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Saturday, January 20, 2018

World of Warcraft The New Patch

Level Scaling:    I didn't think I'd appreciate it through the entire world, but it's fine.   I'm going to be happy to not outlevel every area so fast, at all levels.

What I love is skipping the Cataclysm areas Hyjal, Vashj'ir and Deepholm.   I've been through Hyjal so many times because the other two are just painful.   I had one single character make it all the way through Vashj'ir and vowed never to send another.   I skipped a level 83 Priest and a level 80 Rogue straight to Pandaria.   Thank you thank you thank you Blizzard!



A Hunter at level 72 who was already in Northrend could choose between there and Outland.  They're both ok, but I've always run right past most of their content via dungeons.   The Great Thing here was that I could choose random dungeons for either Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King.   I love Burning Crusade dungeons.

That said, my level 83 Shadow Priest was in Throne of Tides last week and it was good, I felt like she contributed really well to the group.  Yesterday, the same character in Throne of Tides was with a group that wiped over and over.  She felt like she had no dps at all.

My Hunter today in Sethekk Halls was also in a recurringly dead group.    Then again, the tank pulled the whole room.  Over and over.



Bad luck, or have they been made tougher?  I'll run others of other classes and levels too, and we shall see.

Everquest 2 Goals for 2018





I'm currently subscribing, and one goal will be to play enough so that I know if a subscription is valuable for the way I play the game.

For as much as I've dabbled in the game over time, I feel like I know almost nothing.   This week I was in Qeynos, wondering why I couldn't find where some of the quests even were, ones I've been looking for for awhile, and I come upon a travel bell sort of thing that is specifically for travel within Qeynos.  

So with no indication at all I ever saw, I'm supposed to think that there is a portal to the areas where many of the beginning quests are.  And there's no other way to get to them.   I just can't think of a game where there are these "bottle areas". 

On the other hand, the game reminds me very much of Action/Adventure RPGs of the type I always loved.  Quests tell stories.  I appreciate that.  There's much to like that isn't offered anywhere else.  Great adventures await.




Saturday, January 13, 2018

World Of Warcraft 2018 Goals

In a game where you can have 50 characters, it's hard to narrow down what might be worked on in a given year.

Currently, I'm backtracking to get all the Loremaster Achievements I don't have.  Whoo hoo, Un' Goro Crater.   I dislike the intense green of the place.  The dinosaurs are cool.  It's a big bowl and it gets claustrophobic in short order.   I looked through characters I thought had done much of it, but nobody really had much.



I changed all of my Frost Mages to Fire after getting one to level 40 on a newer one.   My current favorite is my 108 (?) now Fire Mage.   I still wish she had some built in heal, but she's doing incredibly better than she did as a Frost Mage.


Random Notes for Overall Goals:









The game itself should break the silence barrier between Horde and Alliance.  Hate it.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New In Our Board Game Pile

I love playing board games.  For the last year or so I've been looking for board and card games that can be played by two players.  Spousemeister and I used to play board games like fiends.  Now, around Christmas/New Years and till the snow melts, it's a good time to play.

We haven't tried any but Dominion yet, but it was really cool, and I could see for the first time the appeal of a deck building game--I think it's accurate to call it that.

Dominion





Mysterium  Supposedly "Clue for Adults"




Quiddler   I love Word games.   My husband, who is the Math Guy around here likes Word games where he can drag out his unabridged dictionary to find fiendish words to defeat the enemy (me, the Word person).






Jaipur   Somehow you simulate a bazaar and mercantile trades.  Came up like mad for two players.









Kill Doctor Lucky   (I think my husband doesn't appreciate this title much, but I love mysteries and it seems to have that element.)   "A family board game of cold-blooded murder!"  What's not to like?


Gamespot's 20 Biggest Games To Play In 2018

In keeping with my resolution to look at the wider gaming world, I'm looking at some of the games coming out in 2018.   There are many lists, and maybe not so many I'd like to try, but it's a start.

https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/the-20-biggest-games-to-play-in-2018/2900-1704/








From the list, I am interested in three:

Sea Of Thieves   Pirates, Yo Ho!

