GameNotes

Slowly coming up out of the Dead Computer Slog.  Re-loading everything, since it should safe on a new pc, right?

Steam:

Alan Wake

Broken Age

Dear Esther

Fallout 4

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Mass Effect (1)

The Witcher (1)

 

Other:

Secret World Legends

Everquest 2

Lord of the Rings Online

Elder Scrolls Online is a given.

Star Wars Galaxies Emu will stay on my laptop where it’s safe.

 

Porcine Piggybank

I haven’t been playing ESO much, so missed out on the new Bristleneck War Boar, which looks very adorable.  MassivelyOp has an article on the ire raised by the fact that this porky praline adds FIVE inventory slots for all your characters.

The Elder Scrolls Online introduces new cash shop pet that increases your inventory and raises some eyebrows

If it were ten, it would be more appealing and perhaps more controversial.   I think it’s fine in any case.  I wouldn’t get him for his five slots.  I save all my money for houses in the game. The best thing is commenter Schlag Sweetleaf, who comes up with brilliant little illustrations for any topic you can think of, created this awesome picture:

 

IGN’s Best Solo Boardgames

Looking through my notes, I liked an article at IGN called The Best Solo Board Games.  To me, board games are meant to be played face to face with your opponents so you can see what they’re up to.  So much is given away.

On the other hand, many of these really are multi-player, and if you can play through on your own easily enough, you can explain the new game to the group a bit better.  Most of the games sound great!

https://www.ign.com/articles/the-best-solo-board-games

 

The Level Squash

Eurogamer talked with Blizzard about the upcoming “level squash” when Shadowlands is released.   It does not quite sound like a parsed out plan yet.  It is early days, but read through and see if you can imagine how it will work and if it can be done as currently envisioned.

https://www.eurogamer.net/amp/2019-11-06-blizzard-explains-the-world-of-warcraft-level-squash

 

Darkmoon Arcade

I’m so excited for the Arcade being added to Darkmoon Faire.

https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/46782-play-darkmoon-arcade-games-in-patch-83/

The mini-games World Quests get better all the time, and I will be spending a lot of time in the Faire once these are out.   I go where ever the Match game is available, and have come to find the Rune Matching game relaxing.   I don’t know the Minesweeper game Hexsweeper is based on, but I’m willing to be blown up a few times giving it a try.   We see they slipped in the Leylines game, but maybe I’ll get better at the concept once I see it in it’s simplest solving stages, then move up to the complex puzzles.   One token and you can play all day!

 

BFA

Only Need Tortollan Seekers and Rustbolt Resistance at Revered.  Doing very well plinking along in World Quests.

Classic

Paladin is up this week as the main character.  I’m eager to get her to Duskwood.  Getting all the lowbies to 10 or 20 depending on where they’re at.  Uneventful!   I’m finding it hard to get screenshots for my IntPiPoMo.   Hopefully spending a little time in some of the other games listed will produce some useful screenshots.

 

One screenshot this time, really digging! Its a tiny house up in the hills by Northshire I’m not sure is still in the game with and Alchemy and Herbalism Trainer inside.

Up to five screenshots for IntPiPoMo.   I can do it!

 

Game Notes Friday July 5, 2019

If you love the board game Clue here’s an entertaining article on how it came to be and changes made over the years. I always like to be Miss Scarlet, myself.

mentalfloss.com/article/586055/clue-game-facts

Secret Fishing Achievements, Wow

This article from Icy Veins on Wow Secret Fishing Achievements has me stopping at every fishing spot I see.

https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/44257-secret-fish-achievements-and-toy-solved/

Perfection

Fun but truly a bit nerve wracking. I wonder if my mother in law would like this. She’s such a fun person.

The Serious Side of Historical Games shows a ton of ancient games, and I’d love to play all of them. See? We were meant to Play.

https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/XPodYxIAAOp_jr-W

Via Buzzfeed: 17 Signs You’re a Board Game Bully

Ha!  I recognize a few of these behaviors, not in myself of course.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/signs-youre-a-board-game-monster

board games

I do have some flaws/oddities.  I know, you’re gasping for air at that.

I always want the red token/figure/gamepiece.

Despite my awesome vocabulary, I lose at Scrabble like a dog because I can’t resist nice words!  Putting down a cool word loses to Aaa or whatever every time.

I generally lack strategy because I am just happy to play, la la la.  Dead meat.

I have favorite countries in Risk I try to get and defend because I like them, doh.  Again epic fail.

