Even though it happens this time every year, I can’t believe we’re transitioning into the summer months. I just finished planning the next three months of my work schedule and have started to give some thought about what I want to do in my gaming time.
1. Starting a new character in The Secret World
My journey with my main character in TSW is almost at a (temporary) end. She’s about done with Transylvania and the main storyline, and because I have little interest in entering the elitist annoying dungeon grind, I’ll be parking her there until future updates come out to give her more goals.
This second wind in the game has given me crazy ideas, such as actually going ahead and starting up a new alt. Sure, I could just grind missions to fill out my wheel, but there’s something about the challenge and progression of the journey at large. I’m not saying that I don’t have reservations, but my mind’s come around from where I was at a couple of weeks ago. I’m researching builds and might actually try my hand at whatever this game’s version of crafting is. We’ll see.
2. Finish Wildermore and get back to my Lore-master in LOTRO
My LM has been on hold since Wildermore came out, and I’ve been very, very slowly going through the new zone. It’s not bad, I’ve just been having issues getting LOTRO to run on my main computer and I’m trying to buckle down and figure the problem out.
Keeping a character (my Captain) on top of the content is a priority for me, especially so that I don’t have to worry about being behind when Helm’s Deep comes around. I don’t think that’ll be a problem at all, really. So maybe June will be Wildermore month, and the rest of summer I’ll return to Moria.
3. Work on leveling my Ranger in GW2
I’m still really liking my lowbie Ranger and am taking my time with her progress. She’s doing all of the normal stuff (hearts, vistas, POIs, etc.) that I did with my Engineer, but I am making a few significant changes to how I’m handling her. I’m giving crafting (namely cooking) an honest try, I’m gunning for dailies as much as possible, and I have a new rule — if I see an event happening or an event trigger nearby, I do it, always. I got lazy with the latter on my Engineer and started ignoring events in favor of world completion, and I think I robbed myself a bit for that. So putting the emphasis back on events has freshened up my experience.
The new festival that’s coming out in a week or so will be another welcome diversion, although I loathe to think of how many characters we’re going to see with cute little wings going about the place.
4. Hopefully getting to play Marvel Heroes at some point.
You know that thing where if you’re told you can’t have something or do something, it makes you want it even more? Well, I haven’t been able to get Marvel Heroes to run at all since it launched and man do I want to play it. Some folks seem to be getting in just fine, but there are a lot of issues with the client, and I’m one of the people that’s affecting. The standard client just errors out on me, and the Steam client refused to start, period. The forums have plenty of threads on both of these issues, but there are no surefire solutions other than Gazillion promising to work on it.
5. Maybe going back to DDO for the expansion
Is it time to return to DDO? It might be. I’m mulling that one over, too. The second expansion looks promising, especially with the new classes, races, and focus on Forgotten Realms. If I’m really bored by August, this could be a nice diversion, a get-back-in-the-game-and-see-what’s-what thing.
Other than that, I have no huge plans. I’m trying to pare things down a little and simplify, and TSW/GW2/LOTRO will most likely remain the gaming trinity that I’ll cling to during these hot months.
I am attending PAX Prime this year. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Seattle or at any PAX, and I’m looking forward to it. I don’t know if there are any blogger gatherings planned, but if there are, I’d be interested!