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Day 32 – Favorite Boss Encounter/Raid

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Most of my raid experience, thus far, has been limited to EverQuest and World of Warcraft. Not that raiding has really been around for that long as it’s really a phenomenon of the MMORPG genre.

Bosses on the other hand seem to have been here since the dawn of video games. Okay maybe not quite the dawn, but a long long time, which makes picking a favorite not easy. Then again boss fights have never been my favorite part of playing video games anyway, as they mostly represent a wall of difficulty that one must scale to continue on with the fun. All that being said I’m forgoing picking a boss, there isn’t one that I can think of that hasn’t felt like a chore to defeat. (I tried, I really did!)

Naxxramas map of bottom floor.

Not that raids don’t feel like chores most of the time. EverQuest in particular made raiding into a horrible marathon of an experience. After quitting EQ, it took me a long time to ever want to raid again. So traumatized.

But I did, eventually, and discovered that raiding in World of Warcraft was much different. As for my favorite, I would probably say Naxxramas, the Lich King expansion version.

Since this was the expansion that eventually brought me back to raiding, I didn’t experience what Naxxramas was like before it was revamped, so I can only speak to its current state.

The dungeon itself is divided into four lower sections that are all reachable from the central entrance, and an upper section where the end bosses are found. This layout makes it easy to shorten the raid or break it up into more manageable sections.

The mechanics of the boss fights, while challenging, are not as complicated as some later raids have gotten. Challenging enough to be tricky but not overly so, allowing for fun to enter the mix.

Star Wars the old Republic Review (PC)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

This review, like most of them, is long overdue. The delay is mostly owing to my abandoning the game quite early on and thinking I would come back to it. Well, to be honest, requiring myself to come back, since I didn’t feel I had played enough to give it a fair review.

But it’s become quite obvious that I am not going to return and the review will have to happen regardless. Any guilt I had, has been assuaged by the eight months of subscription I have paid for a completely inactive account – its time to be done.


MMO Update

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

In an effort to curb my excessive World of Warcraft focus, I have recently tried to return to some of my previous MMOrpgs, like Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars the Old Republic. It hasn’t been the most successful distraction of all time, but its not entirely my fault.

Guild Wars 2, I tried to log in about ten days ago and found that it wasn’t recognizing my email address. Sent in a request for information via email and have yet to hear back from them. TEN days! Nothing. I still can’t log in, I have no idea why, but I’m getting rather pissy about it.

In the mean time I thought, oh I can boot up my old Star Wars the Old Republic account and see whats happening there. Due to my inactivity, there was a rather massive patch when I finally logged in again. Not only did it take forever to download, but it hard locked my computer twice.

Which means, though I had the best of intentions, I haven’t actually played any other MMO but WoW.

As for World of Warcraft, since I can’t successfuly replace it, lots of time has been spent working on my warlock. Turns out the end game (things to do after you hit max level) mostly revolve around daily quests. Not my favorite thing in the world, but I’m hoping that after I gear her up, I can ignore the daily quests from then on out.

Plus side is that this expansion seems to be the rise of Warlocks. Currently they are one of the highest ranked dps classes and they got a fancy new epic quest this expansion. Yup, already started it!

Short of it, World of Warcraft Wins.


Battle Pets Rabbit Hole

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

It seems like forever since I wrote or posted anything. The fault lies completely with WoW. I am merely a victim of a rediscovered fascination that prevents me from doing anything else. Down the Mists of Pandaria Rabbit hole have I fallen and been consumed by the world of battle pets; and am finding myself quite unwilling to leave.

But I thought I would at least share what my team looks like currently. The irony here is that it took me so long to finish even this small blurb that I had to update my battle pets image three time to remain current. A true testament to how my obsession with pets is causing some (totally minor) procrastination in the rest of my life.

