Sunday, May 21, 2017

Everquest 2: Kung Foo Kitty

Logging in this morning I noticed you can purchase characters right from the character select screen for 1000 DB (Daybreak Cash?).   Somehow I happened to have that exactly!!!!   Plink!

One of the classes I was considering when looking through what is available was the Fighter Class Monk.   Voila!   Kung Foo Kitty is born!  She's so cute, I love the Kerra race.  You should see her making those martial arts moves.  So adorable.

Now I don't need to kill off the Evil Wizard (who is all mooshy on the inside).

I now have a Kerra Ranger, A Halfling Warden, a High Elf Fury, A Ratonga Conjuror, a Kerra Monk, and a Ratonga Wizard.

So far I'm liking the fighting abilities of the Warden and Fury best, but we'll see if that changes as the characters gain levels.

You can go home again, you can start all shiny and new again in any game.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Also Killed Off...

My Secret World character who was stuck at the door on Solomon's Island.  I tried everything to get her unstuck.  Now she is all new and shiny and can try again.   I'm liking this ruthlessness.

I now have three new characters here, plus a fourth coming with the advent of Secret World Legends.   Pretty good!

Everquest 2: The Fall of Evil

Once again I find I'm not likely to play characters of an Evil persuasion.  My characters have all been of an Evil alignment in EQ2 for awhile.  Except for my level 95 boosted Wizard, I found I just wasn't playing them.  Neriak, The City of Hate (and it's Hateful Citizenry) in particular would make me feel terrible whenever I visited, and my home was there.  Eek.

I've been thinking I might like the game more if I played characters with an alignment to Good.  My plan was to go ahead and buy five character slots that could be Good characters.  I looked all through the shop and did not see where you could simply purchase character slots.  Why don't games let you buy character slots?   Character slots and expansions are the two things I find I'd always be willing to pay real coinage for, yet many games seem to want to deny me my Alt-itis.

Plan B, Kill off a couple of Evil sorts and make new Good alignment characters.  It made me so happy to be playing these, that I killed off two more, and now I have 4 to the Good and 1 to the bad.  I might kill off the boosted character as well to get that juicy extra slot.

I seem to have gone with Mages and Healers.   Everyone's off the boat and on the Isle of Refuge.  I'm going to try to keep them at the same level with my ace character rotation techniques.  How easy it is to get a fresh start in a game if you just poof the characters you don't really enjoy playing.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Old Lotro Notes: Moria

I watched MJ of MassivelyOp's LOTRO Pajama Party stream the other day, and somehow, in this particular context, her voice seemed familiar from the game's beta.  There is no other game I can think of where I've actually used Voice Chat, but it was ubiquitous in LOTRO (though I'm not finding it to be so playing now).  In general, I find Voice immersion breaking, but in instances where you're coordinating group play, it can be useful.

I went looking though my old game notebooks to see if I had commented on any people (because I'm always inwardly observing and noting how people are, in game and out).   Good little tester that I was, my notes were completely focused on the game, classes, and environments.

My Initial Moria Notes:

I've been in the Mines for the better part of a week.  Gaining entrance was not easy and some members of the Expedition were lost at the Hollin Gate.  Their loss continues to resonate through the dwarven community as they strive to gain footholds in Moria.

As I make my way through the dark passageways, and through halls of stern splendor in Moria, I see why the dwarves risk so much to reclaim it.  I have never seen such grand architecture, from soaring bridges to monolithic faces carved into stone everywhere.

Unfortunately, the beauty is marred by the dark presence of every evil creature of Middle Earth.  Some familiar foes roam the corridors, and other bent, twisted things appear as you attempt to push forward.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Myndariel's Middle Earth: The Champion 1-20

A new Lord of the Rings Online guide to early levels of the Champion is up at Myndariel's Middle Earth.

I've managed to get my Champion character to level 30.  Reading the guide is super helpful though.  One of the things that I've had trouble with looking at my LOTRO characters since I've returned is picking a Specialization for my class.

I'm reading the descriptions, of course, but it feels to me as if they split up what the characters used to be able to do into these three groups that all have desirable skills, and I want them all.  

In the case of my Champion, it appears I've been choosing from the red Berserker specialization.   Reading Myndariel's description of how the three specializations play out, the yellow Deadly Storm really is best suited to the way I play.  I'll happily switch!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On A Rainy Evening

No sun, no problem.

