Bring it on! Thursday, Mar 18 2010 

At the start of the year I set myself a goal of writting more regularly and often on my blog.    Unfortunately, outside events have been consipring against me and I have been having trouble enough with getting regular EQ2 time so it feels.

We recently had a restructure / reorganisation announced at work, and so I have applied for a promotion.  At the same time, the reorganisation has also got me thinking about my future and contemplating some massive changes – changes in career, moving interstate perhaps, and changes to relationships with family and friends.   Incredibly exciting times – but busy and it will be nice as things start to crystallise and settle down over the next few months!!

All that said, I have still been managing to have some time in game,   As always I have been having a blast with my guildies checking out some of the instances and catching some pretty lewtz.   One if the things we did quite early on, was to scale up some of the TSO shard zones to level 90 and run them.   

This is the fourth expansion that I have experienced since I have been playing.    One thing I appreciate is that developers are never going to be able to be all things to all people – different players will have different expectations.    However, I have personally enjoyed this expansion MUCH more than I have enjoyd the previous two expansions.

I remember when both RoK and TSO came out, as a Templar with typically low dps (I am a healer after all!) I found questing to be just about as enjoyable as Root Canal without pain relief.  So much so, that it is only now that I have almost finished working the quest lines in the Moors of Ykesha.  

While I have heard some people comment that they think this expansion is too easy – I respectfully disagree.  I applaud the fact that instances are more forgiving.  I really like the fact that it does not take a perfectly constructed group to complete a number of instances.   Since expansion I have not seen ” group looking for bard and/or chanter – must have myth” or similar. 

Others may disagree and I dont mind if they do – but I like the fact that players have a greater ability to play their preferred character rather than playing another class because it is easier to get a group.  I like that we are seeing Necros back on the dps parse for example.  To my thinking, the changes in this expansion can only be good for the community as a whole when feels like it is easier for all classes to find a place in a group. 

So, this expansion I have also really enjoyed returning to questing.  I have probably done a couple of hundred quests since expansion and have had a blast.   Wikia has been my friend as I have worked my way through them.   Some quests are running around – yes – but that is how you get to know the geography of the zones.  It is also how to maximise that lovely discovery aa.   Despite the somewhat restricted play schedule, I was very excited this last weekend to reach a few milestones.

Firstly, Killy has now completed over 1400 quests, which is chicken feed compared to some i grant you!

Second – I dinged 210 aa and am now almost 212aa.

Finally – and am I quite excited about this – but my girl is now 90 Templar.  I was quite pleased reaching level cap some three and a bit weeks after the expansion launched.  I never felt as though I was grinding, never felt the need to panick and rush – just enjoyed following quest lines with an occasional dungeon crawl or instance group in between.

My verdict so far – this is my favourite expansion yet.  I am really looking forward to the approx 150 quests I have left in Sentinels, plus the handful of level 80+ quests still left in Moors.   In two weeks time I have some vacation planned and am looking forward to having a little bit of extra play time even though I have plenty of school work to get done.  So bring it on! :D

Hope everyone is having just as much fun!!!   Happy hunting and crafting :)

And then there were three…. Friday, Feb 12 2010 

I am far from an uber player – I am not one who has to pimp out my girls with all the very bestest of gear.

Many months ago now I rolled the cutest little Iksar dirge – and fell in love with the class.   She has mostly solo’d her way through the levels – with a little help from her “cousin” Nanytank occasionally.   Last week she was sitting at level 77 and a bit .. and I thought I should make the push to have her to 80 prior to expansion.   I enjoy questing, so it was not difficult for me to check out the quest journal and start things ticking over again for her.

Firstly there were some quests in Kunzar jungle to complete.   I have become so used to the resiliance of plate wearers (both Killy and Nanytank), that I was finding the dirge a little squishy.   Very quickly Nanytank came to the rescue, and quests were being completed in short order.

Almost level 79 and it was time to continue to work the faction quests in Jarsath working towards the port hammer.  Nanytya and Katyya were then joined by a guildmate who was also questing in JW.  Both my girls and also our guildmate Assassin were just starting the repeatables from the Dwarf just outside the shipyards – Killy always thought he was rather handsome!

