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WoW August Update

WoW: August Update

While I am still heartbroken, I have been playing Classic The Burning Crusade consistently since my last WoW update. Needless to say that Blizzard are still on very thin ice, but I have had a productive month of World of Warcraft. I have been consistently raiding Karazhan in one of three 10 player raid teams and have been involved in most of the guild 25 player raids in Gruul’s Lair and Magtheridon. As such I have been lucky enough to have been awarded several pieces of loot, however, I want to change my ‘wish list’ by removing Dragonspine Trophy and Veteran’s Musket and replace them with Romulo’s Poison Vial and Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle. My reasons for this are that the Dragonspine Trophy is in very high demand, all melee DPS (damage per second) and hunters want this item, making it very unlikely that I will get one. In addition I would rather not go through any drama by getting it. The first time I saw this item drop for my guild (Inspired) there was some drama which really put me off. As for the Veteran’s Musket, because I get a lot of hit rating from my new preferred trinket, Romulo’s Poison Vial, I think there are now better options available and while Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix is technically better than Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle, in my opinion it doesn’t look as nice!

Netherblade Facemask
Netherblade Chestpiece
Nightfall Wristguards
Girdle of the Deathdealer
Skulker’s Greaves
Edgewalker Longboots
Ring of a Thousand Marks
Garona’s Signet Ring
Romulo’s Poison Vial
Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle

There is still so much more that can be done on my ‘to-do list’. I even neglected to add attunments for Serpentshine Cavern and The Eye raids, both of which will be made available in phase 2 of The Burning Crusade. Fortunately with help from guild members I have completed attunement for Serpentshine Cavern and need only to defeat Magtheridon to complete attunement for The Eye.

Raise fishing to 375
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar
Complete Serpentshrine Cavern Attunement
Complete The Eye Attunement

In my last WoW update I wrote about being a frustrated and somewhat angry raider. I am happy to report that for the last month this has not been the case. I have been mindful of my attitude and have found myself more relaxed and chilled which has lead to a more enjoyable experience without running the risk of lashing out. The officers who are raid leading are doing an amazing job clearing the raids currently available, I think some future content will be fairly difficult but Inspired will conquer it if the officers prevail.

A small objective I had last month was to bank some gold after I had purchased fast flying and a mount for around 5000 gold. I have been somewhat successful in doing this which should allow me to ‘raid log’ a bit if I wanted to. Some players find it useful to log on for raids and simply buy the consumable items required without having to spend time ‘farming’ between raids. This prevents players for burning out and gives them a bit of a break to do other things / play different games. Since Blizzard Entertainment are on thin ice with me this is precisely what I will be doing, taking a bit of a break, without missing too many raids so that I might find other games to enjoy. On the other hand I want to help my fellow guild member and officer Tsun to complete his quest in getting Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian from Naxxramas which I hope will be nice and easy.


The Power of Gaming

Year 3 Review

It has been 3 years since I started blogging my gaming activity and it is now time for my year 3 review. As before in my year 1 and year 2 reviews I will be considering lessons learned and what I will aim to do for the next year of blogging and gaming.

Once again I would like to remind any regular readers of a ‘disclaimer’ in that I still do not consider myself a ‘content provider’. This blog is still a platform I use to write about and enhance my gaming experiences. It is a way to document my gaming achievements and share them with whoever is interested. I have only made a minimal effort to share my blog with others and I have no intentions of changing these objectives.

Lessons learned

Since my year 2 review there have been 43 posts. Each month I post an update of my activities in Classic World of Warcraft and the results of Snooker Nation matches played between my friend Jason and me. It’s safe to say therefore that these monthly updates make up the bulk of the 43 posts and are the games I spend most of my time playing. Other games I have played and blogged about include Magic: The Gathering Arena, Diablo III, EVE Online and some retro games such as Crusader: No Remorse and Gran Turismo 3. There are however games that I have almost completely played through but have not quite completed and blogged about. They feel like unfinished projects which is a shame because my blog really could use more variety. I have always said that I am the kind of gamer who plays the same 2-3 games, sometimes for years, but have always wanted to play a wide variety of games, complete a game within a few weeks and then move on to the next game. When I try to be like that and play a different game for a while, it’s sad that I don’t see it to the end and write about it. I will therefore try to finish unfinished games and write about them.

