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Butcherblock Mountains…

August 24, 2011 1 comment

Butcherblock Mountains.  Or rather, the docks and the surrounding areas.  On Monday night I finished up with the Darklight Woods area and then made the trip to BBM.  I got started doing the starter quests being offered and hit 23 last night.

One thing I realized upon getting to BBM, was that I’ve been here and done this before.  I don’t remember how far I got, but I don’t think it was too far… I seem to remember doing some quests above on the cliffs surrounding the bay but that’s about it.  That was back with my Troll SK in ’07 or so.

I really wasn’t in the mood to play last night,  but I got on anyway and knocked out a few of the quests leftover from Monday night before logging out and watching the rest of the Godfather Part II (my favorite of the three) on Blu-Ray.

To be honest, it was rather uninspiring.  The quests were ho-hum and after awhile actually started to annoy me a little bit.  I did end up dying twice during my half hearted adventures last night though.  My third time overall.  Three equal conning Aqua Goblins did me in.  For some reason they kept breaking my mezzes.  Bad JuJu for a Chanter.  Anyway, after the second time I called it a night and  logged out, abandoning my somewhat ambitious (more like ridiculous) quest to hit 25 last night.  I’ll give it another shot tonight though.  I might even try to find a Crushbone group or something.  Soloing is alright and all, but sometimes seeking out company is the way to go.

OR… I COULD give in to my nature and look at starting an alt.  I know.. I know.. I just said I *could*.  If I do start an alt though, I’d have to decide on what to roll.  I’m thinking Ranger (scout class again) or possibly an Assassin or Paladin.  I kind of miss my plate class.  Back when I quit though, and part of my reason for leaving the game, was that my 50th level Paladin was not a very good tanking option at the time.  I wonder if things have gotten any better since then (Desert of Flames days).  I guess I’ll have to see how I feel when I settle in for tonight.

~ Mojeaux

 

Categories: Enchanter, EQ 2, Leveling, Ranger

Darklight Wood, Level 13, New Robe and Other Stuff…

August 19, 2011 2 comments

I think I’m finally done with the T’Var Outpost.  I put in about 1.5 hours last night after my wife faded off to sleep and made it through to 13 (from 10).  I’m thinking that I probably could have made it a little further, maybe even hit level 14, but I sort of took it easy and goofed around, stopping to gather at most of the nodes I came across as well as trying my hand at fishing (an event which lasted waaay longer than it took to gather the correct amount of fish for the corresponding quest).

The highlight of the night was a new robe gotten via a string of quests given by one npc or another at the T’Var Outpost.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually a pretty nice looking robe.  I don’t remember getting cool looking gear this early on when I last played.  In fact, one of my major pet peeves about the game back then was the lack of variety in armor/gear models etc.  I’m all about the eye candy!

Speaking of gear, it turns out that most of the quests that I was completing last night were yielding up some very usable gear ~ unlike a lot of quests in other games where you find that the rewards are often only good for selling because you’re already sporting something better or because it’s not really level appropriate any longer.  Refreshing.

Anyway, after finishing up at the Outpost, I was routed to another quest hub not far from there at which the NPC’s were just bristling with quests.  I picked up all of the ones that I could and then logged out for the night.  I’m hoping to get some decent play time in tonight so I’m going to set a goal of hitting level 20 tonight.  Might be realistic, might not be.  We’ll see.

~ Mojeaux

Note: I’ve given thought to the buying the Freeblood race, and since Kaozz has given me the low down on what’s what with that… and even though I have 2100 SC points (not sure how I came across those) I don’t think I’m going to take the plunge and buy the Freeblood.  I think if they had included the whole kit and kaboodle (race + racial abilities, mount, lair etc) I would have probably bitten (pardon the pun) but as it stands right now… I think I’ll pass.

Categories: Enchanter, EQ 2, Freeblood, Leveling

To Craft or Not to Craft…(and Vampires and Such)

August 18, 2011 5 comments

To craft or not to craft ~ that is the question.  Typically I avoid crafting and gathering in most MMO’s I play.  It’s just not something that I give much thought to initially, preferring to spend my limited play time exploring and/or leveling ~ preferably both.

In fact, since ’99, I think I’ve tried my hand at crafting in only three MMO’s: EQ2, AION and RIFT.  These forays into the time and cash sink known as CRAFTING were usually attempts (of varying success) to make armor or gear for myself (save some cash) and if I was lucky, maybe sell a little to make some gold on the side.  Never did get rich off of it like some people did.

Come to think of it, the furthest I’ve ever taken crafting was back when I played EQ2 the year it first came out (I played pretty regularly for a little more than a year before moving on).  I usually played a Pally, but I also had a cleric alt that made provisions.  He actually made some decent coin while doing it too.  And that was the low level stuff too.

So, seeing as how I need coin.. I’m wondering if it’s even worth spending the time gathering and crafting.  To save money? Sure.  To make money?  Eh… probably not.

Moving on to the Vampires.

So now you can play a vampire (Freeblood) in EQ2.  Cool!

I have to *buy* the race with Station Cash.  Not so cool.

