Assassins and Racing, just your average weekend

Not much gaming done this weekend but I did get back around to finishing Assassins Creed 4 in preparation for Unity, still have the Aveline and Adawale DLC missions to do and since I haven’t ever played them it will be something new and some of the trophies to finish off. The one problem I have with the AC games in relation to trophies and achievements is the multiplayer component, it just does nothing for me and means that getting 100% is essentially impossible which is annoying but I’m not going to do things I don’t enjoy just for some symbol….that said, someone has mentioned that the getting to level 55 one can be done playing lone wolf solo so it might just be something I do randomly if I get the urge.

The other gaming I did was just some oval racing on iRacing to try and get my safety rating up; at first I was just going to take a weekend to game the system and get out of rookies through time trialing oval and road-race but I’ve decided I want to run both classes for a full season to get some experience and see how high my safety rating can go naturally first as that will be an indicator of if I actually deserve to be out of rookies or not. I’m certainly finding that I like oval more than road racing at this stage but I think that might just be due to the shifting in road-racing still feeling different to real life, even with an H-shifter, since there is no real force-feedback on the shifter or clutch as there is in a real car.

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Some changes happening

Looking back over how neglected this site has been I’ve decided to make some changes to it, in terms of direction and content, though that’s also being driven by changes happening in my life as well. The first change has been to take the site from a World of Warcraft and multiboxing direction to general gaming and the main impetus for this has come from the fact I pretty much have stopped playing WoW in any fashion and started to get back to some of the hundreds of games I’ve had sitting on my shelves and in my Steam library for the past few years, as well as getting the urge for some competitive gaming.

I have decided that I need to take getting fit and healthy more seriously in my life so getting rid of the thought I have to rush home and put in a few hours of level grinding on characters or teams was the first thing to go, it allows me to know I am heading from work to the gym, then I can get home and eat before settling in for a bit of gaming IF I feel like it; so now I can get home and do no gaming, or I might want to play a console game, or I might want to multibox some Diablo 3 or I could work on my ELO in a competitive game or I could get ready to go back out and hang with friends….who’d have thought that was an option a little while ago.

When I’ve mentioned competitive gaming a few times now it’s essentially going to be iRacing or League of Legends mostly as I find that iRacing is fun and allows me to use triple monitors, TrackIR and a steering setup for more than just Euro Truck Simulator 2 while slowly improving my skill in a genre I’ve enjoyed all my life. Outside of those I will also be getting back in to some flight simulators and both Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen Online to get back to other things I used to enjoy and also get further benefit out of the hardware I have invested in, then there will be a lot of console gaming to try and cut back my last gen catalog before the PS4 and XBone avalanche really begins.

Where that leaves this site is that I will posting a lot more with content from iRacing and LoL ELO climbs, possibly reviews and videos of games and hardware, and occasional posts about things as I play them with large content dumps focusing on one game at times when new content patches are released (such as Diablo 3 patch 2.1 or Warlords of Draenor) and hopefully just a lot more content and reasons for people to come visit more often so it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride while I get the load started.

Final Fantasy 14

FF14 low-level LancerSo have spent the last few days playing FF14: ARR now that WoW has almost left my system and am enjoying it from an old-school JRPG point of view, it feels like a Final Fantasy game crossed with vanilla Everquest with the lack of handholding that the game provides. I know it won’t take long until everything is known and optimal leveling and combat is worked out but for now it’s nice to have to actually thing and just play the game as you want without worrying about optimal efficiency.

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Path of Exile beta

So I’ve been lightly messing around in the Path of Exile open beta and it’s kind of fun so far, hard to give a true answer on what it’s like without sinking a fair bit more time in to it since there are some things I dislike that I might adjust to or might kill the game for me.

I’ve tried out marauder, witch and ranger so far (witch was started in hardcore and failed fairly quickly) and I’ve liked the ranger the best so far for most of the same reasons I put my first 200 hours in to Diablo 3 as a demonhunter.

The passive skill tree in PoE is massive and set up along the lines of Final Fantasy X which I love, there is so much diversity in builds but once you make a choice you are mostly stuck with it outside of a few respec points you can earn.

Given how new the game is and so many unknowns it’s kind of hard to come up with a final build but I think that this will be the build I try for my first ranger and then make changes as we learn more about the game, stats and associated synergies.

Cata multi-boxing leveling

So I finished off leveling the DK’s to 85 about 2 weeks ago now and have started on the shaman so thought I’d post a few things I have found about the leveling experience through the Cataclysm zones so far.

