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Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (December 15, 2014)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting gaming news.

I am mainly using this column – and with it, this charming asura you can see on the left – to announce that the winners of our first week’s giveaway have been chosen. Once again, congratulations to Wedge and Kalabajooie!

Don’t forget that week 2 is still going on! If you want to own a mini llama, here is your chance to win one of the two we are giving away! Also, here is a hint: We actually have three codes… one is… waiting for a special moment. ;) Speaking of hints: I added two more to the llama giveaway. Here is the full text:

This NPC has blonde hair.
Okay, maybe it’s fur.
And not all of the fur is blonde.
There is some white added into the mix.
This NPC was a Tribune once in the Blood Legion.

And the German translation (because I don’t have the time to translate this very article here):

Dieser NPC hat blondes Haar.
Okay, vielleicht ist es Fell.
Und nicht das komplette Fell ist blond.
Weiß ist auch dabei.
Dieser NPC war einmal Tribun bei der Blut-Legion.

Just remember: Leave a comment on the actual giveaway’s post and give us the name of the NPC (English OR German) in order to enter!

Week 3 will be starting tomorrow, so check back here for a chance to win some more stuff (no, no mini llama this week…).

And last but not least, we are also participating as a host for Guild Wars 2’s Window Decoration Contest. Check our blog post for more information and don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’ve got any questions about this contest!

We have also just recently changed the layout and the colour scheme of this blog a bit. I have to admit, I got bored with the dark red background and the blog text being squished in between two sidebars. I do, however, love having so much space on the sidebars, so you can now find both of them on the right. We will be working on making it actually look a bit better… so be patient if you don’t like the look with the two sidebars right now. I promise it will look better soon. ;)

On personal gaming news: I have finally hit level 65 with Meffanda, my main character in Rift!

Level 65 with Meffanda

I’m still in love with that game. If only the combat wasn’t so old-fashioned. Although movement is important, I just miss my dodge rolls from GW2… or double-jumps like you can do in Trove (well okay, I think my character is up to 10 jumps in a row now).

 

My personal oasis in Rift

With the new expansion, Rift added the “Minions” mini game. I won’t go into how the “game” – let’s rather call it “activity” – works. I will save that for a later time. But there are dimension adventures where you get dimension items and can even get keys for dimensions (more on how dimensions work here).

I have been flooded with dimension items ever since. And judging from the price drop of those items on the auction house, so have all other Rift players.

Before, I had my dimension “Faen’s Retreat” and had a rough idea of what I wanted it to be like: A little space that Meffanda has where she can “hide” from the rest of the world. Relax from her life as a hero and world-saver. A place where she can read a book, take a swim in the pond, enjoy the sun on her skin without having to worry about anything. Where maybe once in a while, she invites friends over for dinner.

But with the huge amount of items available in so many places (the Rift store – for in-game currency or alternatively real money, as rewards from seasonal events, some come from crafting and so on), I was overwhelmed. Whenever I started looking at items, I wondered where they came from, if I had enough platinum etc. I also wondered if that one item really was the best I wanted for a certain space. Or it was the other way around. I knew I wanted a shelf, but had no idea if that kind of shelf even existed.

So for a long time, my dimension had a few items in it (see gallery right above this paragraph), but not much. Well, except for the stairs which took me a long time to build! You can see the “early progress” below. Now with the expansion and the minions, this has changed. I get flooded with items, as I already said. But every day, I get those items in my bags. I look at them and think: Does this item fit into my dimension? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. I had this great steampunk-y boat and really wanted to use it in my dimension. But really, a boat in a small pond? What’s the use? It looked out of place. Then, just for fun, I put it in the sand. I put it away then and took out the next item: Wooden scaffolding. I had an idea! If she can’t use the boat in here, she may as well still build a boat there. Yeah, maybe not too smart, considering she will have to transport it to a river or a lake later on, but still. And that’s when the little handiwork area got created. I have also slowly started adding stuff to the main house like the second floor on the right and the balcony-garden.

It’s so much more fun to build my dimension this way. It feels very organic, growing a little bit every single day. Only 156 items so far, with a current limit of 570 (I upgraded it to hold more items… very optimistic, but with the amount of items coming in, I know I’ll get there soon!).

Diversity in regional design: Spring

I really love spring in “real life”. When the sun starts to feel warm on your skin again. The snow is melting (if there had been some). The first birds are chirping again in the morning (as opposed to the cooing of pigeons). The trees and first flowers are starting to bloom. It’s just something I can’t get enough looking at.

In MMOs, you usually find a wide variety of regions all with different looks and feels: The desert, the jungle, grassland and so on. Of course, regions with snow or regions with lots of sun near a beach exist as well. But are there any regions that depict spring?

