Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LOTRO: Back to Lothlorien

I've switched to my former main character who is in Lothlorien.  I think she's been there for several years.  How could I be discouraged about my Loremaster not getting into Moria when this character has been languishing?

I feel like I've done quite a few quests, and I think I'm making progress at last.  I'm getting the hang of the map, which isn't helpful to a World of Warcraft quester, as it doesn't point you right where you want to go.  No, you have to peer at the map hopefully looking for vaguely colored blotches of color which in turn lead you to a general area.  The quest text itself, one might argue, gives you dizzying directions such as go west down the road to the first dark rock, sing to the rock and await further instructions.

While looking left and going right, I fell into the river and had to swim a very long way to find a shoreline.

Luckily I found my way to land and then to a bridge to resume my adventures.

I took a moment to meditate upon my impatience and the yellowness of it all.

Finally, I stopped for the evening before taking a quest from Legolas which suspiciously seemed as if it might be an instance, and last who knows how long.

I've noticed worldchat is full of groups for Box Runs.  I looked up what they were, and I can see how people looking for gear or loot might find them appealing, but I can't see myself doing them anytime soon (since I'm eeek-many levels below cap).  What a slug dog. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Myndariel's Middle Earth Captain's Guide

Myndariel has her next guide to a LOTRO class out, covering the Captain class from level 1-20.

This is welcome for me, since my LOTRO Captain remains at a low level.   Created in the first hour of the first day of the game, her name is Kate after Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Enterprise.  You know you have to get into a game early to get the name Kate.  Now she can move forward, and I won't scorn the Herald, who I may have named Goofy, because he bugged me.

                                                       Captain Kate and Goofy

I really appreciate these guides, and wish there were more like them.  Often as I'm leveling characters I look for class guides to help me figure out how best to play, but frustratingly, they're always for max level characters.  I say grr when this happens, because I feel when you're max level you don't need a guide like this. 

Into The Rift: Stillmoor

I've decided to continue playing Rift with my level 50 Mage as the main character.  Her skills and survivability make her fun to play, plus she has a variety of pets at her disposal.

She's in the Stillmoor area of Mathosia, which is for levels 45-50.  I had her working in various other areas, so she has not completed the quest lines here, and I'm going to do this area completely then move on.

Whenever I send one character ahead of the others, I like to know the area well.  If I know the dangers and treasures offered, things are simpler for the rest of the characters when they pass through.

One of the things I enjoy about Rift is that each area has a distinct look, character and story line.  Stillmoor has a dark, gothic look, with a storyline involving werewolves.  Not your typical movie monster werewolves, but real people who have tragically been turned into beasts.

At level 50, the upper end of the suggested level for the area, my mage is handling everything that comes her way nicely.  It seems to me I read that after 50 armor becomes much more important to your character.  I'm going to have to up my crafting, questing and maybe raid game (non-existent except in the one (s) which have been converted to Intrepid Adventures). 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

You'd Think I Wasn't Playing Anything....

...Since none of the posts I compose in my head ever make to the virtual space.


Galaxies: playing like a fiend.  

Lord of the Rings Online

Once again I thought my Loremaster was on her way into Moria, but no, off to Mirabel, which I remember from the past and its a morass of new quests.

My Hunter is going back into action, so I have new content to play. 

I used my Turbine Points (which I've never spent and they were hefty in number) to get all of the existing expansions.  Truly I felt guilty not buying them with real money, as buying expansions is something I'm always willing to do.  I did buy three lifetime subscriptions as soon as they became available, back in the day.   Never in a million years did I expect that the game wouldn't go on forever as it had begun because it was truly great.

Secret World

With all the exciting news coming out the Secret World space, I filled my two open character slots, and have plenty of adventures ahead.  I personally like what I've seen and read about Secret World Legends.  I think it's spectacular that Funcom is investing in the game, in a version that doesn't look remarkably altered, but may be more accessible to some.   I understand all too well the fear that the game will be dumbed down, made Steam player and even console friendly.  That the world we know will be ruined and destroyed.

Perhaps because I am such an avid Galaxies fan,  I also see that the base game will still exist, the world as we know it will still exist, even if in "maintenance mode".   If you hate the new game, the old world is there.   It has been on my mind that if Sony had made Pre-CU servers available even in a maintenance type mode, even if they did it a few months from NGE launch, anything at all, history would be so different, many lives virtual and real world would have taken such a different path.

I think if a game makes drastic changes, offering the classic version is a win win.   It's there to play, to compare, to allow tweaking of the new perhaps where the old was actually superior.  Nobody gets to say the game was broken and you're wearing rose colored glasses of memory, because its still right there.

Fallout Shelter

My little Vault is in action once more.  I abandoned the one where I had the max number of characters, because I was having to turn away or turn out into the wasteland little characters to make room.  You should see how awful they feel when you boot them, they have a little suitcase in hand, and their little shoulders slump, and each has some different last words to make you feel even guiltier.

Jade Empire

This old classic is available on the iPad.  Combat isn't bad, and I mention it because this game is all combat, but it's unique and a cool story.

