3 months into the year…

and my gaming trends have taken a turn.  I started off the new year playing a lot of LOTRO PvMP even though the server I was on had a noted downturn in activity.  I began the process of transfering most of my characters to new servers and that brought up some Turbine criticisms which I posted about here.  While the PvMP has been of better quality and quantity on Landroval and Brandywine and I was planning on posting something on Reaver builds,  the prevalent problems with the game itself, both pve and pvp, has been sucking the joy out of the game for me.  This isn’t anything new, the game has been losing players now for some time.  The last expansion just flopped imo and more people are leaving for greener pastures. I’m at the point where I need to stop playing for a while so that when I do come back, I have a fresher feeling about the game.

Just then, Diablo was patched and Blizzard made the game fun again!  In just a short time I had reached lvl 60 on my Barbarian and now stand at paragon level 34.  Did I say it’s fun! I’m seeing less junk and a lot more useful drops and I’ve gotten several pieces of legendary gear.  My Barb has gotten much stronger in only a short amount of time. Now, it’s still a simple hack and slash dungeon game so my advice is short play sessions with friends so the fun doesn’t get stale.  Speaking of Blizzard, I’m still playing WOW.  My Warrior has gotten up to ~lvl 87 and is questing his way through Panda land.

ESO: Now that the NDA has been lifted we are getting tons of information about this game  and while managing my expectations, I’m still excited about what I see.  I am on the PTS but I haven’t done extensive play throughs.  I’m playing a few hours a week on different characters in the level 1-10 range, getting a feel of how the game works: crafting, pve, leveling, etc. There’s already been some changes made by Zenimax that proves this is a beta for them and just not a trial.

week in review

I can’t recall a gaming week filled with greater MMO diversity.  Short, goal driven gaming sessions were the order of the day.

SWTOR: Mainly focused on 3 characters there, all reaching for the mythical lvl 55 cap.

  • 1. Beausoleil: Smuggler/Scoundrel, lvl 53ish, ~lvl 68 valor.
  • 2. Bois’sec: Smuggler/Scoundrel, lvl 51ish, lvl 59 valor.
  • 3. Jolieblon: Jedi Knight/Sentinel, lvl 54ish, lvl 59 valor.

Don’t mistake the pvp focus on valor ranking as an indication of my competitiveness. My SWTOR pvp is very casual, I cue up for warzones solo and switch characters when my daily is complete.  I’m not very concerned about wins/losses, I’m more concerned on how i’m playing and whether or not i’m hitting all the right buttons.

WOW: yep, i’m still slugging away in Northrend on my Warrior.  I did ride the wave of momentum following Blizzcon by shooting my way from lvl 75 to 80.  I have 1-2 more zones in Northrend to explore then it’s off to Cataclysm land.

Rift: mostly logging in to collect my daily patron gift and remind myself what my quickslot bar looks like.  I’m aware there a new expansion that’s hot off the presses and I went thru the initial quest but gave up until I was better antiquated with my cleric.

AOC: yet another surprise, I finally hit lvl 30 and I seem to understand the Conqueror class better now.  I am enjoying the combat.  However, AOC is a beginning to take on the look of the game that I’d like to continue but the game itself is getting in the way. I finally finished up the solo content of in the Cimmerian village and Conagal Valley(sic) and I just made lvl 30.  What I found frustrating was that quest givers kept sending me back through areas I had cleared before.  Hunting for quests was not something I have enjoyed in this zone.    

LOTRO:  actually been kinda quiet in lotro.  My freep characters are parked and ready for the HD launch.  I mostly played my creep Reaver and had some fun in the moors.  I also worked on my film project and I’m near the half way point in terms of filming. Lots more editing work ahead.

Heartstone (beta): I’m giving this a try as time permits.

Where’s my cheese!

It was a big week in gaming for me..big as in I found lots of time to game between GW2, WOW, and Rift…but not all was rosy.  So lets get right to it.

Divinity's Reach from Queensdale

Divinity’s Reach from Queensdale

I spent the most time in GW2.  For those that say it’s a boring game, never anything to do, well, I certainly didn’t find that the case this past week.  The Dragon Bash kept me going and going and going.  However, not all ended well.  I was prompted to return to Lion’s Arch to participate in the Dragon effigy burning ceremony instance.  I went ahead and started it and through some mishap of my own, I ended up inadvertently leaving the instance before it was complete and that’s where my troubles began.  See, that bugged the rest of my dragon bash story line and basically froze my advancement at that point.  I bugged it and my ticket is closed…but in my view, not resolved.  I can get some solace in that I’m not alone in my angst as noted in the official forums here.  While my story progress was halted, I still managed to get the meta festival achievement and those “shatter” holographic wings.  I also managed to get some guild event time with my guild as we explored one of the lower level Asura zones.

