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Adventures at PAX South 2015

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Last weekend, I flew out to San Antonio, TX to attend the first annual PAX South! I went to PAX East last year, so it wasn’t an entirely brand new experience for me. However, there were some differences I wanted to point out!

Since PAX South was in its first year, it was a lot smaller than what I had seen before at PAX East. However, it was much easier to see everything and walk around. I don’t attend a lot of conventions, so I couldn’t really compare the size to anything else. Even though it was “small,” there were still a ton of things to do!

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On Friday, I attended the panel, Where Did Multiplayer in MMOs Go? My co-host on The Republic, Larry Everett, was a guest on the panel, and he, along with the other panelists, talked about how some MMOs seem to be moving away from the social aspect by enabling players to be self-sufficient on their own without needing to communicate with other players. They mentioned Star Wars Galaxies quite a bit, and how it was an excellent MMO for social interaction, and they used garrisons from WoW as an example of how players sequester themselves from others.

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Panel of Where Did Multiplayer in MMOs Go?

 

While I saw many different games at the convention, for some reason I enjoy going to booths that aren’t games, but gaming products. I liked seeing the different gaming keyboards, mice, and PC components, like those from Logitech, Klevv, Astro Gaming, and Intel, because I like to see different products that could make my gaming experience better. I entered to win an i7 processor from Intel all three days of the convention, but I didn’t win! I’m sure they went to people that needed the processor far more than I, so I’m not bummed at all.

I’m not interested in playing a new game, and am not one that buys new games all the time. I keep my gameplay to a handful of games that I know I already like, so I wasn’t really that interested in seeing anything that was there.

Despite this, I did play a few games! I tried out Elite Dangerous, which was a space flying game that you played with joysticks and the Oculus Rift (if you’re lucky). The odds of getting to play with the OR were 4/7 which sounded good, but ended up working out for neither me nor my boyfriend. They should’ve never told us the odds.

I also played Super Mario on the Super Nintendo! I don’t remember what the room was called, but there was a couch and television set up in a corner with the SNES, and we played through a few levels!

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There was an arcade room that I enjoyed as well. I played this side-scrolling game that had crude language and feces flying through the air to damage your health. It was still fun, but eventually I somehow broke the computer because an AVG error message came up! Oops.

My boyfriend and I played some Dance Dance Revolution type game, and he shockingly beat me. I’m supposed to be good at this type of thing! One of the steps on my dance pad seemed like it wasn’t working, so perhaps I would’ve completely owned him if it did!

I would definitely attend PAX South again, but maybe not next year! Since I went to PAX East last year and PAX South this year, it’s time to travel back to Seattle for PAX Prime next year!

Going to PAX South!

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Today I nailed some passes to PAX South in San Antonio for January 23-25th 2015. I’m very excited to have made it through the queue to get passes! This is also the first PAX South that will be held, so it should be very cool. I’ve been to San Antonio before, but probably not for 15 years or so, so it should be fun to go and do some tourist things when I’m not inside the convention center.

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that I also attended PAX East in April! There were a few experiences related to being a girl that I didn’t write about previously.

I attended PAX East alone on one of the days I was there, which wasn’t so bad. It was my first time going to a convention, and seeing all the people was really intimidating! I’m not sure how intentionally I did this, but I was dressed very conservatively. It was cold in Boston! However, I think, for a small female going anywhere alone it is a bit scary. To be in a place where I was obviously a “girl gamer” and dressing to attract too much attention seemed foolish. You can bring up all kinds of feminist points that I should have been able to dress exactly how I wanted to without having to worry about any unwanted attention, but I feel that it is too idealistic to expect that what has been going on in society for so long will change just for me.

Nevertheless, attention is unavoidable. I wasn’t wearing a paper bag over my head or a potato sack. I can’t imagine if I was a cosplayer, wearing what they wear, stopping to take pictures with everyone, not having anyone to control if there was a crowd around me…

Let’s start with the fellow attendee that went out of his way to help me find the room I was looking for and was so very interested in me being an MMO blogger. He then went on to watch the seminar with me, even though he had been planning on going to an entirely different one. I don’t think I’m being arrogant thinking he was flirting with me, but I could be wrong.

The second experience was actually kind of funny. I asked some random “nerd” to take a picture of me with something in the background. His response? A frightened look on his face before walking away.

And apparently men like girls in glasses. I had bought some cute glasses, and two steps after walking away from the vendor wearing them, someone was on me right away, asking who I was with, if I had any plans after, if I wanted to go to some hotel party, if he could have my phone number. Of course I’m not a rude person; I’m very polite which could also be confused with being interested. I somehow escaped this situation but not before marketing the blog to him.

