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+2 levels yesterday
21 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I've been grinding my cute little ass of yesterday and it paid off in 2 levels for my main and dual class.

I started with my main class and found a good party in S3 early on the day and that was a good thing. Normally there are always asslike kids running around there to flag and hope to be flagged back by the AoE effects, but because it was early they were all at school And even while there was a dragon buff available, I totally forgot to pick it up and I only used a 1-hour vitality rejuvination potion. This potion paid off very well, because after an hour I was a bit over 50% vitality, so enough time to get to around 95% before it depleted again.
Sadly though, earlier this week I blew up my +5 (lower-R) pole when trying to make it +6 and instead I had to take a PA pole with 150 holy attributes which I made +3. This pole being better than the one I blew did a very good job there with me as main DPS/tank to keep the monster with us.

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Something I forgot to mention last weekend is that I changed my dual class from spoiler to ISS for reasons I've mentioned before that crafting is very broken now. But I could not start leveling the dual class over 87 until last Wednesday, because I was still missing 1 token for the quest Freya cloak (I already had the 'real one' dropped, and have sold it by now).
Anyhow, having had the Freya quest cloak on Wednesday I started to level the ISS dual class and that went pretty well. I've done a couple of Kartia instances (I still had the quest reward passes for group and solo) and picked up a lot of quests on the main class that I completed on the ISS dual class.

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By now I've set myself the goal to hit level 95 on both classes by the end of the month. With the main class on 94, it's pretty easy to get that done (Kartia, S3 parties and a lot of instanced bosses). For the ISS dual it might be a problem though, becuase it's still 6 levels I have to get in the coming 10 days. But being ISS I think it's very well possible, because EVERYONE NEEDS AN ISS

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Weird UI
19 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

Nothing special, only a weird UI I had when playing Lineage II and during a PR the loading of Kamael Village too a bit longer than normal... I could not logout normally, so I had to login again to get this one kicked...

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Canceled L2Classic pre-order
17 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I've had a good thought about L2Classic and I decided NOT to play it. And now I think I've surprised you a lot, but let me try to explain...

First off finances... The game is 12 years old already and has proven it's failed as subscription based game in the past and went Free2Play in December 2011 with the release of Goddess of Destruction. And while a classic server might be a good thing, I'm pretty sure it won't give the same experience as when I started playing back in 2005. Add to that that Innova has already proven that they can't maintain full servers - they had 2 or 3 servers when I started in 2013, and now only 1 remains, makes me wonder how long a subscription server of a 12-year old game will stay alive (or at least be populated enough to enjoy - I don't want a new Devinanne ghosttown experience).

Then playerbase... Okay, the playerbase on the classic server will be new and politics will have to balance out. But when I look at my current clan I'm kinda afraid to give it up in favor of some thing new that might not be as fun and active as I'm currently in. Though I know that changes will come with new experiences, but I think I'm in one of the best clans ever when playing Lineage II...

Lastly Black Desert... Yes, I'll have to mention it... I'm way too hyped to start anew on a classic server, play for 3 months and hit around level 40-50 and then abandone it for Black Desert. Though I know very little of the game, the features and mechanics shown (this reminds me to write a couple of things about it what I know already) in several videos and review are so promising. And yes, I know I'll end up with the above problem, but Black Desert is a whole new game we all have to learn to play.

I have already sent a ticket to Innova that I'm canceling the pre-order and that they can refund the 2 purchaes to my PayPal account. I hope they will, and if not I'll just make it a complaint at PayPal, because as EU resident they have to reinburse me for every internet purchase within 14 days after it's made, or in case of a pre-order until the service has been delivered...

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L2Classic (EU) pre-orders
14 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

Innova has finally made announcements about the European Lineage II Classic server and has revealed it's pre-order packs. At this moment the server is set to start on December 15th, with a 7-day early access for those buying the pre-order. With that, the hat and agatheon shown below are plain cosmetic items, while the ring raises the weightlimit a bit and gives +1 P/M accuracy and +5 HP recovery (according to the Russian ring's translation)

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I know I've said in a comment to Zylo that I probably wouldn't play L2Classic because I'm now in a very good clan, but having thought about it a night, I've decided to actually play L2C and take pre-orders for 2 accounts (main and boxed buffer/healer). Reason for this change is pretty easy actually.... Most important is the crafting system of the old Lineage II that I enjoyed a lot, and which will be used on the L2C server. On top of that, it's always a lot of fun to do those low-level raidbosses for drops and level up. because they're still available on the normal server (yes, there are level 20 raidbosses there ), but no one does them. At least, people start on the raidbosses from level 75 and up only to level fast till awakening...

