Zero Lives - 2022/04/25
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I’m going to let you guys in on a secret. This is a “how the sausage is made” kind of thing. This intro is actually the last thing I write in the newsletter. Dunno why, but I got into the habit of writing these from the bottom up.
Lots of gaming news this past week. Despite my editors telling me this is our slow time, I feel like I’ve been busier than ever. Productivity is up, but managing burnout is now the name of the game.
I had a sleep study done. Turns out I actually do have sleep apnea. So I’m waiting for all the results to come in, but it would appear I’m getting my Darth Vader sleep device. Hopefully, this helps with me feeling exhausted all day long.
But enough about all this. Let’s delve into the newsletter proper.
What I’m Playing
I dipped my toes back into the haunted world of Bloodborne. After owning the game for five years, I’m determined to finally beat it. So I abandoned my main save file and started another. This time I’ve decided to focus on a straight strength build and it’s working. The game is so much more manageable. I’m shocked that despite my best efforts, it simply came down to using the wrong build. I was able to clear through six bosses yesterday with little difficulty and have high hopes for actually beating it this time around.
With the announcement for the upcoming WoW expansion, I resubscribed. I’m still working my way through the Shadowlands story and even without it being timegated, I simply can’t get into it. I don’t give a shit about having to kill yet another god and the way Sylvanas’ story was handled is simply terrible. So I then decided to go back to Battle for Azeroth content to work on getting flying unlocked and was reminded how terrible rep grinds are. So, right now I’m trying to find a reason to keep playing. I hate this current expansion.
With the reveal for Outriders Worldslayer, I’ve reinstalled the troubled looter shooter. I’d like to have a technomancer ready to go by the time the expansion drops. I love my Devastator, but it’s such a troubled class and I’m simply not having fun with it.
What I’m Watching
Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, let this series end. At this point, I’m no longer enjoying Preacher and just want it to be over. I’ve even taken to looking online for spoilers, but there isn’t much beyond the episode descriptions that Hulu uses. I think my biggest complaint is that everything is strung along far too much. The show could have really benefitted from some tighter editing.
I’ve not been watching much in the way of regular TV/streaming. The gang at Neebs Gaming has been keeping me entertained with their Sea of Thieves playthroughs. I fucking hate playing Sea of Thieves, but and drawn back to the immersive world by watching these.
Monster Hunter Rise: Best Longsword Builds - Hammer is superior
Monster Hunter Rise – Best Lance Builds - See above
Best Genes in Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin - This build is more than a little OP
Best Stabbomancer Builds in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands - I need to play this class some more
Best Spore Warden Builds in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands - I don’t need to play this one as much
All New Alchemist Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
Best Clawbringer Build in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands - Not as in love with this one as I would like.
Everything we know about Dragon Riding in WoW Dragonflight - It looks dope.
All New Armorer Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
All New Blacksmith Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
All New Carpenter Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
Halo Infinite’s Fracture: Tenrai Event’s final week, explained - So much grind.
All New Culinarian Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
All New Goldsmith Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
All New Leatherworker Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
All New Weaver Recipes in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 - Bleh. Crafting.
Summary of WoW Dragonflight Profession Changes – TLDR - Taking a page from FF XIV
What are Apocalypse Tiers in Outriders Worldslayer? - New loot grind
What is the Ascension system in Outriders Worldslayer? - New talent grind
What are the Dragonflights in WoW? – World of Warcraft lore, explained - I like lore pieces
What is Apocalypse Gear in Outriders Worldslayer? - New loot grind
Best Covenant for each class in WoW Shadowlands - Surprisingly in-depth
Best Tank Classes in WoW Shadowlands - How is it the monk?
TERA Online is being shut down - Very sad
Where to View All FFXIV Market Board Prices - At the Market Board
FFXIV Housing Update: When to Expect Housing Lottery Bug Fixes - Sometime after patch 6.11