• MMO/Gaming

    Alt-itis from Day One


    Phil and I have been playing a lot of Star Wars, and having a great time. Our two Sith Inquisitor mains have just got their ships, and there are a couple of sets of alts who are just behind them. The first two portraits above are both Ravvens, one Rattataki Sorcerer on a US server and one human Trooper on an EU server. I’d fallen in love with my Trooper during beta, and didn’t manage to recreate her on live – she looks a bit too pretty here, and doesn’t feel as booyah/gung ho as the original. I may scrap her and try again to get that look that just “clicks” as a person for me.

    Inquisitor: Ravven, main.
    Trooper: Ravven, second main.
    Sith Warrior: M’alice
    Plus a handful of alts that have been made but not played much.

    Aside from our gaming holiday over Christmas, not much else happening. I need to finish the spellbooks for the kids asap, as Christmas is less than a week away. Yikes! It is snowy and cold here, and I walk around all day in layers of sweaters and shirts and furry monster boots and my Horde hoodie. Ah, teh sexx.

    This is also a time of preparation, as I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the book project. I don’t want to look at it or edit or anything right now; after the holidays, however, I have some ideas about a rewrite. I also need to start on illustrations.

    Wishing you all good food and good cheer over the holidays – stay warm!

  • MMO/Gaming

    i haz a grump

    The headstart rollout for Star Wars has me quite irritable. As I wrote previously, I had a huge amount of fun in the beta while playing with the other half, and very much looked forward to doing it for realsies. Staggered launch, however, is going to make that impossible. Everyone I know is playing, and this morning are in the 15-18 range. Although MMOs are my game of choice, I am not the most social person in the world, and hate playing with strangers. I detest having to pug anything, and the forced grouping in SWTOR is going to ensure that I have to pug all flashpoints and heroic quests – or have a higher-level friend run me through, which is going to be stupid.

    Have I mentioned my luck with pugs? If you are psychotic, a potty-mouthed ten year old on crack, or someone who dwells in a basement so deep that rats won’t even keep you company, I will get you in a pug. The gaming fae have cursed me to only get crazy people in pickup groups.

    Thanks Bioware for making my MMO less social.

    I am feeling quite nostalgic for the Rift launch, where the servers were slammed, everyone played at the same time, and it all stayed up and was playable regardless. Why don’t you call Trion and ask if they can share some of their wisdom with you? I have great memories Rift, and although laggy it was a TON of fun to have so many people rifting and fighting incursions into towns (although it did look like a series of photos at some points, which was ok – at least the servers generally stayed up).

    Time and time again I have read on Twitter or guild forums or on the official forums that the server population is very light, and the starting areas seem almost deserted. The server status page shows light or medium servers across the board, except for later at night. Why keep server populations artificially low, just so that you can pat yourself on the back for having a problem-free launch? That is ridiculous. And the people (who got in, obviously) posting slavish praise on Bioware make me ill. If there are (as reported over and over again) 68 to 100 people on your server, it damned well BETTER be stable. I don’t think that justifies applause.

    And why the secrecy about when people will get in? There is obviously a schedule, and they know when people will be allowed to play – why not just post that and still the raging on the forums? I can see no downside to it, since supposedly it is based on an impersonal preorder date. Speaking of the forums, why keep deleting all of the threads where people are quite legitimately complaining? I don’t like supporting game companies that are run this way. I think that the fairly substantial amount that I spend in an MMO that I am passionate about gives me a right to speak up, even if you refuse to read the message.

    So I am a sad panda today. Something that I very much looked forward to has been ruined, since I won’t be able to make up those levels and play with friends. I’m not going to hope that people roll an alt so that we can play together, any more than I would have asked Phil to not play until I can get in.

    EDIT: After the jump, screenshots of empty starting areas on Day 2:

  • MMO/Gaming

    I Hate People

    I’ve really enjoyed SWTOR so far (more about that in a later post) and have fallen totally in love with my Sith Inquisitor, corruption tree. I’d started with Bounty Hunter, and that was a nice class, but then Phil and I started Inquisitors and that was it. This will be the first character I level after launch. All of the characters that I have loved and played for years have kind of clicked as people as soon as I created them. It was the same with Kitsune, my Warcraft hunter – and as I’ve written before, I actually have her name in kanji tattooed on my spine. Now that is love. :)

    It’s been great playing with Phil again as well, as we’ve been off playing separate things for a long time. The best thing a gamer can do is fall in love with another gamer. No one else will understand all of the hours spent, the housework which goes undone, and all the good friends that you may never meet in real life. Experiencing things together in game is so much fun, and I can be a total dork without being embarrassed. This has been great. The Inquisitors are pretty effective as well, and the two of us just flew through the Black Talon flashpoint without breaking a sweat. Many of Phil’s friends who were playing said that they really struggled with it.

    The main problem are all of the tards and asshats playing. I would turn off general chat, but I think that someone should be there to answer genuine questions in a polite and helpful manner. I am specifically sick of all the idiots who are moaning about having to sit through all of the voice acting, they just want their “kill 10 of X” quests so they can get to end game. This game is fun, but that is in part because all of us are bored with our current MMOs. Why on earth would you want to skip story and power-level to endgame? Do you think instances and raiding will be any different here than they are in Rift or Warcraft? Sorry, bud…this is going to be more of the same, so enjoy the trip. Some of the story lines that I have seen so far have been superb.

    You guys just make me tired. And cranky.

    There are at least a couple of weeks before headstart -more for me than for Phil, as I ordered so much later- so after this beta I’ll buckle down to my book again and try to work out my horrible problem with my ending. I plan on waiting at least a couple of weeks to try to distance from the project a bit, and then I’ll start work on the second draft before I let anyone see it. Which neatly allows me some Star Wars time. :D