Wednesday, July 20, 2016

As Seen in Agartha (The Secret World)

Over the years I've posted on our Cabal forum screenshot of the amazing creative outfits the TSW players put together.

So, thought I'd start adding those here as I see them.  Most will be without names, just the wild, crazy, fun and OMG idea the community has for clothing.

The Secret World Museum

The Secret World version of Housing is The Museum of the Occult.

It's in London, but they did add a Lorentzian Fabricator, (purchase from The Curator), to port you directly to your lobby.
Layout map 

Each Wing of the Museum is opened by purchasing the Curator's contracts (there arre different ones see pic)  from the Curator.  Pedestals inside each wing are then upgraded with Pax, AP and a combination of Lore and Kill Count (see Achievements).  First is Classic (green), then Superior (blue) and finally Paragon (purple).  It is pricey to open ALL wings and upgrade as you must spend AP and Pax.   Each Classic pedestal is 75,000 pax, Superior  pedestals are 150,000 pax and Paragon run 300,000 pax.  The AP cost is start at 50-75 for most Classic. Superior tier is 100-125 AP and Paragon are 175-200 AP.  Centerpieces range from 175 to 500.

This is definitely a PAX and AP sink/end-game activity that won't be completed quickly.  Especially with the kill count requirements.  That said it is neat to go in the Museum and actually get to see so many of these monsters up close and the great detail the designers did on them.

There are also a number of tshirts, pets, a run speed, guardian (consumable pets with buffs) available in the Gift Shop.
** Many of the T's were designed by fellow TSW players!**

Each requires a specific achievement regarding setting pedestals and have their own PAX and Black Bullion requirement.

I opened all wings day one - it ran around 6 million pax.  I didn't keep exact count, then went out to grab Lore.  Fortunately TSW has such a great community a couple of shared Google Docs, made locations of ALL the new lore readily available to people

I did add a few pedestals randomly, but found that the one of the Egypt wings was ready to go so completed it first. This is the - The Extraordinary Fauna of Egypt with dear Dr. Klein as the centerpiece.

I did complete all wings to Classic level a couple weeks ago, and now have a mix of Classic, Superior and Paragon levels depending on achievements.  Many have different kill counts (1K for some 10K for others), that may take some time.  That and tracking down specific items required for pedestals upgrades.

The hardest (I think right now), will be the golems.  Getting to classic was easy.  Needing TWO shards for each upgrade (Classic > Superior > Paragon), with the extremely low drop rate on many of the Golem Shards.  It should allow everyone to hit 10K golem achievement, just trying to get the Golem Shards!

** If you are a 10K farmer, the Paranormal Investigations Society aka The Badgers have been 10K killing since launch.  Check out there strategies.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WoW's Legion Pre-Expansion 7.0 live

Pre-Expansion is live.

Time to learn how to play again with new abilities, builds and rotations, etc.

Time to reload or stop using the add ons that are broke until they're updated..

Time to explore the changes!

As my bank and bags are a mess - I can't remember the last time I used the default bags - and I need to learn all new everything.  I thought a better use of time today (to avoid the moaning in the chat channels!), take a tour and see how the "View" distance actually looks.

It's pretty amazing, to be able to see so much.  As the game was a bit laggy, I only snapped a few pics.

Looking out over the North Barrens and towards Orgimmar

The Stormwind Park is finally repaired (slow workers).

Blackrock Mountain can now be seen from Stormwind, smoldering in the distance.

You can see all the way to Westfall from Stormwind.

Found this pic too - the original Demonhunter!  Just a remind of what's coming.....

The Secret World's Six Month Reward

The Secret World's new six month reward - a faction uniform.

Dragon Uniform.  Some difference between the male and female style.

Illuminati Uniform.  Very similar.  I forgot to get a back shot of the men's, but I think it's solid.

Templar Uniform. Kind of in the middle as far as differences go between the Dragon and Illuminati.

Monday, June 15, 2015

ESO Patch Notes v2.0.11

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited v2.0.11 is an incremental patch that introduces Psijic Ambrosia – an Experience Point booster – and limited scaling and battle leveling consumables. You can read more about these additions below. We have also fixed a number of issues involving awkward shield animations, flying Sorcerers, weak Flesh Atronachs, and more! The size of this patch is approximately 2.8GB for English, 600MB for German, and 3.6GB for French.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Early Access should we buy into this?

I read this article early on Massively - Who benefits from MMO early access? and as I've been having this discussion with other gamers it got me to thinking.

Personally, I'm not against early access to help test a game as it's easy to get tunnel vision and "think" you know what a customer wants, not necessarily be giving them what they truly want/need.  But this pay to try a game that is a year plus still in development, does seem to be a bit of a money grab.

I did pay SOE for early access to Dragons Prophet back in 2013 (justification incoming), I did it as I had high hopes for this game, and the cost for early access included a substantial amount of Station Cash, which is useable in any SOE game, and I do play a few of those.  So it wasn't a totally loss if I didn't like it.  (I do still have intentions of getting past level 20 in DP maybe one day!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Looking forward to 2015

It's almost a week into 2015 and MMO's well, nothing OMG spectacular on my radar sadly.
I've come to the conclusion most Korean style games are not to my taste, my time in ArcheAge confirmed that.  I don't care for the art style or grindy-ness of the play.

 My sub to ArcheAge (AA) expires in a few weeks and it's going to be shelved.  Many fun aspects of AA, but so many things wrong the scale tips to heavily in the "stop playing this game now" direction.  So this week, I'm giving away all the properties to guildies, emptying mail, closing account and saying goodbye.  Too bad, it seemed to have potential, but honestly I think the peak fun with ArcheAge was Alpha testing over the summer.  What XL/Trion have put out there is just wrong on so many levels.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ArcheAge - pics of the week

Yes I bought the Fleetpaw Bjorne (and the turtle battlepet).  This mount starts at level five and can be converted to the Ebonfur at 50.
 ArcheAge is a sandbox game, right? So being a twit - blockading choke points for people running packs seems to be the thing - Cinderstone/Two Crown, Hellswamp/Halcyona and the Dewstone Bridge seem to be favorites of this one guild.

Creative use of crates on an 8x8

The bear makes a great hood ornament

Truly stuck on the Dewstone Bridge

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ArcheAge: Interesting decorating

Tentacle house.  Someone must play The Secret World too.  Looks like a filth cow!

 Boxes and plushies

 This is a Fellowship Plaza that is open for all in the zone that own property.  Except the asshat decided no one was going to use the Specialty Bench.
But at least there's a baby grand....
Stay off my lawn for real!

Friday, November 14, 2014

ArcheAge more screenies

Leomorph with baby Leos.  Wish the ingame Leo pet could be out with the mount.

Chatty Scarecrow in Halcyona.  Supposedly a quest.  Need to check that one.

Funny farm in Arcum Iris

Creative use of an 8x8. How does he get in that coffin though?

Guy stuck in the ground.  He was there for 4 hours having escaped jail, so he said.

Truly stuck.  I haven't managed that one yet.

More player beautification of Marianople.