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The power of 2

Posted in Blaugust, SW:TOR by Nogamara on August 18, 2018

I’m a bit shocked to be honest, just used a +100% 2h Command XP boost, server-wide it’s also still +100%, so I’m running at triple XP and we did the Republic dailies + weeklies as a duo. Despite some stuttering that cost us like 5 mins we managed to do Ziost, Black Hole, Section X, CZ-198, and Yavin 4 in 1h 40m. That’s 40 Command Levels in 100 minutes. That’s why my Scoundrel is CL 60 now, but sadly still feels a little week. The only max-level character where I think I really need to tune my spec. Also I should really get one companion to 50, that should help as well.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my eighteenth post.

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Blaugust Reborn point five

Posted in About this blog, Blaugust by Nogamara on August 17, 2018

Half of the month is over and so far I managed to post daily. Most days it was easy, but I’m in a phase of playing games on a daily basis, which is not the norm.

Some days I was really glad I had a handful of drafts prepared, some days had filler posts I’d never make without the daily challenge I set for myself. At least I never forgot to post (had one scheduling fail where I typo’d the day, doh), but I posted just after midnight a few times before I went to bed. I dated those back to 23:59, that’s the amount of slack I’m allowing myself. Ald wrote something similar and I agree, I won’t force myself to post after August and be back to a highly irregular schedule.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my seventeenth post.

PPS: I typed this on my phone on the subway and it’s outrageous how much better autocomplete is in English over German on Android.

Developer Appreciation Week Part 1

Posted in Blaugust, Games by Nogamara on August 16, 2018

The Blaugust weekly structured format post is “Developer Appreciation Week” and I do remember when Belghast first posted on that topic, years ago. And I applaud him for bringing that topic up.

That said, I drafted up a mega-rant on that topic yesterday, but I need to refine it, so here’s a list of things I really appreciate:

  • configurable key binding – I grew up with WASD and it just works[tm]
  • fullscreen windowed mode – I have Discord and IRC and whatever open. I like your game, but I’m really sorry, but I cannot use it exclusively, I must alt-tab.
  • for MMOs, an API like Blizzard’s battle.net API/Armory. I wanted to launch something with a lot of features like the well-known WoW sites for SWTOR back at launch, had a domain and everything – but they never let me access my characters’ data 😦 Ragnarok Online’s euRO server also did this, it was glorious.
  • fix bugs instead of creating new content. I might be in the minority here, but I know how hard some bugs are to find, reproduce, and fix. You won’t hear me complaining about lack of new stuff in patch notes, but you’ll definitely hear me cheering if a bug I hit was fixed

Then again, these things are kinda the norm, so am I just ranting when they’re missing because I’m expecting them? OK, the first two are kinda standard but the third one is so rare I’d be really grateful!

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my sixteenth post.

Yay, Tier 3

Posted in Blaugust, SW:TOR by Nogamara on August 15, 2018

As we had a public holiday today I had some time to play (unlike yesterday) and I reached one of my latest goals – my Bounty Hunter is now Command Level 192, whereas 181 was the important step, since that level I’m getting Tier 3 Command Crates with 240/242 Item Rating gear. Double XP combined with XP boosts and Daily Zones that include weekly quests is really fun and quick. My Sage is 56, my Commando 39, and my Sith Warrior 26 with just one flashpoint. Only downside is that I’m absolutely overflowing with items.

 

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my fifteenth post.

MMOs and focus

Posted in Blaugust, Games by Nogamara on August 14, 2018

Every time I read about people who can play (and enjoy) multiple MMOs at the same time (I’m mostly thinking of Syp, but there are others) I’m astonished. Whenever I tried to pay for 2 subs at the same time (and yes, that small amount of money is still a real argument for me, in the sense of “I’m paying this monthly sub, I better be playing that game”) I might hold up for a week of alternating, but at some point I’ll highly gravitate towards one of the games and use up 99% of my gaming time in that week or month or that game – I just can’t seem to focus on more than one. The only exception might be EVE Online, where it’s feasible to pay for offline training and only actively play a few hours per month, but I’m more thinking of traditional MMOs here. I’m mostly ok with that, but if I knew it would work for me, I’d be joining WoW’s BfA expansion now, because I’m kinda nosy. But I’m having a blast in SW:TOR and I still have Dead Cells and Quake Champions here, and I’m already neglecting those 2.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my fourteenth post.

