Friday, August 31, 2018

Monthly Wrapup

It was a good month for games.  I played Battle for Azeroth, and really love this expansion.   It may be the best yet.   All my higher level characters are playing really well.   It's taking each one long enough to work their way through Freehold in Tiragarde so that I can queue for dungeons.

 I've gotten Freehold, Waycrest Manor and Shrine of the Storm with various characters.  Freehold is smoothest, with everyone getting lost in Waycrest Manor, and dying at the Ritualists and  Lord Stormsong in Shrine of the Storm.   Tanks and Healers are a bit cranky.

Everquest 2 was played a bit almost everyday.  In a stressful month, I was thinking of it as "my happy place".  Now that's a good thing for a game to be.

I've played my newly minted Mystic the most, and she's at level 17.  She also has 7 gold, which is way more than my level 17 Fury has.   I'm almost thinking you get more looted money and things to sell in the Frostfang Sea area.

My Fury is not getting any money as loot, it's gross stuff like Canine Saliva.  She's in the Qeynos/Antonica area.  I just like the little ching ching sound of gold.   Also, it feels as if there is better bank and vendor access in the Frostfang area.  For sure, there are more rugs to be had in Frostfang.   I wonder if they kind of loaded it up when they went Free To Play.

There's still a little Bruiser Froglock on the Isle of Refuge.  I wonder if I send her to Kelethin if she's likely to get some new and unusual furniture :)

I enjoyed my Steam games and plan to go back in and work on those.  My son recommended the Witcher to me and I have all three of the games.  He's generally right about what games and classes I'd enjoy playing.

Loved Broken Age.

Curious to see the plot play out in Dear Esther.  

The Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is pretty funny, in I'm sure an unintended way, as it is so serious in tone.

I logged in to Rift a couple of times, and am set to send my Cleric out adventuring.

It took forever to get ESO to update, but I'm now able to log in and see which character I want to play.

Looking at my GW2 Hunter for a post or two, I think I may back up and try her Personal Story.


Middle Earth Wisdom's Lord Of The Rings Online 30 Day Challenge Part 3

11.  Picture of your choice.   I'm having a terrible time with this one.  I even tried to track down some older screenshots from the 2007 era.  Poofed.   Here's my Loremaster and her scraggly pal.

12.   Favorite Quest So Far.    It's been a long time, but the quest right outside the gates of Moria, that finally open up Moria, that I loved.  

13.  Which Faction were you absolutely keen to get kindred status with?      I just don't pay attention to faction or reputation, except World of Warcraft has beat me into Rep grinding submission.  These questions are serving as a guide to my looking deeper into the game, and someday I'll be able to answer them.

14. Best Server to Play On.    Meneldor!  Oops, but gone.  Landroval is pretty nice.

15.   Raiding kinship or social kinship?     Something right in between.   People to do group content with, who are friendly, humorous and kind, is the ideal.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Blaugust Wrapup

I'm writing and scheduling all my posts for the rest of the week on Monday the 27th.  Ahh... then it is all wrapped up!   This one is appearing on Thursday the 30th, because I have my LOTRO 30 Day Challenge tidily scheduled for Friday.  And done!


My favorite thing about the month has been finding new blogs to read.   There are lots of great viewpoints and ideas out there.


At the end of June, I had 24 posts for the year on this blog.  Getting warmed up for Blaugust daily writing in July got me 21 July posts!  Definitely in the swing of things.   With this week's posts I'll be at 38 for August, which easily meets my post a day goals.   83 total for the blog for the year!  I will easily meet my 100 posts for the year on this blog, way earlier than I usually try to make up for lost time.

The only post idea I think I'll carry forward will be an occasional screenshot Saturday, as a nice way to sum up a week.

My Post Ideas Calendar

I had many ideas plotted out in advance, then found I'd rather write something else, or maybe I just didn't have anything I wanted to say on the topic.  Most posts were written the night before and scheduled.   Some I did in advance.  It is nice to have those posts all written up and waiting for their scheduled appearance.  This is something I'll enjoy the rest of this week, because they're all written and scheduled.

