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

Ask Nerdy Bookahs: Guild Wars 2 Edition (September 2015)

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 Today’s post focuses on Guild Wars 2, mainly because the game recently switched to a “free to play” model which naturally leads to new players with questions.

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Warrior vs Guardian

I am not that involved with PvP to say which one would probably come out victorious when those two professions duel each other. But I can tell you which profession I like more: Definitely the warrior! I should actually like the Guardian more, because I love playing support roles. But in Guild Wars 2, there is no trinity – not the “tank, healer, damage” trinity nor the “damage, support, control” trinity as ArenaNet talked about before launch. What we do have is that each character can do damage, support and control. Some focus more on damage, some may focus more on support. Some players may even tell you that it’s all about damage and nothing else… but in the end, it really comes down to personal preference. And this is why the warrior comes out on top for me. The guardian feels slow and kind of clunky to me sometimes. I really just love playing with swords and axes with my warrior and having her jump right into the battle. It is a fast and fun class – at least, when played that way. There are, of course, other ways to play a warrior and a guardian.

Mesmer can’t kill with staff

Of course they can! If you look at MetaBattle, for example, you can find several builds using the staff. The PU Condi Roamer, a Condition Shatter build and a Mantra Shatter build. Those are just some examples from one website. I don’t know anything about mantra builds, but as the first two names suggest already, builds based around conditions are pretty good with staff. And now that I’ve looked at those, I really feel the urge to experiment more with my mesmer. I used to play with staff quite a lot, but have been using scepter mainly in the last few months.

Can’t enter Black Citadel until level 10?

This depends on what kind of account you have. If you play with a free account, then no. You need to get your character to level 10 in order to leave the starter maps. If you buy Guild Wars 2, then you get upgraded and can freely switch to other regions without being level-restricted. You can see the differences between the free and paid accounts on the official website.

Heart of Thorns Polymock

Oh dear… how much I wish this would come. However, we have not heard anything about Polymock, so it’s probably best to assume that no, we will not get it any time soon or at all. There is a portal leading to “Polymock Arenas“, though, which could give us some hope.

And last but not least:

vszwogyw,,,,

I’m sorry, but what? How does a person even get Google to show our blog with such a search term? Also, say hello to your dog, cat or baby – depending on who it was who typed that. :p

Ask Nerdy Bookahs: Trove Edition – Blaugust Day 26

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

Trove is the newest game and officially launched on July 9, 2015. Naturally, there are quite a few new players out there and a huge proportion of questions leading to our blog are about Trove. That’s why I am going to start with questions about Trove, but there are also a few about Guild Wars 2 – and surprisingly, even some about Lotro, even though I haven’t been writing about this game anymore in quite a while. So, I will ignore the Lotro questions. I wouldn’t be of much help anyway. ;)

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How to get the N-0 Depth Scoper in Trove?

Plasma fishing is not in the game yet and this fishing rod seems to unlock plasma fishing. So, you will have to wait a bit longer until you can unlock and use it. I imagine it will unlock like the other fishing rods as well: Go to the central hub (hold the “H” key). Look for the two little lakes and find the “Nautical Assembler” next to one of them. This is where you can craft the fishing rods.

Trove Nautical Assembler

What currency do you buy fishing poles with in Trove?

I am going to link you to the wiki which has a nice list of the different poles. Click on “expand” to see them all.

Which character uses pirate ship?

All characters can use the ships. As soon as you are in water, you can “summon” your ship (if you unlocked one). You can buy the boat “SS Dinghy” in the hub (press “H”). There are two lakes with a house next to it. Within that house, you will find the NPC Saltwater Sam who will sell you that boat for 500 glim. Make sure to also get a sail.

What to do in Trove?

Lots of things. It depends on what you want to do. There is no PvP (see next question) yet. But other than that, you can go kill mobs, or build in a club world or build in your cornerstone or level up different professions like gardening or fishing. Of course, there are also various different goals you can set for yourself like having all classes at maximum level or having the best equipment possible or getting your mastery rank to level 100 (which ultimately means doing a lot of the aforementioned stuff as all of that, with the exception of building, adds to your mastery rank), so you can get a chaos chest every day.

