Friday, December 28, 2007

Mount up

My holiday weekend business payed off big time to the tune of 150 gold. Ifigure my initial investment at about 50 gold so it was quite successful. This game me enough to grab my mount, my level 40 skills, upgrade to decent plate, and respec to arms. I did this just to try something different and become familiar with a different play style.

I also noticed that my guild was short on druids so I rolled one as an alt. I am not too into alting in WoW because I am playing two other games on the side. However it will be good to have some other toons to play when they are full up on rest XP.

It looks like I will have a pretty good quest selection to choose from at 40. I have a few level 40 Arathi quests, a bunch of STV quests 40+ and some Marsh quests ranging from 37 on up. I prefer to do green quests when possible (I am lazy) so I should be able to keep myself in greens for a while.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fansy


That's right my WoW character is a giant cow man named Fansy. Where does someone come up with a name like Fansy? Well it is a tribute to my favorite event in Everquest. There was this bard and he used to ... Well it is just better if I let him explain it.


Now I don't run around acting like Fansy, that would be annoying in this day. But in the context of EQ1 this was hysterical. I just use the name as a sort of tribute.


At this point Fansy is a 39 War. I have slowed down leveling to raise up mount money for the time being. I have 52 gold in the bank and a large stockpile of Medium and Light Leather that I have been buying up at 90% market value or less. I have pretty much done a 48 hour dump of my inventory to see what I can scoop up during the holiday.


I won't be able to get on during the holiday weekend so I won't be able to take advantage of it properly. I estimate I have between 100 and 150 gold worth of inventory so I need about 30% of it to sell. I have no idea how busy WoW is on holiday weekends like this so I am hoping there is a lot of traffic. If not since I mostly deal in raw materials my deposits are low.


Once I get back I'll switch over to leveling, ding 40, and get my mount.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Next EQ2 Expansion

The Ancient Gaming Noob posted his predictions on what the next EQ2 expansion might be. For the most part I agree with him. I think that the next expansion will probably be something in the style of Planes of Power. It might not bear the name Planes of Power, heck it might not even take place on different planes but I think the fundamental idea behind the design will be present in the next EQ2 expansion. You will be expanding your character outwards instead of upwards, you will be gearing up through a progression, you will be following a storyline through a progression. I will even go out on a limb and say that there will be an area introduced that will fundamentally change the way the game is played the way PoK did. I don't think it will change it the same way as PoK (travel is fine already in EQ2) but it will shake things up big time.

Why?

Because it is time. EQ2 had a rocky start, it is really only in the last year that this game has both feet on good solid ground. There was a period of awkward adjustment as the dev team was defining exactly what the game would be (go ahead try and play the game using the original strategy guide). They did a very good job with this and went on to release, in my mind, the two most solid MMO expansions ever done. The last two EQ expansions really improved and cemented the quality of this game.

So now it is time to branch out a bit. They will have to be careful to make sure that they do not change the game that already exists the way SOE did with Star Wars Galaxies or even the combat and class changes made to EQ2 (even though those changes were for the best). They will have to add new stuff that makes the new parts of the game distinct from the old game. WoW did this to a limited extent with Outland in that you had player controlled flying mounts and some different PvP zones.

If they go with a Planes of Power type progression system I think they need to adopt an idea like WoW's Heroic Instances where there is really tough content raid style but for a small group. You should be able to progress through the same story content in solo, small group, and raid mode. It should be challenging in all three modes and should have ability, lore and gear progression. Obviously the gear would be different for each progression but gear optimized for raiding isn't necessarily optimized for soloing anyway. They have done something close to this before with Split Paw and I would like to see that idea built on as a whole expansion.

I have no idea what change they might introduce to really change up the game, but I do know what I want to see. I want player created dungeons. Other games have toyed with this and there are rumors of more, if FFXI can even think of this with its limitations then I am sure that EQ2 can pull it off. This would have to be well thought out, because it would be best if you could get actual gear and XP as awards. They would need to use something like D+D's challenge rating system to ensure that reward was balanced with risk. Give us a decent scripting option too, something on the level of Neverwinter Nights.

I think it is time for MMO devs to let go a bit, and I think that EQ2 could be the game to do it in a big way.

First post

So what is this all about?

I am going to use this blog to track my advancement in the various MMOs I play. I will also post about MMOs in general, and maybe roundup any interesting stuff out on the web.

I have been playing MMOs for a long time now and I have left a slew of orphaned characters across cyberspace. Here is a short history of my MMO playing career (chronological order may be a bit messy)

  1. UO
  2. Nexon's Dark Ages
  3. Everquest
  4. Dark Age of Camelot
  5. Everquest Online Adventures
  6. Final Fantasy XI
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. Everquest 2
  9. Final Fantasy XI
  10. World of Warcraft
  11. Everquest
  12. Final Fantasy XI
  13. Vanguard
  14. Lord of the Rings Online
  15. World of Warcraft
  16. Everquest
  17. World of Warcraft
Right now I am back concentrating on World of Warcraft again. My main is Fansy I level 39 Tauren Warrior on Ursin (not my highest level character, but pretty much the only one I play). I am in the Fear the Boot guild, a guild based around my favorite pen and paper RPG podcast.

I am also dabbling in EQ, EQ2, and VG at this point but only as distractions. If you are interested my mains on those games are:
  • EQ: Hakiko, Halfling Druid Combine server (just started)
  • EQ2: Birget, Dark Elf Bruiser AB (just started)
  • VG: Gina Gallo, Human Monk Xeth (just started)
As you can see I just rolled this characters and my current WoW toon is not very high level. This is because I have just restarted on MMOs after taking a break due to burn out. It was a good break full of Oblivion, and lots and lots of Calling all Cars.

I do not plan on doing any real raiding anymore. My raiding days are long over at this point. I raided in EQ and (although they don't call it raiding) raided a lot in FFXI. I dabbled a bit in WoW and have never been in a group bigger than 6 in EQ2. The WoW guild I am in is pretty small and casual so there is very little chance of me getting back into raiding there, although the Heroic Instance progression looks cool to me and much more manageable.

What this means is that once I hit cap in these games I will be spending less time in them. That is why I have a few games lined up right now. When I hit cap in WoW I will be switching my focus to either EQ2 or VG (EQ1 is around mainly because I cannot let it go) I will then work towards cap in that game before moving on.

I will not be leveling at uber-hardcore speeds because I have been there, done that and at this point just want to enjoy the ride.

I will try to post most days on what I accomplished in each game the night before and what I am looking forward to accomplishing in the future. These posts may be spread out through the day and may be interrupted by posts on other subjects (always MMO related).

There are people out there who enjoy watching other people play video games. Looking around the internet it seems that there are even more people interested in reading about other people playing video games.

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