WTF?!?  You have to buy your racial abilities as well?  Ok.. that’s taking the RMT shop thing a bit too far…

I read somewhere (can’t find it now) that the Velious expansion this past February included *free* access to the Freeblood as part of the expansion.  Haven’t been able to confirm nor deny.  Maybe one of you fine folks can enlighten me as to that?  And while you’re at it, if this is so, can you fill me in on whether I’ll need to buy the racials or if they’re included as well?  I’d like to play a Vamp, but not for $25 bucks.  Now if it comes as part of an expansion… yeah, I could see forking over the $29 for the expansion.

Anyway, I hit level 10 last night and changed my XP config to 85% going towards leveling and 15% going towards AA’s.  Not sure if this is a bad move or not in regards to what the pro’s recommend for efficiency, but for now it is what it is until I learn different….

~ Mojeaux

It Seems The Ban Only Went So Far as The Forums…

March 3, 2011 7 comments

… So I was able to log in a play for about an hour last night.

The night before last, I had just made it to Gloamwood right before bed time.  I was really hoping that I could get the next tier of crafting materials to drop off the mobs there, but sadly, it looks like they’re still dropping cotton cloth and medium leather.  Been there done that.  Luckily for me, my higher level guildies have been kind enough to send me some of the higher level mats that they are running across in their travels so I’m still able to progress with the crafting, which apparently has gotten ahead of my adventuring level and therefore my ability to acquire the mats on my own. This is the first time I’ve ever really crafted in a game and am enjoying using most of the stuff I make.  A lot of times the crafted items are better than the drops I’ve been getting (though most of the time not by much),  and of course, sometimes they’re not and I end up just putting that stuff on the market.  It’s actually been a pretty profitable venture for me so far.

So anyway, like I said, I got to Gloamwood the previous night but ended up logging off not long after.  I don’t know, maybe the anticipation of reaching Gloamwood for the mats, and then finding that the mobs were dropping the same old stuff sort of did me in.  Had I found the mats, I’m quite certain that I’d have extended bed time by a couple of hours at least… and then paid for it the next morning.

Last night I logged in and knocked out a surprising amount of quests in the short amount of time I had.  I made it to 23 after a pretty cool little run through a goblin and spider infested mine that leads to the Darkening Deeps, during which I actually died a few times.  Believe it or not, this sense of “danger” added to the fun and excitement.  No face-rolling here!  I didn’t have a lot of time so I didn’t even try to find a group to go in to Darkening Deeps, but I’m hoping to tonight if time allows.

As for Gloamwood itself, I think it’s a great looking area.  I love the town itself.  It sort of reminds me one of those forgotten Transylvanian villages in the horror movies where all hope is gone and they’re just waiting for something awful to happen.  Unfortunately, or maybe it’s fortunate thing, depending on how you look at it, it looks like a large portion of the zones population from a few nights ago (I briefly ventured there in search of mats), have moved on to the next zone.  I guess that’s one of the many pitfalls of not being able to play as much as one would like. Hopefully I’ll be able to work in that dungeon tonight.  More to follow….

Categories: Leveling, RIFT

Random EQ Observations from a Prodigal Son…

January 21, 2011 2 comments

Hi folks, nothing much to report on the gaming front today, except that there isn’t much of it going on in the Mojeaux household right now.  I’m still tooling around with EQ (sparingly) but have been distracted by yet another (recently acquired) hobby:  Genealogy.  The wife and I have been sort of interested in the subject for some time (my wife can trace her lineage back about 400 years!) and last week I finally decided to actively pursue that interest.  It really is amazing what one tiny piece of information can lead to!

Anyhow, I’m hoping to get some play time in this weekend .  Here are a few random thoughts from my trip back to Norrath.

  1. Getting “Clarity” would be nice, though at this point I’d settle for “Breeze” ~ it’s a line of buffs that increases Mana regeneration.
  2. I’d forgotten how much of my EQ time had been spent “medding” to replenish my mana pool (makes you more careful and less likely to spam spells).
  3. 8 or so spell slots can be very limiting ~ makes you decide what spells to bring to the situation.
  4. Mercs are a nice addition ~ shows how wussified I’ve become by recent MMO’s!  I blame WoW.
  5. Soloing isn’t as rough as it once was ~ thanks to the above mentioned Mercs.
  6. It’s still quite easy to die ~  ’nuff said.
  7. There are more people playing this game that I had imagined ~ even the newbie zones shows signs of life.
  8. The graphics don’t bother me as much as I thought they would ~ obviously could use some modernization ~ maybe in EQnext.
  9. The community is still a great one ~ huge contrast to most of the WoW crowd.
  10. I liked the tutorial ~ actually came in handy after being away from the game since 2003-2004

~ Mojeaux

Categories: Everquest, Leveling

Back!

