Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Where is the Camaraderie?

Happy Tuesday, fellow Redstone players.

I come to you with a question: Why are there so many people in this game who look out only for themselves, and would rather step on those below them to get ahead instead of bring them along with them? Too often I've witnessed bullying and sneers than fellowship and kindness. 

Of course, I've witnessed the latter, not only in my guild (where most of the cases I've seen happen) but also in the rest of the gaming community, but these occurrences seem to happen few and far between. The guild seems to work generally as a cohesive unit and rarely do I see this power struggle happen within my own ranks, but I cannot say we are perfect. We do, however, seem to generally look out for each other and we motivate and help each other whenever possible.

In the rest of the gaming community, though, it seems to be every man for himself all too often. You even have people who wage attacks on others, whether it's insults, bullying (this happened to me personally but I don't want to call the person out since this was just an one time occurrence), or the most recent one I've witnessed, blatantly stealing someone's name and trying to get them kicked out of the game.

That last one actually happened to my Guild Master, Klien, where you can see his take on it at his blog. If you don't wish to click through, I'll sum up what happened. Apparently, in this game a capital "I" and lowercase "L" are virtually indistinguishable. Thus "Klien" and "KIien", "Palidor" and "PaIidor" look the same when shown in the chat box (and apparently in this blog, so you can see where it could get tricky). So this fake Klien and Palidor were shouting obscenities in town, bashing fellow players and in general, being rude and impudent. 

If you know anything about Redstone or general gaming communities, you would know that this sort of behavior has the potential of getting your account banned, and since the font makes those two letters indiscernible, our innocent Guild Master could very well be punished for actions that were not his own. 

Of course, he was informed by other players about what was going on and sent a ticket to the GMs and I haven't seen any trouble since, but this just makes my point ever clearer. 

On the surface, this community seems helpful, kind, and honest, but delve further, and you will find a dark underbelly of malice, liars, and selfishness. The community has shown its true colors, and to say I'm but a little discouraged because of this would be an understatement. 

This however, does not mean I will not stop playing and enjoying this game. It, in fact, seems to push me further, to be the change I wish to see in the community, which is the same ideal I hold in real life.

As one of my favorite Mahatma Gandhi quotes goes,“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."

Maybe if more people thought like that, and not for their own self-preservation, than maybe, slowly but surely, the community would not be a toxic environment but one of nurturing and health.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Reskilled and Loving It!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Hope everyone's weekend was fantastic and you all got the levels you wanted to achieve! I hopefully will. Like I said yesterday, I was really hoping for a PH this weekend and with that in mind, I was hoping to achieve 380 so that I could move to Small Cave, where I hear experience is killer. Unfortunately, that of course did not happen and I had to lower my expectations quite a bit. So by reset I'm hoping to achieve 350 and this is my current level.

Only three more levels and with two GDs still to do, I think I will make my goal.

The reason I haven't already achieved my levels is because I've been working on main quest with Jigg. Figured since it wasn't a PH weekend, it was a prime time to soar through those MQ chapters. We actually just finished the Chapter 3 Part 4 SD and that was actually a lot of fun. I'm not sure if many of you know/remember what this SD looks like. Luckily I took a screenshot of the map (warning, you may have to enlarge the picture to see it correctly).

Yep, that little tiny person on the map is me. Let me tell you, I loved this huge map. It meant that, unlike the stupidly small and condensed maps of the rest of the game, I actually got to try out the entire extent of my range. Of course, it doesn't help that my bow alone has 900 shooting range, but it is frustrating being an archer and Jigg can somehow throw a bottle the same distance I can shoot on a normal map simply because I can't see any monsters further than the edge of my map.

Anywho, again if you have forgotten this SD, here is the big boss man.

He did hit pretty hard with his magical fire and lightning bursts but with a priest to heal/tower me, we took him down eventually. Funny enough, his walls of fire stayed and for whatever reason they didn't hurt you after he died. Here is me, just chilling in the middle of some of it.

Oh me? I like Pina Coladas, long walks, and getting caught in the fiery hells of Satan.

Now just taking a break, since I can't do anymore SD's for the day and figured I hadn't posted on here all day. 

