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A Quick Update

Wow… so it’s been a few months now since I’ve posted, and I figure it’s time to jump back in. I don’t want to bore anyone with details, and I really just want to get this post out of the way so I can get on to some meatier stuff.

After my wife and I ran our guild for a while, we both got burnt out. Things weren’t quite working out the way we’d expected, and we weren’t progressing the way he’d hoped, so we got out of it. I will say that I’ve gained much respect for guild leaders who can lead well and not become miserable in the process. It’s a tricky balance, and something that I don’t think (at this point) I am capable of.

My wife has, as of Sunday, gone back to WoW. This seems to be the current trend as people are getting excited about the new expansion. She’s found a nice guild and is enjoying running the heroics and will begin raiding casually (two nights a week) in a few days. It will be interesting to see whether her interest holds for more than a month. I’ve simply run too many heroics (most probably 15+ times) to validate resubscribing with my account. I made a tauren warrior that I’ve been running around with a little. I figured I’d try a class I don’t know much about, but after playing two classes to 80, one to 70, two to 40, and two to 25 (seven of eight on the alliance side) I feel like it’s already getting stale.

In other news, I’ve been playing Dragonica Online now for a few months as the betas have been up, and while I think a lot of people will enjoy it, I couldn’t really find a class that clicked with me. Also, the grind, while apparently much better than the game’s Singapore counterpart, is still pretty steep and I found that to be rather dull. The graphics were actually rather good if you like the art style, so if you want to try a free side-scroller with fast-paced combat (it’s all about combos) you might enjoy this game. It’s currently in open beta.

I’m really excited about the upcoming release of Aion. I pre-ordered the game and got to play in the most recent closed beta event, which I really enjoyed. My biggest problem is that I can’t decide with class to play. The ones that I’ve really ruled out are templar, assassin, ranger, and spirit master. That leaves gladiator, chanter, cleric, and sorceror. That’s going to be a tough decision, which I’ll hopefully be able to figure out in open beta. Since I’ve got Monday off and don’t work Tuesday, I have three solid days to play, and I can’t wait!

That’s pretty much it for now. I’ve got at least one other post I’m going to knock out later today (if not two) and we’ll go from there. Now I just need to get people reading this thing again…

~Kanthalos

P.S. I dropped the domain I had before.  I might get it back in the future, but for now I don’t see much need to have it.

Guest Entry

Since Kanthalos is at class and swamped with homework until early December, I figured it was about time for a new blog entry and who better to post it than…Anaktoria! That’s right, the (wo)man, the myth, and the legend right here right now to blog about the woes of Warcraft and the angst of Azeroth.

Anyhoo, on with the entry.

I rejoined the wild World of Warcraft about a month ago after about a 6-9 month break. Since then I’ve went through some interesting changes. As a level 70 mage, I’m left with a few options. I could run Kara for some epics and then attempt to move on to harder and more challenging raids. I could PvP till the cows come home and end up with some nice Gladiator gear, or I could raise my tailoring skill to about a bazillion and craft myself some epic sets. Nevermind the 5,000 gold for an epic flying mount. The point is that currently this seems like a lot more work than play.

It all boils down to gear and gold. You can’t get into a good raiding guild without being geared (and thusly you get gear from being in a good raiding guild), you can’t run some of the harder endgame raids without great gear due to the fact you’ll get crushed like an annoying insect by the bosses, and you can’t run heroics (a slightly easier way to get gear instead of attempting the horror that is a Kara PUG) unless you’re geared enough to attract a strong PUG and survive the run. If you have enough gold, you can just buy yourself some epics, but we’re talking thousands what with the price on mats and labor.

I’m not a big fan of PvP because…well…I’m Alliance. That says enough about our battlegrounds right there. So many decisions, which one is right? Seriously, I’m open to suggestions. My relationship with WoW is of a love-hate nature. I love the game, but I hate how I end up feeling adrift and lost when all of these tedious options arise. Maybe someday an MMO will come along that doesn’t give me these unsavory feelings when I hit the level cap. I certainly hope so.

The season one arena gear becomes purchasable with battleground honor tomorrow. That’s a start. Hit up those EotS, AV and AB double honor weekends and you’ll have some epics in no time. I’ve got my eyes on a staff, and that’ll help. I’ve found a guild that can run Kara well and most of the members are pretty decently geared and that’s another start. You can always farm for money and mats, but that’s another one of the ‘more work than play’ aspects of WoW. Sure, there are great times in WoW, especially when you find a guild full of friendly and helpful people, but sometimes the negatives outweigh the benefits. Then again, I’ve tried other MMOs and they just can’t spark that initial ‘ooh’ factor that World of Warcraft did for me in the very beginning.

So for now I trudge on in the pursuit of epics and leveling alts. I’m sure you’ll hear more from me again, and most likely about WoW. Kanthalos sends his regards, but graduating college > MMOs at the moment. I hope you enjoyed my WoW insight.

~Anaktoria