Category: Wurm Unlimited (Page 1 of 7)

It’s OK To Like (Even Love) an Unpopular Game

My absolute favourite game of all time, is Wurm Online (or Unlimited, either one). Wurm Unlimited has “mixed” recent reviews, and “mixed” all reviews. There’s not even 1500 reviews total of the game. I have 2,399 hours on record on steam (so that’s Wurm Unlimited, and doesn’t count any Wurm Online hours). I could talk about the game for hours, and while I may not be playing right this second (I come and go in my Wurm obsession) it is one that I constantly suggest people try out, and will them to accept.

I rarely succeed.

The thing is – it’s perfectly OK to dislike or like this game – or ANY game out there. I know the reasons people don’t like Wurm. The outdated graphics, the incredible grind, the dislike of Club Code, the bugs and other issues. The unbalanced PVP. I’ve heard them all – and still this game owns my heart, as far as video games go.

I’ve never gotten mad at someone for not liking this game because I don’t expect everyone to like it. If you don’t like it, it’s quite simple – don’t play.

Please. Don’t waste your precious time on this earth playing a video game that you’re not having a great time in. Move on to something else. There are TONS of games out there catering to all sorts of gamers. Keep searching and trying to find the one that calls to you – and it doesn’t matter if everyone else is playing it or if no one else is playing it what matters is what YOU think and how YOU feel when you play it.

Kindness

I meant to write about this a few days ago but I hadn’t gotten around to it and I want to apologize for that because it’s something I should have posted right away.

Many times now I’ve attended an event on the Sklotopolis server and commented about how RNG was just not my friend. No big deal, but after a while it does weigh on you to see people who play for only a short time show up and win some of the awesome gear.

When I went and checked my mail a few days ago I had a surprise from Wreck, an alliance mate and friend of mine. He had gifted me a complete set of black drake, created by Densetsu. I was speechless! He told me he had taken it upon himself to collect bits and pieces of drake to help create sets of gear for veteran players who had not won any. I am incredibly humbled and thankful for the gear, it looks fantastic and stands up very well to the trolls that are hanging out around my deed lately.

I know I haven’t written much about Wurm lately, but I’m still playing (just not as much as I used to, I haven’t the time at the moment). Deed work still needs to get done, animals fed, chores taken care of. I also streamed a bit of it last week while I had the chance. My merchants need to be restocked, so tonight I’m copying out recipes to send to Zuca (my merchant holder). Enchanted tools and weapons will have to wait, but I’m glad for whatever time I can find.

I know I’ve said this multiple times before, but if you’re looking for a friendly server please do check out Sklotopolis. The folks there really are some of the best I’ve met.

Wurm Chores – A way of Relaxing

For me, playing video games is a way of relaxing. I typically play whatever I’m in the mood to play, with little to no outside pressures. Sure, I keep a streaming schedule now, but the games I play during fluctuate, and if I’m not keen on playing what I have scheduled I’ll change it.

I decided to stream Wurm Unlimited in a very impromptu stream (you can check it out over on my Twitch page!) and it was a really relaxing time. I tended to my fields, took care of my bison, went and harvested my wheat – and noticed one of my hens had succumbed to old age. Chickens don’t live as long as other animals (for whatever reason) so they die at aged. Sad times. Since watching Paw Patrol (thanks to my kid, I swear) I have become obsessed with naming all of my hens Chickaletta. It was sad to have to bury the animal, but she had a good life.

Then I tended to my cows and my sheep, harvesting the fields. I showed off my winery, stuck more moonshine in the distillery and was going to go do some meditation when I had to cut my stream short. Such is the way of life. Still, it was relaxing, even the 20 minutes I got to spend in game. I love talking about a game that I’m so passionate about. It makes time go by much faster, and I like feeling confident in what I’m saying.

Things have been pretty quiet on Wurm, but I still log in often, even if it’s just to take care of the chores. I know I’ll be back full time before too long, as always my interests are just all over the place with my lack of availability.

I did put up the schedule for my streams this week, too. I’ve decided to start a Throwback Thursday feature, and the remaining days I’ll just play whatever I happen to plan. This week (because I know you’re all so interested) I’ll be playing:

  • Tuesday – RimWorld
  • Wednesday – Pinball FX 2
  • Thursday – Redemption Mud
  • Friday – Castle of Illusion

As well as any impromptu streams I manage to fit in there (maybe some EQ, or some EVE Online). Next week I’ll switch things up again and we’ll see about getting a visual novel in there for one of the days. I am trying to get qualified for affiliate on Twitch, so if you like my channel please do give it a follow and tune in during my streams – it really helps me out a ton.

