Monthly Archives: January 2016

Finding Housing Items Made Easy, Introduction

If you’re anything like me, you probably have spent hours combing through the Wiki trying to figure out the name of the one housing item you’re looking for, whether or not it’s actionable/if you can find it at the Bazaar, and where you can farm for it. The problem is, there are hundreds of pages of housing items, and since their divided by the same 6 categories as in-game (Plant Life, Wall Hangings, Wallpaper and Tile, Outdoor, Furniture, and Decoration), and since you have to click on the name of an item on a list before you can see what it looks like, (and since the Wiki is super slow to load and has a tendency to freeze–even on my BRAND NEW laptop), it can take forever to find the perfect painting to finish a sitting area or the perfect potted plant to go by the door. The struggles I’ve been having lately finding exactly what I’m looking for has sparked an idea for a new organizational method for finding the perfect housing item quickly. I preset to you the start of Finding Housing Items Made Easy.

Housing Items Made Easy will feature a short list of various housing items from a specific category (for example “Potted Plants” or “Paintings”). Each item listed will have a picture posted with it, a brief description of how it’s obtained, and a link to the Wiki page for more information.

Example

Plant Life: Potted Plants

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Found near Khalkos Coppersmith (crafting vendor), Garden of Hesperides; can be found at the Bazaar
More information about this item can be found here

 

The formatting may change as I continue forming and working on this project, but that’s the general plan for how I’m going to have this set up. It’ll take time, but I’m so excited to work on (and finish) tis project! It should make finding the perfect housing items so much faster.

~Emma

 

Royal Estate Tour

After YEARS of owning a Royal Estate (the large Marlybone house), I FINALLY finished the inside to a point where I am completely content with how it looks. 🙂

I bought the house the summer of 2011. It was the first house I bought on Emma. (Although she’s my highest and main wizard, she was the 3rd I created. I don’t remember if any of my other characters had houses before her–I think I got Jenna’s Wooded Cottage before though…) Anyway, it was my first, and for the longest time, only house on that character. As I quested through the Spiral and found new housing items, I slowly began filling the house. In October 2012, I bought my second house, the Wysteria Villa. I abandoned the Royal Estate to decorate the Villa, deeming the Estate complete.

Then about a year ago, I spent some time looking over my first housing project and decided I didn’t like it, that I had wasted so much potential by decorating it the way I did. So, I began emptying it, tearing it apart room by room. (Now, I really wish I had taken screenshots of what it used to look like…It’d be fun to compare before and after.)

Well, today I added the last finishing details. It’s not on tour because the outside is still a mess, but I’m excited to show off the inside of this house. Enjoy!

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Front Entry (next6 images)

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Main Floor (next 10 images)

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Basement (next 2 images)

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Upper Floor (next 5 images)

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If I choose to put this house on tour after the outside is finished, then I plan on figuring out an elegant way to block off the crafting room since it doesn’t really fit the theme for the rest of the house. Anyway, what do you think?

~Emma

Warlord!

Off and on over the past year and a half or two years, I’ve been very interested in Player vs Player (PvP) matches, especially in learning strategies that work for me and allow me to win once in a while. When I first started, I strongly believed that using TC in ranked matches was “cheating” and refused to use them. I quickly learned that, because the vast majority of PvPers, especially in the lower levels, use them, it was virtually impossible for me to leave the rank of Private (lowest possible rank: 0-524 points) without them.

I started out in PvP with my level 26 Death, Fallon DeathThief. I struggled to find a strategy that worked for me. I mostly enjoyed my time in the Arena with her, but eventually got tired of the insults from cocky players and the general lack of progress. I stopped with a rank of 386 (29 won-37 lost). Since rank starts with a base of 500 points, I ranked down by 114 points. I haven’t done any PvP with her for around a year now.

About six months ago, I started doing PvP on my life, Alyssa RoseThorn, since I heard lower level PvP is easier. When I first started, she was level 15 but after talking to a few friends, decided to level her up to 16 so she could get absorb and Tower Shield. During the time that I PvPed with her, I took advantage of the free tournament member benefit (can’t wait for it to return!). I had fun with it and even came in 3rd place in one of the tournaments! (It was with a randomly assigned team–3v3 I think.) I started playing ranked matches between tournament matches, and at one point managed to rank Alyssa up to the second rank: Corporal. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. When I got bored of PvP a couple months ago, I left Alyssa at Private with a rank of 426 (31 won-36 lost).

Saturday, I decided that I was interested in PvP again, but instead of going back to Alyssa, I decided that I wanted to try low level (1-9) PvP. I had heard that Myth was a great school to PvP with at level 5, so I deleted my Magus Myth, Natalie EmeraldFlame and recreated her as a brand new myth, Natalie DayDreamer. I played through Unicorn Way and got Wooden Puppet (0 pip myth minion) and Troll, then took the 5+ Crowns gear from Alyssa and bought the 5+ Crowns staff that she didn’t have, and put all the gear on Natalie. I put 3 Fairies, 3 Puppets, 3 Fire Elves, 2 Trolls, and 1 Stun Shield in Natalie’s main deck and 2 Tower Shields, 1 Minotaur, 1 Orthrus, 1 Myth Blade, 1 Infallible, and 1 Stun in her TC deck and hit the Arena.

The first evening, I ranked her up to Sergeant! The next night, she made it to Knight. Around the rank of Knight, I started facing Wizards up to 15 levels higher than me! And was winning! But I realized that one of the biggest parts of low level PvP is a pip war: whoever gets the most pips first can hit first and therefore win. Since I was facing wizards with so much more health than me, I had to use my bigger hit that cost 2 more pips. I switched Minotaur out for a Minion sacrifice card that gives me 4 pips, and triumphed more than I lost. The following night, I managed to rank her up to the coveted Commander and decided that I’d leave her there until I cold get the gear. However, I decided that, with the luck I had been having, that I wanted to try again. So I did. Later that night, I managed to rank her up to the top badge: Warlord. Her record: 47 won-21 lost.

I haven’t done any PvP on her since so she’s sitting at the same win/lose record with the same 913 points. I haven’t really had the time, but I also want to preserve that badge until I can get the Commander gear. So, at the next free tournament member benefit, I plan on leveling Natalie up to level 12 (for Myth Blade) and participating in the free tournaments for the gear. Once I have it, I plan on reentering the Arena. I never DREAMED that I could actually be good at PvP. But with Natalie, I am.

~Emma