When the G word lurks

27 07 2008
On top of the Clondyke Omni tower

On top of the Clondyke Omni tower

As anyone experienced in denial knows, one of the first rules of denial is to completely avoid the use of the word or words that describe or name that which is being denied. When Baba accepted completing his 1k token board as his current short term objective, he already had about half the amount through missions he had run previously for specific items or credits. At that time, missions were a respite, or change of pace from leveling fast and furious on Borgs after leaving Foreman’s at 70. Now that he had earned almost 2 hundred more, the objective is no longer fresh, and the feeling ‘lets get this over with as fast as possible’ is starting to creep in. You can try to ‘blitz’ token missions, but it still seems to take forever since one has to put down most of the mobs. It is starting to feel like the G word that rhymes with bind, kind, or find.

It reminds of Baba of his earlier levels 25 to 50. He had completed most of the low level quests available to 25 and unders, and made an exploratory trip to the Temple of the Three Winds just to see what it was all about. Unfortunately, none of the guides, at that time, mentioned that the lowest level mobs there were all 27 to 80-ish. His first time running into the entrance hall, he got about 10 feet before 2 level 27 cultists put him away. So Baba vowed not to return to the temple until he hit level 50 and he had a full set of decent implants. Baba was still lacked the confidence to join teams then, so solo-ing 25 missions became his obsession and he slaved away night after night until level 50 came around, and he was able to pull together and get his implants and go on to teaming.

With Baba’s long absence from the game (7 months) he again needs to get comfortable with his skills, before he gets involved again with teams again.

Ring of Haste

Ring of Haste

Running solo missions does have its up sides. One is the loot is getting better on QL 110 and above. Baba does not know if it is because that is the nature of the game as levels increase, or if the loot tables have been favorably tweaked during his absence. A few missions back Baba found a Ring of Haste in a chest. It adds 100 runspeed, which is a gift from above for Enforcers. He is also starting to see a regular steam of QL 129+ implants and clusters. Of course Baba had to balance out his good fortune with a typical Baba blunder last night. He was so excited when he hit level 114 and he saw that his skills had increased enough to equip one of his next step up nanos. His blunder was that he went out and bought the nano, only to find later that he already had one in a pack in his bank. Then he remembered that he had gotten the nano quite a few levels ago and at the time could not use it, and then forgot about it completely.

Baba always has trouble when he finds nanos as loot, wondering if he has it already. He used to be able to carry around all of his found but can’t equip yet nanos, but that is not possible as one gets higher up the level ladder. To help out we made him in game help file with a list we can update of all enforcer nanos with checks on those he has. Making your own in game help files is 10 times more convenient and useful than relying on loose scraps of paper, bulky notebooks, etc. It’s quite easy and doesn’t require any mad coding skills. The mirrored site of the now defunct Anarchy Online Arcanum has a great How To on making your own help files. Be sure to grab it before it too fades away.

Player City, Northern Broken Shores

Player City, Northern Broken Shores

The other enjoyable aspect of running missions is getting out and seeing more of Rubi-Ka. Prior to this, Baba has never been to Clondyke, Belial Forest, Eastern Foul Plains and a few more regions. His last mission in Belial Forest, which brought his token count up to 697, was actually in a swamp, with the entrance being in the form of a small green dewdrop shaped pod with a yellow door on a tiny island in a convincing looking swamp complete with lots of tangled up, broken down tree stumps.

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