Well hello there, long time no see. I’m writing today because I want to start getting back into the habit of blogging some about MMOs. I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head that I’d like to get to at some point but for today I’ll keep it simple and just ramble away.
First, WoW. My on and off love affair with WoW has reached a stable point now I think. For better or for worst I’m quite comfortable now playing it in a casual detached way. I did attempt recently to get back into raiding seriously but a mix of guild politics and trying to catch up in gear with LFR and tools like Open Raid killed it for me. WoW has never been super friendly to players trying to catch up in gear toward the end of an expansion but I feel that it is now worst than it has ever been. The jump from LFR to Flex is simply brutal and I don’t want to have to start to mess about with multiple guilds just to catch up. So for the moment, I log in once in a while to do a few achieves, quests while I wait for Warlords of Draneor to come out.
Then there’s FF14, A Realm Reborn. Last fall I had stop playing because of a bad timing of ugly guild politics and me wanting to play with people I actually knew which led me back to WoW. I loved the game by itself but at the moment I wanted to get away from yet another guild where you’re expected to have no life and thus headed back to the calm waters of WoW. Now I started playing again a little more than a week ago and I feel like I’ve fallen in love again with the game. I’m playing tons, doing dungeons, Primals and even raided a few times since coming back and its been a blast. I even found a nice guild that is helping me this time around instead of leaving me alone to fend for myself and it’s a pretty wonderful thing to see your guildies drop what they were doing just to run you through an old Titan hardmode, so you can finally get your relic weapon.
But more than anything is the challenge that keeps me coming back. Despite the grindy endgame and the low drops and a lot of old mechanics that should turn me away, I love that I have to pay attention to succeed in a dungeon, even the easier one. I love that success is not guaranteed and that even though my progress is a lot slower than say WoW, at least the process of getting said improvements is a lot more interesting.
So that’s it for my ramble for today. I’ll try to be more active again here and I hope to see you around.