get the sea lion form.  Really bad.   One you find the bauble, you have to scoot on a timer (what fiends they were for timers!) over to the Shrine of Remulos, use the bauble then turn in the quest with the quest person being snippy the whole while about you running out of time.  All I could think about was how bad I’ve always been in timed tests, and anything I ever knew would go out the window as I watched the clock tick down and my mind was frozen.

Next, for the Trial of the Sea Lion, you’ve got to find two parts of a pendant and put them together.  One part is in Darkshore and the other in Westfall.   By now, I just wanted to finish the dang sequence.  So I looked at Wowhead’s often useful comments section.  This is a case where, for the Darkshore quest, there were many unnecessarily conflicting bits of advice.  Do not, for instance go to the Cliffspring River mouth then swim west into the ocean.

Go to the mouth of the river and swim due north to two little islands you see on the map.  My cursor is right on the spot.

 

Look for these island outcroppings.  The chest is on the backside of these and down in the water.  There are a manageable number of Threshers level 17 and 18 swimming around.  I only had to fight one of them.

The second half of the pendant is in Westfall.  Luckily, I had spent time with my character there trying to gather herbs, and get my Herbalism and Alchemy skills up.  All I needed to do was take the boat to Menethil, fly to Stormwind, fly to Sentinel Hill.   Go to the Gold Coast Quarry, head straight out into the water (there are a fair few Murlocs, no surprise).   Not far out there will be a continental shelf type drop off, with a sunken ship and another bubble breathing rock thingie.

The chest is right there, and away you go, back to Moonglade, back to the Shrine of Remulos to put the halves together.  Inconveniently the quest turn in is in the farthest up and right building in Nighthaven.  Not over!  Go to Darnassus now and talk to the second floor Druid trainer who gives you the Sea Lion form and a nice belt.