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Trove – Runecrafting

I have farmed dragons and done just about anything I could to get my master rank up. I was starting to think I was stuck, then I noticed runcrafting. Rune crafting can give you all of the building blocks and weapon variants plus some tomes, it is also a good way to get your mastery rank up.  You will need to be in a club or be able to get into U5+ worlds, the reason for this is you need to get into sky worlds. The main materials for runcrafting are found in skyworlds you need to collect Radiant shards and Crystallised Clouds, it’s best to farm in a team and go all in on evey Dark Heart dungeon you can find. You will also find Radiant Giants which drop Radiant shards and can also drop Radiant Caches which give a greater Radiant shard reward but can also drop blank scrolls and the Radiant steed mount. 

I only started this around a week ago and have had to buy  stacks of scrolls so grinding scroll dungeons and Loot collecting the recipes is also required. I am currently on level 3 of Runcrafting and have Maxed out standard, metallic and Glass blocks.

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Trove – My Precious!

I was lucky enough to get gifted several shadow rings when I first started playing Trove. After using them and thinking they were all level 5 due to having 5 stars I though I had hit the jackpot. Skip backwards to about 3 weeks ago, I was farming as usual when someone I farm Radiant Shards with asked if I had a spare level 5 shadow ring I said yes and went to the closes trade point. He couldn’t stop laughing as I gave him the ring and he said that’s not a level 5. I was so confused and asked what the stars below the ring were for and he said they should be shadow level but every ring has 5 stars. I asked how you farm rings and from then on started on ringcrafting,  I Maxed it but I have still not seen a level 5 shadow ring.

I currently craft around 25 signet boxes a week which will usually give me 2-3 shadow rings out of them I will get no more then level 2 shadow rings and on only one occasion have I received a level 3 shadow ring. 

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Trove – Hitting 5K PR

I have never really tried to over level any of my characters on Trove but when I noticed the weekly mastery rank rewards I started to try and level them all beyond 4k. With the RNG in this game you need as many Empowered Gems as possible so getting as many Empowered Gem Boxes as you can a week is key. I currently use a Gunslinger as my main and my backup is the Neon Ninja. I have Leveled  them into the 4K region but trying to get the shadow items needed to push into Radiant then to Stella is hard. Getting the best stats you need is priority but RNG is never on my side. I have always push hard and then stopped before Radiant  and moved onto the next character. I can happily solo U5 and U6 but that is currently my limit, I can’t see me pushing any item into Radiant or Stella until I have the shadow items needed for each class and moved the items up to Shadow 5. 

I have now mastered all of the ringcraft skills, I will do 20 ring boxes a week and keep trying for the Shadow 5 but I have yet to see one over Shadow 3 drop. Hopefully I will manage to get a Shadow 5 ring with good stats soon.

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Trove – Two More Dragon but no more coins. 

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After another set of Invasion events we managed to collect 2000 Piñata Coins along with some addition craft items and goodies. Piñata coins were being dropped by invaders that would drop into the world every several minutes and attack any players in or around the area. These guys dropped normal Loot but also coins and breakable piñatas which would drop either more coins, confetti or a rare item. We played for a few days and had enough to buy the Dormant World spring dragon egg which I then used to craft the piñata dragon Tysorion, Steward of New Beginnings (legendary). This cost an additional 300 dragon coins,  500 primordial flames and 25000 flux but was the easiest dragon I have gotten so far. After unlocking him I decided to buy as many bone dragon souls as possible and unlocked Khadavros, the Waiting Oblivion (Legendary) along with several Neon Dragon Souls to unlock the Neon Dragon (Adult). This has used the majority of my dragon coins and with the new way of getting dragon coins I have been unable to collect as many as I would usually. We are continuing to grind our way through the mastery table. I can’t see me gaining many dragon coins during the week so will have to try and farm then when I can on the weekends and attempt to craft more Neon Dragon Souls to get Lambent the Neolord (Legendary).

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Archeage – I Give Up

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Last night I got home from work and thought I would play Archeage for an hour. Turns out I only had enough labour points to complete 3 quests (move to and from 3 places) and play for around 20 minutes. A grand total of 30 labour points was acquired in the time I played and was spent in minutes. This game is impossible to play without patron status, you need labour points to complete half of the quests. You gain 5 labour points every 5 minutes and no labour points when offline meaning the 30+ players you see in cities are actually just accumulating labour points while AFK. The servers must be full of non playing players sitting AFK waiting to have enough labour points to do anything. I understand this game needs subscribers to make money, but the free to play gamers literally can’t play this game without hitting a wall. If Patrons/subscribers made double labour then free and with the already additions of housing and ship/sailing that should make it still worth the sub. But the free to play gamers should still make labour points when offline.

I have literally given up on Archeage, I’m now spending money and time on TERA it’s free but fun to play. There is no real pay2win or pay2play wall like most F2P.

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Archeage Failing Already

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Well my initial impressions of Archeage during the Alpha and Beta were very positive, unfortunately with the official release they have been very negative.

The headstart was very rough for me with the 3+ hours queues, disconnects when I finally got connected and little to no support from Trion. I actually queued more then I played during the whole of the headstart.

Fortunately they have now issued new servers but this makes little difference to the queues to the old server and with no ability to transfer characters to a less cluttered server people who paid £115 for Alcheum Founder Pack this is a real kick. The items from the founder packs are locked to your characters meaning you can’t get them on new characters.

Although the game plays well with little to no lag, it gets to the point when after queuing for a few hours you can’t be bothered to play when you finally get in.

I’m currently on night shift which means I can get on from around 10am and play for a couple hours before I go to sleep.

Let’s hope they increase the capacity of the servers and close them for new characters meaning the Patron status will actually be worth it.

As the game currently stands Trion have until mid December to make Patron more appealing otherwise I won’t be renewing it.

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