Thursday, December 6, 2018

Not To Drive You Crazy But...

I'm having some issues with Blogger, the most recent of which is Comments disappear, the ones I make myself, and I noticed today another Blogger blog I follow cautioned people that their comments might poof.   Also, I can easily post to WordPress from my iPad, and cannot at all now to Blogger.   Bad, bad Blogger.

I still prefer Blogger for its blogroll and colorful sidebar, but...I have my original blog which is coming up on its 11th anniversary, and you know, it is just me personified, and I like it, and I don't want it to just go away someday because Google doesn't feel like supporting it anymore (and they haven't supported or fixed Blogger for quite awhile.)

Clever me, I recalled WordPress offers to let you import your Blogger Blog when you make a new one.  They also as it turns out let you import your current one to a WordPress Blog.

The point being, I tested importing this blog to my old WordPress Last Chapter Guild blog and voila!

So, I may just write on both blogs, or keep this up to date with a monthly WrapUp post or some post that has a YouTube clip.  I can keep my nice blogroll and the colorful sidebar that WordPress doesn't allow.

I haven't gotten my readership for this blog back since I changed a letter or two in the title.  For my now four regulars, perhaps you can add the Last Chapter Guild blog to your feed.

I should note there's lots of cleanup and updating to be done over on the other blog.

December Gaming Goals

It's another month with not much time to play.
In November, I did make most of my game goals, getting my poor World of Warcraft characters out of Stormsong Valley.  They're mostly cooling their heels in Boralus, while the first character does the Winterdeep (?) Mine area in Tiragarde.  During Legion, any character who had a garrison went there to rest by the fire when it wasn't their turn, now they hang out in a tavern in Boralus waiting their turn.  I think mostly it is because it's no quick jump to get to Kul Tiras from Draenor as it was when I could just port to Dalaran from anywhere.   Why they didn't give a Boralus Hearthstone this time around (unless people complained it took bagspace) I don't know.  Cause they didn't want me snuggling down in Draenor, right?

Mostly I played Elder Scrolls Online, getting six of my eight characters to level 20 and above.  The other two are in the teens.   I'm loving the game and can't help but compare the vast riches you get in the Elder Scrolls World to the miserly bits allowed you in World of Warcraft.
In fact, when I logged into Wow the other day, I found myself listing all the things that I thought might make me not so eager to play it right now.

Emphasis on Mythic Dungeons kind of ruining the whole game, the crafting game specifically.

 Different crowd.  Don't sausage everyone into your endgame content.
Island Expeditions   I could be doing these now, but they were advertised as a cool exploration/adventure feature and they're just not.

The Warfronts    Would have to try them, have not. Put off by what seems an imbalance between Horde and Alliance opportunities, unless they fixed that.

Darkmoon    Part of the Ruination/Drought/Demise of the Crafting game the last three expansions.  Un less they fixed it while I wasn't paying attention.  Have not done it at all the last three months.  Incomprehensible for a Darkmoon fan like myself.

The next Update is all about the Battle for Azeroth grr grr we hate each other stuff.   Just not interested.  Love is the answer, not hate.  Bad dogs.  Unless there's a redemption arc in the making.  Then I'm all interested.

As far as ESO for this month.  Getting the last two to 20, moving the others up to 25 at the least.  My first character to move forward is a Nightblade Dual Wielder with Bow.  She's had trouble right away moving on to Grahtwood.  Haven...ouch ouch.  Three guys in clumps everywhere, and I can manage two with her.   I did some other quests, but she definitely needs gear and weapon upgrades and they just aren't dropping for her. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Not Quick Enough

I've taken tons of screenshots in ESO but just haven't had time to post, so I won't make the goal of 50 for IntPiPoMo.   Agh 14 mins till midnite, here's a few...

Didn't see that coming!

My Psijic Manor

One of the great plants you can set in your home

If you ever see a bit of food anywhere GRAB IT!

Whoo hoo, four pictures more for IntPiPoMo, and IBTL!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Atheren's First Annual Game That Turkey Awards

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you get to your holiday destinations safely. 

