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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: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NomadicEclectic 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.
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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 yesterday at Mystic Worlds
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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 2 days ago at Mystic Worlds
Thanks! I'm having fun even when things go wrong. I think the big difference between AA and EVE is it's your actions that play out in AA - in the moment that they occur. Whereas a part of EVE is the long term political strategies that make headlines but often only involve a small percentage of the player base. You could take the time to infiltrate a guild in AA and perhaps set them up for piracy but the potential for long term ramification is smaller. The majority of the land mass is pre-owned / designated by game mechanics. Similar to WOW PVP servers you can fight each other but you don't make changes to the world that are preserved. I suppose if a guild is persistent enough they could attempt to capture particular water ways and bar access to that coast, holding it for ransom but if seems like there are mechanics missing to make it viable long term and profitable long term. For that reason, AA tactics play out more in the moment.
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At some point, all MMO players have to figure out how they’re going to earn money, especially if they decide to hang in for the long haul. ArcheAge is not too different from other MMOs, in that it contains the classic revenue generating opportunities. However, it does contain options that are rarer and as such, require explanation. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Mystic Worlds
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I thought I'd put out this quick post on the class systems for people who are just entering beta. Hopefully, this will provide some quick start value. ArcheAge Class System The class system in ArcheAge is very diverse. Similar to Rift or Final Fantasy XIV, you select multiple classes that are combined into a single profession. There are 10 base classes to choose from yielding a total of 120 different play styles / professions. Each of the 120 options has a unique class name. However, the skills selected from that trio will differ among players. Of course, there will be cookie cutter builds because we as gamers, sometimes lack originality and go for min/max specs. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Mystic Worlds
I do wonder how in the world people will know all there is to do. There's no reasonable way for the game to introduce it all. You'd have the dreaded long tutorial from EVE that very few people bother completing. My levels are coming so quickly I don't realize it. I'm level 32 now and I've done less than 40% of the PVE content available to me. Most of my XP is because I enjoy crafting and finding harvesting relaxing. Consequently, they provide the bulk of my XP. Besides the features the world is large and other than the dungeons, it's not level gated. They don't attempt to block you from participating in commerce or accessing zones because of your level. If you want to try it, go for it. I don't like doing a lot of content prior to official launch so this worked out perfect for me and is something I enjoyed about GW2 - different ways to gain XP. It also feels like because of it there's more content than you need to level which reminds me of Rift, where the second time around at least half of the content was new to me. I routinely see people asking in chat where to go next because they've out leveled a zone and the quests are gray for them.
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I’m no PVP aficionado but don’t I shirk from it either. I go in knowing that I can lose while making my best attempt to win. I don’t cry over unsportsmanlike behavior. I strategize about how to get even! I started my MMO career in games where players routinely killed each other. My longest consecutive run in an MMO was World of Warcraft and I rolled on a PVP server, having followed my guild from Asheron’s Call 2. It was back then, one of the most highly contested servers and spending 2 hours trying to get a 40 man raid into Molten Core was a typical Sunday afternoon. Forming teams to protect members trying to level in Darkshire and Southshore was a way of life. You took your lumps while a newbie, protected others when you grew up and dished it out once you were geared. As a result, my point of view about dealing with PVP in ArcheAge (AA) is framed by that mentality. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Mystic Worlds
Oh the next post is a doozy. LOL Trying to get it out later today.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on ArcheAge Alpha at Mystic Worlds
I thought about that for a while after someone linked me a post from Syp's blog. I'm not really sure it would actually. The open sea would just be another transport mechanic and why not just let you teleport with your goods if that's the case. The distances which can be rather large might seem a pointless cockblock without the opportunity for PVP. That said, other than dealing with it at level 30 if you want to see all the PVE zones, you can do trade and not expose yourself to nearly as much PVP. Turn in to local or inland vendors. You won't make nearly as much and might have to be sure you pick something that is even a net profit but you can reduce how much PVP you deal with.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on ArcheAge Alpha at Mystic Worlds
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I’m a straight-up undeniable sucker for a beautiful world. I’m a card carrying member of the “it has to look good for me to play it” club. Adventuring in detailed, atmospheric and lush worlds is part of the MMO magic for me. ArcheAge on the water has no equal in my MMO experience. It’s simply breath taking. Mining along the shoreline, fishing or standing by watching players load their ships, is a visual treat. I’m very intrigued by the trade and economy side of the game but I haven’t participated yet. To be honest, the effort + cost + knowledge has been beyond me thus far. I recently found a guide to getting started. If time permits, I hope to take a whack at soon. I know there are members of the guild I joined that will help me but I’ve been entrenched in doing something else each time the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Mystic Worlds
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My Paladin at level 27 Like WildStar (WS), ArcheAge (AA) wasn’t on my radar. I’d heard of it but not having much success with Asian imports in the past, I wrote it off. In between MMOs again, I started watching Twitch streams and noticed more and more AA offerings so I started watching. Initially, I didn’t see anything that would make me scrounge for a BETA key / invite or purchase my way into it, so the thought of the game passed. My son started playing GW2 again but not with much regularity. Bored by the lack of a more traditional expansion, he began another search for an alternative. Since he’s a PVP fanboi, he decided to pay his way into the AA Alpha. I messed around on his account for a bit which piqued my interest. That combined with finding more varied game play on Twitch, I saw enough... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Mystic Worlds
