I've known about Warhammer Online for some time now, yet, I've never really had an urge to dig deeper until very, very recently. I frequently read Rock, Paper, Shotgun and Massively and both of these websites have ramped up their WAR coverage as of late.
I've been playing MMORPG'S for over five years now, with lengthily stints in LotRO, EVE, The Matrix Online and smaller stints in a number of other MMO's including Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest II and many more.
I'll be completely and utterly, totally honest. After deciding to find out more approximately ten days ago, I am at a point where, although I still remain somewhat disgruntled and cynical...I am genuinely looking forward to ordering and playing WAR.
The focus on meaningful, global PvP that has the kind of context that I yearn for is a good start. The Dwarven Engineer class that looks so appealing is also another bonus. I have read countless, and I mean countless articles, reviews, previews and just about every prominent piece of writing on the game that has appeared in the blogosphere; in an attempt to make sure I do not make a mistake with my cash when it comes to investing in my latest MMORPG.
I have played too many hours in Beta programs, and I feel different as I approach WAR. I have zero playtime in game, I have only seen the game via YouTube and other video resources. I'm relying totally upon word of mouth, the collective reviewer that is the community...and you know what? I feel great. It is an exciting prospect and I am either going to love the game or hate it; but as I haven't been beta testing the hell out of it for months on end, I am going in blind and THAT is a feeling I've not had with an MMORPG for a long, long time.
With WAR, I sincerely hope that I can have the kind of casual, fun, adrenaline pumping PvP experience far and away from the lands of Middle-Earth where I spent so much time. I'm going to try and keep this journal ticking over, covering everything to do with my WAR experience.