This morning my cats are being little butts. The normally sweet one is prancing back and forth on the keyboard… and the one that is normally a butt just wants me to keep flinging a rubber band for her to chase. None of this is really conducive to sitting down and writing a proper blog post. The sweet one has now taken to sitting on the cabinet to the left of the computer and staring… occasionally meowing. She is likely afraid that she will waste away to nothingness in the time it takes me to write a post, and believes that I really should stop doing whatever it is humans do and go feed her. On top of this I am having some hardware issues… with a box that is not connected to this one but it is frustrating me to the point where I am constantly reaching over to the other keyboard and fiddling with stuff. This also is not super great for writing a fully functional blog post. However I still need to somehow push forward and come up with some form of brilliance… even if that is dollar store brilliance that is on clearance for only 50 cents.
Last night I did not really do much in the way of gaming. I finally finished watching the last episode of Iron Fist, and while doing so I worked on my baby machinist. I managed to get back over the 60 barrier and turned my weapon red in the Palace of the Dead… which makes no difference when it comes to the speed of leveling but feels like it does significantly for your ability to burn things down quickly. I hit a string of parties with a tank and three dps…. and all things considered they tend to go pretty smoothly. The only rough spots are when the group decides to fan out and split down different pathways. In theory this is not a horrible way to approach the dungeon as a whole, but if anyone ends up pulling a mimic it is a certainty that someone will get pox. As I have spent more time in the dungeon, my focus has shifted to trying to avoid pox at all costs… at least until we have a pomander of purity waiting to be used. Most of my wipes in Palace of the Dead have revolved around a bad pull combined with folks having pox. The absolute worst moments are when a tank attempts to tank…. without having a healer. I mean I get it… as a tank our instinct is to run in and gather everything up. However that is just not really a viable option for running Palace of the Dead unless you have a pocket healer going in there with you.
Another thing that has happened that I have not really talked about is that I crossed the 500 commendation barrier and now have my giant pretentious golden magitek armor. I admit I was a little disappointed when I found out that the tune it plays is exactly the same as the normal magitek armor. The weird thing about the commendation system is that it pushes me to be friendly even if I am not really feeling like doing so. I tend to open every dungeon with a “hey folks” and close every dungeon with something along the lines of “thanks for the run, have a good one”. I am not sure if this matters but I usually can at least steal a single commendation from each run. Now my friends who random queue more often have been at the 500 mark for a very long time… I largely pushed through the last 150 or so while dungeon the deep dungeon. It feels like “strategic niceness” is a thing, and I feel sorta dirty admitting that sometimes I am just doing it for the sweet sweet comms. The only problem is… even after having gotten the mount I am still keeping up the practice. I think at some point it just began to feel normal to greet people when you join a dungeon and thank them when you finish… so while this largely started out as a way to leech commendations from folks it has apparently become a ritual now for me. This in part is why I wish other games would implement something like the commendations system. I’ve noticed that while a lot of groups are completely silent… that practice of the greeting at the beginning breaks the ice enough to get people discussing things if we run into problems. Folks seem far less likely to sit on a mimic chest and try and solo it down for example, when they have talked at the start of a run. It is like the act of a simple greeting makes it perfectly okay to say other things later, and while I tend to zone out… it is nice to have the occasional line of dialog flying by in party.