In terms of using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) to capture my gaming activities and Sony Vegas to edit, I have learned very little more this year. I did however make a number of YouTube videos public and have found that my most popular video, ‘Getting Draconic for Dummies: Chapter IV From The Undercity‘ which I did not share on my blog or my Discord community had the most success in terms of views and ‘likes’. This I assume is because it had some educational value. What’s heart-breaking however is that it is perhaps the video I put the least amount of effort. Where as another video ‘Astero Wormhole Exploration – 56.2m EST ISK in 75 minutes‘ I put in considerably more effort and planning but got considerably fewer views. I assume this was because the educational value as much less and is more or less demonstrating what can be achieved rather than how to achieve it.

Moving forward

One key development is I now have the ability to play PS1 (Playstation 1) and 2 games on my PS2 while capturing the game play using OBS by using an RCA to HDMI video converter and a cheap external USB video capture card. The quality is fairly poor and is especially noticeable when playing PS2 games, however, I spent very little money to achieve this and it is tolerable, especially if I am not too close to the monitor. Using this setup I really should and want to play through some of my most favourite PS games, including some of the Final Fantasy 6,7,8,9 and 10 games which are widely accepted to be the best selection of Final Fantasy games.

I have toyed with the idea of purchasing a Nintendo Switch console, but I have to admit, the device and games seems quite expensive. I believe the switch would offer a different kind of gaming experience, partially with it’s portable unique selling point but also because of the Nintendo brand of games, including Zelda, Mario and Pokémon. But because of the expense I will have to give it some more thought. What I will not be doing however is buying the current generation of Playstation or Xbox consoles. I currently own a Playstation 4 pro which suits my needs perfectly as an entertainment system and still offers a huge amount of games I have yet to play.

Experimenting with having some YouTube videos ‘public’ for anyone to find rather than ‘unlisted’ to compliment my blog was an interesting experience. To further the experiment, I would like to try and put together at least 1 quality video and try to inject some of my personality into it. Doing this should teach me new skills and possibly give me something to be proud of.

What do you think?

Last year I had some excellent and positive feedback from some of my work colleagues and friend Jason, all of which was appreciated. If anyone would like to provide some feedback, be it about the website, the brand, my year 3 review or my gaming, please feel free to do so. You could leave a comment or contact me by any means.


Heartbroken

Heartbroken

The recent news regarding Blizzard Entertainment or should I say Activision Blizzard has left me heartbroken. I would imagine most readers of my blog know about the news but for those of you that don’t know the company which develops some of my favourite games including World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft are currently being sued by the state of California for discrimination and sexual harassment against women who work for or have worked for the company. To me (especially as a feminist), this is a pretty big deal. Frankly I find discrimination and harassment of anyone disgusting and I am ashamed of the gaming community for any participation. I personally know women who are excellent gamers, excellent artists and developers who are or could be an asset to the gaming community and are worth their weight in gold. The thought of some guy discriminating or harassing them fills me with rage and horror. I do not know any of the women who have fallen victim to this behaviour at Blizzard, but if I did I imagine I would feel the same way.

Blizzard’s initial response to the allegations has been weak, claiming that most of the allegations were false or happened a long time ago (as if that makes a difference). You might think like I did in that it is entirely possible that many of the allegations could be false and that the state of California has acted irresponsibly. I am after all a firm believer that any individual or organization is innocent until proven guilty. However a large proportion of Blizzard employees have signed a letter basically saying the leadership of the company has let them down and that the allegations were serious and true, later Blizzard performed a bit of U-turn but it wasn’t enough for them and many employees staged a company wide walkout. There is no smoke without fire and the actions of the Blizzard employees suggest to me that much, if not all of the lawsuit is true.

