I know that it has been quite some time. My last blog entry was in January 2009.
I finally began to play Age of Conan (AoC) although I only heard bad things about it.
In May 2009 AoC was 1 year old and I hoped that most bugs and lack of content has been fixed. I always have been following the news and reviews about AoC because I simply wanted to play this game. Come on, it’s supposed to have everything a mature MMO player wishes for: blood, sex, pvp, fantasy violence, etc.
I seriously tried to lower my expectations. When a MMO starts miserably there has to be a reason. Warhammer Online was a fail, I have to admit it. I hoped that the Realm vs Realm (RvR) would make the big difference. Instead of an awesome PVP game with open world charm, Mythic gave us a Guild Wars (GW) copy in subscription mode. I mean hallo, why should I stop GW for Warhammer Online? Arenanet still hasn’t added any new content to GW, so I had to continue the search. I could only find F2P crap, so it had to AoC. There was no other big MMORPG left.
Vanguard failed, Warhammer no thx, WoW oh pls, Lord of the Rings Online well, not my thing,etc
There I was, playing AoC. Graphics at high end, took the gamepad of my brother who didn’t use it anymore anyway, googled the class that might be perfect for me. All the things you do when you start a new MMO hoping to end the search for the online game that makes you stay for years.
One year has passed since I started AoC. Now I am lvl 73 (I’m a very slowly lvling person and I also did a 5months break [real life was demanding it] ). I asked my guild what the common max lvl player (80) does as soon as he achieved it. Saving money for…well, u know: weapons, armor, enchantments, mounts, housing, crafting job, etc.
But wait! That is grinding. YES, it is! How else do you get that stuff?
Recipes and rare stuff can be found at raids/boss fights. But seriously, how often does it happen and how long does it take till the whole group is ready? No surprise most players solo a lot. But what happens if u r out of new quests? Right, grinding. Don’t forget, u have some stuff you want to buy yet. Is this supposed to be the 'end game'? Is grinding making me stay? This is ridiculous. For some reason I have this inner deep feeling that AoC might be over for me as soon as I am 80 (max lvl cap). The first days of my 80s will be thrilling cuz I might thing: Hey, let’s go raiding and sieging, etc. But what happens after I will have beat the same raid boss already 4-5 times? Doubt is growing as is my interest for Bioware’s (Star Wars: The Old Republic [SW:TOR] ) solution to the 'end game' problem.
See you next week, guys. Part II will be about possible solutions for the “end game problem” and the question why we usually stay in a MMO.
Picture: Me being the king in 'Lineage 2'