Rift-a-Rific

Posted May 30th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Hi Readers!

I am still Rifting away, though admittedly much less frequently than in the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I am still enjoying Rift, I’ve just been busy with a new job (yaay real life, lol). I know a lot of people seem to be coming to the end of their vacation time in Telara and are returning home to the comfortable awaiting arms of old Azeroth, but not this gamer! (Not yet anyway) Sure, I’ve been thinking about WoW, I still listen to a couple of WoW podcasts, so I have a pretty good idea as to the goings-on in Azeroth these days, but any time I have an inkling of an urge to reactivate my account,  I think about how frustratingly boring my last few months after the Cataclysm were, and how lonely it was, and all urges pass. I think it’s just easier to be a solo(ish) Rifter than WoWer.

Plus Rift is new, there are hills yet to climb and dungeons yet to explore, but in WoW I’ve done it all; I’ve been to every part of the world (more than once), I’ve been part of a 40 man raid, I’ve earned achievements that took a whole year to complete, I’ve made more gold than I ever thought possible for me, I’ve run a guild, planned events, led raids, made lasting friendships, made enemies, leveled and leveled and leveled some more. A little while before I deactivated my account I added up all of my “/played” time and it was over 300 days across all of my characters! That’s basically a whole year of my life that I spent entirely in Azeroth. Kind of crazy considering it’s a video game and all! Rift is just more long-time-gamer-who-is-now-casual friendly! It’s complex and holds my attention, but if I don’t log on for three days in a row, it’s no big deal! I don’t have anyone to answer to, I’m not kicking myself for missing important rep dailies or letting my auctions go unattended, it just doesn’t matter as much as it did in WoW.

I think that possibly has more to do with me than the two games. I was pretty addicted to WoW for a long time, and I’m not addicted or attached to Rift in the same way. I enjoy it and it’s fun, but if they were to pull the plug on Rift tomorrow, it wouldn’t be a huge issue for me. WoW on the other hand, even though I’m not playing it anymore, if I found out all my characters were gone, or that they were shutting down the servers for good, I’d be heartbroken and probably cry! It’s kind of weird to have an attachment like that to a virtual world, but I have spent six years there, lol. I don’t have anything against WoW and I kind of envy those of you who still have fun playing it. I just feel like there’s nothing left for me there.

I was discussing the difference between our first WoW characters and first Rift characters with my boyfriend and he commented that although it’d been fun getting to level 50 in Rift, it hadn’t compared to those first 60 levels in WoW. I really don’t think it’s a fair comparison though. Sure it’s the journey to level cap in two very similar MMORPGs, but WoW was the first MMO we’d ever stepped foot into. I don’t think any game could ever truly compare to that experience! In the first few days of WoW I was in awe that all those characters we were running past while playing were actually other real people, but I was already long accustom to such things by the time I tried Rift.

I don’t really know where I was going with this, I’d started it a couple weeks ago intending it to be a “Rift Is Still Fun” post, explaining my experience with the River of Souls event and that I wasn’t upset at all by how it all happened (likely because I was one of the lucky few who made it online and got all of the achievements the way they were intended) but that’s pretty old news now! I’ll just leave you with what I have here, hopfully the few of you checking back enjoy hearing from me, even if it is a bit scattered and spontaneous! I am still here (just busy) and I am still reading all of your comments and e-mails (and will respond as soon as I have the proper time to do so)!

<3 Miss Mediocre

Solving The Shimmersand Puzzle

Posted May 15th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

The Shimmersand puzzle is located at 6412, 7720. I tried finding a step by step solution like this while working on it today but couldn’t, so I figured I’d share how I solved it in case anyone else is having trouble with it.

This way will work to solve the puzzle if all the lights are in the default position (everything lit except for the center). If they aren’t  in that position, wait a few minutes until the puzzle resets or you can just keep clicking lights until you run out of moves. You complete the puzzle by having no lights on except for the one in the center.

Number the lights from 1 to 33 starting in the top left corner as shown in my picture. Then click the lights in the following order.

15 – 17
28 – 16
21 – 23
07 – 21
16 – 28
31 – 23
24 – 22
21 – 23
26 – 24
23 – 25
32 – 24
24 – 26
33 – 25
26 – 24
12 – 26
27 – 25
13 – 27
24 – 26
27 – 25
10 – 12
25 – 11
12 – 10
03 – 11
10 -12
08 -10
01 – 09
09 – 11
02 – 10
17 – 05
12 -10
05 – 17

Here’s a video of me using this method if you find it easier to just follow along that way.

Happy Birthday Miss Mediocre!