I finally got a chance to play Dungeons and Dragons and the math aspects ruined it for my non-mathematical brain.  I like games which run those numbers for me in the background.

I like word games, yay!

I am enjoying trying out some new types of board games because, just as with books, films and computer games, my charming imagination puts me right in the world of the game almost immediately and I’m ready to have my imagination enter new enchanting territories.

Happy New Year from The Last Chapter!

World of Warcraft

After having so much fun working in Neverwinter, I had to break to do some of the Winter Veil activities.   Just as with the last couple of holidays in World of Warcraft, I approached the many requirements half heartedly.  There are too many activities for this busy time of the year, and having three PVP ones is a real pain.

So I did the gnome/battlefield one, entering the Isle of Conquest for the first time ever in a skimpy gnome Santa outfit.  Because I’d lose my gnome form if I shape shifted to my feral cat form or a bear or moonkin form for that matter, I had to go in as my Elf Self transformed.  I used my secondary talent set for which I have no talent never ever having used it…restoration.  I can confess here because I feel guilty that I was concentrating on my toolbars and skills and when I entered the battle ground I went in marked dps as always.  I suspect this saved my miserable gnome hide from instant death because I just looked like the only Santa gnome in the place, but not a falsely labeled one.  Shame, shame.

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We tried some dungeons as a guild to get some of those achievements.  Only I and my husband and son and nephew dungeon dive, others don’t.  So we did a few, just us, to test things out, then got in the dungeon finder queue.  Unbelievably our first one had this Pin Brain From Mars who was critiquing everyone’s dps and skills and blah blah blah.   Obviously we were doing fine and didn’t need the Head of Bone and we should have drop kicked him sooner, but we waited till the end.  Luckily the next guy was just normal and we sailed along.  Not so confidence inspiring to those who we can’t talk into dungeons at all most days, and to me playing my dread rogue who I know is just awful, thanks for applying the brown sauce.

I’ve been running my shaman through some dungeons trying to level her up to use in the group instead of the rogue.  I’ve had trouble with her in the past which is why she is my lowest level class.  The dungeons in the 50 levels are just torture.  I am always so grateful to qualify for Hellfire Peninsula at 58.  I have been running into one after another of what I call “draggy tanks”.  They aggro one group of mobs then just chain drag them and everyone else through the whole place. Gack.  THEN there was the gnome who was playing his healer with his tank on follow or was it the other way around.  Nobody but me spoke up and said how bizarre that was, and when he died immediately because his following character got stuck on a wall, then everyone died…I got dungeon deserter for leaving that fun time behind.  How I love dungeons.

In an effort to have my spouse help me with a Winter Veil quest, I logged in his guy to just get him set up.  Lo and behold he has an in game email from the devs inviting him to try Raiding.  Hello?  He’s never going to try raiding.  Did any of my characters get it? NO.  Grrr.  Not that I’ve been raiding either but I do play.  

raid invite 2

Rift

Aimlessly working on my Pyromancer in Rift.  Am at level 24.  I was trying to do every quest in Silverwood but I couldn’t stand being there forever so I made sure my gathering skills were to level, finished what I could and stepped over the border into Gloamwood.  It is all gloomy and spidery, not looking at all like Duskwood from Wow but having that ambience.  A nice change and I feel like I’m making some forward progress.

Dearth of Games for PC yet again

I was thinking this year how in years past there were always maybe five games out in the fall I wanted badly and I’d ask for them for Christmas.  I can’t even think of the last time I asked for a computer game.  It is not as if there are a bunch on another platform I’d be buying either if only I didn’t love my keyboard/mouse so much.  There is not much of interest released if Action/Adventure is your genre.   I do not count those stoopid find the hidden picture puzzle games as Adventure.

There are a few upcoming lists with some possibles, but not much.

Board Games

New additions this season are Forbidden Island and Carcassonne.  I and my team mates liked both and appreciated the cooperative nature of each.  We are going to see if we can’t re-institute our board game day here, maybe we can eventually lure in others on a regular basis.  Snacks and board games, hard to beat that for entertainment and relaxation.

Repopulation

They’ve got my attention with the new game trailer and Kickstarter for the Repopulation.  They are sidestepping what I thought was a hardcore pvp game and practically stepping out of the video saying if you loved Star Wars Galaxies pre-NGE you will love us play play play!   Am I someone who could resist that?   I’m supporting the Kickstarter and if they bring that puppy up I’m going in for a look.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/therepopulation/the-repopulation-a-sandbox-mmorpg

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Happy gaming in 2014!   Atherne and the crew of the Last Chapter