Well that was fun for a bit

Yup, I’m done with WoW.  I got to 117 and it was alright doing that.  I would dare to say I enjoyed most of it.  Alas, I get it.  Level more, get the quests, go to the places, turn it in, go to the next place, yup.  I get it.

What sucks is that for some reason I feel kind of guilty about being done with it already.  Like I got maybe a good 20-30 hours of mostly enjoyable time out of it which isn’t horrible for $50.  Meh, I’m sure the feeling will pass.

I’ve been playing some Warband in the meantime, I think it is more of a coping mechanism for the feeling bad for being done with WoW already but I’m sure it is more than that too.  I ended up on Warband because I was going through the available music on Roll20 for our D&D group, telling my friend good songs that he could maybe use for our group if he wanted.  Mostly game theme music like Divinity, PoE, Tyranny and the Tyranny Fatebinder song got stuck in my head real bad.  It made me want to play a game like that but the problem was I was also watching NALCS so I wanted something a little less like those games so I could pay attention to the NALCS, which is how I ended on Warband.

Anyways I guess that is it update wise.  In D&D I ended up getting an extremely OP sword of sunlight that is kind of required to win the adventure, so I got that goin for me.  I was trying to post these on Mondays but I missed yesterday.  Oh hwell.

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Making room for WoW maybe?

I went pretty hard in the paint on some fuckin PUBG recently.  As evidenced here which as of posting this says I’m ranked #531 in Solo First Person, out of all like 100,000 players.  In game statistics say I’m rank #544.  For a while I always thought I just placed good because I tried to survive, you know.  Some people watch Shroud stream and get 100 kills a game and they think that you have to drop at school or a military camp or whatever and fight everyone and if you don’t what are you even doing with your life.  I am not one of those people.  For me it brings me back to Arma mods where I’m a solo in a world of grouped people and I have to scrounge up loot and carry it back to a safe zone to sell it so I can buy materials to build a base, vehicles to make my life easier, and of course replacement everything for when people kill me.

So, when I jump out of the plane I try and go far far away from where I think people will go.  When I’m far from the circles I don’t usually get in a vehicle and haul ass to the circle, because people can hear your fuckin car from a decent ways away.  I like to go to the shitty loot spots because if I hit 20 of them safely I usually get enough tools to do what I gotta do when I run into someone.  Sometimes I have to heal in the blue a few times, it isn’t really the plan, just a consequence of not really using vehicles and trying to parachute far from where I imagine the people are going.  A lot of times this leads to me “sneaking up on” people who think they are playing the edge of the circle.  One guy recently assumed I was hacking because there was no way I could’ve known he was there.  Of course it doesn’t matter to him that he was there for a reason so maybe I too would be going there for a reason?  Maybe since I knew I was going there it was possible for someone else to be there and that I would need to clear the area?

I never really went this deep into PUBG before.  I started getting more kills while also having consistent top 10 finishes.  I admittedly stopped queuing for Sanhok partly because I don’t know the map but also because it feels like I get fucked by someone more there.  I do occasionally include it back in my queue list because the longer drawn out games can wear on you a bit.  As of now I’ve played 50 games and have 2 wins with 48% of my games ending in a top 10 finish.  My K/D was over 1 for a long time but since I played like 10 hours Saturday and Sunday practically nonstop I started doing a little shittier.  It’s hard to keep your A game up over those longer periods of time but also I mean, I can’t just do amazing every time right, that doesn’t make sense.

I guess the best part to me about all this is that this was the last weekend before kids went back to school (at least around here) and also PUBG just had a big patch to “fix” a lot of stuff or something.  The last time I did good in PUBG was Christmas week and a bit of the time after that, when I imagine a fair amount of people weren’t playing.  So this time I feel like there aren’t as many reasons for the “good” people to not be playing.  Now this is a dangerous thing, because in my head this kind of solidifies for me that I am actually good at this game, which is dangerous because when I feed my ego bad things tend to happen.  Though I’m sure since I’m older now nothing too bad can come from it.

BFA launches today at 6PM my time.  I’m kind of planning on playing it, though, honestly I’m not sure why.  Maybe I’ll like it?  But I was telling myself this weekend that the reason I’m playing so much PUBG is to like burn myself out on mentally strenuous and stressful games which would hopefully make it easier to stomach the horrible shit that I just know WoW is going to be lol.  God, why am I even doing this to myself?  “Maybe I’ll like it!”  That’s the only thing in my head.  But, I won’t know til I try it.  Nothing to teach me a lesson like buying an expansion day of, playing til I get like 2-3 levels and quitting for months and months, occasionally resubbing a month at a time, playing a total of 5 hours per resub, and slowly making my way to max level while not even experiencing the new dungeons or raids or even PvPing.  It’s almost like I’ve been here before.  But we shall see.

