Screenshot Sunday (IntPiPoMo)

I meant to do a screenshot Saturday, but Sunday is also alliterative and available.  I’m looking at some of my recent downloads, and through my vast screenshot archives to make a nice dent in my IntPiPoMo numbers.

 

Elder Scrolls Online

I’ve started the new Dragonguard quest line which should lead me to Southern Elsweyr.

It all began for my character in Auridon with a trip to Tanziwell, and a group of clues leading to a secret chamber. Kasura is your guide.

 

The secret chamber.

 

The Valley of Blades sounds pretty exciting, but I was disappointed that it was mostly a ruin.  Maybe a great deal of fighting training goes on amongst the broken pillars and fallen walls. Perhaps it’s an ideal place tactically.

 

Someone’s a fan of Wow’s Stormheim, I’m thinking, because you get to use a Grappling Bow, much like the grappling hook used by the Vrykul and you. I loved those hooks.

 

Big beefy Sai Sahan accompanies you to Wind Scour Temple, deep in one of my favorite places, the Alik’r Desert.  You’re going to look for anything that will help you learn the secrets of the legendary Dragonguard, so you can fight the dragons of Elsweyr.

 

Alan Wake! 

My son got me past the beginning axe man sequence, so I went in to take a look.   Being warned that you should just run when there are too many enemies right off, eek.

 

We open with Alan on a ferry ride.  Welcome to Bright Falls!

 

Alan’s wife, who is slightly creepy and none too likeable so far, asks Alan to pose with “the old man at the railing”.  He’s the local radio host who would love to interview Alan.  It turns out Alan is taciturn and none too friendly.  He says he just wants a quiet time here, but he seems to mostly be a jerk.  Just my opinion.   The character faces are a little rough around the edges though the scenery is beautiful.

Alan’s an author, and his agent plans to hound him by phone.

 

A stop for the cabin keys at the local cafe gives you an opportunity to meet a few locals and learn how to maneuver and interact.   Oops, the boss is in the bathroom, and Alan is too antsy to give him the personal time.  When Alan approaches the guy in the bathroom, a strange woman in a veil pops up behind him to give him the keys.

 

At the cozy cabin, the lights aren’t on.  Night is incoming and it turns out Alice is afraid of the dark.  Our first look at the World By Flashlight. I didn’t notice while playing but what’s with the little flashlight in the upper left of the screen? Charges? Number of flashlights?  His wife did seem to indicate she’d bought a few of them.  She hangs out on the deck while insisting Alan go to the shed behind the house to get the generator working.

 

I had a little trouble figuring out how they wanted to get the generator started.  There’s a circular indicator and a little mouse button picture.  In the cafe, you started the jukebox by pressing the left mouse repeatedly.  Here, it was a little different sequence but luckily the lights went on.

 

The nicely lit house and relaxing time with his wife was cut short when she delightedly presented him with a den complete with typewriter and paper.  She’s eager for him to overcome his writer’s block, giving him no escape from it at all.  Angry, he runs outside to be alone.  Cue all the lights in the house going out, with Alice screaming for him, then shouting get away from me.

How like me to panic immediately, get turned around in the dark, and end up by the car high above the cabin.  Sorry Alice, if you’re already dead.

So…heading back down, get attacked by a swarm of crows who have been hanging around…open door…and back up at the car.  It seems to have crashed?  Alan has no idea what has happened.  I had a bad moment the axe man would pop up but no.   Fortuitously, he’s just 200 yards from Stuckey’s friendly café.  He should go there for help, right?  I stopped at this checkpoint because I was scared and the movement of the game made me a little queasy.   The combination will have me playing in short sessions.   I do like the story of it so far.

