Dragon Age Redemption

Dragon Age Redemption
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I’m so excited to see this web series this summer. Felicia Day is so amazingly inspiring. She has self-started, self-promoted, and had enough self-belief to really make it.

So impressive. The hard work and energy required to make it in this way is so impressive!! I’m torn between being intimidated, inspired, or totally jealous.

Anyway, I’m going to go dig out one of the boys’ copies of Dragon Age: Origins and try it again. Last time I tried I sort of failed miserably in the opening stages of the game and left it. I’m starting to think that was a mistake – everyone says the story is epic.

Ow I just have to decide: PS3 or PC version?

Final Fantasy – First Week Impressions

What keeps me from loving FFXIV?

– interface … HOW many clicks to get what I want?

– impossibility of crafting ANYTHING – I do not mean levels 1-5; they’re easy.  but anything that requires a wind shard? Impossible.  I tried leveling my Alchemy so I could make them myself, but got stuck at level 6.  Needed level 8.  I couldn’t BUY them – I checked every damned retainer in the bazaar.  I ran to a different area, and it didn’t drop there either.  I changed my elemental point allocation, as suggested by someone, and couldn’t get them to drop that way either.

– crafting/gathering mini-game.  This was incredibly fun the first 10 times.  Then, I just wanted to chop the tree and get it the hell over with.  It’s not like it changed with skill. Same with synthesis. Really, HOW many times do you want me to click to make some distilled water?

– Lack of an auction house.  Try getting wind shards, and you’ll wish you had an AH.  It’s also next to impossible to know what to price things – there’s no price-comparison that’s in any way practical to complete.

– No abandoning quests.  I picked up some quests in a different area, and realized I didn’t actually want them.  But I was stuck with them, and couldn’t pick up new ones because I had reached my daily quota.

– I have been playing for over a week – not day in and day out, but at least a couple of hours every day.  And I STILL don’t have ANY upgrades.  Frustrating.  I’ve spent so much money trying to level my professions, that I cannot buy anything on offer in the market ward.  And it’s not like I haven’t tried to CRAFT my own stuff.  See the wind shard thing again.

What makes me want to absolutely LOVE FFXIV?

– It is soooo beautiful.  The graphics are astonishing.  The scenery is gorgeous.

– Character customization: oh my god – so amazing.  And gorgeous.

– The emphasis on crafting.  I have always LOVED crafting, and I love that FFXIV puts an emphasis on it.  It is just not implemented well yet. I hope it improves.

– The leveling/class changing system.  I think it’s awesome that you can be so many different classes on one character.  And I really like the point allocation system.

– Once you get used to it, the macro system is great.  It really is.

– Local/regional leve quests.  Awesome.

– The story-line quests have been amazing.

– The spell animations and spell selections based on points are really well done.

– Instanced mobs for the quest you are on – makes it easy to find what you need and they’re not in short supply.

– Crafting is cool – I just wish it wasn’t a mini-game EVERY time you make something.  Maybe the first time you make distilled water it takes a bit to learn, but EVERY time?  Gets repetitive and not challenging – oops I snuck a criticism in there.


There is so much to love about this game – if it had been implemented well.  I really hope it improves.  I am taking a break for a day, because I just became so frustrated last night.  I’ll try again tomorrow.  Maybe I will overcome the wind shard issue.  But I think the game will need a lot of polish and tweaking.  Hopefully, I can see past the implementations issues, and they will gradually change.

But today, I’m playing WoW.  Because it works.

Loving the Wrath!

I’ve been playing the new World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King for about 10 days now … enough to get my hunter here to Level 74. It’s about time I wrote my review.

I love it!! I absolutely love it. So far, I have completed the Howling Fjord area — which means I have earned the achievement Tour the Fjord (130 quests there). I’ve also been to a couple of dungeons, and managed to get my professions up to speed. And yesterday, I went to the new central and magical city of Dalaran.

The quests are fantastic. There is very little of the boring old ‘kill 15 of each kind’ quests. Every quest has a story, and something interesting to do and figure out. I have bravely provided cover fire for trapped soldiers being attacked by ghouls, harpooned supply houses, and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Perhaps one of the most amazing things I’ve done is ridden a dragon into battle. One that I could control both flight path and attacks on! I have made the dragon breathe fire and fly and swoop and everything. Probably the coolest thing I’ve done in WoW so far. I am totally excited by everything there is to do. Even the daily cooking quest I did in Dalaran was fun.