While playing L2C I'm not sure if I'll stay active on the normal server. Though (as said), I do love the clan I'm in and am doing pretty well with iCantC, I think I should focus on L2C mostly. On the other hand, from past (Devianne) experiences, I know how boring it can be to just grind my ass off on one location just for mats/recipes or XP, and when I get bored I might as well go AFK with craftshop (and make money on SSD/SSC for a change ) and play on the regular servers...

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DING 93!
09 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I was determined to hit level 93 last weekend,  but sadly I didn't fele up to it (didn't have a good weekend mentally if you didn't already guess from my earlier posts ). But today I managede to get form around 80% to 98.24% in level 92 doing Kartia 90 and a few other daily quests and instances. But still 1.76% short... How to do that with no parties around..?

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Well, lets grab KittyGoesMew and let her do the Fairies daily quest (grinding that one for the few missing Twilight armor recipies). Sadly though, when she completed her quest, iCantC wasn't 93 yet, so I had to 'grind' a bit more there (kitties on auto fire and from time to time whack a cocoon ) and that did the trick!

Now a new goal and that's to hit level 95 to be able to craft R95. But I fear that that'll take me quite some time...

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It's a real abomination...
07 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I don't mind the grind for XP. I've played Lineage II for 6 years on the old (pre GoD that is) servers and loved it. And yeah, it was a real grind back then.

Now things have changed a lot. As I posted earlier, Antharas is an instance and he's not the only one. The old bosses Freya, Zaken, Frintezza just to name a few are all instanced now. I even hear that baium is an instance too (not sure though), and that's one of the things I don't like about Lineage II.

The game has become too casual in general. 1-85 can be done in 6 days (did a subclass 40-61 in 45 minutes yesterday ), you grind tokens for rewards (mainly from instanced dungeons I must add). Yeah that all sounds very much generic and WOWified

Then the crafting (one of the reasons I fell in love with Lineage II), that's pretty much dead now. Okay, I can make 2-5M adena a day from crafting, but that's not really covering any fees for purchasing recepies and keep my character 'alive' on the server.

THugh the community is nice, I just can't be arsed to level at the moment. It's the constant same instance grind (when the /instancezone tells me it's over) or the same daily quests. Also, I have made about every possible class (either as main or subclass) that I like and there's no real need to make yet an other character, because there's no diversity in content.

Okay, there's one small 'fun thing' I'm doing right now and that's a hunt for material recipes, but with a drop or spoil change of 0.1% maximum I wonder if that'll be rewarding enough for me to keep going.

Right now I think I'm waiting for the L2 Classic server to start. They'll start in Chronicle 2, Chapter 3 and there's no subclass, no instances and it'll be very hard to level. I hope that'll fix my feeling of what I've described above, if not, then I think my Lineage II times might as well be completely over

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Antharas for the 1st time
03 November 2015
Posted in Lineage II

It's been really along time since I've last played Lineage II and the changes are massive. Ons of them is that Antharas now also has it's on instance. Though I'm not sure the last time I logged on to Lineage II (either at Innova or NCWest) this already was the fact, I never have done it before. Not to mention, the instance is only open on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Though this instance was pretty easy (3 parties in CC only), I think it was quite a lot of fun to do. And best of all, unlike a lot of other instances, there's no drop from the dragon itself that can be scammed by anyone, but instead you get your rewards from one of the NPCs in the instance after the dragon has been killed (should be done with more instances IMO).

Now that I've played this instance, it makes me want to slay the 'real thing'. But that'd be a problem though, because Antharas is pretty hgh level and you need a lot bigger CC to defeat it. Not to mention, the 'real thing' is camped by all PvP clans on the server (much like all other big world bosses out there) and I fear that being in a PvE clan I would never be able to do the 'real thing'. This implies that I most likely should move on to a PvP clan when I'm higher in level..?

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Crafting is totally broken
31 October 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I know that with the coming of the Goddess of Destruction expansion, crafting of low-level gear (up to S80 grade) hasn't been a real issue. After all, what you used to do in years you can now do in a matter of weeks (or even days ). And with my return to Lineage II last month, the lower gear key materials are not really dropping anymore (aside from S-grade jewelry in Varka WHY? ). And if you REALLY want to get some better gear than those crappy common items that the game provides (up to C-grade on Innova BTW) you can always buy it from store (up to lower A-grade) or 'lend' it with the Steel Door Coins you get along the way.

The real crafting starts at R-grade, because you'll need gear for your dual-class for sure, and if you were not so lucky to have found a mentor, you also need gear for your main class (not sure anyone is without mentor these days...). And the key materials for most of the parts drop on a pretty decent rate (can only comment on R-grade so far because of my level). Same goes for the drop rate of most of the basic materials (yes, MOST - some are very hard to come by ).

