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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Squished! Retribution Paladin


My Paladin (seen here as she was) is finishing Val'sharah.   No problems handling any mobs. 

Her Dungeon test was Lower Karazhan, but she came in right near the end.  The tank was a Pull Monster.  The Healer begged him not to pull so much, but lots of death ensued.  Before a wipe in the last room, I judged my Paladin to be doing fine. 

I had selected Consecration at it's tier, because I've missed it.  It seems very weak though, so I'm trying Wake of Ashes in it's stead.

Her Talents:

Zeal
Blade of Wrath
Blinding Light
Wake of Ashes
Unbreakable Spirit
Word of Glory
Crusade

Friday, July 20, 2018

Squished! Destruction Warlock


My Destruction Warlock tested her squishiness level on a spider quest (agh, Why Did It Have To Be Spiders!) on the Broken Shore.   They had nothing going for them, wave their many legs as they might.  I'm seeing no squish for this character at all.

Her test Dungeon was Neltharion's Lair.  Completely smooth with a Paladin Tank (Paladin Tanks are the best!) who was cautious and hmm, only the Healer died.

Her talents had more changes, but I went with:

Eradication
Shadowburn
Dark Pact
Cataclysm
Demonic Circle
Roaring Blaze
Channel Demonfire.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Updating Game Files...Secret World Legends

To make sure I have plenty to write about in Blaugust I'm updating my game files for most of what I have installed MMO wise.  Ah, there's some good stuff out there I haven't played in quite awhile.

One was Secret World Legends, and I noticed right up on the front page they let you know you can play "TSW Classic" anytime just by clicking on their handy link.

With all the endless drama game companies put into just letting you play the game as it was, this seems very generous.


Squished! Fire Mage


I'm running my Sevens (as I now call my Blackwater 110s) on some quests and through a dungeon to see how the stat changes have affected their abilities.

First up was my Fire Mage who is finishing up Stormheim.   No squishy feel at all for her, she was able to steamroller all the bad guys.   That's what I'm looking for.

Her dungeon test was the Court of Stars.  Absolutely no problems.  (Draggy Tank, cough, cough, but everyone caught up pretty quickly.  He only died once.)

Her Talents got some rearrangement, but I took most of the same ones, except I took Phoenix Flames because I really like using the skill and it is now a Talent choice.  It does feel a bit less powerful now, but I noticed that in the beta as well. Hoping for some tuning upwards.

Firestarter
Shimmer
Incanter's Flow
Phoenix Flames
Frenetic Speed
Flame Patch
Meteor


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lord of The Rings Online: Where Upgrading Character Models Is An Upgrade

I have an Atheren Hunter character in Lord of the Rings Online.  She was created the day the game went live, but is still only level 14, so has clearly not gotten any play time.   Ha ha, the name is mine, though.

She was pretty clunky looking, sort of an awful blockhead I considered deleting now and then, but I didn't want to lose the name.

Blockhead Atheren





Updated Atheren

 


If you can imagine, because I got in so fast and early, I have a Captain named Kate, a bow to Captain Kate of Star Trek Voyager.   I don't know the class at all, and she's only level 7 and in Archet, so she'll need some work.

There's a level 8 Loremaster as well with a name I used in beta.

I feel like playing these characters right now instead of my Landroval characters with their overfull banks and inventories, and some with the awful -1 in front of their names because they had to move from Meneldor, where they also had their names on the very first day.  It bugs me every time I see them, truthfully.

These characters are established, yet shiny and new.  There are only three of them, chat in the server seems nice.   I think these will get some time in the spotlight for awhile.


Patchy

Luckily I was prepared for the stat squishes, because WHOMP.   It is taking me quite awhile to go through and fix everyone's talents and toolbars.  Luckily I did have them all written down.

Once they're all done I'll take everyone out in the world to see how they fare.  For hilarity, I'll send everyone into a dungeon because you know it will be all chaos.   And a good test of how the classes now play in familiar dungeons.

I watched the opening clip, I am finally going to give Anduin a break.  He was such a selfish brat in Pandaria, and I couldn't believe they killed off Varian to let this boy be king.  He's got heart though.  His face during the opening sequence, when he goes to rez everyone, and in a speech he gives in Stormwind in another quest, where his voice catches as he says his father name...sniff.  Got your back, kid.

Speaking of whomps....

The new character faces are supposed to be soooo expressive and work soooo wonderfully, they won't let you have the old character models anymore.   Blah blah mesh, blah blah everything.

Only humans, gnomes and dwarves are horrifying.  Everyone else pretty much looks the same.   Dwarves get by with the least fugly.  I think that's how you spell that.

The Fairest Of Them All

I forgot that I hated my feral cat's Uncle Scar form so much, that for a long time in Legion I wouldn't play the character.  I switched to some lower level Druids to Balance  (where I also dislike the Moonkin form).

My second most powerful character is my Warlock.  She was also the the most beautiful. They may as well have wiped her from the game.  My husband said she looked like she'd fallen down an elevator shaft.  The problem is, she looks evil.  The beautiful shining heroine is gone from sight, replaced by, despite my best efforts, a witchy looking character.   Not all my characters are Warlocks, so the witchy thing doesn't apply. They're awful too.  I know my girl is in there somewhere.  I could start wearing her helmet all the time.   One of those nasty smoking helmets with horns, ya, that's pretty sweet.

