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Alysianah aka Saylah
Mystic Worlds - it's just an illusion of life.
Interests: Geek by day and wizard by night. I'm an avid fan of all things fantasy, including MMORPGs. My newest adventure has taken my love of crafting out of game and into my real life! Visit my handcrafted jewelry shop on Etsy: The image used as my blog's logo is one of my favorite digital creations. It combines two photographs of a model a friend was shooting, a waterfall in the Rocky Mountains from his own portfolio and a stock image of a dove.
Recent Activity
The past few days I've seen a string of players on trail baffled as to what they've done. It's happened so much recently that it became a topic of discussion in guild voice chat. Our opinions ranged from people are lying to avoid guilty convictions or they're plain stupid. Their rap sheet is right there stating all of their crimes. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Mystic Worlds
PSA for New Players With an influx of players coming into ArcheAge who may have little to no experience with the game, I thought I’d do a post for some of the more common questions I see asked in Faction chat. I’ll try to be as concise as possible since it’s a long list. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Mystic Worlds
Quick happy post after all the weekend drama. Today I completed building one of my two houses. I'm first in my housing province to get their house constructed. It's pretty much all I've been focused on since placing down my farm and securing the location with a design. Every time I had labor available I mined ore under water to avoid the crush, made sure to stay on top of harvesting trees on my farm while doing trade pack chickens on the public farm. I only did questing when I was completely out of labor. I had everything ready to go by this afternoon except for 20 pieces of lumber. Anxious to be done with it in case there was crash/authentication/queue nonsense, I decided to purchase the lumber from the Auction House. 600 stone and 300 pieces of wood later, BAM my first house is finished! My second house is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Mystic Worlds
Agree, the inability to access the game for a pre-paid headstart stings. I don't blame people who are completely outraged either.
It Burns Us Precious Well the ArcheAge head start has had more than a few issues. Yes, it’s an MMO so we can expect problems on the first day of access. If leveling was all that was at stake, I don’t think the outrage would be as great. However, if you’ve been following ArcheAge, you know that owning PROPERTY is a huge component in crafting, the economy and your ability to earn gold. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Mystic Worlds
I spent a moderate amount of time in Open Beta trying out pure caster combinations. After much experimentation and trying every permutation that was caster with healing, I landed on Justicar (Occultism, Vitalism and Defense). Necromancer was a close second but was trumped by maintained that ability to more easily swap into Paladin by changing out Occultism for Battlerage. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
I think you'll enjoy the progression and variety of things to do. AA is a great game for a couples and static groups because you advance better and faster with team work. Family run farms and housing really make crafting more profitable and enjoyable.
I'm SO HAPPY we're having a September release of ArcheAge. I'm ready to play for real. Open Beta starts on Thurs Sept 4th. I'll still be on but not playing much now that launch is so very close. Yeah, I know I said that before but I mean it this time. There's zero point in continuing to progress. My character, Alysianah, is on the Alpha server. If anyone tries out OB and there's room on Alpha look me up. Can give you a ship tour, port you to different places, make you some food, etc. Don't let the PVP scare you away from at least trying a really solid fantasy MMO. Here's the official announcement and timeline of activity from now until release. *Jumping for joy* Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
In a game that supports nonconsensual PVP, it’s good to have a justice system. It may not help you sleep better after being ganked for you hard earned wares. However, reading trial chat is an endless form of amusement. We already have infamous players (Chalupa) and guilds (Darks Ascension) on the Alpha server. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Thank you Oliver. I am enjoying myself and really looking forward to release.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on ArcheAge: Gear at Level 50 at Mystic Worlds
After reviewing the components necessary to upgrade my armor to Conqueror’s and beyond, I decided to use the cloth version gifted to me by our guild leader Fannel. Of the available roles as a Paladin, my preference in a group setting is to heal. In ArcheAge, all classes can wear every armor type. However, cloth provides better stats for healing roles. You can augment your armor with gem slots but you’d still be behind the curve compared to someone in cloth using the exact class build. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Wow, that went by in the blink of an eye. I started playing the ArcheAge Alpha on July 20th. I hit the current max level without even trying. That said, I have put in an awful amount of hours. Around level 10 or so, I left the theme park rails behind to strike out on my own and fell in MMO love with AA. I’m very pleased with the outcome. If this weren’t an Alpha, I’d be considering an alt in order to try a pure caster class and experience another racial zone. But since it is, that will have to wait. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
I’m level 48 now and figured I might as well get to 50 since the release seems to be a couple of months away at the least. I was hoping that the date posted on Steam for a mid-September would be confirmed by Trion but no such luck. Much too high of a level to pick up where I had previously stopped questing in my early 20s, I rode out to Halcyona to see if there were any quests there worth my time. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Yes, it did feel very fast and I wasn't trying to reach level cap. I'm not level 50 and have done one dungeon up to the final boss and parts of another. This is a game that starts a level one. You can stay on the rails and let it lead you from quest hub to quest hub and see the zones as they're introduced to you. Or you can go do what you want to do - open world PVP, crafting & trade, arena type PVP or mix-n-match.
