While I almost forgot it, I did get some gaming time in last night with our The Secret World group. It wasn’t anything super-formal, just general questing and farting around. The interesting thing about it for me is that everyone was in Transylvania, the game’s third major world zone, a place I had never visited before.
I’d been forcing myself to wrap up the quests in Egypt’s City of the Sun God but finding my interest flagging. This was due in part to my general disinterest in Egypt and desert zones in any video game, but also because most the quest-giving NPCs in that area are… statues. Talking statues with the souls of a quibbling family, granted, but after a while it felt like I was taking on tasks from the home decorations department of Bed, Bath and Beyond.
So it turned out to be a very good excuse just to ditch Egypt altogether and move on. I think it was time, anyway. My character has a really solid build now (almost exclusively shotgun talents and skills) and has most of the important SP lines maxed out. I’m still in strong need of better gear, but I figure that questing in a new area will help out better there than staying where I was. Maybe some auction house shopping. Maybe.
After the dusty, archaeological landscape of Egypt, Transylvania is a wonderful relief to the eyes and imagination. It’s definitely a return to the outright creepy horror and modernization of Kingsmouth, although you can quickly tell that this is Old Country with a different monster emphasis (werewolves and vampires instead of zombies and Lovecraftian horror). It also looks HUGE, and is three zones to Egypt’s two. I’m quite excited to plunder its story and setting, especially if the initial character’s assertion that this isn’t your grandmother’s vampires and tired old horror staples.
Going back to my build, I think I’m ready to drop blades altogether. I’ve only kept it around because it has a really great skill that allows you to evade and heal up over 10 seconds, but my chainsaw has a cool shield skill that I’m going to substitute in. Blades doesn’t really add anything else, and I’m sick of carrying around this big ugly toothy sword that I got back in Blue Mountain and haven’t been able to replace since.
Since I’m focused on using Blast effects with my shotgun (multi-target) and talents that build off of that, I started doing some more research into what other weapons would work best. There’s a great synergy chart here that helps with exactly that, and looking over it, I see that only fist and hammer also use Blast. I’m more inclined to check out fist, especially since that can do some heals, but I’ll definitely need to save up a lot of SP to get that line up to 10. Fortunately, AP and SP are coming ridiculously fast now through quests (another good reason to stay in Transylvania instead of going back).