World of Warcraft feels really damned weird when you have not logged in for over a week. What I mean by this is that some is strange with the perspective of that game as compared to most other games. I have noticed this a few times when swapping between the various games I have been playing, but never quite so strongly as last night. I have no clue what it is, or how to describe it better but something is just “different” with the way the world spreads out around me. It always takes me a few minutes to get adjusted to the perspective as my eyes freak out a little bit. I am really hoping someone out there understands what I am talking about… because otherwise I just sound like a mad man. Life had conspired against me, and for various sundry reasons I missed the last two raid sessions, and even more troubling was that it had been two weeks since I had actually taken a shot at Blackhand. I would really love to be able to close the Blackrock Foundry chapter of my raiding life with a a kill, and last night we got close.
The biggest adjustment for me is the fact that we were really short on melee dps… which is an odd problem for our group to have. This meant I got to be on the wall group during phase two. Every so often Blackhand smashes the current tank, and the wall jumpers need to get behind the tank… but also in the circle of impact so they get knocked up in the same direction the tank is going. This works similar to the Bladefist crowd group, and the end result being kill as many things as you can and then jump down when your health gets low or you have cleared the entire group. In the grand scheme of things I guess I am a decent choice for the job because of my self regen and tanky cooldowns. We have phases one and two down solidly, and right now it is just phase three where everything is falling apart. On our best attempt we managed to get him to 11% so I am thinking next week given another full night of attempts we might kill us a Blackhand, and there will be much rejoicing.
Since it had been over a week since I had actually logged into WoW last night, I had to go through the song and dance of making sure I had consuming and collect my “disappointment tokens” to allow me to re-roll on the loot that will never actually drop. After doing all of that I parked my butt at the entrance to the raid and took up the offer of Damai and Mor to join them in some Heroes of the Storm fun. Last night my quest was to play two matches as a Starcraft Hero, and at that point I realized… that quite honestly I don’t play a lot of Starcraft heroes in this game. Probably my favorite of all of the Starcraft Heroes is Sergeant Hammer, but unfortunately I do not “own” her yet because she is a truly silly amount of gold. Instead I have Raynor, a Hero that I played quite a bit in early alpha so I opted to use him. The problem being he no longer plays quite like I remember him playing. Just like my disconnect I had with Muradin, they have changed the way he feels and made him significantly less sturdy. The end result was me taking a lot of deaths and doing a generally piss poor job playing the game.
Part of the disconnect also was that last night we were playing with actual human beings, and the night before we were playing bots. Essentially one of our trio had been playing quite a bit that day and managed to cap out on the amount of gold you can earn from bot games, thus pushing him into the solo queue to keep slowly earning gold. Our first match we managed to win, and then in our second match… we ended up with a team that actually knew how to play together. This is probably a side effect of the fact that three of us queued together. Even though we were on voice, this really didn’t make much of a difference in the outcome because we are all not exactly amazing players yet. I took a screenshot of my defeat screen because it was my very first so far in post release play. Unfortunately before I had a chance to switch back to my beloved Sonya… it was time to log out for the raid. Even though we made a lot of progress on Blackhand I have to admit I probably would have rather been playing Heroes of the Storm.
Who Needs Sleep
Shockingly last night I did not log into Final Fantasy XIV at all, in part because of the other things I had going on like the WoW raid. Lately I have had two real world friends of mine start playing Wildstar again, and this has caused me to want to try and sort out exactly where I was in questing. It had been several weeks since I had logged in and I could not remember the level or even what zone I was in, so I wanted to know at least that so I could adequately communicate it. I am apparently seventeen and in Galeras, in fact as of last nights play session I have just made the transition to the second area of the zone and have picked up that taxi point. I want to play this game some more, and I am thinking next week while my wife is travelling I might stream it off and on throughout the week. Last night unfortunately I managed to get sucked into questing and once again did not end up heading to bed until midnight. I had not played the game much since the last drop, and I think a few of my addons might have broken because I was suffering from all manner of UI issues last night.
All of this aside I had quite a bit of fun running around and causing mayhem on my warrior. There is part of me that wonders about going over and completing Celeston instead of digging too far into Galeras, but I am managing to stay a few levels ahead of my quest mobs right now so there isn’t much of a problem yet. I kinda feel bad for joining the Black Dagger Society and then simply not being terribly active. They seem like a really great guild lead by a great group of people. This is the problem when you are pulled in so many different directions, and with playing a game that is ultimately not your “main game”. Right now Final Fantasy XIV is the game I care the most about, and I am absolutely in love with the guild we have there. They keep me logging in on an almost daily basis if for no reason other than to see them. Wildstar I feel could be a similar environment, but with the sensory overload that is the world and the user interface… I find it exceptionally hard to follow the chat window. There is just so much stuff going competing for my attention that I have not figured out how to dial things down enough to where I can actually watch chat. I hope to get to know more of my guildies however because they really do seem like awesome people.