Speaking of Dalaran, it is beautiful. There’s a beer garden behind the inn, great profession stores, ports to all over the place (including The Caverns of Time – Yipee!) and a toy store. Oh, and a pet store!!

I’m loving it.

Well, my BE looks better

So I found this floating around the internet, and I really have to say that the make-believe version is much much better.

I don’t have much else to say about this really, except Happy Easter.

Dying in Make-Believe

So, I really think dying in World of Warcraft is a complete PAIN. When you die, you either have to face the massive ghost-run back to your body, or see the spirit healer, and take a 10 minute resurrection sickness penalty. Not to mention the surge in repair costs. If you die too much, you will end up a very poor person – especially if your gear is really uber.
But face it compared to some games, the penalty is pittance. If this place is something to be believed, dying in the good-old dice version of Dungeons and Dragons can be a REAL pain.
This one dungeon master says:

You let your players cast Resurrection? How cheesy. In my game, if you want someone raised, you need to get the High Priest to do it for you. First, you have to do a quest to get someone to tell you where the High Priest is. Then you have to do a quest before they’ll let you in the temple. Then you have to do a quest before they’ll let you talk to the High Priest. Then you have to do a quest to prove to the High Priest that you’re serious. Then it’s time for some REAL questing. After that you can get your friends raised, just in time for the obligatory post-resurrection debt quests.

I mean OUCH!! Isn’t there a limit to how much you want the role-playing to seem realistic?? I guess it can discourage the idiots who don’t know how to play well, but seriously, doesn’t everyone have their off days?

My husband stole my hunter!

Well, I suppose he didn’t really steal it, but it felt
like he did. For weeks I’ve been saying that I’d like to level a hunter after I level my warrior because I’d like to find out why there are so many useless ones around.
So, I go away for a few days to visit my Dad and sister, and I come home to find … he’s made a hunter! Not only has he made a hunter, but he tamed a lion and named it after our cat … needless to say, that’s what I was going to do! And, on top of THAT, he’s made him an engineer … you guessed it, like I was going to! Grrrr. Well, my warrior’s only 41 anyway, so it was going to be a while … I guess you snooze you lose. My only consolation is that his is a troll — I see mine more as a Blood Elf :).
Maybe that warlock sounds good still too ….

Guildless is obviously evil

So, my mage is currently guildless – by choice, I might add. She’s 70, but all I do with her really is farm stuff and money for my other characters. I don’t feel like being in a guild with her and having obligations, etc.
This makes some people really uncomfortable for some reason. The other day I was in Orgrimmar at 4 am server time, and I was opening a portal to Shattrath, so I offered the remaining spots for 2 gold a person in Trade Channel.
As usual, some idiot starts talking about how outrageous my prices are. I just ignore talk like that – because frankly, I can charge whatever I like — it’s not like I NEED to open a portal.
But then, it got more personal: How come you’re not in a guild?? (in trade channel) … the general consensus seemed to be that I was a wicked evil person just because I wasn’t in a guild.
Yes, I know you never know who’s on the other side, and I should assume this was just kids talking – but really, I’m so over it. I finally told him, “Yes, I’m not in a guild because I’m a mean horrible person with no friends”, which caused this guy to put me on ignore.
I had to chuckle when 3 minutes later he wanted to buy a potion, and I could have made it for him …
/end rant

World of Warcraft is truly for everyone

I have the ultimate proof that WoW is for all shapes and sizes. I’ve never had trouble with my children being able to play World of Warcraft. They have grown up on PC’s, parents who play, and are now experts at the Wii Nunchuck (or whatever it’s called). But I now know that WoW is truly a game for anyone.

My father-in-law has been playing for years. He’s a man who used to (apparently) ride his horse through blizzards in New Zealand to get to school back when the world was a better place. But that doesn’t stop him. He has 5 or 6 level 50 characters. They are all a little lacking in the gear department (if you look at it from a serious player’s point of view). But he has fun.

And that’s all that matters, isn’t it?? If you are a WoW player, you might enjoy checking out his rogue’s intellect stats. They’re impressive!

Old Farts R Us is lucky to have him!

And it just proves my point, that WoW is a game that everyone can enjoy — I’m just worried I’ll end up telling him off in a group – not knowing who he is … which is why I’m glad he plays alliance!