More Healers’ Rights!

Those of you who’ve followed the blog for quite sometime might remember an old post dating from September. Wow, that really is old! Anyway, in this post I griped a bit about the lack of tome unlocks for healers.

It’s taken a while for the meme to get out there, and let’s face it, my post had nothing to do with this at all, but there’s a similar thread over at the Vault at the moment. Now THAT’s how to get Mark Jacobs’ attention, not in some blog post on a little out-of-the-way blog!! If you check that thread, Mark’s replied saying he’ll look into it.

I know there are concerns that healing unlocks wouldn’t be open to everyone. But really, the ones for killing blows aren’t especially open to me, as things stand.

So keep up the momentum, and maybe we’ll get some achievements for healing/rezzing/whatever else it is we want them for.  I still want them, so off to post in that thread with my support!

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Pelt of the Dark Young (spoilers)

Look what Spinks found this morning! (and yes, this is our toons posing). Go to Avelorn, head to first camp north of warcamp you fly into (Well of Whispers). Wait for nasty big Gor to attack (regular level 26 mob), kill and get Bossie Beastie tome unlock. He’s called Khurraak Might-Horns.

A title a day

I think it’s safe to say that we all love the Tome of Knowledge unlocks and titles that they grant. There’s a certain buzz from seeing an uncommon title, an even bigger buzz from getting one.

But, I’ve also found them quite useful to reflect my state of mind. My favourite one so far to use for day-to-day travels is ‘The Above Average’- it cheers me up and makes me feel special. I like ‘Pin Cushion’ when in RvR, since hey… I’m a healer, it’s a fair description.

Today, I was waiting for Spinks to get back to our group after breakfast and became ‘The Impatient’. And after a 30 min cycle ride with my husband I shall be equipping ‘Accident Prone’ (no comment on why, but ‘ow’).

I don’t know if anyone else uses their titles that way, but it amused me today to switch them around according to my daily life, and I hope Mythic can keep me well in stock of mood-related ones I can use to let people know how I’m feeling.

So, what’s your favourite title so far, whether you have it or not?

Spoil this!

So it’s been a quiet day on the blog front, probably because everyone is expecting an NDA drop imminently and has lined up lots and lots to post as soon as it does. (I fear Syp’s promise of ‘one post a minute’ precisely because I’m absolutely sure that he’s able to do it!)

One thing I do wonder about is spoilers. I’m not spoilerphobic myself but you do get a very different experience of a game, book, film, etc if you play through without the spoilers and discover everything for yourself. There have certainly been times in Warhammer when one of us discovered something that made everyone laugh. Some of this is cool hidden tome unlocks, Massively gave a good example of one of these with their elf coverage and I rather appreciated that they didn’t go on and pick out a few more.

How do you feel about spoilers? We all know that very soon just about everything knowable about the game will have been neatly collected on various websites, will you go look things up or do you prefer to find out for yourself?

Chipping at the NDA

I love exploring, many of the people I regularly game with love exploring. I’m fairly sure Spinks and Hawley do too. In fact, we’re the kind of players that like to see as much as we can. So we were delighted with the most recent article on Gamespot UK about lairs:

These will be out-of-the-way areas where exceptionally powerful and rare foes hide out of plain sight and guard exceptionally powerful loot.

One of the things I remember reading a long long time ago about Warhammer Online was that there would be all sort of cool places to discover, with puzzle locks and stuff. I’d forgotten about all that until I read this article again and now I’m really excited about it all over again. Continuing on the puzzle theme:

none of the game’s lairs will have any kind of duplicate content or puzzles, so there will be no one-size-fits-all solution to unlock all of them.

It’s nice to see that in an RvR-focussed game, there is still some PvE candy for players to enjoy when they want a different pace. I hope to discover and conquer as many lairs as possible!

In other news, Ten Ton Hammer has a short write-up of Mount Bloodhorn and the Greenskin starter area.  We haven’t been linking to every little bit of news coming out, but this one is well-written, amusing and takes you through some of the things you get to do when first emerging into the game on the Greenskin side.

Meanwhile, Massively continues it’s slightly sterile overview of the elves of WAR. They’re going through the spells/skills you get from 1-5 and then 6-10. I’m not really reading them, because hrrm.. I can generally wait to read spell descriptions (plus yeah, am in the beta as Spinks just pointed out to me, so I don’t need to). However, over at Player vs Developer I was alerted to one comment in a Massively guide that’s a little naughty. It comes in the Archmage 1-5 guide and says:

Just drop a DoT (or two) on every single mob in the PQ area. If there are enough people there, all mobs will die too quickly to even take a swipe at you. With your ability to DoT multiple mobs, your total damage output for the PQ will at or near the top.

Sigh. Please note – they say ‘if there are enough people there’. This may not be the best solo tactic! And this may not hold for every public quest you come across. And hey, don’t forget you can heal too.