It was absolutely incredible to see.   We were just three … but we absolutely ripped through those poor mobs between Danak and the Howling Stones.  We basically followed the road killing what we affectionately called Chickens, Tigers and Rhinos as we made our way to the scorpions.   Each set of these quests was giving sensational AA and GP for all three of our adventurers.  And in absolutely no time at all *DING* Katyya dinged 80 Dirge *cheers*

So now I have three girls at level 80.

The next order of the day was to start looking at Katyyas Epic.    I can never say it often enough, but I love my guildies.     I was talking to our guild leader about the dirge epic – his main is a dirge.    In five minutes there was a group of Pax running my girl down into Sebilis for her Epic starter.   One of our other guildmates had an absolutely terrible time camping mobs to get the starter to drop – but it took my girl less than half an hour before it dropped for her luckily.  

So between raiding this week and some work commitments, I have managed to advance the dirge through a significant part of her epic.   Speaking to various people, and killing various mobs to get pieces for her flute.   And now she needs to kill a bunch of bad guys in Chelsith and Maidens Chamber along with a few other lesser (solo) bits and pieces.  At that time, Lamentation of the Intrepid will be hers :)   I am sure she can get that done this weekend – so she will have her Fabled Epic just in time for expansion.  

She took the run to Leviathan when she was just 78 – so she has VP access already:)  The mobs she will need for her Mythical are then Pawbuster, Mayong Mistmoore and Xygoz.  Xygoz is soooo my favourite encounter in VP hehe.

Expansion is just a week away now – and I really am excited about it.   NDA is lifted and all the things I am hearing are capturing my interest.  It is going to be so great to see new places and new quests.  From what I hear there is a really good mix of Solo content and group content.

Time this weekend then to clear out Killys bank & backpacks, and make room in her quest journal to prepare.   In guild we are prioritising who is leveling which crafters – My first to be leveled will be my Killy girl of course.   There has been so much crafter content added in this last expansion that all of my girls are yet to do – so leveling them will not be a massive grind at all.

There really is so much variety in this game – there is enough to satisfy so many playstyles.  There is content to push the high end raider types – and the chronomages now mean that someone who plays mostly solo will still get to experience content and quests as they were intended (ie not grey)   It caters for the questers, the grinders, the crafters, casual players or dedicated hard core players.   This is why it always pulls me back in.   Bravo SoE.

Silly season is DEFINITELY apon us Friday, Dec 4 2009 

I cant believe it is a month since I posted last time.

I guess like EVERYONE else this time of year, things have been totally crazy.   Work has been mad, lots and lots of social events, family commitments.   All absolutely fun of course – but hopefully things will quiet down soon.

As far as game time goes, the guild has definitely been winding down at the end of the year.   We have already cancelled our regular scheduled raids over the festive season (which is also our summer break), but this has not stopped some of our members from arranging some fun expeditions. 

Prior to the end of our regular raids though, we had two very exciting milestones reached.  

The first milestone was our first kill of Thet-em-aua.  Sadly I was at  work function and missed the raid, but logged in just in time to celebrate with those who were there.

The second, was our first kill of Aiden :)   It was completely amazing how straitforward it seems when someone who has beaten the encounter shows you how it is done.   We had an alliance colleague help with showing us about the blocking of the portals.   On the first pull we had hiddeous luck, and both Killy and the other MT healer were ported at the same time when we had him down to less than 10% health :(   However, second pull and it all went like clockwork *cheers*

In the last week, we have run Thuuga, Leviathan, and VP to get Myth updates for various new guildmates and Alts.  This includes my very own Nanytank the Pallytank :)    While it isnt just as exciting as when Killy got her Myth, I was still a very happy camper and there were lots of smiles when she finally got her Truth of Marr.

With festive season so close, I hesitate to make any plans for what will happen over the next few weeks.   It really feels like we have run out of steam so to speak this last couple of weeks.   I think that is a combination of festive season and everyones desire for the new game content in the expansion.   Is anyone else finding this too? 

