November 6 2018

Looking at Three Games and Loving It

Dat Khora

Yep! 3! Warframe is looking to round out my set of games at the moment coming in at a whopping three which is a big deal for me since I usually only stick to one MMO at a time, play the hell out of it, get so mind numbingly bored with it that I want to scream, and then putter off to a new shiny. 

You know pretty much like everyone does. 

Warframe!

In Warframe my Trinity Prime from that lovely Twitch promo is probably about ready for the upcoming content Fortuna. It has hoverboards… I want a hoverboard. I can’t explain my irrational love of hoverboards… but trust me, it’s a thing. 

I may have to get Ozzy my infected hound out of stasis if I’m going to be doing anything long term and get serious about a real build… but that’s for another time. As it is I still need a lot of masteries in Warframe on top of well… everything. 

But I do have Clem on my shoulder and that’s really all I need. I’m very happy with my clemblem. It was designed by TheAlp and was given to the guild. That face was worth every plat.

Guild Wars 2

In GW2 we’re about ready to round out getting that happy new Beetle mount. We’d have it if I didn’t have to spend roughly 12 hours sleeping yesterday because of a cold that refuses to GTFO. I will beat this cold! Just watch me!

My Druid set up has even tempted Vinny to give it a shot. So we’re both running around on Druids at the moment and it’s actually a lot of fun. Way more fun than he expected it to be for sure. 

Vinny wants me to make a new video for the beetle mount so that might be something I’ll post once that’s slapped together.

Elder Scrolls Online

Finally in ESO I’m slowly gathering a dragon’s hoard of gold that I intend on spending frivolously on yet another house. I don’t know why, it’s some random IKEA nesting instinct I suppose. 

Since I have pretty much no desire to do much in ESO since my main is a magica Warden that’s geared mostly for healing. Great for dungeons, teh suxors for most other content.

I keep meaning to revert her back to a more tank based set up to slog through content. My Warden can be pretty bad ass when I gear her up for it. The only problem is that gearing up a 160 + CP char isn’t so much a hassle as it’s just a bunch of materials that I’d rather do anything with OTHER than invest it in another set of gear. It’s one of those ‘just another thing’ things on the list of things I’d rather not have to do. 

PS; If you have ESO you might want to keep it patched this month since they’re giving away access to Murkmire for free. All you have to do is log in. You don’t even have to do so for the entire month. I’m waiting until Talta gets it so we can go do the content together. 

I’d like to say that I want to do more in ESO but I really feel like my drive to play the game is coming to a grinding halt. I really loved Summerset and Morrowind. Clockwork city was ok and I’m pretty sure Murkmire is a great DLC but I’m probably not going to hold a lot of interest in the game for the moment until the next expansion comes out.

I also RP in ESO on the side which has kept me there for quite a bit. Problem is even that is getting patchy as people migrate to other games.

The nice thing about RP is that you can come up with your own content or enjoy other people’s content in between patches.  It can be fun, funny and even frustrating but you know, that’s dealing with people. For me it’s better than doing the same raid on farm until the next one comes out any day of the week. I’m not one for repetition.

But when you have people spread out between games it can make it harder to come up with that content when you can’t keep them interested or active in one game over another. ESO does offer some really great tools for RP in housing, costumes and the outfit system. Not to mention a wealth of e-motes and dances. That keeps a lot of people there and it has a pretty active RP community.

But it does tend to ebb and flow with the game market as people float about to various games. Which isn’t such a bad thing as it keeps things fun and exciting. It’s not as much fun being stuck in the same place all the time. 

Well until next time, remember your F Budget and here’s some dancing choya. 

They can dance if they want to.
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November 1 2018

Back in Black Hitting Living Story 4 in GW2

Dat Drood
Dat Drood

So Vinny and I are hitting up the GW2 Season 4 Living Story. Yes I’m late, I’ve been kind of busy grinding achievements in ESO and building amazing houses just to have you know. Worst part is that I feel better about life when I’m slacking than when I’m walking around with a shiny title, but I digress.

I mean, not that I haven’t accomplished a thing or two in GW2, Vinny and I did complete the story line for Living Story 3 and Path of Fire. Which is an accomplishment for me since I pretty much putter off to do other stuff before completing most of the GW2 stories.

