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Settling Down (A Bit)

I love gaming but recently realized that I haven’t really set down roots or settled in any one game for a VERY long time – and it was starting to get to me. It was making me a bit sad. So over the past few days I’ve thought about all of the MMOs that I love to play, and I decided to pick one that requires a subscription and stick with it for the next year. That doesn’t mean I won’t  play other games, I certainly will, but as far as subscriptions go I will not be lured by the next shiny (FFXIV expansions, I’m looking at you).

It wasn’t hard to decide what game I wanted to stick with. With my lack of time, sporadic hours, and inability to know how long I’d actually have to game, only one MMO really stood out. World of Warcraft.

I love the game, it’s cheerful, pet battles are fun, crafting (at least until Legion) is a hoot, and I don’t have to spend hours looking for a group or even a raid. In fact the only thing (for me) that has really been missing from the game is a community.

So I set out looking for one of those, too. I haven’t had areal guild in Warcraft for many years now. I tend to start my own, or join smaller ones created by friends. The Crimson Cross is one I had heard about on twitter (and in WildStar, actually). A casual family friendly guild that still did fun things and also raided. Now, I won’t be raiding any time soon, but eventually my hours will change and I’d like to think I’d have a chance.

The guild is friendly and active, it’s nice just to watch chat scroll by. They have a discord that I joined, and so far I’m settling in pretty well even though I feel like a teenager still in that regard. Even as an adult I feel awkward and shy.

Tonight I finished up my weekly and got my first ever legendary item (the one in the screenshot of this post). It was over 100 ilevels higher than my current gear. I was incredibly tickled. This single piece of gear also raised my personal ilevel high enough to unlock 4 new (to me) raids. If that’s not a good omen, I don’t know what is!

So yes, I will still be playing other games, but my MMO of choice for now and the foreseeable future, is going to be WoW so expect some posts about that, too. Speaking of other games I’ve got my stream schedule planned out for this upcoming week! Tuesday I’ll be continuing on with RimWorld, Wednesday will be a little Sims 4, Throwback Thursday is going to feature Bionic Commando, and Friday will be a visual novel of some sort (I haven’t decided on which title yet). So be sure to tune in between 7-7:30 PDT for my streams on twitch if you’re interested!

It feels good to be doing a bit of gaming again.

Trying for a Love Rocket

Even though life is pretty hectic these days (my little guy is 4 and a half months old now (5 weeks early), where does the time go?!) I still find time here and there to game, whether it’s in 15 minute stints, or while nursing him on the couch (depends on the game of course). It helps keep me relaxed and sane while dealing with the ‘fun’ that is colic, immunizations, growth spurts, and teething. One thing I’ve been trying to do on a daily basis is log into World of Warcraft and run my characters through the Chemical dungeon in an attempt to get the incredibly elusive love rocket. It has a 0.03% chance to drop, and I’ve never seen it before.

I have 20 characters total who can do the run for this mount since they changed the requirements. You can now take anyone from 16-110 through the fairly quick dungeon (there’s only three guys to kill). You don’t get a lot of time to work on getting the mount since it’s a Valentine’s Day event, but hey maybe I’ll get lucky (har har, see what I did there).

Anyone else trying to go after this mount? Anyone actually have it? How long did it take you to get it? Let me know in comments!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Keeping up With Gaming

In EverQuest 2 things have come to a bit of a standstill. I don’t have the time to LFG to do dungeons, and I’m pretty bored of running the same advanced solo dungeons every day. I log in to craft, get my loyalty tokens, and putter around, but I haven’t been keeping up with my epic 2.0 or progression in any real meaningful way. Since I have so many characters just doing the little bit of daily stuff I do is enough to keep me ‘busy’ but I’m also wondering if it wasn’t a mistake to get a year long subscription. Of course I had intended to play EverQuest with that, not EQ2, so maybe when I have a bit more time I’ll go back to my original plan.

In WoW things are moving along (even if it is at a snail’s pace). I’m able to queue for a few raids a week, I do some world quests, my characters move up the chain of progression. I’m really excited about the new pet battle dungeon coming to the game soon(tm) and I can’t wait to give it a try. I wish pet battles could be done independently of logging into the game (ie: mobile) but things are not so bad. My subscription for WoW lasts until July, so I have a few more months of that left and I’ll probably renew. It’s a good game even with my limited time.

