Home is Where the Crafting Stations Are

I am not a builder. That specific mechanic that is so prevalent in sandbox games is not something I take time out to focus on. This tends to be a detriment when I play these types of games with others who are builders. They want to spend time making things look pretty where I just want to run off and engage with the rest of the game. But when I’m on my own, I do as I please.

I have played Trove 6 years now and my cornerstone (personal housing space) looks like this:

It used to have walls but I go rid of those…easier to access all the stations on the go.

My house in Chimeraland is looking much the same. Now you will notice it has walls and even a second story! This is partly out of necessity, I built my house on a slope so there is only so much space I can expand to on one level. Putting in some stairs unlocked way more space to expand on the second level. The walls on the first floor are there because it looked weird without them. On the plus side I can run up the walls to the second level and crawl through the windows on either side of the house. Accessibility to my crafting stations is a must.

I like Chimeraland’s building system better than the voxel based building system of other sandboxes. Each piece needs to touch another piece and they snap together like Lego. It’s the same kind of system No Man’s Sky uses as well for base building. Using walls, floors, and roofs instead of cubes/blocks makes it easier to male things look nice without much effort. 

While my house, aka the crafting station conglomerate, isn’t very homey my Foaming Waters, my chosen starting area, has started to feel like home. Here and the surrounding areas are where I have been spending the majority of my time in Chimeraland.


This location has provided everything I’ve needed so far in the early stages of the game. To the east is a pleasant valley in between two mountain peaks. Here ore spawns are plentiful and there are even a couple totems not too far from my house.

Sometimes the forest catches fire!

To the south is a small forest where I do my logging. It is down the slope from the house but it doesn’t take too long to get there. This seems to be where the majority of my neighbors have decided to build their homes. There’s also a lake further south to fish when I’m so inclined.

To the west are more mountains with more ore, fossils, and a variety of gathering nodes. There’s also one lone house I can see from my second story way off to the west. Otherwise, I seem to be the only one to build up here thus far.

I suspect anywhere you land is going to be a good starting area. Some maybe more than others but given the choice to land anywhere in the world there has to be some harvest-able nodes to get started. I’m guessing this is why nodes aren’t locked behind life skill levels but instead give an increased chance to drop higher level materials.

I have roamed a bit outside the Foaming Waters. I recently trekked all west to Serpent Beach where I found a teleport there. I’ve also gone 15 miles north to a humanoid village located in the Isle of Mist for one of the tutorials. I didn’t stay too long and haven’t been back since.

I’ve been focusing mostly on leveling up my housing to unlock more crafting and utility stations. Currently I’m at housing level 8 and this is where I’ve hit a wall with the resources available in my area of choice. To get to level housing level 9 I’ll need crystals which have to be mined from the bottom of the sea which means I’ll at least need to get back to Serpent’s Beach. Luckily it’s only a teleport away. It also means I’ll need an underwater mount of some sort.

That’s what I’ll be aiming for next!

Taking It All In

This totally looks like an efficient way to hatch an egg

Somehow I’ve gotten to level 25 in Chimeraland and I’m still doing the tutorial. It’s not from lack or trying. I’ve done everything Bell, has asked. I’ve built a house, I’ve gathered materials, I’ve learned to craft, I’ve learned about equipment, and pets, and on and on. But there is still more to learn. She just wants me to do more.

Bella now has me building a Base which is a separate thing from my home. But I might be able to use base parts in my house? I’m not sure yet. It’s at least a place to grow the saplings I’ve been getting from gathering plants. But again, I’m not sure what I have to do to get them to grow. I bet Bella will tell me eventually.


This tutorial is very similar to a lot of other mobile games I’ve played. Specifically of the free to play rpg/gacha game variety. System menu upon system is thrown at you in rapid succession. You’re shown how to do it, usually with a big “TAP HERE” icon, and it’s never talked about again. Then you’re on to the next thing.There’s not much depth in the explanation regardless of how much or little depth there is to any given system. 

At least Chimeraland let’s me ignore the tutorial whenever I don’t feel like doing it. I’ve found this helpful to get a grasp on things after I’ve felt like I’ve done too much at once. I look around the menus, I take some time to go out and gather or craft something that looks interesting. Or I’ll wander around looking for a cool beast I haven’t seen yet. I only start the tutorial up again when I find something I want to do but can’t figure out how.

I like an open floor concept


Figuring out how to level up my house was my first run in with this. Unlocking crafting stations, building parts, and all other sorts of stuff are tied to the housing level. It turned out to be a very simple menu that I would have eventually found on my own…probably…but it was nice to be shown too. It’s based on the number of build points you have and requires some materials to increase the level in case you were curious.