The biggest issue that a multiboxer will find coming into Cataclysm from RAF is that there is no way to avoid our most hated enemy, collection quests. Every quest hub in each zone through Cataclysm has to be completed before the breadcrumb to the next hub will open up for you, this means that every single collection quest will have to be done if you either want to level to 85 through questing or you want to come back at 85 and finish them off for gold and/or enchanting mats.

A lot of the quests through the zones will be group-friendly, eg kill quests that are shared across the group or item drops that are on the corpse for all characters in the group, but there are some really tedious collections quests too. An example of the tedious type is a quest in Mount Hyjal that requires you to collect 15 arrows off the ground, annoying enough when solo, but with needing to do it five times it becomes a chore but not as bad as a quest later on that requires 16 random drops of mobs that don’t share across the group so you are stuck with needing 80 random drops.

The only real saving grace for this is that the technology we are using makes it not as bad as it used to me. Picture-in-picture swapping on both Keyclone and ISBoxer make it easy enough to switch from character to character as one gets the quest done, while also allowing you to easily switch back to your tank if attacked, targeting a corpse and then using interact with target also makes it easy to have your team loot mobs without switch from your tank (as well as skin/herb/mine mobs if you can) while mouse broadcasting can also make it easy to pickup or activate ground-based untargetable objects without switching characters.

In terms of leveling speed I found that with 150% rested xp I was able to hit 85 from 81 with about 5% rested remaining after making sure to log out in an inn each night and got the final level while questing in Deepholm, though I had gone and done the pre-quest for Twilight Highlands and the starting quests there to open up the portal to and from Stormwind.

For cash I currently have about 2300g on each of the DK’s after buying them 280% flying and still have about half of Uldum and most of Twilight left to do. I have also run the Molten Front dailies for about 8 days so far and bought the tanking boots and neck from there and the belt from Hyjal so I would say that quest leveling through Northrend and Cataclysm should give you enough cash to properly outfit your character with 310% flying, all skills and full rep gear with enough left over to be ready for the next expansion but you will need a cashed up character if you want to buy them full epic crafted gear.

Overall I’d say the biggest thing to be aware of when quest leveling through Cataclysm is that you will need to have patience when you get the collection quests in each hub and to make sure you have your setup configured to make picking up items off mobs or the environment as easy and fast as possible so as to minimise the time needed to be spent on collections.

Where we’re at.

Since the last update I’ve been working on the DKs to get them to 85 asap and into the PvP arena team that has been planned. The team is now at 84.5 after completing Mount Hyjal, Vash’jir, the first part of Twightlight Highlands to get the portal back to Stormwind open and the first two segments of the world pillar in Deepholme along with the Crucible of Carnage.

The crucible was an interesting experience as I had to do it twice with a friend healing so they could get it done as well. Blood DKs don’t put out a mass of DPS so the fight with Godfrey took a bit longer than it should have, thankfully my healer is overgeared and was able to deal with it combined with the bloodworms (some doing 10k heals) and the deathstrike heal and bubble but I can’t wait to hit 85 so I can spec into frost for a secondary….yes I can do it now if I want but can’t be bothered to port back to Ebon Hold without a reason.

Along the leveling so far I also ran the goats through BRC with the healer friend, we one-shot everything except Corla where we wiped on her the first time due to a mistake on the evolutions, regrouped and took her down. Most of the run was fine, a little slow again due to running 4 bloods, but a few messy spots that show I have room for improvement in controlling the melee group including when I get runners.

RAF challenge completed

WoW RAF completed
WoW RAf completed

The characters on the last list were my main account and not linked to RAF, used the paladin on there to boost all the teams. The 85 paladin on D was transfered across from horde server at the end, the mage on A account was already there but only level 72 when I started to RAF.

Druids, DKs, Wars, Rogues and Shaman were leveled to 81, mages were gifted from scratch and the rest were boosted to 60 and then gifted the rest of the way. I also gifted a lock, hunter and priest from 1 to 81 as I had to transfer one of each to the D account to finalise things which led to me only having 40 giftable levels unused on B account in the end.

I started on 5 July and finished up on 12 Sept so around 60 days in total but less played obviously. Took about 15 hours to get teams from 1 – 60 and about 48 hours to get from 1 – 81 for those teams, will do a full count in the next day or two.

First team experiences

Last week was fairly productive as I managed to get the first of my new teams, 4 druids, to 81 since the RAF xp bonus works all the way through level 80 rather than stopping there as expected with a total played time of ~48 hours. The played time is a good bit of news as it means that if I focus I should be able to get one team a week done if I don’t waste time on the weekends and since I only have 5 more teams to level up, assuming I get the DK’s from 66 to 81 this week, I should be able to get everything done long before RAF runs out.

After the break I’ll go into some details that I discovered regarding boosting during the experience that will hopefully help others in a similar situation.

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