Browsed by
Category: WildStar

It’s Chestnut!

It’s Chestnut!

I’ve been going through a tough time in real life due to some things. It’s been affecting everything—my gaming, my blogging, my ability to adult. It’s why even though I have all these draft posts I’ve only barely made it through posting gaming goals, recently.

I finally word vomited about it to some folks because I just couldn’t hold it in anymore, and one of those folks made me a pic of my WildStar character just because.

Artwork by Deep Triviality (Patreon Page)

Doesn’t it look just like my main?

And she does have green eyes, I just don’t have a screenshot of that surprisingly.

I’ve always been a proponent of the fact that online friends are just as real, if not more so, than those you know locally. And the way folks have offered ears and shoulders and messages and distractions has been overwhelming and has helped to cheer me up and to keep me sane, and reinforce the view that online friends are just as real.

I’m still having a tough time, and there’s some things I need to work through, and things I need to do for myself, but having such an amazing support group of folks has helped so much.

Thank you again, Triviality, for the absolutely amazing artwork. I cherish it. I’ve already decided I’m going to get it printed and framed and put somewhere on the wall near my computer because I love it so very much, and it means so much to me.

October Gaming Goals

October Gaming Goals

You better get your shit together, Nomi!

A quick list to keep me on track for the month, now that my schedule is changing some, and I find myself with (slightly) more free time.

WildStar

  • Purchase Service Tokens
  • Re-rune DPS set
  • Buy new unlocked tank gear
  • Re-rune tank set
  • Keep pimping Lifestyles of Nexus V for folks to sign up!
  • Make plans for guild/alliance Shade’s Eve Shindig
  • Put up the last Yardcore I recorded ages ago
WoW
  • Complete the Stormheim storylines
  • Unlock Suramar world quests
  • Get Archaeology to 100
  • Get Fishing to 300
  • Get Cooking to 600
  • Get First Aid to 400
  • Get Blacksmithing to 775
  • Get Mining to 750
Other
  • Finish Asagiri’s route in Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya
  • Finish one of the routes in Sweet Fuse
September Goals Review

September Goals Review

We got to Cenarius! Also, unattempted photobomb by Ru.

My goals for September, I felt, were pretty manageable.

WildStar

  • Purchase Service Tokens
  • Re-rune DPS set
  • Buy new unlocked tank gear
  • Re-rune tank set
  • Keep pimping Lifestyles of Nexus V for folks to sign up!
  • Make plans for guild/alliance Shade’s Eve Shindig
  • Finish editing Wildcast Ep 97 by the Thursday after recording
  • Put up the last Yardcore I recorded ages ago
WoW
  • Complete the class order campaign on my main
  • Complete the Stormheim storylines
  • Unlock Suramar world quests
  • Get Archaeology to 100
  • Get Fishing to 200
  • Get Cooking to 600
  • Get First Aid to 400
  • Get Blacksmithing to 775
  • Get Mining to 650
Other
  • Finish Asagiri’s route in Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya
  • Finish one of the routes in Norn9

Thoughts

I tried, and got close!

Okay, so maybe some of my goals were a bit lofty with everything going on in real life.

I did get Protobucks in WildStar..,. but then I spent them on the Corgi and Fox Hoverboard combo-pack instead of Service Tokens. I mean, how can you pass up a baby Corgi named Leeloo?! Because I didn’t get Service Tokens, I didn’t re-rune my DPS set, so the new pieces are still sitting in my bag, waiting to be runed.

I didn’t even purchase my tank set, let alone re-rune it, which is something I’m going to need to do soon, as we’ve hit the roster boss with school back in session, and I’ve been playing OT more to help out in GA.

My goal today is to finish the podcast and get it over to Avid. Woops! And I’ll get to Yardcore when I get to Yardcore. I think I’ll leave it as a running item until it’s done.

I’ve been trying to catch up in WoW doing various things, but I’ve mainly been pulled into chain-running Mythics with guildies, so a lot of the goals I had have been sitting by the wayside. I’ve been trying to level fishing mainly to get the Artifact fishing pole for the water walking and the fish form to get around easier, since I don’t (yet) have a water strider.