So why am I heartbroken? I have spent over half of my life playing Blizzard games. Since the age of 13 or 14 in the late 90’s I have been playing their games. I have bought and played World of Warcraft since just after launch to this day. I have accumulated a collection of items including 10 collectors editions of their games or expansions, 7 or 8 books relating to their games, around 10 ornamental figurines, 3 massive pictures which I have framed and have hung in my bedroom, Blizzcon collectibles, I even have a Diablo III mouse and The Burning Crusade gaming mat. I have literally invested years of my life and a sizable proportion of my disposable income on supporting Blizzard and their games. There are people who have much bigger collections than I do and have spent even more time than I have as content providers who are quitting and raging about how angry and heartbroken they are. A quick YouTube search will point you in the direction of some of them.

All this for me is on top of what they did back in 2019 when they banned a professional Hearthstone player from participating in Blizzard backed Hearthstone tournaments for a year. They also held on to his prize money for doing well in a tournament because in a post match interview he openly supported the struggles of the pro democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Something I wrote about in the leadup to Blizzcon 2019.

I do not know what I should do, part of me tells me to pack away all of these things, stop playing their games and spend no more money with them. Another part of me says that the majority of the company is innocent and that knee-jerk reactions can be forgiven. I have joined a Classic WoW community which I am proud of and was, quite frankly difficult for me with what is now a diagnosed social anxiety disorder. I have been looking forward to playing Diablo II Resurrected and to some degree Diablo IV and there is still so much more to Classic World of Warcraft to play through. I just do not know what I should do other than sit at my computer, utterly heartbroken.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation July 2021

The first month of Snooker Nation season 5 between my good friend Jason and I started and ended well for me, but I still find myself level on matches won. Technically I am in the lead with frames won, however it’s much too early to be seriously considering that with 5 months and a potential of 22 more matches to play. Altogether the quality of play has been quite high with very few scrappy frames. It seems that for the most part the player who makes the first pot will secure the frame, making safety shots more paramount than ever.

09/07/2021 – Match 135

This has been an excellent start to my Snooker Nation season 5 campaign, winning 6 frames to 1. I scored two century breaks, 135 in the 1st frame and 131 in the 4th frame. Heartbreakingly however I was well on track to score 147 in frame 1 but missed the black with just 2 reds on the table. There was a similar situation for Jason in frame 6, who missed the final red of a potential break of 147 and ultimacy scored 112, which is better than nothing. I feel like I played very well and took advantage of most of the opportunities presented to me, Jason however commented that he didn’t feel like he played well and that this was possibly his worst Snooker Nation performance. I can’t argue with how Jason felt, but from my point of view he just had a scrappy safety game this week.

16/07/2021 – Match 136

Not such a good match for me this week, losing 6 frames to 5. It was a match of two halves really with me leading 3-0 at one stage. Interestingly in the 1st frame I won by a re-spot of the black. This is when both players score the same amount of points and there are no more balls on the table to pot. Since both Jason and I had 67 points each, the black was put back on its spot and I was able to pot it to claim the frame. There were 4 century breaks, I scored 118 in the second frame but Jason scored the remaining 3, 130 in the 7th frame, 126 in the the 8th and another 130 in the 10th frame. Altogether we both played fairly well, the only scrappy frame was the final frame where we both choked and missed some relatively easy shots.

23/07/2021 – Match 137

Once again I have failed to keep an early lead and lost 6 frames to 5. There were 4 century breaks, I scored 128 in the 2nd frame and 102 in the 7th frame while Jason scored 126 in the 5th frame and 133 in the 6th frame which is now his highest break so far this season. There were some somewhat scrappy frames with both of us missing some easy shots or running out of position. I am sure Jason will agree some of his safety shots were lacking and that we were both, at times, pretty unlucky. I thought that I would win the final frame but somehow missed an easy, straight forward green. I must have played that shot 50 times before and not missed. That’s the thing with Snooker Nation, when you’re up against it you can start to second guess yourself and make terrible mistakes.

