Ready for a Freeze
The last few weeks my allergies have been killing me, and this is not usually the case for fall here in Oklahoma. It feels like the seasons are getting horribly confused, and ragweed that normally hits its worst during July has been still active in August and October. As such my lungs have decided to betray me under the onslaught, and yesterday afternoon I ended up going home from work. I took a few breathing treatments and got some sleep and this morning I feel marginally better, but still on the scale of “lousy”. Right now I am just read for the first hard freeze to happen and kill off most of the allergens. Sadly that doesn’t look like it is going to happen any time soon. The temperature is dipping down today to the 60s, but otherwise we are still having 70 to 80 degree days.
The constant drainage and coughing just makes me want to stay inside and hibernate. Thankfully right now I have a ton of good games to play. With the impending release of Dragon Age: Inquisition several of my friends are replaying Dragon Age: Origin since like many Bioware games there is reportedly going to be a save game import feature. I know my experience playing through all three Mass Effect games in a row produced a ton more quest options than when I played Mass Effect 3 without importing. So it has me wanting to try going back through the past games as well. My upcoming gaming schedule may be devoted to Dragon Age: Origins for a bit, but I still plan on poking my head into FFXIV, Trove and Destiny on a nearly nightly basis to see what is going on.
Grinding Gear into Plasteel
Thanks to the miracle of the Queens Bounty event I’ve managed to shoot up to 24 light through upgrading the two purple pieces of gear that I managed to get. Through running various other things I have managed to pick up a handful of nice weapons and other light bearing blues. Right now I am running around with a level 20 scout rifle, that while it doesn’t deliver as much punch as the hand cannon, it still has a bit of impact and can carry like 250 rounds with me. It makes it extremely good for whittling down enemies at range with extreme accuracy. I would still love to find a level 20 blue or purple hand cannon, but so far my only purple ingram has produced crafting materials instead of a weapon. Upgrading gear right now seems to be my sole source of getting more light, as I have yet to find any items that can directly replace anything I am currently wearing.
Last night my play time entirely revolved around trying to find more green armor to grind down into Plasteel, and finding Relic Iron… which so far is the hardest of the materials to spot. I’ve gotten rather good at picking out the chunks of brown against the red brown landscape of Mars, and had a fair bit of luck finding chests that had quite a large quantity of it. The problem honestly as you can see from the screenshot is that I just cannot seem to get enough plasteel. I could in theory buy ingrams from the Cryptarch and grind those down… but that seems defeatist. Instead I am mostly spending my time doing patrol missions on Mars since they give me reputation and have a fair chance of dropping greens. I have now entered the grind phase of the game, and while I am still very much enjoying myself I can see how this might wear on folks with a lower tolerance to grind.
Tron and Infinium Ore
With the release of Beta and the addition of the Neon Ninja, they added in a biome to go with that theme. While this morning I was only able to find a very small one… this is what folks have dubbed the “Tron” biome. In fact when you are in the biome a musical theme plays that reminds me quite a bit of some of the Tron Legacy soundtrack. There are rivers of neon blue water, and instead of grass and brushes you have chips and resistors. It feels like you are in a datascape and the various robots have similar tron coloring. Each biome has a version of the skeleton, and in this biome they look like the Red MCP guards from the original Tron movie. I hope that eventually I can build a table that allows me to spit out stuff themed like this biome, because I will completely switch my entire cornerstone to look like it.
This little innocuous looking block is Infinium Ore, and it has become the bane of my existence. After a certain point in the crafting system… every single recipe requires this. The problem is that as you go up in level this doesn’t seem to get any more common. You can find Shapestone and Formicite Ore until your heart is content, but Infinium still is a very rare occasional, and any given vein maybe gives you twenty if you are extremely lucky. Most of my playtime has been wandering around looking for these ore spawns. The problem with Trove is I simply don’t understand how the game works yet. In Minecraft the spawns were based on a certain logic, and once you mastered that you could be plopped down almost anywhere and be able to find the resources you need. In Trove it feels more like you have to be lucky. I feel like I need to spend some time scouring the Reddit looking for tips and strategies for finding this ore node. I won’t be able to do any of the really cool things without large quantities of it.
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