Anyway here is my most current team:

I am really liking the Thor and Spider combo for leveling. Most of the low level wild pets are Critters or Beasts, which these two are good against. Onyxian Whelpling is there to battle anything else. =)

Oh and Battle Pets turns out to be a rampant achievement gain. Bonus is that since I have to travel around the entire world to find pets, I can finally complete the World Explorer achievement. I always did feel like World Explorer should be a by product of doing something useful, or more useful anyway. =P

Here are a few of my recent Pet achievements:

I will add that I am leveling my Warlock, its just slow going. This is mainly because leveling in Pandaria isn’t terribly exciting. Actually much of the rest of the game is very much of the same old. Thus much of my motivation for leveling to 90 is pets related. Pandarian flying will make pet collecting much easier, once I finally get my pets leveled up enough to go hunt on the Island of Pandaria.

Now back to my rabbit hole! <3

Happy Panda Day

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Mists of Pandaria is live today! Go panda party. Okay for me its going to be a level to 90 party. Same thing. =P



Guild Wars 2 – Quick guide to skills and traits

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

In the grand tradition of all things Guild Wars 2, skills are rather complicated. There are three different skill types: weapons skills, slot skills, and traits. These are all found in the same skills and traits tab in the hero menu.

I know it seems a bit excessive, but it really helped me to think of the three categories as actively learned skills, points spending skills, and passive bonuses.



Guild Wars 2 – Quick guide to leveling

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Guild Wars 2 has proven to be a rather difficult game to get acquainted with. It has not really felt intuitive nor has information seem very accessible. Leveling in particular caused me quite a bit of confusion as I consistently found myself under leveled for the only quests I hadn’t completed. Turns out that there are far more ways to get experience in GW2 then simply questing, and the game really expects players to utilize all avenues of experience mining.

Here are some tips that really helped me with leveling.


Too many games

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This Facebook Felicia Day post completely exemplifies how I have been feeling about games of late. Is there some sort of new holiday that I didn’t get the memo for, because games are coming out like its midwinter.

Borderlands 2 just released; I’m still deeply immersed in Skyrim (yes I know I’m just behind on that one); Guild Wars 2 is like a month old; Torchlight 2 is out next week, as is WoW: Mists of Pandaria; and the Marvel Heroes beta is going live any day now.

Its clear some of these will have to be relegated to the ‘will play in the future when I have time’ pile, which seems to just be growing and growing and growing. ~sigh~

Though I sound a bit whiny, I do think this is a wonderful conundrum to have, I guess I just wish I didn’t need so much sleep. Maybe no sleep at all. That would be a solid eight hours of gaming a day and awesome!

World of Warcraft – Cataclysm Review (PC, Mac)

Friday, September 14th, 2012

With Mists of Pandaria (MoP) about to go live, it’s clear that my blurb about Cataclysm is rather overdue. Not that much of it is relevant anymore, what with the recent MoP patch and all the changes to character classes. But there is plenty of time left to discuss (criticize?) MoP, onward to Cataclysm.


So I’m playing Guild Wars 2

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I’m quite surprised to say that I’m enjoying the experience. I’m actually having fun. Which is saying a lot since I was determined to not like it. Frankly I dont really have time to like it, since I’m still not done with Skyrim and Mists of Pandaria is coming out, but I just cant bring myself to quit.

My Mesmer character is almost level 17. Was a bit of a rough start as I dont think its the most straight forward class to play. Some of the weapon builds seem to be underpowered. But this is certainly part of the games biggest drawbacks, its really hard to figure out. Maybe in six months when there are four hundred websites dedicated to explaining the game it will be better, but for now, there is so little information in the game. It gets a bit frustrating.

As a little side note, I found this website Guild Wars 2 Girls, which is a place for ladies playing GW2 to hang out and commune with other ladies. Turns out that while there are lots of us who play, we are a bit scattered. I think its an interesting idea and as I haven’t really played with many ladies online, I’m looking forward to having the option to play with some other women who enjoy GW2. =D

Day 27 – Most memorable moment

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I have been fortunate enough to have my extended relationship with games be filled with many wonderful memories. These have only been enhanced by the great friends I have made playing games.

But that’s not what I’m going to share here today, because the memory that pops into my head when quizzed about most memorable is never any of the happy fuzzy bunny memories. Nope, it’s the traumatic ones. And this one is my favorite. =)

Back in the early days of EverQuest – yes this is an EQ story and anyone who played knows well how many traumatic stories were birthed from the torture trap that EQ was. So, back in the earlier days, raids consisted of up to 72 players. At one point in my illustrious EQ career, my quest for better loot brought me to join a high level raiding guild with my Enchanter. (Stupid idea, but a lesson I had to learn the hard way.)

