In a state of general interest, specific boredom a few days ago and having read Green Armadillo’s posts on the topic I started with Marvel Heroes under the premise that it seems to be close to Diablo in game play and I always liked Diablo-style games.
So first of all, you play as a Marvel hero you might or might not know, there’s no partial character look customization (only paid full costume options afaik) and it’s Free 2 Play with IAPs.
When starting you nowadays get 11 Heroes you can play to level 10, then are allowed to uncap one of those, i.e. be allowed to play them to Level 60, the current level cap.
Right now these starting heroes are: Hawkeye, Black Widow, Storm, Cyclops, Rocket Raccoon, Human Torch, Punisher, Colossus, Black Panther, Luke Cage and Captain America
There’s also a daily login bonus and on your 2nd day you get enough in game currency to buy 1 (or 2, if everything is 50% off for the holidays) additional Heroes. I decided to invest 10$ to get 3 more Heroes, so here’s my lineup now:
- Human Torch, uncapped for free (currently level 14)
- Storm, from a random hero item for 175 Splinters (currently level 7ish)
- Ghost Rider, my second random for 175 Splinters (yay)
- Gambit, bought for 450G (= 4.5$)
- Hawkeye, bought for 225G (currently level 11)
- Scarlet Witch, bought for 225G
Heroes I’d like to have but wasn’t willing to pay money now (and really, 6 characters makes this roughly as many classes as Diablo 3 had, so should be about the same replayability factor, if only for alting/classes): Captain America, Colossus, Deadpool, Iron Man, Nightcrawler, Punisher, Rogue
The other 30 (43 – 6 – 7) didn’t look hugely interesting to me right now, but we’ll see how long I’ll play and if there are more sales offers.
A major drawback seems to be the bank space, which of course can be bought for real money, but as countless MMOs have taught me, stuff you get in the first half of the game is hardly worth keeping around, so I don’t see any problems for now. And unlike the 50% off of Heroes for this holiday sale I’m not pressed to buy that now, I’ll play more than 10h first.
That said, I had a lot of fun in those 10h and it seems to be one of those “play for a quick 30min” games more than a “omg, I spent 5h now” for me, so I’d say I’m happy I gave them a few bucks and think got a good worth in return. I’m usually not that easily pulled in by sales, I only own those Humble Bundles with games I really wanted (although I looked at nearly all of them on time) and I’m not even sure I got any game on Steam this time (besides Hammerwatch, which also plays like Diablo, and is also totally awesome, but it might have been a week before the holiday sale).
Oh, and Marvel Heroes Items Base seems to be very good.
With my WoW subscription gone and no more rested XP on my Medic, I was keen on finally trying out an Engineer.
So here he is, again a randomized character as a base that was moderately tweaked. I really love the purple armor.
In other news, I checked all my housing plots and added the “cheap starter edition” of well-rested buffs, which is:
- Medium Comfort: Red Rug, 50s
- Medium Lighting: Aurin Hoogle Lamp, 50s
- Large Ambience: Charming Bar, 5g
- Large Aroma: Wooden Wall Planter, 1g 50s
- Large Pride: Chua Bookcase (Tall), 4g
That’s 11g 50s for 3 Large and 2 Medium buffs, directly from your vendor.
Subscription runs out in 40 minutes and I had forgotten to write this up as I had planned, but gladly I woke up soon enough to do a quick last login.
Although I hadn’t anticipated it, I think I have spent more time with garrisons than while levelling in this month.
Here’s the rough outcome (ignoring iLvl and luck on getting a follower on higher quality in the first place), all level 100 if not noted otherwise
- Epic: 12
- Rare: 5
- Uncommon: 5 (1x 99, 1x 90)
- Epic: 7
- Rare: 9
- Uncommon: 2
- Epic: 10
- Rare: 8
- Uncommon: 4 (1x 99, 1x 95)
- Epic: 3
- Rare: 11
- Uncommon: 5 (1x 98)
Only when tallying up I noticed I only have 18 on Warrior and 19 on Priest, doh.
The Shaman had stupid luck, I think 4 or 5 of those 10 epic followers came this way when getting them, whereas on the Rogue all 12 are manually upgraded from Rare or even Uncommon.