Not sure what this weekend will bring – hopefully some fun and games in Norrath will be a part of it!  Even though we do still get together from time to time, I really miss hanging out with the boys and having a giggle as often as we used to.  Hopefully all will be back to normal after silly season in time to prepare for the expansion.

Happy hunting and crafting all :)

GO Pax GO! Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

Sadly, I didnt get a chance to post yesterday – but what a completely EXCELLENT Tuesday night raiding we had.

We went to Miraguls Planar Shard hoping to get some more exquisite drops from the trash mobs and have another crack at those named.   And I am as proud as punch of what we achieved!

We put in a decent showing against the trash, and had some nice drops.  Then we set ourselves up for the named in the room to the left hand side as you come in the door (not the “Snow room”)  

Armed with some new intel, we hammer pulled the named with Killys hammer.   The named broke at the door leaving us with only the trash to take care of.  Rinse and repeat until all that remained was the actual named.   We knew he had a nasty trauma AoE, and had the raid force joust it.   He beat us about a bit and our raid force was definitely a little bruised and bloody – but *cheers*  we got him down!   His chest had the BEAUTIFUL healer neck item.  Unfortunately Killy didnt win the roll for it … but I get a feeling we will be coming back here again in the not to distant future.

Then on to the room that I refer to as the “Snow room”.  To take on tuskers and his mean nasty handler :p    We followed the same line of thinking to aggro the named, he breaks in the room and so we took care of the adds out in the corridor.

Then it was time to face the mamoth and his ghostly master.   We decided to have the MT group take care of the ghost, while we set up an MA group with two tanks to deal with Tuskers mem wipe.   First couple of pulls didnt go so well – but that was OK as we got used to the tanks controlling the mem wipe.   We also took a couple of pulls to get an idea of good placement for our raid force.

And then if memory serves it was our third or maybe fourth pull – we hit our rhythm.   A couple of times Tuskers ran amok and was smacking on my favourite dark elf as well as the ghost, but we managed to keep him up for the most part :p   Now I was tired and am terrible at taking in details first time in a new place, so my recollections of what was happening are hazy and sketchy at best :p

I think what we did was “easy mode” when the ghost got to 25% Arisha clicked something and then we were able to damage the Mammoth.   While the raid force were taking the mammoth down, unfortunately the ghost was healing up a little … but no never mind.   It is what happened next which was dissapointing.   We managed to get the Mammoth down to 25% too … but something happened and Tuskers re-aggrod and killed us all.   We think that it may have been someones Autoattack ????

So – while we can say that in theory we defeated the encounter, we didnt get aa for it nor a pretty exquisite chest :( 

By this time it was too late for us to keep going.   So we wished my favourite coercer a happy birthday as raid broke up and people logged off.

While it was dissapointing not to have gotten a chest from the second named encounter, Pax Fatalis still holds it head high.   We were in a new zone, and in theory got down two new named encounters, and had a bunch of laughs while doing that - stunning effort.   Not to mention we got some pretty lewt pieces for our raid force.  

What was even more gratifying to me was that there was a lot of fairplay when it came to distribution of lewt.   I saw people passing up on some very shiny pieces so that they could go to guildmates that would benefit more.  I saw people thinking twice about rolling on pieces that were more suited to other classes.  Very very gratifying indeed, and makes me proud to wear the tag of Pax Fatalis.

We always seem to have a nice quiet night on Wednesday nights, and last night was no different :)  I spent last night tradeskilling pieces for both guildmates and other friends from within Norrath.    I think I made  4 or 5 sets of armour, plus some weapons and jewelery and shard gear.   While I was keen to take the pally for a wee run, it is awesome to see that my crafter girls are being called apon to use their tradeskills.   I see no point in leveling all those tradeskill girls if they are not going to get used!  

As I was preparing to log out, someone yelled that the headless horseman was running about, so we quickly assembled in Nek and took care of him with little trouble.   By the time we had pottered about doin that,  and I had spent time chatting to people, it was time to bid gnite to Norrath

We have a x2 raid on the schedule tonight.  Not sure if I will go – would really like to run the pally around some more if we have enough folks to get a group together.

