Friday, March 5, 2010


Well, today was our final presentation, and thus there is little need for us to stay on this server anymore.  We may find another one (a mid-rate one) to play on together, but regardless, this is a bit of a farewell.  I'll miss you, my darling little high priest--you made me feel so cute, pretty, and helpful!  Though, I guess the good thing about a lower-rate server is that I'll get to actually be a cute lil Acolyte for a little bit longer.  It's just the priest outfit that I really am not quite that fond of.  Oh well.

Overall, I think I got more out of this than I expected to.  For one, I actually worked on the presentation and website more than I thought I would, given how much time I've put into the class for some other things.  But more importantly, I feel like I've expressed my inner "girl side" to three people who may not have ever had the chance to see it otherwise (well...okay, maybe not, as my girl side is pretty prevalent in RL too anyways).  And this blog in itself was already something rewarding for me--anything which gets me writing in a manner like this is probably something that is worthwhile.

I'd have to say that this is my first "real" MMORPG experience, and it was definitely a good one.  Though, I must say that the high-rate kind of ruined things for me, as we didn't really have to work that hard for anything.  And, not having to do any job quests or hunt for items, was also something that I really missed, since those actually gave you things that you had to DO (as opposed to just walking around and whacking random things).  I still maintain that the PvM in RO is really quite a bore when compared with D2, but being able to be a healer in a party made up for it in some way.  Plus I got to be cute ^^

Well then, it's time to say goodbye to Rune Midgard--for awhile, at least.  I'll keep this blog around, and link to it on my website (I try to have my website link to everything I've done on the intarwebs), but this is it for new posts.  If we do start up on another server, I'll probably start a separate blog for that...


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Poor Colleen...

stuck at level 140-something while the rest of us are at 255.  Well, I followed her around in Magma Dungeon (and later gld_dun04 and abbey_03, etc) and buffed/healed her so she could level a bit faster, and she's about 180 now.  Yay!~  Still not sure where she should actually be going for good exp...*looks at others*

Also, me and Natalie were on earlier today and just ended up meeting in town and chatting about random stuff (RPGs, CS courses, jobs, my lack of self-restraint, etc.).  Fun times...

Also, when I was at magma dungeon with Colleen some random Sin came up to whack on me a bunch:

He couldn't really touch me tho; I was healing way too fast.  I was mostly just confused as to what he wanted.  Then he asked for buffs, then attacked me -again-, then started killing monsters.  weird people...-_-;

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"I consider addiction to be a pro, not a con..."

It occurred to me today that while in general we'd probably say something like "games aren't inherently bad--if people get mindlessly addicted to them, it's their own fault for not having self-control"...but in my case it's more like I play games nonstop and have no self-restraint, but end up suffering no ill consequences...=X

Adventures of 3/2/10

Massive post, with lots of screenies! =D

So, yesterday (Tuesday) we met in class for a little bit and discussed some plans and such, but didn't really have much time to play as both me and Colleen had to leave.  Our plan instead was to meet back online at around 11:00 or so.

Unfortunately due to some bad timing, I ended up not really being able to log on until closer to around midnight, but all was well and I met up with Colleen, Natalie, and Kotaro in game (Michelle was MIA for the night =/).

Here's all 4 of us.  From left to right: Kotaro's knight (notice the freaky headgear), me as high priest, Natalie as a wizard, and Colleen's hunter.

After running around and buffing colleen while she leveled for a bit, we met up with Natalie and went to one of the MvP rooms, I think in search of a Ribbon (so I could look cute =D).

We met this guy named "Bendalene" who apparently is from Singapore and doesn't play with other singapore people. *shrug*  I think this was the first person I charmed with my oh-so-cute character and giving him buffs.  He was lvl 255 so he was tearing through the monsters pretty quickly, and just randomly came up and asked us where we were from.  After answering "USA" he just said "wow" and then said he was from singapore, etc etc.  Then he gave me an Angel Wing, haha.  And told us we should go to pront dungeon for ribbon[1] (which makes sense, I vaguely remember getting one there when I played RO before).

So then I had my cute ribbon!~  And slotted it with a Mistress card from Natalie so now I can cast ME/Safety Wall/etc without any catalysts.  Yay!  I remember not really liking the ribbon quite that much when I played RO before, but I actually am kind of fond of its look now. (of course, I always prioritize cuteness over stats when picking out equips ^^;)  This Bendalene guy also friended me, apparently.

