+1 for unintentional RIFT pun in header
As my church job functions on the school cycle, with summer breaking up the year, right now I’m in the same throes of end-of-season pensiveness that strikes a lot of the youth. The quiet of late August is about to erupt into an absolute frenzy, and all I can do is prepare and hold on to my pants.
I’m not just talking about the start of a new school year or my child arriving next month, although those are both a consideration. I’m also talking about how crazy it’s about to get in the MMO space. Within a week of each other, both Guild Wars 2 and LOTRO’s Riders of Rohan will launch, followed by RIFT’s expansion at some undefinable point later on. I know well enough about myself that I’m going to want to spend a lot of initial time in GW2 when it arrives — gorging, if you will, on the newness and excitement. But I’m also going to need to keep on trucking in RIFT before the x-pack arrives, and I certainly don’t want to neglect getting my new horsie in LOTRO. And before I forget, TSW’s second update — now with rocket launchers — hits on the 28th as well. Oh, and SWTOR and City of Steam and Pirate101 and a dozen other side attractions are also vying for my attention.
So it’s very weird to be in this lull right now. I seriously considered going to GenCon this weekend, but I think I need the quiet and peace more than the hectic crowds that that would’ve offered. The lull offers a chance to plan and prepare, to map out schedules and make sure that all of the other details in my life are tidied up.
It’s also fun to feel the butterflies of anticipation and excitement flutter in my tummy. There always seems to be something on the MMO horizon to look forward to, which is one of the reasons that I love this genre. It’s just that it is so rare to get so much in so little time, and to see it approaching like a tidal wave of fun. I just hope I’ll be able to open my mouth and swallow it whole.