Where You Been?
I’ve been on and off vacation for the last couple of weeks so I’ve been pretty busy with the kids, basically refereeing. If anyone knows a good way to get them to stop picking on each other, let me know.
Back to playing D&D on Wednesday – it’s off to a good start, very interesting group with some foreseeable issues in the future. The more immediate one is that one healer (I use the term loosely because it’s a Druid) is in the UK while the other main healer (a Cleric) is possibly not going to be available for the next two sessions.
Ever run a session without healers? It’s sort of like Survivor only no voting.
Best part is we’re in a spot where a NPC healer might not be available. It’s hard to run out and rent a healer from the local inn or church when you’re in the basement of a Mind Flayer’s house.
Those buggers managed to take over the known (surface) area and enslave all sorts of sentients. Remember the language “Common”? Well, it’s “Mind Flayer” now.
So unless we trip over another healer NPC soon we might have to cancel.
Yeah, I said, “another”. We ran into one and immediately smote her. Apparently she was an evil squid worshiper. Of course, we didn’t really give her the chance to talk. I have no idea who did that…
Oh did I mention I decided to go with the Ogre character and name it Smaken?
Yeah, I did it. Hard to be diplomatic with the business end of a morningstar.
I haven’t played much of WoW lately, been a little too tired and busy around the times I usually play. I did have some time earlier today so I popped on and sent the brother-in-law some stuff to help with tanking. They hit level 80 and are interested in raiding.
I gave them a laundry list of things they needed to do before most people would consider bringing them to raids. Stuff like get rep with Argent Crusade and Ebon Blade so you can get the helm enchantments and Sons of Hodir too, get those shoulder inscriptions.
Oh, and try to get rid of the greens in the gear. Work towards 535 Defense so you can get into tanking heroics otherwise a lot of healers won’t be able to keep you standing. They’re working on it.
Pugophobia is another challenge they’ll have to over come. That or get into a guild that is more active with running instances and heroics so they can get some worthwhile upgrades there.
Otherwise, I made a push to get my Recon in Global Agenda up to level 30. I did some investigating about specs and stuff. For the most part I was flipping between Bomb/Sniper Recon for PVP/PVE and got most of the specs close – I didn’t really delve into the Balanced tree, I mainly went Infiltration or Sniper (I think they call it Marksman). Now I mix a little of both.
I only just got into the crafting. You buy a recipe (which unfortunately sits in your inventory… Hello Hi-Res! Need to get some sort of recipe book or something) that lets you create that type of object. So far there are armor mods (I think repair kits fall into that one), device mods and consumables. There are some other ones that seem to be related to the persistent PVP (Conquest) stuff.
Oh! I got to try a Raid out. Not in the sense of a WoW raid, instead this is defending a location from waves of enemies. It failed. Somehow the tail end of the third wave over came our defenses and ate our core.
I poked around looking at Agencies for a bit but none really stood out. I’m not sure I want to get involved in any depth with another online play group – though it might be nice to have Medics/Assaults that realize they’re not snipers and actually get into the control points to take them.
And people thing WoW PUGs can be bad? Heh. I found myself yelling at the screen, “GET ON THE FUCKEN POINT!” Good thing I didn’t have my mic on and the kids . It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about people understanding what each of the game types are which is pretty damn easy I can’t fathom why people don’t get it.
Breach? Get on the point until you capture it.
Control? Get on the point and hold it. If you have 2/3 points you advance your progress bar towards winning.
Payload? Get on the point (which is the bomb) that moves. If you’re on it, it moves towards the place you need it to go so stay on it.
Scramble? Get on the point that appears at a random location.
Demolition? Okay… I know, it’s confusing – you don’t stand on the point here. Instead you either protect/heal your robot or try to take down theirs.
Bottom line, if there are no robots on the map, chances are you need to be on the point.
If you’re Recon maybe you clear out some turrets and stuff (though I often have to take a point because every Recon seems to think they are godly snipers…). Personally, I switched to more of a Bombercon (not quite a Minercon) where I dip in and out of the points dropping bombs to clear out the enemy. I make use of my stealth to get behind turrets and take them out. Other times I’ll try to defend a point using my mines and bombs, sometimes standing on the bloody point as Medics heal me because the Assault thinks that big thing that fires rockets is actually a sniper rifle.
If you’re Robotics? Set up shop to protect a given point or delay the enemy robot. Use your energy walls to help mitigate some damage the gang on the point is taking. Drop some med stations to help with helping. Set up the beacon in a good spot (I find dropping it between the enemy’s spawn point and the objective works well because you catch people rushing back into the battle or people trying to get out of the hotspot to safety.) Don’t be shy about helping Recon’s break up turrets and nests. If your devices don’t need healing, you should probably be shooting your gun.
If you’re a Medic (bless you!), heal away! Cure, heal, launch little grenades of healing goodness (or poison nastiness if there is a bunch of people in a clump). Shoot when you can. You’re the difference between life and death on the field. By the way, if you right click instead of left click on the healing gun you’ll do more heals at a higher energy cost – but that’s not a problem – right? You did take the extra energy pool and faster energy regen from the Balanced tree right?
If you’re an Assault, cuddling with a Medic and get on the bloody point! If the point looks good, stay there and protect it. If you charge into the point and die, don’t scream at the one poor Medic trying to heal everyone, take another route and help the Recons take out the nests of Robotics with their turrets then take the point. If you want to PVP (or PVE for that matter) you will want to get all the protection type spec stuff from Balanced and the Tank tree (oh and the extra healing). Medics and all the other players will love you for it.
I also bought LittleBigOgre a copy of that game and we played a little together. We just got our two Robotics through the Open PVE stuff they added. The last mission was pretty fun and funny to play with him. I did it solo with my Recon so I knew what was coming. The boss fires rockets that knock you back if they hit, he shoots from a machine gun, has a big sword that he’ll swing if he gets close and sometimes charges you, stunning you. I ended up dying and because he got me with a charge (I was trying to lure him away from LBO) but quickly made my way back as my son was panicking as he popped from side to side playing keep-away with the boss. He was so proud at the end of it and we were laughing pretty hard.
They need a little more work on the grouping and Open PVE – especially the grouping thing. They have an issue where you sometimes zone into different zones (I load up in the desert instance 5, my son is in city instance 3, I invite him to group, he accepts and zones out to the desert ending up in desert instance 12… wth?). They also seem to lock you out of a sub-instance if you have already done it – that’s okay if you’re alone, but not so okay when you’re trying to do something with a friend.
I was pleased to see /bug works for them. I sent them some feedback.
LBO is up to level 18 now with that Robotics. He also has a Recon (which he was meh about) and an Assault guy (which I had my Medic helping out), but then went back to the Robotics. Oh we actually won one of the mercenary missions we tried. Again, he was quite pleased about that.
That’s right, you guys were beat by a 7 year old!
A big plus about the game, it’s not graphically gory by any stretch. No blood splatters or decapitations or anything like that. For the most part, everything looks mostly normal. By which I mean the content doesn’t have violent items depicted on the walls or anything like that.
No monthly fees. If he puts the game down for a couple of months, it’ll have only cost me the purchase of the game. Not the game, several expansions and several months subscriptions.
I was a little surprised to see he was still subscribed to Wizard 101 despite not touching the game for months. I discovered this when the boys wanted to play it a little (three weeks ago) so the LBO had the family computer, LLO had my computer and I was using my laptop. I quickly learned that LBO could access subscription areas – sure enough, he was still subscribed. Oops.
When the interest waned, I unsubscribed him.It’s kind of nice only having one subscription.
So that’s where I’ve been.
Because you cared.