Hope everyone is enjoying their time in Norrath too … Happy hunting and crafting.

Monday night is raid night Tuesday, Nov 3 2009 

Last night was one of our regular raid nights and we headed to TotMC and PotAO to have a crack at the first few named in each zone and get ourselves some pretty lewtz.

We actually decided to have another go at Thet this week rather than switchmaster, and it was quite gratifying I think.

We got ourselves two T4 pieces for the evening if I remember correctly – nothing that my girl could roll on but good to pimp up our raidforce.

When we actually got to Thet, we tried something a little different.   We split the healers from groups 2, 3 and 4 to cover the spawn points for each of the adds.   The thinking here was to keep the people with the curse alive til they kill the adds.  

I basically think our problem was that we were not achieving high enough dps to kill the adds as quickly as we needed to.   Last night was our best show yet, and I think that now it is just a matter of time before we get her down.

We also had an absolutely HIDDEOUS run with bad luck of who was picked to be cursed.  At one point we had both the MT and Killy cursed :(   Killy got cursed at least one time each pull.   We had decided that since we did not have the luxury of an excess of healers, Killy needed to cure herself of the curse and stay with the MT.

Our only problem we had was that there was insufficient communication from the people who were cursed and which add they were going to take care of.  This meant that sometimes two people were on one add and there was an add with no one taking care of it.

I was chatting with my favourite coercer , and he thought it would be too hard to concentrate on casting and directing the people with the curse as to where to go.  I am thinking I would like to try it next week to see if it helps us.   Killy really is only a secondary healer since our shaman is so well geared.  This fight is WELL within our healing capability so I dont think it would be any threat to the survivability of the MT to try it.   I am sure I will get a chance to talk quietly with him about it before next weeks raid.

Tonight sees us heading to Miraguls.  I dont see us killing any named, but wow the trash mobs still drop some pretty stuff in there :)  No matter what I am sure we will  have a bit of fun killing some bad guys and having a giggle.

Happy hunting and crafting everyone!

 

Just pottering about Friday, Oct 30 2009 

By the time I was settled and logged in last night, time was getting on.

My regular companions didnt seem to be in the mood for doing anything much … so it was an evening where we all pottered about a wee bitty on alts.

I started to look at Killy and Nanytyas bags.   They both need a good sort out, they both have a lot of stuff that I am holding on to for transmuting.  Nanytya is my muter and she is just passed 140 – so a hiddeously long way to go.   I decided that I would use one of my baby girls on my second account to farm low level treasured / leg / fabled.   I have a little SK at around level 12 that I decided would take this spot nicely.

I have effectively level locked her by putting 100% experience into aa.  One of the boys has managed to get his little level 14 toon with over 50aa *grins*  At the moment she is in Darklight woods doing the quests from the Wonderlust Fair.   I will take her to Timorous deep she can start some quests in Antonica and Commonlands too….  It will be a lot of fun.

I dont know about anyone else, but damn I find transmuting to be an incredibly demanding and resource hungry skill to level.   It feels like I have used maybe 30 or 40 treasured items for barely 3 skill ups!!  At the end though, is it REALLY that useful other than to potentially get something useful from the odd piece of raid lewt that may rot???

On one good side though, my baby toons will all have transmuter made adornments :p

This weekend will see me fairly busy with plans with the family … but that should NOT stop me from enjoying a little fun and games in Norrath !   Who knows I might even use the Chronomages and mentor down Nanytank to go farm in RoV or Stormhold for her own Transmutables :D 

Although it would be fun to have the chance to tank a couple of zones too. *ponders*

Hope everyone else enjoys their weekend in Norrath too.  Happy hunting and crafting.

Patience is a virtue Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

And believe me, my friends and guildmates are very virtuous :p

Although the servers went down on Tuesday night right in the middle of our regular raid time, we did manage to sneak down into VP and kill silverwing for a couple of myth updates.   Sadly, we did not have enough time for Phara Dar, but I hope we get a chance to go get him soon.

