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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.
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There’s no hard and fast definition for massive. I’m not sure it is a raw number anyway. It terms of gaming, I’d suggest it’s fair that the number be compared to the size of the content map. That said, for me to consider a game to be MMO, I need the following: Continue reading
Your objective in Don’t Starve is very clear – stay alive, don’t starve. However, starving is often the least of your worries. You can die in a multitude of ways in DS. Weather, killer animals, poison vegetation and darkness, will all kill you. DS is a sandbox survival game. Think Minecraft meets The Sims minus creative building features. Continue reading
I’m alone, stranded miles from friends and family that may be alive. I was away at a business conference when the CDC officially declared the outbreak a disaster. This was immediately followed by the President initiating a state of emergency and the FCC stopping all mass transit. Panic, chaos and violence reigned as millions of people succumbed to the H1Z1 virus as if overnight. Continue reading
I’ve been stepping outside of my normal gaming routine lately. In my current state of mind, I’m not in the mood for following a lot of rules (quests) and pre-defined routines. I’m winging it and playing more casually. That is how H1Z1 has entered the line-up. Continue reading
It was all going to plan. My basecamp was in good shape to survive the few remaining days of winter. My strategy of eating hand to mouth because I lacked an Ice Box was working. Whenever I was hungry, I collected a fresh rabbit from one of my 10 traps and cooked up some vittles. Continue reading
It's a don't miss title. Solo and co-op are equally good. My daughter and I just started our first DST server last nite.
Thanks for the tip. I'd subsequently seen a streamer do that and am now all about the traps for spiders!
The premise is simple. The execution, not so much. I stumbled across Don’t Starve (DS) and its coop play alternative, Don’t Starve Together (DST), via After watching a few streams I wanted to try my own hand at not starving to death. From the outside looking in, it appeared to be The Sims meets Minecraft Survival Mode meets Harvest Moon. Okay y’all, I’m in. Continue reading
Thanks for the tip. What's reset time??
My progress in WoD continues although I’m now only focused on getting my Warlock to 100. I was starting to feel too much of the grind attempting to do three characters in parallel. For now, my level 96 Priest and level 94 Mage are permanently parked in their garrisons except for going out to trap animals for fur. Continue reading
Am on a kick too. I watch Twitch daily. I'm finding it a great resource to see how a game works or to know if it's my style of game before purchasing it. I've been introduced to new games I wouldn't have even considered otherwise and bought 2 of them.
I recently re-subscribed to EVE Online. It’s that time again. The need for my flavor of sensory deprivation, that floating around in deep space provides. I am once again without a corporation because I wanted out of FW. I’ll be playing much too casually to be a flashing target. Returning with the idea of continuing the grind toward level 4 missions, repairing my standing with the Caldari and dabbling in exploration meant vacating the low security FW home I’d moved to with my former corporation. I was definitely not looking forward to the 19 jumps back to Hek, which is where I like to setup shop when I’m going solo. To make things easier on myself I sold all of the ships I’d purchased and fitted locally for FW. I obviously kept the Viator to transport the rest of my goods. Followed by flying 2 Navy Vexors and the Aries... Continue reading
Thank you. It's rough stuff. I try to keep my mind busy so I don't dwell on it all day. Thank God for hobbies. I miss AA but this week I let it go completely. There's no joy in it for me anymore so maintaining the farms just for APEX which have more than quadrupled in price wasn't worth the effort. It's such a shame. Another game like that won't be coming along any time soon.
That’s right, I’m slowly making my way through a love themed Interactive Fiction (IF) title. Not because it’s loved themed. No, it’s that I’m insane about all things Regency and am a super fan of Jane Austen! I’ve reread all over novels multiple times and have seen most every rendition of them that have come to the big and small screen. How could I pass up playing around in her world given the opportunity?? Continue reading
The recent loss of my brother stopped all of my traditional gaming the past couple of weeks. As much as I needed and wanted a distraction, I couldn’t put my mind into doing much. Before that day, I was rolling along in WOD, my Warlock having reached level 98. I was holding down the fort on my farms in AA and had re-subscribed to EVE Online. Continue reading
Thank you both it's been rough. We lost our mother unexpectedly 3 years ago too. The "here today" and "gone tomorrow" - no goodbyes is so startling and painful.