Looking through my screenshots, I realized I hadn't posted a couple of new titles I have! First off, I did my two master quests, which were surprisingly easy. 

Also realized I got Viability 1 done so now I can viability hunt once I get the right gears and probably a fire mini pet so that it can give me a buffer with first aid. Until then, I'll probably stick with my Gorespout and not getting down to terrifyingly low health.

Another thing I did was use my reskill scroll, just to fix up all those rookie mistakes I made in the beginning so very long ago (if two weeks is really that long). I'm very happy with this but will probably reskill once more after I switch to a knowledge/luck archer, which will make grinding a lot easier.

This past Friday (which I failed to mention, shame on me) I participated in my first Point War with this character. Unfortunately, I was the lowest level one to attend and the first go around, I was the second to die  when a golem appeared out of freakin' nowhere and decided that killing me was on the top of its list. 

We did a second go, though, and that time I did not die (yay!) but we still didn't finish (boo!). I was actually doing really good damage, we just didn't have enough high damagers in the party. Hopefully when I'm higher level, I'll be more useful.

Also, Siege War was absolutely boring. Nothing to report, just a no show and our guild sitting around for a number of minutes just goofing off and whatnot.

Speaking of damage, this is my damage now on Seeker.

I must say, that isn't half bad damage, especially when Chaser triggers. 

Last thing I'd like to report is since I reskilled, I actually got this really fun Lancer skill called Distraction that actually adds dummies of myself that the enemies attack instead of me. It is really funny to watch sometimes as a whole hoard of enemies start attacking this motionless clone of me while I run off in the distance, cackling.

You idiot worms, I'm over here. 

Besides that, not too much else to report. Just gonna go back, do some GD's, maybe a little more MQ, and then catch some ZZZ's. Until next time, have fun and happy hunting!

Hope your having a "Shocking Sunday"

(Klien is pictured above)

Well not too much progress on Jigglypuff have been very busy with work lately but here is where I am currently at.

Mainly have been working on MQ and trying to get the items that I want to have.  Speaking of,

Pretty excited about the events and everything I got.  Still debating whether or not to get the Florence or the Breath of Goddess.  Annnnnd thanks to BC for enchanting this for me hopefully with some MQ upgrades it'll become pro when I get the levels.

At the moment my main priorities are MQ, titles, and completing daily SD's if MQ doesn't take precedence. For now my levels and progress feel like this:

Good luck with drops and levels and have fun!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Good afternoon!

Yesterday I didn't post mostly because I was so busy with events, grinding and a LAN party that by the end of the day, I was so tired that I forgot all about this blog. 

After a much needed twelve hour nap, though, I'm up and raring to go. So I will tell you about yesterday. There were two events yesterday, the morning one which was a huge success. 

So if you can't see, I have two Chrismas Boxes, and to my surprise, one of them was a luxurious box! Oh my gosh, I was so happy because just the night before I was saying how much I wanted a Drake Plume. 

Plus, I finally got my reskill scroll!

Actually, I got several of them. Like the title says, ask and ye shall receive. 

The afternoon event wasn't as exciting but still got quite a few dragon hearts and devil's anvils. 

Besides that, there was lots of grinding and I got to this level.

Then I went to LAN party and had loads of fun there, playing Halo 4 and Injustice. After that, came home and passed out. I was hoping when I woke up this morning that there would be PH for this weekend, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that way. We do have a SW against MYTH, though I've never heard of them, and hopefully that will be fun. Maybe I'll take a video if it is interesting enough. 

Until then, have a great Saturday and an exciting weekend.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Berries!

I'm not sure how many new players may look at my blog, but I've noticed many people asking about flowerpots. Where to get them, what they do, how long it takes to grow, etc etc. While I may not have the best knowledge on this topic, I know someone who does!

Just go here and you will find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about flowerpots!

Actually, I recommend you look through a lot of his blog. He's been playing forever and his blog is spectacular. I hope one day to achieve even just a tenth of the knowledge he has in this game. Until then, I will enjoy reading his blog to educate myself further and probably bother him a lot with my inquisitive mind. Hopefully he doesn't hate me too much in the future haha.


Happy Thursday!

