Tag: Wurm Online

February Gaming Goals

I’ve never really posted end-of-month reviews before, let alone significant gaming goals but I’d like to give it a try for 2021 to see if I can stay on top of making regular posts and to see if I can actually accomplish what I set out to do with my limited time.

FFXIV:

Reach level 80 in at least one class. My dancer is pretty close, 76, I see this as a simple goal – but because my time is limited and I have the attention span of a peanut, it’s still something I feel like I need to set a goal for.

Reach 80 in a crafting profession (not gathering). I believe I’m 78 in goldsmithing – I have no idea what it will take for me to reach 80, but I’m hoping I can do it. It’s another one of those ‘we’ll just have to see’ moments.

World of Warcraft:

  • Continue gold making – an easy goal, this is rather like breathing for me. I have a good stock I put on the AH, and I’ll probably just continue that.
  • Reach 60 on two more characters – another pretty simple goal. My rogue on Winterhoof is 57 and as soon as another trainer shows up in Dalaran I’m pretty confident I’ll reach 60. Getting one more alt to 60 will help with my crafting process. I think the paladin will be next in line (my blacksmith).
  • I’m keeping my goals here small, because I have been a little less than enthralled with WoW lately, and I don’t want to pressure myself into playing if I’m just not feeling it.

Wurm Online:

  • Continue deed work on Cadence. This is where my Fo priest lives (100 faith baby!) and a worker. The main buildings are done, but I need higher masonry for additional floors.
  • Complete the temple on Independence. I need to mine slate for this, and then create bricks, and create a whole lot of mortar. Not a difficult task, just a boring one. I’ve been procrastinating.
  • Complete a bit more of the shipyard building on Independence. I’m not sure I’ll actually get to this one, but I’ll list it anyway.

Wurm Unlimited:

  • Complete at least two more buildings on Liberty. I’ve been re-building my deed here, and while it’s slow going it IS coming along. I’m pretty proud of being able to re-create my old home by salvaging goods across the lands. So far I have had very minimal mining/brick making required. I managed to pillage all sorts of furniture, and the main floor of each building is completed, so I just need the other stories.
  • I’m keeping goals here loose for now since I already have a lot on my gaming plate.

General Gaming:

  • Try at least one new steam game. I have a LOT of them. A lot of neglected games. Games I’ve never even started up. Let’s try to change that a bit and play something – anything – even if it’s just for an hour. I’m pretty sure I can make time to do that in 2021.


January Gaming in Review

January saw me playing a whole lot of games with “world” in the title. I started off the month strong, playing World of Warcraft – Shadowlands. Sadly, I don’t really enjoy the expansion that much. I find anima difficult to obtain, and there are far too many timegates put in place. There’s also a lot of new currency, and I think it’s needless. I did level up some alts through pet battles, and I had fun logging in weekly to obtain loot from the world boss, but I don’t find that that there is a lot of staying power, yet. Who knows if that will change. I’ve been flip flopping between a few characters, mostly my monk and my demon hunter. I also paid just over a million gold to move all of my horde characters from Argent Dawn, to Hyjal. I just wanted to have everyone together on the same server. I now have all of my alliance over on Argent Dawn, and my horde are all on Hyjal. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make gold better on a high population server, and Hyjal is most certainly that – especially compared to AD. I’m just better at making gold on AD and always have been.

I also played a LOT of Wurm Online. I started off playing on the Southern islands on my Indy deed, nothing really special just doing generic deed work. I expanded to a second deed because I wanted a mine, but now that I’ve had it a while I might just disband it. It’s some ways away from home and I’ve been waiting for buildings to decay that are going to take over a year. Worth it? Not exactly. After that I started playing over on the Northern (newer) servers with my Fo priest. I managed to find a 24/7 sermon going on, and I joined up and then subscribed a few alts. For the past month I’ve been doing sermons as often as possible, every three hours. I reached 100 faith for the very first time. This is a HUGE goal of mine. It means I can cast summon soul, and I can also cast lifetransfer without requiring extra characters.

While doing sermons over on Harmony, I met up with Arbi, a friend from Sklotopolis, the Wurm Unlimited server that I frequent. They told me about the fantastic work that the developers have been doing despite the fact that WU is no longer supported in an official capacity. I was drawn in, despite losing my amazing deed – when I logged in the exact location that I had deeded previously was still free. I took it as a sign, and now I’ve dedicated myself to building my place up the exact way that I had it before. I really loved that deed and one of my biggest gaming regrets is letting it fall.

