Monday, June 29, 2015

What Is Your Gaming Style?

Keen and Graev have a link to the Quantic Foundry Gamer Motivation Profile which asks many multiple choice questions about how and why you play.

I don't know about you, but I can't resist those Facebook quizzes that reveal such daunting info as What Kind of Cheese you are, or What Starship Captain you would be.  I really thought I should get Janeway, but call me Picard.  I'm still feeling whiny because I never got Luke Skywalker in the old "Which Star Wars Character Are You?" quiz.  Clearly my head is never where it should be.

You will note in the Quantic survey what a cool, nearly Zen-like being I am.  As you suspected.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

This Week in the Galaxy

Posting with ease from Firefox...tsk on IE and Google, tsk.

I've been pushing to advance my Ranger/Rifles person the cheep and ez way, just taking missions on Naboo that I can do without buffs.  10k for buffs is a lot, and blah blah I know they take 5k but...

I'm trying to camp after each lair, crafting some new traps, admiring the scenery, getting my bike out without the 15 second wait.  The camp xp is rolling in, man. (Not).  If I were buffed, I'd feel the timer ticking on those and wouldn't feel as if I could take my time, scoot scoot to the next lair.  I notice in General chat they say 15 minutes in a camp gives you the max, but I'm too twitchy to sit and wait it out. I suppose I could crochet or read a book.  I'd rather do that on my comfy couch though.

Without actual levels in the game, I like to see what I can handle mission level wise without the buffs.  I can comfortably do 36-38s and I did some humbabas tonight that were 40, but they made me run for it and incapped me a couple of times.

I hadn't planned to use a Merchant Tent, but suddenly I have one up.  I've had a few customers, including someone who paid 75k for a Trandoshan Poster.  I felt guilty pricing it like that, but there were only a few for sale in the Galaxy and they were like 400k. Cheep.

A new load of Dustbunnie Exploders Detonator Series (Swoop Bikes) is out, 2418 HP, very smooth running!  Everyone should pack a few.

I'm noticing Elite Profession Trainer Locations are erroneous on various sites, so I'm making a list from my Prima Guide and will post it when ready.

Ah, my first real box of Architect furnishings!  I am so familiar with the furniture that can be made and love many pieces so much.  I wanted to shout out Happiness Is Making Furniture!  Reserved individual that I am, I held it in.

Friday, June 26, 2015


I've been having trouble with IE and Blogger so am trying Firefox...No error messages.  Looks good.  Relief.

Monday, June 22, 2015

From The Mary Sue: 23 Games from E3 2015 with Badass Playable Female Characters

Just as you, puny human, wish to be larger than life and gloriously badass, so do we of the female persuasion.   At the link is a list of great upcoming games which put us in those roles so we may dream the really big dreams.  

This is why we play.

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Peek at Pillars of Eternity

I chose a dwarf character, and the usual fighter type until I figure things out.  Such as taking screenshots. (F12)

I killed everything that came at me in the opening chapter but I really could use some combat tips. 

The Autopause that pauses the game I found pretty annoying, and really had to dig to get rid of it.

My Companion did nothing, and wouldn't stay near me.  I tried taking control of her and getting her over by me.  She became an odd little floating head moving through the landscape, came over but still didn't fight.

I'm wondering if I need to set up my "Formation" so she is a bit more helpful.

A couple of guys didn't get looted because I was busy fighting with others, then the story flipped me to a new location.  Lost loot is a sad thing.

The story itself and its presentation is very enjoyable.  It feels like a great adventure already.

zzzzzz    on that wrong title  late night.....  Nothing to see here....

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Now Downloading...Pillars of Eternity

Although it's hard to get my head out of the Galaxy, I grabbed Pillars of Eternity from the Steam sale this morning .   I didn't see anything else interesting there or on the GOG sale, thank heavens, since I was in the mood to BUY.

I like the snippets on my blog roll so you can see what the post is about and you get a feel for these sort of shifts in mood that seem to go through the blogosphere.