Meanwhile Taro was off doing his own thing...and we didn't really know where he was.  He was using beserk all the time, which meant he couldn't chat with us, so that caused a bunch of 9_9 from us.

Astarael: Whack that thing, Timmie
DDRKirby(ISQ): that's what she said
FireJade: dang you

We also had an "I lost" moment happen earlier ^^;

More running around buffing Colleen to help her level.  I'm really liking my role as a priest--supporting people is really fun!  It -does- get slightly monotonous sometimes since you're not killing anything, and since you're just casing the same buffs over and over again...but eh, it's fine.

The top of Morocc has become our informal meetup place, for some reason or other.  We also had some interesting issues, with Natalie and me not being able to trade for some reason (I think it was just because we were too far away from each other at the time), and also for some reason the spam filter doesn't allow you to say "olol". -_-;

Eventually Taro told us what he had been looking for (some card drop i think?) and Natalie went to help him out.  Naturally, Natalie ended up getting the drop after her first kill xD...

Eventually Colleen called it a night, and Natalie and Taro found a Valkyrie, so we met up and formulated a plan to take it down...

Random: I thought the Angel Wing looked kind of cute, but it jutted out a little too much and was too flashy to fit the rest of my image.  Plus I wanted the Ribbon (the Mistress card was useful anyways).

We managed to kill the Valkyrie without too many problems =D.  Though, I don't think it ended up dropping whatever it was that we wanted.  The actual boss that would have that drop apparently summons Valkyries as slaves T_T

We kept running into the "orcface" problem on certain maps, which was really annoying since we didn't know how to cure it, other than just running into a mob and dying and respawning xD.  Taro looks hilarious here though.

One thing about RO is that if you go to a crowded area like Pront, you always see all these other chars and they have such flashy and flamboyant avatars; it's a real stark contrast from the simple look that I always went for.  In a way it's slightly intimidating for newer players to start off and see these people walking around with huge gargoyle wings or whatever.  I guess that also makes the newbies easier to pick out...


At this point we just started looking for accessories.  The lower angel wing ears, added to the regular angel wing, was really weird since you have 4 different wings on your head xD

I really liked them though. <3~  They complemented my look perfectly, and matched the cuteness of my outfit while still retaining the simplicity.  Hooray~

/ho became my most used emote.  And, as Natalie is pointing out here, I was kind of a people magnet since I would just buff random people sometimes (though, other times they came up to me and asked).  One of them gave me a horn card too, haha.  They probably think I'm some cute girl...=X  But, I guess that's sort of the point.  Being able to have an image like this is one of the main reasons I have so much fun in RO in the first place! ^_^

Also note the chat filter message when you try to type "lolol": "Yeah, uh, I don't think so buddy..." o_o;

I went to Abbey Dungeon and ME bombed for a while until I was at level 221 or something, so that I would be able to share experience with Natalie and Kotaro.  At one point Kotaro helped by just aggroing a bunch of mobs and then bringing them back to my ME bombs xD.

After that we went to Thor Volcano Dungeon for a while, to level, and because I think because Kotaro wanted to look for Ifrit.  We never found him, but we did manage to go through the entire map =D.  We didn't have too many problems either, except for a few times when we got caught off guard.  The first time I was actually alone IDing some items when some monsters mobbed me.  I frantically teleported to some random location where a hunter proceeded to finish me off (I was only at like 10% hp anyways xD).  There was also a time when a Sage came at a bad time and got me and Taro pretty quickly.

After finishing, we were all lvl 255, so yay us.  Interactions with other PCs (player-characters) have been interesting I guess.  Most of the time when I run into them as I'm soloing I just give them a quick buff as they run along their way.  Well, except in Abbey, where I just cast another ME bomb and then teleport away xD.  There was one point where Kotaro (?) randomly attacked some hunter who happened to also be in the dungeon with us.  And I remember Natalie tried to Storm Gust me once, haha...

After that Taro went and...did his own thing for a while again.  Meanwhile I was with Natalie, who had gotten a pair of Arctic wings and was looking through different clothing styles.  I went through different styles briefly as well, but honestly don't think I could find anything I liked more than my current look.

