Feel the Love (again)
So much has gone on over the last few days, I figured I’d jumble it all into this one post. To start, I know I’ve been quiet on the Twitter front (and in general) lately, but real life has been slightly difficult, and will probably continue to be so for the next few weeks. Nothing much I can do about that. As I’ve watched all the wonderful and amazing blogs and fan sites for various games crop up over the past three years I’m wondering if I want to keep up with my own. While I do make it a fairly good habit to write every day (and I just crossed the 1200 post mark not too long ago) there doesn’t seem to be much desire for ‘hey I love the games I play’ posts as opposed to everything else. Now, I know these moods of mine come and go (in regards to writing) and it’s spring (almost summer) so I’m feeling the itch of change, I’m sure this mood too will pass and I will indeed continue writing. I need some new avenue to venture down.
In other news, by now most people have heard that Alan “Brenlo” Crosby is moving over to a new position on the EQ2 team. It’s not so different then his current position, and Greeblen will be taking over his job. Congratulations to both of them for the promotions. I had a blast interviewing Brenlo (as well as other members of the Community Team) in San Diego when I was down earlier this year, and I’m sure he’ll do a fantastic job. That being said, Bruce Ferguson (who I also interviewed) will be moving to a new project. Wonder what it could be.
If you enjoy playing EverQuest, or (like me) play off and on remember that this weekend is a bonus experience weekend from Friday May 22nd until the morning of Tuesday May 26th! I will be in game on Drinal, probably working on that hand augment quest. I intend on dragging Wpus and Ultann with me because both of their characters are just inches away from level 85 which is the current cap. We’ll see how that goes.
Vanguard had some pretty big changes happen this week, including a level cap increase to 55, new zones, new quests and all sorts of other goodies. I do still play my bloodmage on Seradon (as well as other characters) but just never seem to find the proper time in between everything else. I’m going to try to find some time to explore the new content, as my bloodmage is pretty close to the old level cap of 50. We’ll see how that goes. I also saw that you can now do spell crafting which would be pretty nice.
In EverQuestII we’re all eagerly awaiting GU52, and there’s a preview out for one of the new Kurn’s Tower zones. I’m not sure if it sounds exciting or just frustrating. If you remember The Crucible (which it makes reference to) there’s puzzles to be solved and books to be burned that require more then my little trio (most of the time). We’ll just have to wait and see.
Game wise for myself personally I spent some time yesterday helping Hamal level, and he inched his way to level 66! We did the Crucible (mentored down to his level) flawlessly, and also managed to do Scion of Ice, and Necrotic Asylum (which happened to be the daily double). He got a few upgrades, and we got a few more discoveries. We also headed to Obelisk of Ahkzul and my mystic gathered together enough shards to get her T2 breastplate which means I only need shards for two more pieces, her hat and shoulders (for tier 2 that is). I played the paladin earlier on in the day and inched her to level 73, and the dirge later in the day who is closing in on 76. I spent far too much money buying adept3 skills for her but they were really needed. Getting resisted on practically everything (I took her to Obelisk, where the mobs were orange) is not fun.
Tomorrow is the start of an early weekend, and I may (hopefully) be feeling well enough to travel to Upper Canada Village to take those pictures I have been talking about forever now. We’ll see how it goes (fingers crossed). I hope everyone has an amazing Thursday, no matter where you spend your time.
You can’t stop blogging! Why? Because where else will I place the one bookmark I have in my internet browser? O.o
In all seriousness, I love your blog (and really I lurk way too much – I should comment more!). I find that we have a lot of the same gaming interests and a lot of the same gaming history so it makes your blog really fun to read.
I hope you do get a chance to go take those pictures, though! A break from blogging for a few days (weeks?) might not be a bad idea, as long as you can promise to come back with lots of stories =) You know, you’re very artistic and well spoken – have you ever considered writing short stories or a novel? I seem to remember you writing back for NaNoWriMo – maybe that would be a good creative output for you for awhile? Just a thought. ^.^
At any rate, don’t let us fans keep you from being happy! Do what feels right – it’s how you got fans in the first place. =)
I just lurk on your blog, but it’s the first one I found when I was looking for EQ2 blogs (I’m a recent convert to the game) and honestly I keep coming back BECAUSE you seem to love what you play, and it’s so REFRESHING a change from all the people grousing and whining about various things. Your blog is FUN to read. That’s why I read it.
Just… y’know. Support!
I’m really enjoying your blog, Stargrace, so please don’t give up on it! I think everyone is feeling a bit of a malaise towards MMORPGs at the moment but that’s natural and unsurprising considering how few ‘big’ releases there have been or will be this year compared to last. Still, I’m sure there will be plenty of exciting things coming up.
I understand your itch to find other things though (I’ve got that myself) and it can be tough to scratch :) Hope you find the avenue you’re looking for!
I know what you mean about blogging. When I right a post saying “I’m playing Game X, it’s really fun, here’s what I did.” I don’t generally get much in the way of comments, unless its someone telling me how wrong I am in saying Game X is fun. When I get frustrated with a game and point out its faults, THEN I get comments.
But the first kinds of posts make me feel good, and the griping posts are just my way of venting..they don’t really feel like they have much value to me.
I do hope you decide to keep blogging, though!