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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Withdrawal

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It's been two weeks without any real gaming (or blogging) at all. Still, it's not been all bad. I've had an extended trip to South Africa, where I managed to go on Safari, and I'm off to Berlin next week (all work involved, but nice to meet up with colleagues from around the world again).

A local I met in Pilanesberg
Due to my extended absence what time I have had back in the UK has been spent catching up on work, and the little time I have had to play games has been with my son, who is already developing a worrying affinity for PC games. Of course that's meant no MMOs (especially TSW, which really isn't appropriate for a four-year old).

His favourite games include Minecraft, played in Creative mode which basically turns it into a giant virtual Lego set (especially with the Lego texture pack installed). Some of the constructions he has built are truly weird! He also likes World of Zoo, a kind of zoo simulator for kids I found on Steam. It's actually pretty good, and he loves looking after the lions and monkey, clearing up their enclosures, feeding and playing with them. The other thing he likes is watching me play Dirt 2. He is a four-year old boy, so anything with racing cars in is bound to be a hit.

And the World of Zoo version. Cute, and kind of fun

Last night was the first opportunity I had to get a proper gaming session in, and it ended up being something I wasn't intending to play at all. The reason is that I happened to read Sypster's latest post at Massively.com extolling the virtues of Lord of the Rings Online's minstrel class.

My first ever character in LoTRO was a minstrel, who I got up to level 50 just in time for the Mines of Moria expansion, which saw me roll a warden and after which I never looked back. Syp's write up did bring back some great memories though, and I always enjoyed healing in LoTRO, so on impulse I decided to fire up the game again for the evening.

So Drathur the dwarf minstrel was created and a lot of fun was had. There were a couple of things I wasn't so keen on however (nothing to do with the class really though). I can already see skill bloat is going to be an issue for me, especially having spent most of my recent MMO time playing The Secret World with its 8-active-skills-only controls. Drathur is level 10, but I'm already running out of space on my first skill hotbar...

The second thing I wasn't so keen on was the revamp of the Ered Luin starting area. When I last played the game 3 months ago I was impressed with the revamped Human/Hobbit starting area, but the new quests and area design for the Dwarves left me cold. I much preferred the original version. Oh well, I'm out of there now and will be singing my way to Bree soon enough.

Despite the upcoming trip to Berlin I hope to get back to more regular blog updates now the work insanity has died down a little. We are continuing our Call of Cthulhu campaign tonight, plus I still have my Assassin's Creed 3 impressions to write up, and along with Drathur's adventures and my continuing battles against ancient forces in TSW there will be plenty to write about.

1 comment:

  1. LoL, funny! I played LOTRO the other night for the first time in an age...was completely lost and had no idea what I was doing ;)

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