Let’s start this week’s Nerdful Things with the news of the Mystery Funko POP! The option to buy a random Funko POP! from my in stock items (unless they sell out in which case I will order more random POP!s in) has been added to the store. I’m still looking at other mystery box options (other manufacturers as well as bigger boxes packed with goodies). As a bonus, the mystery box is being offered at a discounted price (cheaper than the cost of a regular POP!) for the first month.
Now, at this point I had intended on adding the other store additions here. I had left it for today to update but yesterday a bombshell hit my e-mail. A short and sweet e-mail with details of the SDCC Funko POP! pre-orders so I dropped everything. After a rush to break the news I managed to get the store updated and also hit up eBay. It’s taken a while in between my internet completely screwing up (I’ve rebooted my router countless times over the last 24 hours) as well as handling all the e-mails, messages and looking after 3 kids. Considering my current state of health I haven’t done too bad!
Anyhoo, enough about my woes! This week’s Nerdful things has now been hijacked by SDCC and I will to a bumper edition next week to cover what I was going to do originally!
I’ve submitted my figures to the distributor and hope to fulfill each and every order. In the event I can’t, full/partial refunds (where applicable) will be issued. Last year was less of a rush, considering I’d only been in operation for about 3 months. More warning was given regarding the available items but it came with the drawback that items were staggered from August to November and saw some MAJOR delays and turned into some cancellations. This year has seen a whirlwind tear through but the plus side is that the items are scheduled to drop much, much sooner. Most are scheduled for later this month with a couple in August and one in September/October. Details of estimated dates are on each product page.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the various announcements and news coming from San Diego and if you’re actually there or have been…well. I’m sure you’re feeling victorious after some epic hauls and signings etc!
I’ve been toying with the idea of offering mystery boxes on the store; one-offs as well as recurring subscriptions. My only reservation is that there is an increasingly saturated market for these and standing out from the crowd will be an issue – especially as a newcomer who operates solo as opposed to a team of diligent workers. One other issue in terms of bringing a unique take on the mystery box world is the fact that it is very limited in what can be done to be different as it’s a very simple principle at the heart of it.
In regards to the monthly recurring scheme: if I do step into this venture it’ll be opened up to a small number as a means of piloting the service and gaining valuable feedback to see whether it’s worthwhile.
I’m looking at implementing the one-offs relatively soon as there is no risk involved in it. Just a simple case of adding an option to the store to purchase a mystery item. I’m also looking at doing a cheaper option for any box damaged items – I have a couple I’ve been holding onto until I decided what to do with them (Crow GITD and the SDCC 2014 Flocked Rocket Raccoon).
Ultimately, this hangs on the customer base (you) and the value you gain from this and I would love to have ideas/comments in regards to these propositions. Any feedback is welcome – drop a comment below!
I’m no stranger to MMO/MMORPG games but I’m no expert either. Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is probably the most addictive one I have played. With non-invasive tutorials and a pick up ‘n’ play style, it seems to be quite a rich game for MMO veterans and noobs alike. Getting started in any MMO can be quite daunting – if you’ve played any of the previous Elder Scrolls titles (Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim) you will feel a bit more at ease, at least I did anyway. With an immersive storyline and stunning visuals, it’s difficult not to love this game.
My main character is currently level 38 and I have to alts (additional characters) who are level 8 and 6. This provides a good segway into my tips:
Create multiple characters (you can have up to 8). Why? Because one thing you will find when trekking all over Tamriel is that you run low on inventory space. So what do you do? Go to the bank and if the bank runs low, have your alts withdraw items to make room. You can also use this a means of helping them level their crafting skills or give them kick ass weapons you found and don’t need.
Linked to the first point, save your gold for bag upgrades (certain settlements have bag vendors and you can buy extra space), bank upgrades (again, you can pay the bank gold to increase capacity within your ‘vault’) and, if you have a mount, visit the stables every 20 hours to upgrade your mounts stats – I would work on capacity until you hit the max of 60 then work on the other stats.
