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.

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March 27 2017

SWTOR Still Awesome

Flashpoints with Fams
Flashpoints with Fams

Star Wars the Old Republic still takes up what time I have that isn’t dedicated to work and family. Since I play it with the hubby (CrankyB) and Talta my mom I can do the two birds one stone gig.

As for progress I have 3 level 70’s and I’ve almost finished all of the class stories in the game. Yes that means I’m on my third main at the moment and I’ve wasted time not picking one class, sticking to it and grinding up the end game command levels as high as possible.

Then again since I’m playing the game for the story, I’m not to worried about any of that (insert trollface).

Speaking of stories, I’ve loved them. I only have the trooper class story left to complete and I’m looking forward to being flirty with Jorgen. Seeing all of the class stories in the game is one of my main goals. I’ve actually wanted to do that since I first logged in several years ago and I’m finally getting around to it. I may have abused the extra xp a bit to finish those up but it was worth it.

As for the class stories themselves the Smuggler, Bounty Hunter and Sith Sorcer have been my personal favorites. I love the voice acting, the dialog and the pace of the stories. To me they just seem like the average Joe turned hero stories that I always love. As for the more epic stories, the Imperial Agent and the Jedi Knight seem to tell more of the in game story, and are by far the longest. I loved the Jedi Knight story enough that I did it twice so that I could record it. I LOVE SCOURGE… the end.

Though out of all of them the Agent is probably the most complex since you can take several turns throughout the story and probably play it two or three times and see a completely different story. I went with the more rogue agent approach and I think I might have broke the game doing it, or at least really confused the Empire, but it was a grand time none the less.

Funny enough though the Agent ended up becoming what I’m now playing as a main. After playing quite a bit of the Smuggler to see the story I fell in love with the class and wanted to see if I could replicate the play style on the Empire side. CrankyB prefers the Imperial Side and that is where his guild is. So after finishing the smuggler story I went back to the Agent and I’m having a blast. Pretty much literally since I go through mobs like butter.

The class lets me throw off heals during flashpoints. I do a sick amount of DPS and I can complete heroics quickly and easily which is a nice way to level up and make some credits. At least it is for me because I enjoy playing the game solo.

Aside from kicking some serious ass my Operative also has a look I’m pretty happy with her look as well. Meet the current incarnation of Geistig. She’s currently between jobs since I’m about to dive into the Revan story and I want to complete the rest of the older content before taking her through the newer stories.

Geistig the Independent

I am pretty excited about running her through all of the content. I love how everyone reacts to her. They almost fear her like a Sith but they don’t want it to show because she’s supposedly just a spy….

PS it is really fun seeing Theron Shan flustered when you flirt as the agent. If you haven’t tried it already, give it a go, it’s a blast.

As for ratings SWTOR is my preferred game bracket at the moment. That game bracket is the one for people who like playing solo and who don’t have a ton of MMO time or patience. The nice thing about SWTOR is that you can spend a few hours in the game and feel like you’ve accomplished something.

That’s not something you see in a lot of MMO’s at the moment and it’s quite far from the launch days where everything took forever and a day. Now that there’s more content, they’ve sped things up and if you sub up it’s even better. That part I do like.

At the moment it’s also pretty friendly if you just want to play for yourself. You can pretty much treat SWTOR like a multi player if you like and only play with folks here and there when you want to. Well aside from a few heroics that can get hairy during the busy times but if you find a buddy and group up just for those or do the less popular heroics, you can still roam alone if you like.

Playing the game for the story instead of the gear means that you can enjoy the game for the content and ignore the grind unless you REALLY feel like you need an eye bleeding challenge. Personally I prefer to forgo the MMO stigmata and just dink around with the fun stuff.

In SWTOR The stories are great and there is a lot of content when you look at all 8 classes, and the expansion chapters. Story mode for dungeons is also a boon. You can use this setting to see the story in dungeons with the help of a droid and your companion. Though it’d probably help to have at least one other player along to help out. At the moment this is one of the only couples friendly MMO’s I’ve seen in that you can just play with one or two other friends and still do quite a bit in the game.

With companions, people like myself and CrankyB can settle into doing flashpoints with just the two of us and not have to worry about whether or not anyone is online. We can also still chat with our peeps using Discord even if they want to join up with an Ops group on the Republic side. So in the end we’re still being social, but this way everyone gets to do what they actually WANT to do instead of being limited to doing just what the game has available.

SWTOR is finally to the point where it has enough content that it can offer that experience. Having different types of content is something that pretty much every fresh MMO has a problem with. Launching with just raids and PvP as an end game will keep raiders and PvP’rs if they like your content, but there’s a whole market for people that want to enjoy stories ans social content that pretty much drop games as soon as the story is over. That is rather apparent at the moment as the servers are quiet while folks wait for the new content to drop.