Posted April 27th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Today is Miss Mediocre’s 1st Birthday! (Not me obviously, the site, lol). I know things have been slow here on the blog for the past couple months, but I’m not planning on leaving just yet! Life changes and focus shifts and right now I just have less time for gaming so I end up having less to say about it. I don’t want to force content out just to fill up a page, so even though I’m still writing every day, the topic usually falls into different categories which aren’t appropriate for here. Meaning basically more real life and real problems, less auction house tips and gaming guides, lol. Perhaps sometime I’ll share some of my other blogs with those of you who read this one, but for now I prefer to keep my gaming identity separate from my personal blog identity. The last thing I need are trolls finding and leaving comments on posts about my feelings, haha.

Anyway, in honor of MM’s big 1 year, I went back through all 200ish posts to find a few noteworthy posts I wanted to revisit.

1. My post that got the best overall response – Dear Vanilla, I Miss You

I hadn’t expected to get near as much feedback and e-mails concerning this post as I did. I just wrote it on a whim in my early stages of WoW frustration, and it turned out that a lot of people could relate.

2. My post that had the worst overall response – What to Get The Toon Who Has Everything

It took a lot of time to go around and find all those gifts and their prices, but unfortunately no one seemed to get any use from it, lol.

3. My post I enjoyed writing the most – My Sim Story – The Beginning and Goodbye Riverview

I really enjoyed combining two of my favorite things, story telling and the Sims!

4. My post with the most feedback – Archaeology Guide

I just love that I have a post with 71 comments, lol. Sure half of those are my own, but it still makes me feel good!

5. My post that (I think) was the funniest – GIRL IRL #2

I loved making these comics, and would like to make more, but I kind of ran out of ideas…

I’d like to thank you all for reading and commenting as much as you do! Nothing brightens my day like seeing that someone actually felt something that fell out of my head and onto the internet is worth taking the time to comment on!

Thank you thank you thank you!
<3 Miss Mediocre

Plat Tip – The Guise of Death

Posted April 16th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Today was the final two stages of the River of Souls event in Rift. This means it’s time to spend all those Otherworldy Sourcestones that you’ve been accumulating over the past few weeks. I had been planning on buying the pets, but after seeing what they looked like, decided they were too creepy for me, lol. So I had 600 Otherworldly Sourcestones and nothing I really wanted to buy with them. Finally I decided on the Guise of Death, which is a trinket that disguises you as an undead. I went to try it out but noticed that it was a bind on use item and had an idea! I ran to the auction house and checked and no one else had posted one, so I threw mine in for 200 platinum. I don’t know if it will sell or not, but it’s a nice option for anyone who didn’t really want any of the event awards! Even if I can only sell it for 50 platinum I’ll be happy! You should check the AH on your server to see if anyone has one posted for only a few platinum, as you’ll likely be able to flip it for a great profit in a few months!

*In addition to the trinket, watch your Auction House for the River of Souls mount as well! If you can snag one of these for a good price, you could flip it for a small fortune!

The Easiest Artifact Sets To Get

Posted April 16th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

As promised, here is a list of all the artifact sets that I have found that don’t include a rare. Anyone working to collect Lucky Coins probably has a bunch of sets that are complete except for the rare, which can be pretty frustrating when you’re only a few coins away from whatever you’re working toward. Usually you can’t find any rares in the auction house unless they are from an invasion or they are very expensive, so hopefully this list can help some of you avoid them while still finishing some sets!

I’ve put this list in order as they come up when looking at “all” the artifacts I’ve learned, so in descending order from the highest level zones to lowest. Hopefully that makes it easiest to compare with your own list (press “c” and go to “artifacts” then select “all” from the drop down) to see what you should be searching the auction house for! I’ve attempted to list where each set is found, but I couldn’t remember all of them, so please leave a comment if you can fill in any of my blanks! Also if I’ve missed any rareless sets (possibly Defiant side ones), please let me know as well! Thanks, and I hope this helps!

Orders of Rahn Chuluun (50) : Iron Pine Peak
-Order to the Second Vanguard
-Order to the Thirteenth Vanguard
-Order to the Fifth Vanguard
-Order to the Ninth Vanguard
-Order to the Eleventh Vanguard

Tabitha Leighton (50) : Iron Pine Peak
-Linen Farmer’s Dress
-Little Sister
-Holy Book
-Prophecy of Combat

Tam Daggerborn (50) : Shimmersand
-List of Monsters Slain
-Bag of Demon Wards
-Journal of Speculation

Critter Tears (50) : Everywhere (From Critters)
-Bunny Tear
-Coyote Tear
-Cat Tear
-Fox Tears
-Deer Tear
-Snake Tear
-Rat Tear
-Squirrel Tear

The Kingdom of Mathosia (50) : Stillmoor
-Crest of Mathosia
-Vassalage Contract
-King’s Call to Service
-Ceremonial Blade*

Storm Legion Decorations (50) : Iron Pine Peak
-Bronze Hawk
-Iron Skull
-Gold Skull
-Silver Griffon

Ice Statues (50) : Iron Pine Peak
-Droitach’s Mother’s Foot Statue
-Ale Mug Ice Statue
-Ice Skull Statue

