Nearing the end

Blaugust day 28

What is Blaugust? Check it at Bel‘s blog

Anook | Blaugust

Blaugust is nearing an end, some have made it this far, some have fallen off, some are struggeling and for some, writing each day is normal.

For me this time around has been fine, I’ve had fun. I’ve been looking forward to blogging most days, I’ve fallen in love with my blog again since blaugust came around. I have met some awesome new people, which I read daily.

It doesn’t always mean I have things to write about, but I am now determend to see this thing through. My goal was 15 posts, I have gone past this mark ages ago, and there is only 3 days left. Not giving up this close to the end.

Some are scared of writing bad quality, some have higher standards then me and that is okay, we all blog in our own way, and have blogs for different reasons.  My blog has been compared to a twitter feed, and that is okay.

There is the difference for me this year and last year, even though my writing wasn’t fantastic last year either, I was scared of putting out posts that were shit. This year? Pff, I’m the owner of the blog, I can do what I want, write what I want. If you don’t like it, or are not entertained, then there are thousands of other blogs out there that can give you what you need.

I know why I blog, and it’s not for the reader, it’s for my own benefit, a pass time, a hobby, therapy, something I own, something that’s mine.

I enjoy writing my thoughts, I enjoy playing around with the blog – theme – headers etc.

There was a point when I wanted to become a better writer, a more professional writer, I looked into it, how I could write more article like posts. But I realised all the work it would involve, staying update all the time, paying attention to tons of social medias and sites. And I quickly found out, that isn’t why I started to blog in the first place, I don’t want my blog to become a job.

So here I am with my twitter feed of a blog 😛

If you are struggeling to finish off the blaugust, remember why you started to blog, there is only a few days left, I am sure you have some sentences inside your head you can type out on the screen. If not, smash your head on the keyboard and press post !

A new sketch for you, don’t look at the hands, they are horrible..

aurin sketch

I said, don’t look at them!!!

Anyways, that was me, not knowing what to write, I ended up with some sentences in the end, that seem very familiar, I think I wrote this post before? Does it still count? Yes, yes it does! Now go, have a nice weekend!

Housing video, Wildstar

Blaugust day 27

What is Blaugust? Check it at Bel‘s blog

Anook | Blaugust

So far my journey in Wildstar without being in a guild has been very nice. I have only reached level 21, but I have not really actually looked at my experience bar at all. Suddenly I just get a level up and I didn’t even know I was close to level up. I find that very refreshing. I am not in that wild hunt for levels.

I wish I could experience that in other games, perhaps I can now? I wish I could do so in FFXIV, but the truth is, I love my conj/WHM, and they are really boring to quest with.

I have run into some troubles of being guildless and that is dungeon queues. They are impossible, they don’t seem to pop up. I have been queueing for 3-4 days now, I have tried for over an our for adventure, and for the dungeons. But it’s just being silent.

I have been reading up on the forums and it seems pretty normal. The thing is, when people ask about this, they get told the dungeon/adventure tool never pops up, so there is no point in using it. Saying these things just makes it even worse. Every soul that comes to Wildstar, expecting to be able to do a dungeon get met with a queue that never pops up, get told it never happens, and then they stop using the tool.

I for one am addicted to doing dungeons, it’s one of my favorite passtimes. I don’t do raids anymore, but dungeons, I love doing those. I also need to do them in the middle of my leveling up, so things differ a bit. It’s nice to do something different. And  besides, if I have to wait until I am level 50 to do group content, I will never dare set foot into a dungeon. I can’t start doing dungeons at level 50, with no experience before hand. That would be insane, espesially since the dungeons in this game is a bit more difficult then in other games. So to be able to do dungeons, it seems I would need a guild

I have however joined /chjoin lfg and /chjoin global, in hopes I can find groups there.

So new people, who have returned to Wildstar, or just playing it for the first time. Use that dungeontool, just queue up while you are leveling, in hopes it will pop at one point. If we all start doing it, it will start to be worth it again, the queue times will get lower if we all just sign up!

Hopefully the F2P will help, with more people coming back too.

Housing

I have been thinking about making a video, while I have not improved on my plot much since I posted my blog post the other day, I decided I wanted to make a video anyways, since I had the time. I included the plot of my medic as well, which I don’t play. I haven’t played it since launch. Medic is also a low level, around 30 I think, so her plot is not filled up with tons of items either, but I did build her a cabin way back.

So let’s take a look? It’s a short video, only a few minutes. Enjoy.

Making progress on my house, Wildstar

Blaugust day 24

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Anook | Blaugust

Yesterday I decided to remove the little I had built on the castle and start over. I remembered that I built something on my Medic last time I played, and I really liked it. So I just tried to do something similar on my esper. I built a porch/veranda, whatever you want to call it. And plan on building a house from scratch later on when I get the materials I need.

