Category: Wurm Unlimited (Page 3 of 7)

1.3 Hype

Today is the day! The 1.3 update is coming to Wurm Unlimited. I’m incredibly excited about this update (as you may already know). While the biggest change is the cooking update and the addition of carbs / fat / protein to our health bars, there’s so many other small components to the update that there’s pretty much something for everyone.

Like the new storage options that are coming. There are racks for barrels, planters, and amphora. There’s a new alchemy rack to store potions (that’s something I’ll certainly be making use of). There’s the new beehives, and the honey making mechanics that I can’t wait to dive into.

Mine entrances are going to have the ability to become three tiles wide – fantastic for people who have boat caves.

On my server of Sklotopolis there’s also a number of smaller changes and fixes being added, it’s the perfect time (so long as nothing major breaks). Will things break? Probably, this is still Wurm after all.

I’m eager to get out there and start foraging for the new food items, and get new farm fields planted. My foraging and botanizing is pretty high as I use it quite frequently for my natural substance / alchemy skilling, and I hope that means I won’t have to spend all day hunting down the newest components. I’ve also created a spoon, knife, and fork, and improved them to 80ql. I’ll need to gather some marble to create a mortar and pestle, but I should have the components for everything else.

Are you looking forward to the 1.3 update? What are you most excited about? What do you think you’ll do in game first? Let me know in comments and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

More Kindness on Sklotopolis

I’ve been sticking pretty close to my deed lately since 90% of the time I’ve got my little guy squirming in my arms or on my lap or I’m sitting on the floor with him on his play mat or something like that. I can’t really travel to adventure or wander around because I’m not sure when I’ll get pulled away and need to AFK. It was during once such time that I noticed Resa was talking to me in local, they had come by with a gift – something they had hanging around on their alt deed, they said.

So I passed the little guy off to his Dad and told them I’d be right there.

Turns out they had two of my original horses from before my place was disbanded. Stargrace (the character) was caring for them which shows up in examine. They brought them back for me – a simple grey and pure black pair. I was incredibly grateful.

My deed was disbanded when I didn’t log in for a while, just one way of keeping the server fresh for the new players. I hadn’t left word with the staff that I was going to be gone which is why it’s important to make use of the forums. Thankfully my walls and buildings all stood, but the horses and animals I had been breeding were gone. I’m not sure if someone bashed down the single wall to get in, but it hardly matters.

As I mentioned before I re-deeded the place when I returned, but did have to start from scratch when it came to my animals. The fact that Resa still had two of them and returned them means a lot to me. I’m very grateful for the kindness of players – and of course I think it’s equally important to be just as kind.

There’s a Kyklopse event coming up on March 4th (5th? I forget the exact date, but it’s one of those) and I’m donating a rare tool to the raffle at the end. I hope someone can make some good use out of it, and I’m looking forward to seeing the server come together again for such an event.

Yesterday 1.3 also went into open beta. I’m INCREDIBLY excited about this update – and the Wurm Online developers have decided to include the 500 cooking recipes that they were previously leaving out. I think this is a VERY smart decision and one that should have been there from the start. Now they look like the good guys and I wonder if they planned on including the recipes all along. It doesn’t really matter, but it does make me wonder. In any case, it’s an update that I’m really (really) looking forward to. It changes the way Wurm is played, and offers so much new content. Hopefully we get to see it on our live servers within a few weeks. My guess is somewhere around March 20th, but we’ll just have to see.

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

 

Priest Shenanigans

I’ve got a total of four characters on the Sklotopolis server. I typically have two logged in at once, but I have been known to log in all four on occasion (happens very rarely). Why do I have so many characters? I have two vynora priests, and two fo priests. While there’s no detriments to becoming a priest on this server, you do still need to link up to cast the higher level spells (so you need to pool your favour / mana) and priest spells are still restricted by priest type. I have two fo so I can cast LT on my weapons, and that’s what I plan on working on in the next little while. My fo channeling is abysmal, and grinding channeling in general is a pretty dull task (yay for GL-Freedom and Netflix to help combat that).