Is there any pvp in Trove?

I know I covered this in previous blog posts. However, since Trion did announce that they are working on PvP, I figured an update wouldn’t hurt: No, currently, there is no PvP in Trove, but they are working on some kind of PvP. It will definitely not be the open world kind where you can get attacked and killed by other players even though all you wanted to do was take a stroll and do a few dungeons.

Cat soultrap drop rates

As far as I know, cat soultraps do not drop. You buy them from an NPC in the Treasure Isles (the large water area). Look for ships that have a sail with a red bearded pirate on them (see picture below). Those can have the cat soultrap vendor on them. In general, the red-bearded sail means that there is a vendor on the ship that sells you something for Glim. What exactly they sell you is random, as far as I know. So if you’re looking for one particular vendor, you will have to look for lots of those ships until you’re lucky and find the right one.

Trove Cat Soultrap Vendor
Cat Soultrap Vendor

What’s the difference between the male and female head?

I thought there’d be an obvious difference, but when I had a look at the faces just now, I could not find one. Apparently, you can even have the same hair styles? Although I did not check if all of them are identical for both genders.

To show you all the available faces, I took screenshots of them all. Hair style, hair colour, skin colour and eye colour are the same across all faces.

Trove Faces

How to change the UI looks?

I’m afraid you can’t. You can’t resize the UI and you cannot move it in any way.

Will plants grow while I’m not playing?

Yes. Simple answer. :p

Should Trove add more ways to get cubits?

Oh, a question where my opinion counts, I guess. Yes, I think we should have more ways than we currently do (500 per weekday and 1000 per day on Saturdays and Sundays if we do dungeons as well as a few one-time gains through gaining certain mastery ranks and doing the first introduction missions to the game). But I don’t think it should be too much, because quite a lot of things are unlocked with cubits in the in-game store (or alternatively, if you are impatient, with real money). I think this system is actually quite neat. I like having the feeling that I’m slowly working towards something by not having all the cubits I need at once. At the same time, if you are really impatient and don’t want to do the dungeons to slowly earn your cubits, you can also choose to spend real money which, in turn, will give income to the developers. Just so nobody misunderstands: The stuff you can buy is not necessary to play the game!

This post is part of Blaugust 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Blaugust AMA: What would I change in my MMO career? (Blaugust Day 17)

I posted in the Blaugust AMA thread on Anook and received the following question from CommanderFlynn from The Tankquisition

What’s the one thing you could change in your MMO Career if you could go back? Why?

I’ve thought about this for some time and there is no one big thing I would change. But there are several smaller ones. For example, back in World of Warcraft, bookahnerk and I had been part of a weekly raid group. This raid was basically an “alt raid” with lots of people playing with their alts and their main characters being in the “higher” raids already. Oddly enough, lots of them still did not know how to play the encounters directly why newbish little me had no problem… tsktsktsk… ;) But yeah, in general, this raid was lots of fun! It was once a week and either for two or four hours, depending on how many had signed up and if we had to switch the roster after two hours to give everybody a chance to participate.

WoW_Druid treeAnd then I made the mistake. I had wanted to be able to bring in a healer if necessary, but my druid still needed equipment. So I joined the group of one of the guys who were in this alt raid as well to raid Karazhan. This guy was basically horrible. The way the druid (as a class and its mechanics) healed at that time and the way a druid tank had to be played meant that he, as the mage, could not wait for less than 2 seconds, jump into the NPC group and AoE everything because all the mobs turned around towards him and killed him. There was nothing the druid tank could do to get the mobs back and there was nothing I could do with my druid healer to save the mage. Then he got angry at us for not knowing how to play. He also got angry quite often because it took us so long to clear Karazhan – after he had taken several of us into his little raid group who had just enough equipment to go raid Karazhan. In a game that is as heavily dependent on gear as World of Warcraft is, it makes a huge difference what kind of gear you are wearing. He knew very well that we were a group of “beginners” and for the gear we had on (and the class composition with druids as healer and as tank), we did a great job.

It only took a few weeks, after which I finally had enough and left that raid group, to get “burned out” as you generally say and I consequently left World of Warcraft not long after that.

