Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gem Shop Purchases and Other Frivolities

Mistress Madheart -- new hairstyle
I told you that I got gems for Xmas, best gift ever, and I've been trying to be frugal in spending them. I bought a Collection Expander (awesome!), two character slots (now I have all 8 classes, plus a spare slot for fun), and after much hesitation, I finally bought a Total Makeover  Kit (on sale).

I thought I wanted to change Mistress Madheart's hairstyle to the 70s Pert Plus hairdo, but when I looked at it in preview, I didn't like it. Couldn't get images of Charlie's Angels out of my head. (The old ones, not the new laughable garbage. Although I love Lucy Liu!)

Anyway, I opted for the half up-'do. It's hard to get used to seeing her like that though. She seems more... mature or something. It doesn't quite jive with my backstory for her, at least her story so far. I've had to invent more chapters. She's growing up, becoming more wise since she's moved away from D.R. to explore the world, but she's still the wary, intelligent, manipulative, ambitious girl she always was. Of course, the hairpin is a perfect play to hide a poisoned needle, for when those undercover missions go wrong. And she can still take her hair down when needed to seduce corrupt officials or bewitch young guards. :D
I was pleased to see that there are new quests in Kessex Hills to go along with the altered landscape there. Since the Tower fell, toxins have been leaching into the lake and contaminating local fishermen's catches. At Triskell Quay you can wash away the toxin, or cure sick folks. I really like how the world changes with events. This reminds me of that noob quest in Queensdale where the bandits poisoned the water supply.

Speaking of Queensdale, was back in that area and tried to ride the champ train. Got tired of the trash talking. Must have been a bad day. Went and tried i up in Frostgorge Sound as well. More respect there, but by Ogden's Hammer, they were fast! I was staggering along behind them, just trying to keep up. Felt like WvW. Got some nice tips on speed boosts for mesmers from the group though, so that was nice.

Toy Griffon Tonic
What else is new? Hmmm, oh, got an Endless Plush Griffon Tonic. Kinda dumb actually. You get this recipe and unlock it, then craft it... and it's account bound. What's the point of having a recipe? I mean, the potion is account bound, so why even bother having to craft it? That recipe is useless now. Not like I'm going to craft a potion for each of my toons to haul around. Pfft. Dumb. But he is awful cute, isn't he?
Apparently there's someone over on a crafting site, can't recall the name, that's made a real-life version of him. Too bad I'm too old for stuffies. Okay, I'm lying. I still have two stuffies. But one I've kept from my childhood for sentimental reasons, and the other was just given to me last year by my little niece and nephew, so I have to keep it. :)

I had another conundrum today that has furrowed my brow and detracted from my girlish good looks. (Ha!) I used the last of my gems to buy five Metallurgical Dye Kits from the cash shop. I opened them all and actually got one of the new dye colours: Recall.
So here's the problem. I don't want it. I mean, it's purple, which I love, but I honestly can't tell the difference between it and the 47 other purple dyes I've already got. Honestly! Yes, I have a small obsession with collecting dye colours, that's obviously why I spent the gems, but I think I've reached the point where the gold I could get for selling this dye outweighs the hoarding instinct. Maybe. I haven't sold it yet.
But don't you find that there's just a few colours you stick with, and the rest just gather dust? Having eight toons, they each kind of have a colour scheme, so I can spread out the dyes I have. Spiral wears anything, she gets first choice on dyes. Lazuli wears blues and some girly colors. Mousekin wears somber metallics. Agga wears fall colors, like rusts and mustards. Mistress wears what I think of as "royal" colours, rich purples and reds and blues. Wifty likes yellows and greys and strange combinations. (She is a bit strange, that one. I love her!) Everyone needs a black-ish dye and a white-ish dye to highlight.
So perhaps all the forum talk is true and the dyes are just cash grabs. Probably, right? I mean, is there anyone out there who is just dying for another brown?
OMG, it's perfect! Now I can, like, dye my thigh-high leather boots in the exact shade to match my Mini Fawn's eyes. Squeeeeee! Everyone in L.A. will be so freaking jelly!
Other than these small things, it's biz as usual in ol' Tyria. I do my dailies, trying to rack up points to get to 5000. Bought an Ascended necklace with my laurels, then realized it was probably not the best choice. Oh well. Ran the story mode of Arah, then realized a few days later that I need to run it to finish my personal story quest line. UGH. Did a dungeon with the gang, four-manned what's-his-nuts, the Asura in Sorrow.

Been a long day at the computer working, so I'm gonna log to... um, read a book maybe? Keep on fighting the good fight! And dressing stylishly too!

I asked the Minstrel to sing for me, and the little Asura starting cracking up! 


  1. Just a comment from a random GW2 player. Yes, the Frostgorge champ train is a high-speed express. If there are a large group of people, screen loading time between the Wurm and Earthshake waypoint can cause you to nearly miss the Troll champ if your system isn't fast enough on the load. Champ training can be boring, but in Frostgorge Sound it's fun to try and keep up, or be the first to fire a shot at the next champ, etc.

    1. Exactly! I found if I skipped Troll and went to Drake, I could keep up better. It was super fun, plus great for karma and junk loot to salvage.

  2. Please help me...how make her face in the game? Head Option, Face Details, ect. (Mistress Madheart)

    Great thanks! :)