I forgot to post yesterday, mostly because I was so exhausted I think I fell asleep at around 9 o'clock. But I have some really good news. First off, there was the event yesterday afternoon, and you heard my rant that morning about getting absolutely nothing worthwhile the other two which I attended. Also you heard me wishing for a certain something (two certain somethings, but either would have made me happy) and, lo and behold, I got this.

Actually, this is all the stuff I got at the event, but just one of them makes me jump for joy.

Can't see it? Here, I'll hover over it for you.

Pretty sure Disney GIFs can describe any and all of my emotions.

You cannot imagine my surprise and my glee when I finally opened that. Sure, it may have been after opening a hundred other boxes (do you see how many Dragon Hearts I ended up with?) and basically at the point where I had given up all hope of getting anything. So, yeah, it was very, very exciting.

Everything else was meh, including that coupon.

Ok enough about yesterday! Today is also good! First off, I'm feeling tons better, though still feeling sick. It's odd actually, because my tastebuds are acting up but enough about real life stuff. Yesterday and today I gained several levels. This is my current level, though I'm sure I'm going to get more today

Actually had to phase out of Redeye and instead doing Parble Mine. I think I'll start doing GDs again, because I gained several levels over the last few days, placing me closer to the levels of the mobs. Now it won't be a waste to solo there when grinding was giving me more experience at a faster rate. We'll see once my GD partner comes home and I can try my hand once more at soloing B3.

On another note, I got another something I've been wanting for a while. 

As you can also see, I've ditched my Shadow Emblem for the Tantilis necklace (which I bought from a stall for 35m!) for two reasons. One, the attack speed increase and absorb is nice when I have the pair of items on. Two, instant death, flint fire, and sleep don't appear to work on the crawlers and sorcerers found at Parble, while the magic absorb that is added with the two pieces together helps while fighting sorcerers. 

Funny enough, they don't actually seem to hurt me, so I can stand there all day with the sorcerer hitting me with little to no chance of dying. Of course, the crawlers are a different story, but that's what absorb from my gorespout and this set are for. 

But, once I find/buy a Tantilis Ring, I'll probably go back to my Shadow Emblem, as the neck really doesn't do much by itself. So if you have one and are looking to sell it, leave a comment or pm me in game! I really would like to buy one.

Other than that, not much to report. I hope you all are doing very well in game and in real life! Happy Thursday and remember to smile!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sickness and Redstone Don't Mix Well

Good afternoon, my beautiful blog readers!

I hope you all are doing better than I am this lovely Wednesday. I know I said I would post again yesterday, but this whole sickness is kicking the crap out of me. I've only been getting a few hours of gameplay in, so I really only got three levels yesterday.

I did manage to get up early this morning to go to the event, and Jigg didn't have to go into work until 0830, so he was actually able to attend the event. Like Klien said, there were a lot less people. Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be any less looters. I was able to actually take down a few monsters all by myself. Funny enough, I'd see people run up and stand near me, waiting for me to drop the monster. Once I did, these vultures leapt in and I was lucky to even get one box from it.

I did take a screenshot of the items I got this time, which as you can tell, wasn't very good.

Last night, as you can tell, I did all the way up to level 4 porter quest to allow for more room in my bag, hoping I'd actually get a lot of boxes this time, which I obviously didn't. I didn't even have to go to my bank this time to make room in my bag. 

Oh, and guess who got not just a restat but a reskill as well? That's right, Jigg. His only time doing this event and he got the two very things that I've been wanting this whole time. Bah, can't say I wasn't a little peeved about this. Luckily, I have three more events to attend, so maybe, just maybe, I'll get just one of them. We'll see.

Another good thing happened though, I actually was one of the winners of the poetry contest! So I actually won three flame stones, plus ten ignition stones. Also, as you may have noticed, I'm quite a few gold coins short of what I had the other day. I bought three other flame stones so I am up to six. Only four more until I can NX an item, which is probably going to be my Gorespout, which I love very, very much.

Besides that, nothing else much to report. I'll probably post later after this next event, which may or may not be better than Monday's afternoon event. Fingers crossed, I get a restat or reskill this time around.

Until then, hope you all are doing great on this beautiful Wednesday and happy hunting.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

All Work and No Play Makes BlackCanary Very Tired

Merry Tuesday, my few blog readers.

