I haven’t been very active on my blog in recent months, I know. The drudgery of more than half a year of Siege of Orgrimmar, the prospect of a full year of it before Warlords of Draenor is to be released, our raid leader’s unwillingness to take a break from raiding, and little to do other than PVP in WoW has largely robbed me of the mood to write. Couple with the fact I don’t follow the WoD Alpha news all that closely, I haven’t been very active in other games, and that I’m still reeling from my Super Bowl loss, it’s been a pretty boring period for my blog.
It’s not that I absolutely haven’t had things to discuss, just that I haven’t been all that motivated to talk about anything. Recently though I did start playing Wildstar. As MMOs go I was surprised how flushed out the game was at release, so high marks to NCSOFT for that. It’s a refreshing break in a trend from major MMOs in recent years which should help to maintain subscription numbers. Unfortunately I haven’t reached the level cap yet and can’t speak to the other major issue that regularly dooms new MMOs – lack of end-game content – but I’m sure we’ll be hearing all about that soon enough.
However I’ve already decided to eschew spending much more time with the game. There are many very interesting things about the game, for one it’s the first MMO with the ability aiming system I’ve played, but it just hasn’t elicited the excitement in me I would need to keep me long term. I’d probably spend more time in the game if it were free to play, but not if I have to pay a $15/month subscription fee. In spite of my current level of boredom in WoW, WoW continues to be the gold standard in my view and serves my fantasy MMO needs quite well.
I also started playing SWTOR again several weeks ago but quickly recalled why I’ve previously only played the game for short periods before quitting again. Bioware simply hasn’t addressed the plethora of issues surrounding the game, which I won’t re-hash now. Of all the MMOs out there today, SWTOR was the one I wanted to succeed the most, the one I truly wanted to invest in, and the one that has most disappointed me. Such a shame considering what could have been.
Which leaves me with my other perennial fallback –EVE Online. EVE is a game I play for several months and get bored before heading back to play WoW full time. Not because EVE is a boring game, because it’s certainly not. But EVE is a game you don’t play solo. Every time I start playing EVE again I tell myself I’m going to find an active Corp and dive in. Last Fall I thought I had hooked up with an old Corp that used to be active but at that point had migrated out of Nullsec and became very inactive. By last November things were so inactive and I had become so despondent I quit again. And yes, in spite of also telling myself I would never again let my accounts lapse, I did in fact allow them to lapse again. Consequently I’ve made no training progress in the intervening seven months, something I’m kicking myself for again as I look at the state of my character my training plans.
My goal in EVE this time around is to stay away from industry (at least for a while), and to do no mining. I want to get involved in combat. I really enjoyed flying Bombers last year and will finish that bit of training I have left on my main account before finishing up the remaining training I need for Marauders. After that I’ll see what I need to train. But on my second account I intend to interrupt my Carrier training to finish up the skills I need for Logistics. I’ll take both toons with me out into Nullsec as soon as I can.
I know I don’t yet have the skills for a lot of the doctrines I’ll find out in Nullsec, but I figure I can at least participate as a Bomber and in most of the missile boat doctrines now with my main, and can start training Amarr and Minmatar sub-cap doctrines after that. And I would have to think logi is always in demand, and if I can fill that on my second account, I’m glad to do that too.
When I joined my current corp a year ago I was really looking forward to getting back out to nullsec space, but it just never worked out. The corp had just recently left nullsec but did rent other space. Unfortunately there was never a large presence in that rented space. It was basically just a couple of guys ratting and some ice mining ops going on. There was no real supporting infrastructure to help with neutrals, which led to periods of days where nothing happened in the space as well as a high level of frustration amongst those few that did venture out to the space.
Even with that I had been working toward moving some equipment out to a system where it could be jumped over to our space, but that happened to coincide with the corps implosion and so I never made it out. Then a few weeks later I stopped playing also. I could have put more effort into finding another corp at that point, but guess I was just too disillusioned to do it. But the prospect of finding a bustling corp is very appealing to me right now, so with that motivation in hand I’m sure I’ll find the right fit before too long.
Where normally the rest of my free time would usually be spent watching basketball or watching/playing golf during the Summer, I just haven’t been that motivated. I didn’t watch a single basketball game all season long, and haven’t even watched a full playoff game yet. Though I have now watched parts of three games, including just last night. But with Tiger out of the running this year I haven’t been that interested in golf at all. Tiger’s influence on ratings is well documented and his absence this year has had a pretty decided impact.
I’m sure my sport malaise won’t last much longer, as I couldn’t imagine the NFL season starting in September and me turning my nose up to it. Whether I’ll get the enjoyment out of this season as I did last season is yet to be seen however. How do we top a season like that when everything was seemingly going our way, and lose so badly in the Super Bowl?