Monday, April 13, 2015

Spitfire? I can barely get a spark...


Well, we're a bit over a week into the experiment, and there are several trends emerging. I think I may have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. This lack of treasure thing is stupid. If you actually WANT people to spend money on SimuCoins to expand their bank accounts, you have to allow them to MAKE money. I can't make enough money to even bother setting foot onboard the Spitfire. There is no point to even try and make money because to get my mandatory 4x gear eventually, I'll be well past titled!

Gem bounties further compound the issue. I don't know how long I've been looking for green tourmalines, but I've found 1. It's dumb. I'm about ready to give up, but I've already found 1...

That being said, Gemstone is still as good as it once was. But this F2P is largely a joke, and in order to continue this experiment I may have to subscribe. But if I do that, I might as well bring back my old character!

Back to the grind for almost no gain!


Monday, April 6, 2015

I thought I'd never farm turnips again...

Hello again!

Well, I took the dive. I started up a F2P (free to play) account with Gemstone IV. After much thought, I opted for a good old reliable Burghal Gnome Wizard. The basis is he's a delusional, crazy gnome who believes he's an Airship Commander, though his airship has of course crashed. Very much into tinkering, being crazy, and trying to re-establish his command. He'll be joining the Guardians of Sunfist, under whom he allegedly obtained his command from. I'm pretty sure it will be great. Or it could suck. Whatever.

I landed in the Landing (hah!) which is great. No need to make things exceedingly difficult and go where there is nobody, like Ta'Vaalor. Also, the Spitefire is making a stop in the Landing this weekend, which will be fantastic. I'm looking forward to it.

A few quick observations:

1) No Gift of Lumnis (EXtreme eXperience eXplosion!) makes it kind of sucky, but hey, at least I'm not gimped for exp gain. Yet.

2) Reduced treasure drops... ABSOLUTELY SUCK. Completing a gem bounty is a virtual impossibility unless you have the gems already. Not even kidding. I think from a 30 minute hunt in sea nymphs I managed to find a green adventurine stone and a star diopside, along with a single locked chest. I maybe netted 800 silver after tipping the locksmith 200 silvers.

Other things really suck, too. We'll see how long I can tolerate it. I give it 24 hours.