Star Wars Galaxies

I made a factory run of Walls with my Architect, promptly using them up on Cities and Guild Halls.

That twitch to shoot something brought out my halfway there Pistoleer.  She would also like to be a Bounty Hunter, but I'm missing just a single box to complete Marksman, Rifles 4.  Oh how painful to try to get that last box.  Using an SG-82 rifle which looks like a bent pipe.  zzzzzz

I sent my TK out briefly for some easy peasy Bol hunting on Dantooine, but her second mission had her chased by a Huurton who had been chomping my bols.  There were also two groups of Grauls right nearby.  It was never going to end well.

Lord of The Rings Online

More progress in Lothlorien.  Bizarrely a quest sent me back into Moria to help Bosi.  No one can resist a dwarf.   My Yellow Vision is improving.  Things didn't look so bad tonight.


I downloaded Wildstar and will be playing my Medic.  It took me a few minutes to get reoriented to the game, but I'm glad to be back, giving it another try.  Such a great looking, dare I say, happy game.

Secret World

It's official Secret World Day so into the Innsmouth Academy instance I went.   I immediately hit the wrong icon on the door because I was positioned oddly when I selected it.  All downhill from there.   It has been a while since I played and I know I didn't get the codes right in earlier puzzles right off.  They must have let me re-start somehow.  This door isn't.  I tried looking up how to re-set door puzzles in a variety of different ways.  Nada. 

Tried going out of the instance and back in.  Out of the game and back in.  Plink!  Somehow I'm getting in there.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LOTRO: Back to Lothlorien

I've switched to my former main character who is in Lothlorien.  I think she's been there for several years.  How could I be discouraged about my Loremaster not getting into Moria when this character has been languishing?

I feel like I've done quite a few quests, and I think I'm making progress at last.  I'm getting the hang of the map, which isn't helpful to a World of Warcraft quester, as it doesn't point you right where you want to go.  No, you have to peer at the map hopefully looking for vaguely colored blotches of color which in turn lead you to a general area.  The quest text itself, one might argue, gives you dizzying directions such as go west down the road to the first dark rock, sing to the rock and await further instructions.

While looking left and going right, I fell into the river and had to swim a very long way to find a shoreline.

Luckily I found my way to land and then to a bridge to resume my adventures.

I took a moment to meditate upon my impatience and the yellowness of it all.

Finally, I stopped for the evening before taking a quest from Legolas which suspiciously seemed as if it might be an instance, and last who knows how long.

I've noticed worldchat is full of groups for Box Runs.  I looked up what they were, and I can see how people looking for gear or loot might find them appealing, but I can't see myself doing them anytime soon (since I'm eeek-many levels below cap).  What a slug dog. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Myndariel's Middle Earth Captain's Guide

Myndariel has her next guide to a LOTRO class out, covering the Captain class from level 1-20.

This is welcome for me, since my LOTRO Captain remains at a low level.   Created in the first hour of the first day of the game, her name is Kate after Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Enterprise.  You know you have to get into a game early to get the name Kate.  Now she can move forward, and I won't scorn the Herald, who I may have named Goofy, because he bugged me.

                                                       Captain Kate and Goofy

I really appreciate these guides, and wish there were more like them.  Often as I'm leveling characters I look for class guides to help me figure out how best to play, but frustratingly, they're always for max level characters.  I say grr when this happens, because I feel when you're max level you don't need a guide like this. 

Into The Rift: Stillmoor

I've decided to continue playing Rift with my level 50 Mage as the main character.  Her skills and survivability make her fun to play, plus she has a variety of pets at her disposal.

She's in the Stillmoor area of Mathosia, which is for levels 45-50.  I had her working in various other areas, so she has not completed the quest lines here, and I'm going to do this area completely then move on.

Whenever I send one character ahead of the others, I like to know the area well.  If I know the dangers and treasures offered, things are simpler for the rest of the characters when they pass through.

One of the things I enjoy about Rift is that each area has a distinct look, character and story line.  Stillmoor has a dark, gothic look, with a storyline involving werewolves.  Not your typical movie monster werewolves, but real people who have tragically been turned into beasts.