Thedeor’s Sword (50) : Iron Pine Peak
-Sword of Valor
-Blade of Courage
-Sword of Duty
-Blade of the Champion

Stormlord Casimir (50) :Iron Pine Peak
-Charged Iron Ball
-Empty Alchemical Draught
-Mercenary Recruitment Poster
-Notebook of Draconic Instructions
-Mask of the Stormlord

Commander Calthyx (50) : Iron Pine Peak
-Alchemical Sanity
-Translation Tablet
-Idol of the Depths
-Prophecy of Calyx
-Blood of the Innocent

Fossils of the Droughtlands (44) : Droughtlands
-Flametouched Kobold Femur
-Tar Preserved Cyclops Eye
-Unspoiled Devil Head
-Draconic Clawbone

Wanton Tribe Trophies (44) : Droughtlands
-Satyr Skull
-Dragon Whelp Talon
-Harpy Feather

The Eldritched Civilization of the Eth (44) : Droughtlands
-The Fall of the Dragons
-Magic and Machine
-Transformative Outlook
-To Ascend
-The Convocation

Helena Brass’s Leaflets (44) : Droughtlands
-Out of the Dark Age
-Slavery to Debt
-Ironhook Crimes
-Hygiene and You

Emberlord Ereetu (44) : Droughtlands
-Skull of Prophecy
-Flayed Skin
-Bloodmagic Sacrafice
Ereetu’s Mark

Runebound Accessories (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Self-Combing Hairpin
-Everhot Portable Forge
-Amazing Hammer of Covenient Use
-Irresistible Trap
-Mug of Plenty
-Self-Replication Ring

Fae Dust (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Powder of Enchantment
-Powder of Illusion
-Powder of Distrust
-Powder of Conflagration
-Powder of Growth

Last Days of Hammerknell (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-The Last Days of Hammerknell – Page 1
-The Last Days of Hammerknell – Page 2
-The Last Days of Hammerknell – Page 3
-The Last Days of Hammerknell – Page 4

Gorvaht (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Broken Pan Pipes
-Skull Etchings
-Runebound Prison of Estrode

Moonshade Crofter Deeds (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Jerns Family Deed
-Polski Family Deed
-Montani Family Deed

The Dwarves of Moonshade (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Sealed Spirit
-Runebound Fatestone
-Ring of Dreams
-Hair of Gold

Fezziled’s 100 Ways to Cook a Fae (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Crispy Fae Wings Recipe
-Pickled Satyr Hooves Recipe
-Bogling Ear Stew Recipe
-Candied Fae Toes Recipe
-Shamber Flank Recipe
-Crispy Fried Fae Gizzard Recipe

Buccaneer Articles (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Eyepatch of Kane Wavestarr
-Sextant of Clever Ned
-Hook of Fairn the Ferocious
-Eyepatch of Cara Swelldancer
-hat and Scimitar of Estrael
-Pegleg of Black Betty

Tidelord Brenin (40) : Moonshade Highlands
-Azure Blade Contract
-Charm of Clear Thoughts
-Skin Sewn Mask
-Meridian Cube of Unmaking
-Artifact of Ancient Madness

Cat Gut Accessories (35) : Scarwood Reach
-Cat Gut Token
-Cat Gut Charm
-Cat Gut Pouch
-Cat Gut Cording
-Cat Gut Choker

Commander Kain (35)  : Scarwood Reach
-Supply Requests
-Blessing of Battle
-Bloody Cloth
-Prophecy of Kain

Kain’s Command (35) : Scarwood Reach
-Scavenged Tent Leather
-Signal Horn
-Letter from Shyla to the Crusaders
-Vespers Ritual Cup
-Final Repose Kit

Ironwood Boughs (35) : Scarwood Reach
-Rough Ironwood Bough
-Thorny Ironwood Bough
-Ironwood Root

Aelfwar Tokens (35) : Scarwood Reach
-Token of Growth
-Token of Foul
-Fae Fortune Token
-Emerald Mask Token

Lord’s Hall (35) : Scarwood Reach
-Hall-Made Blade
-Dwarven Military Insignia
-Giant Dward Gloves
-Key to Lord’s Hall

Bare Knuckled : The Return (32) : Scarwood Reach
-Bessy’s Brass Knuckles
-Knuckle’s Sandwich
-Father Churan’s Prayer Book
-Amazon Good Luck Charm
-Layman’s Guide to Pit Fighting
-Hilde’s Stick of Command
-Huon’s Back-up Plan
-Ivun’s Phylactery
-Shrunken Head of Marley’s Last Victum
-Pappy’s Spinach
-Niak’s Sanctuary Guard Insignia
-Prissa’s Tiara
-Suzy’s Sawed Off Shotgun
-Turani’s Dolly
-Mistress Valenna’s Blindfold
-Zandy’s Dapper Comb

