…And I was out, most of the day!

Rift 3.1 Storm at Sea is live! 🙂 and as the title says, I was out, for most of the day! 😦 It was a very big patch too, which took a while to download, and as yet I haven’t had much of a chance to actually play with it… *sigh* I suppose it’ll still be there tomorrow… The new Zone is called Tyrant’s Throne, and isn’t at all where we expected it to be – we expected it to be the mysterious darkened area, attached to the left hand side of Draumheim by a narrow isthmus – but apparently they’re saving that up for something else! No, the new Zone is a smallish island at about 5 o’clock, in the middle of the sea south of Goboro Reef, Draumheim, and Tarken Glacier. At time of writing, I know nothing about any quests, ships, or Porticulums to take us there – but then, I haven’t really had a chance to investigate. The patch has also introduced the changes I mentioned last night: Minions: the ability to “shuffle” Minion Adventures, however I think it’ll cost either Credits or “Aventurine” (the adventures that your Minions go on earn them/you “Aventurine”, a sort of “Minion Credit” thingy, the symbol for which looks like a tiny ram’s head on its side), and the ability to recharge your Minion’s stamina – but each Minion can only be recharged once every 24 hours. You can now have six Minions running Adventures at once, instead of only five, and six new Minions have been introduced (no, I don’t know who or what they are! 🙂 ) Dimensions: Dimensions have been given a bit of a lift – you can now give permission for a specific person, or persons, not on your account, to place, take, or move items around your Dimension – and you can also ban a specific person or persons from ever entering your Dimension! I don’t think I hate anyone enough to do that! 🙂 I briefly tried out the new free movement camera that’s supposed to make editing your Dimension easier, but either (a) I was holding my mouth the wrong way, (b) they left out the instruction sheet, or (c) it just plain doesn’t work (yet!)… Strike out those that don’t apply! Crafting: They’ve added a “Favourites” category to the Crafting Menu – if you make a recipe you use a lot (for instance, smelting ore into metal bars, or weaving cloth pieces into bolts of cloth) a favourite, it’ll automatically bring that recipe up when you right click on the appropriate Workstation (in other words, you won’t have to go looking for it)

Necromancers: There have been a lot of changes to the Necromancer build – far too many to go into here, and besides, I haven’t had a chance to really have a look at them all. I’ll let you know at a later date if there are any important changes to my favourite build (I use Warlock for DoTs, Necromancer for straight out nasty damage, and a pet to help you inflict said damage, and Dominator for backup) In all, I’m not surprised it was such a big patch – not only have they opened a new Zone, there’s heaps and heaps of new features and changes. The Kelari male I mentioned last night, Jadenfyre, reached level 15 and has been moved to Greybriar shard and welcomed into our Guild there – if I really like him enough I might consider moving him to Laethys, our main shard, but I haven’t made up my mind yet… I still have to organise a water breathing necklace for him too – damn! There’s a spare one on Wolfsbane – maybe I should have moved him there?! No, I’ll just have to shuffle a lot more characters, and bring it to him! *fume* Oh well… I’ll look into all of those things tomorrow morning…

Well, I only had a chance to download the big patch, and check my Minions this morning, because we had an early start – straight after breakfast we left to pick up my favourite eldest daughter and take her shopping for shoes – her Birthday present from us – and we spent nearly the entire morning in Athlete’s Foot, while she tried on pair after pair after pair of shoes… which were either… too tight.. or… too loose in the heel… or… too short… or… too long… and very frustrating for all of us, especially Lee. In the end, she settled for a pair of shoes, if they could get the right size in for her. They should arrive by the end of next week, so here’s hoping that they do, and that they fit her… properly! After that exhausting marathon, we went and had a cup of coffee at The Coffee Club – I had an iced coffee made with skinny milk, but it tasted suspiciously creamy, so I didn’t drink very much, just in case it wasn’t skinny milk… Then Julian went off to do some supermarket shopping, and Lee and I went off to get his Birthday present(s) (his Birthday is next week – February 4th) and a Birthday card… all of which was accomplished in record time, for once (it really helps when you know exactly what you want to get someone for their Birthday, and where to get it! 😉 ) We rendezvoused back at the car park, came home… and had another cup of coffee. It was about half past two before we remembered that I hadn’t had any lunch yet (they’d had theirs at The Coffee Club!), so I had a late Optifast Cappuccino Bar with my coffee, and we watched one episode of “Person of Interest”, and one episode of “Lost Girl” before the Podiatrist came. We had our feet done, and then it was time for Lee to leave… I scuttled (I tend to scuttle a little bit better now that I’ve lost some weight!) back here to the Den and managed to get a bit of Rifting done before dinner.

And that was basically my day… 🙂

Weigh-in this morning… Well, at least my body let me weigh in within the 105kg zone yesterday morning, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies, because this morning I was back to 106.0kg again. Typical! Listen body, I thought we had an agreement! You behave yourself, and I’ll buy you an ice cream!? What’s that you say? You never said that you agreed? Yes, you did! no i didn’t You did! didn’t… See what I mean? How am I supposed to deal with someone so recalcitrant!

Anyway, tune in again tomorrow night – I doubt that you’ll hear the end of that particular argument any time soon – well, not until next July or August, anyway 🙂 but you will hear lots of other interesting and amusing things, like…ummm… [pssst! can I have some think music with that, please?]… ummm… well, I don’t know yet, because those interesting and amusing things are still in the future – and besides, if I told you now, I’d have nothing left to tell you tomorrow night, would I?! 😉  So until then, bee good, and stay safe! ciao, all!

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