At level 50, the upper end of the suggested level for the area, my mage is handling everything that comes her way nicely.  It seems to me I read that after 50 armor becomes much more important to your character.  I'm going to have to up my crafting, questing and maybe raid game (non-existent except in the one (s) which have been converted to Intrepid Adventures). 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

You'd Think I Wasn't Playing Anything....

...Since none of the posts I compose in my head ever make to the virtual space.


Galaxies: playing like a fiend.  

Lord of the Rings Online

Once again I thought my Loremaster was on her way into Moria, but no, off to Mirabel, which I remember from the past and its a morass of new quests.

My Hunter is going back into action, so I have new content to play. 

I used my Turbine Points (which I've never spent and they were hefty in number) to get all of the existing expansions.  Truly I felt guilty not buying them with real money, as buying expansions is something I'm always willing to do.  I did buy three lifetime subscriptions as soon as they became available, back in the day.   Never in a million years did I expect that the game wouldn't go on forever as it had begun because it was truly great.

Secret World

With all the exciting news coming out the Secret World space, I filled my two open character slots, and have plenty of adventures ahead.  I personally like what I've seen and read about Secret World Legends.  I think it's spectacular that Funcom is investing in the game, in a version that doesn't look remarkably altered, but may be more accessible to some.   I understand all too well the fear that the game will be dumbed down, made Steam player and even console friendly.  That the world we know will be ruined and destroyed.

Perhaps because I am such an avid Galaxies fan,  I also see that the base game will still exist, the world as we know it will still exist, even if in "maintenance mode".   If you hate the new game, the old world is there.   It has been on my mind that if Sony had made Pre-CU servers available even in a maintenance type mode, even if they did it a few months from NGE launch, anything at all, history would be so different, many lives virtual and real world would have taken such a different path.

I think if a game makes drastic changes, offering the classic version is a win win.   It's there to play, to compare, to allow tweaking of the new perhaps where the old was actually superior.  Nobody gets to say the game was broken and you're wearing rose colored glasses of memory, because its still right there.

Fallout Shelter

My little Vault is in action once more.  I abandoned the one where I had the max number of characters, because I was having to turn away or turn out into the wasteland little characters to make room.  You should see how awful they feel when you boot them, they have a little suitcase in hand, and their little shoulders slump, and each has some different last words to make you feel even guiltier.

Jade Empire

This old classic is available on the iPad.  Combat isn't bad, and I mention it because this game is all combat, but it's unique and a cool story.

Mass Effect 4

They appear to have fixed the facial animations but I still haven't purchased it.  I think in truth I don't like working with the Origins store which is a shame, but I'll get it soon (tm).

Rotations Once More

I'm working my way back to where I was about a year ago, giving at least some play time each day to a different game.   The games I'm going to drop in on are:   Rift, Lotro, GW2, Lord of the Rings Online, Secret World, Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, EQ2, Galaxies.

Those are my favorites, and I should be peeking in.  My games will be updated regularly so there won't be those long downloads when I want to play, and I won't forget where my characters were and what they were doing.   I just assign a day of the week to them and try to log in and make a little progress.  I'm a happier gamer when I have variety.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


I've branched out from my Galaxies obsession a bit this week, yay.  Anytime you hit a wall with a game (macro grinding Tailor zzzzz) you should just pop into another world and all your cares disappear.

World of Warcraft

Last week my Retribution Paladin was just beginning the Highmountain area of the Broken Isles.  I was surprised to find I was reluctant to do this area, and I looked at the rest of the Broken Isles to see if there was another I'd prefer, only to realize I don't really care for any of the zones.  There was a Post In The Making there, which expanded in my mind to other areas of Azeroth I just can't stand to go through, and the Post passed into oblivion, as Posts do.

Next up, and the current character in Rotation is my Assassination Rogue, who also happens to be just starting Highmountain.  This led me to consider what it is about Highmountain I dislike.  I think it is just the opening quest sequences in the Thundertotem area.   The rest of Highmountain isn't bad, but I don't like the whole beginning part.  The current quest I'm balking at starting, is The Story of Huln.  Hero or no, I just hate this whole sequence.  Die, Huln, die.  Not good. 6 1/2 boxes to go for this character to level.

If I have to drag 9 characters through the Broken Isles, and I'm finding the mental brakes are going on when starting all the's going to be rough.  I am glad to be rotating in characters from other areas of the world, to refresh, because ack.