As it turns out, Bella gets a bit tired of talking sometimes. Every once and a while the tutorial quest will ask me to go do explore on my own for a few minutes. The equivalent of the game telling you it’s busy and to entertain yourself or play outside or something. As I’ve gotten farther in to the game that time has gone up from 5, to 15, now to 30 minutes.

An amusing hobby indeed.


Not to worry though, Bella’s  got some friends in the tutorial menu and each of them, presumably, has their own set of tutorials. So if I’m itching for more tutorial while my other tutorial is on a smoke break I’ve got more tutorials I can do!

I’ve clicked through some dialog and each one seems to be there to explain something a bit more depth. One is focused on how to raise your power rank, one is focused on gathering, and one wanted to send me 15 miles away to a humanoid town to get some quests. I’ve left these alone for the most part. 

These plains don’t look all that dusty

The constant tutorial doesn’t bother me too much. It’s there when I want it but can otherwise be ignored. I’m not nagged to do it if I simply choose not too. Completing it showers me with items and materials and lots and lots of currency as well. Sometimes it’s nice to be guided a bit when I don’t feel like sandboxing.

I do wonder if I’ll get to a point soon where Bella will leave me and I’ll know it all. There’s a lot going on in the game already so I can’t imagine how many more systems/menus there are to explain. Maybe Chimeraland takes the adage that the leveling process is the tutorial and the real game starts at the level cap a bit too seriously…

We shall see.

Chimeraland First Impressions

I was faced with a rather interesting choice once I completed character creation. Where did I want to be born in the world? There are two continents to choose from and the game let’s you know the choice isn’t permanent. You can travel to the other continents at any time. Not having to commit to an area of the map when I have no idea what I’m doing will probably lead to a lot less character re-rolls.

There doesn’t seem to be  a difference between the two. One was labeled “hot”. I took that to mean more populated rather than the climate but whose to say at this point. Wanting to be where the people are, I picked that one and was presented with a 3D map of the continent. I chose a nice little spot at the foot of the Eastmound Benevolent Mountains. It just seemed like a place a small cow creature should start out.

Then I was unceremoniously ejected in to space. I found my character hurtling to the ground like I was dropping for a battle royale. 

Thanks Bella!

After landing gracefully on my feet I started following the tutorial. If you’re familiar with mobile game tutorials you know how this works. A few lines of dialogue from your friendly, neighborhood, NPC guide followed by an overlay showing exactly where to click/tap/what button to press to open a menu or do a thing. There are cutscenes with a voiced narratoion sprinkled in to explain the more involved systems.

Our friendly NPC guide is in Chimeraland is Bella. So far she has walked me through everything from opening my inventory to capturing monsters with a crossbow and everything in between. Each “quest” finished offers a reward. Sometimes it’s equipment I need to complete the next step of the tutorial, sometimes it’s money, and sometimes I have no what the item used for. That’s ok because I seem to be getting a lot of everything.

Inventory is plentiful. There’s 400 inventory slots and you start out with a large carrying capacity. It looks like carrying capacity can be increased further by leveling up. Which is great for me, I’m a “let’s pick up everything” sort of player if a game allows me to be. 

By far, my favorite part about the inventory are the tabs for each category of item. It’s nice not having to search through the entire inventory to find something. Especially now when I have to hover over each item to see what it does.

In case anyone was wondering…

There doesn’t seem to be much of a story which is fine since I’m not playing a sandbox for the story line. Bella tells me that she was the one who shot me out in to space. Thanks for that Bella…She also tells me there were some people who killed and ancient go thousands of years ago and that there is some sort of war going on now. Oh, and I’m the destined one because of course I am. Destined for what? She never really explained that.

I’m most excited about the gathering system so far. I’ve always liked gathering as an activity in games. I find it relaxing wandering around and collecting stuff. I think that’s due to my early exposure to Runescape where the majority of the game was gathering to craft and/or to sell to other players so I could buy nice looking armor. Likewise, I always use Runescape as my ideal standard for a gathering system. I like when numbers go up and I like when I can progressively gather better things.

Chimeraland’s gathering system definitely has numbers going up. Each skill, mining, logging, plant gathering, fishing, scavenging, needs to be leveled up. While the level doesn’t seem to effect the nodes I’m able to hit I think it affects the resources I’m able to extract from the node. Each gathering skill also has a skill tree which is something I don’t think I’ve seen before. There are skills for getting more resources per hit, getting better resources, and spending less energy on hit.

The energy thing concerns me a bit. Each time you use a gathering skill it spends 4 energy from the pool. This is per action so each swing of the axe depletes 4 energy. Energy regens at 100 energy per 10 minutes. In theory, there is a max amount that can be gathered in a given time frame and then I would need to wait to do more. I’m not sure how this will ultimately affect the game play. For one, the energy pool is huge, starting out at 10,000 energy points. The tool tip says that there are foods that restore energy and that the *base* energy recovery rate is 100 per 10 minutes. Which leads me to believe that the base energy recovery rate can be increased and that I can find energy restoring food eventually.

