Tera Online: Early Impressions Part 2 of 3
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2013, 7:00 am
Continuing a discussion on my early impressions of Tera Online... The Classes Shine Where Tera shines for me are the classes. The world can be bland if the classes are cool. Back to the basic party trinity of tank, healer and damage, you have at least two options for each role. I messed around with a few and ended up enjoying Lancer (tank) and Mystic (healer/support) the best. From a pure combat point of view, I think the Lancer is pretty sweet. His moves have a visceral feel to them. I feel the impact in combat and his animations are tight. Who wouldn't enjoy slamming a wall of mobs in the face with a shield??? Or a basic lance attack that inches you forward with each thrust, with the 3rd delivering big damage if you can pull it off. Think fencing moves with a lance 2x your height and a...


Tera Online: Early Impressions Part 1 of 3
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2013, 7:00 am
For the past few weeks, I've been playing Tera Online 1to 2 evenings a week as a static group. The idea was to surf F2P games until the next big surge of enthusiasm for GW2. At least for me, that was the idea - find a "time away from GW2" filler game. GW2 is my home for the foreseeable future but an alternative is nice. Going in, I knew Tera Online wasn't targeted to players like me. I'm no FPS gamer. I've played a few in my day and have enjoyed them but I suck at them. I'm a die hard keyboard gamer. Me and PC games go way back. Me and controllers not so much. So I can't blame the game for aspects that are awkward for me merely because I prefer to do most things with the keyboard. So I'll skip my opinion on those aspects for the...


GW2: Activities Round Up
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 March 2013, 7:01 am
It's been a while since my last substantial post. In truth, not much has been going on in terms of gaming. I've been out of town for work 2 of the last 4 weeks is one reason. I've been spending more time teaching myself new jewelry making techniques in real life is the other. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to embark on the journey of hot-joining metals and hope I don't burn down my house! I'll need to make sure that my house insurance is in order. (jk) GW2 Maintenance Mode My life in GW2 marches on. No new friends have joined me in the game. Boooooooooo!!! Niece, nephew and daughter returned to their lives on XBox. The large but WvW focused guild I'm in has gone silent or tits-up, not sure which. Doesn't really matter, I'm cruising along doing what I do at end game -...


GW2: Chef Clothes should Spawn Cooking Station
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 March 2013, 12:28 pm
I took a gander at doing my first ever Reddit post. I hope they are kind! :-) Besides hoping and waiting for ANet to add more RP-worthy clothes in the gem shop, I'd like them to have more functionality. I started a thread on Reddit to discuss the idea of there being a costume for each of the crafting professions that spawns a temporary station. I think it would be a blast.


GW2: Back on my Honeymoon
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2013, 4:42 pm
My Mesmer and newly finished crafting professions have me back into the honeymoon phase in GW2. The class provides better support and versatility for the aspects of game-play I focus on at max level. Plus her animations are flashy and her gear options are much more feminine, which adds to the overall appeal. Harvesting on EZMode I find harvesting nodes a relaxing thing to do. In most MMOs, its how I like to end my gaming sessions – bit of unwinding. Most of my harvesting is to support crafting but I don’t mind farming profitable items for resale. The Mesmer class is much more adept at convenient harvesting in high level zones. She has a nice arsenal of skills for “Don’t mind me, I’m just passing through.” She has a nice selection of sweet sweet anti-combat maneuvers at her disposal. A typical configuration for me is Scepter + Focus, Sword...


GW2: Mesmer Dings 80
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2013, 1:50 pm
I'm always exhausted the weekend I return home from traveling. I was also ravenous for GW2 and spent the majority of the weekend at it. My Mesmer reached 80 on Saturday. Finishing the last few levels felt like a chore I wanted to end as quickly as possible. This is mostly due to the fact that I CAN'T STAND ORR. I might have skipped it altogether except that having parked the Guardian at the rich Ori node in Southsun, I need the Mesmer to harvest for her too when she's out. So if I had to be out leveling I should at least spend some time where I can get the top tier cooking items. OMG why are so many of them in Orr. I detest that place. I can tolerate Cursed Shore a bit more because navigating the area to harvest is a little less annoying but not by...