Uriel’s Study Implements (30) : Stonefield
-Dark Quills
-Ritual Dagger
-Dissection Tools
-Deadly Nightshade

Construct Apparatuses (30) : Scarlet Gorge
-Construct Charge Ridge
-Construct Chain
-Construct Head

The Court of Suffering (30) : Scarlet Gorge
-Lash of Thaxlos
-Tandoluz’s Fang
-Burning Ichor of Broglax
-Horn of Laxgrud
-Uythradge’s Bargain

The Grimoire of Chaos (30) : Scarlet Gorge
-Destruction and Chaos
-Blood Magic
-The Plane of Torment
-Eggs of Chaos

Fire Idols (30) : Scarlet Gorge
-Danjal Idol
-Bukavac Idol
-Furcas Idol
-Labal Idol
-Neqa’el Idol

Oakheart (25) : Gloamwood
-Mahogany Pipe
-Mathosian Writ of Knighthood
-Oakheart Family Crest

The Rule of the Titans (25) : Stonefield
-The Rule of the Titans – Page 1
-The Rule of the Titans – Page 2
-The Rule of the Titans – Page 3
-The Rule of the Titans – Page 4
-The Rule of the Titans – Page 5

Roc Feathers (25) : Stonefield
-Dull Roc Feather
-Shiny Roc Feather
-Glossy Roc Feather
-Bright Roc Feather

Troll Toenails (25) : Stonefield
-Moldy Troll Toenail
-Crystallized Troll Toenail
-Mossy Troll Toenail

The Sanctuary Guard (25) : Gloamwood
-Prayer Book of the Vigil
-Hardtack
-Blade Sharpening Kit
-Letters from Sanctum
-Enlistment Papers

Baelin’s Holy Artifacts (25) : Stonefield
-Feathered Fetish
-Hare’s Foot
-Silkspinner Webbing

Curses of Gloamwood (25) : Gloamwood
-Rot of the Ancients
-Shadowy Doom
-Delilath’s Curse
-Lycanthropy

The Gedlo Conclave (25) : Gloamwood
-Toxin Smeared Rag
-Fire Runes
-Planar Lodestone
-Dragon Shell Necklace

Tools of the Forest (25) : Gloamwood
-Star Iron Log Dog
-Runecrafted Drag Blade
-Consecrated Log Tongs
-Cursed Mill Buzz Saw

Lockets of the Lost (25) : Stonefield
-Locket of Tamar Kole
-Locket of Bailey Malcom
-Locket of Dray Tinsaugh
-Locket of Lief Ikari
-Locket of Raymond Winsley

Shademarked Bones (25) : Stonefield
-Small Shademarked Bone
-Jagged Shademarked Bone
-Hollow Shademarked Bone

Field Study of the Well (25) : Stonefield
-Field Study of the Well – Page 1
-Field Study of the Well – Page 2
-Field Study of the Well – Page 3
-Field Study of the Well – Page 4
-Field Study of the Well – Page 5

Ancient Eth Tablets (25) : Stonefield
-Scuffed Tablet Fragment
-Triangular Tablet Fragment
-Rounded Tablet Fragment
-Jagged Tablet Fragment

Titan Idols (25) :Stonefield
-Idol of Justus
-Idol of Hiberus
-Idol of Cornix
-Idol of Hybrida
-Idol of Primus

The Eth Mines (25) : Stonefield
-The Eth Mines – Page 1
-The Eth Mines – Page 2
-The Eth Mines – Page 3
-The Eth Mines – Page 4

Misplaced Festival Gifts (22) : Gloamwood
-Festival of Mariel-Taun
-Festival of Squirrels
-Festival of Bahralt

Gloamwood Toadstools (22) : Gloamwood
-Hags Cap
-Moonspore
-Pine Shade

Spider Parts (22) : Gloamwood
-Severed Spider Leg
-Unusually Strong Webbing
-Decaying Eyestalk

Crops of Freemarch (18) : Freemarch
-March Hops
-Pearl Barley
-Sun Squash

The Crossing (18) : Freemarch
-The Crossing – Page 1
-The Crossing – Page 2
-The Crossing – Page 3
-The Crossing – Page 4
-The Crossing – Page 5

The Great Betrayal (18) : Silverwood
-Mourning Veil
-Faer Pact Totem
-Insignia of the Prince
-Amnesty Letter
-Royal Demand for Regency

Divine Landing (18) : Silverwood
-Devil Skull
-Mark of Maelforge
-Scorched Armor
-Cyril’s Holy Symbol of the Vigil

The Theology of the Vigil (18) : Silverwood
-Thedeor – The Sword
-Bahralt – The City
-Tavril – The Land
-Mariel-taun – The Heart
-Thontic – The Sea