I sure hope so, because as I log back in while writing this post to check some things, it looks like energy only recovers while you’re online.

That’s a rather large bird

I’m honestly surprised with how stable my connection here. I’m assuming all of the servers are in the SEA region and I’m in the US. I haven’t gotten disconnected or felt the game was lagging at all. A couple hours in to the game I experience rubber banding maybe once but nothing that’s made it unplayable. I’ve had worse lag playing Trove.

There’s so much to write about this game and I’ve only played one time. I’ve played survival sandboxes before and have the basic mechanics down. But the way Chimeraland works these systems in with MMO progression has been very engaging so far. It feels familiar but different and a little esoteric all at the same time.

Chimeraland – Creating Weird and Wonderful Characters

Chimeraland is a game that wasn’t even on my radar until a few weeks ago. That’s when I started reading Bhagpuss’s recent posts about it. It sounded like there was a lot of fun to be had with the myriad of systems in the game and the huge world in which it takes place.

At first I thought the game was region locked. I was under the impression that this was a mobile only game. So when I went to try and download it on my android tablet I got an error that it wasn’t available in my country. A quick return to the game’s web page showed me I missed the big “Download on the PC” button . The mobile version appears to be only available in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines while the PC version had a global release. Which is just as well, I’d much rather play on PC.

It didn’t take long to download or update the game. I thought the launcher crashed at one point while it was trying to patch but, it turns out, I was just being impatient. Once the game launched I had no issues making an account and getting logged in.

There are currently 14 servers in Chimeraland to choose from. All but two of them were flagged as busy. The last two had a “recommended” tag on them. The first one I couldn’t register a character on because there wasn’t enough room so I went for the other recommended server. Then it was time to create my character.

There are 16 races to choose from in Chimeraland. Well, more like 12 since four of the races are different flavors of Human. I’m not sure why anyone would want to play a human when there are so many other weird and wild races to choose from. I mean just look at some of these!

The character creator has two different modes, free and precise. Free has you choose your race, age, and gender through a wheel interface. I found this pretty frustrating to use (maybe it’s better on mobile?) so I switched to precise which is your typical character creator.

I love a game with non standard race selections. When the opportunity arises I will go out of my way to pick something I’ve never had the chance to play before. So after looking through all the races I settled on the Octolow, a little, jacked, squid man. But as I started playing through the tutorial I realized that I had held back a bit and I could go weirder. I wanted to explore that a bit more. I deleted the squid man and went back to the character creator.

There are two things I learned from deleting my first character. You get one character per server and after deleting a character you can create a new one but have to wait 48 hours to delete the new one if you’re unhappy with it.

Back to character creator, I chose the one race that I knew I had never played before and might, possibly, never get the chance to play again. The Mudrake, the giant, only vaguely humanoid, fish woman. So started my hour long fight with the character creator to make this thing look good enough to play it.

Chimeraland has one of those character creators with a lot of sliders. I’m not a fan of these because they give the illusion of a lot of customization but in reality it’s really hard to make anything look good. You can have a million sliders for different parts of the face but when there’s only one face model it’s going to be either just slightly different or horrific nightmare fuel.

Case in point:

I’m not brave enough to use this as my character model

With a lot of finagling the sliders I was able to get the legs proportional to the body, and the body just small enough that it wasn’t clipping through the preview clothes. The real challenge was the tail which is a separate “accessory” and not part of the character model. No matter what I did it never quite looked like it was part of the Mudrake. More like it was glued on to the back. Also, the body, “hair”, and tail are different parts that don’t share colors so I had to match the colors on all three. These colors are on a slider and there’s no hex code or match button so I had to do it by sight.

Once I thought I had her looking pretty good I started the game. After I spawned I realized a glaring mistake: the head was too big. I looked like some sort of rubbery fish mascot and I just knew I couldn’t play looking at that, always thinking about it, having to stare at it…Unfortunately, I couldn’t play on the recommended server for 48 hours since this was my second character in 48 hours.

The in-game name generator ladies and gentleman

I chose a busy server and created a Cowdoo just so I could play the game this weekend. Sure, the Cowdoo isn’t as exotic as some of the other races, but I’ve never played a tiny, bipedal, cow in any game thus far so I’d call that a win.

I haven’t decided if I’ll keep playing on the busy server or re-create my Cowdoo on the recommended server when my timer is up. I’m really not sure if it’s jut recommended because it’s new or if there’s another reason for it. I did play for a few hours yesterday to get acquainted with the game but that’s a post for another time!

One more for the road!