Wildstar Crafting & More First Impressions

My Gunslinger reached Level 10.  Since I’m not playing with end-game raiding in mind I figure a crafting skillset to take care of myself would be good.

I picked tailoring (and since like WoW tailoring doesn’t require a gathering skill) I took relic hunting.

Anyway, another character, on hitting level 10, was given a cookie crumb trail quest sending me to the zone’s nearest crafting trainer.  My Gunslinger, though, not so lucky.  He managed to have easy access via Taxi to Illium so he went there and learned his trades.

First order of business, with the required materials, and the purchase of some thread, was to craft a set of blue level 10 gloves.  Nice.  Next up was a set of boots.  (I bought thread enough for 2 items.)  But it wouldn’t let me leave the glove schematic without warning me that I’d be losing all progress.  Huh?  I hate warnings so I crafted another set of gloves, which turned out green, and I salvaged those.  Then I bought some more thread and crafted a pair of green boots.  Both upgrades, and so tailoring, from the get go, has been good to me.

And then I trained Cooking, and with some meat I had stored in my bags wound up making Jerkey, and then some Spicy Jerky.

I think this crafting will take some getting used to in terms of getting out the items I’m specifically after, but, that said, it appears to be a fun diversion, and a bit of a mini-game itself.

The wife was very amused when she deleted her first character.  She didn’t care for the class (Warrior) or the looks so set about recreating a character.  She laughed when the character came up on screen crying as you delete them.

Taxis.  Very amusing.  Not sure why Dominion and Exiles are served by the same cab company, but the cabbies are talkative and the cab graphics are excellent.  From the front grill to the bumper stickers.

There is a lot of refinement here in a game that’s figuratively fresh out of the box.  There’s features here that other games needed expansions to get to.

Grouping.  I was originally thinking “Aw, c’mon.  Not this again.”  Because when my wife logged in, I knew she and I were at the same location, but she was invisible.  I invited her to party and she moved to my instance (with an apparently easy to see button on her screen).  Poof.  There she was.  Nice.  (ESO forced me to the nearest waystation and then ride back to her should I wish to join my wife in her instance there.)  And I haven’t explored this further, there was an option for me to “mentor” her.  I was all of level 5 on that character, and she level 3.  Once I decided to mentor my level was reduced to 3.  I assume that gets me the benefit of earning xp appropriately.  I didn’t see what that did for my health, or abilities, but I’m thinking, hoping, that I can outlevel her, and yet still meaningfully group with her too.  The best of both worlds.

I only wish I could more easily take screenshots.  Supposedly the PrtSc/SysRq button does it, but keybindings is silent on that key, and pressing it doesn’t put screenshots into the screenshots folder.  I have to go to window mode and some combination of alt- or ctrl- or shift- (maybe?) produced the screenshot.  I need to figure this out so I can post more screenshots too.

Bottom line, the game feels very mature and refined for being only two weeks out of release.

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Wildstar Beginning Experience

Which one?

I’ve now played through two intro zones.  (Well, the 2nd intro zone after the 1st intro zone.)

One with the wife employed several new techniques.  Gather up some critters, release them someplace safe.

The other, without her, was a more old-style “shoot-em up.”  Go get ’em.

I was surprised how different questing in those two zones felt.

And I’ve yet to start crafting, housing, riding, dungeons.

Which is, cupcakes, a good thing.

And the colors.  My gosh, the colors.  Whew.  It was such a relief to be past the dominions slash-and-burn and into the cool colors of New Haven.

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Oh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

My last post was Christmas Eve 2012.  And then I spent 2013 on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.  That’s done and I’m back.

We’ve pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor.  I’ve got three 90s (one was boosted with tradeskills from 60) the other two done “old school.”  The wife has her one level 90 character.  (Her boosted Warlock boosted from 60.  (60 is the magic level to get the tradeskill boost to max too.))  We’ve got two more characters each that are in their 87s.  A couple of Alliance Druids, and a Horde Shaman/Warrior combo.  We’ll have options when WoD hits.

And speaking of options, her Night Elf Warrior is with my Nelf Rogue and we’re starting Northrend now.

