Posts Tagged ‘Ding’

[SWTOR] Lagacy of the Empire

November 1, 2012

Cool title no?

I have been meaning to post this for a little bit. Sorry to any twitter folks that have to see this image for a second time. I was really anxious to get it out there at first.

Anyway, I have finally made it to Legacy level 50 in SWTOR!

I am pretty proud of this achievement considering I rarely have capped a character in a game, but I have managed to level cap 5 characters in SWTOR altogether. Now I don’t have any really cool bragging rights like saying that I have participated in beating Explosive Conflict in Hard Mode or that I am a stud PvPer, but I at least have this accomplishment that I know few of the people that run in my circle have completed.

What have I learned in my time to Legacy 50?

  • I have become terribly efficient at running Ilum and the Black Hole Dailies (I never even do the Belsavis ones anymore.)
  • I have noticed that will all the bonuses that I have gotten to the “presence” stat, that leveling has become a lot easier.
  • I have just about worn out the space bar on my keyboard from skipping all the dialog from the repeated quest content.
  • I have no idea why they gave us 50 Legacy levels when they don’t require hardly anything into the double digits for Legacy perks.
  • I am perpetually broke because leveling a character from 1-50 is expensive and I tend to buy the Legacy leveling perks.

Anyway, I have 1 character done on the republic side, and 3 more to go. I really don’t enjoy the pub side that much, so I imagine it will take me some time to get that one done. In the meantime, some friends are starting to play the game again so I am hoping to get back into some of that raid content that I enjoyed so much.



[SWTOR] Slow down! There are no levels past 50!

January 11, 2012

I reached level 50 yesterday afternoon after about a month of playing. Here are some thoughts on the leveling part of the game:

  • According to /played it took me somewhere between 6 and 7 days to accomplish this goal. I don’t know for sure because I forgot to check the moment I hit 50. This boils down to somewhere between 5-6 hours a day over the 28 days since the games unofficial launch. If it weren’t for a fair amount of vacation time this would never have happened.
  • In the same time that it took me to get to level 50, another member of my guild has two level 50 characters and a new one in the twenties!
  • The content at level 50 is tough compared to the previous content. I can only speak to Ilum so far, but I have  a long way to go gear-wise and learning to play my character in group situations to be good at level 50 content.
  • I am absolutely broke! After speeder training, skill training, and repairs on equipment I have very little money left in the bank. I don’t know how I am going to fund a crafting profession.
  • I played a lot of the content solo, but I did group along the way from time to time. Character quests were much better when you do them solo because you can enjoy them and not worry about holding anyone up. The rest of the content is much more fun when grouped.
  • Playing as a tank spec made the process slower by-and-large. I died very infrequently with my healer companion, but my DPS output was so paltry it took a long time to get through mobs. Unlike the two imperial stealth classes, I couldn’t just sneak past them to get to  a quest point.
  • I really need to invest in a gaming pad, because there are just too many buttons to push and I can’t do it quickly enough on my keyboard. As a powertech bounty hunter there are a ton of situational abilities that are essential and having only a few keys at my fingertips makes life tough.
  • I am antsy to start working on another class instead of gearing up this one, but I am going to go out of my comfort zone a bit try to gear up for operations and hard mode flashpoints.
  • I am closing in on the end of the “free” month and I have no qualms with paying for this game. Having a blast! /cheer for SW:ToR!

[WoW] A Feather in Your Level Cap

February 28, 2011

I’ve caught my tail…now what?

Well…I did it. I finally accomplished level cap in an MMO game. Some may argue the difficulty of performing this in WoW, but for me it was a moral victory. I managed to beat back the gnawing urge to finally reach endgame in one of the games in which I spend so much time. Yay! That last level seemed to go on forever, but I was determined to get it done.

Of the 80-85 Cataclysm content, I played through Vashj’ir, Deepholm, Uldum, and part of the Twilight Highlands. I would highly recommend playing through Uldum if you get the chance as the Harrison Jones quest line is quite entertaining if you have ever watched any of the Indiana Jones movies.  Here is a couple of pics of some of the fare you are in for if you do.

Hrmmmm…big dude fighting Dr. Jones with an airplane nearby…what could possibly happen.

If it weren’t for a premature “print screen” button press, this guy would be smeared all over the screen!

