I have some sort of debilitating sickness in my head that always works against me when I’m deep into a MMO. It’s one of the things that causes me to stutter out in the mid-levels of a game and reroll an alt or jump to another title. I think of it as “the grass is greener on the other side” phenomenon, where I start getting obsessed about playing a different class or game while I’m hip-deep in a mindless grind or a slow leveling curve.
Right now, in LOTRO, I’ve got my burglar up to level 25 and am plowing through Lone-Lands, mentally preparing myself to scale the cliff of content I already have done with my captain. I’m enjoying the burglar, he’s fun, but the second I’m not playing another class is the second I start thinking of them fondly and missing all of their qualities. I miss a pet! I miss heavy armor! I miss whosits and whatsits!
Before I know it, I’m just salivating over the notion of playing the class I’m not currently playing, and it begins to drive me mad. Some of you might say, “Well, why not just rotate between three or four alts and play them all?” That’s a possibility, but it never works for me. Trying to concurrently play multiple alts usually kills my interest in a game faster than anything else, because I don’t feel anchored. Still, I want to play my captain, a LM, a minstrel, a warden, even as I’m enjoying my burglar. It kills me.
What’s worse is when I get really high up in levels and I feel as though I’m locked in for good with whatever I chose at the beginning. Before I left WoW, I got my druid up to the cap, but started to feel miffed that that was the class I ended up with. I started looking enviously at other classes, like the shaman, and wishing I could play one but just exchange the hard work I’ve already put in with the druid, level-wise and gear-wise, into a different class.
I think it’d be ten kinds of awesome if MMOs would let us switch classes at end game, perhaps through an involved process, so that we didn’t have to reroll and lose the character we’ve grown to love. If there was meaningful effort behind the switch, then it wouldn’t be a trivial thing, and players would have another thing to do at the level cap.
I don’t know. Weird thoughts for a Tuesday morning.