TSW: Meet Hedgemouse


I bought The Secret World at launch, and even have a Grandmaster’s pack that I picked up shortly after that. The game was enthralling to me because it opened up questions and possibilities of lore in our own world. No other game to this date has sent me to wikis researching things like Ak’ab or Wendigo or Irusan.

But as much as I love the game, I’ve never been able to get past Transylvania. We were stuck in Egypt for about a year or so, too. The stories are great and the NPCs are top-notch, but when I set the game down, I tend to set it down for long stretches of time.

I also have a few alts lying around that I’ve done nothing with for years. I always wanted to explore the game from the view point of something other than Templar. So, I have an Illuminati and a few Dragon, but none of them got into Kingsmouth for whatever reason.

Rerolling that Alt

I’ve wanted to explore what the revamped new player experience is like in TSW for a while. I also wanted to re-roll one of my alts because I made them so long ago (mostly to save the nickname) that the newer faces and hairstyles weren’t available back then. Since I never got very far with any of them, it made sense to just reroll from the start.

I didn’t know exactly who I wanted to make. I only had the nickname “Hedgemouse.” But as I messed around with the character creation  process, a personality appeared.

A young woman. Of Irish heritage. Pale freckled skin. Red hair. Piercing blue eyes that are perpetually locked in this OMG expression.



She is Flynn “Hedgemouse” Flanagan, and she has no idea what the heck is happening to her. I love it!

In fact, she’s far more expressive and even better looking than my main character. With the limiting features of TSW character creator (sorry), it’s hard for me to make a character I really like… but I like Flynn. I even spent time looking up Irish names to pick something relevant (both her names mean some sort of “red”).

She should be, by all right, a Templar. But Dragon got to her first. Poor dear. At least they apologized to her later for the rough handling.


I did decide to play through the opening tutorial since it’s been so long since I’ve seen it. I also struggled to pick a good weapon combination because if there’s anything I suck at, it’s making builds in this game. My main character started with Blade/Pistol, and did just fine. But in the later game (Transylvania), either because I’m just not getting the build system or the talisman system, I feel like she’s struggling.

So I wanted to try something new with Hedgemouse… but I’m stuck to Blade it seems. I just love the way it feels and find it very hard to play without it. This time, however, I picked up Assault Rifle secondary and hope there’s something I can build that can get me through the game solo.

Tips are welcome!

I got her through the Dragon’s intro (shudder) and into Kingsmouth where I left her up top the sheriff’s office with Andy. Figure she’ll be safe there until I can get back to her.


I’d like to put a little time into this game at least once a week, finish a few quests and make some progress. It looks like there’s all kinds of experience boosts to my account now for being a Grandmaster. And, of course, I gave her the horse mount, since I unlocked that purposely for my entire account.

Now, I just have to decide on what she’s going to wear. 🙂


  1. Blade/AR is a very good solo combo. AR gives the range and some heals, while blade takes care of the close-up work and also includes Immortal Spirit, which is also self-heals, so… good survivability and range.

    Both blade and AR focus on penetration as their primary damage trigger for passives, so they synergize well also.

    I’d shoot for this as a low-SP starter build. I’d try for the “Turn the Tables” skill dead last of all of the abilities in that build since it’s the most expensive one and probably the least-needed.

  2. Once I got into Egypt I found that it was kind of fun to redo my wardrobe to reflect the zone I was in. So, going back to Solomon Island for the Tyler Freeborn quests got me into heavier, more rugged clothing, while Scorched Desert was very much short skirt, desert boots and wide-brimmed hat (the sombrero, I think?). Transylvania I like the Van Helsing look, so I use one of the deck costumes with the pirate hat. Heehee.

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