It seems my suggestion that we try a Psionicist/Blood Mage duo for romping in Vanguard was the right decision, as we handily extinguished many a hobgoblin and stone dervish life in the Earth Den. My better half had a blast mind-bombing mobs into submission while sending off similacrums to fight others, with me giving a handful of hitpoints to top him up all the while. He’s even expressed interest in starting subscribing once our free trial is up, which is better than his opinion of four out of seven or so MMOs we have tried playing together, so I’ll take that and run.
With just over a week left on our trial, and keeping in mind our gaming sessions run about 45 minutes to an hour per day and a half, we probably won’t get a chance to explore all three spheres to max level on the island. We’re both eager to try crafting and diplomacy, though, so we will probably take a break from adventuring and focus on those for the Thanksgiving weekend while our adventuring levels linger at 8. I got to craft an item for the first time last night, and I’m trying to find a way to compare it to Everquest II – where I loved the crafting – because I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. I just need more time to experiment with it, I suppose.
Unrelated to the above, my client has taken to freezing up on me while playing, requiring a force quit. It’s not annoying enough to keep me out of the game yet, but it does happen about once per gaming session, and usually just as we’re about to die, so it doesn’t keep me from the good stuff. I’ll need to check that out on the forums and see if there’s anything I can do about it, since I don’t remember the issue the last two times I played Vanguard.
Happy Thanksgiving, Americans – and a happy Thursday to the rest of the world!