30/07/2021 – Match 138

A nice end to the first month of Snooker Nation season 5 for me, winning 6 frames to 4. The whole match was quite smooth with no real scrappy frames to speak of. That said there was only 1 century break of  131 in the 3rd frame which belongs to me. In the frames that followed, several times both Jason and I came close to scoring century breaks, scoring 80+ points on multiple occasions, but for one reason or other we couldn’t quite do enough.

Season 5 (July – December 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 4 2 22 7 135
Jason 4 2 17 6 133

 


WoW July Update

WoW: July Update

A lot has happened since my last WoW update. After reaching level 70 I embarked upon getting ‘attuned’ to raid Karazhan and be able to enter dungeons on ‘heroic’ difficulty which offers a greater challenge in return for better loot and a badge of justice from each defeated boss. Although not strictly required, especially for a rogue, I also wanted to obtain keys for the Shattered Halls and The Arcatraz dungeons. I am happy to say that with help from fellow guild members Mufka, Bella, Eremir and several others I have successfully completed all of these.

Since getting attuned for Karazhan, I have been consistently raiding it as part of 1 of 2 or most recently 3 groups of 10 players. For the most part raiding Karazhan has been positive and the group I am part of has defeat most if not all bosses, however, when raiding Karazhan I am getting frustrated with certain people and on a whole. Karazhan is a 10 player raid which means individual contribution has a higher affect than if we were part of a 25 player or 40 player raid. Rather than each person being 2.5% of a 40 player raid or 4% of a 25 player raid, players are 10% of a 10 player raid and their actions usually have greater consequence and is certainly more noticeable. With maybe the exception of Nightbane, I find that all of the boss encounters in Karazhan are mechanically incredibly easy, much easier than most of Vanilla WoW content and will be much easier than what is to come in The Burning Crusade (TBC). To see someone get the most simple boss mechanics wrong or not keep an eye on threat meters has on 1 or 2 occasions made me quite angry, which is entirely my problem, not theirs. If I am unable to resolve my anger issues, I am going to have to decline raiding Karazhan and perhaps see how I feel in 25 player raids, especially ones where the mechanics are difficult and understandable to get wrong. I feel like I am letting my friends and guild down with this anger, I really must do better.

On a more positive note, I have been awarded 10 pieces of loot. While only two of these are what is considered best in slot (BIS), the others have been upgrades and I am grateful for all of them. The two BIS items I have been given are Spiteblade and Drape of the Dark Reavers. I also have four or five other BIS items which I have obtained in heroic dungeons or by buying them from the badge of justice vendor. I have created my first TBC ‘BIS wish list’ for phase 1 as I did throughout most of Vanilla WoW, obviously this list is subject to change and I will be interested in other items which might not be BIS.

Netherblade Facemask
Choker of Vile Intent
Wastewalker Shoulderpads
Drape of the Dark Reavers
Netherblade Chestpiece
Nightfall Wristguards
Wastewalker Gloves
Girdle of the Deathdealer
Skulker’s Greaves
Edgewalker Longboots
Ring of a Thousand Marks
Garona’s Signet Ring
Dragonspine Trophy
Bloodlust Brooch
Spiteblade
Latro’s Shifting Sword
Veteran’s Musket

As well as raiding and getting attuned, I have had some success with professions and raising weapon skills. Most noteworthy is that I managed to save 5000 gold (the main in-game currency) to raise my riding skill to 300 so that I can purchase and use a fast flying mount for another 200 gold. Since doing this I have been pretty much broke when it comes to gold and will need to start saving again for expensive enchants and consumables. Now that I am able to cross off a lot of my ‘to-do’ list below, from next month I will be able to better streamline what I want to do and perhaps add more items of interest to me.

