pen & paper

The Princess and the Bear - Session X5

Remember we were preparing to go on an expedition down into the caves of Geshi N'Pta to look for the Shadowspider temple to revive it? Yep, we did that. And it was very much not what we expected.

Yes, the caves were hazardous to traverse and there were some creepy monsters - which all turned out to be very unhappy about any sort of light so pointing a torchlight at them made them run like hell.

But the Shadowspiders themselves, which are feared by pretty much everyone - turned out to be absolutely adorable, sweet folks. Okay, they kill you just by being near you cause they suck out all warmth from your body. But they don't do that on purpose or through any malicious intent and if you explain the problem they keep a polite distance because they don't want to kill you, it's just that you are soooo nice and warm. Obviously talking to them is not an options most people have. Luckily my bear shaman Scari is able to talk to all animals so we had a lot of nice chats and they helped us locate the temple in exchange for us building a nice, big campfire for them to nom on the warmth.

The elder spiders at the temple were also very polite and told us they would help reactivate it if we completed three tasks for them.

One was to bring them sustenance. Easy, we made another big fire and then had a portable generator plus heater ported down to us, now that we knew the location it had to go to.

Two was to bring the laughter of a child. That one turned out even easier since we had the video footage from the celebration at the seahorse temple from a few days ago. There were lots of laughing children on that and the spiders were happy with listening to that over and over again.

They really do feel lonely and left out and want nothing more than to have N'Ptalini folk tending the temple again.

So the third task is to find a descendant of the original priests at the temple and bring them back. Or, if there are none, find new priests - preferably Nach'Tarr priests, as the temple is dedicated to the god of death, darkness and secrets. Who is also the god of forgiveness and kindness.

That one will require a little more work. We'll be getting on to that in our next play session.
Rift

Rift - European Server Merges

Last friday it was announced that the European servers would get merged on the 5th of June. Basically all the English servers will get merged into one while the German and French servers will continue to exist as is.

Obviously announcing that on a friday is a stupid thing to do when you add no additional info when you then go away for the weekend and answer none of the community questions.

Like what happens to guilds? What happens to character names? What happens to dimensions? What happens to people who already have the maximum number of characters on both servers getting merged in to one?

Nobody knows.

It's already the second time my server in Rift is getting merged into another one. I started out on Blightweald which got merged into Gelidra which will now be merged into Xaviel.

Overall the whole idea of server merges in Rift is silly to start with. You can hop from server to server to play on at any time and you automatically get logged into the server with the most players online. So the population is always massed on one server anyway which most often is Brutwacht, the German server.

Merging servers just takes away shards which means, fewers events you can hop to, fewer options for gathering resources and hunting rare monsters.

All of which has been pointed out numerous times to the people in charge but they don't seem to care.

But from what I have been seeing lately, the care for the game is at an all time low. The European servers have been more down than up with no explanation why. I'm glad I jumped ship to ESO.

I'm not overly worried. I don't expect the devs to screw up this server merge, but I won't be surprised when they do. Losing anything from guilds to dimensions to whole characters could happen.

So today I have gone on an extensive screen shoting screen to document the dimension of my main Shinon and of hubby's gorgeous dimension.

We'll see hiw things shake out.
movies

Sunday TV round up

Street Food - S1 E1&2



We've started watching this on Netflix and so far is has been lovely. A great mix of getting a look at local cuisine on a street level, getting a look at the people who create it and at the places they work.

Also - the food is interesting and some of it looks very yummy.

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Code Geass

We've continued watching and are about half way through season 1. It continues to be very refreshing to have a main character who is snarky and a bit cruel instead of whiny and over dramatic.

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Seven Senses of Re-Union



Another anime about young people having an adventure in an MMO which turns more real than expected.

Like in Sword Art Online, I enjoy this one a lot. The mix of well portrayed events inside an MMO without any nasty comments about gaming is heartening.

The story is sweet and the characters adorable.
Elder Scrolls

ESO - Not all orcs...

I have taken my orc girl Temari around the block some more.

She has now finished with Vvardenfell and saved Vivec. Yay for that.

Since I have promised my friend to play the Daggerfall story line together with her, I have decided to do the Ebonheart storyline solo. Which is turning out to be a bit weird.

It's all about the Daggerfall Covenant attacking the Ebonheart territories so basically I am fighting my own folks all the time.

It started out on a beautiful snowy island:



I felt really sorry for all the poor helpless villagers being attacked by my orc brethren and helping them evacuate didn't make me feel much better.

Then I continued my adventures in Stonefall where the dark elves once more proved that they are all insane with their ancestor summoning in monster form to help them out...

The zone itself is okay, but by far not as pretty as the starter zone of the Aldmeri Dominion and it's a bitch to navigate too with all the canyons and roads not being where they are drawn on the map...