Just a stone’s throw from level 50, I should be saving every copper toward crafting my Conquerors plate armor set. Meh, that behavior sounds much too practical for being in an Alpha! I was processing hide into leather when I noticed the recipe for crafting Bakehan’s Swimfins. Hmm, I thought, I have the expertise points to make those. That jogged my memory about having seen pictures of players wearing dive helmets. A quick search of my metalwork recipes showed that I could craft that too. That’s all she wrote, I was off and running toward a new adventure! Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Last night our guild joined the “we have a farm wagon” club. Fannel, Brokenwind and I were online pissing and moaning about our inability to grow the stupidly random thunderstruck trees needed to craft one. No one knows for certain the circumstances that cause a tree to be “hit by lightning. There are lots of theories but the rarity of the occurrence makes it nearly impossible to know for sure. Our guild has planted illegal tree farms consisting of hundreds of trees, without producing a single one. Others have done 1K plus trees and have come up empty too. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
I believe my previous posts have established that because of the nonconsensual PVP, ArcheAge isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Yes, you can level to max and hardly ever encounter PVP if you forgo seeing all of the content or focus on commerce in non-PVP enabled zones. However, game design makes it such that you may still be impacted financially, even when you escape direct combat. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
I've played more than enough of AA to confirm that I'll be playing at launch. I've achieved most of what I wanted to try out during Alpha. I've certainly played more than I have during a pre-release for any other MMO. I still have plenty to look forward to at launch. I've done so little of the quest content and haven't stepped foot in a single dungeon. I did some healing in a max level PVP zone while guild members were farming XP, leveling alternative skills sets and unique drops. No one engaged enemy faction while we were at it. It reminded me of the impromptu detentes on PVP servers during in Burning Crusade. Farming motes was bad enough without fucking around with each other. This particular set of are elite, tightly packed and respawn rather quickly. Jacking around with each other would mean insta-death and greifing each other back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Other than token gear earned by farming 150 tokens per item or random drops from the level 50 dungeon, crafted gear is the best in the game. It's not simplistic really, as it requires multiple components and having acquired the previous level gear, none of which is cheap. The special component I need to craft a full set of green level 50 gear is 28 gold each and I need 14 of them. That's 88 trade runs of my top tier products after having harvested the items, produced them and carting them to the furthest safe zone. :-/ They've replaced the creating 100 foozles with producing singular harder to produce items.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2014 on ArcheAge Alpha – Crafting Armor at Mystic Worlds
I was level 36 rolling around in level 20 armor until recently and I’m not alone. There are two contributing factors to the level and armor gap. Firstly, the primary source of obtaining gear is by completing quests. I won’t retrace what I already discussed in this post. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Belphagore, the guild member who donated a large house to serve as our guild hall, gave me the deed to his old house. Like what!!??!! I had to purchase an item from the Cash Shop called an Appraisal to facilitate the transaction. Luckily, I had some left. It’s not the house design that I wanted but this beggar certainly won’t try to be a chooser. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
I had a great time in ArcheAge this past weekend. I believe a key to that is being willing to participate in all that the game has to offer beyond the safe PVE. I did a little bit of everything minus dungeons. I feel like I always have so much to do of my own. Combined with guild activities that don’t require max level to participate, I don’t feel like I want to spend 30 to 60 minutes in an instance in an alpha. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Last week I mentioned that I’d given up on owning a cottage in ArcheAge because of the click-war participation needed to get one at this stage. I used the components I’d assembled to build a ship instead. After all, it’s only alpha and I didn’t see the need to spend more time on the affair. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Having given up on the idea of owning a house in ArcheAge, I turned my attention to building a Clipper. The Clipper is the introductory ship used for open seas transportation. Its speed also makes it popular as a Pirate ship, where it’s used to harpoon targets. That’s tackling for EVE Online players. *smile* Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Space is often an issue in a game where player housing isn’t instanced. Unfortunately, ArcheAge is no different. If fact, it’s compounded by the player’s need and desire to possess both types of properties – house and farm. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Mystic Worlds