EVE Online. I subscribed with a PLEX and then played once or twice. Truth of the matter is as much as I adore this game (and I do) I really want to play it with TWO accounts and that’s just not viable for me at this time. I probably won’t renew until I can afford to activate both my accounts, so maybe once my EQ2 subscription runs out. Don’t get me wrong, I love the game, I love playing, but I really like both accounts active so I can make full use of things.

Wurm Online / Unlimited. I currently have two active accounts in Wurm Online, Stargrace, and Blesse (a Vynora priest). I’ve got three active deeds (two on Xanadu and one on Independence) and while I haven’t been doing much to them aside from keeping up with the fields and animals, I still enjoy logging in every day. Wurm is one of those games that just really relaxes me. Plus I can leave it up and running while I putter around with my little one in real life. I also logged into Wurm Unlimited to check on my deed there. One had fallen (I re-deeded the place, my buildings and walls were all still standing) over on Sklotopolis, and over on Age of Urath – well, that server is apparently done now. It had a lock symbol by it with no users online. Should have stuck with my first choice! I also noticed a “new” server with the highest population these days, Zaneth. I’m incredibly cautious about new servers because it seems like there’s a huge overturn and you never know if the server will actually stick around but as long as I don’t go off and donate right away (like I have in the past) then I suppose there’s no real harm in checking things out.

In the meantime life is pretty busy. I get maybe an hour of gaming a day, which isn’t anything to sneeze at, and by rotating what I play I keep from getting bored. Of course it does seem that as soon as I settle in to do a dungeon or improve some weapons my little guy is waking up and begging for my attention, but hey that’s the joys of parenthood. He’s 4.5 months old right now, and while things haven’t exactly gotten easier yet, they’re constantly changing.

I hope everyone else has been having a great time despite the turmoil that seems to be enclosing around the world. Are you checking out Conan Exiles? What about ESO’s big announcement today? Did you give For Honor a try? Head to PAX South? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

How About We Play What we Enjoy

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How about I just play what I enjoy.

Sounds like a pretty simple task, no? Except for me, due to multiple reasons reason, it just hasn’t been.

I think it started way back with EQ2. See, I didn’t always used to have a plethora of alts. Nope, I used to be a one character only type of person. I played a druid (warden in specific) in raids and I absolutely adored it. Then it came to be that the raid needed an illusionist. Back then raids were ‘easier’ mechanic wise and I was able to two box my druid AND my illusionist. This opened up a whole lot of possibilities. As time went on the raid wanted my druid less and less and a different class more and more. Since I had already compromised once I continued to and before I knew it I had an overloaded stable of characters for as many classes as I could handle, learning the ins and outs of their combat specifics. It grew from there and carried across the different games that I played until it manifested itself into the current form. I rarely have less than 10 characters in any MMORPG, and my method of thinking of what I should play has changed drastically.

In the past I would just play what I wanted to play and it was a simple answer. Maybe not at the outset of a new game because I’d have to find what I was comfortable with but I already had a good idea of what that class was. As time went on it became a question of “what can I play that will be valuable to other people, so that I can be of value to other people too”. That mindset stayed with me and it’s a really hard one to shake off. In World of Warcraft that meant playing classes that had more than one specialization so that I could be flexible and not have to create a brand new character. Classes where you can tank, dps, or heal are ideal. I very rarely ever thought about what I wanted to play, instead I constantly questioned what I thought everyone else wanted me to play.

Except everyone else really just wants me to play whatever I want, and they don’t even have any thoughts on the subject, and it’s just all in my head.

This is the reason why right now I’m playing a hunter.

Yes, lots (and lots) of people play hunters. That’s why I’ve never actually played one as a main before, but left the character as more of a background character that I would pick up here and there. I didn’t want to be one of a million other hunters, I wanted to be needed and valued. Turns out you can still be of value to yourself and others while playing something you actually want to play. Go figure!

