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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.



Sheesh!

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.


Rift

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

She's waiting her turn as well.