Fish of Solace (18) : Freemarch
-March Eel
-Spikeback Minnow
-Wide Eyed Guppy

Telaran Coins (18) : Freemarch
-Rhaza’de Quartz Lump
-Mathosian Silver Penny
-Mathosian Gold Dollar
-Dwarven Iron Penny
-Kelari Coral Kroen

Kelari Idols (18) : Freemarch
-Idol of Baku
-Idol of Kashar
-Idol of Kubi

Abyssal Ritual Jars (18) : Freemarch
-Distilled Death Essence
-Distilled Flame Essence
-Distilled Life Essence
-Distilled Earth Essence

Food of Silverwood (18) : Silverwood
-Sauteed Vespid with Garlic Tubers
-Raw Jaggedfin with Wine Sauce
-Roasted Venison on the Arrow
-Creeperbrush Soup with Dumplings
-Goblin Heart Jerky

Quicksilver College (18) : Silverwood
-Star Iron Cauldron
-Yew Practice Wand
-Rothmann’s Pricipia Conflagera

Brougan Grote (18) : Silverwood
-Grote Family Blade
-Elven Cipher
-Aelfwar Treaty Scrolls
-Quicksilver Expulsion Papers

High Elven Culture (18) : Silverwood
-Inscrutable Hair Accessory
-Bag of Seeds
-Silken Ties
-List of Family Lines to Prune
-Prophecy Diary

Tarvil (18) : Silverwood
-Ancient Elven Relic
-The Living Prophecy
-The Cycle of Life
-Journal of Completed Prophecy

Technician Tools (18) : Freemarch
-Planar Surveyor
-Source Canister
-Field Generator
-Source Scalpel
-Planar Dosimeter

Prince Hylas Aelfwar (18) : Silverwood
-Insignia of the First Order
-Wax Seal of the Prince
-Concealable Elven Pugio
-Vial of Greenscale’s Blood
-Shyla’s Locket

Jerome Drift (18) : Silverwood
-Journal of Untested Experiments
-Jerome Drift;s Amazing Hat
-Vial of Jerome’s Secret Ingredient

Ascended Guardians (18) : Silverwood
-List of Former Regrets
-Family Prayer Book
-Lock of Hair
-Crossed Out Enemies List
-Marred Tombstone (No Longer Dead)

Hazing Committee Supplies (18) : Silverwood
-Sheeping Pills
-Marked Tarot Cards
-Girdle of Gender Change

Secrets of the Ascended (10) : Sanctum (quest)
-Feather of the Messenger
-Plot to Kill Orphiel
-Abyssal Book of Names

<3MM

Shiny Tartagon!

Posted April 16th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I just wanted to post quickly to say I finally got my Shiny Tartagon! I didn’t get a shard first announcement for purchasing it, but am wondering maybe there isn’t one for the mount. It’s possible someone else has it, but my server is one that was added after the head start, and every set I’ve turned in lately has been a shard first, so I don’t know! Either way I’m very happy to have it, even though I still need 8 levels until I can actually use it, haha. That is what I’m going to be focusing on now though, that and making more platinums! Now that I’ve reached 100 sets complete I’ll do a post on some of the easiest sets to collect, because it can be hard to scan through the 1000+ artifacts in the auction house on any given day to see which ones you have and which ones you should get, and until you learn one from a set, you have no idea how many other artifacts are needed for that set and if you’ll need to find a dreaded rare! I tried to find a similar list while I was working on getting my shiny tartagon, but couldn’t find one! So now I’ll just make my own, lol.

<3 MM

Rift Artifact Hunting 101

Posted April 9th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I just broke 300 platinum this week, and thought I’d finally take the time away from Rift to post a bit more in depths about my big plat maker, artifacts! I only started collecting artifacts because of the vanity items you can purchase with the Lucky Coins you get for turning in sets. I have my eye on the Shiny Tartagon mount, which is a white version of the CE two-headed turtle mount, and am only 12 coins away now. Getting this mount will save me the 125 platinum it would have cost at level 50 to get an epic mount, which is also nice!

The thing with hunting artifacts is that you find A LOT of them that you already have. Artifacts have set spawn points in each zone, and if you’re always hitting up the same spawn points, I find you end up with a lot of the same artifacts, but that could just be me. You might think searching for artifacts would be a boring pass time, but it’s kind of like a huge sparkly Easter egg hunt! Sure the spawn points are always the same, but there are hundreds, maybe thousands of spawn points, so I’m always discovering new ones, even in well explored areas. I thought I’d share a few artifact hunting pointers in case any of you are looking for ways to bring in the plat and want to give it a try!