Monday August 6 2018 Mind Dump

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!

D&D

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.

Rimworld

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!

Firelands Raidin, I has dem

Hola mi amigos! Long time no nothin amirite? Well, I have been busy “doing things” that are “important”. Anyways, where am I now in the cyberspace world of internetness?

Back in WoW! Surprise! I know that it makes me gay but, fuck (that’s it, buttfuck). Firelands came out which is the new zone with all the dailies etc as well as a new raid zone. I have been raiding! I haven’t successfully downed anything yet but I’m getting my feet wet and it is pretty cool.

Currently our guild has completed 3/7 of the encounters. Apparently we bashed our head against Alysrazor while most people do Baleroc 4th. I’m not sure if we’re going to try and finish Alysrazor or skip to Baleroc but either way, I need to gear up so I can help.

My item level is 357 or so, still wearing quite a few 346 blues, but for the most part I can hold my own. Sometimes I get all retarded and turned around but, its fun. I recently ground out 7500 honor so I could buy a sweet 359 pvp 2 hander, also snagged chest, hat, and legs of the pvp suit.

Oh, I’ve been playing my DK because Rogue meh, Priest leveling meh, Warlock leveling meh.

Exciting post is exciting!

LOLRENER

Oh man, was last night awesome or what? We hadn’t jumped into the arena this week (reset was Tuesday) and finally we were both available to rape some faces.

Our first match was against a Holy Pally and a Frost Mage. I sapped the pally, we raped the mage/interrupted the pally, and voila, easy win. Mage only did 16k damage and pally healed for 100k.

The second match was against two Shamans. I think they were both “Windfury” spec which is I think Enhancement? This fight started off as a big clusterfuck. Once the shammies both dropped all of their totems, had their big cow asses everywhere with their big flags in the shit, and mix us in there as well which lead to neither of us being able to tell wtf was going on. So we moved away from their totems (after I used cheap shot on one! YEAH FUCK YOU TOTEM) and toward the boxes. This was in the Dalaran Sewers arena. They were going for my friend who was now doing laps around the box and I was too far behind to get to one of the shams so I sprinted and then realized I could just turn around and go the other way, so I did that too. My friend also decided to turn around to let me catch up lol so we were just havin a fun ring around the rosey party. I caught up to one of the shamans and stunned him, I was laying into him and my friend came back around to join. He was low, he ran away and I chased as my friend fought the other. We dropped the first, my friend was real low so I blinded the shaman, he trinketed before I could get in range to stun lock and finished my friend off. I ran him down eventually and ended him.

The third match was against an Arms Warrior and a Shadow Priest. I sapped the Warrior who didn’t charge when he should have and ruined my chance to sap him. We focused on the priest, I fell off like a dumbass, my friend stayed on them. I caught back up and we laid into the Priest pretty easily. After that we went to the warrior and got him to half HP when he started to run. I did a Deadly Throw (throwing finishing move that slows them) and the scoreboard popped up. Apparently the warrior typed /afk to leave lol. Victory!

The fourth match we have trouble remembering. We are pretty sure it was a Frost Mage and either a Rogue, Feral Druid, or Warrior. Part of me thinks it was a Feral Druid because I kinda remember sapping him (though that could be a memory from another match a week or two ago). Anyways, we won!

The fifth match was the closest of them all. We were against an Enhancement Shaman and a Rogue. I couldn’t find the rogue and we both realized, pretty much no matter what the stealthed guy is, we’re going shaman first, which is what we did. When the rogue came into play I either blinded him or my friend warrior feared him. These guys were quite the handful and before we killed the shaman, my friend died 😦 I was able to finish the shaman off and then it was rogue v rogue. He had full HP (112k) and I had around 80k. I tried to disarm but he dodged it. I popped my evade and I think I tried to disarm him a couple more times out of habit. I wasn’t hitting him and shit was not good. I had around 20k HP with him at 80k and that’s when I was like, we’re fuckin 4-0, I do not want to lose this one. I vanished, cheap shotted him, and started doing my thing. I wasn’t watching our health pools, I was watching my hotbar, hitting those goddamn buttons! The scoreboard popped up and my friend was cheering in vent, I didn’t even know I had killed him, but I had. That was definitely my best feeling yet in Arena and it is some great fuel to keep me chuggin along.

I think we’re going to try a few more today even though we’ve capped our CP for the week. Once you get over 1500 rating your cap starts to increase gradually up to a max of around 3k (we currently cap at 1343).

Good times.

edit– Whoops forgot a link to our 2v2 team page.