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Rumors of my Demise

Yeah, so there aren’t any rumors but it has been a while since I’ve posted. The past month has been rough but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Without getting into the gory details: the problem I’ve been having at work has been fixed and I’m happy with the solution, a family incident that occurred recently will never be resolved but at least there’s some closure now, and my home improvement project is now on track to be completed next week. Soon enough I’ll be back to a normal gaming schedule.

So what has the schedule looked like lately?

Goodbye Yellow Lightsaber

I’ve officially cancelled my SWTOR account. I don’t hate the game or anything, I just haven’t been having much as much fun and wasn’t logging in. I’ve got a couple of weeks left in  my sub so I’ll give the LFG tool a try before leaving but it’s time for a break. I hope to give it another try sometime in the near future, and would still highly recommend it to anyone considering giving it a try.

Bioware sent me a survey asking why I was leaving and what it would take to get me back. Two of my reasons are thing I’m sure they’ll never “fix”: playable Yodas and Wookies, damn you Lucas! Other than that I stated my disappointment in the Legacy system: I was really hoping for an alternative advancement for altoholics rather than a credit-sink and incentive for bored 50s to re-roll. I also requested that they add my favorite GW2 feature: downranking. At the end of the day I kept burning out on characters because I was out-leveling content faster than I could complete it so any kind of downranking or mentoring system would be much appreciated.

Roll Out (How did I never before notice that WoT stole the Autobot’s catchphrase?)

I’ve adjusted my focus in World of Tanks yet again. Mediums, with a side of TDs. I’ve got my M4, PzIII/IV, PzIV, and AMX40 all in rotation along with a T82, M8A1 and Hetzer. As soon as I elite the T82 I’m going to pick up a BT-2 and start on the Soviet medium line.

I dread the AMX40 every time I login. It has replaced the M3 Lee as my most hated tank. Even fully upgraded it’s slow and can barely damage anything, it doesn’t help that most of the time I’m matched up against high tier tanks as the tier IV light. The big difference between the two tanks for me is that somehow I actually did pretty well in the Lee. It seemed that I would get at least one metal in every match, even getting a Billotte’s Metal on my last match with it (my only epic metal to date). So even though I wasn’t having much fun with the Lee there was some consolation in the fact that I was at least doing well, not so much with the AMX40. I’ll just keep plugging along until I can trade up to that AMX 12t and the reasons why I’m playing the French line.

Which Road?

I’ve been interested in getting back into Rift and have even been playing Rift Lite lately. I’m still enjoying my little forays into Rift but keep finding that I’m really not enjoying the Cleric. My old main was a Cleric and I’d like to get him ready for Storm Legion but every time I try playing a Cleric I find myself logging out with little-to-no desire to log back into Rift at all. If I go back to Rift I’ll probably be playing a warrior and trying to get him to 50 before the expansion comes out but I’m a little weary about my feelings toward the Cleric right now. The experience has me thinking about another game I’d like to get back into and get ready for the up coming expansion.

I like to start by saying: I like Pandas; I didn’t see the Mists of Pandera announcement and think “oh, Kung Fu Panda in WoW,” I saw Kung Fu Panda and thought “oh a movie about Pandaren, I wish they were playable in WoW.”

The primary reason I stopped playing WoW and have had little desire to return was that the design direction of the Druid class had hit the tipping point, for me, from the “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” type of hybrid to the “can specialize in any role” hybrid. I even missed having spell power and intellect on my feral gear. While they’re not turning the ship around, MoP is seeming to re-introduce some of that overlap between specs that I used to enjoy so much. It’s worth a look and that has me wanting to give the game another try, level my Druid to 85 (and see how things stand with my Shaman, Warlock and DK), mess around a little at 85 (since I never did that) and get prepped for MoP.

I do want to pick both games back up sometime this year but the question is “which one now?”. I want to return to Rift as a more long-term gaming plan, something I will play until GW2 releases (and maybe continue after since there’s no sub for GW2). I just want get back into WoW to prep for the next expansion with no intention of staying long-term.

So does it make more sense to take care of my business in WoW and then move onto Rift to stay there comfortably, or should I just jump back into Rift, with all the cool stuff in 1.9, and then get my WoW house in order when the pre-expansion world events start happening?


Shiny Happy PvP

Earlier this week I was listening to a podcast (I believe it was Too Long Didn’t Listen) during my morning commute when one of the hosts, Syp, mentioned RP-PvP servers and what the deal with them is. As someone who plays on RP-PvP servers I thought I’d explain the benefits of this server rule set and why I’ve come to make RP-PvP servers my home.