Because all the high level boss mobs were randomly timed world spawns, it was a huge scramble to get the entire raid up and ready as fast as possible once the chosen boss spawned. Didn’t want anyone else to get the kill and the loot after all.

My story starts with a two am phone call that Emperor Ssraeshza had spawned and I needed to get online NOW. Yes 2 am, yes log in now. For anyone who doesn’t remember, this was an enchanter required raid.

So I log in and get summoned and all buffed and finally get my assigned target. Thankfully we didn’t have another guild to compete with as our guild was camping the guy. Oh the days of camping.

Anyway, I go to sit down. Yes, my character sat down to wait, old school! But instead of clicking my sit button, I fatfinger my Tash button, which was an incredibly fast cast debuff spell. Meaning I had no time to cancel the cast. Meaning I died very quickly due to a rather angry Emperor Sscraeshza and his eight minions barreling down on me (sitting in the middle of a large raid) to let me know how unhappy they were with my being there.

I wiped the entire fully buffed raid of 72 people at 3am in the morning. People were….upset.

It is certainly a moment I will never forget.

Day 13 – A game you’ve played more then 100 hours

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The list of games that I have played for over 100 hours isn’t very long. Animal Crossing and Diablo 2 are two of them. EverQuest, the biggest time suck of all time, will probably always remain my number one most played game. By the time I finally quit, I had played over 300 days. Yes, days not hours. It took forever to do anything in that game.

But, I’m not playing any of those games anymore, which is why none of them is my final choice. World of Warcraft on the other hand I still play.

How much have I played it? I logged in to check my four most played characters and it’s a bit over 120 days. I have two accounts with three level 85 characters, two of which have full raid gear.

Yup, WoW is currently my most time intensive game. Seems like the clear choice. =)

Torchlight 2 Beta

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Yaaay Torchlight 2 Beta!! I know Diablo 3 will be released tomorrow, but I’m not expecting that to hold my interest for much longer then it takes to finish the game.

Can’t really say anything about Torchlight 2 yet since I can’t log into the game. My account seems to be bugged and doesn’t recognize the password no matter what I do. And I have been trying all morning. Let me play!!!! /sigh


4 Piece Bonus – T13

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I didn’t know I had any firsts left in World of Warcraft. Then again I was pretty sure I was done raiding, so what the hell do I know. =P

Yup, for the first time ever, my warlock has her four piece tier set bonus. What makes this even more amazing is that it’s the current highest gear level. That’s right, tier 13.

The highest gear was only ever available to high end raiding groups, this means militaristic 25-40 people, methodically dying week after week, until the gear and learning curve were sufficient. Then it’s just grinding through the raid over and over. Sounds fun right?

Most like torture really. Loot hasn’t been much of a motivator to participate in such masochism, since the days of EverQuest anyway. And so I have forgone set piece completion in favor of sanity.

But with the latest patch, Looking for Raid (LFR) was added to the game. This is a cross server collection of 25 people, very much like the looking for group system. What makes this really work is that they dumbed down the encounters to such an extent that hardly any coordination is required and completing the event takes very little time.

So lots of success to be had in LFR, high end gear is finally available to all a wider range of players. But like all LF experiences you still have to deal with 24 other random people, replete with ninja looting, complaining, afk-ing, quitting, failing, and so forth.

Thankfully my warlock now has her 4 piece tier bonus, so I never have to LFR with her again. Sadly my druid isn’t quite as lucky.

Star Wars The Old Republic – First Impressions

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

SWTOR was released yesterday. The official ‘buy it in the store’ version; the beta has been floating around a while now. Never had the time to play it in beta, even though I got a few invites.

A new MMORG always has me hesitating. It’s a big commitment and most of them are just so disappointing, its better to set expectations low to avoid total heartbreak. But the husband wanted to try it, so I went out and picked up two copies yesterday.