  • Roll a High Elf or Bahmi! The Angelic Flight and Mighty Leap racials will save you some serious headaches when getting to those hard to reach artifacts.
  • Look behind it! No matter what you see, a rock, a tree, a building, check around the other side! Usually you’ll find yourself an artifact.
  • Look up! There are artifacts in the trees, on top of structures, tucked into niches you can only just reach, so don’t keep your eyes glued to the ground.
  • If you see trees, you can probably reach them somehow, and there will be artifacts around their base!
  • Go down the mountain! Anytime you’re running along the crest of a mountain range, remember that if you see what looks like giant stairs down the side, each of those steps could have a couple artifacts on them! I have found SO MANY on the ledges surrounding Silverwood, so make sure you check! You can always climb back up to the top later.
  • Go to your opposite faction’s zones! You can still turn in sets of artifacts you collect even if they aren’t from one of your faction’s zones. Sure if you play on a PvP server it might be dangerous, but just think of how much you can sell those artifacts for in your auction house!
  • Some artifacts are needed for 2 sets! Remember to use these if you need them the second time, or post them for a little more in the auction house!
  • Check the Auction House for rares! Players who aren’t interested in artifacts are always posting rares for far too cheap. If you find one posted for less than 5 plat that isn’t from an invasion (it will say so in the tooltip) buy it out and repost it!
  • Don’t leave it behind! Even if an artifact is giving you trouble, remember that the harder it is to get, the more likely it is to be a rare!
  • Make artifact allies, not enemies! It’s important to remember the players selling the most artifacts are usually the players buying the most artifacts. So if you’re undercutting someone, maybe do it by more than just a silver (because there are no addons, nothing makes me angrier at a fellow Antiquarian than seeing they’ve undercut me by 1 silver. I won’t even bother canceling auctions to repost unless I notice I’ve been undercut by a silver, and then I go out of my way to undercut that player as often as possible no matter what they’re selling and won’t buy their artifacts, even if they are 1 silver cheaper than the rest.) Or if you notice two of you seem to be farming the same zone, talk to the player and see if there are certain days they post, so that you can post on the opposite days, or find out which zones they work in, and pick zones they don’t have covered (level permitting).Giving discounts to players you recognize who sell artifacts isn’t a bad idea either. They are going to find things you need and you are going to find things they need, so it can pay off to be nice!
  • Most of all, don’t sell yourself short! You went out and got your hands dirty collecting those artifacts, you fell off cliffs, got stuck in crevices and maybe even got ganked by some high level Defiants (or Guardians), so if you have one that isn’t already in the Auction House, post it for a platinum! If someone wants it, they’ll pay that much! If you find and uncommon, post it for 2-3 platinum. If you find a rare, post it for 10-20 plat! Remember that the deposit is only a silver, so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t sell the for the first few times, and chances are it will sell eventually!

In addition, I finished my farming map of Silverwood/Gloamwood that I wanted to share. I leave from Sanctum (sorry Defiants, it will be a long trek, but you’ll run into almost no guards if you stick to the black line) and start to find artifacts as soon as I reach the black line. I zigzag into the hills above Moonshade Highlands and usually head down the hill by Palisade in Silverwood to check there, but other than that I just look on ledges and under trees and on peaks. There is a lake in the hills just southwest of Gloamwood Pines in which you’ll usually find an artifact, and a cave along the road leading north toward Iron Pine Peak where an artifact likes to hide behind the sparkly altar. When you leave the cave check around Loggerman’s Lift across the stream and there’s almost always one under the bridge there! Then head up the hill to Shadefallen Keep where there’s a bunch more!

My inventory is usually full of artifacts by the time I reach Shadefallen Keep, which is why my rout ends there. Sometimes I change things up by swinging into the Scarlet Gorge and heading down to Stonefield and Freemarch, or sometimes I stick to Silverwood and just do a few circles and check out Overwatch Keep just to keep things interesting. Rare artifacts seem to be very rare, so it always makes my day when I find one! I’m guessing they show up around once out of every 100 artifacts I find, which is why they sell so well and why I’m always so happy to find one! I hope that you find this information useful! I know it seems like a strange thing to focus on in this new shiny game, but I’m having a lot of fun and making a lot of plat!

Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

It’s My Rift In A Box!

Posted April 5th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

For Christmas last year I had picked out a make your own shadow box kit for my little step-sister. She LOVES doing crafts, and I thought it might be a fun little project for her. The other day she asked if I’d like to do a shadow box with her, as there were two in the kit. I agreed and we picked out some backgrounds and cut outs of cats and gum ball machines, but then I had an idea! I logged into Rift and took a few screenshots of one of my favorite characters. I was going to take pictures of my main, but I don’t like her armor right now, so she was cut from the project, lol. I took a few screenshots of one of the death rifts too, which are plentiful right now thanks to the River of Souls! I then printed some of the pictures, glued them on cardboard and cut them out. I used part of the cardboard case cover from the game as the backgound, and voila, my very own Rift shadow box! Anyway, I thought I would share the finished product with all of you! I hope you like it! (Its looks better IRL than in the picture, hehe)

