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Another Mount Bites the Dust

With the help of my wonderful husband, I was able to obtain my jackal mount. It wasn’t a particularly involved process, we needed to have 200 contracts on us (zone currency), along with 20 gold, and complete a heart in an area. I had enough contracts after to also purchase the mini (I’ve been collecting them at a snail pace) and then it took a bit of time to get used to the actual mount, but I think I like it more than my raptor. When you hit the space bar (twice) your jackal turns to sand, allowing you to dash forward. Instead of having only two jump abilities before requiring recharging, you have three by default (no idea if this can be extended with PoF masteries, I haven’t looked into it much yet).

We also progressed our personal stories quite a bit and entered a really neat tomb and then a personal library that was amazing. I spent some time collecting books and I’m just shy of 4,000 achievement points, which don’t really have a meaning but are something that I like to work on and it lets me see some progress in a game that doesn’t really have gear or level increases.

Over all, I’m really enjoying my time in GW2, and of course a huge portion of that is because my husband is managing to find time here and there to play with me. Games without subscriptions are certainly an easier way to go for a busy family. As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Not feeling the Hype

While it seems like all my friends are ramping up their hype meters for the classic WoW experience that’s coming, I have felt almost the opposite start to take over me. I ended up cancelling my account a few days ago, and I have no desire to beta test or dive in to old world WoW. I’ve already done the legacy thing in EverQuest, EverQuest2, and LoTRO, and I have have to say, the grass is always greener. As soon as I go back I remember why I’m glad that games are fluid and constantly changing. I like the changes and improvement to quality of life.

Doesn’t mean I’m pooping all over those who are hyped, in fact I love to see their enthusiasm, it just means once again I’m feeling a bit left out in the shadows while my enthusiasm wanes.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Map Completion

So far playing GW2 with the husband is working out wonderfully. There’s so much to do, and both of us are enjoying being able to pop in and out of the game randomly between real life. We managed to get him gliding from HoT, and then the first three mounts in PoF (raptor, springer, and skimmer). We progressed the PoF story line a bit, and ran around getting map completion in Crystal Oasis too which was tons of fun.

Next I’m trying to work on some ascended gear for my mesmer. I picked up two accessories today, but I’d love an axe (and eventually, a pistol).

Happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Not Many at World Events

Whether it’s because of the nicer weather or the fact that folks burned out doing world events last week when there were bonus chests, things sure have slowed down.


Everyone is eagerly waiting for the next living world chapter to release! I love seeing the excitement in Lion’s Arch.

So That’s Not Happening (FFXIV) – Instead? (GW2)

Having 2 young kids is challenging at the best of times. Add in a new province, new job, special needs, and you can find yourself at your wits end. I know, I talk about it a lot here.

The husband and I decided since we’re gamers at heart we want to play something together in the brief moments we have – problem is, depending on the week, sometimes that means no gaming at all. We had originally decided on FFXIV – a game neither of us had gotten very far in. We were excited. We got exactly one day to play together and then his busy season started at work and the kids sleep schedules went all weird and then two weeks had gone by without either of us logging in.

Not that big of a deal when it’s a game you’re not paying for, but FFXIV has a hefty price tag in Canadian dollars, $40 a month for us to not play a game together wasn’t looking appealing.

But we DO want to game together, so where does that leave us?

I made the suggestion of GW2. I have already been playing it fairly steadily on my own, he has a level 80 character, there’s no level cap increase, and all he would need to do is pick up the latest two expansions to be back in the game. We wouldn’t have to worry about a subscription, and if he wanted to toss some money at ArenaNet, that’s what the gem store is for. My concern was whether or not he would be interested. I already know that I am, I’m loving my adventures in Tyria.