GW2: The end is in sight (Part 2 of 2)
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2013, 7:13 am
Continued from Part 1 Ding 62 / 300 Artificer & 250 Tailor The end is in sight. I’ve done AC and CM story modes twice each. I’m plugging away at these last two professions (Tailor and Artificer). They’re the last I intend to level for quite some time. For now, it’s something I do when I want to play but not in the mood to run around. It’s more costly following the “just buy the component” guides but it’s easy. I don't even take the time to dissect what I have mats for that I could make myself versus purchase. This time around, I’m stockpiling the supplies I harvested. I what I can for my Mesmer's armor, weapons and trinkets. But as far as leveling the professions, this time I'm following guides.


GW2: The end is in sight (Part 1 of 2)
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2013, 7:12 am
My posts have been a bit behind my current level in game. When I have the time, I often write several posts related to screenshots I’ve taken and schedule them to be published at regular intervals. All my holiday/vacation time postings are done. Boo! Back to work, growing my skills as a crafter in real life and playing a bit less of GW2.


GW2: Me and my Clones
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2013, 7:00 am
I'm using a clone/phantasm build for my Mesmer. It's really the bomb. It might not be the best DPS but who cares. It's fun. I keep flipping between a build focused on Staff and Scepter/Pistol and one that uses Sword/Focus and Scepter/Pistol. For the latter, I enjoy having a run buff that's on a short timer. It's extremely convenient for harvesting. The Warden does excellent damage but the fact that she doesn't move is a bit of a pain. It also feels strange opting to be in melee range in cloth!?! Especially after being a Guardian in heavy armor. She doesn't seem to take any more damage then when I'm using all ranged weapons but I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it in general. Both builds are enjoyable and suit my prone to solo anything style. I can take on more mobs at once with the 1st...


Not Gaming Related: Oh Lance
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2013, 1:02 pm
If the rumors are true, famed cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to using performance enhancement drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Oh Lance, I thought there must be something to the allegations when he stopped fighting the charges. I can understand the cost of being tried in the court of public opinion but for me at least, I'd go down fighting until I was deaf, dumb, blind and broke, before I'd let false accusations silence me.


GW2: What's up with dusk substituting for nighttime?
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2013, 7:00 am
What the hell happened to having a bonafied nighttime in MMOs? Have I lost my mind, or didn't WOW actually get dark in Vanilla??? From my recollection, we only have EQ2 and LOTRO that present a full on night cycle in the AAA MMO arena. I don't know what started the trend of dusk substituting for darkness but I AM NOT A FAN. No one followed AC2's lead with actual seasons which was A-ma-ZING! Can we at least have nighttime!?!


GW2: My Mesmer Dings Level 35
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 January 2013, 8:00 am
I hit 35 of my Mesmer the other evening. Wow, that came quickly. I dinged it just before completing the Gendarran Fields map. Only fifteen more levels to go and I'll have my second max level character.


GW2: Embracing Multiple Armor Sets
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 January 2013, 8:00 am
One of the things I told my self after I stopped raiding in World of Warcraft, was that my days of carrying around multiple sets of armor were over! Screw having your healing set for instances and raids, plus a damage set for farming and leveling. Consequently, when I hit max level on my Guardian, I purchased crafting gear for the role I wanted to play for my "end game".


Rift Dimensions: Quick Peak
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 January 2013, 8:00 am
I purchased the Rift expansion a few weeks ago thinking I'd jump right in to level and build houses. That's now how it panned out after playing for a bit. Rift is still gorgeous. My cleric is still a fun class but it doesn't hold up to my experiences in GW2, which feels like Rift evolved and then some. I'm not unhappy with the purchase or having done a 6-month subscription. One of my nephews has taken a liking to the game. This one in particular enjoys player housing and hence, was on my EQ2 account a bit but finds that game too daunting for a 10 yr old. The travel alone confuses him - moving from my houses spread across different racial zones plus the prestige ones was always confusing to him. Rift he gets and likes having a max level character. Combined with the new player housing, it's...


Over til Next Year
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 January 2013, 8:00 am
The snow is melting, Winterday events are over in Tyria. I must admit I breathed a sigh of relief. I won't miss tattered and grimy articles of clothing clogging up my bag space. On the other hand, I should have farmed more of the various snowflake varieties. I'm sure the prices will skyrocket the minute Tixx and her crew leave town. No matter, the Wintersday versions of Orichalcum trinkets/jewelry didn't sell for much higher than their everyday counter parts.


