Nov 152016
 

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I find it remarkable just how casual I’ve become.

I used to be so thoroughly engrossed with this game! I remember when I would be in the shower, or driving to work, or whatever, but not really, because really I was thinking about my character Mawry. Same with work – I would be at work but really I was just wishing I was home playing. I couldn’t wait for the weekend because I’d be playing non-stop, Friday night through Sunday night.

I would sneak in an hour of play before work, every day. Sometimes I’d be late to work so I could finish whatever I was doing. And I was okay with that.

Sometimes I would take a sick day just to get in more play time, and I was okay with that too.

I had 19 characters on Sarlona, a handful of characters on other servers, and I played them all. 25+ characters, all getting regular playing time.

Yeah, well. That was then and this is now. And now I have a pathetically tiny amount of DDO time:

  • Monday nights: six to eight of us play Gnomes we built after update 30. Usually it is an hour or two, but last night was barely 45 minutes.
  • Tuesday nights: six to ten of us who range from levels 20-30 gather and run one or two things. Usually there are more than six of us and we run a raid. Two hours.
  • Friday nights: four to eight of us attack Temple of the Deathwyrm – or Fire on Thunder Peak and something else. Lately the something else has been Mark of Death. Two-three hours.

And that is that.

No grinding the Night Revels for an augment, no farming Slavers gear, no Shrouding for legendary green steel.

Three or four hours a week.

Part of me thinks this is sad, I miss being so enveloped in the game. But most of me thinks this is good, that my life now is richer, not poorer, and that having more interests is healthy.

But I do miss having decent gear.

🙂 😀 🙂

  5 Responses to “A Very Casual Schedule”

Comments (5)
  1. This is good IMHO

  2. I often think about my characters, but more of “how would the dialogue with NPCs change if my characters could choose what to say” or “how could I make a story out of this”. I know I haven’t written in a while, but I’m working on something finally!

  3. Wow! I can so relate. As you say, there were months were I thought of nothing else, awake or sleeping, but DDO. Now, I got on a few hours for the Revels and that was it. For me, it’s another addiction so no richer a life, but a whole lot of fun.

  4. Same here, in fact I have played about 2 hours of DDO in the last 4 months or so. Not that I don’t still love the game, I do. I just needed a change. Now I play LOTRO, and even that has started to wane. I may head back into DDO-land or move onto something new. I did however keep my VIP when it was time to renew recently, see I do still love you DDO!!!

  5. Geoff,

    Actually 6 to 8 hours of DDO gaming is healthy for you. May be up to 10. 10 to 20 hours per week is just grinding. More than 20 hours per week is addiction. What do you know, Marijuana is legal in MA now; might as well get that while its cheap. *grins*

What do you think?

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