There’s so much I want to do in WoW to catch up to where I need/want to be for raid, and then so much other stuff that I just want to finish, that it’s almost a bit overwhelming. I do plan to run at least one Mythic+2 (maybe we’ll try the +3?) today, but I’d really like to just work on professions in between the massive amount of chores, and working on Wildcast. And this coming week I’d really just like to go farm achievements in Pandaria for mounts. I might see if Feyd wants to come along for mount collecting, too, since he dragged me through a few places to try to get drops earlier this week.

As for my otomes… I’ve played a little bit more of Asagiri’s route, and I’m enjoying it, but I’m having a hell of a time trying to get into Norn9. I think I just chose a bad combination of protag (there’s three to choose from) and the love interest (the one I wanted is not unlocked, because I need to finish the other two associated with the protag first…). So I’m going to buy Sweet Fuse since it’s been on my list to buy, it’s fairly cheap, and Rissa has been trying to get me to play it since they found out I liked otomes and I have a Vita. Overall, though, not too bad with everything going on irl.

September Gaming Goals

September Gaming Goals

I’ve kind of fallen off the gaming goals as I had originally intended them for many reasons. So I’m just going to continue them as a to do list for the remainder of the year as a way to keep myself focused on what I’d like to accomplish in the games I’m digging at the moment.

Ready to tackle goals in style!

Quick August Review

WildStar

WoW

  • Level mining on the Naught (hopefully hit 700, but we’ll see how far I get…)
  • Level cooking on the Naught (again, hopefully 700)
  • Level first aid on the Naught (see above)
  • Level fishing on the Naught (see above)
  • Do a few invasions on the Nut for some gear for her
  • Get paladin to 80 (Invasions!)
  • Get hunter to 80 (Invasions!)
  • Get rogue to 80 (Invasions!)
  • Get mage to 40 (Invasions!)
  • Get warlock to 40 (Invasions!)
  • Run some achievement runs in Wrath and Cataclysm with Chaide (because once Legion hits that’ll be total backburner for a long while!)
I did get quite a few levels and profession stuff done on my various WoW toons, but not enough to check off goals. I still feel fairly accomplished, though, especially with WildStar goals.

September Goals

WildStar
  • Purchase Service Tokens
  • Re-rune DPS set
  • Buy new unlocked tank gear
  • Re-rune tank set
  • Keep pimping Lifestyles of Nexus V for folks to sign up!
  • Make plans for guild/alliance Shade’s Eve Shindig
  • Finish editing Wildcast Ep 97 by the Thursday after recording
  • Put up the last Yardcore I recorded ages ago
WoW
  • Complete the class order campaign on my main
  • Complete the Stormheim storylines
  • Unlock Suramar world quests
  • Get Archaeology to 100
  • Get Fishing to 200
  • Get Cooking to 600
  • Get First Aid to 400
  • Get Blacksmithing to 775
  • Get Mining to 650
Other
  • Finish Asagiri’s route in Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya
  • Finish one of the routes in Norn9
Wednesday Boredom

Wednesday Boredom

Blaugust

This week has been busy, and I am now just getting to a place where I feel able to blog about events that I’d sort of half-ass pre-written about as they happened.
I’ve discovered through Blaugust, that even when I have the best of intentions and put together thoughts/images in a post as pre-writing, I don’t always get back to it in a timely manner if I’m feeling overwhelmed, or that I just need downtime. Which isn’t a bad thing to discover about my blogging habits.
Heck, blogging 2-3 times a week isn’t a bad goal to keep towards, especially with my busy schedule. It feels manageable, and like it’s something I can continue to do. And if I post more, cool! If I barely get two posts in… well, that’s cool, too!