390 gold to change her looks, by the way.  It should be free to try to fix your character, eep.





Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Blaugust Story

(Title stolen from Survivor's "My Ponderosa Story").   The blogosphere has really come alive in preparation for Blaugust, and I'm enjoying people's "Why I blog" stories.   Here's mine.

I'm pretty sure this will be my first Blaugust.  We're always off on ten day vacations in August in places with spotty Internet, so it hasn't worked out.  We finally decided it is way too hot everywhere in August, and my husband super can't take the heat, so we're traveling at other times.

This may be the fifth or sixth incarnation of my games blogs.  For some reason, I periodically just pop em', and poof they're gone.   Soon enough I start a new one.  I have three other blogs and the content I write here just doesn't fit in any of them.  For me, don't cross the streams, I say.


That doesn't mean what you think it means.  My blog won't rule Blaugust, hehe.

I have a post goal of 100 posts for the year, and in November/December I'm always trying to squeeze in a ton of posts to reach the goal.  Blaugust should put me on Easy Street for this blog.  This post puts me at 31 for the year!  Whoo hoo!  I got this.

I'll be using my weaselly November/December crunch time techniques to make sure I get the 31 August posts.   Look away now.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Wow Alt Addiction's Leveling Plans For Battle of Azeroth: Great Idea

Wow Alt Addiction posted his leveling plans for his many alts in the new expansion.   I'm not sure if he rotates between them or methodically runs each to max level one by one.

If you look at the two year time frame of most expansions, there is plenty of time to do it either way.  You don't want to be me and wait, Last Minute Louie fashion till a new expansion is announced, then you're amazed (!) at all the cool content added, and all the things you wish you had done as the expansion went along.



I am determined this time around to keep up with all of the content releases.  With all the characters who are eligible.  I know I can do it!

Here is my plan for leveling, and I will most likely go back and forth between characters, as I always do:

Druid
Warlock
Mage
Paladin
Rogue
Priest
Demon Hunter
Death Knight
Warrior
Hunter
Shaman
Monk

In Legion, I sent characters to start all over the Broken Isles map thinking it would keep things fresh.  I now think I should have just gone clockwise.  That's how I'm approaching Kul Tiras, everyone will go Tiragarde Sound, Drustvar, Stormsong Valley.

Dread Patch 8.0, Battle For Azeroth Pre-Patch on July 17th

For the first time, I am wishing the Pre-Patch for the expansion wouldn't come till...later sometime.   That Stat Squish.  The Talent changes (argh!)



I'm eager for the expansion itself and am pretty tired of the Broken Isles.   Far more exciting adventures are ahead, that I know.

I've sent all my 110s through the Silithus quests to close off your Artifact Power (even though it does max it out, the dozens of Artifact Power Rewards just keep pouring in and you have to sell them off to a vendor).  Now useless.  In fact, when you'd get something worth fifty bazillion trillion in Artifact Power and your Artifact Experience Bar barely moved, it felt pretty useless anyway.

I wasn't going to send my newly 110 Demon Hunter to do those quests because I thought at iLevel 780 she wouldn't be able to do the quests at all.   But then I thought, what if she's really held back by not having that Power Maxed.

It took over an hour with some dungeon runs interspersed, creeping her iLevel up to 805!!! just to get the Mineral Drops from the little ratty creatures.  I could not do more than one at a time and used up a load of health potions just to kill each one.  Was able to skip the Guy in the Outhouse quest and the Silithid Brains Quest and still complete the Artifact sequence.  My Demon Hunter went from Artifact Power of 7, yes, 7, to 143.  Yo.

Further prep for Tues is still working on my Rogue's iLevel, and the Demon Hunter, who now stands a fighting chance.  Maybe.

I'm going to take screenshots of my current Talents and Rotations so I have a base for all the changes incoming.

Then I'm ready.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Triumphant Return of Blaugust

Just when you've been reading that things are awfully quiet in the blogosphere, a battlecry goes up from Belghast of Tales of The Aggronaut.    Check there for all of the exciting details!



In a nutshell, you write a post on your blog every day for the thirty one days of August.  It is easier than it sounds.  You'll get lots of ideas from the long time bloggers who have volunteered to be mentors for Blaugust.

Don't have a blog?  In a fiendishly exciting development, The Newbie Blogger Initiative is now part of Blaugust.  It's a great encouragement for you to create and get your blog started.  Some really great blogs started as part of the Newbie Blogger Initiative.  We'll all be reading and cheering you on.



Also included this year will be Developer Appreciation Week, something I always mean to write about but have not.   Now I can get credit  for my heartfelt post.



I really do appreciate the people who create the worlds I get to spend time in.


Check Belghast's blog for the information on the Discord channel for Blaugust.   Lots of your favorite game bloggers are there, it's a great opportunity to converse.

Note  I've added any blogs to my blogroll for those signed up or mentoring that I didn't have, I do love game blogs so I had most :)

Updated blog roll with new participants 7/13/18