MMO Monday

Ah Monday. The bane of my existence. The first day of the work week (not that I work but that’s a minor detail) and the day that most people grumble about. There’s a number of other reasons to dislike Monday, it’s the day you go back to school after the weekend, it’s the only day of the week that starts with ‘M’ and well, okay I’ve run out of reasons so I’m grabbing at straws here. I don’t know many people who like Monday’s, but to those of you who do, bravo for liking this terrible day. Monday’s make me think of the movie Office Space, where that lady would say “Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.”

 

Yeah, that’s the line. It brings a slight smile to my face to see that. Though at the same time I shudder just thinking about being stuck working with someone like that. Ah the joys of being unemployed, get to avoid people just like that woman.

Now! To the entire point behind this post. So we’ve established that I I don’t like Monday’s. So to make the day a bit more tolerable I have decided to do an MMO related post each Monday. I live to play MMO’s and since I spend most (read that as all) my time playing Star Wars: The Old Republic I know I will have plenty to talk about each Monday.

This last week of in game time has been mostly devoted to the World Event they added regarding the Rakghoul plague. It has added a new set of dailies that will, likely tomorrow be removed from the game, so I’ve been busy doing those on my two higher level characters on top of running raids and doing other regular dailies. It’s been fun to see this new addition and I look forward to either a continuation of this event or new world events in the future.

However, even greater thing that I accomplished was obtained four new in game vanity pets. Two are linked to the world event, one took a trip to eBay to acquire an the other took twenty-four hours of sitting in a nest waiting for the item to spawn in. The two raklings fro the event were decently easy to obtain. One was a reward from a quest that had me go all over Tatooine scanning ship parts. While the second was bought with DNA samples that are obtained from doing the new dailies. The eBay related pet was the Taun Fawn that is exclusive to PAX East people. However due to some people gaining multiples and others looking for a profit I was able to purchase the code for a small chunk of change. The fourth and final pet I obtained was the Orokeet. This bird is gained when you gather an egg from a nest on Alderaan then hatch it in the Tatooine desert. Call me crazy for sitting in the nest for 24 hours trying to get it but I think it was well worth the time and effort. There are actually several other Tauntaun vanity pets in game, and I’m working on obtaining them as well however those will take some time to do. I will update you whenever they are finally added to my collection.

Crimson Rakling, Pale Rakling, Orokee and Taun Fawn.

On top of my pet collection being started I have also been working on a number of lower level characters. My Jedi Shadow is doing well, at nearly thirty-six. A new Empire side alt was made who I’m leveling up with a friend from my Troopers guide, and that Sith Marauder is currently sitting at level sixteen. I still don’t enjoy leveling alts as much as some people do, but I must admit that the different class stories certainly make it much more enjoyable. I do any of them will hit fifty anytime soon, but honestly I’m in no rush to get a second max level character. Would only mean more raiding to do and I already run operations four to six nights a week as is on my Trooper. Nope, it’s best to keep it slow and enjoy leveling them when I feel like it.

Wednesday NaNo Update and Beta Invite

Well it’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for my weekly NaNoWriMo update. So far things have been going well for my writing. I have found out that I write so much better when I have all of my information done ahead of time, so that if I ever reach a spot where I’m not sure what to write next I simply look at my outline and start writing again. Last year I wrote completely by the seat of my pants with only a faint glimmer of an idea and while I did reach the fifty thousand word mark it was a struggle most days to write. I would have to say that 95% of what I wrote last year was garbage and that if I ever did anything with that “novel” again it would be a complete rewrite. This year I have been averaging between two thousand and twenty-five hundred words per day, which has keep me about two days ahead on my writing so far.

This time around the quality of my writing is much better since I know what I want to write and aren’t simply grabbing words out of thin air and slapping them into Word. As of right now I sit at just over seventeen thousand words and I have yet to do my daily word count for the day. I am certainly enjoying writing my novel and look forward to seeing it finally brought to life.

However today I got an email that will most certainly interrupt my writing this weekend. In that email was a beta invite for the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. I am horribly excited about this. I have had my eye on this game since BioWare first announced it was in the process of making in over a year ago. Ever since I stopped playing WoW I have struggled to find an MMO that I enjoy. I tried Rift, and while it was interesting I became bored with it very quickly. The idea of going back to WoW makes me shiver so the only thing that was left to do was wait for SW:TOR to come out. And now I will be getting my first chance to play the game starting this weekend. I can’t wait.

Of course this means I will have a slight interruption in my writing as I will be busy playing and won’t have the time to devote to NaNoWriMo. So, the plan is to write extra today and tomorrow to add a buffer to my word count so that I don’t fall behind during my non-writing weekend. My goal is to write at least five thousand words both today and tomorrow, which honestly can be done easily since I have been stopping myself from getting too far ahead each day up until now.

In other minor news, I finally finished the last it of painting in the basement. Once it dries I will give it a second coat (if needed) and then all that is left to do is paint my sons room, which I plan to do next week. So glad to have this renovation stuff nearly done, but I must say the house looks great now, as opposed to the alright look it had before.