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Welcome to Tulak Hord

Posted in SW:TOR by Armagon on November 9, 2017

So yeah, apparently the big server merge worked (not flawlessly, they had to extend the maintenance from 12h to ~17h and restart something, but they’re up now). The login screen tells me I’m at 9/26 characters although the patch notes say I should have 24 slots – maybe I bought 2 more slots at some point? Unlikely, but whatever. Preferred should give me 12 slots, so still some room.

Had to renamed one of my toons, the Level 14 Sniper. So not sure if I was active enough to have denied someone else their names or those other names were just unique enough to not clash. Whatever – quite happy my ~5 main toons didn’t have to be renamed.

Everything else seems to work, they even managed to keep the keybindings, awesome – although I didn’t play yet. just log a few toons. By not having more than one Legacy and only one Guild per faction the hard merge stuff shouldn’t have applied to me anyway.

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Waiting for the big SWTOR server merge

Posted in SW:TOR by Armagon on November 8, 2017

So the server merge I mentioned is supposed to be happening right now, so I can’t play today. 😐

GW2 is still a bit on the back burner (but I do like that I can log in, do a single pvp match and/or a jumping puzzle and some quests and have earned my 2g daily) but I think that’s ok.

I’ve finished Chapter VI of the SWTOR KotFE expansion on my Bounty Hunter (is that my new main? I don’t know, my only max-level character at least.) and meanwhile finished the original Level 50 story line on Sith Juggernaut and Sith Assassin – so three times on Empire side and two times on Republic side so far, with the following races unlocked: Mirialan, Twi’lek, Chiss (bought Legacy unlock anyway), Cyborg, and Sith Pureblood. Played the Sniper for a bit (still on Dromund Kaas), created a new Trooper and already deleted her after Ord Mantell again (don’t ask). Already recreated and ready for action. FemShep’s voice (Jennifer Hale) is a bit irritating, but still really good.

Speaking of voice actors, as I’m playing all the story lines, and mostly solo – I think I can say I’m playing this just like another Bioware Single Player RPG like Mass Effect, especially on the dead server – but that should be remedied by tomorrow, right? I love the voice actress of the Bounty Hunter (Grey DeLisle) and the Smuggler (Kath Soucie), whereas the Sith Inquisitor (Xanthe Elbrick) and Jedi Consular (Nolan North) are kinda fitting but not so good as the other two. The Sith Warrior (Mark Bazeley) is a little inbetween. Honorable mentions for these companions/characters: Risha, Mako, Jaesa, Vette, and Thana Vesh.

So I guess I should finally progress a little more in KotFE, gain some more Command Levels (why do I always stop at “max-level” and switch to alts so quick?) and there’s still a few stories to explore: Imperial Agent, Trooper, Jedi Knight… I also don’t have any Profession maxed yet, but least a few in the 400+ range. Also saving up for that 10m credits achievement. And the subscription was renewed a few days ago, but I don’t plan on stopping right now, let’s see after week 8-9 🙂

So much SWTOR

Posted in SW:TOR by Armagon on October 30, 2017

I seem to have fallen into a SWTOR-shaped hole this last month. I should’ve jotted down /played when I started, but I forgot.

  • 70 Cyborg Powertech – 3d 16h
  • 64 Chiss Sith Juggernaut – 2d 1h
  • 55 Mirialan Jedi Consular – 10d 17h (no surprise, raid char at launch)
  • 51 Twi’lek Smuggler – 2d 1h
  • 11 Rattataki Sniper
  • 16 Sith Pureblood Sith Assassin (new)

I’ve finished Yavin 4 (Shadow of Revan) on the Powertech right now, the Juggernaut is still stuck in Voss (not even finished Episode 3) and the Smuggler just finished the personal story and Corellia and is ready for Makeb (but I am not ready for Makeb again after only a week, I guess).

I still want to start solo-levelling that Trooper and duo-levelling the Sniper and Juggernaut.

The Command System at 70 is a bit confusing at first, but so far no major roadblocks. I’m also working on crafting, as usual. Still mostly happy with the Crew Skill system where you send your minions off. Downside: waiting, but I often browse and chat while alt-tabbed, so usually not a problem.

