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Fallout 4 Release Day Eve News

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning, and checked your preload status for Fallout 4, just to make sure you would be ready to go. Next stop? News of course! Today (Monday 11/9/15) is the day that reviewers are allowed to post their impressions of the title.

This weekend I dropped the $120 (2 copies at $60 each) on Fallout 4 this weekend just so I would be pre-loaded. Both my wife and I play, and I have to ashamedly admit, she’s going to play it a whole lot more than I will. That doesn’t mean I’m not still pumped about it though!

Reading this review on the Verge, which is very positive on the gameplay and the world of Fallout 4, “what Fallout 4 adds to the world is heart”, stating that for the first time they cared about their character.

What scared me there was that “the game also features the series’ infamous technical problems, with frustrating glitches and bugs that often pull you out of the experience at best, and at worst, lose hard-won progress”

The bugs they point out sound primarily related to NPC’s being difficult, characters talking over each other, blocking doors, with one case mentioned of loading a game and not being able to move.

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This PC World Review isn’t quite as glowing. While the Verge liked that the game had the same feel as Fallout 3, Hayden Dingman from PC World didn’t enjoy that part of the game. He goes on to say that the world is huge, but that most of the locations aren’t worth exploring, and it can feel pretty monotonous.

One of the new features I’m looking forward to is the crafting. When I saw the system on the E3 release video, I immediately became excited about the idea of customizing the weapons. Dingman doesn’t care much for it, and says that he ended up using the same weapons and armor most of the game.

He also points out a number of bugs / glitches, many with the NPCs. I guess that shouldn’t come as any surprise, being familiar with the other Fallout Games.

I got Boon of the Hoarder! So can you, here’s how.

Oh man oh man! I came home the other day determined to check find me the Boon of the Hoarder. I mentioned that I was trying to get it in a previous post, but I decided today was going to be the day. Here’s what I did…

First off, I followed the advice that I mentioned in my previous post, I hit the three areas,

  • Act I – Caverns of Areaneae
  • Act I – Northern Highlands
  • Act 3 – Core of Arreat

Before I go into many more details, here’s some things that I learned:

Don’t fight anything you don’t have to

If you watch the excellent Diablo 3 Goblin Portal Farming Guide video, he mentions it a couple of times, don’t fight everything, just run in, go to the spots, and get out.

Originally I decided that I was going to get all the experience, gold, and drops while I was there, I mean heck, what if I never find the portal? Well, I changed my mind part way through and it is so much faster if you don’t fight everything.

Not to mention, I was worried that when I’m fighting stuff, I might be scaring the Goblins off. I know I should have gotten a message that I engaged him, but still, I’m superstitious.

So just run by all the monsters, and if the goblin is there, engage him. If not, get out of there.

Lots of Bonus Experience and Chests

I found quite a few reflection pools looking for goblins. Probably 6 or 7 in all. I didn’t keep track though. Those cursed chests were fairly plentiful, and I’ll admit, I cleared those while I was there.

How long did it take?

I wasn’t nearly as lucky as my wife was, but I can’t complain. It took me about 3 hours, which would probably have been less if I didn’t fight everything the first few times, in that time, I made 16 total runs, hitting those areas in each game.

Act I – Caverns of Areaneae

Here’s the map of the area. In the 16 runs, I found 8 Goblins here. The best of the 3. The map is sometimes flipped, with the long tunnel going down, always check both directions. There’s a elite spider by a chest, after you kill her, the Goblin is in a cocoon near the chest. I’m standing right where the chest / elite appears.

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Act I – Northern Highlands

This was the worst of the three as far as Goblins go. I only found 3 there out of the 16 times I checked. I will say though, it takes no time to run up there and look, then back to the teleport to get out. It’s the point at the top of the map. I normally run up the east side, then down the west side.

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Act 3 – Core of Arreat

This was a good location too, 5 Goblins in 16 trips. From the waypoint, head east. Once you get to the stairs, stop and leave. Lots of elites here, so it can get kind of hairy sometimes.

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Good Luck!

Diablo III: Trying to get the Boon of the Hoarder

I started playing Diablo III again. I love the Diablo series, but I didn’t like many things about Diablo III, and I probably stopped playing it about 3 months after its release.

If you did something similar, you really should check it out again. They released the expansion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and have totally changed so much of the game it isn’t funny. Trust me, you’ll like it. At least fire up your copy, get updated, and check it out.

Back to my trying to get Boon of the Hoarder. Diablo III has these treasure Goblins, when you see one, they take off, and try to open a portal to escape. If you can kill them before they open the portal, then they drop all sorts of good loot.

Update: I found the portal and have Boon of the Hoarder. Here’s how I did it.

Now they have added an area in the game called “The Vault”, where the Goblins are actually going. There’s a boss there called “Greed”, and if you kill her, she drops a legendary gem called “Boon of the Hoarder”. Now when you kill a treasure goblin, they have a chance to open a portal to the vault. You can then go through and proceed to get lots of good stuff, including the Boon of the Hoarder.

If you have the Boon of the Hoarder in an amulet or ring, there’s a chance when you kill an enemy to have them explode in a shower of gold. Lots of gold.

Since you use gold for lots of stuff, I’m always running out, so I desperately want that gem!

What I learned from various internet sources:

– If you kill greed, she has a 100% drop rate for Boon of the Hoarder

– The difficulty doesn’t matter. Goblins spawn at the same rate in every difficulty, and have the same chance to open the portal.

– There is a 1 in 50 chance that the portal will be opened when you kill the goblin.

I ran across this video, that shows some good spots for finding the Goblin:

I’ve only had a little bit of time to play, and haven’t gotten a portal. My wife did indeed get a portal within about an hour of farming the goblins. I wish I could have joined in! The good advice is to have 3 friends help. Each of you starts a game, clears the three areas, and if no portal, start a new game and do the same. This way you have four games going at one.

Then when one of you finds the portal, invite all of the others into the game.

Good luck!