Today was a good day :)
Starting back out on my priest, Monkhouse, I hopped right back into the game without missing a beat…ok maybe a few, haha. I left the main city and started heading out to a zone (because at this point I had forgotten where I left off) so spawning my instant mount and riding off to the east, I headed for the closest zone I could see, because I wanted to get some questing and grinding going so that I could level as fast as possible. Upon entering the new zone, I ride onto a farm, and there is a guy walking with a shovel, looking to be tending to his fields, so I ride up to him and go as if to attack him. I am level 15 at this point, and start throwing down my skill combo thinking Im going to completely own this dude…until he hits me for a 1500 crit! My life total at this time is only 4500! I’m like, “Oh shoot!” and start high-tailing it in the opposite direction. Thinking I am getting away scott free because this guy is slower than me, he suddenly goes in the rage mode, turns read and quickly catches up, at this point Im scared and pissing my pants. I had yet to die in the game, and I wasn’t about to die here. So I start mashing my mount button furiously and luckly it spawns and I make it out alive.
So with that epic start, the rest of the day went well. I cruised through quests like a knife through warm butter and went from 15 to 19 in about an hour and a half. While I was questing I noticed some dudes off to my right attacking some giant spider thing with a skull by its name! So I quickly inspect the people attacking the spider, notice their levels are the same as mine, and they don’t seem to be getting one shot by this spider super mob thing, so I say, “What the heck.” and jump in spamming heals at the guy tanking the giant spider…Then a load of crap hit the fan. BOOM tank dies. BOOM another person drops. Then another. And I’m staring wide eyed at my screen because the spider turns and starts bookin’it in my direction. Cussin’ (I kept it PG) and pissin’ my pants I frantically try to run away, but I get back handed by a giant, armor platted spider leg,throwing me back about 20 feet and smacks me down hard on the ground. Trying to get up I, mashing self heal like my life depended on it (and it did) a red circle appears under me. Now I have watched videos, and I know this isn’t good. As my guy takes his slow, good old time getting up I’m screaming at my screen, and ramming my arrow keys with my fingers trying to get out, and BOOOM! I explode and die…all this is about 4 sec.
So I’m dead. First official death on Tera, and yes I will highlight this on my stream. And later it will get it uploaded to YouTube (When I get a channel). After resurrecting myself in the closest town, I immediately head back to the spot where the spider was. And you would think I learned my lesson, right? Not, I try this again 2 more times. Then I learn my lesson…after dieing…2 more times.
So after that I move on to questing and grinding again. As I did my quests I found a few bugs, including my armor flickering up and down on my shoulders, and a quest that wanted me to kill 10 mobs but kept counting until I killed 100 out of 10 mobs…yeah, it said 100/10 when I finished. Then later I ran across another mob that had some lag issues (probably has a wooden PC) and right in the middle of me attacking him, I stopped doing damage and he started doing the moon walk back and forth in the same spot. I quickly assumed it was me lagging until other mobs started smacking me across the face, and he kept right on doing the moon walk, and he continued to do so the entire time I was in the area.
I of course reported the bugs and continued on my journey. After hitting level 19, I decided to try another class. This time DPS. I also wanted to try a PvP server, so I log out and join one of the 2 PvP servers available, and I make myself a nice little Elin Warrior :) Blue hair, blue eyes, little ears and a squirrel tail! YEAH! I then hacked and slashed for the next couple hours smashing mobs and rippin’ up quests with my dual sword wielding, blue haired, squirrel girl. Don’t judge, who doesn’t think a chick with ears and a tail, wielding swords bigger than she, is awesome?! I didn’t get to try any PvP, just got to level 11, ported to the main city, and got back on my priest. I wanted to try the lvl 20 dungeon, and I only had today to play. I can do the PvP durring CB3.
So I get back on my priest, spend an hour getting level 20, then head over to the main city (sorry can’t remember the name and its too late, and Im too lazy, to check) While there I buy myself a pet for 64,00g O.o then get some new skills, and post some things on the auction house. At this point I am getting tired, its getting late, and I am about to call it quits. So I buy some healing skills, and figure on running Bastion next beta test weekend. But right as I am about to log out, fate calls my name. A dude just messages me out of the blue… Of all the healers probably on the server, he finds me and whispers me asking, “Hey, want to join up and do Bastion with us?” I’m like, well, I thought I had to be higher level. but he reassures me that I can do it at level 20, so I said, “What the heck, sure!”
After getting instructions on how to get to Bastion, I take the flight path to a near by city, and headed north toward one of my party members, until I came to a portal sitting in a out-crop in the woods. I’m kind of nervous at this point because I had never healed a party with this type of battle system before, but the people in my party were very encouraging and helpful. They totally did not mind it being my first time through, but I was still nervous. I healed for 3 years on World of Warcraft, but I knew this was going to be different. As I waited to go into the dungeon, I studied my healing skills, and arranged them the best I could. The rest of the party arrived shortly after, and we headed through the portal to the instance of Bastion. I would describe it as a cave with rooms of rough old ruins in it. Brown stone and dirt walls, dirt tunnels, and stone covered floors in the rooms. We started killing immediately upon entering. Everyone had quests but me, because I needed to be 22 to get them, but I didn’t care, I was there for the experience of the game! Starting out I fumbled around with my hot keys and was frantic and a little late on my heals, but I was keeping the party alive. I was basically spamming everything, and I noticed I had to use my mana regens about 3 times through each fight. After a while though, I adjusted my skills, moved them around, and figured out which ones healed the best, and cost the least amount of mana. If I had never played a healer class before, I might have struggled, but after healing 40 man raids on WoW, this was just a matter of learning. By the end, I had figured out that I really only needed to use one heal skill that cost next to no mana, and therefor never had to stop and replenish my mana during fights. This allowed me to eventually build up my confidence, and by the time we got to the final boss, I had it figured out and the dungeon was a breeze. The boss was easy too; the fight consisted of the boss leaping around, charging through people, smashing the ground and all, but he really did not do much damage (maybe this was due to our tank doing his job) but all in all it was a super easy fight and the heals were smooth and effortless. The dungeon was over quicker than I thought it would be and only lasted about 30 minutes. It was just long enough though to wet your feet and help you understand your role in a party.
So all in all, it was a good day. Reported a few bugs, completed lots of quests, and I learned a lot! It was definitely a blast. I still rate Tera a 5 out of 5, and I still like it better than World of Warcraft. We will have to see if it stands the test of time, but I plan on being here to stick it out! I am an end game player, so I’m in it till the end! Its late now…errr early you could say….and I have to get SOME sleep. So thanks for reading and join me on my stream! Have a good week!