The Wild Life : Wildstar Week 2 Update

The Wild Ride Continues

The Wild Life
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I’ve been chugging right along in Wildstar.  More or less.  I’ve gotten my Spellslinger to 20 on the NA server, and joined a PvP oriented guild.  I also can’t continue to praise enough how GOOD this game really looks.  I’ve also started an Engineer on a European server.  I wanted to be on an EU server to begin with.  The buddy that got me interested in Wildstar initially lives in Europe.  Since the game is region locked, you have to buy an NA or EU key.  Getting that all that set up was a story in and of itself.  And it’s not over yet.

Lets keep this organized though.

Money Troubles In Wildstar

The biggest struggle I’ve had in Wildstar is money.  Couldn’t get a mount at 15 because I didn’t have the money.  Couldn’t train my skills each level because I didn’t have the money.  Well, I found out why.  I had been salvaging my items instead of vendoring them.  Once I stopped salvaging items, the money returned.  I have over 6 gold now.  I need 16 more to get a mount at 25.  Said mount will be a hoverboard, because Back to the Future II is awesome.  Hoverboards can also hover over water.  PvPing in Wildstar nets me about 40 silver per match at level 20.  More if you get lucky with your PvP reward boxes.  The lesson here is, vendor your loot, don’t salvage.

My whole reasoning for even trying out Wildstar was to see if I could pay for my subscription with C.R.E.D.D.  in game.  CREDD is bought from the Wildstar website for $20, and sold in game for platinum/gold.  Currently the price for CREDD is 3p 80g (380 gold) on my NA server, and 4p 80g on my EU server.  Just how much that is, I don’t know.  It seems feasible to farm right now at 50, but i’m not 50 so i’m not sure how much grinding that’ll take.  It’s also subject to price changes too.  The price of CREDD really interests me.  Pretty much all pricing of in game money for out of game money interests me.  I love knowing how people value their time and money.  Weird, I know, but I like to know these things.

Meanwhile, In Europe…

I was able to get a 7 day EU pass from my European buddy.  I could not add it to my NA account, so I had to create a new account.  I made an easy password, and had my Euro-friend log in with it, and apply the key.  Worked like a charm.  I was up and running instantly.  If you are trying to get to the EU from NA in Wildstar, make sure you change the region from the launcher.  There is a gear in the upper right corner.  Click it, and select Europe as your region.  My ping is about ~111, which is ~87 more than I get in SWTOR.  I don’t think it’s really going to be an issue, even in PvP.

Meanwhile I’ve contacted support about converting my account to a European one.  I really do not want to buy another $60 key, and start all over.  Again.  I’m hoping they can just add an EU key to my 7 day EU pass account.  I’m trying to get to the point where I can buy CREDD within my first month, maybe two.  Region locking seems so archaic.  I’m guessing it has something to do with trade laws.  It’s annoying, either way.

Updated Impressions

The questing continues to be tedious.  A couple people recommended a mod for questing.  Aeyth_quest (or something similar).  While the questing is still terribly tedious, this mod lets you zip through it a lot faster.  It also points out resource nodes!  If you hate questing, I highly recommend you pick up this mod.  You can use the Curse client to do it.

The practice battlegrounds continue to be super fun, though I’ve still only unlocked two different ones.  I’m continuing to go the cross-server queuing route.  One time I tried same-server, and got into a battleground by myself.  I do see more and more bots.  One game we had 2 bots, out of 10 players.  Needless to say we lost.  I’m usually one of the top 3 in damage, and have a low death count thanks to Spellslinger mobility.  I haven’t PvPed yet with the Engineer, so nothing to report there.  I’ve been trying to catch up to my buddy’s alt.

Crafting is still a mystery to me.  The basics are simple enough, but creating items for the crafting daily gets complex quickly.  The auction house, commodites, and CREDD systems are all intuitive enough.  I even managed to make 50s buying some AMPs off the auction house that were priced lower than their vendor value.

Looking Forward

I’m still making a few videos about my experiences in Wildstar.  You can check out the first one about Wildstar housing here.  Nobody I’ve talked to has had any Warplot experience yet.  That’s the big thing i’m looking forward to in this game.  I’m hoping for success on getting an EU key, as well as being able to get C.R.E.D.D. bought and paid for in game.  If you’re playing Wildstar, what is C.R.E.D.D. selling for on your server?

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