This little Radish was kinda lucky with the neck dream orb. At least it’s intelligence.
Were you surprised by the price of the dreamweaving dimension items on the auction house? The small lights were going as cheap as 99 silver and fancy, red cushions for 3 gold. That is way below the price of the materials used to make them. (I’ve bought a lot of these items up for future use or resale for profit, once the first wave of dreamweaving levellers have finished.) The market overload isn’t driven by dimensioneers but by players looking to maximise their gear for experts and raids or crafters looking to maximise their profit.
Dream orbs are the one sour note in patch 2.6. I feel for the endgamers looking to maximise their stats with the random stat generation offered by dream orbs. The pressure on raiders to perfect their gear can be seriously high. Any raider who’s indulged in the sport at a competitive level knows that having the best stats can mean another rung up on the shard placements or a world or shard first. It can mean the difference between raiding with a top notch guild and second best.
Getting serious about gear is part of the fun of competitive raiding except when the odds are stacked against you. I investigated the odds of getting the dream orb of your choice to see how unfair this system can be. There are 20 different stat possibilities from dream orbs, I took the worst case scenario of trying to chase the best-in-slot stats first. These were the results. Continue Reading
Rynraff combines red cushions with iron pine stumps for a woodsy, reclining seat. ‘Friends’ by Rinraff@Deepwood.
Dreamweaving is here, that magical, mystical profession that turns artifacts into illusions. I underestimated dreamweaving when I saw it on the PTS. To me, the red, striped and fancy pillows seemed the most useful items in the profession and the rest would be overused then forgotten as time went by. I didn’t count on how enchanting these items were or how versatile.
I’ve fallen in love with the falling green motes, placed under a clump of trees to add a fairytale feel. Localised in area and effect, the falling green motes and floating blue motes can be added anywhere to enhance the charm the dimension. The cooking and bon-fires at first seemed useful but pedestrian; instead of torches, the fires could be used for fireplaces without the need to carefully hide the body. Now, I’m experimenting with the cooking fire, using it to light up the eye sockets of the ram skull for evil effect. I had forgotten that the best way to appreciate the true value of a dimension item is to build with it. Continue Reading
Inside the maze, where left, right, up, down are all valid choices.
I should be finishing my article on dreamweaving and it’s effect on dimensions, I should. Instead, I’m running around Landmark building my amazing 3-D maze.
I must love mazes, my first build in Rift included an aerial 3-D maze in the sky. Sadly, that build was accidentally deleted, much to my dismay. A maze is a structured building; it’s easy to build as it’s just a bunch of walls, has a start and a finish, and so long as the two connect with a few confusing bits in between, she’s apples. As well as giving great pleasure when solved, mazes can be quite visually interesting, decorated with statues, artworks or even rooms for resting, dining or other seductive pleasures. The Radish Inn and Maze included little scenes on the platforms for visitors to admire as they passed by. Continue Reading
The loading screen for Landmark shows an idyllic landscape.
A week of Landmark and what a week it’s been. While off to a rocky start, with server down times, unavailability of land for claiming and voxel wipes, we found the fun in this new offering form S.O.E.
Mining is a surprisingly enjoyable activity. Chasing ore nodes into the ground, finding an added bonus of rarer materials at the end, digging oneself into a hole then having to dig oneself out again, all add to the satisfaction of mining. Chopping trees? Not so much. There are no awkward situations, node chasing or visual interest in tree chopping, just a boring grind of holding the mouse button for 10-15 sec while watching wood add to my bag. In the interest of my sanity, I’d like to see wood harvesting change. We could make chopping more interesting, a la mining, and I’ve seen several suggestions for that, including visuals of bleeding trees or small animals running screaming from the axe, to chasing wood nodes through the tree or using the grappling hook to climb it. Or we could speed up the process of wood harvesting so that it takes less time and button holding. Continue Reading
Radish enjoys the night sky in Landmark.
Well that was an interesting experiment. It seems my new treatment was a comet flashing across the sky, bright and fiery but ultimately burning up on entry. I’ve had to stop the treatment due to accumulating side effects. As a consolation prize, it seems my foggy brain was caused by the treatment and that is now slowly reversing itself. I’m O.K. with that, I like my brain more than my body anyways.
Landmark has started and with no non-disclosure agreement. We can talk freely about our experiences with the game and there are many experiences to be had. I’m loving the whole alpha thing. It’s frustrating, with bugs galore, but playing a game cut to it’s bare minimum gives me an appreciation of just how much work and thought goes into making a game playable long term. I’ve staked myself a claim in Landmark so now I have a home and can start learning about the art of building. Continue Reading
Carolers sing of joy and cheer. Or just to keep their noses warm in this cold, cold winter. Built by Radish for Hammerknell Haven, Consortium@Zaviel, EU.
It’s 2014 and everyone is busy making and breaking new year resolutions. The new year brings hopes of fresh starts, plans for the future, goals to achieve and Radishes are not immune to this effect. This year, for the first time in 6 years, I am making plans of my own.
Long term readers may remember that I am ill with ME/CFS. It’s a debilitating illness and for the last 6 years I’ve been unable to do much in terms of physical exercise or socialising. I’ve kept myself busy leading an online life, usually through MMO’s like WoW and Rift. I visited my specialist on the last Thursday in November, he said “Here, try this” and my life changed. The new treatment has given me more energy to do physical activity and I have been taking advantage of it. Continue Reading
Radish bands together with these adorable corgis to face Silverwood’s Instant Adventures.
Oh the news is all over the forums, the Dreamweaver profession is on the PTS for dimensioneers to test. While everyone else was oohing and ahhing over the amazing sights associated with dreamweaving, I braved Silverwood’s Instant adventures alone to discover if the expected Fae Yule dimension items were on the vendor.
I slogged through the Fae Yule Instant Adventures, along with my trusty corgi friends, and was rewarded by the appearance of Eli Wyllyce at the Fae Yule village outside Sanctum. He is carrying the goodies we can expect on the live shards after the patch tomorrow. Continue Reading