Mission Accomplished

In my last entry, I talked about how Innocent would be going after the ‘Original Challenger of Saruman’ title, which is a title the first group to complete all challenge modes of ToO in one continuous run.  Subsequent groups can earn ‘Challenger of Saruman’.  We knew other groups wanted to go after it as well, so it was a bit of a race.  There were a couple hiccups here and there, but all in all it went quite smoothly.  Within 4 hours (including dinner break and other afks), we got our title!


The ‘Original’ team:


I’m feeling very done with ToO now, but we’ll have to go back a time or two to finish off the deeds for other members who were not able to be part of the run.  It’s a great feeling to have this all completed. 🙂

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Victory at last!

My raiding alliance Innocent has spent many a night trying to defeat Saruman T2 Challenge Mode. (using the rings is one of my most unfavourite parts of the fight.  I always have to concentrate so hard when watching the order, otherwise my mind will wander off :P)

So many hours of easily getting through phases 1-4 easily only to fail a minute or so into phase 5.  There have been good times when we’ve made progress or beat T2, yet there have been some really low times due to it being such a challenging fight.  It was the only part of the Tower of Orthanc raid that we didn’t beat before the level increase.  But never did our determination to beat the old bastard waver.

We’ve kept on trying after RoR was released whilst people were leveling up.  Our gear wasn’t much better and it was still quite the challenge.  Don’t expect to waltz in at 85 and have ToO to be a cakewalk!  Whilst it’s bitter sweet to have done this post 75, Innocent finally prevailed and got Laurelin server’s first Saruman T2 CM kill!

This meant new horsie time!! Shiiiiiiiny! 😀 (though forgetting to turn graphics up to ultra high.. not so shiny, oops)

Impromptu meeting to show off our horses!  It’s a bit funny, they have synchronised colour changing. 😛

We also got a model of Orthanc (kin homes need more enormous yard slots!!)

It’s pretty huge:

The view from the inside is… interesting:

We were all really pleased and proud to have gotten this done.  Next up:  Original Challenger of Saruman title!

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First Foray into Guild Wars 2

Soooo…. can it be August 25th already?  Because I’m so ready to play Guild Wars 2!  I preordered too late to take part in the first two betas then was on holiday during the third, so I figured I’d just wait for the game to launch.  But this past Thursday they had a stress test (and a bonus one late Friday night!) and I couldn’t resist.  I think I’ve fallen in love with this game.  I was oooohing and aaaahing the whole time and having loads of fun.  It’s screenshot heaven as well.  The game is BEAUTIFUL.  I had been worried I might not be able to get over the skimpy female outfits, the way they run and how you can see their backsides a lot.. but it wasn’t so bad.  It was a minor annoyance which was mostly forgotten about as I was blown away by the game world.  The attention to detail is incredible.

The game play is also extremely fun, but I’m going to have to get used to mobs actually being difficult.  No taking on mobs 2-3 levels higher than me like I would in Lotro, because that’s going to lead to death… very quickly! And no going back later to get things done when you’re a higher level as you’re downgraded to match the level of the area you’re in.  That could be troublesome for any challenging quests.  I really liked the way they handled quests of new ones popping up when you entered and area and your map keeping track of them, instead of you having to manage your quest log manually.  The random events were super fun.  I even managed to start off a few myself by paying attention to what the NPCs were saying around me.  One of the events had us catching rabbits before they ate a farmer’s watermelons.  So there is silly stuff and fighting.  It all felt a bit chaotic but I know I’ll settle in soon.

The combat is going to take getting used to.  Luckily I’m used to playing on the move, but I’m not used to dodging attacks.  I also chose to try out an elementalists which looks like it will take a little while to learn the skills.  As with all classes, equipping  a different weapon type will change your skills.  But on top of that the elementalist also has 4 attunements (fire, water, air, earth) which all have new skills.  Add combos on top of that… the amount is a bit mind boggling!  The sheer amount of crafting materials I was picking up was intimidating.  Basically there is going to be A LOT to learn.  Sure I could get by with basics, but I’m the type who likes to become good at the classes I play.

Anyway, I first wanted to try a Sylvari given that I was thinking I’d prefer a human for a main, so I’d save that for later.  The Sylvari are.. interesting looking. Definitely not your typical elves.  They’re pretty in their own way though.















