The Count Down Continues

This weekend has been fairly relaxing – game wise – which is a great thing. I’ve spent most of my time in EQ2 hunting for shinies and wandering into some achievements by luck. Did you know that when Sinking Sands was changed (levels increased) they also added new shiny collections to the zone? Well, they did. I spent most of the evening running around fighting other players for them.

Speaking of which. I realize it’s a game and all, but when you decide to race someone for a shiny on the ground why not be the better person and simply let them have it. That’s what happened to me last night. I’d be running towards one and suddenly someone on a faster mount would take off for it. I don’t need the item THAT bad, so I backed off. They obviously needed it far more then I did. I’m also not one to sit quietly if someone wants to race me for a shiny, I send them a tell about it and tell them that they must need it more then me since they’re so eager to stomp on someone for it. I don’t need anything that badly, and I hope they enjoy the item.

I understand that MMOs are mostly contested, and involve competition, between guilds, players and pretty much everything else out there but I have competition with mob encounters, and not with players. It doesn’t take much effort to be nice to one another. So I wonder why I see it so rarely in video games.

Aside from that I spent a good amount of time in LotRO, there’s a welcome back weekend going on and I had a lot of fun wandering around. My minstrel reached level 27, and I got some crafting done. I’ve been debating working on an alt, but I think I’ll stick with the minstrel, I’d like to get higher then my current level, eventually. Maybe I’ll even make it to end game some time (gasps).

I hope everyone else has had an amazing weekend, no matter where you find yourself. Happy gaming, and I’ll see you in Norrath.

3 Responses to The Count Down Continues

  1. Pete S says:

    Don’t let the dipthongs get you down, Stargrace!

    Easier said than done, I know. Twice recently (in #lotro) I’ve needed to kill x of some humanoid that hangs out in a camp, and had a level 65 come in and plow through the (level 40ish) camp, wiping out every living thing. I know they’re doing it to complete deeds but c’mon, if a level appropriate player is there, either go somewhere else, or at least invite them to a group so they can get credit.

    Some people just have no courtesy, and for others (like @Akely) the competition is part of the fun and they’re not being malicious about it. Everyone just assumes that the whole server shares their playstyle I guess. I think that’s just human nature.

  2. Akely says:

    I have one completely different experience (sorta) with racing I’d like to share. I was once harvesting rocks with my Fury in Sinking Sands. All you EQ2 players know the place: along the wall along Orc Highway. There was another Fury there, almost the same level as me. All the mobs where grey to us so we could harvest along in peace. We started racing to beat each other to the rocks. We used every trick in the book: Pact of Cheetah, sprinting, clever use of the Carpets.

    This went on for over half an hour. Never did he/she throw me an angry tell. And neither did I, of course. I found the whole thing quite funny. When I had to leave I /telled that I was leaving and wished him/her good luck. To my amazement the player thanked me for the good race and for “not being a dick about loosing so much”. Needless to say we added each other to our friends list and still talk a little from time to time.

  3. I want to play more EQ2… but I’ve used up my allotted game allowance for the month when I bought Fallout 3 GOTY on Steam when they had their sale.

    I’m jonesing for some EQ2 action bad! :D

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