I didn't expect to do much more with SWTOR when the latest chapter was released, then there was some bonus xp added in. I couldn't resist rolling up a new smuggler. My first class in SWTOR was a sawbones smuggler, and I do have a couple more across my account, one that I used a boost on as well as an Agent (who I love too). But I just really wanted to make a character to play through the story and planets with.
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Things are laid back, fun and relaxing leveling this character, the level scaling makes it so I don't out level the zones and quests which is superb when you just want to enjoy the journey. Also the quest rewards are my level too. I take time to do some of the daily heroic planetary quests for some nice upgrades while I level. It is fun bopping about questing and just taking my time and playing through all the combat. My two mains, the Sith Assassin and Jedi Shadow, two sides of the same coin, are, of course, both melee classes and it is nice to play something with more range. I'm sawbones and my companion tanks, which is a nice change up from the usual play. It has a nice stickiness to it, the combination of healing and dpsing while the companion/pet tanks. And the stealth helps out too when I want to get around something in the way!
I expect to keep playing it for the time being. A little bit of LoTRO on the side. I love playing LoTRO, but sometimes with all the traveling around I run out of time and have to do other things before I get much even started. SWTOR is pretty awesome with the easy travel to the ship, around the map points, and the new galaxy travel map, it spoiled me, much like the EQ2 quick travel map which subscribers are entitled to using.
Dire and I also got a couple new tablets. The Amazon Fire 10, which are pretty nice. They were on sale last week and we got them for a real nice deal. He's crazy over Golf Clash for the time being, he gets hooked on a mobile game and then burns out never to return to it again, lol. He loved it on the tablet. I've set up the Google Play store because the Amazon App store is severely anemic and lacking. Most games run quite well and look fantastic on the ten inch screen. We have newer Samsung Galaxy phones, he has the 9 and I was impatient and got the 8, both are awesome phones, but after playing games on such a big screen it feels funny to think of playing much on the phone.
I am trying out a lot of games and even going back to a few I have already tried. I will be spending some time playing Adventure Quest, it was neat to see my character crossed over from PC to mobile! I am also playing Order and Chaos 2, eventually I want to get around to Villagers and Heroes. A few that I liked over the years have been sunset, which was disappointing when I tried to find them. I do play the new Sims Mobile and Animal Crossing Pocket Edition on the phone and so it will be nice to transition those to the tablet. It's nice to relax and play something away from the desk, though nothing can really take the place of PC MMORPG games for me. My son loves the VR, but it still feels tiring to me. Tablets and my 3DS are about as far off as I veer. I am impressed with the quality and functionality of many of these mobile titles. It seems finally we are getting far away from the Farmville explosion, lol.
I'm trying casual games as well, sometimes I just want something that takes very little effort. Which I suppose ACPE and the Sims mobile games fill. My son has been playing around with the mobile PUBG, getting Winner Winner Chicken Dinner- Which I tried asking Alexa what that was, and she had no clue. However, my Google assistant tells me it is Victory in a game of chance. I don't really have much interest in PUBG type games, battle royale stuff, PvP in general. I suppose the younger generation eats it up. Speaking of mobile assistants, I have always liked Alexia as my last tablet was an Amazon Fire, but I think Google is getting better and better and you just can't beat it. I hear soon it will be able to make calls using your voice, kind of creepy but the lazy part of me hates making appointments and those types of calls and thinks it sounds pretty awesome, LOL.
And my internet decided to mess up for a little bit while writing this, so I best get this post out before it gets way too late and I forget. Thanks for stopping by and safe adventures!
LOTRO is still a very beautiful game as it ages. Sharing some shots I've collected over the past month. I could get lost in this world and have no problem with that, there are so many interesting and beautiful places to explore. It simply makes me happy to wander around in this game questing and taking in the sights.
A new start on some old forgotten areas I have not been to in awhile.
I used to get so tired of the Lone Lands, as the questing seems to go on and on here, I rather like it now. It is a nice wide open zone, something I feel I needed more of in my playtime; Open spaces.
Traipsing along doing some anniversary quests.
Eleven years! Let's celebrate!
The elven areas are some of my favorites, I love the design with a colorful smattering of trees and the elegant architecture.
