Black Friday Outfit

 I've been playing AQ3D from the beginning. Before that I played the very early game on the web and tried (at least once) every other version and spin off game. But, I just don't see any point in continuing. I like the new Black Friday outfit. I bought it with in game money, mostly. But, I can't even start the quest because there isn't anyone at the class trainers (or if someone is there they leave instead of staying to finish) so I can't even finish the first thing because it is set up for solo players to fail. Thank you Artix Games. Glad to know you don't really care. I will still wait for the Christmas holidays but I am not expecting I will have much to do then either. Today I logged in, got the daily chest, and after trying to get robot parts again, I have logged out. Nothing to stick around for. I wish I had spent less real money on this game. I was glad to support the game but now I feel deliberately excluded from it, from almost every part of it, because I don't play with a group. I guess solo players don't bring them enough money.


Anti-Social Gamers

 I am not a social gamer. More games are becoming about being social, forcing people to play in groups, this is the opposite of what I want when I play a game. I want to be alone, to play alone and not have to consider the needs, wants and personality flaws of other players. I already have enough, more than I desire, social interaction in my life.

Where can the anti-social gamer find a place in social gaming? - Found this post today. It was the only one I found, so far.

If players don't enjoy the game and leave, they will be left with a sour community of anti-social people anyway. Anti-social isn't just people who don't want to be chatty, it is also people who are jerks and bullies. 

I've logged into AQ3D once since the kicking thing with the Lich map. I didn't feel enthusiastic about continuing to play and I didn't stay logged in very long. I've played other online games which became full of bullies who seemed to live to defeat other players, especially new players who were easy to destroy. Some of those games made new players untouchable for a period of time, so they could build up their character. But the bullies were right there the minute the time was up. 

AQ3D was different in the early days. It was a polite, friendly community. Adding kicking to the game has likely finished it, jumping the shark. I won't delete my account but I'm certainly not going to force myself to play and I no longer feel part of the community there. Which is interesting considering I have felt a part of the community there until now. Yet I have always played alone, side by side with other players who wander in and out, co-operating to achieve goals. In the social gaming now they are all out for themselves. Often deserting when things don't work out easily or perfectly. That was aggravating, this kicking thing is just plain nasty and I'm surprised Artix supports and encourages it. But, that's how it is.

Kicking in AQ3D is Spoiling the Game

Just sent this note to support. I am feeling pretty disappointed in the game these days. This being the second time I have felt this let down I have decided to not make a decsion until after Frostval. But, Frostval will have to be pretty damned amazing for me to spend money on the set this year.
The kicking other players thing is out of control. I have been asked to kick people for no reason at all and I always vote no. Only once was a player absent or frozen but they were back in action before the kicking vote threw them out. I had voted no so I don't think your system is even working right. Last night I spent a few hours getting to level 31 so I could do the new Lich map. I was looking forward to it. But, the first time it seemed to glitch, I'm not sure, I just suddenly ended up in the basement of the other map. Maybe that is how it works. It was the first time I had tried it and I was just trying to figure it out and then it was over. Second time I tried the Lich map I made it to the end (I guess it is the end) when the Lich is a skull. At that point as I was hitting the skull the other players kicked me out. I was far from inactive, not frozen. There had been no communication in the game, just kicked me out right at the end. Players should not be able or allowed to do that to other players. I have had several other experiences with jerks in this game but far more in recent years than the beginning. Also, I like playing solo, it is how I unwind when I am stressed. But, more and more I am unable to manage the quests, like sewer parkour, the Tengu feather map and I probably won't try the new Lich map again. It seems impossible to do alone and I'm not keen on trying with other players again. I have spent $300 over the years playing AQ3D, probably more. I started playing in alpha and I played Battleon years and years ago. I am a long time supporter of the Artix games. It does make me feel sad to consider not playing any longer. But, between quests/maps I can't manage to do without getting my nephew to do them for me or just skipping them and now the kicking thing from other players I don't think I can justify spending more time and money to support this game. I am going to see how things go with Frostval this year. It is usually my favourite season in the game with the snowy artwork and new wardrobe to buy. I know this is a long note, without paragraph breaks, I am typing with one eye covered due to an infection and just hoping I catch all my typos. I don't think the kicking thing is working as it was intended. I have only seen it used negatively and it is making the game very inhospitable and unfriendly. Not a community feeling at all. Best wishes, Laura.