Professions

Raise alchemy to 375 and become elixir master
Raise cooking to 375
Raise fishing to 375
Raise riding skill to 300 for fast flying mount

Weapon skills

Raise swords skill to 350
Raise defence skill to 350
Raise daggers skill to 350
Raise maces skill to 350
Raise thrown skill to 350
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Raise unarmed skill to 350

Attunements

Complete Karazhan attunement
Complete Shattered Halls attunement
Complete Alcatraz attunement
Heroic Hellfire Citadel attunement
Heroic Coilfang Reservoir attunement
Heroic Auchindoun attunement
Heroic Caverns of Time attunement
Heroic Sha’tar dungeon attunement

Factions

Get exalted with The Aldor
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar

Moving forward, other than being a happier and calmer raider, I hope to build up a bank of gold and work on getting exalted with some of the new TBC factions. For the moment I have no interest in PvP (Player vs Player) but do have a number of additional attunements to complete for future content and will want to learn and discover alchemy recipes so that I might be a helpful alchemist for my guild mates. I will also like to record more game play and produce more YouTube videos to supplement my blogging.

This time last year I was unable to cross anything off of my short ‘wish list’ of items and was struggling to find a good off-hand sword. That said Roundhouse, Tsun, Pallydude, Tailsmad and others helped me complete the Shadowcraft Armour set which I still have to this day. I was also successful in obtaining some items with nature resistance in preparation for Ahn’Qira which was due to be released 28th July 2020.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation June 2021

Defeat. Jason has won Snooker Nation season 4 by winning 12 matches to my 10. However, having won the final match of the season and held on to the highest break of 147, I feel as though I can still hold my head high. As before with the end of season 3, I have combined all of the season statistics together for the last two years. It’s astonishing to me that we have played close to 850 frames across nearly 100 matches, have scored 230 century breaks and have had 7 maximum breaks of 147 between us.

04/06/2021 – Match 131

I need to win every match this month to win the 4th season of Snooker Nation against my friend Jason. I start well by winning this match 6 frames to 2 and scored the only century break of 121 in the 2nd frame. I could have easily scored another century but in one frame I missed the final green with a break of 99. Overall the frames were quite smooth and we both played reasonably well, there were however some elements of bad luck but in equal measure. After I missed a pot Jason potted a red and black putting me back on the table to win the 1st frame. Later, in the 7th frame, I potted the white ball as well as a red ball, on that occasion however, I was able to narrowly win the frame when Jason missed one of the last balls he needed.

11/06/2021 – Match 132

While this match started well for me, from frame 6 it fell apart. I scored my only century of the match of 122 in the 2nd frame and everything was going quite well until Jason made a mockery of me, scoring 4 centuries in the final 6 frames to win the match 6 frames to 5. In the 6th frame Jason scored 105, followed by 109 in the 8th, 124 in the 9th and 118 in the 11th frames. Losing this match has made it much more difficult to win the season, I now need to win the next two matches and somehow come ahead in number of frames won.

18/06/2021 – Match 133

In order to stay in the run for a Snooker Nation season 4 victory I needed to win this match as convincingly as possible. However, try as I might, I was unable to succeed and Jason won 6 frames to 5 claiming the season 4 title. There were 3 century breaks, 116 in the 4th frame, 106 in the 7th frame and 109 in the 10th frame all belonging to Jason. Although I didn’t score any century breaks and ultimately lost the match, I didn’t play too badly. I narrowly missed a century in the 3rd frame but fumbled the final red. I also came close on the 9th frame but ran out of position on the final yellow. Next week will be the final Snooker Nation match for season 4, and while it is impossible for me to win the season, I will be playing for pride.