History of a PvP Hopeful

I started playing MMOs with World of Warcraft and from my first character creation I’ve been playing on PvP servers. My initial thought was that by narrowing my multiplayer experience to cooperative only, especially in a game with opposing factions, I was effectively limiting the ways that I could play with other people. For the first year or so I constantly rerolled and bounced between alts, rarely ever getting a character above level 20, and into contested zones. It wasn’t until the summer before the release of the Burning Crusade that I made a serious attempt at progressing farther than Ashenvale.

I rolled a new Shaman, on a new server, and told myself that I wouldn’t play another character until either the expansion came out or I made it to level 60. A few days later I found myself  sitting in Orgrimmar looking for a Ragefire Chasm group. After about a half hour of futile searching I decided to roll a Warlock alt to play in the meantime. Before I knew it that fresh little Forsaken Warlock was my first proper main. Soon after, with my first taste of Tarren Mill vs Southshore, I was hooked on world PvP. I ended up tooling around with a few open world PvP groups and had a lot fun. By the time TBC launched I had quit the Warlock and moved on to a Tauren Druid. Said Druid was my first end-game character. I leveled him to 70, joined regular battles over Halaa (always busy on my server at the time), small skirmishes in Hellfire Peninsula, and 1v1 battles in the daily zones. It was the best PvP I experienced in WoW.

Things changed with the release of Wrath of the Lich King, at least on my server. I guess it was the combination of Wintergrasp and the lack of open world PvP objects, but open world PvP seemed to completely die. Gankings were always an issue but at the same time they were balanced by the enjoyment of evenly matched encounters, no more. The situation was only made worse by the sift in faction balance: originally Alliance-heavy, the server became more Horde dominated. And then the second great Blood Elf Influx, more commonly know as the introduction of faction transfers, pushed that imbalance to absurd proportions that only fueled the gankings. Horde player would jump at any opportunity to actually kill an Alliance player, and then Alliance player took it out on lowbies. Even Wintergrasp turned from a simple Horde zerg into a slew of siege engines just bombarding the Alliance graveyard for half an hour. I couldn’t stand it anymore.

Uh, I thought this was about RP-PvP…

Yeah, I’m getting there. I had enough so I started looking for a new server. I hit the forums and eventually found myself in a couple of RP-PvP server forums. The people seemed nice and everyone kept bragging about how great the world PvP was there. So I rolled a couple of alts, gave them a try and loved it. People were friendly, no rogues with names like Xxkillerdudexx or Istabyou waiting to gank you, actual open world PvP and best of all: great immersion.

Even though I’m not much of and RPer, I’ll create a back story and play along with RP but I won’t seek it out, the environment cultivated by RPers is unparalleled. One instance in particular comes to mind. I was running around Ironforge when a low level Gnome comes up and, in character, explains that this is his first time in Ironforge and that he needs directions to Tinker Town to meet some friends. I play along, tell him how to get there, and he was off on this way. A little later I encounter a group of Gnomes on a walking tour of the city and the one who stopped me earlier is among them. He stops, waves and thanks me. I return the gesture and he continued with his tour group. Little things like this made the world feel so alive.

Moving On

I ended up not spending too much more time in WoW, bounced around some and then moved onto Rift last year. This time I started on an RP-PvP server but found something new. In Rift I encountered RP in PvP. People put thought into how and why they were attacking each other and, without a language barrier, were able to express it. The most epic encounter involved a mid-to-high level Defiant Necromancer who turned himself into a Gloamwood raid boss. He followed around death rifts and invasions while yelling taunts about his minions conquering the region. Eventually a bunch of us lowbie Guardians grouped up and managed to take him down. He shouted a final warning of his impending revenge and left us toasting our victory. Since then I’ve played RP-PvP exclusively.

Would I Recommend It?

If you enjoy PvP but hate the type of community that typically grows on dedicated PvP servers then yes, go for it. Are there any downsides? Of course, a couple. Dedicated or hardcore PvPers probably want to stay away. There seems to be a lot of people who are just in it for a good time and don’t care about being that competitive. That’s not to say there isn’t competition or that people don’t take it seriously. The competition just isn’t as feverish as it is on dedicated PvP servers. Likewise, dedicated RPers might want to steer clear. RP seems to be more centered in guilds with very little in the open world, I’ve been playing on two different RP-PvP SWTOR servers since launch and haven’t encountered any impromptu RP. You will also find many people, like myself, who are there for the more mature community rather than the RP.

All the fun of PvP but with a nicer community and less assholes. If that sounds like your kind of thing then give RP-PvP servers a try. I don’t regret it.