Instead of sleeping tonight, my mind started thinking along the lines of Golden Turkey Awards.   I think in some incarnation of my game blog,  I did a similar post.  So that I can sleep, here we go:

The Gobbled Up Award goes to:

Gamigo, who seems to have nothing like Trion in it's gullet, could do anything with Rift (the one I know and am sorry to see go).   My sleepy mind pictured some weird slot machine version.   Eek!

The Hollow Cavity Award Goes to Blizzard Entertainment!

Instead of a new Diablo game, or some exciting addition to Diablo 3, Blizzard used the featured spot at Blizzcon to announce a mobile version of Diablo.  No more information than that, but the sleepy mind reels.

Part Card Game?  Part Shooter?  Part Diablo Go?    Phone home, Diablo fans!

Finally (zzzzz) The Neither Fish Nor Fowl Award Goes to Bethesda Game Studios!

I'm not playing myself because, though it sounds like a great new Fallout game, it's not a new Fallout game.   It's not an MMO.   It's not a shooter.   Speaking of turkeys, you've got 23 other people playing the game in your world.   You could play along side them.  You could try to ignore them.   You can apparently hear their heavy breathing and whatnot, whether you'd like to or not.   If you die, they can loot your miserable little dweller body.   I'm not sure if people are gobbling this one up or not.

Note: These are not screenshots, so I'm not counting towards IntPiPoMo.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Adventures in Murkmire

Couldn't wait.  I took my level 12 Argonian to Murkmire via the Caravan in Davon's watch.  It is  a gorgeous environment.   The bugs, though.  Like giant mosquitos that split into a swarm of new mosquitos.  Crocodiles.  River trolls.

I love the Argonians.  They're gorgeous.  I want my character to look like these.

Right off upon arrival, you get drawn into going on an expedition with a group of npcs, which I thought was a fun idea.  They were of course useless in fights.

We're off to a xanmeer, which seems a bit like your own personal dungeon, only there aren't any treasures to be had, not even much in the way of urns or barrels to loot.

A basic lever puzzle

The River Troll was definitely beyond me.  Here's where I started to sneak.  I don't sneak nearly enough.  Must. Sneak. More.

I had an odd desire to step on the pressure plate to see what happened.

I was not tempted to test out the giant metal trap.  Ouch.

Pretty great place, Indiana Jones would have liked it, except for the lack of real treasure.

I can't believe I didn't take a shot of the Ixtaxh Something-Or-Other, Giant Green and Gelatinous.  Sheesh.  You've got to lure him onto fire traps without getting burned yourself, while dodging him and mini-hims he tosses at you.

I'm currently helping some nice colorful Argonians with a bit of egg trouble.

As part of that I've entered the Blight Bog Sump.   Things were going pretty well till I hit a boss guy.   That was a quick death.  Don't you love how they show you boom boom boom how you got killed.

IntPiPoMo Count for this post:  13

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Game Goals

 IntPiPoMo 2018

Let's start off with trying for 50 screenshots as part of the 2018 IntPiPoMo hosted by Gamer Girl Confessions.

Instead of daily posts, you try for 25 or 50 screenshots in your posts over the course of the month.   I've done it before, and it is fun and doable.

This time, I'll be wise and note at the end of my posts how many screenshots are included so it's easier to count at the end.

My game focus remains the same this month as last, playing through Elder Scrolls Online and World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft

1. Get everyone through to Friendly with Stormsong, then over to Tiragarde (where I'm already at friendly on all the characters I'm working with).

2.   Finish Tiragarde with all, then into Drustvar.

Elder Scrolls Online

After pondering for a least a month the pros and cons, I picked up a subscription to Elder Scrolls Online earlier this month.

As a crafter, treasure hunter, and hoarder of all interesting things, it's a game changer.   Instantly more Bank Space, Instantly a bottomless Crafting bag so you can pick up every single thing you see in the open world, in caves, in seemingly abandoned homes.

I knew I'd get Murkmire when it came out, but I also instantly have Orsninium, Clockwork City, and any other DLC content for as long as I'm subscribed.

My characters are a bit low to go to these newer places, even with the leveling of the world adjusting to your level.  

I sent my Templar, who was level 12 (?) at the time to Wrothgar.   She could do a delve, she could do a couple of introductory quests, but then ran into a boss type early in the quest chain with adds she had no hope of defeating.