I know these aren’t really serious instances in which I had to be worried about being in any kind of danger, but it really is a different world for a woman sometimes. Luckily these conventions are well populated, but what about outside of it? I have to worry about little things like if someone is following me, making sure my car keys are out well before I get to my car in case I have to run, never leaving my drink unattended, etc.

With that said, I don’t really have a huge issue going to these events alone—I just have to be prepared. I really enjoyed going to PAX East, and I’m sad I won’t be going back to Seattle this year for PAX Prime. However, seeing a different city every once in a while is great, and I can’t wait to visit San Antonio!

Experimenting With WildStar

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The highly anticipated launch of WildStar has prompted me to at least give it a chance, so I would be able to provide a knowledgeable opinion about the game.  So far, I’ve played WildStar three times: once at PAX East, once during beta testing, and finally last night using a guest pass. My overarching opinion of the game is that it is very cute. I can’t stop saying it’s cute.

WildStar at PAX

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I had to wait in a line to play the game, surrounded by people much younger than myself. Jessica Nigri was dressed as a Draken Stalker posing with the people in front of the line, and right before I made it to the front, she left. You can imagine my disappointment, as that would’ve made a great Instagram picture.

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When I was able to play, they gave you an option of choosing between several pre-made characters. Of course, I chose the Spellslinger Chua, because it was cute as a button. I ran around the map, impressed by the cuteness of the Chua’s movement, aiming my attacks at the enemies. I quickly got bored because I didn’t really know what was going on. Simply clicking objectives and killing NPCs without knowing why or even caring to know didn’t hold my interest. I stopped playing well before my play-time ended.

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I decided that maybe I had social anxiety at PAX (or maybe I didn’t want to continue touching the keyboard), so that’s why I stopped playing so quickly. I downloaded WS Beta Client during the open beta period last month to try the game again. I enjoyed the character creation. Of course I made a Chua, and I loved the different options with eye color, fur color, ear and face style. I even made it just a bit chubby, because chubby animals are SO cute. I don’t remember what class and path I chose this time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far again. It was easy to figure out where to go with quests because of the light up quest arrow. However, I think the art style really detracts from essential game functions, and makes everything look very busy and complicated. I quit pretty early—at the Cathedral of Light—because I just didn’t care about what was going on, and I was mindlessly running around and clicking things.

WildStar with a Guest Pass and a Friend

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My guildie Kitkat saved one of her 7-day guest passes for me, which was awesome! Since a few of my guildies were excited about the game, I decided that I should give it another chance, so I redeemed a 7-day guest pass last night. I coordinated with Redna from OotiniCast, who also started his 7-day guest pass yesterday, to play the game on the Caretaker realm on the Dominion side. He remarked that I chose a PvE server (I’m such a carebear), but I chose that one because my guildies had their Dominion characters on that realm. Interestingly, we both ended up choosing Chua Spellslingers in the Soldier path without consulting each other.  This ended up making questing—when we got to it–a bit easier, since we both had the same quests.

"Um, excuse me sir, have you seen Redna?" "You got the wrong Chua, kid."

“Um, excuse me sir, have you seen Redna?” “You’ve got the wrong Chua, kid.”

Apparently, pro gamers we are not. For one whole hour, we couldn’t figure out how to see/find one another in-game. We tried adding each other to friends lists, which didn’t work as guests. We figured there were different instances in the zone, but we didn’t know how to switch. I tried Googling, but I didn’t Google very hard. Redna Googled and finally figured it out. You have to invite someone to a group, which I thought was counter-intuitive. I feel like you would try to be someone’s friend first before they were in your group, which is why I didn’t think of it. I clicked the “Sync Group” button to move my character to the same instance, and questing was much easier after that.

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After our initial frustration (“How are little kids playing this? Are they all just better at video games than me?” I said), we made it to Levian Bay, killed some snails, wolves and bears, collected something for who knows what reason, and found a cave. It felt pretty grindy because I felt like you had to kill so many enemies without knowing or caring why. I think that was my biggest issue, coming from SWTOR, not seeing a point or caring about why I was doing a quest other than to simply level up. I’m sure the other parts of the game are really cool, such as housing, 40-man raids, and the PvP aspects, so I will persevere. After all, I have six more days to play. However, the game is not engaging me enough to want to play more or subscribe after that unless I reach some kind of WildStar epiphany in the next week.