Lord of the Rings Online

I'm playing my now level 50 Loremaster, and she's getting hints that the quests will soon lead into glorious Moria.  The Company went thataway...follow, follow!

I cringed from playing my Hunter because of her location, and wasn't quite in the mood for the Lonelands, so I haven't put them into action in a rotation.

Instead, I created a new Runekeeper and a Warden.   Also, because I have a level 43 Minstrel I have no idea how to play, and dang, how did I ever get her to that level, I created a new Minstrel.  All of my 11 character slots are now full.

My bold plan here is to watch world chat (or whatever its called here) and see who is who, join into discussions of interest, and find my way to a good guild that way.  A clever plan, right?

Elder Scrolls Online

There was a huge patch since I played last--probably Housing.  It took forever to download and then was corrupted somehow.  I tried repair and though all was well, but there is no ambient sound in the game and that is pretty awful, particularly no music.  I'll have to try Repair once again.

I killed off a character I didn't like, and thinking to make a new crafting only character, I made a Dark Elf.  I'm trying to do all of the beginner areas, and play different races.  She's likely not long for this world, and hasn't even made it out of Cold Harbor.

 That face!  The skin tone colors were all shades of Concrete.  Nasty scary eyes, though I did my best to soften them.

 Great hair from the back, long and flowing, nice!

But in the front, they've got her hairline yanked back so she's all skull and again, scary.   Note the sour expression.   I was going to add a caption.  Tsk.

Dear devs: do you EVER see a woman with long flowing hair doing the skull thing in front? Nooo. You use that long hair to frame your face and hide it in meetings so people can't see you making faces.  Doh.

She is a Mage, my first attempt at this type.  I didn't like the three available class templates (?), though I know you can customize them.  I wound up choosing the one that has demon pets.  Though the pet stays out in the world with you for a pretty decent amount of time, the initial cast time to bring it out seems long, and something you want to do before beginning combat.   Thus not so useful as any instant cast spell.

Torment Tides of Numenara

Still in the tutorial.  So impressions:  I need to really slow down and read the text boxes.    They're telling a story, at a pace I'm not used to.  Fighting my first monster.  Not going well.  Missed the tip on how to get from way over here to way over there to fight the beast.

Grim Fandango

This has been in my Steam Library for awhile.  This older game is drop dead gorgeous, so vibrant!  The dialog trees are incredibly entertaining, and sassy.  I try every dialog option.

Here is another game where you need to slow down, examine everything, interact with everything you can.  If you miss something (and I pretty quickly missed an elevator), you need to backtrack and see what you missed, but it isn't an annoyance as backtracking can sometimes be.

Secret World

I've decided to update the game and work some more on my current character.  I've got the itch to play so, why wait?  Forward.  Maybe I can just make a new Templar when the reboot goes live.

Mass Effect Andromeda

I'm a little horrified I haven't pre-ordered this and it's coming out Tuesday.  What is wrong with me? Whap!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Myndariel's Middle Earth Class X Series: The Burglar

Myndariel is starting a post series called  Class X featuring the classes of Lord Of The Rings Online in depth from level 1-20.

She's creating a new character for a class and playing through those levels, giving an expert look at how the class plays, and what each of the specs available can do.

The Burglar class is the first in the series, and it's well worth watching for her others as they become available not only to help you choose a class, but to get a good feel for the best way to play.

My own Burglar is level 25, but there's plenty here I didn't know. (Note there's lots more information than I've pictured below.)

Monday, March 13, 2017 A Haven For Video Game Fans

I listened to the podcast tonight for the first time and they mentioned their new sister  site which talks about all the sorts of games that don't fit into the MMORPG umbrella.

The hosts seemed pretty excited to be talking about other game related interests.  They appear to be covering most platforms, which gives them plenty of room for reviews of all sorts.

It looks like you can follow them on all the usual social media.

I've added the Podcast to my Podcast list.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lord of the Rings Online: Just Let Me Into Moria, Come On!

I've been working on my Loremaster sooo close to the Gates of Moria, yet quest after new quest keeps me running between Orc camps and Redhorn Pass. Agh.   I feel like I'm not getting anywhere.

The first time I ever did this area, I liked it quite a bit, but I'm just itching to move forward. I think I'll have to play a couple of characters in other areas of the game to dial down on the twitchy.

Maybe run a few quests with my Hunter in the Golden Woods (also agh).

