No it is not for Hearthstone….
It is for TESO!
This Friday, goodbye WoW and FF14 for a bit….time to take an arrow to the knee!
So…Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 A Realm Reborn, I would have to say is a vast improvement over 1.0….
It is quite the beauty even running at normal settings. The default UI and party frames display quite a bit if info within them as well.
Most important to me, is it invokes feeling of playing FFXI again.
Will it make me quit WoW? Depending on the launch, I would have to say it might do it.
The pace of the game is definitely faster then XI but not as fast as WoW, the GCD is 2.5 seconds.
It definitely makes you explore a bit more (i.e. hunting lists, fishing, gathering)
Crafting is definitely a bit different and I definitely like the fishing and the gathering ideas. The actual crafting seems to have more depth then other crafting systems, as you level up you can do things to attempt a HQ synth or add back to your durability.
The Races…I would say are nice, but eh they are just window dressings. (I think I should have rolled human for once!) It is a nice to see some female galkas and male cat boys lol :P. well not really.
I did have a chance to run the 1st 3 dungeons (4 person groups). All three are quite linear in nature and not all that dificult if you have a brain.
What I do applaud SE for trying to do was implementing mechanics even into the “learning” dungeons. They would vary from add control, getting out of bad, and listening to the envinronment.
The best fight I think so far in the “learning” dungeons was a fight against a large slime. The slime starts as being invulnerable to all damage. The party then has to hit a switch to spawn a bomb mob and let it explode on the slime. (Tank would have to watch to make sure boss is in the radius of the explosion and not to get hit by the explosion) Each explosion divides the slime smaller and smaller so eventually they can be killed. To add to this, adds will spawn that will attack the bomb, so the DPS has to kill the adds.
Also the jobs could have more depth but then again the cap is only 50 so we shall see once more content and expacs are done.
Screenshots to follow when I get home!
Everyone likes gifts and I am no exception! Thanks to Ty I am the proud owner of mini creepy tree!
Thanks again Ty and grats on your blog-aversery!
Hmmm…I guess I am turning into a lazy writer like Lyssianna.
“Hey Slice what have you been up to?”
Good question, and I know some will approve of what I have been up to and others not so much.
1.) Pet Battles – working on my way to get 30 level 25 pets.
2.) Finshed up the Zookeeper Cheev – wow that took a while – Baby Apes are Evil!
3.) Playing other MMOs for a bit – SWTOR (level 55 Consular, 55 Bounty Hunter) Rift, STO, and cannot wait for FF14! CATGIRLS > Belfs…and pandas.
4.) Raiding. Throne of Thunder I feel has been odd for Shadow Rising and for me in general. I guess I am not feeling MoP’s raids so far, and I think it is due to it’s lack of something that pulls into the “normal” WoW story line. I got into WoW from being a RTS player. So i felt BS and WoTLK has more of a WoW feel? However, I do think that the SoO will change that, I hope…
5.) More Raiding – Another thing is with ToT – is why do the later half bosses feel easier then the 1st half? Is it due to gear? poss? But the mechanics do not seem as punishing in my honest opinion.
Also check out Frost and Claws, it’s her blogaversery soon! (she is also a SR guildee, so show her some love!)
If you like Chibis! (and who doesnt!) Luxy’s is quite full of teh kyuteness! Luuxypie!
Also check out Navimie’s and Luxy’s comic! The Faily Frostwolf
How do I keep thoughts pure and clean
When writing about slice?
His women lyss like telling me
Things naughty and nice
I like how you read my fic
And nice comments you send.
I like how all your toons are girls
I love how you’re my friend
Thanks Navi! You are swell as well! Definitely made my day! Navi for queen of Azeroth! This is why femtaurs rock!
Also…I think I have ONE male toon….somewhere…ah yes here he is!
But yes i prefer the ladies!
Although I am happy we have finished off HoF, the clear feels odd to me as there is noone else on the server really progressing it seem on Horde side. Furthermore, once 5.2 hits will Shadow RIsing be the only guild left trying to progress? I sure hope not!
This is a far cry from Drak’s days in Wrath Tier 10. to current days in MoP Tier 14 The only two guilds still raiding from then to now is Shadow Rising and Less QQ more pew pew. (i really like their guild name!)
Other then that, I am really sad to see the poor attitude displayed by some of those on the official forums. (yes, I know they are the armpit of the world!) The sense of entitlement displayed in some of those posts are quite amazing…seriously how can some people actually think this. then again the forums are only a small part of the wow community and the world as a while but it still amazes me how people think.
