So, Issue #2 Digging Deeper arrives today my fellow TSWers. If you’ve been up to date in game and has never left the game since launch, may you enjoy the update with full speed ahead. For those of you who are returning after a short break or something similar likes yours truly, here’s what you need to know about Issue #2.
Issue #2 brings with it something that most gamers including myself have anticipated since it’s announcement, the arrival of a new type of weaponry : the auxiliary weapon. RPGs, Rocket Launchers and Bazookas, for those of you who do not know what it is. Of course this new weapon introduces it’s own skill selections to add to the already awesome ability wheel, and as a result, we also get an 8th skill slot, both active and passives. To acquire the weapon, a new mission chain has been added. I’m yet to find out what or where, so digging deeper you shall.
Another addition to the game is Ockham’s Razor, a cosmetic shop allowing you to change the look and appearance of your character for a small price. This is one of those things that was voiced out by gamers early on in the forums as something FunCom should add for players, and lo and behold here it is. Thanks guys. I now do not need to look like every other Tom, Dick and Harry that I passed by, much like during launch when everyone looked like siblings.
Bringing up the rear to the update is of course, new content. Missions that lead you back to starter areas are really feel good factors, satisfying my nostalgia. The one mission I’m most looking forward to is back in Kingsmouth. A follow up to an awesome quest from everyone’s favorite pastor in the only church in town. I know I’ll be having some serious fun running these new missions. Now if only I can find the time to log in hmmm.
And there you have it, some of the beef about the new update. I know I’m only scratching the surface, so log in and have fun digging deeper you lot! Cheers.
Here’s a comment I plucked out from the forums with OP credited. In my opinion, he/she has nailed down some solid points regarding the crafting in The Secret World. Check it out.
What do you guys think about the current state of the crafting system?
Name: Ballistic Slobberknocker©
Cost: 409 Ability Points
Description: An easy to build DPS & Survivabilty deck that focuses on Weakening the opponent to reap the rewards of the Debilitated effect with resource builders and finishing them off with powerful finishers. Debilitate stacks a damage reduce debuff on the opponent thus making you take softer hits and keeping you up longer in fights without sacrificing firepower to be the last one standing.
1.Fire And Forget (Shotgun-Outer Wheel), builder
2.Out For A Kill (Shotgun-Inner Wheel), consumer
3.Smash (Hammer-Inner Wheel), builder
4.No Mercy (Hammer-Outer Wheel), consumer
5.Haymaker (Hammer-Inner Wheel), consumer
6.Shockwave (Hammer-Inner Wheel), elite utility, Impair
7.Turn The Tables (Misc Survivalism- Outer Wheel), ‘Oh Crap!’ button
1.Improved Blasts (Hammer)- Weakens opponent. Kicks in Debilitated, reduces opponent damage output by 3% for 10 seconds. Stacks to 10. Works well with No Mercy and multiple targets
2.Below The Belt (Hammer)- Weakens opponent. Kicks in Debilitated, reduces opponent damage output by 3% for 10 seconds. Stacks to 10. Works well with Smash and single targets
3.Hard Impact (Hammer)- Increases damage dealt by Hammer abilities by 10%
4.Improved Strikes (Hammer)- Increases damage dealt by Strike abilities by 7.5%. Works well with Haymaker
5. Forged In Fire (Hammer)- When below 50% health, regenerates 40% of your health over 10 seconds. Works well period.
6.Gunsmoke (Shotgun)- Whenever you apply Weaken, target takes additional physical damage
7.12 Gauge (Shotgun)- Whenever you penetrate, target becomes Weakened. Kicks in Debilitated, reduces opponent damage output by 3% for 10 seconds. Stacks to 10. Works well with Penetration Glyphs and stats
Against single targets, open the fight with either Fire And Forget from a close distance or Smash to build resources. When both weapon resources are maxed, execute Out For A Kill or Haymaker to finish off targets. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Use Shockwave to Interrupt and Impair enemy skills that would hurt you, especially against elite mobs or boss mobs. If you find your health getting dangerously low, hit Turn The Tables for an emergency self heal. Forged In Fire should also be kicking in unless spent.
Against multiple targets, keep a distance and spam Fire And Forget to build resources on them. Use No Mercy to both soften targets and as a finisher. Using Shockwave against difficult multiple targets is also a good way to get out of a sticky situation. Add Out For A Kill and Haymaker into the rotation when you know you have the upper hand and can afford to finish off mobs one by one.
Talismans, Glyphs & Signets
Best to equip DPS stat Talismans and Glyphs for full effectiveness in combat. Attack Rating, Hit Rating and Penetration is your best bet. You should be looking at 1900 HP for the best damage output, but it is advised to throw on a few Tank pieces in tougher situations. Shotgun and Hammer damage signets would be a nice addition.
This deck is meant for PVE play and not recommended for Dungeon runs or for taking on the Gatekeeper.
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.
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.
Long before The Secret World launched, we the eager players were treated to a few teaser and trailer videos containing a few characters from the game which showed us a glimpse of their background plus some of the iconic monsters that we’ll meet in game. I’m sure most of you know who I’m talking about. Yup, it’s Alex, Rose and Mei Ling.
All three are presumably high ranking and valued agents of their respective factions with the British speaking Alex in the Illuminati, the PYT Rose of the Templars and Mei Ling with the Dragon. There’s also a fourth member of this prestigious group, Zuberi, who looks to be a shaman of some sort representing either a secret faction or is just an upholder of Gaia’s peace. At this point, I do not know.