Post 2.7 Stats & Gear Update

 

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I just got back from vacation about an hour ago! I added some new mods, so my stats have changed a bit. Mostly everything is rating 180, with 2 set-piece armorings at 168, and two enhancements that are still 168. Also, these stats are with a Prototype Nano-Infused Resolve stim.

I haven’t been able to get better gear since I’ve been on vacation, but I think we are running DF NiM on Sunday, so I may have a chance at a drop.

I haven’t gotten around to listening to the podcasts this week, though I should’ve had plenty of time flying on the airplane. I was busy playing this text-based game on my iPhone called A Dark Room, and that kept me occupied for HOURS. I feel like I’m doing it wrong though, so I’m probably going to Google a guide for it after this.

I just did a few flashpoints in SWTOR, and I’m a bit tired. I may be developing PAXpox. Let’s hope not. Until next time, thanks for reading!

PAX East 2014: Saturday

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The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a gaming convention, including video games, PC games, table-top, and everything in between. This was my first time going after seeing how cool it was when the convention coincided with my trip to Seattle last year for the SWTOR community cantina.
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When I first walked into the Expo Hall, I thought, Holy crap. so many people! But there were also many gaming companies, and it was so awesome.

I went to one panel, “Why It’s Awesome to be a Female in the Gaming Industry,” which was very interesting! I learned a lot of tips and advice from the panelists. I met Karen of pixelitis.net and Dianna of DualShockers who were both so nice!

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I tried out WildStar for the first time! The Chua is absolutely adorable. I love how it hops around when you move. It was pretty easy to figure out how to play, but since it was a demo I wasn’t too sucked into a story or anything. I also used to not like the graphics, but now I think they’re pretty cute. Probably still won’t get the game as SWTOR takes up most of my time.

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I tried out a few other games, including Lichdom: Battlemage, which I really liked. I also checked out There Came an Echo featuring Wil Wheaton. It’s a voice activated game instead of using any controllers, mouse, or keyboard. Not my thing, but a really cool idea.

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I also bought a crap ton of stuff, including: Pinkie Pie (MLP) bobble-head, Pinkie Pie keychain, Chewbacca bobble-head, My Little Pony lanyard, Rarity (MLP) plushie, Star Wars leggings, My Little Pony leggings, PAX East 2014 t-shirt, nerdy pixel glasses, and a Tetris Light desk lamp. The WildStar goat is for a friend!

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Today I need to go back to the Logitech station and get a 50% coupon for doing some kind of news report thing, in which I can also win a bunch of gaming gear (keyboard, headset, mouse, etc.). I also need to go back to Lichdom: Battlemage to get a t-shirt because their Saturday supply ran out. I probably won’t buy anything else unless I can’t resist…

See you guys at PAX today!

Clean Hair or Late-Night Gaming? #Priorities

Tonight I fly out Boston for PAX East and SWTOR’s Community Cantina! However, I haven’t packed yet for my weeklong trip…

I need to wash my hair tonight, because it’s been a few days and it’s really annoying having to put my hair up. (The dry shampoo I have currently, Oscar Blandi, doesn’t work very well masking oily hair, but it doesn’t leave a lot of white residue. I would rather have it work properly, like Batiste does, and have to brush out all the white instead.) But tomorrow I have a blowout appointment at The Dry Bar in Boston! You’re not supposed to wash your hair every day because it’s damaging. I should just wash it because my hair gets oily quickly.

Do you know why I just didn’t wash my hair this morning? Because I was sleeping in long after my alarm went off after a bit of late night gaming. Bahhh!

A lot of the stuff in my life can be blamed on gaming. Reason why I didn’t go to the tailor and get my pants hemmed? Dress altered? Hair washed? Room cleaned? Clothes packed? VIDEO GAMES ARE WHY. Heh, I’m joking just a little bit, but I seriously need to get my time management skillz together.

On another note, not sure how/when I’m going to get a chance to post anything about the Cantina tomorrow night, since I don’t have a laptop, and I will be going to PAX East on Saturday and Sunday. I’m not sure if there’s enough time in the morning to do anything before I go. I really would like to apologize in advance if my entries are a bit light in the next week, but it’s a harder to blog without an actual keyboard.

If you’re going to either of the events this weekend, don’t be afraid to say hello!

Leveling Fever, Pink Dyes, & Going to Boston

Silence on the blog means busy, busy gaming for me!

I rolled another Jedi Shadow, because I didn’t like the first one I made. I have a serious leveling fever right now, but I think I can finally get a level 55 toon on the Republic side with this one now. In the past couple weeks, I went from one level 55 character to three! The other two were already at level 50 or higher though, so it’s not like I’ve been playing like crazy… (Or have I???) I now have a level 55 Assassin, Mercenary, and Sorcerer. The Sorcerer has fairly decent gear (69 set-piece armorings and 72/78 mods and enhancements), but I still need relics and implants. I won’t be able to participate in next week’s double XP weekend because I’ll be in Boston!