My Burglar is in the Lonelands, an area I like.  She's my official Cook too, so she's fun.  Rotate her in, check.

I did finally use my Turbine Points to get all of the available Expansion areas.  Which I'll reach someday.


The Secret World Reboot

MassivelyOp has been running a few articles on the upcoming "relaunch" of The Secret World, and it's all pretty exciting!   I'm not attached to the combat or my character, so even if those are hugely changed, it isn't going to be a real problem.  I think it's great Funcom is putting their backing into what is really a unique and compelling game.

I am definitely going to be playing.  I can't decide if I should try another of the three "Societies" than my Templar, or, since I really don't like what the other two stand for, maybe I'll kill off my current Templar and start from scratch. 

I think I didn't pay enough attention at the outset to builds and weaponry mixes.  I paid zero attention it seems to crafting, so I have an inventory full of (stuff) I don't know how to use but think I shouldn't just toss.

My character kind of bugs me, I just don't like the way she looks, so a clean slate may be a good idea all around.

Having worked through quite a few storylines for a perennial Secret World noob, in theory I should be able to get back to my current spot relatively quickly.

I'm going to wait to kill my girl off, but she's almost certainly doomed in favor of a fresh new Templar with better hair.  I wish I could get her to lose the wide legged "just got off a horse" stance too.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Here Comes The Sun: Gaming Goals For 2017

It's February. Temperatures have been in the 50s and 60s!!!!!!!!!!!  The eternally sunshine drenched virtual lands can't compare to the real sun, and warmth, and a fresh breeze.  Ahhhh.  The ice is almost completely gone.  We could always get slammed with more snow and ice.  It's way to early for spring, but garden goals have overtaken game goals in my imagination in response to this late winter's gift.  I do play year around, but once I can be outside, the time spent is far less.  Maybe I should have some broader, more easily realized goals in the games I play.

I admire the bloggers who post monthly gaming goals, and find them fun to read.  MJ of MassivelyOP just posted a set of gaming goals for her EQ2 playtime for 2017.  Impressive!  It really shows the depth of the game that she can have so many interesting and deep goals for just that single game.

2017 Game Goals

World Of Warcraft 

Get my Dungeon Game back up to snuff

Seriously look at equipping my characters with the best of everything I can make for them to give them a better chance of survival if they're in a currently "off class" (one which feels nerfed to smithereens).

Continue my entertaining rotation of all characters on two different servers.

Work on as many general Achievements as I can manage, because I haven't many for as long as I've been playing.  It just hasn't been a goal.


Get all characters to max, crafters first.  I have been playing this game the most, and the more I play the more I love it, as I always did.

Join the Rebellion with at least one character.  Time to stand and fight.

Elder Scrolls Online

I really need to figure out how to fight effectively with at least one character.  I think I'm doing well then blammo.

Get at least the starter house so my characters have a safe place to snooze and call home.  The freebie one will do.

Secret World

I think what has really held me back here is that I haven't taken the time to learn the crafting system, oddly enough.  I think that learning it would give me just that bit of an edge.  I don't mind the combat at all, but of course I could do better at it.


My beloved Rift!  I just stopped playing once I boosted my Cleric.  So silly, I chose a character whose combat was the most challenging for me, then raised her above the level of any area I am familiar with in the game, and I feel like I should play her, but I don't wanna.  Tsk.  Best to switch back to the Mage who is almost level 50.

Everquest II

Time to learn this game.  Had some trouble with log ins and then supreme lag the last time I logged in, trying to get my boosted character the level down thingie.  (I should have another cup of coffee, can't remember what the "down boost" is called).

Lord of the Rings Online

I really need to move my Loremaster along into Moria.  It is my favorite area of the game.  I think this is the game where I would benefit most from joining a guild and getting help with questions and getting grouping opportunities.  So, that's what I'll do.  I am pretty picky about guilds though, and won't wear a guild name over my head that I don't like, and I need people to be super nice and helpful to players of all levels.  Not so easy to find as you might think. 

With a whole year to work on these, I should be good to go, right?  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Everquest 2: Off To The Kylong Plains

In the comments for a previous post, EQ Grandmaster Bhagpuss of Inventory Full recommended:

At 90 you have most of the game to choose from if you Chrono. You could happily start at the dock in kylong Plains, mentored to, say, 65 or 70 and then work through the whole of Kunark. Or you could Chrono to 75 or 80 and do Moors of Ykesha. There are literally dozens of possibilities.

