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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Post 100, and That's The Ballgame!

The ballgame for daily posts on this blog...No, I'm not abandoning or shutting down this most entertaining blog.  I write it for me, my spouse and my three very loyal readers.   I now internally think of them as The Big Three.  If you watch This Is Us, you know how special that is.  Hugs!

My goal for blog posts for each year now is 100 posts.  Thanks to early ramping up for Blaugust in July, Blaugust itself, and continuing a post a day into September, we've reached the big time.  Side note, I actually deleted 5 Blaugust posts for reasons, as they say, so my actual count for Blaugust was a respectable 42 posts.  I learned quite a bit with all of this.

I'm now playing Star Wars Galaxies, World of Warcraft,  Lord of the Rings Online, Elder Scrolls Online and Everquest 2 regularly.  They are all so rich in story and world and game play.  I'm having a great time.  I'm in the glorious position of playing the five best MMOs ever made.  I'd like to sneak Rift and Secret World time in too, then it would be the seven best!   Life is good. Play is good.

See you in the funny papers!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Crafting, Dungeoneering and Wandering

Even More Elder Scrolls

I worked on Crafting Writs for my Khajiit today.  The Clothier ones went well, but I'm out of Moonstones for her motifs, and no other character has more.  I'm stuck till I find more.

Still and all, it's fun to be able to pick up everything I come across again, except...a few inventory problems, and the bank runneth over.  It is 6, 800 gold to buy new bank slots and you only get TEN for that.  Yowza.  And the cost just goes up for each set of ten you buy.

None of my characters has that, so I set another character to learning the Alchemy/Enchanting/Provisioning set of crafts and I'll have her use the many plants I've picked up to make potions.  I'm hoping that eases the bank space.

The Khajiit is still the one who will have all the crafts, so she can make furniture.   I'm impressed by the money and XP, just actual XP that is getting her bow skills upgraded as she crafts, for instance.

Now that the others are in the mix, I need to really look at good builds for them.  I'm not quite happy with anyone but the Dragonknight, whom we shall call Ms. Perfecto.

World of Warcraft

My Rogue was up today.  Drustvar and a run through the Shrine of Storms dungeons netted her a ton of leatherworking ingredients.  So many dead piggies and wolves laying around everywhere waiting to be skinned.

I am getting weary of the Freehold, Waycrest, and Shrine of the Storms dungeons.  I've just been through them too many times.  They need a lot more dungeons.  Pronto.

Though the leveling is the same for all the Seven, there's still one at 111, the others are 112 and 113.  It seems as if they should be more equal.

I'm keeping up with the war campaign, grabbing any treasures I see in the world, and sending out Followers on new missions as each characters "turn" ends.   I pick Reputation quests every time because nothing slays me like a reputation grind.  I want any point I can get anywhere.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Elder Scrolls Online Getting Crafty

Because I love my fierce little Dark Elf Dragonknight so much, I decided on a character to be a crafter.  Yup, DK becomes the Main.

Because Medium Armor will help the DK a great deal, my Khajiit, whose fighting skills are murky, is now CraftCat.

I started with Tailoring, and while the crafting seems a bit complex, I'm ready to try it out.

I found two guides that look like they'll be helpful.

I thought the Writ person in game also did a nice tutorial.   I've a bank stuffed with gathered materials, and I had to stop gathering because it was overfull.  Now that I'm using materials, I can happily pick every plant and mine every node once more.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Elder Scrolls Online Adventuring

I really want furniture for my house, so aside from playing my Warden each evening, I've been looking at my other characters to see who I'd like to be a total crafter..

I meant for a Dark Elf Dragonknight to be my all around crafter.  However, while playing her this week, and looking into a DPS Stamina build, I switched her to Dual Wielding and she's really fun to play.  She has only died once when I got turned around in a town and six guys were all around.

Other than that, I need to put many more points in Stamina as she levels up, because it drops pretty fast.  Still, she wins the day.

I'm liking the story line for the area she's in as well.

My poor Warden, while looking for a fern, of all things, got a bounty for trespassing in a Restricted Area right where she needed to look for the fern.  Grrr, those creepy bounties.    She spent the night in the middle of a swamp so nobody could attack her or steal her gold.  Luckily the bounty was gone today.  Now that I know exactly where the fern is, I should be able to get it without trespassing the next time I get the quest.   I think it's kind of cruel they set you up for that.  Step away from the gold, bozos.

And...ready for Murkmire with this adorable Argonian.