A little collection of random bits incoming.
A bought a Razer Imperator mouse recently, due to my old MX518 crapping out, and I must say I’m very impressed. Much like my G15 replacing my old ‘standard’ keyboard, I never thought upgrading to a better quality mouse would actually matter, but it does. The Razer just feels a lot smoother, and I find I’m overall playing a bit better in DarkFall because of it. I think the highlight for me are the adjustable side buttons that can be moved from left to right on the mouse. Most of the time I have trouble reaching both buttons comfortably, but with the Imperator I was able to slide them all the way to the right (closest to my hand) and reach them without trouble. The top grip surface is also a very nice combo of sticky without feeling ‘odd’. If you are looking to upgrade your mouse, the Razer Imperator is a great choice, especially given the price (I got mine for just under $60 at Amazon).
Speaking of great value, I also picked up Torchlight off Steam (boo) for $5 recently, which at that price it’s kind of hard to argue with its cost/entertainment ratio. The game is interesting enough, with just a few things different from Diablo to not make it a total clone, but its also missing that ‘something’ that Diablo has to keep you coming back over and over. I noticed for instance that rarely do I change my strategy regarding who I am fighting, and combat consists of either melee swinging or using my AoE ground stomp/stun. Mindless fun, sure, but not something to keep me busy long term. If nothing else, Torchlight has made the wait for Diablo 3 just that much harder.
Finally just a quick update on in-game DarkFall activity. We (VAMP/NEM) have used our Ship-of-the-Line a few times now, and its always impressive to watch what that thing can do to a coastal city. Really looking forward to the time when its brought into a naval battle against other ships, should be fun. Other than that it’s been the usual PvP encounters/siege stuff and farming/skilling up.
I’m currently focused on raising my one handed axe skill (60 atm) so I can pick up mastery at 75 and really deal some good damage from a mount, which will be very helpful both in PvP and PvE. Many of the better mobs in the game right now are best killed from a battlehorn if attempted solo, but without one handed mastery I simply can’t deal enough damage before the battlehorn gets critically low or dies. With steedgrass going for 600+ gold atm, losing battlehorns in PvE is just not profitable in any way.