New Life

Crowded Thayd is a happy Thayd

Crowded Thayd is a happy Thayd

The Megaserver merge has been absolutely wonderful for my experience in WildStar. I was a bit nervous that there’d be more competition for quest mobs and resources, and that’s true but to such a minor extent that it doesn’t really matter. It is vastly outweighed by the fact that there’s dozens of people wandering around Thayd at all hours. For the first time ever I did the Drusera’s Tree event and got gold with all special sprouts up, because there were enough people to actually defend them. There were so many people killing Scorchwing that there was a crowd waiting for him to spawn. The very first night of the Megaserver people were cheering because there were enough settlers around to activate all the teleports and buffs in Thayd!

Waiting for the flaming chicken to appear

Waiting for the flaming chicken to appear

I don’t know what is in store for this game, I do know that having people around has completely revitalized it for me. I hope that people who have left decide to give it another chance, either now or after the upcoming drop launches. It is a living world again, and I’d like it to stay that way.

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Relaxing for a Change

Lopp villiage in Celestion

This zone is so photogenic. Oh who am I kidding the whole game is just beautiful.

I’ve had slightly more time to play WildStar over the past week. Unfortunately my fabulous guild has turned into a bit of a ghost town lately, so I’ve been looking for ways to keep myself busy solo. This weekend I worked on tying up some loose ends by finishing some quests and path missions in Celestion. While leveling Gracie I went through Algoroc, and though I had seen Celestion during beta and some on my alts, it had been a while. I really enjoyed looking at the story now that I have the perspective of seeing where things end up at higher levels.

I ran around finding all the TALES! keys and datacubes too. The stories they tell make a very different kind of sense once you know more about the big picture. I remember leveling for the first time and just starting to get the sense that the Eldan were actually more petty jerks than omnipotent gods sometime around the end of Whitevale/ beginning of Farside. But the seeds are definitely planted even in the earlier zones if you know what you’re looking for.

The other nice thing about questing in a low level zone is that it is relaxing. I’ve been doing my dailies for months now on Gracie, and I know how to get through them efficiently. I can even solo the 2 quests in Crimson Badlands that are meant for two people, as long as I’m careful. However, since I don’t have fancy raid or even veteran gear my power level has been about the same for most of this time. Any improvements have been because I got better or learned some new trick or fiddled with my abilities. Sometimes you miss the feeling of just straight-up becoming more powerful and finally mowing down your enemies. So going back to low level zones and kicking ass was silly but also very satisfying.

The game definitely feels very quiet right now. Daily quest zones are still relatively active on my server, but the low-level zones I visited were extremely quiet. I did get to help a couple people I saw struggling to solo some of the group quest bosses though. Sometimes I waffle about whether to help people with things like that, since I know some folks like the challenge of seeing if they can solo it. Usually I err on the side of helping out, and both the people I helped this weekend thanked me so I guess I made the right call. With the Megaserver merge happening this week I am hoping to see more people at all levels out in the world.

I’m going to end this with a plea. Are you still actively playing WildStar? Are you in an active guild on a NA PvE server (shortly to be the NA PvE server)? I am starting to look for a new home and would love to find someplace I would be a good fit. I’m actively playing and would like to be part of a guild that is running group content together again. Leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter!

Still Alive

That can't be good for property values.

That can’t be good for property values.

Hello folks! I apologize for dropping off the face of Nexus for a bit there. The human being behind Gracie the Mordesh is a grad student and has been going through some crazy exams. For Science. In any case it has kept me so busy I’ve only been able to log into WildStar a couple times over the past few weeks. This month will continue to be hell IRL but at least I should be able to log in enough to cap my elder gems each week and maybe start getting back into some group content once in a while. This is the time when I am so grateful for CREDD. My playtime and finances are limited enough that there’s no way I could justify paying a subscription right now, but my account is paid in CREDD for a few months so I get to keep playing whenever I have time!

Welcome! Please leave all weapons with the freebot minding the door.

Welcome! Please leave all weapons with the freebot minding the door.

Before my stress-induces hiatus I promised some updates on my home remodel. I ditched my spaceship and upgraded to the spacious granok house. Unfortunately the strain seems to have spread from that infected lab I installed, but so far it’s contained outside of the house. For today I’ll just show off the foyer, bar, and dining room.

Have a drink. Maybe it will help you forget the house is surrounded by the Strain.

Have a drink. Maybe it will help you forget the house is surrounded by the Strain.

The spacious granok house has one huge main room and one smaller sub-room. I tried to break up the space in slightly different ways on each floor. It made for some slightly funky corners but I like some of the cozy rooms I ended up with. I promise I’ll have the rest of the tour up before I disappear again.

I can't say enough awesome things about the nautical-themed furniture.

I can’t say enough awesome things about the nautical-themed furniture.