Alive and well, thank you. As in the last couple posts, we bought a cottage on a lake/river and have spent the majority of the summer on its shores. Canadiana.
Spent the summer with a small boat to fish, as fishing is extremely fun for me (so much so, that an MMO has to have fishing for me to be hooked). Sadly, there were issues with the motor and my last week of vacation wasn’t all that much fun being land-bound. So we bought a new (used) boat. A Legend Excalibur 18, with a 115ETEC motor. We pick it up on Friday, but here’s a pick of the current model. It’s a good compromise for me wanting to fish, and my wife wanting to cruise/pull things.
Cottage country and exercise don’t usually go hand-in-hand. Still, I made due with a pair of adjustable free weights (up to 50lbs each) as much as a I could. When I was home, I continued to use the barbell and StrongLifts 5×5 program. Squats are 240, Bench is 175, Rows are 160, Press is 130, Deadlifts are 260. Accessories are good too, with a 25lbs chinup/dip going, 250lbs shrug and 95lbs curl. I still have progress on a few of the movements, but not that much before having to swap programs. Maybe another 2 months worth, as it’s about 90 minutes of work due to the rests between sets.
Also, I really like beer. Like is probably not the correct word. I had too much over the summer (I always do) and am a few lbs heavier now than in June. I can get rid of that in the next couple months anyhow, and be close to ideal weight for the holidays.
The cottage doesn’t have high-speed internet, so what gaming I had was board-based, or an emulation on my tablet. In the few spots I did have at home, I gave the Batman Arkham Knight a try. It’s better than the previous ones, certainly, but the batmobile/tank is off-putting. I gave up on the Division pretty quickly, as the end game is non-existent. It’s worse than when D3 originally launched and Inferno mode required perfect stats. At least there you could game the AH and it was a PvE game. Division requires the same perfect stats but you need to be in a PvP zone to get them. Surround by demi-gods with nothing to do other than ruin your farm because they already have the gear. Too bad, because the game from 1-30 was great.
I have recently installed another game though.
WoW and Legion
I have no shame in admitting I reinstalled WoW. You can buy time with gold, and I had more than enough gold to last a year+. I also purchased Legion, because I have spare money to burn (not really with a cottage/boat). Where WoD was a baby-bathwater exercise after Pandaria, Legion is taking a different approach, with multiple game paths and simplified builds. My monk in WoD (remember, they came out in Pandaria) had 3 bars of skills – now he has 5 buttons. My Hunter is down to 4 skills. It makes for a clean interface. There are interactions (procs) between skills, so yeah, you could mash 4 buttons, or learn to read the patterns and do more. The whole easy to learn/difficult to master portion I guess.
Demon Hunters are ok. I’ve mained a Rogue and a Monk, so I have certain expectations. DH don’t feel as smooth as either of them, more of the clunkyness of a DK waiting for rune procs way back when. They feel more powerful mind you. Time will tell.
The invasions going on now until launch are a neat way to level alts. Heirlooms have been streamlined into a separate interface and I already had the level 90 variants. An extra 8k gold to get them to work until level 100 (cloth ones) and send the alts to invasions. The extra 45% is noticeable. Clearing one invasion gives about 75% of a level (from 90 beyond), and there are 6 that spawn every 2 hours. Each takes about 30 minutes or so to clear. And each gives 2 loot boxes that provide level appropriate gear. My hunter went from 90-100 in 3 days and has ilvl700 gear. That’s the gear required to to heroic raiding.
Long story short, it’s fun enough for now and doesn’t have any monthly costs for the foreseeable future.