I must say, even though I felt pressured to get to the cap (my need to reach it supplied the pressure), I did enjoy all of the 80-85 content. Some of it was better than others, but all in all I did enjoy my time. It was neat to actually see some people running around in the content. TBC and WotLK content was pretty barren.

So would I do it again? Sure, it was a good time.

Would I dedicate 5 years to this game as some people have done? No, I enjoy the journey, but I am not a completionist or anything like that.

I can finally say I have played WoW to level cap, and it is something that I think every person who plays MMO’s regularly should do. It definitely gives you perspective and lets you understand just what all the hubbub is about.


[WoW] /Ding 82

February 21, 2011

“You talkin’ to me?”

So I am almost there…three more levels and I will have capped my first toon. I can say that I was frantically trying to get through WotLK content to get to the new Cataclysm content, but now that I am actually here, it is rather enjoyable. The pace is pretty quick as far as leveling goes. I think I have gone from 80 to 82 1/2 in a couple days, but the story is pretty good and the zone is neat. I went to Vashj’ir zone because that is the one I had heard anything about. One note, though the map shows that the zone is for level 78-80 characters, you can only start the quests at level 80. I learned this the hard way at level 79 and wasted a trip from Northrend.

Anyway I am having fun in the game, and I am excited to be on the precipice of actually capping my first toon. I hope to have this completed in time to play RIFT at launch, so here is hoping. I hope that all of you are enjoying yourselves wherever you are gaming these days.


[WoW] The Home Stretch

February 10, 2011

I am finally in the home stretch as I see it in WoW. I just dinged 76 today before work and I am in the single digits for how many levels I have left to go to hit cap. I have no idea what I will do once I get there, but I will have finally accomplished something I have never done in an MMO, and that is cap a toon.

[WoW] /Ding 65

January 19, 2011

Hey buddy, aren’t you a chieftain now in Orgrimmar?

So as it stands, I think I am one of the only people left in my guild that hasn’t jumped ship and told WoW to “eff off.” I really didn’t do that much grouping when they were there since most of them had 80+ characters, but it was nice to be able to type /g heya and actually get a response as opposed to just an echo. I have 20 levels to go to get to level cap, and I am bound and determined to do so before I give up on this game. The solo experience is a good one even if LFD/PUGs stink.

The odd thing is, they weren’t that bad at low level <35 or so. Maybe part of it was because I actually had an idea of how the dungeons worked back then and could actually tank them myself. Now I have no idea what is what in them and TBC content does not have a native map of the dungeons, so on the off chance that I queue for them, I run as a Ret Paladin.

I have given myself a goal to get to 85 by March-ish. I am going to make an effort to go to PAX East in Boston and then Dragon Age 2 comes out so I will be hitting that pretty hard. This is one of the main reasons that I am not even looking into RIFT. I figure this will give me some time to decompress from MMO’s for a bit and then hit SW:TOR full tilt when it drops. Hopefully it won’t be delayed too much.

I guess this is a bit of a ramble, but I figured I’d give an update of where I am in WoW and what my plans are for the near future.


/Ding 53 in EQ2

June 29, 2010

It’s been quite a while since my last /Ding report, but I wasn’t playing for a while there and I have a severe case of altitis at times. In any event, I have crested the lip of Tier 6 with Pidd the necromancer. I spent a lot of time from level 42 to 53 jumping around to various zones. I have tried to follow the suggestions of the Roger Goldie quest lines, but they really don’t seem very accurate since…well the beginning really. They are always just a couple of levels off in my opinion. At level 42 they suggested that I go to Lavastorm, which seemed a little bit too difficult of a zone for that level. Solo encounters were fine, but the zone is so crowded you rarely fight just one mob at a time. I instead opted to go to Everfrost which was a much better area for me. I gained a few levels there and then went to Sinking Sands.

Sinking sands is a really cool zone and there are plenty of quests to go around. It also has the coolest mode of in zone travel via magic carpets. The zone is visually appealing at first and then as you progress into it further it is pretty much just sand everywhere. I completed most of the quests in that area and then went back to Lavastorm and mopped up what I had missed there. It was much easier as most mobs were blue to me then, but the quests were pretty cool. I toured Solusek’s Eye to get to the other side of the zone and it looks to be a cool dungeon. I hope to get back there once my group character Piddleglum is high enough level.

