MMO Monday: A Steady Decline

The last weeks worth of Old Republic play time has been…disappointing. I can’t entirely explain it as the situation has me confused. Long story short my in game time has dropped dramatically, as has the time my guildies are online as well. It used to be I could log in and see several people online, whether it was doing their dailies on the level fifty, working on a low level character or just sitting around chatting with people. Sure there was less activity during the day than at night but honestly that’s pretty much expected in an MMO. People tend to play more at night. It’s the ideal raiding time and for those who work their only time to log in is nights and weekends.

But lately there has been no one online. Not during the day and rarely at night. In the last two weeks most of our raids have been canceled. It sucks but what can you do when six people show up for a sixteen man raid. At that point there is nothing left to do but call it for the night and hope the turnout is better.The problem is, that lack of attendance has been our only consistency over the past two weeks. Twice we tried doing an eight man raid due to the lack of number for the sixteen man. I thought that would be fun, at least it would give me a chance to raid. Boy was I wrong. Nothing is better worse than spending three hours dying to the same boss over and over again. That’s what we did twice this week.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know progression raiding is all about dying and learning the boss fights and eventually downing them and being rewarded amazing loot for your effort. But our group knows this fight, in fact they know all the fights of the operation. The problem is sloppy execution. I think a lot of us have stopped caring, we’re already bummed/annoyed that the sixteen man was canceled so attempting to salvage the night with an eight man hard mode that’s kicking our asses royally just isn’t doing it for us.

Another downside to this is, in the sixteen man story mode Op, Explosive Conflict, that our guild has been running we are getting the same gear drop that we have been getting for months running Karagga’s Palace and Eternity Vault. The only boss that drops any new gear is the final boss. Sure we get the commendations that can buy the new gear from each boss we down as well as out of the chests located around the zone, but what’s the point of raiding each week and getting all this gear when it keeps going to companions and even then most people don’t need it for that either.

Perhaps the lack of attendance is due to the recent release of Diablo 3. In fact I know at least some of it is as I remember several of my guild members talking about it, eagerly awaiting it’s release. Perhaps some of it has to do with the numerous bugs that plague the raiding aspect of the game. Or perhaps, like me, people have found their desire to play fading.

I hate to admit that I have already grown tired of a game that has only been out for six months. I had waited so long for this game to come out. I find it harder and harder to play a game in which major bugs seem to be completely ignored by the developers. My desire to log in on a daily basis has diminished greatly, logging on to see that no one is online in my guild yet again is very disheartening. I find the knowledge that the same quests I did on my Trooper and Jedi Knight await me on every other Republic character I level. Yes, the class quests are different, but those are few and far between and those alone will not get you to level fifty. Yes, I could level them using PVP. But, here’s the problem, I grow tired of PVP way too fast. Yes, I could play an Empire character. In fact I do have an empire character. The problem is I am leveling her with a friend, who is among the many guild members that have not been online lately.

So, in conclusion, I feel myself leaning towards quitting Old Republic. It’s sad to do so, but I don’t see much point in paying fifteen dollars a month for a game I will likely not log into. I have about two months to make my final decision, as that’s when my subscription is up for renewal. If things change for the better before then I may continue on, if not then I will drop the game and turn my MMO time into my reading and writing time, something that I have been neglecting greatly in these past few months/years.

MMO Monday: Wednesday Edition

While I realize it is past Monday I was unable to do my Monday post due to being super sick. However now that I’m back on the side of the living I figured I’d share with you my adventures in Old Republic over the last week.

My guild made a very big decision this week. Instead of our old set up, where we were running 2 8-man progression Ops groups weekly, we have decided to merge into a single 16-man Op group and tackle the content as a whole. Our first run was on Wednesday night where we attempted a story mode Explosive Conflict. I have to say I was very impressed with how well we did. Our Ops are scheduled for three hour runs and in that time on Wednesday we managed to kill all but the final boss. That is a very impressive first run as a 16-man guild, especially considering not everyone had previously been through Explosive Conflict.