GW2: THIS!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 January 2013, 3:01 pm
Dear GW2, this is how SOE continues to syphon money out of me for a game I barely play. You've nearly matched their crafting system. At least, better than any I've played since, EQ2. The economy is decent and active. Most crafted good sell on the cheap but whatevs. Find the few that sell at a profit and score. However, none of these things earn you a dime from me and there are only so many costumes necessary for my closet. So how does EQ2 get my money when I'm not even playing???? HOUSING. I'll say it again, it's HOUSING. Curse Tipa for posting the picture of a new prestige house available for purchase. OMG how will I control the screaming impulse to run and buy it NOW. Even knowing I don't have any time to decorate it. I haven't touched the hobbit hole I bought in a few months...


GW2: Solo but not Alone
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 January 2013, 8:33 am
I may join a PVE focused guild when my Mesmer reaches level 30 or is ready to do instances. For now however, I'm going solo, representing our family guild of alts. My Guardian is still in the monster sized guild she started in, which for me, is a bit too impersonal. Consequently, I'm often doing my own thing on her too. It would be the perfect guild if you're primary focus is WvW but I haven't ventured into that much.


GW2: Bribing Townsfolk with Alcohol
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 January 2013, 7:00 am
Our household has 6 copies of GW2. This includes my two nephews who don't live in my household but I fund their gaming since I'm the one who started their obsession. *smile* With the exception of my son and I, who tend to lavish our attention on a single character, the others are altoholics. And of them, only two actually get all of their alts to max. I suppose we can't count the 6 year old I've infected already with the MMO bug, who leaves alts around like cookie crumbs. With all the alt junkies and the limited amount of gear that's actually locked to a single character with a soulbound mechanic, I figured a family guild and bank would be helpful. I started an alt guild with a gaming friend from my former guild, Casualties of War. We put our alts in it and tried to remember to represent...


2013 Resolution - Live from Love, not Fear
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 January 2013, 3:38 pm
Since the sudden and unexpected passing of my mother, I've been living in a state of fear. Fear that I haven't achieved enough, didn't do all that I could have done with my life or waited too long to pursue passions and dreams. I clearly waited to long for her to see them.


GW2: Choosing my 1st Alt
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 December 2012, 3:09 pm
I rarely do alt in MMOs that I expect to level up to maximum. World of Warcraft remains the big exception because of the length of time I played. I had two characters in EQ2 but only one was for adventuring. I had two characters in Rift, where the second one was specifically to level with a friend who came to play well after launch. Even then, I redid the cleric and flipped back to my original toward the end since she was already geared for T2. The friend I made my second run through Rift with came to try GW2 over the holidays. Creating a character to use for that purpose reminded me of two things.


GW2: Holiday Fun
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 December 2012, 12:47 pm
I have a Victorian styled holiday dress... Victorian styled holiday dress!!! They got me at the dress. That combined with the awesome gear dye system is pure heaven. If I did nothing more than prance around in this until Wintersday is over I'd be just fine. I did however, test out more than just the Gem store.


GW2: Dancing with Dragons
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 December 2012, 7:00 am
These days, I spend the vast majority of my harvesting and chasing down dragons. I’m very pleased with the returns I’m getting for the portfolio of crafted items I’m focused on selling and nothing breaks up farming components like dancing with dragons.


GW2: Gambling for Gold
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2012, 8:00 am
My fastest and most profitable selling items are the Exotic accessories jewelers create using exquisite jewels and Orichalcum components. Depending on the stats, exotic accessories sell for upwards of 2.5 gold, where the items with healing stats sell for the least amount. The items themselves are easy enough to harvest for with the exception of one item that can only be salvaged (Ectoplasm) for and the rarest type of ore (Orichalcum).


GW2: Date with Zommoros and the Mystic Forge
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2012, 7:00 am
Looking to expand my crafting repertoire, I decided it was time to make a date with Zommoros and the Mystic Forge. I had a ton of Mystic coins in the bank and more Skill Points than I could shake a stick it. Aside: what the hell does that phrase mean? Is there a limit to the number of things you can shake a stick at??? Anywho, I was all dressed up in Skill Points with no place to go.


Asheron's Call 2: Can you ever really go home again?
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2012, 7:36 pm
You either loved or hated, Turbine's Asheron's Call successor, Asheron's Call2: Fallen Kings. I was in the LOVED IT crowd. AC2 was the first MMO that captured a piece of my heart and soul. I'd dabbled in EverQuest and Horizons. I was awaiting Middle Earth Online, which eventually became Lord of the Rings Online, with baited breath. But AC2 became my first virtual world home from the day it launched until the servers went dark. It was the time I experienced forming virtual world friendships that transitioned into my real life, in permanent and lasting ways. It was the first online game I played with my son, who'd just turned 12.


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