Almost every house, delve, dungeon, keep and any other type of building have bookcases – examine them ALL. Not only can you gain valuable skill points to various ‘lines’ but you may reveal locations on your map and quests to complete. Also, after you complete the Mages Guild quest line the books get added to your Lorebooks where you can keep track (don’t worry,you don’t have to re-read any books prior to that unlocking).
Work on your crafting – don’t waste gold buying/repairing armour and weapons. Get by on what you scavenge. Once you’ve used and abused them, use the deconstruction ability at the clothing/woodworking/blacksmith station. This yields a lot more XP for your crafting as well as gives you items you can use to forge your own items.
Examine EVERYTHING, take as many useful items as you can (food items, weapons, clothing, ores, ingots etc.) – as well as giving you items for crafting you will unlock achievements for harvesting and taking items. Stealing is also advised – I started off not stealing (trying to be good) but you miss out on achievements and it’s quite lucrative in terms of picking up treasures to then sell to ‘fences’. If you’re going to steal, crouch and make sure you’re hidden so as to avoid a confrontation with the guards.
There are many dungeons and other locations to find. Try to avoid using wayshrines to travel (at least to begin with) otherwise you will miss locations, achievements, Lorebooks, crafting items and other goodies. Plus, a scarp every now and again will help boost your skill lines with your chosen fighting techniques.
If you spot an arrow on your compass indicating a quest-giver is nearby, go to it. Try and fill your active quests to the max of 25. Why? A lot of quests in the various regions can overlap meaning that you can tackle multiple quests when you’re in the vicinity maximising the experience required to level up . This is handy for more than the XP , mind – you can gain skill points for certain quests, you may receive gold and/or a weapon or other item you can either wield, sell or deconstruct,
Watch out for items that say they have a bonus for deconstruction inspiration or if they sell for x% more than usual and make sure you either deconstruct or sell the item as it guides to reap the rewards.
One thing I didn’t do early on and ensured I started doing it at around level 25 is the Soul Trap ability. If you have empty soul gems, ensure you put this to good use so that if you die you don’t have to start all the way back at a wayshrine or the entrance to a dungeon.
Get your crafting skills to level 3 – you can then unlock the ‘Hireling’ ability – this can be levelled up as well. Why? Daily, you will receive items such as ore, wood etc. from the hirelings on their respective crafting line. Sometimes you may get some rarer materials to work with or sell.
That’s it so far, I may do a more comprehensive list as I become better skilled within the game. There are lots of guides and what-not out there but most speak to those that are fully or at least well versed in MMO games and for a lot of people, this is all new to them. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people picked this game up having loved Skyrim or an earlier title and wondered “WTF?” when they got started. Hopefully some of these tips prove useful!
Oh, and don’t forget to join my guild if you’re on Ebonheart Pact – it’s Infinite Scroll. Just drop me a message on PSN: Nerdgazzum84. You can also join the Facebook group so we can arrange meet ups in-game to take on quests in Cyrodil (the PvP – Player vs Player) area or to help out with dungeons etc.
Welcome to this week’s Nerdful Things! I’m going to break stride for a sec and congratulate the winner of the 1,000 likes competition for the awesome Play Arts Kai Harley Quinn Variant. So, congratulations goes to Shona aka Ellie Jayden! It feels good to offer up some awesomeness but especially when the person shows true appreciation – her Twitter reaction says it all. As disappointed as I was with the small number of entries, I am glad I had people put some effort in as a prize like this should go to someone who makes an effort and not just a lazy like, share and that’s it. Below is the winning entry:
Before I delve into some of the awesomeness available, I also wanted to announce the integration of a new scheme on the store: certain pre-order items will have discounts applied within a certain window of time before they revert to the regular price. To qualify for the discount, all you have to do is order within that time – the price will show as discounted on the respective product page/in your cart/at checkout. Simple. Bear in mind that this is not on ALL pre-orders and the window of time may be a few days to a week or two so if you want to save a little bit of cash then get in there quick!
So, that being said, here is the first (and only item at the time of writing this) item available at a discounted price. This GITD Vaultboy from the newly announce Fallout series from Funko! This guy has clearly been hanging out with The Glowing One. Or he’s been wandering around the Wasteland without the correct gear and has a stupidly high RAD reading.