Atheren’s First Annual Game That Turkey Awards

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you get to your holiday destinations safely. 

Instead of sleeping tonight, my mind started thinking along the lines of Golden Turkey Awards.   I think in some incarnation of my game blog,  I did a similar post.  So that I can sleep, here we go:

The Gobbled Up Award goes to:

Gamigo, who seems to have nothing like Trion in it’s gullet, could do anything with Rift (the one I know and am sorry to see go).   My sleepy mind pictured some weird slot machine version.   Eek!

The Hollow Cavity Award Goes to Blizzard Entertainment!

Instead of a new Diablo game, or some exciting addition to Diablo 3, Blizzard used the featured spot at Blizzcon to announce a mobile version of Diablo.  No more information than that, but the sleepy mind reels.

Part Card Game?  Part Shooter?  Part Diablo Go?    Phone home, Diablo fans!

Finally (zzzzz) The Neither Fish Nor Fowl Award Goes to Bethesda Game Studios!

I’m not playing myself because, though it sounds like a great new Fallout game, it’s not a new Fallout game.   It’s not an MMO.   It’s not a shooter.   Speaking of turkeys, you’ve got 23 other people playing the game in your world.   You could play along side them.  You could try to ignore them.   You can apparently hear their heavy breathing and whatnot, whether you’d like to or not.   If you die, they can loot your miserable little dweller body.   I’m not sure if people are gobbling this one up or not.

Note: These are not screenshots, so I’m not counting towards IntPiPoMo.

Adventures in Murkmire

Couldn’t wait.  I took my level 12 Argonian to Murkmire via the Caravan in Davon’s watch.  It is  a gorgeous environment.   The bugs, though.  Like giant mosquitos that split into a swarm of new mosquitos.  Crocodiles.  River trolls.

I love the Argonians.  They’re gorgeous.  I want my character to look like these.

Right off upon arrival, you get drawn into going on an expedition with a group of npcs, which I thought was a fun idea.  They were of course useless in fights.

We’re off to a xanmeer, which seems a bit like your own personal dungeon, only there aren’t any treasures to be had, not even much in the way of urns or barrels to loot.

A basic lever puzzle

The River Troll was definitely beyond me.  Here’s where I started to sneak.  I don’t sneak nearly enough.  Must. Sneak. More.

I had an odd desire to step on the pressure plate to see what happened.

I was not tempted to test out the giant metal trap.  Ouch.
Pretty great place, Indiana Jones would have liked it, except for the lack of real treasure.

I can’t believe I didn’t take a shot of the Ixtaxh Something-Or-Other, Giant Green and Gelatinous.  Sheesh.  You’ve got to lure him onto fire traps without getting burned yourself, while dodging him and mini-hims he tosses at you.

I’m currently helping some nice colorful Argonians with a bit of egg trouble.

As part of that I’ve entered the Blight Bog Sump.   Things were going pretty well till I hit a boss guy.   That was a quick death.  Don’t you love how they show you boom boom boom how you got killed.

IntPiPoMo Count for this post:  13

November Game Goals

 IntPiPoMo 2018

Let’s start off with trying for 50 screenshots as part of the 2018 IntPiPoMo hosted by Gamer Girl Confessions.

Instead of daily posts, you try for 25 or 50 screenshots in your posts over the course of the month.   I’ve done it before, and it is fun and doable.

This time, I’ll be wise and note at the end of my posts how many screenshots are included so it’s easier to count at the end.

My game focus remains the same this month as last, playing through Elder Scrolls Online and World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft

1. Get everyone through to Friendly with Stormsong, then over to Tiragarde (where I’m already at friendly on all the characters I’m working with).

2.   Finish Tiragarde with all, then into Drustvar.

Elder Scrolls Online

After pondering for a least a month the pros and cons, I picked up a subscription to Elder Scrolls Online earlier this month.

As a crafter, treasure hunter, and hoarder of all interesting things, it’s a game changer.   Instantly more Bank Space, Instantly a bottomless Crafting bag so you can pick up every single thing you see in the open world, in caves, in seemingly abandoned homes.

I knew I’d get Murkmire when it came out, but I also instantly have Orsninium, Clockwork City, and any other DLC content for as long as I’m subscribed.

My characters are a bit low to go to these newer places, even with the leveling of the world adjusting to your level.  

I sent my Templar, who was level 12 (?) at the time to Wrothgar.   She could do a delve, she could do a couple of introductory quests, but then ran into a boss type early in the quest chain with adds she had no hope of defeating.

These bosses are one of the things that made me reluctant to subscribe, because you get them almost as soon as you leave the starter areas.   Just boom, boom, and you’re dead.   Do not talk to me about Clannfear, who jump on you, knock you down so you can’t get up, then whap whap with their tail and you’re dead.   That said, my fighting skills are improving.

Worm doesn’t begin to say!   Death to Mannimarco, someday.

Ha actually got the General with the help of npcs.

While I decided to just move ahead with other quests and leave those open till I was better geared, relatively quickly you’ve got a quest log full of those stinkers.

I have made good progress since I’ve been playing quite a bit, and my gear is better.  I’ve learned the value of a loaf of Crusty Bread.

I can open Treasure Chests with my ace Lock Picking skills at last!


1. Everyone to level 20.

2. My Argonian to Murkmire, because I think she deserves to be there first.

3.   Go back and trounce those POS bosses who have trounced me, oh so many times.

4.   Make progress on the Main Quest, even though I secretly despise the Prophet and hate being called Vestige.

IntPiPoMo Count for this post:  seven screenshots.

October’s Game Goals

Nothing like super modest goals to create the illusion of success! 

In World of Warcraft I meant to keep moving my characters through Kul Tiras.   I have done that, but not as quickly as I might.

It is not that I’ve lost interest in the game, but that I have just a small section of Stormsong Valley to do with each character then, tra la, back to Tiragarde Sound.   I have not been able to put my finger on why I hate Stormsong Valley so much.  It is the most beautiful are by far.   I keep stopping to take pictures of flowers and pretty scenes.

Somehow the quests are annoying.   Whatever story they’re telling, it isn’t interesting to me.   I am not compelled to go on to the next bit to see how the story plays out.

For sure the voices of Brother Pike and Lord Stormsong are a big part of the problem.   I know they go away soon enough, but argh, it can’t be soon enough.    I should play with the sound off whenever they’re involved.  Maybe that would help.

Elder Scrolls Online

Simple goals: get all the characters (8 of them) to level 15 and get my All Crafts Crafter to a place where she can make furniture. 

I have a 20, a couple of 18s, a 17, a 13 and the rest are under level 10.   Doing well on that part of the goal.

Level 5 Warden

Though I have tons of materials I’d need to craft Furniture, do the writs most days, and have a boatload of recipes, blueprints and diagrams, I haven’t the skills to make a single thing.


IntPiPoMo Screenshot Count: 4