25/06/2021 – Match 134

Regardless of the result of this match, it wouldn’t be possible for me to win this season of Snooker Nation, but I played for pride and to end the season on a high note, which I succeeded by winning 6 frames to 5. Overall the match was pretty clean and smooth, the only scrappy frame was frame 6 after I played a ‘lottery’ shot by hitting the pack of reds hard to try and fluke one in. I scored two centuries, 138 in the second frame and 137 in the fifth. Jason had a century of his own of 119 in the 8th frame bringing his total century breaks to 37 this season but he was unable to match my highest break of 147.

Season 4 (January – June 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 22 10 103 31 147
Jason 22 12 110 37 141

 

Seasons 1 – 4 (June 2019 – June 2021) lifetime statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 97 49 427 103 147 x 5
Jason 97 48 417 127 147 x 2

 


The Beginning of The Burning Crusade Classic

WoW: June Update – The Burning Crusade Classic

The first thing want to mention, other than The Burning Crusade Classic has been available since Wednesday 2nd June, is that the guild I am part of, Inspire, needed to be remade and is now called ‘Inspired’. This was because during the pre-patch, before the launch of The Burning Crusade, the guild leader (and main raid leader) ‘disappeared’. I have learned from guild officers that the then guild leader (Warriodude aka Pallydude) wanted to step down, which of course is fine, but for whatever reason didn’t say his goodbyes to the wider guild and did not transfer control. Because of this the remaining officers were forced to choose a new leader for the guild which will be Bubbel and new raid leaders which will be Nefertity, Mexcoo and Kyra. Bubbel, Mexcoo and Kyra have been with the guild for a very long time and I am sure they will be great, Bubbel especially has shown that she can organize and keep things moving. Nefertity hasn’t been with the guild too long but seems very knowledgeable about the game and will make an excellent raid leader. Most of the guild has transferred their characters from ‘Inspire’ to ‘Inspired’ and it looks like the transition has gone well, thanks to Bubbel and all of the other officers. I can’t speak for everyone in the guild but despite all of this, I hope Warriodude is well and I hope he will decide to play WoW with us again. If you ever read this Warriodude, thank you for what you did for Inspire during Vanilla Classic and thank you for helping me become a better player, even a better gamer.

Back to The Burning Crusade and on an individual level, I have had an excellent start to my Burning Crusade adventure. My goal to reach level 70 was to average 1 level per day thinking that some days I would get 2 levels, other days I would get 1 level and some days I wouldn’t level my character at all. I thought that this way by the 10th day I would have achieved the first step in what I hope to be a successful Burning Crusade campaign. As it turns out I reached level 70 on the 9th day, the 10th June, beating my goal by 1 day and was the 14th level 70 in my guild, plus the 1st rogue. I happy with this result, especially as of the 9 days it took me to reach level 70 over half I had full-time work. The best part about my levelling experience is that I have appeared to have joined a small group of extremely nice and kind guild members who let me complete dungeons with them and are generally supportive of each other with their Burning Crusade goals. Eremir, Bella and Mufka (Cesmina) are fast becoming good friends in World of Warcraft, Mufka in particular has become a dear friend to me outside of the game. I find it difficult making friends, but these people have been extraordinary. I hope that as a team we will continue to support each other and have many more adventures together clearing dungeons and raiding. Here is a video of when I was level 65 with Eremir and other guild members completing a dungeon.

Now that I am level 70, the hard work can begin in getting attuned for the Karazhan raid, heroic dungeons, and generally gaining reputation with a variety of different factions for items and alchemy recipes. Because there is so much to do, I have created a rather large ‘to do list’ with everything I can think of. As before I will add to it as and when I have more goals.