Deep down in the bog.
Spooky horse in a spooky forest. Seemed fitting.
More celebration stuff. These hobbits are big on fireworks.
A lovely game to leisurely adventure though. Hope you enjoyed the shots.
/ she holds up the dusty ledger and blows the dust off... I have been a bit neglectful in posting lately. It sometimes seems there hasn't been a whole lot to write about that I haven't really written about many times over. Moving always gets me out of sorts and it sometimes takes awhile to get back into the routine for writing. There are a few things to talk about this week, let's get started!
SoTA released. I think I briefly tried it very, very briefly in beta when they had a seven day free trial. Now there is no limit on time, just a limit on skill/level. It is an interesting game which I thus far enjoy. Tomorrow brings in a fresh patch with some more content, very nice to see. I have not purchased it yet, I suppose I may though. It is different, yet classic. Combat, thankfully, is not action based. There is a lot to see, the world looks nice and so far it has just been nice to dabble with something new. The skill system is nice, without feeling tied down to a class, similar to Project Gorgon, but not as tedious. There is housing but I need to purchase the game and then look into more about it. I know there are some purchased in the shop, or able to obtain in game, I just need to look into it more when/if I become more established in game. It is refreshing, different, yet classic feeling all at the same time. There is such a drought for new stuff lately that I find myself looking for the new patch eagerly. It has a lot of charm. I have not gotten very far but I have played enough to get a rough feeling for combat and know that I like it, I started dabbling around with it on release when I heard that anyone could try it.
LoTRO has taken up the main staple of my playtime. I need to get working on levels but there is the anniversary event, every time I log in a seem to get caught up with doing that instead of leveling. I do wish there was more to do, I seem to be waiting on timers, but it is nice collecting some of the stuff I have obtained. I have a shiny new cosmetic armor set and a snazzy dragon horse. I love adventuring and riding through the beautiful zones. I hope to see and do more, I would like to stick with it for a bit. It gets updates often enough and the zones are always decent sized. I want a game that gets attention and updates, nice questing zones to explore. It is a tall order these days. LoTRO makes me happy to play, to get lost in the beautiful open zones, the game is busy with players still, it is nice to see. Elevenses is the eleven year title, it's cute!
Suprisingly enough I got into WoW's Battle For Azeroth beta. I didn't expect that, the last time I think I got beta was WoTLK. Maybe I am getting kind of hazy on that. More scenarios, lots of big Horde vs Alliance. The beta cutscenes are still wonky and have no sound, heh, so that was kind of funny to see. I have only messed around with the warlock, it isn't too different honestly. The new races look really cool, seeing the new orc and dwarf models was a nice addition to logging in. The Alliance take over Lorderon, which I have not really delved into yet, so that is a mixed bag there. Cool and not cool. Lore wise cool, not so cool when I associate game memories.
And on the side a little EverQuest when Dire feels like logging in. He hasn't felt the greatest lately so maybe more when he starts feeling better. We have not done much for the anniversary event. We're playing little beastlord alts on the FV server. Nothing super exciting but cozy like a favorite old book. 19 year, it is so nice to know it is still there. Hopefully everything irons out well for SBG and SSG, if you haven't heard much about what is going on, which is a bit concerning, MassivelyOP has the scoop here and here. Bhagpuss has a good post as does Wilhelm. I'd go into more detail, but those articles do a pretty good job.
A busy couple of months it has been. I have tried to sit down a handful of times to get a post out but I have just been tired or time has just been too thin. Moving always takes a toll, then there is the period of getting back into a schedule and just feeling situated in a new place. I'm getting there. The move took a bit on me physically, I was exhausted for a couple of weeks, pushing myself. It is our first home that belongs to us, so it will be nice to finally settle down. It is exciting and comforting. For the first few weeks I didn't do much besides but unpack and set things up, lots of cleaning, a few unexpected repairs. Finally we feel more situated. Family came and visited which was nice, but tiring as well, and then I smashed my phone. But all is well and we got that fixed up, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We have been very blessed!
