Yesterday I suffered from a bit of a dilemma and could have used the assistance of Hermione and her time turner. Sometimes the stars align just perfectly, and a sequence of patches hit at precisely the same time. This happened once again yesterday with the Final Fantasy 3.0.7 patch and Diablo 3 2.3.0 patch. This also conflicts with the fact that lately I have been trying to make Tuesday my Wildstar night, as it is the raid night of my guild and I am sure to see lots of people on as a result. In truth at some point I would like to get into a rhythm of Tues/Thurs being Wildstar nights much the same way as they were previously World of Warcraft nights. As a result I game hopped a bit. First up I poked my head into Final Fantasy XIV but did not really stay very long. At first glance I didn’t really see the people that I needed to pull together a full guild group expert, so instead of hanging out and waiting I moved on to the next thing. I could have easily relied on the Duty Finder, but since my passions were already deeply split last night I figured I would not really press my luck.
I will be raiding tonight so I figured that I would get plenty of time to explore the changes, which mostly for me included the addition of a TP bar in the party interface. This could be a huge thing if it means that Bards, Machinists and Ninjas start proactively feeding their tank TP when they are starting to get low. I know when I play ninja I always find it hard to time when is the best use of Goad. Traditionally I try my best to time it so that I use it at the mid point in a fight, figuring by then especially if the tank is a warrior they will be struggling a bit. As a Bard I rarely if ever played Army’s Paeon unless specifically asked by a tank because there was no real viable way of knowing when best to time it. Mage’s Ballad on the other hand… I could time easily when I saw that both healers were starting to hurt for mana. As silly as it sounds I think the addition of the TP bar to the party interface is going to drastically change the way the game feels for tanks at least.
Whitevale is Huge
Last night I continued to chew away on Whitevale in Wildstar. I managed to ding 25 which technically would have been a historic level for me… if not for the kitty hoverboard and the snarflex. Those have given me a nice mount to use since the moment I started playing this character, and have honestly spoiled me more than a little bit. I am hoping that there will be similarly purchasable mounts from the in game store when the free to play conversion happens. That would honestly be the number one thing stopping me from alting in this game, is the thought that I will not have my stable of mounts to carry over with me. While I started upstairs last night, I ultimately crashed on the sofa working my way through the various quests in zone. I keep hearing that all of the zones after Whitevale get significantly better but this zone serves to be this endless and impassible white wasteland. I’ve remarked before that ultimately on my Chua Engineer it was the zone that stopped me in my tracks and kept me from progressing forward and I am remembering why now.
I am not entirely certain what it is about the zones design but something just feels bad about it. If you were to ask me what my favorite biome is… and I think I have answered this question as part of the Liebsters… I would probably say snowy zones. If I think back to all of my favorite zones in games, most of them are places like Iron Pine Peaks in Rift. The problem here is it feels like a white desert more than a snowy climate. Maybe it is the fact that the entire zone has a purplish/bluish overtone but there is just something off with the lighting. It has this feeling of vastness that makes me feel like I am making absolutely no progress. That said I have put a big dent in the zone and have whittled down the available quest hubs to only a few left. If I actually devote some time I think I can push through it in a few more hours. I am anxiously looking forward to putting it behind me and never returning again.
Insomnia and Demons
I had every intent of just saying that last night was a Wildstar night and being done with it. I had patched up Diablo 3 earlier in the evening but had not actually popped in to check it out. When I wife decided it was bed time around 9 pm I attempted to lay down with her. Problem being my body intervened and decided that even though I was sleepy… I was not sleepy enough to actually sleep. I have this nasty habit of catching a second wind just as soon as my head hits the pillow. I waited around a bit, attempted to watch some television and lull myself to sleep… but that didn’t actually work. Instead I finally got up and decided to mindlessly kill demons until sleep claimed me. Now that Season 3 is over the pressure is mostly off, and my Crusader is just another normal character that I will eventually get to maximum level. Since it was a Seasonal character, I feel somehow obligated to continue the storyline that I started and I pushed through the never ending series of staircases to get to Azmodan. On Hard difficulty the game is still exceptionally easy, which is fine because I didn’t really want to think much last night.
The real question I guess is that in two days the fourth season starts. Will I finish the Crusader first or start a new character for the season? Honestly I am leaning towards making another Crusader for Season 4 because I really love some of the abilities. The other option is to make another warrior, because while I like my monk… I don’t think I like its game-play enough to run up another one. Crusader seems to hit all of the finer points I love about classes and gives me a highly tanky and defensive character with some ability to damage lots of things at the same time. I might end up making a female crusader just to keep from feeling like I have a duplicate character in my stable. The problem there is I am notoriously unmotivated to play female characters in games. I tend to project myself on every character that I play, and for whatever reason I struggle to get the same “this is me doing this thing” experience when I am playing a female character. Diablo on the other hand… there really isn’t much “you” in the characters that you create. You are playing a stock character and dressing them up in cool armor, but other than that there really is little “personal touch” to them.