 

14 pictures for IntPiPoMo in this post

Total 19

 

GameNotes August 20, 2019

Elder Scrolls Online

I’m working through the Mages guild and Fighter’s Guild Quest Lines, finally.   The Mages Guild quests dealing with Sheogorath are just terrible.  I kind of didn’t mind him as a cat (adorable) in Elsweyr, but these, gack.  He is so annoying.  Those icky eyes.  His sense of humor leaves everything to be desired.  I don’t like his flunky, either.  As much as I loved Oblivion, I hated the Shivering Isles Expansion.  I wish the quests here and in the Fighter’s Quild were like the ones in Oblivion.  It would make more sense for them to send people out to find antiquities, or complete contracts for the guild.

The Fighter’s Guild at least has a mystery to solve.

 

World of Warcraft

Just another week and we’re in!  No more you can only get to level 15, do not pass go, don’t knock, cause you can’t come in.  Logging in will be a blowout.  The Stress test logins were really to give you practice staring at not much for two hours, nothing else.  They didn’t expect all the population on Herod, though, and had to issue cranky warnings so everyone there can prepare for LoginOfDoom.

Once things settle down, it should be amazing.  All the warnings from jaded types to Retail Babies, ha, we’ll be just fine, thanks.

Meanwhile, in the dungeons this week…

I’m wondering if some returning folks are playing through dungeons to get a feel for the game again.

In Halls of Lightning, the tank was pulling everything right off and people died right off.  Somehow he pulled General Bjarngrim all the way back to the dungeon entrance where he killed killed killed everyone over and over.  A few people slunk out the entrance.  He finally went away, and back in we went.   He blamed everything on the healer, and tried to boot her.  It didn’t pass.   She died to one of his big pulls at about the mid point and he just kept going.  “Does he not know I died? she said.  He replied she wasn’t effective and wouldn’t be missed.  I was having a bad day anyways, so I told him it wasn’t the healer, it was that he was a terrible tank. Then I left.   I’m questing away when I notice pink text in the chat.   “Great DPS, bro”.   I am no Bro, thanks.

Later, another tank is pulling, pulling.   The healer dies.  Couldn’t save herself or anyone else because “I was busy trying to heal Tanky Boi.”

Oh Tanky Boi  (very roughly to the tune of Danny Boy)

Oh Tanky Boi…the mobs, the mobs are calling

From dungeon start, to dungeon’s end

Healer’s mana’s gone, and all the players are falling

It’s you, it’s you must stop pulling

and we must stay alive.

ESO: All The Things

I’ve four characters in Elsweyr, because I liked it so much.

With the first one, I tried exploring every inch and doing all the quests and dungeons I came across.

At some point, I felt bogged down, so I brought in a second character to only do the Abnur Tharn questline.  She was zipping along till she couldn’t beat a boss in Rimmen.  Hmm. back to the Ali’kr Desert to get from 40-50, then try again.

With a third character, a warden, I thought I could try again going methodically through Abnur’s quests and any delves, side quests or whatever to see if I could avoid the bogged down feel of Character One.   not much progress there.

Fourth, I got a new character slot, and couldn’t quite go necromancer, but I did make a black cat khajiit very much like Kamira and my own beloved black cat.  She’s not moving forward either.

 

You may recall I was loving the Ali’kr desert area with several characters before Elsweyr arrived.  I’m sort of dropping back here to go forward with these.  partially because I have the furnished Sisters of The sands apartment, which is currently my favorite home in the game.  It is just so comfy, cozy, well lit.

All the homes I own are:

Flaming Nix Garret

Snug Pod

Sisters of the Sands Apartment

Gardner House

Mathiisen Manor

Grand Psijic Villa

Sugar Bowl Suite

Golden Gryphon Garret

Mara’s Kiss Public House

The Rosy Lion

Saint Delyn Penthouse

Ebony Flask Inn Room

My main décor efforts go to the Mathiisen Manor in Auridon.  Whatever cool new thing I can make goes there (though I haven’t crafted much in the past month).

Next, I’m slowly decorating the various Inn Rooms.  I travel to these so much, they could be more welcoming.  I use things I might not use anywhere else in these.

