What Happened to Bel Folks Stuff?
I figure at this point some of you out there have to be asking yourself this question. Quite honestly I am not sure what has happened, other than the fact that I am still fighting a bit of a funk. With AggroChat I am supported by my cast of friends, and we have a specific format that we follow… and that takes a lot of the pressure to perform off of me. With “Bel Folks Stuff” I have to be “On” the entire time we are recording. The end result is a much more draining experience, and I have to be in a certain mindset to make it work. I walked back and forth on this point in my mind numerous times. I still have a long list of people that I would like to have on the show, but do I force it just for the sake of keeping what passes for a schedule?
So far the answer I have kept giving myself is “No”. This blog… I can make a post out of thin air, but when it come to a podcast… that is not a skill I have achieved yet. The podcast and the idea behind it are not dead yet though, even if I am going on two months without a show. In part I did not set a strict schedule because I wanted the process to feel natural and spontaneous. The problem being that in order to get this sort of approach I have to be feeling up to the challenge. Since Blaugust is this big challenge about creating regular content, I thought it was also important to talk about my own failings. While we are running like clockwork with AggroChat, Bel Folks Stuff on the other hand is a bit of a mess. Hopefully I will peek through whatever fog I happen to be in and will get back my moxy. For the time between… all I really have is a heartfelt apology that I have failed to do more shows.
Luck in Alex
Other than my odd little Minecraft mission, I had one major goal yesterday. That was to get close to capping Esoterics and finish getting items from Alexander. Earlier in the week I had managed to get into an Alex group with a few guildies, and in that process knocked out drops from 2, 3, and 4 leaving me only 1 to worry about. Alexander turn one tends to be the more sane of them, and at this point it is the one that almost everyone knows how to do well. I had mentioned this goal Saturday on voice chat, and my friend Warenwolf mentioned that he would like to go along with me. The problem being that I took most of the day to get into the mood for doing some Alex. However last night we zoned in together, and managed to get through it with absolutely no frustrations. I myself needed either a Pedal or a Chain which would get me my boots or belt respectively. It turns out that both Waren and I were on the lucky side as I won the Chain and he won a Bolt taking both of us to 182 item level.
On the other side of the goal, my adventures through the weekend have taken to 30 Esoterics away from capping. A single expert tonight will push me over the cap, and put me in a good place for getting my weapon either Tuesday or Thursday. Getting a new weapon is always a huge motivation factor for me. As a habitual melee player… weapons mean so much and are essentially the soul of the class. When you get a new one… your class for a moment feels completely new to you as you experience bigger numbers or higher threat values. While I have enjoyed my level 180 weapon… I am more than ready to toss it in the dustbin because the 200 axe looks freaking amazing. It is a return to the feel of the original Warrior artifact set that I felt in love with. Right now the plan is to try really hard to grind out the rest of my esoterics on Tuesday, so that I have the axe ready for our Wednesday night raid.
Hunts are Great XP
This expansion many of us have been following a little trick on how to make leveling feel less painful. Clan Hunts are something that I find extremely relaxing as I pop around through several different zones taking out hunt marks and getting centurio seals in the process. There however has been some method to my madness, and that method revolves around trying to take down as many hunt mobs as I can with a level or under leveled job. Essentially the plan has been that for Western Coerthas, Sea of Clouds and Dravianian Forelands that I end up using a character around level 50. Originally this was my Dragoon, until I managed to get him to around 55 and I simply did the entire course of hunt marks with him. Now I am doing this with my Bard, and while I have not really played him other than this process… I already have him to 52. The next two in line for leveling like this are my Paladin and my White Mage… while the Paladin is probably going to be doable… I am questing just how easy it will be for me to push the White Mage through hunts.
What is nice about this process is that I personally focus on my hunts and not necessarily how fast I am gaining experience. As a result it seems that I magically got to level 52 on the Bard without really trying. Ultimately as you get higher in level those early Hunts stop paying out quite so nicely in the experience department, and you reach a point where you have to grind to get to the level cap. However before you hit that juncture… it certainly feels nice to see your classes almost leveling themselves. The best part about all of this is that this process feeds my ability to keep upgrading Law gear, and the other awesome happening of the weekend is that my Dragoon is a single ilevel away from being able to do Alexander as well. In the process of grinding out my Esoterics on Tuesday, I should get enough Law to get to 170 and then I have two options for doing Alexander each week. There are some nights I can stomach the process of tanking that place, and others that I would enjoy sitting in the backseat and dpsing more. I would be happy if I never had to tank turn two again.