Yesterday we pretty much had the textbook definition of a “Lazy Sunday”. After getting almost 13,000 steps on Saturday, I only managed to hit 3,500 yesterday. We had rain to deal with off and on all day, and pretty much opted to stay indoors and vegetate. I think given how hard we have pushed we both could use a day off. Also my wife has been out of school for a week but never really gotten a single day to just recuperate. To make matters worse Tuesday she is flying out for the first of many conferences she will attend this summer. As such it also begins the part of the summer that I hate the most… trying to get used to being alone and then simultaneously get used to being not alone.
I am probably odd that it takes time for me to ease into any change in my environment. I have always been someone who could adapt to rapid and momentary interruptions extremely well. I remain calm under pressure, and get hyper focused on fixing whatever issue is at hand. Ironically I am extremely horrible at dealing with sustained change. When my world is thrown upside down but not immediately righted… I am not a happy camper. I have these little rituals, like this morning blogging thing… that when I do not get to observe them… nothing else is really right the rest of the day. So you can imagine how much turmoil the summer brings me since I tend to have a wife one week and then she is gone the next… and this lasts for at least the month of June but often times some of other months as well.
Easily it takes me a good three days to adjust to any change, sometimes longer. So if she is gone a week 3 days of that will be with me in personal turmoil as I adjust to her being gone. Then when she comes back there will be another three days of me adjusting to the fact that it is no longer just me and the cats in the house. I feel like I deal with all of this fairly well considering, but there are generally some severe low points while she is not around. Thankfully this year she will be travelling back on my Birthday, because in past years she has been gone for it… making it all that more of a depressing occasion. The week days are pretty easy thankfully because the routine of work keeps me pretty busy, and then at night I end up gaming the night away. The weekends on the other hand are pretty rough to be all by myself in the house. Hopefully this year will be a bit easier since I will still need to maintain the routine of walking every night.
Inappropriate Bed Time
Among my friends I have developed a reputation for having unnaturally good luck when it comes to drops and getting the random number generator to perform for me. One of the nifty things that I added to my house is the Moonshiners Cabin. Once every thirty minutes you can play a mini-game to brew a batch of moonshine. So far this is one of my favorite housing mini-games because really… it takes zero skill, just the ability to do a few tasks quickly. If you complete the game you get to roll for 150 reknown, a Neon Beer sign pictured above, one of 5 random dye colors, or the penultimate reward a purple quality “Granok Four Poster Bed”. The bed is also pictured above, but given my odd lighting in the house I am not sure if you can really see it in all its glory. It is a rather large bed decorated with so many odd things. Let me run them down really quickly… a pair of steer horns, a target riddled with bullet holes, a pink heart pillow, a camo pillow, a tiger striped pillow, stage lighting, a camera pointing at the headboard, an LCD monitor showing the beds headboard, and a clothes line with a bra and a pair of tube socks.
I am pretty sure the owner before me was rigging the bed to film porn, but I am not 100% sure. Maybe they were just part of some elaborate sleep study. In any fashion it totally fits the motif of my house which is “Intergalactic Airstream Trailer”. Essentially I want to be that crazy Chua in a teardrop trailer lost somewhere deep in the woods. Right now I am sharing my house with my pet carrots, and I intend to add as many adorable plushies as I happen to find to the house just to crank up the uneasiness factor. I am decorating the house as a “Chua Unhinged”…. which in reality is pretty much every chua everywhere. I was too cheap to buy a proper divider, so I am just using a forest of Elden Holograms to provide a visual divider between the living room and the bedroom. In the bedroom you have the creepy bed, a Chua regeneration chamber, a Chua mechanical arm… that holds a really huge missile. All things that any proper marginally insane Chua would need on a daily basis.
The thing that still has me over the moon about the Wildstar housing system is that so much of it is “functional”. I love Rift and EQ2 for having super detailed cosmetic housing systems… and to be honest in both cases the systems are generally more detailed in what you can do with them. The trump card that Wildstar plays is that they have given you a reason other than for bragging rights to have a cool home. So many of the things that you place in your home can be interacted with and used. For example this is a shot of my friend Tam’s house and he has a crafting table, that works just as well as the crafting tables in any of the cities. Since we are neighbors I can pop over and use it at any time, as well as mine his ore for him… with him getting the lions share of the reward from doing so. They have managed to create housing that not only is interesting and functional… but that also still has deep social ties.
Thirty Minutes Too Late
Throughout most of the weekend my friends and I had been missing each other online for the purpose of running the first Adventure. We often had four within the right level range but not quite five. I am prone to fits of walking away from the screen without warning, and at one point last night I did just this to cook dinner. When I got back in they were about halfway through running the adventure without me. This is no biggy, because I am sure I will get in on another run… but the worst part is I think I am the only one of us who is actually building fully tanky. I feel sorry for Rae because she got drafted into tanking as a Stalker with no tanking gear and no experience using any of the tanking abilities for her class. I stole the above photo from Scopique… and I am assuming at some point today he will have a rundown on his blog.
It sounded like they had a fairly rough time, but everyone soldiered through… no pun intended. I am curious if the engineer tricks will make it easier or not. One of the things I am really digging is that the engineer has a lot of active mitigation. There is this death and decay like mechanic that I drop called Unsteady Miasma. Firstly it deals AOE damage to the group in a 5 meter circle, but the important thing is it gives up to five mobs a debuff called blunder. When that procs it causes their chance to be deflected to increase by 28% at the current tier. As a result this causes me to deflect a not insignificant number of their attacks once you factor in my own deflection bonuses. This is the sort of thing that you want to keep up all of the time, and when I started doing so I noticed my ability to solo 3 man bosses increased massively.
At this point I figure I am about halfway through Auroria, and roughly halfway to level 21. My intermediate goal for the weekend was to hit 20, and I did so just barely. One of the cool things about adventures is that if you are over the suggested level it mentors the party down. This means at least to some extent the content stays evergreen. I am doing a really poor job of following the quest chains, and as a result I have stuff scattered all over the map that is incomplete. Deredune was pretty straight forward, but I was subjected to more than a few “whats over here” moments… and when I got to Auroria the gloves came off completely. I have followed so many wild goose chases in search of ore or an explorer quest item. I feel like I am doing a really poor job of progressing considering I am already starting to lag behind some of the guild members. That said… as busy as I was last week I didn’t really feel like I got to play much.
Tonight is going to be a busy night to say the least. We will have to do the traditional mad dash around the house to gather up items and pack my wife for her trip. So I am really not sure how much time I will really get to play. However if I do manage to get a solid block of time before or after my walk… I want to run the first Adventure. So this is my goal, I just have no clue at all if I will accomplish it.