Not long ago, everyone was burned out and didn't feel like playing. Now there is excitement for new things to come and for old things revisited.

As always, it is a good time to be a gamer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Server Down

Basilisk, you heartbreaking doggie.  Down again.  Just when my architect was about to make her Big Move and go out and scrape up the Ore she needs to succeed.

In live server days, after World of Warcraft came out, there was much hostility towards "Wow Kiddies" who logged into Galaxies whenever Wow was down.

I think of that now when Basilisk is down and I go log into Wow.  A little Darkmoon Faire last week.  A treasure map for Nagrand today from my "Followers".  Off to Nagrand again to finish up the achievements there.

I still love my Garrison. But I'd like to make it public. I'd like Vendors!  I would like to decorate the place to please myself.  I'd like some furniture and rugs for my room in the city hall.

I spent a bit of time this week (during another outage) in the Wailing Caves in EQ2's Commonlands.  I have a quest to gather several things in the caves.  This time I didn't go beyond the spike traps, but it has to be that what I need is there just beyond.

I keep thinking of my Secret World girl in front of that Illuminati door. 

Warehouse 13 Mall outside of Mos Espa, Tatooine

I would slip into Rift but they have that annoying Coin Lock thing if you don't log in all of the time.

You're thinking I should slip my Guild Wars 2 girl over the border into the next area and see what's out there.


Maybe the server is back up.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

If You Can't Play, Write

There I was, smoothly handling a Kaadu lair when things went very wrong. Poof.  Logged and can't get back into the Basilisk Emuland Server :(    I guess if I can't play, I can jot down a few notes here.

Much of my playtime has been keeping homes, factories and harvesters running.   I've also figured out (mostly) how to do the crafting macro that lets you go click click click to select resources then the magic macro makes an item for you and your xp bar slinks ever so slowly up.

My intended Ranger character has been avoiding the macro needed to fill the last two boxes of Scout, because macroing camps is boring (though they're handy to actually use).  Today, I finally went Lesser Boll hunting on Dantooine to get enough Bone for 30000 points of xp (59 xp for each macroed camp..zzzzz....)

Once I had Scouting finished, I had so much general Scouting and Trapping Xp built up (that I couldn't use till I got Master Scout) that I could train Novice Ranger right off with a box of Ranger level Trapping (I love a good trap) also filled in.  As you can see I'm close to yet another box, just need to go plink plink plink a few times.

I'm so glad to finally make progress.  I vow not to let any of the skill boxes here go unfilled till the last.  I shall methodically level them up.

My Merchant character Elsinor Dustbunnie finally macroed her way to Master Artisan.   I had the materials to make a run of Swoop Bikes which I thought would be pretty good because my materials were good. I used the best crafting tools available and bought the highest level Crafting Station I could buy.

Ta da!  A factory run of Dustbunnie Exploder Inferno Series 2390 HP  (A long name, I know) were produced and they sold briskly on the bazaar.  I only got a crate of 25.  I think in order to do a full run I needed 640000 Steel or Iron and 120000 Aluminum or Copper with the highest Shock Resistance I could get.  I certainly did not have that amount of material and my metals had a shock resistance in the 800s so...thus the name "Exploders".

She will also be able to craft a variety of components usable by other professions including Architect and Droid Engineer.  I have not made the Paint Kits for vehicles yet because I haven't all the materials, but those are fun as well.  Thanks to The Corpse for making those GP Electronics modules for me before I could!  I won't have to bug her anymore :)

My Novice Architect filled a lower level box and I took something other than furnishings, which is what I really love.  I can make the infamous Gungan Head Statues which are worth 3000 xp each. However, they take a boatload of Ore and Gemstone and hmmpf I have neither in quantity.
I can make Merchant Tents, which are always a good seller.  I grumpily have to buy some subcomponents from a Tailor because my own is two torturous boxes from being able to make those for me.  And I have no Fiberplast or Inert Petro to grind with.

