Hurrah! Now I can funnel all my vanity screenshots, adventure stories, and game-related musing to this blog instead of my other blogs or, worse, my forum posts. I'll reserve this space for my random randomness, so people who enjoy that sort of thing can find it, and all the people who have me blocked on the boards can unblock me, just in case I decide to say something interesting and insightful.
Cha! Like that's going to happen!
I think I ought to start out with a little background information before I launch into any further entries. I suppose this would be a good time to post my whole MMOResumé, but I'm just going to list titles and be done with it: I bought and played UO, EQ, AC, AO, DAoC, WoW, FFXI, SWG, EQ2 and L2. (I won't swear to that order in a court of law, but that's pretty close to the right order.) I played a lot of games in beta, including AC2, SWG, Planetside, The Sims Online, and Seed. I've played a lot of free games, good and bad. My currently installed games are EverQuest 2, Voyage Century Online, and Granado Espada (the IAH version).
In real life, I am a 36 year old mother of 6. You wouldn't think that would leave a lot of time for gaming, but it isn't as bad as it sounds. I didn't have 6 kids back-to-back, so I don't have a million little kids running underfoot. My oldest is 18 and my youngest is 2. (Yes, that means I had a kid when I was 18. I wouldn't recommend it for most people, but I don't have any regrets about it.)
I am playing EverQuest 2 now. I am really enjoying the Neriak-related content. SOE may have a bad reputation as an evil and sadistic, money-grubbing corporation from the firey bowels of Hell, but they sure did put out a really nice free update to EQ2 there. I don't really consider the Arasai a different race from the Fae, but they do have some cool wings and it is good to see some evil fairies. (Go, go Unseelie Court!)
I had been playing Lineage 2 and really enjoying that too, but I decided to switch to EQ2 for a couple of reasons. For one, I need to get my house fixed up and sold. That doesn't leave a lot of time for grinding or for guild/clan participation. The grind in Lineage 2 is pretty mild these days to start with, but it does start to feel really grindy after a while as you level up. Also, despite my resolve to ignore it, the bots started to get me down. It wasn't that bad on Hindemith as a dark elf-- they were there, but I could ignore them. Then I decided to go start an orc on another server, and the newbie village was wall-to-wall dwarfbots. I think that was the last time I played. I don't feel outraged by it. It was just depressing that it could reach that level of abuse.
So, I guess that's about it for this introductory post. Time for me to get out of here. Things to see, people to do.