These bosses are one of the things that made me reluctant to subscribe, because you get them almost as soon as you leave the starter areas.   Just boom, boom, and you're dead.   Do not talk to me about Clannfear, who jump on you, knock you down so you can't get up, then whap whap with their tail and you're dead.   That said, my fighting skills are improving.

Worm doesn't begin to say!   Death to Mannimarco, someday.

Ha actually got the General with the help of npcs.

While I decided to just move ahead with other quests and leave those open till I was better geared, relatively quickly you've got a quest log full of those stinkers.

I have made good progress since I've been playing quite a bit, and my gear is better.  I've learned the value of a loaf of Crusty Bread.

I can open Treasure Chests with my ace Lock Picking skills at last!


1. Everyone to level 20.

2. My Argonian to Murkmire, because I think she deserves to be there first.

3.   Go back and trounce those POS bosses who have trounced me, oh so many times.

4.   Make progress on the Main Quest, even though I secretly despise the Prophet and hate being called Vestige.

IntPiPoMo Count for this post:  seven screenshots.

October's Game Goals

Nothing like super modest goals to create the illusion of success! 

In World of Warcraft I meant to keep moving my characters through Kul Tiras.   I have done that, but not as quickly as I might.

It is not that I've lost interest in the game, but that I have just a small section of Stormsong Valley to do with each character then, tra la, back to Tiragarde Sound.   I have not been able to put my finger on why I hate Stormsong Valley so much.  It is the most beautiful are by far.   I keep stopping to take pictures of flowers and pretty scenes.

Somehow the quests are annoying.   Whatever story they're telling, it isn't interesting to me.   I am not compelled to go on to the next bit to see how the story plays out.

For sure the voices of Brother Pike and Lord Stormsong are a big part of the problem.   I know they go away soon enough, but argh, it can't be soon enough.    I should play with the sound off whenever they're involved.  Maybe that would help.

Elder Scrolls Online

Simple goals: get all the characters (8 of them) to level 15 and get my All Crafts Crafter to a place where she can make furniture. 

I have a 20, a couple of 18s, a 17, a 13 and the rest are under level 10.   Doing well on that part of the goal.

Level 5 Warden

Though I have tons of materials I'd need to craft Furniture, do the writs most days, and have a boatload of recipes, blueprints and diagrams, I haven't the skills to make a single thing.


IntPiPoMo Screenshot Count: 4

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Some Days...

My little gnome Discipline Priest was doing the Nazmir War Campaign.   I have thought she was invulnerable, truly.

But there she is, fighting Captain Conrad and wave after wave of bad guys join in the fight.  Despite everything, my little Priest went down!  Oh noooes!

I've played that fight several times and that is not how it goes.   I could finish the fight, though after the fight's end Brann just went running off, even diving off a bridge to get out of there.

Immediately next up is my Rogue, whose turn it is to go to Nazmir.   On the trip there, I get a disconnect, with the screen having a rosy edge.

Coming right back up, the Rogue is under attack by several creatures and dead with no time to react.
Gack!   I managed to bring her up a tiny bit away from the mobs, hit stealth, look at the map to see which way to go.


I'm thinking, sometimes it seems like somebody is pushing a big button that says WHACK  PLAYER  NOW!

Can't you just picture some gnit with you on their screen hitting the button and laughing?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Battle For Azeroth, It's All Good, Except A Few Tweaks Are In Order

I'm pretty amazed at the quick turn for some from Battle For Azeroth is the Best Expansion Ever!, to It Stinks!  Get out the pitchforks!

It lacks the grim, "the world is about to be overrun" tone of Legion.  This is a good thing.  

Though the boisterous, rowdy sea ports of Kul Tiras are a little tinged by the horror and dishonor of Darnassus burning, and a Horde turned evil overnight, they're not overcome.   You're facing odd supernatural creatures, a host from the Cthulhu mythos, and naked greed.  The settings are beautiful.  The stories flow nicely in two of the areas---Stormsong still seems disjointed.

The War Campaign trips to Zandalar are thus far entertaining expeditions.

The uproar over Azerite Armor is uninteresting.   After Legion's horrible endless grind to make tiny progress for your Artifact Weapon, throwing several billion in artifact knowledge at the things and seeing your progress bar barely move--ugh.   Now there are varied weapons with stat upgrades.  The weapons are imaginative, they look great, they fit the world you're exploring.  You feel like you've gotten somewhere each time you get a new one.

