Return of the Mac

•September 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

You know you’re jealous!


If you ever played Final Fantasy XI, you might recall the AF gear for the Red Mage. Tell me this hat isn’t straight from it? And we called it the Pimp Hat. Cause it was pimp. Just like this one.

On an Asura.

I’m not sure it gets any better than this.

Quick Warning

•August 29, 2012 • 1 Comment

In the course of the last 12 hours, I’ve received five notifications from ArenaNet that I requested a password reset on my account.

I did not.

The hackers are out in force for GW2, folks.

Fortunately, thus far they have been unsuccessful on my account.

Quick Weekend Review

•July 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I played GW2 for several hours this weekend. I have to admit that I wasn’t real enamored with my purchase for much of the time I spent in the game. I tried a multitude of classes, and none of them really clicked for me. Then I decided to go against my internal desire to “save the Engineer for launch” and boy am I glad I did. I think I knew all along this was the class I wanted to play, and perhaps in the back of my mind that was nagging at me while I tried all the others.

I rolled an Asuran Engineer and had an absolute blast – pun slightly intended. I really like the synergy of the Rifle skills. The net shot to trap the enemy, shoot it at a distance, as it gets close, shotgun blast it in the face, then do the disengage-shot. It just flows together so well. And the Asurans are just funny little critters. I loved the storyline, and coming from someone who hated WoW gnomes – this is a “quirky” race done right. Bravo!

Of the other classes, the one I liked the next best is Guardian. In a game where the zerg is going to be present, being able to help out the team in protection is huge – particularly given how much dying sucks in WvWvW PvP from what little of it I did that I could tell. Engineers are pretty flexible and able to help out and/or do good damage, so my preferred choice should be a good fit for PvP, too, I hope.



Kingsmouth Down

•July 20, 2012 • 2 Comments

 I spent last night clearing out the remaining quests I could find in Kingsmouth Town and moved back over to Savage Coast. I say “back” because I left Kingsmouth a bit prematurely the other day and had already started on some of the content in the next zone. I had been following the main storyline and missed the entire northern section of the Kingsmouth map up by the Polaris instance. Oops.

 Anyhow, I finally found a use for some of the 150+ sequins that were burning a hole in my virtual pockets – I spent just over half of them on two brand new Q5 weapons – a Sword and a Chaos (thing). I fitted them up with some free blue glyphs I had sitting in my bag, and I’m good and ready to go. At some point in the near future I’d like to give tanking Polaris a shot – I think I have the proper skills/gear to do it, now it’s just a matter of execution.

 With the GW2 beta weekend, I’m sure my gaming time will be split between the two games. I intend to roll an Engineer at launch, but I’d like to tinker around with all the classes this weekend if possible. I was a big fan of the Mesmer in GW1, so that’d be my second choice without having actually played much. I didn’t pre-order until after the most recent beta weekend, so I really only have an hour or so under my belt from a stress test.

 Happy Friday!

A Glorified Blogroll

•July 19, 2012 • 7 Comments

That’s basically what this site is for me. I haven’t actually posted anything in nearly nine months. But yet I come here every weekday and click all the links, read all the wonderful blogs (that still exist – I need to do a little housekeeping) and go about my day. So why am I posting today, you might ask? Don’t know, really; the mood just hit me, I guess.

 A few revelations in the long stretch of time I’ve been away:

* I beat D3 on normal and never touched it again. I can safely say that I am not a huge fan of the ARPG genre. I did enjoy playing through the game with my former WoW guildies – that part was awesome – but the spam-click fest is really just not what I’m looking for in a game.

* Skyrim was a fantastic game, but I think I’ve effectively burned myself out on that. No complaints, though; I had upwards of 150 hours of time invested into it – that’s a worthwhile purchase. I’ll probably revisit it for Dawnguard, but that’d be about it.

* WoW. It’s just not the same without my former guildies, and frankly I don’t want to raid again, and the part I would like to do – rated BGs and Arenas – I’ve just really been unsuccessful finding a mature guild to do that in. The several I tried all ended up being the same morass of immature players frequently using racist remarks and I just can’t handle that. I have to like the people I’m playing with. Come October, I’ll be cancelling (I had the Annual Pass) – very likely for good.

* I gave EVE a shot. It’s similar to Darkfall in that I think I would really enjoy the game if I had the necessary time to get involved with the political aspects of it and find a good PvP corp. Conceptually the game is great. The PvE isn’t much, but that’s OK – it’s not what the game is really designed around. The working economy is amazing. It’s a game I would gladly come back to if I suddenly won the lottery and had a ton of free time.

* I did not play Fallen Earth for long after the last post. The F2P conversion was fine, but I just struggled (like WoW) to find a mature clan that offered what I was looking for. I still like the game, the concept, the blood, sweat, and tears the devs put into it, but just couldn’t find a “home”.

* I played quite a bit of Guild Wars in anticipation for GW2. I liked it quite a bit as a solo experience with all the heroes. Got a few things in the HoM, but got severely sidetracked by

* The Secret World. I had zero intention of buying/playing this game. But I picked up a 24-hour buddy pass and immediately became enthralled. So much of what I liked about Fallen Earth is present in this game (crafting aside; TSW’s crafting, quite frankly, sucks) – the real-world environments, the dark story, the “classless” skilling. And the greatest thing about Guild Wars is present here – limited abilities. I hate having 4 hotbars to keep track of and 87 skills to consider using all at once (although that became less painful with my purchase of a Razer Naga – highly recommended). This reminds me so much of Magic: the Gathering, which I truly appreciate and love as a game, even if I don’t get to play it much anymore.

Maybe someday soon I’ll compile my overall thoughts on the game, but in the meantime I found a great game AND a great home – MMOGamerChick’s “Knights of Mercy” cabal is filled with bloggers and other just genuinely nice, mature people. So happy to be a part of it all. You can find me in-game as Charonne “Psonja” Leigh.

Really Quick Update

•October 20, 2011 • 4 Comments

 Not much posting lately, but I have done a fair amount of playing.

 Fallen Earth, mainly, with a smattering of The Witcher 2. I’d really like to get the latter completed before Skyrim releases as my intention is to go 100% into that when it comes out. I didn’t finish Oblivion as I would have liked, but I played enough of it to know that I’m completely ready for the sequel and can’t wait to play it.

 I’ve decided I will not be getting SW:TOR. I was never really invested in the idea, and frankly there are a multitude of reasons for it, but the simplest one being I don’t feel I’ll have the time to dedicate to it, and that I’d rather play and support Fallen Earth. GW2 is slightly more intriguing if for no other reason than it willl be a box-purchase and nothing more to play. I intend to keep FE as my active sub game; I certainly don’t want to pay for two (subs) if I only have 10-15 hours a week in which to game. And there’s the matter of Skyrim which will likely take up most of that for awhile, anyway.

Happy Fallen Earth F2P Launch Day

•October 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Title pretty much says it all. My plan is to log in tonight to see how the Wasteland is managing with the influx of new folks.

I’m going to need to come up with some sort of schedule on which games to play when, I think. I really want to finish The Witcher 2, and I’d hate to abandon FFXIV after I just joined a linkshell.

I need a vacation!