Also I wonder where is this wave of “vanilla wow” nostalgia coming from?Our memories are meant to be happy and fun, but take off the rose colored glasses for a second! Think about what you are saying…
1.) OMG world PVP was awesome! Ok sure sure you thought it was awesome….but in reality you were pissed it happened! OMG this guy or girl is a jerk they killed my again/took my node/killed my quest mob! Yay! Fighting over quests hubs is awesome! (Man I can’t turn my quests in!)
2.) Day long Alterac Valleys…..ok….really? I know I am not for promoting reality here, but seriously?
3.) The old talent systems were awesome! They promoted so much thought and uniqueness! Again….no. There was so much bloat in the old trees. People could not read and picked stupid crap. Or placed all their points into one tree! You know those 51/0/0 in the blood tree Dks! There was a reason there was perferred tree placement with some points to play around with. Because it worked!
4.) OMG epics are too common! Raiding is too easy, gimme 40 man raids! Get off your high horse! Getting people to see content is good! Blizzard having more money in the bank keeps your sub costs the same it has been since its release. Gets you more expansions. Gets you Blizzcon. Keeps your servers up. Keeps you game in good condition. Gets your updates in a timely fashion!
One thing I will agree with the rose colored crowd is the death of server community. Realm transfers and LFD/LFR has really killed the sense of a server or realm. There is no sense of accountability, which in turn I feel has lead to the degredation of the wow community as a whole.
There is a reason things stay in the past, in Wow and reality. Improvements make life easier! I am pretty sure people are happy we do not use ice to keep our fridges cool still or use candles to light our homes…..
New UI – sort of. Just added a graphic area for assorted items. Arranged the bars a bit differently. It looks cleaner to me but not sure if I am quite done. Still trying to find a better replacement for the default buff frames from Blizzard.
Also….Thrall’s baby is creepy! Lyss says it is cute….but how?!?!?!
As far as pet battles…working onwards to 30 level 25 pets for a pristine pet cage. Also the crow from the darkmoon fair, mini infernal, and arctic fox kit are myths! Also managed to get the giant bone spider from Naxx….creepy like Thrall’s kid!
Also anyone have a good duo to defeat the panadaran spirit trainers?
Yes, it has been a while since I have posted. I blame Lyssianna! Her slacking is contagious.
But since my last post, priests are now considered OP and going to be hit with a nerf bat in 5.2! What happened lol!
Shadow Rising is now 6/6 in MSV and 2/6 in Hof. We are planning on holding the lockout for more time on Garalon. With Zug’s new strategy the bug will go down quick! (Well I hope!)
Also I am fully invested into the crack known as pet battling, 12 level 25 pets and more to come! Also for some reason this caused me to get archy to 600….time for more tol’vir farming…must get that creepy claw!!
I have a confession to make, I cheated on WoW for a bit with the pretty young thing known as Guild Wars 2! It was fun, will have to see if I continue to play, but considering it’s free, it’s easy to pick up and play when I want to. Of course I have mazed out the # of characters lol. So I began to ran out of name’s….so I began to look for new names to steal….errr borrow. So of course I stole Lyssi’s name! Also a certain Femtaur name! Navimie! I was going to post screen shots but I don’t know exactly where GW2 stores them!
2013 goals in real life and in gaming!
1.) lose weight!
2.) Break 10k cheev points in WoW!
3.) More max level Alliance toons! Yes I said Alliance! (I only rolled Horde because of Blood Elves!)
4.) Play more Magic and table top games!
5.) Blog more!
6.) lose weight! Yes i listed it 2x cause it’s important for my health!
It has been a couple of week with my mitts on MoP. What do I think of it so far?
Although I am loathe to admit it, I enjoy the questing in MoP, I am not sure what it is, the NPCs one meets, or the story, or even the personalized quest reward, I like it. (But I still hate questing prior to MoP zones)
I will admit it, I thought the farm would be silly. (Bro why I gotta farm!) However, the farm is awesome! What can I say, I did like the Harvest Moon games back in the day.
Dailys – hate em or love em. I like some of them, I hate some of them. Golden Lotus I like, Klaxxi not so much. (probably cause I hate bugs and I hate the Dread Lands) Although, some of the content is gated as well as the gear, one has to applaud Blizzard for attempting something to put brakes on a population which devours content like a swarm of locusts. Could they have done it a different way? Possibly, but not in a way which everyone would be happy. Localizing them into dailys, at least it is gold. And who doesn’t like gold in MMOs….and if you don’t I say you are lying.