As far as I’m concerned I’m just getting started with SWTOR. I want to get my new main through the story, finish the trooper story and don’t get me started on the guild hall. I’ll have a lot of rep to grind to pick up some of the items I want to use for it as well as saving up cartel coins for the rest.

The Sky Palace
The Sky Palace

At the moment our guild hall isn’t all that fancy since it’s full of random crap but I’m enjoying adding bits here and there. It’s not like it’s a busy place so it’s not a biggie. It is convenient though since we have all of the necessities like market and guild bank all in one place. If nothing else it was well worth getting a guild hall just to have everything all tucked in together.

Talta has also requested Dejaric tables so she can “let the wookie win.” I’m kind of glad they made sure those were in the game.

If you haven’t logged in already, there’s still a few more days to work on tiers. I managed to get some of that in on the Operative despite changing over to her really late. As mentioned previously though, that’s fine with me since I’ve actually managed to find that sweet spot where I have a class/race combo that works for me.

With that being said I’ll be stealthing now to run around making people very uncomfortable with my operative. People just don’t seem to appreciate it when someone cloaked comes up behind them and starts healing the behoozits out of them. It’s true I have finally found the perfect class.




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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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January 20 2017

SWTOR: Revanites and beachwear

2017-01-19_21-51-51 So we went to Rakata last night to work on a bit of the Shadow of Revan stories as we’re working our way up to the new stuff. CrankyB spent most of the night shaking his head at my need to wear beach wear in the Rakata tropics. Hey I had fun and no I’m not taking it seriously, I’m here to have fun aaaaaand… I’m going to have as much fun as possible.

My Ewok agrees. At least I think she does.. it’s hard to tell.

What silly outfit have you worn when roaming game content? If you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend giving it a shot.

Until next time, get out there and play!

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January 19 2017

SWTOR: New Droid and More Time

Screenshot_2017-01-19_10_46_19_391210 Yesterday CrankyB and I completed the requirements to unlock the HK-51 companion quest and now I too have this guy. I can’t say he can replace my homicidal ewok but it’s not a bad droid to have around.

We’re slowly working through the stories up to the new content and we might actually get to it one of these days. For now though we’re having fun and doing things at our own pace.

With me having a huge lack of energy a lot of the time, getting things done in games gets a bit harder, but we manage.

Until next time, get out there and play!

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January 18 2017

SWTOR: Guild Stronghold Photobomb

Screenshot_2017-01-17_20_03_20_325038 It doesn’t matter what game I play, lately it seems like my pets and companions insist on some how getting into the shot. My Ewok buddy here is no exception.

In BDO it was Pengu my penguin. That guy is awesome.

So the Lords of Mayhem have a Nar Shaddaa sky palace that we’re decking out like a casino. We don’t have much of it unlocked yet because there’s not many of us online much and those who are, well we’re slackers.

We do however have some kick ass furniture thanks to the Grizzy and we have our major utilities which is awesome.

It’s a great start and it’s SO convenient to not have to run all over fleet to get to the marketplace, mailbox and banks.

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January 17 2017

SWTOR: Knee deep in Lightsabers and Loving it

Screenshot_2017-01-13_20_20_52_419400 So what do you do when you’re burnt out on grind games? I guess you retire in Star Wars the Old Republic.

I started playing SWTOR again after a very long absence. I’ve tried playing it off and on since it went free to play, even subbed up once. Up until about a month ago though, it didn’t really catch my fancy.

Now it’s starting to really grab my attention. It has more content, less grind and getting to the story and getting on to the next one isn’t as much of a hassle as it used to be. Probably more so for subscribers though which is something to keep in mind.

Fortunately Bioware realized that if they let players enjoy the kick ass stories they’ve created instead of forcing them to jump through hoops and kill ooodles (and yes I do mean oodles) of rats to get there, the players might, I dunno, enjoy the game? Those players might even…. pay for it! Total shocker I know.

I welcome the change and I finally got to finish the Sith Assassin/Sorcerer story and enjoy it as opposed to seeing snippets of it and forgetting what I did a few days ago because I can’t sit at the compy and power level my way through the content just to see the next snippet of story.

Since CrankyB and I have begun the grand adventure known as parenthood, it’s been tough finding a game we can enjoy together that we can still drop on a moment’s notice to go and take care of the Kraken (yes she has her own code name already).

SWTOR, what with fast travel, ships and now even letting you zoom into heroics, makes the game a LOT easier. Especially when you have to stop, drop and run for the pacifier that was tossed out of the cradle and into another time zone.

On a side note SWTOR actually has me looking forward to the end game. This is a big deal for an MMO slacker like me because as many know I rarely if ever bother getting to the end game. Usually because I’m not in raiding guilds and I find group finder to be a hub of scum and villainy.

