The Lost Skill

Recently I purchased Skyrim, which would be my first Elder Scrolls game that I’ve played (watched my brother play Morrowind a bit). I am normally not a singleplayer guy at all but this game really grabbed me and held on tight. Next thing I know I had two characters in their 20s having done maybe 25% of the quests. I wanted more without ruining the game by overplaying it. So, I bought Morrowind.

Morrowind looks a lot worse than I remember. It feels like playing in Anarchy Online scenically while having EQ1 models. The graphics are not an issue for me as I was here for the game. I haven’t gotten that far in Morrowind, I’m still hanging around Balmorra doing quests, and the main quest is taking me to Vivee (where I died and forgot to fucking save arg!).

The joy of playing these games in first person prompted me to return to a certain DF beta that may or may not exist. I finally realized that DF is just multiplayer Elder Scrolls without the ability to save. I should not fear the ruthless world.

Something I discovered while playing the Elder Scrolls games is that sometimes you can get ahead of yourself. Maybe you didn’t do enough side quests and focused too much on the main story. Maybe you saw something while travelling and veered off course and never turned back. Eventually you come up against a mob that you simply cannot beat in a fair fight (read: going toe to toe if your melee and killing it before it gets to you if you’re mage/archer). But, if you are determined you can use the tools you have to defeat it by not fighting fair.

We have been conditioned to forget that this is even a possibility with today’s MMOs. You pull a mob and kill it no problem, even if it is upwards of 5 levels above you. Oh, you accidentally aggrod 5 mobs your level? No problem, you can take them out.

We have forgotten what it is like to fail, what it is like to feel lost, and how to overcome those feelings by using the lost skill: your brain.

This revelation excites me greatly as I return to the DF beta that may or may not exist. In the original I rarely ever fought “medium” difficulty mobs. out of fear. I probably tried once and either died or almost died and just thought, well, my skills aren’t good enough yet for that. The problem was that it seemed like they were never good enough for that. However my time in The Elder Scrolls games has reminded me that I actually can defeat these mobs, through trial and error, with patience, planning, and execution.

I feel as though I have turned a new leaf, or whatever the fuck that saying is, and I gotta say that I like it.

See you at the crossroads (so you don’t get lonely)

Who woulda thought Bone Thugs could ever be so fitting?

So where did we leave off? Having trouble figuring out what to do with my 80. Not sure about my alt situation as well. I’m also feeling pretty lonely in WoW. These are all problems that need solving in order for me to stay with the game.

I wanted to just go straight PvP once I hit 80 but am already feeling the pain of the infamous honor grind. What makes that worse is that the gear I’m grinding for is at the bottom of the totem pole. I did some 2v2 skirmishes with my RL friend who plays a holy priest, but we got rocked all but 2 games, which we won against the same people. Now I am reconsidering and leaning more towards raiding. I feel kinda bad for saying that since I am historically anti raiding, but I just don’t see any other way.

With my alts I am also at a crossroads. Do I level the DK to 80? My 19 horde hunter is pretty fun, but he does have his faults. Do I go back to the Pally, Rogue, or Mage? I don’t think so. I’m one week away from getting heirloom shoulders and I’m still not 100% sure what I’m getting. I respecced my 20 warrior from fury to protection, which I have never played before. To be honest, this alt is the one messing up my decisions. Protection is fucking awesome. Pull with taunt, sunder (or rend) followed by another sunder, using revenge whenever possible and the shield bash on casters. If I get a few adds then I demoralizing shout, thunder clap, cleave, and revenge occasionally. He is a beast and I love it. So do I get plate shoulders and level my DK or give them to Mr. Prot Warrior? What if I get the 1h sword that costs 200 shards (same as shoulders) and give that to the warrior? I think the best idea is to get plate shoulders and give them to my DK, level him, then use him to get more heirloom items and really deck my warrior out.

Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo? I get fucking bored not having any one to talk to in game. Don’t get me wrong, I stay busy, I just don’t group with anyone which means no instance phats and such. So do I find a guild? Most people can’t put up with me. Not because I’m a foul mouth (all the time) but more because I’m selfish, I guess. I don’t like to drop what I’m doing to help some fucker who can’t help themselves. Plan it ahead of time and ask me to be there, it’s not that hard. I’m just afraid of people sometimes, I don’t want to be criticized especially by 12 year olds lol. Ugh! I really should just start diving in, if I don’t like it then I’ll leave. Should I worry about being labeled a guild hopper? I don’t think so, especially if I don’t take anything from them. I’m a damn adult (says the law!) and I can do what I want!

Updizate

Still level 80. DK is 62. Not touching other alts (save my Horde Hunter) until I have those heirloom motherfuckers. I’m now at 100 Stone Keeper’s Shards, two more weeks and I’ve got a plate chest piece or shoulders that give 10% exp gained on quests and kills. I’m thinking I’m going to give that first piece to my DK to help him get to 80, then I’ll have two 80s capable of getting Stone Keeper’s Shards, which means 2 heirloom items in the same time it now takes me to get one! Brilliant!

On my Warlock I have gotten 4/5 Deadly Gladiator pieces which gets me the set bonus of -0.2 seconds cast time on my fear spell. You know that spell, right? Of course you do. It changed the face of PvP. We used to just stand there when we were being CC’ed, but now we run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Along with those pieces I’ve got 2/3 (not a set with bonuses) Furious Gladiator pieces, which have a higher item level, thus, more utility bonuses than the Deadly Gladiator pieces.

The Furious Gladiator pieces fill in the holes of the Deadly Gladiator set. Deadly consists of Head, chest, legs, shoulders, and hands. Furious offers wrist, feet, belt, a ring, a cape, a necklace, and a trinket if you need it. There are Wintergrasp items almost identical to these Furious ones. I bought one of the WG rings to compliment the Furious ring I intend to buy. So I’m getting close to being decked out in purples, save my weapons. I still have 1 piece of Deadly to acquire. Then I need the Furious ring, necklace, cape, and 1 piece of armor. Then I need a trinket from WG. I already have the Darkmoon: Death trinket, and I’ll be using it with a +111 spell power and remove effects when used trinket. Then I need to gather mats for the crafted epic dagger for casters. Then a purple wand and I should be all purple.

I got a Beerfest achievement along with a Pirate one. Big ol meh if you ask me. But I do have 93 Brewfest tokens and I am going to run 4 trips of beer for 8 more. Why? Well a pink elephant pet costs 100, and I’m close, so why not SWG this shit up. But Bonedead, what do you mean “SWG this shit up”? Well, I’ll tell you. In SWG the only thing to measure for an epeen is how much special stuff you have. The older it is, the cooler you are. WoW will be like that someday, when it is moribund, but even now you can see it a bit, especially with the “Gotta catch em all” attitude with mini pets.

Anyways, I rolled a Horde Hunter on my Alliance server, which is pretty neat IMO. I’m sure I’ll use the goblin auction house sometime down the road. I’ve made a few hunters before, but this one seems a lot better. Maybe I’ll get into that next time, maybe not, we shall see!

That’s it bitches, I’m out!

I’m a lot like Sandals (flippity flewp)

Man, I’ve already got a job. I really don’t want to have to analyze my games that goddamn much. It ruins my fun by trying to find fun.

When I reached what would normally be fun in DAoC, I didn’t even remember the encounter (a.k.a. THE FUN). It wasn’t fun because I was trying to hard to have fun, if that makes sense.

So here is a short list that sucks a lot of ass, you butthole:
1) DAOC – 6 hours until fun
2) Warhammer – Instant fun
3) Battlefield 2 – A few games until you have fun

There, are you happy now? I IS!