A Good Show
I have not been in the habit of linking AggroChat in my blog lately, but I am going to do it this morning. It took for freaking ever for the YouTube version of the podcast to finally upload yesterday, but I feel like this weeks show ended up really good. There were a bunch of topics that branched out but the big one and the one I chose the name the episode was over a discussion about Otome. A friend of mine Pizza Maid and her equally awesome named friend Sushi Geisha have this podcast called Heroines of the Cherry Blossom, where they talk about Otome games. This was not a term that even exists in my vocabulary before this week, when they referenced our Hatoful Boyfriend episode on the podcast. Essentially the side discussion that spawned was about how Tam was impressed with the quality of the writing of these various relatively low budget dating sims that he played in preparation for our Hatoful Boyfriend show. The general consensus was that we would all like to see this deeply nuanced writing make its way into more mainstream titles as well.
Another interesting side discussion centered around the point in which we all tune out when it comes to an open world or sandbox game experience. For each of us there seems to be a point where we are just “done” with the game even if we are not truly finished with all of the content. For me personally I am never really “done” but I reach this point where I have to take a break and play something else for awhile. But then by the time I return to the game I rarely remember what I was doing at that point and end up having to restart the game… usually going in a slightly different direction than the original play through. I know this past week with my focus on trying to chew through the quest content… I am enjoying Fallout 4 significantly less than when I was just wandering aimlessly. For others on the podcast they found themselves HAVING to focus on the story, to keep from losing interest. In any case… we recorded a really content dense episode… which then surprised when editing that it ended up being a fairly short episode at only an hour and fifteen minutes.
Monday Night LFR
I find myself once again in the unfortunate position of needing to run LFR on a Monday night. The last chance crew in any MMO seems to always be the worst crew… and unfortunately due to the push in Fallout 4 I didn’t get any of this done earlier in the week. There are a bunch of reasons why I am pushing last minute raids, but not the least of which is… I am still trying to build out a tank set on the Cow. There was a point in last nights raid where they absolutely would have used me in a tanking capacity had I a set of gear. The problem is largely that I have plenty of armor… but since the Cow was a boosted character… I only went into level 100 with a single set of gear. Normally as I level up, I pick up both a mix of two-handers for dps… and sword and board options for tanking, but I have had zero luck in getting anything I could use for tanking. So I quite literally have a full set of gear that would be viable… minus the sword and shield. So tonight part of the plan is to run through Blackrock Foundry since it mostly features gear lower than what I need… and set the loot preference to protection, hoping that maybe just maybe I end up with a one handed weapon of some sort and a shield. I technically have a 650 shield banked that would work well enough for the time being.
On the other side of the fence I am still using the 670 Blackrock Foundry normal mode weapon that I have for ages… because I never could get any of the heroic bosses we were downing to drop me a weapon. Similarly I have opened dozens of Garrison boxes… all with zero luck in finding a damned weapon to use. So in addition to running Blackrock, I also really need to run through Hellfire Citadel LFR on Belghast. While I feel like BRF is probably going to go smoothly simply because most people have the gear for it… I have a feeling that Monday night Hellfire is going to be pure hell. The only thing that I maybe have gone on my side… is that there are generally more active alliance players on my battlegroup than there are horde, and I can definitely see that still is the case in the difference in my queue times between the two. At very least I am going to struggle through the first few rounds of the raid because that seems to have the best chance of dropping me a weapon. I have a pretty decent shield now, so really all I need is that main hand. I even went so far as to purchase a Baleful Armament with some of my excess stones… and only managed to get a 650. In theory if I save up for a bit I could maybe manage to push that to a 695. The other option is to have my blacksmith start trying to craft me one, but given the silly amount of materials it would take to make that happen… I am hoping I simply have some decent luck this Wednesday during the raid.