I’ve just been playing a lot of PoE still. I’ve been mixing in some PUBG in an attempt to prevent burnout (because I can’t control myself and overdo everything I like). In PoE I’ve got a 82 Sunderboi, a 50something Frost Blades or something guy who hasn’t quite come into his own yet (not sure if I want him to either), and I recently started a Lightning Arrow/Barrage boi. The links are to the guides on the forums if you’re curious. I’ve thought about quitting a few times but I just always find something to re-engross myself.
First I played my Sunderboi which is like noob 101 how to play PoE build, but also if you stick with it and invest the time/ingame currency into the build you can do just about everything there is. I played him to about 70 something before I was feeling kind of done. Everything about the game is kind of daunting, the whole goddamn thing is a fuckin learning curve, and one of the things that is kind of rough for a new player is not knowing wtf things are worth. Like Diablo 2, trading is important in becoming the big boy you want to be, which means you need to sell stuff and know what is worth selling. This is one of the hardest parts because since you’ve only played a Sunderboi, you only know what kind of shit you need. So if you find something with like %increased poison damage and +1 to lightning skill gems you don’t know if that is worth anything or not.
I was watching itmeJP’s stream and he mentioned that you never really know for sure unless you play a bunch of stuff. Then it dawned on me that it is just like every other damn game, the more you do, the more you know, the better you get. That sparked a little fire inside of me to pick a new crazy build and just go for it. I landed on the Frost Blades Shadow build and started plowing through. I will say now that I wish I had picked a more newb friendly guide because the guy who made it kind of assumes you know wtf you’re doing a bit more than I do. So I only got that one in the 50s, didn’t get any of the key unique items to really start being a real boy yet but I have since found a couple that could help him get to that point. So I may be returning to him eventually.
When I got a little tired of that playstyle and feeling kind of aimless due to the guide not holding my hand as much as my retarded self needed I thought, this is it, I’m winding down my PoE run for this season. Then I decided to play my Sunderboi a little bit again, do some Dailies from my Masters or whatever and play around with my hideout. I started going a bit deeper with the Maps system, ran into some guy called the Shaper in some of them and started fighting some new monsters and encountering new effects. Things were getting spicy again and what do ya know, I didn’t want to stop playing anymore. I managed to beat up a Shaper stronghold and it dropped my first items with Shaper mods, which have a cool spacey background on them. It was a new and beautiful world for me to continue exploring, until, I killed something that dropped a good unique. I got me a fuckin Tabula Rasa (which I didn’t even get to play before they shut it down) and my buddy was like, alright now Vaal it!
When you Vaal something it “corrupts” the item, changing the implicit mod (base mod for the item type), and making the item unable to be changed further. It is sort of like a tool of the “demons” or whatever and one of the potential side effects is it can destroy the item. Now what makes a Tabula good is that it is a 6 socket, 6 link chest piece. It doesn’t do anything except have 6 sockets that are linked and since you put gems in sockets and some gems are support gems that enhance main ability gems, having 6 links is amazing for pretty much any character because you can use it from level 1 and can have your main ability really strong way sooner than you would normally. So, I got out a Vaal orb and plopped it on my Tabula and I got +1 level to socketed gems. That is kind of a big deal for a tiny baby boy like myself, iirc others were listed between 55-80 chaos orbs (the main currency) which for me is a fuck ton.
Anyways, after I had this amazing piece of gear that could’ve potentially helped out my 82 Sunderboi much less any other character I play, I figured it was time for a new build. I had a few low level uniques already and one of them was a bow with no level requirement, so I went searching for a bow build that seemed fun. Once again I was refilled with motivation to continue playing this crazy game. I really liked the Lightning Arrow build I found because it also has options for different main abilities, instead of Lightning Arrow you can use Ice Shot (I think it is called that) or Tornado Shot, which I definitely plan on giving a shot just to see what feels better. So far he is still kind of tiny but playing him really gives me good feelings. It reminds me a lot of my old Diablo 2 days of being an Amazon and just firing shit tons of arrows off the screen and walking over a bit and looting shit from all these guys I just killed offscreen.
As for PUBG it is still my main FPS and after playing some of the Call of Doody BR beta this weekend it is still my main BR game. I may play CoD BR just because my roommate might play it and playing games with people is more enjoyable, but I’ll always prefer the more realistic aspects/intentions of PUBG. Though I will say that I do sometimes have some problems with how PUBG still kind of sucks occasionally. Though I can say the issues are usually only a bit of lag, nothing is more anger inducing than dying to a “little bit of lag”. After trying to get back into PUBG after a big stint of only playing PoE I had a rough time shooting people again. But yesterday I put a proper “PUBG day” in and managed to remember how to shoot people. One game I had 3 VSS kills which was kind of crazy especially since a VSS is kind of a meme to me a little bit.
Anyways, that is it. I’m only playing 2 games really and I still have others to get to when I tire of these, which may never happen. It is a good time to be a gamer, or maybe just to be me, I’m not sure. I can barely remember what it feels like to be bored due to not having a game to play. Feels good man.
I’ve got a vague idea of a PUBG related post about how after watching some streamers play I began to notice that it seems like people develop their own preferred way of playing and how that mostly aligns with their prior experiences. Like you don’t check that room because there isn’t ever anything in it versus always checking that room because one time you found a first aid kit. So maybe I’ll keep trying to think of how to put that together. Anyways part deux ttyl love you long time bb.