One of the side benefits of posting my gaming goals every month is that it serves as an auxiliary memory so that I can easily go back and see what I played over the course of the year. I made a quick compilation of this in the form of a bullet-point list, putting main games in bold (ones that I played the most that month) and the rest in regular font.
Here’s what I played in 2018 (except for some other mobile games):
- January: World of Warcraft, DDO, LOTRO, What Remains of Edith Finch, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Tacoma, Champions Online, Global Adventures, KOTOR 2
- February: World of Warcraft, FFXIV, FFIX, LOTRO, DDO, Closers, KOTOR 2, Rimworld
- March: World of Warcraft, RIFT, DDO, Project Gorgon, Shroud of the Avatar
- April: World of Warcraft, RIFT, DDO, Secret World Legends, LOTRO, Project Gorgon, Star Trek Online
- May: World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, Secret World Legends, DDO, LOTRO, Dauntless, Pillars of Eternity
- June: World of Warcraft, LOTRO, Star Trek Online, Secret World Legends, DDO, Fallout 4, The Sims 4, Pillars of Eternity
- July: World of Warcraft, DDO, Star Trek Online, Fallout 4, The Sims 4, Pillars of Eternity, Telltale Games’ Batman, Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture
- August: World of Warcraft, LOTRO, DDO
- September: World of Warcraft, LOTRO, Pillars of Eternity, Neverwinter, Guild Wars 2
- October: World of Warcraft, LOTRO, SWTOR, DDO, Guild Wars 2, Grim Fandango
- November: LOTRO, SWTOR, DDO, Fallout 76, Grim Fandango, WildStar
- December: LOTRO, FFXIV, Pillars of Eternity, DDO
Obviously, with the job transition and move, this was a really crazy year for me and as a result, I stopped pushing myself to play outside of my “comfort” games as much. Also, I had a lot less time for a good stretch there until my routine was established once again.
In terms of main games, I experienced very little variety. World of Warcraft carried me through a good chunk of the year up until Battle for Azeroth and a little beyond. That stretch of WoW came to an end in October as I packed things in and looked elsewhere for MMO entertainment.
RIFT Prime and LOTRO’s progression servers both drew me back to those games hard, but LOTRO endured more thanks to the fact that I was already enjoying a renaissance of sorts in that game and deeply appreciating Updates 22 and 23. And while I had a bit of a go at SWTOR for a bit there, I’m ending the year on a strong FFXIV streak instead with a brand-new character and revitalized interest.
Obviously, I dipped lightly into some other MMOs — you can see that I was testing the waters of old favorites. The only completely-new-to-me MMOs that I encountered this year were Closers, Fallout 76, and MapleStory 2. That meant that I really failed at my resolution to branch out and try other MMOs more often.
I had a couple of long runs with single-player games, most notably Grim Fandango and Pillars of Eternity. I also plowed through a few smaller adventure titles.
One nice trend this year is that I spent more time doing activities WITH other players in-game. From DDO to SWTOR to GW2 to FFXIV, I was probably more socially active than I have been in quite some time.
So that’s my year in gaming. Generally, it was a fun and satisfying year, if not particularly adventurous. We’ll see what 2019 holds!