Earlier this week, I ran into a number of situations that were quite frustrating to me during my questing this week. I wrote about some of these situations in my overview of my quest runs last week. Just to review, early in the week I took Lorrikk (Level 12 Monk) into the quest, Spies in the House on elite and ran into some situations with the air jets in there which prompted me to eventually fail and exit the quest. Then later in the week, I took Hamllin (Level 15 Fighter, Level 14 at the time) into the quest Dreams of Insanity on elite and ran into some maneuvering issues which stopped me from finishing quest with all of my equipment destroyed and only one rune to activate. However, I also ran into some mildly frustrating issues with Kolll (Level 22 Ranger/Shiradi Champion) and the Risia Ice Games and the habit of over jumping the purple coin on the final ramp.
The sources of my frustration for all of these runs weren’t because of enemies I was facing, the traps I was dealing with, or the need to time jumps but mostly centered around the mechanics of the dungeons or the event themselves. In Spies in the House, I just had the unfortunate situation of running into latency issues and lag spikes during my attempts at using the air jets. As a result of this situation, I couldn’t navigate Lorrikk up the next level and eventually landed on the electrified floor one too many times and suffered a miserable death because of it. As for Hamllin, I made it all the way to the last encounter without any issues in Dreams of Insanity however, as I was navigating through the skinny catwalks in the last room to turn off all of the runes I would accidentally jump over the catwalk or I would fall off. Eventually I did this so many times that the respawning beholders and tharaak hounds just found enough time to eat me and they enjoyed nibbling on my broken corpse so much that I had no equipment left which meant I had no feather fall, no speed boost, and no weapons to fight with. All of this occurred with me needing only one rune to activate to finish the quest. For Kolll, I can’t say how many times I have made my way smoothly to that last jump and only to find myself sailing over that purple coin and trying to maneuver at the last minute to grab it to watch it float by.
While all of this might seem like a complaint, it really isn’t. Its more of a “reality check” to me than anything else. It just tells me that there are other issues in each dungeon and in each event that can keep you from reaching your objective and that you should always prepare for them as well. Whether it is taking your time with the quest mechanics, trying to work around the lag or latency issues, and trying to hone your “Mario Brothers” skills. I’m sure that if I had a party in either Spies in the House or in Dreams of Insanity that I would have completed the quest. Unfortunately my run through Spies in the House was solo because I was running while playing my weekly digital table top game and for Dreams of Insanity I just didn’t find any other takers to join me. As for Kolll, everything is based on timing and I find my timing is more “on target” than off.
So even though “frustration” can be viewed as a bad thing, it has to be weighed in the context of the event. For me, it was more of a lesson to being a better, more rounded player. The next time I do those quests I will need to try to learn from my hardships. It also keeps the game interesting for me. I learn that I just won’t complete every quest with my eyes closed every time I enter it, even if I know the quest inside and out. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of times where frustration isn’t a good thing such as a whole party getting wiped because of a lag spike, or quest mechanic that breaks in the game not allowing you to complete a quest but those weren’t the situations here.
In either case, those quests are under my hit list for those characters and they will be completed. As for the Ice Games, Kolll will continue to harvest those coins (and jump over that purple coin more than I would like) and continue to get better at it.
Thanks for reading everybody and remember to learn from your good sources of “frustration”. Happy hunting everybody!!