To start off today I just wanted to share a few tidbits of info. A good bit late but I have been so excited about, the old Massively staff is now writing at: Massively OP . So great to see their work continue, which was so welcomed! When I'm not writing here I do try to share some good reads through Google +, which then sends it off to spam Facebook and Twitter. You can also see the feed on the website here, on the right side of the page, if you're reading it that way. Check it out if you use any of those or if you pop in and I haven't been active, there's most likely something interesting to look at over on the widget. I end up sharing a lot of interesting blogs, articles and news that I find.
Anyhow, today I'd like to share some thoughts on what I am now playing, what I am enjoying, why, and what I am not so much enjoying, or rather, don't really feel like playing.
Dire on the other hand had a blast at leveling. He hit the previous cap to 60 just days after the new xpac/update released, which left him with five more levels to advance. Those last five leveles he finished up at lightning speed. The XP increase from 60-65 is nothing like anything else in the game. It is unsettling how unbalanced the gap in leveling is. By the time I crawled through a bubble or two into level 48... Dire had already managed to cap to 65. I think that there needs to be a push to get lower and new players to catch up to the top, not push the gap even further. There is not much information on the game in some areas, sometimes I have to translate information from Russian, which gets to be tedious.
We managed to find a guild. They are active and friendly. It is nice to see people chatting, even if I don't know them that well, they are very helpful. Dire probably talks to them more than I do, he loves having a guild to ask questions I'm not sure about. The server population has spiked a tad, players coming back for new content. I wouldn't say it was a huge crowd, but we definitely noticed more players about. I don't know how long it will last, the surge, how long the content will keep them. I do wish the game longevity, it is a solid game even if it isn't catering to me right now!
There is also a new race with this update. A more human looking, prettier version of cat people than you see in most games; Think Worgen (WoW), but with pretty human faces. I enjoyed the new starting area. There was even voice acting in English! I liked the story, and really had a good time. But thinking how I would need to go through all of the same content after leaving this tutorial turned me off a bit. I think that's it for us with Allods. We could always go back, but I just think it is not exactly what we needed to play something together, as we rarely were able to with any type of gap in levels, shame really.
I haven't been in the mood to play a melee in WoW. So my main, the DK, has just been sitting there pretty much. In the end, I don't know if I really am up for sitting there again at 100 not interested in much of the end game content. I suppose the biggest things are these: No new 100 zone yet. I don't really feel like leveling up another character currently, even if it is easy as pie. No flying is meh and feels broken in some ways. Not huge reasons but they sort of dampen my urge to play once I get in the mindset.
TESO went live with Tamriel Unlimited a day early. I was extremely happy. I thought about checking out the game again over the past few months but I wanted to wait for the conversion as it seemed to have a nice update along with it. I am playing my first character again, the Sorcerer. The class is easy for me, heh. I have pets run around and use two attacks. Not all that much running around and moving out of bad stuff, there is, but it isn't so bad where it causes me to fatigue from it.
The world is so gorgeous. It is just nice to soak in all the pretty scenery and boy do I love to explore! The new justice system is out, currently we can sneak around and steal, pickpocket and run from guards. I love it all. I don't know how much fun it will be when they player bounty system will be added in. I am not much for PvP and I wonder how that will work and if there will be a lot of lowbie ganking... Something to consider. I'm living it up while I can, heh.
I am having fun though and the Chronoportals event is now live. This is a tribute to classic EverQuest, which carries over to the newer EverQuest world. I hope to find the time to play through this event. Zam has a great walk through here.
And I can't wait until the last wipe goes about in Landmark next month! I'll be playing around there more! The only wipe for open beta will be a claim wipe, not a huge deal. Exciting to hear. I'd like to feel like I can keep my progress.
Leaving a ton of shots, enjoy!