When is it the End?

This weekend was great both in game and out. On Saturday before I headed off to a (very filling) wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, I spent some time using Chronomagic to mentor down and complete a few Desert of Flames raids – including the twin dragons that give you the shimmering scale to get into Djin Masters Prism (a zone I have only ever done once).

It gave me a lot of achievements, and slowly over the course of them I started inching my way towards level 80. Yesterday (which was a wonderful holiday Monday) I spent the evening doing a few instances, Necrotic Asylum and Halls of the Forsaken. I was almost there, 10% away from my (13th?) level 80 character. My group decided to take a quick trip through the shard of love which rewards a LOT of experience. It was fantastic.

Finally, I could put on all of the gear that I had stashed aside for numerous levls now, including the nice fabled shield from Outer Stronghold that has ranger written all over it. Now I’ll have to try to start my epic, and next weekend when Paradise Lost does their VP run I should be able to get my mythical (fingers crossed) which would be fantastic. We’ll see how it goes.

Now that I’ve hit level 80 (again) I’m wondering how to people categorize the “end” of a game for them – specifically an MMO that technically shouldn’t even have an end. When do you move on? When the game in general stops being fun? When you gain the final level? When you’ve completed every goal you set out for yourself? When you’re sporting nothing but the best of the best in terms of gear and spells? When you reach 200aa? When do you finally tell yourself that a character is “complete” or at least finished enough for you to start working on something else (for me it will be my 75 paladin).

The ranger is completely different from what I typically play – and I’m enjoying every second of it. I have always played support and healer classes, so being able to ping things off with a bow is a LOT of fun. Night of the dead is coming up soon, not to mention a few other in game events, and I’m looking forward to it all.

Hope everyone else had an amazing weekend, I’ll see you in Norrath!

4 Responses to When is it the End?

  1. Wiqd says:

    I’ve always found that the game only really ends when you want it to. You can gain max levels, max your AA, get the best gear, but I’ve always found Norrath the kind of place you can just log into and “live” in. You can go see an innumerable amount of things in the game that you may have not experienced on your journey to max level and the events they have year-round are a lot of fun to participate in.

    When you finally hit max level it’s like you can finally take a deep breath and say “Ok, now I can go back and do THAT.”

  2. Kilanna says:

    Great question!

    You and I have both had incredibly different experiences of this game. I have my one main character, and have played very little else other than her. I have lots of little alts, and am coming close to my 3rd level 80 toon.

    I have been asking myself when is it time to retire a character and move to your next?

    Lately, I have been feeling very typecast. I love that people can depend on my girl to play her part well – but I have felt so restricted. So many people in guild swap it up and change to their alts all the time. They are gearing up their third fourth and fifth characters, while I struggle for the opportunity to play something other than my healer.

    My main is almost but not quite 200aa …. she could still do with some T3 and T4 shard gear …. but it is nice to change things about sometimes. She will comfortably reach 200aa before the next expansion and the only upgrades she can get now comes from high end content and will take patience. So now is a good time to be able to work on something else completely different.

  3. Borgio says:

    Heya Star,

    Great to read your last few entries from all sorts of games and good to read you may be feeling better. For me a game is “done” once I finally find that the playerbase is dwindling enough for me to stop completely. Only UO and DAoC have done that to me so far, im mostly in Aion at the moment as im waiting on the next EQ2 expansion to come out before I start there again. (No not done with the game, just feel incredibly behind the curve on TSO)

    Keep it up!

  4. Tipa says:

    I quit when all the new stuff gets mixed up with all the old stuff in my head and I understand that the game has lost its power to astonish me.

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