Arieluma, Friend

Returning to Aion wasn’t something that I planned on doing. To me, the game had served it’s purpose and in its latter stages sustained its wounds. I wanted to remember the good times I had with Aion, mostly pre 2.7 (The Coliseum Update) and leave it at that. I found the housing system to be a chore that was necessary to get an increase in potion sales, and I’d earned the best gear in the game (at that point) through a combination of crafting and fighting in the Coliseum. When Redh (the Cyrus Guildmaster) decided that he was going to try Aion, I was curious and decided to join in. A few hours later and we had a group of six or seven that were willing to pile in.

They had chosen a new server as a fresh start, since neither of them had brought their accounts under Gameforge EU’s ownership for varying reasons. I chose a Bard, and quickly became bored with it. I never told Redh that, but frankly it was a one-rotation pony that did a group MP restoration. Granted I only took it to level 27, but frankly the other classes at that level were so much more involved and developed.

We were speaking about server transfers (note: lol, transfers) when I said that all Redh and his wife had to do was email Gameforge, supply some information about the account and the characters, and they would at least have a chance at getting them back. Even Redh’s banned account (hacked to facilitate RMT and then banned) was reinstated, and Dia’s was ported over. So the three of us power-levelled our trio of fresh level 1s.

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You Are Tenno. I Will Prepare You.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a game that has given me the chance to rack up three figures in hours played. There’s MMOs, there’s Team Fortress 2 and the Mass Effect series. Since I started playing Warframe, I’ve seen my playtime soar, and I’m feeling better for it.

I played it once before but I don’t think I gave it the attention and head-space that it needed to show off everything it had. With it being in Beta at the time (though it still is now), I wrote it off and moved on. I came back to it about three weeks ago and I’ve honestly not been able to stop since.

The game itself has a very MMO feel to it, though it’s entirely instance-based as opposed to a huge overworld with instanced areas. The game has such a flair to it that it feels like a combination between a shooter and a spectacle fighter, and it looks gorgeous even on my old machine.

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Welcome to the D&D World!

One of the few purchases that I made during the last Steam Sale was Chronicles of Mystara. After watching ProJared’s video on one of the games in the bundle, I figured it would be fun to play it with Julia and her room-mate. That and I like D&D, though I am definitely new to the game as I only started playing during 5e, the latest rule set.

I played it for a little on my own on the normal setting, got beaten enough times to put me in a bad mood on it (mood swings plus a harsh difficulty curve does not a happy Allan make) on both Tower of Doom and Shadows of Mystara, and quit it. Then Julia and I had little else to do one evening, so we sat down and played it. She picked Elf (both games run on D&D First Edition), and I picked Magic User.

And I couldn’t have been more wrong on my opinion of the games.

We tweaked down the difficulty because it was midnight and I was in a half-awake stupor, and while we ran through the game dying along the way, we had fun. The spells we saved for the boss’ and when we were about to die, and just played it like over-excitable kids with quarters galore. It was great, until Steam decided to bring down it’s Friends system for routine maintenance.

I have every intention of playing it again, though this time perhaps with a couple of friends alongside to boot. Maybe we can actually finish it. Though, I’m sure we’ll still joke how the ‘Shadow Elves’ throws more slaves than warriors at us; they had grey/purple skin, they were Drow, dammit!

If you want to pick it up to play with friends, I’d wait for it to go on sale, as it’s £12 for a single copy and £36 (WTF?!) for a four-pack and the four-pack is what you really want. Trust me, you will want to play it with friends; playing alone is not fun at all.

Out of Steam

We are in the middle of the 2015 Winter Sale on Steam. And usually, I end up putting up a wishlist of what I hope goes on sale, and afterwards what I ended up purchasing. Before I wiped my blog and started fresh, there were a good dozen posts of this kind of thing. I have posted a pair of entries here with that exact information. Then Steam changed it’s sale tactics.

There were to be no more timed deals; instead games would just ‘go on sale’ for the full sale period “at their most competitive discount, before and after being featured[.]”

For the first time in almost six years, I’ve received more games, both in value and quantity, than I have bought myself. And that latter number currently stands at 1 (Chronicles of Mystara 4-pack to play with friends).

Steam have screwed up the very things that made them, frankly, better than other digital stores regardless of platform.

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Steam Sale: The Aftermath

OK, so it happened. And I failed in my budgeting. I was going to keep my spending to about £50 this Sale, and I overspent by quite a lot. In my defence, there were a lot of titles that had good discounts and since I tend to stay away from AAA titles unless they’re really something special, I end up paying more rather than waiting. Call me a bad consumer, but there’s a tipping point where I want to pay the developer for their work.

Looking at my wishlist, I picked up almost all of it. I got Chroma SquadWar for the OverworldRepublique: Remastered, Ori and the Blind Forest and Shadow of Mordor. So far, I’ve only sat down and played War for the Overworld, and damn it’s good, for what I’ve played so far. I doubt I will go into the multiplayer arena but I’m happy with the Campaign and Skirmish.

I did leave behind There Came an Echo and Fantasy Grounds, because they were never a Daily Deal or a Flash Deal. With Fantasy Grounds they offer an Ultimate Edition licence for $10 per group DM, which will probably suit the group’s needs more anyway. But there are more that I bought. So many more. Continue reading