The reply: 

 Thank you for contacting Artix Support.

The kick player option in dungeons is completely optional and it is up to that group to decide what they would like to do. If you do not agree with the group you are in or feel like they are kicking you for no reason, we suggest switching groups. There are no issues that have been reported or that we are aware of with this feature.

However, if you keep getting kicked and the other players aren't stating the kicked you, this may be a connection issue. We suggest trying all of the options in our help page - I'm having a technical issue with AQ3D via Steam!

There are unfortunately specific dungeons, battles, etc that can't be soloed and were created to battle through with a group. If you do come across players that are breaking the rules, please make sure to report them in game. Here is our help page for more information - AQ3D In-Game Report System.

That's either a lie or Artix support is completely ignoring the problem. I have seen at least 3 video posts about the player kick being a problem (and I haven't gone looking for them).If the player kick is an optional feature where do I turn it off?

Dressed for November

 Wearing most of the Royal Dragon Rider set. The Fairy Dragon Knight helm because I didn't want to cover my pretty blue face. Also, the invisible belt because I don't like how so many of the belts hang down in front or stick out in front. Berserker War Axe, I have one with flames but this one suits the purple outfit better. I also brought out the golden dragon pet again. 

Fishing in the Sewer

 I thought I wasn't going to get into the sewer for fishing. But, I went back in for the third or fourth time in a row and I was on the beam overhead instead of the parkour course. All I had to do was kill a few trolls (I admit I didn't really look at what they were) run along the pipes to the last section and wait to get to the boss. Once he was gone I was left to fish. He didn't come back, which I was glad for. I hope this will work again. I got the legendary, epic, all of the fish but I need more for the quest which turned up when I left the sewer.

Artix Direwolf Set, So Far

 These are all the parts of the Artix Direworlf set which I have so far. I keep meaning to look it up and see how many parts there are, particularly if there is a main armour because that would help pull it all together, outfit wise. I think it is the last piece I need to finish the set now. (I haven't checked to be sure). There may be a sword (probably not an axe, but that would be better).

Putred Pink this Halloween

I decided to go with the putrid pink skeleton for Mogloween this year.

Twitter Has Locked Itself

 It doesn't seem that Twitter is going to work. I keep getting locked out of the account and then nagged to verify my account by phone. I did not set the account up with a phone. I chose the email option for the simple reason - I do not own a mobile phone. But, now I an nagged to unlock my account by verifying a phone I never gave them in the first place and secondly, does not exist. Lunacy! 

I have tried contacting support but they just send me a link to reset the password. Then it unlocks, for about a minute before going back to nagging me for a phone verification. I've tried support twice now, same results even though I have told them I don't have a mobile phone. I don't think anyone is reading the support emails. Just a machine spitting out auto email with password resets.  It seems to be a no win thing. 

Twitter must have bought, or have been bought by, one of the mobile phone companies or one of the big companies that own mobile phone companies. They are sure putting in a hard sell right away.

Blogger Versus Twitter

 I still like old Blogger but, I'm starting to think it might be smarter and easier to use Twitter for a site like this instead. 

For one, it is less time consuming to just post and not need to fuss over settings, tags, and this idiotic mini font in the edit screen. (Still can't read what I'm typing here). One upside for sticking with Blogger is having everything easy to find rather than always moving off into the archives I might never see again. But, even for that, what does it matter? I've got no real pressing need to keep screenshots from the game. No doubt others are doing so with more reason and better software. 

So, I could move this into Twitter. Maybe give it an account of it's own. I can keep this up to redirect and make the occasional post to. Then again, do I want to have another social media account to maintain. Not 100% on that. If it were a big money maker (its not making any money, never has) that would be different. 

I don't think anyone reads this. Maybe I'd get readers if I were on Twitter instead. That makes it worth considering. I can write notes to myself any time, any where. 

I could make back up posts here from Twitter, with my screenshots. or some plan like that. I will think about it. Meanwhile, I'm AFK in the game and don't really have much to do now that fishing is as far as it can go. I am still levelling up my Rogue class, I think 28 right now.

Fishing Ends at Level 50

 So it seems the fishing level ends at 50. I got to 50 and nothing I'm doing is showing a start for level 51. Maybe I have to finish the sewer quest/ dungeon? Maybe I need the level 45 fishing rod which only comes from the daily boss quest (and has not shown up on the rotation yet). Anyway, looks like I'm all fished out for now. Which is ok with me. There are a couple of quests I can finish up but no great reward or help in levelling up my character or class, so no need to make time for them. Whenever is good enough.