Five Most Popular Posts, with the most popular at the top:

What's Your Alignment
All The Post Ideas From My Remarkably Small Brain
World Of Warcraft Darkshore
World Of Warcraft A Short Lived Peace
Battle For Azeroth

My Own Favorite Five, in no particular order:

So Many Post Ideas: Five Questions and Answers (3 posts)
Try It Tuesdays (particularly the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell one)
Blaugust Sunday Wordfind
Welcome to Blaugust
All the post ideas.....

Would I do it again next August?

Though it was a good challenge, summer is way too busy and 31 days seems like such a looong month.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

3 Minutes To Midnight

Via Adventure Gamers   a trailer for a 2019 point and click Adventure Game called 3 Minutes To Midnight.

It has a forties cartoony style that reminds me somewhat of the recent game Cuphead. 

"A comedy adventure with a sprawling story and colorful cast. Betty Anderson can’t remember who she is, but she has bigger worries – like a doomsday plot threatening to wipe out the human race. Join Betty to crack the conspiracy that starts with a bang and ends at 3 Minutes to Midnight."

Here's an article and video with more information

Here's the Scarecrow Studios site with a ton more information and cool screenshots.

August Game Goals

My posted August game goals (the only ones that count here) were pretty loose.

Battle for Azeroth

Level and Explore

Definitely I've met this goal, I think all seven of my characters in Kul Tiras will be at 112 by the end of August, and moving forward.   It's going well, I'm enjoying the expansion far more than I did Legion.

For Lord of the Rings Online, I wanted to work on my high and low level Hunters.  I ended up moving forward a couple of levels with my main Hunter, getting her un-stuck from her spot in Mirkwood.  That's quite an accomplishment.

On any given day my personal notebook can have game goals a page long, and most days I accomplish perhaps half the list.

I've been dabbling in a few other games while working on Blaugust posts, so September should have more game goals, more games.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Try It Tuesday An Unknown Tale From My Steam Library: Broken Age

I'm glad I finally tried out this totally charming game.  It begins with the typical maidens about to be sacrificed to the Monster to save the village.

Everyone in Vella's family is thrilled for her to be among the chosen for sacrifice, except for Grandpa.  He wants villagers to be the warriors they once were, and to defeat Mog Chothra.

The local maidens chosen to vie for the attention of Mog Chothra are absolutely not interested in Vella's suggestions that they use objects at hand to defeat the monster.   Vella seems to be the only one who keeps thinking of ways to escape to the last.

They want to be chosen, even after they see others snatched and slurped into the monster's huge mouth.

Vella, clever and brave to the last, figures out a way to escape.

From dutiful daughter to heroine riding through the sky...

She finds a new place to continue her adventures that isn't the belly of a beast.

I love how casual Vella is about everything.   She's a welcome heroine.   The cartoon style is simple but pretty.   Movement is point and click.   Reasonable puzzles for my non-logical brain.

Monday, August 27, 2018

My Favorite Character In...

It's hard to choose between my characters, I love them all.  Here are a few we shall say are favorites:

World of Warcraft

Feral Druid

Lord of the Rings Online




Guild Wars 2 






Secret World


Star Wars Galaxies


Saturday, August 25, 2018


Finally fixed the spelling of Atheren in my blog url. Ta da.

Screenshot Saturday: This Week in Games

Everquest 2

This fight took place in The Caves.  I'm working the caves with my Fury.  I'm trying to find my way up one more level from where I am, and whammo!   Dead meat on a stick.  Where did he even come from?  Just pops up? Wanders the caves?  I was sooo paranoid when I went back in trying to complete the area.

I read that EQ2 was merging Antonia Bayle with the Stormhold progression server, and you should log in your characters to reserve their name.

While logging everyone in, I noticed I had enough points to create another character!  Yay!  Here's my level 8 Ratonga Mystic.  So adorable.  She's in the Frostfang Sea area near New Halas, an area I thought I didn't like.  It seems better this time around.  I recall there was a nice fur rug to be gained here somewhere in this area.  I don't have it yet, but did get a little table right off.  Maybe I can loot a bed.   All furnishings will end up in my Qeynos apartment.

World of Warcraft

Freehold, not such a bad hat.

Freehold, the odd Parrot droppings quest

Another reason to be glad the artifact weapons are gone!  The weapon is a coiled snake with a lantern hanging from it.  Nothing like that ever dropped in the Broken Isles.