Detroit: Become Human    Androids seek human status.   Hmmm?   Blade Runner-ish?

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire    Did not finish the first game, but here's motivation to go back in.


Interested, but...

A Way Out   from the makers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.  Again you have to control two characters at once.  That did not go well for me on the iPad, though the game and story itself was cool.

Anthem      From Bioware, which can mean good things.  I like the explore planets part.  Maybe not so much the multi-player part, which inevitably means some headcase will be trying to kill you or steal from you.  Not the adventure I'm looking for.

The Inpatient    Looks pleasantly scary, but it's VR.   Nah.

Kingdom Hearts 3   This franchise always sounds good, but maybe I wouldn't like it at all.  Bring it to PC and I'll give it a try.

Red Dead Redemption 2    When the original came out, it looked sort of interesting, but maybe grizzly for my tastes.  I've seen so many bloggers who like the same games I do sings its praises though.   Maybe the original is worth a look.




2018: Let the Games Begin

I'm oozing into the New Year, but, I'm ready to kick things into gear.

Listening to last week's MassivelyOp Podcast, I was inspired to look at my 2017 and think ahead to a better year in games.   I love that they had everyone on!  I wish they'd do it more often.  Once a month, even.

Looking back at 2017 I developed a nice game rotation.  There was even a month or so where I wrote a short synopsis of the play session after I played.  I liked doing that, but I'm usually playing pretty late at night and writing up a session at 1 am isn't ideal.

I liked the idea enough that I put the same rotation along the top of my 2018 calendar for January.  Now I think, I need to narrow a regular rotation down to the MMOs I love best.

World of Warcraft
SWGEmu
Elderscrolls Online
Lord of the Rings Online
Rift
Everquest 2

While not giving up on Secret World Legends or Guild Wars 2, I'll just keep the games updated and saunter in now and then rather than trying to make any real progress.

In separate posts, I'll try to make some goals for each game.

Overall game goals for 2018:

Play a greater variety of games.  Games remain in my Steam queue and on my iPad that I could make some progress on.

Pick a character in each MMO to be my main.  Get them to max level.   My Alt-itis will never go away (hugs to my Alts!), but in order to really know a game, making your way all the way through the world really helps you connect the dots.  See what the heart of the beast is for good or ill.

Since it is an overall goal for me in the real world as well, I'm going to try to be more social.  Ack! Imagine!   We're talking reading and contributing in more forums, we're talking voice chat and the ever finky Discord.  I hate my voice, and I should be able to master push to talk so you don't hear me swearing.  Oops.

I'd like to be more well informed about games like I used to be.   I reactivated a gaming Twitter account.  I need to remove some old, bratty posts.  Need to read the latest posts for the games I'm interested in.  Read more of the game sites I used to pour over.

Blogs!  Read more (up to the letter "G" stealing blogs from Biobreak), comment more.   I love reading blogs, even for games I don't play.

Play more Board Games and Card Games 

Noble goals, are they not?

Happy Gaming 2018!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Rift Names!

Eeek best log in and save my babies.   I think this sort of purge is a good idea,, but yikes.

Note: I went in and logged everyone in.  Bonus: I have two characters on a side realm who are just great creations, that perfect combination of looks, class and name that often determines whether I play a character or not.   I'll be getting those going through the world.

http://www.trionworlds.com/rift/en/2017/12/30/name-reclaim-by-jan-31/

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gamebits

Busy, busy December!   I need to play more, but there's no time.   Here are my interesting bits for the month so far:


I Love You Bethesda!   Not only are they celebrating the Single Player Game, they made a video honoring that player.  With Lynda Carter!!!!!   Agghhh!  Via Gamespot.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/bethesda-launches-a-campaign-to-save-single-player/1100-6455468/




Sea of Thieves has a release date.   March 20, 2018.   I wish I'd played more Pirate games over the years.  I love Pirates!  Sea of Thieves looks great.  I should make this My Pirate Game.
From the clip:

Ramming the ship!  I can't steer in any racing game ever made, but damn, I bet I could ram a ship!  How good does your aim have to be?