When One Doesn’t Raid

This week was a weird one. Monday, I don’t even remember what I did! I don’t think I was able to really settle into playing a game. I think I hopped into both WoW and WildStar for a bit, but I wasn’t really feeling either. I do remember hanging out in TeamSpeak with folks and just shooting the breeze.
Tuesday I had a hair appointment which took longer than expected (it’s normally two and a half to three hours, but it’s DragonCon time here, so she was booked solid and it took me four hours to get my hair colored), so I didn’t really sign on for Legion. Which was fine—I expected things to be buggy and laggy and stuff, so I hopped into WildStar for a bit to get my T3 contract done.
Wednesday was raid night in WildStar… but we didn’t have enough folks to raid. So instead… well, we had shenanigans. A picture is worth a thousand words…

We eventually ran some dungeon groups, but it was fun sitting in TeamSpeak for over an hour joking around and talking and making a Snarfelynx line on the wall and showing it off to Caydiem. Goes to show that sometimes, you really don’t need the game to have content for you and that you can make your own.
August Gaming To Do List

August Gaming To Do List

She seems a bit overwhelmed…

Yeah, I know it’s Saturday, and August ends on Wednesday. But Legion is out on Tuesday, and there’s gaming things I want to try to finish before that happens. I’m not going to pressure myself, but here’s the list of things I want to try to get done in (mainly) WoW before Tuesday is here.

WildStar

  • Finish the pre-quest for Redmoon Terror (I need that mount before it’s gone!!)
  • Finish re-runing all the new DPS gear that unlocked with the RMT changes (Tank can wait until September)
  • Get the birthday presents for the folks I’m getting them for
  • Finish Wildcast (I’ll give myself until Wednesday for this one)

WoW

Psyn and Fyn have this awesome spreadsheet they’ve been using to prep for Legion, and they let me steal it, so I’ve been using that to help organize what I feel I can accomplish via invasions.

  • Level mining on the Naught (hopefully hit 700, but we’ll see how far I get…)
  • Level cooking on the Naught (again, hopefully 700)
  • Level first aid on the Naught (see above)
  • Level fishing on the Naught (see above)
  • Do a few invasions on the Nut for some gear for her
  • Get paladin to 80 (Invasions!)
  • Get hunter to 80 (Invasions!)
  • Get rogue to 80 (Invasions!)
  • Get mage to 40 (Invasions!)
  • Get warlock to 40 (Invasions!)
  • Run some achievement runs in Wrath and Cataclysm with Chaide (because once Legion hits that’ll be total backburner for a long while!)
Stepping into Datascape

Stepping into Datascape

On Tuesday, our raid group stepped into Datascape as a whole for the first time.

I sadly wasn’t around due to the project at work that’s currently going on, but based on our logs, we made some pretty good progress on System Daemons. Plus, it’s always fun to see guildie reactions on Twitter during raid.

It’s like a bad dream sequence … all those floating bodies. #wildstar #raiding pic.twitter.com/dX9QwVghix

— SpousalUnit Fitch (@CirindeFitch) August 11, 2016

So, I just have to point out, to those that might not raid in WildStar, this is what the first boss of the second raid looks like.

We stepped in again last night, and I had a lot of fun wiping constantly to the bosses. It’s fun getting back into progression, and based on how we’ve been doing, I don’t think it’ll be long before we’re done with System Daemons and onto some more Challenge Rooms and more bosses.

I know our raid group is “behind the curve” of raiders, but for a group that is more “take it at your own pace” about the whole raiding thing, I think we’ve done a pretty amazing job as a whole to get where we are, and I couldn’t be prouder of the raiding circle. I’m looking forward to smashing more high fiving robots next week!

Linking Steam and WildStar

Linking Steam and WildStar

If you didn’t know, WildStar released on Steam today! There’s quite a few players who want to link their Steam and WildStar accounts, so I made up a quick how-to guide to do so.

First, a quick list of some benefits for linking the two.

