My Little Velf

My Void Elf priest hit 110 last night, making her  the 13th toon to 110 so far. EEK!! That’s a lot of levelling this expac.

Levelling was incredibly quick as from level 1 to 73 I was levelling with 4 other people and we had the darkmoon faire buff all the way. Because we had a tank, healer and 2 dps in the group, we just dungeon spammed non-stop.

From 73 to 81, I popped into Kara and holy nova’d my way through a few resets of trash mobs, then it was back to dungeon spamming until 90.  90 to 100 was opening up the garrison in Warlords and picking up treasure and bonus objectives in Gorgond and Spires.

100 to 110 took the longest but only because I was only levelling solely through invasions. Each invasion gave just over a level each time. I could have made 100 to 110 a lot faster if I was questing between invasions but I was happy to let her sit in Dalaran waiting for the invasions to pop up and only doing the priest weapons and  order hall quests.

One thing I was really unimpressed with levelling, was just how hard Cata dungeons are. I levelled exclusively as healer, healing the same tank in every dungeon with pretty much no issues no matter how big the pull until we reached the level where we could queue for Cata dgns. Holy hell they were disgusting to heal. I don’t think I am a terrible healer, I’m pretty familiar with priest and I was in full heirlooms but I could not keep the tank or the group alive even through smallish pulls. Luckily one of the others was on a monk and they swapped to healing  and we two healed our way through Grim Batol and Throne of the Tides for the dgn quests and then we stopped queuing cata dgns and went straight to MOP ones which were a faceroll compared to Cata.

I’d hate to think what it would be like for a new player, with no heirlooms, to go into those dgns. It was truly horrible and made me want to walk away from healer and levelling. There may have been a few tears behind the keyboard as I questioned just how truly shit I was at healing. Thank goodness MOP dgns restored my faith in myself and my priest and dgns became fun again.

My Velf is so damn pretty that I really think I’d like to swap to a class that can play one as a main.  They might be a reskinned Belf, but they’re different enough and the hairstyles, OMG the hairstyles, are so gorgeous that I would love to play one more.

I wish that Belfs would get the really pretty hairstyles. Void Elves really are the prettier sisters of the two. I secretly wish that Velfs were on Horde because with the faction divide that is coming, I think I want to be on the side of the Horde again and I’m tossing up maybe having priest as my main class for BFA.

Faction and Class to main are decisions to be made in the coming weeks.

 

 

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Lucid Nightmare

Today was a public holiday so I had a bit of spare time and decided to put it to use collecting the clues for the Lucid Nightmare mount. The puzzle to solve for the mount is so much easier now some super clever people have worked it all out so I followed this guide.

I never did manage to connect 5 brains in the bejewelled style challenge in Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, which apparently is an instant complete of the game,  however there also seems to be a point system because the game flashed purple  after about 15-20mins of making matches and I could and I got the next clue and move on.

The final challenge was a maze where you had to run through endless identical rooms and find coloured orbs and match them to the same coloured altars. I’d heard horror stories about the final maze taking hours and how you needed to map the rooms and leave the orbs and altars alone until you had made a complete map of the instance so you had landmarks to follow.

I dutifully started map making for about 45mins until I realised I was terrible at making maps and the random teleport that happened a few times threw my map out completely. I decided to stop map making altogether and just picked up the next orb I came to and proceeded to take the right side door in every room and around another 45 mins later I had matched all the orbs with the altars and was done. I did try backtracking with one of the orbs because I knew the matching alter wasn’t too far behind me but I must have hit a teleport room because I didn’t end up finding my way back, so I decided just to keep heading forward every time I found an orb and it worked. Best feeling seeing the last altar and knowing the maze was completed.

I really like the idle animations it has, especially when it raises a hoof and poses.

This was a pretty fun challenge. I’m still in awe of how people can work this out though, the clues were so tricky.  

Wonder what puzzles are in BFA.

A Violet Spellwing for me!

I honestly have amazing WoW friends.

Since I started playing WoW again, one of my friends from my old Deadline guild, Kublas has been talking about getting me in one on of his heroic Antorus runs so I could get the Argus quest mount before it goes away in BFA.

He and quite a few of my friends from Deadline are still raiding together and are going well; up to Mythic Argus so heroic is on farm for them now but I didn’t expect to pulled in, my little priest in his guild is only absolutely tiny at only 918 ilvl  with no experience in Antorous.  But  Kub’s guild pulled me in tonight and utterly carried me so I got the achievement for ahead of the curve and the really really pretty Violet Spellwing.

What an awesome surprise! I really am lucky with lovely friends in WoW.