I did want to find out what happened in the 3rd Living Story. In Path of Fire I MOSTLY wanted my Griffon mount, but I did want to see what happened in the story.

I just can’t wait to see more Aurene since she really brings out those odd maternal instincts that I managed to end up with somehow. You known when I’m not cackling maniacally while backstabbing Altmer with the blade of woe.

I may or may not have been caught doing that. My explanation was that “I’m not hyper, I’m just mildly psychotic.” Only mildly.

Now back to funzies…. I’m really glad I switched it up from Engie to Druid to do the stories since the new content does include some really fun condi situations. The condition cleanse and over heal I’m able to pump out on the Drood has really made a big difference in plowing through things.

Vinny however is debating on swapping out Reaper for Scourge for some boon conversion action. I’d like to see how that works out.

Since we’ve already picked up a lot of the hero points for these new toons in the Path of Fire expansion it’s going to mean heading to Heart of Thorns to snag what we can there to get the second specialization. With a bunch of masteries Heart of Thorns isn’t remotely as bad as it once was and the mounts help a bunch.

As for ESO I’m pretty much logging in to do my crafting dailies and logging out again. No sense in wasting time on not getting dem monies. Though I still need to work on getting a few more toons up to max crafting so that I can actually make some real coin on that instead of barely enough to cover my costume changes. Speaking of which I changed up my warden’s outfit… again.

Shiny Warden
Shiny Warden

I have the Fang Lair stuff and quit using it because it was ‘too racy’ for some folk. Honestly I love the rag tag look of it so I’m going to rock it and not feel bad about that. Besides, being shiny is grand. Now I just need to save up some materials and get her build re-worked to suit my needs as opposed to working off a meta only designed for content that I don’t do anymore.

Well till next time remember your F-Budgets and have fun out there.

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October 23 2018

ESO Fun Times

Screenshot_20181016_204425Well me and CrankyB have been pretty busy over the last few months with life and gaming. Really busy. BUT I’m looking forward to getting in some holiday fun time and slowly working on the new ESO Indrik mount.

We’ve also been hanging out with a pretty eccentric group over the last few months. It’s been a blast.

My goals in game at this point are pretty simple. Working out a fun build to enjoy playing the game with, getting in game gold in relatively even handed manner, and hanging out with friends and family.

That’s right even Moms has been known to pop into ESO once in a while. It’s a great way for us to stay in contact what with time zones being a real pain now that I’m overseas.

CrankB or Vinny, has been having a blast running around with his Dark Elf Dragon Knight Vedrak. It’s pretty much all about fire and he seems to enjoy it quite a bit. He can also take a few hits to the face which fits his play style pretty well.

I’m still working on trying to enjoy playing Warden. Out of all the classes in the game it’s one of the few that I can play without getting motion sickness because of the lighting effects. That pretty much sells a class. It also has my friend Barry (the Eternal Guardian) that just roams around with me.

A few things I do want to write up though are generally ESO housing which I’ve been using for all kinds of cool stuff, and what some other folks are doing with it. I might even chat up about some of the role play stories we’ve been getting into in ESO which have been pretty entertaining. Until next time!

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September 27 2017

GW2 Path of Fire Fun

gw467 I’m finnally inspired to write again. Hey, it’s process.

Since I’m not one of the people that just likes to back seat dev the games I’m playing and actually likes focusing on the positive, I haven’t had a lot to say about the games I’ve been playing lately.

If anyone cares to hear about that, I’d be happy to lay it out, but there’s more than enough of that on the interwebs.

Like I said, I want to focus on the positive and right now I’m positively overjoyed with GW2.

To be perfectly honest with you Heart of Thorns left a sour aftertaste that never quite went away. As much as I really wanted to stick with Guild Wars 2, HoT wasn’t my bag. Even a living story came and went without me logging in for more than a couple of sessions before just logging back out again upon seeing yet MORE mastery requirements.

Then after another session of WoW, I started shopping MMO’s again. That’s when I came across the Path of Fire videos. To me it seemed like they were teasing a return to what made GW2 awesome sauce. Thing is that for the first time in a long time devs actually delivered.