Aurin Esper, pointing

I saw Gypsy’s post yesterday and was entertained – I also fancy making a video to put on youtube of my house at a later date, but right now I don’t have many items so it’s kind of an empty plot, and that wouldn’t really be such an interesting video I think. So I will have to continue my journey, do lots of quests and events to get some more items to put down. But I can show you what I have done so far, it’s pretty similar to what I did on my Medic’s house so some people might actually recognize it, if they remember that far back 😛

My plot, veranda pic 6

I also got a new dye I really love, Deep Space! Now I only need an outfit to go with the color 😛 I don’t have many cool colors yet, I am only level 18 but hopefully I will find some more soon.

Holo Wardrobe

I want to change the hair style and color, but at this level it is very expensive, not like the barbershop in WoW at all. It only costs 40 gold to change hair color and style, but at my level that is a lot. I was lucky enough to sell some crap on the Auction house and actually have 50 gold now, and at a higher level 40 gold is nothing. But at this level? It’s a lot of money, so I have to wait with changing my hair, even though I reaaaaally want to. I fancy blue hair, hairstyle I am not sure of yet, so I guess it’s okay that i can’t afford it right now anyways. I will just have to play around with the Chop Shop until I have decided!

Character Chop Shop

I changed my profession from Architect to Tailor, I am not sure why. Perhaps I wanted to make myself more outfits? Seems like a valid reason to me :p But it’s going really slow. I don’t like that I have to actually buy certain things to be able to craft. I don’t want to spend my money on crafting right now, rather use it on my housing. Architect would turn out to be a hell of a lot more expensive. Either you need to buy tons of stuff, or have an army of alts who can gather for you. I might pick it up again at level 50, but for now, I better save my money. They are not that easy to come by at the moment.

One thing that bothers me right now, is that the Adventure Queues don’t pop up. I was in a queue for over an hour yesterday and no adventure. I am worried because I need to learn how to heal in this game, and how can I do that when I can’t pvp or do any dungeons/adventures? I don’t want to be level 50 before I do a proper dungeon, that is going to be a scary sight. I really hope it gets better in a few levels cause I really want to learn my esper.

Anyways, I want to play now, so I am going to sign off there. Meanwhile you can enjoy some Aurin stew.

Aurin stew

Entering Galeras, Wildstar

Blaugust day 23

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Anook | Blaugust

Yesterday I was home alone for the first time in a couple of months, and man oh man I needed it. I have been on the verge of going insane wanting to hit something lately.

I need some alone time sometimes, and when it goes such a long time without never being alone, you slowly go insane.

I didn’t do much, I watched an insanely bad horror movie, which I shall not name. It was bad, bad, bad. After that I played some Wildstar, started on my housing.

Making a castle proves to be more difficult then I thought, especially since I don’t have much gold to use. Seems money don’t start pouring in until you hit level 50, and I don’t plan on hitting 50 for a while. I am enjoying taking it really slow, doing quests that are grey for me, and exploring.

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I think I will have to read up on some lore or something about the Aurin / Esper, maybe make something around that instead. Cause the castle might turn out to be a bust. best thing to do would probably to try and build a house instead within a forest perhaps.

Today I finished off Celestion, still missing one explorer mission as I didn’t find it. But I will look again at a later date. I have just entered Galeras now, and quests are at my level now, I am 16, quests are level 15.

Cheer

So they are easy enough. I like the quest being green, means it don’t take ages to kill mobs. I like to kill faster, rather then going a couple of levels higher, just to get more xp. I am in no rush anyways, so doesn’t matter. I like smooth sailing, if that means green quests, then be it.

At the moment Galeras is a war zone, I’m in a war guys!!

BattleField

I have opened up the first adventure as well, but the queue has been very long so I guess I will try again tonight. I am in no rush, right now healing is a bit clunky as I have not bothered installing any addons whatsoever. Maybe tomorrow. I am lazy. Guess I need to find some guides to figure out what kind of addons is useful for a healer, and for this game in general.

I haven’t taken many screenshots today, been to busy enjoying the game, but here I am ready to take on the war and kick some butt on my trusted steed.

Going to war

Wildstar Explorer

Blaugust day 21

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Anook | Blaugust

As you know, I am playing a bit of Wildstar. And so far I am actually having fun, yep, fun!

We will see how many days that lasts hehe.

I have tried doing many different things, not to get stuck in that quest train. Doing to many quests at a time does make me a bit bored and very tired. This game does make me  more tired then other games, so smaller doses of it, is the way to go for me.

