Anguish IV: A New Hope

These posts are archives of forum / blog entries I made on my EverQuest guild website. The website won’t be around forever, and I wanted the posts all in one place so I didn’t lose them, this blog seemed like as good a place as any.

Well you turned out! 53 live and willing players turned up for our fourth run at Anguish, and our last official TNF raid before our three week break. Thank you for making it! I felt sorry for Keldovan as soon as I saw we have 53 folk there, I mean he’s never really caused any issues, so having another two groups of people wailing on him was always going to be painful for him, and so it turned out! Jelvan was sweet, smooth, almost trivial, we’re getting better with off-tanking group setups and the two extra groups of DPS really make it smart.

And so it appears that Ture is to be our nemesis, often considered the easier encounter, twice now we’ve made it look hard! Still you pulled through and beat it without needing a full wipe and it keeps us fresh. With Ture down Hanvar is never an issue, and although our Arch Magus fight wasn’t as tidy as last time it was never at risk.

And so on a day where I felt sure we would have a good shot at the Overlord, he pulled out a bug from his bag of tricks, charged the raid the instant AMV died, pathed back and closed his little hut. So we decamped and killed Yar`lir instead.

It was a great turnout, we got some cool loot, and I hope we can do it again after our break many more times.

As I said in my last post below, Txevu and Tacvi lie ahead of us, we need people to continue to focus on getting Tipt/KT keyed, Qvic keyed and Txevu keyed to keep numbers up while inside Txevu/Tacvi. We won’t be doing much stuff in Txevu (low return vs. risk) but we will be playing Tacvi as often as possible to get some nice weapons and other toys.

See you all in three weeks, don’t forget Zerblag has already scheduled some stuff on the TNF off-days, show up, give her your support, get some loot.

Back to work

Nearly a month without a blog entry, ah it’s good to be back on form. I’ve got a sore left thumb/wrist and it’s been sore now for too long. I did go to the GP, and he pre-scribed some anti-inflmmatories and I thought they were working. But then they ran out and the pain was still there. The day before my two week holiday, both my wrists were agony, although my right wrist cleared up in a couple of days.

I know I don’t do myself any favours with my sitting position, and playing EverQuest non-stop when I’m not at work. So, I’m going to the doc’s again tomorrow to have another chat, maybe it’s some damage or just over-use. I guess if he tells me to totally rest it, I’ll have to see what I can achieve without going insane.

If I was a keyboard ‘picker’ it wouldn’t be so bad, but I was taught to type, I always have both hands on the keys and although I’ve bastardised the original typing layout and style, it’s very hard to stop doing it. I may try and revert to correct typing for a bit which reduces wrist / thumb movement.

Otherwise things are ok, been on holiday for two weeks and fairly relaxed as a result. Played a lot of EverQuest, as I always do when I’m on holiday. Got a couple of things around the house sorted, but probably not as much as I hoped. I may spend some time over the next two weeks getting the ‘room’ between the front door and the inner door sorted for the winter, that may let me rest my hand from keyboard duty as well.

We did move the old mattress to the tip, which was ‘exciting’ having it tied up in the back of the car, hoping it didn’t break free during the drive!

Txevu! Tacvi! Bless you!

These posts are archives of forum / blog entries I made on my EverQuest guild website. The website won’t be around forever, and I wanted the posts all in one place so I didn’t lose them, this blog seemed like as good a place as any.

It’s sounds more like a sneeze than a zone, but many TNF’ers got their Cypher of Txevu last night, the last real flag in the Gates of Discord. Txevu is a static zone, and inside you find the instance entrace for Tacvi, the final zone in the Gates of Discord and an instanced raid zone. Because Txevu is not instanced, the targets inside aren’t always up. We’ll have a little bit of work to do in there to get a couple of keys which allow raid leaders to request the Tacvi instance. Once that’s done we probably won’t spend much time in Txevu itself.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Last night, Inktu`Ta. A good turnout, not the 50 we were hoping for but a good 40-odd people. Cynosure was up, and you can’t go to Inktu`Ta with him alive, so we gave him a little TNF introduction. We also did Zoo for the first time, which was fun, especially when she leashed and started summoning us, but we coped, rushed her and her little pets and left her dead.

Our third visit to Inktu`Ta, the first had been a resounding success, the second not so good. The curse callers did us in, but this time we weren’t about to be beaten by some dead cowardly ghosts, we ran like champions and we burned burned burned and they died died died (er, again). Noqufiel is a pushover once his little ghost buddies are dead and while he put up some token resistance he was never really in any kind of position to negotiate.

Inktu`Ta beaten for the second time, another bunch of TNF’ers with their Cypher of Txevu, and the final two zones in the Gates of Discord looming ahead of us. Which is where I came in at the top of this note.

One more raid in October, and we’re going back to Anguish. I’m personally hoping for a huge turnout, in the high 40’s, because if we get that we’re good to attempt Mata Muram again. After that, TNF is taking a three week break in November. Hope to see you in Anguish next weekend, let’s make the fight before our little break one to remember.

And then when we get back – Txevu, Tacvi, Dragons, Anguish, perhaps a little more toe dipping in the Depths of Darkhollow, and beyond.

Mattress Verdict

It’s extremely comfortable 🙂 I admit, some of that is because the old mattress was tatty, compressed and in a pretty bad way. It’s one of those things that deteriorates slowly enough that you don’t really notice it. Not like one night it’s fine and the next you get into bed and you find you’re on the floor. A mattress just slowly dies, gets less springy, less comfy, just gets less. So the new one is more, and some of that is because it’s new and bouncy, but a large part of it is because it’s just good! There’s an inch or two of memory foam on the top which just relaxes into the shape of your body as you lie down.

So far, every time either of us have gotten into bed with the new mattress, we have always sighed in comfort as the foam gently gives way. It’s like being hugged.

But beneath the foam is a foot of well built, springy, sturdy sprung mattress stuff, which gives the whole thing a bounce and support. I’ve never tried an all foam mattress but I imagine in my head that once the foam has relaxed into your body shape, there’s not much spring or bounce. Not so with a combination mattress, all the bounce you could want, all the support you need and all the comfort of relaxing memory foam on top.

Best purchase for ages.