Atheren’s Gaming Goals June 2022

I’ve actually played a few other games than World of Warcraft, but it’s not easy tearing myself away. So much to do there.

Elder Scrolls Online

As we know, I re-subbed to Elder Scrolls Online, and I did pre-purchase the High Isles expansion. I’ve been making my way through Blackwood, but I’m just at the beginning.

I loved being back right away, and found the quests to be so well written and immersive, and just loved the NPC’s actually talking to you in such a personal and conversational manner. June goal, play my Khajiit in Blackwood more, send my highest character in ESO to the High Isles.

Oblivion

Playing Elder Scrolls Online always makes me want to play Oblivion, but I never do. This time, I made a Breton Mage and sent her out through the sewers then out into Tamriel. Though I was enjoying using magic much more than I ever have with a character, she kept dying all the time and it made me crazy.

To be fair, it is almost certainly because, when attacked, as you often are in this game, out of nowhere, my instinct is to whack the attacker with my sword, not go whoosh, whoosh with a spell. It just doesn’t do the job.

I kept the save of her, but started a new game with a Battle Mage character. Sheesh. It seemed to me to perfectly fit the way I actually play. But when I looked up tips for building the character, it was all sneer, sneer, what a brown mound of poodoo you are for being a Battle Mage.

My son said I should ignore all that. It’s a single player game, he said, do what ever you want.

I’ve still died a few times with this newer character, but I’ve beat the Highwaymen who have popped out, so likely I just panicked and died because of it.

I don’t like that this character runs out of Magicka very quickly.

This time around I dropped off the Amulet of Kings with Jauffrey pronto. Though I said this time I was finally going to play through the whole main quest line, even if it does in Martin (sniff), I am avoiding Kvatch like mad.

So…why is it always night time in every city when you go to sell your loot?

Why is it always cold and windy with a driving rain?

WHY do Imperials come jumping out with robbers and wizards so you panic and whack them so they cry MURDER, and I’M ON YOUR SIDE. Get. Away. From. The. Bad. Guys. STOP JUMPING OUT AT ME.

So there I was, on the Road to Cheydinhal, heading to do my first Fighter’s Guild Quest. It was foggy, dead gray impenetrable foggy all the way from the Imperial City to Cheydinhal. Halfway there, two bandits attack, then there’s a third. I’m using my sword as fast as I’m able. Of course one is an Imperial.

I reloaded and deleted the save with them in it and next time through there were deer and wolves.

Again, my son, who seemed so wise above thought it was great I killed the Imperial because now I could join the Dark Brotherhood. They come to you in your sleep if you murder someone, you know. I do not ever do the Thieves Guild or Dark Brotherhood. Gross, gross.

This game, though, is as great and addictive as it ever was.

June Goal: Complete the Fighter’s Guild Quests

Halo

I really loved the TV series Halo, and loaded up the game to see if I’d enjoy it. I did but haven’t gotten far. Certainly farther than I have in the past.

June goal: Make progress.

Lord of the Rings Online

I’d like to move my Loremaster and Burglar forward here. I will try to spend a tiny bit of time in Mirkwood with my Hunter but, agh.

Elder Scrolls Online: Back to Adventuring in Tamriel

I’ve been interested in the new Elder Scrolls Expansion High Isle since it’s announcement, and marked my calendar to re-subscribe before April 4, 2022 so I can get my goodies and have access to all my crafting bags.

Having a new place that has not been visited in any Elder Scrolls game is the lure for me. According to Steam, I last played ESO October 7, 2020, so I haven’t even dabbled for a long while. It will take me awhile to reacquaint myself with the world and game play. I wish they’d release these big updates in the dead of winter rather than in spring when you can finally be outside again, but apparently the game is developed where winter isn’t a thing. Hmmmpf. Good to be you.

In any case, I’m downloading the game as we speak, and will purchase the expansion. High adventure, yo ho!

I love the Khajiit in the promo poster. Do I have a glorious white furred one that I can set sail with? If not, I’ll bump someone off if need be (I’ve been getting ruthless about killing off characters for their slots lately).

GameNotes December 3, 2019

Mechagon Follies

While doing a daily quest all of a sudden Rustfeather pops up.  Where are all the people who camp him, I thought.  Luckily very shortly a bunch of people showed up and I didn’t need to die.

 

Unbelievably the annoying crone Scrollsage Nola with her nails on a blackboard voice showed up in Mechagon.  Ack.  I knew she was evil, though, she thinks her colleague  Maokka is too gentle and she wants you to assassinate some goblins.

 

Saturday was particularly frustrating in Mechagon, so I found myself dropping down to work on my level 80 Hunter who is in Northrend.  Northrend can be so pretty after spending time in a junkyard.

