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Norn Jaedia’s Makeover

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Total Makeover Kit for my Norn in Guild Wars 2 for way too long! I found I just couldn’t connect with her how she was.. she was awesome, don’t get me wrong, just a bit too much of a badass Warrior chick for me. I don’t connect with “badass”. So tonight, I finally got the gems together for a makeover kit and now she looks like this.

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I love the custom styles and colours in these makeover kits, and love that there are even faces and eye colours in them.

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And here she is shyly chilling with Freyja in Hoelbrak waiting on the start of guild missions tonight.

Basically, I had a lovely week with my dad and he went home today, leaving me feeling sad and homesick in smelly old Wales, so I logged into Guild Wars 2 to play for the first time in quite a while to comfort myself a bit. I’d been feeling a bit burned out on WildStar, Rift still isn’t quite doing it for me, but Guild Wars 2 is always there. :) And I think it’s about time I did something endgame-like, don’t you?

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Night Off in Hellscapes

Tonight I decided to take a little break from WildStar. I’ve got a few new games on Steam, plus Simmy has an active guest pass for The Secret World so I’d said I would keep her company one evening so tonight I did. A break never did anybody any harm anyway.. *twitch*

I’d popped in a couple of days ago to say ‘ello to Malbec and remind myself how the heck to play my Secret World character, and it seems I’d got through Kingsmouth and onwards to The Savage Coast. So here I was, at the Overlook Motel, rummaging around with actually-quite-scary hellspawned demon things and trying to close rifts and…

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Random door. The Secret World players of you are probably giggling at my amusement over this lone door in the middle of room 13 at the motel, and yes I know exactly what it is, but still.. random door. And I noticed music emanating from it? *shrug* Weird door!

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Just a bit of casual necromancy-or-something. Your average Monday night.

I went on to die a bunch, as is usual for me in this game because it’s pretty tough, plus I was trying to remember how to effectively play it, and then I got lost. So that was new. Kind of.

I knew I needed to head to New York, but at first I thought maybe there was something around the town I was in… but nope. So then I just ran around aimlessly hoping to remember how to get to “the portal hub place” when I finally remembered I had a port in my inventory the entire time. Then I ran around dumbly trying to work out which portal took me to New York, and I tried running into a portal I hadn’t unlocked yet a lot and.. then I found it and felt a bit stupid..

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But man isn’t it pretty?

Anywho, I ran around New York for a good hour. Half exploring, half aimlessly-trying-to-find-my-quest-sewer-grate. As you do. It was my first time there as I’m a Templar (REPRESENT) and I apparently tried to run into the Illuminati base, which was met with a firm “Nope!” from the invisible doorway, then ran around poking the citizens and trying to find the shops and looking for an appropriate spot for a Sting reference…

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I wanted to get the bridge in there but this pretty much rocks it, in my humble opinion.

Eventually I found my sewer grate, decided the puzzle was meant for another time as it was getting on a bit, and headed off.

All in all, I do love this game. I have a fondness for anything supernatural and the dark fantasy genre is just.. mwah! Love it. Besides that, the combat style, ability wheel (both of which I believe a certain space MMO may have taken a little nod towards), difficulty level, and of course, the story, are all excellent. I just wish the world didn’t feel so empty.. but I would very much like to work my way through the story to get myself to a point wherein I’m able to give the grouped instance content a poke because it sounds wonderfully insane.

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First Dungeon Anxieties and Excitement

Last night, I did my first dungeon in WildStar along with some guildies. The Ruins of Kel Voreth.. purely because three of us were first-timers to WildStar dungeons and our leader figured it would be a gentler introduction to dungeons than Stormtalon’s Lair.

At First I Was Excited

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This was my first foray into the world of WildStar dungeons! I’ve been told they’re challenging and awesome and sometimes drop sweet furniture, but I hadn’t seen it for myself. So I set up my bars to make sure I had my interrupt ready, as interrupting is incredibly important in WildStar, and off we went.

And Then I Was Anxious

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But they weren’t kidding about the challenge. I won’t lie. I am a little rusty in the reflex department. I stopped really giving much of a crap about how well I perform in PvE back during the Ulduar patch of WoW when I became so burnt out on raiding I just backed off completely, and this was about 5 years ago, so in that time I’ve lost some of my co-ordination and focus. So after a couple of wipes in which time I stood in the bad and stood way too far from our poor healer who was having stress-induced heart palpatations, ran fleas around the room trying to work out why they weren’t getting caught in closed traps, failed to interrupt a lot, did poor DPS because of running around like a headless chicken, and dropped into the Void which apparently dropped fleas I didn’t know were heading towards me onto our poor tank.. well.. My poor anxious brain was pretty much telling me to just quit because I’ve gotten way too bad at this for people to put up with me. Oh the workings of an anxious mind!

But Then I Was Just Enjoying Every Second

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Thankfully I ignored myself and continued onwards, I’m getting good at that when it comes to my anxiety, and slowly but surely got used to various boss mechanics and dusted off some of that rust.

It was tough, but ultimately rewarding. These bosses felt more like raid bosses than dungeon bosses, with mechanics to learn and get used to. Yes, we wiped a few times, but by the end we all felt as though we understood WildStar a lot more and had maybe even grown as players a tiny bit.

Under No Impressions..

However, I’m well aware that I have a long way to go to get back to the raider I once was, and I only hope my friends and guildies are willing to have a little patience with me as I learn my way through the game and improve myself piece by piece, because I am absolutely loving the challenging aspect of this game, and I do not want to miss out because my reflexes and focus are a little off. Even if I am a little anxious to put people through my learning process all over again.. you guys will drag me to dungeons and adventures kicking and screaming, right?

Rest in Peace River

I don’t usually like to double post, but … having just learned that River has sadly passed away, I had to just put this out there. Losing somebody you knew online is always a bit of a shock to the system.. a reminder that the people behind the pixels and screennames is, in fact, a living, breathing human being.

Rik Mayall... too accurate an image to pass up using.. also a shock to hear of the passing of over the past couple of days.
Rik Mayall… too accurate an image to pass up using.. also a shock to hear of the passing of over the past couple of days. :(

Rest in peace River. May you go to the great nudist colony in the sky and be surrounded by the hottest of chicks. You will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with your family and friends at this time.

An MMORPG sightseer with a particular fondness for mini-pets.