screenshot_20140205-22-35-02My time gaming lately has mostly been spent in Landmark, with some Wurm Online. I would love to get back to World of Warcraft but I just haven’t managed to find the time quite yet as I balance things. It’s not that unusual when a new game shows up on my radar, I was dividing my time between WoW and Wurm Online quite well, but throw a third steady game into the mix and suddenly things change.

There have been quite a few improvements over the last few days with the alpha. New servers and new continents were opened up, voxels on claims now save, a few new graphics are out. Of course for each thing in-game that now works, something else breaks, but it happens. I haven’t done a lot of building yet because I have to spend so much time harvesting. I’ve upgraded my pickaxe to Tungsten, and I’m working on the burled log requirement for viridium. I’ve got a marble forge and a work table, but there’s a tungsten saw and the paint tool still to go. I did craft the smooth tool and spent a good portion of last night learning that mechanic, which I really love. You can’t tell from the screenshot but I rounded the edges of the platform that I built (and then placed my craft machines on it). Since my deed was partially mountain and the bottom corner was ‘floating’ in the air, I built a platform and then smoothed the edges to make it look like a natural part of the hill. Added my vault and some torches, and I’ll call it home for now while I continue harvesting.

The forums are now open for anyone to browse, and for those who have bought into the game to reply / make posts. There are some amazing threads with screenshots being posted and I highly recommend people check it out to see what sort of creations are being made. Of course I’ve been posting pictures as well on google plus and sharing with my gamer friends there.

Everyone keeps mentioning how wonderfully transparent SOE has been with the entire alpha process, and I have to agree. They post exactly what is going on, whether or not they’ve messed up, and how they’re fixing the situation. It’s refreshing, to say the least. Whether this keeps up through alpha, into beta, and beyond, I’m not sure, but in the mean time it’s restoring peoples faith and that’s wondrous to behold.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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