Archive for May, 2012

Spiders and Zombies and Templars, Oh My!

May 21, 2012

What’s this? A D3 post?? Well … yeah. I kinda got sucked in over the weekend. Let me back up though to the beginning.

Release night I couldn’t get in because of the login server problems. So my adventures began Wednesday evening. I started on a barbarian, as I had planned. I got him to level 8 then went back to ToR. Thursday and Friday were pretty much the same … each night I started a couple of the other classes, played them a few levels, then logged over to ToR. So, going into Saturday, I had played all 5 classes to somewhere between levels 5 and 8. The wizard stopped at 5 and I sold off all of his gear. I just didn’t like him at all. The others were all fun though and I wanted to see more. So, I spent most of Saturday getting the other four classes all through the fight with the Skeleton King.

The fight was easier on some than it was on others. My witch doctor soloed him no problem. My barbarian died at least 3 times before Reversion hopped into my game on a monk, and then we ran around and did the next couple of areas as well. My monk couldn’t do it either, so I checked my friends list. Lajos was the same level and was just one step of the quest behind me, so I joined his game and we ran around looking for the Royal Crypt, and then another friend of his joined and we all killed him together. Debbie the Demon Hunter (who I love as much for her name and high heels as I do for the gameplay) was joined by Stunnah’s wizard, who was a couple of levels below me. We had a rough time of it, so he went and got his witch doctor and we roflstomped him.

Sunday we get to decision time. Do I continue to run a string of alts through the same content, or do I want to pick one and run with it?

The barbarian was great fun, cleaving through scores of enemies. It was as awesome as I expected it to be.

The monk was interesting, zipping around from foe to foe, hitting several with each roundhouse kick, and also able to heal herself.

The demon hunter, which was the class I expected to like the least, was actually great fun, with the slowing shots that chain mobs together, and the rapid fire …

But when I asked myself ‘Is this the class that I want to spend the majority of my play time on?’ the answer, clearly, was the witch doctor. I get zombie dogs to fight for me! Yes, they are notorious for running ahead and pulling more things … but between them and my Templar buddy and my jars of spiders I can usually handle anything that comes at me. Yes, that’s right, my main attack is throwing a jar full of spiders at my enemies. So I played on Wega all day. I finished Act I and moved on to the next zone.

The scenery in some places is quite beautiful .. it’s not ALL doom and gloom. Check out this rainbow.

Oh, and I finally got to meet the dude whose horse I’ve been riding around Azeroth on for the last few months. (MIGHT BE A SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED ACT I)

I finished the night at level 20, and got another addition to my little army, a gargantuan zombie. So I have myself, my Templar companion, 3 zombie dogs, and 1 large zombie … plus all the spiders I toss around. Or frogs or bats. And then there are the eels …

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Kill it With Lightning

May 18, 2012

…or zombie dogs and spider jars.

I gave another shot at D3 last night when I got home. I decided to try a witch doctor this time. Not that I didn’t like the barbarian, but I want to try them all for a few levels. I’m sure my friends will be shocked to know that I made a female. I named her Wega after my orc banker because something about her reminds me of female orcs. I find her somewhat .. alluring. So anyway, I start out, and I have a poison dart to shoot at things. Then I have an AoE snare to keep things from getting to me while I shoot poison darts at them. Effective, but slow. But THEN I get the spider jars. I had to read the ability text a couple of times because I wasn’t quite believing what I was reading. I tested it out. OMG. She literally throws a big clay jar that breaks and out pop several big spiders that attack the enemies.

So I head out of town armed with jars of spiders, when Stunnah logs on and hops into my game. Ohai there! He’s a witch doctor too, although he’s a level or two above me at this point. He has zombie dogs. I wants them! We run around killing stuff and I level up enough to have doggies of my own. So now we have 6 zombie dogs and twice the number of spider jars being flung across the screen. It was glorious. Fire bats were ok, but once I got the rune for the ground snare that turned it purple I started using that while he stuck with the bats. I considered trying out the multiple-enemy poison dart but … omgspiders!!1!1 Yeah …

We got to level 8 and the exact same point as my barbarian, and then he had to leave. So I finished clearing my bags and moved over to ToR. I logged in to find 18 people in Mumble! Apparently the GM of the allied guild managed to get his D3 playing guildies to show up, and they went to 16 man EV. So while I listened to the end of the raid, I was doing this … recognize this guy?