So, I would say that in general – this above is just one example – if I could go back and do things differently, I would have less patience with people yelling at other players, calling them names and making them feel horrible, because at the end of the day, this is just a game and it should be fun and you should only surround yourself with players who treat each other with respect.

This post is part of Blaugust 2015.

Liebster Award x2

Liebster AwardAbout a month ago, I was already nominated for The Mystical Mesmer and almost forgot about it. However, I now received another nomination from Rakuno of Shards of Imagination. That’s 22 questions in total. Of course, I feel honored that they thought of me in their blog posts and I’m happy to participate now. :)

First, an introduction of the Liebster award: As the icon suggests, it’s a way to discover new blogs for the readers of your own blog, but this isn’t simply done by saying: Go read their stuff! If they accept the award, they agree to give 11 random facts about themselves, answer 11 questions that you give them and they will give out 11 questions to 5 people they nominate themselves. In other words, you can get to know them a little bit better this way.

11 random facts about me

  1. I’m a psychologist, and work in the field of special education needs.
  2. My first computer was a Commodore 64 and the seonc one had Windows 2000.
  3. I cannot choose a favourite colour, because there are so many great ones (though orange and green hues are on top right now. Red is great, too, but a rather boring colour at the same time, if you ask me).
  4. I used to be obsessed with rabbits when I was a kid. I had about 30 or 40 rabbit plushies – and yes, two real rabbits as well at some point.
  5. My favourite ice-cream flavour is “Straciatella”.
  6. I have one brother who is 5 years older than me.
  7. My brain tends to give me really bad nightmares whenever it finds something it can use to scare me which is why I tend to avoid watching horror movies.
  8. I find seafood disgusting (except for some kinds of fish).
  9. I’m afraid of heights, but bought two annual tickets for myself and bookahnerk for a ropes course in a forest nearby.
  10. I used to draw comic snails when I was a kid.
  11. If I’d been a boy, my parents would have named me “Matthias”. One of my younger cousins got that name then.

The 11 questions I got from The Mystical Mesmer

1. What are the three major elements of your ideal video game?

I’m not sure what exactly “elements” refers to. So, I’m just going to say what comes to my mind here. :p It definitely has to have open world PvP areas (without PvP being 100 % optional and not required for the game at all if you don’t want to PvP). Then it has to have housing. And it has to have interesting classes that are more than the standard ones warrior, mage, ranger etc.

2. Big city, suburb, or countryside?

Neither. Near the city centre in a medium-sized town (around 100k inhabitants). Basically, exactly where we are living now. :) Or Hamburg which is a city with 1.7 million inhabitants but it doesn’t feel this huge or even crowded with lots of green areas, a lake and more than 2400 bridges. :p

3. What’s the origin of your blogging name?

I chose “Paeroka” when I started writing about games. It just fit. Back when I’d written a story for Nanowrimo, one of the characters in that story was named “Paeroka”. I liked the sound of it, so I used it for my first character on Horde side in World of Warcraft. When I started blogging about games, I did not know which name I could use, so I chose my character’s name. So, I basically named myself after a character that is named after a character I created back in 2005.

4. Aeris lives and you’re hired to retell Final Fantasy 7. What role does she play?

I’m sorry. My knowledge of Final Fantasy ends right with that name “Final Fantasy”. No idea who Aeris is. I did try out the MMO once for an hour or two, but that’s really all I know about this IP. Oh, and chocobos.

5. What’s your favorite biome?

I can give you examples from games, because I always love the same kind of area.

6. Write a haiku love poem to this morning’s breakfast.

Three mugs of coffee
With a hot bagel to go
Not much time for food.

So this isn’t exactly a love poem. But my breakfast, even though it was yummy, was more a necessity, because I’d needed to take a painkiller and that thing also kills my stomach if I don’t eat something first. :p Still, coffee is a must. I should have maybe written a haiku on coffee.

7. What’s your preferred device for reading blogs?

My PC most of the time. It used to be my mobile phone on my way to work when I had a commute of 1.5 to 2 hours every day. But now that I don’t have that anymore, I prefer my PC with its large monitor and fast internet connection.