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

Goblin Leader Bites the Dust

Yesterday was another server event, this time we gathered together to take down the notorious Goblin Leader. Not as big of an event as say, a drake, but we still had a pretty good crowd, with 40+ people showing up. There were body drops from the Goblin Leader, as well as items donated from staff and players.

Now, one (small) issue I have with these events is that if someone wins something they don’t particularly want, they can pass, and have a chance at something better. The downside to this of course is that you may not win anything at all or you might get incredibly lucky and have your name drawn again on the uber_item_101 that you wanted. The problem I have is that sometimes the items being rolled on really suck (this is IMO, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure and what have you) and there are still good items waiting to be rolled on, so staff allows us to pass.

I wish there was no option to pass. If you win something, be thankful you won, and accept it – or give it away or trade it away, or decline – but that removes you from future drawings from that event. I think it should be up to players to make a deal or figure out what they want to do with their wins.

See the problem is sometimes the loot REALLY sucks, like, goblin meat. There’s nothing special about it, regular goblins drop it, it’s not used in anything fancy. Of course this is the item that I “won” so I passed it. So did a few other people. It takes time to pass until someone finally shrugs their shoulders and says OK fine I’ll accept it, or auto accepts because they’re not actually present. If you get picked to win something, that should be it. Take it upon yourself to handle how you deal with your win. It’s only logical that (most) people will pass on things that are “useless” if there are “better” things in the draw. I say this because again, one man’s treasure.

Trade it, give it away, destroy it, whatever. It doesn’t matter. When your name is drawn for a raffle item that should be the item you win (or don’t win). So far I’ve won some goblin meat and a canopy bed. Both of which I passed on because there were better items (like a drake set, remember I still don’t have that sort of armour) further down the list.

Anyway. That all being said, the event went pretty smooth and people were happy. The smaller gatherings seem to work out well, the staff and organizers (as always) did a fantastic job. We each got to pick items from a chest afterward (two chests). I got a weapon smithing potion, and a chunk of rift wood. Ogur got a rare piece of iron (43ql) and a chunk of rift wood which he gave to me. We all also got ourselves some Goblin Leader blood which is used to create mining potions.

Afterward I logged Zuca in to check on my sales, and ported her home to help work on the mine tunnel I have ongoing. Moumix was helping me reinforce the tunnel but he hasn’t been around for a month or so, so I’ve slowly been working on it myself. I’ve got most of the tunnel mined two wide, and am working on getting it three wide, and reinforcing the entire length of it. Slow progress, but hey it’s a nice project. I love having a tunnel from Quail Keep to Quail Ridge, saves me a trip through the steppe.

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

Walls, Glorious Walls!

Things have been busy (as always) especially with Summer (we’ve skipped Spring this year) beginning. Still, those magical walls I was waiting for finally hit Wurm Unlimited last week, and I wasted no time in getting a new house created for pottery. It shows off the new pottery floors, along with the matching brick walls. I created a roof out of pottery shingles too just so the whole thing matched, and then added a kiln for good measure (plus I didn’t have one before now). There are a few issues with the patch (you can’t create fences on the left side of arches, and sandstone tiles are not working as they should be) but overall it has been a good update.

Zuca, my Magnaron priest also managed to (finally) reach 70 faith which means she can strongwall. I’ve been trying to inch her towards that goal for quite some time. I’m not sure why it took so long, I do have both a Fo priest and a Vynora priest at over 80 faith, but the Magnaron gains seemed to take forever. My tunnel between Quail Ridge and Quail Keep is currently two tiles wide, and I’m working on expanding that to three wide, then reinforcing the entire thing. I’ve been taking a bit of a break to deal with real life so only part of that is done so far. Having projects is always a good thing though.

I also re-did the entire front of my forge building in slate. I love the look and I’ve been contemplating re-doing the Temple building in marble. Sklotopolis is also accepting submissions on designs for the newest starter town, so DeedPlanner has been a good friend over the past few days while that gets worked on.

I was expecting to spend a lot of time at the Impalong last weekend but I got side swiped by some real life drama and then I caught a horrible cold, so I could do little other than logging in for a single morning. By the time I got to log in again the Impalong was over. One of the GMs kindly sent me an Impalong item so I didn’t miss out, but I felt horrible that I couldn’t be there for the duration, especially after all my excitement about it. I know attendance was low but the community of Sklotopolis makes such events awesome.

