Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas in Coronet

I was peeking in to do another run to Endor in Galaxies emu, when I saw it was SNOWING!  So beautiful in games, not so much outside in the real world.

While I was admiring the beautiful snow, the old SWG Christmas Music started to play!!!   Such a happy tune!  Right up there with the music from Charlie Brown's Christmas. 

Merry, Merry Christmas to all!

Happy Winter Veil

Winter Veil's Ball of Tangled Lights add big flashing bulbs around your garrison, including inside the Town Hall.

The Little Helpers package adds a  PX-238 Wondervolt transformer near your gate.  It turns you into a festive gnome for a time.   There will also be teeny gnome "Little Helpers" sprinkled throughout the garrison yards.

The Festive Outfits package puts these Jolly Sentinels all over.  I pictured all my NPCs wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, but no.

The Old Box of Decorations lines the walkways with candy canes and places wreaths of all sizes everywhere.   I apparently didn't take a shot of Imported Trees which puts  trees loaded with ornaments and gifts all over.

I started by getting my main character all the packages, and I was using a second character to do the daily quests for the "Savage Gift" which may contain a mount.  As I was being dazzled by character ones' festive garrison, I thought it sad character two shouldn't also be awash in Christmas happiness, so I'm having her decorate her garrison to the hilt as well.  So very happy making.  It makes me think once again, if this is the only home we ever get in Azeroth, and they keep adding fun things to it over time, I will be very pleased.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wookiee Life Day

 From Wookieepedia:

Life Day was a Wookiee holiday celebrated by the inhabitants of Kashyyyk every three years. It was a celebration of the planet's diverse ecosystem and the many forms of life it encompassed. It also was a time to remember family members who had died, and the young ones who continued to bring new life to a family. Life Day was a sacred holiday, and many Wookiees considered it their duty to return to Kashyyyk in order to celebrate it. Life Day was held once every three local years for many generations, but during the Galactic Civil War, its importance to the Wookiees became more pronounced. Wookiees were spread across the galaxy, either because they had been enslaved by the Galactic Empire or for personal reasons, and they began celebrating Life Day each year as a way to remain in touch with their history. Over time, the holiday found its way into various other cultures. "Life day" was also used as a term to describe the anniversary of one's birth.[2][3]

In Star Wars Galaxies, there were events from 2004-2011 that dealt with Life Day. Life Day-themed paintings were issued each year, with 2004 having the Life Day Kashyyyk, Matriarch, and Patriarch paintings; 2005 having the Memories Past, Pilgrimage, Triumph paintings; 2006 having the Gift giving Wookiees, Kashyyyk at night, Proud Wookiee, Red Robed Wookiee, and Wookiee with pups paintings; 2007 having the Ancient Life Day painting; 2008 having the Family Bonds painting; and 2009 having both a reissuing of Family Bonds and the issuing of the Life Day 2009 Painting

                          By chance one day this week, I found myself on Vreni Island in Galaxies.

There, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but the Wookiee Life Day Quest giver I hadn't seen in years.  I'm not certain if some of the other holidays have been in the emu game and I missed them, or what, but, I love the paintings from this quest, and my second favorite character, my Wookiee Architect, loved loved loved the red robe from this quest.  Wookiee wear in the game is notoriously colorless, but here a statement could be made.

The other big thing is, though this quest takes you to Endor (or alternately to Dathomir), a non-combat character could make it from the Endor Research Outpost to the Life Day waypoint without insta-death if they were careful and watched their radar like mad.

If you go:

Do the quest the same day you take it or the waypoint may disappear from your datapad.

It costs 8000cr round trip to go to Endor, but I feel your chances of success are greater than on Dathomir, which is 4000 round trip (from Coronet).  All my memories of Dathomir say no lowbie can make it to a waypoint even a few meters outside the starport without being crushed.

I've sent two characters so far, getting the robe for my architect and the Wookiee Life Day Orb for my Ranger.

I MUST get some of the paintings!   Somehow I will send my other characters on the quest.

There have also been a series of Grinch sightings on varying planets.  Since he appeared briefly in Coronet, I sent Dustbunnie (occasional reporter for the Corellia Times) to get a picture of him without being killed, as she has zero combat skills.   The Grinch is missing his Grinch outfit, yes.

She also spotted Santa slipping through the city.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lord of the Rings Online: Meneldor to Landroval in a Trice

Well that was painless.  I just checked my characters and requested they go to Landroval, and in a few minutes, there they all were.

I thought I might have to rename all or most but only three ended up with -1s after their names, which is great.

World chat sounded like lots of people were getting settled in.  Kind of exciting, as it was when it was all new.

My Loremaster rode from Bree to Esteldin just for the pleasure of it.

It's good to be back.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Perfect Vendor?

