Path of Exile fanboy checking in

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.

Let the Good Times Roll

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.

A Real Post

I’ve been living in Path of Exile since the Delve league started a little bit ago (honestly don’t even know when cus time travel).  If you liked Diablo 2 but were kind of disappointed in Diablo 3 then you’ve probably heard people say PoE is for you, I am here to confirm that.  Now the first 5 or so times I tried to get into this game I wasn’t able to, usually for lag reasons, but other times because all of the systems are just too confusing.  But last league I managed to dig in and figure more out and the game finally opened up for me.  It also triggered my fuckin brain to break making me dizzy for a month and needing new glasses, but I’m sure that would’ve happened anyway.

I’ve been playing so much that I’ve started trying to throw in some PUBG so that I’m “mixing it up” a little.  I’m ranked in the top 1000 again for that which makes me feel kinda bad again.  I hot dropped maybe 13 times this season and finished horribly low but still I’m somehow ranked high.  I hadn’t played in like 10 days and I was still in the top 2000.  Yesterday I played 5 games, 4 were top 10, and now I’m back in the top 1000.  Iunno, it isn’t as fulfilling as it was, but it is still a fun game so if I just ignore my leaderboard feelings then everything is okay again.

I should be getting ready for work but instead I decided to type this up which is why it’s called a real post cus it is short and actually not a real post but it is something to make it seem like I posted something again so, THERE IT IS.  Whoopy doo.