We picked up again on Thursday. After a couple tries on Kephess, the final boss in Explosive Conflict, we walked away with some really nice loot and the satisfaction that our guild can do this no problem. Since we still had about two hours or so left in the night we decided to pop over to Karagga’s Palace and attempt a 16-man Nightmare run. The first boss Bonethrasher went down clean as anything. However we did hit a bump during Jarg and Sorno, the second boss. Sadly we ended the night with the pair still alive but I am looking forward to what we will be doing this week now that a lot of our group got several pieces of new gear out of Explosive Conflict.

Our first 16-man Kephess kill.

Tonight will be our second run of 16-man Explosive Conflict and I am really hoping that we can clear it in the three hour raid time frame allowing us to devote tomorrow’s full night to dealing with Nightmare Karagg’as Palace.

May The Fourth Be With You!

Today is May fourth and that means it is Star Wars day! The day of the year where Star Wars fans from across the universe celebrate their love of Star Wars. In celebration of Star Wars Day, I am spotting my Star Wars T-shirt, drinking my Dr Pepper out of a giant Star Wars cup, listening to the Star Wars soundtracks for all six movies and most importantly Playing Star Wars: The Old Republic all day long.

Yes, I realize the last one isn’t anything new, I play SW:TOR all the time regardless of what day it is. But it is fitting to play a Star Wars video game on Star Wars Day. So my fellow Star Wars fans, and those who may not care for Star Wars that much (shame on you), what are you doing to celebrate Star Wars day?

Also, on a completely unrelated note. Does anyone else dislike the new WordPress layout? Or is it just me?

MMO Monday – AFK All Day

It`s Monday again and you know what that means. It`s time for another edition of MMO Monday! I had hoped to have a nice amount of things to post about today, however my in game time this week was cut to the bare minimum. On top of that my regular raid night was switched to tonight so there`s sadly not much to talk about.

Tonight we will be burning our way through the new operation. If we finish in good time we will be popping over to Karagga`s Palace and do a quick Nightmare mode run of that place as well. I`m hoping the final boss droids the vanity pet, since it would make an excellent addition to my growing collection.

Speaking of which, this week brought in the legacy pet Tauntaun Ram. Which was awarded to any player with an active account as of specific date in April.

Look at the little adorable guy! Here`s hoping that next week I will have more to talk about.

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.

Striken By Hunger

It finally happened. After weeks, no months, of resisting I finally broke down and read The Hunger Games trilogy. I had been so hesitant to read it, even with all the hype surrounding the books. The reason being I figured it would turn out to be another Twilight, where all that hype was over nothing. Granted I have never read Twilight, nor have I seen the movies, but my husband watched the movies a while back just to shut people up at work and whenever I’d glance over at the screen I saw nothing but crap. Sorry Twilight fans but that’s my opinion and nothing you can say will sway me to think otherwise. Anyways, I actually happened to have bought the Hunger Games books a little while back. I stumbled upon the trilogy for Kindle for a really good price, three books for the price of one is a good deal as far as I’m concerned, and while I wasn’t sure I’d ever read them I bought them anyways.

Well the weeks sailed by and finally I bit the bullet. Pulling out my Kindle I decided to see just what the hype was all about. Honestly I have expected something terrible. I flipped to the first page of the book and prepared myself to be thoroughly disappointed. Boy was I wrong! I couldn’t put it down! I gobbled up every word and spent hours clinging to my Kindle not wanting to stop until all three books were done. It took me a couple days to read the trilogy and when it was done I was still surprised at how much I enjoyed them. The thing is I have never liked books written in first person, yet these ones seemed to be perfect in that tense.

The big disappointment came when I watched the movie.

I know books to movies are never as good as they should be because things need to be cut out or changed in order to fit it into a reasonable length of time. But I found, in my opinion, that far too much was cut and what remained of the book was changed to the point where I was constantly saying to myself “No it didn’t happen that way.” or “Why did they change that?”. So while I gave the books two very big thumbs up I have to say the movie was just terrible. I will probably still watch the other two movies just because but now I know they will be badly butchered versions of the books so I will not expect anything to be as it was in the novel.

