Excellent Trait Clarification from TeamLegacy

As some of you may remember, I had a small aneurism trying to figure out were to focus when choosing traits. Well, TeamLegacy posted one article on how the traits differ between professions, which pretty much gives (at least, to me) a good light on understanding them.

For the sake of completeness, I’m posting their findings here, although you can read all their conclusions on the link above:

Let me get into into:

The broke down each trait attribute into 5 different types: Support, Conditions, Offense, Defense and Profession specific.

The first thing you’ll notice (which is damn obvious and maybe I should phrase it as “the first thing I noticed) is that every profession have trait attributes for everything equally. This means you don’t have a more offensive profession or a more supportive profession.

Second, and the interesting point, is that this helps you pick trait attributes based on your gameplay. For example, if you want a more offensive (red) Guardian, you will have to pick traits in the first and third lines, giving you, at the same time, more support and defense. On the other hand, if you want to improve your warrior special skills, you’ll also get more offense.

They also have some more in-depth look at the way professions differ by comparing their trait lines, which is pretty good analysis and I’ll again suggest to read their post.

For me, that was a big clarification.

Steam is cool, but its support…

The year was 2011. AD.

It was the first weeks of August and I was trying deeper waters inside “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood”. I was enthusiastic about the game, its story line and its music. Oh, I was so happy I bought the Deluxe edition with all songs in MP3 format, so I could legally hear them whenever I want, without having to resort to PirateBay or anything.

But… Where did Steam put those songs?

A quick search on the interpipes pointed the directory (on Macs), which I eagerly tried to find, without success. Variations, searching for partial names, all in vain. The files would nowhere to be found.

“Maybe I’m doing something wrong”, I thought, and launched myself into the Steam forums for the game. A quick exchange with some other “forumer” pointed that the initial information was really correct and that, for some reason, I didn’t get the files. Time for a ticket.

August 9th, 2011. That’s the date the ticket was open. They reckoned the problem and would “look further into it”.

Almost two months later, I checked the ticket and it was closed. I reopened it, asking if there was something it could be done. The answer was “no answer at this time”.

And then I resorted to the dirty, black way of getting things on the internet. I was not proud of it, but I was pissed that I paid for something and never got it.

Fast forward a bit more than 4 months later. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is for a long time already, a memory; its story completed and done. Other long games came and gone (Skyrim, for example). And what happens? Steam finally found the problem and I can get the Deluxe content if I install the game again.

Thing is, do I even care at this point? The answer is no. Worse: If Steam kept their month shut, I’d even forget about it. But they answer, 5 months after the initial problem was reported, it’s a black stain in our somewhat nice relationship so far.

Steam, I really love the easiness I can get my games and such, but goddamit, fix your support.