  • Hours played from playing on Steam show up, providing an indication of how popular the game is
  • You get Steam Trading Cards, Badges, and your Achievements link—EPEEN!
  • Easier upload of screenshots to the Steam servers, also showing off the creativity of the community and enticing more people to play
  • On the Community page, there’s a nifty little counter saying how many people are in-game at the time—a great way to show that yes, people still play this, and yes, there is a population for people to come hang out with
So obviously, you want to link it now, right? RIGHT!
Note: You can click the images to make them larger if needed.
First, if you already have WildStar installed on your computer, you need to uninstall it. Once you’ve initiated an uninstall, the window below appears. If you want to keep your settings (%appdata%), addons, screenshots, and chat logs leave the options alone. Once you’ve selected what data you want to remove (if any), click Uninstall.
Double check you’ve done things correctly, and then click OK. If you misclicked, click Cancel and try again.
The launcher appears and uninstalls the game. When finished, click Close.
Open your Steam application and login. Find WildStar in the store and choose the game to open the page. To add the game to your Library and initiate the download, click Play Game.
A pop-up window appears. Select whether you want to create a desktop shortcut and/or start menu shortcut. Click Next when ready to proceed.
Steam processes some things…
…and starts the download. You can view your download using Manage Downloads.
If you close the pop-up and want to check the download status later, select the Library header, and then select the Downloads option from the drop-down menu.
This opens your Download Manager, where you can check the status of your download. (All said, it didn’t even take fifteen minutes, despite estimating four hours.) You can select Play from here if you like.
More often than not, you will instead access WildStar from your Games Library. Select the Library header, and then select Games.
Choose WildStar from your list and click Play. (Your list will not look like mine, because I use categories to sort my games.)

The game boots up. The first time you play you need to accept the User Agreement. It’s always a good idea to read through these. You can choose your language from the drop-down box at the top. When finished, click I Accept.

Select the Language and Game Region for your installation. Then click Install.

The game begins installing. This is the part where you link your current account with Steam. Click the box at the top that says Log in with your NCSoft account to link with the currently active Steam account.

A new window appears. Enter your login information, and select whether you want the launcher to remember your email. Click Submit when finished.

Your game is now ready to play! Congratulations, Steam will now spam you with achievements!

Gaming Goals: May

Gaming Goals: May

I started these Gaming Goals posts back in June 2015 as a way to try to organize my gaming time around freelance obligations as well as my day-job and general life obligations. You can view the archive of goals and reviews here.

Richard expects me to do well this month.

I meant well in March, and then never made goals because real life got extremely overwhelming. May is kind of in-between overwhelming and lots of free-time at the moment. My weekends are fairly free (minus D&D), but my weeks are really busy. So I’m going to try to take it light on goals–especially because ThaydFest is a thing this month. The Secret World also might slow down some because one of our four-person-team is going to be gone most of May, and then Chaide is going to be gone most of June. But at least that gives me time to catch up on the videos.

Image by Chic-Pixel

The Community Game-Along this month is Metroidvania games. So I had planned at the start of the year to get in some Dust: An Elysian Tale. And I’m still going to try to do so, which might reduce some of my other goals. Too bad every month can’t be dating simmonth!

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements (on Chestnut)
  • Start Galeras achievements (including normal STL and normal Hycrest)
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10
  • Put on ThaydFest without stressing!

Final Fantasy XIV

  • FSH 30
  • BTN 22
  • MIN 22
  • CUL 10

The Secret World

  • Finish and upload Let’s Play 4
  • Start Transylvania

Steam, etc.

  • Finish one route in Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya
  • Play some Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Finish the introduction in Norn9: Var Commons
Gaming Goals Review: March & April

Gaming Goals Review: March & April

I started this back in June 2015, and have been keeping up with it this past month. I’ve kept reducing my goals due to real life, and I think I hit a stride heading into December, and have kept it up for the most part. Well, except maybe on the blogging end and the goals posts the past two months!

Comparison Time!

WildStar

  • Finish Celestion achievements (on Chestnut)
  • Get Bauxyte her key and at least one dungeon towards attunement
  • Upload completed Yardcore 10
  • Choose which toon will be next to 50

Final Fantasy XIV

  • WAR 50 Completed!
  • FSH 30
  • BTN 30
  • MIN 30
  • Start working on crafting professions to clean out retainers (max of level 15) Started!

The Secret World

  • Finish and upload Let’s Play 4 and 5
  • Finish Saiid’s missions Completed!

Steam, etc.

  • Finish Men of Yoshiwara Completed!
  • Finish all of Impey’s endings (including GCs and video) in Code Realize Completed!
  • Start Victor’s route in Code Realize Completed!
  • Start Amnesia: Memories (suggestions on the card suit to pursue first are welcome!) Changed game.
I ended up completing quite a few goals, though mostly outside of MMOs. Real life was busy again. Actually, it doesn’t ever seem to slow down, any. Granted, it should be a tad bit slower this month compared to the past few.

