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  1. #106: The Limits of the Possible My third run now through the World of Witcher 3. My platinum completion clocked in at 230 hours: A lot of rose-smelling. I have really come to appreciate the depth of lore and detail in this game. I wish they had added trophies for brewing all the oils and potions to their superior versions, and added silver trophies for completing the DLCs on Death March.
  2. The Limits of the Possible
  3. How do you govern your PSN friend list as a trophy hunter? I have found some difficulties managing a large friend list as a hunter for a number of reasons. I find that some new friends, who are often not trophy hunters, come to expect assistance in their games. (That is, why can’t you do X for me…You’ve already done that yourself.) To a certain extent, I can understand some of these expectations: Why else are we friends on PSN if not to at least communicate or game with one another once in a while? However, some believe, apparently, that being a PSN friend means owing random aid. I am Founder of a large clan in Destiny 2. So I am friends with a number of players who I do not regularly game with, for clan administration: I will tolerate a lot to keep them on my friend list for the sake of the clan. However, a number of these players, over the years, have sent invites to random games beyond D2, some of which I don’t even own. Some can be quite persistent, blowing apart my account with invites and desperate requests, and even getting angry in some cases. For instance, when the new Borderlands 2 DLC (Fight for Sanctuary) was recently released, quite a few of these random D2 clanmates would jump into my game uninvited while I was farming. Some would still barge into my game even after I told them I was currently unavailable in a message. (Restarting farming instances in BL2 often resets the party settings to open.) At times, I had to play “appear offline” to get peace and quiet. This led to my decision to remove/block the most aggressive randoms from my friend list. I’ve had some pretty salty messages from randoms I’ve declined assistance to for various good reasons. So I ask, what challenges have you faced as a trophy hunter with regard to your friend list? How did you address those challenges? Are you able to keep a large friend list? (My fellow trophy hunter friends nearly all have very small friend lists.) I have personally found it very difficult to manage a friend list over 100. I simply don’t have time to field the random and persistent requests on my schedule (family/job/PhD/newborn). I have a close-knit group of friends that I hunt with, and finding time beyond this group with a family is incredibly difficult. Who makes it onto your friend list in 2019? Why? How does someone get to stay on your friend list? Do you use the block feature? Some of my friends will unfriend but not go so far as to block, thinking it’s mean or overkill. I’d be interested in reading your thoughts on this matter.
  4. Yes, 1 month for sure...2 months possibly.
  5. There is actually a chance trophies are added in September as well, when the discovery tour update is released. Ubisoft added trophies for that aspect of the game for Origins to encourage engagement.
  6. Ubisoft posted on Twitter that the final achievement will be available to earn in August. Their July 8 post reads, in regard to the contents of Patch 1.4.0, that it includes “In-game support for the next Lost Tale of Greece (August)”
  7. @Gumby114 Correct. With the Leviathan in the rear-view mirror, you're just left with grind. You might take a look at the Lore Seal. Rumor is it's currently the "easiest" to earn...Recent patches have taken a good bit of difficulty, grind, and time off the table in regard to the Forsaken trophies.
  8. Castaway Paradise has a progress tracker. Especially helpful considering its variety and quantity of collectibles...
  9. Child of Light. You could add trophies for crafting a Princess Stone, for fully completing all perk trees, and for beating the game on Expert / NG+.
  10. I have completed Episode 1: Fields of Elysium, and enhanced 4 abilities acquired from a Keeper's Insight, but I did not earn the associated Club XP/Units for completing this challenge. Anyone else run into this issue? A known fix? Thanks!
  11. There isn't a bright line between difficult and easy trophies in many cases. For example, take a rare group of trophies like the weapon assignment trophies in the Battlefield 1 DLCs. Many players...including some who often post in these "trophy purity" threads...cheese these trophies by having a friend drop all the DLC guns on the ground. In this case, these otherwise difficult trophies are no more difficult than what's offered in Iron Snout, a game that's given moral heartburn to most in this thread. In an ideal world, I can understand why many are bothered. These games, in the ideal, are corrosive to the value of platinum and gold trophies. But as one person pointed out recently in another thread, over half the trophies on PSN are above 50% rarity on this site: in other words, most trophies on PSN simply aren't that hard to earn. There isn't much consistency in terms of difficulty from game to game in regard to what it takes to earn trophies. A friend of mine makes pretty good money by earning rare trophies for highly ranked members on this site. Many players also go onto eBay, for instance, and purchase the difficult raid trophies on Destiny 1 and 2: I personally know players who have done this. Sometimes family members play on one account, and it's difficult to know who's playing what titles (I know many who share their accounts with children and/or their wives). There's no way to regulate how trophies are earned, and otherwise difficult trophies are exploited or cheesed constantly, often by those very eager to virtue signal later. It might be best to evaluate each account as one might evaluate a person's résumé, judging for highs and lows by whatever standard you seek to apply, for whatever reasons. While I do understand the moral angst, I also understand the genie is out of the bottle...
  12. If you can obtain Supergirl and Wicked Witch, your ride to 100% will be much smoother. In my opinion, Supergirl is the best character in the game. In addition to the three base mini-figures, having Supergirl, Wicked Witch, Dr. Who, Abby Yates, Ethan Hunt, Newt Scamander, a character that can break rainbow bricks, and the DeLorean available from the start gives you access to most of the game’s hidden areas in the base and expansion sets. Some of the hidden areas where the mini-kits are located are surprisingly creative and well-crafted. While it’s totally fine to pursue just the 100%, having only the base characters makes probably 40% of the level content inaccessible. Sometimes these “hidden” areas have even another additional layer beyond them. The game has a surprising amount of depth locked behind characters with unique abilities, some of whom are available only in the Team and Fun packs.
  13. Considering that a little more than 1500 players out of 255,000 owners of D2 on this site have earned 100%, I think this thread is dismissive of the difficulty of reaching 100% for most players. Being 650 light doesn’t make Leviathan on Prestige easier, per se. Your light is capped at 300 for this event. Those who say your light isn’t capped at 300 have not read Bungie’s patch notes on this matter. What would make this raid easier is the better gear that has been available since Leviathan was released. The Last Wish raid has been cheesed by many with cluster rockets. But cluster rockets are receiving a hefty nerf next week, so this exploit will likely be closed off now, meaning you’ll have to run Last Wish legit, which isn’t “easy” for most. If you have a good crew to work through D2 with, and a really solid raid crew to rely on, it’s probably a 6/10 to get everything. It’s the grind that is “difficult.” The RNG associated with the Seals causes most players to tap out, and the player base has been shrinking, making reliable people to run activities with harder to find. For most players, earning 100% will take quite an investment of time. Some of that investment will be curtailed now that Xûr will sell Forsaken exotics. Those who do find the 100% easy are the outliers, and they may indeed find it easy. (I’ve earned the was quite the journey!!)
  14. I think Lego Dimensions is a solid game. Before buying Dimensions, you'll need to understand it's quite a financial investment if you're looking to 100% this title. You'll need all the story and level packs (13 of those) in addition to the base game, and a number of additional characters beyond these packs. If you're looking for the least expensive route to earn 100%, then you can just buy the necessary tag base discs on eBay, for instance. Yes, you need the USB Portal Base to play Dimensions. So, no, it's not too late...
  15. @Viper I like your logical reasoning there. I checked my account. I used the code some time ago that Ubisoft provided for me. I cannot dismantle my Epsilon, or anything else, apparently, that I obtain from Club. (Not that I want to, and we have the ship’s stash, as you’ve noted.)