Freehold: the Ring Of Booty  It's great to be the one who catches the pig.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Middle Earth Wisdom's Lord of the Rings Online 30 Day Challenge Part 2


Here's my new Hobbit Warden.  I used Mydariel's timely new Warden guide and the in game guidance, and I think I have it.  She seems pretty powerful, fights are short.

Best Music In the Game   

I don't know the areas as I once did, and can't pick a favorite music.  I do know I really keenly dislike the Rivendell theme.

Role-play or Monster Play 

Roleplay for 500!  My husband and I once tried Monster Play, but neither of us could recall anything about it except we named our characters after our dogs.  We had a short but hilarious time running around saying awoooo.   Apparently we chose this Monster form:

What's your favorite Freep Class? 

 We really didn't play, so this one is unanswered.

Show Off Your Best Cosmetic Outfit

I have done anything with this feature, yet.   I like this outfit though.

Answer To The Sunday August 19 Cryptogram Puzzle

I'm glad you made it!  My husband (my Ace puzzle tester) requested one with no unusual words from a fantasy realm such as Middle Earth.   What realm could be more grounded in this world than Secret World Legends?

The puzzle:


The answer!   From the Quest Blood-Starved Beasts


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Try It Tuesday An Unknown Tale From My Steam Library: The Witcher Enhanced Edition

I haven't played a game in ages with such a long set of cut scene intros to the story.   It was interesting, but unexpected.

I'm still in the introductory area that shows here's how you move, here's how you fight.   The battles take place in what looks like an impenetrable castle.

Soon enough, bandits over run the gate and are somehow in the upper reaches of the castle as well.   My character, Geralt, seems to have (oh noooes) lost his memory of who he is, and how to fight.  The poor man had a devil of a time picking up a rusty sword right off the bat. 

I chose Keyboard and Mouse because it's what I'm used to.   Combat is pretty annoying.  It seems as if you're mostly supposed to wait for the sword icon that indicates you're fighting a person to turn into a flaming sword.   It does so at intervals.  Then you click.  I'm used to jamming on my keys, though so the message "too fast" was pretty constant.

As part of your combat, you chose to fight a certain way with agile or heavy hitting combatants.  It doesn't seem to me they're waiting for any flaming sword thing, they just whack whack.

I could not see their health bars, or if they're there, didn't recognize them, so had no idea if they were going to go down any time soon or not.

Which led me to the longest fight in video game history.  (Mine, anyway).

This wizard guy starts out in his bubble.

You can't touch him with your flaming sword, but you can push him over and stun him briefly with a magic ability called Aard.    After getting nowhere, I kill off his dozey henchmen, who aren't fighting, they're kind of dangling in air.

Poof, down with the bubble.   I think he's a dead man now.  Pffft.

So, forever and ever I whack at him, and push him down, and he just pops up and teleports to another spot in the circle. 

I looked up the fight and lo, I'm supposed to use the Heavy Hitter technique on him.  I was thinking he was agile because he was all over the place. Down, at last.

The bad guys get what they came for and teleport handily away.

I level up, though, and can pick a tiny bit of talents.

I like the Witcher crew, and I'm sure we'll be going after the bad guys.   I really need to work on having patience with the combat though.

Monday, August 20, 2018

So Many Great Post Ideas: Five Questions and Answers

I've got six open day slots on my Blaugust calendar schedule.  I'm going to turn to some of the post ideas put forth by others to fill those slots.   Five for each day should do it.

Tales of the Aggronaut

  • Write about the first time a game made you cry.  This could in theory be substituted for any sort of media… a book, a movie, a play…  just write about the first time you found yourself completely caught up in the story and those walls fell.
Perhaps there was one somewhere earlier, but the touching story I always think about is the one in Pandaria where a woman wants to save her husband before doing anything else is done.  That is not how it plays out, and he dies nobly.  Her grief is so enormous, she is overcome by Sha emotions.   Her story makes me sad each time.

  • Write about your first online gaming experience and why it was positive or negative in shaping your opinions of online interactions going forward.
So way back, I decided to try Star Wars Galaxies as my first online game.  I had read that in this game, you could go completely non-combat, which was hugely appealing.   And it was Star Wars, the IP nearest and dearest to my imagination.

