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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4 responses to “Mixing and matching – the MMO juggler

  1. I have an extreme problem juggling MMOs too… Or any other game for that fact. In my case I don’t think it is a case of genres as just a temporary addiction to anything that tickles my fancy at that moment.

    In any case, I hope this strategy works for you and that you may find yourself playing both games for a while. :)

  2. Glad I’m not the only one Rakuno :). Seems this weekend has been all GW2 so far, maybe Eve on Sunday :P

  3. I’ve bounced from mmo to mmo dozens of times over. I’ve played almost every somewhat big release, although I rarely stick to any. Lord of the Rings, Secret World and Rift are my three preferred titles. I think I love the idea behind the mmo over the act of actually playing one, as I seem to get bored with the gameplay easily most of the time. I still follow each games updates and the communities, but rarely get past the point of thinking to myself “I should jump back in and level”
    Makes me sad The Secret World has failed completely. Its still updating and trying, but Guild Wars 2 dominated it into dust. Props to playing Eve however, that game is a beast and after several hours of playing and seemingly not achieving anything, I was like, “This isn’t the game for me” I love the stories that come out of that crazy hardcore community though. Game is nuts!

  4. Hey Chuck, thanks for stopping by :). My first real MMO experience was vanilla Wow. The first single player game after that just felt so empty and lifeless, it was like an important ingredient was missing. I was addicted to the feeling of not being alone in a game, and I still love it. Even if I’m playing alone, there are other people around me. I love the vitality in a good MMO and there are a lot of good ones out there for us. But … I fully agree with you, they do get boring pretty quickly, not matter how you frame a quest, 90% of them (in MMO’s) are go kill x things, and then go do it again. I’m still subbed to Rift, but now my holidays are over I’m not playing it nearly as much. I’m making myself stick to only that game for the moment, the expansion is huge and I’m interested to see all that is has to offer. As much as my mind keeps drifting to other games I have to tell myself that the grass that seems greener at the moment won’t be so green when I get there :). Rift is great simple in that there are so many different things to do that it helps with keeping up interest.

    I stopped playing Eve for the moment, it’s a hard game. I lost a few ships in a row (taking on quests that were too difficult I think) and then got disheartened, it’s very much a hard core game, and nothing happens quickly.

    Downloading Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition at the moment, if I have an MMO and a good single player game going at the same time it helps with both I find :).

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