Then there was the attempt at ESO.  Someone described the mood in ESO as grim-grim.  There was that feel in LotRO and Rift as well.

You want to know what’s fun?  Real fun?  Wildstar.

C’mon.  Cowboys in space with squirrel kids and chihuahuas?  We don’t play those.  Two humans, an android, an undead, a dragon guy.  All of them toting big guns, or wolverine claws, and it’s really fun.  The colors pop.  The technology buzzes.  Some say it’s like WoW?  It isn’t.  If Durotar looked that good we’d be playing WoW 2.0.  It’s really, really good and with the WoW style that I apparently really enjoy.


I’m also in Landmark enjoying the construction aspect of the game.  Supposedly it’ll lead to EverQuest: Next some day, but that day is down the road a ways from what I can tell.

Anyway, maybe I’ll see you on Nexus, cupcakes.

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Christmas Eve 2012

Merry Christmas folks.  Let’s see what the Greatfather Winter has under the tree for us.

(And don’t forget the reason for the season either.)

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Well, that’s us.

“Another 100,000 Beta Invites Sent to Annual Pass Holders.”


Woot.  (At first I thought it was the usual account hacker come on for a free mount.)

But it’s legit.  Expected, at some point.  Nice.

Next post will be of some initial reactions and thoughts.

Argh.  Do I play at “Playable” and 29% loaded?  Or do I wait and get back to my chores.  Let’s see how “Playable” “Playable” is.

(You know you’ve been gone a while, there just not posting, when WordPress creates a brand new posting window and you didn’t know it.)

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Merry Christmas everyone

So I moved to North Dakota expecting some snow this Christmas.  Turned out I picked the wrong border.  The southern border was the place to be for snow.  I’m sure they are wishing they didn’t have all that snow down there, and I’m sure they’re happy up here enjoying another Indian Summer.  I swear, I think a lot of the trees we passed today on the 2 were budding.  Once the cold returns, if it does, surely it will, the buds will be frozen and the plants that jumped to the front of the line will be slow in budding once Spring really hits.

Anyway, here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas.


See you Orgrimmar and Ironforge as we collect our presents from under the trees. I wonder what Greatfather Winter is bringing this year.  Last years zeppelin was pretty good.

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Getting cold.

Happy Thanksgiving, speaking of getting cold.

I can also say the same of my iMac.  Apparently, they say, the hard drive went out.  No problem, we’ll replace the drive.  Call back, “Where’s my computer?”  “All done.  We’re just testing it.  Want it to be all okay.”  “Okay.”  I can go over to Barnes & Nobles and have a cup of coffee and wait.  “How long?”  “We’ll call you.”  Uh…. “How long could I be waiting?”  “We’ll call you within twenty four hours.” …  They called back sooner.  They had to swap out the logic board.  Had one in stock.  Great!  Except that one was bad too.  Had to order a board.  And maybe the video card was bad too.  And maybe it wasn’t the hard drive after all.  As long as the aluminum is still okay, right?

And this clunky six year old laptop is barely adequate for internet browsing.

So, we’ve put the PS3 back into play.  Two games featuring snow.  Skyrim and Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

Skyrim is incredible.  I’m playing a two-hander.  The wife tried sword and board, but has decided being a mage is more the way to go.  I saw the zombies she was making in the first dungeon.  Nice.  But the two-hander can one-shot, so I’ll stick with that.  The graphics reminded the wife VERY MUCH of Morrowind.  As opposed to the last game, Oblivion.  The music too.  So far I’ve done a few dungeons, acquired a House Karl, and became a Thegn.  And some ogre-giant one-shotted me when I strayed too close to his mammoth cheese.  But it’s an immersive world and I like that.

War in the North… The wife is a big LoTRO fan.  Anything to do with the story she loves.  It’s not bad.  The graphics are nice.  She didn’t like the split-screen cooperative mode, but we managed to fight our way into Fornost that way, and look to keep going with it.

So, a cold (as in dead) iMac, two titles involving snowy locales that we’re currently enjoying, and we’re moving up to North Dakota shortly.  Can’t get colder than that.


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