If WoW and FF14 had a baby

I can’t stay away from WoW for long, it’s been my home for so long, so I logged in last night to chat with friends. I tagged along on a transmog run through Throne of Thunder with a friend and even though I had fun,  I started missing a few things from FF14. If I could take a bit from each game and combine it into one, I think I’d be in heaven.

Transmog

FF14  has some of the most amazing outfits I have ever seen in a game and while it has  transmog system but I feel it would be made truly amazing by the addition of the armor journal WoW has brought in. In FF14 you use a crystal, bought from vendors, crafted or collected as loot in dgns to make an item take on the appearance of another. If you don’t want to have to carry the actual clothing you want to transmog into, you can store clothes in a transmog chest to make a small amount of pre-defined sets so you can quickly change into them without needing the actual clothing item. Just imagine if I could keep a copy of every piece of clothing I’ve come across.

One Toon Only

This is the best feature in FF14 and one I wish WoW could implement. Being able to play all the classes on the one toon, quickly swappable by changing your weapon is simply amazing. It means that any item you collect can be used once you change you into the right job. No more farming for an item for months only to see it  drop on a class that can’t use it. No searching for items in your alts bags, it’s all your bag!

Inventory

OMG FF14, I found your downfall. One the face of it there should be a lot of inventory space in FF14, you get a 3 tab backpack style inventory, you get 2 free retainers (npcs you own)  with the same space as your inventory, you chocobo mount has an inventory and you have specific chests in your inn to store transmog and seasonal items if you have them. But it’s not enough, not by a long shot. I want to level all the gathering professions so I’ve been picking herbs, and cutting trees and mining as well as all the random crafting material drops you automatically loot in dgns and my bags are bulging. It might help when I level the other classes as I can get rid of low-level clothes as I’m trying to save as much items as I can so I have them when I need them. WoW with your ultimate void storage, large mailbox for mailing to alts and a huge bank as well as personal inventory. I miss the space.

Graphics

Ok, so I know WoW has a specific style of graphic and there are some gorgeous zones in Azeroth, but the graphics of FF14 are just stunning. It reminds me a lot of Skyrim, or maybe Guild Wars 2. Going back to the cartooony style of WoW made me wish I could see Azeroth in a whole new way.

Oceanic Servers

I die a lot in boss fights in FF14 and 90% of the fights are from telegraphed abilities hitting me after I’ve moved and I’m nowhere near the strike zone. I miss having a server in the same country with low ping to play on. I’m slowly  learning just how early I need to move to avoid the ability when I do a fight enough times to know start memorizing the fight, but it’s really disconcerting not being exactly sure when the ability is about to hit. Especially moreso when I have to move into an area that has a ground effect still showing and I need to trust that it’s actually gone  so I can avoid another ability that’s about to hit right where I am. I die way too much at the moment to reliably feel I could go into raiding.

Raids

I haven’t seen enough of raiding in FF14 to know how I feel about it. There’s 2 lfr style ones at max level, with 24 people in them, but it’s split into 3 parties of 8. The raids are really pretty and varied.

There’s also harder versions of 8 single boss , no trash fights. Compared to WoW’s variety in raiding, it seems a little light at end level but I haven’t really done anywhere near enough at end level to know if that’s all there is

I was so excited today, because I’ve trying to get into a grop for a high-end Trial (one boss, no trash) and it is a complicated fight. Most groups want 350ilvl to queue into it through the party finder, and I’ve been sitting at 348ilvl for a week now, not having much luck with upgrades. The groups that will take lower ilvls are generally learning parties so there have been lots of wipes, and near kills, but no joy.

I ended up listing my own group in the party finder today and formed a group and Yay! One Jade Stoa Tiger/Human boss dead. The boss drops a 355ilvl weapon randomly drawn from any classes loot table, but if you kill him 10 times you get the chance to buy a 355 weapon of your spec. 1 kill down, 9 to go!

I like both the games a lot, and I wish I could squish them together and get the MMO I want to play; trying to stay current in 2 MMOs is near on impossible if I want to sleep and work alongside playing. Especially with WoW’s design which really does require you to be online and grinding whatever currency of the expansion is needed pretty much non stop if you want to be competitive. FF14 has a lot that’s grabbing me and some of the quality of life pet peeves I have in WoW have been dealt with really well but I think for sheer familiarity of the game I’ll be playing WoW more often.

 

Pretty Pretty

FF14 has a new patch coming out tomorrow so all the servers are down for pre-patch maintenance. I figured it was a good time to have a look through some of the pics I’ve been taking in the game. I’m screenshotting away everywhere and I’m still blown away by how pretty this game is.

I absolutely love the detail in the clothes and accessories in the game. One really cool thing is when you equip rings and necklaces they actually show on your character.

