January 5, 2012 – 12:38 pm
Ever the alt-player, right now I have three characters on Lord Adraas in Star Wars, all under level 15. Considering I have nearly two full accounts of WoW alts, plus a myriad who have faced the deletion squad, I guess it’s not that surprising.
Aely’s by far my most advanced character, but I’m having fun with all three.
Aely, a Jedi Sage, whose new backstory I am working on currently.
Annata, a Mirialan smuggler scoundrel who hooked up with Jeb, the leader of Coruscant Trade Company, for fun and profit. Also a chance to murderize the Empire.
And Ana’leth, a Zabrak Jedi Sentinel with an eye for danger and a penchant for fighting first and asking questions after.
January 3, 2012 – 12:00 pm
*two points if you read the title in the appropriate Muppet Show voiceover*
So I took most of the month of December off from gaming, thanks to working holiday retail plus having houseguests and then going visiting, and all the assorted insanity that goes along with … well, December. One thing I DID do, however, was pop into the new Star Wars MMO, eagerly looking forward to gaming with old friends in a new environment. Many of the awesome folks I play WoW with are playing there, both Republic and Empire.
First on that list is, of course, Arrens, who is leading the Republic guild that I’ve joined up with.
My first character over there is, also of course, Aely – I’ve rolled her as a Jedi Consular Sage, with the intent of trying out a healing type spec, and will be rolling something like an Annata there too, as a Smuggler (also possibly a healer, haven’t decided yet). I’m a little nervous about healing, but I figure with a brand new game, if I suck, it won’t matter much, because nobody really knows what they’re doing yet.
First impressions of the game are very good – it’s immersive in a fun way, with so much to learn and figure out, and it really is quite pretty. I’m pretty slow to do much of anything, because I get lost easily, but so far I’m having a really good time. I just got Aely off Tython, but haven’t yet dropped in to Coruscant.
One thing, however, that I’ve not done any of at all, is RP. To be honest, I’m a little scared to. I don’t know the Star Wars mythos very well, and while the quests for a padawan are very illustrative of the various things that should be important to a Jedi, I feel a little awkward in a new situation. I’m hoping I can break the ice a bit with people I already know before throwing myself full force into world RP – which has been plentiful, by the looks of Tython so far. I turned off general chat, but I’m told it may be worth turning back on just to find other RPers.
(Also, Arrens and I have to figure out how Arrens and Aely’s relationship is going to work, given that Aely is currently a Jedi, etc.)
December 15, 2011 – 7:44 am
I was noticing the other day that most of my characters have a static set of things in their bags. Most of that is the usual complement of flasks and potions, food, water, and a smattering of profession items and RP gear. All of them have a few actual RP related items though, beyond a quick change of clothes for RP night.
- Gold Wedding Band
- Antonidas’ Silver Coin (a gift from Arrens)
- Crusader and Guild Tabards
- Eyepatch and Goggles
- Gnomish Army Knife
- Zapthrottle Mote Extractor (even though it isn’t relevant anymore)
Angoleth is light on the possessions, and really only carries her skinning knife with her always. Technically that’s a profession item, but she’s pretty keen on keeping it, even though she also carries a Gnomish Army Knife. She thinks a proper knife works better.
All of my characters have had specific pets as well – which don’t take up bag space, but are part of their usual “kit”. Aely’s got Roger, her wolfhound, Annorah has Widget her firefly, and Angoleth has… well, Angoleth has lots of pets. Currently she’s keen on Muckbreath, her little crocolisk.
Back in the very first Friday Five, I asked what your character keeps, in character, in their pockets. (And I still think Tarquin had the best answer, both in length, and for “Possibly your wallet”.)
Today I’m asking a somewhat different question:
What does your character keep in their actual, in-game bags, either as flavor items or specifically for RP?
December 6, 2011 – 10:37 am
Last night our 10 man took our first peek into the Dragon Soul raid. It was largely successful, even if we did have a case of the derp for a bit on Zon’ozz.
The third boss of the instance, however, led to one of the more amusing wipes we’ve had as a raid group. Yor’sahj the Unsleeping (henceforth known as Your’socks, thanks to Yva) is an extremely color coordinated sort of boss. He’s the type that has all his clothes arranged by color (Do faceless ones wear clothes?) and each closet has a specifically colored slime/ooze thing to care for it. Periodically he calls up three of those ooze things, and you kill one and let him absorb the other two – the kill priority depends on the nastiness of the absorbs.
Anyway, Your’socks has a mechanic that, whenever he absorbs a purple shadow slime, stacks with healing – at 5 stacks, you explode. Originally, we thought this meant that the fifth heal that each healer cast would cause AOE damage. Everything went along quite swimmingly on our first attempt, until we got a big ugly AOE slime plus a shadow slime, and our holy paladin decided to throw around some Holy Radiance to heal up the raid.
It turns out that it’s the fifth heal cast on each PLAYER that explodes. And that five casts of Holy Radiance each count on each player it hits. And that, in fact, if the entire raid is stacked up to deal with adds and AOE…
10 dead players. Instantly.
All of whom were incredibly confused, as we had the boss at about 30% and had no signs of anything going wrong. 100%-0 in one massive explosion.
Henceforth, on Your’socks, whenever purple slimes are absorbed, we decided NOT to use AOE healing abilities. That was much more successful.