Old School Veteran Noob

So I started playing L2Reborn and in general I’m enjoying it.  No bots, no multiboxing, what appears to be a healthy server population.

But at level 38, I’m figuring out the community so far absolutely sucks.

I will say when I just started and made it to the DE village, someone gave me 1 million adena, then ran right off when I said I was new to the server but had played before.  No invite to an academy.

Made it to Gludin, made it to Gludio, got killed in RoA for no reason.  Someone started attacking me so I attacked back, then another person joined in and killed me.  Ok I was just grinding?

No one has given me buffs just in passing, but a SE did run up to me in EG and try to extort 15k for buffs.  Like no? I’m new, I have little money and you want to charge me? What kind of asshole are you?  Back in the day I use to buff people as I ran through areas just to be nice.

Then someone was recruiting even new players in shout, so I ask if I can join.  They ask me my level, I reply, then they never replied again. Uh cool?

The final straw that made me write this was…. other than no one buffing me, asking if I wanted to join a clan, etc (behavior that was common in retail L2 back in the day) was I got PK’d in the Execution Grounds for no reason.  I was 99% into level 38 when a necromancer with a cursed man PK’d me. Literally no one was in that zone or area for like 2 straight hours.  I called him an asshole, he said “why” and then logged out. The community blows.

This entry was posted on October 22, 2022, in Lineage II.

Lineage 2

The other day I was going down memory lame with an old L2 player when it came to light about all the private servers still running. I think I may go back and play!  Believe it or not, a grindy game is rather appealing right now.  For instance I like going into New World and just chopping trees for a long while.  It’s relaxing.  In WoW I use to fly around collecting ore and or herbs until my gathering bag was full and again, it was relaxing jumping from point to point.

That being said I was honestly considering what class I’d play again.  Like what has the most sustain?

Back in the day, the people that were farmer enforcers like “Jeffyee” were dagger class characters. They would equip the Cursed Main Gauche (if I remember that correctly) which I think either had a bleed effect or the skill the dark elf dagger class had the bleed.  Anyway they were good for PKing people who didn’t clear out of the farmers territory.

Then later one of the famous PKers on Kain was Scabies, and he was a light elven archer.  That was because they were the fastest (I believe), could hit at a distance and then f right off.

But dagger and archers cannot heal themselves.

Now spellsingers were brutal because they had an instant cast mass sleep cloud, super fast spells, and that aura flare which in the first few chronicles, would tear a person up.  But had no way to get mana back.

Human sorcs had the same problem as far as I remember.

But Spellhowlers, one of which I played back then named RedVex,  had what I remember as “body to mind” which meant they could trade health for mana, and CDL (corpse life drain) where they could regain life from corpses.  So really great self sustain.  They weren’t the quickest casters but for just grinding around, I think that might be my best solo best without having a dual box SE.  I lost my SE Silverveil when the accounts upgraded anyway. Sigh.

This entry was posted on September 25, 2022, in Lineage II.

Common Scams from Lineage 2 back in the day….

I wrote this years ago but I had to snag a copy before the forums vanished it.  It’s a shame this game allowed scams; you could not do this in WoW due to the game design making it not possible, but also because of GMs punishing people if they tried it hard enough that most didn’t even bother.  I’d have to see if I still have the screenshots though.

Lineage 2 Common Scams Guide by EllieBelly

Here are a few of the common scams I found today just in Giran within oh, 5 minutes.

Crystal Scam. This one can be done with any of the crystals but I see it on D the most. Notice how they are assuming you don’t notice that the PRICE and AMOUNT are reversed. Works with ancient adena too, anything usually sold in big amounts.

Craft Shop Scam. This is usually done with the lower level crafts, silver mold, VOP, stuff like that. The title will say something like 10a craft, 1-4 crafts, etc. It looks dead obvious but when there’s only one shop in Giran making something you need to craft a weapon you don’t always pay good attention.

Bow shaft scam. The popular one now is for Bow of Peril shafts because everyone wants one, a finished one is around 40 mill, and the shafts are usually 1 mill+ each. And the fact that bow shafts look EXACTLY LIKE STEMS doesn’t help anything. I’ve seen up to 3 shops at once trying to pull this one. Same goes for soul bow shafts.

A-ss, A-sps, B A-sps scam. The noob SS shots look almost exactly like the A grade ones, so people try to sell the no grade ones as a-ss. Here’s a picture of the scam and a shot from a real shop.