Professions

Raise lockpicking skill to 350
Raise poisons skill to 350
Raise alchemy to 375 and become elixir master
Raise herbalism to 375
Raise cooking to 375
Raise first aid to 375
Raise fishing to 375
Raise riding skill to 300 for fast flying mount

Weapon skills

Raise swords skill to 350
Raise defence skill to 350
Raise daggers skill to 350
Raise maces skill to 350
Raise thrown skill to 350
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Raise unarmed skill to 350

Attunements

Complete Karazhan attunement
Complete Shattered Halls attunement
Complete Alcatraz attunement
Complete Black Morass attunement
Heroic Hellfire Citadel attunement
Heroic Coilfang Reservoir attunement
Heroic Auchindoun attunement
Heroic Caverns of Time attunement
Heroic Sha’tar dungeon attunement

Factions

Get exalted with The Aldor
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar

I will need to create a ‘wish list’ of the items I want in phase 1 of The Burning Crusade and since our loot system has changed from EP/GP (Effort Points / Gear Points) system to a loot council system, I will need to provide most of that list for the guild officers to see via ‘That’s My BIS‘ which will feed into the loot system and reward me (or not as the case may be) accordingly. I am not ready yet to blog about my wish list, I will need more time to give it some thought, however the information I will be using about the best items for my rogue in phase 1 can be found here.

It has certainly been a more exciting month of World of Warcraft since my last update, this time last year however I was having a lot of fun showing off my Primal Blessing set, something which is quite unique to World of Warcraft. Moving forward I hope to continue playing with my friends Eremir, Bella and Mufka as well as my other guild mates to cross off items on my ‘to-do’ list and begin farming heroic dungeons for the gear that they offer.


Diablo III Season 23 End

Diablo III Season 23 End

While I haven’t played Diablo III for a over a week, today will officially be my last day playing Season 23. It feels like I achieved a lot since my previous Diablo III season 23 post, most notably I have beaten my personal best of completing a tier 81 greater rift which I set during season 17. My new record is now tier 95 set by my Demon Hunter and I should add that I also beat it by completing a tier 83 greater rift with a Barbarian. My only regret might be that I didn’t beat it with my wizard which ultimately only reached level 62 as you can see in the bellow screenshot.

Diablo III Season 23 Records

Another thing I wanted to beat was my seasonal paragon level personal best. In season 23 I reached level 841 which is 41 levels more than my season 17 record and 10 levels more than all of my hardcore paragon experience put together. It’s worth mentioning that I leveled a Crusader, Monk and for the first time a Necromancer to level 70 but didn’t achieve much else with them. I realize these achievements are nothing compared to what many other players can do, with paragon levels in the thousands, but I am still pleased with myself and had around 111 hours of thoroughly enjoyable playtime.

Diablo III Season 23 Summary

It wasn’t all good however, season 23 claimed the lives of two of my hardcore characters including a Barbarian which I remade and a Demon Hunter. To be honest the Demon Hunter death was planned as I was attempting a tier 97 greater rift which I knew was high risk, but I wanted season 23 to go out with a bang and as such I recorded my attempt below.

I am not sure if there will be a time where I will play more Diablo III or immerse myself in another season. With Diablo II Resurrected and Diablo IV on the cards, it is much more likely that I will spend my time playing those games. In addition, for WoW Classic The Burning Crusade will launch tomorrow which will consume a lot of my time, at least in the short term.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation May 2021

Having lost 2 of 3 Snooker Nation matches this month, I find myself on the back foot entering the final month of season 4. There are a potential of 4 matches in June, all of which I will need to win to guarantee victory. If I lose 1 match I will need to try and win on frames won of which I am 10 frames behind. If I lose 2 matches there will be no way for me to win. It’s safe to say the odds are not in my favour, but I will try my best.

08/05/2021 – Match 128

I can’t help but feel disappointed with my performance in this match, especially in Frame 3 where I attempted a silly shot early on without even looking at it properly which Jason used to punish me by clearing the table and scoring 141. This was the only terrible shot I remember, but I did get unlucky at times, one example of this was that I potted a red and black in frame 5 which Jason went on to win. It looked like I might have suffered a white wash but in frame 6 I managed to a break of 114 and then 105 in frame 7. As well as 141 in frame 3 Jason scored 113 in frame 2 and finished the match with 139 in frame 8, winning 6 frames to 2.