Finally I feel more situated to play my games more. We have a cool little set up with an office/computer room and slowly I am making it the cool room I can stow all our nerdy stuff. Lots of posters and I finally got another keyboard. A mouse I don't always have trouble replacing because they break and you really just have to quite often, a keyboard I get attached to. I cannot even remember how old the keyboard is that I have been using, the keys have worn off in many places and I have had it so long my fingers have worn the keys down and my nails have left grooves in the keys. They're not super long, just sharp... lol. Anyhow, it is so nice to have a keyboard that I like better. The keys feel good (and not loud, I hate loud keys) it lights up in pretty rainbow colors and it has those sound buttons I love so much.
My son took a pic while I wasn't looking...
Some other RL stuff to ramble on about, I've also found that I absolutely love Rick and Morty. Something I always pushed aside as something I wasn't interested in. If you can get past the crudeness it really is a brilliant show. For my son's birthday we grabbed him some Rick and Morty and also a PSVR, everyone chipped in to get him one, he was over the moon. So I have been checking out the VR games. They really are cool and I can see the attraction to VR. They do make my eyes a bit tired but overall it is quite neat. Trying Skyrim out with it was really something, the nausea after my first try wasn't so hot. There are lots of cool casual type games. It really isn't my thing but he just loves it. Dire upgraded his machine and is having a blast, we're making a return to EQ together with some alts soon. For now he's really hooked on Grim Dawn. He thinks it is so pretty with things turned up, or something like that, more manly like.
For me it is just whatever I feel interested in that day. Nothing fresh and new is going on. There is the Rift Prime server but I am pretty attached to all my cool stuff on live, mounts and dimensions and so on. I am having a lot of fun with the carnival going on now, I do every year though! Also playing an alt through old content is quite enjoyable and more fun than I thought it would be. Oh, and thank you TRION for not making the amazing carnival mount not a lockbox mount! It is too cool, you guys rock, thanks for listening to us!
I am playing EQ2 with a little EQ on the side. EQ2 has so many events going on and overlapping lately, there is much to do. There is the new pet collection daily, which I can never resist. New alts in EQ are always calling. There is plenty of cool stuff to do with a grand celebration as EverQuest is 19 this year! One year older than my daughter (happy birthday my baby girl). My how time does fly. It is still a robust and massive game with so much content, so many zones and things to complete, it could take a lot of time to experience it all. Still... I keep saying it.. but they (the marvelous EQ team) are still putting out an expansion a year, which makes a lot of newer games look a bit scrawny on the content side.
Dire and I are taking a break from WoW maybe until the BFA expansion hits. Still an enjoyable game but sometimes a break is needed sooner than later. We'll probably pop in sooner if there is some content going on leading up to the expansion, I hope so! There is also GW2 and SWTOR which I still have been keeping thumbs on, but that is certainly a post for another day.
Hopefully I can get back to jotting down my thoughts and adventures on a more regular basis. Safe adventures and thanks for stopping by the dusty ol' blog!
A RL screenshot. Probably my favorite room, all the windows.
Not much new this year with the MMO scene still. I have been working on the house a lot and hating the cold weather. Besides that, I have been hopping around games a bit. There are a few prospects for things to try out this spring, nothing new that I can think of and the WoW expansion is still a ways off. In March Trion is releasing the new Rift server, with a classic twist. Then in April Agnarr unlocks PoP. My poor little barbarian beastlord can leave the cold snowdrifts of Halas and head to Freeport. Travel will be so nice. Until then I am still popping in on WoW. I think I got a bit jaded about unlocking the other Allied Races. I didn't feel like it, with enough to do IRL, I don't want to spend my game time playing towards what I want to be playing. So I haven't logged in as much. Dire is still playing, farming mounts all the time. He has dedication, I'll give him that. Watching him fly around looking for the Time-Lost Proto-Drake makes me cringe, it was given the name for a reason. We never ended up making alts together with the new race we unlocked, he was too busy with farming the holiday event and leveling characters up to do it since the level requirement changed for the mount drop. I kind of think the game gets a bit too forceful with directions and choices these days. But I am still playing and hope to get around to unlocking another allied race in time.
