GameNotes March 31, 2020

I’ve played very little since last week.  When I do, it’s mostly my Blackwater Raiders Hunter who is now at level 105 thanks to the xp boost in effect.   I feel the character has been underplayed for a long time–of course she is or she’d be at 120.

Her Tradeskills are Herbalism and Skinning.  These two skills are a particularly fun combination, and skinning always suits the Hunter model as a fantasy.  I’m just questing my way around Highmountain, which is an area that suits a Hunter character as well, and not just because the Class Hall is there.

She’s a Beastmaster, and though she never feels powerful to me as a fighter, her varied pets and the self heal give her good survivability.  Which makes her appealing to play.

I’d like to be running dungeons, but the wait times are around half an hour now, and I just haven’t the patience this week to wait in a queue.


I got Feedly working again by changing to an actual Feedly account rather than living with the silly Google and their sudden inability to recognize my device.   I needed to start over with my feed list, but that’s fine, I narrowed it down a bit to the feeds I enjoy most.


Random Stuff:


You know you’re too isolated when you start trying these:

A Few 19th-Century Parlor Games to Amuse You While You’re Stuck at Home


It would be hard to mess up a Dragon’s Lair Movie, right?


The Stories that inspired Dungeons and Dragons.  I had a period where I read all the “Golden Age” Science Fiction I could find.  I’m pleased to see much of that here, plus many other great titles.

The Fantasy Books that Inspired Dungeons & Dragons

GameNotes March 24, 2020

How am I doing, you ask?


That’ll do for the personal stuff.

On a very happy note, World of Warcraft, for the first time in my memory, is giving 100% xp till April 20.   I hit the dungeons with a level 43 Warlock Friday night, and a couple of hours later she was level 51.  Boom boom boom.   So happy making!  Thanks Blizzard!

On Saturday, I moved my Hunter through Draenor and now she’s working in Highmountain.  Dungeon times were so quick Friday evening and Saturday in the day.  Then on Sunday, longer times.  I even sent my Level 116 Priest into Waycrest Manor.  It was going really well, until somehow in the basement she was separated from the group, died a couple of times, and I was so embarrassed.  I left the group but it wouldn’t let go and eep, I think she’s still in there.  I’ll try to dig her out tomorrow.

I’m loving the extra xp.  It’s like the heady old days of leveling fast with a mix of quests and dungeons.  Only better.

I like to use Feedly these days to get my gaming new.  Everytime we have Internet issues, and reset the Wireless stuff, it doesn’t recognize my device and locks me out of my gmail for a couple of weeks, then suddenly it knows my device again.  Good thing I have all those blogs on my sidebar.

Stay safe! It’s a good time to be a gamer, in worlds far, far away.

GameNotes March 17, 2020

Unexpected, eh?  I’m trying to work with Word and creating layers.  Making progress!  It occurred to me after I finished this, Goblins probably look more like leprechauns.  Oops.  Green Lepre-Orc is good enough for this year.


Atherne has moved to Ice Crown in Northrend, attempting to finish the Northrend achievement before the SQUISH, and God knows what else.  Look at poor Uldum and the Vale.

As itchy as I was to finish the Scholazar Basin, Ice Crown is really an awful place.  I played through parts of it with various characters.  Every time I log in and work on some quests, I think “this is why I skipped through this content and most of Northrend”.

I’m kind of dead meat, unless the next expansion and it’s squishiness comes out in September or further out.  I’ve only completed two areas, argh.  I’d have Dragon Blight if the quests hadn’t dried up.  I’ll backtrack after Ice Crown, I think.  Dragon Blight will look utterly charming in comparison, will it not?   I don’t mind Storm Peaks, Grizzly Hills (can’t wait for the exploding outhouse quest), and Howling Fjord.  Zul’ Drak is another grim one.  Why did I like this expansion when it came out?   It had to be the dungeons and dungeon finder.


As I’m working with my Hunter in Draenor, I’m still enjoying it.  As I do the Mission Table, and the Fishing Daily, and the Mine daily run, and try to trap animals for my Barn, I begin to see how people got a bit caught up in some of the rat-on-a-wheel aspects.  I never did, but it is my way to just play the parts I like and ignore the parts I don’t.


Not game related, but we’re all Who fans here, right?  If not Who, you know you love Oscar.  Win, win.



Be safe!  Stay out of Ice Crown!

GameNotes March 10, 2020

Finally I have the pictures of my ESO Lucky Cat Landing home.  It has a really pretty outside area with views, and all of the inside rooms are like jewels, very comfortable jewels.   As always, I wish there were more lighting, but I’ll have to add that.  My khajiit loves the place so much she has not left there since I purchased it.


