Friday, October 3, 2014

Summer is Over! Back to Nexus!

   So Virika and I have taken a longer video game hiatus than we intended. However, we just don't have the hours to indulge in video games during the summer months. First off, I work in the children's summer camp business and go away from early June to late August. Technically speaking, I have 3 weekends off during that time period but my job pretty much owns me for the summer. Even when we do have free time, it's really hard to stay inside when the sun is shining and the air outside is warm and inviting. We had an amazingly mild summer in NJ without any major heat waves or big rainstorms. Most of the summer was mid to high 80s and breezy. Instead of running dungeons and exploring Nexus, Virika and I put in lots of miles cycling (our current obsession), did a bit of kayaking, and hiking these last few months.We also went on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate her parents 40th anniversary. 
Virika & Gubjub Biking in Hawaii
   Basically, the early June release of Wildstar was pretty terrible timing for us. I imagine lots of die hard video game fans, even the misanthropic basement dwellers among us, spend less time in front of their computers during the summer.  That being said, I am super excited to return to Nexus starting tonight! I'll be spending today checking out Wildstar news and catching up on my blogroll. Tomorrow is a gonna be a horrible rainy day here giving us the perfect excuse to over-indulge in online shenanigans! 
   Hope to see you there!
   Gubjub

Sunday, June 15, 2014

6 Secrets you need to know about Skill Amps in Wildstar

  1. You need to obtain and learn items in the game called Skill Amps to unlock skills (talents) in the second and third tiers of your Amps tree. 
  2. You can buy Skill Amps from reputation vendors but beware- they are soulbound! Don’t buy more than one, because you will not be able to sell or trade them and you will lose gold selling them back the vendor (learned the hard way).
  3. You can buy Skill Amps from the Commodities Exchange.  However, even if you cannot afford the price listed, you might consider putting in a Buy Order for less to see if someone more reasonable will sell it to you, I have had luck this way.
  4. You can make a little silver buy buying underpriced Skill Amps on the Commodities Exchange! By mousing over the item you can see the vendor price- I have seen many selling for less than the vendor price.  It is not much gain but if you can afford it, you can increase your bank by buying and selling them.
  5. When you complete a Challange, especially if the other options are not useful,  the Salvaged items box sometimes contains Skill Amps that might be useful or sold on the Commodities Exchange for a profit.
  6. Keep in mind, you should focus on the Amps that you need for your primary spec, don't waste gold on Amps you won't use!  
Hope you find these secrets useful!  I have not had much time to play Wildstar as I might like- my dad had a very successful bypass surgery, my sister visited from Oregon,  my Grandma turned 90 and a good friend had a baby shower.  Besides all that, I am finding it hard to level by myself; Gubjub is off at his summer camp job.  But I will keep at it and hopefully I can find some time to play with my old WOW friends Dryss and Derentis who have joined me on the server!
We would love to hear about any other secrets you have discovered!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pros & Cons of Playing An MMO With Your Significant Other

Virka and I have had tons of fun playing Wildstar.  Playing together is a great experience. Someone I work with asked about what it's like to game with her and this list and this just kinda formed in my head...


Top 10 Pros & Cons Of
Playing An MMO With
Your Significant Other


*Please excuse any vague, confusing or biased pronouns. This was written based on our experience but we think the ideas expressed are possibly universal for any and all gaming couples.


         Pros       
Cons
1.  You work well as a team and you always have someone to help you kill the tough baddies.
1. It’s easy to overlook guild chat and miss out on other social opportunities because you attention is focused on the person sitting at the desk next to you.
2. You can brag about your spouse’s game prowess to your friends and guildies.  Gamers are sexy chic nowadays… or at least that’s what we’ve been telling ourselves.
2. The logs show that your special someone did twice as much healing as you did on that heroic boss encounter.  It doesn’t show that you had extra responsibilities and besides, everyone knows disc is OP!
3. You have someone to watch your back in PvP.
3. It sucks that she’s better at PvP than you are…
4. It is easy to discuss strategies quickly and negotiate different tactics against difficult objectives.
4. They’ll have no problem reminding you that you were supposed to be healing them just then.
5. You have someone who kinda has to lend you gold to buy that mount.
5. You kinda have to lend them gold to buy that mount they want.
6. You can offer each other constructive criticism and help each other become better players.
6. Your significant other often sounds mighty arrogant when they are telling what you are doing wrong.  They obviously think you are stupid and you are not going to take this one lying down!
7. You have someone to do those silly holiday events with.
7. You have to do all those silly holiday events no matter how lame they are.
8. You are probably going to get some the night you down that big raid boss that’s been wiping you for weeks.
8. You probably aren’t getting any the night you spend wiping to that tough raid boss… she/he most likely has a headache.
9. Someone is always around that you can discuss the upcoming patch with, all the new features, and the great new add-on you are excited about. 
9. You spend so much time talking about and playing the game that dishes are piling up in the kitchen and the house is a wreck.  Also, it’s your turn to scoop the kitty litter.
10. It’s great to have a hobby you both enjoy.  You are more likely to enjoy more facets of the game as you explore it together.
10. Your spouse sometimes embarrasses you in front of your guild by showing them silly videos from your college days like this one where you are the girl in the polka dot dress: Watch the Demonessa trailer: http://youtu.be/n0N4yen5ilg

And remember that no matter how well you and your special someone game together, it can sometimes feel like this.  If you haven’t seen this video, you must watch it now!


It's Not About The Nail was written and directed by Jason Headley.  
It stars Monica Barbaro and Jason Headley.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2-Step Verification ---- uhhhh whaaa?

Head Start & Launch has been great so far! I think we both feel pretty good about joining Chili & Cornbread. It's a friendly guild, nice and reasonable people. We also met up with an old WoW friend who joined us for the first bout of questing. A full post on this will come tomorrow.

For now... one thing has me puzzled: the 2-Step Verification process. It's great that Carbine has set this up. When we first tried to log in at 3 AM, I didn't even notice the random ordered numbers on the screen.  I just thought I was very tired and boy was that hard to do.  But all is well and good and of course it's worth a little hassle to be more secure.  Great.  

To my dismay, when I logged into my account on the Wildstar website from work yesterday I was able to do it without the 2-Step Verification. What the hell? Furthermore, I was able to get to this screen:



UPDATE: Okay, I just tried it and you can't deactivate the 2-Step Verification without having the code- BUT you can get into all my personal information including address and phone number. You can also adjust the subscription plans and do transactions of that nature.

UPDATE #2: Been getting some messages about this.  I am referring to the ability to sign into your Wildstar account [through the website] without the authenticator. The game itself has NEVER failed to veryify me. I assume that the purpose of the authentication process is to thwart a malicious person (who has already gained a player's username and password) from doing harm to that player's account.