Well, it settled down a bit this weekend work wise, so I did get a chance to engage in real life for a change. The WoW instance group convened and undertook Mana Tombs (See the Ancient Gaming Noob for details on how that went on Thursday). In RL, I actually got caught up on a number of RL personal projects which mostly include getting our vegetable garden boxes built and planted. So far we have 2 4′ x 4′ boxes and one gigantic 12′ by 4′ box.
At the risk of going all political, Mrs. P and I intend to reduce our consumption of both food and petroleum products by growing our own. Fortunately, I had the help of our Warlock, Bungholio, to assist in wheel barrowing 2+ yards of soil for gardening into our newly constructed raised beds.
In the virtual world, I found myself searching searching searching for the Next Thing(tm). My spider sense is telling me that WoW, despite our commitment since release, is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. TBC is feeling more an more gamey rather than worldly. I’m sure many of you probably have figure this out a long time ago.
After a few different iterations, our instance group is on the verge of capping out and will likely exhaust the content of TBC and Sunwell before the next expansion. Quite frankly, it really hasn’t felt like a “world” since Azeroth.
Maybe Wrath off the Lich King will bring back the mojo, but I’m pessimistic. So the task begins, what is the next thing to offer before our group of intrepid (and somewhat time limited) adventurers?
Age of Conan? I don’t think so. I actually logged in this weekend to my surprise to find that the beta servers were still live. I actually patched and continued one of my toons destiny quest with a view to finally getting out of Tortage. I can’t say my impressions have changed since my beta impressions, but I think I’ll give it a go at least until I’m in the real world to see what I can see. Unless they pull the plug on beta.
Lotro? Mines of Moria is due out SOMETIME, maybe by the end of the year. I can’t imagine that our full group will want to transition to LotRO. When our WoW group was on hiatus, our LotRO foursome made some progress, but ultimately decided on returning to WoW. I’m still playing but I don’t think its a good fit for our group.
Warhammer? Might be a possibility if the game could live up to even half the official hype and one quarter of the unofficial hype. I suspect Warhammer will be confronted with the difficult decision of releasing either in the third quarter (pre-WotLK) or basically year-end on top of Lich King. If Conan is any lesson, EA will choose to push out Warhammer anytime when WoW doesn’t have an expansion ready for release. I have no idea whether Warhammer will be a replacement for our WoW group.
So I find myself in search of the new or at least different. Vanguard? Conan? Guild Wars? Tabula Rasa? What about old Everquest? (thanks Tipa). I feel like I’m seriously on the lookout for the Next Thing(tm) at least as far as our group in concerned…
Looks to be a loooong summer.