I decided I would leave the Commonlands and travel to the Kylong Plains to see what the game is like at the top.  One of the problems with boosting a low level character in a game you don't know is that you have no clue where anything is in the world or how to get there.  

Map of Norrath

There I am on the world map but I don't see the Kylong Plains.   On Ten Ton Hammer I found  "The Kylong Plains Docks are accessible from the Antonica and Commonlands docks via boat."

Checking the Commonlands Map, I don't see anything along the coastlines I can identify as a docks.  There's a "guild bell" listed, which doesn't sound right, but I head for it anyway since it isn't far from my location.

Luckily this was just the place. 

And, yes, there was a boat to the Kylong Plains.

I'm excited to have arrived, but I have much to do before I can head out for new adventures.

I have only one toolbar row, and I'm certain I need to put the higher level skills on the new toolbar set.  I need to Google how to add toolbars, then how to get skills onto the toolbars.  You can't just drag them over and replace what's there.  You have to empty the slot, then move a higher skill onto it.  I've got quite a few new skills and advanced versions of the few I had at level 20.

I'll need to read all of the descriptions and set them up in the most useful pattern/rotation I can figure out.

My bags runneth over.  If I have some nice higher level gear I need to equip it, and sell the old stuff.  I need to dump quite a bit out of my inventory one way or another before moving on.

I better look up Bhagpusses phrase Chrono.  I was thinking before I headed out the area would auto level me down to the area like Guild Wars 2 and Wow's Broken Isles do, but unlikely. 

Still, I made it to Dreg's Landing, Kylong Plains, and Adventure beckons once I sort things out.

Don't Call Me Vestige!

I played a bit of ESO this week.  I've arrived in Glenumbra with my healer/mage character.  Who has to pop up right away but The Prophet.

This guy is starting to annoy me a bit.  First, for calling me Vestige, which is not flattering.  Why can't he call me Heroine?  Then, much like having a summons from Khadgar in World of Warcraft, he has some long drawn out task for you to do.  Bossy boyz....

I wish I'd taken more screenshots, but I did get two quests right away that I liked so much.   In the first, I followed a dog to his fallen master, getting a short but cryptic grocery list:

3 blood oranges
crescent emblem cloak
black roses with thorns

Then I needed to find the people who would know about these items.  Off on an intriguing quest line.

While looking for one of the above I came upon a beggar.  Since I'm now saving for an Elder Scrolls Online home, I didn't want to be giving coins to a beggar, but my kinder nature prevailed. 

It turns out the beggar wanted help instead with a quest called Back Alley Murders!  The Mystery reader in me was very pleased to help him find who had been killing beggars recently.  Off to look in an alley (where surely nothing bad will happen).

I love these quests, they're just so different from what you find anywhere else, except in an Elder Scrolls game.

One of my goals here is to make money so I can purchase a home of some sort to try them out.  I haven't any sense of how to make money in this particular game so I may need to look up some tips.  Iron ore can be found every 2 ft, it seems, so I grabbed a bunch of that and sold it to the npc. Cha ching.

I opened a treasure chest!  Those lockpicks just snap on me, but I got one.  Progress.  Sellable sword.

Ever fiendish about trying to complete all the quests in an area before moving on, I started an ESO notebook so I can track which I've done.

Vestige? Ha, I think not.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Afterplay...Notes From A World Of Warcraft Play Session: Frost Mage

I thought it might be fun to write up notes from a round of World Of Warcraft.  You may remember I'm rotating a large swath of characters.

Currently up is my Level 73 Frost Mage who is an Engineer.

  She's working in the Borean Tundra though she's over the level for the area.  I've slowed down all of the non 100's so they can complete areas I never finished because I've dungeoned my way past almost all of the content in the Outlands and Northrend.

I wondered about the changes to Frost Mage with the recent patch, but I didn't notice much with her because the mobs are level 69 and she's at 73 so down they go.  Her xp bar still filled relatively quickly.

In addition to leveling through the area, I have my characters go on a Dungeon run during their turn.   I skipped Magister's Terrace which is fine with some characters, but with others , there are lots of places where Things Can Go Wrong.   Since Frost Mage isn't one of my toughest characters, I wanted her to have a better chance.  Hate The Nexus.   Opening of the Dark Portal is meh.  Sethekk Halls, hmm should have marked it.