I managed to pre order in time and I haven’t looked back. So far I’ve unlocked The Renegade and the Jackal. Beyond that I’m looking forward to taking my time exploring the content, seeing the story and getting in some RP. I really don’t feel rushed to do anything in this expansion and I actually feel more rewarded when I slow down and just enjoy the trek.

Honestly I don’t think I’ve felt that way since first logging into GW2. Where you could just enjoy the content at your own pace and there’s no rush to the endzone.

gw440It is really rewarding to just explore in this expansion as the maps are gorgeous. The zone gives you that ghostly feeling of ‘I’ve been here before’ if you ever managed to get out to Elona in the first Guild Wars.

 

Even the mounts are fun, well designed and actually add to game play instead of take focus in it or take away from it.  Their animations and utility make them more than just something flashy that you sit on in your hub of choice.

gw447When you cross a huge gorge on your Raptor for the first time, or unlock the Jackal and start blinking around, you’ll see what I mean. You can get right into combat with your mount and even unlock masteries that aid with getting that combat started as well as just adding to their mobility.

From the games that I’ve played this actually makes mounts out to be more of a useful tool than the thing you need to cross a huge map full of obnoxious mobs without spending an entire night just getting to town.

They dropped the meta events and let you do repeatable hearts OR huge bounty bosses. Which by the way, are butt kickers on timers and you have to wait for them to spawn. When they do, it’s good old fashioned fun.

To me PoF feels like a new map that expands on the base game and gives them plenty of room to expand from here. For the first time in two years I’m actually interested to see what they do with it.

Honestly I feel like they also made the mastery system in PoF a lot more manageable. The lower count of mastery points required takes out a lot of grind and pressure .

Masteries in PoF also feel more like something fun to do and an added challenge instead of something that’s blocking you from being able to enjoy the content because you’re two mastery points short. All the while that annoying star has been sitting there taunting you for months because you just can’t be bothered to look up a guide or video to unlock it.

Which honestly, for me, that’s awesome. Any time you’re expected to go out of the game to find the information you need to play the game, it really detracts from the fun and immersion.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m lazy, but I also don’t have a ton of time either. I’d much rather spend what time I do have doing things I want to do. Games that are a pre-requisite hell just don’t inspire me to hit that log in button.

Now building on something that actually adds to the current game play and will be useful in future content? Sign me the hell up!

To me Path of Fire feels like a return to the original Guild Wars 2 that I knew and loved. This expansion adds back the joy of just entering a map and wanting to explore every corner to see what you can find next.

gw415Add that to a map that takes me back to the breathtaking vistas, interesting lore, and now mounts that are so much more than faster movement speed and you have a grand combination.

In the end, don’t take my word for it.

If you’re an explorer type of person and you’ve been on the fence about GW2 Path of Fire, take the plunge. Just watch out for the hydra. Trust me on the Hydra.

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April 6 2017

SWTOR – Almost Ready for Iokath

King of the pen
King of the pen

With Iokath looming in the coming days the Operative I’d been working on is about ready to jump into the new story. The Operative is still a crit machine and is quite fun to play in PvE.

Star Wars the Old Republic has definitely become my new Fallen Earth since I spend a good amount of my time salvaging and completing this and that.

I’m so happy to have the trooper done which is the last of the stories I had to complete. I also leveled everything past 55 to get both the Republic and Imperial diehard titles. I had about 5 levels to go on my bounty hunter so figured I’d knock those out.

I am looking forward to seeing what the next story is going to be like. The stories are definitely keeping me entertained.

Now I just have to decide which of my followers I want to invest in, build up my supply bases and grind Star Fortresses.

I’m still working on the guild Strong Hold and my own Strong Holds. I’m debating dumping my Coruscant Apartment that I’m not really using and getting a Tatooine bunker to use as my Agent’s ‘safe house.’ That and for some reason it’s easier to spell Tatooine.

Well until next time I’ll be sneaking about having a blast.

Agent-000

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March 28 2017

SWTOR Operative Progress

ghall1 Well progress continues. I have a few more pieces to build augment kits for and slap those in. Once that’s done I can derp around doing heroics and flashpoints or so. That’s about all the ambition I have for the game at the moment and trust me I’m just fine with that.

