One of the things about playing EQ again after several expansions’ worth of mudflation is that old raid targets are just begging to be slapped around to gear up low level alts, and being on a low population server means that many of the non-instanced ones are actually not too hard to catch up.
So, since I’ve discovered that I can clear Plane of Time, and kill anything in Qvic and Txevu (barring the charm ikaav, because unresistable charm can die in a fire) and even much of Tacvi, I’ve been gearing up a 65 paladin so I can hang out in older zones for the sake of nostalgia.
This has been going very well in all aspects, except for getting a bloody 1-hander for when I want to go sword and board.
My record so far:
Tallon Zek (25% drop rate): 3 kills, 0 Hopebringers.
Zun’Muram Tkarish Zyk (20% drop rate): 3 kills, 0 Longswords of Execration.
Iqthinxa Karnkvi (17% drop rate): 5 kills, 0 Glowing Hammers of Disdain.
Krziik the Mighty (9% drop rate): 2 kills, 0 Gem-Encrusted Axes
Obviously I’m trying to get some rarer drops here, but you’d think that I would have seen ONE knight 1-hander by now. My only conclusion is that the RNG has developed sentience and a personal dislike for me and paladin alts in general.
As an aside, this,has really driven home to me just how badly group weapon ratios were allowed to stagnate. The worst of these – yes, admittedly raid-content – weapons is superior to anything that can be gotten with a group, up to and including Secrets of Faydwer (9 expansions later), which had the last knight 1-hander usable by a level 65.
Followup: One more Kriziik down with no luck but a fourth Tallon Zek kill netted me a Hopebringer. I can leave the raid mobs alone for a while.
I have played a few more games of Tanto Cuore since my initial foray into the tutorial and I think that I’m starting to get the hang of things.
The trick seems to be to get 4 “love” built up as quickly as possible, at which point you can buy Genevieve Daubigny, a maid who gives you one more love, one more card draw, and – most importantly – one more turn every time she’s played. I have built some truly epic Genevieve chains – once you get one into your deck, it’s very easy to get a second and third and so on. The only nod to balance with Genevieve is that she doesn’t count towards your ending score.
Speaking of scores, which is a pretty awkward segue I admit, I was puzzled for a while by not being able to see the scores of the other players until the end of the match. I eventually figured it out, however – pretty much any player can make the end of match condition happen after about turn 15, so being able to see everyone else’s score would eliminate the need to hesitate before actually pushing the button on this- you need to hold off until you’re pretty sure you have the upper hand.
That was not an intentional card game pun.
Even though I’m having fun with it, I have to admit that it has one foot firmly planted on the bad side of the creepy line. There is a game mechanic described as “chambermaiding”, which essentially removes a card from active play and puts it into a stack from which it only contributes points to your eventual score.
This is not the creepy bit.
The creepy bit is that it comes with a sound effect of a door being closed and locked, and I can’t help but find this just a little disturbing.
Anyway, I will close this post with evidence of my stature as King Of Maids, a position that I suspect will rapidly evaporate should I ever have the temerity to try playing the game on “Normal” difficulty as opposed to easy.
I had a bit of a Magic: The Gathering habit in the late 90s. Fortunately, I burned out before I went ENTIRELY insane, but it takes very little effort to recall the little hit of euphoria that came with buying some new booster packs, the crinkle and smooth tearing of the metallic foil wrapper, the smell of new cards freed from their wrapper, the hopes that this might be The Pack, the one with The Card that will make your deck into An Unstoppable Juggernaut…
Anyway, it’s a good thing that I have COMPLETELY KICKED THE HABIT and am in NO WAY CONCERNED ABOUT A RELAPSE, because the iOS App Store is full of collectable card games, most of which sell themselves rather heavily on cards featuring Cute Girls in Improbable Fantasy Outfits or Unlikely Pirate Costumes, or Manly Men with Massive Shoulderpads on their Improbable Fantasy Armor, and so forth.
As an ENTIRELY RECOVERED FORMER FAN of the genre, I know how fatal the siren’s call of the in-app purchase button would be in these things, and I have stayed far away from them.
I was, however, recently convinced to download Playdek’s “Tanto Cuore” (apparently, if I am to believe the in-game help, Italian for “Much Heart”), a card game that is, as far as I have been able to tell, entirely paid for with your initial $2.99 outlay and which does not feature any in-app purchases at all.
Wow, I can’t even graph that last sentence. Is that two subordinate clauses or three? Should “apparently” be capitalized?
Anyway, it’s a card game where you play some sort of landed gentry type who is competing with another landed gentry type to build a better maid collection. This is not creepy at all.
OK, yes. Creepy. Because Japan, that’s why.
I haven’t played much more than the tutorial, but it seems a pretty basic affair involving collecting resources to hire maids who can be played to gather more resources which are used to hire more maids and on and on. Some of them have special abilities, some give you extra turns, etc.
There’s no direct conflict between you and your opponent. You can occasionally play a penalty card against his maid army, which has to be removed either by spending resources or by using a special ability, but that’s about it. It’s all about hiring the most and the best maids until the employable candidates are depleted enough for the game to announce that the match is over and one of you has won.
There’s a physical version which seems to cost about forty bucks, and two expansions to that which are both in the $40-$50 range, so three bucks for a virtual version is pretty hard to complain about. I expect that, if it does well, they’ll put out the two expansions.
…you look down at your forearm while typing and realize that you have eight separate scratches and puncture marks that you can’t exactly place the origin of, but you have a vague memory of one of your cats rabbit-kicking your hand in a way that seemed adorable at the time.
No photo of the arm in question because (a) it’s actually a little scary looking and (b) I have freaky skinny forearms.
Can I interest you in a photo of the cats instead? The serial killer in question is on the right.
I just found out that Amazon has started a service where you can get Kindle versions of physical books you’ve bought in the past, and this was an announcement of great interest to me as I have purchased many physical books from them in the past and would rather not have to keep them around if an alternative was available.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make a run-on sentence.
Anyway, I logged into my Amazon account with a fantasy of dozens of new eBooks just waiting to be downloaded to a waiting Kindle.
The reality was a little more ironic.
Discovered last month that you can play EverQuest for free on the test server, which includes permanent double XP and all expansions. Also found a sympathetic GM to restore the character I’d deleted in 2010.
If you need me, I can be found slowly fusing with the chair in my home office. I’ll probably get up when I hit level 100. I hope that I’ll still have cats, a wife, and a job at that point.
I believe this falls under “FML” but to be honest I am easily confused by the way people talk these days.