EQ2 had another lovely event around the Valentine holiday, Erollisi Day. There was a cool new outfit to grab with candies and notes. Some great housing item editions too. I messed about quite a lot with it and then got sucked into housing. I also gained my first ever housing Hall of Fame achievement and trophy. I didn't expect that, a real surprise there. I need to finish the expansion story line. I have gotten stuck in an instance that is quite long and keep having to stop in the middle, then I get back to it by the time it has reset. I just am not a huge fan of the Sol Ro Tower Instance I suppose. I love it in the first EverQuest, but it is an open zone there. The new Tradeskill timeline has been released and it looks really daunting, I don't know if I am really up for it anytime soon. There is also a new familiar quest which EQ2TC has the rundown on, looks like a nice way to collect familiars.
I have been playing a bit of GW2, working through the story. Last time I was trying to get through the PoF story it was giving me random disconnects, this time things seem to be smoothed out. I also managed to get my jackal mount. I want to work on the griffon, that required the story to be finished up. Between playing alts and working that it will take some time. I love the older zones in GW2, they are so beautiful and have a better feeling with mob density, I often find myself heading to those zones for a break from the thickly packed expansion. That's about it for today, hopefully more next week, as I have family visiting soon. Safe adventures!
This is where GW2 shines, in the events and open world.
Working on the story with the ranger.
Heading to PoF with one of my other characters.
The revenant 'spec' is tons of fun on the Necromancer.
Lots of cool stuff to check out in many games, Massively OP has a big list of many events going on, check it out here. Mainly I've been crafting and collecting goodies in EQ2, new stuff this year so plenty to go after! I've also been trying to get lucky with WoW's event and get the holiday love rocket mount, but that hasn't happened yet.
Allied races have come to World of Warcraft! Right on the heels of unlocking flying the races were released on the day we moved into our new place. Dire and I managed to Pre-Order and finish up the achievement we needed for Nightborne.
Between moving and packing I did manage to finish up the achievement for unlocking flying on my account, which was a huge relief. Then we still had one more quest line to finish up to unlock the Nightborne, which is the only allied race I have unlocked, luckily it is the one I wanted to play. Dire has everything else finished up as he didn't take a break as long as I did and has all the faction required. Lucky man!
Dire and I working through the quest line for the Nighborne achievement. Fun playing together again!
I hope that the faction requirements are removed in time because if you have taken a break it is quite a bit to unlock some of these races due to faction gating, the amount you can get daily is limited. The forums are full of people patting themselves on the back for playing WoW and doing their chores like good little children. But the reality is that it is a game and this is something you normally see in an Asian grinder or a cash shop based game. Not something you see in a top of the line MMO for a paid expansion touting new races as a hilight, until now I suppose. I don't mind it as much if it is removed for people returning, once the expansion goes live. But it is a huge time sink and it is a hobby, not a job. I think it was a really low blow on top of paying for the expansions to play these races and then have to unlock them in the game.
That being said the race I really wanted to play is unlocked for me, I don't have any issues, it would be nice to play a void elf too but my heart has always been after the Nightborne. I made a warlock, which is my main on the alliance but I could not resist to have one on the Horde with the new race. Leveling through the newly revamped system has been okay, slower but not terrible, I really have had very little issues. Dire has had more trouble leveling up characters through higher content, I suppose with certain specs and classes your mileage may vary. I love the class and the race is so cool, they have neat tattoos and some interesting earring choices, oh and purple eyes.
Mine is sitting in her 30's, they start at 20. I am still recovering from tendentious and just being exhausted from pushing everything in this move to go "flawlessly" and on a tight schedule. I am wore out but happy. It was icing on the cake to get BFA pre-ordered on the day we moved in. The cable guy was hooking everything up before the movers had finished moving all our stuff in. We've moved several times since I started this blog, I hate moving, but this will be it for us as we have our own home now, a lovely little house on the edge of town. I was happy I had time to finish flying and finish unlocking the allied race while getting settled in.
I wanted to get a post up about some thoughts on the new allied races. Which I can't comment on other than I have seen them all in the character creation, lol. They all look interesting, though most are just re-skins of current races. The Nightborne, while sharing animations with the Night Elves, felt the most unique and new to me. They have a different stance, a different look. They all come with wonderful hair choices, I wish they would share those with existing races eventually.
EQ2 has the Valentine holiday heading this way soon and also EQ has unlocked a new expansion on the Agnarr server, Luclin. I'd like to pop on those when time permits!