Yesterday I had an order from Fescue for some tools, six in total. I got them created and improved quickly enough and then they wanted them all enchanted with circle of cunning, so I spent a bit of time doing that. My vynora channeling is pretty good but RNG was not on my side and I kept coming up short. It happens, but I wish it happened less often. RNG is the bane of Wurm (both Online and Unlimited).

Besides that I also spent the majority of yesterday working on improving tools in general. I have a forge I renamed to [Requires Imping] and a second forge renamed [Finished]. I spent the day improving the items from forge A to 80 and shuffling them over to forge B. Now I have a little stock pile of 80ql items, for selling or for my alliance mates to use. Until I get my mining to 90, 80ql is the best I can do. Mining is another one of those “wow this takes forever” skills. I’m at 85 right now, and it’s next on the list of things I want to work on.

That list just keeps on growing.

Kindness on Sklotopolis

When I returned to my deed on Sklotopolis, all of the horses that I had were either dead or dying and so I put out an advertisement to purchase some new 5-speeds. Before too long I had a reply from Sneevax (my apologies if the name is wrong, it’s early, but I think that’s who it was) telling me that they could donate a few horses to me since I was coming back and didn’t have any. I’m used to the kindness of players in Wurm Unlimited, especially on Sklotopolis, after all they have an amazing community – but this player went above and beyond what I was expecting.

I told them I couldn’t come pick up the horses because I was dealing with my little guy (in real life) and I wasn’t sure when I’d have to go AFK randomly (in other words, I’ve been sticking close to the deed for safety reasons) and they offered to deliver them for me. I was expecting two horses (a breeding pair) but when they showed up they delivered four to me.

Not only that, but two of the horses were the ‘pure black’ ones that were added not too long ago along with one ‘pure white’. Beautiful creatures by any standards, all 5-speeds, and typically worth about 5 silver each.

I was blown away. I insisted that I pay a bit for their time but they declined. I told them that I’d pass the good karma along to another player instead, and keep the kindness training rolling so to speak. It really made my day that people were willing to help me out so much. They also told me that if I had any needs I should feel welcome to contact them and they’d help me out. I’m pretty self reliant in Wurm, but it’s nice to know that if there is something out there that I need, that I can call on people who live pretty close by. It just left me with a nice warm fuzzy feeling all day long.

Which brings me to my next point. If you’ve wanted to play Wurm but you’re reluctant because you hear about the griefing and problem players on the original MMO servers – I once again highly recommend picking up the steam Wurm Unlimited version and trying a server there instead. I know there are other great ones besides Sklotopolis, and I won’t lie and say that there’s never any drama out there (in fact some of those servers are so filled with drama it makes my head hurt to read about it on the Wurm Online forums) but chances are you’ll stumble into a winner, with a great community and wonderful players. It’s worth the cost of the game at least, especially if you find it on sale.

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

Sybaris Continues

While I’m disappointed that Wurm Unlimited won’t be getting everything in the next large update that Wurm Online received (500 recipes mainly) that doesn’t stop me from being excited about the changes coming. It will add a lot of content to the game and I know it’s still in alpha testing so I may not see those changes for some time, but I’m already preparing.

Sybaris is coming along nicely. Moumix has done a fantastic job at getting our deed looking amazing. It’s surrounded by a fancy stone wall with arches at the N S E W entrances. I worked on the waterfront portion, and his wife has done an incredible job with the farms and stables. We’re still lacking a few buildings and the walls are not quite complete yet (plus the smithy building needs a roof) but I have loved watching it all take shape. I also have my smaller deed not too far away and I spend some time there each day doing the farming and taking care of a few animals that I own (sheep, pigs, a horse or two). It’s not as enormous as the main deed, but I wasn’t looking for anything very big.

There’s another server event coming up shortly (remember I play on Sklotopolis), a Kyklops slaying. I’m looking forward to that. The previous event (troll king) was a lot of fun. Being able to teleport to the events has made a world of difference to me.

