So… last week after work, I had been soloing my thf in Yughotto Grotto. It has been my goal to get to 25 on thf to get Flee. Since I really don’t have enough time to take on a regular party after work, I decided on soloing to get there. It took me about 4 evenings, but I got from 23 to 25, and finally got FLEE!! … yay me!! Here is a pic
Saturday, I farmed a little in the morning, and then we did avatars the rest of the day. We beat Garuda and Titan, then I turned in my whispers for the moon bauble so that I could then help out with Leviathin, at which point Kauri was finally able to turn in her whispers. Later on after Kauri had to log, we tried Shiva, however that one we failed. Maybe too much of a good thing.. I don’t know. The first three had been relitively painless, but Shiva didn’t go so well, and I actually ended up deleveling in the process…. twice. 😦
Here is a picture of us Heading out to Leviathin, with some of my most favorite people in the game. We had got aggroed by these bees.. lol. Luckily Kinkykitty had the path all figured out, it was just keeping snk & invised while getting there.
Sunday morning we started the static. We killed Puks, thinking easier faster kills were the way to go. I died once to an Air Elemental that popped right on top of me. After I healed from that, I was much more aware of watching for the little weather symbol.
Later on, it popped again and was fine for awhile, I moved to the other side and things seemed alright as the elemental left for a bit, but then it aggroed someone.. I don’t even know who, because everyone had magic except for Squeekers. We thought we were done for, Kinky 2hr’d with Invincible, Kauri chainspelled half its life away, Squeekers 2 houred his monk, I waited a little, and then when it pulled an Aeroga II on us, I used Benediction, thinking that it would come kill me, but surprisingly it didn’t even look at me. We finally got it down to a good 2-4% and then the Bluemage used Self-Destruct and took it out, but not before it finally killed Kinky. I was actually amazed the majority of us lived. It was kind of fun.
“Let the rain of what I feel right now…. come down… Let the rain come down”
I do have to say though, I really think Leveling past 60 takes entirely too much time. It kind of aggrivates me that I can spend 4+ hours and not really get very far. Especially when I have a real life to deal with that needs my attention. I want to have fun in this game, thats why I play, but when I don’t seem to get anywhere, it starts feeling more like a job. I sometimes wonder if its even worth it. There are so many things I want to do and try, but it all seems so far off. We all have real lives too.. so schedules and balancing things, thrown in with medical problems here and there.. makes it difficult.
I know others are real frustrated at the rate of progression we have as well, and I’m starting to think that while I love leveling with these people, maybe we aren’t really doing each other any favors. I get the feeling some people feel trapped and are longing for “freedom” but are too nice to really say anything. I don’t want to have this be a bone of contention for anyone… I really love playing with my friends, but I guess at some point a decision needs to be made.. I don’t want them to not be having fun out of frustration. And I don’t want to force people to stay or go… but sometimes it seems that no one wants to be the one to make a real decision.
I think some of it too, is out of fear. Fear that if we don’t have this “static” thing, that we are going to loose out on this bond of friendship we’ve created. I don’t want to lose it, but at the same time I can’t stand the fact that people may feel like the static is holding them back. I just don’t have any answers, I’m frustrated, tired, and sad at the possibility of losing some of these friendships. I’m not even sure that I’d even want to level with just anyone..