Amber Ledge sparkles.

Even Coldarra seems fun.

Fashions of the week

My Monk in a fish head.  I just love the fish heads.

 

A Balance Druid in a nicely transmogged outfit. She might be drooling.  Still a cutie.

 

Wow Classic Atheren, a Hunter, wears those furry hide pieces with aplomb.  You skin it, you wear it.

Her pet Snuggles is now her Best Friend. Awwwww.

I hope one of my Hunters can tame one of these giant crocs in the Wetlands.  They’re so adorable.  Look at this guy, dead, but posing like he wants his belly rubbed.

 

I’m finding interesting old echoes of today’s BFA all over.  Note the Lost Third Fleet of Kul Tiras.

 

ESO

I haven’t attempted the dragon’s lair yet again, but apparently I need to beat that dragon to see southern Elsweyr? Bleh.  While taking a break in Auridon, what should show up in the sky?

 

Alan Wake

I did some reading on strategies for playing Alan Wake.  I did make some progress forward over the weekend.

I came back into the game by the Stuckey guy’s body.  I think that’s who it is.

I meant to look around the yard for a flashlight and gun, thinking I had missed them.  They were never there.  Instead, they were in a little well lit shack.  I ran past the axeman this time around and got into the shack.

Call for help!  There’s an old fashioned phone that doesn’t work.  I think all it does is position you in front of the window so you can see the big piece of construction equipment start up.  Then the thing pushes the shed off it’s foundations with a mighty roar.  On the plus side, you can now see what’s coming your way and you can shoot at it.  Managing to hold the flashlight on the now multiple axe men isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. You can only get one guy at a time, unless you drag them into the light, where they’re considerably easier to kill.

Run, Alan run.

 

There’s no clear path through the woods to higher ground.  It’s worth exploring all the paths for batteries and ammo hidden around the place.  I just have to try to be calm and look around for anything helpful.

You can see your next goal, but how to get there?  Good guess, a generator is somehow involved. Love my flashlight.

If I’d known that there would be axe men galore, I would have gone through the tutorial myself, but silly, silly, I thought he was just a dream.

 

Bartle Test

You’re likely familiar with the Bartle Test which categories you as Explorer, Socializer, Achiever, Killer.   On his QBlog, Bartle links to new player tests that are updated for today’s games.

http://www.youhaventlived.com/qblog/2019/QBlog291119A.html

 

I can’t find my old test results, but here’s the new one:

 

 

 

Screenshot Saturday November 23, 2019

Sneaking in a few more screenshots tonight.

 

Alan Wake

The man has troubles.  When last we saw him, he was a mere 200 yards from Stuckeys, according to the sign.  There is of course no quick way to it, so he goes on a ramble through the woods.  I thought I heard him mutter something about an axe murderer in the woods, but nah, right?

He makes it to a junkyard (I think it’s a junkyard), climbs up a log through a fence, and…

The axe man sure is a weird fool, kind of madly cackling before leaping away.

Alan finds two manuscript pages on the ground!  This is the story he was planning to write next!

 

I spent a fair amount of time trying to find my way out of the mini-maze of the lot or junkyard or whatever I was in. There was NO FLASHLIGHT! Just a thermos of coffee.

So, of course, who pops up, and I have no flashlight, no weapon, it’s just me and my pal The Axeman.  Did not go well. Will have an opportunity to slow down and look for a flashlight next time.

(Note: My son tells me I have a flashlight, I just need to right click to use it.  He also thinks I have a gun, which I can use by left clicking.  It was all in the Tutorial, he says!  Which I had him do for me because of the Axeman.   I’ll try the flashlight next time, but I’m certain nothing happens when left clicking because I tried that in case I could just punch him.  Unless.  You can only shoot at something pinioned by your flashlight.  Yikes.)

 

Mass Effect

I was doing really well here this session, no deaths for my squad.  Boom.  Disarming bombs, not difficult, but I ran out of time and didn’t get them all.   22 seconds on the clock with one more to find and BOOM.  Unfortunately, my most recent save is the one with only 22 seconds left, and I have to start the area all over.  I will full save more frequently, agh.

 

Kind of a bad night.  In the lair of the dragon, I fell several times to the dragon and his kwama pals.  Don’t know how I’m going to beat this guy.

 

Ten screenshots this post for IntPiPoMo

Total  45

 

 

GameNotes November 19, 2019

Another great outfit for one of my characters.  Luckily she got a new shirt soon thereafter.

 

What the casual Priest wears fishing.   This fishing spot right outside Thelsamar is the first in the Gnome/Drawf area I’ve found that yields pretty good fish even for a low level fisherpersonage.

 

My Warrior’s Level 20 quest.  If I’m reading this right, he wants my level twenty Warrior to make her way drunk into a cave/area full of mobs level 24 +.   Oh, and get back within an hour!  How twisted is that.