I’m not sure it will make sense for me to have two tanks … but that’s really the spec I prefer playing on him. Not that it matters yet, he’s not even off Korriban, and he will have to spend some time on the fleet running Arelin’s GTN errands for awhile anyway. But I missed him, so I made another.

I Can Haz Alts Nao?

May 17, 2012

Notice anything new here?

I logged on last night and did one non-class quest to get myself closer to 30 and that sweet, sweet Impale ability, then just banged out the rest of the class stuff on Alderaan. Basically the same thing I did on Van way back when, but Van needed a lot of help on his final quest. I was pretty sure Arelin could handle it on his own as long as I got him to 30; the elites you face in the quest are 32. Having Impale gave me another bleed to go with the talented bleed on my Force Scream. Of course, it also helps that I’ve kept my gear updated. My synthweaving is up-to-date to the point that I am making actual upgrades for myself.

So, now that my legacy is in place …

What?!? Just one teensy widdle alt to park on the fleet by the GTN. I promise. Pleeeeze? I need one! I miss my Roz. I won’t level him past the fleet until Arelin is 50.

Oh, and yes, I did try out D3 last night. I played for a little over 3 hours and got a barbarian to level 8 and unlocked the blacksmith. It’s fun … but … ToR!!! Less than a minute in Mumble and my side was already hurting.

I Still Love Tatooine

May 15, 2012

Even though it’s not as exciting now that the Rakghoul virus outbreak has been contained, I still enjoy visiting Tatooine. I finished the regular quests there last night. Of course, while I was there, I spent some time getting datacrons. (I know you’re all so very surprised.) Sunday when I first landed on the planet and was doing the quests in Mos Ila itself, I decided I was getting that datacron on the roof even if it took all night. Last time I got it Roz had a sorcerer along with him who ended up pulling him up when they finally managed to make the last set of jumps. (Roz is the one I’ve been dying to play. I need another sin. But I want to make a merc and try healing again, too. Argh. Must. Get. Legacy. Soon.) Well, apparently all the practice I’ve been getting recently has improved my skills, because I did manage to get it! I didn’t screenshot that one though.

The second one I was planning on skipping, because the area you jump down from is a heroic area. But as I was riding by, I thought ‘you know, I should just see if I can get to the spot without fighting anything.’ Well, there was a single elite standing in the way that I didn’t think I could avoid. So I rode towards him and force charged from my hoverbike and … an add popped up out of the sand behind him as soon as I entered combat. Also elite. I stayed on the one I was attacking and let Quinn take it on the chin from the other one. He held on long enough for mine to die at the same time he did. The second one killed me, but despawned when I died. Mission accomplished!

From there I rode out to the southwest corner of the Dune Sea to the half-buried sandcrawler where you catch the Jawa balloon.

I’ve heard stories of it bugging out and dropping people to the sand halfway through the journey. Fortunately, this did not happen to me, and after a leisurely ride (during which I took the opportunity to stuff my face with chips and salsa and punish Quinn) it finally approached the sandcrawler that the datacrons are on.

I made the jump and collected my prizes.

I didn’t go to the one in the cave yet. It’s in the bonus area and I haven’t decided yet whether to stay on the planet or move on. I want my legacy but … I don’t want to rush the questline so fast that I’m unable to complete it, either. Sure, there are at least half a dozen people who would be happy to come to my class quest and slam that Jedi into paste for me, but … well, we’ll see. At the moment he is on his ship, because I ended the night with the space missions.

Tonight is probably D3. I started the download shortly after midnight, and when I got up at 8:30 it was 79% done. Yes, my connection is slow. We’re supposed to raid tonight though so we’ll see. I know pretty much everyone is playing D3 though so I don’t know if they will show up or not. At least if we’re all on D3 we can tell who is online and coerce them to raid, thanks to stalker ID.