So there hasn’t been any posts in a while. It hasn’t been because I forgot about it, but I haven’t had anything lengthy to pontificate on recently. Twitter is actually covering a lot of my “Here’s this cool thing!” and “Random thought about X” and if you want, you can follow that at https://twitter.com/LlewelynDekafox/ . But what’s been going on since my last post?
Well, I hate to say it but WoW has finally fallen into “chore” mode for me due to a couple things. One of those reasons is actually a lack of things to do, which is what a lot of people are complaining about.
First a little history. From when I started playing near end of BC, I had an obvious main and maybe one or two alts. Near the end of Cata however, there wasn’t a lot and it was so easy to catch up that the number of alts I had exploded! basically, I finished everything on my main for the most part, so I was just doing achievements and alts.
In MoP I had to abandon a lot of my alts because with all the dailies it was very alt-unfriendly at the start, and that set the tone for me for the rest of the xpac. The only alts that leveled up were my profession mules.
With WoD, I initially did the same, but I “finished” most everything I cared about by 6.1. All 6.1 added for me were the new missions and some pets, and I had my followers set up and got all the pets on the first week. We were working on BRF still, but there wasn’t as much to do outside raids. With the heirloom changes, I figured I’d level up an alt or two, and kit them out for gold making. With the new gold-making trait on followers, with enough you can make quite a bit that way.
Right now, I have 8 100s, 2 more in their 90s, and a level 30 paladin.
Playing in “alt mode” wasn’t something that was a thing for me until end of Cata, but I’m already there now. Everything is done on my main except Mythic boss kills and I’m starting to get tired of that.. not to mention that we’re starting to hit bosses that may be beyond my skill level. I’m doing fine with mechanics but I’m not hitting the DPS numbers of some of the other folk in the raid.
And speaking of that gold making? I’m basically logging in 3-4 times a day just to do missions and keep my buildings stocked, on every one of those 100s.
I didn’t mind the garrison and alt stuff quite as much until I hit the second factor making me want to take a break: Star Trek Online.
About a month ago, right before 6.1 launch I checked again and found it worked under WINE finally, so I loaded up their version of Steam and installed the thing. I started a Romulan and played part of the tutorial over the weekend, but dind’t complete it before Tuesday and patch day rolled around for WoW. After that I was busy like I mentioned above up until this weekend. I wasn’t feeling like playing alts on Saturday, so I started it up to let it patch and found out there was a deal going on for cash-store races and services.
Now part of what made me look at it to begin with was the Caitian race being playable. The first time I found it was a pay-to-unlock race, and I wasn’t sure it’d run under WINE so I gave it a pass. When I tried it that first weekend and enjoyed what I did of the Romulan, I tried to buy the cash shop currency and couldn’t. Turned out you had to complete the tutorial first before you could.
Personally, I think that’s a very good thing, as it avoids issues with brand new players throwing a bunch of money, then bitching and leaving when it turns out completely different from what they expected. Still, the promotion was to end Monday, so I had to finish the tutorial by the end of the weekend.
I picked it back up pretty quick and got through it, and found I liked it. Some of it felt like Star Trek episodes, and others felt like Star Fleet Command aka Star Fleet Battles. So I threw the minimum amount of zeny on there and unlocked the Caitian race.
First thing though was I found myself disappointed in the lack of “hair” styles. You either go pure fuzz, or tied back in one of three different ways, so I went with the one that was most hair-like as a “close-enough” I then spent a little while crafting a uniform and look for her that I found I liked immensely.
Though Tactical was the best fit, I dithered a bit on making her because my Romie was already Tactical, and I wanted one of each. I’d found as a pleasent surprise that Gorn were playable, though with the Klingons instead of on their own or with the Feddies, so a Gorn science captain was a no-brainer for me. It took some tweaking through to get a uniform and build I was satisfied with.
Then I noticed I’d have one more character slot available, so I made another Romulan as a Engy captain, so I could make M’Rel as a tactical branch captain, like I intended since she was acting as a stand-in for my chakat character.
I only got a little ways into the Fed tutorial, but I’m finding myself excited to play STO and wanting to continue playing through all the story content. I’m really liking M’Rel as a character(and may swap her in somewhere on the Chakatverse stories, if I can just get them written) and there’s still the Gorn character too… and playing the new Romie with the new Delta event stuff active.
And then I look at WoW and I’ve got alts that I don’t care for(since I’m scraping the bottom of the alt barrel) and the daily garrison chore, which actually feels like a chore now since I’d rather be cruising the galaxy with my busty catgirl captain. Even my rogue alt, which I had been enjoying solo stuff with, I’m finding myself not wanting to go do anything with.
And then there’s the whole raid issue.
At the same time though, we’re still low on people on our Mythic team currently so I need to be there to hole-fill or else they may not be able to fill to make the attempts on the Mythic bosses we’re working on. I also want to keep building gold for upcoming content, so I can’t totally abandon my garrisons. Doing a mission check also makes a nice time-filler for the times when I’ve got like an hour to kill, since STO stuff is supposed to take 45 minutes to an hour(emulating Star Trek episodes) which would be cutting it too close on those time gaps.
End result is I want to play STO, but I don’t want to abandon WoW which means I gotta get the “chores” done. I’ve already pushed back some farming that I needed to do to fill buildings since it takes an hour per character to get enough for 2 weeks, and I’d rather be star trekkin across the universe.
I also don’t see myself going full hardcore on STO like I have been in WoW. With the F2P/microtransaction structure, it’s either heavy grind for certain things like some ships, or you pull out the credit card. I unlocked the one race I was willing to pay for(though the Lyran knock-offs on the Klingon side were tempting) and I may buy a single ship or two at some point in the future, but to really min-max and compete you either gotta no-life-grind currently, or gotta go full whale, neither of which interests me. Still, with the age of the game there should be plenty of story for me to see without doing that.
If WoW was considered my wife, STO would be the secret mistress in the condo that I sneak off to and try to break bedsprings with.
On top of that, there’s still Second Life sitting around too. Unlike the last time I kinda left it, I’m still logging in weekly for the fishing and to pay rent on my(and formerly Kaitlyn’s) parcel. I’m not really doing much with it currently, but between work, WoW, and STO, I’m having trouble finding time and interest to get to it. I’ve got enough Lindens to keep it around a while still, even if fishing doesn’t happen to refill my wallet, and I get to see the folks again, but if my L keeps dropping I may need to find someone else to share land with. I want to keep the kitties out, since Kaitlyn loved the little things, but there needs to be space for them to be out for that.
So that’s my gaming dilemma; keeping all these balls up in the air. Once I get far enough in STO though, I may post a pic of M’Rel and her current command at that point. We’ll see.
My pen and paper group is getting close to wrapping up one of the campaigns we’ve been doing. I actually got art of my character from that one a little while back, as I’ve used her in a couple Pathfinder campaigns now.
I would like to play her in Pathfinder Society someday, but the con we’ve gone to that runs it we missed this year, and the place here that runs it locally does so on a raid night.
I think that’s it for now. Can’t think of anything else that I’d like to write about the moment, so signing off!