Mass Effect 4

They appear to have fixed the facial animations but I still haven't purchased it.  I think in truth I don't like working with the Origins store which is a shame, but I'll get it soon (tm).

Rotations Once More

I'm working my way back to where I was about a year ago, giving at least some play time each day to a different game.   The games I'm going to drop in on are:   Rift, Lotro, GW2, Lord of the Rings Online, Secret World, Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, EQ2, Galaxies.

Those are my favorites, and I should be peeking in.  My games will be updated regularly so there won't be those long downloads when I want to play, and I won't forget where my characters were and what they were doing.   I just assign a day of the week to them and try to log in and make a little progress.  I'm a happier gamer when I have variety.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


I've branched out from my Galaxies obsession a bit this week, yay.  Anytime you hit a wall with a game (macro grinding Tailor zzzzz) you should just pop into another world and all your cares disappear.

World of Warcraft

Last week my Retribution Paladin was just beginning the Highmountain area of the Broken Isles.  I was surprised to find I was reluctant to do this area, and I looked at the rest of the Broken Isles to see if there was another I'd prefer, only to realize I don't really care for any of the zones.  There was a Post In The Making there, which expanded in my mind to other areas of Azeroth I just can't stand to go through, and the Post passed into oblivion, as Posts do.

Next up, and the current character in Rotation is my Assassination Rogue, who also happens to be just starting Highmountain.  This led me to consider what it is about Highmountain I dislike.  I think it is just the opening quest sequences in the Thundertotem area.   The rest of Highmountain isn't bad, but I don't like the whole beginning part.  The current quest I'm balking at starting, is The Story of Huln.  Hero or no, I just hate this whole sequence.  Die, Huln, die.  Not good. 6 1/2 boxes to go for this character to level.

If I have to drag 9 characters through the Broken Isles, and I'm finding the mental brakes are going on when starting all the's going to be rough.  I am glad to be rotating in characters from other areas of the world, to refresh, because ack.

Lord of the Rings Online

I'm playing my now level 50 Loremaster, and she's getting hints that the quests will soon lead into glorious Moria.  The Company went thataway...follow, follow!

I cringed from playing my Hunter because of her location, and wasn't quite in the mood for the Lonelands, so I haven't put them into action in a rotation.

Instead, I created a new Runekeeper and a Warden.   Also, because I have a level 43 Minstrel I have no idea how to play, and dang, how did I ever get her to that level, I created a new Minstrel.  All of my 11 character slots are now full.

My bold plan here is to watch world chat (or whatever its called here) and see who is who, join into discussions of interest, and find my way to a good guild that way.  A clever plan, right?

Elder Scrolls Online

There was a huge patch since I played last--probably Housing.  It took forever to download and then was corrupted somehow.  I tried repair and though all was well, but there is no ambient sound in the game and that is pretty awful, particularly no music.  I'll have to try Repair once again.

I killed off a character I didn't like, and thinking to make a new crafting only character, I made a Dark Elf.  I'm trying to do all of the beginner areas, and play different races.  She's likely not long for this world, and hasn't even made it out of Cold Harbor.

 That face!  The skin tone colors were all shades of Concrete.  Nasty scary eyes, though I did my best to soften them.

 Great hair from the back, long and flowing, nice!

But in the front, they've got her hairline yanked back so she's all skull and again, scary.   Note the sour expression.   I was going to add a caption.  Tsk.

Dear devs: do you EVER see a woman with long flowing hair doing the skull thing in front? Nooo. You use that long hair to frame your face and hide it in meetings so people can't see you making faces.  Doh.

She is a Mage, my first attempt at this type.  I didn't like the three available class templates (?), though I know you can customize them.  I wound up choosing the one that has demon pets.  Though the pet stays out in the world with you for a pretty decent amount of time, the initial cast time to bring it out seems long, and something you want to do before beginning combat.   Thus not so useful as any instant cast spell.

Torment Tides of Numenara

Still in the tutorial.  So impressions:  I need to really slow down and read the text boxes.    They're telling a story, at a pace I'm not used to.  Fighting my first monster.  Not going well.  Missed the tip on how to get from way over here to way over there to fight the beast.

Grim Fandango

This has been in my Steam Library for awhile.  This older game is drop dead gorgeous, so vibrant!  The dialog trees are incredibly entertaining, and sassy.  I try every dialog option.

Here is another game where you need to slow down, examine everything, interact with everything you can.  If you miss something (and I pretty quickly missed an elevator), you need to backtrack and see what you missed, but it isn't an annoyance as backtracking can sometimes be.

Secret World

I've decided to update the game and work some more on my current character.  I've got the itch to play so, why wait?  Forward.  Maybe I can just make a new Templar when the reboot goes live.

Mass Effect Andromeda

I'm a little horrified I haven't pre-ordered this and it's coming out Tuesday.  What is wrong with me? Whap!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Myndariel's Middle Earth Class X Series: The Burglar

Myndariel is starting a post series called  Class X featuring the classes of Lord Of The Rings Online in depth from level 1-20.

She's creating a new character for a class and playing through those levels, giving an expert look at how the class plays, and what each of the specs available can do.