I’m not sure what skill I want to work up next as far as grinding goes but I’m sure I’ll decide on something before too long. Making cheese is pretty high up on my list for whatever reason. Maybe trying some fishing, too.

Moxie started playing on the server a few days ago, she’s a fellow gamer friend of mine. It’s great to see a few familiar faces. If you’ve never tried Wurm Online but have been curious about it, Wurm Unlimited goes on sale sometimes on steam, so you may want to add it to your wishlist and be informed when / if that happens. Of course since Wurm Online is free to play (technically, your skills are pretty capped though) you could always try it there first and see if you think you’d enjoy it before shelling out any money.

I have certainly gotten more than my $30 worth out of playing. I think I have over 1,000 hours logged in the game on steam… sure a lot of that is AFK hours, and pre-baby hours, but either way.

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

Back to Sklotopolis

Time. There’s never enough of it. Between the chunk that we humans have to spend sleeping (more or less hours spent here depending on what happens to be going on in our lives at the time of question) eating working and various other mundanes, there’s still just not enough time to do what we want. I’ve been trying to keep up with gaming since having my little bundle (how on earth is he almost five months old?!) but lets face it, life happens.

I like having an MMO on my radar because it helps me keep ‘social’ when I’m dealing with a life that has me heavily tethered. Food provider is something I take a lot of pride in, but it sure doesn’t let me get a lot done – and I’m OK with that.

The point of this long winding story is that I’ve managed to wander back to Wurm Unlimited, and my old server of choice, Sklotopolis. “But Stargrace,” you might ask. “What happened to Ages of Ulrath?” Or whatever that other server was called. Welp. As is the case with servers you don’t run yourself, something happened while I was away (I have no idea what, I was busy pushing a human being out of my body) the server seems to have folded, and now it’s locked with no indication of anyone actually playing. Shame, but I honestly should have known better. Sklotopolis is a steady server with a fantastic history, run by people that I’ve known from Wurm Online for years.

My main deed which I share with Moumix and his wife was (thankfully) still standing, even if none of us had been playing. My second, personal deed, had since been disbanded. Despite that, my buildings and the walls around the location still stood, and so I re-deeded the place and restored it back to its former glory.

There are a lot of familiar faces on the server, and some new ones which I’m really happy to see. The head GM is currently Alpha testing the latest changes that will be coming (eventually) – this includes the cooking update that’s already live on Wurm Online. Unfortunately I read that the 500 recipes that they added there will NOT be making it to WU – and that has me pretty angry. The Wurm Online developers justify it by saying that they’ll provide GMs the ability to create their own recipes, which is great but who wants to deal with all that coding. Most people just want to play (or host). Their decision saddens me especially because they flout WU as being a replica of WO in their sales pitches on steam. What’s the point if they’re just going to leave out a bunch of content. Hopefully someone develops a bunch of recipes and releases it to the GMs who can then decide to add it to their servers. I’m still wondering why there’s no steam workshop for WU and instead we have to hunt down server and client side mods on the forums. I think it would be incredibly beneficial to have them stored as a steam workshop file. There’s probably a logical explanation on why that hasn’t happened yet, but it’s hard to see past that missing part every time you go to update your mods.

On my foray back into Wurm Unlimited I happened to be just in time to help take down the Troll King. The event was made even more fun because the GMs have allowed event teleportation. Normally rounding people up to walk to an event can be a tiresome chore, and less people show up because they don’t want to leave the comfort of their homes. A teleport to the event allowed me to get there instantly, and then I just used my karma port back home to my own deed after. I didn’t win any of the wonderful prizes that were donated, but Moumix’ wife did win herself a large magic chest that is now sitting in our shared vault.

So what will happen to my deeds in Wurm Online? For now I still have them and the rent is paid for over a year on each one – but I’m considering passing them off to my alliance mates, and moving to WU full time. It’s cheaper (no monthly fee), and fits in with my play style better (since things are sped up). I just don’t have the time to grind away in WO for hours on end like I used to. It doesn’t mean it will always be that way, and I’m incredibly thankful that I can still play a version of the game, but I just can’t dedicate the amount of time a game like that requires.