Right now it is pretty early in the morning for me, though for some of you it is already almost done. Time-zones are interesting, aren't they? Considering I've seen a lot of my audience hails from Europe, I hope all of you had wonderful days, even if mine is barely beginning.

I was very concerned about getting level 327, even though all day I've been feeling quite ill. Sometimes this game feels like more work than it is play, especially when you are feeling gross and your lungs feel like popped balloons. But I'm one of those people who when they set a goal, feels like they really, really need to accomplish it. 

Especially when there are like 5 of you actually reading this and seeing my progress and (maybe, hopefully) expecting great things out of me.

So I stayed up until about 2AM here, grinding for a couple hours after basically ignoring the game all day. The event really wore me out mentally, and I kinda went into a veggie mode, watching cartoons and making yummy food. 

Eventually, though, that stupid little voice in the back of my head guilted me into playing until I got those two levels. I can't very well be a vice and be beneficial to the guild as a whole if I'm not constantly making progress to better myself. So here is my two levels I promised you.

Speaking of being a vice, still trying to find my footing in that role. There are so many other people in the guild with far more experience and time put into Redstone and sometimes I just feel so small.  I do try to help those I can, browsing the forums to find them answers if need be. I direct them to Klien's amazing blog with its dozens of helpful links. I even try to give advice, mostly the "Be happy, and happiness will return to you"  kind. 

But sometimes, especially when it comes to this last one, I seem to make quite a few people dislike me, and when this happens I kind of just shrink away.

I sometimes feel like I'm walking on eggshells, where people may see my help as a flaunt. You know, like "Look I've been here two whole weeks and I'm already a vice!"

Trust me though, it is anything but. I've always been the kind to want to help and I guess that has filtered into this game. I'll browse the forums for ten, twenty minutes at a time trying to find an answer for someone. I always try to be positive, to be kind of a little ball of sunshine in the guild, because positivity breeds positivity. I may complain every once and awhile but I try to play it off as a joke, because then at least you can laugh at the situation, and laughing is always better than griping. 

I do understand that not everyone can be so positive and I'm not trying to say that I'm better than them. Actually, if I see if someone is having a bad day, whether in game or in real life, I tend to do my best to cheer them up or at least just listen. So if you ever need someone to complain to and someone to listen, you can always PM me. I'm always available and if you need to reach me by other means outside of game, feel free to ask. 

Anyways, this is just my early morning post and I'm sure I will post again later today. Feel free to leave me comments, questions or concerns, and I promise I will get back to you as soon as possible! 

Until then, I hope your Tuesday is fantastic and filled with luck, happiness, and good fortune.

Monday, April 22, 2013

PH Weekend and My First U!

Happy Monday all!

So I got a couple comments (not on here of course, not too many people care enough to do that haha) that were asking where all my blog posts went. "You used to blog twice a day! Now nothing in three whole days!"

I knew this weekend was going to be crazy. There was much leveling going on and I was hoping to drop my first unique items, and if I want to get 400 by the end of the month, I didn't want to have to split my time between this and missing out on levels that I could be getting. So forgive me and realize that this post is going to be a little bit on the longer side. So bear with me as we go through this blog post journey together.

Friday, 19 April 2013

So, Friday. Let's see. Well I started Friday at this level.

Still leveling at Redeye Do or Die, just the same as Thursday. Not too much to report on this day. I was hoping to reach 260 before reset, and as 00:00 rolled around, I was very happy to see this.

Levels of course are coming harder and harder on normal days. This weekend, of course, leveling was crazy.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

As I said earlier, I was really hoping for an unique item. Just one would make me the happiest person ever. Though, I thought with my 100 something luck, that a unique item would maybe drop just once, if at all. 

Of course, Redstone loves to prove me wrong. 

Actually, I was so sure I wasn't going to get an unique item that I picked it up and Jigg looked over and asked why I hadn't taken a screenshot. I was confused then saw what happened and to be honest, my reaction was a little more than it should have been. 

Toby and I tend to have similar reactions about things.

Actually I got quite a few u's over the weekend, a couple which I bought at crazy cheap prices, according to Jigg. Here they all are in my inventory.

