The first conclusion was that my love for my Captain has grown faint. I’ve been logging onto her out of duty, but it’s just not as much fun of a class to play as it once was. Perhaps this is the Helm’s Deep class changes, but I think it’s more because I’ve just been playing it for so very long.
The second conclusion is that trying to balance my attention between two characters in this game is a little futile. Even though I’m a fan of alts, splitting my time here seems a little counterproductive. I really should be focused on just one character (another 2014 resolution: one character for each game), but the question is, which one?
The Captain makes the most logical sense: She’s my sole level 95, she’s got her virtues maxed out, she can plow through any solo content, and she’s in the best position to check out new content/zones when they’re added this year.
But my final conclusion is that I just sincerely like playing my Lore-master more. My pets as a LM feel that they matter a lot more than my Captain’s heralds, and being able to do ranged damage means that I’m not spending the first chunk of any fight running up to someone.
I realized that I had an option here. With the XP shield that came with the Helm’s Deep pre-order and plenty of rest XP, I think I can probably abandon all of the side quests and simply focus on the main storyline — at least for the time being. If I can get my LM to 95 and get through the epic books, then I’ll be more or less where I need to be for future zones. Plus, I won’t feel as though I missed out on the quests, since I’ve already done them elsewhere.
The matter settled, I started transferring everything over to my LM. I scrapped my Captain’s house and bought a new Dwarf deluxe home with my LM, making it as cozy as the hook system would allow.
We will see how it goes, but I’m very optimistic. I enjoy the epic storyline the best in this game anyway, and if I can just do that? Perfect. I’ll have to do some skirmishes, virtue grinding, or side questing if the epic quests start outleveling me, but with any luck that won’t be an issue.