This may well be one of the craziest, most shifting gaming months for me in recent history. So what happened is that I ended up burning out on both FFXIV and LOTRO at separate points, and since I was still in a holding pattern for New World, I spend an awful lot of the month bouncing around to different games. So let’s run down it all!
In FFXIV, I got through most all of Stormblood’s patch content, bringing me right to the cusp of Shadowbringers before I unsubscribed. I tried, I really did try, to stick with it, but I was not feeling the fun at all here.
And in Lord of the Rings Online, I brought my Captain up into Minas Morgul but felt like I was slogging through stuff I didn’t really feel like playing at the moment. Needed a break from this, so a break I had.
I spent a week or so in Fallout 76, trying out a new character and the level adjustment system. But that sent me into Bethesda’s sister game, Elder Scrolls Online, where I ended up having way more fun. I finished up Stonefalls and started right in on Vvardenfell with my Warden. Last I checked, she was level 147.
I did a week in Guild Wars 2. Wasn’t really ready or interested in coming back to that game. Also put in a sad little week with Runes of Magic. It was OK.
I started Pillars of Eternity 2 for the occasional lunch break. Good stuff, but the performance and load screens was slow.
And I got in some Star Wars: The Old Republic time with a new Scoundrel named Paya Perki. That was fun.
October 2021 gaming goals
I’m expecting — har har — that this will be a more calm and regular month. Primarily, I’ll be focused on getting into New World and getting the lay of the land, build up crafting skills, and get a house. I have no idea for a level goal, so I’m not going to put one here.
I also really want to keep on with Elder Scrolls Online. If I could wrap up two or three full zones this month, that’d be fulfilling. I want to get the Blackwood chapter (I have all of the others) and get into that for a review and to snag the companions.
Book of Travels is kicking off early access on October 11th, and I figure I’ll be doing some of that for curiosity and columns. Maybe enjoyment too!
My single game purchase (I try to keep it to one per month) will be Wildermyth, because it’s high past time I gave this one a look. Seems like this game would make a great blog series.
Apart from that, I’ll probably get in some LOTRO. If so, I’d love to get my Captain through Minas Morgul and to level 130.