Saturday, January 30, 2016

To Tanaan and Back

I've been playing World of Warcraft almost exclusively.  I'm not sure what it is, but I'm switching between characters like mad leveling them.

I've even managed to get a Warrior to Dreanor, something that has been a real slog for me.  What is it about that class which seems so clunky to me, when my son, nephew and sister all love it as their favorite class?

I dragged her to Draenor because she's my blacksmith and I wanted her to make armor for my Paladin and Death Knight, the next classes I wanted to move through Draenor to level 100.  Now that she's there and surviving well enough, I'm thinking I'll let her advance instead.

My Hunter made level 100 a couple of weeks ago.  My strategy with her was to do every quest in each area of Draenor.  By the time I finished Talador, she just needed a box or so in Spires of Arak to level up.   I'm continuing the Spires and will do the dreaded Nagrand when she finishes Spires.  Since she has skinning, all those animals shouldn't be so arduous.

I used to be a total completionist with my characters and wouldn't move them on to a new area until they had completed every quest in their current place.  Working through that way also feels like it gives the character more gold and better armor.  I'm going to use that method for everyone else who hits Dreanor.

The Hunter is my first Draenor character who could kill every single elite, Gold or Silver, that she came across.  I do keep wishing she had some sort of stealth, as my daily outings in the Tanaan Jungle are much more challenging.  As her item levels go up, it is a bit easier.

I'm having her work towards Draenor Pathfinder.  I still don't feel flying is of much interest in Draenor proper, but I would really like to fly in Tanaan.  There seem to be quite a few places that can only be entered one way, with other possible avenues blocked.

Lock ups

I have been having total game lockups, particularly in the Spires of Arak. I have to do a hard reboot, at least once a session.  It is so annoying.  I'm not seeing this with characters in other areas of the world.


I said last time Paladins were perfect tanks.  Silly me.  I had two in a row in Burning Crusade level dungeons who were in la la land as far as noticing other players in the dungeon.  One kept pulling huge amounts of mobs and everyone died like five times in a row.  The other just ran ahead of everyone, leaving us in a few dicey situations.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Good Dungeon/Bad Dungeon

Once again the prolific Syp of Biobreak has intriguing thoughts. Today, he talks about what makes a dungeon a good or bad experience for him.  He gloriously has been in dungeons in a wide variety of games.

Although I meant at one time to try out dungeons in many of the games I play, my experiences in Neverwinter and Rift sort of killed that idea.  All of my Pugging/Dungeoneering XP comes from World of Warcraft.  I've sent every single class through dungeons of all levels.  Even if I haven't been playing a particular class for awhile, I can pretty quickly adapt and play through.  I've been through most dungeons dozens of times.

With my Wowish background in mind, here is what makes for a good or bad dungeon run.

A Good Run

Everyone plays their role to the best of their abilities.

The dungeon and its challenges are taken in stride, and at a reasonable pace.

People at least say hello.

The Tank stays with the group and tanks.

The Healer heals.

I get some good loot, and I welcome even junky loot I can sell.

Everyone is reasonable about Loot Rolls.

Everyone stays with the dungeon group for the entire run.

The tank is a Paladin!  My favorite tanks.  They never do anything wrong :)

A Bad Run

The Tank leaves right away.

The Tank runs ahead of everyone paying no attention to the fate of the rest of the group. 

A person who feels they are all big and bad and damage dealing posts DPS numbers.

Speaking of posting...the people whose add-ons post every move they've made and attack they've're killin' me.

Hunters, Monks and Death Knights who grab aggro constantly.  These are the three classes that are guilty almost every time there's a problem.

One or more people take the time to be ugly to their fellow human beings.  I don't ever want to know what a vile, hate filled piece of scum anyone is.  I really don't.

Everyone dies pretty early on because of one of the above and everyone leaves the dungeon.

95% percent of the time if you find you're the fifth person in a group who belong to the same guild, something bad will happen to you.   When our own guild was running dungeons, I was so aware of this, and tried to make sure the person felt welcomed and that they weren't going to have a bad experience.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Let the Adventures of 2016 Begin!

2015 was a fine enough year in gaming.  The new year is always the exciting one, so many worlds, so many stories, so much possibility!

