First Impressions of TERA Trial

So after seeing their marketing video I never wanted to play TERA. It seemed aimed squarely at attracting elitist bullies and trash talking pvp nerds, with no focus on building community.

Entering TERA via Pegasus

Enter TERA with me

My guildies say the game itself is quite different, with people helping each other in general chat and an actual sense of teamwork. So I decided to give it a shot.

Unfortunately, being unable to talk on a trial account did not allow me to find out if my biggest reason to NOT get the game was valid or not. TERA needs to implement a “friend code” version of the trial which doesn’t have so many limitations.

After the cut, will go into more depth about my responses, pros, cons, and conclusion – decision to buy or not! May be a bit NSFW depending on your workplace. You’ve been warned!
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My Questions for Community Q&A (SWTOR)

My post for this week’s community Q&A: http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=3794597#post3794597

1. When are server mergers/transfers going to be available and how will Legacy affect that? Would you consider making Legacy unlocks on an account-wide basis but the name must be gained on each server by at least one character?

I know a lot of people who want to reroll to join us but who are stuck with 40+ Legacy on another server they can’t just give up. They shouldn’t have to give it up.

2. Now that you’ve had a look at mirror class parity is there any consideration going to be given to healing class parity?

As it stands, Trooper/BH healing is by far subpar to the other two healer types due to lack of hots, the ammo problem for Trooper specifically, and lack of survivability/utility in PVP compared to the other healer types. It’s slightly subpar in PVE due to the ammo problems, as well.

3. What happened to dual spec?

I need to be a healer for my guild in FP/Ops but as healing now stands need to be DPS to gain character advancement in pvp. 90% of my time is in pvp is solely making Sages and Scoundrels look even better through 5% kolto bomb boost and not getting votes or medals because Trooper healing is so easily shut down.

4. Will we have Purple and Violet Twi’lek on unlocking Twi’lek race? 😉

Leaving SWTOR due to class balance problems

Sent to customer support:

After playing a healing Commando at level 50 I now have real feedback on class balance.

The ammo problem makes it the weakest healer for PVE and causes real problems in PVP compared to the mirror class. The lack of HOTS, stuns, or absorbs makes it by far the weakest in PVP.

Other healing classes can stay up much longer while being focused, and having heavy armor does nothing when enemies do absurd amounts of damage that can kill anything at all in 3-4 hits even while you’re healing yourself.

In warzones, I spend the entire time stunned, dead, or out of ammo. In the gear I have now, when not focused I do about 249k in heals at max, but when attacked I can’t even get the 75k medal. Sages do 140k easily while being attacked, and Scoundrels have a lot of options for staying alive in bad situations. That’s a huge reduction in character advancement compared to other healing classes. You don’t get medals, you don’t contribute enough to get mvp votes and you’re just killed over and over without any chance to do anything about it.

My character spent her entire time leveling as the Hero of the Galaxy, taking down bosses, and now suddenly it’s obvious the class is just terrible and there’s nothing that I can do to make her viable.

Every Commando healer I know has respecced to DPS or is telling me to respec to DPS if I want to keep the character.

I feel like deleting my character, the one I’ve worked hardest on, because to respec to DPS would completely abandon not only the entire character concept but her role in the guild, and the guild concept.

Then on top of all that, I hear that our kolto bomb aoe heal is actually going to be nerfed in 1.2, not buffed with a heal over time added to it like the similar aoe heal for Sage/Sorc.

I can’t believe how horribly awful this tree is to play, and I wonder why you even bother to have a healing tree for Trooper if it’s just going to be this bad.

It’s for this reason I’ve decided to not renew my subscription, despite running a guild and a fansite for the game.

Prior to this I’d canceled the sub over the Empire favoritism in pvp, however that is slated to be fixed in 1.2. However if I don’t vote on this balance issue with my money and time, it’s just whining. I’d be happy to return if the issues are fixed.

Expected a company of Bioware’s calibre to do better.

I keep saying that.

Starter Tricks and Tips for DDO Free to Play (F2P)

A couple of my friends wanted to check out DDO so I figured I’d take my teensy amount of experience and at least help start them off on the right path to having fun in Stormreach all the way up to level cap and beyond.

First step? DO NOT USE THE DEFAULT PATHS at character creation! This is very important. Turbine’s default paths aren’t exactly the best builds ever. Always research the class you think you might like to play first. DDO is not pen and paper D&D and the rules of what stats and feats make for a viable character are a little different. It’s a very minmax environment after you hit cap, and becomes more and more frustrating starting at level 12 or so if you didn’t build well. I know this because my first characters sucked so please listen to me and save yourself that pain!

Warning, this is loooooooooooong!

