- Get both my Gnome mage (currently 84) and my Tauren warrior (82) up to the new level cap of 85.
My mage came up just short of hitting the milestone this year for reasons I've discussed.
- Complete every normal and heroic 5-man at least once on both high level characters.
- Explore some of the revamped old world on new alts.
Currently, I'm a bit over halfway through a tour of the newbie (1-12) zones with a small army of new alts. My favorite lowbie specs right now are Subtlety Rogue, Survival Hunter, Destruction Warlock, and Discipline Priest. It's possibly telling that none of those are traditional leveling specs, which tend to make life too easy.
Revised Resolutions are:
- Finish the heroics (including new ones) on the mage.
- Check out the new daily campaign in 4.2.
- Actually get a character into the mid-high levels. [DDO]
- Complete the Vol 3 Book 2 content in Enedwaith (added during the F2P switch)[LOTRO]
- Await Isengard [LOTRO]
- Write fewer news posts about the EQ2 business model.
- Either find a Velious bargain or skip the expansion entirely
- Wrap up the Velious solo timelines, including any new content as it arrives.
- Complete each heroic dungeon at least once (I've currently finished the first six, leaving the three KD zones and the new ones in Drunder), and try to finish up the major dungeon questlines.
At the start of the year, I had no plans to return to ROM. Probably the biggest thing I did to improve my experience was to stop worrying about keeping my secondary class up to date. Focusing on the druid side, which is the side that I really enjoy anyway, literally halves the grind, and the result is a level that I can enjoy as a pleasant non-subscription diversion.
- Advance towards the level cap on the druid (or as close as I can get before the grind and/or the need for gear kills it)
- Pick my third class (probably either Warden or Warrior, leaning Warden if they improve it in upcoming patches) and take some of the additional options for a spin.
The original plan here was to sightsee in DCUO and pick up some misc single player games. Unfortunately, the more I've heard about DCUO - including today's half-hearted introduction of a cash shop - the less impressed I am. I may eventually pick this up on the PC if the price gets low enough, now that the station pass upgrade costs only $5 more for EQ2 subscribers. On the single player side, I've beaten Portal 2 and Infamous, and now I'm working on Assassin's Creed 2.
I had planned to take a pass on the launch rush, but relatively reasonable pricing ultimately tipped me in favor of signing up at launch. I let my sub lapse at the 30 day mark, I haven't been back, and I can't really articulate a rational reason why; I just didn't feel like sticking with the game over the other options. Though the launch went exceptionally well by all MMO standards, there were some rough edges that got balanced out, for better or worse, over the last few months. I figure that the game that I will eventually return to will be better than the one I declined to pay for back in April, so there's no hurry, especially with how quickly Trion releases new patches.
- Get to level 50 on my Cleric, PUG some dungeons to see how the experience compares with WoW and EQ2.
At the top of the year, I said that I'd consider Vanguard and STO if they went free to play. The buzz on Vanguard has since gotten interesting enough that I will likely take it for a free trial spin, even though no business model change is in sight. I remain not so interested in SWTOR or GW2 because I didn't care so much for their predecessors, and I don't feel like there have been enough hard details about TERA for me to say much about the game.
The other game I'm vaguely curious about is Allods, which a lot of people seemed to enjoy until they discovered that the publisher intended to make money on the product, and which is supposedly adding its own take on dual/multi-classing. That said, time is really the limiting factor in trying any MMO's I'm not currently playing, and I'm just not sure that Allods or anything else is going to fit in the calendar.
As I predicted, I'm limping along at around three posts per week due to limited gaming/blogging time. Some weeks, I've had so little time that I realize it's been several days since I posted anything. Others, I've got something to talk about every day. It's not ideal, but it's what I've got for now.
As always, thanks to my readers for sticking around, and we'll see how these resolutions fare in six months.