Yesterday I did three notable things.
First I dinged 100 on my Shadow Priest, then I broke the 610 iLvl pre-heroic barrier on my Shaman. Then I cancelled my WoW account.
It’s not *bad*, but it’s not awesome either. I had quite some fun, levelling the first char was moderately interesting, levelling the second was still nice, levelling number 3 and 4 was more a hassle, but I enjoyed it because I enjoy playing those classes. If I was in any way interested in raiding, I’d stick to my guild on my old server, where quite a few people have returned, are recruiting and I wish them the best of luck for 10+ man Heroic (which used to be Normal, right?). But just doing Heroics is not for me, I mostly despise the random morons in LFD. And I’m also not keen on levelling a 5th time to 100. I might be back for a month when 6.1 hits, that sounds like a better plan.
My Medic is Level 20 now and I’m looking forward to more time spent in WildStar and EVE, less in my garrisons.
Yay, my Stalker hit 50 today, weekends ftw.
The 40-46 part was quite enjoyable, but I do like Malgrave. 46-48 was kind of meh, I don’t like Grimvault that much, but the light non-strain parts are kind of ok. Gladly the Phagelabs zone in the northwest of Western Grimvault pushed me to 50.
Didn’t do much besides crafting awesome pants with a lot of Brutality, adding cheap vendor runes to most of my stuff and doing some Outfitter crafting.
But yeah, it’s done and I’m quite happy.
/played at ding 50 was 3d 15h, compared to my Spellslinger, where it took 4d 16h.
I just dinged 100 on my Orc Shaman, so the trinity of MMOs is complete once again.
- Assassination Rogue (DPS)
- Protection Warrior (Tank)
- Restoration Shaman (Healer)
Now I just need to gear up the last two and try out some heroics. The Shammy already has the 640 Ring, but both are severely lacking in Garrison resource funds for the Level 3 Garrison.
Silver DPS Proving Grounds were no problem, but Bronze Healing was close on first try. I should read up on Talents, Glyphs and reorganize my bars.
- The Shaman has 1h /played at Level 100 and 6 epic followers.
- The Warrior has 5h /played at Level 100 and 2 epic followers.
- The Rogue has 43h /played at Level 100 and only 5 epic followers (as of this morning).
Oh, and for WildStar, my Stalker hit 47 and started Southern Grimvault today. So close…
Despite the return to WoW (and logging in several times per day) I managed to play some WildStar as well. My Stalker is nearly 46, cleaning up Malgrave and is generally quite fun to play. I really like the Shiphand missions, as I noticed again after ignoring for a while, but I already wish I could skip the Drusera solo dungeons. They were pretty awesome the first time, but too story-driven and still braindead easy I don’t really want to repeat them on every char.
It’s probably a classic learn2play issue, but mobs 1-2 higher are a huge problem, whereas mobs at the same or 1 lower can be dispatched easily, even in packs of 2 or 3. This is a bit weird, but I attribute it to the crit/near-oneshot potential of the class.
I also sunk a fair bit of money into my Outfitter profession and caught up about halfway to my main already. It seems Tailor and Outfitter are the hardcore professions when it comes to material requirements, apparently Architect and Technologist are easier. No clue about Armorer and Weaponsmith, though.
So I’m trying to finish the last stretch over the next few days, although I’m not very keen on dailies or dungeons or any grind at 50, but we’ll see.
One thing I really love about WildStar is the sense of weird humour. ProtoStar, Freebots, Lopp. I really hope WildStar isn’t going down anytime soon, no matter how much bad press it gets (as in letting go people, not reviews).
In August 2007, a bit over 2 years before starting this blog, I already had started a wow blog. As I was playing a Rogue, it was aptly named Vanish!
Some time ago I found all 5 posts I had posted there, before taking it down again (no clue why) and now I’m sharing them, lightly edited.
Welcome onboard (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 23:27:27 +0200)
If there’s one thing the world doesn’t need, it’s probably another blog about WoW. But we will see how useless it will be.
As of now this blog is without a real theme, mostly it will be about Rogues, Druids, Warlocks, Raiding, Addons and, to a degree, about PvP,
WoWWiki , Arena and the other classes.
