Path of Exile: I got a challenge reward!!!steemCreated with Sketch.

in pathofexile •  2 months ago

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I'm really happy to have achieved an in-game souvenir for my time in Betrayal -- that's the golden helmet attachment at the back of my character's head. I completed my first 12 challenges and that pretty much will wrap the Betrayal League for me. I've been too busy with work and feeling under the weather to have the time for more. So I'm posting this up to cheer @supersoju on as well, she's been super busy and has only just got back to completing hers. Having done the awful grind for the last few challenges on and off, I feel sorry for the poor woman. But ever the determined girl gamer that she is at heart, I'm sure she'll get it done! I'll use this opportunity to remind her: Time's ticking, kooky!!! lol

Despite me not seeking it, I got help with getting these challenges. There's always the odd joke that people will help me more because I'm a female, but I just think Path of Exile is an especially friendly community. I try not to take things unless it's pretty (I love looking at pretty things..) or if it's an item with interesting mods that I can test out. Here is my favorite weapon, one that dropped for me personally, that I love:

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See, here I made crankyoldwoman looking lovely. She has a pretty rose staff and a nice chest piece befitting of a necromancer witch.

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Only...

This configuration is useless to me!

Here is the reality, as far as being equipped to fight the mobs more effectively.

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Note: supersoju kindly visited my hideout to be in our selfie. I look like I've gained weight, and she has a bucket over head...

As for the zombie looking on? He's probably not impressed with either of us!

The social aspect of the game has been a lot of fun and I have met a few people I like. It's not been a smooth path either, I have had my disagreements, which resulted in me leaving my previous guild. I just wasn't in the mood to listen to their reasonings. So I've now based myself with a smaller group from someone who responded to my Facebook post. When I mentioned to them I finished my 12 challenges:

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This was a response I got...

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Hmmph!

I will not be completing 24 challenges for Betrayal. It was exhausting for me to even get to 12 since both supersoju and I started late this league. For Synthesis, I am going to aim for the next tier which I assume will be 24 as well.

Anyway, I'm interested to see the social dynamics of this group once the new league starts too. That's been one of the reasons I wanted to spend time with a guild, to see the buzz and interaction at league start.

Last weekend, this group pulled me into a breachstone run --not even sure what that is and I'm too lazy to figure it out for now. I ended up being an extra body on the runs so the item drop rate increased. I wasn't contributing to the fight as they were killing everything while I just kept up. But I thought I'd best try to be helpful since I am constantly spamming their discord server with unhelpful commentary. lol 3 maps in and without doing anything much, I jumped from Level 77 to 82. It demonstrated to me the power of groups for certain conditions.

I also thought it was funny how someone explained at length to me to follow until we get to an altar at the end. When we got there, we all needed to exit and leave one player remaining to fight the boss. This was to ensure that the boss isn't made tougher by the presence of more players. I was given one instruction: do not go on the altar and through the boss portal.

So what did I do by accident?

I went through the boss portal, and died very shortly thereafter.

I'm hopeless. XD

Once a couple of the guys realized I was only interested in picking up Uniques for one of the ID 100 unique items challenge, I was given a stack of unique maps to identify instead. In a couple of minutes, I checked off that challenge. Anyway, I always try to get a broad range of opinions, but this group seems knowledgeable and helpful. I am appreciating them a lot at the moment, so let's hope this second attempt at a community works a bit better!

To close this post off, I wanted to demonstrate how badly I played, so I made a vid last week. I've edited out a lot of the time wasting, missing entries, running the wrong way, but you should get a general gist of how not to play. You'll see a lot of problems like bad flask management and my spells aren't optimal either. It was so interesting though when I went back to watch myself and notice things I didn't notice when I was playing. Like those chains that came out of the ground. What are they?! I also thought it would be funny to demonstrate what a non-gamer who just started gaming around a month ago looks like in Maps. Don't worry, I added music and some text to keep it from being too boring.