Name scam. I’ve had this tried on me 3 times so far but this is my best example. I’m sitting right by Stiltzz, and someone pm’s me with the name Stlltzz. You can see the real Stiltzz talking in ally chat, and I have him targeted. Usually the person doing this says the EXACT SAME THING as in this picture. That should be the first tip off, I mean how many of your friends talk like such a ****** anyway? Usually if you try to target the faker person, they aren’t even in town, but their alt trying to get your weapon is.

Soul Ore/A Crystal Scam. 
I couldn’t find anyone actually doing this but I know it has been done. I set up shop to show the example. The shop title is A crystals but I’m selling soul ore. I put them side by side, see how very similar they are?

** Adding**

Some other scams are more elaborate.

One involves items that have the same icon, like the BOP shaft and a stem. Someone starts a trade with a BoP shaft, you see it, they cancel the trade. They say oops, do it again, put in a stem instead, and you lose a lot of money. I hate hate hate trade windows and always tell people to make a shop.

Another almost no one does, because it takes too much effort but it’s worked before. You yell that you want say, a DC robe. Scammer1 says they have one but they want you to buy X item for them and you can then trade it for the robe. Scammer2 has X item for 20 mill, you think woot I’ll get a DC robe cheap, you buy it, try to get scammer1 to trade you the robe, only to find out X item is worth like 50 cents. Scammer1 logs out off the face of the earth.

The second one assumes you don’t know what the X item is worth to begin with, and don’t mind running errands for some random person you don’t know. Everytime I think this is the stupidest scam ever, I heard someone falls for it.

This entry was posted on September 25, 2022, in PvP.

New World Pros and Cons

It’s weird how things work.  I was playing Overwatch on a stream I had labeled something like “let’s see what weirdos we meet”.  Well, in one game someone started to sing so I sarcastically asked if they were joining American Idol.  We went back and forth, they ended up adding me to friends, inviting me to their Discord, recommending New World, and before I knew it I had added like 6 more people to my friends list.  The really funny thing was that I had been commenting that it’s been years since that’s happened.

Anyway after a few days I bought New World and so far I like it.  It’s the first time in a while fighting some random named mob has made my heart race like I’m back on my Nintendo fighting a boss in Zelda 2.

Pros:

The game world is beautiful.  Wait until you see the water even on medium settings, or the lighting in an evil zone, or when it’s dark.

NPCs are all voiced.

Fighting animations overall, are really good.  The hits FEEL like something and getting hit hard makes you feel it.  I almost wish I had a rumble pack to go with it.

You have to aim to hit mobs so it’s a lot more active than WoW.  You can also dodge with a roll (or a scoot with heavily armor) away from hits.

Healers can solo, not the greatest, but I can exp non-stop swapping between the Life Staff and Void Gauntlet.  Update: I can kill things with the life staff often times much much better than a fire staff at the same level.

Crafting is interesting and feels real.  You can cut down trees, pull up herbs and veggies, mine stones and ore, skin animals (and it actually LOOKS like skinning too, not just like making a playdough ball), collect honey, fresh water, etc.  Recipes look real, such as needing wheat and eggs for pasta.  Update: Leveling crafting is very tedious. You have to pick many herbs, for example, to get the next level.  It’s not just one herb one point.

Weapons and armor drop frequently.  Update: the itemization is all over the place. You can get a cloth (light) piece with stats that below on medium or heavy, or a light piece with the stats you want, but an attribute that isn’t even on your skill tree, much less a skill you have.

Weapon skill trees are relatively simple.

Keybinds are really only 3 skills, left and right mouse clicks.  Update: This can be a little boring for obvious reasons.

There are 3 factions so it’s not as likely that 1 side will dominate the only other side like WoW.

PvP is scaled so in theory (as I’ve been told) a level 23 can take on a 60. You don’t have to flag for pvp if you don’t want to.

Weapons and your stats clearly tell you what effect it has on other things.  For example, for a Life Staff it will tell you it’s effected by Focus.  More points in Focus will show you it effects the Life Staff. A sword may tell you it needs Str and Dex. There’s no guessing.

Everyone can do everything.  Want to pick herbs? You can.  Want to mine ore? You can.  Chop trees? Yes. Fish? Yes. Cook? yes, craft, yes, jewel craft yes stonework yes mill wood yes.  There is a huge reason why games like WoW limit you to two choices with a few others “who even cares” extra choices that affected nothing really. In a way this is a bonus but also a con, because literally everyone is swooping up that herb, or that ore.  EVERYONE.   Now it’s in your best interest to focus on something because everything is so hard to level but the game doesn’t guide you to do so.  I’m still on the fence about it.  On one hand I don’t want to fight EVERYONE over herb nodes.  But I also love gathering so being able to pick the world around me is nice.

Cons:

28 levels in and most of the mobs are Lost and Corrupted, aka, zombies.