I'm picking up some really nice Fiberplast on Naboo, but it is too good to grind with.  I can't resist the nice material spawns but I can't make myself grind with them. 

A hunting I do go.

Star Wars Galaxies is in fact a perfect game (at the stage of its life being emulated).

 There are just a few things from current MMOs that I wish it had.

A hearthstone.  Where ever you go in the world, you have to make your way back along the ground (no whining about flight here!) to a Starport or Shuttleport that can transport you across the planet or the Galaxy.  Sometimes you just want to go poof and you're home.

The ability to send money and items via the mail system.  I do appreciate that there are no mailboxes however. You can get and send your mail from anywhere anytime.

I can think of nothing else. Not bad.  Hope the servers are back up and my Kaadu are still there.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

World of Warcraft: I Believe I Can Fly! (Sometimes)

There are so many posts and stories about the wrath of World of Warcraft of players in keeping Draenor as a No Fly Zone.

Before I write about that, let me say that I have been happy with the game and its development with two exceptions:

CRZ:  Horrible, game breaking, they should have undone this immediately as I feel it broke server populations and their distinct personalities.  Any server force paired with Moonguard being the prime example.  If they would not get rid of it under plea and protest (and they did not), they should have dumped it after the huge "server connection" project.

Cataclysm:  The damage should have been undone, areas rebuilt over time.  Wow isn't a "living world" by any stretch of the imagination, but phase the damage for people making their way through Cataclysm if you must, and repair the world. Fix it.


I love the freedom of flight.   There are many areas of the world where you can fly.  The no fly zones that annoy me personally are Horde areas where you can't just drop in for the various holiday achievements in enemy territory. Noooo.  You must crawl along on the ground, getting popped like a weasel by those *&^%$%* Horde monsters.   :)

Draenor was designed, if you recall, with Timeless Isle in mind.  Built into Draenor are wild variances of terrain to challenge you as you seek your quest objectives and treasures.  Just as on Timeless Isle, the world of Draenor is packed with treasures for everyone to find.  Some take patience, skill, maybe Goblin flyers (?) to sail over to get.  The world was designed in a certain way.  I really enjoy that a ten year old game is trying out very different gameplay and world building options.

I've been working on completing the Nagrand Quests I didn't get on the road to 100.  I had a quest to find and kill a boss named "Dirgemeister" or something similar.   I looked in the area indicated on my map where he should be.  No sign of him.  I see above me two levels of rock plateau.  There was a moment since it was late and I was impatient that I wished I could just fly up to the ledges above me and see if he was there.  Instead, I had to slink up to those two areas via a circuitous route only to find he wasn't there.   He turned out to be in an underwater cave near where I started.  Stinker.  I wished I could fly, but I appreciate that I had to really look for the guy.

Built into the Draenor world are ground mounts in plenitude.  This includes the bonuses you gain from your Stable.  This was a wise move on their part, I think.  

They've worked to make flight paths efficient, and they are quick.  You're not in the air for long enough periods for your character to be set to AFK, here, as you can be in some parts of Azeroth.  They've also added the ability to drop off of the gryphon/taxi beast at an earlier stop if you need to shorten the journey.

One of the reasons people like to fly is to gather resources. The garrisons provide a glut of resources for the few recipes you're given to craft.  No need to sail around looking for anything. 

I think they did a good job of making it never be too far from one quest objective to another.

They set out to accomplish certain things, and succeeded.

Wildstar Free to Play This Fall!

One of my favorite newer games that I didn't get enough chance to play at length was Wildstar.  It is a science-fictional universe, populated by cartoon characters on something wild.  They SPROING through the world.
Dark Wing Duck gone insane.  Must clear hard drive space by fall...

