Recently, I gave the Unhallowed Essence Hellcat Waistguard build a go since a friend of mine had been playing it a bit. The main motivation was my friend describing the build as being quite tanky. After giving the build a shot, I will admit that he was right.
I haven’t really blogged on the topic of Diablo 3 for a while so I thought it might be good to talk about my current situation with the game, the few changes brought in this patch/Season and maybe looking forward a bit to the next season.
For this Mega Crab, we’re seeing a 5 day special event. That means, you’ll have numerous opportunities to try and top your last score as well as grab some killer loot. You may even want to buy some diamonds for reloading troops and doing instant builds. I’m just going to review what I’ve done thus far.
Post Task Force collapse has been less stressful in many ways which is great. I’m more on my own schedule so dealing with operations is much better overall even though I’m only doing easy stuff. But it doesn’t bother me that much since there’s just a lot less stress in general from having to succeed on a smaller scale.
So as a major change just happened in my life the other day, simultaneously my Task Force collapsed. Another guy who runs two other Task Forces essentially poached my guys and left me empty. It didn’t bother me until he revealed to the other members that I was playing with two accounts.
The last few days I’ve been a bit burnt out on Boom Beach mostly because my Task Force has been doing Operations again. A few were pretty bad and I don’t even recall finishing yesterday’s. My life situation will be changing soon so I don’t know how much time I’ll be able to devote to the game anymore, even though the game is pretty casual for me. At any rate, I just wanted to talk about current progression.
I’m a very old school gamer that started on an Atari 2600, went to the local arcade at the mall, had a Commodore 64 and other devices prior to the internet evolution. On top of that, I used to play table top games like Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Shadowrun, Paranoia, etc. I was used to packaged software and have no issue paying for something if it’s worth the money. These days online games have been creating new paths that are somewhat beneficial but also have engendered a toxic environment that has been slowly driving me away from gaming.
In this post, I’m not going to create a giant rant about p2win type of games or features. The thing about Boom Beach is that you can play without paying a single dime. In truth, it’s one of the better freemium games that I’ve tried in this genre. That said, I think it does suffer from that stigma of requiring some sort of monetary investment in order to be fun. Even before that issue arises, there’s a bigger issue at stake: the low level grind.
From the weekend until today, I managed to push a Landing Craft level 16. For the first 12 levels, I spent Diamonds to upgrade my newest Landing Craft, something I considered employing a Builder instead. Now that I managed to hit my first goal, I want to re-examine if a Builder is really worth subscribing at this stage in the game.
I hit level 50 sometime in the early morning and just twiddled my thumbs in anticipation to start the Imitation Game. Fortunately for today’s Imitation Game, the bases weren’t very tough and I could take out Stage 6 without a full boost since I still am lacking enough powder. That said, with all the resources garnered from my assault, I managed to hit a major milestone. A little spoiler? HQ 20!