Reading Challenge #79: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

It’s time for a reading challenge entry again! It is amazing how much faster I am going through these when I actually enjoy the books. Today I’m discussing Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1962.  This one definitely caught me off guard, but in a good way.

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Legion Bucket List

The big news today is that WoW’s Battle for Azeroth expansion will be released on August 14. That’s a bit sooner than I expected, given the September deadline they gave themselves in the preorder fine print. I’m always excited to have new things to see and do in game, even if the concept of this expansion is not one that thrills me. But what is still left to do in Legion and can I finish it before the expansion gets here?

Honestly, there’s not much left in Legion that I care about. Or at least, there’s not much that won’t still be here during content lulls next expansion. Maybe I will regret not chasing after things like the mage tower artifact appearance, but I doubt it. I like collecting armor sets much more than weapon skins. I’ve at least seen all the dungeons in some form, and all the raids in LFR at minimum. I have a vague hope that I can snag the equivalent of a friendship moose from Antorus, but if not I won’t be too crushed. I’m just starting to work toward some M+ progress, but that’s mostly for entertainment value rather than any specific goal. Some of the things I want, like a few achievements or transmog sets, are actually better off done with the extra levels and gear another expansion will give me.

So what goals do I have left before August 14?

  • Get the mount from new Karazhan
  • Do a mythic +15
  • Get at least one artifact maxed out in the netherlight crucible
  • Cap my professions
  • Get all the First Aid achievements before it disappears
  • Save up some gold
  • Level at least one of my allied race alts to 110

It’s a pretty modest list, and every single thing on it is perfectly achievable if I keep playing WoW between now and August. I’ll be curious to see if I actually do all of them or if I end up taking a break!

Do you have anything you’re eager to do before Legion is over?

For Fashion

armor sets

I’ve been adding priest transmog goals to my monthly goal lists. This is the result so far. I managed to get all of the pvp sets that are available with marks of honor. I’ve been farming them on all my alts whenever there’s a world quest up that rewards them. This week I also managed to score the boots that had been eluding me from Naxx-10, which finished off all of Wrath for me. I’m not really sure why I am doing this. A lot of these sets look pretty awful honestly. It has been fun to have a very low-key goal to work on though, and I can combine this with mount/pet farming. I’m weirdly looking forward to BfA, not for its own sake but so I am another 10 levels higher and can solo more old raids for fashion.

April 2018 Gaming Goals

It is spring! I was worried about this for a bit because there was a major snowstorm about a week ago but I think that was winter’s last hurrah. Now it is time to check in on my gaming goals for March and April.

March Goals in Review:

WoW: Finish off the TBC raid transmog sets for my priest. Done!

Level one of my allied race alts to 60. Not quite. I got my nightborn mage up into the 50s but leveling is very noticeably slower than it used to be.

FFXIV: Catch up enough to run the new raid stuff. Nope. My sub ran out and I haven’t been motivated to go back

Furnish my house. Nope.

Diablo 3: Help my friends get their murder bears. Done-ish. I helped my friends, and at last check the one who hadn’t finished only has the solo grift left to do.

Monster Hunter World: Catch up to my friends. Nope.

April Goals:

WoW: Complete all the priest transmog sets up through Cata. I’m not sure if this is actually possible in the number of lockouts I have, but it is still my next goal. As of now I only have one piece missing from Wrath, and then mostly need to fill out the Dragon Soul sets. This process is going to slow down a lot now that I’m entering the era where raids have 3+ different sets and the content is harder to solo. I did at least get a second priest up to 110 so I can farm twice as often.

Get my new mage up to 70. This is another one that I am doubtful about completing, but I really do want to get it done.

Participate in my friend Belghast‘s M+ nonsense. I think the goal is to get to +15 so we can all at least unlock the fancy weapon skin. I haven’t healed in a while so it should be interesting.

Monster Hunter World: Finish the story. Some of my friends have already finished up and left this game, and I am slowly starting to bounce too. I would like to at least finish the main story line before I go.

