Last Tuesday my wife flew off to her first conference of the year, and for the most part I had been unaffected by this. Sure I’ve missed having her around, but during the work week my time is so metered that I barely notice that I exist, let alone another person. However the first Saturday is always the day it really hits me. It doesn’t help that we are struggling with record pollen counts and the cottonwood is blowing with a vengeance that means I cannot breathe at all… and feel generally shitty. As a result I have completely fallen off the walking wagon, I am sure Monday I will get back into the swing of things, but the last several days I have walked a rather pitiful amount.
Right now I feel very lonely, and as a result have been forcing myself to hang out on Teamspeak as much as possible. For the most part the whole dumping of mumble thing has gone relatively smoothly. The folks I chat with on a nightly basis have just transitioned cleanly, leaving only a few stragglers on mumble. I am looking forward to Wednesday when she flies back into town, and in the meantime I am trying to busy myself and surround myself with as many friends as possible. My natural instinct is to “turtle” and pull my head up inside my shell, never to be heard from again. But I know based on past experience that is exactly the wrong reaction to feeling a bit depressed. I just have to get through a few more days for this current salvo.
Literally within moments of posting yesterdays blog entry, I had a friend of mine hook me up with a Destiny alpha code. I love our community so damned much, and I am not sure if this person wants to be named by name… but yeah thanks so much. After a 6.9 gig download that went remarkably faster than I expected and next thing I knew I was logging in and creating a new character. My instinct was to go human, but for whatever reason they do not have any facial hair options. I cannot create a “proper” Belghast without a beard, so instead I choose to go their robot option called the Exo, which had some really slick configuration choices. The other racial option was some sort of tank grown looking protohuman called an Awoken that seems to be based on vampires/ghosts/elves in appearance. If you are familiar with Defiance, they feel a lot like the Castithans.
So this won’t be the only comparison I make the Defiance, because really so far Destiny feels like Defiance done better. I feel like Defiance was an MMO with Shooter elements, whereas Destiny is a Shooter with MMO elements. Subtle difference there, but being a really solid shooter first… and gear swapping mmo second seems to make all the difference in the world. Defiance was a cool idea, but the moment to moment gameplay felt unexciting, because it lived halfway between two worlds. Everything about the shooter elements of Destiny is solid, and while I fail miserably at playing console shooters… I was able to pick up the controls quickly and felt like I had more control that I normally do with a gamepad. Right now I am somewhat hooked, and hope to get in and play with some friends and explore the ruins together.
Dances with Orcs
While I was piddling around and streaming things, I also spent a good chunk of yesterday playing Warlords of Draenor. I figured since I have been granted the ability to play the Alpha, I should probably be testing it. Also in a way I am playing it in memory of River, since he was so amped about being invited to the alpha. The game is trying super hard to be modern and relevant, but under the covers it still feels like a ten year old game. I am still working my way through the quests which have the added benefit of building my Garrison. Yesterday I completed a sequence of quests to unlock the Alchemy Hut and in theory the ability to run alchemy crafting missions. I have not however gotten enough Draenor era herbs of the right kind to be able to complete this.
Something I am highly enjoying is the fact that while I am out in the world, I am constantly gathering new followers for my Garrison. Some of them are even call backs to the TBC era Draenor. If you are like me and completed the netherwing dailies to get those mounts, you will remember the fel orc that buzzes past the tower constantly… Mulverick!!!! Well one of the early quests involves rescuing him from an Ogre strong hold. When you do he agrees to join your garrison as a follower. While I spent most of my time playing alliance, I am really hoping when that content opens up that we see similar nostalgic references. Ultimately that is going to be the hook for people if they can manage to wield it correctly. Nostalgia is a pain, and even as jaded as I currently am about the experience… this game can still manage to hit me in the feels occasionally.
AggroChat Talks E3 2014
Four Job Fiesta 2014
One last quick blurb… this years Four Job Fiesta is now open! I have officially registered by not started. It looks like this year I will be starting as a Knight, which should be pretty simple. If you are interested at all in Final Fantasy… or better yet are interested in making money for a great charity… you should totally sign up and play along with us. I will likely be streaming good chunks of my gameplay. I am pretty much forced to play this because Ashgar holds a gun to our heads and makes us sign up each year. We love him dearly and do not want to face his wrath. But really it is a pretty fun time, and there is a lot of community spirit going on as folks complete the game. Here is hoping I do not get stalled and actually finish this year.
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