One More Day
Tomorrow has a fairly significant sequence of events happening. Firstly my wife is flying back into town from the first conference of the summer, and secondly she is doing so on my birthday. Currently I care far more about the first part of that statement than the second. These conferences are always rough especially when they straddle my birthday. There have been times in the past when I was all alone for the occasion and it is really hard to keep from disconnecting from the world. However tomorrow when I ding 38 I will have my wife back home, and I hope her trip is safe and expedient. The flight back home from this event in past years has been riddled with downtime and layovers… and I hope she actually arrives on time this year.
As far as the birthday part of tomorrow, I really have no clue what I will be doing. I took the day off from work mostly because she would be flying in and I would need to get to the airport and pick her up without really knowing an exact time based on past years experience. I figure I will likely either play Wildstar or something on the PS4 while waiting. Past that I have no real big plans, as I won’t likely get together with family until the weekend. I always have a sort of contest to see which automated bot wishes me a happy birthday first. So I am curious who will win that race this year. Its funny when we live in a time when that is a “thing” and I take a perverse sense of pleasure in it.
I just hope that I will be breathing tomorrow. For the last several days my allergies have been going haywire and this morning it finally hit my lungs. I woke up today struggling to breathe, and am contemplating taking a breathing treatment. If it stays too bad even after the treatment I am not sure if I will be able to go to work in this condition. Having asthma and allergies is a blast… and right now the cottonwood is blowing hard outside. I wish I could find wherever the cottonwood tree is and remove it… because it seriously makes my life miserable every year. However I guess were it not for the cottonwood… the would be something else to take its place in the making my life miserable department.
As of yesterday morning I was sitting outside the Fire Powered Ship sequence that ultimately leads to the fire crystal. I had been assigned the Geomancer for my fire job, and having had it in the past… I knew I really wanted no part of it. As a result I ended up using Gilgabot’s Job Fair to buy my way to freedom. If you end up with an assignment that you really do not like for whatever reason, you can donate more money to charity to “buy” the class you really wanted. As a result I ended up picking up the ranger for my fire crystal, though it might have been interesting to see what it would be like with a ninja instead. The ranger gives me access to rapidfire, probably the most overpowered melee-friendly secondary ability in the game. With the knight it will likely be an i-win button against a few of the later fights.
Last night I played through the Fire Powered Ship, collapsing Karnak Castle and the Ancient Library in rapid succession. I continued on to Jachol and Cresent Island and now have officially gained my Ranger crystal. Tonight I will play through the Ancient Desert which should be interesting to say the least. Not sure if I will steam roll the sandworm or get steamrolled to be honest. I would really like to get through Soul Cannon tonight if I can and pick up my earth crystal. I went ahead and requested this yesterday when I picked up the fire crystal just so I would know whether or not I wanted to buy my way to freedom again. I was given the Dragoon which honestly I am fine with. I’ve always loved the dragoon in the Final Fantasy games that have had them, so actually looking forward to finishing with it. Maybe it is that I have just recently played through this much of the game already during our draft game, but it seems like it is going so much faster for me.
Ruins of Kel Voreth
Last night at some point during the night I had muted Teamspeak, and not realized it. So while I had wondered why everyone was being quiet I didn’t really think much about it until Tam messaged me asking what I was up to. I guess they were pulling together a dungeon run, and while I had considered going to sleep… I opted to stay and dps the run since Shandrah would be tanking. I have to say the Wildstar dungeon experience is kinda amazing. I know I have said this about other games, but Wildstar dungeons really do feel like World of Warcraft raids. We would have likely wiped over and over were it not for the fact that Shanbot has been running the dungeons with pugs since she often plays during a west coast timeframe host often. As a result she knew exactly what to do on each of the boss strategies, and we managed to make it through the instance without much in the way of wipes.
As the dungeon went on the encounters ramped up significantly. One of the things i liked was that there seemed to be a bit of randomness to the dungeon itself. One of my friends mentioned that when they had been in the dungeon the quests they were given were completely different. The final encounter was something that could only be described as “Bullet Hell MMO”. As a fan of the Bullet Hell shooter, I found the encounter really interesting. We wiped the first time because it had bugged out and we managed to get phases one and two happening at the same time. Without this bug occurring the encounter was actually rather manageable. I am honestly amazed that any pugs are able to get through this dungeon, let alone do so in a timely manner. Now I find myself really looking forward to running it again.
The big change for me last night was that I had literally just finished setting up a DPS build in my second slot. I had been slogging through content since about level 20 as a full tank, and honestly I thought I might have an easier time dpsing my way through the encounters. It was fortuitous that at that moment almost exactly, Tam got ahold of me to dps the dungeon. Now I feel like I have both hotbars set up and ready to go if I need to do this again. I really liked dpsing as an engineer and might have to install damage meters just to see if I am even vaguely close to the other dps in performance. I feel like I am lagging behind, but maybe that is just because I am not used to doing it. A lot of the engineer dps abilities are tightly targeted and it is hard trying to lay them down in a way that the mobs won’t move out of them until the effect fades. I look forward to giving it another try another night… and increasing my performance.
Tonight ZeliBeli has scheduled a PVP night in Wildstar, so I will be doing that along with some FF5. If you are on Evindra Dominion you should totally check out the anook event if you are interested. I have not even touched PVP so far in the game, so I look forward to getting my feet wet with friends. As it stands right now, since tomorrow is my Birthday I do not have a Elder Scrolls Online night scheduled, because really I have no clue what tomorrow evening might bring. Here is hoping that my wife is back home and that all of her flights were successful. In the meantime, going to beat things up with the guildies in Walatiki Temple.
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