What they could tweak:

Character models.   I've kind of adjusted to the humans, though they look like washed out Olive Oyls.  The gnomes! The sweet gnomes.   I feel so bad every time I log one in.   If they at least let you change the eye color on those dinner plate sized eyes.  My gnomes mostly had blue eyes.  Now they look like, agh I don't know what.  The dwarves have freckles (ummmm how do dwarves get freckles alone of all those in Azeroth all of a sudden?)   Give us back the button to let them be who they were.

The appearance of nodes for herbs and minerals seems terribly infrequent.   Let's just say it's clear they don't want you to have any.

Dungeons dungeons dungeons.   I finally got Tol Dagor at 115.   Mercy.   Despite the armor upgrades you may get running dungeons, I just can't stand going through Waycrest Manor, Freehold, and Shrine of the Storm anymore.  It's a half hour or more queue then at least another half hour in each one.   I find myself thinking I can move my character farther along faster if I don't stop dead in the water to run one of those.   They just need more variety sooner.  Agh.

From Legion I really do miss the class quests, though the Order Halls themselves were pretty hit and miss.

Darkmoon Faire is completely messed up.  Put it back the way it was, don't mess with it again unless you're adding something cool.   I normally send at least twelve characters through, and I've done as many as twenty two in a week.   Since Battle for Azeroth's changes have gutted it, I just let it slide by.

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Gaming Goals

I'm down to two games right now, this should be easy.

World of Warcraft

Continue playing through the world of Kul Tiras is the general plan.   I've Friendly status in Tiragarde and Drustvar with my seven characters and onward to Stormsong Valley.   Once I'm Friendly there as well, it's back to Tiragarde to find every quest and treasure and node in the place, following with the other two.  I'm really enjoying the game.

My method of doing quest segments of each area with all the characters, then moving on has been a good thing.   I'm happier with shorter quest sections that move everyone forward faster, but in some areas it makes sense to do longer sequences.  The last one I did was from Fletcher's Hollow to Gol Var to get the Order of Embers, and the Friendly rep for Drustvar.   The Fletcher's Hollow segment seemed like a long slog, particularly if I added in a dungeon.   Stormsong should be more easily broken up.

My apparent slow progress doesn't worry me at all.  All I'm doing is reading about everyone's rush to 120, then they're bored, and they don't want to log in, and blah blah.  It happens every time, but still, maybe think of a way to enjoy the content more.   It is also very early on, and given how much was added in during over the course of Legion, I don't see any reason to despair.

Elder Scrolls Online

I went from logging in every day to get that 100,000 gold reward at month's end, to filling all eight character slots and playing daily and having a great time.  I've come and gone in the game a few times, but it just didn't hold my attention.  Ha!  Now I have characters of all races but Orc (those tusks...), and they're all over the map.  All those little apartments you get for free, you can use them to hop all over the map, saving Wayshrine money nicely.

My first goal for this month is to get all characters to level 15.

The other goal will be to have my crafting character be able to make furniture.

My September Goals

Well wasn't I so ambitious?  La la, I hardly accomplished any of these.   Good thing I'm going all slug-doggie in my October goals.

World of Warcraft
Continue leveling my higher levels through Kul Tiras on Black Water Raiders.

Dabble elsewhere.  

Yes!  I got this one.

Everquest 2
Level all the characters to 20.

Figure out which crafts suit each character.

Get to know the city of Qeynos so I can find things.

At some point I left my little EQ2 characters behind for now.

Secret World Legends

Try the Tunnels and the security cameras again.  Last year (!) I couldnt get past them, though I'd done it on my earlier character.  Then I can move forward.
Nope, I still live in fear of tunnel failure.  My husband, who started playing Secret World Legends and sailed right by me, did, I think, offer to try this for me.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Get out there and try at least one mission.

 Have not ventured out.

The Witcher

Conquer my dislike of the controls and move forward in the plot.

Nope, that handsome, scarred Witcher dude hasn't moved an inch.

Finish Dear Esther and Broken Age.  I'm guessing both are pretty doable length wise.
There's doable, and there's not done.


Send my Cleric to her proper level area and she how she does.  

She's waiting her turn as well.