This blog is now 8 years old

Posted in About this blog by Armagon on October 18, 2017

As I wrote somewhere, this wasn’t my first gaming blog, but it’s the one I kept.

This is the first post, made on Oct 18, 2009. It started as a WoW blog because I really only played WoW at that time. This wouldn’t really change for a few years – at least not in the sense that I played a game enough that I would write about it.

This should be post #138.

I’m still mostly playing MMOs, but I’m not raiding and hardly grouping outside of RL friends, so I guess that makes me the prototype casual pretend-single-player MMO player. And I’m having a blast. At least when I’m not on a month long gaming break, which is also fine.

Actually there were quite a few MMOs/notable expansions I only started (or were released) after this blog was created:

  • SW:TOR launched on December 20, 2011 – played at launch
  • Marvel Heroes launched on June 4, 2013 – I started in December 2014
  • TESO launched on April 4, 2014, I started in 2017
  • WildStar launched on June 3, 2014 – played at launch
  • Guild Wars 2 launched on August 28, 2012, but I only started in spring 2015
  • WoW: Cataclysm – December 7, 2010 – played at launch
  • WoW: Mists of Pandaria – September 25, 2012 – played at launch, stopped in April 2014 iirc
  • WoW: Warlords of Draenor – November 13, 2014 – started in December, stopped in January
  • WoW: Legion – August 30, 2016 – resubscribed a month before launch, stayed for a while

But here’s the oldtimers, being released more than 8 years ago:

  • EVE Online launched on May 23, 2003, but I started in 2014 iirc
  • Ragnarok Online launched in the EU on April 15, 2004, but I started in December 2003
  • The Lord of the Rings Online – April 24, 2007
  • WoW launched on February 11, 2005 – but I started in May 2006 iirc
  • WoW: The Burning Crusade – January 16, 2007 – played at launch
  • WoW: Wrath of the Lich King – November 13, 2008 – played at launch

Not even trying something similar for non-MMOs because I don’t even remember when I bought a game at launch day. But I’ve also not just waited for a sale. I tend to not be overexcited and just at some point happen to pick them up if they sound interesting. One exception is Diablo 3, incl expansions.

Let’s see, I’m really bad with predictions (but I don’t do them in my year-end post anyway) so here’s a list with the “moderately interesting” label for the next time:

  • Albion Online
  • Crowfall
  • Destiny 2, the beta really hooked me.. but now.. MMOs, not shooters
  • Wild West Online

And yes, this is a scheduled post because I would’ve surely forgotten to publish it on the correct day 😛

Suddenly back in SW:TOR

Posted in SW:TOR by Armagon on October 8, 2017
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Sith Juggernaut at 38

Yeah, so apparently between all the Guild Wars 2 gaming I got pulled into Star Wars: The Old Republic again. “Hey, I want to play that again, how about you join?” and off we went.

First it was off to a fresh start on T3-M4 (the German non-PvP server) but seeing how the Legacy stuff IS kinda important/nice to have/handy and I messed up and bought my Chiss unlock on Jar’Kai Sword by accident… We started again on Jar’Kai Sword – Sith side.

News is that the 3 German servers will be merged in November anyway. Which is pretty awesome and sorely needed, Jar’Kai Sword has <10 people online in the Fleet, on a Sunday evening. On levelling planets it’s usually 2-5. I have no idea how the 3rd German server fares, but T3-M4 seems healthy enough. Apparently also the EU (English) servers will be merged to one and so will the French ones.

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Powertech at 30

So, I’m playing a Male Chiss Sith Juggernaut now and it’s quite fun. (Subscribed for a month because why not, already got my money’s worth I think). Levelling is super fast and so far we’ve done Korriban / Dromund Kaas (complete) + Balmorra (Class Story only), then Nar Shaddaa (complete) and now off to… whatever, probably Tatooine, then Alderaan.

Most lovely feature so far: Can save keybinds on one character and load on others. (Looking at you WoW, this needs an addon).

