Ship Happens

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Meeting Folks

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It feels like over the last several days we have gotten an entire years worth of rain… all at once.  There is so much standing water in my front yard that I am beginning to think I actually do have a pond.  The only positive of this is that once it has all soaked in everything should green up even more than before.  The only negative about the rain today is that I am supposed to go out to lunch today, and the place we picked is within walking distance of my work.  It would seem silly to drive for something that close, but I am hoping by the time lunch rolls around the rain has at least slowed to a sprinkle.  The reason why I mention this happening at all is because who I am meeting for lunch are long time gamer friends Damai and Erry which is kinda cool.  They are passing through town on their drive across the country, and in theory they should be getting to Tulsa around noonish.  Now I got to meet Damai at Pax South, but this will be the first time meeting his sister Erry which is kinda cool.  As far as where we are going, I picked a BBQ joint that I like because honestly… when it comes to Tulsa cuisine I always struggle to pick that one quintessential thing that everyone needs to try.  Normally I would have suggested a sausage cheeseburger from Ron’s but that doesn’t always make great “travelling for long distances on the road” food given the copious amount of grease.

The funny thing about meeting folks that I have known for years online, is that no matter who it is I always get nervous.  I always worry that I won’t live up to whatever impression of me that they might have in their head.  Granted at this point I have met a bunch of folks that I have gamed with for years, and it has all essentially worked out fine once the initial awkwardness of translating that teamspeak voice to a physical body.  That said it still stresses me out far more than it should.  The positive about going out for a meal is that it gives an activity to focus on other than trying to fill all of the gaps with discussion.  Hell even with people I have known for years, my vehicle of choice for hanging out is over a restaurant table.  There is something primal about sharing a meal together, and there is also something comforting about it as well.  All of this said I am not terribly stressed about this situation since as I said before I have at least met Damai in the flesh before.  It should be really cool and I have blocked off a decent chunk of my schedule to allow for variance in when they actually get here.  I should probably totally ask Rae to see if she wants to come too since she at least knows Damai.

Building a Fleet

The strangest thing about the recent Destiny patch has been what seems to be a massive increase in the number of ship drops.  All five of the above ships I’ve gotten since the patch last week.  One came from the loot boxes, three from doing various activities, and one from opening treasure boxes.  I am not sure if I just hit a lucky spot in the randomizer or if they changed the magic formula that indicates if drops happen.  It feels like what they have actually done is made the chance of a ship drop disconnected from any other rewards, which in theory makes you roll on a much shallower loot table.  In any case I am a huge fan of whatever these changes are because it is helping me build out my fleet.  I am still chasing the taken ship from the loot boxes however, because I love that ship model and I have yet to get any of that variety.  I do think that the Ripship Pardoner above is just about the quintessential “Titan” ship… big bulky and heavily armed.  There are times however that I kinda wish that the ships actually “did” something, or that there was some sort of a ship to ship combat mini-game along the lines of SWTOR.  Granted I never played the one is SWTOR but it was nice knowing it was out there.

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Another aspect of this patch that I am loving is the fact that it once again rewards me for doing patrol missions.  That seems to be just about the fastest way to level my Vanguard and Faction reputation.  Every ding rewards you a package and those packages take your currently equipped loot into consideration meaning that more often than not I end up with an upgrade.  Yesterday I pushed a faction across and wound up getting  a 322 piece of armor that was immediately infused into my Iron Banner arms.  I love that almost anything I can do right now has the chance of giving me an upgrade.  I’ve also noticed that PVP seems to be dropping weapons more often, because last night pretty much every round I played had someone walking away with a legendary weapon.  I ended up walking away myself with a Red Spectre with a less than amazing roll… but I am still going to try and make it work because I love the whole “Red Death” graphic.  The biggest problem is the stability on the weapon, but I am willing to see if I can make it work.  In any case right now I am just in love with all of the options I have and each one of them has a path that can get me upgrades.