Aurin butt

I have been having loads of fun doing my path – explorer. Finding different paths up the mountains, some caves, digging in the dirt, and putting down flags. It’s actually very fun, I enjoy it very much and it’s making my journey a lot more interesting then when I had the Science path. That was a pretty dull experience for me, just scanning tons of things with my little robot thing wasn’t fun at all.

Explorer putting down flag wildstar

I tried the first dungeon that opens up at 10, at least I think it was the dungeon – Protogames Academy.

It’s sort of a tutorial for dungeons, shows you that you have to work like a team. It was very fun. And it seems very necessary to have a tutorial like that as well.

The first encounter is a boss, which needs 3 interrupts I think. It needs more then one anyways, and even though the npc that talked to us when we started the boss, told us what we needed to do, it took many deaths before we actually did it. I kept telling people to put an interrupt on their bar, but for some reason we just kept dying. I suspect they didn’t actually speak English some of them. Because the NPC told us loud and clear we needed to interrupt as a group, and so did I, we had to do many tries before we did it. Reason this tutorial was good, was because if you didn’t interrupt, it was instant death, there was no going around it. Which shows the importance of interrupts and paying attention. At the second boss there was interrupts and red spots on the ground, this also took ages to do. Because still, not all of us had an interrupt on our bar, and there was always someone dying to the red on the floor. So even if some of us was making it through the red stuff, we ended up not having enough interrupts.

After dying about 10 times, we made it through without anyone dying, without people actually taking damage at all, so people did learn something there.

We made it till the end, last boss, it wasn’t all that difficult, it was a tutorial after all, but this time we had to figure out things for our selves. Well, I did anyways, I told them we needed to interrupt the boss when he did aoe, and after a few goes, people got it, and the boss died, instance cleared.

I am really happy there is a tutorial dungeon, it keeps focus on some important things that obviously some people don’t know/expect. But after they have been in that dungeon, I think they all will know the importance of moving around and working as a team.

Last boss adventure

So good on Wildstar for adding this.

I have reached level 15 now, and have started my professions, I picked up architect and survivalist, which means I cut down trees and make items for housing. It’s suppose to be one of the slower once to level because you need items from so many gathering professions, but I like housing and want tons of stuff 😛 So that’s why I picked it. It’s going to take a long time leveling it, but I like that.

I have not gone to the main city yet, even though I can now, and get my house. I want to finish Celestion first (the map i’m at), I fear if I leave now, with so little things left to do there, I will never finish it. I want to finish all the quests and the explorer things before I leave, then I will move to Thayd and get my beloved house. I am really excited to get my plot, even though I wont be able to do much with it yet since I don’t have any money and much to put up for my house, but it will be nice to get started. I haven’t planned out what I want to do with my plot yet, but I want to do a lot! Think I want to try and build a castle, if there is materials for that, bricks and such. I want it to be my castle, and have my own throne, mwhahaha.

I got a new throne

I will leave you with a gallery of screenshots from my trip so far. I have traveled in almost all nooks in this map now, only a small portion to go.

Oh and I have finally been able to order a hard drive for my laptop, hope to get it next week so I can fix it up again, I miss my laptop so hope it will get fixed asap! Then I will start drawing again as well 😀 Really looking forward to that.

Wildstar, bits and bobs

Blaugust Day 18.

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Anook | Blaugust

As most of you know, Wildstar will be going free to play this fall. It has had a lot of bumps in the road, going a bit to hardcore, mind numbingly long grind to level 50, lack of casual content at max level, 40 man raids. There was a lot of things that hindred the game to become as popular that many thought it would be. I’m sure there were many other reasons people didn’t fall in love with it, but I won’t go any further into that.

wildstar

I have been on and off this game several times, I think I have visited 3 times since it launched. And last time I thought, no thank you, never again.

But today I decided I wanted to give it another chance, another look before it goes F2P. It does have a lot of qualities that I like, even though I am not into the whole Sci-Fi scene in my games. I love the avatars, double jumps, the HOUSING, the different paths you can choose to have as a side activity besides professions.

So yes I subscribed today and decided to go with an Aurin Esper. I really like the idea of the esper, I always have. It’s the closest thing to a healer from other games that I have played, and the one that feels less sci-fi, more fantasy.

Aurin Esper

I like this game because of the vibrant colors, how awesome screenshots can become. And you know me, I love my pictures. So I thought that this time, I shall stay unguilded, explore everything I fancy, and make a huge album of screenshots. Just cause I think that is fun. I will also focus a lot on my house.

I am not a lore kind of person in MMO’s, which is strange since I love RPG’s, but there is other things that I can do other then follow the story. I did however chose the scientist path, which I think is the one related to finding those cubes, and lore. So it was dumb path for me to chose, I might just have to redo my Esper and chose another path, I quite fancy the explorer. She is only level 5 or so anyways, so that’s no big deal.