I’m having trouble choosing my favourite outfits, both my Mage and Bard have really different styles. I’m really quickly running out of inventory space because I’m trying to keep every piece of clothing I collect.

When you emote /hug, your characters arms go out and make a hugging motion, which is awesome if you’re standing close because you can really cuddle!  

You can collect pets in the game; they’re called Minions which I think is hilarous. I love my little owl that I got from a dungeon reward, he rests on my shoulder when he’s not out and about flying around my head.

It’s screenshot heaven when a world boss is up and the zone is packed with other people because everyone has minions and mounts that are so fancy. You can dress up your chocobo mount with different armor and if you feed it different foods, you can change its feathers colour

Some of the casting animations actually has my Bard actually playing an instrument.  I’m loving my Bard so much which is surprising since I hardly ever play a dps role in WoW.

And look, they have the Frequent Flyer achivement I blogged about wanting to see here.

Such a pretty game! 

The Final Fantasy

Hello friends!! oh wow it’s been so long, too long, since I was here. I keep meaning to come and chatter about games, but then actually spending all my free time playing game gets in the way of writing about them.

Years ago one of my friends recommended I try Final Fantasy 14 and I wasn’t interested at the time , but a few weeks ago I decided to give it a go and I was pretty much instantly hooked.

This game is gorgeous and is a real treat to play at the moment. Like all mmo’s there’s probably downsides to it, but I haven’t been playing long enough to find them. I’ve been levelling with Dec and 2 other friends as we all started the game together and it’s made it go by so fast, having four of us running around questing together and no dungeon queues as dungeons only need 4 people.

The game has a main story quest which you follow through every zone and it unlocks everything in the game as you work though the story.  The main quest story is really well done as it leads you to a lot of the dungeons and main features of the game as you go. There are tons and tons of side quests I still need to go back and do as the main story line gives the majority of the exp you need to level.

The game is super cut scene heavy though, I watched quite a lot along the way but there were  heaps I skipped through. I might make another toon one day and work my way slowly through the story and watch all the videos, though I can see that taking weeks to level a toon. One of the cut scenes for the ending of the story  went for over 15 minutes.It was so immersive though, it felt more like you were watching a movie than just a forced break in the questing process.

One design that is really interesting is that one toon can play all the different classes  in the game as it’s the weapon you equip that determines what job you are. There are so many different jobs you can do in the game but I decided to stick to what I usually play in a new game and started out as a mage.

The levelling for the different jobs is done really well with a completely different story quest for each one in addition to the main story quest that everyone works through.   We got our toons to max level 70 a  few days ago and I pretty much instantly decided I had chosen a class which didn’t really sit well with me.

The mage is fun to play with lots of flashy fire and lightning spells but the super long cast times and inability to move while casting was starting to bug the heck out of me in the higher dungeons where I’d either be hit by every mechanic, trying to stand still to cast or run  around like a headless chicken and do no damage. I decided I’d try a new class and started to level a Bard. Way more movement abilities and some really awesome cast animations. She’s currently level 60 so I’m rushing to level her up so I can swap her out for my mage before we get too far into the gearing and raiding part of being at end level.

This game has hooked me a lot now and there’s so much I want to explore in it that I can see it occupying a lot of my time.  There’s a few other jobs I’d really like to try out and so many professions. Unlike WoW where you can choose 2 main professions, you can access all the professions in the game as they are tied to weapon type as well. So far I’ve dabbled in  Culinarian, Weaver and Botanist but there are so many I haven’t tried out yet. All the professions have their own quests and armour as well so it looks like it could be a long process getting them all up to a decent level. They also have super cute animations when you’re crafting. My culinarian really cooks her own food!

For the first time in, well ever, I cancelled my WoW sub. I figured I didn’t really need to be paying Blizz monthly to not log in at all. I’ve got access to the Beta but it’s not grabbing me enough to log in just yet. There’s still a few weeks before BFA comes out, so I have time to muck around in Final Fantasy a bit longer before I have to decide if I want to be a Druid again.

There’s bound to be more FF14 posts and pics coming up, stay tuned!

Looking cute in Old School Runescape

The WoW lull for me is still going; I have my bucket list to do but even with it, it’s proving hard to get engaged in the game. I’m still spending a great deal of time in OSRS and having quite a bit of fun.

As you level up you get access to better armor and I can finally now wear the pretty red Dragon armor I’ve been eyeing off for so long.

Questing gave me access to buy a winged helmet and flashy white cloak to round out my set. Low-res graphics and all, I do still like seeing my toon all dressed up.

The recent Easter event in game gave me an awesome cosmetic bunny outfit. You can wear all the pieces individually so there are tons of players running around in full amor and bunny ears at the moment.

