I’ve branched out from my Galaxies obsession a bit this week, yay.  Anytime you hit a wall with a game (macro grinding Tailor zzzzz) you should just pop into another world and all your cares disappear.

World of Warcraft

Last week my Retribution Paladin was just beginning the Highmountain area of the Broken Isles.  I was surprised to find I was reluctant to do this area, and I looked at the rest of the Broken Isles to see if there was another I’d prefer, only to realize I don’t really care for any of the zones.  There was a Post In The Making there, which expanded in my mind to other areas of Azeroth I just can’t stand to go through, and the Post passed into oblivion, as Posts do.

Next up, and the current character in Rotation is my Assassination Rogue, who also happens to be just starting Highmountain.  This led me to consider what it is about Highmountain I dislike.  I think it is just the opening quest sequences in the Thundertotem area.   The rest of Highmountain isn’t bad, but I don’t like the whole beginning part.  The current quest I’m balking at starting, is The Story of Huln.  Hero or no, I just hate this whole sequence.  Die, Huln, die.  Not good. 6 1/2 boxes to go for this character to level.

If I have to drag 9 characters through the Broken Isles, and I’m finding the mental brakes are going on when starting all the areas…it’s going to be rough.  I am glad to be rotating in characters from other areas of the world, to refresh, because ack.

Lord of the Rings Online

I’m playing my now level 50 Loremaster, and she’s getting hints that the quests will soon lead into glorious Moria.  The Company went thataway…follow, follow!

I cringed from playing my Hunter because of her location, and wasn’t quite in the mood for the Lonelands, so I haven’t put them into action in a rotation.

Instead, I created a new Runekeeper and a Warden.   Also, because I have a level 43 Minstrel I have no idea how to play, and dang, how did I ever get her to that level, I created a new Minstrel.  All of my 11 character slots are now full.

My bold plan here is to watch world chat (or whatever its called here) and see who is who, join into discussions of interest, and find my way to a good guild that way.  A clever plan, right?

Elder Scrolls Online

There was a huge patch since I played last–probably Housing.  It took forever to download and then was corrupted somehow.  I tried repair and though all was well, but there is no ambient sound in the game and that is pretty awful, particularly no music.  I’ll have to try Repair once again.

I killed off a character I didn’t like, and thinking to make a new crafting only character, I made a Dark Elf.  I’m trying to do all of the beginner areas, and play different races.  She’s likely not long for this world, and hasn’t even made it out of Cold Harbor.

 That face!  The skin tone colors were all shades of Concrete.  Nasty scary eyes, though I did my best to soften them.

 Great hair from the back, long and flowing, nice!

But in the front, they’ve got her hairline yanked back so she’s all skull and again, scary.   Note the sour expression.   I was going to add a caption.  Tsk.

Dear devs: do you EVER see a woman with long flowing hair doing the skull thing in front? Nooo. You use that long hair to frame your face and hide it in meetings so people can’t see you making faces.  Doh.

She is a Mage, my first attempt at this type.  I didn’t like the three available class templates (?), though I know you can customize them.  I wound up choosing the one that has demon pets.  Though the pet stays out in the world with you for a pretty decent amount of time, the initial cast time to bring it out seems long, and something you want to do before beginning combat.   Thus not so useful as any instant cast spell.

Torment Tides of Numenara

Still in the tutorial.  So impressions:  I need to really slow down and read the text boxes.    They’re telling a story, at a pace I’m not used to.  Fighting my first monster.  Not going well.  Missed the tip on how to get from way over here to way over there to fight the beast.

Grim Fandango

This has been in my Steam Library for awhile.  This older game is drop dead gorgeous, so vibrant!  The dialog trees are incredibly entertaining, and sassy.  I try every dialog option.

Here is another game where you need to slow down, examine everything, interact with everything you can.  If you miss something (and I pretty quickly missed an elevator), you need to backtrack and see what you missed, but it isn’t an annoyance as backtracking can sometimes be.

Secret World

I’ve decided to update the game and work some more on my current character.  I’ve got the itch to play so, why wait?  Forward.  Maybe I can just make a new Templar when the reboot goes live.

Mass Effect Andromeda

I’m a little horrified I haven’t pre-ordered this and it’s coming out Tuesday.  What is wrong with me? Whap!