Neverwinter Nights 2: Act 1, part 2 of 6

In my last post, I left our heroes at Fort Locke.  I had started out as a party of one and quickly grown to a party of 3 (Paladin, Rouge, and Fighter). You might think three is perfect ( Three Muskateer’s were really 4) but no, we added a Druid to the company.

ahhh, this is gonna be great!

ahhh, this is gonna be great!

Meet Elanee, Wood Elf, Neutral Good Druid.  The important thing to note is that we learned there’s a deadly taint in Elanee’s druids circle and its likely related to the shard I’m carrying.  Where is this going I wonder…..

Barkskin smells like sandolwood and comes with free lotion!

Barkskin smells like sandolwood and comes with free lotion!

Next stop, Highcliff.  NWN2_SS_060614_164619

Highcliff was suffering from a Lizard man onslaught and the way to Neverwinter was shut. Our task is to find our why the nine hells were the Lizard men harassing Highcliff citizens and put a stop to it so we can continue on our way to Neverwinter.  Oh, the plot thickens….NWN2_SS_060614_193654

My superior bluff and diplomacy skills have been a suprise and actually worked sometimes.  I was able to strike a deal between the Lizard men and Highcliff, a victory for diplomacy and peace in our time right.

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Neverwinter, finally we make it and of course the dwarf isn’t impressed by 2007 era graphics.

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First stop is the Sunken Flagon for a chat with my uncle Duncan.  Duncan has a shard too, the twin of my shard and maybe some answers.  Really, he has no answers and farms out some help to Sand, an Elf Wizard who attempts to discern the magical properties of the shards.  The result is I need to seek out “so and so” in the Blacklake district.  The problem is that the Blacklake district is closed to all except members of the City Watch…so guess what I do? yep, my Paladin becomes a lawgirl.

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and I’ll end the post on a Moon shot!

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Neverwinter Nights 2: Act 1, part 1 of 6

NWN2_SS_060214_120050After the tutorial ends, the fun starts.  Suprise! It’s a magical shard that just happens to draw evil creatures to it like flies on sh$t.  My mission: take this shard to Neverwinter and oh, you’re gonna have to fight your way there.  By the way, I rolled a female Paladin for this adventure.  And away we go…

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Before I could get the hell out of this small town, I had to take care of some lizard men, yep, good ole lizard men living in my Dungeon!

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I was able to “convince” their chief that’s its in his best interest to get the hell out.  An Oscar award performance if I should say so.

NWN2_SS_060214_123314Done with lizard men, I can finally make my way towards Nevewinter.  Not very far on that journy, minding my business, I happen upon a secret fight club headed by dwarf with an attitude.  Meet Khelgar Ironfist, Shield Dwarf, Neutral Good Fighter.  My one man party just turned to 2.

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We continue on to Fort Locke and we are joined by a Neeshka ( a Tiefling, Neutral Rogue) and yes she owes us.  Neeshka turned out quite indespensible for her lockpicking and trap disarming.  Ft. Locke is a sort of quest hub and I spent some time here exploring a graveyard, a vivrant place for undead, and a bandit camp. Ok, so this is a good spot to stop, more to come on my way to Neverwinter.

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Something tells me I’m sick.

in the stacks….of my game library

I’m in a bit of the doldrums in regards to my slate of MMOs so I’ve made a commitment to invest what discretionary gaming time I have into my Steam and GOG library.  What did I check out?

Well, its no secret I’ve started up a Dragon Age game so I did what all game title fans do and picked up the sequel, Dragon Age II.  Having just played a few hours of Dragon Age II, I’ve noticed it’s a different game altogether.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun but right now I am more invested in the Dragon Age combat system.

I couldn’t stop there so I also reached up and downloaded Neverwinter Nights 2.

Wallpaper3 Neverwinter Nights 2 Complete 1920x1080 So far, the control scheme has been the biggest barrier of entry for me but muscle memory is starting to kick in and it helps that the game is FUN. It has a pause combat system, similar to Dragon Age in that respect but its a completely different game and it’s D&D.  So, my plan is to progress as far as possible in at least one of these 3 titles, enjoying ride along the way and of course posting about my adventures here.