If you pay attention, you'll see all the stuff that is wrong about my character. She is weak, but I love play her anyway. So despite people telling me that if I didn't follow a build guide I'd have a terrible time, I can confirm that was never the case. She is mostly the result of just playing the game and making adhoc decisions. I did a lot of experimentation along the way too. It's also been said to me that our first PoE character will suck, and that's definitely true. Trying to fix her has been difficult. Regardless, I've enjoyed my Betrayal League experience and I'm definitely won over by the game Grinding Gear Games have released.

I'm really excited for the Synthesis league to start. And if you have played any Path of Exile, keep an eye open for @mattclarke's upcoming Hardcore race at league start. It's a good opportunity to challenge yourself and win some steem!! Which brings me to my final shout-out. I've really appreciated that Matt drew my attention to this game. It's been an invaluable entry into the world of gaming for the purposes of research for my novel. He's definitely to be blamed for me being bitten by the gamer addiction! :)

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HAHAHAHA the poor shaper; hope he learnt his lesson.

I just need to complete one more challenge. I thought I could do it by finally entering the mastermind safehouse....boy was I wrong. She wiped the floor with my body. Such a waste. I even tried to swap some gears to increase my chaos resistance; but at the cost of my speed. Looks like I should of read up on the mechanics; I think I was suppose to do something different?? Who knows. I thought I would just give it a go and hoped I could complete the 12th challenge before bed.

So now I just need to get one more guy up to captain to complete that one challenge or maybe I should just go open 200 boxes in delve. Kind of over The Blood Aqueduct and dam syndicates. lol

I can't believe I completed 4 challenges today; didn't even think it was possible to do even one. Couldn't have done it without you. 😘 Honestly I wasn't going to do it because I didn't think I could and I couldn't be bothered. But since you helped me out; it gave me the drive to complete it; also I didn't want to waste your efforts in helping me.

Hopefully I can get the last one completed tomorrow before I receive my new project. Until then; kooky is off to bed.

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OMG....you did overnight what I took days to do. lol I knew you just needed a quick shake from me and you'd get it done, I just didn't think you'd get 4 challenges done THAT FAST! I swear I thought I was being tortured by the Syndicate.

Also, I was the same with the Mastermind. I was banking on that one too. Thought I'd be super careful. Got her to the final stage and she slammed me. You might have been like me and learnt too late that you needed to go in close to her at the end. Running around and letting the minions do stuff and shooting from afar only helped in the other stages. When she goes flouro green flame and you get hit by whatever it is she channels, running away does not help. 2 shots and I was done. But if you run in close, she does not get to do whatever it is that she does from afar it seems. when I realized I had to go close, I was out of portals. I am tempted to have another go at her. My wrist ached from fighting her for so long only to lose.

Anyway, you will like the helm attachment. It feels like a medal stuck to the back of your head. lol

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hahahaha oh my goodness; YES! I was keeping my distance from the Mastermind. I did get close a couple of times and she hurt me; so I ran again and ran some more trying to heal up hiding behind things.

Anyway, you will like the helm attachment. It feels like a medal stuck to the back of your head. lol

Hummmm but I currently have metal stuck around my whole head.

But you know; I would have taken longer if you didn't help me with the vaal orbs. Also; you know you could just put one fragment into the map device to open portals to go to vaal to obtain the skill gems and more fragments to get vaal orbs instead of looking for a portal in an area.

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Yeah, the hiding was basically a no-goer at the end. I really want to defeat her, so this weekend, I'll see if I have time to do it. Also, get online in the evening on the weekend if you have time, I'm going to run a few of the Unique maps you ID-ed, so lets do them together for fun now that we've done all the real work. hehehe maybe as well see what they are about. Ratticus might come along. I only have a few things left I care to do, that's getting the ascendancy, beating mastermind, checking out the unique maps and maybe trying to get the pale council. But I doubt I will get it all, if any, done. :-/

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Also, don't delay getting the last. I think the date is official Mar 4, but one guy made it sound like they sometimes port you over earlier. Just to be safe, since you only have 1 left, get it done asap.

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I just completed it!! Was lucky it didn't take too long. Now I can retire. lol

Edit: Errrr; dumb question; how do I collect the reward? I don't see anything in the shop............
Nevermind; I found it!