For the next little while working on the tunnel between my two deeds is my main focus. I’d like to get the entire thing mined three wide, and reinforced. Afterward I’d like to create some sort of plan for Quail Keep, and then Quail Cove. Quail Ridge is the only one of my deeds that I feel is “completed” and even there I have a building or two that still requires a roof (and a second floor). The majority of that deed is completed at least.

Anyone else playing with the new wall textures? What are some of your favourites? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Building an Obelisk (or Two)

I own three deeds. Quail Ridge (my main deed), Quail Cove (a coastal deed), and Quail Keep (pictured above). Quail Keep is almost completely below ground, with only the entrance indicating that the deed is there. Eventually I’d like a sprawling underground city, but that’s a long way off. In the meantime I’ve been working on making the small portion above ground to my liking. The goal is to touch as little of the terrain as possible, leaving it in its natural form.

First off I used a rune on my Vynora colossus – which turned it into a shade Tomservo said reminded him of the Statue of Liberty in the USA – I agree, and it’s a very neat colour. Next I completed a steel door (but first that required me to collapse the current door and mine it straight, otherwise the door would have looked horrible). Then I created a raised platform on either side of the door – the perfect spot for an obelisk (or two). With one obelisk down I just have one to go. Even with 98 masonry skill these things are difficult to build. Hammering away at them will get them completed eventually.

Another server event is coming up. One I’m REALLY excited about (and that I hold near and dear to my heart). It’s the Spring Impalong. You’ve probably seen me talk about Wurm Online Impalongs in the past. Gatherings of people who improve tools for others, cast enchants, and just generally hang out and have a great time with various games and events planned throughout. While WO Impalongs tend to last a week, this one runs Friday-Sunday of next week (also happens to be Mother’s Day for NA). I’m excited to bring my alts out there. I’m hoping Zuca (my Magnaron priest) reaches 80 faith. I plan on leaving everyone online as a ‘warm body’ for those performing sermons. I’m wondering how organization of those sermons will go. Even if I don’t get a chance to preach, I’m happy to help out.

Stargrace (Vynora), Arysh (Vynora), Minxes (Fo), Blesse (Fo), and Zuca (Magnaron) should all be able to make it and hang out. I’ll be bringing them a bit early since it’s quite a distance from my place, and I’d like to just hang out without any pressure of getting to the location.

Have I mentioned yet that I’m excited? Because I REALLY am! I don’t know what part I’m most excited about. There’s going to be recipe trading going on, meals being cooked, of course the whole reason we’re all gathered – improving tools! I can’t wait to meet even more people from this amazing server. If you’re a newer player looking to have some tools improved, or wanting to meet some of the friendliest people, then the Spring Impalong is one event you just won’t want to miss.

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

White Dragons, New Starter Towns, and WALLS!

First of all my apologies for not writing for a bit. Real life of course reared its ugly head and made things difficult, but after a bit of sulking I’m back. Things have been pretty busy on Sklotopolis – which is great!

First of all, last weekend we took down the White Dragon that had spawned. In a move that surprised no one, I won nothing. I did get a scale and blood though, and Moumix, Maya, and Ogur all graciously donated me their scales too. I think I’m the only one out of our little bunch who has not won anything but I do have incredibly nice friends that make it all worth it in the end! lol. The event was a ton of fun, lots of people showed up. There was a tiny bit of drama as someone yelled charge before the team was ready with the dragon in position, but it got sorted.

There’s a new starter town being built right now, too. I’m a bit confused as to why, since it hasn’t even been a year since the 2nd “new” starter town has been built, and I think it just makes the first two starter towns fall into disuse and disrepair (the market of the first starter town is all but abandoned, and I expect the same will happen to the second one) but people like fresh exciting projects to work on, and this is certainly that. I donated a few thousand bricks and mortar along with concrete and hope everyone can make use of it. I dislike terraforming (I much prefer the work already done when I move to a deed) so I’m standing by the sidelines helping where I can (I gave away a 90ql hatchet and some other tools) and watching the work take place. Everyone is working really hard, which is neat to see. They’re taking a bit of a break to plan the next stage.

