Atheren’s Adventures The Year In Review 2018

World of Warcraft

The bulk of this year was spent playing World of Warcraft. Right after Blizzcon 2017, I started leveling characters so that they’d be at max level when Battle for Azeroth arrived. I found as I was doing this that I enjoyed the Class quests more than I would have guessed.

I stuck in my toe in some LFR’s, and they weren’t bad at all. I didn’t feel like there was much of a reward for participating in them, which I suppose is the point. You’re supposed to be in a Raid Guild that only let’s you go along if they’re desperate, and they sure aren’t going to let you have any gear drops, because those are for the real raiders. Pretty icky, in my opinion. At least if something is available as LFR you can just leap in there, and experience the content, since many story lines conclude in Raids, apparently. If that’s actually the case, you might want to tweak that so everyone can complete quest story lines start to finish on their own.

Only seven characters were ready when the expansion arrived, and I sent them through each area in kind of a little conga line. It was good, and then it became grindy, particularly in Stormsong Valley (which I’m still not over).

After taking a break in November/December I’ve gone back in with a new plan, an even better plan (Start the Revolution Without Me). I’m going to run characters to 120 one at a time, leading this time around with my Demon Hunter.

I didn’t realize how much I missed bouncing around on my characters on other servers, and creating new characters on new servers. Sometimes I like to drop back to simpler times in the game world. I killed off four characters I never play (still very hard to do). Whoo hoo! I now have six open character slots for creating new characters on realms unknown.

Once again I have to comment on the awful new character models. It would be more palatable if there were barbershop options to change eye size and color, and many more hairstyles and colors available.

Everquest 2

I was really enjoying Everquest 2 earlier this year, and subscribed for a time. Somehow I got caught up in trying to work on crafting for each character, and while it was interesting, it felt onerous after a bit, so I drifted away. I’m certain to return to this game in 2019 as I have some really enjoyable characters there, I like the world, I love the quests.

Blaugust

I participated for the first time. I was really pleased to reach my goal of posting every day, and I liked my content. What started off as a pretty convivial atmosphere among bloggers soon seemed rather clique-y to me. It also seemed to me that there was some unneeded competitiveness and bloggers taking shots at others. No need for that.

On the plus side, I looked at some games in my Steam Library, and really liked them, but need to go back and finish them.

As part of Blaugust, I dipped back into some games I hadn’t played in awhile, Lord of The Rings Online, Wildstar, and Rift and Secret World. I enjoyed my time in all of them, and was sad to see the announcement that Wildstar would close. I will try to make time for the remaining games again in 2019.

Elder Scrolls Online

I started playing this more regularly in September, logging in each day for the Reward. By October, I was playing longer sessions, had truly fallen for the game, and I subscribed. I hope to write about it more, it is so deep and rich.

Star Wars Galaxies (Emu) The other game I’ve played at almost Live Game Levels this year is Star Wars Galaxies, the Pre-Combat Upgrade version. The game remains the most absorbing, live your life in an alternate world experience ever. I’ve always hoped someone would make a game with all of it’s features, but there is still nothing like it.

Return of the The Last Chapter Blog as my Game Blog

It has been a good thing, moving back to my earlier blog. The blog was originally created to share World of Warcraft tips as I was learning them with my guild mates/family. They’re a rowdy bunch, though, and only my spouse always read it. I do like the Pages option at the top for linking to my favorite games and the sites that give guides for playing. That will need quite a bit of work.

I’ve found a bunch of new podcasts to try out, and will work on getting a updated list on the sidebar.

I miss my nice pictures to break up headings on the sidebar, so I’m going to get around that by sticking any picture I want to use on the sidebar in some selected post. Once you do that, it seems to become part of some nice picture archive you can always draw from. Work around solutions ftw.

Alas Poor Froglock

I was switching between characters and thought I would try to advance poor Froggie. I whacked some level 19 spiders in the tunnel and a few crab creatures also level 19 down at the beach. In any other game this would have inched my xp bar up a few notches but nooo.

In the process somehow all my skill boxes got greyed out and were unuseable and the spider chased me over a cliff and I died. Dying is a PITA anyway but I suffered what I believe they call “XP Debt.” What a poor idea! Who thought that was a good thing? So the zillionth of an inch of xp gain I got was wiped and plowed under.

I thought about deleting her, I really did. Her cute face and her house are all that saved her.

In addition to her other problems, she somehow has assumed the appearance of a freaking voodoo doll. I can’t see how to get rid of the effect, it wasn’t in appearances. There is no little icon to right click on to banish the illusion. Poor frog.

The final insult was getting my first ever in game tell from someone wanting me to join their guild, which is working on level 80 progression. Son of a bear, I can’t advance the character, she looks like a very crude voodoo doll, and like she’s EVER getting to level 80!!!! I just ignored the person till I could get her in her house where she promptly sat down looking like a ratty little rag/voodoo doll.

I like my new Wizard very much is all I have to say.

Froglok as voodoo doll

EQ2 Another Ratonga Is Born, We’re Off To Be The Wizard

Ready to rumble. I bought “Silver” membership sometime in the dim past so I have five character slots. I killed off my old and very odd looking level 32 Templar and was able to create her anew as a mage with the same name on the same server as my other characters.

