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WildStar is shutting down

Posted in WildStar by Nogamara on September 7, 2018

You probably read the news, WildStar is shutting down in the near future and the developer, Carbine Studios is in the process of being shut down.

I haven’t played for a while (my last meaningful session was probably 18 months ago) and before that I had been covering it for 3 years with 18 blog posts – which is kind of a lot for me. It was one of the few games where I was absolutely excited before launch – I even played on the stress test weekends, i.e. download client, try to get in, all for 2-3h of getting to play the new game, usually I can’t be bothered. I also preordered and took part in the head start weekend. I never raided and only did a few 5mans. I was part of a guild, but I don’t even remember the name, which is also *very* rare for me. I joined up not directly after hitting max level IIRC and didn’t stay very long either.

WildStar did a lot of things very good – the music, the setting, the quest pacing, the classes. Every time i played I was having fun.

The problem is that they kinda marketed themselves as a home for the people who found WoW’s raids not hardcore enough. This means some of the dungeon runs were already brutal and even the attunement quest chain to be able to start raiding was kinda nuts. Sure, you can say I should’ve just lived up to “git gud” – but I was doing Heroic raids in WoW just earlier and having fun. So yeah, if being in the top 20% (wild guess) of the WoW skill cap in regard to raiding skills is not enough that I can be bothered to do that in a new game, maybe – just maybe – it’s not my fault. I know a lot of people who liked WildStar and even if they had raided in WoW (even before LFR) that seemed a lot more accessible. Maybe also easier, but definitely more “hey, we’ll take our social non-raiders for a spin once in a while” – definitely didn’t happen in WildStar.

To put this in the correct time, Siege of Orgrimmar, the last WoW raid in the Mists of Pandaria expansion went live on September 10th, 2013. WildStar launched at the start of June 2014 and the next WoW raid to be released would be Highmaul in the Warlords of Draenor expansion on December 2nd, 2014 – so it hit in the last months of a WoW expansion when many people had already stopped being excited.

But I’m not really complaining – the game was hard and my personal problem was more that I don’t like small group content. I like soloing, duoing, and raids. I never liked 5mans in WoW, SWTOR, and also not in WildStar. So even when I tried a few dungeons with people of my new (back then) guild there were some (few) shouting at you if you did something wrong (didn’t matter that you were in the dungeon for the first time) and the non-guilded players were even worse. I’m pretty sure I never made that Silver (or even Bronze) Malgrave Trail. I don’t remember if I even tried a second time, so bad was that experience.

Anyway. I surely didn’t do so much to help WildStar survive, although I was subscribed for quite a few months – I had a lot of fun when I played, but it just didn’t keep me as WoW did for so many years. Maybe also because hardly anyone I knew played. I’m sad that it will shut down but I also didn’t plan to come back, and since it had gone F2P I think I didn’t invest any money – but I also only played a few hours or days since then, the majority of my time was spent in 2014-15. Good luck to the people at Carbine getting a new job soon.

By chance I had logged in just a few days ago and made some screenshots of my characters. I’m also pretty sure I made a video showing off my awesome housing plots, maybe last year – but I can’t find it right now. Maybe I will try to redo that video and then post it.

Back on Nexus

Posted in WildStar by Nogamara on March 5, 2017

Oh wow, I didn’t write about (and I guess also didn’t play) WildStar for 2 years and 2 months. I patched up and logged in yesterday, and today I cleaned out the bags, unlocked some costumes (in order to clean out the bags, mostly), wondered about the general state of my characters and was overall pretty surprised that I wasn’t in any way dismayed or let down by anything I found. Well, except for the full bags and that iirc some of my main’s gear was transformed into tokens – but I couldn’t care less about this.

I dusted off my Human Exile Medic and managed to do 2 levels in Wilderrun- 38 to 40. I even remembered how to play – or they made everything easier. It was only 3h (including the bank sorting), but it’s been a nice diversion and I didn’t feel pressed to shell out money instantly. Not that I would be against giving them money (again) – but the in-game shop is not IN YOUR FACE – I love that. Let’s see if I’ll taper off again quickly or if I manage to slowly make my way to a 3rd Level 50 character.

