About Me

Denver, CO
Clarysta Sunshine is a character in the Lord of the Rings Online game (lotro). This is her point of view.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Clarysta Bangs, She Bangs

Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait...

Not sure why orcs are portrayed as just one step above beasts, but I like the simplicity of creepside. And I love flashing my BA's moobs all the time.

Cazper: Clarrow, don't any of your toons wear shirts?
Clarrow: No.

Simple answer for simple folks.

I like having fewer skills on my BA than my captain has. I like not having to worry about Legendary Traits and Legendary Items and Legendary Lag (ooops sorry that just slipped out)

At the same time, one or two more skills would be nice. Not all skills have to be flame-throwers or rocket launchers. You can have a few Big Bangs or many Little Bangs. (o.0 - I think I have a new theory of the universe!)

Hunters can nuke for, like, a billion points. No, I exaggerate but hits of 8-9k have been reported. My highest was a devastating VT for 4k. This was before audacity and probably before the freepvictim had earned any level 75 instance gear.  I would love to have one Big Bang like the hunters get. But I'm not picky.

I think we could stand to have either:

1) A moderate damage skill with a low chance for a mega-crit with a long cooldown

2) A skill with low damage on a short cooldown

3) A skill with a long cooldown that applies a fear or silence

I hate not having a skill up. It seems to happen more in Skirmisher than in no stance or Keen Eye, which makes sense because of the reduced range in Skirmisher stance. But even in Keen Eye I find myself occasionally staring at cooldowns.

Here I find myself staring down .... someone.

Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!

Bazinga! You probably thought I was going to use some other lyrics, didn't ya! April Fool!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Clarysta Goes Shopping...Um.. Again

All this money can't buy me a time machine (Nooooo)
Can't replace you with a million rings (Nooooo)
I should've told you what you meant to me (Whoa)
'Cause now I pay the price

Sometimes a girl just needs a little retail therapy. With Update 6 out, I decided to take a look at the store. 
Confession time: I have purchased things with Turbine points. I don't think I've bought any points with cash, but I could be wrong. I am usually wrong at least once per day and I don't think I've been wrong so far this morning. I could be wrong about that though.

All prices are Update 6 prices as of today.

Things I've purchased on the store (freepside):

  • Delving Scrolls (Greater or Lesser or weaker or poorer or whatever): You need one per LI which means for me, I need one about every year. I cannot for the life of me ever remember where to find them. So yes, I buy Delving Scrolls - aka "Legendary Cap Increase."  195tp
  • Cosmetics: Not so much actually. I have most of the clothing looks because I EARNED THEM THE HARD WAY - yeah I said it. I earned them after I got done walking home from school uphill all the way in 10 feet of snow and 30 below weather or however that goes. I did buy one or two cloaks, then I realized that as in real life, I hate overly embellished, elfish-y clothes ingame.  195tp
  • Relic Removal Scroll: Um...I think I bought two way back when we first got them, and then I forgot to buy two more when I deconned my lovely second age when RoI made it worthless. Losing years,  yes years, of relic farming.  195tp
  • Stats: OH OH OH I KNOW THIS ONE! Yes, I have purchased 5 tiers for every stat for my captain. Hey, she's worth it, ok? Geez, get off my back already. I only found 2? low level scrolls in all those lovely GB runs. So yeah, I bought them and I'm proud of it. I probably won't buy the tier 6 ones though because now I'm cheap. 295tp although I know I waited for sales for these
  • Deed Increases: Of course. I ground out all deeds in Eriador and most in Moria THE HARD WAY on 4 toons*. This was a no-brainer. Used one just the other night actually, killing ugly monster thingys in Skumfil. Do you blame me for not wanting to spend more time in a place called scum fill? 75tp
  • Reputation Increases: See above "Deed Increases". Same reason. Well, not quite. I leveled the minstrel up to 70 on tasks so she could have enough rep to buy the recipe journals. Still not quite done with her reputation and now she's out leveled the Dunlending tasks. Darnit.  225tp
  • Task Reset: This time, really do see above "Reputation Increases."  100tp
  • Food: I parked my champ for a year. She was the cook. It was either buy food or starve. I admit that there was very little I needed food for, so this was probably only a 1-time purchase. Maybe twice. Maybe more - hey, what are you, Weight Watchers? Making me track every bite, lick, taste? Geez. It's not like a toon can get fat or anything. 90tp

Working out in Galtrev
Things I Will Probably Never Buy:

Just about everything else. hehe - short and sweet, just like me :)
Ok, details... 

  • Skirmish Soldier Time: Ridiculous. If this was a mechanism for gating, then it was a bad idea to gate this. People who can afford it don't need it. Have all of you forgotten how painful leveling from 30-50 was? Give the lowbies a break and let them play with their soldier. 100tp per hour
  • Content: Well, I might buy it. But I CAN'T. Because as a subscriber I am blocked from buying quest packs and skirmies. For my own "protection." But also effectively blocking me from buying a little at a time before I unsubscribe. Also I think we saw this fall with RoI that Turbine is going to overprice releases bought with TP. No clue how much this costs since the powers that be have decreed that I'm not even allowed to SEE IT.
  • Shared Storage: Honestly, what is this good for? Especially now that it overlaps the wallet. It's like you need one or the other if you have alts, and the wallet seems a little better. Oh wait, I'm not into the whole cosmetic thing the way some folks are so..yeah.  995tp
  • Horses: Too expensive for something for only one character. 1995tp
  • Buffs: Ridiculous to spend "real money" on short-term boosts just to complete content. And I'm not a freep so I don't need them to prevent dying in the moors. Price - not enough to keep the freeps from buying them
  • Crafting Mat Bundles: Ridiculous - account only? If I do make stuff, it's almost always for another player. 25-175tp
  • Anything to do with travel or housing: Easy enough to get around this game and housing is worthless. 