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Celebration time, come on! (Rift)

Update, July 29th: At the first patch of Phase 5, the “funny” line that was disrespectful towards Asha has been removed. Thank you! In addition, Abyssal Prancers have been reduced in number, and some have been renamed Abyssal Violators as if to remind us these are enemies, not just female dancers. Although it’s probably the best quick solution to the problem (any other solutions would require art assets for either male or creature Abyssal dancers, female soggy Dwarves, or different despawn animations,) it does remain a quest I’m simply not comfortable taking part in. I do thank Trion for making an attempt at making it more clear we’re killing ENEMIES here, and I hope they’ll be more aware of subtleties in the next events.

Well, that was a beautifully thought-out world event, without the frustrations of the first being well, anticlimactic. Now at the ending, we get a celebration until 1.4 hits, with fireworks, dancing, and drunkenness in Meridian or Sanctum!

Here’s the feedback I sent in on the ending celebrations:

Having a celebration after fighting off the forces of water AND death is a great idea. Love the dancing and drinking games, the fireworks, and a lot of the new gear. Woohoo!

However, one of the celebration quests basically has us killing female-looking prisoners, with a penalty (no points) for killing male ones. I had hoped the Ascended would have been more civilized, or at least more aware of gender issues. You have women WORKING on your game, how did something like this slip through? If you’re gonna be barbaric please at least be barbaric equally to men, women, undead, and fishy-looking creatures. Thanks.

As you can see, there’s still a few things Trion may need to work the kinks out on. Some of my guildies were pretty upset about it. Maybe I should be more upset about this kind of thoughtless misogyny, like I should be more upset at the men who always assume they’re talking to a man ingame even when their girlfriends play it! I’m just too used to being considered… well, NOT considered, I guess.

Back when I first started playing, the kinds of games I wanted to play didn’t even have female characters I could play or identify with. Then when female characters started to happen, they all had HUGE boobs. Again, something I can’t really identify with. As women have entered the industry we’ve seen small amounts of change, but little things like this show there’s still a LONG road ahead.

Would have been so nice to just be able to enjoy a cheery ingame celebration after all the hard grinding… sigh.

Lei ❤

PVE vs PVP (Rift)

With the new free transfers Rift’s offering, I decided to transfer my less-played cleric off to another shard and start a new one to play with lowbie guildies.

Wow. What a difference.

To backtrack a little, this particular cleric is completely water-themed, she’s a Warden which is the water-based healing soul, and has blue hair. So after transferring her away I ended up playing her more because the current world event (Waves of Madness) is water-themed so I wanted event items for her.

So there I was, on a PVE-RP server instead of PVP-RP. There’s still no RP of course haha. I just started noticing that I was much, MUCH happier with that character all of a sudden. I would log off happy and content.

Going back to my mains, I’d be irritable and annoyed. Ganked just trying to get to a rift for the daily. Ganked by being camped after being ganked. Ganked while stealthed on my rogue just walking around because anyone higher level can STILL SEE YOU which is just ridiculous. Ganked in the middle of a group and nobody even stopped to help, over and over and over. Got to the point I’d get ganked and just log off upset, knowing that for at least half an hour to an hour I’d be unable to achieve any of my objectives, more if it was prime time. Wait in queue in Meridian for hours unable to quest until a group actually got together for a dungeon.

Talked with a friend and they said they loved being ganked. They love the adrenalin hit, and find it boring to just quest knowing they only have mobs to face, and it’s never going to be exciting. They look forward to hitting cap and ganking back.

Another friend said that the only way to handle being on a pvp shard is to have enough friends to protect you. Well… I have odd sleep habits. When it’s 4 hours before anyone I know is gonna log on, and I just want to close a couple of rifts for the daily, it’s really frustrating to lose 2 plat from ganking and be unable to even get to the rift.

Takes all kinds to make a world I guess… I’ll take questing in peace and only fighting players when I CHOOSE to over that. Sometimes I just want to log on and get things done and grow my character’s abilities. My opinion of people who gank, despite my friend, is that they are pathetic creatures who only go for the easy fights where there’s no challenge. Where’s the glory in easy kills? It’s just bullying, and bullies are losers by default or they wouldn’t have to bully to feel anything approaching self-esteem. So I don’t look forward to hitting 50 and ganking them back, because I think ganking is completely stupid in the first place. Give me a GOOD fight!

I’ll really miss a few great people from the PVP shard, but it’s totally worth it. I was beginning to hate logging on, and now I just feel happy and relaxed, eager to level my lowbies, eager to finish up story quests on my main. And I look forward to being able to afford the 125 plat for a level 50 mount instead of losing money every day and being more poor at 50 than I was at 35.

I’m an achievement junkie not an adrenalin junkie I guess… call me a carebear for it if you want. Sometimes you just have to know where you fit in the world. I’m a lover not a fighter, haha. 🙂