I thought I would check into World of Warcraft and see how the new leveling is, with the new scaling in areas. You don't need a sub to play characters under 20, so it was easy enough to pop in and start up another little alt. All in all it really wasn't bad, then again I don't mind scaling levels. I love them in SWTOR, in my mind makes older areas useful and fun again.
I do rather like how EQ2 and Rift do mentoring and scaling, this version is auto-mentoring and over a certain level it just doesn't work. You can't go back and mentor down with a friend, which is something I have always hoped for, at least at max level you can't. After trying things out seeing how it worked. It doesn't feel that slow, the xp from quests is where you get the bulk of xp it seems and instead of one shotting mobs, mostly it only took three shots. Will it slow things down a bit? Yeah, but I don't think it's the worst change ever, it gives more options of what to do while leveling, places to go, or just stay around and finish things. Leveling in WoW has never been super hard, and it isn't hard now. I could change my mind after trying characters in other level brackets, but I hardly see things being that much harder compared to Vanilla, and I even thought that was easy compared to EverQuest back then. It is a bit jarring of a change after so long, so many years, for some people, so I do get that part. I'm not really for or against it.
Dire has been playing WoW for a few months again. I kind of missed having something we were playing together, or at least the same game, so I decided to finish my flying on my main and just stop procrastinating. At first it really did grind on my nerves, completing all those must have objectives, like the Good Samaritan achievement. Actually doing dungeons, and... a raid. The dungeons and raid were easy enough to jump into with the group finder and I found I really wasn't having as bad a time as I thought I would of. I was completing objectives, with so much to do, so much ahead of me. A lot of open world content with a smattering of instances to break up the monotony. It's a change from a lot of the other games I am playing, there is just so much to do, so many different things to go after. I find myself back in the saddle, well, almost. I still have to finish off one faction, half way there, and then I will be flying around again. If I had a choice of not having to do flying quest/achievements, I honestly would prefer to not have them, it is always nice to jump into a game like EQ2 and now have to worry about it every expansion.
It is good to be back, good to be playing the same game as Dire and it is good to be playing a game with just so much to do. I think I'll stick around for awhile. I am playing my lock mostly but once I open up flying I am sure it will give me incentive to do more on my alts. Oh and lower levels have more options for transmog!
Another neat tidbit I noticed, the Argus story line introduced Turalyon and Alleria. If you have played the game long enough you may have wondered who are those statues of, the ones outside of Stormwind. I had read up on some lore years ago, that they were missing, I had always hoped to see their story unfold one day and here it is. You even see them outside Stormwind, on a whim I flew out there to look at the statues for a screenshot and I found them looking at their statues, they also have a little bit of conversation to go check out as well. This was a really cool surprise. And if you don't know who they are, here is a neat video telling a bit about the pair.
I also jumped in to Age of Conan to make a character on their new saga server. Vanilla/Progression/Saga type servers are all the rage now it seems. Rift has one coming out this spring, except you won't be able to keep your characters, it seems as of now, and could change. But with AoC you do get to keep your character once this server ends they will go to Crom, which I think is the better option. MMO players get attached to characters, letting them keep them after an event server is a really good choice to entice players. MMO players like persistent characters and worlds, they invest into characters. Memories are attached to these characters, even if we don't play them, we still like to keep them. I still have my son's first WoW character taking up a slot, which isn't bad with connected realms, I use another server for other characters too. He was just a kid and has his own account now, but it's sentimental, I'll never delete him. I remember him playing this character with his friend next door, how excited he was, how much he loved his character, how cool he thought it was.
Getting back on track, I am interested in participating in AoC but I have a lot going on IRL with a move in a few days. New house! Lots to do, so I will see what I can get done. AoC is always fun to play through Tortage at least. You also don't need a sub to play here, unlike most other types of these servers, which I was surprised to see. The price has also gone down for a sub, there are a couple of rewards now if you sub, a pet and mount, they look pretty nifty.
Welp, I need to get back to packing, more posts in the next week or two! Have a great weekend!
Turalyon and Alleria checking out their statues.
Very neat moment, if you're even a little bit into lore in WoW.
LFR, pretty painless these days.
Dire helping me with some annoying quests.
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