Things I MIGHT Buy When They Go on Sale:

  • Premium Wallet: Honestly I think they got this backwards. Should have been free to put everything into the wallet, and premium (purchase) to share account wide. Useful though, especially if I do keep leveling the other ladies.  995tp
  • Mark Acquisition: Now that they're shared across account, I can see doing more skirmies. I'm probably the only person on Arkenstone that enjoys doing them. Price: 90tp

So there ya go. Store use, per the Lovely Lady Captain.

In another life I would be your girl
We'd keep all our promises
Be us against the world 

In another life I would make you stay 
So I don't have to say
You were the one that got away
The one that got away

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Clarysta Gives Feedback

I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over  yet

Next week will be my fourth anniversary in LotRO. I plan to post a light-hearted discussion of what I like and why I still play.
But today is not that day.
Today I'm going to provide some feedback to Turbine in the form of a blog post. It may or may not reach their ears and it may or may not have an impact. Either way I'll feel better, and that's what's important, right?

If I could give Sapience any advice it would be this: get another job. Sounds harsh, right? But eventually his words will come back to haunt him. Patience was lucky; she got out before her statements were washed away in Turbine's spin cycle. I am glad that Sapience posted this, but this is communication that should come from the people responsible for the actions, not those that get stuck with the response.

For those of you that missed it in the thread, here's my little comment:
Lot of words in this thread already so I'll keep this short:

1) I don't care what goes into the store. I'm in the camp of "Don't Care What Other People Do." I am finding this trickle of items, cleverly and constantly pushing the boundaries to be very annoying. Put whatever you want in the store, see if it sells. Get it over with. Just promise me you'll still call me in the morning.
2) This thing that Sapience posted can't be applied to pvp. The whole "advantage vs convenience" thing goes right out the window for pvp, where ANY benefit is an advantage. Oh, I'll also point out that he even referred to "unbalanced game" as something fun - whether that was sarcasm or not, it's a slap in the face to pvp players that face imbalances as a chronic condition.
Ok, I'm done. Back to this awesome OC/Rez fight.

By the way, it was a terrible OC/Rez fight and I was falling asleep at the keyboard. Good thing I'd done a lot of questing yesterday or I probably wouldn't have gotten any infamy at all. Hurray for pve in pvp.


But today's announcement prompted this post. Another expansion, another level cap increase and two yes TWO substantial changes to combat.

According to the Massively article

Players will learn special skills for mounted combat and spend their spare time up-armoring their My Little War-Ponies. 

Well, I guess we've learned that it's possible for Turbine to not know what they are saying in interviews, but even accounting for the playful tone of the article's author, it's pretty clear that the Pony Grind is coming soon to a game near you.

I have ZERO confidence in Turbine's ability to implement the combat changes necessary for mounted combat. And here’s why:

  • Great Water Bug of Moria - The issue with the z-axis that caused mobs to bug out if you'd been anywhere near water.
  • The combat changes that rendered guards impotent and gave minstrels jelly arms when Moria released
  • The book 8 release that killed the champs so bad my partner deleted his
  • The (insert release here) changes that left wardens wondering why they'd ever been created
  • And even now, the mitigation changes that made creeps melt before the enemy, and the big, "Look we fixed it! Oops, did I say we fixed it? Sorry!" issues that STILL continue 4 months after RoI released

Nothing compares, no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste


Specific feedback for Turbine:

·         Fix Bullroarer. Bullroarer is a preview server, but it needs to be a beta test environment.
o   Remove auto-ranking on Bullroarer. Many of the issues with creep mitigations could have been seen if Bullroarer's pvp wasn't just an epeen sausage fest. If there is a need to test at rank 15, it seems that could be handled differently. I'd like to see creeps get at most a 2 rank boost above their current rank. Of course that would mean migrating creeps to Bullroarer first.
o   Provide instructions for beta and require feedback. 
o   Act on Bullroarer feedback. A lot of bugs were caught on Bullroarer and reported and yet RoI released on schedule anyway.

·         Revamp LIs. There's only 3 things I think this needs:
o   Provide for scaling of existing LIs with level cap increase. NO ONE wants to repeat the grind.
o   Remove the tiers of the legacies to allow for true choice. Right now captains "need" 4 major legacies. That means at least a 400% increase in grinding items to level 30 to find an item with that structure.
o   Add legendary items to the front half of the game. Similar to skirmish soldiers, this allows the leveling process to begin much earlier and reduce the feel of the grind.

·         Put pvmp back on the table. Or remove it entirely. Either will work. Neither is no longer acceptable.
o   Put a development cycle in place that INCLUDES monster players. Either include the pvmp developer in the planned freep changes early, or publish a schedule that lets monster players know exactly when their toons will be buffed in response to the freep changes.
o   If we can spend TP in the Moors, we should be able to earn them there. I'd like to see more deeds, and deeds with TP attached for monster players. And no, killing 24570183470187 hobbits, when there are only 3 that play on my server, is not an acceptable deed.

See you next week with a happier post.

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