8. If you were to start up a video game company, what would you name it?

Erm… sorry, I’m totally unimaginative when it comes to naming things. I’d probably ask bookahnerk to think of something.

9. Which of the Seven Dwarves would you be and why?

I had to look them up now, I admit. ;) Probably “Grumpy” from that list. I do get grumpy fast when things don’t go my way.

10. What form of exercise do you find to be the most effective?

Jogging. I can’t do it at the moment because I’m still having issues with my skin and it starts itching like crazy when I start to sweat. So, for the time being, it’s my elliptical trainer. Probably not the most effective, but I can watch a TV series while exercising and that’s really motivating (and entertaining) for me… and everything that gets you to exercise and is fun is effective, right?

11. How long is a piece of string?

Huh? I don’t get that question. ;)

The 11 questions from Rakuno

1. Why did you decide to blog about your chosen topic (for instance, why MMOs or why your chosen game)?

I started blogging a long time ago. On Deadjournal, actually, and then Livejournal when I’d gotten an invite code from an acquaintance. Over there on Livejournal, somebody started a German community journal for World of Warcraft. I joined it, because I knew the person who had started the community and because bookahnerk had just started playing that game. I’d wanted to know more about his hobby and I also liked the world that the game is set in (from what bookahnerk had told me about it, at least). So, it wasn’t that I woke up one day knowing I want to blog about gaming. I kind of slowly shifted into it. I had written posts on that German WoW community after I had started playing myself and then wanted to have a blog on my own because it gives me more freedom. It took a bit longer until I decided to start a blog, though. I also like WordPress and Blogspot more than Livejournal as a platform to write about games which is why I came here, to WordPress. As for why gaming? Because I like gaming and I like writing. Additionally, I wanted to practice my English more and I needed something to write about.

2. What do you feel is the hardest part about blogging?

The constant self-doubt and inner critic. That voice inside of me saying: “Nobody wants to read that.” or “You should really rewrite this paragraph… no, better that whole post! It sounds like a little kid wrote that.”

3. What is your favorite part about blogging?

Having people approach me and start a conversation because of something that I wrote (either here in the blog or somewhere else). I also admit, it was awesome to have people approach us in real life to tell me and bookahnerk that they like our blog. That’s not our “favourite” part, but it’s at least a nice bonus.

4. How did you get into MMOs?

Bookahnerk. ;) Well, kind of. I’ve always loved fantasy worlds (in books mostly), enjoyed science fiction (Star Trek more than anything else) and I already played a text-based dungeon-crawling game that you play online with others. Then bookahnerk started playing World of Warcraft and he sometimes, slowly told me about that game (that was at the beginning of our relationship). It took a while until I asked him if I could try WoW. I was a bit anxious because I was just about to start preparing for an important exam and did not want to get sucked into this game. Two days after trying WoW, I got a call from him telling me the serial code of my own WoW copy. :D I also used it as an incentive after a full day of studying (same as with Rift and my final exams later).

5. Sandbox or Themepark? Why?

Sandbox with a bit of themepark. If the game is only sandbox with no direction, I can easily feel lost. But if it’s only themepark without giving me any freedom, it’s not good either. For example, Rift is a very themepark game in that it has quests, dungeons, raids, set classes which doesn’t give you much freedom in choosing which weapons to use, for example. But it does, at least, have housing which lets you freely build structures and so on. It’s definitely more than just placing a table here and a bed there. It’s still a themepark game, so some more freedom would be nice.

6. When you are starting on a new game what makes you choose a certain race/class?

Race is rather easy: The one I like the most visually. I usually do not create a human. For me, it’s the boring choice. Here we are, in a fantasy world where everything is possible – hey, let’s make a human because that’s what I am, too. ;) I tend to go with smaller races because they’re usually quirkier and funnier to watch. Also, dwarves. When a game has dwarves, I’m really happy. As for class, it used to be spellcasters as my first choice, usually one with a few tricks up their sleeve (frost mage or warlock in WoW, mesmer in GW2). But depending on the combat system, I actually prefer heavy-armored melee classes, mostly with a sword and a shield or dual-wielding weapons. I don’t like two-handed weapons unless it’s a staff. So this limits my choices down pretty well most of the time.

