Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I like my wife

I really do ( actually love her completely).. so when I get a chance to play an MMO with her I take advantage of it.  Recently We've been playing together.  I coerced her into playing a healing cleric, and I'm playing a warrior tank.  Getting her to play the cleric didn't take much coercion, she likes to play healers in general.  When the game was first released her first character was a rogue, I think she was trying to relive her fun in WoW as a rogue, but then she got busy and I kept playing my chloromancer on a PVP server.

So when she got a chance to start playing again, she offered to come over to the PVP server and we started leveling together.  My previous projects of my chloromancer and my cleric tank have been put on hold for a bit and we've been having some fun.  So don't expect to see much about my cleric tanking here for a bit and since I'm re-visiting content ( still on defiant side ) I don't know how much I'll have to say.  Maybe I'll have some insight into warrior tanking or something but who knows.

One thing I did get a chance to do was heal with my cleric tank, I created a second role and healed through Iron Tomb when I was over leveled for it.  In doing so I found another annoyance with the new LFG system, I couldn't queue for IT at lvl 24.  I don't care if I was too high, I had a quest to go in there so I should be able to queue, shouldn't I?  Instead we had to create a group the old fashioned way and it came together quickly with a few people that were over level and one dps warrior at 18.  It was quick easy and enjoyable, and as a bonus I found my cleric a guild with the people I ran with.

Maybe something the RPG crowd would be interested in:
I stumbled on a link to an interesting project on kickstarter.com, any RPG or dice enthusiasts might be interested.
They are creating sets of dungeon geomorph dice, 5 dice per set with 6 geomorphs per die.  It's a little expensive but if you're a dice fanatice like I am it might not be too much to own some unique dice.  Take a look, give them some pub help them get to their new goal of $17,000.  If they reach the goal they'll be "printing" 3 different sets of dice that you can choose from for your donation.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Well, I think my love affair with Rift may be in jeopardy

And here is why.

I was a WoW player, at least on and off.  I stopped playin WoW because the game had turned into a login/wait in queue, hope to find something to do with my main game.  I couldn't go out and play an alt and find something to do with my main when I saw someone looking for some help or wanting someone to do a particular instance.  When WoW added the LFD system they put a lot of incentive on using the system and really no reason to log in otherwise except for raids.

Well Rift seems to be going down the same road.  When they originally announced a LFG system that would not be the same as WoW I had hope that it might be a more freeform system like what Everquest put into their system around the Planes of Power days.  That system was just a refinement of the advertising to find a group.  Want I want in a LFG system is a way for me to be out leveling or harvesting with an alt yet be able to list my level 50.  At the very least I would have wanted to have a way for me to search for a lvl 50 group while out playing my lvl 23 character in stonefield.  On the positive side, Trion is keeping the LFD system on the same server initially.  Hopefully this will keep any sense of community from deteriorating, but when they stated this they added the caveat "for now" to their statements.

On top of this they are going to be dumbing down their expert dungeons and buffing the plaque rewards.  I don't know why they think they need to do this as they are giving buffs to equipment at the same time.  Like WoW did before they are taking away challenge when it wasn't needed.  I haven't been in a group yet where people weren't surprised by having a wipe or two.  Recovery is simple and as a group you get to learn from your mistakes.  What I want to know is, has there been an expert dungeon that has never been completed?  If there is no cost to making mistakes the game becomes a boring treadmill, just like WoW.

How are we "not in Azeroth anymore"?  as far as I'm concerned it's becoming the far east of Azeroth, just because it's not on your WoW map doesn't mean you're not in the same world.

I may be completely wrong, Trion may not nerf the experts as much as it sounds, the challenge may remain, but I am now questioning where I have placed my loyalty.