The Burglar class is the first in the series, and it's well worth watching for her others as they become available not only to help you choose a class, but to get a good feel for the best way to play.

My own Burglar is level 25, but there's plenty here I didn't know. (Note there's lots more information than I've pictured below.)

Monday, March 13, 2017 A Haven For Video Game Fans

I listened to the podcast tonight for the first time and they mentioned their new sister  site which talks about all the sorts of games that don't fit into the MMORPG umbrella.

The hosts seemed pretty excited to be talking about other game related interests.  They appear to be covering most platforms, which gives them plenty of room for reviews of all sorts.

It looks like you can follow them on all the usual social media.

I've added the Podcast to my Podcast list.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lord of the Rings Online: Just Let Me Into Moria, Come On!

I've been working on my Loremaster sooo close to the Gates of Moria, yet quest after new quest keeps me running between Orc camps and Redhorn Pass. Agh.   I feel like I'm not getting anywhere.

The first time I ever did this area, I liked it quite a bit, but I'm just itching to move forward. I think I'll have to play a couple of characters in other areas of the game to dial down on the twitchy.

Maybe run a few quests with my Hunter in the Golden Woods (also agh).

My Burglar is in the Lonelands, an area I like.  She's my official Cook too, so she's fun.  Rotate her in, check.

I did finally use my Turbine Points to get all of the available Expansion areas.  Which I'll reach someday.


The Secret World Reboot

MassivelyOp has been running a few articles on the upcoming "relaunch" of The Secret World, and it's all pretty exciting!   I'm not attached to the combat or my character, so even if those are hugely changed, it isn't going to be a real problem.  I think it's great Funcom is putting their backing into what is really a unique and compelling game.

I am definitely going to be playing.  I can't decide if I should try another of the three "Societies" than my Templar, or, since I really don't like what the other two stand for, maybe I'll kill off my current Templar and start from scratch. 

I think I didn't pay enough attention at the outset to builds and weaponry mixes.  I paid zero attention it seems to crafting, so I have an inventory full of (stuff) I don't know how to use but think I shouldn't just toss.

My character kind of bugs me, I just don't like the way she looks, so a clean slate may be a good idea all around.

Having worked through quite a few storylines for a perennial Secret World noob, in theory I should be able to get back to my current spot relatively quickly.

I'm going to wait to kill my girl off, but she's almost certainly doomed in favor of a fresh new Templar with better hair.  I wish I could get her to lose the wide legged "just got off a horse" stance too.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Here Comes The Sun: Gaming Goals For 2017

It's February. Temperatures have been in the 50s and 60s!!!!!!!!!!!  The eternally sunshine drenched virtual lands can't compare to the real sun, and warmth, and a fresh breeze.  Ahhhh.  The ice is almost completely gone.  We could always get slammed with more snow and ice.  It's way to early for spring, but garden goals have overtaken game goals in my imagination in response to this late winter's gift.  I do play year around, but once I can be outside, the time spent is far less.  Maybe I should have some broader, more easily realized goals in the games I play.

I admire the bloggers who post monthly gaming goals, and find them fun to read.  MJ of MassivelyOP just posted a set of gaming goals for her EQ2 playtime for 2017.  Impressive!  It really shows the depth of the game that she can have so many interesting and deep goals for just that single game.

2017 Game Goals

World Of Warcraft 

Get my Dungeon Game back up to snuff

Seriously look at equipping my characters with the best of everything I can make for them to give them a better chance of survival if they're in a currently "off class" (one which feels nerfed to smithereens).

Continue my entertaining rotation of all characters on two different servers.

Work on as many general Achievements as I can manage, because I haven't many for as long as I've been playing.  It just hasn't been a goal.


Get all characters to max, crafters first.  I have been playing this game the most, and the more I play the more I love it, as I always did.

Join the Rebellion with at least one character.  Time to stand and fight.

Elder Scrolls Online

I really need to figure out how to fight effectively with at least one character.  I think I'm doing well then blammo.

Get at least the starter house so my characters have a safe place to snooze and call home.  The freebie one will do.

Secret World

I think what has really held me back here is that I haven't taken the time to learn the crafting system, oddly enough.  I think that learning it would give me just that bit of an edge.  I don't mind the combat at all, but of course I could do better at it.


My beloved Rift!  I just stopped playing once I boosted my Cleric.  So silly, I chose a character whose combat was the most challenging for me, then raised her above the level of any area I am familiar with in the game, and I feel like I should play her, but I don't wanna.  Tsk.  Best to switch back to the Mage who is almost level 50.

Everquest II

Time to learn this game.  Had some trouble with log ins and then supreme lag the last time I logged in, trying to get my boosted character the level down thingie.  (I should have another cup of coffee, can't remember what the "down boost" is called).

Lord of the Rings Online

I really need to move my Loremaster along into Moria.  It is my favorite area of the game.  I think this is the game where I would benefit most from joining a guild and getting help with questions and getting grouping opportunities.  So, that's what I'll do.  I am pretty picky about guilds though, and won't wear a guild name over my head that I don't like, and I need people to be super nice and helpful to players of all levels.  Not so easy to find as you might think. 

With a whole year to work on these, I should be good to go, right?