I did take a break from the grind to get armstech leveled a bit. I want to be able to make some of the armstech items from patterns that have dropped for me. The vibroknife would be very nice! Now I’m waiting for maintenance for a chance to finish getting it leveled up.

I should probably finish up the trooper story but I’m pretty motivated to work on my Operative. At least until I have her gear squared away and have her up to date on the story and ready for the new installment when it drops.

After reading around the net I’m focusing on Critical Augments from the Synthweaving tree and depending on what I get into I’ll follow up with Alacrity or Accuracy depending on what I need to do what I do. Since I don’t need gear for operations or pvp I can derp along on whatever does the most damage.

Though that’s mostly so that I can generate enough rep and credits to decorate the guild hall. That is mostly a pointless endeavor since it’s barely used but hell, it keeps me out of trouble and keeps me from talking to people.

Until next time I’ll be the last thing a lot of mobs see, if they see me coming.

Boom
Boom
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January 28 2017

Sims 4 Riches to Whatevs Fishbowl Legacy

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Junior spending some quality time with his cell.

Now for something completely different!

Inspired by my Twitter feed I downloaded Sims 4 on the new compy and even picked up the new expansion. CrankyB challenged me to finally work on a Sims legacy, something which I’ve never managed to complete before. Mostly because I don’t like seeing my little Sims die, for some reason I feel like I have to keep them going.

So this time around I figured, well I’ll do a legacy but I’ll set one up that I won’t mind watching as their little time marches on. My pick? Well our commander in grief and his fams. Granted though the youngest I named Junior, and he gets some help along the way because kids are kids.

Now this is just a parody and meant to be fun, while also taking the edge off of recent events. So before anyone gets out the pitchfork let me just say “here’s some cake and funny screenshots.” So if you enjoy humor, I submit my Sims 4 family for your entertainment, they’ve been nothing but a blast for me.

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The fams getting into their fresh new penthouse!

So meet the Trumps, the beginning of my Riches to Whatevs Sims 4 Fishbowl legacy.

What the hell is a fishbowl legacy? Pretty simple, all you have to do is let your sims roam free. You can do things here and there to nudge them in the right direction, but for the most part you just put them in a house and let ’em go. Most legacies last about 10 sims generations. So I’m going to see how long I can watch them go.

Also for the Riches to Whatevs, that part, I cheated about 100k simoleons to get them into a high rise in the rich part of town. After all, they are the Trumps. Whether they can make enough to keep themselves living the high life is more or less up to them. I’ll help them here or there along the way, but for the most part what they do is up to them.

Mr Trump

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Pops in bunny slippers having a heated discussion with the potty.

Meet Mr. Trump. His traits are, Materialistic, Snob and Mean. It seemed appropriate at the time.

His current aspiration is to have the biggest most beautiful house, because he always has the best things. This means that he’s also business savvy, which should go a long way in helping him pay the rent on the fancy high rise they live in.

As for career, he’s currently working on the political career track that comes with the Sims 4 city expansion. I wanted to try it out and considering recent events, it just seemed laughably obvious.

Here is the run down on SimTrump:

  • He enjoys grilling burgers for breakfast,
  • Arguing with his toilet,
  • Playing with his cell phone and
  • surprisingly enough programming.

Yep, he’s the only Sim I’ve had that has spontaneously started learning programming on his own. That was pretty awesome.

Meet the Misses

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Junior is training early for his boardroom adventures while Moms shoots some hoops.

Mrs. Trump is Family-Oriented, Ambitious and Unflirty.

For her I picked the City Native aspiration that comes with the city expansion just to try it out. This gives her the Home Turf trait that makes her happier when she’s in her ‘home neighborhood’. I like that idea since she can be pretty sad when she’s unemployed or not around her family.

The misses is pretty fun as well. She spontaneously joined a protest. Granted I asked her to watch it and then canceled the action once she arrived to see what would happen. But I was surprised to see her picketing in her heels and fancy duds.

Here is the general rundown for the misses:

  • She enjoys grilling in the morning
  • Basketball surprisingly enough
  • Hugging her family, a lot
  • and Bubble baths (sometimes on the deck of their penthouse)

It’s a thing apparently.