On character boosts

Posted in Blaugust, Games by Nogamara on August 13, 2018

When I started digging through the backlog of some of the Blaugust participants’ blogs there was one topic I found pretty interesting: character boosts.

(I wrote down one specific post, it was this one, but I’m pretty sure I saw more).

I wouldn’t say I have a strong opinion, so why am I talking about them? I guess what you often see is this “Back in my day we had to walk uphill.. both ways” attitude, but if I ever held it, I regret it. Sure, if you’re playing a game where some stuff is gated behind a terrible grind… maybe the easy route shouldn’t be available. Same as “Buy this boost for money!” – although I usually prefer level playing fields, something in the range of a monthly subscription price (or 2 months) can be acceptable for everyone who wants to take part in endgame and skip the time sink.

The thing is… I usually don’t do it. In any game where I get a free max-level (or old-expansion-max-level) boost.. I just keep on stalling and not using it. I am actively playing SWTOR right now (I also wrote a lot about it) and I have one “Level 65 boost” sitting there, unused – I’m still not even sure for which character I want to use it. I think I’ll pick one of the missing pure DPS classes where I am not too fond of the mirror class, or where the fun part is missing, like the Gunslinger, where I liked the Scoundrel because of stealth, but didn’t love the combat.

In WildStar I did use a Level 50 boost (I have no clue where I got it from) for a class I hadn’t leveled much yet (Engineer) but it was a very forgettable experience – but I guess I didn’t play much after using the boost, so I never got to know my character very well.

In WoW, I remember using one boost to Level 60 – but I’m pretty sure it was refer-a-friend in TBC or WotLK, and I didn’t enjoy playing Mage in Vanilla at all. After he was 60, I leveled him in a normal way and by that time also had a ton of fun at times. I’m not sure we ever got another free boost, but a quick google search tells me you got a Level 100 boost for Legion. Thinking hard I might have used that one for my Alliance Paladin. I might have leveled her to 60 (via demon invasions? were they called that?) and then boosted to 100, because I had already leveled a Horde Paladin to 100. And apparently there will be 110 boost available if I purchase Battle for Azeroth. Doesn’t make much sense for a 91 Monk that I don’t enjoy playing anyway, but on the Alliance side I’m completely missing Warlock, Druid, and Monk, I have no Horde Demon Hunter, and the Alliance Mage is only 20 (but I wanted to level one to 60 the normal way anyway) and then there’s a 60 Hunter and a 7x Priest and an 80 Shaman. Oh, also no Alliance DK on my main account, but not a fan either. We’ll see, maybe it will stay unused just like in the other games.

Guild Wars 2 is an exception, because just by playing you get so many Tomes of Knowledge (click to advance a level) that you can level 3-4 characters to max level just by playing a handful to max level, nearly 2 for the price of 1, so to say. And you also get a complete boost, but I haven’t used that one either. Or do you even get 2? I don’t remember, but I had no shame using my Tomes on some characters to fill up some levels, e.g. personal story from 10-13, then 7 Tomes, personal story from 20-22, then 8 Tomes, and so on.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my thirteenth post.

Ninja edit: Hehe, of course Wilhelm also wrote about it, but I had this draft since late July, I swear 🙂

What happened?

Posted in Blaugust, SW:TOR by Nogamara on August 12, 2018

Oh boy, double XP is bad for me, where did my weekend go? I played every free minute I was at home and the results are as nice as they are shocking.

  • Bounty Hunter to Command Level 159 (+17 over the weekend, +62 since the patch)
  • Sith Juggernaut to Command Level 24 (+19)
  • Jedi Sage to Command Level 41 (+18)
  • Commando to Command Level 34 (+29?)
  • Scoundrel to Command Level 18 (+6?)