Biobreak's Syp has a nice post plotting out which mmo will be his new virtual home for 2016.  It's an intriguing idea and way of looking at things.  His choice of Final Fantasy wasn't a surprise because he's already said he is burned out by the other choices in other posts.

This led me to think maybe I should try visiting or revisiting some mmos.  Final Fantasy sounds good from what I read because of its dungeons and housing.   There isn't anything else there that appeals to me though.

I love Elder Scrolls but didn't like what I saw in the late beta of the world.  Not Tamriel like at all.  I also dislike that the Imperial City is a pvp zone, and, unless I'm reading it wrong, in order to enjoy the crafting game you have to join a crafting guild. And you need to go to the pvp zone to sell your wares.

Maybe I should give Star Trek Online another look.  I loved the space game there, but little else.  It really was like being in space, with your own ship and exploring vast expanses.  Space combat was a hoot.

Star Wars The Old Republic   I eventually got over Wow taking so many guildies away from Galaxies, but, Galaxies was closed down to make room for this sterile mess.   Hard to get over that one.   I'm put off by what I read about the monetization.  Do you really have to purchase emotes with real monies?   Do they really have their little cash registers at the ready to charge you for every small thing?   No wookiees. No Rodians. No Mon Calamari.  No Trandoshans. No Ithorians. No Bothans.  No rare Sullustans.    Just Twi'leks and Zabraks carrying over and bland humanoid variants.   32 Jedi Variants, Bounty Hunter, Smuggler, 2 Soldier variants.   It is so hard for me to wrap my head around the blandness of the character design.  The only appeal given these things would be if the stories were excellent and immersive and if we see more worlds and locations from the Star Wars universe than we've seen before.

Project Gorgon   I haven't tried it at all, but it sounds like a wonderful rpg-like game with great doses of wit and humor.  How impressive it is being done by a team of two.  I'll try it upon release.

Ark: Survival Evolved   It sounds like people are having a blast in this game, but I'm not in the mood for dinosaurs and insta-death.  I find the splintering into private servers rather than a unified world server to be game breaking.  You can't exactly jump in and try it out, right?

Crowfall   Despite it being a full pvp game, the world seems rich and maybe I can sneak in at release and try it out for a few spectacular deaths before slinking away.

Camelot Unchained  Just announced a deep crafting system in another pvp world where we know I have no chance at even moments of life.  Maybe again, another peek before death and dishonor.

Plenty to Play Already!

World of Warcraft    The new expansion coming out waaay next summer has nonetheless mobilized me to level up characters.  I'm thinking one of each of my favorite classes ready at 100 on the two servers I play on.   The world is huge, and crafting before Draenor is so much fun.  I find each time a character gets to Draenor and gets their very own garrison, I am so happy and proud of them.   I really do love the storylines of Draenor.  For the first time in the game I became immersed in the lore, and became attached to npc characters.  Yrel, Maraad and Thaelin!  How I do love them.

Lord of the Rings Online   Although my main character was left hanging long ago in disappointing Lothlorien, I have her positioned right where she left off and I'm ready to move her though further adventures in Middle Earth.   She's a Hunter, with the most wonderful bow animations in any game.  I happen to be leveling a Hunter in World of Warcraft at this time as well, and it reminds me of how much I like this class in any world where it is available.

Star Wars Galaxies, Emuland Edition

There was a wonderful article this week at Rock, Paper Shotgun that talked about Galaxies and Everquest emus.   Though they talked with someone from the NGE emu, the article got just right the absolute joy of being able to walk and play and live in a world which had been lost when it officially was shut down.

Before entering the world of Star Wars Galaxies again in April of last year, I pictured many times in my mind bringing up the game world, hearing the music for Coronet (my favorite city) load and just being immersed in a Star Wars universe like no other.  Now here I am, with characters to level, goods to sell, incomparable adventures to be had.

Rift   This ever intriguing world is one I like to log into a couple of times a week at least.  There is something about the music, the world, the crafting, the amazing housing, the Instant Adventures and the huge and varied landscape that draws me in.  It is an exotic world full of treasures.

Everquest 2    My little wizard is poised in the Commonlands (still) awaiting her adventures.  Talk about a deep world full of adventure, stories and treasures.  I know it has much to offer and I just need to stop in a few times a week to swashbuckle my way through the world.  I did purchase the new expansion and so now I have access to all of the expansions.  This may be a game I subscribe to once I am established.