Will this be the last time I test this game out, will I manage to stick it out this time? Oh who knows, as long as I have a little bit of fun and enjoy some of the journey, that matters not.

Giant tree

As I said, Wildstar becomes totally free, you don’t have to buy to play, you can simply download it. There will be an in-game shop with different things, like cosmetic items. The game has to survive somehow so a in-game shop is only natural and I can support that, as long as it is not pay-to-win. Which so far I have not gotten the impression that it will become pay-to-win.

There will be a possibility to have a subscription though, giving you some benefits.

What types of accounts will be offered when the game goes Free-to-Play?

There will two main types of account when the game transitions to Free-to-Play:

Free accounts get full access to the game. There is no recurring payment of any kind required.

Signature accounts get everything provided by the Free service, along with the unique bonuses and benefits detailed below. Signature accounts require a payment plan offered in 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments including C.R.E.D.D., Game Time Card, or recurring payments.

What’s the difference between a Free account and a Signature account?

There are several perks available as part of the Signature program.

Feature Free Signature
Auction House Three (3) active buy bids

Three (3) active sell lots

Thirty (30) active buy bids

Thirty (30) active sell lots

Circles Can join one (1) Circle

Cannot invite into or create Circles

Can join five (5) Circles

Can invite into and create Circles

Circuit Board Crafting No bonuses -15% Overcharge Risk
Commodities Exchange Three (3) active buy orders

Three (3) active sell orders

Thirty (30) active buy orders

Thirty (30) active sell orders

Coordinate Crafting No bonuses +10% Target Radius Size
CS Tickets No priority Priority Access
Currency Earn currency at normal rates Earn 25% extra currency
Gathering Normal rate 10% bonus material proc chance
Guilds Cannot invite into or create a Guild Can invite into and create a Guild
Holiday Events Earn currency at normal rates Earn 25% extra currency
PTR Access No Yes
Queue Bypass No priority Priority access
Reputation Earn reputation at normal rates Earn 50% extra rep from combat

Earn 25% extra rep from quests

“Wake Here” Cooldown 1 hour Cooldown time reduced by 50%
Rest XP 1% every 12 hours, capped at 150% of the current level Earning rate doubled, capped at 200% of the current level
XP Earn XP at normal rates Earn 25% extra XP
Warparties Cannot invite into or create a Warparty Can invite into and create a Warparty
Loyalty Points N/A Loyalty Points earned each month
So as you can see there will be some nice benefits to have subscription running, but not absolutely necessary. For a casual player like me, all those bonuses doesn’t matter at all. I can still have a good time, wandering about the world, being a completionist, explorer, housekeeper or whatever I fancy.
But there will be an option to get some perks as a F2Player, the loyalty program:

Are there any perks a Free player can get without becoming Signature?

A number of perks can be acquired through the Loyalty Program, several of which stack with (or are replaced by) the perks from Signature. These perks include:

Feature Loyalty Perks Stacks with Signature?
Auction House Ten (10) active buy bids

Ten (10) active sell lots

Replaced by Signature
Circles Can join five (5) Circles

Can invite into and create Circles

N/A
Circuit Board Crafting -10% Overcharge Risk Yes
Commodities Exchange Ten (10) active buy orders

Ten (10) active sell orders

Replaced by Signature
Coordinate Crafting +10% target radius size Yes
CS Tickets No priority N/A
Currency Earn currency at normal rates N/A
Gathering 10% bonus material proc chance Yes
Guilds Can invite into and create a Guild N/A
Holiday Events Earn currency at normal rates N/A
PTR Access Yes N/A
Queue Bypass No priority N/A
Reputation Earn 50% extra rep from combat Yes
“Wake Here” Cooldown Cooldown time reduced by 50% Yes
Rest XP Earning rate doubled, +50% to the cap Yes
XP Earn XP at normal rates N/A
Warparties Can invite into and create a Warparty N/A

What are Loyalty Points?

All WildStar players will be part of our new Loyalty Program where they will accumulate Loyalty Points and achieve Loyalty Ranks to earn special items and perks. In fact, if you’ve ever subscribed you have already earned some! We’ll reveal more details on the Loyalty Program in the near future.

Quotes from https://www.wildstar-online.com/en/freetoplay/ click for more info about free to play.

So yes, I am excited for this to become free. I am sure I will play it a lot more when that time comes. Then I don’t have to feel I need to play it, just because I subscribe for it. I hope it will bring a lot of players back, and add many new players because personally I love the battlegrounds in this game, with the kind of combat system it has. Unfortunately that side of the game is pretty much dead at the moment, so I really hope it can make a return when the game goes free. I am crossing my fingers anyways.

Missy signing out!

Aurin Wave