Anyone else remember Age of Conan's launch? I had beta'd LOTRO and come in early enough in SWG to really appreciate the impact that new games and game changes (*cough NGE ) can create inside the gaming community buzz.... but nothing held a candle to waiting for AoC' s launch.
People were talking about it everywhere. The first truely M for Mature mmo that did not have the words red light or hawt in the title. Based on the mythic Conan world and full of promises of blood, guts, mayhem and scantily clad players, AoC was the beta everyone wanted in on. Needless to say I couldn't get in. No one really wants to know how an out of her twenties woman feels about an MMO in their beta - even if I do radiate relentless perkiness. But I did pre-order and I did get in on the Day of the Pre-Launch.
I rolled a Bear Shaman. Stop laughing. OK, so I usually play a healer and I had visions of me running next to Conan hewing down opponents while wearing a bear hat but clearly - I was a bit off on my class awareness. Hard class to play and very glitchy launch but soon enough I was wielding a huge stick with a skull on top and raising mystical bears that slowly walked a ressurection circle around fallen comrades. And the splatter! When you crit certain attacks in AoC, red splashes appear on the edges of your screen as if it's been splattered from the inside with blood and usually you've literally decapitated your foe. Few things in life are as fun as an AoC run with people hollering deeeeeecaaaappitttattttiiionnnnn in vent.
But life moved on. AoC did not really shine as far as the actual logistics of the game and while the combat system still is one of my favorites the constant crashing and lack of content for huge chunks of levels just wore me down and I wound up with LOTRO as my main game again after a few months with AoC. I met some of the best people in Conan though and still think fondly of my days in Tortage being solicited by this hunky male player in a loincloth and flip flops.
And... today there was another email from the folks at Funcom, encouraging me to return to Conan and get an XP hat if I sign up for a few months of play. I already have a rhino, a mammoth, a snow mammoth, a totem and who knows what else. Do I really need a hat? And is that moment of simple excitement when the splatter hits the screen worth the running around and trying to find something to level other then the endless grind of the noble's villas?
What are your thoughts? I'm between games truthfully. LOTRO is out of content for me though I love the game... SWG is a blast if I want to redecorate my house yet again, Anarchy Online is getting my attention right now just cause I've never played it and it's SO complicated (yay!) but it's pretty much a ghostland (and yeah, I play MMO's cause I like having peeps around to pester).
Drop a line below and let me know. If you're playing AoC again/still, if you're considering answering the call o' Funcom, or if you just think I should break down and get FF#whatever is out now....