Pandas – I thought the worgen and the goblins were done nicely, but BLizzard kudos to you for the pandas. Also for the new zones in general, BEAUTIFUL. For once I actually look around and internally say…wow. The mounts are very detailed and amazing – I love how my cloud serpent will scratch his ear? from time to time lol.
Dungeons – not too hard, but not faceroll. Good balance! Thumbs up here!
Pet Battles –
Monks – Very fun healing wise and DPS wise. Tanking? not sure….seems confusing to me! lol
Dungeons – valor it gives…seems low….
Dailys – Why gate the August Celestials and the Shado Pan till revered? Why not one at Honored and the other at Revered?
Farm – too addicting. Must Farm……
Cloud Serpent Training – why no account bound….seems silly….I hate racing!!!!!
Motes not being BoA – I think keep em soulbound but at least make them BoA.
Priests – OK OMG WTF DID YOU DO HERE! DID YOU PLAY PRIESTS BEFORE RELEASING THEM!?!?! Our main way to proc Divine Aegis – Prayer of Healing is bad…. OMG mana regen is so bad…..seriously Blizzard what did you do to my beloved priest class. Please help PST! What happened to bring the player not the class! Why bring a good player with a gimp class over a good player with a good class?
Trolls – and not Zari or Adoe…I am talking about more troll killing…please no more troll heroics or troll raids…..I am sick of picking on Zari’s family and Adoe’s cousins….
So overall Blizzard A+ a big thumbs up. 100% better then the depressing Cata.
Ok Navi you asked so here it is….
3:34 AM Tuesday Sept 25th
Logged into WoW and shocked to see quite a few people already on!!
Vanicus from Repgrind is on – fishing
Zugzuug and Fayle and Lyssi are all on leveling away in the Jade Forest.
I log in….crap forgot to pick up a DPS spec!! (I was in holy/disc) Oh well, I have smite spec I will be ok! So away I go smiting all the poor misguided alliance out of the way!
Time flies by and Lyss has to head to work, I keep on smiting. It was killing those Jade Kitties that when a Human DK decides he wants to kill me – he catches me off guard and I am doing ok when an Night Elf hunter also decides he wants some and they tag team me….hmmm a bit annoying but its a PVP server. 20 minutes later I am turning in some quests and Mr. Human DK shows up again along with Mr. Nelf Hunter…DK decides to try it again, Mr. Nelf emotes he is sorry and leaves. This time I am prepared…PoM, renew, bubble. Mr. DK is trying to kill me, oh noes! Dot him up. Smite. Penance. Void Tendrils. Psychic Scream. My health is not falling, his is….he gets to 25% health. Now he decides he does not want to continue this second date. Oh hell no! I chase him down and he kills himself by jumping off a cliff! /flex
Leveling continues without any hinderences for a while, except for the few rares that must die! Smite all the things! I have to say, kudos to Blizz for making rares actually fun and worthwhile to kill. 200xp a kill yum!
It was not till level 88 and a lot of hrs later, by this time Zug had hit server 1st and Fayle was almost there at 89, that I am feeling horrible and tired and things are not dying! I decide to try to shadow….ugh….died a lot…I account this to being so tired. I swap back to disc….
3:30 AM or so Fayle hits 90 and logs off. I try to keep awake by doing some jumping jacks etc and it helps for a bit. I check to see what priests are close and the closest one is at 88 and I am 89 – 70% to go to 90. I have it in the bag as far as horde side, but I am not sure on Alliance side, sneaky alliance….I push till 5AM…and I cannot make it…I crawl into bed….
7AM….a drop bear wakes me up! I yell and scream bloody murder, but the drop bear uses reason and logic to get me out of bed. A shower and some exercise, wakes me up and I log back into the game. /who and I see that I am still the only lvl 89 priest. GO ME!
With enough sleep now, shadowing all the things is a log easier now….98% and I turn in a 4 quests…bring me to 99%…OMG one more quest…hey the Klaxxi has one more for me! My heart is pounding at this moment as I curse every bog beast that does not drop a perfect eye for me! On the 12th kill it drops…I hearth back the Klaxxi dude…turn it in and boom!!!!!!!! I was surprised to all the congrats tells from people lol (Apparently Zug got a lot of hate! Poor Zug!)
I will say doing this once. I dont think I will ever do this again. I have never felt so drained after this. However, it was a big thrill seeing that cheev pop on my screen!