Speaking of, it means our next Wurm Unlimited update (due out tomorrow) is just in time – we’re finally getting new walls! I’m excited, even though I’m not sure where I’ll start. I expect I’ll swap out the bottom level of my blacksmithing building, and change the walls to the pottery house. I want to swap out some fences and roads, and I really wish they were adding the new reinforced walls along with the new mine “lights” that I’ve seen hints of. I hope they migrate to WU with time.

All in all, days are satisfying and full. If you happen to find yourself on the Sklotopolis server, be sure to say hello. You can find me there as Stargrace. Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Learning More about Runes

A lot of things in Wurm are learned through trial and error. Sure you could go digging through the code to learn all the ins and outs of a particular system, but it’s much more fun and interesting to figure it all out in-game.

One of the things I know pretty much nothing about (hey, after 10 years those moments are further and further between) is runes. Runes are a newer addition. There’s a wurmpedia entry on them but they’re not very specific.

So yesterday I made a handful of runes with the rift materials I had obtained and those that were given to me. I learned a few things. First of all, the ones that grant capacity do not actually work on bulk storage bins or crates. I’m not sure if this is specific to my server or if it doesn’t work on any of these items in the real world, there’s no notes.

Second, the ‘glow’ you obtain from some runes doesn’t work on some items. Like kingdom specific wagons. Wish I had of known that one before I applied it.

Anyone can create and apply any rune – but if it’s a rune outside of your deity the chances of creation are typically lower, as are the chances of apply that rune (or so I have found with my personal experiments). So as a priest of Vynora I stuck to those ones. I did create one Magnaron rune but my chance at creation was pretty low and the application of the rune itself was not even worth it.

Not all the runes failed. I didn’t get the glow or expanded volume, but I did get two rarity bonus chances on some tools, and I reduced the damage and fuel cost of my supreme forge. Nothing game breaking or earth shattering there but it’s just a little convenience. I was trying to purchase a few extra rift items, but after an hour or two of advertising someone started to buy them for a full silver more than I was (I offered 2s per piece) and I just can’t compete with that.

So I swapped over to work on weapon smithing. I’m inching my way to 90, right now I just past the 84 mark. I figure I’ll create a bunch of weapons, get them to 90, and then enchant them with animal demise, nimbleness, life transfer, and mind stealer. Whatever else I can fit on them at that point (I think maybe circle of cunning stacks too? I’d have to consult my chart) and try to get those casts as high as I can. Maybe that’ll help bring in a bit more cash. My casts have been doing pretty good as of late, but my Fo priests have been sorely neglected. Since I stream Wurm from my PC to my MacBook I can’t play multiple accounts, I haven’t figured out a way to share the screen from my PC to my MacBook – I know it’s possible, but I haven’t looked into it at all. So for now I just stream (via steam) from one account at a time.

Anyway, enough rambling. I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far and that life is good. Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

 

Double Blue Slaying

Ah. The majestic blue dragon. We were lucky enough to have both a blue dragon, and a blue dragon hatchling spawn just before Easter Weekend. We already had an event that weekend so most people opted to hold this one on the next weekend so there was a bit of a break between events.

Because it would be a double dragon slaying I knew right away tons of people would show up – and they did. We had 74 unique people (not including alts) log in for the occasion, combine that with alts, and it was a huge amount. It was awesome.

The first dragon went down really quick. So quick you might have blinked and missed it.

The hatchling, however, was another matter. It was tough, took time, we had to focus.

Some people were a bit more (annoyingly) enthusiastic than others. Times like those I’m happy for the ignore function. Other times I can just tune them out. Even though I love the server (and trust me, I do) there are still those select few who rub me the wrong way for whatever reason. In my years of playing Wurm I’ve found it’s just easier to not associate with those who rub you the wrong way, and just move on and play the game how you enjoy it. If you spend time nitpicking over every single little person / action you’ll never have time to enjoy yourself.

As always, my luck held true and I didn’t win anything. I’ve been on Sklotopolis since April of last year and my luck has remained in this stagnant pool. I still had an amazing time though and that’s what matters. Plus I know some very kind people. Tomservo gave me his rift items, and in return I decided to send him my scale. Ogur (my husband) gave me rift items, scale, hide, and the blood for fletching potions. Moumix also gave me his bit of scale, and I sent that to Tomservo because he’s trying to make a set. I’m really happy with my adamantine, so even if I never get a leather or plate dragon set I don’t feel too bad.