Unfortunately the starter area boss was bugged and no one could get past it.  Quite a few of us stood waiting around for a while:















I wasn’t going to waste any more time (the stress test was only 4 hours long) so left that character and went ahead and created a human elementalist.  She’s quite pretty as well!















Immediately I went exploring as I was so taken with the world.  It was hard to not continually take screenshots. 😛  Though one annoying thing is GW doesn’t have a first person view which makes taking screenshots more difficult, especially when you want to take ones that look upward.  It was quite amazing seeing Divinity’s Reach in the background for the first time.  It’s one, proper huge city (I’ll save pictures of the interior for later):














I ran into a random, pretty graveyard in which you could read all of the graves.  I also ran into a mysterious person suggesting ghosts are there at night, so I must remember to go back one night!















Whilst exploring I decided to go through a random Asura gate, I managed to get myself to some other city.  I don’t recall the name and I’m too lazy to look it up. 😛  I didn’t do much looking around it as it’s also huge and I had limited time.  I did run up to a view point nearby which had some goggles to put on.. which had the curious effect of changing my character into a bathing suit:














So I went for a swim.  Things are just as pretty underwater as they are above it!














That’s enough screenshots for now.  Next up: inside Divinity’s Reach.

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After a fair few nights, lining up for a lot of tries at Shadow Challenge Mode,

many times purposefully wiping in order to preserve the challenge,

Innocent finally prevailed and conquered the challenge mode with a few seconds to spare!

For the first time I actually remembered to get a screenshot of the deed completion popping up on my screen. 😛  We don’t have a video unfortunately due to our camera man not raiding with us that night.  It was such a relief to finally get this done.  I was starting to feel like we were banging our heads on the wall.  It’s quite the stressful fight for an LM as well.  Also your pet won’t stay on the boss even when you take it off assist.  It makes me feel dumb when I notice my bear is sat in the middle of the room doing nothing!  The last thing I want to be paying attention to is if my pet is attacking the boss or not!  Anyway, Innocent is now 3/5 for the challenge modes, which is basically all that is possible until Turbine fixes the Fire and Frost and Saruman fights.

I also received my 3rd(!) first ager.  It’s sorta weird to have what feels like so many to me as never before have I been lucky enough to receive a 1st age token while it’s still currently the best in the game.  I decided to make my rk a new fire stone.  I lucked out with my legacies, but the base stats were a fair bit of a let down.  I don’t get why the devs do this.  You can see the difference between my new stone and my 2nd ager.  It’s going to be hard to give those passives up, but on the whole, the 1st ager is definitely better.  But seriously:  what rk wants agility or parry rating?  or how about might on an LM staff?  Why even bother having these useless things ingame, especially when it deflates players a bit after the elation of getting a new weapon?  Ah well, I’m certainly enjoying the higher dps and menacing tanks even more. 😉

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Over on the official forums, someone started a fun thread.  It asks people to share their very first screenshot.  I shared mine there and also thought it was an excellent idea to expand upon here on my blog, especially given I have LOADS of old screenies that would never see the light of day otherwise.  Plus it’s fun to look through them and experience the memories.  
So above is my very first screenshot (click for full size.)  I started Lotro off with a hunter.  Lotro was my very first mmo and after reading through the class descriptions, it seemed like it was one of the easiest classes.  I figured that was a good idea given I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  She was my main up until 65.  It was during the Barad Guldur raid that I switched my main to Loremaster.  Whilst my hunter is now a rarely-used woodworker, many deeds finished, and trophies collected, she now sits there unused in her full Great Bow set.  It’s a bit sad but once I got into Loremaster, hunter wasn’t interesting enough.  I’m glad I started on that class though.  It was a great one to learn how to play the game on.
I found it entertaining that most screenshots in that thread, everyone still had their UI on.  It seems it took a lot of us a bit of time before we learned that we could turn it off.  I also didn’t seem to realise first-person view existed for taking pictures of the landscape.  Having my toon, standing in the shot, displaying her back was a common theme of my early screenshots. 😀  Also my graphics weren’t so great as I had no clue how to make them better.  My characters were quite jagged looking. (First Shire rainbow to the right!)
If you have a blog, how about sharing some of your first screenshots?  Or head on over to the official thread.  It would be fun to see! 🙂
One of the first Shire sunsets, UI dutifully cropped away! 😉
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Woo, new blog and first post! \o/ Hopefully now I’ll finally have a place to post all my screenshots and talk about lotro a bit…with other rl stuff thrown in I expect. 😉

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