I’ve been playing the hunter through Legion content for one day and I’m already level 104. It’s faster than I had expected because I’m having so much fun with it. She’s also my jeweler, so she’s got 700 mining and JC. Having professions makes me feel bonded to my characters and is pretty important to me. As I mentioned in my previous post I faction changed from a troll to a human, swapping from horde to alliance – a choice I don’t regret at all (aside from the fact that my server is 97% horde characters). This gives me the ability to group up with more of my bnet friends who are playing alliance (and lets not forget I already have the 110 priest on the horde side). I’m having an absolute blast – and this is after a week of me waffling about trying to decide what to play. I just couldn’t decide what I felt like because my frame of mind was all over the place. I’ve got no doubt that I’ll be reaching 110 before too long and I may even do dungeons and (gasp) work on getting into some groups with people. It’s amazing how much more freedom I seem to have when I’m playing something that is just pure fun.

Paying for Pleasure

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Over the years I’ve spent more than my share of ‘extra’ money on various MMORPG features. One of these features includes server transfers, or in the case of World of Warcraft, faction transfers. Now, I understand that I don’t NEED to pay for these extras because technically I could just swap servers, or create a new character in the faction of my choosing – but that’s not always the ‘best’ decision and it’s not always a decision that makes me happy.

I just finished grinding 10 characters to level 100 in preparation for Legion. I have a set of alliance and a set of horde – but to be honest I prefer my horde classes to alliance. I decided to play my horde characters first when Legion came out, too. Not a huge deal except that a good portion of my bnet friends are playing alliance, and I want to be able to group with them and do dungeons. The decisions I was left with included creating a brand new alliance character in a class that I actually felt drawn to playing, toughing it out with horde but not grouping as much with my bnet friends, playing a class I was lackluster about but being alliance, or paying $30 for a faction change on a current horde character, and swapping them over to alliance so that I could 1. play with friends and 2. play a class immediately that I was interested in playing.

I decided to go with the payment option.

I didn’t want to level up (yet another) alliance character. I didn’t want to boost someone (even more costly) and my horde character had no real ties to that faction aside from the fact that every other character I have on the server is horde. It was a quick process (not even 5 minutes) and my troll hunter became a human hunter. Bada bing, bada boom. Once I completed the transfer I breathed a sigh of relief. For me, such extra costs are completely worth it. It’s not a cost I would want to indulge in on a regular basis, but I had set aside some money for my hobbies and lets face it, gaming is a hobby of mine. I have no doubt it will bring about more than a few hours of enjoyment for a character that I was completely lackluster to play before I faction transferred.

Have you paid to transfer servers before? What about faction changes? If you have, what was your reasoning behind paying the extra cash – and was it worth it? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

(P.S. If you happen to know of an alliance guild on Area 52, please give me a nudge, I’m Arysh, looking for a home!)

 

Learning How to Game

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These days video games are more involved than ever before, and this has allowed for the creation and popularity of web sites that provide guides and walk throughs, no matter the game in question (chances are, if there’s a video game out there, someone has written some sort of guide for it to help others). If it wasn’t for WoWHead I’m pretty sure I’d be lost on a number of the new World of Warcraft Legion quests. They’re no longer the simple ‘Kill 10 Rats’ quests that I’ve come to know in the past. Instead they require me to figure out puzzles, learn the lore, explore, and numerous other little hints and tricks that I probably wouldn’t be able to figure out all on my own.

You can find guides and step by step help for all sorts of genres, from how to play online casino games, to deeply involved RPG walk-throughs. These can be player-run sites, professional guides, or even news sites. I like to think that there will always be room for these types of sites because no two people learn exactly the same way, using exactly the same method. Some people enjoy watching YouTube “lets play” videos to meander their way around and to learn. Others appreciate a more casual approach, and still others would rather a methodical method of learning how.

When I first created MmoQuests I had a weekly quest walk through posted, typically one of the bigger EverQuest II signature / heritage quests that were in game. Over the years I’ve slowed down talking about them because there are just so many and it was getting hard to narrow down my favourites. Still, I like to think that these guides have come in handy over the years, and the pages still get a number of hits from those looking for a bit of help.