Single player games? I didn’t play many, but I did delve into RimWorld for a bit, and some Sims 4. With covid knocking on my community door, I spent most of my time inside trying to avoid everything going on in the real world. I can think of worse ways to spend my time.

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


ALMOST 100 Fo

For all of the many years that I’ve been playing Wurm, I’ve never gotten 100 faith. I’ve owned countless priests, but in the yearly years they were purchased and I always re-sold them. I now have two priests, a Vynora on the older Souther servers that is at 70 something faith, and a ‘new’ one on the Northern cluster, a Fo, who is ALMOST 100 faith. For the past month I’ve been living on Harmony instead of Cadence, and I created 3 listeners who are also premium. The more listeners you have, the more faith gain you get each sermon. .02 per listener, in fact. Each day, every 3 hours, minus the few I actually get to sleep, I’ve been setting my alarm clock so I can sermon and get as many gains as possible. Praying between those gains to work on the benediction journal entry.

I hate the grind. If I were to only pray, reaching 100 would basically be impossible. Sermons are by far the fastest way to complete this, and unless you (or someone else) is willing to pay premium for extra listeners, it’s still slow. I was 55 faith when I joined the sermons, and I’m getting on average 1.5-2 points of faith a day. I paid for my extra listeners on January 4th, and had already participated for some time.

That’s basically wurm in a nutshell. It requires a lot of time, a lot of dedication even if it’s passive dedication (ie: I leave all 4 of my characters on 24/7 and set an alarm to come back to them every 3 hours while I do what needs to be done in real life).

Why this grind to 100?

So I can cast Lifetransfer & summon soul without requiring links. Is it worth the work? Well, that depends on the player. For me, personally, yes. It is worth it or I wouldn’t be doing it. I really want a 100 faith character. I’d ideally like BOTH my characters to be 100 faith, and I know there are sermons going on in the Southern servers as well, but I can only handle 1 sermon at a time.

Prayer is getting a revamp, and while some older players who grinded to 70 are frustrated at the change – I personally think it’s healthy for games to evolve over time, and I hope this helps players more than hinders them. It’s almost 800 hours to grind from 1-70 prayer which is a journal entry requirement for benediction and that’s just extreme when it’s a skill that grants almost nothing.

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


Here Kitty Kitty..

I added a new little friend to the deed yesterday. Found wandering around outside my deed was this little cutie, a wild cat! They are adorable, and I promptly tamed it with some meat and then put it in my house (which I know, still needs a floor). If I can find two maybe I’ll breed them and have a house FULL of wild cats! That’s the dream, right?


A Few Pens Complete

A big thank you goes out to Tahlula from the Cadence server yesterday, who sent me 6 fence bars so that I could finish my cow pen. I had them hitched to a post by my house, but for some reason they would randomly go invisible. Someone told me that not only would they go invisible, sometimes they’d just go missing. I do NOT want that for my cows, so I took it upon myself to finish at least ONE of my pens. This is the pottery one, which I love the look of. I know I could have used a different fence, but I didn’t want to have to bash it down after.

Fence bars take a lot of iron to make and my blacksmithing is still quite low so I only have a 20% chance at creation. That’s a lot of iron wasted. I was talking about this issue in Freedom chat (server specific talk) and they offered to send them to me for the cost of postage. Incredibly kind of them, I was so happy! Now my cows are safe, and I can go back to working on the rest of the deed.


Taking Down a Dragon

Public slayings are few and far between on the older servers of Wurm Online – but the newer servers still tend to do a few public slayings. I was recently able to participate in the kyklops slaying, and then a white hatchling slaying over on Melody.

Over 180 people were in local (most probably alts) and it was a great time, hosted by one Elwoode, who was also celebrating his 30th birthday. One of the reasons slayings tend to be private is because those who are in local benefit from a piece of hide/scale as well as blood from the kill. If you’re not actively participating or hitting the creature, you can leech off of those who are doing the brunt of the work, and still obtain these items. The more people in local, the less hide/scale you obtain. For this slaying, people received between .02 and .03 of drake hide. To put that in perspective, a single glove (the smallest material required) needs .2 hide to create (and hopefully you don’t fail).

