High Rez Images: Counting Dragons

I heard you like dragons; me too. Here’s a picture of my Dracolyte in dragon form, riding a dragon, with his pet dragon in tow. Pretty sweet, right?

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Given that next week Trion is introducing another new patch in Trove, I thought this picture was appropriate for this week’s High Rez Images. I knew dragons were being introduced into the game, but honestly I had no idea we would be raising them from eggs to have as mounts! I have no idea what all that will entail, but color me intrigued. Pictured here, my Dracolyte is sporting his new Balefire Beast costume while in dragon form, which matches perfectly with the Kami of Sheltered Shores mount that I received from the latest adventure box.

I noticed the Balefire Beast costume on a YouTube video a while back, or at least I noticed the Dracolyte’s color scheme was navy blue and fel fire green when in dragon form. Only recently did I discover that was a result of equipping a different costume. Not only is his costume color scheme changed, but so is his pet dragon and their fire attacks are green. It’s a nice customization feature. In fact, all the Dracolyte costumes in the store change the way your pet dragon and dragon form look, which I think is pretty cool.

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When you use your wings in dragon form, the animation will use the dragon’s wings instead as you fly around.

Do you know what else is pretty cool? When you mount up while in dragon form or take to the sky with your wings, you will stay in dragon form until you dismount (or touch the ground if you’re flying) rather than being limited by the dps cooldown that transforms you. That’s how I captured this week’s screenshot with ease, once mounted I can ride around that way as long as I like. And who doesn’t want to be a dragon riding a dragon? At least I think that mount is a dragon. It has runners like a snowmobile instead of legs, so I guess it’s a cold weather dragon. Everyone knows dragons adapt to their environment by growing ski-like appendages when in the snow. It’s a well known fact.

High Rez Images: The Office

The NBI is over along with the #NBI2015Safari hosted by Murf, but that’s not going to stop me from writing about a screenshot every week, dangit! That’s right, I’m going to continue the concept started by Murf and make it a weekly series, “High Rez Images,” or at least that’s what I’m calling it until I come up with something more clever.

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If you haven’t noticed, I kind of enjoy playing Trove. A little. For whatever reason this game has gripped me and despite my desire to continue making progress in SWTOR, every night when I break out my laptop it’s Trove that I log into to. So for this week I’d like to share a screenshot from one of my favorite dungeons in the game. It doesn’t look like it, but this dungeon is actually in Candoria, the biome inspired by the Candy Barbarian class.

Candoria looks like Neapolitan ice cream decorated with carnivorous gummy worms, lollypops, and licorice men. When you enter the dungeon in question, it is decorated in much the same style with pools of fudge, gum drops, and peppermints. But as you travel deeper into the heart of the dungeon, you find yourself in a corridor with no apparent exit. However if you look down, you notice several narrow openings in the floor. Dropping through those slots will land you in… an office? Yeah, I was a little confused when I first experienced this place. There are desks, chairs, a water cooler, a printer, and even a separate room for management.

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Once again it will seem like you’ve reached a dead end. That’s when your bombs (or any abilities your class may have for destroying the landscape) come in handy. Lob one of those bad boys at the glass wall in the office and you’ll find yourself in the control room of a James Bond villain, complete with a map outlining the hostile takeover of the entire Trovian world! Who is this evil mastermind? Well, he kind of looks like a cupcake. We’ll call him the Confectionary Kid.

The reason I like this dungeon so much is because it is one of the few that breaks free of the thematic restraints in its biome and places you in an unexpectedly ordinary location, an office complex. One that just so happens to be masterminded by a cupcake. Go figure.