The Splashscreen



The Lucky Cat Living Room



The Lucky Cat Kitchen


Up the stairs to a first bedroom.

The second bedroom.


World of Warcraft

Whiplash finally showed up so Atherne has the Stormsong Adventurer achievement.

Plugging away in the jungles of the Scholazar Basin, going from one group to the next killing more exotic prey than the last set.   I only have one single part of the Scholazar achievement so far, and I feel like I’ve been working there for a year.   It’s better than Coldarra.

My Hunter just got her fishing shack, I’m loading her inventory with nice food makings.  Life is good in Draenor.


Parallel Context: One Final Lesson

Read Redbeard’s new and lively tale set in Wow Classic’s evocative Elwynn Forest called One Final Lesson.

It is a really well done story of a family being terrorized by the Defias in the early days of that group taking advantage of the unprotected homesteads.  The characters feel like people you know, and you can picture all the scenes in Elwynn and in Stormwind.

GameNotes March 2, 2020

When you think there will be no Magic in your day:


World Of Warcraft


Oddly, I don’t read MassivelyOp much anymore.  I used to read it every day, checking in multiple times a day.  So I, whose main character is slogging through Northrend, almost missed this most entertaining retrospective on the Wrath of The Lich King Expansion by Elliot Lefebvre

It’s interesting to see how the original Wow crowd, who started in Vanilla, reacted to the games changes.  Classic is still all bright and shiny new for me, with much offered that is not in the present game in my opinion.  However, it is also true that I never liked World of Warcraft till the Wrath Expansion, and didn’t play it regularly till the time of that expansion onward.

My character is in the Scholazar Basin, having finished the Borean Tundra but getting stuck at Dragonblight.   The quests are mostly enjoyable, except that Hemet Nesingwary is a big game hunter who has you do all his hunting for him.  Weasel.

The area is one of the better jungle settings they’ve done, very dense and lush.


Meanwhile, I’m loving my Hunter in Draenor.  It isn’t just the Garrison, which I love, it’s the stories of the characters all around you who travel through Draenor with you.  And who eventually end up hanging around in your Garrison, one big happy.

I love the little Thresher, who becomes the size of a dog as soon as you tame it, but begins to quickly gain in size.  Everywhere you go as a Hunter, the pets you can get really enhance the game.



In Classic, my Rogue is getting Time in Play.  For some reason, I don’t take pictures in Classic.  She’s just level 13.  She says Hai!


Even though I don’t plan to test it, I’m hoping to see Shadowlands Alpha hit this week, or soon.  Once the Alpha is up, we get that flow of info.  It will be interesting to see if this time around they do what they always seem to do, write the Horde areas and quests first.  That was the way of the last three expansions. Good luck to those asking to get in!


GameNotes 2/25/20

Through the magic of dropping back to work in the area of another expansion, all of those icky corrupted items have disappeared from my game.

Atherne is working her way through Northrend, something she’s never done.  I’ve always just dungeon leveled past most of it.  I wish it were easier to see the actual quests she needs.  I’m four quest achievements short in Dragonblight, and I just can’t see any quests to pick up anywhere to work on those.  I’m hoping Wowhead comes through as always.

I did get three quests in quick succession that required disguises.  I love the silly disguises in this game.



So, is this guy the Bolvar everyone is so excited about?  He was kind of a stiff and had nothing to say.

My level 92 Hunter is loving Draenor.  It remains my favorite of all the expansions, I think.  Getting that home of a Garrison, finding treasures, the fishing and cooking are great.  I love most of the areas of it’s world.   She has skinning, so it’s fun to kill all the beasts there.

I see you can opt in for the Shadowlands testing.  Ha!  I had actually  looked one day in my account to uncheck testing and couldn’t find it.  I do like how transparent Blizzard is when they test, their beta forums are right up for everyone to read, there’s no NDA, just here’s where we are today.  I just am not interested in stepping into this next bit.

I spent an hour or so tonight in Classic, working in Duskwood with a couple of people.  I like that there are still plenty of people around, and finding help is not hard.  Except for dungeons, I don’t ever see the dungeons I need.


In ESO, I bought the new Elsweyr house, decorated.  I didn’t get pictures though and they’re doing their big steamroller of a download so I’ll get some next week.  It’s really nice, and was not expensive.


A couple of games looked interesting this week.


GameNotes February 18, 2020

Mysteries, mysteries!

