SolForge – Free to Play Update – Six Months Later

Previously, I gave a small blurb about my free to play account here. At the time, I only had two legendary cards and a few heroics. I’ve made it a point to log in daily and get my rewards and draft every time I get up to seven tickets. I’ll admit I have had some success drafting and have benefited from those extra premium packs. That’s the beauty of SolForge. Play well and get rewarded and you don’t have to spend a dime! 

My Legendaries 

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43 if I can add

43 Legendaries isn’t too bad. For the heroics, I am just a few cards shy of having at least three of each card. To complete my heroic set I need the following:

2x Runegrove Guardian

1x Lifeblood Dryad

1x Omnomnom

1x Master of Elements

Only five cards away from getting that full set. With forging right around the corner I’ll be able to pick those up fairly easily. All commons and rares have well over 3 copies each and will get fed into the forge to fuel future drafts and legendary card purchases. Drafting has really helped fill out this account and I can build a relatively competitive NT deck. While missing quite a few legendaries I should be able to grab a few more copies of needed copies. I’ve got an eye out for Thundersaur since my “Growbots” is looking close to being built. 

Some fun numbers:

45x Forgeplate Sentry

43x Grove Huntress

43x Lightshield Patrol

42x Sparkblade Assassin

42x Matrix Warden

42x Vault Technician

40x Enrage

I obviously draft Alloyin and Uterra all the time as my previous draft posts illustrate. Check them out for lists! 

All of my draft posts can be found on this page

 

If you’re hesitant to try SolForge now is the time to check it out. A new set is weeks away with an all new forging system that will help you get the cards you want without spending any money. The community is awesome and hosts tournaments almost on a weekly basis. There was a qualifier this past weekend as well as a sealed event tournament. If larger tournaments aren’t your thing the client has 3 round constructed or draft tournaments that can be completed at your convenience. 

Give it a go!

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#Neverwinter Skirmishes – Quick and Fun

Skirmishes are miniature dungeons consisting of 5 man parties. The game makes it simple to join with the queue feature. Just click a button, wait to queue and you’re transported to a zone for a short 10-15 minute battle. So far I’ve participated in a defeat each wave encounter and a small dungeon that leads up to a boss. These little adventures are a nice touch and simulate the smaller encounters you have in table top D&D. My most recent skirmish was into Helm’s Cathedral to defeat a Pit Fiend that some cursed cultists no doubt summoned in some dark ritual.

I am continuing to really enjoy Neverwinter and recommend checking it out. I’ll leave you with some shots from Helm’s Cathedral, and ‘Until next time, get your games in!’

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#Neverwinter – Dungeons and Dragons – Wonderful Free to Play

I had an opportunity the past few days to rest while my wife and babies were visiting the grandparents and I had a good chance to check out Neverwinter. A free to play MMORPG based on Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve known Neverwinter has been based off of D&D for a while but it really hit home when I realized that the abilities that my character used were ‘at will’, ‘encounter’, and ‘daily’ powers. A great touch to add the feel of D&D to the game. Naturally the encounter and daily powers have cooldowns as you would expect.

I didn’t get a good chance to try out Neverwinter during the beta event, but the initial glimpse peaked my interest enough to give it a whirl with the latest email they sent reminding me to get in  on the open beta.

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Each level grants you new powers or upgrades to existing ones, my favorite so far being takedown! Nothing like walking up to someone and just knocking them flat on their backs!

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The visuals were more than I expected coming into a free based model (there are of course micro-transactions). Here are some shots of my adventures so far:

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The targeting system is unobtrusive as well. Don’t worry about having to click on a mob or tab to target, you just face the target you want and the game locks in all on its own. This allows for some extremely fun and interactive gameplay.

Here’s the shot of the Mimic treasure chest that almost devoured me for lunch!

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This game has a ton of great features!

  • Auction House
  • Foundry
  • Dungeons
  • Skirmishes
  • PvP
  • Queue system!
  • Guilds
  • Banks
  • Professions
  • Companions

I’m sure I’m missing a bunch, but I’ve just begun finding them. The most interesting feature so far has been discovering The Foundry quest system. These are player generated quests written by players and incorporated into the game. So for the DM’s out there this game has a spot for you. I’ve been through a few of them and they are awesome fun!

Did I mention that you can manage your character without being logged into the game, for free? Want to check on your auctions, or do some more profession training while you’re on the go? You can! There’s a mobile site to manage your character.

If you haven’t tried this game out, I suggest giving it a go. Check it out here:

Neverwinter Online

Launch Trailer

Mike’s World

And if you like the game look me up @multani80

Until next time, get your games in!