Eating My Words (and a bee)


Typically, just as I had posted about my dissatisfaction with the Funcom Patcher, the speed picked up and I was done a couple of minutes later. It still took a lot longer than it should have, but not as long as I had feared.

So I eagerly logged in and decided to create a new character. This time around I chose to join the Illuminati, as I had joined the Templars on my last stint in The Secret World. Not really pumped about their faction outfits (gas masks? seriously?), but I have heard good things about the humor of the faction specific stuff there.

After swallowing the glowing bee in my sleep, wrecking my appartment and being “invited” to join a secret organization, I made my way to Manhattan and encountered a weird conspracy theorist.


My character pretty much had the same facial expression as myself, a mild confusion wondering what he might be talking about. Well, not to be discouraged, I followed some leads and finally found the (not so) secret Illuminati base in the sewers. Confidently striding in, I tripped an alarm and was shortly drugged and dragged off to a lab where this stereotypical crazy scientist guy pumps more drugs into me.

Anyway, a short combat and gameplay tutorial later, I am let go and free to explore the Secret World on my own. Well, with some “guidance” from the Illuminati of course.


My little Chocobo


After two days of absence, I decided it was time to visit Eorzea once again. This time, my goal was simple: My very own Chocobo.

My first task was to choose which Grand Company to join. The choice was simple. Tree-Huggers? Nope! Squabbling Pirates? Nope! Mighty Warriors led by the fearsome Raubhan? Yes please!FF14_GC_3

Arriving at the Immortal Flames headquarters, what could have been a long-winded induction ceremony, was fortunately interrupted by yet another emergency. Phew. A prototype airship was shot down and the crew needed rescuing. I do wonder how the people of Eorzea survive when I am not around.FF14_GC_2

Anyway, after disposing of some pesky Garleans, The Immortal Flames had one more soldier in their ranks, and I could almost feel the reins of my new mode of transportation in my hands. But no, first I had to prove myself to the Company. As if I hadn’t saved Ul’dah several times already. But alas, those past deeds don’t seem to count for anything. So I went off grumbling to myself and headed to Drybone. A couple of tasks later I was able to acquire a Cocobo Issuance and gleefully made my way to the local Chocobokeep.FF14_Chocobo_1

I was told Chocobos don’t like cities. But i suspect, it’s the other way round. Can you imagine the amount of Chocobo droppings that would pile up?

So i ran outside and summoned my new mode of transportation. Forgotten were the misgivings towards the Immortal Flames and the menial tasks. The world does look better from the back of a big bird!FF14_Chocobo_3


Boldly going … and so on


Yesterday I mentioned about logging into Star Trek Online because my, at the time, first choice had a server hiccup.

Well, tonight I found myself longing to complete another tour of duty in my trusty ship. So again my plans of visiting Eorzea were ditched.

After last night’s success with the low-threat version of the Crystalline Entity (or rather Crystalline Catastrophe as it is called in game) I went in and took part in the Elite version.Things started badly as I was incapacitated early on by those pesky Tholians. Oh well. Back in I went a bit more careful. And pretty soon, it was reduced to rubble as well.

The Elite version does pack more of a punch and does have a few extra tricks, like little nebulae forming around the entity that impair vision and weapons lock. Still, not too difficult and quite fun so far.

About the special event: Each day players can earn one crystal shard for the first time they complete the Crytsalline Catastrophe Fleet Action. 14 of those shards can then be exchanged for various game currency and a unique Duty officer. I’m curious at what point completing the fleet action every day turns from being fun to being a grind. Fingers crossed that it happens after I have all 14 shards!

On a related note: That oversized Snowflake (in space!) seems to come back from the dead more often than Jack Harkness…

Sometimes things do not go as planned

STO_Cryst_1The thing about online gaming is that you are dependent on, for instance, the servers being online. (“Thank You Captain Obvious…” I hear you say) And true to form, as I was sitting down for some Final Fantasy XIV, the server basically stuck out his tongue and shut down.

Since waiting for servers to be back up isn’t any fun at all, I needed an alternative. After some browsing of games, my decision was made and I logged onto Star Trek Online. Thankfully the patch was small and I was shortly flying my shiny ship through space.

I hadn’t realised that there was another event going on, as I hadn’t logged on for a couple of weeks and had not followed the game too closely lately. It is basically a rerun of the Crystalline Entity event from earlier this year, just with a different one-time reward. Still, there’s no time like the present to rid the galaxy of monstrous snowflakes, right?

To be on the safe side, I chose the lower difficulty for the Task Force, and the Entity was soon reduced to crystal dust. And then I actually forgot to grab my loot… Well yeah. I blame Tribbles or something.