So far all seems well, but it's not. When you reach level 85 and awaken, you have a whole lot of level 1 and 2 basic materials and of course you want to process/upgrade into higher level basic materials. And here's where things go wrong...
The recipes for the basic materials are rare. And when I say rare, I really do mean RARE! The drop and spoil rate of these recipies does not exceer 0.01% (compared to up to 50% before GoD) and this is a real problem on a server where GMs actively fight bots. I can imagine that on the NCWest servers these recipies, though rare, are all available to purchase from the bots (and mots likely for extreme prices), but when looking at the auction house on the Innova servers, the number of recipes for sale is very low (44 total for upgrade and combination, including level 1 and 2 materials).

In the clan I'm in one member is starting up a low-level CP and I'm in it. The CP leader asked me about these recipes, where to get them and the chance to get them. I've made it a nice list and his first comment was that it's easier to just go after the materials themself than to go after these recipes. And partly I agree with im on it. The materials drop with a chance of up to 5%, while some drop with only 0.05% chance or so. But the need for the recipes is still there, and mostly for the rarer materials that drop in the 0.5% range...

For this reason I've decided to make one spoiler on a free account only to hunt these recipes. And while the chance is very small to get them dropped (I had one a couple of weeks ago ) I think that there's some real money to be earned with them, because not many dwarfs can profide the craft for these recipes and there is a real need for them!

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iCantC will be my main character (again)
27 October 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I thought playing KittyGoesMew would be fun, but it's actually quite boring. Most of the time, I only stand there with her and the kitties (set to auto-defend) will do the killing for me. There's nothing challenging or inspiring by that for me

iCantC on the other hand is a different story. Though I thought it'd be utterly boring to play her, I've had the hint to change weapons into single-hand blunt and shield because that's the best option for dwarfs after they've awaken (and also before). And where I thought that dual-blunts or a two-handed weapon would be more efficient, a single-handed blunt opens an old skill doing massive damage and chances to debuff the enemies armor with 30% (iirc).

The reason I didn't want to play iCantC upon my return was that after level 100 there are no more skills available for both Tyrr Maestro and Othello Fortune Seeker (her dual class), and though that's still true, the skill variaty (and use of them) of both classes is a lot bigger than that of a Wynn Arcana Lord (which is KittyGoesMew).

An other reason to change play to iCantC is that in the Olympiad I've seen that she's a lot better in PvP than KittyGoesMew. And that's not only a gear thing, but also a skill thing. When buffed correctly iCantC performs a lot better than KittyGoesMew.

Because of that I've changed clanleadership from iCantC back to QTesh (my boxed healer/buffer) so that after this maintenance iCantC can leave the clan and search for a new clan. This clan will probably be a PvE clan till around 95ish (4 more levels to go) and after that I might be ooking for a PvP clan, because why stick to only one side of the game (PvE) when there's a whole lot of other stuff to be done as well (PvP)?
 That then leaves KittyGoesMew though in an odd spot. She's already level 89 and in a PvE clan. And though I do enjoy the clan, I will ask the clanleader if I can 'exchange' her for iCantC and drop KittyGoesMew in my alt clan (and make her leader of it?). I even might mothball her later on completely and only use her for powerleveling activities...

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The guy from Pages from Sages?
20 October 2015
Posted in Lineage II

I'm not sure about when I played last on the Innova servers, but I was quite surprised when Vissara PMd me when I was 'doing my thing' at Hot Springs, asking me if I'm the guy from Pages from Sages. It also surprised me that he recognized the name that I used for my dorfie there that I used to play there for only a couple of months. I didn't want to use DemiGoth there because I wanted to make a whole new start on the Innova servers.

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Vissara and I had a long chat, and he helped my new main (KittyGoesMew - yes a Wynn Arcana Lord ) to get to 81-100% on her dual class so that I could awaken quickly with the 900-item quests south of Oren (BIG THANKS for that Vissara!). During that chat I explained why I stopped playing Lineage II (and MMOs in general) and why I quited blogging (I'll post that reason later - I can tell that I finally have a solid diagnosis). He thought it was sad that I quit blogging because he visited on a regular basis and enjoyed reading it. I on the other hand had the feeling the blog became a drag about my mental and physical state, but he reminded me that it's my blog and if I wanted to write about it, I should.

And he's right about that. Pages from Sages still is my domain and (again) holds my blog. And a blog should not always be about how well I'm doing in games and how I'm progressing in it. It's MY BLOG and it also could contain information about me as well. This means that as of today the Pages from Sages blog is back on and I'll be posting again on an (ir)regular basis Of course, most of the posts will be about Lineage II and myself...

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