Intermission: Apparently this layout style with images left and right only really works if you produce massive amounts of texts, as I just spent nearly as much time trying to fiddle with spaces, paragraphs, and the images as writing everything else. So I need a filler paragraph with more text, thus this rant about HTML layouts 😛

 

I’ve also looked into Strongholds and dusted off my other characters, here’s a rundown, but not sure if I’ll keep all of them. (I also seem to have at least one 65 boost…)

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Poor launch day Sage still sitting at Level 55

  • 55 Mirialan Jedi Sage (old main)
  • 38 Chiss Sith Juggernaut (the new one)
  • 26 Cyborg Powertech (now 30)
  • 12 Twi’lek Scoundrel (now 17)
  • 15 Cyborg Operative (might be deleted, might be kept)
  • 15 Sith Pureblood Sith Juggernaut (might remake as Marauder or Assassin)
  • 11 Rattataki Sniper (probably keeping)
  • 1 Zabrak Trooper (never logged in, but always wanted to try Trooper)

GW2 all the time

Posted in Guild Wars 2 by Armagon on October 5, 2017

So I guess I’ve been busy. Being on vacation and a bit sick and not leaving the house apparently doesn’t help.

A ton of stuff happened:

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Scarlet Crusade?

  • Warrior is equipped as good as it gets now, without further Ascended pieces (2 green Berserker Accessories that could be Exotic Soldiers, and Rares in the off-gear, but that’s good enough for me
  • Thief is also basically done, full Berserker, but with a few greens and Rares
  • Guardian is missing 2 pieces of Exotic gear
  • Ranger is nearly full Berserker Rares or better and in Act 3 of Living World Season 3
  • Mesmer is lacking quite some gear, but in Act 3 of HoT
  • Tequatl gave me an Ascended Weapon Box, but it’s Carrion – have to research…
  • 18 Chests of Exotic Equipment left me a bit “meh” with the results
  • Sitting at 3215 Achievement Points
  • Finished the last Tequatl Achievement
  • Finished “For the Children!” and got a tree!

 

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Noble’s Equip is kinda ok

So right now I’m researching specs and trying to make some of them a bit beefier in solo play.

So the TODO list hasn’t changed much. Except now it also includes getting the Necro to 80, crafting some more bags, and earning a ton of Hero Points on some characters, also some respecs.

Preordering GW2… again

Posted in Guild Wars 2 by Armagon on September 21, 2017

I wrote a post back when I preordered Heart of Thorns in June 2015. So on September 15th I did it again and preordered the Ultimate edition of Path of Fire, Guild Wars 2’s second expansion. I’ve been playing again for a few weeks now, the cash shop was not in my face, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself and this is my “Thanks developers, have some money, because I don’t have to pay a monthly fee”. That’s less than 200 EUR for more than 2 years of GW2, if I had chosen to play that much. WoW would’ve been at least 300 EUR for exactly 2 years.

This time I’m not forgetting to take a screenshot of the page:

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So yes, I like this package – I’ve bought HoT with gems that lasted me until now and now I have 4000 more gems to spend and in between there’s a few bonus things.

“Pre-purchase before launch and receive one Sunspear Weapon Skin of your choice, a Miniature Balthazar, and the title of Elonian Envoy.”

Also not bad for just buying it a few days earlier than launch.

I’m not so much excited for the content (I liked Tyria better than the HoT content) but we’ll see. I’m definitely eager to check it out, but not necessarily on launch day.
I now also have 2 open slots, 2 character professions missing, and 2 Level 80 boosts. Fits perfectly, and still there’s so much to do even without this.

Running out of clever GW2 titles

Posted in Guild Wars 2 by Armagon on September 20, 2017

Big surprise, I’ve been playing GW2. Did some more levelling/using Tomes and now the roster looks like this:

  • Warrior – 80
  • Thief – 80
  • Guardian – 80
  • Mesmer – 80
  • Ranger – 80
  • Necromancer – 64
  • Engineer – 32

Just finished the story quests at 30 on the Engineer, nearly finished Act 1 of Heart of Thorns on the Mesmer, did the 3 daily quests for most days in the last 2 weeks and worked on some achievements:

  • 75% map completion (actually 78 already)
  • 13/18 Heart of Thorns Act 1 (needed a second playthrough, working on the rest)
  • Got to 520/1000 skins
  • Got my first set of Cultural Armor (Norn, Heavy, Tier 1)
  • a few Jumping Puzzles (most are really fun)
  • Got all Tyria Mastery Insights
  • Progressed a bit along “Anomalous Occurrences”
  • Alpha Crafter
  • 2745 (2205 + 540) Achievement Points (boo)