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Okay, definitely not quite the gorgeous soju, but there's confetti and cake for a job amazingly done!!!

<3 <3 <3 <3

I'm impressed; you didn't let me down at all!! I have yet to get the most out of the atlas re the fragments, it just hasn't been on my list of things to do. But I found picking them up as I did the Blood Aqueduct because they appeared often enough for me, worked fine.

As for getting the vaal orbs, I was glad to do it. It was a quick and easy transaction and I knew the going rate for them from previously wanting to trade for them anyway. Come Synthesis, I will be dropping the Betrayal league and the currency is no use to me. I'll only keep the account for all the uniques I collected. Research for my novel. I'm going to do an art piece based off the rose staff when I have time. :)

And we must get together for another selfie with our Betrayal medal on. Yes, you and your bucket head. -smh- But I'd love a banner with both of us with our Betrayal reward adorned!! Evidence we got to the end and finished something!!!!!! <3

I'm glad girls play Path of Exile too :) I hope you know that this game opens up on a new one when you play hardcore league ?! ;)

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Diana, you're speaking my language. Linny mentioned I run a hardcore race every time a new league drops. 24 hours, 20 Steem each for the highest level hardcore player in each character class. Another 20 for highest overall. Be great to have you along.

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@diana-tuh, I second Matt's suggestion. Join us, it'll be lovely to have another experienced PoE player join in the fun!! :)
I was practising hardcore today and it requires so much focus!
Also, do be shy friending me in-game too (ign: CrankyOldWoman or DoNotDieLinny), I talk to anyone in-game lol

I'm always reading tons of howto's before playing a new game... I like that you are just playing ;).

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Yes, I've definitely noticed the very different attitudes to game play. It was what related to the disagreement I had with the guild. What I'm learning is to be respectful to other people's game style. I will refer to how-to's only when I have no other choice. I go with Lazy and Luck first. ;)

crankyoldwoman has given me the experience of in-game consequences to my choices, and it's what everyone has warned me about. Especially as I've flittered from skill to skill trying a bit of everything. I see it as part of the game. If you have time in between all your projects, you should play too!

Thanks for the comment. <3

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I liked Diablo II and III as well as Torchlight 2 (I played them several (100+) hours a few years ago, it was fun), so it seems that I will also like Path of Exile.

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Oh, then you will definitely enjoy PoE. A lot of diablo players and almost everyone tells me that PoE is the more complicated game. There is so much to do and to learn. And with the leagues, you essentially test what you have learnt on an even playing field. It doesn't hurt to download it and give it a quick trial. You could then go into Matt's 24 hr Hardcore race for fun! @supersoju is ex-gamer and she picked it up amazingly fast, and unlike me, she has had NO help. lol

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Yay for challenge reward!

I will happily admit that I tend to take/keep things that are pretty as well XD

I was watching my eldest playing training for Matt's thingi and we were working our way through the tangled web of wtfery, looks amusing XD

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Thanks for dropping by again, ryi!

Yeah, I am a sucker for pretty things, and PoE has many gorgeous art. I have a tendency to dress up my character for fun, so it's a bit of the Sims in me.

Although, I spend more time on that discord server complaining how ugly my character looks with each gear upgrade. I'm sure these guys who just care about playing the game efficiently are sick of hearing from me. lololololol

Anyway, this other player who puts up with my whining over the PoE ugly offered to find me the ugliest of ugly suits.

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He was referring to this:

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It was modelled from a monster we fought in one of the acts who looked like this:
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I mean, I killed her and never even realized she was a grotesque monster woman! I just thought she was monster blob! Did you noticed Deodre @supersoju?!

Also, ryi, get eldest to post on PoE! I'll make a point to follow him. :)

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LOL; nope; don't recall that monster

Getting close now. I'll post about the race soon :)

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I've been practicing today, finally got the hang of Flame Dash, which is actually very good! Survived the first two trials of the spikes and saws this time. It was way stressful. This is hard and I am slow!

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Looking forward to your post. <3

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