Gear made from dragons is supposed to be rare, and I understand that – but I feel like it’s a bit awkward that only the experienced and rich ever get to indulge in these items. I used to have a set of drake many moons ago, but when Wurm still allowed RMT I sold it to help out with some RL funding I required. I have deep regrets over that. It’s a trait that I tend to carry from game to game. Give away / sell personal belongings and then down the road I wish I had of kept them. I’m trying to be better about it, but my instinct is to give that stuff up.

Anyway, we gathered on Melody, which I had never been to before. It is the third server that was opened after the steam release (not including the PVP server, Defiance) and in my personal opinion was an unneeded server that just served to spread populations further apart in a time when we knew things would be crowded (and then they died down, significantly, which all Wurm players of any length of time are also aware of). I brought my Fo priest so I could help with heals and at least contribute something while my fight skill is quite low.

It was neat to see the dragon, and I still dream of one day capturing and hosting my own slaying – that will probably have to remain a pipe dream, but it’s still good to have those dreams.

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


The Problem with People

Don’t be this person.

They’re a neighbour of mine, and this isn’t the first interaction with them I’ve had. They like to leave everything off deed, and destroy forests. I’ve got them on ignore now, but it still wasn’t exactly a fun interaction.


Sermons. SERMONS. SERMONS!

My Fo priest (yes, I swapped back to Fo) reached 55 faith, and I know that every inch of faith gain from now on is going to crawl by. There’s a few stages of being a Fo priest that I’m pretty excited about. Of course the big one is at 100 faith (or some combination if you’re linked) – Lifetransfer. Before that, there’s genesis at 70 faith, and before THAT there’s the immunity to most creatures that you get at 60 faith (and with 30 favour stored up). So to say my Fo priest has goals is a bit of an understatement.

I decided to head back to harmony and hang out with the 24/7 sermons that have been going on. Not only that, but I subscribed with three extra accounts to give another .08 to the sermons. Each listener grants .02 – at .12 prayers re-set. A big thing to priests.

Ideally, I want to reach 100. Realistically? I’ll be happy with 70-80. The sermons have been going on for months now, so we’ll just have to see how long a crowd remains for. A bunch of people should be reaching 100 faith before me, and chances are they’ll head back to their deeds after. As long as I can re-set prayers, it’s definitely worth it to stick around. Especially at higher levels when gains get smaller and smaller.

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


Wurm owns my Gaming Soul

Pictured above is my little place on Cadence that I’ve been working on. Fields are in, place is terraformed. It’s lovely.

I’ve been playing Wurm Online for MANY years now, and no matter what other games I tend to wander off to, I always return. For whatever reason, this is the game I consider home. It basically owns me. I have four premium characters (two on Northern Islands, two on Southern) – two priests (at one time I owned over 10), and still learn so much about the game.

I’ve never really been the sort of person to min/max in wurm. I’ve never cared about max skill gains – but now all of the sudden I find myself caring a little bit so I’ve been researching how to optimize what I do in game. I know, that’s not exactly FUN for a lot of people, but I’ve been playing for over 10 years, and I’m constantly changing my play style.

Right now my Fo priest is working on mining. I want her to be able to supply ore to my other character who is HOPEFULLY working on weapon smithing. We’ll see. I also have grand plans of working a few other skills, I tend to be a jack of all trades, master of none.

I’m using the Wurm grinder site to help find that ‘sweet spot’ between gains and tools, it took a bit to figure out how it works, but I think I have the hang of it now. I’m mining rock, my mining skill is 35, I input all of the information into the grind site, and work out that to increase my gains I should drop my 45ql pickaxe for one that is 10ql instead.

That’s pretty easy to do. I’ve never really cared about having tools for skilling before, but it was a noticeable increase in skill ticks, so there’s no reason NOT to try to optimize something as simple as that. As mining goes up, I’ll need to increase the difficulty by either lowering the ql of my tool (it can’t go any lower than 1ql of course) or upping the difficulty of what I’m mining. For now, rock will do.

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


Look Ma, a Rare Bed!

I’m not sure if they actually have a use or not – but I created my first non-material rare – a bed!

It glows, but it’s not really noticeable. Still, nice to know I can make rares on occasion!