Written by Team WildStar on May 28, 2015
This fall will be an exciting time for WildStar as we transition to Free-to-Play.
Since launch we’ve listened to all of your feedback and worked hard to improve your game experience. Part of that goal has always been to bring more players in to experience WildStar, and that's what Free-to-Play is all about. Below you will find the valuable information you need to continue to enjoy your time on Nexus. And if you’re new to WildStar, this is a great place to start your adventure.

If you don’t see your question answered below, be sure to check out our detailed Knowledge Base article or post your question in the forums.

What does "Free-to-Play" mean?
“Free-to-Play” means that anyone can download the game and play without spending any money to buy WildStar or committing to a required subscription fee.
Is the game really free?
Players can acquire the game, create an account, login and play through everything the game has to offer without spending any money, so yes, we do mean free.
That said, we will also offer completely optional in-game purchases that cover a wide range of player services, convenience options, and cosmetic offerings.

What will happen to my account if I have an active subscription or game time applied to my account through C.R.E.D.D., or a Game Time Card when WildStar goes Free-to-Play?

All accounts that have an active recurring payment method, C.R.E.D.D. redemption, or GTC (Game Time Card) redemption when the transition occurs will be considered active. These accounts will automatically convert to Signature service, which will persist until their current “active period” ends.
For example, if an account has 20 days of time remaining through one of the methods above, those 20 days will convert to Signature service since game access is now open to everyone.
Players with a recurring payment plan for subscription service will have that plan automatically converted into a recurring plan for Signature status.
Players with non-recurring payments, C.R.E.D.D., or GTC will need to apply another payment to their account to continue using Signature service should they choose to continue with Signature service.
Active accounts will receive an amount of Loyalty Points based on:
  • The type of game box (Standard/Deluxe) added to the account.
  • The number of months subscribed through recurring payment, C.R.E.D.D. or Game Time Cards prior to F2P Launch
Additionally, as a reward to those who were continuous subscribers from WildStar’s launch until the transition to Free-to-Play, we are giving away an exclusive Ikthian Crawler mount, an exclusive DJ Caretaker housing décor item, a Disco Snoglug companion pet, a new housing music track, four months of Signature service, and two new titles: “Living Legend” and “Nexus Loyalist” - these bonuses will be granted to such players on the first day of transition.

If you missed out on launch but you’re a current subscriber and maintain your subscription through transition to Free-to-Play, you will still receive the DJ Caretaker housing décor item, the Disco Snoglug companion pet, the new housing music track, four months of Signature service, and the "Nexus Loyalist" title.

If I have an inactive account when the game goes Free-to-Play and I return to the game, what should I expect for my account?

All existing accounts that do not have an active recurring payment method, C.R.E.D.D. redemption, or GTC (Game Time Card) redemption when the transition occurs will be considered inactive. These accounts will automatically convert to Free service, which will persist until the account holder chooses to sign-up for Signature service.

Active and inactive account holders will automatically have access to the game and can play again just as soon as it is downloaded and patched. Additionally, these accounts will receive some grandfathered benefits only available to box-purchasers, which will ensure that these accounts retain an experience that most closely matches that of the launch game. These benefits include:
ItemFree PlayersBox Purchasers
Character Slots
Costume Slots
Personal Bank
2 Slots
5 Slots
Decor1000 total decor items placed2000 total decor items placed

Like active accounts, pre-existing inactive accounts will receive an amount of Loyalty Points based on:
  • the type (Standard/Deluxe) of the box
  • the number of months subscribed through recurring payment, C.R.E.D.D. or Game Time Cards prior to F2P launch
If you purchased WildStar but let your account lapse, we want you to come back and get these grandfathered box-purchaser benefits! Players who subscribe by June 15, 2015 and maintain a subscription through transition to Free-to-Play, you will still receive the DJ Caretaker housing décor item, the Disco Snoglug companion pet, the new housing music track, four months of Signature service, and the "Nexus Loyalist" title.
What are Loyalty Points?
All WildStar players will be part of our new Loyalty Program where they will accumulate Loyalty Points and achieve Loyalty Ranks to earn special items and perks. In fact, if you’ve ever subscribed you have already earned some! We’ll reveal more details on the Loyalty Program in the near future.