Here’s a picture of the Jedi Shadow so far. I’ve updated her robes since then, but the current ones I have on her won’t be permanent either.

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This picture is a bit overdue. It’s from our all-Bounty Hunter raid from last Tuesday. My in-game photography skills are not very good here, but those who participated will be able to recognize their own characters.

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Finally, here is a picture of sad Dianah, who unfortunately couldn’t beat Corruptor Zero on Dread Fortress HM 16-man with her team last week. I’m thinking we’re going to try again tonight, but some of our guild members are probably going to be watching Game of Thrones, so we’ll see.

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Another thing that also happened in SWTOR’s Cartel Market is the release of pink color dyes! They had pink/white, white/pink, pink/black, black/pink….. My girly SWTOR demands are finally being satisfied! Yay. I actually didn’t get any of the pink/white combinations because pink/black is just so much better. I bought four because I didn’t think they were going to stay on the Cartel Market. Now we’re just waiting on our magenta/black color crystal!

I really, really need to clean my room and start packing for my trip later this week. I will be at the SWTOR Community Cantina on Friday night, as well as PAX East on Saturday and Sunday. I won’t be going home until the next Thursday, so I will be having some fun vacation time in Boston!

Also, don’t forget! I’m featured on OotiniCast’s upcoming episode 129, which is coming out tomorrow (Monday, April 7th) for your listening pleasure.

Quick Thoughts, News, & Upcoming Events!

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I don’t want to spam anyone’s Twitter timeline, so here’s some random thoughts/facts of the moment:

  • I ordered business cards for PrettyLittleSith.com that have my gaming info on them also. I foresee my networking skills being used at PAX East next month.
  • I regrammed a sweet Snow White picture illustrated as a Sith Assassin on my Instagram, thanks to @StarWarsy for posting the picture.
  • My next Stitch Fix is arriving next week, and I can’t wait! They haven’t shipped it out, so I can’t cheat and see what the items are yet.
  • Raid night was anticlimactic; couldn’t get through Corruptor Zero on Dread Palace HM.
  • I somehow did the flashpoint Athiss twice tonight with Daemon, Rewster, and Mesh.
  • I put the extra Saturday pass I had for PAX East on sale on StubHub.com.
  • Chill from OotiniCast will be interviewing me this Saturday for an upcoming show!
  • I have low blood pressure according to my biometric screening…..!

Officially Going to SWTOR Cantina in Boston!

It’s official! I will be attending SWTOR’s Community Cantina in Boston next month, scheduled sometime during PAX East 2014 April 11-13th. I tweeted Community Manager Eric Musco to make sure the Cantina was going to be within those dates, and thank God he confirmed that it would absolutely be during PAX East weekend. I was definitely paranoid for a second after I confirmed my plane ticket and hotel room without knowing for sure, but now I’m super excited! (I’m flying Economy, but I’m staying in a 4-star hotel that looks awesome!)

I would really also like to attend PAX East even for just one day, but I normally don’t plan my life so far in advance to buy tickets for something like that. Those passes are sold out and have been sold out for a while. I’m probably really out of luck, but we’ll see what happens.

I haven’t been able to take any vacations longer than a 4 day weekend for the past six months, so I’m so excited to get out of town, even though I’m only going to be in Boston for 5 days. Boston is one of my favorite cities, and I can’t wait to do and see things that I haven’t done in past visits.

Other random stuff I think you should know about:

Elder Scrolls Online Beta is still really, really boring, and I can’t imagine what they could do to make me like the game when it actually comes out. I need to call and cancel my pre-order because I just don’t see myself playing the game. It was so boring, in fact, that…..

I made another character in Star Wars: The Old Republic this weekend. This is probably like my 3rd Mercenary that I’ve tried to level. Instead of going back to an old character, I would rather just start a new one instead of trying to figure out everything in the middle of a plot. Somewhere around level 25 or so I lose interest, but I really want to make this one work this time. The Bounty Hunter class story is the only one that I have not completed on the Imperial side, and the stories are, in my opinion, the best part of the game.

Site changes: I updated my picture on the sidebar because the previous picture was annoying me. The horrible quality, the horrible blush application..ugh. This current one I like a little better. I also have updated the Contact page to include an e-mail address (heather@prettylittlesith.com) and my Twitter page is also clickable from there as well.

My birthday is in less than 2 weeks!