In other news, I’m still mostly eaten by Star Wars: The Old Republic. As if my lack of posting her wasn’t an indication of that. But I’m enjoying the game so that’s all that matters right? I’m also beta reading a novel that will hopefully be published sometime this year. This is actually a really exciting thing for me as I’ve never had such an opportunity placed before me previously. I can’t say much about it, but I can say this, I am thoroughly enjoying reading it at this point and hope that it can be in other peoples hands so they can enjoy it as well.

And now we will return to our regular posting schedule.

Oh wait.

I’ve never had a regular posting schedule before. Perhaps I should look into doing that. Yes, that would be a wise thing. Expect something to happen, hopefully, to that effect in the near future.

On Raiding, Writing and Leveling

Oh what a busy week. At least in the realm of Star Wars: The Old Republic it was. Though it was busy it was also very productive. And productivity I like. Let’s see here what all happened.

Well, I firstly I did five nights worth of Operations, or raids as they as also referred to. Normally it’s only four nights a week, however this week Hard Mode Soa, the final boss in Eternity Vault, proved to be a bit more difficult than others. His fight is tricky and if you have bad luck with the orbs or mind traps you likely won’t get very far. But on a happy note, after about five and a half hours over two nights we managed to get him down. Also clear out Karagga’s Palace on Hard Mode without any problems. Then I turned around and ran those operations again on normal mode this weekend. It was a good week of raiding even with the hang up on Soa initially.

On top of operations I’ve been religiously doing my dailies every day. They are a great source of credits and you can get good implants and earpieces for not only your character but your companions as well. I’ve also found them to be a great source of legacy points. While the legacy system hasn’t entirely been added to the game yet, in the next big patch it will be and I’m trying to level it up nice and high before then. Currently sitting at Legacy 28, which is pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself.

As if all of that didn’t keep me busy enough in game, I have also been working on a number of alts. A Jedi Shadow tank, a Bounty Hunter DPS, an Imperial Agent that will likely be DPS, a second Trooper, and my original character a Jedi Sentinel is getting attention once more.

Needless to say I’m in game a lot. But hey it’s fun and it’s not like I have a job to go to or anything.

Now, on the writing side of things, I still have been plugging away at my novel ideas. However, as if it weren’t obvious from the above, progress on those have slowed down a bit. I have also started another writing project which ties into my gaming. You see with the Legacy system being added in the next patch you can create relationships between your characters, be it family, friend, foe or other. This has inspired me to write up background stories for all my characters and explain who they are related to or know each other. Maybe if I feel up to it I’ll post them here once they are done, but at this point they are still a work in progress.

Do You Hear The Crickets?

Seems I’ve gone and started a cricket farm without even realizing it. I turn my back on this blog for five minutes, or was it a month or two, and they are everywhere! Need to do some cleaning and find these critters and new home. Well, perhaps I will keep one or two just for fun. I mean, look at them, aren’t they the cutest little crickets that you’re ever seen.

In all seriousness I am a terrible blog owner. I have not abandoned this place, nor will I ever, it’s just that a got a little (read that as a lot) distracted and then time kind of just slipped away on me. Between being eaten by Star Wars: The Old Republic, my one computer dying (which of course is the computer I use to write this blog on) and countless other distractions, this blog got temporarily shelved. However I’m back and looking forward to continuing to work on this. I will still be decently distracted by SW:TOR as the game eats a lot of my time, but I will be trying to post somewhat regularly again. Might even do a few posts regarding my progress in the game.

So bare with me a few moments while I clean out the dust, shoo away the crickets and get things rolling again.

First Guest Post Appearance

Today is an exciting day. For today is the day that my guest post over at a friends blog goes live. This is in fact the first guest post I have ever done so I may be a bit extra excited about the whole prospect of it. Doing this has always prompted me to try to put more effort into my own blog. So here’s hoping that you will see more activity around here in the coming days, weeks and months.

For now I will prompt you to go visit her blog and check out my post on why I think Star Wars: The Old Republic is the best MMO out there.

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.