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

Impalong on Ages of Urath

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Impalong’s are glorious events hosted by players on various Wurm Online (and Unlimited) servers. For as long as I’ve been playing Wurm they have been some of the best events I’ve ever gone to, and the one being held on the Ages of Urath server this week (July 24th-30th) is certainly no exception to that rule.

Organized by Phoenix, and participated in by many (day one has Blindbow, Devildog, Likiller, Mailith, Nekoexmachina, Poxinbloom, Riven, Spartan, Thrax, Vazkor, and Xenopus just to name a few) it’s a time where new players (and old) can drop weapons and tools of all shape and size and have them improved for free to 70 quality. I headed down at the opening since the event is pretty close to home, and I’m still new to the server so I have lots of tools that could use some upgrades.

I dropped off a butchering knife and carving knife to begin with. These are classified as weapons, and my lowest quality items. Poxinbloom improved them almost immediately, and it’s a nice change from the 10ql ones I was using.

Next up was my regular tools. I dropped off an anvil, saw, hatchet, stone chisel, and pickaxe. I also dropped off a grooming brush for the carpentry bin. Not everything gets done right away, and the event does run for quite some time, so I’m sticking around helping where I can in the meantime. My skills are not high enough to be able to participate in improving other people’s items, but I’m helping out with converting people to followers / priests of vynora, proving a link if required for extra favor, and other odds and ends. There are some contests and events going on throughout the time that the event is running, and the area that the event is being held at is beautiful. It’s wide open with tons of room for everyone. Every category of imping has a section dedicated to it (carpentry, fine carp, blacksmithing, etc) and there are buildings for feasts, Inns for beds, and other goodies to discover.

None of this is possible without the dedication, time, and effort put forth by those taking care of the event along with the many people who are working on improving all of the items. I haven’t bothered getting any armor made (or improved) as I’m fairly confident that I can do that on my own, eventually. Having everything at 70ql is a great start though, and I’m having a fantastic time getting to know everyone. If you’ve been looking for a wonderful community in Wurm Unlimited, so far, Ages of Urath is one of the better one I’ve found.

As always, happy gaming!

What Sets your Server Apart?

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When I first started playing on a new to me Wurm Unlimited server, it was quite awkward. Even though I had never heard of the server before, or any of the GMs, or any of the players, somehow, someone ended up telling the GMs that I left my previous server under dramatic terms, and that I would probably bring the drama here to the new server. They snooped my SteamID and found that I was playing somewhere new. It was awkward for me because I had stopped playing on the previous server way back in early June when I had some pregnancy medical stuff come up, I had never left on bad terms and still visited my deeds there weekly. I wasn’t even personally aware of any drama. It turned even more confusing when the GM of the new server called me out on public channels, then accused me of DDoSing the server in retribution of my previous server losing players (in tells).

I was pretty stunned.

Apparently this all happened because of ‘someone’ (I still don’t know who) telling the GM I cause drama. Anyway, long story short, I told the GM my version of things, explained that I really had no idea what he was talking about, and that I actually came to the new (to me) server because of population issues. Ages of Urath (the newest server I’m playing on) is the 2nd most populated Wurm Unlimited server, and I wanted to try playing there because obviously there’s a reason so many people enjoy it. While I love Sklotopolis, I feel that the GMs are very hands off, and the population has been waning. Am I a bad person for playing on a different server? I don’t think so. I donated to both servers, and enjoy my time on each. That’s how it goes with MMOs. I want to play on a server where the GMs and staff are involved in the day-to-day activities and things don’t turn stagnant. I think lots of gamer’s want that.

I’ve been playing on Ages of Urath for about a week now. Quietly doing my own thing so that I can’prove’ to staff and GMs that honestly all I want to do is play the game. Silly that I should have to prove myself this way, but it’s best if I just keep to myself. As I’ve played I’ve discovered just what makes this a fantastic server, even with the misunderstandings.