It seems to be a Golden Age of Mystery Games.   Ever since I searched out games with mystery elements at the Winter Steam Sale, I’m seeing reviews and notes about upcoming games everywhere.  It’s so exciting!  I want to collect them all in this window of time while they’re being produced.  I read mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I’ve always loved Mysteries as well.

They’re often an intellectual exercise as we attempt to solve a crime, there are puzzles to solve, justice to be meted out.   In a game environment, you step right into the shoes of the detective, you can be in danger, you must be observant, ask questions.  As a way to generate plot in a game, mysteries can be rich stories with all of humanity’s foibles and strengths portrayed.

If the game’s stories and plots and characters are engaging, you can have a series starring your detective solving cases, and enjoy a return to the world just as you do in novels.

In a recent article, PC Gamer asked Who is your favorite videogame detective?

They present some suggestions from their forums and staff, there are lots of good suggestions!   They also link to an article they did last year The Best Detective Games On PC, which has even more ideas.

There are others I’ve noted recently:

Backbone (Developer Eggnut)   Description from Adventure Gamers

The planet is sprawling with anthropomorphic animal species. Streets of Vancouver are overgrown with ivy and humongous trees, branches and vines piercing through the concrete, and huge flowers nesting on top of the roofs. Howard Lotor is a raccoon private investigator. His mundane life is interrupted with the appearance of a powerful technology that can blur the lines of conventional order and change society forever.

Visit Eggnut


From  developer Media Tonic Murder by Numbers

I saw it mentioned on Rock Paper Shotgun.

Their description:

Honor’s boss is dead and she’s the primary suspect for foul play, meaning it’s time to roll up her sleeves and catch the real murderer. Unfortunately, Honor’s no detective, she just plays one on TV.


Via Kotaku, Aviary Attorney from Developer Sketchy Logic.

Kotaku’s description:

A frog has been murdered, a cat has been arrested, and the cat’s father hires Jayjay and Sparrowson to exonerate his daughter. Bird puns ensue. Great bird puns. Then come horse puns. Jayjay uses his deductive reasoning. Sparrowson uses his tenuous grasp of how the law works.

The artwork is incredible.


Out last year on PC (but I missed it)  Draugen from Red Thread Games.

The developer’s game description:

From the studio that brought you Dreamfall Chapters, and the creative team behind The Longest Journey and The Secret World, comes a first-person psychological mystery set in 1920s Norway.

The year is 1923. You play Edward Charles Harden, an American traveller who’s come to Norway to find his missing sister. But you’re never alone: every step of the way, Edward is accompanied by Lissie: a lively and enigmatic young woman with a mind of her own.

Together with Edward and Lissie, you must explore a forgotten coastal community nestled amongst the dark fjords and towering mountains of rural Norway, and unearth the terrible secrets that lie beneath the picturesque surface. And what begins as a quest for a missing woman becomes a journey into a painful past.


Not a mystery, but looking intriguing, was a post from Rock Paper Shotgun

I love Arthurian tales, myself.

Inkle Studios did 80 Days, which I’m familiar with, and Heaven’s Vault, an “archeological science fiction adventure game”.  Sounds perfect to me 🙂

They have lots more on their page, including a beta of Inklewriter, Write Your Very Own Interactive Stories.


Atherne is back to iLevel 426 so she’s just hanging around waiting for Whiplash to spawn in Stormsong.  Speaking of Stormsong, one of her World Quest rewards there was a 420 Ring that I didn’t immediately notice had +35 Corruption on it.  I popped that thing right in the Scrapper.  I’ll have to look more closely at the item stats everywhere, it seems.

I got my Mage to iLevel 314, so thought she could handle Nazjatar.  Pretty easy for her, to my surprise, and she’s on her way.   I remember when I fist got to Nazjatar, everything seemed to hit so hard.

My Hunter, on her last Pandaria level, is doing the Nesingwary questline before leaving the area.  I’ll miss her farm (sniff).


Darkmoon Faire, Classic

It turns out I was south of Thunder Bluff and the Mulgore Darkmoon Faire.  Checking a modern map, I made my way along through a fairly thickly infested area.   Finally the Faire!

It is very small, but most of the most familiar characters are there.

It turns out you give them 5 Copper Modulators (Rinling) or 3 Toughened Leather Armor and 3 Embossed Leather Boots to earn rewards (Chronos).

I was very tired when I got there, and there was no repair, so I just talked to all the carnies and gratefully ported home to Darnassus.

No repairs, but TWO Outhouses!

All that damaged armor and weaponry only cost 8 silver and 96 copper to repair, because her stuff is no good to begin with.   There were many parts of the trip where I wished I’d brought spares of everything.

I’ll just visit the Faire when it’s in Elwynn from now on!