This month I started a new gaming schedule system that I devised to help me both juggle titles fairly in my play and blogging time. Basically, I line up all of the games I want to play and put three check boxes next to each, with one gaming session (30 min or more) equaling one box. The rule is that once I get to three for any given title, I have to write a blog post on that game right then and can’t play it again until I finish up with the rest of the games on the list. I’ve been doing this for four weeks now and have been very pleased with the results. I feel like I’m more balanced with more games and don’t feel guilty or forced to play titles I don’t want to.
So what have I been playing then? I dove into Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr, first on my Necro and then later switching it back to my Warden (which was a good move). Dungeons and Dragons Online got several quick sessions, although none of them were that memorable. I also kept scavenging Fallout 76’s wasteland, although I soured on some of the uglier areas and urban landscapes.
I finished up Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire (finally), started Eternal Throne, and then walked away after the first chapter. There’s so little stickiness here for me.
I dipped into the World of Warcraft Classic stress test just to sate my curiosity (and whip up a fun post).
Lord of the Rings Online delivered a one-two punch of great content, with Update 24: Vales of Anduin on the regular servers and Siege of Mirkwood on the progression one. I spent the rest of the month divided between the two.
After spending some time soloing through the storyline in City of Heroes on my Mastermind, I rolled up a Dark/Dark Controller for a Massively OP run and fell in love with that combination. All hail Crash Corpse!
Non-MMOs that I played included The Outer Wilds, The Last Door, and SteamWorld Quest.
In my retro series, I moved through the middle portion of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. That sewer level will give me nightmares forever.
I picked up a number of heavily discounted titles in the GOG.com summer sale, including Ethan Carter and Warcraft II for future posts.
July 2019’s gaming goals
With my new gaming system and the current lineup of MMOs, I don’t anticipate changing things too greatly. There’s plenty to do in ESO, LOTRO, City of Heroes, and DDO at this point, so full steam ahead on all of those! Other than spending time in each respective game, I don’t have any specific goals to achieve. We’ll see how far I go and what I get up to in each.
In the post-apocalyptic corner, Fallen Earth and Fallout 76 might get some time from me. That NPC patch for 76 could be a turning corner for the game, but we’ll have to wait and see.
I do fully hope and anticipate wrapping up Vampire Bloodlines by the end of July so that I can move on to a different retro series.
I don’t NEED to buy any more games, that’s for sure, but Bloodstained and Octopath Traveler are both looking mighty tempting. Both come with heftier than normal pricetags for what I’m usually willing to spend on games, so that’s holding me back.