 

My Paladin who got the most play time this week is level 24.   It helped getting in both the Deadmines and the Stockades.  The Stockades!  You have a kill the Defias quest that has you go in every single room in the Stockades.  Then in the circular rooms, you also have to kill everything.  I can’t believe how long it took to go through.    No Hogger, but there’s Hamhock.

 

Make Loh Go , Tiragarde.  I almost have the pattern of it.

 

The level 20 Paladin Quest beginning.  I can’t believe I survived these waves.  I hate waves of things.  I missed that my quest was up at level 20 because neither of the Paladin trainers gave it out, it was another NPC in the Cathedral of Light with a Blue Question mark over his head who had it.  I was tipped by some higher level Paladin in a group when she asked “Where’s your fist?”  Immediately I blurted “You wanna see my fist? High humor.  The questline is long and goes in two dungeons, the next of which is Shadowfang Keep.

 

You know how it is when someone has your taste in clothes or hairstyle in a game.  Instant buds.

 

I am having the worst time dragging myself to Mechagon to get my Rustbolt Rebellion rep.  I peeked in when it first came out and haven’t been back.  Now I have to go and I’d rather be anywhere else in Azeroth.  It’s just a nasty junkyard full of stuff that wants to kill you.  So ugly.

 

I like WQs so much I started my Rogue on them.  I took a ferry to get to one and ran into a bunch of Naga.  Yech.

 

Riding Grong, the Noble and Intellectual Ape.

 

Here’s what Boralus looks like at 3 am.

 

I started Mass Effect again, the original.  I didn’t finish it the first time around, but got pretty far, I think.  Steam’s reliable picture taking doesn’t work on Mass Effect, so the only way to get shots will be to hit Print Screen and pop it into Paint.   I did see some tips on logging in as admin and blah blah, but not worth the tinkering.  I’d forgotten how much I like the Shepard character. The voice acting is great.

 

How to pin yourself to a wall 101.

 

I spent a little more time in Elder Scrolls Online hunting for Dragonguard knowledge.

One of those Indiana Jones like leaps of faith as you spread powder to create a path over a chasm.

 

Into the Dragon’s Lair.  Why did it have to be filled with Kwama?

 

16 shots in this post for IntPiPoMo.

35 total.  Ta da.  Getting there.

 

Screenshot Sunday (IntPiPoMo)

I meant to do a screenshot Saturday, but Sunday is also alliterative and available.  I’m looking at some of my recent downloads, and through my vast screenshot archives to make a nice dent in my IntPiPoMo numbers.

 

Elder Scrolls Online

I’ve started the new Dragonguard quest line which should lead me to Southern Elsweyr.

It all began for my character in Auridon with a trip to Tanziwell, and a group of clues leading to a secret chamber. Kasura is your guide.

 

The secret chamber.

 

The Valley of Blades sounds pretty exciting, but I was disappointed that it was mostly a ruin.  Maybe a great deal of fighting training goes on amongst the broken pillars and fallen walls. Perhaps it’s an ideal place tactically.

 

Someone’s a fan of Wow’s Stormheim, I’m thinking, because you get to use a Grappling Bow, much like the grappling hook used by the Vrykul and you. I loved those hooks.

 

Big beefy Sai Sahan accompanies you to Wind Scour Temple, deep in one of my favorite places, the Alik’r Desert.  You’re going to look for anything that will help you learn the secrets of the legendary Dragonguard, so you can fight the dragons of Elsweyr.

 

Alan Wake! 

My son got me past the beginning axe man sequence, so I went in to take a look.   Being warned that you should just run when there are too many enemies right off, eek.

 

We open with Alan on a ferry ride.  Welcome to Bright Falls!

 

Alan’s wife, who is slightly creepy and none too likeable so far, asks Alan to pose with “the old man at the railing”.  He’s the local radio host who would love to interview Alan.  It turns out Alan is taciturn and none too friendly.  He says he just wants a quiet time here, but he seems to mostly be a jerk.  Just my opinion.   The character faces are a little rough around the edges though the scenery is beautiful.

Alan’s an author, and his agent plans to hound him by phone.

 

A stop for the cabin keys at the local cafe gives you an opportunity to meet a few locals and learn how to maneuver and interact.   Oops, the boss is in the bathroom, and Alan is too antsy to give him the personal time.  When Alan approaches the guy in the bathroom, a strange woman in a veil pops up behind him to give him the keys.

 

At the cozy cabin, the lights aren’t on.  Night is incoming and it turns out Alice is afraid of the dark.  Our first look at the World By Flashlight. I didn’t notice while playing but what’s with the little flashlight in the upper left of the screen? Charges? Number of flashlights?  His wife did seem to indicate she’d bought a few of them.  She hangs out on the deck while insisting Alan go to the shed behind the house to get the generator working.