I had no idea what was going on, couldn't tell people from NPCs, couldn't figure out why some NPCs attacked me, and why something so icky as a Dalyrake would exist to attack you when you were just peeking out into the wider world.

Everything I see in online games is compared internally to Galaxies.  Honestly, when it shut down I thought it was impossible that another company would not set out immediately to re-create the world sans the Star Wars IP because it was a living breathing world, and unparalleled.

Someday I will write up "Everything I Need to Know About Online Games I Learned From Star Wars Galaxies."

Moonshine Mansion

What gets you hyped about an upcoming game?    

I haven't seen anything new coming for quite awhile that I wanted to play.   I would like to see one with a science fictional/futuristic setting.   Give me tons of places to explore.  Create ships I can actually fly!   The joystick is not my friend.  I'll need a crafting economy where you can create useful items at any crafting level.   Leave PvP out altogether.   I think I'd prefer an all new world, rather than one based on someone else's world and rules.

What is your gaming environment? A messy desk? A comfy sofa? What would your perfect gaming setup be?

My gaming room is also my crafting room, so there's a boatload of stuff in here.  I do like being surrounded by fun stuff though, so what I have may just be perfect.

Endgame Viable

What do you use Twitter for? Is it a conversation platform? Is it a notification platform? Is it safe? How do you use retweets and favorites?

I know I'm persona non grata for not joining the Twitter list, but I use it little, and actually, more for television and movie news than games.   I'll log in more now that prime television season is returning soon.  I love following the "writer's rooms" for shows I love.

I don't think Twitter is a good conversation platform, Facebook really is better for conversations.  I think news source aside, Twitter is more of a self-promotional thing.  I've nothing to promote, so oops!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Blaugust Sunday Cryptogram

From deep within a game I play (not so deep in this case), here's a Cryptogram for you to try.  It's the entire quest text.  I think it captures the game world's atmosphere nicely.

To get started, write out the alphabet on a piece of paper and look for recurring letters in the sentences below.  Once you get a few recurring letters, it's all easy! Make educated guesses as to what the words might be as you go along. Then ponder what makes sense in a sentence for the rest of the words.

Answer will be up Friday August 24.

The Cryptogram Puzzle


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Screenshot Saturday What's In Your Bag?

You can have a full inventory in a game you play all the time because you just don't want to get rid of anything. 

On the other hand, even a little played character can get an inventory load of things they have no clue about because they haven't played for awhile, or the because the game keeps filling their bag with "gifts".

My Galaxies Ranger's Bag

There are mostly Rangery things in her bag. Traps, materials to make traps, mind and harvesting enhancements.  Tents.   Loot wise, she has a few things she normally wouldn't pick up from Creatures: Ithorian Pants and the odd pistol or low level rifle, looted from Imperial NPCs.  Galaxies has a generous basic bag that holds 80 items, with an equipped backpack giving another 50 spaces.

My LOTRO Hunter's Bags

LOTRO may be the worst for giving out presents galore.  You hardly dare open them.  More than anything, they seem filled with Fireworks.  It would be ok if you could shoot a few off and say "that was nice".   The don't go away though.  They're Forever Fireworks.   She keeps looting all these scrolls and recipes I think my other characters can use.   If I were playing this regularly I'd have my crafting up, and would have a better idea of what everyone needed.  As it is, I can't let go of a thing.   Good thing I have that ginormous Bag 1 via the LOTRO store.

Wildstar Rogue Type Character

She's my highest level before the boosted character, but it looks like she's keeping a reasonable bag.  I noticed a bag sort feature, so I put these in alphabetical order.   Look at that adorable lamp I can put in my house if I find the dang house.

Secret World Legends Templar

A puny 35 item bag, filled currently with the little yellow thingies I can't figure out how to use.  I was just getting comfortable with the old version of the game's craft system, but the new one really needs to be worked on by me before this loads up the rest of the way.

Everquest 2 Fury

Once again foods and crafting items are overwhelming the bag.   I can't let go of a single thing.

Guild Wars 2

Only 40 slots in her bag and you can't see them all at once.   Lots of boosters and gifts hogging space.   I love that you can toss from afar crafting ingredients into a shared bank space.