Magical Moose

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Luck and Friendship

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Over in World of Warcraft, there has been an item that has lovingly started to be referred to as the Friendship Moose…. and there are good reasons behind it.  The mount itself is pretty damned majestic, and makes me feel like Santa Claus when I ride it.  It comes from getting the Ahead of the Curve achievement for Heroic Archimonde….  well in truth Archi drops a quest but same basic difference.  The reason why it has become known as the friendship moose is the fact that there have been an extremely large number of people in the WoW Community who are going out of their way to try and get people the mount.  To the best of my knowledge it was originally @Thomicks that started the #FriendshipMoose hashtag, and then it kinda just went out of control from there.  I know @Zelse007 for example has been really knocking these out and as of last night he has gotten 639 Folks their moose.  I won’t lie that the thought of getting a spiffy mount is partially what drove me back into raiding in World of Warcraft recently, but more than anything it was to be able to hang out with Horde friends that I had never really raided with.  Quite honestly I never expected to get the Reins of the Grove Warden.

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The thing is…  I have some really amazing friends.  Earlier in the week I was pinged by Damai to see if I wanted to join in with his raid for a farm run.  The plan was to clear a bunch of bosses on Thursday and then pop in really quickly early in the evening on Saturday and take down Archimonde.  Generally speaking I cannot participate in this raid because it happens to coincide almost exactly with our podcast recording session.  However this time they planned on being in and out of the raid roughly two hours before our podcast was set to go.  I ultimately had to beg off on Thursday, because I kept going into uncontrollable coughing fits, but I was however able to attend yesterday….  which was good enough to get me a moose.  I was carried extremely hard last night, the above image is of me being the only dead member of the raid…. from when I tried to run my fixate to the edge and happened to run right in between two folks firing their lasers.  Not only did I walk away with a moose but I also picked up a couple of sweet upgrades, one of which is REALLY amazing for my special snowflake Gladiator spec [ Worldbreaker’s Resolve,  World Ender’s Gorget].  I gotta say I am happy beyond reason… because I absolutely thought this was far beyond my reach.  I want to give a special shout out to Damai, Errya, Pugnodeum, and the rest of the Praetorian Guard crew for dragging my but along.

No AggroChat

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So now that the warm and fuzzy bits are out of the way… I have to tell you that right now I am feeling like a complete and total failure.  Sure being the only person to die on Archimonde should have done that already, but this is something different.  We’ve been recording AggroChat for a little over two years now I believe, and during that time we have missed two episodes.  This week being the second episode, and for the most part…. this time is completely because of me.  While raiding last night, I was on listen only mode because I quite honestly had no voice to talk with.  Throughout the day yesterday, as it went on my voice kept getting weaker and weaker until the point where I simply became a squeaky whisper.  On top of this…  Tam is out of pocket this week, Grace is out of pocket this week… and yesterday was Kodra’s birthday…  leaving it up to Thalen and Ashgar to hold up an entire show.  As a result throughout the day we simply decided to call it, and I really hate the fact that it was my fault for doing just that.  This crud that I have picked up is driving me insane… I am so ready to be “better” but as the weeks go by it keeps dragging on.

I know last week when I went ahead and recorded… it was probably a bit of a set back.  Because prior to last weeks show I was feeling a bit better…. and then afterwards I was pretty much dead to the world for a few days.  What is killing me the most is that when I am in this condition I just don’t want to do much of anything.  As a result I have been focused heavily on Elder Scrolls Online, which is a game that I am largely playing by myself.  Sure there are a handful of awesome people playing with me like Ammo and Sol, but even then my interaction is mostly that of answering the sort of questions that new players have…. and not so much active grouping.  I can zone out and zone into the storyline… and as a result I am probably enjoying it more than I have since I first played alpha.  Part of me wants to at least push through the rest of the Aldmeri Dominion content before resigning the game to the back burner again.  Another big thing that I want to do at some point is pick up where I left off in SWTOR, and play through the Reven content that I never actually got around to doing.  I have this feeling at least in the near future that I am going to be focused on story games, less than I am going to be on raiding and grouping activities.  The Final Fantasy XIV 3.2 patch might change that, and in part I hope it does…. because I would love to feel the drive to play that game again.  However in the meantime I am going to quietly be piddling over here without my voice.