Open questions:

  • Is there rested XP? Maybe that’s why it felt so quick.
  • Why haven’t I learned to stay away from those elite mobs? 🙂
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New Eden minor updates

Posted in EVE Online, WildStar by Nogamara on January 21, 2015

I haven’t touched WildStar in a few days (or has it been 2 weeks with only logging in for a few mins?) because my non-Marvel Heroes time was mostly spent in New Eden, where my Nullsec char has now learned Interceptors (still need to save up for one though) and I also bought the first Scythe for Space Priesting after two quick stints in a Probe. Not sure yet how good I am at it, but it’s fun. Maybe more fun than shooting space ships. And my older “main” high sec carebear character can now fly Gallente HACs, as soon as I have enough ISK to buy and fit an Ishtar (notice a pattern?).

I think I’ve never been that low in ISK since my first week in EVE, but buying ships for two characters now, spending money on skill books and with the only source of income being ~5h of semi-afk mining in high sec while I surf the web on the second screen.. Not good. And while I’m not planning to buy PLEX to sell it for ISK, I kind of need to find a source of income it seems. Still plan to try Station Trading but I usually hate this AH flipping, it really feels like Excel to me and I never did it in WoW, where the source of my income was nearly 100% based on levelling so many alts and selling excess stuff that the gold kind of came in quicker than I could reasonably spend it, without investing a single minute into *earning* gold since TBC.

Moreover, I’d love to buy a PLEX or two for ISK in order to not pay for dualtrain, but apparently that’s a very unrealistic scenario. I wonder if there are people hating economics in games as much as I do and still making a decent income. The only game where I enjoyed trading a lot was some ~1997 era trading sim with ships. I really should search for the name, to have an example handy.

So while I enjoy reading Syp‘s shenanigans in multiple MMOs, I can definitely say it is not for me. In some weeks I might even spend more time ingame than he does, but 2 games are the absolute reasonable maximum that I can focus on. The only exception might be a mobile game on the subway or some Guitar Hero, but both occur more on a bimonthly (non-)schedule than on a daily one.

WildStar Updates

Posted in WildStar by Nogamara on January 5, 2015

I haven’t done any dailies at 50 for ages, but there has been some other progress.

My Medic hit 35 and I enjoy playing her very much. Enough damage that it feels quick and a little healing so that I can solo 2man mobs.

When my Engineer ran out of rested XP at 16 I switched over to my Warrior again because he had loads, so now he’s 21 and I don’t want to repeat Galeras only a few days after I just did the quests. Doh, should’ve thought that through a little better.

I just went to grind out the Journeyman Tailoring achievement/tree thingy Enemy Patterns: Shatterforce Dominion which is a bit of a pain because you have to kill mobs in the Dominion quest hub Shatterforce Outpost. Luckily there are 5 mobs that can be killed on respawn if you stand right in the middle and because of Void Slip I can aggro everything else and kill the remaining ~8 mobs every minute. It took me about an hour of work while reading stuff on the second monitor. Not too bad. But apparently it’s bugged and I need to craft all 5 of them now. Time to farm or buy some lowbie cloth then…

Trust me, I am an Engineer

Posted in WildStar by Nogamara on December 28, 2014

With my WoW subscription gone and no more rested XP on my Medic, I was keen on finally trying out an Engineer.

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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.

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Wrapping up WoW

Posted in WildStar, WoW by Nogamara on December 23, 2014

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.

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Levelling: Done

Posted in WildStar by Nogamara on December 21, 2014

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.

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The MMO Trinity

Posted in WildStar, WoW by Nogamara on December 18, 2014

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…

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WildStar shenanigans

Posted in WildStar by Nogamara on December 15, 2014

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).

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Stuff is happening… slowly

Posted in EVE Online, WildStar by Nogamara on November 25, 2014

Sick at home, actually so bad that I can’t sit and play for more than an hour or two, so haven’t undocked in EVE (my new favorite game) in a few days.

Blogging would be totally possible, with a laptop in bed, just that nothing really happened. Plus I hope my sentences make sense.

Despite all of this I managed to level my Mordesh Stalker from 19 to 35 in the last 2 weeks or so, only adding a few of those levels in the last days, so at least something to write down. Awesome.

Failed the Malgrave Trail Veteran Adventure run on my main by a small margin on first try, so nothing really new there, it will still take tremendous time to get attuned.

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