 

My week in mmo

too cute

too cute

My Raptr summary has been in the single digits of late. Why?  Mostly Udemy is too blame. The courses are simply too good to pass up, especially when I am looking to spruce up my professional development skills.  I purchased a few courses outright but found some nice deals on bundled courses at StackSocial.

So, when I wasn’t on Udemy, I managed to get a little ArcheAge in.  Raptr hasn’t been tracking my ArcheAge time but once I hit >lvl 30 my gaming trailed off.  I’m not sure what else I need to see.  I will play this game at launch and right now, the apha is hugely populated, making any >lvl 30 content a bit tricky for a casual player.

ArcheAge at it's best!

ArcheAge at it’s best!

It's the numbers

It’s the numbers

is anyone ever innocent?

is anyone ever innocent?

I’d rather level up alts thru the first 15 lvls to optimize my progression.  A good start in this game (getting your large scarecrow farm) as early as possible will pay dividends later in the game and I’m sure you’ll see the blogoshere recommending this or that strategy.

I also got in a bit of Dragon Age, that Bioware single player RPG from 2009, iirc.  It’s tells a good story and it has an interesting combat system…pause, give commands, unpause, watch, repeat.  I’ve just hit the double digit in levels, I’ve gathered a few more members to my team, and I’ve just started.

my Krewe

my Krewe

 

 

 

Archeage and the pucker factor

my Pala posing

my Pala posing

Well, a month between posts and where has all the time gone.  No denying that it’s getting harder to find time to post here but my love of blogging hasn’t waned.  I think I’m just at a point where my post will be less frequent.  So, what have I been up to in the last 30 days?

I played a lot of ESO.  My Orc DK, bless his heart,  is ~ lvl 30, crafting is a bit lower, my blacksmithing is around lvl 18.  I’ve played ESO mostly solo, no PVP, and saved numerous villagers from death that I’m kinda getting burned out.  I also had several couple Customer Service issues which Zenimax solved pretty quickly once I put my ticket in.  My other issues are pretty common with lots of the ESO community: running into bugged quests (which Zenimax seemed to be patching frequently) and running into rampant botting.  Anyway, I intend to take my character to level cap but I don’t think i’ll be sticking around Tamriel very long.

A few weeks ago, I started watching some ArcheAge streamers and oddly enough, I liked what I saw.  Last week I finally convinced myself to buy the founders pack for Archeage and found myself in the alpha and in a guild. I haven’t logged into ESO since.  For an Alpha, this game feels nearly complete, minus the Korean language cutscenes.  The scope of this game is quite large and there’s no one stop information hub (that I’ve found). After playing theme park MMOs for so long, I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy a more sandboxe game experience but I was wrong.  What did I find out about Archeage?  For one, I don’t have to do the traditional fantasy trope questing, which is the standard kill 10 rats.  I discovered crafting!  and trade pack runs!

AA Mass Transit

AA Mass Transit

The highlight of my first week was going on a guild run to turn in our trade packs in enemy territory….the equivalent of getting to an end raid boss.  You see, our target was an NPC on a dock in enemy territory…ie, pvp zone.  About a dozen of us got on a clipper ship (player made by a guildie) and rode the waves to our destination. The ship itself is quite impressive.  We hug the coast and all seems calm when a ship is sighted ahead and it’s making a bee line for us….then turns away….we outnumbered them ha ha. More riding the waves, on the lookout for trouble.  5-10 minutes later, we are approaching the docks and we are spotted.  oh no  As we near the dock, we start taking fire, literally, I’m on fire. Everyone scrambles off the ship as I try to do the same…wait, I’m being blocked by part of the ship, I can’t move (meet collision detection). I finally break free of the boat and jump into the water as I take some more fire and frantically try to heal, swim and reach the dock all at the same time ( for quest turn in).  Yeah, I make it to the dock, up the stairs, moving at a snails pace.  I take 4-5 steps, battle raging all around me, then WHAM, I’m dead. Killed by baddies.  I view my corpse as my killlers take my pack and turn it in and I respawn with the rest of my guildies.  PUCKER FACTOR 10!  lol, that some adrenaline rush.  I died but that’s fine, it turns out the quest I desparately needed was autocompleted as I made it close enough to the turnin NPC. Now, I can make a Large Scarecrow farm and that my friends, is the gift that keeps on giving. Welcome to Archeage folks!