The Road Less Traveled
My playing style has changed over the years. Back in the day, I played more often, and was more often alone, meaning, PUGs! Now I play less, and also, I play differently.
Now, when I am playing I am generally either playing with the guild or with my Gamer Girl. In either case, it is not all about me, my needs have to be balanced with the needs of others, and often they are subsumed entirely. I am frequently doing things to advance other people’s goals rather than my own.
None of this is bad. Quite the contrary, I love that I have people to play with. It makes the game so much more enjoyable. And I like helping. But it is different.
One big difference is new content. It used to be that new content, once released, was the highest priority. I would be in there that very night, sometimes even taking the day off work, figuring out the new stuff along with everyone else, and foregoing other content until all of the new content had been completed.
This is how I once spent seven-and-a-half hours in The Crucible. Things like that happen when you are among the first to complete a super-complicated quest. There is no wiki. No spoilers. No walk-throughs. Only you, your wits, whoever you brought with you, and a pile of mnemonic potions and raise scrolls.
You know, that seven-and-a-half hour run through Crucible was one of the most frustrating things that has ever happened to me in DDO. But it was also one of most rewarding. I miss those days, while at the same time not missing them. I hold both sides of this argument at the same time.*
According to the ancient text game Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this is proof that I am an intelligent being, able to hold mutually contradictory ideas simultaneously. Of course, in that case the mutually exclusive ideas were “Tea”, and also, “No Tea”, but then Hitchhikers was a rather silly game. Funny, entertaining, but still, silly.
But it seems unlikely to ever happen again; we no longer rush into the new stuff on Day Zero. Now we get to new content when everyone is ready to get to it and sometimes that can be awhile. Often, quite a while. And as a result there are things that I still have not run. Ever. Some of which may be surprising:
I am providing links but carefully. I am still, even after all this time, trying to avoid too many spoilers.
Not that this is even really possible, especially for the raids. When I do run them, it will almost certainly be with a PUG group, or as a PUG fill-in for a guild that doesn’t have 12 peeps ready and online, and in either case, everyone else in the raid will be telling me what to do constantly (or not telling me, and expecting me to already know), whether I’ve read a bunch of spoilers or not.
Nonetheless, this is what I do. Eventually I do get to everything, and I want it to be as fresh as possible when I finally do get there.
It seems weird that I have still not run Fall of Truth. No, It is weird. The raid is more than a year old. So old that I may now have trouble finding a raid group.
Fun and different?
I’ve never been there.
And so now I find myself wondering if I should prioritize completing all of the “new” content (as in “new to me”) before we have a new update and even more new content (as in “new to everyone including me”).
I think so.
I’ll let you know how that goes.