Female Pirate!  Look at those outfit changes, yo ho.

I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHICKEN! 

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/12/08/sea-of-thieves-release-date-announced




The Game Awards

Another awards set.  I'm not familiar with the man behind it or the awards themselves, but I'm going to use them as a jumping off point to a more interesting 2018.

My takeaways are that these look interesting:

What Remains of Edith Finch
Monument Valley 2
Old Man's Journey
Hmmpf, maybe I should look at Destiny 2.


Cuphead

I've liked what I've read about it.  It sounds a bit impossible to beat, but that happens a lot if you're me.  The gameplay and graphics look incredible.  I should Try and Die.




A New Tomb Raider

https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/7/16746792/tomb-raider-new-game-lara-croft-2018

While I'm behind on completion of the Tomb Raider games, I'm always eager for a new one.  The article postulates that a new game could be released when the new Tomb Raider film comes out in March.




Elder Scrolls Online

I managed to log in and get the snake pet, and brought my character back to her home base to empty that inventory.  There were of course problems along the way, and I have completely forgotten how to play my Warden.  Yikes.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Few More Blizzcon Notes

Old news is the best news!   I like watching the panels and presentations on my iPad but argh, there's lots of stuttering where people repeat things several times, and then there's the infamous ring of loading occasionally.  On the other hand, I could have taken some screenshots to include watching on my pc.

Wow What's next

Most of this section was a presentation by Alex Afrasiabi, who was ok, but not as enthusiastic as I'd like. 

He said  "Our virtual lives are based on our factions, all we do is in service of these."     I don't think that's true for most PVE players.  Other than choosing to look like a fairy princess or a zombie at character creation, I sincerely don't think most people give it any thought.   This is not a game where there are any particular perks for belonging to one faction or other, right? Unless you PVP?

He teases that the burning of Teldrassil by the Horde may be an attacking move by the Horde, or it may be in response to an attack on Lordaeron.   While I say I don't think much about Alliance vs Horde, perhaps I do, because it seems that in Cataclysm so much more Alliance territory was torn apart than Horde (maybe I don't know because I don't travel those areas?)  And Legion was depressing for all the Alliance heroes downed.   Leave the tree alone!

I noted merely Alliance=Eastern Kingdom      Kalimdor =Horde

I hope that's not the case.  I love many areas of Kalimdor. 

The new areas of Kultiras and Zandalar  have really cool architecture, particularly Zandalar.  That's about it.

Warfronts and Island Expeditions might be ok.

I didn't think the zone leveling similar to Legion's would be a good thing, but it looks like it will be handled well.


Boss Design Workshop

This was the best.  It was an actual panel.  They talked about how they design dungeons and bosses from the ground up.  Then they brainstormed how the first boss in the Shrine of the Storm dungeon might work.   How the dungeon ties in with the zone it is located in and its story.

How does the first boss in the dungeon compare to the others. You can't have your best stuff right off and leave nothing interesting for the end boss.

The boss would be an enormous water elemental with tentacles coming from his chin dubbed "chinticles" which he could use against players in many possible ways.

They talked about how they think of the various classes and how their abilities might be used against a boss.

Apparently boss fights are timed at 2 minutes or so.  It sure seems longer sometimes!

One idea that kept coming up was the idea of waves of water rising periodically and sweeping across the dungeon.  All I could think was poor gnomes!  They can hardly keep their heads above water to swim.  They'd just be tossed and tossed.



PC Gamer: If you could play a sequel to any game, what would it be?

PC gamer's staff have interesting choices.  http://www.pcgamer.com/if-you-could-have-a-sequel-to-any-game-what-would-it-be/



Since I have been playing MMOs almost exclusively this year, and perhaps most years,  I haven't any new game choices.    I was unable to pick just one, though Realms of the Haunting tops the list.  Why, why, why, that ending?   After all we'd been through?  (sniff)


Realms of the Haunting

System Shock (3)

Skyrim

Neverwinter Nights

Half Life