Thursday, March 31, 2011

Trickster Day One: GO!

(image taken from OutSpark Website, no I can't draw like this)
Wow, what a surprise!  It's March 31st and the Trickster has arrived!  Many of us anticipated, at earliest, an April 1st launch, but were skeptical that it would be reached.  And to sweeten the deal, we even got a fifth character slot on each account!

Maintenance last night was long, four hours to be precise, so I just slept.  Fiesta wouldn't be back up and running until after midnight my time, so I figured I'd just wake up a bit earlier and try it out before getting ready for work.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thy Name Is Trickster - Forum MVP Event

While we're all eagerly anticipating the release of Fiesta's fifth class, the Trickster, the nice folks at OutSpark continue to feed our hunger with little snippets of information and events.  A little bit of insight was given into the Trickster class, but for the purposes of this event, we were just given the ball and told to run with it.  Our writing could be fictional, from experience, or even our hopes for the future.  We are allowed two entries with each limited to only 300 words, so a huge narrative wouldn't work.  I've finished my first one, and with a deadline of April 1, I don't know if I'll be able to write another.  Wish me luck!

Well anyway, I hope you enjoy my take on the emergence of the Trickster...

Darkness. My journey begins here, unconscious, the sad result of another defeat. But in this pit, there is hope for someone like me.  The outcast.

A man much wiser than I once said, “Finding your niche in life is key to one's happiness.” As I bounce from discipline to discipline, I've never experienced anything that remotely felt like "this is me". I lack the brawn and bravado of the typical Fighter, I lack the mastery of a Mage's powerful spells, I lack the elusiveness of the Archer, and I lack the faith and humility of the Cleric.  So where is my place in this world?

The darkness brings about calm. A single point of light brings about focus. Thoughts of vengeance bring me a clarity besieged by mayhem. It is clear now that what used to be is not what I will be, my path to glory must take a detour. Rejecting the roles our forefathers laid before us, I will forge my own path. 

Fighter. Cleric. Archer. Mage. I am none of these, yet, I will become all of these at once.  I will take what I have learned and apply them to a new discipline. But will it be enough? Simply, no.

For generations now, myths have been passed down that spoke of a dark magic long forgotten, abandoned, and outlawed.  But where does simple myth end and truth begin?  Is the power to spirit away the souls of defeated enemies real?  And as the legend states, if the cost is one’s own sanity, is the price worth the madness?  Simply, yes.

I promise to be like nothing you have ever seen before. You have been warned. My journey begins today, the Trickster is born.

Edit:  Hey I was chosen as one of the winners!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Controlled Mayhem Part II: Defining Your Playstyle (Mage)

Much of what you do and what you hope to accomplish is based upon your own playstyle.  This playstyle is defined as a combination of your personality, your goals, and oftentimes, your access to both in-game gold and SparkCash.

You could have the never-say-die Heart of a Champion, but if you don't have the financial back up, you'll fall short of achieving your goals.  Simply put, Mages need a steady flow of money to be extremely successful.
As you already know, Mages by nature are extremely fragile, a stiff wind can probably wipe out 25% of your HP.  So in order to make up for those deficiencies, a Mage must earn enough money to be able to both solo and party comfortably.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Even at 106, You Can Still Learn Some Things....

So I'm back to my SharpShooter now, the Warlock has pretty much been shelved.  I didn't get to the 50-60% I had hoped for, although she currently sits at about 25%, I'm still satisfied.  With the Ascendence of Heroes Event finally winding down, it ends on March 31, I figured I may as well try to solidify my spot within the top 5 for Bijou's Archers.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Secret Laboratory - Set Effects and Complete Set Images

Since my Leviathan's Nest Armor posting went over so well and there were multiple requests for a Secret Laboratory version, here it is!  It's taken some time to put together and as you can see, it's far from complete.  I will continue to update as I get more response from the community.

Secret Laboratory is a much more difficult run than Leviathan's Nest is, and even though you can get multiple drops in a single run, you are oftentimes stuck with nothing.  Throw in the fact that a complete set requires a weapon, and it makes it even more difficult.

I would advise you to click the images and open them up either in a new tab or a new window as the text is rather small.



Friday, March 18, 2011

Makeover Mindgames?

Makeovers can be a great motivator to start playing dormant or non-leveling characters again.  A fresh face, new hair-color, and fresh hair-do can do wonders to kick start yourself.  It does for me anyway.  Problem is that I can never decide on what to change my look to.

Is it just me or do others of you out there dread using beauty shop coupons once you've already settled on a look that you like?  It takes me so long to figure out any changes I want to make and even then, about 75% of the time, I'm not satisfied with how it turned out and I regret spending my SparkCash on that change.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Controlled Mayhem: A Mage's Path (Part 1 - Know Thyself)

(Still a work in progress, but at least you guys know I'm working on something!)

As often as I get asked about Archers, I probably get double or triple the amount of advice requests from Mages.  From people in our academy, to random people I meet in Elderine, to even those that write me on the forums, aspiring Mages are always on the lookout for more information or a little help in choosing the right path.  And really, I don't mind it at all.  I'm happy to share what I know about the class while also hearing their side and considering their reasons for their differences from what I consider 'normal'.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Wow a post! xD

Sorry to have been lax on my posting recently, I've just been really busy and excited about the new repeatable quests that OutSpark added in last week's maintenance.  These quests were really what I needed to get motivated and finally get my Warlock's butt to 105.

And guess what?  I did it!

I was so excited to finally be able to wear a new set of armors, the pixel obsessed part of me is satisfied!, get some great new skill upgrades, and twirl around a fancy new wand!

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