Wow, you really made me think in your first paragraph. I'd also like to take a break but I'm afraid to give up what I've worked so hard for - all my my property. It would cost me a MINT to replace them if I ever returned after the break. This is something no other game has every required. You don't lose your house or farm in EQ2, Rift, WOW, etc. What's yours is yours. In EQ2 you just have to pay your back taxes and then you're set. And you're right, I shouldn't have to agonize over this decision. Because without the property the part of the game I'm playing doesn't exist and I wouldn't play it again. *sigh* Now I'm really considering if I should be trying to hold on just in case I want to make a return. Perhaps it's time to just go. I do find the occasional farming and running trade routes is such a lovely game relaxing. However, the price of APEX has quadrupled which means paying for it in gold requires a more serious effort or depleting my bank account gold over time.
Here's wishing you and yours a blessed and Happy New Year. I'll be back to MIA as far as posting for a while. My younger brother passed away unexpectedly on Christmas morning, the day before his 45th birthday. I was still playing WOW and recently resubbed to EVE. I'll be back to posting eventually. Take care and keep your loved ones close! Continue reading
It’s only a couple of days away from my real life holiday vacation. YEA!!! I’ll be M.I.A. the last two weeks of the year. Here’s wishing all of you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Story thus Far So far I’m happy with Warlords of Draenor. It’s Blizzard doing what they do best. It’s also the first release where I’ve been able to see the phasing technology in action. I haven’t quested much since BC. When I have to quest, I appreciate how the experience is being personalized with my character at the center of the action. Continue reading
As of last night, I’ve now completed the first two instances in Warlords of Draenor a few times each. There were good as expected. We all know that Blizzard creates high caliber 5-man content. Not having done PUG 5-mans since Burning Crusade, it took me a while to warm up to the idea. WOW players don’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to being open and friendly to new players in dungeons. After all, “link me your achievements and ilevel” was born here. Continue reading
Congrats Adam! I know how big of a deal is in AA. I have this love/hate relationship with AA. I love the features and the promise of what it could be. But I hate how the poor quality of the code from XL and how Trion keeps tripping over their own feet managing it. I still log in regularly to take care of my farms to continue making money. But at the end of the day, I don't have a lot of faith in the longevity unless XL and Trion get their act together. With that being the case there's little use in grinding to make my gear, grinding to get weapons or accumulating massive amounts of gold. When you take that progression away, the game narrows considerably as those progressions are what MMOs are mostly about. I haven't given up completely but I do continue to simplify the time required as it costs me nothing to continue in some manner and I can easily afford APEX and tax certificates. However, even the big mouth zerg guilds are whittling down and fading away. As long as you're having fun that's all that matters. EQ2 has hung around for a LONG TIME with a small player base. It remained a game that I resubscribed to for at least a couple of months every year. AA would be that for me except I'm so annoyed at XL/Trion that for now, they haven't shown the kind of MMO savvy I'd reward with real life cash. That could change :-)
The more time I spend in WOW, the less time I want expend doing my “hanging in there” chores in ArcheAge. This morning I decided to take a chance on destroying one of my 16x16 houses in Lilyut, in favor of placing down my alt’s 16x16 farm. Doing so would let me increase the square footage of farming space and passive profit while simultaneously decreasing the maintenance required. Continue reading
It's a lot to figure out if you're a returning player. At level 2, you do have to decided between 2 profession buildings or the Storage House. My priest and warlock are both tailor/enchanter as they used to be on different accounts. I was going to have the priest tailor and the warlock do enchanting allowing each to have the store. Unfortunately, I realized yesterday that Hexweave is BOP!!!! so can't be traded and creating it on a 24 hour timer. Therefore it's more beneficial to have both characters making hexweave for the own use. And since you can only wear 3 pieces of hexweave I can have each concentrate on only level/obtaining certain recipes and craft each other's items. So that was a wrinkle I didn't realize until I was into things already. It's not made obvious.
I now have 3 of my 5 characters beyond level 90 and in their garrisons. My next goal is to have all of their garrisons with their profession buildings unlocked, Store house and barn. The store house is to ease the burden of sharing resources across the characters and the barn is to support the tailor. The other two character’s harvesting needs are supported without me having to place a specific building myself, as they need mining and herbs plots that come free as you level the garrison. Getting the free resources supplied by the garrison to the appropriate character, is one of the main reasons I’ve prioritized the Store before other beneficial buildings. Shuffling via game mail is already getting old. Continue reading
After listening to an episode of The Instance, I decided to bring 2 more of my characters along for the Garrison ride. Turpster discussed how he was casually leveling other characters he might play at some point later via garrison mission quests. It also afforded him the opportunity to take advantage of garrison buildings that were different than the ones he’d constructed in his main character’s garrison. Hmm, sounds like a good plan to me. Continue reading