After getting some TSW and RIFT time in yesterday, I had an hour or so before bed to check in with WildStar’s now-activated MEGASERVERS. MEGASERVERS must always be typed in all caps. Do not stare straight into the MEGASERVERS. If the MEGASERVERS begin to leak, quickly back away and contact the nearest authorities.
In addition to taking away any old and unused names/characters, Carbine deemed it necessary that everyone on the new MEGASERVERS had to pick a last name to go with their first. In a way, it was much like launch day, with folks scrambling to get their nomers. I actually prefer MMOs that allow us two names — there’s less worry about naming conflicts, and it’s oddly easier to come up with good names when you have a pair of words. After locking in Syp and Syppi Tsunami as well as Thursday Next, I decided to fiddle with the character creator for a bit. Why not make an Aurin? They’re silly, but I hadn’t really experimented with their looks all that much.
By the time that I discovered I could have large pink spikey hair and paired that up with the Esper class, I knew that I had to go for a concept. I’d become Jem Hologram, based on the best 80s cartoon ever.
About an hour later, I was yelling into our guild’s teamspeak, “WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME HOW AWESOME ESPERS ARE?” I hold the world at large accountable for this oversight and certainly not my own ignorance. I guess I had written off Espers early on because they looked a lot like floofy, nature-loving mages. What didn’t click — but certainly did last night — is the “psychic attack” aspect of the class. By around level 6, I had a set of incredibly fun abilities including a temporary pet (why did no one tell me they had pets?).
The tail might drive me to distraction, but I was more fascinated with the hologram-like show that Jem put on. I know that early on, every class in WildStar feels pretty overpowered as the mobs die quick, but even so I felt like a reaper carving my way through all of the opposition. You look at me funny? Here are a quick succession of psi-birds to peck off your FACE.
From my perspective, the whole MEGASERVER thing launched really smoothly. Thayd was reportedly crowded and the channels were all hopping. My guildies had a lot of fun chatting while we sorted out the new lay of the land, and I was entertained by all of the new two-name characters I encountered, like Matt Damon, Chocolate CHOCOLATE, and (of course) Theodore Roosevelt.
Merges made sense at this juncture in WildStar’s run, and I hope that getting this tech in will pave the way for a stronger future. In the meanwhile, I’ll be truly, truly, truly outrageous.