The only editor (atm) has been playing since May 2005 with just a few breaks not longer than a month. That’s why he owns a 70 Rogue, 70 Druid, 65 Warlock, 35 Warrior and 19 Hunter Twink. He never really rerolled, just made chars to redo quests up to level 10 or visit friends on other servers. These were mostly Warriors that made it to their 20s on Arathor-EU, Vek’lor-DE, Malygos-DE and some others.
From the DE you can also see that he’s from Germany. He’s been living in Munich for more than 20 years, studying Computer Science for some years now and playing video games for less than 20 years. Normally he doesn’t talk about himself in the third person, but he started this post and was too lazy to rewrite it.
Maulgar is king! (Fri, 17 Aug 2007 00:20:00 +0200)
Some hours ago I finished the first run to Gruul’s Lair with my guild. The Unstable Flasks are quite handy, and as I had 1000 Apexis Shards on my Druid I made a stack of 20 and was happy to get some bankspace back.
Sadly it didn’t run too well, the pull really is awfully complicated and we wiped… and wiped… and wiped. Good thing is that I could run out and not die most of the times when the pull failed. Still some repair costs and time feels a bit wasted as I didn’t do much besides clicking ok to readycheck and dpsing Blindeye sometimes. Oh, and sorting out DKP from a handful of screenshots will definitely be more demanding than my role in this fight.
Stupidest Feature ever (Sat, 18 Aug 2007 02:19:25 +0200)
The berserker buff in instances not only gives you +30% damage, it also lets your model grow in size.
Now if you take the berserker buff inside the Stables, try to run out because it’s busy with Alliance and can’t get through the archway you just used and thus die… you wanna strangle someone responsible for that…
Games Convention 2007 (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 01:39:56 +0200)
The GC was quite interesting, but I couldn’t be bothered to queue up for 2h or more just to get to play Wrath of the Lich King for maybe 10 mins. Too much fuzz. The Trading Card Game seemed quite nice, although it’s a bit sad that the Upper Deck employees didn’t really know more than the absolute basics of the game.
Maulgar was king (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 01:44:38 +0200)
Second night of Gruul’s Lair. After some attempts on Maulgar I was feared into the wall with full health and mana and had to watch one after the other die. At 1% the only remaining Paladin couldn’t keep the MT up anymore and we wiped. Quite frustrating, as I tried everything from casting “target not in line of sight” and them positioning Maulgar in front of the wall I was inside to Auto-Unstuck (which doesn’t work in battle of course…). But the next try we killed him with 25man up (maybe 1 or battle rezzes used) and then even got Gruul to 60%, let’s wait for next week.
: This predates wowpedia, but I strongly encourage you to use Wowpedia, not WoWWiki.
So I’m still playing WoW, but kind of I am not. I’m now at Level 100 (Rogue), 97 (Warrior), 95 (Shaman) and 93 (Priest) and most of my time feels like it’s spent relogging and sending my followers on missions. This can be delightful or frustrating and feels like tracking 30 Tamagotchis.
I was pretty unlucky on my main (Rogue), still haven’t got a single epic follower, although ~18 of them are level 100 – whereas my Shaman got 3 epic ones in Frostfire Ridge already.
All in all I’m trying to get the most of my month of subscription and it’s really fun to do stuff with my old guildies again, but by and large I think I won’t resub. We’ll see.
Yep, I gave in. Was sick at home for over a week with the flu, so in the last days (on Thursday the 27th to be exact) I bought WoD, paid for a month and started levelling. Still couldn’t really leave the house (just the way to the doctor and pharmacy had been hell earlier in the week), so I grabbed a big pot of tea, wrapped myself in a blanket and levelled my Rogue from 90 to 100 until Friday evening.
In the start I hated it. Or to be more precise, I didn’t have a lot of fun. It was just more of the same. I liked the abundance of Rares and Shinies to find and enjoy and the new Pickpocketing is ace. But overall, not too thrilling. It got a bit better as the garrison developed. Now I am sitting at iLvl 621 after the weekend after around 6 Heroics and my Warrior is already 93. Didn’t play WildStar in the last 4 days, so it can’t be that bad. I still don’t plan to raid – but we’ll see what will happen in these remaining 25 days. 🙂