On My Way To Becoming A Platinum Princess

Posted March 31st, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I enjoyed having enough gold in WoW to buy whatever I wanted. I think the biggest change I’ve experienced in my switch to Rift is that I’m no longer able to spend without consequence. I was happy with how much gold I was accumulating for the first few levels until I visited the mount vendor and realized that the highest currency in game wasn’t actually gold, it was platinum, and that the cheapest horse would cost me a whole 2.5! I was sitting around 65 gold at the time and realized I needed to develop some platinum making strategies, and quick. After a few more levels I discovered Sanctum and the Guardian Auction House. Unfortunately prices were all over the place and there really wasn’t much posted at all, as the shard had only been around for a few days. I posted what I thought people might go searching for, a few shoulder and head armor items that were a little harder to find than the rest and some leather I’d butchered. I way overpriced everything, and not surprisingly none of it sold, so it was back to the drawing board.

Later I was running around Silverwood Forest questing my little heart out when I saw a bright sparkly thing. Obviously I had to click on it, and I got my very first “artifact”. I thought it was pretty neat that you could find sparkly things just laying around the world, and became instantly hooked. I completed a few of the Silverwood artifact sets, spending any extra gold I had to purchase the ones I’d yet to find from the Auction House. I began finding doubles and triples of ones I’d already used, so I decided to post them in the AH to try to make back some of my gold. There were rarely any of the ones I found already in the AH, so I decided to risk putting them in for a platinum a piece as the fee to post an artifact is only 1 silver, so it wouldn’t really matter if they didn’t sell. To my surprise and delight, they nearly all sold! I started going out to explore and look for artifacts specifically, which was a lot of fun and is probably why I’ve yet to reach level 50. I only sell ones I already have because I’d noticed once you turn in 100 sets of artifacts, you can get one of the fastest mounts, which became a goal of mine. I also started purchasing artifacts to re-post in the AH that were under priced, something that isn’t easy to do without addons, but I managed.

I like hunting artifacts for platinum because it’s something I’d be doing anyway. I want to finish all the artifact sets and get my special mount and I want to explore every corner of Telara, I just so happen to be making money along the way! I’ve gotten to the point where I have every artifact from Silverwood and Gloamwood now except for a few of the rares. So I head out to search once a day until my bags are full of artifacts, which usually takes 15-30 minutes because I’m very familiar with the artifact spawn points in both zones now, and then I head back to the Auction House to post whatever I couldn’t use. I have fun riding around seeing the world and fighting off any rifts or invasions I come across, and I usually make at least 10 platinum in the process, sometimes much more. I don’t even have to worry about mobs getting in my way as I find the greatest success just sticking to the mountains.

I’m not sure how much platinum the average Rift player has right now, as I only have a few people to compare to, but I know I’ve got a fair bit more than them. I also don’t know what level 50 brings in terms of ways to bring in the plat, but I think as a nooby level 36, 220 platinum has me well on my way to becoming a Platinum Princess! At this rate anyway I should have at least 1000 by the time I reach level cap. Players love those vanity items, me included, hehe.

If you’re interested in starting to farm artifacts as well let me know and I’ll post a map with my favorite spots! Also if you’ve been working on making platinum with the Rift AH, leave me a comment and let me know how it’s going! If there’s a better method for someone still leveling to bring home the bacon, I’d really like to hear about it! Finally, how have you been managing playing Rift without any addons? Are you always glancing to your titan panel to see how long you have to go until you level up, or typing /auctioneer commands in the AH only to realize sadly you’ll have to figure that all out on your own? Oh, and do you like the new header? I thought I should throw some of my Rift characters in there now that it’s such a big part of my gaming agenda!

Thanks for Reading!
MM <3

The Sims Medieval Belongs In The Chamber Pot

Posted March 30th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I often think I was born in the wrong century.  I guess playing a game or reading a book about such things is likely a lot easier than actually living in those times, but there’s just something about castles and knights and sword fighting! I love almost anything “medieval” but sadly, I can’t say I love The Sims Medieval.

I mentioned a few months back on here about how excited I was for the release of this game. It seemed like they’d announced it forever ago, so when I realized it was March 22, I ran to my local game store and happily managed to get one of the “Exclusive Limited Edition Content” versions. I had no idea what to expect as I installed it onto my computer, I’d seen trailers, but hadn’t read anything about how the game would actually work.

It turns out The Sims Medieval is very different from The Sims. You create characters, starting with your Monarch who lives in the castle, based on which structures you decide to place. You get a “doll house” view of the buildings when you play, which you can furnish and decorate, but you can’t actually change the structure in any way.