 

I had a little trouble figuring out how they wanted to get the generator started.  There’s a circular indicator and a little mouse button picture.  In the cafe, you started the jukebox by pressing the left mouse repeatedly.  Here, it was a little different sequence but luckily the lights went on.

 

The nicely lit house and relaxing time with his wife was cut short when she delightedly presented him with a den complete with typewriter and paper.  She’s eager for him to overcome his writer’s block, giving him no escape from it at all.  Angry, he runs outside to be alone.  Cue all the lights in the house going out, with Alice screaming for him, then shouting get away from me.

How like me to panic immediately, get turned around in the dark, and end up by the car high above the cabin.  Sorry Alice, if you’re already dead.

So…heading back down, get attacked by a swarm of crows who have been hanging around…open door…and back up at the car.  It seems to have crashed?  Alan has no idea what has happened.  I had a bad moment the axe man would pop up but no.   Fortuitously, he’s just 200 yards from Stuckey’s friendly café.  He should go there for help, right?  I stopped at this checkpoint because I was scared and the movement of the game made me a little queasy.   The combination will have me playing in short sessions.   I do like the story of it so far.

 

14 pictures for IntPiPoMo in this post

Total 19

 

GameNotes August 20, 2019

Elder Scrolls Online

I’m working through the Mages guild and Fighter’s Guild Quest Lines, finally.   The Mages Guild quests dealing with Sheogorath are just terrible.  I kind of didn’t mind him as a cat (adorable) in Elsweyr, but these, gack.  He is so annoying.  Those icky eyes.  His sense of humor leaves everything to be desired.  I don’t like his flunky, either.  As much as I loved Oblivion, I hated the Shivering Isles Expansion.  I wish the quests here and in the Fighter’s Quild were like the ones in Oblivion.  It would make more sense for them to send people out to find antiquities, or complete contracts for the guild.

The Fighter’s Guild at least has a mystery to solve.

 

World of Warcraft

Just another week and we’re in!  No more you can only get to level 15, do not pass go, don’t knock, cause you can’t come in.  Logging in will be a blowout.  The Stress test logins were really to give you practice staring at not much for two hours, nothing else.  They didn’t expect all the population on Herod, though, and had to issue cranky warnings so everyone there can prepare for LoginOfDoom.

Once things settle down, it should be amazing.  All the warnings from jaded types to Retail Babies, ha, we’ll be just fine, thanks.

Meanwhile, in the dungeons this week…

I’m wondering if some returning folks are playing through dungeons to get a feel for the game again.

In Halls of Lightning, the tank was pulling everything right off and people died right off.  Somehow he pulled General Bjarngrim all the way back to the dungeon entrance where he killed killed killed everyone over and over.  A few people slunk out the entrance.  He finally went away, and back in we went.   He blamed everything on the healer, and tried to boot her.  It didn’t pass.   She died to one of his big pulls at about the mid point and he just kept going.  “Does he not know I died? she said.  He replied she wasn’t effective and wouldn’t be missed.  I was having a bad day anyways, so I told him it wasn’t the healer, it was that he was a terrible tank. Then I left.   I’m questing away when I notice pink text in the chat.   “Great DPS, bro”.   I am no Bro, thanks.

Later, another tank is pulling, pulling.   The healer dies.  Couldn’t save herself or anyone else because “I was busy trying to heal Tanky Boi.”

Oh Tanky Boi  (very roughly to the tune of Danny Boy)

Oh Tanky Boi…the mobs, the mobs are calling

From dungeon start, to dungeon’s end

Healer’s mana’s gone, and all the players are falling

It’s you, it’s you must stop pulling

and we must stay alive.

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 Cookery

How often have you been in a delve, and checking that barrel between fights you find Saltrice?   Though it can’t be found in the real world, you can find a recipe for Saltrice that you can make for yourself in the Official Elder Scrolls Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel.

 

Saltrice Porridge looks and sounds really good, doesn’t it?   I love the art of the page and the bit of culinary history for each recipe.

 

I think I will add this to my list of books to acquire.

In game, there are a huge number of recipes, many of them using unusual ingredients, and things like game that I would never eat.  Yet, the rabbit recipes always sound so good, and I never bypass a little encampment and possible poultry, fish or game hanging about.

 

Food and drink really are helpful, and anytime I’m facing a boss or something that might be a challenge I dig through my pack for goodies.

 

All of my characters have cooking, but my main crafter gets first dibs on any new recipes.

 

 

Randomly I took this picture of a giant khajiit with my girl’s pattern and coloring.  Hubba.

 

 

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.