GameNotes March 10, 2020

Finally I have the pictures of my ESO Lucky Cat Landing home.  It has a really pretty outside area with views, and all of the inside rooms are like jewels, very comfortable jewels.   As always, I wish there were more lighting, but I’ll have to add that.  My khajiit loves the place so much she has not left there since I purchased it.

 

The Splashscreen

 

 

The Lucky Cat Living Room

 

 

The Lucky Cat Kitchen

 

Up the stairs to a first bedroom.

The second bedroom.

 

World of Warcraft

Whiplash finally showed up so Atherne has the Stormsong Adventurer achievement.

Plugging away in the jungles of the Scholazar Basin, going from one group to the next killing more exotic prey than the last set.   I only have one single part of the Scholazar achievement so far, and I feel like I’ve been working there for a year.   It’s better than Coldarra.

My Hunter just got her fishing shack, I’m loading her inventory with nice food makings.  Life is good in Draenor.

 

Parallel Context: One Final Lesson

Read Redbeard’s new and lively tale set in Wow Classic’s evocative Elwynn Forest called One Final Lesson.

https://parallelcontext.blogspot.com/2020/03/one-final-lesson-part-1.html

It is a really well done story of a family being terrorized by the Defias in the early days of that group taking advantage of the unprotected homesteads.  The characters feel like people you know, and you can picture all the scenes in Elwynn and in Stormwind.

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?

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.