Just a quick update on my recent gaming activities today as I am still working on my next major post (here's a hint as to the subject).
I'm still locked at level 50 in EQ2 with Merecraft and working my way through the last few heritage quests from the Shattered Lands content. This has allowed me to focus on my AAs and I have now managed to reach 100, which I am assured will stand me in good stead.
I had a great time with Voltaan, Emarald, and a few of the Acolytes running some of the new instances in Lavastorm. It's always nice to run new content, and the new additions do seem to add something new to the mix, with a variety of puzzles and strategies required. Najena's Hollow Tower in particular is a fun zone, despite the numerous insta-kills we encountered at the end (a legacy of the levelling system the instance uses, which means dropping it to a level 50 instance makes it harder to complete, as level 50 characters do not have the required resists). A lot of fun though and we had a real giggle running the instance (especially Voltaan showing me how not to swim through burning hot lava by getting turned round and completely missing the ramp out).
The big news of the week is that we had a little guild drama in Convergence, my new Star Wars: The Old Republic guild. Nothing major, but a few of the officers left following a disagreement about how to take the guild forwards. It was all sorted out in a very mature manner with no hard feelings, which was great to see. As a consequence I am now an officer of the guild, which means I feel an even bigger debt to them and will work all the harder to make it a great and successful community in time for the launch of the game.
If you're looking for a Galactic Republic guild that is strong on community then please check out Convergence. We will have a spiffing new website up shortly (I've had a sneak peak and it looks great!).
One final thing to highlight this week, which may seem a bit odd for a gaming-focused blog, but is something close to my heart. Due to the recent announcement of the UK coalition government of massive cuts to public services, the Forestry Commission will be radically reorganised. The Forestry Commission has for years been responsible for the upkeep of an area of the UK known as Cannock Chase.
Cannock Chase is an amazingly beautiful area, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Countryside Agency. It is home to many types of rare wildlife, including a herd of some 800 fallow deer. It's used by thousands of people each year for recreation; hiking, cycling, nature watching, camping, and so on. I grew up living on the borders of the Chase and spent many, many happy days there in my younger days, and still find it an amazing place to walk and visit.
Unfortunately, due to the cuts there is now a good chance that large swathes of the Chase will be sold off to land developers. This would be an absolute tragedy, something from which this naturally managed area would never recover. The UK is a small country, and we need to hold on to what little real wild countryside we still have. Anyway, if anyone is interested in finding out more please have a look at savecannockchase.org.uk, where you can find out how to lobby local politicians and sign a petition to save this beautiful area.
Right that's all for now. Normal service will be resumed next time!
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