In Rift, the only one that came to my mind is Tempest Bay.

spring_rift_tempest bay

The rest of the city mainly consists of buildings and water – it’s basically a little island far away from the other regions in the game. But of course, I may forget some region at the moment.

Guild Wars 2 was equally difficult. Maybe the Grove or Caledon Forest. They’re not really spring-like, but they feature vibrant colours in the pinkish-spectrum.

spring_guild wars 2_caledon forest

It is a tiny bit disappointing to not see more spring regions. You could have them with snow in some areas, melting in others. Some flowers looking through the snow and all that. I would certainly love to see it. :)

My gaming update

Day no. 6 and I already need to add a “filler post”. I had planned to post about my dimension in Rift tonight, but due to a horrible back ache, I cannot spend any lengthy amount of time typing.

So instead, I’ll just tell you what I’ve been up to lately in terms of gaming.

GW2_warrior_candy cornGuild Wars 2 had been on the back burner ever since they made a break from releasing new content. Without the constant living story updates, I just realized that – apart from said story – Guild Wars 2 currently isn’t offering me what I want from MMOs. Now with the release of the new map, this may change again. I am also trying to avoid any spoilers about the story as I haven’t played it through yet. I’m still mainly playing my warrior with my thief as a close second. I am trying to level my elementalist and after that, the necromancer, as those are the two professions I don’t have at level 80 yet, but I’m not sure I can do it. I find both of those professions lacking in fun when it comes to combat. Maybe I just haven’t found the right builds yet. Anyway, my goal is to play through the “living story” story before I get any spoilers.

Rift_Monster in townRift has released its expansion and with that (and the CE I had bought), I could finally boost my cleric to level 60. When I had started playing Rift when it became free to play, I had switched from cleric to warrior because I didn’t like cleric anymore – only to realize I actually like cleric a lot more once my warrior hit 60. Now that both of them are 60 (well, my cleric is 61 now), I’m wondering if maybe mage would be a better choice… thankfully, the game only has four callings. ;)

Trove_club world castleTrove is a cute side game that I’m mostly playing when I don’t want to play either Rift or Guild Wars 2. They just released a new patch (and went into open beta yesterday!) and released a new crafting profession. After gardening, you can now also delve into ring-crafting. I don’t really have any goals there other than wanting to have the crafting profession at max level. Just because I can. :p I am waiting for them to release the candy barbarian, though. No idea what that will play like, but it sounds like fun! It will also come with the candy biome and I’m pretty sure this one will be very bright and colourful.

Last but not least, I own a ton of games that I bought at some point but never played or hardly played. But let’s not even go there… ;)

NaBloPoMo 2014

NaBloPoMo_NovemberJust as I did last year, I have joined November’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) again. Just as last year, I would not have the time for National Novel Writing Month, so I’m going to substitute it again with this initiative.

I had wanted to make this “announcement post” yesterday, but then the Trove developers published their unlimited access key and I figured that it was more important to spread the word than to tell my readers about NaBloPoMo. I find it quite funny that last year, I did the same. I had published a different post on November 1 and only talked about NaBloPoMo on November 2. ;) I sense a pattern there! You may also go back to November 2013 and see what the last post was… you may or may not expect something similar for the end of November this year, depending on how busy we’ll be by then in real life.

I still remember how last year, I didn’t think I could make a blog post every day without using some lame short posts with no real content, but in the end, everything had turned out fine.

Of course, November is also going to be the busiest month at work with several projects and a research meeting that I am organizing with colleagues. All exciting stuff that, unfortunately, keeps me from gaming and blogging sometimes. ;) We will see how it’s going to turn out.

You can expect me to write about the usual stuff. I have been playing Rift and Trove a lot more than Guild Wars 2 recently which is why the focus has turned towards those two games here in the blog as well. However, I haven’t left Guild Wars 2 and I don’t intend to do so! I am also looking forward to the return of the living story and while I do know that the game will very likely not get the features that I want in an MMO (like housing – I’ve got Rift and Trove for that urge now :p), I am expecting some cool fights because for me, the combat system is still where Guild Wars 2 shines the most. Being able to move while fighting, having to use dodge and all that. I also miss fights like the marionette one (yes, despite its flaws it was by far my favourite… especially when the people on the lanes did manage to fight together and coordinate).

 

Nightmare Tide CE’s dimension items and Bloop

With the expansion being postponed, my plans to play said expansion during my vacation (it was a coincidence that my 5 day vacation was exactly when the expansion should have been released. I thankfully did not take days off to play that one! ^^) were almost cancelled. That is, until I realized that the expansion is available on the Public Test Server and there is nothing stopping me from checking it out already! I don’t think I’ll play it much, but I do want to have a closer look at what’s to come.

