Struggling to Record
Last night was one of the worst ideas I have had in awhile. I am still extremely sick, and for the most part don’t really have a proper speaking voice. The problem being, that Saturday night is the night we record AggroChat. This seemed to be an off week for most people. Grace was busy, and Ashgar was being worked to death in the “on call” rotation. The smart and adult thing to do would have been to simply apologize to our listeners and take a week off. However I am hopelessly chained to this notion of not missing an episode… either in my daily blog posts or weekly podacsts. I guess there is a part of me that is afraid that if I ever go by without making a post, that all of this will fall apart. That people will go their own separate ways and whatever thing we have called AggroChat will just cease to exist. I mean I am deathly afraid that if I miss a day of posting on this blog… that day will turn into six months before I start posting again. So there was what I should have done…. and then what I did. The end result is me today not really being able to talk, and afraid that I won’t be magically better by tomorrow morning for work.
The show itself went pretty well, I just felt like I struggled to try and maintain a voice that could actually be heard and understood. Quite literally I sound like I am going through puberty, where my voice cracks and squeaks at uncontrollable times. My vocal cords I guess have been ravaged by the congestion and the constant coughing. To make matters worse yesterday my eyes started watering uncontrollably and are all bloodshot. Basically I feel horrible, and will probably end up taking a sick day Monday as a result. The worst part has been trying to get any rest in this state. I’m taking NyQuil but it doesn’t seem to actually do much. My night felt like it was perforated by getting up every hour on the hour to readjust myself. I am hoping after staying up all day today I will be tired enough that I just simply collapse tonight and don’t much care what position happens to be comfortable. I realize this is just a cold…. but my god is it one of the worst ones I have had. I swear I have had the honest to god Flu and it has effected me less annoyingly.
It wouldn’t be me if I went too terribly long without adding some interface addons into Elder Scrolls Online. Right now I have Dustman, a mod that auto sells junk items and allows you to auto sell other items that you don’t really want, which is one of those things that I end up trying to find in any game I play. I also have Lore Books and Skyshards that simply mark the location of any books or shards that you have yet to collect. I also found a really cool mod called Undiscovered which marks areas that have some sort of a POI that you have yet to visit, which makes completing maps much easier. The best of the mods however is the Minimap I am using which is ultimately something I complained about not having back in early testing. I love the compass rose, but it doesn’t really replace the minimap… and I found myself spending too much time with my map open when I lacked the minimap. Having this makes the overall experience of moving around the world so much more enjoyable for me, because quite frankly…. I have gotten used to always being able to see that top down view. The only negatives are that most of the really awesome interface mods that I ran during the first days of the game…. seem to be long gone. I guess I should probably check the non-curse sites just to make sure that they might not be still lurking out there. I realize that I am essentially “Wow-ifying” Elder Scrolls by adding these mods in…. but quite frankly I don’t care. It makes my experience more enjoyable.
The biggest improvement so far is that the Veteran system was replaced by the Champion system, and it finally feels like I am making forward momentum again. I like that doing a few things here and there ends up earning me a point that I can spend on improving my character. It also feels like they have put some serious polish in place, because in playing Friday night and most of the day yesterday… I really didn’t encounter any bugs. All of the deeply scripted events went off without a hitch, and while I had gotten used to having to log in and out to get things to trigger during those first days of the game…. all of that seems to be a thing of the past. The other really positive thing is that the community seems to be pretty cool. I’ve gotten a lot of impromptu help, or folks asking if I wanted to join in for this world boss or that anchor. I’ve not really seen anything that made me cringe, which is a huge plus given that there were plenty of cringe worthy happenings during those first months. I am not sure how long I will remain playing the game, but I gotta say I am enjoying myself…. which is huge given the funk I have been in lately of not really knowing what to play.