I like all the dungeons I checked off, including the Heroics which at this level never seem much different than the regular dungeons.

She got Azjol-Nerub, which I always like though some tanks who can't handle it pull too much and its cryin' time.  Excellent tank and everyone else was good so it was all smooth.  I think my Mage acquitted herself well, though I vow to make sure all gnomes carry speed potions because those tiny legs just don't get them where they're going fast enough.

I wanted to make sure each character works on their crafting, so I sent her to Stormwind to work on her Engineering.  I made a few decoys which I can't wait to try out.  I don't know if really looks like the cute little bear in the picture, but if so, I may feel guilty letting it go kablooie.

I really am pleased with these rotating character sessions, and the variety of things I cram into that single level each gets.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Where I Left Them

My plans to rotate each day between games fell by the wayside somewhere along the line, as these things do.  Checking in with them made me want to play each a bit, so perhaps I'll get my game rotation back.

Reasons You May (Temporarily) abandon a character:

You get stuck with a character and aren't sure what you want to do next.

Your character is beginning an area you know all too well and sort of dread, and you say, hmm tomorrow.

One of the games just becomes so very interesting all of a sudden, you just want to play it a bit more, and a bit more, and other games and characters don't get the play time.

It never does happen to me that I don't want to play anything at all.  There's always something!

Elder Scrolls Online

I hadn't been playing as regularly, but I wanted to peek in to try the winter festival.  How odd, not a single decoration in sight anywhere.  Hmmpf.  I decided to just go ahead and play a little and do my next quest.  Running through the world, admiring the scenery and the music, my character froze in her steps and my Anti-virus program popped up.  It's like 1 am so I sleepily said ok to the anti-virus.
BOOM.  It uninstalled a bunch of files, apparently, and I had to go in an tinker and then reinstall the program.  The servers were down when I last tried to log in.

The Secret World

I left my character just at the start of Innsmouth Academy.  I patched it today and sent her out into the hallowed halls.  I needed to get the combat down pat again before truly venturing out.  Lots of zombie students hanging around.  They all work in packs of 5, annoying to me, since I often prefer to pull one at a time.  Not here you don't.  I went through a building called The Old Block and picked up quite a few Illuminati artifacts which I haven't been able to use yet.  I'm using an odd combination of Magic and Pistols.  My inventory is about to run over, and I don't know if there's a place nearby to sell things.

World Of Warcraft

Currently up in the character rotation here is my level 82 Shadow Priest.  Hate what they've done with the class, no heals and no real dps moves either.  More lil' worgen.  I'll find a way.  She's just gotten to Aviana's Roost in Hyjal.  Went into Blackrock Dungeon with her just trying to scoot along level wise.  I thought she was doing pretty well compared to a couple from the same server who kept getting lost and dying.  But noo, they booted my poor Priest right before the last boss for not doing enough dps.  Argh.

Lord of The Rings Online

My level 49 Loremaster is working through the quests in Eregion, just outside the gates of Moria.  I love Moria so much and will be interested to see how they changed it since I last went through.  The only criticism I ever had of Moria was that there were too many Goblin camps.  One or two would have done it.  Moria is or was astonishing.  I feel as I did the first time through, I like Eregion, but really, I just want to get into Moria.  Did I mention I love Moria?


My Wizard is still in the Commonlands.  I boosted her to 90 on a day when they were generously offering free boosts.  There is a separate post on character Boosts in the works, but should I just keep questing with her overpowered for this area self, because it is still all new to me, or should I move her forward to a level appropriate area and send a different character through these lower level lands?


My main character here was my Mage, but when I bought Star fall Prophecy I boosted my Druid/Cleric.  Maybe it was a mistake as she was a character who took a long time to kill things, I'll have to see if she's a better fighter now.  When you boost a Rift character they choose skills and weapons and Soul Tree choices for you.  We'll see.

Guild Wars 2

My main here is a Hunter, and you guessed it, when I bought Heart of Thorns I got a boost opportunity, and thought I'd like to do the Elementalist, but maybe not.  These guys brilliantly let you try out the boost on any or all of your characters in a higher level "practice area" before committing to the boost.  Unless a timer was on the process, I can try all four characters.   I had a tough time with this Salamander so, maybe yikes.