By saying I'm staying busy, I'm not referring to the new "golden age" of PvP revival we are currently experiencing in and around Haietta (and even Park City, to some degree). I'll spare everyone the PvP-oriented post this week and concentrate on some of the more carebearish things I've been doing lately. So if you are thinking about coming back, or you're wondering what else to do once you hit level 50, maybe this post will give you some idea of what you could be doing. After the cut I'll let you know what I've been up to in Fallen Earth when the PvP is waning.
The repeatable AP quests I am referring to are the road rallies. These are timed races-against-the-clock. The better the time, the better the reward. I really don't care about the chips and the paint kits you get; I'm after that delicious AP. You navigate your way through a series of checkpoints, so fast-travel won't help. And some of the checkpoints are home to some of the wastelands nastiest denizens. The last checkpoint on the Deadfall Flyer course is a nest of about a hundred creepers. I nearly died my first time through that one. So far I'm really liking the Trader's Flat to Deadfall run. I usually make it in about 18 minutes, and it gives me two AP. So now, instead of fast-traveling when I need to go to Los Alamos, I drive.
Another thing you can never have too much of is storage space. It's nice having the utility vault, but it's only accessible in one place, so I use it for food. My sector vault is where all the common materials (on my crafter) and my ammo and consumables (for my PvP clones) are stored for convenience. But that vault, especially on my crafter, gets very full, very quickly. Luckily, there are few solutions. You can buy more storage space from the Fallen Earth store. That's the quickest and easiest way. The second way is to purchase vault expansions with Reward Points. Reward Points are given to you for every month that you are subscribed, and the amount you get increases every month that you stay subscribed. It can take some time to get all the expansions this way. But you can also score cool stuff like the gas mask pictured below with said points. The third way is an adventure unto itself.
I got about half of the books from the faction veterans and the other half from the auction house. The nice thing about it was that I was getting faction reputation as well as the insanely generous loot that the vets drop. And I was getting these books that I needed. I was essentially killing three birds with one stone. The piles of loot I got from farming these guys for the books paid for stacks and stacks of PvP consumables. Thanks, veteran mobs. With Park City and Haietta in perpetual contention, I've lost my unlimited supply of such things as edible meat. I'll have to stock up the next chance I get. That's where the extra storage space comes in handy. See what I did there? It all comes back to PvP.
Fallen Earth originally appealed to me because of the PvP. I envisioned player conflict to be the only unlimited, non-repetitive content in the game. Aside from roleplaying, it really is. Again, the storage expansions are handy for roleplayers as well. If you strive to collect all of the clothing and accoutrements in the game, you are going to need some serious storage space. PvPers and roleplayers have a lot more in common with one another than is readily evident. I digress.
Exile get back up to speed. I've got plenty to do in the coming weeks. I never expected to be rushing around so that I would be ready for Sector 4, but considering the skills and mutations are going to be the next major change, there's no need to panic. They work fast, but not that fast.
I'll be back here next week, hopefully with some interesting war stories to tell. Even if there isn't a shred of PvP action this coming week, I'll stay pretty busy with the logistics. Until next week, watch out for nests of salivating creepers.
Ed Marshall has been playing Fallen Earth since beta and leads the KAOS clan. Wasteland Diaries is his weekly column that covers all aspects of Fallen Earth: PvE, RP and PvP. To contact Ed, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, find him on the official forums as Casey Royer, or hunt him down in the wastelands as Nufan, Original, Death Incarnate, and Knuckles Mcsquee.