While she was going to be a stay at home mom at first, not being employed was making her pretty moody so now she’s trying out the Social Media career. I probably should have had Mr Trump working on that one, but this is just as fun.

Little Junior

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Pops is picking up programming while Junior enjoys some quality ducky time. Who doesn’t enjoy quality ducky time?

Junior is a fun kid, proving that the AI for children in the Sims 4 makes them downright adorable. Here he is in his room having some quality duck time while Dad works on programming.

Junior is still in the child life phase for the simmies in Sims 4 and I almost forgot to make sure that he had some fun toys to play with. Now he has a dino, a toy box and a ducky to go along with his cell phone and computer.

The rundown on Junior:

  • surfs kid friendly websites,
  • plays computer games,
  • dances a lot,
  • watches kid tv,
  • And loves eating burgers out of the fridge.

So my first generation is on the go. I do have to decide if the penthouse will be used through out the generations, or if I should see if they can come up with enough simoleons on their own to move out into a big family mansion. This would give them enough room to keep heirs and spares under one roof.

I suppose it depends on the traits that Junior ends up with. I’ll go with letting him get one trait from Mom, one trait from Dad and one completely random trait.

I can honestly say that this is a big challenge for me because I usually spend my time in Sims games building or micromanaging my sims. Honestly though this mostly hands off approach has lead to some rather interesting adventures and I’m looking forward to seeing what my sims are up to next.

Well until next time, don’t forget to get out and play.

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December 2 2016

Taking a Break

2016-11-29_123375928 As much as I enjoy BDO I’m going to step back from it for a few weeks. Maybe I’ll get back and try the new grind channels or maybe I’ll find a new shiny, who knows.

For the time being I’m spending more time with CrankyB and zee little one. She’s almost 16 months old now and she’s all over the place. It’s an adventure taking care of a toddler, but it’s so worth it.

We might end up in Diablo 3 for a bit, do a little bit of the Seasons. Beyond that though we’ll probably take a break from the MMO grind. CrankyB has several games in his back log that he wants to catch up on. Personally I love watching him play Hitman and seeing all the trouble he gets into.

He wants to have a few more rocket launcher duels in Saints Row, but I can’t say I’m feeling it. That and I don’t have it loaded on the new machine.

All in all though it might not be a bad idea for me to just play some games that I can shut down and walk away from. With everything I need to do, that sounds really good right about now.

As much as I’d love to take a peek at Legion, I’m not sure I want to start another MMO again for a while. That and when you’re not there at launch there’s always so much that you miss. Who knows really.

For now I’m taking it easy. Until next time, enjoy whatever you love, but always remember that moderation is actually a good thing.

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November 18 2016

BDO: Trading and Crafted Costumes

2016-11-12_398445870 Ask anyone in my guild and they’ll tell you that I’m a sucker for dressing up my characters in BDO. I don’t even dress myself this well in real life.

I’m currently working on trying to get the latest costume in BDO, but I need to fish up a bunch of laundry for that. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m trading like a mad woman to make enough silver for gear I’d be fishing for them 24/7.

I’ll get it eventually though, it’s just going to take next to forever.

As it stands I’m also debating on taking up farming again to get the components I need to make extraction crystals for my Ranger’s bow. Those would be quite handy indeed.

One at a time I’m working on getting enough amity with the trade managers I use regularly so that I can get more tries when trading. That saves a bunch of energy when you can get up to 7 tries. As long as I don’t do any smuggling I should be able to keep up that amity which is a big bonus.

My Calpheon Crate business is also moving right along, though I did nerf myself a bit by pulling the cp from Shakatu. Thing is I kind of needed it for storage and to expand my trade network in the old kingdoms. Having some of the higher paying imperial delivery areas unlocked has been awesome.

It is however a bit of a balancing act between setting up crating activities and doing imperial delivery. Doing one means you’re not doing as much of the other. Imperial Delivery is a lot more active and if you have time it’s grand. Crate trading is handy when you don’t have as much time as you just have workers boxing up trade items then you haul them off to make silver.

Though it helps if you also process the goods yourself, and that can mean spending your mornings or evenings at the bank doing processing.

For me, doing the Imperial Trading is a lot more fun because I’m always on the move. In the end I’ll probably stick with that, but who knows.

Well until next time, keep haulin’.

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