I make no secret of the fact that I’ve been exclusively playing Guild Wars as my MMO title for the past while. In light of that fact, I felt a slight makeover of my blog was in order, and with that, a new header image. I was surprised to find that although I have many Fraps folders full of lovely GW scenery, not many can be fully appreciated with a mere banner-strip of the view. Raisu Palace (or was it Raisu Pavillion? I don’t remember) turned out to be photogenic from just about every angle, though, so enjoy. It was either this or my character wearing a pumpkin hat.
While my excuse for neglecting my year-long subscription to Star Trek Online is the new War in Kryta content and my desire to acquire shiny things, my better half has been lured by one, then another, then another, single-player game. Having murdered the bad guys dead in Mass Effect 2, he is now taking a shot with ME1, being a villain and a scoundrel in Overlord, and has his eye turned to Mount & Blade next, as well as the Dragon Age DLC.
What happened to Star Trek Online? I’m not sure. After an exciting head start, we both lost momentum with the release of ME2 – the better half because he was playing it, and me because I put my character on hold while he played it (those pesky spousal leveling contracts will get you every time!). The first flaw I found with STO at the time was that due to the way content was funneled along a single path, I could not hope to run an alt during my downtime without exhausting content I’d just have to run with my partner all over again. So, strike one for Cryptic: no alternative content paths for leveling.
By the time we got back into playing with any regularity, I found my interest in space combat beginning to wane. I discovered that I don’t connect well to ships as avatars, and as a result I did not look forward to launching yet another mission and spending yet another 45 minutes in space shooting things up – even when it looks spectacular. I longed to do my exploring on foot rather than beam down for the conclusion or penultimate part of an episode, and since the only other way to spend most of my time on the ground was to do ground PvP exclusively, the appeal of the whole game went a bit south for me.
Meanwhile, my better half was tearing up PvP Klingon-side with his alt while I played Guild Wars, Wizard 101, Aika, Everquest 2, and made a few abortive attempts at LOTRO and DDO. For his part, PvP came down to one too many 9 vs. 1 battles, and one night he logged off and vowed not to return until Cryptic had found a way to balance the maps more effectively.
We continue to watch the updates and patches come in for STO with interest, and I did make a point of logging in and getting my proper Original Series shirt with the scoop collar, and proper wraparound skirt, thankyouverymuch (am I bothered that the uniform will now be available in the C-Store? Not at all; I decided that the content was worth $10 to me for the privilege of having at launch. Everyone else who wants it now can have at it!). It’s nice to know that since we have paid for the year, we can pop in whenever we like to sample the water. Cost of the yearly subscription aside, I can’t stress the value that freedom holds for me. If we’d had a monthly subscription, we likely would have canceled by 30 days and not returned at all, so anyone who’s still playing – you’re welcome; our money is helping you get content!
Alas, now our respective focii are elsewhere, so I retire my Lieutenant ship for the time being, and bring you Canthan palaces. Next, I bring you the tale of how I came to embrace the PvE meta of Guild Wars, kicking and screaming all the way.