What Me Is Playing

As I struggle with apathy this Tuesday morning, I thought I’d drool into my keyboard and hope that the short circuits it causes will somehow translate into an article detailadfjk agh4396#YRE

Okay, that didn’t work.  Fingers!  Pay attention!  I need at least nine of you to function right now — left thumb, you have the day off.

I’ve actually had a fair chunk of time this past week to play MMOs, which was a nice surprise following a quiet birthday weekend (oh, you didn’t know it was my birthday?  Then I guess you have some shopping to do to make up for it, don’t you?).  In no particular order, here’s what I’ve been doing in games:

Guild Wars

Uninstalled.  I’m sorry, I think that GW just will never stick with me.  I like it, intellectually, but there’s a host of little things about the gameplay — the combat, mostly — that feels off and non-compelling.  I also have no interest in blitzing through missions with groups, and that’s all anyone seems to do.  GW2, you better top this experience!

Star Wars Galaxies

Been playing off and on for an upcoming article at Massively, and I’m generally impressed by how full-featured and visually attractive this game is.  Well, when you’re indoors at least — the worlds are pretty bare and boring.  I’m reminded a lot of Fallen Earth in the feel of it all, which is probably why SWG vets said the same in reverse.  I don’t think it’s anything I’ll stick with past the trial, but it’s not the dead, dull game some have made it out to be.

Dungeons and Dragons Online

I started a Warforged Wizard over the weekend and have worked him/her/it up to level 3.  I’m really excited about the upcoming patch, especially now that it appears that Wizard summons will be more viable.  I do want to try my hand at a Pale Master build with the new negative energy spells, even if the specialty still sucks after the patch.  My only complaint is that the Wizard armor on the Warforged looks slightly ridiculous.


I’m in a weird “in between” place right now in LOTRO.  I’m in the process of transferring my captain to Landroval (I’m going to lose the awesome Crunch name!  Noooo!) to be my main, but that’ll be another week or so before it happens.  I’m a little bored with my burglar, which is a decent class but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of “shinies” in her future, and the gamble system is a bit vague and hard to identify when it goes off.

So as part of an interlude, I rolled a Lore-master last night for kicks — an elf LM, to be honest.  Me?  Elf?  WHAT HAS THE WORLD COME TO?  Let me explain: I like variety in my characters, so I don’t want two of any race/gender combination.  I already have a female man (that’s weird to say) with my captain, and I’m sorry, but male characters look ridiculous in the LM robes.  Man, those robes bug me, they’re a little TOO short for their own good, like you grew a foot overnight but haven’t gone shopping for a new outfit.  So anyway, at least the elf looks aesthetically pleasing as a LM, and in order to swallow my pride of playing one of these dirty beasts, I’ve decided to roleplay her as a self-loathing elf.  She can’t help the fact that she was born an elf, but if there was cosmetic surgery in Middle-earth, you just know she’d be the first to round off her ears.  As it is, she has a healthy disdain for both elves and nature, which is why she ignores the first and tries to kill as much of the second.

I do love having a pet again, and LOTRO is one of the few MMOs that I know of where staff-fighters actually look cool doing what they do.  Whacking people with a big stick is more satisfying to me than a sword or hammer, that’s for sure.  *whack* PAY ATTENTION! *whack* I WANT YOUR GOLD AND XP! *whack* STOP CRYING, YOU’LL BE DEAD SOON!

6 thoughts on “What Me Is Playing

  1. pitrelli June 8, 2010 / 11:08 am

    haha the end cracked me up. Whacked to death by an old gnarled walking stick.

    Well you certainly seem to have been kept busy 🙂 Im interested do you see a return to Fallen Earth on the cards at some point in the near future?

    I ask because I myself feel drawn back in to resub due to holidays and time off over the summer which means I’ve actually got a bit more time to indulge myself in 6 hours just gathering if I so please. The one thing holding me back is I need to decide what to respec to – I mean I loved my pistoleer but the crafting of 400-800 bullets a session kind of drove me nuts.

    Oh and I miss the screenshots with captions of course.

  2. Lexfire June 8, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    GW – ho hum. Installed, played for 3 hours on trial, will uninstall this weekend.

    STOL – again a bit ho hum. Will keep subscription through summer to see if it improves.

    EVE Online – still active, building skill points on character, over 35M, some mining, some mission running. Really need a join a casual corporation to make it worth the time.

    LOTRO – lifetime subscriber, play 5 to 10 hours per week. Guild is a bit weak may need to move on – Winfola server 41L hunter and 25L minstrel

    DDO – main characters on Khyber – 13L and 15L Cleric. Working on respecting the L13 to multi-class. Will log in on Canith (sp) server this Wednesday to join Massively group. L4 Cleric – Lexfire – about 10K from L5.

    World War 2 Online – continuous paid subscription since November 2002. By far the best bang for your buck. Single server, Single Map, 6000M+ visual distance on ground, no instances. If you can join in the fun do so – 1.31 just came out. The only game I know where a patient and smart brand new player with rand of Private can take out a vet that plays stupid with a rank of Lt. Col. or higher.

  3. Magson June 8, 2010 / 6:39 pm

    The starter docent you get as a WF wizard is utter crap. If you’re level 3 I assume you’re in Stormreach now? Go get a different docent, even a plain or mastercrafted one. Your AC comes from Mage Armor and Shield anyway, so the docent doesn’t make a difference other than looks at that level.

    At level 4 or 6 you can start finding ones with hammerblock or spearblock on them, though. Then they’re worth something. . . .

  4. Hunter June 8, 2010 / 7:46 pm

    You’re a little late to the game if you want to feel your way through gw, it’s 5 years old, of course everyone blitzes through the missions. Most games that old are pretty similar in that respect.

    that said the combat has always felt a little off. it gets better in my opinion at max level with challenging areas, but thats me.

  5. OrderedChaos June 8, 2010 / 9:13 pm

    Yeah, some of the Warforged Docents look like bath robes. And those are the better looking ones. They also tend to have weird colors.

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