Hi, my name is Bonedead? I think I am still sane but I have my doubts, exile. Where have I been and what have I been doing? Well it all started a year ago when Path of Exile’s new season Betrayal launched. Wait, you’re telling me that was a month ago? No no, that can’t be right, I’ve been playing it for like a year I’m certain. I’ve been in the mines for a month maybe, sure, but that’s only because I can’t find enough sulphite.
On a more serious note, holy fucking shit PoE is so fucking good right now. Of course you will not have fun if you just download it and try to play it blindly without looking up anything. You’ll get your first level and open your skill tree and feel overwhelmed and quit. Or you won’t feel overwhelmed and quit and you’ll pick something that seems like a good choice and maybe you can keep doing that for 30-40 levels and get through half of the story and maybe even figure out how the currency system works, but you will eventually probably hit a wall where you can’t really progress anymore. Just remember, it is because you are bad, which isn’t a negative thing. Most people are bad at new things even if they’ve done a lot of similar stuff before. You have to embrace that you are bad and seek out assistance in the form of words other people have compiled in an attempt to help explain this extremely crazy fuckin game to people just like you.
I’ve played a couple leagues before, my first where I really got into it was Incursion league which was in like May-June 2018, that was when my brain broke cus I hadn’t gotten new glasses in 15 years or something and I was dizzy for a month+, and I’m pretty sure it was triggered by PoE. I only got to around 65 that league and didn’t return after my brain started working again, slightly due to fear of my brain breaking again. Then Delve league came out in September and I dove back in, this time I got to like 83 and had a few alts get to 40-60s, just trying out some new things. Before these leagues though I had tried to play PoE probably 10 times over 5 years or something, probably longer. I died so many times to lag and desync that I was actually anti PoE for a while. Back then I think the problems were due to code more than server connections, but it totally could’ve been a bit of both. Not to say there isn’t any lag this league, there has been a little here and there, but it is also the most played the game has been, ever, so I’m more willing to cut them a little slack, especially since I’ve personally only felt it a couple of times and it didn’t result in anything bad for me.
According to Steam I’ve got 143 hours in the past 2 weeks in PoE, which is about 42% of the amount of hours there are in 2 weeks. Of course we all know 42 is the meaning of life so I’m pretty sure I’m doing it right. My total hours are 434 which I’m pretty sure is more than double what I had prior to this league but I don’t think there is any way to tell what they were. Now I will say that some of those hours are definitely AFK, eating meals in the living room with my roommate while we watch a PoE stream on the ps4, “taking a break” before we dive right back into it. But for me, playing a game this long and still not getting tired of it? I have been wanting this for so fucking long and it feels like it would be wrong to stop, like I’d be spoiling my chance at happiness or something lol. I’d heard people describe PoE as the spiritual successor to Diablo 2 a few times but I didn’t fully see it until this league, where I actually started to get cravings to play Diablo 2 (though it would have to be modded to high heaven for me to actually do that).
Anyways, if you want to play PoE I would recommend finding a beginner friendly guide (make sure it is 3.5 compatible) and sticking to it. In fact, I’ve gone one step further and found one for you. Enki’s Arc Witch guide has so much more helpful information than most guides you will find. The guide covers a lot of aspects of the game for newer players that most guides assume you already know. Also here is a reddit post with a lot of useful links, some of which you will probably end up using if you stick with it. Personally I use Path of Building, PoE Trade Macro, and YoloMouse. I’ve also used a lot of the websites listed in that section and usually have about 10+ tabs open for multiple different PoE related websites when I’m playing. I have only enjoyed the game while using a build guide, of course some guides are just a path of building pastebin link showing you which passives to take and perhaps what kind of gear you will need. But you will probably have to play the game a long time before you can make your own build (and someone will already have done it before). I would greatly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you were like me and tried it a handful of times years ago and wrote it off as something you will never try again.