Players would encounter the trio and Zuberi in the first instance of the game called Tokyo Flashback which serves as a gameplay, mission system and combat tutorial to prep the player for the big bad nasty world waiting beyond Agartha. In the instance, I learned about the outbreak of The Filth in Tokyo, turning the average sushi gobbler into an infected, tentacle-ly, hideous looking bastard. The trio are already on the scene with Zuberi and I got to fight alongside them which was pretty cool. But…3 weeks later with most content down and NPCs interacted with, there’s this gaping hole in my data log regarding these three and Zuberi. I want to know more about them. Who they were, what are their motives and if we’ll be seeing them again in the near future. Are their fates intertwined with mine? Will light be shed on their previous exploits before I became an agent? Don’t get me wrong. Every NPC I have encountered on the way has been a pleasure to meet. Memorable, witty and cleverly thought out characters that made the game so much more enjoyable for me. But right now I’m just itching to see more content with these guys involved. I do hope FunCom has something along that line planned. Because after all that build up with their introduction in the trailer videos and in Tokyo Flashback, we oughta’ see some action with them in game be it within missions or story missions to spice things up. Up to this point I’ve built my character up stat and story-wise, and I guess it’s time to move on, and uncover more of The Secret World out there with the said gang above and no matter how long I’ll be made to wait for such content to come out, I know it’ll be worth it. My opinion.
So here’s a toast to our secretive four agents of Gaia, fighting evil somewhere out there that we’ve yet to uncover. Cheerios.
Contents of the new July update which Funcom calls Issue #1, has been revealed! So far, in depth explanations of the new missions is included and it’s going to take us back to familiar places and faces. There was also a sneaky little hint dropped about expanding the story revolving around a female character in the Solomon Island that will reveal more about her, or who she pretends to be..I wonder who that is.
Also, two new Nightmare mode dungeons are coming out which are The Ankh and Hell Fallen. Good news for all NM raiders in TSW and within my Cabal ( We have some dedicated NM raiders in Bloodpact ) as this offers them more options whenever they are locked out from farming the existing dungeons. That also means more Nightmare mode loot!
Apparently, on-site construction in game is already taking place within New York, London and Seoul in preparation for the update. Keen gamers have been noticing this, and I’m curious to go exploring to find out for myself!
Finally, we are getting a cross dimension Marketplace! This allows us players to buy, sale, trade, and ship items across to fellow players and start building the economy within The Secret World! So it’s a good idea to hang on to your PAX Romana for now.
All in all, everything sounds great and is setting up to be a great update at the end of this month so hang on and enjoy the ride folks! PS, Awesome Issue #1 poster!
Full announcement here.
The Illuminati. The Enlightened Ones. Whatever you call them, I don’t care, I love them all the same. One of the gravitating factors that lured me to play The Secret World was the allure of these Secret Societies that contributes a huge factor to the story of the game. They are the Templars, Dragons and of course the Illuminati. I rubbed my hands together with glee at the prospect of playing as a distinguished member for the Illuminati. Growing up here in Malaysia, teenagers like myself are often fed Western pop culture excessively, and the myths and legend of the Illuminati was on the list. I’ve read articles, books, and watched documentaries about them to satisfy my curiosity.
In terms of the Illuminati in The Secret World, I really liked Funcom’s portrayal of who the Illuminati are and what their agenda is. Not a version of that Dan Brown crap, where the Illuminati wages war with the church for revenge etc. Codswallop. But rather, a power hungry society that fled Europe to reap the riches of America, one that can corrupt governments around the globe with a snap of a finger to satisfy their lust for knowledge, new world order and an upper hand against the Templars and Dragons. Sexy. In many ways this has shaped my very own interpretation of the society. The whole ‘Sex Drugs & Rockefeller’ attitude that I can relate to as well, suggests that this is my true calling. Well not really, but you get my point. I like playing as the rich bad boy bully in the playground. (Does not reflect who I am in real life!) Having played enough of TSW to wrap my head around my chosen society, it’s obvious that we are the cut-throat, snobby, blue suit/black tux wearing sons-of-bitches that don’t give a rat’s ass about nobody but ourselves. We are the society that everyone else loves to hate. I like. We don’t just fight wars in boardrooms or in the enemy’s heads, we actually get down and dirty in the ring when necessary, and that’s where distinguished agents like me come in.
We don’t just sound badass, we look badass too. When I first saw the Illuminati outfits for this game, I was sold man. Amazing stuff, from faction rank outfits, deck outfits and even PVP outfits, they all looked amazing. Neoprene suits with attached gas masks? Check. Slayer, Gunslinger and Bodyguard outfits? Check. Hot liaison chick for company? Double check. In most cases, that’s all I really need.
Well that’s just me. I’m really loving my society and everything that comes with it. From funny and witty mission completion quest texts and dialogue, to the mysterious and uber cool Labyrinth HQ, the Illuminati just oozes superiority. Here’s a few stanza of lyrics that I dug up which seems to sum us up perfectly.
Who controls the British crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
We do! We do!
Who leaves Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the Martians under wraps?
We do! We do!
Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?
We do! We do!
Who robs cavefish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do! We do!
(Source : The Stonecutter Theme Song)
And finally, to all fellow Lumies worldwide playing The Secret World, here’s a song dedicated to you. As for you Temps and Drakes, race you to the bottom punks!
Fun Fact: When I say we’re hated, we really are hated to the ends of the earth. Last night I was doing some PVP in Fusang, and I stumbled upon two Templars and a couple of Dragons killing each other around the Centre Well 1. Guess what? Both parties stopped fighting each other and turned to kill me instead. Cheerios.