Have you ever thought of starting up a site for guides and walk throughs? Do you use any yourself or do you prefer to keep things as a secret to figure out for yourself? Let me know below in comments and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

AddOns – Are there Others I need?

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I love World of Warcraft AddOns. I think the Curse Client makes them easy to install (and even those not on curse are pretty easy to install) and they offer a whole lot of function to the game. My basic UI is ElvUI, a popular all-in-one UI replacement. I know there are lots of pros and cons to using it, some people adore it and others hate it, but it does what I need it to do, so for now that’s what I use. The other AddOns I’ve picked up along the way are as follows:

  • _NPCScan (This tells me when named are up by announcing them, and lets me target them so I can get to them faster and know when they’re almost dead before I get there)
  • Auctionator (A semi-replacement for auctioneer which hasn’t been updated in ages)
  • Can I Mog It? (Tells me whether or not I have the transmog for a specific item, across characters)
  • Deadly Boss Mods (Dungeon / raid timers across all expansions)
  • GTFO (A really loud obnoxious sound plays any time I step in anything bad)
  • HandyNotes (Map notes on anything from Panadria treasures to field photographer, this is an amazing addon)
  • Master Plan (Garrison organization, hoping they come out with a Legion version)
  • PetBattle Teams (Lets me organize my pets into saved teams and name them all)
  • PetTracker (Lets me see on each map which pets I have from the area and which are missing)
  • Recount (DPS / Heal meter, I use this for myself, not to judge others. I like improving my character)
  • World Quest Tracker (I haven’t used this, but I believe it lets me track the new world quests from Legion)

I don’t want a whole lot of addons since eventually they end up creating lag and other problems with one another in-game, but the ones I have picked up all seem to get along well with one another and don’t create any noticeable issues with my system. I was using an inventory mod for a little while, but found that it lagged pretty badly and when I was moving items around and they wouldn’t show up in the right places until I opened and closed the container again. I decided inventory organization wasn’t that much of a priority in the end.

My priest managed to hit 110 over the weekend, and now I’m deciding on an alliance member to level up. Most of my “fun” characters are horde, and alliance are ones I’ve fallen out of love with over the class changes. I’m wishing I had a mage, or a warrior, or an alliance monk or hunter. Instead I’ll have to choose between priest, druid, shaman, paladin, and warlock. Decisions decisions!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

 

Leveling up As a Discipline Priest

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When the class changes first came out my priest was in a shadow / disc spec. Discipline for healing. I had been disc for a few expansions now, I didn’t enjoy the holy spec at all. That completely changed as did my taste about a lot of classes when the revamps came. Fast forward to now: I’m level 106 and I’ve finally found the “perfect” spot for me to play as a discipline priest, and it’s something I wouldn’t have ever expected if it wasn’t for the fact that I was collecting all three artifact weapons.

I’m now using my discipline spec to level, and I love it. I found that while shadow is nice, it wasn’t quite what I wanted any more. Trying to manage my insanity and push out DPS while surviving was getting difficult and shadow spec doesn’t have any real nice heals that I could make use of. Since I was collecting artifacts anyway I decided on a whim to swap over to discipline, arrange my hotbars, and play through a few quests, just to get a feel.

I’m really glad that I did.

My DPS is slightly lower than it was in shadow but my survival has gone WAY up. I barely ever take damage any more, and I can take on huge groups at once. Instead of managing insanity I’m managing atonement, a much easier buff to manage because there’s just one person it’s usually on (or two, if I have my combat ally with me). I don’t notice an enormous drag in DPS at all, and I’m getting used to my rotations for leveling. It’s also nice not to be a shadow figure all the time – I can see my gear, and my character. I can do pretty good DPS or heal on a whim when needed. I don’t think it’s something I want to use in raids or groups, but for leveling up it has quickly become my new favourite.