So this morning, I logged on to prepare my warrior. Her macros got deleted when I tried the instant level 60 buff that comes with buying one of the two higher priced collector’s editions. I also had a look at the mailbox and my CE items were waiting for me. To be honest, I had totally forgotten that my CE edition comes with dimension items. As a note, in case you haven’t bought any of the Collector’s Editions yet, those items are not available with the cheapest version, the Typhoon Edition. You need to get either the Infusion Edition (44,99 €) or the Ultimate Nightmare Edition (134,99 €) in order to receive the companion pet and the dimension items.

First of all, there is the companion Bloop. It’s a purplish jellyfish. It has the same animations on land and under water.

To be honest, I’m not fond of anything that lives underwater. I don’t think I’ll have Bloop out very often if at all. Especially not since I’ve gotten my duck, the Ducklar.

But on to the dimension items. I took screenshots of the items in their “natural size” which they have when you first place them. Some of those items are huge!

Let’s start with what you are getting: One Rusted Metal Ship, 5 Draumkent Plaza Lamps, 1 Glass-bellied Mermaid Statue, 2 Massive Petaled Corals, 2 Jellyfish Tanks and one Snowy Whale Skull. All items are soulbound, so unless you pay money for the collector’s edition, you cannot get them.

The Rusted Metal Ship is rather cool if you ask me! The default size was a bit too large, even for my big dimension. But after scaling it a bit down, I really like the look. Too bad the doors don’t open and you can’t get into the interior of the ship.

The next item is the Draumkent Plaza Lamp. I really love its look. I’m not sure the lamps go with the one dimension I’m currently building in, Faen’s Retreat. I’m trying to build a cozy little oasis there. However, I still really love the design of the lamps.

The glass-bellied mermaid statue is tricky. I don’t really know why I would want a pregnant mermaid’s statue in any of my dimensions. Of course, that could be because I do not have any dimensions that are water-themed and I highly doubt I ever will have one. I’m also wondering if it shows a specific mermaid that we’ll maybe meet in the expansion or if it’s just a random one.

Rift_Nightmare Tide Glass-bellied mermaid statue

The Jellyfish Tanks are two more items that I doubt I’ll ever use. As I already said up there, I’m not a fan of any creatures living underwater and jellyfish are definitely not an exception. I put the tank up outside of the water, but I can also imagine it looking nice underwater. The default size is quite large. I almost missed that the tank has a lower half as that was below the ground when I first placed the item.

Now the ship and the tanks have already been rather big. But the next item even has “massive” in its name: The Massive Petaled Coral. You’ll get two of those. Good luck finding enough space for them. ;)

I actually like the look, but again, I’m not sure I’d use them. I’m not even sure they fit into the small puddle of water that Faen’s Retreat has. Other than that, I think it’s pretty. Maybe you can even build one or two houses to live on there. When a ship fits, I’m quite certain a small house fits, too. ;)

The last item is the Snowy Whale Skull. Just a whale. Nothing dramatic, right? If this is the skull, however, I’m dreading to see that animal in its living version…

Altogether, I do not think I would have bought the Collector’s Edition only to get those dimension items, but I also do not regret paying for it and getting those items. It’s not that they are ugly per se, it’s just that I prefer a different look for my dimensions. I do like the ship, though, and will definitely put that one into my Three Springs dimension (that is the one these screenshots were taken in). And maybe I’ll find a use for the lamps.

Rift: Ducklar Companion

Last week, I won a Ducklar companion during Rift’s livestream. Funnily enough, right after I had won that companion, they gave away the Ultimate Nightmare Edition of the upcoming expansion (which costs 134,99€!). We were joking how great it would be if bookahnerk won that one (I already bought the cheaper one – Infusion Edition – in order to get my cleric pushed to level 60 once the expansion hits) – and then he actually did win it! Lucky guy, seriously. Although I shouldn’t be jealous, right? ;)

Anyway, this post is to show off the ducklar. They added a “Ducklar the Sploiter” some time ago (as you can read here), but I’m not sure it’s exactly the same one. Either way, they have given away several ducklars to a couple of viewers the last few times. So, if you want to try your luck, get yourself a twitch account, follow Trion Worlds and watch their Rift livestreams. They give away stuff regularly (mounts, patron time, companions etc.). So, even without the ducklars, it’s worth a try. ;)

Now about that duck… I was first a bit disappointed how common the duck looks. Just like any regular duck you can see around here. On the other hand, I then thought about how most of the Rift companions look, and I gotta say: Thankfully, this one just looks like a duck. Your average common duck. And then… it started making its idle animation. It looks like it’s dancing! Too cute! So, this has already become one of my favourite companions in Rift.

But see for yourself: