Help! I like too many MMOs…

In the past few weeks, I thought I had finally fallen out of love with Rift. It was to a point where I did not even log in anymore to get my daily artifact (they changed the system now where you get nicer bonuses for logging in, but that’s not why I went back). Then I suddenly felt the urge to continue building in my dimension. I figured that that’s something nice and since I really don’t like this “old-fashioned” combat anymore, I would at least focus on something. But then I found myself out in the newest region, the Planetouched Wilds, playing through a quest chain with bookahnerk. And while the combat really is boring, it’s just great exploring this world! Rift is one of those games with no loading screens between zones – at least those who are on the same “continent”, like in World of Warcraft. There is something amazing about being on top of a mountain and just looking down to see all the players running around or the NPC doing their daily work. In other MMOs, those mountains can’t always be used to climb on because they are there to avoid having to deal with “invisible walls” as they restrict this zone from the next and you can only switch to another zone at specific points which let you enter after a loading screen appears.

Rift Planetouched Wilds

Then poor Guild Wars 2 was on my list of games I would go on “hiatus” for a bit. There has not been any new content in quite some time and while I liked the new maps at first – some of them, at least – it felt repetitive going through the zones over and over again. While the recent patch has not given us new content (and if I interpret them correctly, there won’t be any new content until July?), they did some other much needed changes which revived the game in general for me. You can now play WvW and the Edge of the Mists and get a reward track like they introduced in sPvP. I also completely forgot that you can unlock Hero Challenges in Tyria through playing WvW which means that I can slowly unlock my alts’ elite specializations without having to visit all the PvE challenges. This alone is motivation enough for me to play the game more often again!

This leaves Wildstar and Black Desert Online. My two newest MMO-addictions. Wildstar has amazing combat and I actually prefer it over Guild Wars 2 – well, in some areas, at least. But once my medic hit max level, I actually did not really know what to do in the game. I still have much exploring to do, so that is something, but I still felt… lost. Now that they introduced the new zone, Arcterra, that’s different. I haven’t played much on it yet, but I certainly will! And Black Desert Online – it’s a bit funny, actually. My first character got this quest chain for a mount and that’s all nice, but I switched to playing a Valkyrie instead and I can’t find that quest chain for her and she’s still running around on foot and that’s annoying me enough not to continue playing the game at the moment. I want to go to the bigger town and explore that and play there and quest and level, but I also want to find out where I can get that mount. It’s not even anything great like a noble steed. It’s a donkey. But still, I want it. :(

Wildstar Arcterra

On top of that, I actually don’t have that much time for gaming! I “stole” some and ignored other things that need to be done for a day or two recently (chores mostly :p), but I can’t do that all of the time. So I guess I should decide which games I want to focus on. But they all offer something unique that I want to experience.

SAB is back!

We have been waiting for the longest time, but the day is finally here: The Super Adventure Box is back! And yes, check the day: It is still March 31. This is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Since this really does make a lot of people very happy, ArenaNet decided to give Rata Sum – or the corner with SAB, at least – a more festive look.

Rata Sum SAB is back

Now, please excuse me, I have some jumping to do!


Been there, done that

It took me until now to get my first character with 100 % map completion. Luckily, I did not do it so I could maybe get a legendary weapon that I like if they ever make one. It just felt as if my account was not “complete” without having at least one character with that star attached to her name and the title available.

GW2 World Completion

On the other hand, I am really not sure I will do that ever again… even though I have two main characters and it would be tempting. But was it fun? No, not really. Some maps are great, of course, and others I just immensely dislike. Straits of Devastation (the Western side) and most of all Malchor’s Leap are such maps. Especially Malchor’s Leap. When I decided to work on map completion with my warrior, I went with Malchor’s Leap first, so I could do the nicer maps later. Altogether, I had 6 or 7 maps left that were not yet at 100 %.

I did stop to smell the flowers, mine some ore, participate in an event and, of course, take some screenshots, so that it ended up feeling a little bit more like a journey instead of a “grinding task”. As usual, for me the best part of this little two-day-journey was finding some really nice corners of the world that I had not seen or noticed before. Or stepping into corners I had not been at in quite some time. Either way, it was a refreshing change from Verdant Brink and I loved that I could glide through the areas while always landing on solid ground in the end (as you can guess, I am not a huge fan of multi-layer maps).

Easter gaming holidays!

I am looking at five days without work. Surprisingly, other than an afternoon spent with my family, there are no plans at all – that I am aware of right now, at least. Which means that I will try not to act like an adult with lots of responsibilities and things that “should be done” and will try to get lots of gaming done!

The biggest question is: What do I want to play then? There are – as always – too many choices.

Throughout a usual work week, I always get the feeling that I want to play something in the evening once work is done, dinner is cooked and eaten – and then I realize just how tired I am and I end up choosing something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration. So when I now do get some time to play while my brain is working at “full speed”, I think I will rather play a game that I usually neglect. Or parts of a game that I usually don’t play.

This leaves out Cities: Skylines, Prison Architect and Mad Games Tycoon. It also means that while I’ve recently started to love working on my housing projects both in Rift and Wildstar again, I will not do too much of this either. It would seem like wasted time. It’s such a fascinating game and even though I am not sure how I feel about the “forced” open world “everybody can kill everybody” feature, I also know that there is so much to do in the game that I probably won’t even notice. ;) Let’s see if I’ll get a good enough look at Black Desert Online to post my impressions about the game here in the coming weeks.

Black Desert Online Velia

What I will definitely be playing is more Guild Wars 2 again, though. Even though I previously said that I would put aside my warrior and play my engineer instead, she recently snuck back into the picture. I just feel that the engineer would require too much of my time right now to even get anywhere near as far as my warrior. On top of that, I tried out the berserker with my warrior and I really love that specialization. To be honest, I never really played it until last week. I had just looked at the skills and figured it’s too boring. She also still needs a few more hero points to fully unlock the elite specialization and she is also very close to world completion. So maybe I will be working on that a bit more in the coming days.

It’s just nice and feels like a complete luxury to think about which games I want to play instead of worrying how much work I have left to do – yes, I have, and I don’t know how much overtime I will have to be doing once semester starts again, but for now, I will relax and enjoy Easter.

GW2 Warrior Berserker

Ask Nerdy Bookahs: March 2016

It’s time for another “Ask Nerdy Bookahs”. We have looked through the search terms that led people to our blog for which we know we do not have fitting answers in our blog posts and we’re trying to cover those topics here now. For better readability, I am changing the plain “search terms” to correct the grammar and add the missing question marks. :p

Is anything placed in the officer chest going to despawn in Trove?

logo_troveNo! The officer chest works just as the other chests. They are a permanent storage space. If you placed something in there and it “disappears” it is very likely that another officer from your club took out the item. If it disappears and nobody touched the chest, then I recomment contacting support as that sounds like a bug then. But usually, nothing despawns. Also, be careful with the “community chest” you can find in the hub or even place in your club. That one can be accessed by every single player in Trove, so items placed in there will be taken out within a few seconds.

Best areas for experience [at] level 50 in Guild Wars 2?

logo_GW2I assume you meant where you can level the fastest, right? Since they added the megaservers, I never really saw any map be empty, so I would say that it doesn’t matter. If you take a look at our “Regions by level” post, you can see that at level 50, you have several choices. Also keep in mind that you get downlevelled in areas where your character is too high level. So theoretically, if time isn’t an issue, you can go to lower level regions and still receive experience to level. Anyway, Blazeridge Steps and Dredgehaunt Cliffs are for levels 40 to 50, so with level 50, you are actually leaving those areas. Bloodtide Coast is for levels 45 to 55, so you will be able to level in there and even find some challenging areas. Iron Marches and Timberline Falls are just opening up for you. If it were me, I would choose Iron Marches over Timberline Falls, simply because I enjoy the scenery there and it is fascinating lore-wise (with the Great Northern Wall and all that). But since you can just use waypoints to teleport, I would say just go check out the maps and if you find one with active events and players doing them, stay there.

Your favourite profession in Guild Wars 2 and why?

Mesmer, warrior, engineer and thief – depending on when you had asked me since the game’s launch, the answer would have been one of these. It also probably highly depends on my current mood and what I’m doing in the game. Most of the time, it was either mesmer or warrior.

GW2 Rata Novus Fighting

The mesmer is fun for her tricky gameplay. I like being able to get out of difficult combat situations with her illusions, switching positions with a clone and so on. The warrior, on the other hand, has more “oomph”, especially in melee, and she is a lot more forgiving when it comes to mistakes or standing in the middle of an attack.

Is the Revenant in Guild Wars 2 fun?

Oh, I know the person who entered that search term was probably just looking for other people’s experiences, but in the end, it’s always up to yourself whether you think something is fun or not. In my case, yes, I think the Revenant is fun, but I have not played her much. I cheated and used Tomes of Knowledge to get her to level 80. I had first considered levelling her the regular way, but then realized that if I did that, all the experience would go into her levelling up, while when I boosted her to 80, she would immediately be able to gather mastery XP instead and my time would be spent much more effectively that way. It’s a bit sad that it works like this, though, especially as I feel a bit overwhelmed with playing a new profession. Hey, if you’ve been following this blog, you may have realized that I am getting old (or I’m just stressed and tired from work… either way :p). I regularly fall asleep in front of the PC in the evenings. Not even because of lack of sleep, but just because concentrating on something after a day of work is not possible anymore. So, I rather play in a way that doesn’t require much concentration which is essentially playing with my mesmer or my warrior with whom I have the most experience.

Back to the Revenant: I think this profession’s mechanics are refreshing, because they are different from the other professions. You choose a stance and with those, you get a fixed set of utility skills, one stance-specific heal skill and elite skill. You can switch between two stances which means that you get 6 different utility skills, two heal and two elite skills to use. But in general, for me at least, the profession is not more fun than my mesmer and my warrior, so I am still mainly playing these two.

Lion’s Arch loading screen

This is currently the loading screen. If you have an issue with Lion’s Arch taking a long time to load: I think that’s normal. At least, the loading screen is interesting to look at. :p Having Guild Wars 2 on my SSD reduces the loading time a lot for me, though.

GW2 Lion's Arch Loading Screen