Monthly Wrapup

It was a good month for games.  I played Battle for Azeroth, and really love this expansion.   It may be the best yet.   All my higher level characters are playing really well.   It’s taking each one long enough to work their way through Freehold in Tiragarde so that I can queue for dungeons.

 I’ve gotten Freehold, Waycrest Manor and Shrine of the Storm with various characters.  Freehold is smoothest, with everyone getting lost in Waycrest Manor, and dying at the Ritualists and  Lord Stormsong in Shrine of the Storm.   Tanks and Healers are a bit cranky.

Everquest 2 was played a bit almost everyday.  In a stressful month, I was thinking of it as “my happy place”.  Now that’s a good thing for a game to be.

I’ve played my newly minted Mystic the most, and she’s at level 17.  She also has 7 gold, which is way more than my level 17 Fury has.   I’m almost thinking you get more looted money and things to sell in the Frostfang Sea area.

My Fury is not getting any money as loot, it’s gross stuff like Canine Saliva.  She’s in the Qeynos/Antonica area.  I just like the little ching ching sound of gold.   Also, it feels as if there is better bank and vendor access in the Frostfang area.  For sure, there are more rugs to be had in Frostfang.   I wonder if they kind of loaded it up when they went Free To Play.

There’s still a little Bruiser Froglock on the Isle of Refuge.  I wonder if I send her to Kelethin if she’s likely to get some new and unusual furniture 🙂

I enjoyed my Steam games and plan to go back in and work on those.  My son recommended the Witcher to me and I have all three of the games.  He’s generally right about what games and classes I’d enjoy playing.

Loved Broken Age.

Curious to see the plot play out in Dear Esther.  

The Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is pretty funny, in I’m sure an unintended way, as it is so serious in tone.

I logged in to Rift a couple of times, and am set to send my Cleric out adventuring.

It took forever to get ESO to update, but I’m now able to log in and see which character I want to play.

Looking at my GW2 Hunter for a post or two, I think I may back up and try her Personal Story.

 

PlayNotes Issue 6: Guild Wars 2

My main character here is a level 35 Sylvari Ranger.  Somehow, though I’ve tried to progress logically from one area to the next, she was in a level 20 area, the Brisban Wildlands.  I needed to find my way to a level 35 area, and play from there.

I looked at the larger world map and just did not see a clear route from where I was to where I should go.  Here’s another game where I just don’t know the world well. 

This led me to wander from one area to the next, examining the creatures as I went to see if I had found a place to stay.   23, 26, 28, 20, 23…   I’ll find it eventually, though I wish the world were laid out more logically.

There are few worlds more beautiful than Tyria.  Whoever their artists are, they do spectacular work.  If Exploration is a draw for you in a world, you can’t go wrong wandering  in this game.

An Airship
A Garden Estate
In the Land Of the Undead
By the Lake
On the Open Road
A lively tavern full of conversation and clinking glasses

A Wondrous Windmill
A vendor in the middle of nowhere.  He’s big, he’s snuggly, and I want to take him home.  Look at that bandolier, with three big pockets up front and a big pack on his back.

Where I Left Them

My plans to rotate each day between games fell by the wayside somewhere along the line, as these things do.  Checking in with them made me want to play each a bit, so perhaps I’ll get my game rotation back.

Reasons You May (Temporarily) abandon a character:

You get stuck with a character and aren’t sure what you want to do next.

Your character is beginning an area you know all too well and sort of dread, and you say, hmm tomorrow.

One of the games just becomes so very interesting all of a sudden, you just want to play it a bit more, and a bit more, and other games and characters don’t get the play time.

It never does happen to me that I don’t want to play anything at all.  There’s always something!

Elder Scrolls Online

I hadn’t been playing as regularly, but I wanted to peek in to try the winter festival.  How odd, not a single decoration in sight anywhere.  Hmmpf.  I decided to just go ahead and play a little and do my next quest.  Running through the world, admiring the scenery and the music, my character froze in her steps and my Anti-virus program popped up.  It’s like 1 am so I sleepily said ok to the anti-virus.
BOOM.  It uninstalled a bunch of files, apparently, and I had to go in an tinker and then reinstall the program.  The servers were down when I last tried to log in.

The Secret World

I left my character just at the start of Innsmouth Academy.  I patched it today and sent her out into the hallowed halls.  I needed to get the combat down pat again before truly venturing out.  Lots of zombie students hanging around.  They all work in packs of 5, annoying to me, since I often prefer to pull one at a time.  Not here you don’t.  I went through a building called The Old Block and picked up quite a few Illuminati artifacts which I haven’t been able to use yet.  I’m using an odd combination of Magic and Pistols.  My inventory is about to run over, and I don’t know if there’s a place nearby to sell things.

World Of Warcraft

Currently up in the character rotation here is my level 82 Shadow Priest.  Hate what they’ve done with the class, no heals and no real dps moves either.  More lil’ worgen.  I’ll find a way.  She’s just gotten to Aviana’s Roost in Hyjal.  Went into Blackrock Dungeon with her just trying to scoot along level wise.  I thought she was doing pretty well compared to a couple from the same server who kept getting lost and dying.  But noo, they booted my poor Priest right before the last boss for not doing enough dps.  Argh.

Lord of The Rings Online

My level 49 Loremaster is working through the quests in Eregion, just outside the gates of Moria.  I love Moria so much and will be interested to see how they changed it since I last went through.  The only criticism I ever had of Moria was that there were too many Goblin camps.  One or two would have done it.  Moria is or was astonishing.  I feel as I did the first time through, I like Eregion, but really, I just want to get into Moria.  Did I mention I love Moria?

EQ II

My Wizard is still in the Commonlands.  I boosted her to 90 on a day when they were generously offering free boosts.  There is a separate post on character Boosts in the works, but should I just keep questing with her overpowered for this area self, because it is still all new to me, or should I move her forward to a level appropriate area and send a different character through these lower level lands?

Rift

My main character here was my Mage, but when I bought Star fall Prophecy I boosted my Druid/Cleric.  Maybe it was a mistake as she was a character who took a long time to kill things, I’ll have to see if she’s a better fighter now.  When you boost a Rift character they choose skills and weapons and Soul Tree choices for you.  We’ll see.

Guild Wars 2

My main here is a Hunter, and you guessed it, when I bought Heart of Thorns I got a boost opportunity, and thought I’d like to do the Elementalist, but maybe not.  These guys brilliantly let you try out the boost on any or all of your characters in a higher level “practice area” before committing to the boost.  Unless a timer was on the process, I can try all four characters.   I had a tough time with this Salamander so, maybe yikes.

GW2: Deeply Tangled Roots

My Sylvari Ranger’s Personal Story presented me with the first moral dilemma I’ve come across in this game.

After working to help a fellow Sylvari track down his kidnapped love, she refuses to be rescued.  She has fallen under the spell of The Nightmare Court and no longer wants to return home.

Her love Tiachren still believes in her, and wants to rescue her.  She is leading an assault on a small village.  

Your choice is to go and help the villagers defend against the Nightmare Court, or go with Tiachren to try once more to pry her from the grasp of evil.

You are warned by your mentor Caithe that no one escapes the Nightmare, and that Tiachren will only be drawn in.  She is so cold and unfeeling, though (luckily your character sees that and calls her on it) that she doesn’t seem quite trustworthy.

I just tortured over this.  I had been fighting at Tiachren’s side through several scenarios, and I liked and respected him.  Love conquers all, so I do generally believe.  My best instincts said go help him.  

I couldn’t let a village of innocents die though, particularly if he also fell to the darkness, which seemed the most likely outcome given what I knew.

So I chose to help the village, and there he was, a being of darkness at his love’s side and I had to defeat both of them.

As it turns out, there isn’t a different end to the story whichever choice you make.  You’re a hero and the “Pale Tree” is all proud of you.

I don’t know if the game has things down the line that result differently from this, but I hope it does.

Yet Another Adventuring Weekly Roundup

World of Warcraft

I sent 22 characters through the Darkmoon Faire.  I usually only send my crafting characters but everyone moved forward a few inches this week.  

Getting back on the Pathfinder track, I did a garrison mission Assault on Darktide Roost.   I had tried one of these previously and just got pounded, but this one was really easy.   So many eggs, so little time.

Guild Wars 2

My Ranger got all the play time this week.

She has a skill that is much like the Wow Hunter skill Barrage  where she just fires arrows rat-a-tat-tat.   I love it on the Hunter and I love it for her.  Both can have the unfortunate effect of pulling in nearby foes, however.  There is a really long and wide spray effect.

I rather like the environment of the Caledon Forest, all deep green with wild shots of color.

Black Desert Online

I really don’t have the time for another game at this time, but Black Desert Online has sounded so interesting by every account I’ve seen.  I liked what people were saying, that it is a very different and immersive world.   When they described the pure pleasure they were getting from playing, well, I haven’t seen that in awhile so I purchased the Traveler’s edition.

I think thirty dollars is very reasonable as a base price for a game.  You can try it out and get quite a bit of game play for your money.   I’m reading with interest the posts about the cash shop.   Unless the cash shop stops me cold from playing and advancing my characters, I’m not likely to pay any attention to it.  I never do.  I’ve yet to buy a single thing from one.

Character Creation

I downloaded the game and then created a Ranger on the fly when I should have been getting dinner ready.  You know how that goes.   It didn’t appear to me that some of the cosmetic choices made any  change to my character’s appearance.   In a hurry or not, she ended up looking like she was twelve,  I didn’t like the name I chose, and I really didn’t like the family name.

The next day when I had some time I decided to just delete her and try again.  Good lord, it takes 24 hours??? to delete a character.

Reading ahead, I was expecting 5 character slots with the “base game” but I’ve only 4.

Because I was too impatient, I ended up creating a Sorceress with the unfortunate family name, but at least I liked the character and her name.  Yes, she does look like a vampiry Kristen Stewart.

While I was creating her, I noticed a clothing option.  How cool, there were all of these different outfits you could pick.  So I thought.   I get into the world and she’s not wearing that outfit by a long shot.   Not the one I picked for sure. The feathery dead chicken thing on her right arm is really annoying.  Would not have selected dead chicken.

Create another Ranger finally, and was careful to look though the choices and pick one….

I carefully create my character and there she is in the world with the lace topped stocking outfit, obviously stock outfit number 1.

Why show all of those if you can’t select one?  Am I supposed to buy one of the others in the cash shop?  Are those the $29.00 outfits I’m reading about?   How odd.  It would be better to let me have one of the cool ones, then if I wanted one of the others,  I’d perhaps buy one.   You have to give people something they want more of, you can’t just dangle possibilities in front of us.  Particularly during character creation.    The Sorceress had some really great outfits  (in the creator), and I find it unusual that a game even offers such well designed armors.  We’re all out there in mismatched “clown armor” for the longest time in many games.

Combat

I haven’t taken my Sorceress out yet, but I got the first Ranger to level 7 easily fight imps and weasels.   I like that she can pull one mob at a time from a group.  I think it’s odd that her melee moves seem to consist of leg kicks and hand chops.   Everything does go down quickly though.

There was this pop up message You’re in a Combat Zone that had me worried. Was I vulnerable to PVP? No npcs or mobs seemed aggressive at all, but would they all suddenly attack here?  Apparently I’m safe till level 45 when my characters are cannon fodder for PVP so I guess I’ll not worry for now.

Gathering

To pick up any loot from a body there is the longest animation I’ve ever seen.  Before I figured out I could just move forward to break the animation, I was crouched in the road getting run over by horses and wagons like mad.   Cone of shame city.

Movement

What is it with that weird stuck in place thing after interacting with someone?   I know I read somewhere a solution to it or comment on it but can’t find it again.  Maddening.


The Black Cloud

The brief intro to the game has an ancient artifact wiping out a trade city with a black cloud. The whole place and everyone in it disappears.  Poof.

Once you land in the world, who doth mock you but your own personal screeching little black cloud!   Am I supposed to be alarmed?  Like I trust this little shrieker.  In fact, I hate him.  I just hate him.  I hope he goes away after the tutorial parts.

Adventuring Weekly Roundup

When I had a WordPress game blog, amidst all of the “improve your SEO” spam, someone told me they hated my weekly roundup icon.  It was a lasso and said weekly roundup.  Somehow it torked this person off.  Wah wah.  Gloriously, here’s a shiny non-lasso icon for weeks when I do a roundup of fascinating activities.

World of Warcraft

I’m closing in on Draenor Pathfinder, I really am.  I just need the Reputations and the Assault-ons and see me swoop in and around the Tanaan Jungle.

I have a level 3 Shipyard, I’m not so impressed so far, but we shall see. 

