Monthly Archives: September 2012

Guild Wars 2 – A leap of faith and family fun

I can’t remember having this much fun playing a game together with my family.  We tried a family guild in Wow at one stage, but the kids want to do different things and well, I find it a boring game after all these years.   Guild Wars 2 has something for everyone and being so new there are plenty of tips to be passed around between us.  I discovered today that my son had no idea about the ease of banking collectibles for instance, or that he could spend his gold on gems and buy fluff suits to make his character look all powerful.  It was liberating pointing out the gem purchases as they’re now entirely in his hands instead of my wallet :P

One thing my son has been enjoying immensely is exploring.  Finding paths to Vistas, conquering jumping puzzles, and having a great time with costumes and weapons and all things cosmetic.  This afternoon he gave hubby and I a tour of some of the more interesting things he’d found.  For example, how to get to a difficult vista in Lion’s Arch that then led onto a jumping puzzle and finally a level 40 karma vendor.  No one does jumping puzzles better than a kid.

In full explore mode I then thought I’d grab the other vistas in the area.   I nearly split my sides laughing when, at the top of a high tower above water, I donned goggles only to find myself in one piece bathers and goggles, the scene egging me on to take a leap of faith off the diving board into the water far far below. What fun!

They were so tempting just lying there and sparkling so brightly

With a scream and a flailing of limbs, down I went!

Once again, it’s the little things :D

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Mixing and matching – the MMO juggler

Reading Syp’s post today about RIFT’s Storm Legion expansion made me a bit sad.  He seems to be the juggling king, while I bounce from MMO to MMO never completely satisfied, the life of a butterfly I guess.  I have played and enjoyed all the MMO’s that he mentions in his post, but there is no way known I could play them all (or even two) at once.   The trouble is, once I move onto a new (or old) MMO, the pull to play the original one gets exponentially less over the ensuing days.  My brain also knows full well that if I put my time into many different games, I’ll never hit max level in any of them (hence the fact that Wow and LotRO are the only MMO’s I’ve hit max level in), and so I convince myself that I’m better off sticking with the most recent one and then of course end up getting nowhere in any of them.

Over the last couple of weeks however things have been a little different.  My Asura Ranger in Guild Wars 2 is now around level 26 (well behind a lot of my guild – we have a level 80 already), but she’s having fun nevertheless.  She potters around the cooking station mixing mad concoctions in the effort to find a new recipe, follows some guildies to unexplored starting areas, then tries a bit of WvWvW (of which she is completely hopeless but enjoys anyway), and then heads to the bigger areas to explore and join in with the general crowd.

Taking a break from it all

I also have a Thrasher Ship in Eve, and have been playing Eve Online for around the same amount of time each week as GW2.  Finally! Two MMO’s at once.  I have less than 2 million skill points, so I’m only a baby, but I’m working my way towards a Cheetah; exploration and hacking are something I’d like to try.  Right around the time GW2 started, CCP invited me back to Eve with a 3 month subscription deal, and I accepted.

How am I managing it now when usually I can’t at all? I think it’s because they’re so very different.  One is your traditional fantasy MMO and the other is  a game where everything is completely different, where there is enough to learn to fill several books and then some.  That aspect alone makes Eve very appealing.

Maybe I jump from game to game to game because they’re generally pretty similar; theme-park MMO’s in a fantasy setting.  So far, combining GW2 (with the appeal of a group of players I enjoy spending time with in a familiar environment), with an MMO that makes me feel like a kid again is working out well.  Of course only time will tell but it’s looking good so far :).

Not quite as personal as a normal character, but fun nevertheless. Who doesn’t love the thought of exploring the Universe?

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