This is a pretty short goals list. I suppose it says something about my priorities lately. Between creative things, trying to learn a new language, and the usual work/school commitments, I never seem to have enough hours in the day. I still count myself very fortunate that I get to do so many enjoyable things!


Monster Hunter World

As you know, I got dragged into playing MHW after a concerted harassment/peer pressure campaign by two of my best nerd friends. Now that I’ve had some time to settle in, I have some thoughts and opinions.

As someone who has absolutely no prior experience with the MH franchise, I was totally unprepared for the level of utter nonsense in this game. I’m not just talking weapon design or the grind required to progress. I am talking about adorable cat friends who wear fancy costumes and have adventures and bring back monster parts. Also you can catch and collect tiny animals from your travels who live on your carpet in your fancy church/spa of a room. Also there’s a friendly pig you can pet and dress up. Also there seems to be a proud tradition of event quests that reward ridiculous hats. Basically, for a game that comes across as nothing but boss fights and gear grind, there’s actually a wealth of fun silly side things to do. I am a fan.

Of course this is still a game about murdering giant lizards and things and stealing their bones. There is plenty of that to go around. This game has a very tight core loop. There is not a lot in the way of forced downtime activities. Yes, you can seek the silly side things discussed above, but the game never makes you do boring side jobs to progress the main plot. You’re here to kill monsters and that’s all it asks of you. If you enjoy those fights then it is fantastic. If you were looking for more variety you might have to find your own fun.

I’ve discovered that I enjoy the game most when I don’t force myself to push the story forward, and instead focus on side quests and exploration until I actually feel the need for something new. Right now I have the self-imposed goal of killing every monster I have encountered before I work on the story again. There’s no shortage of things to do if you enjoy the core mechanic of the game.

I also realized that my enjoyment went up substantially when I stopped worrying about catching up to my friends who started playing weeks ahead of me. The game is reasonable about letting us play together no matter where I am in the story, so there’s no urgency. It took me a while to accept this because in the MMO world playing with friends so often feels useless until everyone is at the endgame. Here, as long as I don’t faint too much everybody is happy and we all go home with sundry monster parts to feed into the gear machine.

So all said, I’m still quite happy to be playing Monster Hunter World with my friends, and I’ve mostly forgiven them for dragging me into the game. Now I just hope they stay interested long enough for me to catch up.

Dream Home

ffxiv_02202018_143132Oh No

When FFXIV Stormblood details were announced one thing my FC got excited about was the addition of a new housing zone. They took up a collection and when plots opened up they snagged a (much bigger) fancy new house. Meanwhile I was mortified. I’m a Roe, an officer in the Maelstrom, and a certified Merlwyb fangirl. I love Limsa Lominsa and I loved our little home in the Mists. I was happy that my FC family were happy in our new home, but I was already plotting and scheming to figure out how to get back to Mist.

It was frustrating for a while, because new housing purchases were locked to free companies only. That was a good idea to allow more FCs to enter the housing market, but it was maddening to see all the lovely plots I dreamed about getting locked up before I could touch them. Luckily they finally allowed individuals to purchase housing plots again, and I got to leap in and get the house of my dreams. Eventually.

First I had to figure out how purchasing housing works. One annoying thing was that when a plot is vacated, it gets locked out from new buyers but people can still transfer there. I found several free plots that were just what I wanted, but I couldn’t buy them outright because they still had this timer. In the end I bought a crappy plot way at the back of the zone that happened to be open, and then I could transfer to the one I actually wanted. Sure, it was a giant “waste” of money, but in the end I got my dream home. What is extra funny is that it is a spot that is basically “across the street” from where our old FC house was in the zone layout. It feels very familiar and cozy but also I have a better view of the ocean now 😛

ffxiv_03012018_182331Sadly I used so much gil by having to essentially double purchase my house that I don’t have much leftover for buying furniture. At least now I have plenty of time to settle in and earn more cash for pretty house stuff. I might even fall down the crafting hole to make some things for myself!