There’s a new raid coming out soon and for testing there were max level worlds opened up for a few days. I popped my toon over there and was able to try on all the different armor in the game.

My favourite is the 3rd Age armor, which is super super expensive and rather rare but also so pretty. It’s a set I wouldn’t mind wearing IRL ;p

My OSRS bank is getting full with all different outfits and clothes I’ve come across. This game needs Transmog!

 

 

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 33: What Achievement would I add?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier!   Posts are meant to go up fortnightly by taking in turns, but I must apologise that I have really dropped the ball in the last few months and most of everything I do has got shunted to the side or procrastinated or simply not been done as I work through personal stuff, and that includes our blog challenge. Cinder has been amazing taking up the slack but she shouldn’t have to do alone, so I’ll be trying to make sure my fortnightly contribution gets done.

But this fortnight, Cinder has come up with an awesome topic and given us a chance to talk about an achievement that we could make and put in the game and I know exactly what one I would like to see. Because I’m a completionist addict, it of course has to do with collecting and it’s “Frequent Flyer”. Awarded when you have clicked on every single flight path master in all the zones.

I’ve always wanted there to be an achievement for finding and clicking all the flight paths in the game and am really surprised there isn’t. It sort of goes hand in hand with The Explorer achievement but should be recognised on its own.

The rewards could be a jaunty little winged hat, or more in line with current collection achievement rewards, you could be awarded with a tabard with a big green ! on it and 10% off every flight fee from then on.

What do you think? Should we all submit suggestions to Blizzard today for recognition for all us flight path hunters out there?

 

Copyright and Blogs

A few weeks ago, I noticed there was a pingback on one of my blog posts to what looked like a Warcraft blog judging from its title. I popped over to have a look expecting to see another WoW blogger and instead I found 3 of my own posts inserted into someone else’s blog.

I was a bit confused at the start and read through the site and saw that the 15 or so posts on the blog had all had been posted on the same day. The posts they had taken from me had been set in a way to give the impression of new blog posts in chronological order. They helped themself to my about me page content (complete with my toon’s pictures), and used that as their first post, and the legion bucket list post,  and very strangely and it was the one that linked back, my post on rock drakes (nothing to do with WoW lol). After my posts  were a bunch of others. I read through them all wondering if they were stolen too and I might be able to recognise the blogger but I couldn’t. I typed in enough of the text from a few of the posts to find that all the other posts had come from a 2015 article on Kotaku about best memories of playing Warcraft,  each of the articles on that original post were from different authors so I would believe they were all stolen posts too.

My first action was to leave a comment on each of my posts asking for either recognition, or to remove the posts. My comments went immediately to moderation and I never got a response. I tried using the contact options the blog had, with again another no-response. I started googling about it and found that it’s actually quite a common occurrence to ‘content scrape’ a blog post, usually with the intent on putting it on a blog that generates money from viewers. In this case it wasn’t that;  there’s no adds on the site, it’s designed to look like a genuine warcraft blog. I also found that there are legitimate WordPress addons that will content scrape for you, on the proviso you should be using them for good and credit where you got the post from.

I was pretty unimpressed by this point and started looking for official complaint avenues. I found that you can lodge a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) complaint and it would be investigated. It helped that this person was using an official WordPress site, as it made lodging the complaint a lot easier as WordPress have an option to do this. Here’s the kicker though, that made me hesitate for a few days before lodging the complaint – you have to disclose a lot of your personal information in the complaint form – name, address, phone number, email AND that information is then given via the full complaint form to the person you’re accusing.

Great, someone has no qualms about stealing my work, and I have to hand over more of my personal details to them? However, I then noticed you can use an agent to lodge the complaint. So I ended up using a different address and phone number, though still legit in case it went further, and lodged the complaint. And a week or so later, I got an email saying my complaint was successful, though the owner of the other blog post was being given time to lodge a counter-claim but in the meantime, all my posts were taken down and this was in their place.

I’m not overly impressed that my name was put onto their website but at least my content’s gone.

Prior to this, I never thought much about my blog posts being subject to copyright but seeing someone steal my posts, and pass them off as their own made me realise that my work is original and if someone finds my words attractive enough to take and display, I really should be getting the credit.

Given content scraping is such a common occurrence and often the author never knows, I was really lucky in the case that one of the posts that was taken had an internal link back to another of my posts which triggered the pingback. I’m going to get into the habit of trying to internally link all my future posts, as well as put a disclaimer on the bottom of the posts.  This only works though in the case of content scraping via RSS feeders which keeps the post intact. If someone was determined enough to go through manually and remove your links, you might never know if a post was stolen.

Have you come across stolen content before?

 

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