How much of the game is accessible to Free players?
We place no restrictions on any of the game’s content. Every zone, every dungeon, every raid, every battleground... they’re all available. All players will be able to create characters of every race, class, and path while choosing any tradeskills they like. Characters can achieve level 50 and path level 30, just as they can under the current system. There are some restrictions on services and social functions, however, as noted in the table below.
What access will Free players have to future game content?
All updates will be available to both Free and Signature players. However, we do plan to include optional purchases with all new content. We may also offer some new content and full expansion packs exclusively for purchase in the future.
What types of accounts will be offered when the game goes Free-to-Play?
There will two main types of account when the game transitions to Free-to-Play:
Free accounts get full access to the game. There is no recurring payment of any kind required.
Signature accounts get everything provided by the Free service, along with the unique bonuses and benefits detailed below. Signature accounts require a payment plan offered in 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments including C.R.E.D.D., Game Time Card, or recurring payments.
What’s the difference between a Free account and a Signature account?
There are several perks available as part of the Signature program.

Auction HouseThree (3) active buy bids
Three (3) active sell lots
Thirty (30) active buy bids
Thirty (30) active sell lots
CirclesCan join one (1) Circle
Cannot invite into or create Circles
Can join five (5) Circles
Can invite into and create Circles
Circuit Board CraftingNo bonuses-15% Overcharge Risk
Commodities ExchangeThree (3) active buy orders
Three (3) active sell orders
Thirty (30) active buy orders
Thirty (30) active sell orders
Coordinate CraftingNo bonuses+10% Target Radius Size
CS TicketsNo priorityPriority Access
CurrencyEarn currency at normal ratesEarn 25% extra currency
GatheringNormal rate10% bonus material proc chance
GuildsCannot invite into or create a GuildCan invite into and create a Guild
Holiday EventsEarn currency at normal ratesEarn 25% extra currency
PTR AccessNoYes
Queue BypassNo priorityPriority access
ReputationEarn reputation at normal ratesEarn 50% extra rep from combat
Earn 25% extra rep from quests
"Wake Here" Cooldown1 hourCooldown time reduced by 50%
Rest XP1% every 12 hours, capped at 150% of the current levelEarning rate doubled, capped at 200% of the current level
XPEarn XP at normal ratesEarn 25% extra XP
WarpartiesCannot invite into or create a WarpartyCan invite into and create a Warparty

Will Signature players play together on the same realms with Free players?
Are there any perks a Free player can get without becoming Signature?
A number of perks can be acquired through the Loyalty Program, several of which stack with (or are replaced by) the perks from Signature. These perks include:

FeatureLoyalty PerksStacks with Signature?
Auction HouseTen (10) active buy bids
Ten (10) active sell lots
Replaced by Signature
CirclesCan join five (5) Circles
Can invite into and create Circles
Circuit Board Crafting-10% Overcharge RiskYes
Commodities ExchangeTen (10) active buy orders
Ten (10) active sell orders
Replaced by Signature
Coordinate Crafting+10% target radius sizeYes
CS TicketsNo priorityN/A
CurrencyEarn currency at normal ratesN/A
Gathering10% bonus material proc chanceYes
GuildsCan invite into and create a GuildN/A
Holiday EventsEarn currency at normal ratesN/A
PTR AccessYesN/A
Queue BypassNo priorityN/A
ReputationEarn 50% extra rep from combatYes
"Wake Here" CooldownCooldown time reduced by 50%Yes
Rest XPEarning rate doubled, +50% to the capYes
XPEarn XP at normal ratesN/A
WarpartiesCan invite into and create a WarpartyN/A
We will keep this FAQ continuously updated. If you have a question not covered here, check out our Knowledge Base or let us know on the Forums so we can add it to the list.