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.
The tools for dimensions are getting some real depth to them now. While off touring the weekly dimensions, I entered ‘ The Great Castle of Ashlaryn’, by Decias on Greybriar (highly recommended), and thought to myself, ‘Overabundance of waterfalls, knew that would happen with dreamweaving’. Then I realised that the dimension was Dormant Core, the waterfalls were natural and I’d just used a dimension entry point for the first time. D’oh! Our ability to customise dimensions makes them virtually unrecognisable. Truly, this mini-game of dimensions is enriched by the new additions.
Cudos to Trion for our abundance of new dimensions (15 in all) and for making all dimension keys able to be traded or sold on the Auction House. The Anywhere dimension must be the cream of the crop. All potential and no reality, this dimension allows us to build anything we want without having to hide the inconvenient bits. The downside to that means is a certain amount of our item count will go towards making Anywhere look like somewhere. I can see this being a popular dimension. I can’t wait to finish my current commission and tackle Anywhere.
The one disappointing note is the lack of new building tiles. Dimensions could use a set of fancy, cheap building tiles that avoid the platinum grind (say a lovely shade of blood red marble) and dreamweaving would have been a great way of adding tiles . Long grinds for dimension items can serve it’s purpose but those grinds need to be balanced by easier methods of acquisition or players end up feeling like they’re on a treadmill, running in one place, like hamsters, for eternity.
Still, so many new toys, so many morphs to look forward to, so many new dimensions to build. These are exciting days ahead of us and I’m looking forward to seeing what wonders we all create.