To be quite honest, I know I’ve said this before, I don’t see the point in celebrating the new years. I don’t spend time reflecting on the last year or planning things for the new one. I just go about business as usual. However, its late. I’m bored. I’m awake. I’m the ONLY one awake. So I figured it was time to write another blog and since everyone else is, I guess I’ll write a summary of my last year on this rock.
A lot of what I’ve done in my teenage years and now the years I’ve been a young adult have revolved around playing video games. This year was no different.
Me and Comic didn’t start doing our Comical runs on DDO until early spring. Because of my work schedule the only times me and Comic were able to play were on weekends. Throughout most of the year, he’s been waking up earlier than I’m sure he’d like to on his Saturdays and Sundays just so that we can play together. So for that he has my utmost thanks. Together, we’ve managed to reach level 16. It took a long time, but we’ve managed to get there. I’m happy about the change to enhancements that Turbine made in DDO. My characters are different than they were, in some cases, like Monks, they’re more confusing. However, it’s a great change and Turbine gets major Mizzapoints for it.
Early spring also saw my temporary walking away from LotRO for a break. After the Anniversary event, I just felt a total burnout on the game and decided it would be best if I took some time away, came back at a later time and see if the game was still enjoyable. Well, I came back after the new expansion and to be completely honest, I’m not a fan of the biggest change of all: the addition of class trees into the game. Theyre horrid. Feel quickly made and released before they were ready to see the light of day. To be fully honest, if they’re in their ‘complete’ stage right now, I don’t know if I’m willing to make a full return to the game. So, again, I found myself walking away from LotRO.
At some point in the year, Shin decided it was time for him to walk away from DDO and give WoW a try. This ultimately made me start to think about my future in DDO and I too started looking into other MMOs to play. Topping the list were WoW and SWtOR.
I started by giving WoW a shot in mid summer. I saw a sweet deal to get the entirety of the game for $30 and I took it. The game was a lot of fun. More fun than I expected and more fun than I think people give it credit for. Playing as a Ninja Panda was probably one of the most unique and enjoyable things I’ve ever experienced in a video game. Now, I’m not a big fan of Pokemon. To be more accurate, I’m not a fan at all. That said, I found pet battles to be a fun and cute distraction from the rest of the game. I honestly have no idea how much time I spent tracking down the best of each creature in every area I visited. Overall, I had fun on WoW. It was great while it lasted. However, I don’t have the money to continue playing it. So further playing is on indefinite hold.
After my time on WoW ran out, I asked Mr. Geoff Hanna what his opinion on SWtOR was. Since it had been a couple of centuries since he’d played it, he couldn’t give much of one. However, he did say that if I love Star Wars(which I do), then Id love the game. So, I gave yet another MMO a shot. Turns out, it was a great idea. He was right. I absolutely love it. It and DDO are my main squeezes. Though I do prefer the Star Wars setting over the Dungeons & Dragons one. I was lucky to have found such a great guild in the game as soon as I did. To be honest, I wasnt sure how my initial search for one would go. Past experience with guilds in other games has taught me that guilds can be overly demanding of their members sometimes. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this one.
Lastly, over the past week, I’ve been playing one last MMO. This time, Star Trek Online(STO). Now, I’m a fan of the show. Not so much though that Id call myself a Trekkie. Really, I started playing for a mixture of reasons. 1: I needed a break from SWtOR. 2: I do enjoy the show enough to try its video game. 3: I wanna blast the poo outta things with a starship! My overall opinion on the game is this: Its fun. It’s a great distraction from SWtOR and DDO. However, that’s all it really is. It just doesn’t have that feeling I get when playing the other MMOs. That doesn’t make it any less likable. It’s just not what Id call a permanent replacement to DDO or SWtOR. I’ll write a more detailed blog at a later point.
Non gaming, I spent a good portion of time outdoors doing stuff with friends and immediate family. Got caked in mud several times, so did my truck “The Beast”. Camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. All of it added up to a great summer. Thankfully, I didn’t break my leg this year. I think… Nope. Legs fine. Also this last summer, I met the most wonderfully awesome person in the world whom I do so love very much. She makes waffles! She better make me some in the morning too because if she doesn’t, I’m gonna smack her head with the frying pan again! In September, or maybe October, I also made nice with Grim which made me happy. Id been meaning to do so sooner but kept forgetting. Short attentio… DOGGY!!! This last year, I got a beautiful Pit Bull puppy. Shes absolutely my bestest friend in the whole world. I named her Spazz. Shes my baby and I love her very much!
Looking forward, I need more fish. Fish are fun. Also, they’re great friends. Colorful too! I don’t know if I see myself playing LotRO much. I’ll give it time, see what they do with the class trees and if they do nothing, I’ll forget the game exists. For DDO, I’m hoping that Turbine opens up to the idea of player made content otherwise, I don’t know how long the game will last with a permanent level cap of 30. For SWtOR, the Starfighter expansion opens up to Preferred players soon so I’m looking forward to at least trying it, even though I’m not a fan of PvP. For STO, I want to beat the Federation, Klingon & Romulan campaigns then I’ll likely set the game aside until new content is released. For real life, the last of my five brothers will be coming home from deployment this year and it will be the first time in years that all of my brothers will home at the same time so I’m happy for that. I’m also looking forward to getting to know one of the best chicks I’ve ever met better and seeing where it all goes. Also, she’s making me waffles in the morning. If she doesn’t, I’m gonna throw her down a well.
So, as you can see, I didn’t do a whole lot this last year. Some interesting bits, maybe, but not much.
Anyways, I’m done rambling for tonight. Hope the read was at least somewhat enjoyable and I hope you’ll all continue to wish I get waffles. Because if you don’t, I will hunt each of you down and give you wet willys.