December 20, 2010 3 comments

Well, I’m back from the desert (Vegas Baby!) and even though I had a busy weekend (Christmas parties, raking leaves in preparation for yet another Christmas gathering, etc.) I also found some time in which to do a little playing/leveling, albeit not much.  I started out the weekend late Friday night by finally hooking up with my friend, who is playing a Worgen rogue of similar level, and running through a crap ton of quests in Stonetalon Mountains and Desolace.  By the time everything was said and done, my project tank was sitting pretty around level 32.  I especially enjoyed the quest line involving trying to destroy some goblin bomb suspended on an air balloon.  My one regret is that I still haven’t been able to sit down with enough time to put myself out there for a tanking run.  I’ve tried practicing while grouping with my rogue buddy, and so far, following some tips provided to me on another blog, I managed to keep agro about 90% of the time.  It’s kind of hard to judge if I’m being effective though, since most of the mobs die within seconds of being engaged, but I’d like to think so 🙂  I guess the real test will come once I put myself out there for pugg’ing.

Speaking of mobs dying quickly.  As mentioned above, I spent most of my time questing in a two man group with a rogue.  I couldn’t help but notice two things:

1 – I often had the mob down to half health by the time my rogue buddy got the first blow in (usually because I used charge and was there 1-2 secs before him) and

2 – I often beat him (60%-70% of the time) to killing a mob, even when we engaged two individual mobs at roughly the same time ( In some cases I even had time to charge to his mob and put in a couple of licks)

Is this common?  For a Prot specced tank to be that efficient at killing (yes, I use a two hander when questing)?  Or is it just a lower level occurrence that will taper off as I get higher in levels?  Just seems sort of strange to be able to hold my own against a rogue in the dps department.  Needless to say, I’m liking my heavily armored beastie…

 

~ Mojeaux

The Cataclysm That Was…

December 8, 2010 6 comments

Ok, so I took a day off yesterday so I could play a game.  First time I’ve ever done that by the way, and despite that,  I still felt a little silly explaining to my wife why I was taking the day off and why we couldn’t take advantage of that time by going grocery shopping or doing any one of the other dozens of things that I could be doing before my impending, all expense paid trip to Vegas this Sunday (have I mentioned that I love my job?).  She was actually pretty nonchalant about the whole thing and went shopping by herself and left me to my own devices for about 6 to 7 hours.  That woman is the greatest, I tell you!

Anyhoo, like several other folks, I didn’t end up logging into WoW at “midnight” like I thought I might.  I know, <GASP!> right?   For me it was mainly due to the fact that “midnight” was around 2am where I live and I just didn’t feel like putting up with the long queue’s and or other common problems associated with new expansions on launch day, but also because, strangely enough, it just wasn’t that pressing for me.  In fact, I didn’t log in until around 9:30am the next morning after having breakfast with my wife and puttering around the house for a little bit.

Upon logging in I immediately set about creating my Worgen Warrior.  Yep, that’s right, I created a warrior despite reading this and this.  Just call me a glutton for punishment, I guess.  So after creation, which I must say is a pretty sad experience (C’mon Blizzard!  6 years and this is all you got?), I got busy with the new Worgen area.  I have to say that I think that Blizzard did a great job with the entire area.  From start to finish I found myself stopping to read the quest dialog before moving on which, for the most part, I usually skip over.

If anything really stood out for me and got my attention during my adventures in Gilneas, it was The Shattering (at least that’s what I think it was).  One minute I’m in a basement (quite far from the Gilnean shoreline) turning in a quest, when all of a sudden <BAM!> a huge earthquake strikes the area and next thing I know I’m stepping out of the basement onto beach front property!  I think I actually felt my eyebrows arch as I muttered something to the effect of “Holy Crap!  That’s awesome!”  Good job Blizz, good job.  It’s been a long time since a game garnered such a response from me.  🙂

By the time I was done for the day, I found myself in Darkshore at level 13 or 14 ready for further adventures.  The plan now is to hit 15 so I can begin earning my tanking stripes by running the low level instances through the dungeon finder.  Hopefully it won’t be too brutal and I won’t get disgusted with the abuse I’m sure to get thrown my way if even half of what I’ve read regarding tanking in WoW is true.

I’m actually liking the Warrior so far but I have to admit that I miss my hunter’s pet and the ability to kill elite mobs, solo quests recommended for two or more players and of course the speed at which one levels with the Hunter.  On the other hand, I love the way Lycaneus (I know, so original huh?) looks.  His /roar emote is the shizznit, and, at level 20 I get to drop on all fours and run like the wind!  Now, if they only would allow the Worgen to leap and bound and scale walls like the NPC Worgen do in Gilneas… wouldn’t that be EPIC?  /Roar indeed!

I do have to mention one thing that bothered me though.  And that was that despite the good time I was having running around hacking and pillaging my way through the new area with my Worgen tank , I couldn’t help but shake my head (and yes, be a little disappointed as well – can anyone say ez-mode?) when a “server wide first” message informed me that so-and-so had just hit 85…  Really?  Really?  85!  A mere 8 hours after launch!  I mean come on people!  You wait two years for new content, bitching and whining the entire time about the lack of new content, only to blaze through it in 8 hours?!?  Yeah, ok, whatever… I know it’s their dime.  I just wish I knew some of those folks in real life so I could knock the snot out of them the minute they opened their pie-holes to complain about the lack of new content next week…

~ Mojeaux