Secret World    This atmospheric puzzler of a game is so well done.  I've never seen anything quite like it.  Anytime I'm in the open world, I find myself looking over my shoulder in case something is sneaking up on me.  Time to get back to that door code.

Wildstar   Yikes, this game is so much fun and frenetic.    I see people saying they don't like the combat, but it's like anything, you just figure out how it works and do you what you need to to stay alive.  For all of the complaints of World of Warcraft being "cartoony" over the years, forget about it, THIS is a cartoony world.  Love that crazy announcer.    My main character here is a medic, and I need to focus on moving her forward through this sproingy, action packed world.

Guild Wars 2   I didn't purchase Heart of Thorns because I've not gotten far in this game.  I think I have yet to settle on a particular character and class that I like so that I'll move forward here.  I think I feel it is lacking in story and immersion in the world somehow.  Maybe as I move forward.

As if that weren't enough....

Fallout Four   I love Fallout 4 so much.  It is a dangerous world, I die like a fly.  My doggie and I continue to explore the Wasteland.   I'm avoiding starting a settlement because I don't want to be tied down to it until I've seen everything.   Silly perhaps, but in a single player game you get to call all the shots.

Steamy  As if I didn't have Mass Effect 3 and DragonAge Inquisition to adventure through, I was a fish for the Steam sale for the first time ever.

Thanks to my exciting IntPiPomo win  :)    I have episode one of Life is Strange to try out.

Steam sale wise I scooped up:

Dear Esther (not on sale but long on my acquire list)
Grim Fandango Remastered
Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
L.A Noire
The Witcher 1,2,3
Broken Age
The Park (Secret World standalone)

Tomb Raider: Rise of the Tomb Raider may be coming out at the end of January, a year before originally predicted.  Snare it, you say.

Even without trying out any new to me mmos, I should be busy busy busy till this time next year.

Happiest Gaming 2016 to you!


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas in Coronet

I was peeking in to do another run to Endor in Galaxies emu, when I saw it was SNOWING!  So beautiful in games, not so much outside in the real world.

While I was admiring the beautiful snow, the old SWG Christmas Music started to play!!!   Such a happy tune!  Right up there with the music from Charlie Brown's Christmas. 

Merry, Merry Christmas to all!

Happy Winter Veil

Winter Veil's Ball of Tangled Lights add big flashing bulbs around your garrison, including inside the Town Hall.

The Little Helpers package adds a  PX-238 Wondervolt transformer near your gate.  It turns you into a festive gnome for a time.   There will also be teeny gnome "Little Helpers" sprinkled throughout the garrison yards.

The Festive Outfits package puts these Jolly Sentinels all over.  I pictured all my NPCs wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, but no.

The Old Box of Decorations lines the walkways with candy canes and places wreaths of all sizes everywhere.   I apparently didn't take a shot of Imported Trees which puts  trees loaded with ornaments and gifts all over.

I started by getting my main character all the packages, and I was using a second character to do the daily quests for the "Savage Gift" which may contain a mount.  As I was being dazzled by character ones' festive garrison, I thought it sad character two shouldn't also be awash in Christmas happiness, so I'm having her decorate her garrison to the hilt as well.  So very happy making.  It makes me think once again, if this is the only home we ever get in Azeroth, and they keep adding fun things to it over time, I will be very pleased.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wookiee Life Day

 From Wookieepedia:

Life Day was a Wookiee holiday celebrated by the inhabitants of Kashyyyk every three years. It was a celebration of the planet's diverse ecosystem and the many forms of life it encompassed. It also was a time to remember family members who had died, and the young ones who continued to bring new life to a family. Life Day was a sacred holiday, and many Wookiees considered it their duty to return to Kashyyyk in order to celebrate it. Life Day was held once every three local years for many generations, but during the Galactic Civil War, its importance to the Wookiees became more pronounced. Wookiees were spread across the galaxy, either because they had been enslaved by the Galactic Empire or for personal reasons, and they began celebrating Life Day each year as a way to remain in touch with their history. Over time, the holiday found its way into various other cultures. "Life day" was also used as a term to describe the anniversary of one's birth.[2][3]

In Star Wars Galaxies, there were events from 2004-2011 that dealt with Life Day. Life Day-themed paintings were issued each year, with 2004 having the Life Day Kashyyyk, Matriarch, and Patriarch paintings; 2005 having the Memories Past, Pilgrimage, Triumph paintings; 2006 having the Gift giving Wookiees, Kashyyyk at night, Proud Wookiee, Red Robed Wookiee, and Wookiee with pups paintings; 2007 having the Ancient Life Day painting; 2008 having the Family Bonds painting; and 2009 having both a reissuing of Family Bonds and the issuing of the Life Day 2009 Painting

                          By chance one day this week, I found myself on Vreni Island in Galaxies.

There, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but the Wookiee Life Day Quest giver I hadn't seen in years.  I'm not certain if some of the other holidays have been in the emu game and I missed them, or what, but, I love the paintings from this quest, and my second favorite character, my Wookiee Architect, loved loved loved the red robe from this quest.  Wookiee wear in the game is notoriously colorless, but here a statement could be made.

The other big thing is, though this quest takes you to Endor (or alternately to Dathomir), a non-combat character could make it from the Endor Research Outpost to the Life Day waypoint without insta-death if they were careful and watched their radar like mad.

If you go:

Do the quest the same day you take it or the waypoint may disappear from your datapad.

It costs 8000cr round trip to go to Endor, but I feel your chances of success are greater than on Dathomir, which is 4000 round trip (from Coronet).  All my memories of Dathomir say no lowbie can make it to a waypoint even a few meters outside the starport without being crushed.

I've sent two characters so far, getting the robe for my architect and the Wookiee Life Day Orb for my Ranger.

I MUST get some of the paintings!   Somehow I will send my other characters on the quest.

There have also been a series of Grinch sightings on varying planets.  Since he appeared briefly in Coronet, I sent Dustbunnie (occasional reporter for the Corellia Times) to get a picture of him without being killed, as she has zero combat skills.   The Grinch is missing his Grinch outfit, yes.

She also spotted Santa slipping through the city.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lord of the Rings Online: Meneldor to Landroval in a Trice

Well that was painless.  I just checked my characters and requested they go to Landroval, and in a few minutes, there they all were.

I thought I might have to rename all or most but only three ended up with -1s after their names, which is great.

World chat sounded like lots of people were getting settled in.  Kind of exciting, as it was when it was all new.

My Loremaster rode from Bree to Esteldin just for the pleasure of it.

It's good to be back.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Perfect Vendor?

I've been in a nice groove again going between my games.  I've decided to re-work my Galaxies folks a bit, so I'm moving my merchant tent over by my guild hall.

Galaxies gives you a wide variety of vendors you can make, choosing between terminals, droids or npc races.  Problematically, you were never given any control over how your vendor would actually look.  If you were fiendish enough, you could get some beings pretty close to what you want.  In order to do it, sometimes you might make and destroy dozens, even hundreds of vendors to get something decent.

I want a vendor that looks like my Master Merchant Elsinor Dustbunnie.  Humans are notoriously difficult.  It is going to be a long long road.  I always thought they should be able to give you access to the character creation screen for these.

Dustbunnie (but I'm not looking for the "I've-Been-Goosed" look)

Note my first tries don't look anything like her.  Not to me.  Look closely to get those scary details.

Monday, November 30, 2015

My Pile Runneth Over

I've had this pile of games from my archives waiting for installation for a bit.

Unfortunately, I was getting really low on hard drive space and had to painfully uninstall a bunch of things today instead.

Steam games were an easy choice, because you just tuck those away elsewhere till later.

I regretfully removed Neverwinter, since I hadn't logged in in a very long while.

No way these were coming off:  Wow, Lotro, Wildstar, Secret World, Rift, EQ2, Guild Wars 2, Fallout 4, Arcanum, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age Inquisition, Pillars of Eternity...and stuff.

Lots of space now :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dedicated To The One I Love

To my spouse, who was concerned I'd forget and not get in this second-to-the-last-post, thanks for being there.

He's always there to gather resources, share his loot and coinage, back me up in a fight, work on building a guild, and sail through dozens of dungeons, though MMOs aren't really his thing.   He's played Galaxies, Lord of the Rings Online and World of Warcraft.   He tried but didn't like Rift.  His characters are somewhat larger than life, just as he is.

All my love, in all your incarnations.