The most expensive thing to buy was definitely the Shadow Emblem at 200 million gold, but I (and Jigg, if that counts for anything) think it was worth it. Here is the rundown of the necklace.

Which is awesome, considering it isn't even NX. The instant death may only say 7% but when killing fifteen, twenty mobs a minute, it happens much more often than I would have thought. Yet, it is a surprise every time it happens.

Giant floating death skulls usually don't make me so gleeful.

Sleep is always a fun status effect too, and I can't help but giggle when I see giant z's over my enemies head.

Poor Golem, falling asleep while I murder him.

Also, Saturday had a couple other good things that happened. I got an Appetizing Berry, which made this experience even greater.

Which turned my experience from something like this -

To this - 

Which made leveling extremely quickly, and I progressed down the floors very quickly. At the end of Saturday, I had gained 40+ levels. So at the end of the day, my level looks like this.

The last of the good news of Saturday was the fact that our siege war was a cake walk. Unfortunately for the other guild, no one really showed, except a monk and a princess from what I've seen, with the princess body jumping into said monk. We found out quickly that this monk may not be a heavy hitter but he was able to take as many hits without it even phasing him. 

Found out from talking to him that he had over 10k health (though he was only 200+), but luckily we had Jigg and another princess who used Rabbit Rush and Dance Along, making the uber defense monk just look ridiculous. He finally decided that there was no point, and like the cool guy he was, suggested we just have a fun 1v1 with his archer.

Unfortunately, I did not get any screenshots of this, so if any of you did, feel free to comment and I can give you an email so I can post your screenshot with your name (IGN or real, whichever you like) and you will have my many thanks.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday was extremely, extremely slow. Unfortunately, I decided to switch to Guild Dungeon B3 and the experience there, even with a fresh berry, was absolutely horrendous. This, among other reasons I'm sure, was the reason why I only got to this level.

I did buy a set of great dragon horns and it is fun to see your baby toon hit double what they normally do.

Besides that, Sunday was pretty uneventful. Didn't feel as motivated on Sunday to level, so I only played maybe 6 hours. Then I kinda just passed out.

At the end of PH, we all feel like cute sleepy bunnies at a computer.

Power Hours really take a lot out of you and with the event today, I'm kinda worn out. I was hoping to get maybe five levels today, but think I'll be lucky to get two. That's okay, though, just as long as I keep progressing. 

Also considering making an archer guide, but going to play her a little more before I do that. I don't want to give anyone bad advice, claiming to be an expert with a character that I've only played for a week and a half.

Oh yeah, the event today. They are having this "Save the Earth" event (or something like that) where huge spawns of mobs show up randomly in town and drop boxes that are filled with everything from Dragon Hearts (which I got 80 something) to Restat/Reskill scrolls (which I got a whopping 0). I missed the event held earlier this morning but did manage to attend the one at 1700 game time. 

And holy shit, it was more packed than Walmart on Black Friday. I can't say it was an enjoyable experience, either. Being an archer, I kill from afar. It keeps me safe from close quarter attacks, and generally it keeps agro off me, which was very much needed with these monsters that could one hit kill me. 

The disadvantage of this though, was the dozens of people running around and the second a monster was killed, would pick up every single box that fell. 

Along with the intense lag that got my hopes up about boxes already picked up and being disconnected dozens of times, I was about to rage quit, but figured if I can get one box for every ten they got, then maybe I'd get that restat/reskill scroll that I wanted so bad.

Maybe tomorrow morning I'll try again, because as Klien and Prii have shown, there were a lot less people, thus a lot more distribution of boxes. We'll see how it goes down.

Funny enough (and quite sad for him), Jigg is at work at all the times that they have these events. I would run his toon but it's hard enough fighting for boxes as one person, and with two, it would be virtually impossible. If only his princess could pick up items while inside me, but alas, he cannot and thus my hands are tied.

Phew, that's it folks. That is my update from Friday to Monday, the longest post I've made since starting this blog (woot longest out four whole posts!) and hopefully it will stay that way. I will try to update much more often but right now I think I'm gonna go try and get those two levels before restart. 

I hope you all are having a fantastic Monday and I will see you all tomorrow!