There’s a few things I’d like to mention today. D&D stuff, Rimworld, WoW/mmo’s in general and of course the central theme tying all of these things together: ME!
Our D&D group has had a few changes since I last wrote about it. Not sure exactly where I left off but I think we were doing two campaigns while still playing once a week, alternating campaigns each week. Well the DM for my first campaign ever kind of went MIA which left the rest of us kind of wondering what to do. One of the other players stepped up and started DMing a new campaign for us. Same schedule as before where we alternate campaigns each week. Well everyone kind of decided after a month or two that we should just stick to one campaign.
So now we are just a Curse of Strahd campaign. Since one of our players has some time off right now we have also started playing twice a week when we can. This has led to us kind of bulldozing through the Strahd content. You’re supposed to end this module around level 10 or so, we are currently 7 though will probably be 8 soonish since we are almost out of stuff to do besides going and fighting Strahd. I got my first magic item that is sort of intended for me to use it but it isn’t a finesse weapon. My character is kind of designed to use a finesse weapon since I have a feat that allows me to use my reaction to add my proficiency bonus to my AC when I’m hit, but only if I’m holding a finesse weapon. My DM/roommate has said that when we take some of our “time off” (as characters) after Strahd that I could learn to use it as a finesse weapon which is cool.
My character feels kind of overpowered at times. I didn’t feel like I was powergaming when I made him, I was just reading the PHB and wanted to be something a little different so I chose a melee ranger. But I am definitely one of the main damage dealers in our group and at times it has felt a little ridiculous how much damage I do compared to others. I feel like my roommate/dm has heard me mention that a couple times now after we finish a session and talk more in the kitchen and I’m thinking maybe that is why he is presenting me with this magic weapon dilemma. My choices are going to be: not change anything, use the spear instead of my rapier which could result in reduced damage (I haven’t identified the spear yet) as well as losing my +3 ac for my reaction, and using the spear and the rapier and dropping my shield which would lose me I think 2 AC and also +2 damage for my fighting style being dueling. I won’t really know what I’m doing until I identify the spear and know what it does but I am going to have to be careful especially since we’re coming up on Strahd soonish.
I’ve been trying to RP more how I think my character would behave. He only has 9 intelligence (10 is considered average) which I’ve read can mean like maybe he doesn’t quite follow trains of thought. He also has like 14 or so Wisdom which means he is generally correct with his thoughts so it is kind of confusing combining the two. Plus it feels like we haven’t had as much “time” to explore the RP side of our characters since Strahd is all about fearing for your life at all times and just trying to survive. But since we’re getting near the end we’ve all started working on our backstories and just last session we had a bit of RP after a successful mission and we got to mention a few things about ourselves which was nice. I’m really looking forward to getting the fuck out of Barovia and back into Faerun.
My awesome Rimworld save that I talked about last time I am kind of abandoning. I still have the save file so I can go back to it but it is kind of ridiculous right now. I’ve got like 10-12 people, pretty much all of them can shoot and tend people medically successfully, like what more can I ask for? I feel like I could easily take them to a winning game though I guess I’m not 100% sure, which is why I’m saving it. One of the things that kind of sucks is that I’m on the unstable version which means almost everytime I go to load a save it lets me know that my save version doesn’t match the current version (because it patched in the night or something). Now you can load it anyway and I have and it seems fine but I still worry that it’ll fuck something up. I could disable autoupdates in Steam but, fuck that.
So what I’ve started doing instead is trying out the new Scenario they’ve added. Normally the scenarios are: start with 3 colonists and some supplies, start with 5 colonists except you’re all tribal morons without technology and research is a nightmare (one of my old favorites), and sole survivor where you are one really rich guy with phat loot that can fuck shit up or something. The new scenario though is like naked and afraid or some shit. You are one person, you land with nothing, you’re naked, life fuckin sucks and it is great. So far I’ve failed during my first raid like 3 times but the last attempt I think I finally knocked him out, took him prisoner, and am working on food so I can feed myself and this prisoner while I recruit him so he can make my life easier. I’ve also been starting in good ol’ Arid Shrubland for this scenario as Desert/Tundra seemed like too much of a challenge for me right now. But it is, at least so far, a much shorter stint into fun for Rimworld. It’s more of just a “can I do it?” for me right now. I just really love Rimworld.
WoW/mmos in general
After my little foray on a trial account last week or so into WoW my roommate got bored and decided to play it again after a long ass time. For some reason this made me resub as well but god damn. I just don’t know if I care about these fuckin games anymore man. I’ve been trying to unlock the Allied Races just so I have them as an option you know, but god damn, rep grind on a fucking timer makes me want to fuckin die so much. I do not see me being able to WoW it up until maybe the expansion comes out, but even then, I have my doubts that it will work out for me.
But, there is still hope for me and MMOs. Just this weekend I was able to start another DAoC free trial and have played a Warrior for a few hours. Literally all I’m doing is leveling, DAoC PvE in familiar zones I’ve been in since like 2001 or some shit, but it is something I can just do and feel content with. The big thing stopping me with DAoC is the endgame and the gap between reaching max level and actual RvR. I really just like leveling in that game and grinding for money for some reason.
For some reason I’ve convinced myself that Pantheon will be a good game for me. Historically I haven’t really been an EQ player though I did have fun with Vanguard while I could. But maybe since I’m older and stuff I’m more open to the things I didn’t use to be. I know as soon as SWGEmu is done and releases their servers that I will probably disappear for a month at least while I grind that shit while marathon watching every Star Wars related movie there is. Who knows when that will happen though, the good news is that my list of Star Wars movies keeps growing bigger.
Anyways, that is it for me. I picked up This is the Police 2 and it is pretty cool, kind of Rimworldy a little in the sense that you have to make due with what you have and the people can be quirky. Also along those lines is Oxygen Not Included, which I haven’t bought yet but am definitely considering. Maybe I’ll have more on those next time!