See, I don’t even know exactly where I started, but I finished 2 Conquests this week, did Ziost, Black Hole, and Section X like 4 times, did some PvP and a ton of dailies for the Rampage Part III rewards of the Conquests. Man, does Section X suck on Republic side compared to Empire…

Why did I do this on so many characters? Mostly, gear. All of the “fresh” 70s now have a ton of 230 pieces from the first 20+ Command Chests and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. The Weekly quests reset on Tuesday and Wednesday is a public holiday here, and the Double XP event is supposed to go until the weekend – so I’ll have to make plans how many turbo sessions I can squeeze in after the reset, I really want to reach Tier 3 on the Bounty Hunter, which starts at Level 181.

My banks are overflowing in green gear and other stuff, also tons of orange items from the chests, I think I had nearly 100 items on the Auction House on the weekend.

I made a super cool change to my transmog and here is…

Pink Ranger

Pink Ranger

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my twelfth post.

The end of Marvel Heroes

Posted in Blaugust, Marvel Heroes by Nogamara on August 11, 2018

I had last posted about Marvel Heroes in August 2017 when I was somewhat actively leveling some characters. I don’t recall how long I kept on playing, but I must’ve stopped somewhere in the autumn and I never posted a final post.

The game closed on November 27, 2017 and I won’t repeat the details, you can look them up here.

Of course I was a little sad that a game I had played for nearly 3 years (and most importantly, Steam says I spent 1554 hours ingame) but I wasn’t upset. What was indeed a little annoying that I had grabbed some ingame currency to stockpile in June (because it was a tremendous sale, 16 EUR for 10x the currency I usually got for the same amount of money) and I hadn’t spent a lot of it. I think I spent as much as I would have paid if it wasn’t for the sale, but I am very sure I hadn’t bought it in the first place without the sale. Anyway, peanuts. I was always pretty happy to throw money at Gazillion because I really, really felt I was getting a superb F2P experience and I can pay as much as I want. (I think it was around ~240 EUR for ~34 months – so 7 EUR on average per month, whether I was playing or not – or half of a normal MMO sub.

I just really hope all the ex-Gazillion employees found some job soon.

PS: Apparently Steam decided it’s a good idea to delete all the screenshots I hadn’t moved away when it silently removed the game. In the Steam screenshot browser I still see the game “Marvel Heroes Omega” and around 50 broken screenshots I made 2 days before the game shut down, but they’re not on disk anymore. Thanks, Steam.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my eleventh post.

Spending time and money

Posted in Blaugust, SW:TOR by Nogamara on August 11, 2018

I really like the housing in SW:TOR – and that’s why I was kinda excited we’d get a new Stronghold, and on Rishi, my favorite piratey planet!
So today I put down the 3m Credits and bought one (you get the first expansion, The Overlook, for just 120k until the next patch, so grab it!). I was a little let down by the entrance layout, something I had missed when watching a test server video. Not sure how much I’ll use this for everyday, probably not so much 😦 The “housing” part is just too far from the entrance, which sucks. But I also put down some money to expand my third Stronghold, Nar Shaddaa (this one *is* awesome) and I’m now at 75% bonus for Conquests.

This 100% EXP boost is pretty nice though, it catapulted me from Command Level 11x to 142 in just 2-3h, and I have half of a Conquest done already for this week with just 2x Tatooine dailies. Maybe I’ll try to do one more 2h session this week, but I’ll definitely do one after the next reset, where I hope to get another 20 command levels in 3h. I’m really not a fan of gear grinding at max level, and this Command Level thing is basically that. Better gear, and an arbitrary metric of an endgame Level, meh.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my tenth post.

My gaming history

Posted in About this blog, Blaugust by Nogamara on August 9, 2018

This week is Get to Know Each Other Week at Blaugust, and I had this page draft I wanted to publish for a while, so I just did that. Because it’s nearly midnight, I got in some gaming time today, but overall got up too early, came home too late and so I’m posting a draft, still going strong with one post per day 🙂

This page called Gaming History (which I will not reproduce here) shows a list of games I played and that I either think worth mentioning at the time, or which just had such a big impact that I wanted to write down when I started playing them (not necessarily when I stoppped).

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my ninth post.