Since RL continues to conspire to prevent super frequent updates, I’m going to instead attempt to do a weekly recap each week.. The goal is going to be to get it out on Saturday or Sunday (the whole Easter thing with the kids prevented that this week). I’m hoping to give people that ‘one stop’ overview of what’s happening in the world of WildStar.
First up, in case you missed it on Twitter, the winner of the “Positively WildStar” giveaway I ran last week was @Crafticus, so Congrats again!
We had the 6th month anniversary of WildStar going F2P this week.. and what a roller coaster of good and bad we’ve had over that 6 months! If you’ve been logging in every day since F2P hit.. you got your Reptillian Warpig mount:
I know there’s been some rough spots over the course of the last 6 months.. but I’m excited to see what the next 6 months (and beyond) bring us. Arcterra looks good, RMT seems to be coming along nicely, and there seems to always be people around in Housing, Capitals, and out in the world. With all the upcoming content, and the Steam release still to come.. things are looking up.
We also got the Focus test of Arcterra. Caydiem and Tyrius lead groups (both Exile and Dominion) through to kill the 20 man public event bosses.. and the Covenguard. Allowing the Exiles (and, on the second run through, the Dominion) to assemble the key, and open Bor Milug. The boss fights in Bor Milug were quite the challenge.
I happened to get ‘lucky’ and have to work overnight the night before, so I got to tag along.. it was a ton of fun.. There were a few bugs (Tower-Engineer Renhakul’s effects didn’t damage anyone, for example).. but overall things went pretty smoothly. Carbine has said they’ve already identified the cause of a few of the bugs people ran into and are working on fixes. You can read some of Tyrius’ responses to the feedback here.
Apparently, Carbine got the data they wanted, because the next day…they turned off the PTR. There’s been no indication if it’s coming back or not (my guess is no, because Pappy said Arcterra should be out within ‘the next three weeks’ back on the 14th).
Storewise.. the Lopprechaun, pot o’ Shinies, and the Jumpstart pack (from the humble bundle) were all added to the store (along with other goodies). Our good Mayor Das Moose threw a quick video together covering the update. Check it out here.
We got a couple of different sales (Chrome N Cowboy, Service Tokens, Mini-pets) over the course of the week.. all of which did cause me to blow all my omnibits, and all the NCoin I’d already purchased..
The zPrix has left us.. and the player ran Leaderboards shows that the top submitted time, was 50 seconds on Celestion, 49 seconds on Whitevale, and 57 seconds on Deradune. Considering all my times were roughly 20ish seconds slower than that… I’m impressed. Congrats to Gorak Spinekill for setting those times.. given us all a goal to shoot for next time around!
The DevConnect on faction barrier collected 16 pages of feedback! I read a bunch, but couldn’t keep up. Pappy and Sunshine have their reading cut out for them (If you want the quick version of my thoughts.. the post is here). I’m looking forward to seeing what the next DevConnect is on (and, what the outcome of this week’s DevConnect is).
No weekly stream this week, so hopefully that’ll be back next week.
Senior Story Design CRB_Spellchecker (@carbinegary) ran some giveaways last week for Shade’s Eve goodies (and, some more Fancy Pants Jacket codes). Some of the giveaways were done via WildStar Trivia on Friday (which was good stuff!), the rest were just because Gary wanted to throw codes at people. In addition to giving the Community a bunch of goodies.. Gary has been doing mini-Loremageddon’s via twitter every Wednesday, where he’s been answering pretty much any lore related question thrown his way.. very informative stuff if you’re a lorehound!
Pappy teased again about something big coming for the WildStar OST (all the music by the ever awesome Jeff Kurtenacker):
I’m really, really, hoping that this means we’ll be able to buy the Soundtrack.. it’s great that Jeff has most of the songs up on his SoundCloud..but I’d love to pick up a copy to add to my iTunes library.
This weekend was the Double Prestige weekend, so hopefully you jumped into a few BGs to get your prestige (for Amp unlocks, skill points, costumes, or whatever else you feel like spending it on). Also, hopefully, you had fun doing so..and that you’ll keep queueing, to keep the queues popping for the people that enjoy PvP.
On the Community front, the fun folk in the Black Dagger Society are revving up for Thaydfest 4! So clear your calendar for May 22nd so you can attend. Make sure you hit Chestnut up if you want to assist, or have goodies to donate to use as prizes.
Speaking of Chestnut, the gang at WildCast (Chestnut, Behalter, and Avid Guru) have released episode 84.. where they discuss the layoffs, and all the news around that time.
Sunshine asked for any WildStar fan fiction people had laying around (that falls in the “safe for children” category):
She got linked a few pieces, including this one on cross faction merges, by Galex, and this one, by my son (yes, shameless parenting promotion is in effect). If you’ve got others.. hit her up (or leave a link in the comments to it, and I’ll make sure she sees it, if you don’t have Twitter).
iDestinia released a WildStar machinima, recreating some of his favorite scenes from “Breaking Bad”, so if you liked “Breaking Bad”..head over and give it a viewing!
Okay, that’s all I’ve got for the past week. If I missed something, or you’d like to make sure I include something in the next weekly review.. hit me up and let me know.
Now, I know I said I want to start doing this weekly.. but I’m probably going to miss next week. I’m out of town (part for fun, part for work…) for a week and a half starting Thursday..and won’t have access to my gaming machine..which will make it challenging to stay updated on everything.