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Games I'm Not Playing

It may seem hard to believe given all the other things going on with me lately, but I have actually been poking around looking for a game that would catch my attention. Unable to face another night of slogging around Moria with my under-construction champion, I went back to my blue space-goat from World of Warcraft, I installed and poked around in Dungeons and Dragons Online, and I did the same in the new Neverwinter. I've also tried and failed to be excited by Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep... all with no success.

They all have the same problem: they're all made to highlight the part of the RPG experience I'm least interested in, to wit: wandering around killing random monsters. There's a terrible crushing sameness to it all that leads me to despair. We have the technology to create stunning worlds-within-the-machine, and this is what we do with it? Kill 10 skeletons and return to the quest NPC for the task to kill 10 giant spiders?

Speaking of sameness, how many of these games open with you on the beach after a shipwreck? At least two of the ones I tried recently did; my memory is that Age of Conan did as well, and I think one of the Elder Scrolls games I tried did.

I want cool and interesting people to talk to! I want to see amazing things that I've never seen before! I want to be astounded by magic altering the fabric of the universe! I sure as hell don't want to compare whether this sword has a 0.5% better chance of hitting an orc than that one does.

Lord I miss you, Quest For Glory series... I remember when CRPGs were awesome and fueled by imagination. It's been a long time.

-The Gneech


Jul. 13th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Never could stand the overhyped Pay2Play/Pay2Win games like WoW or the other mssive MMOs.

When I get the rare hankering for a killing monsters, I ply Minions of Mirth, an indie MMO which is free to play. (Up to a certain level. 15 I think, and possibly 5 on your secondary class if you pick one. I paid the $30 one-time fee, and my Drakken is now a L36/35/35 Ranger/Wizard/shaman

Loads of different skills to practice, there. I think I'm up to around 600(out of 1000) on unarmed combat, similar stats on one-handed and two-handed swordfighting, axes, clubs, archery... Decent skills in fletching, armorcrafting, as weaponsmith. Suck at enchanting, working on my poisons. Haven't even started on cooking and brewing.
(The trouble with poison skill is that I need to pick new recipes as my skill improves. Too easy recipes and the skill doesn't improve. And the reciptes 'in line' now all requires ingredients from the area where the Minions of Darkness hangs out. It's kind of a drag getting there, even with stealth skills... )


Don't play it so often any more. Runs on pretty cheap HW, though.

Mostly these days, I play World of Tanks...

I'm Slow216mac over on the EU servers.
(Mostly Sealclubbing with my NC-31 or MS-1, or making a nuisance of myself with SPGs)

My replays for those who are interested:
(Need the 0.8.5 client installed to play the two oldest, and the 0.8.6 for the newer replays. Stats can be seen online)

Good game to get rid of a bit of aggression after a long day at work helping idiots to use their computers...

If you have a few friends you can platoon together, maybe using a TeamSpeak server for in-game chat and really get some mayhem done...

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