The Secret World
Our cabal is under a general consensus that Issue 8 will drop sometime this week, if only because Halloween is next week and, y’know, Cat God. In the meantime, I ran the latest 5-person instance stage of the Whispering Tides event (honestly, the whole thing has felt meh and grindy, so that’s why I haven’t been talking about it).
On my own, however, I’ve been filling in the gaps that I left with my first playthrough on Yeti. I realized that I didn’t have 100% exploration and 100% missions, and that’s a shame. So I’m working my way back through the game methodically, using the achievement panel as my guide. Last night I did a few Orochi quests in Egypt, which all revolved around corpses and crashed planes because, y’know, Orochi.
Lord of the Rings Online
The 100% XP boost is nice and all, but what I’m really enjoying is reconnecting with my kick-butt Lore-master as she whizzes through Moria. The revamp is really nice and keeps progression flowing forward, and I just love how the LM plays. It’s a good diversion for the month before the expansion, and I kind of want to just keep playing her. But man, there’s a long road ahead to get her to where my Captain is.
Guild Wars 2
Over the weekend I finished up my October monthlies, and I’ve tried to be diligent about doing dailies as of late. I’m getting pretty good at figuring out prime spots to go when I need to fulfill a certain achievement.
I also finished the Halloween meta and the final instance. It was… okay, I guess. Story-wise, it wasn’t much of anything. Oh, the Mad King has a son. Oh, I have a candy corn elemental (?) that will put him back in his coffin. Oh, that’s it. Seriously, that’s story?
Mostly I just spend time working on my Ranger and kicking myself for not spending each play session finishing up the world exploration for my Engineer. WvW is not a fun place to visit when you’re just trying to hit vistas and POIs.
Right now this game is vying for my attention really hard, and I’m not really doing much of anything super-interesting. I’m in Odenville, another low-level town, sort of doing quests but mostly just harvesting and crafting. There’s a really great field of nodes surrounding a cemetary that also has a lot of enemy NPCs to kill. I’m just raking in the mats left and right. I also built a new rifle to use that is a really nice improvement over the starter version.
What’s nice is that, for whatever reason, I got a month of subscription in the mail. So that lets me harvest faster and queue up 20 crafting recipes instead of just 3 at a time. I figure I might as well use this initial month to get a jump-start on my crafting — the quests can always wait.