In the current incarnation of SWTOR they seem to be putting more emphasis on story over raids and adding incursions. I want to see how this and getting command xp works out. It’s pretty much the opposite of what happened to Guild Wars 2 and is the big reason why I left the game when they added raids and dropped the xp gain for skill points past level cap.

As a person who actually enjoys having bars to fill, I have a hard time dinging at the level cap because well, what bar do I have to fill after that?

SWTOR is also a game that I can play with Moms and friends easily and not feel hampered by levels, combat complexity, and pay walls.

I enjoy having a game that I can play with Moms, it’s something that we started years ago with WoW and I try to keep that tradition alive when we find a game that works for both of us. She loved and excelled at WoW, even more so than I did to be honest. I’m hoping that SWTOR could be something she could enjoy too.

She’s been playing Destiny on Xbox with my brothers so swapping back to PC takes some getting used to. Safe to say that the tab target combat and scaling help a bunch. She can fight things a lot more easily when transitioning from console combat and I can go back and hang out with her even on my main and still get some gain out of it. That by the way, is toats awesome.

So with all that in mind, for now SWTOR gets the Fry meme:




We’ll see how long SWTOR keeps my attention. For now though I can tell folks that if you’re on limited time SWTOR isn’t a bad MMO to run around in if you only have a few hours a night to spare. They really seem to have focused on the parts of the game that rock and dropped off some of the stuff that made it feel awkward or got in the way of the fun.

You may have to sub to see the full benefit, but if you don’t want to you can always get along pretty well for free. It helps if you get into a guild with bennies and group up. If you want unlocks you can also earn a few cartel coins through game play to pay for unlocks as you go. That’s not such a bad way to do things to get and keep players in the game. Good show SWTOR, good show.

Until next time, I’ll be zapping people in SWTOR and hoping that everyone else is having just as much fun.

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December 22 2016


2016-12-21_482159307 I logged back into Black Desert Online yesterday to try the Witch Awakening and I love it. Now I have to decide if I want to add BDO back to the list of games I want to play.

I just finished the Season in Diablo III with CrankyB and that was a blast. We’re playing Neocron 2 again which is fun, but it’s not super immersive. I always end up wanting to do something else after a couple of weeks in game there.

I’m also picking up Star Wars the Old Republic again because I really, really want to finish at least one character and see the stories. I particularly enjoy the Sith Sorceress. I do love being bad. I may end up playing the Jedi equivalent too if I make one.

While BDO I want to give BDO all of my attention, I just have too much to do to spend more than an hour or two at a time in game. For BDO that’s not really enough to get far fast. Though getting far fast isn’t what BDO is about once you get to end game, and honestly that isn’t all bad. Considering how big a difference levels can make in the game.

At the moment I’m playing SWTOR alone and that doesn’t bug me much. Neocron I really only play with the guys because I don’t want to play it solo. As for BDO, I’ll probably be playing that a bit by myself then goofing off in it here or there with what guild members still log in. Other than that it’s on the back burner for me.

Well till next time, I’ll be making choices.


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December 15 2016

Date Night in Neocron

Wish You Were Here!
Wish You Were Here!

Last night I actually had a lot of fun with CrankyB. We went for a walk through the Neocron Zoo which is one of my favorite places to visit in Neocron.

After that we went hunting for Warbots and Firemobs. Though I did forget my fire resist belt like a moron and ended up getting offed once.

On the bonus side, being a PPU I was able to buff against the fire mobs which helped quite a bit. Though it is about time for an upgrade since I can use the rare PPU items now. We have to build or buy them first. We don’t have them yet. I do at least have holy items so that is helping us quite a bit for now.

We have the parts for two of the rare PPU spells, the rest of them we’ll probably be able to get over time or we’ll just trade for them. That is the one nice thing about Neocron, if you don’t have what you need chances are someone does and it’s just a matter of trading or bartering.

In the meantime I’m doing a lot of Construction missions on the Clan constructor. She’s sitting at 243 Construction which isn’t bad.

I’ve also been doing some Research missions with the Clan resser, she’s sitting at a modest 196 research. I need to work on it some, but she has a high success rate with rares so it’s not all bad.

I mostly want to do the missions so I can save up credits for a nice apartement in Via Rosso for my PPU. She just has a couple of crap-tacular apartments in Pepper Park at the moment.

Yes, multiplayer vehicles have been a thing for a while

Construction wise we have a few rares to build for the Clan. After that we may end up working on vehicles. The funniest part is that I have two characters with vehicle skill, I’ve built them, but I don’t have a single vehicle!

Next up I want to write about how to be a strait up pacifist in Neocron and actually still enjoy the game. Until then, happy hunting!

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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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