Game Hopping

Star Wars Galaxies

I’ve moved all of my crafting characters to Corellia (half were on Naboo just for a change of venue).  I’ve made some progress with my Chef.  The names of the foods and the variety of attributes they can affect is a blast.

My fighting characters feel like they’re treading water.  I’m thinking I need to get better weapons (a faster rifle!!!! agh!!!!) and just send them out there to grind that xp.

My plan to “listen” to General Chat to get to know the denizens of the Galaxy has resulted in me being grossed out this week, and I am not easy, I would have thought nearly impossible to offend.  Yo, people.  This has had me paying attention to Trade chat/General Chat in other games and the level of conversation isn’t to be rated “sparkling” anywhere.  I will just mention that my first night on Landroval, LOTRO RP Server extraordinaire, the long conversation was about farts.  Call me intrigued?   Back to ignoring Trade/General/World Chats for the most part.

Lord of the Rings Online

I am playing my new Landroval character a little each evening.  I’ve decided to use author Jack Vance’s character names for my Landroval characters.  It makes it all just that much more fun.

The day night cycle is really noticeable in this game, making explorations of goblin ruins just that bit more challenging.

Music in this game is the most beautiful anywhere, except Galaxies.  Just stunning music everywhere you go.

Guild Wars 2

I went ahead and grabbed Armorsmith (my character had been standing in front of the trainer, lo these many weeks/months.)  Despite picking up everything I’ve come across I had no tin and could make nothing.

One of her Warrior skills causes her to move and spin, must be careful when fighting near ledges.  I’ve decided to do every quest and exploration in the area before moving on.

World of Warcraft

I’m just doing Follower missions and Shipyard quests with my main character and am sending my Warlock out to work her way through Draenor.  I like my Mage second best of these characters but she just isn’t tough enough.  I wish they hadn’t taken Evocation away.

Pillars of Eternity

I started a new Ranger character.  She made it through the opening area a bit more gracefully than my original Warrior.  She is positioned with her companions in the Ruins of Cilant Lis.

Fallout 3

I headed to Super Duper Mart one day and the game froze up, oops. An omen.  I noticed that my Bat wielding combat was not effective against the creatures in open areas and I’ll have to use VATS and a pistol.  I have to be proficient at that before going in is excuse 101.

My plan was to do it yesterday afternoon while I was all fresh, but I got caught up making medium homes and Blap something or other with my Galaxies chef and nope.

Fallout 3: Home Sweet Megaton

I easily disarmed the bomb this evening, and now have my own swank Post Apocalyptic Shack.

Just as in Oblivion, I can buy upgrades to make it look “really nice”.  For now, I’m happy to have a place to drop off junk when the local store isn’t open, and to just have a place to call my own.

I leveled up as well, and went ahead and put points into melee so I can whack all the more effectively.  I took the Black Widow Perk to more effectively bop the bad guys since I’m running into few women.

What does someone so newly powerful do?  They go back to the school and they look for the guys who were hiding out back.

I snuck around the building like a weasel, then I got here and just ran in, found em and whap whap!
With this new found bravery and Bat Power oozing out of every jet-packed pore (my husband will recognize that) I went in the lower doors in search of The Tunnels.

So It wasn’t Rad Roaches in the tunnels.

Freaking Ants.

Luckily they weren’t so big.

Let us descend.

You can kind of see one peeking in the first picture.  It turns out your intrepid explorer was too busy mindlessly whacking the ants, even after they were goners, to get good pics.  I did pick up some yummy Ant Meat which grants like five health. 

I’m ok now.  Next up, Super Duper Mart (I saw an announcement today Fallout 4 will have Super Duper Mart in it. Agh.) 

Fallout 3: Self Education in The Wasteland

Rather than head off to find my in game dad or visit the Dread Super Duper Mart, I did a few side quests, then decided to just explore to get some loot and xp.

Dressed in Wasteland chic, I decided to make sure I had fully explored the nearby town of Springvale, and perhaps the entire surrounding area.  Don’t diss the hat, it adds Perception and lets me know when hostiles are nearby.

It looked like I’d been all through town, except, I hadn’t visited the Springvale Elementary School. 

Gack!  I don’t recall it from before so how bad could it be?  As it turns out, if you’re a Raider in the Wasteland, you love love LOVE being back in school.  The place seems to be crawling with them. Thank heavens my Hat of Perception lets me see they’re coming so I can run up to them and use my trusty bat on their spiky selves.  They got guns, I laugh at guns! Hahahaha!  My bat always wins.

Well, I’m not dead yet.  Somehow when I thought I was going up, I ended up in the basement with a tunnel, which I’m not going in.  There are all of these skittering sounds, and I’ve had quite enough Rad Roach attacks from Fallout Shelter this week.  I hate bugs so much.

Good thing I save like a maniac.  I found a way outside but there were several guys right outside the door shooting at me and I couldn’t even see where they all were.  Reload and God help me try to retrace my steps and go back out the front door.  I’m a weenie from Weeniesville, you called it! 

Fallout 3 Reloaded

I have the edition of Fallout 3 with the Lunchbox, the Bobblehead, the PipBoy.  You know how these things go. It has been in the back of my mind for awhile, and next thing you know, I’ve installed it and I’m in the Vault.

On my first session, I was tired and didn’t pay enough attention to what I was doing get out of Vault 101 smoothly.  I pretty much punched my way out of the place, and though I survived all the fights, I was loaded with pistols and ammo but using my fists and then a Police Baton.  I don’t know why I’m prone to melee fighting in these games. I suspect it goes back to The Wrench in Half-Life.  Also, I notice if you run up on things and just whale on them, they can’t seem to fight back very effectively. And I win.

If I was going to play smarter, I’d need to start again and take the time to be more strategic.  I read some tips and guides and had a set of beginner stats that should be good, and yet I veered from them because I couldn’t bear to drop my Strength or Endurance much.

My opening stats:

Strength 5
Perception 3
Endurance 5
Charisma 3
Intelligence 9
Agility 8
Luck 7

I had more points in Charisma the first time around, which helped me with a certain bully character. This time he was all sneers, the banana.

Lockpicking has never been a skill I’ve done well with, my torque is always a bit too much.  In the Wasteland, you need the skill though.  I’m just going to have to save before trying and master it.

The game world is such a rough world, and all of the characters are gritty.  Nobody looks to have had a bath in years, let alone a drink of water.  There are a variety of random creatures and mobs who pop out of nowhere.

On release, I did not like the VATS system of combat, but I’m going to work with it this time and try to master that as well.  I think my wrench and I are just a bit twitchy.  Though I’m specializing in Pistols this time.

My first assignment is to go to a place called SuperDuper Mart.  I recall it with a bit of dread from the long ago play through.  Nothing good in aisles 4-8…filled with nasties.  I must have survived it somehow.