I've been in a nice groove again going between my games.  I've decided to re-work my Galaxies folks a bit, so I'm moving my merchant tent over by my guild hall.

Galaxies gives you a wide variety of vendors you can make, choosing between terminals, droids or npc races.  Problematically, you were never given any control over how your vendor would actually look.  If you were fiendish enough, you could get some beings pretty close to what you want.  In order to do it, sometimes you might make and destroy dozens, even hundreds of vendors to get something decent.

I want a vendor that looks like my Master Merchant Elsinor Dustbunnie.  Humans are notoriously difficult.  It is going to be a long long road.  I always thought they should be able to give you access to the character creation screen for these.

Dustbunnie (but I'm not looking for the "I've-Been-Goosed" look)

Note my first tries don't look anything like her.  Not to me.  Look closely to get those scary details.

Monday, November 30, 2015

My Pile Runneth Over

I've had this pile of games from my archives waiting for installation for a bit.

Unfortunately, I was getting really low on hard drive space and had to painfully uninstall a bunch of things today instead.

Steam games were an easy choice, because you just tuck those away elsewhere till later.

I regretfully removed Neverwinter, since I hadn't logged in in a very long while.

No way these were coming off:  Wow, Lotro, Wildstar, Secret World, Rift, EQ2, Guild Wars 2, Fallout 4, Arcanum, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age Inquisition, Pillars of Eternity...and stuff.

Lots of space now :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dedicated To The One I Love

To my spouse, who was concerned I'd forget and not get in this second-to-the-last-post, thanks for being there.

He's always there to gather resources, share his loot and coinage, back me up in a fight, work on building a guild, and sail through dozens of dungeons, though MMOs aren't really his thing.   He's played Galaxies, Lord of the Rings Online and World of Warcraft.   He tried but didn't like Rift.  His characters are somewhat larger than life, just as he is.

All my love, in all your incarnations.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Gnome Hunters, What A Fine Idea

I was so surprised to see that Gnome Hunters are coming to World of Warcraft.  Crafty Gnomes!  Clever Gnomes!  They can do anything, certainly wield a bow.   I'm not so certain I like the mechanical pets, though it does make sense.  It sort of takes the pleasure out of finding your own pet of choice in the wild and taming it.

Finding an open character slot is a problem.  It will just have to be on a server far far away than my usual ones.

I wanted to put a picture of one of my adorable Hobbit Hunters here, to show how cute mini-bow wielders are, but I haven't logged into LOTRO for a bit and of course it's update hell.

Two more posts and I do believe I'll have met my goal of a post a day in November.  So close.

Friday, November 27, 2015

What Is It I don't Like About Draenor's Nagrand?

I can't put my finger on it, but for some reason I really dislike Nagrand, the Dreanor version.  Is it that stampede of baddies that sweep down the road as soon as you enter the area?

It is the aggressive animals packed like sardines over practically every inch of the place?

Do I hate the quests?  I can't think of a single memorable quest line here.

Some areas of the world are just annoying, and after sending characters through, I can't seem to make myself do it again.  Desolace.  The Hinterlands.    Painful Vashj'ir.  Thousand Needles...ack that one is worst.

My Warlock is at the start of the area. I'll see if I can figure it out as I go through.  It must be a combination of things.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Not The Turkey You're Looking For

No game turkeys this year, though I did pick out a game called MegaRace from our shelves as a first pick.  Some spectacular futuristic tracks, with a game show host from Hades that just ruined it all.

I hope your day was as relaxing as mine (after the meal was done).  Keep those turkeys in mind for next year.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Have a Happy And Safe Thanksgiving

Perhaps tomorrow I'll have some gaming turkeys for you, but for today, travel safe, eat well, enjoy those you love.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fallout 4 Jaunting Over The Other Way

I decided to strike out in an all new direction tonight, leaving Olivia Station for another adventuring day.

Which includes another supposedly deserted encampment.  I was really careful this time, circling, circling in stealth.  No pop up baddies.

For the first time in my mini-travels, I came across someone who wasn't a Raider.  If I were Ms. Half-Cocked, I would have taken down the woman and her little two headed cow, too.

I talked to her instead, and she recommended I head across the river to a town called Diamond City.  She looked just like one of the creepy guards in the Vault. 

I didn't find Diamond City, but a city called Lexington.

Is this a man in the window or another mannequin?  At least he's clothed.  It was dark out.

I thought I'd work my way around the building to check for an entrance to check him out.   Suddenly, a couple of Feral Ghouls detached themselves from the roof, and then there were a bunch of Feral Ghouls.  Ghoulishly delightful.

Dog and I were no match for them.

In order to have a shot at them next round, I found out how to use my grenades and other tossables......Hold Left Alt key...

I am also bugged by my failure at the cave...errr, I mean, failure to kill the Deathclaw in Concord.