And, at this point Taro realized that it was almost 5 -_-;

More messing around in Pront.  I think this stemmed from when I pointed out that Natalie and I contrasted nicely with the Blue vs Red color schemes.

Astarael: Taro be the priest XD
Void_Eternal: o.O
Astarael: ... wow role reversal

We -do- kind of look nice together.  Natalie pointed out that I need flame wings though xD.

Though, we had some issues with Natalie's wings chopping through my forehead.  Owww...

Eventually we stopped goofing around and called it a night.  We ended going to bed way too late, but I don't really regret it--this was the first time I had a real group to play an MMORPG with anyhow, so it was really nice.  And I can't stop feeling happy about how cute my character looks <3~

Our presentation is...uhm...tomorrow -_-, so I'm not sure how much more we'll be able to do between now and then.  Perhaps we'll actually get to see Michelle in game, or finish leveling Colleen...or maybe kick ass in some WoE fight =X.  Natalie and me also randomly got invited to join a guild, but they just ended up spamming a bunch of nonenglish messages in guild chat, haha...

Most (?) of us have expressed some sort of interest in continuing with RO after our project is done, most likely on a different server that's not as high rate, and where less people speak weird languages xD.  I'd definitely be down; I always manage to "generate" enough time to have on my hands to do all these kinds of things anyways...

Feel free to delete this; I'm just saying

Ugh. Okay, no more adventuring after midnight on school days. No matter how close the deadline for this-should-having-meaning is, or how shiny some item looks.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ME ftw

Ok, so Magnus Exorcismus is basically AoE rape for all demon/undead monsters.  I was having a bit of trouble since my dex wasn't nearly high enough for instant cast, but I managed by spamming Kyrie Elison (the barrier spell).  Now i've got instant cast and I'm lvl 184 (jlvl 100) and just teleporting around abbey03 nuking necromancers.  yay...

High Priest

High Priest!  You know, I'm actually really happy with this look; I think it's much better than the regular Priest outfit.  I'm contemplating going to the Stylist NPC later to experiment with some different clothing palletes, but to be honest, this looks really nice already ^^;

We're scheduled for a play session around 11:00 ish.  don't know how much time I'll have to play between now and then, but I'll try and catch up a little.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Why I'm a support priest

In the past I've been one for dps characters (mage, archer), but I'm building a support priest now because A) it fits my persona very well and B) we actually have a group, so I actually have people to support.

My enneagram type is a number 2, and this page describes me almost frighteningly well.  So really it all fits quite well.  And I have a female avatar, of -course-, because it helps me feel closer to my cutesy girly "ideal" that is impossible for me to attain in real life.


With that out of the way, a slight progress update:
We got Colleen (ign FireJade) successfully patched up and started, so Michelle and Kotaro helped her figure out the basics of where to go; how to level/change jobs/etc.  Meanwhile I followed along casting a crapton of different buffs on her and healing her for 2100 HP (her base at the time was probably something like 100).  Kotaro + Natalie were still having troubles with their installs last I checked, but me and Colleen have both transcended now.  I'm currently a high acolyte, so I get to look pretty again for now, until I get to high priest...>_>

Back In the Game

Finally got the game working, and partied with 'Chelle to whack little sprites into submission.

Wow, everything is so nostalgic. Except...not. In a weird way. When I played a few years ago, the server I was on had chosen to go pretty hardcore: warping required the actual item, exp and drop rates were 1x or something extremely low, etc. So it seems really, really strange to be blazing through dungeons that I once spent hours in.

One thing's completely new, though: PKing. I tend to play non-PK servers, since I'm too lazy/not hardcore enough to grind forever for a good PvP build...but at heart I'm a PKKer.

Too bad we couldn't find the 'sader that backstabbed 'Chelle and me. Little bugger waited until we were surrounded by monsters, then darted in, killed us both, and left. I got a few spells off, despite being ridiculously underleveled, but didn't do much damage. Also didn't manage to catch the guy's name, more's the pity.

Can't wait to make use of the 8000x rate to try my hand at PKKing. *cracks knuckles*

...But at the same time I really need to not get sucked into this game again. Self, repeat: it's 2 AM go to sleep it's 2 AM go to sleep it's 2 AM go to sleep.

Edit: Was up 'till 5 or 6; my character is now a level 207ish High Wizard. Sigh. Lrn2selfcontrol.