You know what WildStar does really well? Loot. I think back to how underwhelmed I was with 98% of whatever I’d loot in LOTRO, and then compare it to this game where raking in stuff is often quite surprising and pleasing. There’s a wide variety of things one could get apart from vendor trash and gear, including:
- Costume pieces
- Alternative currencies (renown, omnibits)
- Crafting mats
- Runecrafting mats
- Mount customization
- Housing decor and FABkits
It makes for a much more interesting pool of rewards and thus an improved gaming experience. Bumping up my stats another 2% is nice, but getting a dancing Lopp for my house? Even better. She’s really excited that I am getting all of these shinies, I think.
And I’ve been raking it in lately, thanks to broadening my horizons a little. My high-level questing continues, as I’ve finished up with Grimvault (and some spoilery story instances I won’t share) and moved on to Brighthaven. But on top of that, I’ve started to venture into veteran shiphands on a regular basis.
Actually I came to this in a roundabout fashion. Last week I logged on and our guild was running a “Dungeon 101” session designed to teach veteran dungeons to newbies. What the heck, I signed up for it and we headed out to Stormtalon. Well, we didn’t have a tank and so I reluctantly, oh so reluctantly, agreed to step into that role. Despite having to create a build on the fly. Despite having no tanking gear whatsoever and just level 50 greens.
Yeah, it didn’t go well.
I think we downed the first boss after about ten attempts and many gold in repair bills. But as with most previous experiences tanking, it left me stressed.
However, a day later when I logged back in, some of that same group invited me to help out a guildie get an achievement in a veteran expedition (formerly known as shiphands). Sure, why not, especially if I was allowed to do just DPS? And we had a blast — won one, lost two. I got the aforementioned Lopp dancing decor and some other goodies, but more importantly had my eyes opened to the possibility of using expeditions as a compromise between being solo for life and doing this game’s tough-as-nails dungeons.
So I’ve been working veteran Infestation into my routine and actually loving it. Doing them with a group is a lot more satisfying than soloing them, and the rewards have been quite lucrative. I’m not raking in as much gold as I have heard promised, but I have been piling on the renown and other goodies, including tons of dyes. Hopefully I might even score some better gear so that the next time I head into a dungeon, it won’t be so embarrassing.