Comparison: February and March

  • 1 hour less of WildStar… so comparable hours
  • 1 hour less of Final Fantasy–again, comparable
  • 1 hour less of The Secret World–I’m sensing a pattern here
  • Added 2 hours of Men of Yoshiwara
  • Added 23 hours of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • No Blade & Soul (down 2 hours)
  • No Black Desert Online (down 3 hours)
  • Added 15 hours of Stardew Valley
  • 77 total hours in Feburary
  • 110 total hours in March
  • Overall up 33 hours in March–I blame this on Stardew Valley and Code: Realize

Comparison: March and April

  • 9 hours less of WildStar
  • Added 2 hours of Final Fantasy
  • Added 11 hours of The Secret World
  • No Men of Yoshiwara (down 8 hours–completed in March)
  • 17 hours less of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
  • No Stardew Valley (down 15 hours)
  • Added 3 hours of Atlas Reactor (beta)
  • 110 total hours in March
  • 77 total hours in April
  • Overall down 33 hours in April–I know this is due to project deadlines at work and IRL events

Overall Thoughts

Chaide and I finished the base-game story!!!

So I didn’t get very much done in WildStar. Partially was just real life, and partially was just I’ve been working on ThaydFest stuff non-stop. I’ll probably adjust my goals there knowing that ThaydFest won’t be over until end of May.

We finally got our main classes to level 50 in FFXIV, and we’ve been working past the 2.0 story very slowly. We’re currently about halfway through the “A Realm Awoken” patch. We’re currently stuck on the “Rock-solid Protection” quest, (1) because of time and (2) we can’t figure out if we need normal or… hard mode? I think it’s called hard mode. And needing normal makes no sense since it’s a level 45 dungeon. So if you have thoughts, let me know. I almost got my gathering professions up, so I might continue those goals. My play time has decreased there overall, so I’m not sure adding a new class to level would be wise. Maybe I’ll think about how much story we can feasibly get through this month and use that as a goal instead.

We’re almost into Transylvania in The Secret World, but I just haven’t had much time outside of work to work on the videos without also cutting into my gaming time, or time spent with Chaide in general.

My other gaming goals were fairly easy, honestly. I was a terrible person and left Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya minimized during raids and pulled it up whenever I was dead. Honestly, it’s what keeps me so jovial during raids, because I hate dying. And Code: Realize was easy, because I play that for an hour every day at work during lunch. Plus, if I carry my Vita with me everywhere, so if I’m waiting in line or something, it’s easy enough to pop out and play some. I’m at the point where I’m almost done with Lupin’s route, and I’m sad to see the game end! But more thoughts on that another time. I decided that instead of playing Amnesia first, I’m going to be playing the new Men of Yoshiwara that just came out a few weeks ago. I got it day-of because it was on sale, but I was up in the air on which otome to try next, until Sushi told me about how one of the routes is right up my alley (I love the sweet romance/childhood friend routes), so now I have to try it first.

I also picked up Stardew Valley and Atlas Reactor these past two months. Stardew Valley is lots of fun, but it’s something that I can only really handle in small doses. I just get bored with it after a few hours, and need to put it down. Plus I stink at the whole relationship building thing, and after a while I start to feel overwhelmed at all the things to do and that I want to do and… yeah.

Atlas Reactor is one that I was lucky enough to get a beta code, and I have lots to write about it, but I’ve not had much time to get in there and play around with it more to solidify the thoughts and guides I want to write. Overall, I love it because it’s more thought- and strategy-based than MOBAs in general. Or at least from my limited MOBA experiences. I’ve tried HotS and LoL, but neither caught my fancy. I don’t like the way it works, and it’s super confusing, whereas I caught onto Atlas Reactor really quickly, and it almost feels like a team-based game of chess.

Thank you to the wonderful Ammo for the beautiful ThaydFest banner donation!

The month of May is going to be taken up mainly by ThaydFest, so I don’t know that I’ll have a lot of goals for May, but June will have countless hours to fill in, because Chaide is going to be teaching in Africa for two and a half weeks straight… so I’ll have lots of time to game (and be sad) and put together Let’s Plays.