Storage is unique to the town you are in.  Just think about that when you need to craft something with a ton of items.

Food is realistic but complicated.  A simple ingredient like cheese needs milk and yeast.  To make a buff food, you’d need meat, carrots, onions, potatoes, for example.  At Wow’s absolute WORST, you needed a cooking fire (which you also do in New World but only in a town at a cooking spot), meat/fish and SPICES.  Which you could buy anywhere. I think the worst were the feasts but for obvious reasons because lots of people could eat from it, but that was just a few kinds of meats or fish and spices.

The Void Gauntlet left click animation feels like throwing a baseball half-heartedly, and the sound of it is super boring.

The background music is so forgettable I often don’t even listen to it.  This is a big deal because I always had the sound on for Lineage 2 or WoW, or Diablo.

The armor is super boring or ugly.  I mean INSANELY ugly.  Even the stuff in the shop for real money or whatever is just hideous.  “vanilla” Lineage 2 or WoW stuff was better.

You can’t transmog (called SKIN) in this game to just anything, you have to earn or purchase specific items to skin.  So if you find a random item that looks cool, you can’t always just use that skin.

Very limited player customization for hair, eyes, face, body, etc.  You can be a bearded female with a receeding hairline if you were so inclined, but you can’t really be a super pretty girlie girl. There is no barber shop either, so you cannot change your mind.   The best I was able to do was ‘rather plain’

Dying doesn’t even return you to NEAREST VILLAGE (like Lineage 2) or makes you do a corpse run.  No, you return to the village you have your ‘hearthstone’ set to, unless you set up a camp.   somewhere. Camps are like save points you set yourself with materials.

Weapons and armor generate with stats that don’t make sense. A void gauntlet may have Dex and Str (when it should have INT or maybe CON) or an axe will have Focus. Wow had this problem early on a lot.

Weapons and armor take damage, very quickly often times not only from use but ALSO from dying.  And not just weapons and armor, every tool for doing everything.  You need a sickle to gather herbs, a pick axe to do ore and rock, an axe to cut down trees.  You have to literally obtain these things, and they get damaged over time.  AND I just found out, these items can be upgraded!!!  In WoW you use the same pick axe forever! It never breaks nor needs to be upgraded.

Literally EVERYTHING takes resources.  Want to fast port somewhere?  Resources.  Set up a camp? Resources.  Repair armor? gold and salvage resources.

There are no mounts.

Fast travel requires being at a shrine, so there’s no flightmaster that costs barely anything or a waypoint that costs nothing once you’ve found it.  The cost depends on how far you are going, and how much you are carrying.  I feel like is absurd because you are capped at 1,000 azoth, but a single portal can cost 100 of that.

Towns have tons of taxes, think Castle Taxes in Lineage 2 but worse. Property taxes, trading taxes, crafting taxes.

Fishing is more complicated than it needs to be. It’s similar to Lineage 2, you cast, get a nibble, then have to play a whole game to pull it in without breaking your line. You can also put on bait.

And this is nitpicky but I’ve been in a few bars in a few towns already and there is NO ONE in the bar drinking (like npcs) and you can’t actually buy drinks.  Why not? Could be fun for RP.

 

But all in all, I like it.  I’ve only been soloing so far though.

This entry was posted on November 28, 2021, in PvP.

What I liked to do vs now

  1. World pvp.  Since they got rid of world defense and started the pvp toggle thing effectively putting you on a pvp server, I haven’t done any of that.  I’m not interested in just fighting people while questing, I want to do it in zones like WG and TB or defending zones.  This can’t even be done any more on retail and in classic, my server has no Horde anyway. So this fun is OVER.
  2. Raiding, I haven’t raided seriously since MoP and my last 6 or so guilds have been dead and I don’t expect that to get any better. I use to enjoy farming up mats to raid and look forward to getting gear but not any more. It’s basically OVER.
  3. Battlegrounds, have been a mess for a while and although it’s still kinda fun in classic, I gave up on retail. So it’s like half OVER.
  4. Arena/rbgs yeah, haven’t done those in a long while.
  5. Questing, after questing in SWTOR, WoW questing seems really bland.  Mind you Legion questiong and story was AMAZING but BfA felt like I was missing out on the major storyline and hd to read a book, or play horde to even get it.  Classic questing I’ve done before so yeah. Not really worth staying for.
  6. Pet battles.  I’m sure those are still around.  I did enjoy those but 15 a month to play pokemon, yeah.
  7. Social this is a big one.  I use to have battleground partners, dungeons, arena, rbgs, general friends, but they are all gone. All.
This entry was posted on September 3, 2021, in PvP.