Stargrace recently posted about how she becomes disaffected with games once she hits the level cap in them. I made a reply in the comments that I am in the same boat. It probably explains my severe alt-itis. For me, I hadn’t really noticed I was growing disaffected with Rift (heck, even now I’ll tell you I love the game) until while writing that post I realized I’d not played it in over a week and I hadn’t missed it. Now granted, as seen in my post below. . DDO’s new artificer class is my current “new shiny.” I figured that once the 1.5 patch came out I’d be back over in Rift to work on grabbing some
AAplanar attunement points.
I read the patch notes for the 1.5 and they actually make me want to work on my rogue a bit, as well as checking out the new solo/duo dungeons on my cleric, and the PA stuff sounded interesting at 1st, until I read a thread where someone had compiled all the PA’s a cleric could get and at the end summarized what the whole kit’n'kaboodle got you, and the answer was — very little. Not even a single gear piece of improvement. And it would cost you over 92 million xp being ground out.
Now I’ll grant you that the final 5 levels of Rift cost about 2 million xp overall and they only take a few days to get, so even a casual player like me can probably get “all the PA’s” in about 3 months, but to what end really? 30 points to 3 stats is a nice boost, but it’s hardly a big deal, especially as these are considered by the game to be buffed points, so abilities that boost your stats don’t apply to them. 78 spell power is about an 8% boost to me with my not-so great gear, but if I played enough so that I could get all those PA’s in that time, I’d probably upgrade my gear to the point that I’d be looking at a 3% boost, if even that. In short, these are things that I certainly won’t turn down when I receive xp enough for them, but there’s no incentive for a casual player to go chasing them either.
My Rift sub is on their 3 month plan. I’d thought to let it renew for until the end of the year when SWTOR comes out, but… I think I’m just going to cancel it. In my remaining time I’ll be able to go see the new solo/duo dungeons on my cleric and there really isn’t much else I’m interested in seeing.
This leads me to DDO, as I expect I’ll be enjoying its F2P goodness as my primary game for the next few months. I’ve got my Warforged Artificer up to level 5 now, and it’s almost ridiculous how easy it is to play this character right now. My dog pet sits at 122 hitpoints, which I can buff up to 173. My character sits at 75 hp which I can buff to 126. This is an insanely high amount for a level 5 character, especially one with a d6 hit point die. Damage done is very high, so very few mobs get close to me to even try to get in a hit. And next level I’ll get Stoneskin and Flame Turret, so my defense and offense both will dramatically improve. Should be fun to experience as I move through it.
A friend of mine has been talking up Champions Online lately to me, so since it’s F2P I installed it to check it out. When F2P you are limited to archetype power sets that the game selects for you, so you don’t get overwhelmed by choices right out of the gate. The character creator is insanely amazing and I could easily spend hours creating a character if I wanted to just checking out all the options, much less choosing some of them. I’ve tried the Fire, Ice, Blade, and Soldier archetypes so far. The energy building mechanic is something I’m still getting used to, but it seems to work pretty well, and I like that if you’re paying attention to the mobs that you can block their high damage attacks. I’ve barely made it out of the tutorial, though, so I can’t comment on a whole lot yet as I’m still feeling things out.
And to close…. EVE online recently released their Incarna expansion, which included the new “Captain’s Quarters” for you to walk around in with your new avatar. Some enterprising soul(s) discovered that the looping video playing on the TV in the room could be customized by converting your own video files to BIK format and dropping them in the appropriate EVE folder on your hard drive. Here’s what CCP had to say about it in their latest dev blog:
Now, most companies would have branded this as a defect and “fixed it” by doing checksum validations on the files or something equally boring. But not us. . . . [Instructions on how to do it all] . . . [K]nowing our players, we are of course absolutely certain than none of you would ever, ever think of putting anything even remotely questionable on your screen, given the total lack of constraints and the rock solid moral high ground on which our pilots firmly stand…
I love their sense of humor. Almost makes me willing to re-sub to EVE. Almost.