Posts Tagged ‘Dragon Age: Origins’

Don’t Panic

June 10, 2013

I know, I know … I didn’t post at ALL last week. I just …

I dunno.

I woke up Thursday morning and the cord to my cell phone charger was in two pieces, the phone dead. Of course, this happens on a day when there is a big event in the neighborhood so I cannot move my car or I won’t have a parking space when I come back. So there was nothing I could do about it that day. Then I remembered that I have a car charger that I have never even taken out of the packaging. I dig that out, and confirm that the phone is still operational, just out of power. I juice it up enough to remove my mobile authenticator. Don’t panic! I have an old style key fob authenticator that I put on the account instead. I would never leave it unprotected.

So, now that that’s done, I can play. I did panic a little that day knowing that my authenticator was on the phone and if the phone was fried, I would be in trouble.

Then Friday … I didn’t even feel like playing. I just … didn’t even make it to the login screen. I may have loaded the launcher, I don’t remember. But … I ended up playing Dragon Age: Origins instead. Yes, I know, free beta weekend in Neverwinter and I’m … back in DA:O. Not even DA2!

Saturday morning I took the dog to the vet to get his allergies looked at, and on the way home we stopped to take care of that whole cell phone charger issue. The sales associate was a hot Filipino-looking dude, so of course … I let him talk me into upgrading my phone instead of just getting a charger. I know, I know … but to fair, I’d had this same phone for 5 years. It was past time to replace it. Moving on up from 3G to 4G, yo.

Then I got home and … still didn’t feel like playing. I did a little more DA:O then watched a bunch of stuff on Hulu and played with the phone. Sunday I *did* log in for a couple of hours. I did some fishing and pet battling. Oh, and I went to TK and finally did lay the smack down on Kael. Then I was done. I did more Hulu, and more DA:O, and more playing with the phone (the two games that I play I had to start over from level 1, so I had some catching up to do).

What will I do tonight? I don’t know. I have no burning desire to log in right now. I don’t know if I’m burned out, or just need a break, or what. What I *really* want is to get my hands on Hearthstone already. Come on Blizz! Gimme gimme.

DA:O

March 7, 2011

Kinda funny … this morning’s Breakfast Topic over at WoW Insider is “Do you play other games besides WoW?” Why is that funny? Because that’s what I was going to write about today anyway. You see … for the first time in three years, I’ve cheated on WoW. Oh sure, I’ve played some PvZ late at night when I couldn’t sleep on occasion, but this goes way beyond that. This goes to the extreme of I DID NOT LOG IN TO WOW YESTERDAY AT ALL. (not logging in to WoW for a single day and calling that an extreme is a whole ‘nother can of worms, isn’t it?)

Let’s start at the beginning. Thursday I felt like absolute crap. But I went to work anyway. When I got home, I logged in like usual and did some dailies and I think even a dungeon … but I wasn’t really up to dealing with other people. My eyes strayed to the Dragon Age: Origins (Ultimate Edition) lying on the nearby dresser. It had been sitting there, unwrapped, since the day Cata came out. I bought it anticipating lots of server downtime like there had been at the release of Wrath. That didn’t happen, the Cata release was amazingly smooth, and the game sat unplayed and waiting. (Yes, I realize I am very behind and there’s a DA:2 coming. This is nothing new. Before WoW, I was always a generation behind on my consoles, too. I still don’t have a PS3 or an Xbox … but my Sega Saturn is still operational.)

So anyway … I installed the game and rolled a mage. Apparently this was a big mistake because I couldn’t even make it out of the Fade. So I said fine, I’ll just try a warrior. Plate makes it all better amirite? Well, yes and no. It made it better enough that I easily completed the human noble origin story, and got started on the Wilds. I guess I’ve been playing WoW for too long. I had completely forgotten how to handle a party of four instead of just controlling my own toon. My groupmates would run off ahead of me and get surrounded and … ugh.

Friday at work I expressed my difficulties to Lyssi. She suggested I look at the tactics and put in one for each character to use a health potion when they get below a certain percent, and also try setting the game to ‘easy’ instead of ‘normal’. Yes, that’s right … I’m playing on ezmode. Hey, what are you doin on my lawn?! Dang kids.

So, I rerolled my mage. Yes, I was bound and determined to play a mage, goshdarnit. I messed around in the tactics. I set up my mage to assist and took direct control of Alistair. As I got enough levels to get some new spells, it got easier. Frozen mob + Stonefist = love. So I set up a macro, er, tactic for my mage to cast stonefist on anything that is immobilized. My mage has gone straight primal.  He has like no spells that don’t do direct damage .. except weakness, since he came with that already learned.

I’ve gone through my Joining. I’ve survived the battle, and gotten past Lothering to the point where I have the Party Camp and can go to wherever on the world map I choose. Yes, I am intentionally not talking specifics on plot. I am probably not the only noob who hasn’t played the game before and I don’t want to give stuff away, because so far, the plot is amazing and I wouldn’t want to spoil it.

I am also NOT looking up any info on the net. I’m sure there is probably a wiki and all kinds of things that will tell me where stuff is, and what gifts to give to who, and all that crap. That’s fine and dandy on a second playthrough … but I’m enjoying just discovering things as I go the first time around.

Don’t worry, guildmates. I’ll be logging on WoW tonight. At least for a little while. But I may log off earlier than normal. You see, there are these abominations that need to be taken care of ….

Oh, and Lyssi? I’ve changed my mind … I would totally do Alistair. Guess I’ll have to eventually roll a chick huh? 😛