I changed my outfit. Now the white pirate ensemble with matching white wings and axes/ hammers.  Funny about the eyepatch. I am having eye trouble right now but its on the other eye.

Fishing, Yet Again

 Last night I got up to level 35 with fishing. A new fishing rod to catch up to 300 (and something) fish in whatever colour fishing holes. I find the colour of the fishing hole does not make a huge difference. A gold fishing hole will still have plenty of white/ silver fish. I have been at a gold fishing hole with a group of people and caught nothing but white fish. If you are lucky enough to find a gold fishing hole and have it all to yourself, VERY LUCKY, you have a better chance of catching epic and legendary fish. Otherwise, I have actually caught more epic and legendary fish at the common white fishing hole than the fancy coloured ones. 

Frostvale was my favourite fishing spot so far. But, as you level up the value of the fish you catch goes down. So even though I really liked fishing there, there wasn't much point to catching anything (unless I didn't care at all about levelling up). 

Happy Fishing Sunday!


Fishing Has Begun

 I could have worked on a funnier, clever title but... how many fishy jokes does anyone need in one day. I still can not read this very tiny font in the edit window. Frustrating. I did write to help people at Blogger/ Google but I had no reply at all. Not very friendly. 

Here are some fishing screenshots. I will write more if I find a way to fix the size of the text in the edit screen. Because I just can not type something I can't see. Yes, I know I've gone on about that already. But, really... No one has thought to fix this since June, or before?!!!

Sharks just love to fish!

Korin, That Paper Bag Guy

 I don't know much about Korin other than I found him awhile ago and he has paper bag heads. More are on Discord, the AQ3D channel there. I'm not on Discord often enough to get any of those (and I just haven't put in time to figure out Discord in general). But, he is in the Social District, behind a building, if you want to find him in the game.

Feeling Blah with AQ3D

I've been with AQ3D, playing often, from the beginning. But, I'm feeling blah about it the last few months. So, this site is not going to be updated. At least temporarily.

Blogger also seems to have changed. For me the worse of it is the font size. It is incredibly tiny now. I can't see what I'm typing. But, spellcheck lets me know when I make a mistake, most of the time. The window for spellcheck is easily double the size of the font in the edit/ writing space for Blogger. Maybe this is a joke, leftover from April?

But, I think not. Google is really awful about accessibility. I have been using Gmail for years and think I need to change now that my vision is worse. Can't see a damn thing here or there.

Heartwood... Land of Pine Trees, Wolves and Free Wild Drickens

I don't know if there will still be wild drickens in the new Heartwood. I hope so.
A little glitchy to start. 

 Caught in the act, another wild dricken ruthlessly killed.

 One of the last wild drickens. Seconds after this image was taken this dricken was mercilessly cut down by an adventurer. Not me.

 Heartwood - big tree country.
 Were the wolves really that big of an issue? I hope they will still have a place in the new Heartwood.

 I tried to capture the remaining wild drickens in their natural habitat.

 Will this be the last crowing of a free, wild dricken in Lore?
 Rapunzel, my cat, likes to walk on air once in awhile.
 Will anyone remember...?
 What will Campbell do if there are no wolves left?

Thanks to Teriya

Thanks to Teriya on the blue server we had a big blue tree sprout up in Battleon. Very dramatic and pretty.

Warpmancer Armour Turns your Face Black!

In my previous post with the Warpmancer set you can see my face is NOT black. After a couple of days - my face changed and looked like this!!! I don't like it. Very dramatic change and not pretty. I like my blue face and hair. I don't choose to get helms or any head gear that covers my face. I don't know if I will still wear the Warpmancer armour now that I know it causes my face to look like I've died of some terrible disease.

Warpmancer armour should come with a warning. It did not show my face as black in the preview and it was not black when I started wearing the armour.

This is like getting a beautiful ring, loving it and then having it turn your finger green. Sad and just not right!

New Purple and Gold Set from Thyton

This may be my favourite fashion look so far. I love the colours. Just when I think my favourite colour is dark red... along comes something with blue and purple and gold.

Did anyone notice the big halo in the sky above Battleon? I just did, tonight. It looks like a setting out of a fairy tale, a good one.