But there are some very cool visuals:



I really love how my bear is photobombing in this one :D

I am now mostly done with the zone, just a few more locations to visit. Temari is level 34 already so she is well on her way to start earning Chmapion Points for my little elfling when she reaches level 50.
pen & paper

The Princess and the Bear - Session X4

Our session started wíth the relevation that there is a thrid aminal totem temple on the planet we are visiting. A seahorse temple, which are the creatures which in the religious belief of the N'Ptalini accompany their mother sea goddess in her leviathan form. The reason it did not show up before is that it is actually active, has priests and is well cared for.

We visited it and it was absolutely beautiful. The temple is a giant bubble of air trapped inside a coral reef. Very magic with fish and seahorses swimming through through the bubble and lovely N'Ptalini priests welcoming us.

We spent a wonderful day frolicking in the sea while they prepared a surprise celebration for us. Then the high priestess conveyed praise to Scari from the totems she has visited so far and a gift of blessing. Which in game terms means that she can activate buffs for the whole team, themed after the animal totems we have helped already. That is going to prove useful, I bet.

After that we got home to find a message from the N'Ptalini Chancellor, to get in contact with a local hero who might help us with reaching the Shadow Spider temple. When we got to his home town, we were greeted by a bunch of mourners, letting us know that he had just passed away. So we turned around again, only to get a phone call from his assistant K'sar, who offered to help us instead.

Talking to her it turned out that the hero had never actually been the hero, but K'sar had done all the heroing while the 'hero' just did the press. So we have enlisted her help now and next time we will start on our expedition. Which still looks like it will be incredibly dangerous. The things we do for bear...
Elder Scrolls

Eso - Base Game Tutorials

Hubby and I have now moved over to the continent and the old base game. It took me some digging on the internet to find out where exactly we had to go, which shouldn't have been necessary. Such things should be explained in  game with a breadcrumb quest to send you off to the next starter zone. That was a bit of a dropped ball. The friend who is playing with us had no idea where to go or what to do next until I took her by the hand and showed her.

Both mine and hubby's character are Aldmeri Dominion so we moved to Aurion where we met the Hooded Figure which started the actual main quest for us. So far the story and scriping is as good as it was in Morrowind. Not as dramatic of course, since we are just at the start. But good enough.

It is very nice to get out of the eternal gloom of Vvardenfell and get some proper sunshine:



I really love the starter island for the Aldmeri Dominion and the story is nice too. The contact character cat is utterly adorable. I hope we get to meet him again.

I've also moved to the Daggerfall Covenant starter zone with our friend. With some cursing on her part when she got whisked to Coldharbour because of course I didn't warn her...

The Daggerfall starter islands are not as pretty, but at least we got to meet some orcs. Though their behaviour is very orcish and a little embarrassing to poor Temari.

I've also spent my allowance of crowns on a riding bear for her:



Temari hasn't quite finished the main quest on Vvardenfell yet, so I will have to go back and do that, still. Luckily this game gives a lot of freedom in moving around.
movies

Sunday TV round up

Violet Evergarden Special



Would you like to cry? I suggest watching Violet Evergarden. Doesn't even matter which episode, almost all of them are guaranteed to make you cry at  some point. Most of them even in a good way because even though things are dark and terrible, there is such a strong sense of hope and getting to a better place in this series.

It also has gorgeous animation so I can't recommend it enough.

The new special is no different. It also has a gorgeous new song.

Did I mention the music is wonderful in this series?

Anyway, go watch it.

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Tokyo Ghoul

Watched the first episode of this. Didn't click with me at all. Another whining school boy, lamenting verything.

Seen that too often. No thanks.

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Code Geass S1 E1-3



Hubby and I have started watching this. It is amusing even though the animation is a bit simple and the character style is... well... those are very long legs and arms...

I like that the main character is not nice. In fact he is a ruthless asshole. Nice change of pace.

Not sure yet whether I like the mix of hardcore combat and school comedy.

Verdiuct pending.
Elder Scrolls

ESO - Fire! Fire everywhere!

Today hubby and I finished the Morrowind main story quest and I have to say I am impressed with how dramatic things got by the end. That was some damn fine scripting for an MMO.

And the visuals:



There was a real sense of urgency, something that is missing in most computer RPGs. For once, putting the main quest aside to do various other errants didn't feel appropriate and we finished the whole thing in one go.

The Clockwork City location was amazing, both in the idea of what it is and how it looked:



I'm very happy to know that we will be visiting again as there is a DLC and zone that comes with it called Clockwork City. Which is included in our ESO plus membership.

The rewards for the main quest were a bit lackluster. I would have liked a choice of rewards fitting my characters healer spec instead of a heavy armour as the only pick, but the extra skill point is nice.

 Our character are both level 24 now, so we got a good chunk of leveling out of Morrowind.

Now we just have to tie up a few loose ends and we'll be done with Morrowind and ready to head into the base game. I'm very curious to see whether the quality will hold up, compared to Morrowind, which was the first expansion.