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For me, another MMO bites the dust. The waning interest left me wondering if I was past leveling characters in the genre. Then I considered that GW2 wasn’t all that long ago. I leveled 2 characters to max and enjoyed every minute of it. I also stayed very active in GW2 for several months after. Nope, this was merely a waning interest in leveling in WildStar. What Happened There is something about the world design that made it feel chopped up and artificially segmented. It kept reminding me, I was in a game. The only thing I can liken it to is Star Trek Online and Age of Conan. I mentioned before that the humor was engaging but at the same time, I wondered if it was leading to the disconnect I had with my character. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously so by association, I wasn’t taking the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
Yep. So far, so good. Am almost level 20. I got caught up in the crafting and housing for a few days. I also find harvesting in MMOs relaxing so between the plants, trees and settler resources I can wander around doing that for long stretches without being bored. Decided to ease back on the crafting though until I hit level 30.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2014 on Adventures in WildStar at Mystic Worlds
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I hadn’t planned on purchasing WildStar. MMOs and I haven’t had long relationships in quite some time. GW2 had the most promise for me, being the best leveling experience I’ve had in many years. It also contains 2 of my 3 favorite classes of all time – Guardian and Mesmer. However, I bailed several months ago over the lack of persistent PVE content via expansions or campaigns like GW1. My patience for mediocre game play has run dry. If a game isn’t fun right out of the gate, then I’m out. I have too many real life responsibilities, stresses and balls in the air to suffer subpar excuses for entertainment in games. I’d just as soon read a book, watch TV or catch a movie. As far as gaming was concerned, I was content waiting for modules of Star Citizen to be released. Warrender and Sarzan suggested I give it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
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King of Cups | Trump Card Shadowscapes Tarot Deck Meaning The King of Cups is a protector. He cares for and watches over all those who are near to him. He offers a drink from his healing waters. He offers compassion and care. His message is to let the currents... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at InnerMuse
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XIV Temperance | Major Arcana Shadowscapes Tarot Deck Meaning Harmony and equilibrium, balancing of opposites, healing. Moderation of extremes, self-restraint, harnessing absolute forces, and reining them in to be wielded to a purpose. Holding opposites apart from one another denies their power of unity. By drawing them together to merge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at InnerMuse
Hi Stabs! I was having really good success until Rank 12 but now I'm running into hunter beast builds which can be tricky. Lost a few so switched over to Priest and that has been working better. Need to check out some videos. Still having fun though.
Off to Ranked Matches The only game I've been playing lately is Hearthstone. I like that I can play a session for as long or as short as I like pretty much. Typical match takes 20 to 30 minutes depending. Until recently, I was only playing in 'casual' mode where you play against other players but there's no progression ladder. I only have 4 legendaries and they're not appropriate for every deck I play. Depending on the class and deck build I’m using, it’s rare that all four are used. Last night I was matched, once again, with a player whose WHOLE DECK was legendary. They didn't stomp me as much as they should have, so skill is a factor. If fact, I stole and/or obliterated several of their "I win" cards because I play taunt-less but heavy control decks to counter the onslaught of legendaries I sometimes encounter. Even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Mystic Worlds
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X The Wheel | Major Arcana Ghosts and Spirits Tarot Deck Meaning Hungry Ghosts”, from the Hindu tradition, are condemned to wander the earth until good karma is restored. Their punishment reflects the sins incurred in order to rebalance the karmic wheel. They resemble burnt skeletal trees with descended bellies,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at InnerMuse
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Two of Wands| Minor Arcana | Pip Card Ghosts and Spirits Tarot Meaning Doppelgänger translates literally from the German to mean “double walker.” As one’s double, the appearance of this ghostly twin can presage ill tidings or death. It casts no shadow and bears no reflection in the mirror or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at InnerMuse
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XXI The World | Major Arcana | Trump Card Shadowscapes Tarot Deck What is it? Visually selecting a card from the Major Arcana. Purpose Identify the optimum state of mind to achieve your current goals. What mindset is your greatest ally? What frame of mind has unique qualties that are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at InnerMuse
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XVII The Star | Major Arcana | Trump Card Ellis Tarot Deck Meaning The Fool, now adrift, is completely lost. Washed up on an unknown shore,he is suddenly dazzled by the light from above. Recognizing the Star, he knows exactly which direction to travel in to return home. The Star... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at InnerMuse
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IX The Hermit | Major Arcana | Trump Card Shadowscapes Tarot Deck What is Psychological Alignment using Tarot? Visually selecting a card from the Major Arcana. Purpose Identities your current mindset to understand how your feelings maybe impacting your thoughts, decisions and actions. Can confirm you're on the right path... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at InnerMuse
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Minor Arcana | Pip Card Steampunk Tarot Deck Meaning A conflict between heart and mind. If you are feeling between and betwixt, the Two of Swords will probably show up in your reading. You are keeping busy and distracted while time passes, hoping that the situation will resolve itself. Take... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at InnerMuse
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Problem and Solution | 3 Card Tarot Spread Derived from Shadowscapes Tarot Deck Purpose Provides insight into a troubling situation and a possible solution Structure 1 2 3 1. Situation 2. Problem 3. Solution The Question How do I decide the between the bankable career advancement vs. creative pursuits that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at InnerMuse