So I found this video which shows three different ways to get him.  I'm going to go with no. 1 which looks most simple.   I had already been thinking that maybe I should try getting on top of a car or building to stay out of his range.

I retreated home and was somewhat horrified to find Trashcan Carla and her cow in front of my house!  Eeek! I have not made it a settlement in any way.  Eeeek, how did she get in?  I bought the last ingredient I needed to craft a couple of stims and she appeared to wander down the street. How odd.

Fallout 4 A Jaunt Through The Countryside

So after yet another try at the Deathclaw...

I thought, I don't have to kill this guy before I move on. It isn't a quest sequence, so off I went cross country seeing the sights.   Almost immediately, I got a notice "You Cannot Go That Way".  What kind of open world is that?

There's stuff out there, alright.  Molerats, campfires that look deserted but there are three guys, another nice camp that turned out to have a dog and a Raider nearby.  Oops.

This place looked like trouble but it just had some nice goodies.  The Raider camps made me jumpy, I guess.

Since there was a fire in a barrel, I suspected even more Raiders at Olivia Station.  The upper part was all nice and quiet.  Why are there mannequins all over the Wasteland, why?

In another building, the way led downwards.  For the first time I had an overloaded inventory and had to drop stuff.

I should have scooted home and unloaded.  Come back all fresh. Because the lower levels were rolling in Raiders.  Tomorrow.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Walking Dead (iOS)

Glenn is alive!!!!!  Nothing to do with the game, but joy & happy feet!

So, I've never gotten past the opening salvo here. You're supposed to grab a rifle and pop the zombie before he gets you.  Tried it again tonight and didn't even manage to spot the rifle, much less grab it.

As much as I love the show, I'm just not able to work my way through the apocalypse on my own.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Timewalking the Cataclysm

I generally like the Cataclysm dungeons.  Like any good dungeon, they can go smoothly or horribly wrong.

Throne of Tides

Not a favorite.  Still, most days an easy run.  So easy that the group discussed the glory of junk/flames/water/ooze/ s*$t that you now have to stand in/run from/avoid every two seconds as a fine game mechanic that helps separate the good players from the bad, who might be sitting at home just mashin' those buttons and eatin' pork rinds.

Somehow things went south and everyone died, and not from junk.

Then things went horribly wrong as our dogs got into a terrible fight and I had to bow out.  Nobody was hurt, thanks.  Someone is in the dog house though.

Vortex Pinnacle

I used to think you were supposed to jump from cloud to cloud in this one yourself, not realizing youre just launched along.  Tsk.

Now its all good.  Except Assad killed me three times.  Zigged when I should have zagged.

Grim Batol

It seems like this one is generally pretty simple, but the last boss can drive people out.  With several group changes, this guy wiped the dungeon floor with us till we had to call it quits.  A zillionth of a box from level 99. Must heal up and get more potions.

Friday, November 20, 2015

IntPiPoMo Screenshot Count

I believe the goal is 50 for IntPoMo and I count 72 screenshots so I think I'm good.  It is fun to write posts around screenshots, and I've seen some others doing fun thematic posts, which I may try after I take more shots with particular themes in mind.

Now my goal is to make it to the end of the month with a post a day.  Though this is pictureless and thus dry and boring it counts towards that goal, well enough.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

IntPiPoMo # 19 Fallout 4

It is good to be able to talk with someone about a game you're currently playing, though sometimes they have different play styles and skill sets.

They might tell you to make a jump that looks impossible, and turns out to be impossible for you.

Save early and often!   Luckily there was a third option.

I'm supposed to clear the town of Raiders.  Luckily I got quite a few of them coming in.

Somehow while I was jumping, a new threat showed up.  I thought the Deathclaws in my Fallout Shelter were nasty.  This guy just killed me, though I thought I was getting good shots on him.  I even tried my faithful tire iron in desperation.  Nope.

I just backed away from the fight after dying and went into a nearby Speakeasy.  What a bizzaro place.  Should have gotten a picture of the three guys standing around the tub with machetes and a plunger.  Skull in the toilet.  That's normal.

I've been gathering loot like mad but hadn't started any crafting.   I need some Stims and Radaways so I went home, dropped all the junk in my inventory and started to scrap stuff.  How amazing are all of the components broken down from common objects.  Like treasures within treasures once you get going.

Next thing I knew, I was going around the craft house scrapping broken objects, fallen over furniture, tires, crummy looking barrels outside, and broken toilet in front of the house.  Tsk.  Poof.

Then I went to my post apocalypse house across the street and tidied it up.  A bit addictive, and I can see why after a Deathclaw fight you'd like a place to come back to that is all non-chaotic.

My son told me the Deathclaw would follow me home, but I saved before he saw me and in this save he doesn't know I'm around, right?  Still, I'm listening for a growl and watching Dog to see if it somehow decides to come over.