I wanted the Gardner House in Wayrest for so long because of it’s location.  I’m disappointed in how dark it is, and how little it looks like it’s splash screen.  Lighting this place up and making it homey is three on the décor list.

Splash Screen Gardner House

 

Furnished Gardner House

 

Lastly,  I’ve worked out a progression/completionist plan for my “main characters”  one for each of the faction areas.

They’ll go back home, complete their maps, then move on to the next area their characters would naturally go to and complete those.  For instance Glenumbra/Stormhaven/Bangkorai  with my Breton Templar.

A set of “secondary characters” will do the same with Morrowind, Summerset, Murkmire.

It’s good to have a plan, right?

ESO: The Green Hills Of Glenumbra

Three of my characters are in Elsweyr, the rest…elsewhere.  A Breton Templar has just finished the Psijic map of Summerset, and is now home ready to do the Psijic map of Iliac Bay, which begins in Glenumbra.

She has completed much of the map of Glenumbra as it’s her “home area”.  As pretty as Summerset is, I’m glad to be back in Glenumbra.  Of all the areas after the starter areas, it is my favorite.

There’s a lush green to the forests.  The werewolves and many ghosts haunted by their lives roam the landscape and the many graveyards.

There are spriggins to lend a fairy tale aspect.   In fact, the whole area is a bit like the Brother’s Grimm.

 

 

Elder Scrolls Online Houses: Grand Psijic Villa

The first home I acquired in ESO was the Grand Psijic Villa. It was through the efforts of thousands doing a special promotion that got the Villa for everyone who owned the Summerset expansion. Still, my Sorcerer, the first character to play through that area did the quests needed to enter Artaeum and secured the house. This home taught me how difficult it is to be an adventurer who also decorates.

Because this home isn’t so easy to access–each character has to do the opening quest line, then travel to Artaeum, then to the house, I decided to mostly work on gardens outside the villa.

Before that, my initial plan was to make the octagonal shaped room to the right a sunroom, the matching octagonal room on the left a study. The long hall down the center would be divided with furnishings into dining and living spaces. The two rooms that look like a head and torso would be the kitchen on the left and bedrooms on the right. At some point the subterranean pool would be decorated. The two upper balconies would be lined with books and treasures.

In truth for a long time in the early days, I wanted to decorate every house like the splash screen that went with when you loaded up. Not practical, though it can be a goal. I now try to get my homes furnished, and regret not getting them all that way, even if I have to wait to save up for them.

One problem with all the homes is that they’re dark. Some, like the Gardner House, even fully furnished, are dark. As I’m crafting now, the first thing I put in are lights.

All that said, here’s the Villa, in its unfurnished state, in case you’ve never been there.

Elsweyr!

PC players have early access to Elsweyr, so naturally off I went. Perhaps since I did the prologue with my Khajiit, there’s no breadcrumb to tell how to get to Elsweyr. I’ll have to see with a character who hasn’t done the prologue.

It turns out you’ve a Wayshrine available in Elsweyr for Rimmen. Travel there, and you’ll find the quest A Rage of Dragons available from a quest giver.

While minding my own business looking at a map of the area, I noticed I was under attack by some npc, and all those nasty notifications were floating around. Even after I let the guy kill me I was “notorious” so I used an edict to make it go away. I must have accidentally hit some key that shot at him?

Instead of heading straight out, I explored Rimmen. There’s a small inn room/apartment called the Sugar Bowl Suite. It’s unfurnished only but costs a mere 3000 gold.

The load screen for the suite shows some lovely ornate furniture I hope will be purchasable or craftable. Love that rug.

I headed out of the city, crisscrossing the countryside as I do. I find it relaxing to explore that way, and I found several treasure chests tucked in here and there, always nice!

I’m working on quests in a small village that reminds me of Murkmire, with the wooden enclosure and lanterns.

I’ve wanted to see Elsweyr since over hearing two npcs mention it in Oblivion. Here we are!