I chose Ratonga again as I just can’t resist those little mousies now that I have had one. So adorable.

The way I play is that I play all of the characters without a particular main character. I have them specialize in different crafts so they can send each other needed parts. Although it looks like I don’t have any mail access without buying the All Access Pass (just reimagined yesterday by Sony). I do have a few shared bank slots though so I am hoping I can swap materials that way.

I started her in the town of Darklight which is small and…dark. It helps me not to get stuck or bored with any character to be able to switch between skills and areas and crafts. I am finding already that what I’m learning/relearning with my new characters is helping me with my level 19 and level 11 (whoo whoo).

It’s a nice break from World of Warcraft which is where I spend most of my play time happily in the company of my beloved peeps.

EQ2 mage 2

Everquest 2: Adventures of a Tiny Paladin

I thought I might go five levels a week with this character and write up her adventures. She is in the Greater Faydark area, Kelethin, which is a nice change from the Frostfang Sea (New Halas) beginner area my Froglok is eternally (it seems) trapped in. Although there are fairies and a sort of sickly sweet nature vibe to the area, it is a nice change. There is also a bank and a mender and a merchant in a sweet little hut right there, very convenient.

EQ2 Paladin Portrait

Paladin

I tried to do my homework on this class a bit ahead of time so I could make choices wisely. As with other game guides, all of the advice seems aimed at how you can be da bomb at max level. Also, most of the “beginner’s guides” were very old. 2008 old. I’m sure there have been changes since then.

I’m looking carefully at the tooltips for each skill to see how operate.

They go from simple…

Judgement Target: Enemy Inflicts 5-8 Divine Damage Interrupts target

…to mind bogglingly fullsome…

Knight’s Stance

Target: Self
Duration: Until cancelled
Reduces physical damage done to caster by 5%
Adds 2.8% to base avoidance
Decreases Crushing, Piercing, and Slashing of caster by 1.4%
Increases Aggression and Defense of caster by 1.6%
Increases mitigation of caster vs arcane damage by 138
Increases the casters effectiveness of worn armor vs physical damage by 15%

TMI?

From what I’ve read, it appears paladins in EQ2 are tanks or healers, and perhaps “squishy” ones, and they are not DPS. Could be wrong. Where’s my WOW retribution paladin type option? I already have my Cat Defiler healer so wouldn’t want to do that really. Maybe. I am comfortable enough off spec tanking in WOW because I’ve done the dungeons so many times with so many characters that I know them well and can step in when the tank leaves (as they so often do). I don’t know… Well, I’ll decide when I need to. I’m not killing off my little girl.

Quests

There are the usual types of quests, but the starter ones included how to harvest and at one point the very handy in game Tutorial page popped up. Maybe many of my questions will be answered here.

EQ2 heroic ops 2

As you can see, there is this nice explanation of Heroic Opportunities, that odd combat mechanism that had me boggled. I shall now fight much more heroically.

Climbing Things

I’ve seen it before in other parts of the world, but there is this ability to climb ropes and trees and cliff faces that I really like. It makes things a bit more dimensional.

EQ2 Climbing

You get better at…

I like the ongoing feedback that you get while advancing in various skills that you see in the chat line. It makes you feel like you’re making progress.

You get better at…. Aggression 7/20 Ranged 13/20 (!! so odd to see a ranged skill with this class) Defense 20/20
It seems to me that Aggression is supposed to be key to this class so I need to work on that.

EQ2 The Cat is Back

I logged in tonight and MY CAT was available!  She is in the Timourous Deep area and I did a few quests to try her out.  She is a Defiler (but in a good way).  I think I created her to play with my son at some point. She is so cute.  Not as powerful as Froggie, but I just have to move the skill bars around a bit till I find a good combination.

Interestingly voiced quest NPCs in this area.  I can’t think what they remind me of.  The area is tropical rather than snowbound.  Nice to switch between the two.

Night fell while I was making my way around.  Nice to see night really be dark nighttime again.

Miss Kitteh 2

Meow.  Adventure awaits.

Everquest 2, Ribbit!

Hehe.  I had forgotten that at some point you were allowed to have access to a character from the past before the game went free to play.  How I loooove my little Froglok.   You can’t tell from the picture but sooooo adorable.

Froggie

 

I killed something with ease. Explored the area a little.  Graphics sharp.   The Froglok hops around like a real frog sooo cute.   Did I mention he was cute?  Another character who is also very cute is a cat creature but she is locked.  Everquest 2 has a real high fantasy feel to it, the world, the art, the storylines.  Really unique.

I had forgotten about the “collections”  where you pick up random stuff and add it to a collection towards some end reward.  Nobody likes collecting things as I do.  ^-^

I can’t find where my screenshots are, this one I copy/pasted to paint.

Since I was instantly re-attached to my Froglok and there is a world waiting to be explored, and I recall the dungeons as being quite fun (and now I’m a Dungeon Hound thanks to WOW) I think I will be back to this world.  After our guild gets those last two levels (we are now at level 23, Yay!)