Working a mage and a rogue towards 100.

Sending my Warlock into the jungle.  Gack, she’s so undergeared she’s getting smooshed painfully.

Guild Wars 2

Something clicked, and I think it was working finally on crafting–and I’m now leveling all four of my characters through the world and am trying to get the finer points of the game.

I’m finding working on a build to be a bit confusing.   I can tell I’m not building wisely but am too twitchy to try to figure it out.  Maybe later when I’m Ms. Insta-dead I’ll look it all up.

There was a skill box glowing/throbbing for attention but the interface wouldn’t let me add a skill.  Grrr.

Inventory management is so annoying.  I have all these bogus boosts and gifts and weaponry clogging my inventory.  Merchants won’t buy used/looted weapons and stuff from me.  They don’t even see it.  So I’m in a fight and my inventory is full and I have to use up a bunch of boosts and just toss things that I should be able to vendor trash for coinage but inexplicably no.

I do like the fact that everyone can gather every resource type and it is in a shared storage.

Not liking that bank inventory space is 28 slots shared by all  for all non crafting things and you have to buy more space with real monies.

Although she looks creepy, my Sylvari Ranger is now a favorite class/character.  Plink plink and they’re dead.

GW2 Elementalist: My Personal Story

Between Wow runs in the Tanaan Jungle, I’ve been inching my GW2 Elementalist along and finally am at level 10, and gain “My Personal Story”.

http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Personal_story

The personal story is the unique campaign of each character which, along with dynamic events and map completion, makes up much of PvE gameplay. The personal story is independent from random world events and is always available to follow through the game world and the events which occur there. The personal story is told through character specific instances and is personalized by decisions made before and during gameplay.  

I don’t remember the personal stories of the other characters I’ve gotten to level 10, but I like this one so far.

 

I’m sent back to Divinity’s Reach, the main city in Queensdale to see an old friend who runs a tavern with her father.  Some local ne’er-do-wells cause trouble and I have to take them all down.  Unfortunately, dear old dad was injured in the fight.  He needs medical supplies which bizarrely are not available in this, the largest city I have ever seen in a game.

Off I go to an encampment near where I started my character.  Bandits/robbers/boneheads have stolen the supplies and are holed up in a nearby cave.  I must go in to get the supplies back.   It was late when I did the opening of this series so I haven’t gone cave crawling yet.  I’m expecting bunches of baddies and a boss.

Guild Wars 2: What It’s Missing

I played a little Guild Wars 2 this week.  My low level Elementalist is working in the Queensdale area.

It finally occurred to me what it is about this game that doesn’t grab me.  You work through a map area, doing tasks and filling in “hearts” for quest givers.

There are Vistas to discover, usually involving some climbing or jumping, and a point of interest or two.

You don’t get your “Personal Story” till level 10.  My experience with those so far has been that it’s an instance where you fight a boss and some other more challenging fights.  It hasn’t felt personal at all with the characters who have done them.

For me, the world is curiously empty of story, and any connective quest lines that you would usually have to move you from one area of the world to another.  You don’t get the sense that you’re really getting anywhere.

It’s sort of all exploration and check boxes.

I thought it was that I hadn’t found a character class I liked, but it’s the world itself that is pretty but sort of hollow.  It doesn’t feel like a world, really.   Relaxing for a break sometimes, but not so far compelling.

My character, however, is stunningly beautiful.  There is that.

GW2 Alting: The Elementalist

Since my Warrior is sort of stuck at level 22, and I can’t seem to make myself work with her, I tried the Elementalist this week.

She’s all glamour with golden hair and a leather and gold lame tutu outfit.  I’m just noticing that the gem on her head looks just like the eye on Davros’ forehead in last night’s Doctor Who.  Eerie!

I’ve just started with her, but she has flame type moves that are impressive.  I am not familiar with this class from other games so it is all new for me. 

She resides in a new area of the world that isn’t snow covered (huge bonus as winter doth approach).  Let’s see if I like the way she plays better than I do the warrior.

Since we’re talking alts, I have 5 slots to work with and have only used four so far.  Ta da.

If she doesn’t work out, I may go back to the Ranger, which Inventory Full made sound really excellent http://bhagpuss.blogspot.com/2015/09/make-way-druid-coming-through-gw2.html 

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.