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Torn between worlds, every gamers growing problem!

Currently i have been having a difficult time deciding on which MMO to play, i am a die-hard Everquest 2 player and can be found on the Crushbone server every night until the wee-hours of the morning. But recently i have been getting that blah feeling, i have completed all the quest with in the last expansion that basically are solo or heroic, i have not done the raid content or the group instances just yet as i just don’t like grouping with just anyone or PUGs, i do have a great guild “The Knights of Marr” behind me that gets together and works on knocking out these types of Zones, instances and group quest. We are not big enough or at least we do not have the active numbers to do the raid content that i would like to do, but they are a great bunch of people that i can call family.

But enough of the mushy things, the main thing is i have grown bored with Eq2, i do not want to cancel my subscription or stop playing eq2 as i love what SOE has done and has evolved the game over the years, i do however want to find something that i can gain as much passion for as i have with eq2 over the years. I have tossed the idea of going back to World of Warcraft, i have seen some new screenshot of the upcoming expansion and things look awesome. i originally left WoW due it it being too cartoony and felt like there were more 12-15 year olds playing, and didn’t want to deal with all the drama that was happening on the server or in the chat, plus the folks i original started playing WoW with left the game and i didn’t have the companionship of my friends or a guild to fall into the players, so i went back to Eq2. As i mentioned before that i have recently seen new pictures of the upcoming expansion of WoW and wanted to jump back in, but i am torn between all the MMO’s and the time that i will need to direct towards playing as i still want to continue playing the current MMO’s that i am associated with.

I also have an account with Star Trek Online, which i think is a well rounded game for as far as i have progressed (Lt. Commander 2), i grew up with the original series or at least the re-runs and fell in love with the movies and different spin-offs of the series. When i heard that they were making a video game, i was excited and could not wait for it to be released, to me it was one of those must have games and i have not been disappointed so far.

So this is where it brings me now, my delimia per say, what to do, do i re-enter the world of Azeroth and work my way up to my current expansion “Wraith of the Lich King” or do i just wait till the expansion comes out and then re-enter this ever changing world or do i just scrap the idea in general until i can manage the time to play all the MMO’s that i want.

I guess only i can make that decision and i need to consider the pro’s and cons of my choices, i will still find the time to enter the world of Norrath and Deep Space for any exploration and adventure, it’s just the time issue since there is one of me and 4 games, if not more that i want to continue to play…… where did i put the human replicating device……hmmmmmmmmm wonder what this button does…(click) AhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhEwwwwwwwwMmmmmmmmZzzzzzzz…………

Well until next time happy hunting in all the worlds that you may call home.



Comfort Zones — stuck in them?

Ever since DDO went free-to-play, I’ve had it installed and occasionally have bounced in and out of it.  I didn’t know anyone who played, though, and didn’t play it often enough to feel like I’d really be contributing to a guild, so when I played I was always looking for a good solo-capable character.  I bought a few points and unlocked all the races and classes, and kept trying to make different classes that were thought to be “really good soloers” according to their forums.  I got to know the starting area of Korthos Island really well, as well as most of the Stormreach Harbor.  Managed to get 2 characters up to level 4 solo and the cleric got asked to be in a Waterworks group and made level 5 there, but never really went into the Marketplace to do the quests there.  I tried a few forays in to the Cerulean Hills, but didn’t really feel like there was much there beyond that 1 quest line.  And since I was so comfortable in Korthos and the Harbor and kept rolling and re-rolling new characters, I developed quite a comfort zone for those areas and just didn’t ever leave them.  And I got bored and stopped really playing DDO at all as a result.

Then a few months ago Ardwulf started up a static group on Tuesday nights and I’ve been playing more or less each week with them.  Due to not always making it each week I sometimes have to play a little “catch up” for the next week in order to stay in level range of the rest of the group, and while I’ve done a few forays in to some of the level 4 or higher content, I still find myself largely “stuck” and not really wanting to go to the new (to me) quests, even though I know I won’t have any difficulty with them.

I find myself doing this in EQ2 also — there are still instances from 2 expansions ago that I haven’t done, much less the prior one and now the current one.  In the current one I’ve done most of them, at least — the quest lines send you to them, at least, but I can still think of 2 that I haven’t been in, and unless a quest “forces” me to go, I don’t really want to either.  And I can’t for the life of me figure why that is.  I mean. . . I’m doing the “hardest” zones on my coercer, at least, so why wouldn’t I want to at least run through the other “easier” instances at least once, if only for the AA experience?   And why is it that while I’ve got 12 (yes, 12) characters that I don’t really find myself wanting to level any of the lower ones up anymore?  I enjoy playing them or I wouldn’t have them in my “stable,” yet I find myself thinking “don’t want to have to remember how to play THAT class when I’m used to THIS class” and there I sit in my comfort zone on my “main” again.

And even in EVE I’m doing it also.  I’ve got a 42 million SP character now, all “support skills” are trained to at least level 4, I can fly and fit Tech2 for all frigates, all destroyers, and 2 of the 4 races of cruisers, plus I can run level 4 missions in 3 of the 4 empires.  Based off this, I should be out in nullsec kicking ass and taking names in a nice corp and alliance there.  But I’m instead sitting up in hisec running a mission or 2 a week, watching the wallet grow, then spending it down again, then building it back up, etc.  Comfortable yet again . . . . .

Obviously I like variety — it’s not like these 3 games are really all that similar in their play styles at all.  I’ve got a few other games installed as well that I will probably mention from time to time too, so I think I’m definitely in the “nomadic gamer” category, and yet within that variety of games, I still am not really being all that “various,” but rather tend to do the same things over and over again rather than experience them to their fullest.

Is this a human trait, or is it just me?