7. If you had unlimited resources and time what game would you make? This can be an original idea of yours or based on an existing IP.

I would make a game around the fantasy world I had started to create around the Nanowrimo stories I have written, with dwarves, boring humans who are always at war with each other and the nimari – a race that explaining would take too long here since I’d have to go into the whole background of how that world was created. :p It would definitely be a mix of themepark and sandbox MMO with housing, crafting (best items in the game would come from crafting only), PvE as well as PvP with the latter being optional (a bit like the RvR areas in Warhammer Online, I think). Sadly, I don’t think I ever will have unlimited resources, so I will just stick with writing the stories instead. ;)

8. What is your favorite book?

The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie. During a particularly boring vacation with my parents, I had finished reading the three books I had brought with me within less than two days. It had been raining constantly, so we had basically been stuck in the house. We went shopping and I was looking for a book with lots of pages that would last longer than the ones I had brought, with a maybe interesting plot. I went for this one because it is about people from a Germanic tribe and Romans and it seemed like an interesting combination to read about. I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. I had to, my parents forced me to, but I really didn’t want to! I also got the original version (I had only read the German translation at first) from bookahnerk back when we had been “just friends”, but this very present first showed me that he is a very special person that I want and need in my life. So, this book isn’t only my favourite, it’s also connected with quite a bit of nostalgia by now.

9. What, in your opinion, is the best game of all time?

Hmm… A lot come to my mind for very different reasons. For example, Tetris, for being the game that connected me and my family back when we bought two gameboys. One just wasn’t enough for 4 people. ;) So we had two gameboys, two of us were playing Tetris, the other two were watching and cheering. World of Warcraft for getting MMORPGs out of their niche and into a broader market, maybe. For me personally, Cultures 1, because it brought me so many hours of entertainment. But best game of all time… probably not one of them. It always depends on what you interpret as “best” – best for what? :)

10. Someone challenged you to a duel at dawn. Since you are the one being challenged you are given the choice of weapons. What would be your choice? Keep in mind the challenger will be able to use the same weapons.

We’re talking about a gaming environment, right? Then a staff to go with my frost mage’s abilities. :p In reality: Nothing. I doubt there’s anything I could use as a weapon which would make me come out the winner.

11. The robot uprising happened at the same time of the zombie apocalypse. The robots see the zombies as a threat and the zombies react to the robots hostile actions instinctively. Who would win, the robots or the zombies and which one would be worse for the last surviving humans?

Another tough question. I find zombies annoying and overdone lately. So, I would vote for robots. On the other hand are robots scarier because they can probably hurt you more, seeing how they’re made of metal and with the latest technology, I assume. ;)

My 11 questions for the people I am going to nominate:

  1. What was your first gaming rig?
  2. Do you prefer games based on existing IPs (e.g., Star Wars, or that infamous probably never-to-be Harry Potter MMO) or new IPs?
  3. If you could resurrect any online game that is no longer (officially) available, which one would it be?
  4. Let’s imagine you’re put into a higher-up developer position of your favourite MMO with enough power to decide: Which one thing would you want to change about the game immediately?
  5. Is there a blog post you really would have wished you had written but haven’t (yet)?
  6. If you feel a writer’s block approaching, what do you do to overcome it?
  7. Blogging and gaming – how do you balance those two?
  8. What one advice would you give a new blogger?
  9. Other than gaming and blogging, what is your favourite pastime?
  10. How much time do you spend in the character creation screen for one character?
  11. If you could actually live in your favourite MMO, which place / town / area would you choose?

And now it’s probably time to actually nominate some people, right? I’m actually supposed to name 5, but eh, I was already nominated by two people. Jaedia, whom I would have liked to nominate as well, has just done this, too. All of this kind of narrows down my own choices. :p So, I will just say that I nominate a) the guys from Dragon Season (mostly TheValliant and Tilion, but all the other writers on there are welcome to join as well!) and bookahnerk – yes, from my own blog. So what? ;)