I was strongly toying with the notion of adding SWTOR to my play schedule (curse the allure of expansions!), but I don’t think I can in good conscience try to tackle more than four MMOs at a time. While mulling over this, I sat down and sketched out a schedule to try out in order to balance the four games I do want to be playing (taking out STO and subbing back in LOTRO), with a play emphasis on WildStar and RIFT.
The idea is that every day I usually get at least two hours of playtime — sometimes a little more, but usually two. Two divides by two easily, so I’ll focus on giving two games a day one hour apiece, which is my usual play session length anyway. If I end up with more than two hours, the rest is free for whatever. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Sunday: WildStar / LOTRO
- Monday: RIFT / TSW* (*weekly play group)
- Tuesday: WildStar / LOTRO
- Wednesday: RIFT / TSW
- Thursday: WildStar / LOTRO
- Friday: RIFT / TSW
- Saturday: WildStar / RIFT
RIFT is the quickest game to jump in and out of, and TSW is the longest, so I think that those will balance well. I do want to get back into LOTRO to go through the Dead Marshes, prepare for central Gondor, and perhaps do a new Beorning class. Plus, this gives me one fantasy and one scifi/other MMO every night.
Saturday, the “extra” day gives both RIFT and WildStar an equal boost to play time. Although I’m a little bummed that I’m giving up Star Trek Online for the time being, I feel pretty good about this schedule. We’ll see how it pans out.