Goals for May 2016

After taking a little time to try other MMOs and going back and forth on whether or not to schedule my gaming time differently, I’ve come up with what I think will be a fun and productive plan for May. Most of my time will continue to be split between two games, The Secret World and Tree of Savior (hopefully with a little more love reserved for TSW). I’ll list a few goals below specific to those games.

Then once a week I’m going to take an evening to focus on a game I’ve wanted to explore more but just have not gotten around to doing. For May, that will be Blade & Soul. Finally, I’m going to dedicate a couple of hours over the course of the month to a one or two new MMOs I’ve never played before. This month those games will be Dragon Nest and Continent of the Ninth Seal. Both of these games heavily feature action combat and instanced dungeons with scaling difficulty levels that must be completed multiple times in order to progress. There are several MMOs available on Steam like this and I’ve never played one before  so I’m eager to try them and see if I like the playstyle.

Lastly, I have an additional project in mind for Tree of Savior. I find the lore in ToS interesting enough to want more but as with most games I’m having a hard time remembering what’s happened at earlier stages in the game and thus end up at a loss as to how current storylines relate to previous revelations. So what I’d like to do is start a new character, an Archer, and play through the game one map at a time while recording the story elements in a series of blog posts. I’ll include a screenshot of the map, an example of what the environment looks like, the name of the map, and a summary of what story elements were revealed during the missions in that area.

I haven’t decided if I want to do a mission by mission account or if I want to write a single summary of all pertinent story points for each zone. I have a little time to decide, as I would like to first reach at least 127 on my Cleric so that I can unlock the Monk advanced class and finally be able to do some real damage. I’m really excited about this project though, and hope to get started this month. I’d like to do one post a week, but I’m going to be flexible with regard to doing more or less as the mood hits me.

Tree of Savior

  • Reach level 127 on my Cleric and unlock the Monk class
  • Write the first two posts in my lore series using the Archer class
  • Level a Swordsman from 20 to 50

The Secret World

  • Finish Tokyo through Issue 11
  • Upgrade remaining Head and Major Talismans to QL 10.4
  • Earn enough AP to put together a Fist/Pistol healing build
  • Try healing in an elite dungeon

Exploring Additional MMOs

  • Play Blade & Soul once a week, leveling the Warlock class
  • Try Dragon Nest and Continent of the Ninth, 1-2 hours each

Tree of Savior Founders Pack Value

I’m surprised IMC Games hasn’t made this comparison either on the Steam page or their own website, but the monetary value of their founders packs is a little obscured if you haven’t played Tree of Savior yet or haven’t done a little research on how much each of these items are worth. So for those on the fence, I’d like to break down what each pack is worth by comparing what the cost would be for the same items at regular price.

Founder’s Server: Exclusive Access 1-1, $24.99

This pack includes 650 TP, a 60 day Token, an voucher for purchasing a pet, a stat reset potion, a skill reset potion, and two hair accessories.

650TP at $9/100TP- $54 ( I’m assuming there will be bonus TP for purchasing in bulk)
60 days worth of Token perks at 198TP/ 30 day Token- $36
1 Skill reset at 88TP- $9
1 Stat reset- currently unavailable for purchase, but assume about 88TP as well- $9
Hoglan pet- valued at 453,600 in game silver (at level 107 I have about 170,000 silver)
Cosmetics- unavailable in the cash shop, possibly Founder’s exclusive item.

Total value: around $108, plus 453,600 in game currency

Founder’s Server: Exclusive Access 2-1, $14.99

This pack includes 380 TP, a 30 day Token, and one hair accessory.

380TP at $9/100- $36
30 days worth of Token perks at 198TP/ 30 day Token- $18
Cosmetic- unavailable in the cash shop, possibly Founder’s exclusive item.

Total value: around $54

Looking at it this way, you can see what a great deal both of these founder’s packs are at 50% off. Even at full price ($50 and $30 respectively) you are getting a great deal on what you’re purchasing. And for the $9/1ooTP ratio, I’m basing this off of an FAQ provided by IMC Games but currently there is no other way to purchase TP other than these packs and that dollar per TP value could change. If the game sounds interesting to you though, I wouldn’t wait until it goes F2P. You’ll want some currency for additional inventory space if nothing else and the 30% XP boost granted by the Token is beneficial when you’re getting started. It’s a niche title and not for everyone but for those who are interested it’s worth the $15-25 price tag.

Reviewing Goals for April 2016

April is coming to a close and May is only a couple days away so it’s time once again to take a look at my goals from this past month and see how I did. Overall I made little headway in any game other than Tree of Savior, however I spent about two weeks trying four or five new MMOs and that proved to be a refreshing and productive change of pace. Between shaking things up a bit in terms of game selection and writing one post on feeling restless with my current choices and another on whether or not I should try a weekly, multi-gaming schedule I have a pretty solid idea of how I’m going to approach May. But I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s look at what April was like first.

The Secret World saw very little playtime this month, no more than five or six hours in total which means I did not finish any of the goals that I had set. I was able to complete Issue 9 and begin Issue 10 so that was at least something. However with Tree of Savior I was very productive. While I did not write a beginner’s guide (I don’t feel I know the game well enough for that just yet) I did manage to reach 20 with each class and after choosing to focus on the Cleric, I leveled well past 50 and am currently sitting just a few levels over 100.

As for single player games, I don’t think I played any of them this month. Instead I spent my time trying TERA, Wakfu, Path of Exile, Firefall, and Skyforge. And although I don’t think I will be continuing with any of them for right now, I did find a few worth revisiting, but more on this when I set my goals for May. While very little was accomplished from my list, I had a lot of fun focusing on Tree of Savior and playing a slew of new games I’ve never tried before. I don’t know what it is about Tree of Savior in particular that has been so compelling for me, but I’ve enjoyed it all the same and will likely continue to in the coming weeks. So how did everyone else do this month, did you manage to accomplish what you wanted? What plans do you have in mind for May?

The Secret World

  • Finish Tokyo through Issue 11
  • Upgrade Head and Major Talismans to QL 10.4 (only need seven more upgrade kits)
  • Determine what glyphs to use for my Minor Talismans and Weapons
  • Upgrade my Weapon glyphs to 10.4
  • Complete the first 4 dungeons on Nightmare difficulty

Tree of Savior

  • Level all classes to 20
  • Select one class to focus on; level to 50 Cleric, and I actually reached 100 and beyond!
  • Continue researching the leveling process and “end game” activities This could still use more work, but I did find out a lot more about leveling.
  • Write a beginner’s guide to leveling in ToS before the F2P launch I don’t think I’ll be doing this now, as there are plenty out there already and I have another project in mind for ToS.

Single Player Games

  • Finish chapter one in Life is Strange
  • Complete Summer, Year 1 in Stardew Valley
  • Finish playing The Deadly Tower of Monsters