The Comfort Factor
It doesn’t matter which continent my characters are created on, or what race I play, eventually they all end up being ‘bound’ to Ahgram (which means when I gate I end up just on the outskirts of the city). This is a comfort thing to me – I know the city pretty well. I know where to find the banks and broker, and the crafting areas (including the npc’s I may need) and the general merchant who will let me repair my gear.
Vanguard isn’t the only game where I’ve developed this, in EQ2 I tend to bind all of my evil characters to Big Bend – because I know the little city outpost better then any other. On the Qeynos side it’s Willow Wood, or some times Baubleshire. It carries over into other games, where in LotRo I bind my characters to Bree, in EQ it was PoK and then when that changed it was the guild lobby. In WoW it’s always undercity, though lately that has branched into Dalaran for my higher level characters. It’s not always where the largest population of players is, but they are places where I spend a lot of time and thus feel quite comfortable knowing my way around.
I think it’s quite important that players develop a ‘comfort factor’ in games. That they get to know the cities and feel like a location is ‘home’ in a manor of speaking. After a rough adventure or two it’s nice to find yourself in a familiar location.
I’ve been working on a number of alts in Vanguard all at the same time. I’m trying to get my blacksmith up in levels so that I can create sheets to use for upgrades on the artificer. After that I’d like to work my outfitter to 41+ so that I can create cloth to use for upgrades. Having one of each crafter at level 41+ is going to be incredibly handy. Then I can start working on the subclasses, eventually my long term goal (more like a dream) is to have all 6 crafters at level 41+. Whether that will pan out or not we’ll just have to see.
Adventure wise I spend my time split between all of my alts. I have a new psionicist that’s joined the alt army, and I enjoy her quite a bit (even if she is a gnome). I’ve also got my warrior, paladin, disciple, blood mage, bard, and rogue. I love all of the character classes in Vanguard which is something I can’t say for a lot of other games I play.
Happy gaming no matter where you find yourself, I’ll see you in Telon!