The long Thanksgiving weekend saw no shortage of gaming. No travel and a relatively low key holiday meant there was some time to sample all that was new this month.
Wrath of the Lich King
So far, the expansion has delivered and reignited my interest in WoW. I note that Keen recently resubbed and this post pretty much sums up my experience with TBC. As a matter of fact, having Outland to slog through is the reason I’m not playing a Death Knight right now.
I did manage to grit my teeth and recently get my hunter into Northrend. Having a solo character (as opposed to my static group toon which we try to keep in synch with the group) is a great boon to explore, reconnoiter and generally see another aspect of the game without fear of level creep. I’ve been working on getting fishing up to snuff and running through the quest lines in both Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra. After this weekend, he sits just shy of 71 (having hit Northrend at 68).
Spent sometime in Norrath working on my arasai bruiser. The leveling curve is frighteningly shallow now and I’m considering doing a little two boxing with my wife’s account. Her RL project has taken priority over our group activities, so I didn’t spend too much time in game overall.
I haven’t been actively playing LotRO in quite a while, but the recent Moria expansion has me intrigued even though I have no characters near the level cap. I haven’t bought the expansion yet, but I did manage to clear on character slot (only 5 allowed pre-expansion!) and toyed with the idea of rolling a Warden or Rune Keeper.
Of course, not having been on in a while meant a big patch job. The other thing I was interested in was whether the game’s performance has improved any. Despite having more than adequate hardware, it still tends to be hitchy and laggy. After finding a few video voodoo resources with tips to reduce hitching, etc. I did get some significant improvement though I’m still hard pressed to get the framerate consistently north of the thirties in town.
Nothing accomplished other than checking in, but now that I’m patched, I may venture forth a bit. I still enjoy the environment and look forward to seeing the game evolve.
Eve took a backseat to WoW and EQ2 recently but managed to make a resurgence this weekend. I’m making steady progress toward my modest goals and though I hadn’t been in game in a bit other than to queue skills, it didn’t feel like I was picking it back up cold.
Warming up the mining lasers and digging out the spreadsheets felt comfortable and familiar. And Eve is the game you can play when you’re not playing it…
I really am a two MMO max kind of guy, so I’m not quite sure what I’ll do at this point. WoW is certainly at the forefront because of the group’s ongoing activity. I suspect that I’ll keep Eve going since its one of those things I can do on a laptop sitting on the couch when I don’t feel like diving into WoW or EQ2.
So many games, so little time…