Anyway, once I had enough experience to level up to 52 and advance the Roger Goldie quest in Lavastorm, the quest sends me to Sinking Sands!!!! What?!?! I already completed most of the quests there! I don’t get it. Anyway, now I have to level up to 57 to advance that quest further and then he is going to send me off to Tenebrous Tangle. I don’t know anything about that zone, but I’m sure I will. So what to do for the next 4 levels?

I am currently in Lesser Faydark either kicking the cans of the tree spirits pictured above, or getting absolutely pwned by some fairy dryad things. Lesser Faydark appears to suffer from the same problems that Greater Faydark does (at least to me anyway) in that everything is spread out all over the zone. Fortunately the travel system in the zone is pretty good, so at least I can go get a drink while Mr. Ed trots off to the next area I have to kill stuff. Hopefully I don’t have to stay here long. I think the trees hate me.


/Ding 42 in EQ2

May 5, 2010

I managed to reach the lofty level of 42 the other day in EQ2 and met the requirement to continue traveling down the Golden Path. I talked to the quest NPC and he gave me this song and dance about why I needed to head to the new zone … blah, blah, blah. Anyway, he told me to head to Lavastorm, and thus I obliged. I arrived at the Lavastorm dock area and I must say that it was about what I would expect a volcanic zone to look like (not remotely what it looked like in EQ1).

I really hope the horseshoes on the mount can handle this place! Anyway I am starting to learn my way around this area and dying here and there. I walked one way and the mobs were level 45 and yellow. I walked the other way there were red con level 80+ mobs all over the place. I experienced my first one hit kill today. It was refreshing! It looks like I have another ten levels to go before I can advance the golden path quest, so I might just want to figger this place out!


/Ding 31 in EQ2

March 11, 2010

I just leveled my Necromancer to level 31 today. You can see him in the above photo flying the friendly skies over Butcherblock Mountains. The I am just about ready to embark on the Yellow Brick Road Golden Path quests that start at level 32, and I am trying to wrap up some of the random quests I have left in Tier 3 BB Mts. The questing in BBM was not as well laid out as it was in Timorous Deep, but I was also running back to TD on occasion to do some crafting and other stuff. This may have contributed to the feeling that the quests were haphazardly laid out, but then again, I do think this is a valid point.

Things I did note in Tier 3:

  1. The progress overall seems to have slowed way down from the first two tiers. It did not slow down to the point that I felt I was slogging through the levels, but it was a marked difference from before. Again, part of this I believe is in the layout of the T3 quests. I don’t think the progress was slow enough to complain about, but BBM is definitely starting to lose it’s luster.
  2. If you want to do some harvesting in Tier 3, head to Thundering Steppes and then head west from the docks until you get to Thundermist Valley. Watch out for the griffins, but the area is wide open with resource nodes as far as the eye can see!
  3. By level 30 with about 26 AA’s or so I can easily take on the heroic mobs in BBM solo.
  4. Upgrades to spells becomes more important as you level up. Find a sage and make friends, or roll one up yourself. I have my sage level at 30 on Pidd the Necro.

I am looking forward to the tier 4 content. I hope that the Golden Path quests are all they are cracked up to be!


Pidd Netherbinder on his way from Butcherblock Mts. to the Thundering Steppes

/Ding 16 in EQ2

February 19, 2010

I have been playing EQ2 now for about 3-4 days when I get some time, and I am having some fun. I dinged 16 today and made it to L9 crafter the other night. I’m not sure what I want to spec in in crafting so I haven’t gotten any further with that. I started in Timorous Deep and I think I am in the last area of it before the kick me out aka I max out the experience I can get in this zone. The quests have been decent and the wildlife varied. The mobs seem pretty easy to this point and I’m not sure if that is because I am playing a pet class or if they are just that easy.

Anyway here are a couple if pics that I took in TD that made my list of “neat” moments.

This one I titled “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

EQ2 L14 Necromancer Pidd

And this one I call “Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey eat your hearts out.”

I hope to make the “/Ding” a regular post for me, we’ll see how it goes. Obviously at low levels the rate of advancement will be pretty high, but I hope to settle in to some decent progress on this toon. I really won’t be able to play all that much this weekend so we’ll pick back up on Monday!