In the Mean Time..
It’s been quite some time since I’ve written about games other than EQ2 on this site – but that doesn’t mean I’m not playing them. I had been making most of those ‘other’ types of posts over at NomadicGamer since the site needed a few posts and because they fit within the topic a lot better. Hopefully my readers here don’t mind that everything is not EQ2 related this week.
What I’m up to in games
EVE Online: My main account is (at the time of writing this) exactly 5 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes, 1 second away from flying a hulk. WOW. I’m incredibly excited. I’ve dreamed about flying a hulk since I first started playing EVE and now that I’m almost there it is a very surreal feeling. The down side to this is that I’ve failed 6 hulk blueprint inventions. Using this site to figure out the math pretty much explained how hulks have the lowest success rate. I’m hoping to keep plugging away at it and maybe invent one just before I can fly it but I’m not holding my breath. In the mean time I’ve been running missions for CreoDron so that I can work with a L3 agent, I’m .15 standing away which is pretty nice. My second account is having a blast flying her new Dominix, it’s a battlecruiser and I just managed to fit some 350mm compressed coil guns onto it. Yum. Now I’m working towards all of the drone goodies as my ship is mostly a tank while drones do all of the damage work. Yesterday Kasul helped me fit a new imicus that I bought for scouting (probing). I’ve never been all that good at probing, but I’m not going to get any better if I don’t try it more often. I’d like to scan down sites for the hulk to mine. I need 26 hours of training in order to fit the cloaking device, but aside from that it’s the first ship that I’ve actually completely fit, and properly. My 2nd account has four ships that I use. The Dominix (battlecruiser) for my missions, the Vexor (cruiser) for missions that don’t allow battlecruisers (I hate those missions, just saying), the Imicus for scouting, and the Iteron V for hauling. I like the set up so far, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. I really enjoy the Dominix a great deal too, great ship.
World of Warcraft: I’ve been playing this game off and on since release and it’s always amusing to me to hear everyone talk about it. My highest level character just reached level 64 yesterday (woot), my priest. Everyone talks about having multiple level 80 characters, and how easy it is to get there but for me it seems like the slowest thing in the world. I’m having a lot of fun with it, working my way through the Burning Crusade and little bits into Wrath of the Lich King. Neither expansion is something I’m all that familiar with and it’s all brand new. Of course much like I do in every game I play, I’ve been crafting as much as I can. My tailor (the priest) just reached a skill level of 350 yesterday, and chose a specialization in mooncloth. Once I reach level 65 I can obtain the Grand Master rank, and continue on. Even though some people argue that crafting in WoW is simple, I really enjoy it. It’s nice to have the objectives of the crafting mini game change compared to what I’m used to. The actual ACT of crafting is not the mini game in WoW. Obtaining materials and recipes is the mini game, and even then only because I make it so. It doesn’t make it any less interesting to me, and I’m really enjoying myself. I have five characters, the 64 priest (tailor / enchanter), 58 DK (used mostly for farming, mining / herbalism), 43 hunter (farming, skinning / mining), 40 shaman (jewelcrafting / inscription), and a level 8 druid (alchemy / herbalism). I’m excited about inching my way to level 80 because I’ve always wanted to be ‘end game’ even though it was constantly out of my grasp. No guarantee that I’ll make it this time around either, but I’m hopeful.
EQ2: I still log in, check the broker, search for new books, and craft. Decorating is a little slower, but I still have a lot of fun with it. I think I’m just waiting for Halas to come out so I can see if it affects my game at all, and see if I get excited about it again. Breaks are not bad things, and I’m enjoying my time away from EQ2 right now. There’s a reason I term myself a nomadic gamer after all!
There are other games on my radar like Age of Conan (I picked up the game for $7 from EBGames), Dark Ages of Camelot ($10 with all expansions from – you guessed it, EBGames), Fallen Earth, Champions Online, Wizard101, LotRO, and DDO. I also still have my subscription to Darkfall, though I haven’t been playing it lately and I own Guild Wars which I keep meaning to play again and just never seem to get around to it.
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself. I hope everyone has a magnificant weekend!
Of my 80s, the priest was the hardest class for me to level in WoW, so hitting 64 is a pretty significant achievement! And WoW leveling is really only easy after you’ve done it once or twice. I remember reading your EQ2 leveling posts and thinking you made it sound so easy while here I am, slogging away on my brigand! :) (She’s now 54! Yay!) But I figure there’s nothing quite like leveling that first character, where all the zones are new and exciting. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the ride!
The Priest is a fun class, that is my main in WoW. It’s really not slow once you get rolling with quests , now with the quest helper built in, it’s easier than ever to knock out the levels. I suppose it may feel a bit slow when compared to EQ2, especially if you have the bonus of having multiple high level characters. I am the opposite of you, I’ve never gotten to end game in EQ2 (Main is 72), as WoW has always dominated my play.
Dominix is a battleSHIP, not a battleCRUISER ;-)
The BS’s for Gallente are Dominix. Megathron, and Hyperion. The BC’s are Brutix and Myrmidon. :-P
I’ve only been following you a short while (not quite a year, right around the time I picked up EQ2 for the first time), but I was actually starting to wonder why I wasn’t hearing so much about all the other games. I mean, I was aware of http://nomadicgamer.com/, and check it out on occasion, but it just seemed like EQ2 had been your game of choice lately (followed by EVE). Not at all bad, EQ2 is the only game I play. Just an observation that I had kept to myself. I too am looking forward to the Halas update to see what it brings to the game. I’m nowhere near bored, and still a few levels away from my first level 90, with many places I still haven’t explored, so I’m quite a ways from taking a break. But I’ve know for a long time, you’re one of those awesome “true” gamers, who can put a game for a while, focus on something else for a while, and then suddenly get the craving and jump right back in and pick up where you left off like nothing happened. Enjoy your “vacation”, and I look forward to hearing more in the future. =)