*stops to catch breath*
The joy of working retail during the holidays is nearly over, but I have a precious day off before I jump back into the fray tomorrow.
I’ve got some topics I’ll be covering soon thanks to posts from my fellow bloggers that resonated with me, but I’ll be giving those their own time and space. Check out “One Girl Gamer to Rule Them All” at Cannot Be Tamed and “Gaming Fads of 2015: The Feminist Boogeyman” at The Lair of the Wolf Dragon for two that got my brains going in a serious way.
TSW Holiday Event and Issue 13
I’ve had Final Fantasy XIV on a bit of a pause for the last week or more. This wasn’t intentional, I just cannot resist the siren song of The Secret World during the holidays. (Ok, I’m always in TSW to some degree, but when events are happening I get sucked in all the more.) I’ll save the in-depth talk about why for another day, but I’ll at least give an update. Continue Reading
Just a quick post tonight, partly to show off my awesome Extra Life Top Donor shirt in The Secret World. The TSW team really outdid themselves supporting player-run Extra Life teams this year, and this tshirt is only one of the many ways they reached out to their community.
While I’m here, a quick reminder that I’ll be joining Otterdown for an in-game TSW Extra Life wrapup party this Saturday. I haven’t heard yet if we’ll be streaming or not, but I’ll be announcing on social media if I am.
I’d also like to give a shoutout to Beth Barnes aka DJPsywarrior of Radio Free Gaia fame. Her efforts to raise $10,000 for The Malala Fund from TSW players are paying off big time. We’re only $1,522 away from the goal as I type this, and we’re all hoping to make it by the end of the year. Check out the link if you’d like to help out!
Well, I haven’t actually been dead; but close enough. This blog hasn’t been the only thing to get neglected as I run from one job to the other, but it’s on the list of things I miss very much. With a cancelled appointment this afternoon, I have a few minutes to at least post a brief update. Continue Reading
I guessed correctly when I said my time is going to be short for a while, between getting ready to work the second job and rushing to take care of things like eye exams before I start. I’ve still been popping into The Secret World when I can, and had some thoughts while running – and not-running – the daily challenges over the last week.
For starters, I think I ran challenges about half the days I played. These were days I couldn’t think of something else to do, and the challenges sounded appealing. The rest of the time I was re-running Orochi Tower missions since I still need some achievements and it’s been a while since I’ve done them. I’m still working on black bullion more than Marks of Pantheon, and Tokyo gives me plenty of those as is.
I compare that to the folks who feel obligated to run all of the dailies, every day, and I’m not entirely sure why there’s so much difference. I’d like to progress my gear as much as anyone else, but I don’t feel obligated at all to run any particular content. I have an idea about part of the reason, though. Continue Reading
As eager as I am to jump ingame and check out The Secret World’s new hoverboards, I promised to tell you folks the story of our very special TSW party last Thursday. So post first, hoverboard later!
Secret Worlders got a very special treat on Thursday night…
The Secret World had just introduced new RNG bags into the Item Store. These bags, planned to be the first of many, have a military theme and also introduce “Lucky Coins” with which you can purchase some of the bags’ content if you are unlucky with them. The items from the bags are all tradeable until used, and all cosmetic, so I’d say TSW has once again done Cash Shop options right. What matters to this story is a particular emote players can get through these bags or by saving up their Lucky Coins. Continue Reading
It’s been a while since I’ve really played The Secret World. I mean, I’ve been playing it, but only paying surface attention. Kill the thing, oooo that’s pretty, let’s sort inventory.
The last few days I’ve been getting back into the headspace I prefer for TSW – headphones on, no distractions, less with the multitasking – and it’s well worth it even after all this time.
I’ve been focusing on rerunning the entire Tokyo storyline, taking my time and picking up side missions as I go. It started for the obvious reason that those missions award more bullion, but as soon as I spent some time plugged into the world I remembered how beautiful, if dark, the area is.
It’s going to be a short one today, folks! We had a call-in at work and no one was able to cover the shift, so it was just me and the groomers. The groomers are awesome, and we had a volunteer for part of the day, but I’m still super tired now.
In happier news, an 11 month old black lab I’ve been trying to work with (he’s scared of everything, sits in his cage and shakes) not only came up to me for pets today, but got halfway to sitting in my lap. *melted Gryph* This time, I am going to go ahead and show you what he looks like:
As some of you may know, I got a chance to romp through Manufactory Elite for the first time right after last week’s Beyond the Veil stream. OtterDown otternapped me after kindly waiting until the show was over. The picture at the top of this post is the best one I got, I was too busy trying not to die for most of it. ^^ Continue Reading
I spent between five and six hours running dailies in The Secret World last night, and loved every minute of it. Seriously! And I can explain.
I remember running dalies in other MMO’s. Simple missions that reset every 24 hours. Eventually you can run them in your sleep, but the rewards are just enough that you feel silly if you don’t. I get tired of them very quickly. This is partly because I’m not always in the mood for dungeon running, so in many games dailies are eventually all I have left to do at endgame. Boring! Continue Reading
With thanks to Hesket for the great shot!
Is it really the 20th already?!
Going to be a short post today, I’m starting it while countless Secret Worlders wait with much enthusiasm for the servers to reopen with the Issue 12 update. Community Manager Sezmra shared the Issue 12 trailer early into the downtime, and as usual players have been romping haphazardly across social media. The endlessly creative group is passing time sharing videos, including one starring soundclips from our Lead Designer (who promises retaliation), but once the server opens it’ll be time to get off Twitter and into the new content. The second part of my post will come after I’ve had a chance to get in game and check it out myself!
See? This is why a blog topic led me to wander through Animaniacs songs, there was a connection!
Not too long ago, Jennet of OtterDown spent some time talking about the inevitable failure of players trying to guess their game’s population. The entire piece is worth a read, but the gist is without the actual numbers in front of us, we are all just guessing based on personal bias. Like most things, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it just behooves us to remember that our guesses are just that – guesses based on a very small pool of information.
I’d like to add something to the conversation about another guess often made by players that we tend to present as Truth: The “everybody hates/likes the thing” comment. While it may seem obvious that no one player can speak for the entire game, I’m not sure we always realize how far off the ball we may be. Continue Reading