Of course that also means that now my artifact bonuses are split between three completely different weapons. It’s not a big deal, but I know that means later on I’ll have to do more grinding than if I had of just focused on one (or even just two) weapons. My very casual goal has been to try to get a level a day, some days I surpass that (like yesterday) and others I don’t even come close. I’m still taking my time and enjoying the ride, though I see many of my friends already at 110 and working on alts. The stories have been intense and enjoyable, and I’m really just in no rush at all.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

 

The End of Blaugust

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Today is August 31st – and it marks the end of Blaugust (at least for me). I managed to post every single day for the month of August, something I haven’t done in a really long time. In fact I haven’t had 31 posts in a month since August 2014, the last time I participated in Blaugust. My total monthly post count for 2016 has been lacking in a big way, and while I can come up with a handful of real life reasons as to why that is, writing here is something I’ve really missed doing and I’m thankful for the motivation to post (Big thanks to Belghast for once again hosting this leisurely Blaugust). Sure, a handful of posts had no actual text – but the fact that I still kept up with my posting is reason enough for me to celebrate.

Most of those posts were about World of Warcraft, which happens to be where I’m spending most of my time these days. Even before the release of Legion it’s just one of those games that I can dive into easily, without any pressure. Doesn’t take a lot of time for me to get something done, be it a quest, LFR, LFG, or a simple pet battle. With invasions I managed to get all of my characters to 100 before Legion, a feat I wouldn’t have thought possible using “standard” methods.

My priest is now sitting at a comfortable level 103. I’m not in a rush, and I want to experience the lore and stories that come with each quest. I’ve finished my first zone, and it was a lot of fun. I’ve started doing my profession quests and I’ve picked up two out of the three artifacts that I can potentially level. I’ve been splitting my rewards between shadow / holy so they’re both leveling up at the same time. I have zero interest in discipline, even though that’s the spec I was playing exclusively before the class revamp patch. It’s just not a fun (or viable) path for me any more.

I expect it will take me some time to reach 110 and I’m absolutely fine with that. My tentative “goal” (if you can call it that) is a level or so a day. If I don’t reach it, no big deal. I’d also like to continue working up my professions. I expect those will actually take me more time than anything else since I didn’t have them maxed out before Legion (something I sorely regret).

The most important thing is that I’m having fun. There are people everywhere, things are interesting, and I feel renewed. So far I’m having a lot of fun customizing my weapon and just taking in the scenery. I’m a little disappointed in the lack of pet battles that I’ve seen so far (I’ve only done one new open world battle, and earned another pet through a quest) but that’s alright. I’m sure more things will open up as I progress through zones. I hope people stick around, but time will tell. There are already level 110 players out there, and I hope they find enough to do to keep themselves interested in the game.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Smooth

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I had no intentions of staying up for the launch of Legion last night – but baby had other ideas, and since I couldn’t get to sleep, I decided why not. I was already up with heartburn and other pregnancy related aches and pains and may as well get a little gaming in. It was probably one of the smoothest launches I’ve seen. Servers didn’t crash, or even buckle under the weight. I didn’t have any issues with lag, and my quests all worked. I knew I would be playing my priest, and I decided to start out on my favourite side – Horde.

I’m currently just a smidge shy of level 102. Gear rewards from quests is starting to upgrade the 700-715 that I’ve been wearing. Crafted gear is very nice. I also learned a few things, like pick the artifact that you’re going to use while leveling, first. This is something I neglected to do, even though I level as a shadow priest I picked the holy artifact. Needless to say I have had very few opportunities to use it. I hear that at level 102 you can choose a second artifact for your off spec, and I understand that there’s quite a grind that comes with leveling more than one artifact, but we’ll see how it goes and what I decide in the end. While my leveling is all done in shadow, I know that I’ll be playing holy for LFG / LFR.

I’m really pleased with the expansion so far. I love that the starter areas actually scale with your character, and you get to pick where you begin. Since I didn’t play much of the beta nor did I look into anything I have absolutely no idea if some areas are better than others.

The story throughout the zone I’m doing is fantastic. I love the cinematic, the voice overs, and I feel more involved than previous expansions. Whether or not I get bored a month into it – well, we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ve unlocked my class hall and have a follower from there and have started doing some of the class missions. How it all works I haven’t quite figured out, but it’s explained pretty well as you go along.

What are your thoughts? Are you playing? Enjoying? Wish things were different? Having fun with how things are? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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