Last night, I had a chance to take the Pally tank for a run.   We got a group together and headed to Najenas tower, and this is why I count myself as a very fortunate person.

Despite the fact that we had some deaths in the group, and we wiped once – I can say that I had a fun time.     I am fortunate to have a lovely group of guildmates who are very patient and are happy to have a giggle despite my inexperienced tanking :p   

It is a completely different world to tank as compared to healing.   I seriously have so much respect for people who tank well.   Having to have eyes in the back of your head, control agro, control mob position, watch for your healer and dps … but oh my gosh it is so much fun to do something different.   At the end of the day fun is what it is all about – the minute it stops being fun is the time I take a break from the game.

Between the couple of instances and various things that the little pally has done, she has earned about 4 or 5aa in the last week which is great :)   My favourite Dark Elf spent some time helping me to reset her aa last week, so she now has Aura of the Crusader (endline ability for the third of the shadows aa trees).  I also now have a clearer picture on where to spend my aa as I am earning it!

Last night I also set myself another little goal – and that is to tank Deep Forge.  Some people may or may not agree with me – but I am a little bit nervous about trying that zone.   I honestly believe that zone deserves respect – the mobs hit hard and the group needs to be on its toes.   When I am healing, it is definitely a more difficult zone to heal compared to Najenas.  The guy with the hammer adds, and also the whole of the last room with the Firelord can not be taken for granted IMHO anyhow.  But I would like to give it a try- and hey what is the worst that can happen – we die a few times in a virtual world and spend a bit of virtual gold to repair :p

On news outside of gaming – I am so excited that I must make mention.  Today I recieved an offer to go back to University to finish my degree.   It will be interesting trying to juggle part time study, full time work and a social life – but I am up for the challenge :D

Until next time, happy hunting and crafting!

Another of THOSE nights Tuesday, Oct 27 2009 

Last night was night three of our latest venture into VP.   It should not have been so – but what an awful night we had.

We had Skygazer, Silverwing and Phara Dar to go … we should have EASILY got that done in two hours …. but NOOOOOOOOO

Skygazer was done and dusted pretty quick smart – he went to join his other Wyrm cousins that had already been dispatched.    And so it was on to Silverwing.

Well what an almighty mess that was.  Nothing more to say.   It was not much fun at all.

For the times we have done this zone, we have never found this mob to be the easiest.    But last night was just ridiculous considering we had so many mythicalled main characters playing.    

It certainly did not help that the encounter appears to be bugged by all accounts.   the little wisplings were travelling in a different path to normal and pretty much chain stunning us if anyone got close.   Not to mention, when we pulled Silverwing, he started to heal himself back up to full right away.

So a little research, and we decided to pull Silverwing to a different place to usual.   Normally we pull him into the alcove to the left as you face him.   Instead, we pulled him back to the door on that same side of the room.   The alcove is normally a good place to pull him because it protects the healers from getting punted across the room with his wingbeat.

So last night the positioning was just awful for me as a healer – either I was getting hit with his AoE stun … or else I was getting slapped across the other side of the room by his wingbeat.  

We did manage to get him down to like maybe 30 percent on one attempt but it was just messy messy and frustrating as heck.   We shall just have to put it down to being one of those nights and move on.

Sadly, tonight we are going to miss our regular raid.   There is to be a server down right during our normal scheduled play time.   I am really really sad about this because we still have a couple of new guildies to get their myths, but our instance will reset tomorrow night :(   At least with the magical barriers changed, we can start a fresh instance and head strait for that wing.   

Perhaps Nanytank the Pallytank might get her Leviathan kill for access and Hoshkar for her VP myth update next instance.   This would leave Thuuga and Imzok.

So with the servers down there will be NO play time for this little dorf tonight …. but until next time Happy hunting and crafting everyone!

The mighty Pax is even mightier now! Wednesday, Oct 21 2009 

As I mentioned yesterday, we continued on in our return to VP last night.   The aim was to get another group of toons Mythed up.  And mythed up we got them indeed!!.

