Monday, April 6, 2015

The Secret World: Please Don't Gas Me

I've been working to methodically do all of the quests in Kingsmouth.  I have gotten stuck on a couple of the Investigation quests, and I took on a new Main Mission one in those cases thinking to go back to them.

One was The Vision.  I swear I went over every inch of the Wisp Woods, particularly around the big gnarly tree and nada.

I take on ATC instead and have trouble with disabling the EMPs, mostly because I was unobservant of a message that flashed by letting me know I had a bad guy uniform I could wear. Doh on that one.

I complete that, but can't figure out how to re-activate The Vision.  Finally I find that you have to go back to the original quest giver to reactivate the quest.  That is so awkward.  Why not let you switch easily between these in your quest journal?

I find the fake gypsy, head for the forest and as soon as I near the big tree bammo.  Onward to completing that series.

Digging Deeper was another I had to re-start.  I couldn't get the doors in the tunnels to open, so I did something else for awhile then went back. 

Cheated like an alley cat on the floor puzzle.  Got gassed a few times for moving incorrectly space to space anyways.

All EZ from there, right?  Oh no.

While I found the composer and song for this quickly, making the notes fit the puzzle was beyond me.  Even after I dirty rotten cheated to see the order, I was gassed or had to run to avoid being gassed so many times.  I was tired and feeling a bit whiny after awhile and dubbed this the Please Don't Gas Me Puzzle.   Before each try I sort of muttered that in the hopes it would help.

My problem was that I thought you should move the lever each time before you played a note. Gas Gas Gas.

Combat Skill Slots 

I rarely find combat annoying in a game because they're just all different and it is what it is.  In the Secret World, you can have two combat skill sets and a boatload of skills to buy and own, but you can only use seven at a time.  I find this maddening.   I would like to be able to fully use both skillsets, so give me 14 slots.

Between trying to finish these two missions off, I got a phone call from some woman in London saying come here, right now.  Busy busy busy, lady, no can do.

Once I finished these off (but I'm not done with Kingsmouth) I thought I will go to London for a break, and because I've read that there are clothing shops in London.  My character has been wearing the exact same outfit since she began.  Any combat upgrade equipment she gets is not visible except for weaponry.

I never thought I'd appreciate the "clown suit" armor you always get in other games because unless you make something yourself, nothing matches in those games.  Here, I got nothing.  I'm seeing other people zip by in different clothing, not necessarily anything I'd wear.  Here's the drawback of a modern setting with "real" looking clothes.  You can be pickier about what you look like because maybe you look a bit more like you, sort of.  You want to look good, but you're stuck.  In a by now stinky black outfit  (in the real world, at this time of year, people seem to be wearing jackets, blazers, sweaters that they haven't washed and which reek of that sweet scent of deodorant and know the odor...).

Here is the shop in London.  Everything costs a bazillion (dollars) and you haven't a clue what the item might actually look like.

Holster Pants with Buckle, Orange?????   Eeeewww?   You want all my money you really need to at least let me see what freakishly ugly thing I'm getting.

I guess I'll just continue along in my boring outfit.


  1. The "Preview All" button at the bottom of that window will show you what it looks like. Also, those particular vendors happen to be expensive, but they aren't the only ones. There are cheaper ones in the Pangaea clothing store north of there. And there are a couple more in the Haitian Square Market, that rotate their stock every day, on a 7 day cycle. Also, some of the Council of Venice vendors you find in each zone also sell clothing.

    But, the clothing from vendors only makes up maybe half of the available clothing at best. The rest come as achievement rewards, from events, or out of the cash shop. A lot of the more common event clothing can still be found in the AH, some at less than 10k pax, but it's sometimes hard to find if you don't know what to search for. Try common words like shirt, coat, chest, shoe, accessory, accessories, hat, leg, pants, etc. Also, you could check the Sephora's Closet website for the event clothing to find what you like, then use terms from the names to search.

  2. Thanks for the tips. I did walk the area including the Haitian Square but didn't see clothing at the vendors. I'll go back and look. Will try your search options too. I haven't found the AH yet, and I sure haven't gotten any quest rewards that were clothing. I may soon be looking much more colorful!

  3. The AH is part of the bank, near Pangaea in London. Your bank will have three tabs, your storage, mail, and AH. And a fourth tab for guild storage if you're in a cabal.

  4. And I can't remember if there are any quests that give clothing as a reward. None that I remember. Achievement rewards. Lots in there. There's a Lore and Achievements window you can look at. You can find it in the drop down menu in the upper left corner of your screen. If an achievement has a reward, there will be an open box symbol next to its description. Hovering over it will get a tooltip that tells you what the reward is. Some give titles, some clothing, some both.

    1. I had in fact missed the clothing vendor in the Haitian Market. Preview All was grayed out so I was unable to see anything there. Sephora's Closet II is GREAT, I could see what things looked like and now I just need to pick between several appealing options. Thanks again for the tips!

  5. If it was greyed out, you might have speaking to the vendor that sells clothing of the opposite gender of your character.

    I learned a new searching trick for finding clothes on the AH: search by color. Also, when you're getting a lot of results that are non-clothing, you can set QL level to 0 max to weed those out. Clothing is always QL0.

    I have a few duplicate clothing items from the last event, the blingzilla golden week, sitting around in my bank. I can send them to you if you want. Just send a mail in game to Grendel, and I'll reply with the items.

    1. Good information! I'll look at those vendors and the AH and use your search techniques. I appreciate your offer of spare clothes, but I'd like to learn the basics first, which you've made possible here!


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