The staff is VERY hands-on, and I love that. There are CA / GM around almost constantly, and there are always events going on. The code has been tweaked, and many mods have been added. They code their own changes, they take care of the server. Animals have new skins, there are panda and zebra. The bounty system has been tweaked. They have three clusters at the moment, a main spawn cluster, a pve hunting island (you need around 70 fight skill to survive here), and a pvp cluster. They have grand ideas of adding more in the future. Their server has a backstory, and the players are friendly. These are all things I love to see in a Wurm Unlimited server, and I’m glad I decided to stick things out with them. Hopefully whoever was spreading rumors about me causing drama understands that this just isn’t true, and things stay nice and quiet.

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

Pre-Legion Stuff, and Wurm Unlimited

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Even though I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I’d like to, I’m still here, still gaming in between rounds of real life kicking me down. I’m 25 weeks pregnant now and things have become a lot more real. Since I have no family or friends out where I live now I won’t be having a baby shower or anything like that, so I decided to post a public baby registry for anyone who wanted to help me out with some baby items. It takes a village, after all.

In gaming news, I had to cancel my EQ2 account since it was up for renewal this weekend and I don’t think I could afford it for another year. Sad times, but hey that’s what making grown up decisions is about. I’ve got over a year of game time on my WoW account, and Legion is fast approaching, so that’s where most of my gaming excitement lay these days. The pre-Legion patch comes out on Tuesday, July 19th and I am incredibly excited for a number of reasons. Most of those reasons involve transmog changes, I won’t lie.

I’m also still playing through games in my steam library, and that includes Wurm Unlimited, where I don’t have to worry about a subscription fee and still get to enjoy one of my favourite games of all time. I’ve been working on a new little deed that I hope becomes a dainty fishing village. Most of the towns I’ve created end up being large elaborate stone homes with very little ‘small town’ country feel. Whether or not I can pull that off with this new place has yet to be seen, but it gives me a project to work on at least. Pictured above is a new-to-me Champion creature that I ran into yesterday, thankfully with some help I was able to take it down.

Even after all of these years I couldn’t tell you what exactly it is about Wurm Online/Unlimited that draws me in. The community fluctuates, there are a lot of really wonderful people but then again there’s a few less-than-nice folk out there too. These days I’m keeping to myself and just doing my thing, it’s easier that way.

Excited about Legion? Playing some new game you just have to share? Enjoying the summer months? Let me know in comments! As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Happy 10th Anniversary, Wurm Online

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Wurm Online, a game I’ve been playing in one version or another (most recently with Wurm Unlimited) for over 7 years now. It’s one of a handful of games that keeps me coming back and that I find highly addictive (in a very good way).

In celebration, a number of things are going on. I ended up signing up for two months of premium so that I could better partake. This granted me 5 silver, a tin leather knife, a returners mask, and a gift box with sleep powder. A lot of people are (of course) displeased with their gifts and are moaning about the lack of creativity and how they wish it was something different, but I’m quite happy with mine. Besides, we could have gotten nothing at all.

A big round of updates has come to pass too. With it came Rifts, neat little events that open every few days on each server. You can also create houses underground now, so living life like a dwarf is a definite possibility. It’s nice to see such a large update, and it’s great to see so many people returning / still playing.

I took inventory of what I had in my bags across the handful of characters I still have, made sure my main (the only one premium at this time) had the best of everything, and then set to work cleaning up the two deeds I own right away. I’m currently creating a path that leads from the market deed to my main deed, and I’ll pave it and get it done up all pretty. I know I was working on weaponsmithing, but I’ll probably swap over to something else for a bit, just because.

It’s quite a difference to see how fast (or slow) skills move in WO compared to custom servers in WU. My 7 year old character in WO has low skills compared to my 2 month old character in WU, but I take more pride in the older character (which is pretty normal, I assume).

In any case, it’s nice to be playing again, even if just for a short while.

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