Which buildings give what :

Barracks – Knight
Spy Quarters – Spy
Tavern – Bard
Wizard’s Tower – Wizard
Physician’s Office – Physician
Market – Merchant
Jacobian Church – Jacobian Priest
Peteren Church – Peteren Priest
Blacksmith Shop – Blacksmith

You can only play certain characters depending on which quest you decide to work on. You get a list of quests to chose from and can spend your quest points to accept them. You can only work on one quest at a time, and if you have to abandon the quest, you don’t get your quest points refunded. Each kingdom only gets 50 quest points to work with, and once those are spent you can no longer level up your characters or earn achievements. I found this out after building up my first kingdom, and was very disappointed that I had to leave all the characters I’d worked on and gotten attached to behind to start all over. I decided to keep playing though, because I was curious about what new types of ambitions could be unlocked for kingdoms and because each time you complete a kingdom, it unlocks new clothes and items.

My next kingdom had the ambition to conquer all the surrounding kingdoms. I don’t have specifics because I wasn’t able to do so, (which I’ll talk about in a moment) but there are about 8 neighboring kingdoms that you can spend your resource points (gained from completing quests) to ally with. Once you’re allied with a kingdom, a special quest will become available to annex them. I decided to ally with Aarbyville first, the pirate kingdom. The annex quest had three options, I could assassinate their leaders, I could invade them, or I could have a Bard marry their Queen. I didn’t have a Bard yet, but had just made a fancy new Spy I was itching to try out, so I decided to go with the assassinate option. I played through the whole questline, and at the very end I had killed all the gang leaders and was supposed to challenge the Queen to a duel. I did so, beat her, and nothing happened. I tried again, beat her, and again nothing happened. I’d run into a few glitches that I’d managed to work around, so I spent the next few hours loading and reloading the game and trying everything to get my duel to count. Eventually I realized I wouldn’t be able to work my way around it, so I grudgingly abandoned the quest, losing 3 precious quest points that would have helped speed my domination along. In the final step to the assassination quest I was able to chose which of my characters should duel the Pirate Queen. I had chosen my Monarch, but I figured since I was now very familiar with the quest, I’d just speed my way through it again and this time I’d chose my Spy. After another hour or so I was finished the quest, and to my horror the same thing happened. I was forced to abandon the quest, losing another 3 quest points, and redid it using the invasion option, which worked fine.

By this time though I was quite frustrated and didn’t play for a few days.

I just went back to it this evening to work away on my manifest destiny, and after some very careful planning (because I would now have 2 less quests to use to complete my objective), I decided I would take over Burdley next. I was using my knight to hunt down squirrels when my daily objective popped up to “Duel the Challenger”. I’d done this many times before, having leveled my first knight to 10 (which is the level cap), so I headed out to lay down a knightly beating. I dueled him, won, and the objective did not complete. I thought, “oh no, not this again” and dueled him another time. It didn’t work.

Now the daily objectives are different from your quest objectives. You get two daily objectives each morning at 9am, and you complete them throughout the day to gain experience and up your overall quest progress rating. If you manage to get a Platinum rating, you get bonus resource points, of which I was sorely in need after my glitchy Aarbyville takeover. I decided I couldn’t miss that daily, sure it would have only been a debuff and some missed xp, but honestly I was just sick of things not working. My boyfriend had run into even more horrible time consuming game destroying glitches than I had by this time, and a few of his had been fixed by exiting right out of the game and restarting. I figured I’d try that, so I hit “save and quit”. What pops up next but a blue screen of death! So windows crashes, I restart my computer, start the game up, click on my kingdom and what message do I get? “A serious error has occurred while loading “Sovereign.tsm”. It is strongly recommended that you restart the application.” Restarting the application didn’t help. I guess when the game crashed my computer, it also corrupted the save, so I’m going to have to start that kingdom all over again. I don’t think I’ll bother.

For a spin off game of something as popular as the Sims, you’d think they’d put a bit of money and testing into it to make sure it actually worked before releasing it. There are numerous quests that are bugged or don’t work at all. A large number of people have issues with their video card clashing with the game and restarting their computer over and over. I read about someone who had to actually reinstall Windows because the game went so wonky and on top of it all, it’s basically impossible to make a character that actually looks good! I get that it was medieval times, but I’m sure they could fashion some kind of makeup!  So far I’ve managed to make one slightly pretty elfish Sim, but that’s only one out of nearly 20.

I’m disappointed, to say the least.

This game had great potential and even held some appeal for people who weren’t big Sim fans. It was a cool idea for an adventure game, and rarely when things were working, it was a lot of fun and slightly addictive. Unfortunately if this had been the first Sims game I’d tried, I’m sure I’d never play another. I’ve wasted many hours trying to fix things that shouldn’t have been an issue, and also feel like I wasted my money on a game that was not really finished. It does have the option to be updated, and if they fix all the problems with it in a patch someday that would make a world of difference, if I could ever get over the anger and frustration I’ve accumulated playing it this past week to ever give it another shot that is. So honestly, if you’ve been considering picking up a copy, don’t!

Have any of you been playing it? Are you as fed up and frustrated with it as I am? Have you come across any bugged quests or items to stay away from? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading,
Miss Mediocre <3

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