21/05/2021 – Match 129

A pretty good match for me winning 6 frames to 3 and ending Jason’s win streak. For the most part each frame was smooth, annoyingly I ran out of position on the 1st frame with a break of 96, narrowly missing a century with 2 reds on the table. I also missed a century in the 8th frame when I ran out of position on the final yellow. The only scrappy frame was the 2nd where both Jason and I missing an easy shot each, but it wasn’t too bad. In the following frames Jason got pretty unlucky on at least 3 occasions, the worst being when Jason potted a red and the blue when the pink ball hit and deflected it. Because of my narrowly missed centuries I only bagged one of 128 in frame 4, where as Jason secured 129 in frame 3 and 112 in frame 7.

28/05/2021 – Match 130

Almost every frame this week could be described as scrappy. Both Jason and I didn’t play very well and each missed multiple easy shots. For every shot Jason missed however, I must have missed 2 or 3 and as such Jason won 6 frames to 1. There was 1 century break for Jason in frame 2 of 111 which is the only frame I could describe as being smooth. It’s not that either of us were unlucky this week, it’s just we played poorly. I am not sure if I even got a break higher than 50, which really is rock bottom.

Season 4 (January – June 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 18 8 81 27 147
Jason 18 10 91 29 141

 


Destruction Derby 2

Destruction Derby 2

About a month ago I decided to buy the PlayStation 1 game Destruction Derby 2 which was pre-owned for £9.55. The game arrived in near perfect condition, including the case, which I have seen sell for around £10 when new. I am of course delighted with my purchase, it’s a welcome addition to my small collection, but it’s a bit of a shame because the condition suggests the game might not have been enjoyed much by the previous owner.

Destruction Derby 2 was released for the PlayStation 1 in 1996 and was later made part of the ‘platinum series’ of games. Quite a few years ago I gave away my PlayStation 1 along with a lot of games, but I have never owned Destruction Derby 2 until now. I did however have a demo CD which featured Destruction Derby 2 along with several other games. For those that don’t know, a demo CD was usually sold with a PlayStation or PC magazine and would contain games or software with limited access and would usually compliment an article in the magazine itself. When I used to buy them back in 1997 – 2000 it would cost around £5 which, to a kid, was quite a bit of money back then. It was however an ideal way to ‘try before you buy’ or in my case ‘try before you ask for’ games. While I did like the demo of Destruction Derby 2, there was always something else I would rather have and as such I never got it.

Part of the reason this game appeals to me is that I have always said that I am terrible at playing racing games, something I mention in my Gran Turismo 3 post. The whole point of Destruction Derby however is not necessarily to win the race by being the fastest but to avoid taking damage while causing damage to other drivers. The only way I would win a Gran Turismo 3 race against my friend Jason for example would be to try and crash into him on a corner to somehow slow him down more than myself and repeat that process several times which is not the way the game was designed to be played and only worked maybe 1 time in every 20. In Destruction Derby 2 this is exactly the way the game is designed to be played and is encouraged. There is even a ‘race mode’ called Destruction Derby where there is no race but a game of trying to survive and keep your car intact for as long as possible which I attempt to demonstrate below.

The game is not all good, as you can see the graphics are pretty bad, even by 1996 standards. The commentator quickly becomes annoying saying the same 5 or 6 lines and while the metal soundtrack is pretty awesome when playing, it’s awful on the main screen when selecting what you want to do. It’s as if it belongs to a completely different game. The game also features a replay feature which can be saved to a PlayStation 1 memory card. Each save takes 1 ‘block’ out of 15 so you can’t save many, but it’s a cool feature which I used to record my video.

Moving forward I intend to play Destruction Derby 2 a little more and will probably break it out from time to time to have some mindless carnage fun. I will also keep an eye out for more modern games which are like Destruction Derby 2, such as Destruction Derby Raw or Demolition Derby.


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