A lot of newer players showed up and walked away with rewards. It’s always nice to see them have such a great time, but also makes me feel a bit sad for veterans who dedicate themselves to the server. Still, the population of Sklotopolis is thriving and I like seeing people excited for events. It encourages them to log in, and gives them something to look forward to.

So these rift items that were given out allow us to create runes (and Rift beer, yum) that can be applied to various items. I’m still learning about them, there’s not a lot of detailed information on the forums. Sure, there’s information on how to craft them but how the runes actually work is another matter. The combines are quite difficult, you have a chance at failure and it will use up a small portion of the rift item. They can be combined together, but .18 isn’t going to get you a rune made, so you’re left with bits of odds and ends.

I created one that I attached to my wagon hoping for a light glow (as advertised) but it turns out they don’t work on the Kingdom specific wagons. Lesson learned. I also couldn’t put a volume increased rune on a bulk storage bin. Ah well. It will take some trial and error to figure out what the best runes are for my personal game play style. I also attached a 10% increase chance at rarity rune on my small anvil. I use it a ton, and maybe one of these days when I’m improving it, it will go rare.

Of course with my luck it will shatter, and the anvil I’m improving for someone else will go rare.

C’est la vie!

Magical Moonshine

I recently made a batch of moonshine and then combined that with a supreme recipe (that gives a bonus to the affinity buff you get, greater than regular affinity buffs) and was incredibly pleased when my 30ql drink lasted 15 hours. I lucked out further when the meal I added it to gave me channeling as my affinity. I ate a tiny portion of the meal and had 16 hours of buffs.

How did I make the miracle moonshine?

  • Grab your trusty cauldron and place 1 of each grain type in it.
  • Get 3 of each vegetable (there’s 10 veggies, leave off rice)
  • Mash and chop each veggie so you have 1 mashed 1 chopped 1 plain of each type
  • Fry (in a frying pan), roast (in a roasting dish), fire roast (cook in a campfire, no container) the veggies so you have 1 of each veggie at each stage. It doesn’t matter where you put the mashed / chopped / plain, so long as you have (as an example) 1 frying pan 1 roasted 1 fire roasted corn etc, you’re good.
  • Put all of those veggies into your cauldron
  • add sugar
  • add water
  • cook in an oven

You’ll need to ferment and distill your moonshine (this should make a huge batch) ¬†and then you can add it to recipes that use moonshine. I picked Billy Sheep Gruff Stew because it’s a Supreme recipe – and according to the cooking document that’ll have better CCFP values and longer temporary buffs. Regular moonshine gives me an affinity in toys (meh) but add it to a combination of ingredients from Billy Sheep Gruff Stew and I get channeling.

Perfect.

While I was working away on my moonshine I realized that my kitchen building was really too small to house all of the items from the latest patch (wine racks, plant racks, barrel racks, stills, and the four ovens I created to level up my hot food cooking) so I decided to create a winery building in my mine, and I moved all of the alcoholic drinks out to the cellar along with the stills and other odds and ends (a bsb for wood scraps, pegs, and other necessities). This left me with more room in my kitchen, and it just looks better over all.

Speaking of looking better I finally finished my new crafting hall. I built a second floor over the arched forge portion and then removed that floor so that I have nice tall ceilings that don’t cut the forges off. I have grapes planted around the outside along the walls in a trellis, and the effect is quite nice if I do say so myself. Quail Ridge is basically done as far as construction goes. I’ve got a few more trees to plant in the orchard, but won’t be adding any more buildings. I also started mining a tunnel from Quail Ridge to Dwarf Fortress (which I will be renaming to Quail Keep). The tunnel goes straight North then turns East, and while I have run into a few ore blocking my way it hasn’t been too bad to get around them. The tunnel is about 400 tiles long, and I’m about 1/3rd of the way done mining it. Then will come the fun (not so fun) part of reinforcing the walls and floor. We’ll see how long that takes me.

It’s nice to have a straight clear path between my deeds. Normally I’d have to take roads or try to move my way through some mountains in the steppe. Doable, but a nice flat road works much better, and this way I’m not destroying any of the topography or ruining hunting grounds with a road.

I haven’t decided what else I’ll do with Quail Keep yet, I’d like an underground city but we’ll see. Then there’s also Quail Cove to work on. Three deeds in total. Quail Cove is my newest acquisition and is a coastal deed. ¬†Sybaris is also costal but owned by Moumix, so I thought I’d deed one of my own. It’s located a bit away from the other two places but still in the Southern part of the map.

It should give me plenty to do, if nothing else.

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

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