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In WOW, I hit lvl 71 and I’m still in the Outlands.  My goal is to make it back to Azeroth but I’m almost rethinking this.  Maybe a case of burn out, I don’t know, but I keep asking myself what am I doing here and why and is this fun.  I feel very disconnected to any story going on right now and that’s a major problem.  I’ll give it some more time and figure out a way out of the Outlands.

In Rift, I spent some time shopping and getting to know the game again.  I did have some expert level dungeon gear and I bought some more from the store.  I had sooooo much rex to spend there it was awesome.  My 60 Cleric is nicely decked out and dungeon ready, if and when I take that route.  My gameplay has been about getting comfortable so I stuck with story quests and 2 souls, a shaman soul and a druid soul.  Both are excellent solo DPS classes that are hard to fail on which I need right now.  I’ve enjoyed the story so far, nice bits of whimsy and all, I mean it is a high fantasy story so why not have some talking rabbits.  My plan is to finish the story quest in the new area, then start working on achievements, etc and maybe doing some dungeon runs, probably as a healer.  Right now, I can see me spending a lot of time here.  I’ll leave you with some Rift screenies

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Dueling MMOs of the week: WoW and GW2

With LOTRO in my rear view mirror, the past week has been filled with WoW and GW2.

In WoW, my human Warrior hit 65 and is moving his way through Outland.  I’m through the starter area of Hellfire, past the Zswamp, and now in this forest zone.  It’s looking good now, I almost tanked this game in hellfire, i did not like that zone.  Lore wise, I’m a little lost so I’ve finally broken down and started reading some WoW head articles.  My goals are pretty basic, explore and complete zones and get some story…hard to fail with that bar, but it’s possible.   My sessions have usually been around 30 mins and it’s been satisfying, even wanting for more.  I begin to understand the power of WoW, muhahhahah.

In GW2, I love the game but I have struggled with burnout, at 800+hrs in the game.  With that in mind, I transferred off Henge of Denravi and moved back to my original server, Sanctum of Rall.  I also put my guild membership on hiatus, nothing against those guys I just needed to start fresh again somewhere else.  I represented with a different guild, one of the largest guilds in GW2 and one that I’m a member of in its Rift faction.  The gem cost of transferring hurt a bit but I felt that I needed a different experience, both server and guild, to get me back in this game.  Of course, the advantages of a large, organized Guild helps me meet gameplay objectives for my 2 mains: 80 Mesmer and 80 Warrior.

Comfortably numb in Rohan

LOTRO continues to be my main MMO these days while my game time has been slightly less the past few weeks.  I’ve spent some time in GW2 working on my Guardian, who seems to have petered out at 45, and my newly rolled Necromancer who is lvl 10.  I tried to get back in SWTOR but after hitting 52 I haven’t found myself logging back in.  I also sorta hit a wall with WOW, my warrior there is 60.  Sigh, way too many games that’s for sure.  Then Neverwinter launched and that captivated me for about 20 levels.  I think I’m turning into one of those level capped collectors…just collecting level capped characters in whatever mmo they are playing.  Certainly, the typical endgame scene of repeating raids until you get the gear you want is about as appealing as drinking reclaimed baptismal water from a leper colony

So, in LOTRO I’m somehow managing to level up my Wardens on Riddermark and Brandywine…. simultaneously.  At first it was just an attempt to learn the class again.  Warden is not an alt friendly class if there ever was one.  I don’t know, but right now, I’m just comfortable in Rohan and I’m not looking for anything more than that.    LOTRO did have some big news with the announcement of patch 11… a new area to explore is always welcome.  There’s more pvp woes as there’s a change to the way killing blows are earned that will take place with patch 11.  Apparently this was a bug since 2007.  I’m not too phased about the change itself but to take this long to fix a simple bug is mind numbing.  Again, Turbine’s communication takes a swing and miss with the community.  I will say that the upcoming Lala’s market place is one area that Turbine did right.  It’s an ingame store that’s not in your face and for Turbine, that’s progress.