Monday, July 31, 2017


Posting has been almost non-existent over the last couple of months. I'm not 100% sure why. I've been playing several games, I've have several ideas for posts. But I can't seem to bring myself to write anything. Oh well, maybe next month will go better.

I'm currently playing WoW, Diablo, and FFXIV. On deck are Pyre and Foxhole.

World of Warcraft

Just chugging along in Tomb of Sargeras. We're on Heroic Mistress Sassz'ine, and are having lots of trouble with her. We've beaten her once, but the fight just isn't clicking for us. I think we aren't doing Hydra Shot well, so when it's Hydra Shot + other mechanic, we fall to pieces and lose people. I really should look up some videos.

Diablo 3

I made a Necromancer for Season 11, who is currently level 68. For most of levelling I went with a Bone Armor + Death Nova build which waded into melee. For the last few levels, I've been trying a more caster-style build with Skeletal Mages + Blood Siphon.

Final Fantasy XIV

I got the expansion and finished the main story quest. It was quite good, and hopefully I will make a full post about it soon. I've grown disenchanted with tanking in FFXIV, though. I really don't like mass pulls, but if I don't do mass pulls, the DPS pulls for me and the run becomes a mess. So I've decided to level up a Red Mage, which is quite fun. Of course, as DPS, there are queues, so I'm leveling Miner alongside it.


Pyre is the latest from Supergiant Games, who made Bastion and Transistor. I pretty much bought it sight unseen, on the strength of the previous two games. I have no real idea of what it is actually about.


Foxhole is an interesting game. It's in Early Access, but is fairly polished. It's kind of like a WWII Real-Time Strategy game, only you control a single soldier.

As well, there's a full economic chain to do anything. For example, scrap has to be mined, taken to refinery and converted into building materials, then taken to a factory to make bullets, and then the bullets have to be taken to the front line. When a soldier dies, they respawn with nothing, so everyone is reliant on logistics to get anywhere. You can build buildings and vehicles including tanks.

Games are quite long (multiple days), but it isn't totally persistent as there is an eventual winner. Then a new game starts.

In some ways it reminds of Eve Online, only there are defined teams. There also is no money involved, so the logistics chain is a bit different.

I haven't played very much, but I strongly recommend trying Foxhole if you're looking for something new and different.


  1. I've only had the DPS pull more on me while tanking 1 time. It was quite annoying as we had an undergeared healer, which was why I didn't do the mass pull in the 1st place. And I told the guy after we managed that fight by the skin of our teeth that if he pulled extra again I would boot him. And he didn't do it, so.... I guess it was ok.

    On the other hand, I started dungeon healing this past weekend, and I'm surprised at how mindnumbingly easy it is, so I have to question how bad some of these healers I was with while tanking are...

    1. Well, if you mass pull normally, you won't see DPS pull. When I first did the Stormblood dungeons, I had people pulling for me, even though I was new to the instance.

  2. I haven't done much roulette tanking once I got all the verity I needed for my PLD (sitting at 314 i'll right now). Ive been enjoying tanking Deltascape, but WoW's tanking model is definitely more moment to moment interesting/interactive these days. I've been quite enjoying Paladin Active Mitigation in WoW excepting Kiljaeden because soaking hails without being able to use my SotR because I'm not in melee is nerve wracking.

    1. I actually like FFXIV tanking when it's just one pull at a time. I just prefer slow and steady minimizing the chance of a wipe.

      But that has gone out style in favor of large pulls and aoe, which is a playstyle I don't really enjoy.

  3. I didn't find Transistor to be that awesome, so I'm dubious about this new game. I'll be interested to see your review.

    1. I found Transistor to be a bit of an "ambitious failure". They aimed high, and didn't quite hit the mark. But I have a soft spot for those type of games. Plus Bastion was just amazing.