Elder Scrolls Online: Alik’r Magic

So. I was working on the Psijic Order quest to find time breaches on Iliac Bay. The Glenumbra and Stormhaven breaches were easy enough to locate, but how to get to Alik’r to get the rest? After a little research, I found you could take a boat from Wayrest. I had a Templar working on the Stormhaven area who also had that quest line, so I sent her by boat from Wayrest on over.

Wonders and magics! What a beautiful place, with treasures and resources as soon as you step off the boat. The story lines are very different from other areas. The furnishings and tapestries and rugs are sumptuous.

Dolmens are packed.

Next thing you know, I have three characters there and once I get the Gardner House in Wayrest on Sunday, I may send everyone!

I should be working on the Elsewyr pre-quests but, fortune and glory!

April 2019 Gaming Goals

Better late than never, eh?

March goals were basically leveling in World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online, April will be more of the same.

World of Warcraft

I’m working towards 120 number three in Warcraft with my Rogue. I wasn’t going to do the Norwington Estates area, but I’ve sent my Rogue along that route because I realized I’d missed Anglepoint Wharf just a bit further on with my Druid and Warlock. I was pleased my Rogue did the infamous Stoats with so little trouble I didn’t realize she’d finished the quest requirements. I try to do all of the silver elites, but a Turtle Thing killed me pretty quickly with spin moves near the Estates. I love skinning in this area with my Rogue, it just seems like you get lots of (stuff). Once I got to the horse quests at Norwington, I found myself sliding down the road to the Wharf. Two more levels for her, then my Paladin.

I’m having odd screenshot problems with Wow. First the screenshot folder disappeared, then pictures where going into a “retail” folder. Now they go nowhere. I’ve looked at various fixes without luck. I could play it on my laptop to get pictures.

Elder Scrolls Online

My goal here was to get characters to level 30. I think I have three, with others close. It’s a pretty loose goal. The only thing I notice as I level is I can find new ores and cloth. I felt more powerful with everyone at level 18, but not since then, that I’d say, oh yeah, see me roar. It’s all a matter of armor and weapon upgrades.

Still, aside from Galaxies, I’d say there’s more variety in things to do in this game than in anything else I’ve ever played. It’s a constant treasure hunt. My Redguard Templar, whose turn it is this month, has like +1000 luck. She finds everything, and practically trips over treasure chests wherever she goes. I love her.

I bought Mathiisen Manor in Auridon in January, and have been slowly decorating it. I am putting in things I craft myself, and I don’t want to waste materials or home storage space on anything unworthy, so very slow indeed.

March 2019 Gaming Goals

World of Warcraft

I’m back in the game, questing with some randomness between characters, but letting my Druid go ahead as she usually does. I’m getting some fun crafting recipes, which makes me happy. I had the ingredients to Transmute Meat (?) into a Pet. But I got some wierdo squiggly mass I don’t know how to turn into a pet. It must be like the dinosaur eggs. Will have to look it up.

Goals for March
Level up
Try the Island Expeditions. Maybe I’ll love them.
Work on my various crafts.
Do more dungeons.

Elder Scrolls Online

I feared the new Zone Guides might be spoilery, showing me exactly where things I’d missed were. Happily, it just is more like an achievements list that let’s you know what’s possible.

I had already been back in each starting area, completing any quests I missed, doing all the delves, finding the Wayshrines, so this was just a help to see what I may have missed. It’s my habit most evenings to just head out along the roads, zigzagging across the countryside trying to methodically find everything I can before heading back with a full inventory. So I fill in lots on my maps.

I choose a new character each month to get the Daily rewards and play them a bit. I have my favorites that I switch over to as well.

Goals for March

Get everyone to level 30
Have everyone able to do the Daily Crafting Writs, though I don’t always do them Daily.
Continue leveling Main Crafting Character
Move Crafting character along in the Fighters Guild since she’s a Bow Wielder

Atheren’s Adventures The Year In Review 2018

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.

Everquest 2

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.

Blaugust

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.