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Coffee Break Chatter

Lagging Behind

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Ahh it’s fantastic to be back in The Secret World. So many updates, so many issues that I need to catch up with, but most important among all is that TSW is now B2P! Not that it affects me much since I’m a lifer. I’m loving the free points and the fact that I can still buy future issues that’s within the allocated budget. Even after the layoffs last year, the Devs are no slacks. I watched and read as content are introduced in the designated timeframe.

I came back for the Halloween event. Brief period, but man was it awesome. Definitely looking forward to more events in TSW, I think it was done fantastically. Missed the recent ARG event but again it looked great. I’m digging how TSW keeps players glued to the game even without having to log in. More of the same please!

So what have I been up to? After a long client update, I figured I’d go get my first auxiliary weapon, the rocket launcher (Yes, that’s how long I’ve been away), and man was it tough! The mission itself was pretty cool, but mob density was insane and if you don’t have a solid and balanced build, you’re going to die a lot out there and that’s exactly what I went through. But of course, there was a solution and it was easy in the end. See, just before I left in August 2012, I was experimenting with a hardcore DPS build with AR/Ele as my main weapons and I died a lot in that AUX mission. So I reverted back to my Shotgun/Hammer build and man it was a breeze, with a mix of blue DPS and Tankish Talismans equipped. This build never fails me, ever. Check it out!

So after getting the rocket launcher, it hit me that I need SO MUCH AP/SP to get it going, so I decided to leave it hanging in the bag for now. Snooped around the Store and bought myself a pet, which in my opinion, a mini Cthulhu pet is the most awesome pet out there in any MMO to date!

Draug Lord Puppy

Draug Lord Puppy

Inventory is a mess at the moment and I’ll need to get that sorted out. But the current priority now is to complete missions that I missed in the earlier regions, before I start tackling new missions from Issue #1-5. Finally, applied to a new Cabal. It saddens me that Bloodpact is no longer active, having started out promisingly at launch. Hopefully, I’ll see many of them in game soon, but I need to move on to an active Cabal in the meantime. So that’s about it, hoping to get active in TSW again. Cheers to all.

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Lifetimer!

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

It’s time to celebrate. Well for me at least. I have just upgraded my TSW subscription to the Grand Master pack, which also means, I am now a certified lifetime subscriber of this wonderful game. Excited and stoked to see what the future of TSW holds and it gives me such pleasure and relief that I will have no pressure to play like a maniac now. It cost me a whooping RM800 but hey it’s worth it. Don’t judge me. There are so many reasons I could name to justify my decision but here and now isn’t the appropriate time for that. So I’ve just logged in to see what perks I’ve been given for being such a loyal servant of Gaia. I’m totally in love with the Snakeskin Outfit that lifetimers get. Awesome way to flaunt what you have : clothing! I wished we got more but hey I’m not complaining. There were a few other goodies as well. One extra character slot, name reservation, XP Elixirs and more talismans. Hey hey.

Here’s what the lifetimer snakeskin outfit looks like for guys. Rowdy jacket and some slick looking jeans with a tee to match. Kirsten Geary is gonna drool all over me bebeh!

So what I’ve been up to lately besides gloating gleefully? Ever since defeating the Gatekeeper last week I’ve been running Nightmare mode dungeons with a few German friends of mine. Picked up some really awesome Purple QL10 talismans from Polaris. I’d really love to run Nightmares with my Cabal but at the moment, my playing time defers so much from the raiding bunch. Besides that, I’ve been revisiting old content in Egypt and Transylvania to pick up extra AP/SP to feed my alternate deck builds. At the beginning I said  I’d never forsake my Shotgun/Hammer build for anything else but well, I lied. You just can’t do a solitary build in this game, and that’s why I love it. Keeps things challenging and fresh, and I’m always looking at how to improve synergies between weapons. I’m currently in a full DPS Shotgun/Assault Rifle build that dishes out a whooping 2600 Attack Rating and I am dangerous yo. Squishy yes, but hey you can’t get the best of both worlds and I realize that.

Righto, time to go pop out the champagne and celebrate further. I might even get lucky with KG tonight, who knows! Cheerios.


Panic!

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

So earlier I had a serious panic attack. My group and I had just finished consecutively running the Slaughterhouse dungeon for maybe about 20 times in a row. We had all wiped the pathetic Gatekeeper, whom players needed to beat to be keyed for Nightmare mode dungeons. We were ready and pumped. I had equipped a QL9 waist talisman and I needed an upgrade to take my DPS  a step higher for Nightmare Polaris. I headed back to New York and the Labyrinth, went straight to the QL10 Equipment vendor, and bought a QL10 Purple waist talisman. I equipped it. Nothing happened. I still had on the previous talisman, and the new one went missing. Panic. It had cost me a lot of Black Marks of Venice from PVP. Despaired, I asked my Cabal for help. I soon found out that in such cases, items can be found at the very same vendor, where under the Sell tab, look at the bottom and there is a Buyback option, and most of the items will appear there. Doubting that it would be there, I had a look and sure enough, there it was, unharmed. Long story short, if this happens to you, you now know what to do.  Cheerios.

/panicoff

 


Syp’s Tips, Sneak Peeks And More

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

Some interesting beans have been spilled today regarding what can be expected in the upcoming July Update for The Secret World, thanks to the fine folks at Rock, Paper Shotgun. From what I’ve gathered so far, old NPC’s and quest items will have a part to play in some of the new missions that are set to be released. This is interesting. Read on all about it here. While browsing my RSS feeds earlier, I stumbled upon a good post by Syp over at his blog Biobreak about 10 Tips for The Secret World. His tips are spot on and definitely useful for new players that have yet to dive headfirst into the game, so do check it out. I was also interested about Funcom announcing that they will be streaming some live gameplay footage tomorrow via their Twitch TV channel with both Ragnar Tornquist and Joel Bylos in attendance to give their unique insight and development process that went into the process of the game. Nice. More info on that here. Finally, what have I been doing in game? Well I have been playing around with my deck builds, finding a good balance between DPS and survivability to last all the way to the end of the Story Quest in Transylvania. So far so good! I have been playing with Hammers and Shotguns ever since I left New York on the 29th, and I figured it’s about time I explore my options. Also looking to run more elite dungeons. I’ve finished them all, but I guess farming them would be a good idea to keep the AP /SP flowing, and to pick up some alternative loot. We’ll see what gives. Want to join me? IGN : Gradinko

/cheerios


Of Chat Madness, Crazy Euro Rates & Coffee

This segment is unique. In less than 300 words I try to get things off the top of my head in any manner I see fit. You have been warned dear reader.

Hi. I love coffee, it works as the oil in my gear. My coffee of choice would be Nescafe Rich 3 In 1s. Moving on, the in-game chat issues in The Secret World is killing me. One minute we’re a happy cabal chatting away and next minute it’s a graveyard. Also, I suddenly receive group chat messages from group members that I had left 3 hours prior. Fix this mishap asap please Funcom? I’m a social butterfly and I love to chat. You will not deny me. Another thing to note, standing static in Agartha will kill your chat box. Literally. Tons of spam on Trade and Looking For Group, which would seem odd, because I was in fact, looking for a group to run some elite dungeons. Guess what? An hour later and still no luck. Interesting that. I’m sticking to cabal runs for the near future, till everything dies down a little and then maybe I’ll give PUG another try. Finally, I’m 80% close to picking up the GrandMaster TSW pack, aka the Lifetime Subscription. What has been holding me back you ask? If you’re Malaysian, chances are you will feel my pain.

This has been fun.

/cheerios