I have a week off work next week which is causing my mind to go into butterfly plus mode. I don’t want to waste the week wandering through different games, but I can’t choose one to focus on. I just wish Secret World or GW2 were out for my time off!
I hit 31 in Aion, but it’s slow going, been playing a bit of Lineage II, trying to get a wolf pet. I’ve failed my ‘exam’ (how to raise a wolf) 3 times so far, and it’s not as easy as just repeating it, you have to go to three different towns and re-listen to advice that just doesn’t quite match the questions at all times. It’s like being back at school (except I didn’t fail this much back then :P).
Lineage II seems to have an amazing amount of people still playing. This shot is from a server that at login says ‘light’, and it’s taken in a newbie town at that. I don’t know why I’m drawn back to play, it’s not an easy game, but the journey to 40 is supposed to be very fast so I guess I want to see what the ‘real’ game is like after that. My wolf pet journey is just a side track, I’m a sucker for pets.
A crowded town
There’s a new game on my radar too, currently in Beta (although all the Beta slots are gone). It’s called Salem, a sandbox permadeath crafting MMO, being published by Paradox (due Q3 2012). Not my type of game normally at all, but it’s crafting looks excellent, and the graphics are cute and the game has witches, broomsticks and uses attributes such as ‘phlegm’ (yucko!). Very appealing, a hardcore game with a cutesy wrapping. Just one more for the future list :D.
This is how gaming butterflies roll, despite all good intentions to the contrary. That doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped playing Aion, just that I’m peeking at something else.
I did aim to reach 30 in Aion by the end of the weekend but despite many hours of play and throwing back XP potions I only managed to get to 29 1/2. The quests are becoming more and more group based and crafting is starting to feel a bit grindy. Those work orders are pretty boring to do hour after hour. I’m trying to keep all my crafting up so that I can make useful items, but this take a significant (understatement) amount of time. Money (kinah) is coming in at a nice rapid rate with questing, but kinah can’t buy time I’m afraid. Maybe I burnt myself out with the effort to level, but by the end of the day my mind was drifting to other (not necessarily greener) pastures.
If I keep playing I’m definitely going to have to find myself an Oceanic Legion to join. It’s mandatory to finish the story quests and some of them are seriously hard, without fellow travellers it will be very difficult indeed. Plus I always enjoy the background chatter of a guild.
The dwarf that will have unfulfilled ambitions as an archer
One game that I’ve never looked at, never contemplated, never researched, is Lineage II, despite the fact that it shows up every day on my NCSoft launcher. I still wouldn’t have contemplated it except for looking at the blog of one of my commenter’s (Shards of Imagination), plus it has the same free-to-play model as Aion (or close). Having a quick read of forums etc it seems to be very PvP oriented, however some people (like my commenter) are carebears like me, so I’m interested in taking a peak. After a couple of hours of playing last night however, I don’t know if I’ll last any longer than a week, we’ll see :P.
Very early thoughts in no particular order:
- Click to move – I researched WASD etc (mouse would be even better), but all posts strongly recommended just getting used to the standard movement, it actually wasn’t so bad once I got used to it.
- Ding, ding, ding, ding. It made me laugh, for a lengthy, grindy game, the newbie area is the fastest levelling I’ve seen in anything, ever. Every quest hand-in … ding! I got to level 20 in under 2 hours.
- No going back. At level 20 or so, my fighter female dwarf got to choose one of two classes directions, Scavenger or Artisan. Having done no research and having no idea, I chose Scavenger, thinking it would tell me a bit about my choice and ask me to confirm. Oh no, none of that in THIS game. Before I roll my next character (which will likely happen this evening), I’m going to have to do some reading.
- Classes are race specific, I guess even Wow is / was to a small extent, but this is very strict. Hence I rolled a dwarf (she was cute), thinking I could end up being a archer, but after some reading, nope (hence the pending re-roll). Unless someone tells me otherwise of course.
- Be prepared. At what I’m guessing was the final ‘newbie’ quest, I realised that I’d run out of soulshots (pill shaped things that increase your damage and are used every time you attack if you so choose). So I went back to town, bought some more. Ooops, I thought you would use 1 per attack, but my 200 soulshots ran out very very quickly (the first lot of them were a gift so I hadn’t been counting). Back to town … again … to buy 500. This time I only used them right at the end of the series of rooms I was working my way through. I also stocked up on arrows, just in case. Newer MMO’s have made us lazy, and I haven’t decided whether this is a good or bad thing, but it was kinda nice to realise I had to put my thinking cap on. Of course ‘kinda nice’, might turn into ‘pain in the ass’ very quickly.
- A shiny line to show the way. This is similar to EQ2 however the EQ2 one is clever … and doesn’t go through walls … and has curves in it.
- Lots and lots and lots of things to learn. I expected this, it’s an older game, before streamlining become fashionable, which, in truth, is some of it’s appeal to me.
- Mentors after level 40. Do you need to find a mentor? Are they easy to find? Do you play alongside your mentor or is just ‘having’ a mentor what it’s all about? I will have to do lots of reading on this also.
- If I re-roll should I be picking a particular server? I just went with the one at the top of the list (GMT +2?), which was closest to Oceanic – not that 8 hours away is at all close.
EDIT: I just noticed that I’m on Chronos (GMT -2), so you couldn’t get further away in time if you tried. Not sure if it matters at all of course.