This dress doesn’t make me look fat does it ?
Chalchitlicue : Ding 24 tailor. Chalchi is going to be the next alt to ding to 30 I hope, assuming I don’t run out of roots. You’d think a tailor would mostly need hides, but it seems that she needs about a 60 / 40 split of roots versus hides.
Among the things she made was this dress and a few others for street clothes. Given that she’s a conjuror after all, I like putting this into the appearance tab. The coloring is nice given the others that I was able to create. It’s close enough to “cloth armor” already. Here I am, middle-aged man and playing dress up with my characters; how’d that happen?
Had her run a couple of writs and make most of the recipes in her book, before the whole thing got tiring and I had to log off.
Also took advantage of the Vanguard free play to try it out again. I spent quite a few hours at it, starting a brand new monk Bushfire, and playing through the Kojan half-elf starting path.
You start out on a beach invading a small island, and quite literally slaughtering defenseless villagers. I wasn’t really prepared to be ….. completely evil. This is a half elf here guys ! Nonetheless, I decided to go after the role with gusto and killed as many women and old men as I could. For the Emperor’s Glory!
Then I get sent to kill a certain old monk holed up inside of a house. He ports me to a whole different area where I start fresh again, as more of a good player. Nice little intro.
My thoughts on returning to Vanguard.
- The quests suck. This is Warcraft all over again – one step quests with very little personality. They get strung together in an attempt to inject more life into the whole thing, but it didn’t really work for me. If you thought Kunark’s quests were bad you ought to try the noob quests here.
- Combat is fun. The dot con system works to tell you what to go after and what to ignore, and I enjoyed the fights. Solo is very possible to do, although given the quest issues, I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy grinding out kills without some more motivation.
- Diplomacy still shines as an enjoyable pastime. In contrast to the quests, the diplo series things stick together very well, guiding you through the process of learning the card game. I think I got a diplo card as an early mob drop too, which was cool. Civic diplomacy (as I remember) is a fun thing to go through as well.
- They’ve changed diplomacy to give you more strategy slots at an earlier time; my existing character Barkscratch found himself with something like ten slots, which he filled up with cards and easily completed a couple of parleys in Leth Nurae. He didn’t play because….. I forget what he needs to do with diplomacy. Don’t know if I need diplo levels, nor which skill level an NPC needs for me to skill up on them, or if faction is required. Have to read up on this today.
- Crafting is great. Smart and well thought out, versus the confused EQ2 tradeskill paths. You should be able to harvest everything yourself, but instead you only select two items to be able to harvest. I think it will work out OK even so – work orders provide all needed raw materials, and that’s how you level up.
- What everyone says is true : the big, expansive, not-zoned world feels huge and open and makes things very enjoyable. One surprise I got was the Tanvu human models are nicely done. I don’t think this changed since launch, but it was a far cry from Thestrans.
- There’s the same inane chatter in the world channels as there is in EQ2. Sigh. Have to figure out how to move all that nonsense to another tab, and hope it actually works in contrast to EQ2.
- VGPlayers, as opposed to EQ2Players, offers less info if you don’t subscribe to it. No quest counts or server positions, or other rankings. By contrast, it apparently updates nightly ! Bushfire is on there. Your screenshots automatically show up in there too
- Christmas decorations and Reindeer mounts. Me, it worked even less for me than in EQ2 but I guess they’re hugely popular.
Overall it was a great diversion, and was also nice because there are a mere three non-pvp servers (server merges were in August, apparently). By luck this meant I was on the same one as Stargrace, which means we might hook up together at some point.
They’re trumpeting the many changes to Vanguard and asking us players to try again, but on that score I’m puzzled. The only improvement I saw was to diplomacy. That doesn’t mean they’re not there, but it does mean I’ve only scratched the surface of this big game. Really, what might make sense for me is to continue playing in Telon. I only quit because life got out of hand, not because I got sick of the game or a better one came along.
I might play Vanguard again.
The question being if I’m ready to switch to being less focused on a single game. I doubt it, but I have interest in these other games.
Then comes the questions of payment and all that. Three games (EQ2, VG, POTBS) becomes more economical to pay for Station Access, ie $30 versus $15×3 plus station profiles. Swallow your pride there ? Or stay with a single subscription, cancel it and play until they don’t let you log in, and subscribe to another one at that point ?
Billing still leaves something to be desired in the degree of control and customer service they provide, which strangely works in their favor in that it tempts you to Station Access. Why hassle it ? My big reason is the huge cost increases that SA has experienced. I wouldn’t put it past them to start charging $45 instead of $30 in another six months, and given how long-term a player I am, that stuff matters.
One thing is obvious – it’s a great time to be playing MMO’s.