 

So the current plans are:

  • 100% map completion on the Warrior
  • finish the Personal Story (instance quest) on the Warrior
  • progress in HoT with the Mesmer
  • collect a little more equip for Mesmer and Ranger
  • maybe craft a 3rd Ascended piece (currently: Helm, Legs, Amulet, 2 Rings)
  • wrap up some achievements
  • Level Chef and Scribe to 400 (hopefully)
  • decide if any of the PoF elite specs are worth preparing some spare Hero Points

Thoughts about Destiny 2

Posted in FPS by Armagon on September 4, 2017

Is Destiny 2 the shooter I’ve been waiting for all those years?

My first real shooter was Quake 1 back in ’96 ond the coming years, on LAN parties. Then came Quake II with its various mods, which I played for many years, even in the ESL. I tried a few more, Duke Nukem 3D on LAN parties (didn’t really like it), SiN (awesome), Kingpin, Malice, Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith, Starsiege: Tribes, Half-Life, Team Fortress, Quake III Arena, Soldier of Fortune, Unreal, and Unreal Tournament (or 2003?, I don’t remember). But that was it, I’m sure I played nothing serious or for a longer period of time for the last 12-13 years, except a few hours of Borderlands and Borderlands 2 (and Blood Dragon, apparently, my first and only entry in the FPS category…) and a single game of GitS: First Assault.

But.

But I downloaded the Destiny 2 Beta after watching a few trailers and reading what Belghast has been raving about since I’ve been reading his blog and also some others generally speaking highly of it.

And to my surprise… my only complaint was that the Story mode mission was too easy (hey, I didn’t die once and as I said I’ve not played FPS for years… I’m like 7 hours into Borderlands 2 and I’m dying all the damn time), and the first 3 person strike mission (with 2 randoms) was perfectly well-balanced already. One was a bit better than I was and the other was slightly better and we made it.

So yeah, I’m usually not the person to grab stuff at release day, I’m not the person to buy shooters, but if I’m still in the right mood when it launches… I might join.

Guild Wars 2 Update

Posted in Guild Wars 2 by Armagon on September 3, 2017
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Ranger at 63

Yeah, I’ve played a lot of GW2 in the last 2 weeks. First I brought my Mesmer to 80 (boosting with Tomes between the Story missions) and grabbed enough Hero points to get the Chronomancer weapon, then I levelled my Ranger normally to 63, still doing all the Story missions (maybe  a bad idea to do them twice in a two week window).

Then I noticed that I had never finished the Personal Story on my first 80, the Norn Warrior, so I did all of them and am stuck now at the very last once – the instance one. I’ve never done an instance in GW2 so that might be a fun experience, which I postponed for now.

Apparently crafting doesn’t give as much XP as I thought, so it’s probably not really wasted when you do it at max-level. I do need to level Tailoring and Chef, but I’ve not yet decided on which toon.

This is how I’ve set it up currently:

 

  • Warrior – 500 Armorsmith
  • Thief – 200 Huntsman / 500 Leatherworking
  • Guardian – 400 Jeweler / 400 Weaponsmithing
  • Necromancer – 380ish Artificer

 

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Mesmer at 80

So maybe Chef for the Warrior and Tailoring either for Necromancer or Mesmer.

I’m also not big on Achievements in this game, but I think I should really at least get to 75% map completion and finally continue with Heart of Thorns. This isn’t even in anticipation of the new Expansion, apparently measuring levels is a really good idea for my playstyle – as soon as I hit max-level my interest plateaus pretty quickly. More so in WoW, but in GW2 it’s also more like.. “get a decent set of gear, continue to next character”

I did read up on how to get Ascended gear and the Warrior actually has a Helm, Amulet (and as of last week, also 2 Rings) – but I really should check if and how to continue there.

Oh, and I’m still sitting on 200 Tomes and a few Level 20 boosts and a Level 80 boost. So if I use the 80 boost and get another character slot for fully boosting an Elementalist (60) and the Ranger (17) and the Necro (16) I still have too many even if I boost the Engineer (56). Wow.