After the kaffuffle that was Monday night, our second night went MUCH more smoothly.   Granted that the mobs in the second wing are certainly less of a challenge than Nex and Druushk, but it was MUCH tidier than Monday night.

We really enjoyed the recent changes which removed the magical barriers within VP.   We did mobs out of order and even chose to avoid those we did not need which was great!  So last night Hoshkar, Xygoz, Taskmaster, Ashenclaw all went down, giving updates to a new guildmate Pally, my favourite Dark Elf (who brought on his swashy), 2 coercers, 2 conjurers, one or maybe two wardens …. and a partridge in a pear tree *giggles*

Always a good thing to have a really worthwhile trip.  I am sure that in the last two nights that is around a dozen Myth updates we managed to get.  But wait there is more! ….. we need to go back and hit Silverwing and the Phara Dar encounter for our Bruiser and Ranja!!   That will happen next Monday.  Next week we are also scheduled to hit a couple of low key non VP myth updates.  I am hoping we might be able to sneak some updates for my Pallytank too.

On maybe a couple of occasions I have mentioned how fond I am of my guildmates especially those who I refer to as “my boys” :p.    They spoil me quite a bit really … Including trying to get my Pally her VP access while I was away last weekend.  Sadly, the raid wasnt succesful, but how spoilt am I.   They even took my girl to speak to the couple of NPC’s she needed to advance the first step between Fabled and Myth lol.

I have read a few blogs recently discussing the value of guilds and what keeps people playing MMO’s.   I will say it again, but for me it is DEFINITELY my guildmates and in game friends that keep this game so much fun for me.   I am also pretty sure that some of those whom I call friends only stick around because of the relationships and networks built up in game.  I dont think it is the pure game content that keeps us interested after more than three years. 

*sigh* The busy pace of the rest of real life continues on … and I have a friend visiting from out of town for a couple of days yay!.   This will mean that I wont get a chance to take my little Tankgirl for a run through a shard instance or two, but they will still be there next week I guess :p

Hope everyone is having as much fun in Norrath!    Happy hunting and crafting.

The return to VP Monday, Oct 19 2009 

After being away at my high school reunion over the weekend, I have no adventures in Norrath to report.  However, I was so excited after I logged in to briefly say ello to my beloved guildmates.

First of all, I logged on to Pallytank.   My favourite dark elf had logged her in over the weekend and taken her for a run to Chamber of Destiny hoping to get her VP access.   Sadly the raid failed and she didnt get her update – but how spoilt am I to have good friends who would do that !   Not only that …. but when I flicked over to Killy she had a lovely little present waiting for her in her backpacks too.   The boys had run Shard of Love hoping for an appearance slot Tower Shield or buckler to drop.   Neither of those items dropped – but my lucky little girl now very proudly sports her gorgeous little wings.     I am truly a spoilt little dorf *giggles*

Last night then saw Pax head back to VP to get some mythicals for new guildies and ALTS.

We have not been in there for a wee while …. and there has been a some changes since we were last in the dragons lair.  This is the first time that we have been in there since the DPS Cap was removed from Nexona, and the magical barriers between the various wings were removed.   The majority of people required updates from Druushk and Nexona.   With the barriers removed, we worked as quickly as possible to get directly to those nasty wyrms.

It is interesting how some nights click, and some nights just dont.  

Whilst I only died once, last night felt sooooo messy.   We struggled with DPS not assisting the MA, and in particular the first time we pulled Nexona was REALLY ugly – resulting in a wipe.   We did manage to get Druusk down first pull, but once again you could hardly say it was a well executed encounter by our intrepid adventurers.

None the less, we have half a dozen new myths within our guild now – so at the end of the day that is a big win :)  

Tonight will see us head further in to hit Taskmaster, Xygoz (love that encounter :P), Hoshkar, Silverwing and the Phara Dar encounter for more updates.   Wish us luck!  and hope tonight is much more disciplined and better executed than last night :)

Until tomorrow – happy hunting and crafting to one and all.

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