But first, join me after the break as I recap the last week's adventure in Telon.
Thankfully, being a fairly social sort, I managed to group with a handful of players in order to take care of hobgoblins, fire imps, and stone elementals. We shut down portals and cleared various areas, but as in just about any MMO, the respawns were pretty hot and heavy. No sooner had we cleared a few mobs than they were pounding on us again, so we wound up either fighting our way out or (later) simply choosing to pull an enormous number of mobs, dying, then spawning near the resurrection pillar. Hey, there's no real death penalty until level 11, so it was painless. Might as well take the shortcut since you'll be reburied in mobs very rapidly. (That said, if you are opting to do this, let me give you this advice: tell your healer first. I had a few interesting moments of melee target switching and spam healing before I was told to let them kill us. Oops.)
Thankfully, I still had gobs and gobs of non-combat crafting and diplomacy quests to do, which aren't really affected by lag. As such, I'm getting pretty handy at making several different things, and I've actually started to win a few more diplomatic parleys than before. Practice makes perfect, as they say! The other thing I've noticed about crafting, diplomatic, and harvesting quests is that they seem to breed like rabbits. No sooner do you complete one than someone else has heard that you're getting pretty good at crafting, and wouldn't you like to help him make supplies for the fight? Thankfully, the rewards are nice if you intend on pursuing any of these disciplines, but it does take quite a surprising amount of time for a new player's area. That's the tradeoff for having very involved systems, though.
However, due to the sheer number of various different quests and side quests available, this week I wanted to put my path to a vote. That way, I can write next week's post on what you, the Choose My Adventure readers, are most interested about in Vanguard. And so, in the words of Monty Python, let's get on with it! This poll will close on Friday, October 1st at 11:59 p.m. EDT, so get those votes in quickly!
Also, this week I'll be changing up play times to give some other people a chance to catch up and play along if they'd like. As such, I'll be playing Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT (livestreaming from 8-9 a.m. EDT), and again on Sunday night from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT (livestreaming from 8-9 p.m. EDT). I'll also be on at other random times, so be sure to friend "Apseth" if you're on the Telon server, and feel free to say hello to my little Raki disciple!
Join Krystalle as she makes her way through strange lands on a Choose My Adventure directed entirely by you, the Massively readers! If you'd like to play along, you can add Krystalle in-game or on Raptr, Xfire, or Twitter. Once the two months are up, we'll put the adventure to a vote -- and you'll choose what Krystalle plays next.