Turns out he was game to give it a try. He hasn’t played since the release, and I explained to him how I’m constantly going back into HoT, PoF, and other areas to complete achievements and for other bits and bobs. He was concerned he would be too far behind to catch up. I told him in GW2 that’s not really a noticeable thing. SO for the few times we do have a break here and there, we’ll be exploring GW2. I think this will ease up on a lot of the pressure, but still give us a chance to game together.

I’m pretty dang excited, personally.

Avenger Spoiler (Not Really)

Found this awesome Guild Wars 2 outfit in Lion’s Arch

What Makes a Good Streamer?

Before someone gets all bent out of shape yes this is 100% opinion, but I still want to share it.

Since having my two children my gaming time has been much reduced but I still have time to watch streamers, and that has been a really good way for me to keep in touch with a community while feeling pretty lonely. I’m in a new province with two young kids in an unfamiliar town with a husband who works long hours. Coping with postpartum depression has been really hard and I know that without these communities I’d be even worse off.

Watching so many streamers means I have some very specific criteria that I use to judge who is “good” to watch. These criteria are based on my interests and lifestyle, and they won’t be what you use to decide who to watch, but it might help you out a bit.

  1. Friendly. no matter how many people are around. I love streamers who make the small guy feel important. I don’t care if you have 1 viewer or 100 viewers or 10,000 viewers. I’m watching you because I am interested.
  2. Language. Now, this one is situational. I don’t mind some cursing here and there, but when it’s every 3rd word chances are I’m tuning in to someone else. I’ve got kids around, and I watch a whole lot of chill relaxed streamers who don’t cuss a whole lot. Sure, one or two may slip out, but if you can handle an intelligent conversation without spewing hatred all over the place, that’s fantastic.
  3. Reliable. I’m not talking a set schedule that never ever changes because hey lets face it life happens – but if I know I can count on you, if I know what hours you stream, I’m going to make it a point to be there. In some cases I will even make sure my schedule is free just so that I can watch.
  4. Chill games. Some of my favourite streams to watch are not gaming at all but are cooking streams, or crafting streams. Or just interest streams where you’re wandering around looking for a place to eat lunch. They’re streams where the streamer is calm, relaxed, and real. Down to earth.

What streamers have I been watching lately?

  • Squirrel – Does a lot of simulator streams like Euro Truck, very calm, a few curses but not heavy.
  • Bacon Donut – a family friendly minecraft streamer who uses a lot of mods, and it’s awesome.
  • NotEmerse – Streams a bit of everything, but has amazing conversations too.
  • Dustygaming – Mostly MMO gaming, his streams are relaxed and he’s always eager to talk, no matter who is around.
  • ChefJohnReed – Cooking streams (during the week). Friday is a cook-along stream, and it’s amazing.
  • SimCopter1 – One of the most chill relaxing streamers I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. He just had a baby boy, and things have gotten interesting.

There are others I watch, but these are the “regulars” who have taken up the slots lately. If you want to know who else I’m watching, you can check out who I’m following.

Who comes Up with these…

Doing quests in FFXIV…

Doing a Little Fishing

As far as crafting goes, my goal is to raise each craft to 10, then work on raising them all to 20 (or at least 18, matching my adventure level). Gathering is coming along nicely, at the time of this post I have level 12 in mining, 11 in botanist, and 9 in fishing. For the disciples of the hand (main crafting) branches I’ve gone with weaver (10), goldsmith (8), cullinarian (8) and alchemist (2). I’m hoping my husband picks up my slack and goes with carpenter, blacksmith, armorer, and leatherworker.

Leveling has been pretty quick, but I know that’s because we’re in the lower tiers, and because the cap is currently 70. A new expansion looms on the horizon and it’s a great time to catch up. Will I make it? Probably not, but I’m alright with that. I managed to ding 18, and I’m still further along than I ever have been. My husband seems to be having a pretty good time of things too, in our limited amount of game time together. I’m hoping this week we can both find a few more minutes here and there to level, and I think we have our first dungeon coming up. With him playing tank and me playing healer it should be interesting to see how it works out.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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